Dairy Free Halo Top [REVIEW]

Halo Top recently launched 7 NEW dairy free halo top pint flavors to add to their already current 7 dairy free flavors!! With the flavor options up to 14 now, I decided to review the 7 new dairy free flavors! I am beyond excited about this launch, and I can’t wait to see what Halo Top has in store in the future! I remember enjoying Halo Top’s dairy flavors and helping them grow as a small business before I was vegan (3+ years ago), and my heart always yearned for them after becoming vegan . Seeing a company recognize their audience’s desires for dairy free products and providing that seriously says a lot about the company; Halo Top has a big place in my heart.

I pride myself in providing superfluous, detailed reviews, so I hope this helps you make a decision of which flavors to try! If you want me to retroactively review the original 7 dairy free flavors, let me know! Conclusion from this review: EVERY dairy free flavor is great except you could skip birthday cake and cinnamon roll.

PANCAKES AND WAFFLES – This one initially didnt rank high on my excite-o-meter but wow…..I have a strong feeling this is going to replace my addiction to sea salt caramel and caramel macchiato. The maple swirl is WOWOW and I love that the “waffle” mix-ins aren’t hard and crunchy, they’re just soft and melt. Kinda reminds me of snickerdoodle cookie dough? Love. The future is vegan with food this good.

CANDY BAR – To be honest, I wasn’t initially eager about trying this one. Everyone always said “oh its like a snickers! A snickers! Its chocolate with peanuts!” and I’m like okay cool? So basically like the peanut butter cup flavor but not? Well WHAT EVERYONE FAILED TO MENTION. IS. Theres also a CHOCOLATE and a CARAMEL SWIRL??? Why didn’t yall tell me that!!! This flavor is absolutely great and I love how dynamic it is. I hope you can see all the aspects in the pic. The base is like a soft nougat flavor/texture, almost like the inside of a 3 Musketeers. Then you’ve got the peanuts, caramel swirl, and chocolate swirl of a Snickers. The candiest bars of all candy bars.

VANILLA MAPLE – I like this flavor?? I assumed it would be the most boring and you’d easily taste the earthy vegan protein, but I was wrong. This is sweet and creamy (takes a couple more mins than some flavors to thaw, but becomes creamy). I don’t taste maple, but my boyfriend does. To me, this tastes like a pleasant vanilla beannnn cream. There’s something so right about a classic vanilla bean ice cream. I prefer this well over the dairy free bday cake flavor and I’ll be buying this flavor again when I’m needing a creamy classic fix! would be great on oatmeal/10

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH – This flavor does not disappoint when it comes to mix ins. It’s always upsetting if you’re left hunting for mix-ins, but this flavor has cookie dough a plenty!!! Always some dough in site and it is so delicious. I thought I’d hate the chocolate chips bc crunch in ice cream is gross imoooo…but these chips are teeny and not crunchy; too good. I can’t quite pin the flavor of the base cream (this one is so smooth in texture!)….the color makes me expect chocolate but I don’t taste any at all – it’s just neutral? I supposeeee I must have another; for science.

CHOCOLATE ALMOND CRUNCH – I read pretty bad reviews of this but I actually like it. I dont get any chocolate taste; that’s fine. The base is a creamyyy almond extract flavor (love) and theres bits of almonds throughout. I thought I’d hate crunchies inside but theyre the perfect small size and texture. I can see how many people wouldnt be a fan of the almond extract flavor, but I personally love it and this flavor. Just call it ‘almond 2 tha maxXx’ instead.

TOASTED COCONUT – This is one of those products where you sit back and go “wait…this is vegan? This is rather enjoyable. How is that possible.” I wasn’t expecting the creaminess of this since many coconut ice creams are icy. The flavor is SPOT ON toasted coconut. Not coconut. Toasted coconut. Only thing about this is I’m not always in the mood for the texture since the coconut shreds are heavyyyy present. But then other times I’m like yes gimeeee all them shreds. Iono just an observation that may change if you’ll like it or not.

BIRTHDAY CAKE – I’m just not a fan of this. I tried multiple pints, hoping it would grow on me, but it just doesn’t. The flavor is artificial and the texture isn’t anything spectacular. Maybe I’m trying to directly compare this to the dairy version I remember having many years back? It pales in comparison, and just doesn’t satisfy the craving I’m expecting. I can taste the protein undertones in this, which is never great.

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My 2017 in a Nutshell

This took me wayyy too long to write (It’s already February aha ha ha), but I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget anything! In past years, I always took the time in January to write things I looked forward to in the upcoming new year. I found it to be very helpful in battling depression and sadness. Something to look forward to, you know? But as the years progressed and the lists got longer, it became more beneficial to compile what I did rather than what I expected to do. I love having these memories to keep. The delay was because this year, I actually made a full scrapbook of everything!! What a project that was. But it’s done and so worth it because I have it forever now. <3 It was a good hobby to soothe my churning mind through the winter months.

All the biggest memories of 2017:

  • Tom Segura comedy show
  • Concert – Falling in Reverse, Motionless in White, Issues
  • Ice Skating with Nick
  • So much vegan food!!!
  • Cooking with Nick
  • Improv comedy show
  • Concert – A Perfect Circle
  • Concert – Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold
  • New York City vacation with Nick
  • Cirque du Soleil “Paramour” on Broadway
  • Seeing Leah & my cousin in New York City
  • Georgia Renaissance Festival
  • Nintendo Switch fun – Mario Kart!!
  • Getting my first Pokémon games (Sun, Y, Omega Ruby, Ultra Moon) + animal crossing for Nintendo 3DS
  • Baseball games in the new braves stadium Suntrust Park
  • Moving in with Nick and being the proud mommy of 1 puppy (Pesto) plus 2 step puppies (Leo and Cabri)<3
  • Concert – Chevelle
  • Competing in my first Century Bike ride (96/100 miles completed, middle of July/August with 90%+ humidity. what. a. ride.)
  • I finally dyed my hair blue!!
  • Anime Weekend Atlanta 2017
  • John Mulaney comedy show
  • Haunted House (called Containment – so good)
  • Concert – Motionless in White (Halloween show!)
  • Investing in cryptocurrency!!
  • Nick and I’s first Christmas together & a bigggg Christmas tree
  • Purchasing my first car (2015 Mazda CX-5)
  • Finally getting breast augmentation – best decision ever
  • 10 inches of snow in early December & more in late December!!
  • Securing my job for 2018 & many years after

I cannot wait for 2018 and what it has to offer! I can’t even begin to predict what the year has in store.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread (gf, vegan)

I made the yummiest peanut butter banana bread this weekend. This recipe is simple, sugar free, vegan, and can be gluten free! That’s hard to beat when a recipe tastes delicious and is good for you.

There’s something about banana bread that is so irresistible. The sweet taste, the cakey texture, the comfort of it… I used to always keep banana bread around in the fridge, but I guess I got sick of it and didn’t make any for months! That seems crazy. But I’m back on a kick and I’m on my third loaf in less than 2 weeks, ha.

I like playing around with flavors each time, but this peanut butter banana bread recipe, in particular, is a clear winner amongst others. I topped my banana bread with with peanut butter icing & Doughbar Doughnuts new chocolate crisp protein treat for a heavenly sandwich of chewy, crunchy, sweet, smooth goodness. I can hear Xhibit now – “I heard you like peanut butter so I put peanut butter on your peanut butter banana bread so you can peanut butter while you peanut butter.”

Answer me this – Do you have banana bread on hand right now? If not, FIX THAT. Try this out and let me know what you think! It’s great once it cools, but the real secret here is that it’s even more amazing after it’s chilled in the fridge. I don’t know why or how, it just. is.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Serves: 12

  • 3 bananas
  • 2 cups raw oats
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour (or more oats, if gluten free)
  • 1 cup peanut butter powder
  • 1/4 cup baking stevia (Optional)
  • 1/2 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl. Grind your oats into a flour, and add to the mashed bananas. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix. Slowly add the almond milk while stirring. Continue to mix everything until homogenous and no dry lumps remain.
  3. Pour the batter into a bread loaf pan and bake at 350F for 50 mins.
  4. Let cool 10-15 minutes, slice into 12 slices, and enjoy!

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Raspberry Brownie Bites (vegan)

Yooo these raspberry brownie bites ended up tasting just like Ghirardelli raspberry dark chocolate!! They’re so fudgy and rich, yet only 175 cals each. These raspberry brownie bites even have hidden micronutrients and use no oil, sugar, or dairy!

It’s been a while since I’ve baked for fun rather than for a project/job. Two reasons: 1) I’m just busy and 2) I’ve been addicted to oats, toast, and pb/banana wraps. It’s really all I need to keep me happy, and I haven’t been craving any fancy wild baked goods. It’s weird haha. But I got a new product and the baking itch came to me.

I tried out this new garden power powder, and the berry flavor is just toooo good. Normally..greens powders/spirulina/anything packed with micronutrients just tastes so earthy and is hard to incorporate into foods without it looking like green mush. But this stuff has a great berry flavor to it and it was perfect to bake with. Paired with the cacao powder in this recipe, the flavors are to die for!

I want to bake a full brownie sheet of this one day, but for now, I stuck to individual bites of it. Each one is so satisfying, even without sugar, oils, or animal products. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s directly comparable to the Ghirardelli raspberry dark chocolates. Wowow. Try these out and let me know what you think!! If you double the recipe, it’d be great to bake in a 9×9 dish as brownie squares.

raspberry brownie bites

Raspberry Brownie Bites

Makes: 4 servings

  • 1 cup raw oats
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup baking Stevia
  • 2 scoops of Veggie Mama berry garden powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Grind the oats into a flour. Then mix the oats with the remaining ingredients until smooth and no lumps remain. Pour the batter into 4 cupcake molds and bake at 350 F for 22-25 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes and enjoy!

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My New Winter Glasses

Ever since I discovered GlassesShop.com, my glasses collection has quickly grown in size! I love glasses for versatility in expression and appearance, but I’ve always been the type of person to have a single pair of glasses and wear them to death for 5+ years since they’re so expensive!!! Discovering these affordable glasses online has been such a blessing!! So many of the glasses frames are $20-40 which is sooo reasonably priced. Not only that, but I notice they have sales all the time to take advantage of.

Although I’ve been given glasses directly from them to review before, I genuinely go back and buy glasses from them on multiple occasions. I really recommend this site for prescription glasses and sunglasses because of the ease of use of the website, the selection, the affordable cost, and the durability of the frames. Check out all the frames I’ve gotten from them! I can’t stop! (The purple frame is called Kimberley. The clear frame is called Alice Oval – Crystal. Bottom frame is called Ada Classic Wayframe – Brown/Golden)

I’ve gotten SO many compliments from strangers on the clear frames, so I definitely recommend them!! They’re very unique yet elegant. They’re probably my favorite, followed by my non-prescription black frames (I use those just for accessory ;p).

This time around, I wanted frames more on the academic side, but still fashionable. I think I found a happy medium between those two wants. They’re more “professional” than I expected, but nothing’s wrong with that!! What do you think? I like that the sheen of them changes in the light so sometimes they look black and sometimes they look copper/metal.

















I wish I was exaggerating, but I really love this site. A lot of sites require an up-to-date prescription, but as long as YOU know your prescription, you don’t need a doctor’s order at all. It makes it so easy and doesn’t overly complicate things like a lot of glasses websites do. GlassesShop.com offers the 50% discount code GSHOT50 for 50% off anything (as long as it isn’t on sale discount already), which is kiiiinda incredible if you ask me when they’re already so affordable!

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Simple Baked Vegan Cheesecake

Hiii. How about this baked vegan cheesecake, huh!? It is so amazingly soft and surprises anyone who tries it that it’s completely dairy free. This recipe is simple, sweet, and versatile since you can add any fun additions to the recipe that you want! Hang in there for the recipe below!

baked vegan cheesecake

Let’s just pretend I wasn’t on a hiatus for…oh I don’t know…TWO MONTHS. Since then, I feel like everything has changed, and yet nothing at all. I’ve been focusing on my happiness and the forms of media I take in, and it’s helped my mindset stay (more or less) out of the negatives. It’s crazy how you mindlessly take in media from Instagram, people you hang around, Youtube, etc… Then before you know it you’re led to think one way or another, view yourself one way, have opinions about the actions of others, and just generally feel negative. I know so many of us are guilty of mindlessly scrolling Instagram out of boredom, and all of a sudden you feel like you aren’t fit enough, don’t look good enough, need to do x y and z to be better. It’s just horrid…but often times I just don’t know how to fill my time.

Nick’s been magnificent about helping me find ways to immerse my mind. I get bored so easily so finding something that totally grabs my attention and keeps me busy is difficult. But I’ve been getting into more video games, trying to color more, distracting myself by doing my hair or makeup when I feel sad, etc. I’ve been playing Nintendo Switch games (particularly Splatoon!) and I’ve recently been playing a lot of Pokemon Sun on the 3ds that Nick got me in the Spring. It’s crazy how something viewed as “lazy” is actually the most positive and re-energizing thing for me lately. Video games are so innocent and so uplifting in small doses, and it’s been great.

In the times between, I’ve been staying busy with recipe development work for companies and improving my photography skills. Nick has so much camera knowledge and it’s been fun learning things from him and putting them to the test in my photoshoots. It makes me feel great :) Learning is always fun and I hope that I always have things to learn in my life. I’ve also just been baking for fun because, of course I have. Baking will always and forever be a part of me. I’ve been trying to tackle veganizing recipes that have always scared me since going vegan. One of the biggest on the list for me: cheesecake.

It took me a couple tries, but I finally got it right! I love this recipe and it’s easy to add variations. For example, I made an oreo version by adding oreos to the batter. I also made a caramel version by drizzling a vegan caramel on top. You could swirl cookie dough into the batter, add strawberries on top, swirl peanut butter on top before baking, you name it! I’m so happy I have a go-to up my sleeve now for parties and events. My coworkers and Nick absolutely loved this recipe the times I brought it into work. People weren’t sure how it could possibly be dairy free and vegan. Which is always a good thing if you ask me.

Try this out and let me know what you think!! What variation of cheesecake would you make first!?

Simple Baked Vegan Cheesecake

Serves: 12


  • Graham pie crust (this one is vegan/no honey)


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • 1, 13.5 oz can coconut milk (chilled, top part only)
  • 1 package tofutti vegan cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 TBSP cornstarch
  • 2 TBSP flour (Optional)

Before baking, soak the cashews in water for at least 4 hours. Strain before using. Alternatively if you’re in a crunch for time, you can boil the cashews for 15-20 and strain before using.

Preheat the oven to 325 F. In a food processor or blender, simply blend all of the filling ingredients. You want to use only the thick, top portion of the coconut cream and dispose of the water layer at the bottom. Chilling in the fridge is what makes this separation occur. Blend for 2-3 minutes until very very thick and creamy.

Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake at 325 F for 70-80 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit at room temperature to cool for at least one hour. Place in the fridge overnight to fully set. Then cut into 12 slices and enjoy!


For an oreo cheesecake, use this crust and swirl 3 crushed oreos into the cheesecake filling before baking.

For a caramel cheesecake, bake as normal. Then pour a vegan caramel on top while it is sitting at room temperature. To make a simple caramel, melt together 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup earth balance vegan butter, and up to 2 TBSP almond milk until the perfect consistency is reached.



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