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I mean it when I say that vegan desserts are really easy to make. Especially cakes and cupcakes.

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I mean, all you have to do is replace the egg with one of several alternatives, change the milk to non-dairy milk, and whatever other modifications you choose.

But, sometimes even the simple things need to be simplified. Thatโ€™s where a products like the cake mixes from Cherrybrook Kitchen come in!

009As you can see, I found this on clearance at Target, which is probably why I bought it since products that are gluten free, dairy free, nut free and egg free can be expensive.

I liked the simplicity of this mix: just add oil! No egg substitutes to make. No other ingredients to swap. And just look at it!

010  Oh. My. Gosh.

Iโ€™ve said it before but one of my favorite things about vegan baking is being able to lick the spoon without worrying about salmonella.

011 Oy, if I werenโ€™t trying to get a point across, I doubt Iโ€™d shown you that picture of me, ha ha. Perhaps this one is better?

003 Okay, not really. But this shows that I tried the yellow cake mix too ๐Ÿ™‚

001 I made cupcakes out of both of these but for some reason did not take any pictures. Bad food blogger!

They arenโ€™t the cheapest things in the world, but if you are in a hurry and want a simple vegan mix to make that birthday cake or cupcakes for a gathering, I highly recommend this line.

I definitely preferred the chocolate to the yellow, but both were tasty, moist and completely animal-free ๐Ÿ™‚

Cherrybrook Kitchen also makes mixes for brownies, cookies, pancakes and other yummy goodies. They also make a line of frosting but I have not tried that yet.

I am able to find them at Target, Kroger, Meijer and Whole Foods (so far). Check โ€˜em out!

I paid for these products myself and was not paid to say how great they are. But trust me, they are.

Day 5: Let the celebrations commence!

Even though Wednesday was the day before my birthday, I still got to start celebrating early ๐Ÿ™‚

Reason number 5,682 why I love my sweet, sweet husband:

He had heard me complaining about how terrible my blender has been lately and here I thought he never listened? Ha ha. He showed me! Check out the beautiful new green smoothie maker:

And good riddance old friend. You’ve worked well the last 4.5 out of 5 years but it’s time to retire now.

Anyone know what to do with old appliances? Can they be recycled?

Of course I celebrated my first birthday gift with a delicious green smoothie. Just look at it go!

I even spoiled myself and used the dispenser!

Result: A yummy, creamy, delicious green smoothie (1 cup almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, three handfuls of spinach).

I made sure to send my husband a message about how awesome this smoothie was and how much easier it is to make in a shiny new blender. I’m so spoiled!

Mid-morning, I had some tea and grapes.

Then for lunch, I sort of threw together a new combination. One thing I realized about this challenge is that even though there are a ton of recipes out there that I could use, I love being forced to come up with my own based on what’s in the pantry. It makes me so creative!

Chickpeas on top of a sweet potato, drizzled with salsa verde! Definitely interesting, but totally delicious and filling too. I also had an organic apple on the side ๐Ÿ™‚

I snacked on some almonds before heading to the gym for an awesome treadmill run. Wow, those are three words I rarely put together, ha ha.

Then I went home, showered and got ready for girl’s night. I am so lucky to have such good friends who make me feel special!

For dinner, Margie made what is probably my favorite food ever…FALAFEL!

A pita pocket filled with lettuce, diced tomatoes, hummus, and falafel balls topped with tahini. Yesssssss!

Note: this meal is technically not challenged approved, but still very healthy, delicious and special because it was my birthday. I thoroughly enjoyed it, which goes back to that comment about enjoying stuff more when you don’t eat it every day.

I had this plate times two!

For my birthday dessert, per tradition, we had some pink bubbly!

And some yummy vegan cupcakes that Courtney made herself!

She was not happy with them, but I thought they were delicious. Sometimes things can look funny but actually taste great. Plus when a friend makes something special for you, it tastes even better, am I right?

She used this recipe, including a special strawberry glaze that was full of sugar but oh so tasty!

I enjoyed my birthday dessert, very very much ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you girls for giving me such a special night! I love you all ๐Ÿ™‚