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Happy National Pizza Day! #VeganPizza #GoVegan

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Here are some fun pizza facts to help celebrate National Pizza Day:

  1. Pepperoni pizza is the most popular pizza type in the world.
  2. Over 3,000,000,000 (three billion) pizzas are ordered every year in the U.S.
     

  3. Over 1,000,000,000 (one billion) frozen pizzas are purchased every year in the U.S
  4. The 1st pizzeria to open in the U.S. was Gennaro Lombardi in 1895 in New York City.
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Happy National Hot Chocolate Day! #GoVegan

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Prep Time

4 min
Cook Time

9 min
Total Time

INGREDIENTS

    • One 13.5 oz can “lite” coconut milk (this truly is the best milk to make hot chocolate, I would advise against subbing as others I’ve tried were not good. Lite leaves NO coconut taste!)
    • 2 tablespoons (12 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3 heaping tablespoons (40 g) semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
    • 1-2 tablespoons (20 g) maple syrup, depending on your sweet-o-meter, I did 2
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground espresso or instant coffee (you can leave out if you want, but it makes the chocolate flavor stronger)
    • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • Optional: whipped cream, shaved chocolate, marshmallows, etc.
Note:
  • I recommend Thai Kitchen brand for the lite coconut milk. It is amazing and always so smooth and creamy, not watery. Many brands can be rather watery and not smooth.

Best-vegan-hot-chocolate-4-1-of-1INSTRUCTIONS

  1. If you have a Vitamix, then add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend for a few minutes on high until completely smooth and frothy. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, then add all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, to a blender or food processor and process until smooth and frothy. It will only get frothy on a high speed and after a few minutes.
  2. Add the mixture to a pot over medium heat and then add the chocolate chips. Once it begins to bubble, whisk continuously for about 4 minutes until well heated and has thickened just a bit. You don’t want to overcook it, or it will get too thick. I found this to be the perfect level of sweetness, but if you want yours a tad sweeter, add a little more maple syrup. Remove and pour into mugs and add whipped cream, shaved chocolate, marshmallows, cinnamon, etc. Enjoy!
  3. This makes enough for 2 mugs. If you are just wanting 1 serving, then place the rest in the fridge and when you are ready to use it, give it a good whisk and reheat on low.

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Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

 

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  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  • It takes fewer than 5 gallons of water to produce 1 ounce of peanuts. (Bonus fact: 1 ounce of almonds takes 80 gallons)
  • The average peanut farm is 100 acres.
  • The Huffington Post (Sept. 2014) asked, “What makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich? “Good question,” we say! Results show, 36 % say strawberry jam is favorite (grape is 31%); favorite bread is white bread (54%); favorite type of peanut butter is smooth (56%) and a whopping 80 % like their PB & J with the crust left on the sandwich. Discover why the PB&J is the best sandwich ever.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the moon. Read about peanuts bringing good luck to NASA and making a PB&J on the International Space Station.
  • Former President Bill Clinton says one of his favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and banana; also reported to have been the favorite of Elvis “the King” Presley.
  • There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania, Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut West Virginia.
  • According to Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Girl Scout’s Do-si-dos and Tagalongs. Click here for a peanut butter cookie recipe.
  • Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky. Click here for a creamy peanut butter smoothie recipe.
  • People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style.
  • “Boiled peanuts” are considered a delicacy in the peanut growing areas of the South. Freshly harvested peanuts are boiled in supersaturated salt water until they are of a soft bean like texture. They are most frequently enjoyed at the end of the day with a favorite beverage.
  • Goober—a nickname for peanuts—comes from “nguba”, the Congo language name for peanut.
  • Peanuts are sometimes called “ground nuts” or “ground peas” because peanuts grow underground.
  • George Washington Carver was known as the “plant doctor” and the “grandfather of peanuts”. Though he did not invent peanut butter, he discovered many ways to use peanut and innovative farming methods, including crop diversification and soil conservation.

Thank you, National Peanut Board.