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  • Sara @ Cake Over Steak17/02/2016 - 9:25 am

    Congrats on handing in your book! It’s amazing what starting your day with a workout can do for you. I’ve been doing that pretty consistently for about a year now, although I’ve slacked a little bit lately in order to make sleep more of a priority for me. In other words, I need to get better at going to bed early so I can wake up for my AM workout. I recently tried a sample of Vega’s protein powder since I saw you mention it, and holy crap that stuff is good! I’ll be purchasing a big tub of the vanilla soon, so these bars will be high on my to-make list as soon as that happens. Thanks for figuring this recipe out. It sounds like a protein bar I can actually feel great about eating.ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:47 am

      Thanks Sara! I think sleep definitely ranks higher than getting your pump on. I know I definitely feel/work out/do everything better when I try to turn in early though. And the new Vega formulation is amazing, right? So creamy!
      -LReplyCancel

  • June17/02/2016 - 9:47 am

    Sounds great! I’ve hit a slump with my workouts lately – what kind of routine do you follow? Lookin for some inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:50 am

      I do a mix of stuff. I have a bunch of Tracy Anderson DVDs that I love, I do the HIIT workouts from the Tone It Up Girls, and I recently got an online membership for Yoga Glo that I’ve been using a lot. I find that mixing it up is so key.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan17/02/2016 - 9:56 am

    YAY for turning in the book! I’ve been needing to practice a lot more self care over here (aka sleep more and actually get up to work out) but just finding where I can cut things out and chill is coming first. You’ve really been inspiring me lately with the self love, that article you posted last week about getting up early has been a motivator for me! xoReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:54 am

      “Cut things out and chill” is the new life motto I think. Turning in early and having more time in the morning has really changed my energy levels and my days in general. Hope you get the self care thing sorted in a way that works for you :)
      xoReplyCancel

  • Hannah17/02/2016 - 9:57 am

    These look incredible!
    And are wonderfully peanut free so I don’t need to worry about allergies either.
    Can’t wait till I get round to having a crack at these.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full17/02/2016 - 11:01 am

    I’m so glad to hear you’ve found a workout routine that really works for you! The endorphins kick is unbeatable ;) And what a perfect way to celebrate your new mojo with these protein bars, they look incredible! :DReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:56 am

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, that endorphin kick is hard to beat once you get in the routine of it.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well17/02/2016 - 11:20 am

    These are everything, Laura, so perfect. I love the use of coconut milk in here too! I’m always cranking out different versions of protein bars each week and will have to add these to the rotation! I mean, chocolate ;) xoReplyCancel

    • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well17/02/2016 - 11:21 am

      Ps. Stoked for you on finding a work out routine and feeling more balanced now – it has such a huge impact and is such a great feeling, ah, I love it – so happy for you girl!ReplyCancel

      • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:57 am

        Chocolaaaaaaate! Thanks Jessie. Your encouragement always gives me a big smile :)
        xo LReplyCancel

  • Summer17/02/2016 - 11:22 am

    One of these bars would make me happy right now! They look so good ♥

    summerdaisy.netReplyCancel

  • Sophie MacKenzie17/02/2016 - 1:10 pm

    I love how uncomplicated these are, in like a totally awesome way where I’d actually make them. Gorg! And congrats on finding a balance of work and self care. I think that maybe be one of the hardest challenge for lady bosses out there. <3ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:59 am

      I honestly surprised myself with how uncomplicated this recipe turned out. It’s so easy to get weird with bar recipes sometimes.
      xo! LReplyCancel

  • Katie17/02/2016 - 1:33 pm

    These look so tasty and I can’t wait to make them! I also recently started working out in the morning and it’s such a great way to start the day. I always feel super positive and optimistic for the rest of the day.ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 10:01 am

      Yes, the beaming optimism/endorphin kick is my favourite part! Thanks Katie.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Aubrey17/02/2016 - 4:46 pm

    Gosh, I love your blog so much. Thank you for writing!ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 10:05 am

      Thanks so much, Aubrey! Very kind of you to say so.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ live wholefully17/02/2016 - 6:08 pm

    I have to say I’m SO EXCITED that you used Vega Sport protein because that’s the protein I use!!! I cannot wait to try these. They could be a game-changer for pre- or post-workout!ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 10:05 am

      Vega rules! So glad that you like it too. The newest formulation is sooo creamy and delicious.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw17/02/2016 - 8:26 pm

    OOOO I am so making these this week! Laura, I can’t say enough how much I look forward to your posts. They usually start a little bit of “me time” that I set aside to pour through your beautiful photographs (and ballin’ recipes). A morning sweat most definitely starts my mind right, and I’ll feel even better knowing that I’ve prepared myself some goodness post-sweat. Thank you! xReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 10:09 am

      Completely flattered that my posts have worked their way into your chill time, seriously. That means so much! Hope you like these if you make them, and that they help with your amazing marathon-ing ways ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens18/02/2016 - 11:51 am

    Hooray for submitting the book! I am so excited for it. There was a period of time when I would get up at 5 to go to the gym, but that habit has kind of died and I really miss making the time to exercise- your post was a lovely, gentle reminder to get back to it! These protein bars look incredible: it’s got the holy trinity of coffee, chocolate, and nut butter! Oh, and oats, of course :DReplyCancel

  • Grace18/02/2016 - 1:25 pm

    There’s nothing like a sweet sweat session first thing in the am! These bars look like the best way to celebrate all that your body is capable of! Thanks for being a constant inspiration, lady! ;) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jodi18/02/2016 - 1:36 pm

    Hip hip for finding more ‘me’ time and getting your sweat on! I’m sure you’re just feeling so awesome at the moment and that is always what pushes me to continue :) A 5am workout doesn’t seem so bad if these bars are waiting for you in the kitchen – mega thumbs up for this one, Laura xReplyCancel

  • Karen van der Merwe19/02/2016 - 6:56 am

    Hi Laura, I’m going to try these a.s.a.p. I’m always shaky after a workout. I’ve enjoyed your post on vegan bullet coffee. Drinking coffee is a bit like playing Russian Roulette where I’m concerned… What I would really, really like to know is when is your book coming out? Greetings from South Africa!ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/02/2016 - 8:37 am

      Hi Karen! Thanks for this comment, and I’m glad you like the bullet-proof coffee too. My book will be released in Spring of 2017 :D
      -LReplyCancel

  • Sara Crocker19/02/2016 - 10:33 am

    Is it possible to make this without ground coffee (which I dislike)?ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/02/2016 - 9:44 pm

      Sara,
      Yes you could just leave it out and proceed with the recipe as written.
      -LReplyCancel

  • graffitigrammarian19/02/2016 - 1:39 pm

    Hi there,

    I’m a big fan of the First Mess (I love MFK Fisher!), even though many of your recipes don’t quite work for me. I’m doing a modified GAPS diet, with no grains or starches, to try and heal some gut inflammation (seems to be working). But I have to stay away even from pseudo-grains like buckwheat or quinoa (and most definitely from the oats used in these bars!)

    (I did once make your wonderful potato salad with roasted red peppers — it uses a romesco sauce — and took it to a party, and it was a HUGE hit. It was a year ago and my friends still talk about it ;-)

    Anyway, I am thinking about how to modify this protein-bar recipe to a grain-free version. I have been trying different recipes for grain-free snack bars, and had kinda settled on this one below, though it’s not perfect. Mostly it’s very very crumbly, it just won’t hold together, and turns into something more like grain-free granola after you cook it.

    (also it’s too sweet. I cut the honey amount in half and add 1/4 c of tahini, which is an improvement)

    http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2009/07/delicious-honey-nut-bars-dairy-sugar-gluten-and-grain-free.html

    Anyway, the other recipe makes a “coarse flour” out of nuts & seeds (cashews, pepitas and almonds). I’m thinking maybe I could make this coarse flour and use it as a substitute for the oats in your recipe — what do you think?

    Also, since the nut/seed flour would be pretty high in protein, maybe I could delete the protein powder (and I know you like to use it but I stay away from it because it’s such a highly processed food and my digestion is problematic. If I could find a fermented protein powder I might try that, but no luck on that yet in my stores.)

    I’m okay adding a natural sweetener, like honey, if I don’t use the sweetened protein powder.

    What do you think of this approach? Would it work? I wonder if it would result in bars that are not so crumbly, which is the problem with other recipe.

    thanks for any comments.ReplyCancel

    • Laura21/02/2016 - 8:46 am

      Hi there,
      Thanks for this kind comment! On replacing the both the oats and protein powder in this recipe with a milled nut/seed mixture, I think it could work. You might have to introduce a bit of honey (at least a couple tablespoons) and adjust on the nut/seed butter to make it sweeter and to help it stick without being too gloppy. I’m also not sure if the coconut milk will be of any help in your modified version if you base it with a nut/seed meal. The coconut milk kind of hydrates the protein powder in this recipe. I would start with the nut/seed meal in the bowl with any salt/spices, add an amount of honey that you think would sweeten adequately, start with a 1/4 cup of nut/seed butter and stir it up. From there, if it isn’t sticking, I would add nut/seed butter by the tablespoon until it started sticking. Can you have flax seeds on this diet? Some ground flax in the mix might help this bar stick together as well.

      Also, I did some searching around and THIS recipe seems quite promising given your preferences, although admittedly I don’t know enough about the GAPS diet to say so definitively.

      Hope this is a little helpful.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Lily | Kale & Caramel19/02/2016 - 1:55 pm

    I could jump up and squeeze you right now—I do appreciate your sharing the challenges of that time, as I’m going through a phase of super intense work myself. Ugh. It’s so hard! And I have so much hope for what’s coming around the bend as I emerge. And I also have a very strong sense that these amazing protein bars will be a part of that reemergence! They’re gorgeous. Also, I’m drooling.ReplyCancel

  • Anna22/02/2016 - 6:39 am

    I’m making these right now and can’t find in the instructions when to add the vanilla extract! Is it for the bars or the chocolate mixture? I’m so psyched about these :DReplyCancel

    • Laura22/02/2016 - 7:50 am

      So sorry Anna! You add it in with the almond butter. I’ll take a look and fix the recipe.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Nicholas22/02/2016 - 2:12 pm

    How does something so sinful looking be a vegan dish?!ReplyCancel

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    […] Coconut Mocha Vegan Protein Bars–> I heart a good granola bar.  […]ReplyCancel

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  • […] This is a modification of the recipe from The First Mess, http://www.thefirstmess.com/2016/02/17/mocha-coconut-vegan-protein-bars-recipe/ Nutritional Facts: Serving Size: 1 bar Number of Servings: 12 Calories: 245 Fat (g): 10.9 […]ReplyCancel

  • MusingsonDinner (Chloe)01/03/2016 - 6:19 pm

    I’ve recently(ish) started running and sometimes my motivation does flag after a long day (I go to the gym after work, not before). I might make a batch of these to spur me on! I love almond butter, I love mocha, I love that these don’t have any weird ingredientsReplyCancel

  • Maria Loghin03/03/2016 - 9:03 am

    These look spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • Trevor E03/03/2016 - 7:34 pm

    Seriously, I want to dive right into these images. You are such a gem. I owe you a serious thank you email soon!
    Hope you’re not buried under too much snow!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashlyn | Dollop Of Yum05/03/2016 - 9:50 pm

    These protein bars look absolutely amazing! I’m always looking for more ways to make homemade versions!ReplyCancel

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raw chocolate raspberry shake - The First Messpin it!
I lied in the last post when I said I wouldn’t make anything Valentines-y! It’s two smoothies for the price of one and it looks so pretty all layered up in the glass. I aaaaaalmost called it a two timin’ chocolate raspberry shake, but it sort of felt like the v-day version of bah humbug. I’ll keep the focus on endless, all encompassing love and happy feelings as much as I can. I’m hoping to squeeze a little work in this weekend, along with all the sweet red + pink treats and chill times. I’ve got a box of doughnuts on my kitchen counter right now and I’m fixing up this post while a full-fledged snow storm is happening outside. Does it get any cozier? *reaches for sweatpants* Cue the links and reads to peruse while you’re snugglin’ up and relaxing this weekend <3 View full post »

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  • Aubrey13/02/2016 - 7:16 am

    Yummy! I am yet to try a layered smoothie. I need to get on that!:)ReplyCancel

  • Cheese and Chinese13/02/2016 - 8:01 am

    Oh what a nice idea! It looks super cute and tasty!ReplyCancel

  • TUULIA13/02/2016 - 8:33 am

    Love this new series of yours! And a big yes to layered smoothies, they’re my favorites. xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bryan | Downshiftology13/02/2016 - 9:52 am

    This layered smoothie looks delish! Though I kinda liked the two-timin’ name…it made me laugh! ;) xReplyCancel

  • Lily | Kale & Caramel13/02/2016 - 11:42 am

    These links are gold!! Especially the one from Amanda Cohen—I’ve been fantasizing about going to Dirt Candy but never have. And this shake. Gimme. Does it count as breakfast if I add greens powder to it ;)?ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout13/02/2016 - 1:27 pm

    Mmm! This looks so good. I love reading your links, I was especially inspired by the interview with Simran Sethi. So great. Also, I wrote you a note using the contact form on your site, just wondering if you received it! thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full13/02/2016 - 4:55 pm

    I really enjoyed reading the link you shared about the whole Amanda Chantal Bacon uproar. I think it was a great response to the whole situation. Amanda isn’t trying to get everyone to eat the way she is – she’s just sharing what works for her, and there’s nothing wrong with that.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany13/02/2016 - 5:41 pm

    My non-local, non-seasonal favourites at this time of year are bitter melon, radicchio, and citrus anything. I am also a huge fan of Pink Lady apples, which we don’t grow here. I refuse to feel guilty about it, though we’re lucky here in banana belt Niagara to get much local/seasonal stuff year-round. But I have to admit, I avoid tomatoes at this time of year because they’re mealy and blech. That link to winter tomatoes is convincing me to give them another shot.ReplyCancel

  • Clementine14/02/2016 - 8:37 am

    This looks so delicious and almost too pretty to eat! I love the idea of a layered smoothie, perfect for a cosy day xReplyCancel

  • danielle // rooting the sun14/02/2016 - 8:58 pm

    oh laura, the NYT-Cohen link about winter tomatoes fills me up in all good ways. “winter tomatoes exist” – yes, totally. we can embrace seasonality in different lights, and we shouldn’t snub our noses, as the article states, at what we feel is inferior due to the time and place. i’m not growing year round, and if something is beautiful, bountiful, and available, why not? happy v day lovely, hope the couples are well-mannered. ♥ReplyCancel

  • This smoothie looks too good to be healthy!

    I’ve also just checked out Chill Wildlife and it’s amazing! Thank you for ensuring that even more of my time is wasted online!ReplyCancel

  • krystal15/02/2016 - 12:51 pm

    I love this new series. I’m a sucker for a list of links and these drinks are just getting better and better. My breakfast life has been the pb greens smoothie and I had the blood orange lassi this morning. Keep ’em coming!ReplyCancel

  • Heather15/02/2016 - 1:06 pm

    I recently came across your site and I love it! Thanks for all of these links, its some good reading :)ReplyCancel

  • Alissa15/02/2016 - 1:34 pm

    Loved this from the Amanda Chantal Bacon article –

    As feminist writer Lindy West told Cosmopolitan, the internet doesn’t have to be a cruel place where women can assume they’ll be attacked. The internet is ours to make. “We are currently in the process of building it. It’s still a baby, and we have the opportunity to build it better.”

    YES! Let’s build a better internet togetherReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens16/02/2016 - 4:22 pm

    Eeee I love anything involving berries + chocolate. I haven’t read Amanda Cohen’s piece yet but I’ve been so curious since she shared it and I can’t wait to dive in.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley17/02/2016 - 10:41 am

    I just clicked on EVERY single link you have up there. Goodbye 2hrs of my morning. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jo18/02/2016 - 2:18 am

    I just have to say that I love love love everything about this series!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Deegan20/02/2016 - 6:34 pm

    I tried out this recipe with blueberry instead of raspberry and I am happy to announce it turned out delicious and just as pleasing to the eye as yours does.ReplyCancel

  • morning food – liebe familie26/02/2016 - 5:52 pm

    […] and now it is lunch time but you don’t have anything ready. The solution: you whip up this Chocolate Raspberry Shake/Smoothie from the first mess and call it lunch. (I skip the mesquite powder, use regular milk, and swap […]ReplyCancel

  • Katie29/02/2016 - 1:40 pm

    I just finished making this smoothie. My kids went nuts for it and I’m really enjoying it myself. I used some kefir in the raspberry mix instead of the nut milk (sorry vegans) and love the taste. Thanks for another fantastic recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Faith VanderMolen06/03/2016 - 11:29 pm

    This is stunning! And I love the addition of the cashew butter. Cashew butter makes everything taste better. So glad I found your blog! Beautiful photography!ReplyCancel

  • Breakfast | Ilex Quilts08/03/2016 - 11:52 am

    […] Part of my current attempt to reach this nirvana is that I’ve scheduled one breakfast a week as a “special” breakfast, where I can try something new. Breakfast is arguably my favorite meal of the day, so much so that if I get up early enough I do it twice. This week I made these beautiful double-layer smoothies. […]ReplyCancel

roasted winter bowl w/ BBQ tempeh + vegan hemp seed ranch dressing - The First Messpin it!roasted winter bowl w/ BBQ tempeh + vegan hemp seed ranch dressing - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Katrina10/02/2016 - 8:43 am

    I am all over that ranch! This bowl sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout10/02/2016 - 9:10 am

    yum! this is looks great :) I have never been a ranch/ creamy sauce person but I can definitely get behind this one + maybe sub it in for my usual tahini sauce!ReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:21 pm

      This reminds me of tahini sauce in a lot of ways because of the seedy base. Thanks so much, Maya!
      -LReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full10/02/2016 - 10:42 am

    You are so right, there is so much pressure on Valentine’s Day! I miss the days of construction paper cards and Kit Kat valentines too ;)ReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:23 pm

      I miss those days for sooo many reasons lol ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Mariela10/02/2016 - 11:02 am

    THIS LOOKS & SOUNDS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANYTHING VALENTINES RELATED.

    Gonna try that ranch sauce soon!

    Bye.ReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:20 pm

      Screw the pink hearts and stuff, right? ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Jessica10/02/2016 - 12:56 pm

    Can’t wait to try this. You create the best sauces/dressingsReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Jessica! Sauce is pretty much my favourite part of any meal :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Alissa10/02/2016 - 1:55 pm

    Hey Laura great recipe! I have a question though. When you make a google doc for a printable form of your recipe do you just make that doc available publicly through your own gmail account and then direct link it? I love this simple way of adding a printable recipe!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 1:58 pm

      That’s exactly what I do! My blog email is facilitated through Gmail, so I just do it through that account. Easiest ever! :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Jillian10/02/2016 - 2:37 pm

    Hi Laura! I’ve been falling in love with every recipe you’ve posted lately- you’re on a roll, girl! I just had a question about this recipe- did you really mean “1/4 teaspoon nutritional yeast” or is that a typo? Maybe I’m just too nooch-crazy but it seems like such a small amount!
    Thank you! xoReplyCancel

    • Laura10/02/2016 - 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Jillian! The nooch is not a typo. I only added a pinch to give it more of a savoury flavour (vs. super nutty because of the hemp). I didn’t want it to taste too cheesy because of all the herbs I was using. I hope this makes sense! Of course, you can just add more if you like. I’m kind of wild for nooch, too :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Aubrey10/02/2016 - 4:44 pm

    This looks so good and beautiful!:)ReplyCancel

  • Mark Joshua10/02/2016 - 11:04 pm

    Wow! This looks awesome. I like to try your sauce. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.ReplyCancel

  • sherri11/02/2016 - 3:02 pm

    I need this bowl today…won’t be doing the BBQ sauce though…just not my thing. Thanks for the inspiration to eat well today=)ReplyCancel

  • Molly11/02/2016 - 8:28 pm

    Seriously, how do you take such gorgeous photos!? This looks insannnee and amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Sexton11/02/2016 - 11:48 pm

    This is definitely my type of easy lunch/ dinner. I sometimes forget how quick and easy it can be to whip this up and love how much you can get done while it’s all cooking away in the kitchen. Can’t wait to give it a go. http://www.reneesexton.co.nzReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well12/02/2016 - 11:20 am

    Went to the store to get the ingredients for this bad boy yesterday ;) Scott is going to be so amped for dinner tonight, thank you friend! Have a gorgeous weekend, I hope people behave sunday night ;) xoReplyCancel

  • Allyson12/02/2016 - 3:13 pm

    This is what I want to eat for V day. Bright and happy, satisfying and low-pressure. Sounds kinda like a good relationship.ReplyCancel

  • This bowl hit all the right spots this week…I’ve been making a bunch of different variations :) I went a little overboard with the nutritional yeast in the ranch dressing and whaddaya know…it ended up tasting like ceasar! That was the best surprise, since I can’t tolerate regular caesar salad dressing and it’s my fav! Huge <3 to you this weekend for the endless inspiration that I get from your recipes. Can't wait for your book to come outReplyCancel

  • Shannon Murphy13/02/2016 - 5:50 pm

    I made this twice already. Purely amazing. I think you helped me break through my tempeh barrier – I need to be using a thicker sweeter sauce e.g. BBQ sauce vs just some blah marinade like I’ve been doing.

    Had to do an extended riff on the sauce using dried dill (couldn’t find fresh), fresh parsley (trying to replace the dill) and jacking up the garlic 1000% ( to cover up to taste of too much parsley). It ended up great but was one of those 45-minute, adjust-and-taste-it-thirty-times, sauce-doubles-in-volume type of situations. I could *not* taste the dill so kept adding it and adding it but now that it’s been hanging out in the fridge a couple days the dill is super prominent – I guess I’m just saying, with a ranch-type of flavor profile I think it’s a good idea to make extra sauce and let those flavors meldReplyCancel

  • cheri14/02/2016 - 5:52 pm

    Hi Laura, beautiful salad, love the dressing. Will try tempeh this way have not had much luck with it:)ReplyCancel

  • Our Favorite Meals |16/02/2016 - 11:37 am

    […] Roasted Winter Bowl with BBQ Tempeh and Help Seed Ranch Dressing from the First Mess: The dressing for this is fantastic, and makes enough that you can use it for several meals. For the two of us, I used two sweet potatoes, a block of tempeh, and a head of romanesco cauliflower. We had enough leftovers to build a hearty salad the next night for dinner (I used shredded kale because the density of the sweet potatoes and tempeh needs something hearty). […]ReplyCancel

  • […] with buffalo tofu, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and ranch. This barbeque tempeh recipe was my inspiration, but as I was about to make this I realized I didn’t have any […]ReplyCancel

  • Ashley23/03/2016 - 10:08 pm

    Where do you buy your tempeh? I live in Mississauga and can’t seem to find it anywhere!ReplyCancel

    • Laura24/03/2016 - 8:45 am

      Hi Ashley,
      I get tempeh at Whole Foods Market, Health Food Stores, and a couple independent grocers carry it in my neighbourhood as well. I hope you can find some soon!
      -LReplyCancel

vegan vanilla rooibos tea latte with warm spices - The First Messpin it!
Happy weekend! I’ve got a warm, lightly spiced, caffeine-free mug of coziness to set the tone. We kinda went wild with some minor house repairs, painting, installs, and a top-to-bottom clean last weekend, so we’re taking it eeeeaaaaasy for this one. We’re hopping over to ‘Merica for an afternoon to pick up a few things–mostly vegan mayo, my fave Trader Joe’s serrano salsa, and other junky-but-not-totally-junky kinda foods. But also to source some decent, natural sunscreen for our Hawaii trip because I always have problems with that on our side of the border (go figure). Do any of you have a go-to brand? Sunday is gonna be spent snacking and watching a certain sporting event. I’m planning on making some epic vegan pizza with tons of olives, hot peppers, and pine nut parmesan, hummus and veggies, and maaaaaybe some of that buffalo-sauced cauliflower that everyone keeps going on about. Go team! ;) xo View full post »

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  • Summer06/02/2016 - 10:29 am

    This looks simple and nice ♥

    summerdaisy.netReplyCancel

  • Jessica06/02/2016 - 10:32 am

    Re: sunscreen, I love Supergoop!ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:49 pm

      The name alone is just outstanding ;)
      -LReplyCancel

      • KayN07/02/2016 - 2:26 pm

        I was going to make the same recommendation! Supergoop Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 is my daily facial sunblock and it’s fabulous (goes on sheer even on a dark complexion, no smell, not sticky, no breakouts) and they also make a more waterproof body formula!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel06/02/2016 - 11:29 am

    I second supergoop. The mineral/sensitive skin formulation is what I use. I bought mine online though; I haven’t seen it in stores.

    I just wanted to give you a shoutout, Laura! I’m not vegan, but your blog is helping me (and my man, by proxy) eat a more plan based diet and I’m loving it! I especially love your most accessible, weeknight-type meals. And your peanut buttery/green smoothie has been on repeat. Cheers!ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Rachel! So glad that you’re enjoying the recipes and that they’re helping you guys eat more plant-based. The weeknight meals are my favourite, too :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Meghan06/02/2016 - 11:37 am

    Thanks for the great recipe! Id recommend Arbonne sunscreen! I love mine! It’s vegan and uses zinc instead of a ton of parables and rubs in better than any sunscreen I’ve ever had. It’s not sold in stores, their website is http://www.arbonne.com. (Everything from Arbonne is vegan and cruelty free!)ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:40 pm

      I know so many people that love Arbonne products! Thanks Meghan ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well06/02/2016 - 12:03 pm

    Ah love those interviews Laura! “I need a teenager to hang out with me and show me the ropes” on snapchat cracked me up (**laughing crying emoji**) I feel the same way. And HAWAII. So so stoked for you girl! You deserve some R&R. Have a chill weekend and enjoy your snacks this Sunday! xoReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well06/02/2016 - 12:04 pm

    Ps. Sunscreen : Alba all the way – the tropical Hawaiin one ;)ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:41 pm

      Thanks lady. Hope you have a great weekend too! ;) ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Julie06/02/2016 - 12:52 pm

    What do you use the water for? Did I misread?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cormier06/02/2016 - 2:05 pm

    I checked out Rick Bayless’ videos and my husband has been watching them all morning. I think he’s gearing up to do a family taco Sunday lunch soon.ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:44 pm

      Hope the Rick Bayless binge-watching results in some good eats for you! You really can’t go wrong with his recipes :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Heather06/02/2016 - 2:57 pm

    I can’t wait to try this tea. I also am loving your “happy hour” posts. Thank you so much. Your pictures alone make me smile☕️ReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon06/02/2016 - 3:41 pm

    mmm I love me a good tea latte. made this first thing this morning. thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:45 pm

      They are my favourite thing right now. Pretty flattered that you made it :D
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Liberty | Homespun Capers06/02/2016 - 5:39 pm

    Hey Laura!
    Vanilla rooibos is one of my favourite teas but I’ve never thought you have it as a latte. Thank you, gonna try this soon!

    Also – love your list posts, always lots of good reads
    Xx LibertyReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Liberty! Glad that you’re into the link posts too :D
      -LReplyCancel

  • lynn @ the actor's diet07/02/2016 - 1:37 am

    Rooibos is one of those words I’m embarrassed to say out loud because I never pronounce it right. But I do love it so!ReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens07/02/2016 - 11:45 am

    Laura! This tea latte sounds so lush! That everything in moderation article is so interesting, it definitely pokes a hole in my cookie loving mentality, haha. Happy Sunday! <3ReplyCancel

  • Bella08/02/2016 - 2:52 am

    I am a diehard devotee of Avasol sunblock. Make sure you get the vegan version though (sans emu oil). Completely natural and biodegradable (won’t kill the reef!). I live in Hawaii, spend hours surfing, and this is the best stuff I’ve found. Have a wonderful time!ReplyCancel

  • Fabienne09/02/2016 - 5:03 pm

    Love your mouthwatering recipes!♡ How can one person be so talented? I really like the way how you take your photos and how you write I can spend hours reading your blog. Thanks for the great inspiration (:
    Love F&MReplyCancel

  • Maria11/02/2016 - 8:49 am

    I discover your blog now, and I love it ;)
    your logo is so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn11/02/2016 - 9:06 am

    I’m loving these posts!!! so many interesting links!!! thank you for all you do and create!!1ReplyCancel

  • […] house smell incredible and it tastes amazing paired with warm turmeric milk or even a home-made tea latte! If you want to be extra wild you could probably dunk this bad boy in your coffee, which I plan on […]ReplyCancel

  • Kate19/02/2016 - 8:11 am

    I wish it was afternoon already so I could make one of these lovely drinks. I too love the Rick Bayless Youtube channel!! Thanks for the great recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Rae16/04/2016 - 2:30 pm

    I am so excited to create this! I’m wondering what a good caffeine tea replacement would be for those mornings that I need a pick-me-up?ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/04/2016 - 7:54 am

      Hi Rae, I think lots of different options would be great here: a malty black tea like Assam or a milky oolong would be my two first choices.
      -LReplyCancel

      • Rae27/04/2016 - 12:49 pm

        Thanks so much! I ended up using Assam and it was delicious!ReplyCancel

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  • eleanor03/02/2016 - 5:04 am

    I absolutely get what you mean about not trying to make plants taste/have the texture of meat, it weirds me out a lot too. even if I know it’s a plant, it still kind of makes me uncomfortable. also these look delicious, ahh! always look forward to your posts :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:30 pm

      Yes! It’s so weird. I still can’t handle seitan because of this. It’s toooo similar :/
      -LReplyCancel

  • Tori03/02/2016 - 6:19 am

    These look delicious! mushrooms and radishes are some of my favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Christine03/02/2016 - 8:52 am

    I am pretty stoked about the fact that I have every ingredient listed here except oyster mushrooms, and I can quickly pick those up. I’m craving tacos lately and these look delicious! Also aren’t those convos that stick with you so good? If I were a “hang quotes on your wall” kind of person, those would be the ones to make it up. I hope it’s all sorting out for you Laura! :) ps I found blood oranges and double-checked just in case, and I can’t wait to finally make that lassi you posted!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:31 pm

      Thanks Christine! Happy you found some blood oranges, too (and that they weren’t grapefruits) ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Katrina03/02/2016 - 9:15 am

    That sauce sounds like a total dream!! Love these tacos!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica DeMarra03/02/2016 - 9:49 am

    I have to admit, I love this recipe spree you are on- a bit selfish of me since I know how much work goes into it but I can’t help feeling excited when I see your posts in my inbox. Not just for the recipes, but for the writing as well.

    Tacos are boss- despite my man telling that they are just sandwiches that are harder to eat, we have them regularly. Again, selfish because I love them so and more than willing to eat any with chipotle in it.

    Thanks for the reminder and permission to turn off the noise. Clarity can come from silence.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:33 pm

      Ahaha my man makes the same tacos = sandwiches argument all the time, but we still eat them a lot too. Glad you’re enjoying the posts :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan03/02/2016 - 10:34 am

    I’ve been struggling with this a bit too! I have some major changes coming my blog soon and I’m all over here like WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING while eating all the cookies and leftover cake. Your words and inspirational bad ass photo skillz are giving me that push I need today to just keep going, so props to you my lady! Also, I don’t love mushroom, but king oysters are the only ones I really tolerate!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:41 pm

      Lol you’re the only vegan I know that doesn’t like mushrooms and kale! Can’t wait to see what’s coming up with your site, Abby :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Ashley03/02/2016 - 10:55 am

    Hang in there, lady! I feel like if you weren’t asking yourself these questions, you would lack the feeling of being challenged. And I know you’re not one to sit back + take the easy way. A little bit of unknown in the day-to-day keeps us from becoming complacent. And you’re basically KILLING IT. And also, those chubby mushrooms. Major hearts. Okay…1 more thing. My therapist used to have me play out the “what ifs” out loud or on paper. So basically say/list all of the things that would result if XYZ actually happened. I cannot tell you how much that helped. Mostly, I was snowballing everything in my head and letting anxiety take over. But I realized if the “what ifs” actually played out, it was nothing I couldn’t handle. xoReplyCancel

  • McKenzie03/02/2016 - 11:42 am

    What about melting some bittersweet chocolate in there instead of powder? Making these immediately! You are such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/02/2016 - 12:44 pm

      Hey McKenzie!
      I think a square of bittersweet/super dark chocolate would be excellent. I only tested with the cacao/cocoa powder because I figured most people would have it in their pantry. Let me know if you try it!
      -LReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw03/02/2016 - 12:12 pm

    Man oh man do I feel you on the spiraling thought patterns! It’s hard to pull yourself out of, especially when working for yourself––you “control” so many parts of your business ventures/day-to-day life. Cooking has always been a way for me to relinquish some of that control and ask some of those same questions. Do I love this? Am I connected to this? Is this where I find passion and fulfillment? The answer is always yes, but it takes stepping back to see the *why* and move forward with that in mind. Much love, Laura! Aaaaand these tacos look bomb AF. Your photos are stunning, such a mid-week treat to pour through. I can’t wait to make these, and slow down just a bit :-)ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:51 pm

      I think creative people of all stripes get into the spiral of doom from time to time. It’s good to be self-reflective and believe that you can aim higher for yourself by controlling/optimizing every aspect, but it’s crazy-making too. Chilling out vis a vis cooking is probably one of the better ways to cope :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Lauren03/02/2016 - 12:21 pm

    I love this post and the recipe looks delicious! Looking forward to combining chipotle and cacao.ReplyCancel

  • Allyson03/02/2016 - 12:41 pm

    I love the focusing on “why” over “what”. What seems to invite anxiety, where why paves the way for clarity. I also love the look of these tacos. I’m definitely trying out the chipotle cacao sauce.ReplyCancel

  • tieghan03/02/2016 - 1:38 pm

    Ahh, you last week is me this week. I just cannot seem to get my shit together…so many what if’s and second guessing happening in my head right now it’s horrible. I think I need you as my life coach or something. UGH. I have got to snap out of it!!

    Anyway, these tacos are KILLER. LOVE that chipotle sauce! :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:53 pm

      I hope you get some time to just relax and reassure yourself, Tieghan! I know that you work so hard, so you definitely deserve some reflective time to sort it all out :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full03/02/2016 - 1:54 pm

    What a powerful message, and one I needed to hear in the face of some career-changing decisions of my own. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:56 pm

      Hey, glad the timing worked out for both of us ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)03/02/2016 - 3:34 pm

    literally on the same brain train (i deleted all the apps on my phone too). i also legitimately tested recipes while drinking tea and listening to podcasts yesterday. i particularly like the lena dunham podcast rn. can’t wait to make these tacos! so bomb. king oyster mushrooms are freaky meaty and it’s so fiercely delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:56 pm

      Riiiiiding that same wave length! ;) ;) ;)
      xx LReplyCancel

  • Sherrie03/02/2016 - 3:56 pm

    I woke up and read this post, and then immediately deleted all {three!!!} of my Facebook applications from my phone. Thank you for inspiring me to do that, I instantaneously felt a sense of relief. A lightness. Less clutter up there. I admire your work, and commitment to be the very best version of yourself Laura. I trust the universe has your back. All my love always, xx!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 3:58 pm

      Yes! Relief is release and I’m all smiles to help with that, in whatever tiny way. Love and hugs to you, miss.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens03/02/2016 - 5:27 pm

    This was such a great reminder to “tune in” with myself. I try to put my faith in the universe and try not to overthink the “signs”, but sometimes it is really hard. So, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Terry davidson04/02/2016 - 2:54 pm

    I made these tacos last night. They were delicious! Loved the sauce ….found it more than sweet enough with the dates.

    TerryReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well04/02/2016 - 9:23 pm

    I’m so thankful for your honesty here, Laura. Working for yourself, especially in this business, is a tough balance at times and one I’m struggling to figure out as well. It looks as if glancing through these comments there are quite a few of us all feeling the same! We need a virtual blogger support group to vent/speak wisdom into or something. Now going onto my phone to delete some apps ;) thank you for the little push I (and so many others) needed to clear our headspace! And these tacos?! Swoon. I’ve never had this type of mushroom but now need to go hunting for some! xoReplyCancel

  • Tuulia05/02/2016 - 3:48 am

    Yes, yes, yes for more space in life and for clarity. Sometimes it’s so hard to focus on your own thing when there’s so much noise + pressure from social media..but I keep telling to myself this same mantra over and over again: “Do less with more focus”. Trusting your intuition and doing your own thing always pays out in the end, so keep it up Laura, you’re full of magic! And the tacos, yum. xxReplyCancel

  • lynn @ the actor's diet05/02/2016 - 3:51 am

    I had my first King Oyster Mushroom today in a vegan bowl of ramen – man they’re meaty! And mighty!ReplyCancel

  • Amy | Lemon and Coconut05/02/2016 - 10:41 am

    That’s so interesting. It’s so important for us all to understand the things that are holding us back, we live in a techno fuzz don’t we, it’s so draining, and our inner voice is all we should be listening to and developing. Go for it! xxReplyCancel

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