Stovetop Vegan Cinnamon Buns

by Jennifer

Why do I hate cooking?

I’m terrible at it.

I’m impatient.

I have a very specific diet, eating mostly Raw Till 4.

Gooey, Sugary, Stovetop Cinnamon Buns

However, inspired by Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls and living at a petsit without a working oven, I attempted to make my own relatively Raw Till 4 Vegan Stovetop Cinnamon Buns with these guidelines:

  • No fat
  • No salt
  • Oil free
  • Fruit infused
  • Sweet tooth fulfilling
  • Simple ingredients
  • Can add a boost of filling protein by adding 2 scoops of protein powder to recipe

First, boil 2 cinnamon sticks with a banana, and a cup of water for 5 minutes.

Cinnamon Sticks and a Banana Add Flavor to the Dough

Next transfer this to a mixing bowl and add apple sauce and vanilla.

Mix those dry ingredients with apple sauce, instead of oil.

Flour your work surface.

Have fun creating a design with your dropped flour.

Roll out your dough.

Dough doesn’t have to be a perfect square. Some rolls will just end up thicker than others.

Mix cinnamon with sugar and sprinkle mixture all over dough surface and smooth it out until evenly distributed.

This mixture will create the beautiful cinnamon swirls of your rolls.

Roll up the dough into one hunkin’ chunk.

Cinnamon Bun rolled dough.

Slice dough into 1-2 inch thick pieces, depending on how thick you want your buns.

Sinking your knife into the sticky sticky dough

Aw look at that swirly cinnamon sugar goodness.

Tuck buns tightly next to each in your pan, after liberally spraying the pan with cooking spray, if it is not non-stick.

Cinnamon rolls sitting in a cast iron pan.

Place a damp paper towel or towel over the buns to keep them moist.

Moist cinnamon buns

Cast Iron Steamer

Place a lid or a similar sized pan on top to trap in heat.


Heat them slowly over a low flame, so they have time to cook from the inside out. As one side starts to brown, flip them over, so both sides cook. You can flip them again on their sides for more coverage.

A little crispy.

I might have cooked them a little too long on one side. Oops!

But they are delicious, and it was too cold for me to leave the apartment – and I wanted to make this with what ingredients I had – so I made these without yeast! Gasp! With yeast, they would have turned out even less dense, more fluffy!

I’m going to try making them again, but if you’re ever in a pinch – without an oven or yeast – cinnamon rolls are a distinct possibility.

For reading this.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 t vanilla

And here is Sandy’s review of the Vegan Stovetop Cinnamon Buns!

Plantains and Overnight Oats

by Jennifer

I have only a few more days in NYC with Sandy before I head back to the West Coast to Visit San Francisco for a week and then Hawaii, and I’ve been sick with a cold. Sandy has been busy getting back into the groove of work after unexpectedly being away for a week, stuck in Vegas because of the snowstorm that cancelled our Monday flight.

In between sending some job applications out, writing on here, fiddling with youtube, and taking Olive out for walks, I’ve been trying to find one thing to cook each night to ensure my honey has something delicious and healthy to come home to, with enough cooked for him to bring leftovers for lunch the next day.


Eating Cheap – Raw or Raw Till 4, Vegan in Las Vegas

by Jennifer

Eating Raw Till 4 in Las Vegas doesn’t have to be expensive.

Fruit in the Southwest – Nevada and California – generally is pretty cheap! Less travel costs = Less cost for you.

We are talking

$2 large papayas
20-cent ripe Golden Delicious apples
33-cent kiwis
33-cent golden mangoes
$1.50 10 lbs bags of potatoes
50-cent per pound tomatoes…


Vegan Black Bean Brownies – 5 Ingredients Lowfat, Lowcarb, Sugarfree, and High Protein

by Jennifer

On a Vegan Raw Till 4 Diet, I’ve Been Craving Something Indulgent…

A brownie so delicious, but healthy, you can eat it for dinner, without guilt.

Fudge, Dense Black Bean Brownie – Cheap and Healthy

Brownies made in the food processor with no bowl required! Bake and slice into the most decadent, rich and fudgy brownies without the guilt! You will truly be amazed that these are so low-fat!


15.5 oz Can of Goya Black Beans

Ghirardelli 100% Unsweetened Baking Cocoa

1/2 t Baking Powder

1/2 cup Unsweetened Soy Milk

1/2 cup Flour – All Purpose or Whole Wheat


Add 5 packets of Splenda or 3 packets of stevia, or 4 T Agave or Maple Syrup


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray an 8×8 metal square pan or 6-inch diameter pyrex glass with nonstick spray.
  2. Toss all ingredients into a Nutri-Bullet or some other blender.
  3. Spread batter in dish.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when brownie is puffy and the top forms a firm crust.
  5. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  6. Keep any leftovers in a tupperware in your fridge to keep them fresh.

Want to eat the vegan black bean brownie

Delicious, raw, gooey brownie for dinner

Success! In my mouth.

Readjusting to Life – Not Living in A Van & A Raw Till 4 Snack

by Jennifer

Sometimes in life it is the simple things that count.

Like being able to relax on a couch.

With a hot cup of coffee and fresh produce throughout the day, prepared in a tiny, albeit working, kitchen.

Simple pleasures in Topanga include fresh produce chopped up and a cup of coffee.
Splurging on a cruelty-free, natural, non-GMO, sulfate free, oil free sunscreen from Derma E

Unrestricted to a 7′ by 2′ footprint of a camper van.

I quit the 10 Billion Tour job (I’ll explain later) and am staying with my parents and friends for a couple weeks before heading out to Vegas, and then Thailand for a few weeks.


10 Billion Lives – College of the Sequoias stop

by Jennifer

Visalia, you impressed us with the kindness of your students.
A city in the middle of an agricultural area, we were sure to meet students and those with family that work on farms, and some in slaughterhouses. There’s worry that some get desensitized to witnessing and inflicting violence on animals as a self defense mechanism one may develop to make such brutal work feasible. We understand that the farm industry is a business and one that many feel they have to work in to support themselves or their family. Doubtful anyone chooses to do this under any circumstance, other than duress.

However, despite meeting students under such circumstances, you were open and honest about your affiliation with such companies, and spoke to the many horrors you or your family have undergone witnessing animal slaughter.

To the student who works on a turkey farm and expressed needing to give up eating meat after witnessing baby chicks – just days after birth growing adult feathers bc of the heavy level of hormones they are given to grow to full, monstrous proportions in mere months…

To the father who must day after day slit pigs from neck to bottom, watching the blood drain out while the pigs’ body throttles and spasms as the life drains out…


Raw Till 4 modified diet 

by Jennifer

How am I doing on the 30 Bananas a Day turned Raw Till 4 Diet?

Day 46

My Tour Partner just asked me how long I had been eating this way. Every day she watches me eat something similar to the following:

1 large papaya
9 bananas
1 large potato
2 medium sweet potatoes
No salt ketchup
Chocolate pretzel Nugo bar
Dark chocolate raspberry Nugo bar
4 carrots
1/2 sweet pepper
2 peaches
20 dates
Coffee and 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
Half pack Trident spearmint


1 large papaya
6 bananas
2 apples
1/2 pepper
1.5 tomatoes
2 Dark chocolate raspberry Nugo bars
1 large potato
4 medium sweet potatoes
20 dates
Coffee and 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
Half pack Trident spearmint

It is a magnificent thing.

My skin is clearer than ever.

I never feel guilty about what I eat, and I never can seem to eat enough of great fresh produce – either raw or cooked.

I have lots of energy that keeps me on my feet all day campaigning for veganism, in addition to a 2 hour run/walk each morning.

My body is in the best shape it has been in in years, and I’m past my prime fitness age, at 31.5 years old.

The total cost is less than $10 each day, which puts me with the budget 10 Billion Lives has set us up with for each day that we work.

I recommend this diet for those looking to pursue veganism or regain control over their diet without sacrificing carbs or sweets – and engaging in lots of fresh eats.

You can read more about how to pursue this type of eating at 30 Bananas a Day

Giving Away Kombucha

by Jennifer

One of my favorite things about growing kombucha has been giving away the babies.
Kombucha scobies reproduce quickly.

While I had received my mother only three months ago, by the time I left NYC she had spawned into 25 new scobies.

Scobies lined up in the server room of my husband's office, Final Frame

Scobies lined up in the server room of my husband’s office, Final Frame

Initially I gave them away to friends, but since leaving NYC it became expedient that I list them on Craigslist and bartering site, Our Goods, to get them out the door more readily.

Throughout the week, people have been filtering in and out of my husband’s office as they choose a baby to bring home with them to make sweet, delicious, fermented tea.

This happy new mama is excited to cut back on kombucha expenses.

Another was excited to take a few to cut up, cure, and make kombucha jerky and candy from a few scobies.

New proud father of a Kombucha scoby

It has been the gift that keeps giving as my husband has been asking to take candids of each person embracing his or her new baby scoby. While I have been managing the craigslist ad and scheduling of picker-uppers, as I’m on the west coast, he has been in charge of meeting them and handing over the scobies.

Craigslist ad for free kombucha scobies

It’s fun to think this all began three months ago when we we met Staten Island Urby‘s very friendly and generous resident chef, Brendan Costello, at an Open House New York Event. He had served us a delicious, bubbly kombucha tea at the end of the Open House, and was kind enough to show us around the kitchen, including his amazingly large, healthy, and very productive mother scoby. Held in a magnificent 10 gallon glass, jar, after gauging our interest in his kombucha, he offered to gift us one of his baby scabies.

After experiencing all the joy of giving away kombucha scobies – something that comes at little cost other than brewing sugary, black tea for the babies to eat as they are born – I began looking online to see if there is any site or org that arranges for the free exchange of kombucha scobies. Unfortunately, all of the groups that once did this have gone kaput.

It has got me thinking of creating a small Kickstarter to fund creating a site that would manage the exchange of scobies – around the world.

Would you like to see something this develop?

What recommendations do you have for Kickstarter backer rewards?

XO, NY Nomads

Going Vegan Step 28: Cutting Ice Cream from your Diet

by Jennifer

I scream. You scream.

We all scream For ice cream!

Yet.. did you know?

264 million dairy cows exist worldwide.

Despite the U.S. only have 9 million cows, compared to India’s 43 million cows, India produces only 2/3 the amount of milk the U.S. produces every year.


Today’s average dairy cow produces six to seven times as much milk as she did a century ago.

Cows spend their lives being 
constantly impregnated – artificially inseminated – in order to produce milk.

Hormones have been designed to increase milk production.

are pushed hard for production, and, after 3-4  years, their production slackens, and they are sold off for hamburger meat (despite having a natural life span of 20 years).

Unhappy cows and the lies of the dairy industry.

the United States is the largest producer of milk in the world, followed by India and China.

A local passenger train passes-by cows at a railway station in Mumbai February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA – Tags: TRANSPORT ANIMALS) – RTR2J2SK


So What Can you Do?

Make choices.

Make very good – ethical – loving – healthy – choices.

Go dairy free, and share the video above with your loved ones. Let them know the truth, and then they can make informed decisions about what they choose to put in their mouths.

On our 10 Billion Lives Tour we travel across the U.S. showing our 4 minute video that exposes the farm industry.

Just the last two days, simply witnessing our video led over 300 students to consider making a pledge to go meat and dairy free!

Just watch what this long-time vegetarian has to say after watching our video:

Beyond educating people as to the horrors of the farm industry, we also seek to help our viewers in making an easy transition to a delicious, healthy, cruelty free diet.

There are many dairy free and delicious ice cream options out there.

I, myself, prefer to keep it natural and simple with:

3-Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream

1) 2-3 frozen bananas

2) 1/2 cup almond milk

3) 1 cap full of mint or almond extract

The Gourmand’s version:

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream

Luckily making non-dairy ice cream is easy! vegan peanut butter chocolate chip banana ice cream →

Courtesy of Hot For Food Blog:

Ingredients (1 serving):

2 sliced and frozen bananas

2 tbsp natural peanut butter

3 tbsp raw cacao nibs

pinch sea salt

drizzle of agave (or maple syrup – optional)

Place frozen banana slices in a food processor and run the machine until it resembles a crumb like consistency.

Then add peanut butter, cacao nibs, sea salt, and agave and whiz a little longer until you get a soft serve ice cream consistency.

I love you readers.

Love your fellow humans, cows, dogs, cats, and every single animal that is innocent and deserves to live a cruelty free life.


“This happy mother dairy cow was spared a violent slaughterhouse end and is now reunited with one of her calves from whom she was separated on a dairy farm. They are now reunited and living out their lives together at a sanctuary in California. At sanctuaries like these, motherhood is honored and respected across the animal kingdom. As we become informed consumers, it becomes clear to us that she is really the happy cow, not the one promoted to us on the organic milk carton. She is a happy cow because she is free to live according to her own interests, free to create a family and free to raise and nurture her young as she so deeply desires and as Mother Nature herself so clearly intends.”