Taco Bell Inspired

by HEAB on November 21, 2009

I used to love those cinnamon tostitos at Taco Bell. I tried to google them, but I guess now the restaurant serves cinnamon twists? When did they switch? It’s been a while since I’ve been there. 😉

Anyway, after reader Vegaholic sent me her recipe for kabocha ice-cream, I knew it would make the perfect breakfast. It did, but I figured the ice-cream alone wouldn’t leave me 100% satisfied. So, I made some cinnamon chips for a little crunchy dipping action.


For my chips (thanks for the idea Carolyn), I spread 1 tsp coconut oil on a La Tortilla Factory tortilla, sprinkled cinnamon and stevia on it, and placed it in a 425° oven until crispy. For the ice-cream, I followed Vegaholic’s recipe, but tweaked it just a bit based on the ingredients I had on hand. My substitutions are in parenthesis. Into the Vita-Mix went the following:

1/2c. baked kabocha squash, skin on or off
1/4c. light coconut milk (So Delicious plain coconut milk kefir)
1/4c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (unsweetened rice milk)
1/2 frozen banana
1-2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
1/4 t. ground ginger
dash salt
1/8-1/4 t. xanthan gum (+ 1/4 tsp guar gum)
1/2 t. vanilla
1 packet stevia (1 scoop Sun Warrior vanilla rice protein powder)
4 ice cubes

Thanks Vegaholic! You were right, I did proceed to eat the whole batch, and could have easily eaten several more.

Back in my running days, I used to take 1 to 2 days off a week from exercise and NEVER felt guilty about it. My rest days were always something to look forward to, but now that I only walk or do yoga, I’ve gotten into this mindset that since I don’t workout as hard most days of the week, that I should be doing something everyday. I don’t like it that I feel guilty if I take a day off, and so I’m putting this out there for all the world to read. I am NOT going to exercise today, Saturday, November 21. OK, now that I’ve shared that with everyone, I’m off to the farmers market. Have a wonderful day!