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Vegan Black Bean Soup with Elote


Hello beautiful people! The blog has been pretty  MIA for a few months, but I am back and here with a new purpose.

If you know me personally, then you know I love all things food (vegan food of course!). So, that is what I want to focus this blog on! So, watch for new recipes twice a week!

I will be posting on Sundays and Thursdays.

This weeks recipe is an creamy black bean soup topped with elote. Which is a Mexican dish traditionally made with cheeses and creams. The key to a delicious elote without animal products is roasting or grilling the corn. Elote is a great addition to many meals (or just eaten with a spoon), but it gives a amazing creaminess to this oil free black bean soup.

Now to the recipe!


Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 40 mins

for the soup

  • 2 cups cooked black beans (pressure cooked or canned)
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion or 1/2 a large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • juice from 1 lime
  • salt to taste

for the elote

  • 3 ears of corn
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 3 tablespoons tofutti vegan sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • cilantro
  • salt to taste

How to 


  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. In a small bowl mix the oil, spices, salt and lime juice. Clean your ears of corn and placed on a lined baking try. Use a brush to evenly coat the corn with the oil mixture.
  2. Bake for 30 mins, turning once or twice. If the corn begins to dry out cover with foil.
  3. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Remove the corn from the ear and stir in the remaining ingredients. Add more salt and lime juice as needed.
  4. This can be eaten warm or cold. Use to top soups, tacos or chips!

Black Bean Soup

  1. Chop all vegetables in to small cubes. Add vegetables and garlic to a warm pan with a splash of water. Let cook for 3-4 minutes until onion is clear.
  2. Add the beans, vegetable stock, 1 cup of water and spices/salt.
  3. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer for 30 mins.
  4. Blend with a hand blender or in a standing blender (only fill half fill and cover with a tea towel not your hand)
  5. If the soup is too thick add the remaining water and simmer for a few minutes. Add the lime juice and more salt to taste.
  6. To get a more creamy soup, but this makes it not oil free, I add 2 tablespoons of tofutti sour cream. This is optional, but it takes the soup to the next level
  7. Top with your homemade elote and serve with tortillas or chips!


Hope you enjoy this recipe! It is so simple and filling and most importantly VEGAN <3

Keep eating plants,



How to order vegan at EVERY coffee shop!

Two main things happen when you go vegan…

  1. total strangers suddenly become VERY concerned with how much protein you are getting, and
  2.   you have no idea what to order at Starbucks besides black coffee?!?!?

But, have no fear I have the answer to one of those problems..

Eating out can be one of the worst parts about being vegan, especially if you do not live in LA or NYC..

This will be the first post in a series of posts titled “Surviving the Meal (vegan food & social life)”  or something like that. This first post will be concerning coffee shops.

I used to be OBSESSED with caramel macchiatos. Hot, iced, through a feeding tube.. whatever works. This was great when I was a vegetarian, but once I learned about the dairy industry and what is really in milk.. I could never drink one of those again.

I have seen several ‘vegan Starbucks guides’, but I know that not everyone lives near a Starbucks, or wants to go to one. I personally love local coffee shops, so this guide should help you order at ANY coffee shop you go to!

Step 1- choose a drink

latte, americano, espresso, cappuccino, flat white, black, blended, ect.

Just pick your favorite and veganize it!  Here’s how..


Step 2- milk swap

Most coffee shops have a dairy free alternative to milk. I prefer soy in lattes because it foams the best, but almond or other nut milks work too!

Note: there might be an extra charge, but it is worth not causing suffering to animals or your body!


Step 3- check the syrup

Most syrups are vegan, but some sauces are not. According to PETA the mocha sauce at Starbucks is vegan (and at a place I used to work the dark chocolate sauce was vegan, but the light one was not!)

DO NOT BE SCARED TO ASK! Asking questions is so important as a vegan, but we will talk about that in another post!I

When I first went vegan I used to tell baristas I want lactose intolerant, because I was nervous about saying I was vegan.. now I shout if from the rooftops!

Step 4- hold the whip 

I have really never had to ask this, I think people assume that if you are getting non-dairy milk then you are probably not going to want dairy whip cream. It never hurts to ask though!


Step 5- blended drinks 

According to PETA frappuccinos can be made vegan with soy milk. If you are not at Starbucks make sure you ask what is in their frapps. A lot of places use a dry milk in their blended drinks. These can usually not be made vegan, but no sweat just go with an iced drink!

Step 6- 

Enjoy your drink!

Once you get the hang of ordering vegan it becomes natural. I honestly love lattes with non-dairy milk. Here are a few drink combo ideas you might like!

-soy vanilla latte

-flat white with soy

– americano with a splash of almond milk

-black coffee with cashew milk

-cold brew with soy

-french press black

-cappuccino with soy

I hope this post helps out, and never miss out on your morning coffee again!

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy coffee and that’s pretty close

-She Eats Plants & Sweets