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Living a healthy lifestyle off the ice is important. Good food choices and exercise are key ingredients in prolonged on ice success, but occasionally a little treat makes all the difference. Hockey players know how to party, and for women, the dessert table is a team favorite. A few months ago, I attended an end of the season party and watched one of my teammates stare longingly at the dessert table; yet not partaking. Later I found out that she has a variety of allergies, eggs and dairy included. That being said, when I received an invite to our hockey-centric cookout this past weekend, I decided to do what a hockey player does best and help a teammate in need by making a dessert that everyone could enjoy.

After searching and trying various recipes on the internet, this beauty looked and later tasted absolutely perfect! Introducing “Vegan” Carrot Cake Cupcakes, guaranteed hit for any hockey fan or player in the league.

Try making it with this vegan cream cheese frosting recipe:

1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine (softened) – I used Olivio Coconut Spread
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend all ingredients with a hand mixer and refrigerate any leftovers you might have.
Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: winter@thepinkpuck.com Twitter: @Winter_Adams

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