Vegan African Peanut Soup with Garlic Whole Grain Crostini ~ Recipe + Grocery Outlet GIVEAWAY

Vegan African Peanut Soup

It’s a perfect time to think about soup now that the seasons and are changing from warm to cool. Today I am sharing a plant based recipe for Vegan African Soup that’s both hardy and delicious. It’s not a spicy soup as the title may suggest, but rather a filling meal that adults and children both enjoy. Plus, it’s easy to make!

Vegan African Peanut Soup with Garlic Whole Grain Crostini Recipe


Soup Ingredients 2

-3 Tbsp olive oil– for soup and crostini

-2 medium yams coarsely chopped (makes about 4 cups)

-Organic carrots (about 2 cups, peeled & coarsely chopped)

-Truffle-infused oil ( I used Napa Valley brand from Grocery Outlet) — for crostini

-Organic Peanut Butter (I used creamy Maranatha brand, from Grocery Outlet)

-1 can of tomatoes (28 ounces)

-1 can coconut milk (13.5 ounces)

-1 carton of veggie stock (32 ounces)

-Bunch of cilantro (for garnish)

-Bunch green onions (for garnish)

-Loaf of Dave’s Killer organic whole wheat bread (I used the 21 Whole Grains & Seeds variety from Grocery Outlet)– for crostini

-Package of small peanuts (I used 5 ounces of Premium Orchard brand from Grocery Outlet)

-1 bulb of garlic (I used Christopher Ranch 3 pack brand from Grocery Outlet)

Here are some photos of a few of the ingredients I picked up at Grocery Outlet in their NOSH section. Would you look at those bargains!?!

MaraNatha Peanut Butter

Truffle-infused Oilunnamed-11

Soup Instructions (makes 8 servings) :

In large pot on medium heat, warm olive oil on stove

Add in 2 medium onions (makes about 2 cups, coarsely chopped)

Let oil & onion sauté for 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally

Add in carrots & yams, sauté for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

Add a half tsp salt & dash of pepper

Add the 28-oz can of tomatoes

Add 1/4 cup coconut milk

Add 2 cups vegetable broth

Stir and bring to a boil then turn heat to low, cover & let simmer for 40 minutes (if water content gets too low add a 1/2 cup water)

On low heat, add 4 Tbsp peanut butter & stir

Use handheld blender (or transfer soup to an upright blender, but be careful – it’s hot) & blend to desired smoothness

Add additional salt & pepper to taste

Top with garnishes and serve with slices of crostini


Diced Onions
Chopped Onions
Chopped Yams
Chopped Carrots
Cook the onions
Add onions to pot and saute
Mix carrots & yams
Add yams and carrots to cooked onions
Add Coconut Milk
Add in canned tomatoes and coconut milk
Add in veggie broth and stir
Add Peanut Butter
Add peanut butter
Blend to desired smoothness/texture

Garnish: prepare by dicing cilantro leaves, green onions. Crush peanuts by using the flat of a chef’s knife.

Sliced cilantro, diced green onions and chopped peanuts make the perfect garnish

Crostini directions:

-Slice bread into quarters (shaped like triangles).

-Toast under broiler (in oven or toaster oven), watching carefully until golden brown (approximately three minutes)

-Remove from broiler & set aside.

-Peel one clove of fresh garlic, keeping clove intact.

-Rub clove lightly onto each slice of toasted side of bread

-Drizzle Truffle-infused oil or use kitchen brush.

-Serve on the side with soup

Crostini 1
Slice & toast bread
Crostini 2
Lightly rub clove of garlic over each slice of bread.
Crostini 3
Lightly brush truffle oil on each slice of bread.

This soup recipe is not spicy (kids as well as adults will enjoy). Yams & peanut butter make this a hearty protein-packed meal– perfect for the cooler months like autumn and winter.

Garnish and serve soup with a slice of crostini

I’d like to give a much deserved shout out to Grocery Outlet markets for providing some of the essential ingredients for this delicious recipe. To find out more about Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets, be sure to read the information at the bottom of this post, plus enter my gift card GIVEAWAY! 

Grocery Outlet- Auburn, CA

What’s so special about Grocery Outlet?

Kayle shopping

Shopping at Grocery Outlet is similar to other closeout discount stores like Ross or TJ Maxx– you just never know what items you’re going to find. Their stock changes from week to week; if you enjoy good deals and treasure hunts, this is the store for you!

After a trip to my local Grocery Outlet this summer, I discovered that there are many options (including well-known brand names) for plant based eaters like myself. From organic peanut butter to organic fruits and veggies, as well as non-dairy ice cream, and even vegan-friendly beauty products, Grocery Outlet has it all. I highly suggest shopping Grocery Outlet first before hitting up your traditional grocer or natural foods shop.

GO Grocery Haul
Here’s an example of one of my past Grocery Outlet grocery hauls. Look at all the great vegan items; all if which were a smashing deal!

Plus, you can save up to 60% compared to other conventional grocers. Their NOSH section (my favorite) includes natural, organic, specialty and healthy items. Though it may take a little more time skimming the store shelves than your typical grocery store, I’m confident you’ll be surprised at the many treasures you can find from frozen foods, to packaged dry goods, to fresh produce, to beer and wine, as well as beauty products.

I am honored to team up with Grocery Outlet this week in giving away TWO $25.00 gift cards to TWO lucky U.S. winners! The gift cards can be used at any of Grocery Outlet’s 225 locations in California, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Grocery Outlet Gift Card

To enter: Please leave a comment below explaining if you won, how’d you’d like to spend your gift card (please mention whether or not you’ve shopped at Grocery Outlet before). Two winners will be randomly chosen on Monday, October 12, 2015; be sure to have your entry in by 12:00 PST. Winners will be notified by email only and gift cards will be mailed by October 15, 2015.

If you’d like to keep up on all the great deals and the latest Grocery Outlet finds, you can stay in touch via their social media channels:

Grocery Outlet Facebook

Grocery Outlet Instagram

Grocery Outlet Twitter

18 thoughts on “Vegan African Peanut Soup with Garlic Whole Grain Crostini ~ Recipe + Grocery Outlet GIVEAWAY

  1. So excited about this contest. Have seen Grocery Outlet stores while visiting family in Cali. Would use my gift card to purchase food to prepare a filling, vegan meal for my son. daughter in law, & grandson, who is just beginning solid foods.

    1. Aww that sounds like a perfect use for the gift card! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway. Stay tuned for future giveaways.

  2. Wow! What a great recipe.
    I’m looking forward to getting the ingredients for this yummy sounding soup.
    Look forward to you future vegan recipes!

    1. Thanks for entering G! The soup is so easy to make and very yummy! Hope that you’ll stay tuned to my future recipes and giveaways. Thanks for your support!

  3. It wouldn’t be hard for me to spend as I shop there every week. It is wonderful to get natural and organic products at a lower cost. The owners are awesome too!

    1. Shop there every week, eh? That’s so great! Have you been to the Roseville or Auburn stores? I love them even more than ours here in Grass Valley. Thanks for entering the giveaway Lisa, and also for all your lovely support. Stay tuned for future giveaways (as I have randomly selected the winners for this contest). Thank you!

  4. I’d give my gift card to my son in his Christmas stocking. He shops at Grocery Outlet in Palo Alto. I wish we had one!

    1. Isn’t Grocery Outlet great!?! I know that you’ve enjoyed shopping their during your trips to visit your son in California. Please stay tuned for future giveaways; the winners have been chosen for this giveaway. Thanks Leslie for all your wonderful support!

  5. I already have quite a fond relationship with grocery outlet, because it supports my addiction which is always creating exciting healthy and vegan meals. I blow all my money on food because it’s my passion and I’ll always choose quality organic foods over what’s cheap. I shop in the organic aisle of grocery outlet often because of their constantly changing variety and it’s exciting to find new things! I would use the gift card to let myself splurge and most likely clear the shelves of the organic aisle, and hopefully put together some awesome new fall meals for my friends and family and I 🙂

    1. CONGRATS to you as one of the randomly chosen winners for a $25 gift card! You are the perfect winner because you live and work so close to a Grocery Outlet store and because you love to cook! Thanks for your support Beccy and I hope you’ll stick around to enter other giveaways in the future. Giddy up!

  6. I’ve never shopped at Grocery Outlet before, I just moved and saw one for the first time a few weeks ago. I didn’t go in since I didn’t think it would be vegan friendly, but I was clearly wrong! If I won, I’d probably buy the things I like to splurge on like gardein products, nut butters, Amy’s frozen meals and cereal. Those are my weaknesses and they always hurt the budget to buy them.

    1. Yes, I recently discovered the many treasures that Grocery Outlet has to offer! Since I have several in my area, it’s fun to try different locations because each store carries different products. Grocery Outlet is definitely a great place to shop first for all the bargains! Thanks for entering my contest and I hope you’ll enter again as I have chosen (randomly) my winners for this time. Stay tuned for more plant based giveaways in the future. Yeehaw!

  7. I’ve been to Grocery Ourlet before and love their awesome deals! So glad they carry a lot of vegan goods. I’d definitely spend mine on getting some new nut butter, bulk goods like grains and chia seeds and some fun snacks. My local grocery outlet has Brad’s raw kale chips right now and I’d love to pick up some more!

    1. Isn’t G.O. rad!?! While my family has shopped there for years, I recently discovered the many plant based options including organic fruits and veggies! Thanks so much for ALL your awesome support Sarah! My randomly selected winners have been chosen for this giveaway, but I hope you’ll stay tuned for more in the future. Thanks and yeehaw!

  8. I love grocery outlet. On my last visit, I found frozen falafel packs and spinach nugget packs for 50¢. It was amazing. With this gift certificate, my family could eat for a month.

    1. 50 cents!?! What an amazing deal!!! Thanks for your contribution and support. I have chosen my random winners, but hope you’ll stay tuned for future blog posts and giveaways!

  9. This soup looks delicious. I would but these ingredients with my gift card and make this soup. I’d also grab some Amy’s frozen lunches.

    1. Thanks for your entry Kaya! I have randomly chosen my winners and hope that you’ll stay tuned for a future blog post with a giveaway. Thanks for your support and yeehaw!

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