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Vegan Colombian Arepas

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Carolyn, creator of The Healthy Voyager, celebrates her Colombian heritage—and the holidays—with arepas, which are a tradition in her home. They're great for breakfast or dinner. She's created a special vegan and gluten-free version just for Found.

Serving size: makes 10-12 arepas


  • 1 cup of precooked white corn flour (look for masarepa flour as it works best, if not, use masa harina)

  • Salt, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1/2 cup of vegan mozzarella or Monterey Jack style cheese, shredded 


  1. In a medium bowl mix flour and salt.

  2. Add warm water little by little, kneading as you add, until you’ve used all the water and the ingredients are well incorporated. Then add the butter and mix well until there are no lumps.

  3. When the dough has a firm, moist, and somewhat weighty consistency, add the cheese and mix well into a uniform mass.

  4. Divide the dough into small to medium balls, about golf ball size.

  5. Between your hands, flatten each ball into a flat disc about a 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick and 5 inches wide. Set aside on a plate. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. (If you prefer, place the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap and flatten it into discs with your hands.)

Preheat your griddle or skillet over medium heat and grill the arepas until they are golden on both sides. Serve warm with vegan butter, along with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee at breakfast. They’re also great with dinner.

About the author:

The Healthy Voyager, aka Carolyn Scott, is the creator and host of The Healthy Voyager web series, site, and overall brand. An award winning healthy, special diet and green living and travel expert, holistic nutritionist, plant based vegan chef, best-selling cookbook author, media spokesperson, sought after speaker, consultant and television personality, Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is a respected figure in the world of healthy lifestyle and travel as well as special diet cooking and nutrition. The Healthy Voyager aims to help people live well, one veggie at a time!

Follow her on Instagram @healthyvoyager

Check out her plant-based recipe book on Amazon.

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