Sunday, October 16, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

Thanks so much to Jenn of Kale and Cookies for bestowing upon me this award!

“Liebster” is German and means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean ‘favorite’.
The idea behind this award is to bring attention to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and show your support during Vegan Mofo!

The rules of winning this award are as follows:
1.       Show your thanks to those who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2.       Reveal 5 of your top picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3.       Post the award on your blog.
4.       Enjoy the love and support of some wonderful people on the www!
And the Liebster goes to:

These are some of the amazing blogs that I've discovered from Vegan MoFo! I hope everyone enjoys blogging in the second half of MoFo and I hope to discover many more new blogs!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips

This is the easiest and quickest recipe that I've made so far for Vegan MoFo! It is Alicia Silverstone's Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips from her book, The Kind Diet and her website, The Kind Life.  You can find the recipe posted on her site and it only requires a few ingredients - crispy brown rice cereal, brown rice syrup, a pinch of salt, peanut butter, and vegan chocolate chips (optional if you don't want to add 'em, you don't have to!  I love my chocolate.)

  • 1 box brown rice crisps cereal
  • 1 3/4 cups of brown rice syrup
  • 1 pinch of fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  1. Pour the rice cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Heat the syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat.
  3. When the rice syrup liquefies, add the peanut butter and stir until well combined.
  4. Pour over the rice cereal and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Once thoroughly mixed and cooled to room temperature, stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Make sure the mixture is cool, or you will end up with melted chocolate instead of chocolate chips in your treats.
  7. Turn the mixture into an 8"x8" or 9"x13" baking dish.
  8. Wet your wooden spoon lightly and press the mixture evenly into the pan.
  9. Let cool for 1 hour - if you can - before cutting into squares or bars.
Of course, I didn't realize this until after I had made the treats but I used the wrong kind of cereal!  I had grabbed the "brown rice puffs" at the grocery store instead of "brown rice crisps".  So these aren't quite as crispy as they should be.  In fact, they're a bit soggy.  They still taste fantastic but they don't have that crispiness to them like a rice crispy square does.  So, you might want to make them with the brown rice crisp cereal rather than the puffs.  If for some reason, you can only find the puffed cereal at your grocery store, it will still work. I'll still eat them!

I also used crunchy natural peanut butter because that's what I had and it worked great.

I think I'll be taking this weekend off from blogging and Vegan MoFo.  Thanks to everyone for visiting my blog so far!  I can't believe I have over 1000 hits on my blog now, and I just started writing it a couple of months ago. 

Also, Happy Vegan MoFo Hump Day!!!!  To celebrate, vegan songwriter Leslie Hall has written a song for the occasion!  You can download it here!  And here are the lyrics:

I eat the finest cuisines, in the finest of places  Stuff my mouth full and always say thank you.  But if it's raised in a cage, and it can't even move, if it's hormone filled and in a bad mood.  I'm gonna pass on that.  Reach for something better.  The only milk I'll drink comes from the nipple of a soy bean. Veggies make you live forever, and they seem to taste much better. when they're cooked and grown with love.  So give a chef who knows what's up a hug. Momma just can't seem to get it, Papa he just rolls his eyes. When I tell them I'm much healthier, they just say that it's all lies.  But beans, nuts, fruits and veggies can really fill the belly.  Get you vitamins you need, shiny hair and extra speed.  Don't take that meat-wich any further, I want a marinated, deep fried, hand-tied mushroom burger.  I like it!  We gotta stand strong for our feathered furry sometimes scaly animal friends and their little babies.  'Cuz I wouldn't want to live in a cage in a dark warehouse killed at an early age.  Pumped full of hormones, sleeping in my feces.  Never met my mother, raised by machines.  Never get sunshine never get green, but that's just me.  [That girl loves fruit leather.]  So ask us what we're eating.  Delicious and repeating, fruits and veggies are so nice.  With a slice of tempeh,  yes, I'll have that twice.  Don't forget the legumes!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Since finding the vegan white chocolate chips, I knew that I wanted to make a yummy cookie with them!  I worked until 11:00pm last night, and when I got home, I started baking these cookies!  I know, I am a crazy lady baking at midnight.  These turned out so delicious!  They're so soft but they have a crispiness about them, too.  And the flavor - Paul commented to me today, "Those are vegan!? What!" and even said "These are way better than the ones at Subway."  Success!

Here's the recipe that I put together late last night:

3/4 cup raw sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup Earth Balance
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup applesauce
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
big handful of vegan white chocolate chips
big handful of chopped macadamia nuts
(You can adjust the amount of chocolate and nuts to your liking)

Heat oven to 370 degrees. Mix sugars, margarine, vanilla, and applesauce together in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins

I was looking for a recipe to make that wasn't too unhealthy as I've been on a bit of a chocolate and cake kick lately.  I dug out my copy of Veganomicon and found the Banana Wheat Germ Muffin recipe - and I already had all of the ingredients at home!  Success. 

These muffins baked just perfectly. They have a slight crunch to them from the wheat germ, and they are soft and fluffy from the bananas.  Baked with whole wheat flour and wheat germ, you won't feel guilty snacking on these.  The recipe makes 12 muffins.

1 cup plain soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
3/4 cup wheat germ
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 375F.  Add muffin liners to a muffin tin.
Pour soy milk into a measuring cup and add the vinegar to it.  Set it aside to curdle.
Meanwhile, mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl.  Add the soy milk mixture to the bowl along with the oil, sugar, and vanilla.  Mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.  Add this to the banana mixture and use a wooden spoon to gently stir the ingredients, until all the dry ingredients are just moistened.
Fill the muffin cups three-quarters full and bake for 22 minutes.  Remove from the oven and, once cool enough to handle, transfer to a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.

I recommend serving them warm - they are just delicious!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vegan Treats at Panacea in Toronto

Today, I had the entire day to myself - Paul is on overnight shifts and has to sleep during the day and I had this one random Tuesday off work. I decided to hop on a bus and treat myself to a day of walking, enjoying the sunshine, and doing some shopping in downtown Toronto.  While I did manage to get a little bit of Christmas shopping done (this will _not_ be posted on the blog at all as I don't want anyone to accidentally read about their own surprise Xmas presents!), one of my main goals was to finally visit Panacea, a completely Vegan shop near Bloor & Bathurst in Toronto.

Yes, this store is completely Vegan! No label reading is necessary here.  And the focus here, beyond veganism, is eco-friendly, ethical, natural, and organic products. I will happily always shop at places that seek out ethical products and this entire store is full of them! Next time I'm there, I'm going to take a closer look at their bath & body products.  Today, I wanted to find food and snacks that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere in my local grocery stores.

I wanted to post about the desserts and treats that I bought since my Vegan MoFo theme is Vegan Desserts!  I bought those three chocolate bars pictured above made by Go Max Go.  I've seen pictures of these chocolate bars online but hadn't seen them in person until today, so I'm super psyched to try them.  There were about six different kinds in the store, but I bought "Mahalo" (similar to a Bounty or Mounds bar), "Jokerz" (seems similar to Snickers), and "Snap!" (similar to Crunch). I am super pumped to try dairy-free versions of my favorite chocolate bars!  They look amazing!

I don't know when the last time was that I ate a marshmallow. I couldn't resist this variety sampler of Vegan marshmallows by Sweet & Sara.  They look all gooey and yummy.  They come in a variety of flavors:  Vanilla, Toasted Coconut, Strawberry, and Cinnamon Pecan. I think these are gonna get eaten pretty quickly.

I found them!  Vegan White Chocolate Chips!  I've been looking everywhere with no success, other than possibly ordering them online.  Thankfully, Panacea has them on their shelves.  I think my next baking recipe will have to involve these white chocolate chips in some way!

The day was a complete success all in all - I went to a few stores along Queen St., walked through Kensington Market (finally found kelp noodles for sale in an organic grocery store there! yay!), and treated myself to lunch at Fresh.  It was a beautiful and very hot day for October with the sun shining brightly, so it was perfect for enjoying some time outdoors. It might also seem silly to those who live in the city and take public transit everyday, but I also feel rather accomplished for having figured out the Go buses/trains and the subway system on my own for getting around town!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Maple Cupcakes with Rich Maple Frosting

Maple syrup is so sweet and so very Canadian, so what better recipe to write about on Canadian Thanksgiving.  I was inspired by the Rich Maple Frosting recipe on to create a maple cupcake with maple frosting.

The recipe for the cupcake itself is the Maple Cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the WorldEvery recipe I have tried so far from this book has produced beautiful, delicious cupcakes of all different flavors!  I took their advice and tried substituting some of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat pastry flour with great results.

The Rich Maple Frosting recipe is the one that I linked above from  The frosting was a bit tricky to make - I'm not sure if I did it properly since you had to heat the maple syrup and agave nectar over the stove and get it to a certain temperature... and then after refrigerating it for an hour, you had to blend it with margarine/vegetable shortening.  After doing this, the icing was quite runny, which it said may happen, and if it does, to refrigerate it.  No amount of refrigerating seemed to harden the frosting enough!  Not only that, but I found the recipe to be way too sweet for my liking.  It seemed to over-power the flavor of the cupcake and I found myself wiping off most of the icing...and I really didn't put too much frosting on these cupcakes to begin with.

With that said, Paul absolutely loved the cupcakes and wants me to make more!  He said that the Maple Frosting was perfect to his liking.  I have lots of leftover frosting so he may even use it as a topping for pancakes or waffles...or I will just have to make some more cupcakes for the icing.  I guess it is all just personal preference!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner - Tempeh Onion Curry & Chocolate Cake

I'm deviating slightly from my original Vegan MoFo plans of posting a dessert recipe or baked good every day for the month of October.  On Monday, it is Canadian Thanksgiving and since both Paul and I have to work on the holiday and aren't able to make dinner together, we decided to have our Thanksgiving dinner tonight.  I decided that I would write about our delicious Thanksgiving meal that we just shared!  Originally, we were thinking of going with some roasted vegetables (a little more traditional) but instead decided to try a new dish that I'd been eyeing for a while, Tempeh Do Pyaaza.

I changed up this recipe a little bit from the original, so I will post it below.  This was really fun because Paul and I went out to Whole Foods this afternoon in search of certain spices and ingredients for the meal that we didn't have on hand.  There were some ingredients in the original that we just couldn't find (anardana seeds), and some that we just don't really like (fresh mint in the curry) and some that Paul doesn't care for (fresh cilantro).  I also added some garlic and garam masala to the mix.

Tempeh Do Pyaaza, as originally posted on One Green Planet, is an Indian curry that literally means "double onion" (Do Pyaaza).  The whole "double onion" part of the recipe originally caught my attention - mmmm...onion!  And...double onion, even better!  This is definitely not your traditional Thanksgiving meal by any means, but it was hearty and warm for the holiday, and quite healthy!  We served the tempeh over brown rice.

This was also my first time cooking with fenugreek!  Yay for discovering new spices and ingredients! I was so surprised that the fenugreek had such a sweet smell to it, almost like maple syrup.  I read online that toasting the seeds lightly tends to bring out the aroma, and it was definitely a good idea. 

You'll need:

Olive oil (for frying)

2 hot chili peppers, chopped
2 large sweet yellow onions, cut into strips
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips
4 cloves garlic, sliced into rounds
1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds, lightly toasted (toast these on their own in a pan lightly)
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1 tsp Earth Balance
1 package tempeh cut into cubes
1 cup water

1.  Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan.  Saute one of the onions, one of the hot peppers, and the red bell pepper for 5 minutes.  Remove from the pan and set aside.
2.  Grind the Fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and the cumin seeds.  Saute the other onion, garlic, fenugreek, coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, and ginger in the same pan with more oil as needed, until the onions are golden.
3.  Remove from heat, and place all items from the pan in a blender with the lemon juice.  Blend the onion mixture to make a thick puree.
4.  In the pan, combine the Earth Balance, agave, salt and onion puree.  Add the tempeh and cook for 10 minutes, until the puree thickens and the tempeh cooks a bit.
5.  Add 1 cup of water, and cook for 5-10 minutes until the sauce is not too watery and has thickened to a desired consistency.

Serve the onion tempeh over rice, and top with the fried onion/red bell pepper mixture! 

I also enjoyed some dessert tonight and took the night off from baking:

It is a slice of chocolate cake from Sweets From The Earth!  Mmmmm....delicious and chocolatey and Vegan!  Keeping with my blog's dessert theme for VeganMoFo, I did enjoy a lovely slice of cake today after all! 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This is the recipe that made me fall in love with Vegan baking from the start - the basic Vanilla Cupcakes from Isa & Terry's Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.  I'm sure it is a recipe that many people have come across if you're into vegan baking or baking cupcakes as it has been posted in multiple places all over the web.  There are 75 dairy-free cupcake recipes in the book, and it is really cheap to purchase at Amazon or your local bookstore, so I highly recommend that you check it out if you haven't already!

After I initially baked these cupcakes, of course I had to run out and buy the book, and then proceed to bake copious amounts of different cupcakes on my own and with friends.  So, let's get baking, and whip up a batch of super sweet and yummy, light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting!

1 cup soymilk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 
1 1/4 cups flour 
2 tablespoons cornstarch\
3/4 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup margarine
3/4 cup sugar 
2 teaspoons vanilla 
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.  Preheat oven to 350F and line muffin pan with paper liners.  Whisk the soy milk and the vinegar together and let sit a few minutes until curdled.

Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and mix.
In a separate large bowl,use a handheld mixer at medium speed to cream the margarine and sugar for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy, but don't beat past 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and other extract, if using, alternate beating in the soy milk mixture and the dry ingredients, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.

Fill cupcake liners two-thirds of the way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes till done. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting (you may want to half this recipe unless you want twice as much icing! This will frost 24 cupcakes):

1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening
1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted if clumpy 
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1/4 cup plain soy milk or soy creamer

Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes.
Add the vanilla and soy milk, and beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pear Crisp Muffins

I baked these Apple Crisp muffins a little while ago, when Paul asked me if I could make Pear Crisp muffins for him. He loves pear and pear crisp so I thought...hey, I could swing that! I made them once before but they tasted very similar to the apple crisp muffins so I made sure to cut the pear pieces into bigger chunks and include a little bit more pear this time around.  They turned out wonderfully and definitely taste of pear this time!  With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner (this upcoming Monday!) these muffins would be a delightful addition to a warm Thanksgiving celebration.

As you can see, I left the pears pretty chunky - this muffin that I cut open may not be the greatest example as I think some of the bigger muffins had even more pear filling.  What I love about these muffins is that they are quick and easy to prepare and you can mix everything in the same bowl, so less cleaning up to do!  I only had an hour to spare before work today and I was able to bake the muffins and blog about them, so that's pretty good!  And more importantly, I have a great snack to bring to work with me!

Here's the recipe, as adapted from the one originally posted on Happy Herbivore:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
dash nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup organic applesauce
1 large organic pear, diced into larger chunks
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Whisk the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  Add the applesauce, sugars, maple syrup and stir.  Add the pear chunks.  Pour into a muffin tin and sprinkle more oats and brown sugar on top.  Bake for 18-25 minutes.  Makes 12 muffins.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Banana Everything Cookies

Unlike yesterday's peanut butter cookies, these cookies turned out perfectly! These are the Banana Everything cookies from the Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.  Of course they turned out great, as everything I have made from their cookbooks always turns out super yummy!

These cookies turned out amazing!  They're a perfect combination of banana, oatmeal, walnuts and chocolate chips.  Chewy, soft with a slight crunch and this recipe made a whole lot of cookies - 36 small cookies for me, although the recipe says it makes 24 (depends on how big you make them I guess!)  Here's the recipe:

1 very ripe banana
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups quick cooking (not instant) oatmeal or rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly grease two baking sheets.

2.  In a mixing bowl, mash the banana with a fork.  Add the oil, sugar, and vanilla and mix with a fork.  Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix until the dry ingredients are just moistened.  Add the oatmeal/oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips and mix well.  If the dough is too slippery, add a few extra tablespoons of flour.
3.   Clean your hands and roll the dough into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball.  Flatten it a bit in your hands and place each ball about 2" apart on the cookie sheet.

Cookie Dough, ready to go in the oven!
 4.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.  Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Cookies, fresh from the oven!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Martha Stewart's Peanut Butter Cookies...Made Vegan!

This is first attempt at taking a non-Vegan cookie recipe and making it Vegan! I have a whole magazine filled with cookies by none other than Martha Stewart, so I thought I would take a classic recipe and make it Vegan. This is your basic peanut butter cookie with no dairy or eggs, made with all natural peanut butter.

The cookies turned out okay, but not perfect. I found the dough to be a bit dry and crumbly, and the cookies themselves are a little bit dry as well. They have a very delicious peanut buttery taste to them and my fiance, Paul seems to think they are yummy, so that's good enough for me! I think they're pretty good, too.

If anyone has any suggestions as to how I could make these cookies any better, please let me know! I think maybe I should try a different egg replacer than the one I used. Someone on Twitter suggested using ground flax seeds plus water in place of the egg replacer.  I've also heard you can use banana, but I don't want to alter the flavor of the cookie since it tastes perfect just the way it is.

Here's the recipe! 

1 1/2 cups crunchy or smooth peanut butter (I used a bit of both)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance
1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer plus 2 tbsp water (in place of 1 egg)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.  Set aside.
2.  In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, sugar, and margarine until smooth.  Add the egg replacer.  Then, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing to combine.
3.  Pinch off the douch by the tablespoon and roll into balls.  Place 2" apart on the baking sheet.  Using a fork, press balls in a criss cross pattern, flattening to a 1/2" thickness.
4.  Bake, rotating halway through, for 18-22 minutes.

I would have flattened these with a fork to make the wonderful classic peanut butter cookie criss cross pattern had the dough not been so crumbly!  I flattened them down and they cooked fine and managed to stay together just enough.  I'd like to try them again using a different egg replacer as they taste great!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Quick & Easy Blueberry Muffins

Yesterday, I posted about the Strawberry Lavender muffins that I made and today I'm writing about another fruit-filled muffin, the Blueberry Muffin! The recipe from yesterday was a little bit more involved but today's is quick and easy - I made them in less than 5 minutes, popped them in the oven, and brewed a pot of coffee.  By the time the coffee was ready, the muffins were nearly out of the oven and ready to be enjoyed.

Here is the recipe for Vegan Blueberry Muffins - you probably have most of these ingredients on hand and might just need to buy the blueberries!  I used fresh blueberries, though it will work with fresh or frozen depending on what time of year it is and where you live.

3/4 cup soymilk
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup water
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Mix the wet ingredients together.  Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add the blueberries to the dry ingredients.  Then, mix the wet into the dry, and bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Strawberry Lavender Muffins

Whenever I'm visiting downtown Toronto, I also almost always find myself eating at Fresh, a popular vegetarian restaurant (actually, there are three locations!).  It is one of my most favorite restaurants ever where you can find all sorts of fresh and wholesome dishes, and the menu is 100% vegetarian (nearly 100% Vegan as well, with the choice of adding cheese here or there).  Fresh also has the most delicious juices and fruit smoothies - I always make sure to get a smoothie with my meal.

Since I'm not in downtown Toronto very often, Fresh has published a couple of cookbooks so I can make some of their delicious food at home.  While I do not own any of the books (yet), I did purchase one as a Christmas present for a friend and I copied this recipe out from the book since I wanted to try it myself.  Pictured above are the Strawberry Lavender Muffins.  This recipe comes from the book, Fresh at Home, available in person at all Fresh locations, in bookstores, and for sale online.

The lavender adds a really interesting twist to the regular fruit muffin - the actual lavender pieces aren't inside the muffins, but infused inside the soy milk / maple syrup combination that you heat on the stove top.  All of the directions are below - these muffins are very easy to make and super delicious!  I don't think these will last very long around the house!

Makes 12


1 1/4 cups vanilla soymilk
3/4 cup and 1 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 tbsp dried lavender
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
4 cups organic light spelt flour (I substituted half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour.  You can substitute all 4 cups of all-purpose flour, too)
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp canola oil


1. Line the pan with paper liners.
2. Heat soy milk, maple syrup, and lavender in a saucepan - bring to a boil over medium heat.  (Keep your eye on the pan....once it starts to boil, it will boil over and FAST! out!)
3. Remove from heat, cover and infuse for 5 minutes.  Strain mixture through a fine sieve and add applesauce.  Set aside and cool completely.
4. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
5. Add strawberries and toss to cook.
6. Add liquid and oil to dry ingredients.  Mix gently until the mixture just comes together.
7. Scoop into muffin pans.
8.  Bake at 350 degrees F for approx. 25 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly pressed.
9. Remove from pans, cool, and serve.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookie

Here is a fantastic recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies that has become my go-to cookie recipe.  I slightly modified from the one posted at VegWeb. The cookies turned out super yummy! Very moist, a slightly cakey texture, and full of flavor!

I used the modifications to the recipe as a user suggested in the post and they turned out fantastic. All of these ingredients are easy to find, so you might have them already in your kitchen! This recipe makes about 36 cookies so you'll have enough to share with all of your friends :)

I also added a bit of peanut butter to the recipe that wasn't originally there that gives them a slight peanut butter flavor that isn't overwhelming. I also ran out of chocolate chips - I only had 1/2 a bag left, but this was definitely enough! So feel free to use the whole bag of chocolate chips, or if you just want to use 1/2 the bag, it will turn out great, too!

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cup raw sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 vegan margarine (non-hydrogenated, Earth Balance is the one I use)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup applesauce
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-12oz bag vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 heaping spoonfuls of natural peanut butter

Heat oven to 370 Fahrenheit. Mix sugars, margarine, vanilla, applesauce, and peanut butter together in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - No Baking Required!

It is Day 1 of VeganMoFo and here is my first post! I decided that I am going to post about a new Vegan dessert every day for the month of October, which can get, well, rather fattening. So I will be sharing my baked goods with others and spreading the word that baking can be delicious without dairy!

This recipe is a favourite amongst my friends and co-workers as I have shared this recipe with many people in the past. You can make your own version of Reese Peanut Butter Cups at home quickly and easily without baking! These are delicious and in my opinion, taste better than the candy bar. While they aren't exactly good for you, they do use natural peanut butter. Also, they are quite rich, so after eating one of these, your sweet tooth is satisfied immediately. I recommend making a small batch, no more than the twelve as outlined in the recipe.

12 mini cupcake liners
3/4 cup Vegan semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring often. Add 2 tbsp peanut butter and stir. Set aside for 5 minutes to let it cool.
2. Place heaping tablespoon of chocolate mixture into each cupcake liner and spread all over with the back of a spoon. Place chocolate covered liners on a plate and into the fridge to harden.
3. In the meantime, stir peanut butter, vanilla, and sugar together. By this time, you can remove the chocolate liners from the fridge and divide the peanut butter mixture into all 12 liners, pressing down.
4. Top each liner with a heaping tablespoon of chocolate from leftover chocolate mixture. You may have to melt the chocolate a little bit again first.

Chill in the fridge for one hour before consuming.