Vegan Carob cookies 

 

 

Every time I make a dessert recipe I firmly state that I rarely do so. Well, because we are embarking on a NEW business venture (yep another one) I will be using some of my time to try and create prototypes for testing – you may even see us out at the farmers markets this summer AND you should definitely see us with a booth at the fall bodybuilding shows….stay tuned.

My risk, your gain, these cookies were inspired by a bag of carob chips I had leftover after teaching part of my health series at my step-daughters elementary school. I call sugary things “sometimes treats” and enjoyed that I could reinforce that terminology with the class delivering surprise cookies.

*Nearly* sugar-free, these have made the recipe books…well, mine anyway. Just wish I would’ve busted out the equipment for some decent food shots.

Carob chips come in sweetened and natural – natural carob is NATURALLY sweet so please try to find unsweetened chips.

Dry Ingredients:

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

4 cups spelt or coconut flour * I used both and liked spelt more

Wet ingredients: 

1/2 cup almond milk

1 1/8 cup coconut oil melted

2 tsp vanilla extract – try my simple recipe

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups carob chips – save us for last!

Method: 

Baker I am NOT so I will have you know that there were two fallen trial recipes before this one. I attempted both baking AND dehydrating however, baking won.

Set oven to 350.

You will need 2 bowls, one large one medium.

In your medium bowl mix warm melted coconut oil with vanilla extract and brown sugar. Dissolve your sugar up in this mix.

In your larger bowl add all of your dry ingredients and mix well.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add your wet ingredients as pictured below.


Once this is done SLOWLY add your nut milk and mix until sticking. Add in your carob chips.

The dough should be relatively dry and ball up easily. Don’t add all your nut milk at once and don’t be afraid to use a tad more over the recipe if you feel the cookies are too dry.

Ballers being ballers – stoked to have a recipe that just might work.

Next, roll into doughnut hole sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.

These bad girls don’t grow too much so squish them down with your fingers or a fork to ensure they are thoroughly cooked.

Bake for 10 minutes. I tried 12 and they dried out too much, 10 should work well if your oven temps are true.

 


 

Vegan chocolate cream pie – HOLIDAY SERIES

 

  

Oh what are the holidays or special family dinners without dessert? I tried my hand at a no-bake pie this winter and it turned out magically.

No ovens, small mess to clean up and a delicious result.

Best of all? No crappy processed ingredients.
Ingredients: 

Crust: 

2 -2.5 cups CREAMY CHEWY dates. If they are not creamy/chewy/soft – you must soak!

 

1 cup walnuts

1 cup crumbled honey wafers

4 tbsp cacao powder

1/8 cup melted Earth Balance

Salt to taste

1/4 cup warm water set aside

Filling: 

2 cups cashews, unsalted, raw. Soak if you wish.

3/4 cup scented coconut oil

2 cans light coconut milk

2 cups melted carob chips

1/2 cup liquid sweetener ie: stevia/agave

Juice of 1 large lemon

Salt to taste

Other: 

Pecan halves to decorate

Method: 

Process dates, walnuts and wafers from crust ingredients. Once mixed add remainder of ingredients and pulse. *TIP*: Add drops of warm water to mixture if it is not blending well. Should resemble a play-doh “ish” ball when fully mixed.

You should now have a loose ball of “dough” to line a pie plate with. Ensure you come up the sides of the pie plate like an authentic thick crust so that your filling is held in nicely! Place in fridge to chill.

In blender place all filling ingredients and mix for a couple of minutes or until smooth.

Pour into pie filling, top with pecan halves.

If you have less time, place the pie in the freezer for a couple of hours. If you’re not in a rush, refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours.

I left mine in over night to really set up.

You’ll only need to pop this out of the fridge for about 2 minutes to be able to cut into slices.

I served mine with a scoop of Peanut Butter and Banana Nice Cream and Coconut Whip!

 

 

 

Peanut butter & Banana Nice Cream – HOLIDAY SERIES

 

 

 

This picture is actually a little teaser for my chocolate pie…..but I really didn’t get a good snapshot of my ice cream. Quickest recipe you’ll make in your life, so there’s no excuse for dairy or yucky cheap ice cream anymore!

Love PB? Love Bananas? You’re done for.

Ingredients:

3 cans coconut milk

1 cup peanut butter *smooth

3 large bananas

2 tbsp agave nectar or sweetener of choice

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

Method:

Blend all ingredients in blender, pour in bowl/vessel and freeze.

Allow to sit on counter to thaw for 5-10 minutes before serving.

OH MY GOOD LORD HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS.

Serve with pie, or on it’s own or in a banana split…my god, serve it on my abs and call it a day!

Vegan Irish Cream – Holiday Series

Rarely do I make desserts or work with alcohol (unless it’s for a tincture or homemade extracts) but this month we decided to have our family holiday dinner early so that we wouldn’t miss out while we are in Panama.

My family does not celebrate Christmas, though, not for religious reasons. We are atheists and really don’t celebrate any holidays. Our tradition is to go away each year at this time to spend a week or so together making memories on (usually) the beach. No store bought gifts, just the gift of our company and time.

This year, under the Christmas fern (there is a fern we threw some things under this year to appease Jeff’s family – we had a good laugh) this year were three lovely mason jars of delight as pictured above. Last minute I decided that I was in the spirit (he he) of giving my time and energy to something delicious and seasonally appreciated – Irish Cream!

This recipe takes no time at all, really no skill and is environmentally and animal friendly.

The only hitch is that you have to use quite a bit especially if you like to see your coffee turn white because this isn’t made with heavy cream. I’d say a 50/50 ratio is good!

I’ve included the nutritional information as well as traditional Irish Cream nutritional info so that you can see the difference for yourselves!

Ingredients:

3 cans light coconut milk

1.5 cups espresso/dark coffee

1.5 cups Jameson’s Irish Whisky

3/4 cup natural organic sugar. ( I used brown cane this time)

Method:

On stove top bring coconut milk to a light boil stirring often.

Reduce heat to simmer and add sugar. Continue to stir often for about 10-12 minutes or until the liquid has thickened some. You will be able to tell by feel when you are stirring.

Remove from heat and add whiskey and espresso or coffee and mix well.

This can be stored in a sealed jar for a week in the fridge. If you can this – it will last far longer. I made 2 litres of the stuff with this recipe.

Yummmmmy.

Nutritional Information: 

*Calories come from saturated fats, nearly 90%*

Vegan Irish Cream : Roughly 65 calories per oz

Traditional Irish Cream:  From 130-147 calories per oz

 

Chickpea Curry – Vegan Bodybuilding Series

chickpea

Getting simple recipes down that make the cut when it comes to bodybuilding, well, isn’t an easy task. These quick recipes are meant to inspire anyone on a strict diet or preparing for a bodybuilding competition.

This meal in particular is great for pre-workout in the last 6 weeks or so of prep – for us gals in the bikini category anyway.

Ingredients: 

3 cups canned/soaked chickpeas KEEP THE LIQUID FROM THE BEANS – this is equal to 3 “meals”

1 tsp curry

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp onion powder

1/4 cup diced onion

2 large cloves garlic

1 tsp coconut oil ( I like the full flavour one here to sub for cream flavouring)

Method:

Heat oil in pan on medium heat, add onions and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add powders and mix well.

Add beans WITH liquid. Stir well and cook covered for 7-10 minutes. There should be at least 1/2 cup of liquid in there. If not, add some water.

Remove from heat after most of the liquid is dissolved.

Top with my Sriracha Salt recipe on a bed (1/2 cup) of white basmati rice.

Enjoy!

Zuch haystacks 

This recipe was rolled out in an effort to get rid of a lot of zucchini….lets face it, the stuff grows like a weed. Luckily it’s also super versatile and practically calorie free. No really, there are just 19 calories in one cup of raw zucchini.

This is a simple and quick recipe, feel free to play around with it…I wasn’t over the moon about the way the almond meal worked and would have rather used regular gluten-free flour.

Ingredients:

2 large zucchini shredded

2 eggs or equivalent in egg replacer

1 tbsp hemp hearts

3 cloves garlic, pressed or diced

3/4 cup flour (your choice)

1.5-2 tbsp unscented coconut oil for frying

Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Take shredded zucchini and lightly salt. Let sit for 5 minutes. Strain out all excess moisture.

Add all ingredients in bowl and mix well. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon worth for each “patty”.

On stove-top heat up 1/2 tsp of oil at a time over medium-high heat. Do not let it smoke.

Transfer spoonful into hot pan, squish down into small patty. Cook for 3 minutes each side, until browned well.

Transfer to plate with paper towel and serve hot.

 

Vegan apple crumble

Sunday afternoon delight

Sunday afternoon delight

 

Well isn’t this a relatively simple delight to put together!

I tried out a new recipe that included coconut butter instead of regular butter. I have to say I needed to get a bit creative before it turned into something decent however, I have managed to pull a success out of thin air! Man those kind of days in the kitchen tickle my fancy.

Ingredients: 

Filling

1 dozen apples peeled, cored and sliced – I used ambrosia

1 tbsp cornstarch or alternative

3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice – trust me, all else is GROSS

1/3 cup honey or agave nectar

1 tbsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Coating

1/3 cup sugar of choice – brown, coconut, palm

1/2 cup flour of choice – gluten free, organic whole wheat

1 cup oats

1.5 cup mixed nuts or straight up pecans (this recipe I used mixed nuts including chopped cashews & tamari almonds)

Pinch salt

1 1/4 cup coconut butter or 1 cup coconut oil

1 cup of warm water set aside

 

Method: 

Preheat oven to 375.

Coat apple slices in filling ingredients, transfer to baking dish and set aside. ( I used 1 large baking dish but you could use two 8×8).

Mix topping ingredients until it becomes sticky/mealy. Do not worry if it is a little bit dry when using coconut butter, this stuff is harder to work with. Sprinkle over apples and bake for 45-1 hour.

Near the end of baking time, remove from oven to see if flour ingredients have softened. (I used coconut butter and mine had not)

If not, top with 1/2 cup warm water and return to oven OR mix dish with 1 full cup of hot water and return to oven for 10 minutes.