vegan rueben.

rueben
Sorry for the delay in posts! We spent spring break in istanbul!

While out grocery shopping before we left, sauerkraut caught my eye. I grabbed a can so we can make ruebens for dinner. We loooove a good sandwich, and this did the trick. And while turkish food was good, it felt great to eat something closer to home.

A good sandwich bread. We use trader joes sourdough bread, but typically ruebens are made on rye or pumpernickle
Earth balance
sauerkraut
Daiya cheese
Tofu (or seitan or tempeh would work too)

Marinade:
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T soy sauce
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T fennel
1 T onion powder
1 T paprikia
Few cranks of black pepper

Dressing:
1/3 cup vegan mayo
2 T ketchup
juice of half a lemon
1 T minced onion
2 T sweet relish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a 9×13 pan. Slice your tofu pretty thin, about 1/4 – 1/8 inch thick. Place in the marinade and give it a good coating, front and back.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake another 10 minutes or so.

In the meantime, mix together the ingredients for the dressing. set aside.

When the tofu is ready, slather some earth balance on slices of bread. Layer sauerkraut, cheese, dressing and tofu on the sandwich and fry up in a pan until the sandwich is krispy and the cheese is melty and gooey.

Add more dressing to your liking. Enjoy! You can also top with avocado, and or pickles.

marbeled banana bread.

marbeledbananabread
I had some bananas that needed to be used up, so I did a search and found this recipe for a marbeled banana bread. Yum!
It was so delicious I made it for my friend’s mom’s birthday and her whole family loved it. They couldn’t believe it was vegan.

1 cup mashed very ripe banana (about three bananas)
3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup almond milk
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons boiling water, divided

Prepare boiling water, no need to measure yet. Also, preheat oven to 350 F.

Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl until relatively smooth. Beat in the sugar, canola oil, milk and vanilla.

Add the flour, baking soda and salt and gently mix just to incorporate. It’s okay if there is some flour still visible, just be careful not to overmix at this point.

Scoop one cup of the batter up and transfer it to a separate mixing bowl. Now, in a small tea cup mix the cocoa powder with 3 tablespoons boiling water and stir vigorously with a fork until the chocolate is dissolved. Add this chocolate mixture to the one cup of banana and mix until the chocolate is thoroughly smooth and incorporated.

Now back to the original plain banana batter; add 3 tablespoons of boiling water and mix the batter just until relatively smooth.

Lightly grease an 8×4 loaf pan. Scoop alternate 1/2 cupfuls of chocolate/banana batter into the loaf pan. Nothing has to be precise here, in fact, the more random, the better. Once all of the batter is in, take a butter knife and swirl it through the batter in circular directions for about 10 seconds.

Bake for 55 minutes. Use a butter knife to test for doneness. Let cool and enjoy!

sunshine muffins.

sunshine

I had almost a whole can of crushed pineapple and I needed something to do with it. After a quick search on pinterest, I found this recipe and modified it and made these delicious muffins. They tasted like sunshine! Now if only some of that spring sunshine would make an appearance!

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 flax egg (1 T flax, mixed with 3 T water)
1/2 cup almond milk, mixed with 1/2 tspn apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups grated carrots
1 tablespoon minced orange zest
An 8-ounce can crushed pineapple with juice

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare your muffin pan and set aside.
2) In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
3) In a medium bowl combine oil, flax and water, almond milk, vanilla, carrots, orange zest and pineapple. Stir to combine.
4) Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and combine briefly with wire whisk. Stir in chopped nuts. Fill muffin cups to top. Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake for about 20 minutes longer, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Turn the muffins out onto a wire rack. When completely cool, store in an airtight container.

oatmeal chocolate chip cake.

oatmealChocChipCakeOh my goodness. This cake. All I ever want is this cake. Its like an oatmeal creme pie – in cake form. Do I need to say anymore.

The original recipe for this cake came from Tracy, over at shutterbean.com, so I knew it was going to be a good one. I took a stab at veganizing it, and it turned out fantastic!

This is definitely my new go-to dessert! The ladies at book club loved it!

  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 stick earth balance, cubed-at room temperature
  • egg replacer powder, mixed with water, equivalent to two eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon

for the frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons earth balance, at room temperature
  • 6 oz. tofutti cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9″x13″ baking pan.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour over chocolate chips in a bowl and toss until coated. Set aside.

Heat 1 & 1/4 cups water to boiling. Place the oats and earth balance in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over oat mixture. Wait 30 seconds, then stir to moisten oats and melt the butter. Set aside for 25-30 minutes.

Whisk “eggs”, sugars, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Fold in oatmeal, stirring until well combined. Fold in remaining flour, and then stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes.

To make the frosting:

Beat earth balance until smooth. Add tofuffti cream cheese and beat until combined. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until smooth (about 1 minute). Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Spread a thin layer of frosting over cake. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.

Store covered cake in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

chocolate baked donuts.

donuts

One night while scrolling through pinterest, milo saw these and said “back up! I want to see those…..OOOOOOH. Can we make those?!!”

He was having his friend sleepover for the first time this weekend, so I thought this would be the perfect occasion to bust out the donut pan and give these a go.

I have been on the fence about these donut-pan baked donuts. They always taste ok to me, but not like a donut. These are the closest to real donuts I have ever had. They are rich and chocolatey and the glaze sets very nicely.

These were gone in no time!

This recipe made 10 full size donuts.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup almond milk, mixed with 1/2 tspn apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tspn egg replacer powder mixed with 3 T water
4 tablespoons earth balance, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 to 4 tablespoons almond milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

sprinkles!!!

Preheat oven to 325  degrees F.  Spray a doughnut baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar.

In a small bowl, whisk together almond milk with the vinegar mixed in, egg replacer, melted earth balance, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together until all of the ingredients are well combined.  Use a small spoon to portion batter into the prepared doughnut baking pan.  Each doughnut mold should be about two-thirds full.  Bake doughnuts for 11 to 13 minutes or until a skewer inserted into one of the doughnuts comes out clean.  Remove from the oven.  Allow to rest for five minutes before inverting doughnuts onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Allow doughnuts to cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze, in a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, and cocoa powder.  Add 2 tablespoons of almond milk and all of the vanilla extract.  Whisk to combine.  Mixture may be thick.  Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is thick but still pourable.

Dip each doughnut into the chocolate glaze.  Shake off some of the excess glaze.  Return to the wire rack and sprinkle with color jimmies.   Allow to rest a few moments for the frosting to harden slightly.

vegan french toast.

veganfrenchtoastFrench toast without eggs? How is it so?? Oh, the magic wonders of chickpea flour!
This recipe comes from one of my cooking/baking bibles: Vegan with a Vengeance.

Loaf of italian or french bread, or slices of bread, preferably stale.
1 cup soymilk
2 T corn starch
1/4 cup chickpea flour
Dash of cinnamon

Slice bread into 1 inch rounds, if using loaf bread. Pour the soymilk into a large, shallow bowl. Mix in the cornstarch and stir until dissolved. Add the chickpea flour and dash of cinnamon until mostly absorbed.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray the pan with a little bit of oil.  Soak the bread slices in the mixture and transfer to the pan. Cook each side about two minutes, or until starting to brown. Serve immediately, topped with bananas, sugar, powdered, sugar, maple syrup, etc! Enjoy!

peanut butter banana yeast bread.

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You had me at peanut butter and banana. Baked into a bread?! Is there any better way to eat toast than with peanut butter and banana? This is going to be so great for breakfast. Or as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Oooh, or as french toast possibly?!
This also was great because it doesn’t call for too many ingredients, and for a raised bread recipe, the resting time was pretty short!  I found the recipe here.

  • 1 cup warm tap water
  • 2 1/4 t active dry yeast
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour (+ more as needed)
  • heaping 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 small banana, mashed
  • 1 t salt

Directions:

  1. Whisk the water, yeast, and sugar together. Set aside for 10 minutes, or until foamy. Meanwhile mix the remaining ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add  yeast mixture and knead with the dough hook until the bowl is clean. If the dough is sticky, (mine was) add more flour a tablespoon at a time ( I had to keep adding to mine quite a bit) until well-mixed, pliable, and lovely.
  2. Transfer to a medium bowl and cover with a tea towel. Allow to rise for 45-60 minutes. Transfer to a greased bread pan and allow to rise for 30 minutes or until the loaf is just peaking over the sides.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325F. Bake bread for 35-45 minutes or until sounds hollow when tapped and is nice and dark on top. Remove from pan and cool completely. Slice and serve toasted with more peanut butter and bananas or simply butter, honey, and sea salt.

hot pink juice.

juice
I wrapped up this valentines weekend with a hot pink juice. It was delicious!

1 grapefruit
2-3 carrots
2 apples
1 small beet

juice and enjoy!

*update! I made this juice AGAIN last night and subbed an orange for the grapefruit. YUUUUM. right amount of sweetness.
this time I did 1 apple, 1 orange, 1/2 a beet and 3 carrots. Perfect for one post-work out serving.

pop tarts.

poptarts
My child LOVES pop tarts. He’s never had an actual REAL pop tart, for the fear this would blow his mind and it would be ALL he wanted to eat (plus, I think they may have milk in them?). He has had the  organic kind we find at trader joes, and the unfrosted ones are vegan. These are his favorite breakfast ever. If he could have chocolate chip pancakes in the shape of mickey mouse with extra chocolate chips and tons of soy-whip, or pop tarts – the kid would DEFINITELY pick the pop tarts. He wants pop tarts as soon as he wakes up, he wants them for dinner, he wants them AFTER dinner. He’s pop tart crazy. Just because these are organic and from trader joes though, DOES NOT necessarily mean these are good for him. They are loaded with sugar.  I dont think they are the most terrible thing for him to eat, but after eating two pop tarts thats about 40 grams of sugar. EEEK.

One friday night i was feeling adventurous so I thought I’d take a stab at making some of my own pop tarts and see what he thinks of these.  I scoured the internet and found many recipes – but went with smitten kitchen since she’s a pretty reliable source of good recipes. I followed this recipe here. Im not sure these are any lower in sugar, BUT at least I had some control over what exactly went into them.

I made apricot and blackberry flavored pop tarts and I got alot of flack on instagram for not putting frosting on them! I did sprinkle the tops with sugar – two hours of making pop tarts left me tired – I had no energy for frosting this time around. Plus, I was trying to keep these on the healthier side.  There will be frosting next time.

Milo really really enjoyed these. I dont particularly think they tasted like pop tarts – more like pop-pastry or mini hand pies. However, he didn’t really know the difference and at least all that hard work got appreciated and enjoyed!

Pastry
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks earth balance
1 egg replacer ( I used the powdered kind)
2 T almond milk

additional almond milk to brush on pastry

Jam Filling
3/4 cup (8 ounces) jam
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

Mix the jam with the cornstarch/water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool. Use to fill the pastry tarts.

for the dough: Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter with a pastry blender until small lumps of butter are still visible, and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it. Whisk the egg replacer and milk together and stir them into the dough, mixing just until everything is cohesive, kneading briefly on a well-floured counter if necessary.

Divide the dough in half,  shape each half into a smooth rectangle, about 3×5 inches. Place one piece on a lightly floured work surface, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8″ thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9″ x 12″.Cut each piece of dough into thirds – you’ll form nine 3″ x 4″ rectangles.

Brush the dough with a little bit of almond milk. This will be the “inside” of the tart; the almond milk is to help the top piece adhere. Place a heaping tablespoon or so of filling into the center of each rectangle, keeping a bare 1/2-inch perimeter around it. Place a second rectangle of dough atop the first, using your fingertips to press firmly around the pocket of filling, sealing the dough well on all sides. Press the tines of a fork all around the edge of the rectangle. Repeat with remaining tarts.

Gently place the tarts on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a toothpick; you want to make sure steam can escape, or the tarts will become billowy pillows rather than flat toaster pastries. Refrigerate the tarts (they don’t need to be covered) for 30 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 350°F.

Remove the tarts from the fridge, and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes, until they’re a light golden brown. Cool in pan on rack.

funfetti cupcakes with strawberry frosting.

funfetti
Its no secret that I love sprinkles on my cupcakes! So its an added bonus when there are sprinkles IN my cupcakes!

For these cupcakes, you can use your favorite vanilla cake recipe. Mine comes from Vegan cupcakes take over the world.
Right before you are done mixing, dump in a bunch of sprinkles to the batter. Bake as usual.

While the cupcakes are baking, and then cooling – you can make your frosting. This strawberry frosting is so good! The strawberries give it a hint of berry flavor, and a lovely light pink color. Of course when you are done, you want to top with MORE SPRINKLES!

I found the recipe here for the frosting.  It’s Sprinkle’s cupcakes recipe. Now only if I could learn to make my frosting look like theirs….

  • 1/2 cup whole frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) earth balance, firm and slightly cold
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extractPlace strawberries in the bowl of a small food processor; process until pureed. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners’ sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (save any remaining strawberry puree for another use); mix until just blended. Do not overmix or frosting will incorporate too much air. Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.
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