peanut butter sprinkle blondies.

sprinkeblondies
Sprinkles! peanut butter! oats! chocolate chips!! but really, SPRINKLES!!!
Do I need to mention this had me at sprinkles?! Super fun to make and serve up – anything topped with sprinkles is a winner in my book.  Especially when a birthday in invovled.

found the original recipe here.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 3 big pinches of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 4 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • to top: SPRINKLES!

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar. In a 2-cup measuring cup whisk together the maple syrup, vanilla, almond butter and olive oil. Add to the dry ingredients and beat until almost together. Add chocolate chips and oatmeal. Mix until combined.
  2. Scoop the dough into the pan and place on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly and sprinkle with lots of sprinkles. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set.

strawberry rhubarb scones.

scones

I bought a rhubarb plant at the end of last season for a few dollars and now I currently have way more rhubarb that I know what to do with. I gave alot of it away, but have about 8 more stalks left or so. I took a stab at making these scones, which used only about half a stalk of rhubarb, so Ill probably make some more scones and freeze the rest.

But these scones. Whoah. These scones are delicious. Finally the texture is right on, without having to have a million tablespoons of earth balance.  These only use a 1/4 cup of coconut oil – I do want to play around with them a bit, trying to use a healthier flour, or possibly oat flour – but all I had on hand was white flour, and that seemed to do the trick.

Recipe is adapted from here. 

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
3/4 cup finely diced strawberries
1/4 cup thinly sliced rhubarb, finely chopped
1/2 cup almond milk

Topping
2 tsp almond milk
1 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease a large pan with oil or line with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, salt and baking powder. Pour in the liquified coconut oil and use a pastry cutter to work the oil into the flour. Add the strawberries and rhubarb and toss to combine. Create a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the almond milk. Scoop the dry ingredients from the bottom of the bowl and fold over the wet ingredients. Repeat this just until the mixture is combined. Do not over mix the dough. Firmly pat the crumbly dough into a large circle on the prepared surface, making it about 2″ thick. Brush the dough with milk and sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Cut the dough into eight triangular segments and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375˚F for 18-20 minutes, or until golden on the edges.

*healthy* peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

COOKIES

These cookies take no time to make, and are free of processed sugars and junk! They DO have chocolate chips in them, but they needed something fun in them!

i found the recipe here.

Below is my adaptation.

  • 1 cup pitted dates pitted
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • scant 1/4 cup dairy free semisweet chocolate chips

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add dates to a food processor or vitamix and pulse until small bits remain.
  3. Add banana and peanut butter and mix again until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. In a seperate bowl, combine the oats and the almond meal. Add the peanut butter/date/banana mixture to the almond meal and oats.
  5. Add in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop out 1 Tbsp amounts of your cookie dough and form into loose discs, then arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and somewhat firm to the touch.
  8. Remove and let set for a few minutes on the pan, then carefully transfer to a plate or cooling rack to cool. Serve immediately.
  9. Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days. Move to the fridge or freezer for longer term storage.

fudgy beet cupcakes.

beet

Have you ever baked with beets?

I have one other time, years ago – and although it can be kind of messy (your kitchen can look like a serial killer worked in there if you aren’t careful), its pretty amazing how you can pack something so healthy into something so sweet and not really even know its there. I’m not really a HUGE fan of beets. I can handle them in small doses, or if they are heavily disguised. We juice them alot, but usually I try to mask the earthy taste with something sweet like pineapple or apples. I find on their own they are just too much for me. This recipe disguises the beets pretty well – and if you use natural sugar and some whole wheat pasty flour, you can really pack a healthy treat. Although, Milo had the great idea to stick some chocolate chips in there too….

The original recipe is found here.

  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 
3/4 cup raw turbinado OR granulated sugar
  • 3 T melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tspn chocolate extract
  • 1 cup + 1 heaping Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • scant ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
 + more for topping
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F, remove the stem and most of the root from your beets, and scrub and wash them underwater until clean.
  2. Wrap beets in foil, wrap tightly, and roast for one hour or until a knife inserted falls out without resistance. They should be tender. Set in the fridge (in a bowl to catch juice) to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once cooled, either finely grate or puree beets in a blender (adding orange juice or water to encourage mixing). Measure out ½ cup and set aside.
  4. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  5. Whisk together the almond milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and ½ cup beets and beat until foamy.
  6. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a sifter and slowly sift it into the wet ingredients while mixing with a hand-held or standing mixer. Beat until no large lumps remain. Throw in some chocolate chips if you desire.
  7. Pour batter into liners, filling ¾ of the way full. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Do not try and unwrap them or they’ll stick to the wrapper.
  8. Once cooled, dust with cocoa powder and store in an airtight container to keep fresh.

chocolate chip ginger cookies.

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If chocolate chip cookies and molasses ginger cookies had a baby, these would be it!

1 stick earth balance
2/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup  granulated sugar
1 egg replacer
2 tablespoons dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chiops

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

In a large bowl, beat together the earth balance and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg replacer, molasses, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently fold in the chocolate chunks.

Form cookies using 2 tablespoons of cookie dough (or 1 tablespoon for standard sized cookies). Drop onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

I baked mine for about 9 minutes, but think i might go a little longer next time to get them a little more crunchy.

343. brown sugar cookies

COOKIES

Today is a birthday party for our dear little friend danny, and I offered to bring some cookies. I gave this recipe from Joy the Baker a whirl, subbing earth balance for the butter, and egg replacer for the egg. I rolled them in pink sugar at the end to give them a little sparkle. They turned out nice and soft and sweet. They have almost a carmel-y taste to them. Good stuff!

322. fauxstess cupcakes.

Everyone was up in arms yesterday all over facebook about the hostess cupcake business coming to an end. Although I dont eat them now, they were a big part of my childhood. My grandpa used to take us to the hostess store and we’d stock up. I was a huge fan of twinkies and cupcakes, but snowballs were my absolute favorite. I probably havent had a hostess product in about 10 years, (once I realized they use animal fat in their products that sealed the deal for me) – but the memory is bittersweet. It dawned on me that Milo will never know the hostess name – so him and I worked together this morning to make the fauxstees cupcakes that are from the ppk here. These also remind me of when I first went vegan. Baking from the ppk and vegan with a vengeance were my go-to for vegan recipes. These were kind of the kick off of the vegan cupcake craze, and they bring me back to those days. These did NOT turn out very pretty, but milo enjoyed eating them!

 

284. chocolate mini donuts.

The Pumpkin donuts I made last week were such a hit with Milo, that I decided to give it another go. This time making his favorite: chocolate WITH sprinkles. These are so suprisingly easy to make! After some searching on the internet for some ideas, I gave this recipe a go.

 

1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 cup Applesuce
1/4 cup Canola Oil

Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease donut pans.

Stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Blend together the sugar, milk, applesauce, and oil, until thoroughly combined. Add to the dry ingredients and blend until just combined.

Fill each donut well 3/4 full. Bake for 9 minutes, until donuts spring back when lightly pressed. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to rack.

When completely cool, dip tops of donuts into chocolate sauce (recipe below) and place in refrigerator to set.

Chocolate Sauce
6 tbsp Non-Dairy Milk
2/3 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Warm milk, over medium heat, until it’s just about to simmer.

Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate has melted and everything is thoroughly combined.

Dip donuts.

 

278. pumpkin pecan donuts.

I made donuts! and pumpkin ones to boot!

Thanks for the recipe tracy! I followed her recipe, only I veganized it using earth balance and soymilk for the milk and butter in the frosting and powdered egg replacer for the egg in the batter. Mine are minis. I baked them for 11 minutes. They were pretty darn tasty!

268. apple pie crumb muffins.

Dj suggested more muffins for the week. So all these apples led me to try to find an apple muffin recipe. I  came across this recipe in vegan with a vengeance, and I don’t think I have ever made these before. Not sure how I passed these up before. Seriously. They are so so good. They taste like a fall explosion in your mouth.  Right before I added the struesel on top, i added a dollop of my apple butter. These are seriously some gooooood muffins.