stawberry rhubarb bars.

STRAWBERRYRHUBARBI’m still working like a mad-woman to use up all this rhubarb in my garden. I froze a whole bunch, gave some away, and I still have a bit more to harvest. I found this recipe, and since it was pretty low on the sugar side, I gave it a go. I love the crust. Would think this recipe would be great with just about any fruit that is in season. I ate this all week for breakfast, and maybe for dessert too…but who’s counting?!

CRUST
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup  raw almonds
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp (24 g) coconut sugar*
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp (68 g) coconut oil, melted
FILLING
  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup straweberries
  • 1/4 cup orange or lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
CRUMBLE TOPPING
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare an 8×8 pan.
  2. Add oats, almonds, sea salt, and coconut sugar to a food processor or high speed blender and pulse into a fine meal.
  3. Add melted coconut oil and pulse to incorporate. It should form a loose dough that forms when squeezed between two fingers. Add more melted oil if too dry.
  4. Spread the mixture into the baking dish and press down into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then increase heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 5 minutes more, or until the crust is fragrant and the edges are slightly golden brown. Set aside.
  6. In the meantime, add rhubarb, strawberries, juice, coconut sugar and cornstarch to a medium saucepan and warm over medium-low heat until slightly softened and bubbly – about 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent sticking, then remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Next prepare crumble by adding all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and using a fork or your fingers to mix ingredients into a crumble. Set aside.
  8. Add strawberry-rhubarb mixture to the pre-baked crust and spread into an even layer. Then top with crumble topping and spread evenly to cover fruit.
  9. Reduce oven heat back to 350 degrees and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the strawberry topping is warm and bubbly and the crumble is golden brown.
  10. Remove squares from oven and let cool completely – 1-2 hours. Once cooled, gently lift bars from pan and slice into 9 even squares, or 10 bars.

berry kombucha smoothie.

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I havent made a new smoothie in a while, but that changed recently when I discovered using kombucha as my base. I can only imagine the different kinds you can make using all the different kombucha flavors that is out there. I had a blueberry ginger on on hand, so I thought a berry smoothie would be in order.  Heres what I did:

3/4 cup berry ginger kombucha
1/2 banana, frozen
handful of strawberries, frozen
handful of blueberries, frozen
2 handfuls spinach
1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Mix and enjoy!

vegan quiche.

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I whipped these quiche up for lunch when I was having some ladies over for a clothing swap. I figured if there was any leftover I could eat it for lunch for the week.  Wishful thinking- these got almost all eaten up! they were a huge hit and there was only one vegan there! I will be making these regularly and need to remember this recipe for any upcoming potlucks.  You can customize the veggies any way you prefer. I made one with brocolli and cheddar daiya and another with tomato, cilantro and cheddar daiya.

I found the recipe over on kittee’s blog.

14 oz extra firm or firm tofu, crumbled (if you use firm, squeeze out any excess water)
1/2 rounded cup un-roasted cashews
Several dashes hot sauce
2-4 tablespoons vegan milk,
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon white or mild miso
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch, arrowroot, or tapioca starch

2-3 cups of chopped or shredded add-ins such as: steamed broccoli, artichoke hearts, onion, tomato, julienned greens, scallions or vegan cheese (I usually add ’bout 2 cups of chopped steamed broccoli and 1/2 cup shredded Follow Your Heart cheese)

A single pie crust (recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Put the tofu, cashews, and hot sauce in a blender and process until smooth. This will take a bit of time, so go slowly. If your blender is having a hard time, add a few tablespoons of the non dairy milk to help get things going.

Add in the nutritional yeast, miso, granulated onion, garlic, paprika, salt, baking powder and starch. Blend until completely smooth, then transfer to a bowl and stir in your chosen chopped vegetables and/or cheese shreds.

Scrape the tofu mixture into your pie crust and smooth the top with a spoon or spatula. Cover the pie edges with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 more minutes until the crust is golden.

Let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

PIE CRUST
This is the pie crust I used.  Somehow I got two pie crusts out of it too!

  •  1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup)unbleached all purpose flour
  •  3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar or strained lemon juice

    1. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle or a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the flours and salt and mix together. If using a bowl, make a well in the center, add the olive oil and mix in with a fork. If using a mixer or food processor, turn on and add the olive oil. When it is evenly distributed through the flour combine the water and vinegar or lemon juice and add it to the flour mixture with the machine running. The dough should come together in a ball.
    2. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, flour your hands and work the dough just until smooth and easy to shape into a ball. Do not overwork it or you will develop the gluten in the flour and the dough will be tough. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a ball and press into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Wrap in plastic and let rest for 1 hour.
    3. Roll out the dough as needed for savory tarts, dusting your work surface and the top of the dough with flour to prevent it from sticking. Pre-bake and bake as directed in recipes calling for the crust.

      ( I did not prebake my crust)

scary eyeball cookies.

eyeballI found this recipe on pinterest forever ago, and i knew one of these days I was going to get around to making it. I made it this year for halloween, and Im happy to report, these were a hit! Not only do they look great – they taste really great too! They taste like cake batter, they were very soft and kind of cakelike and super fun to make and to eat. The kids loved to eat the candy eyeball in the center!

I found the original recipe here.

I had to do some searching to find a vegan yellow or white cake mix, but I was able to find one. Just check the ingredeints – its out there!

  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix Box
  • ½ cup earth balance, softened
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. containter vegan cream cheese softened
  • 1 vegan egg replacer
  • green food coloring
  • powdered sugar
  • candy eyeballs
Instructions
  1. Beat earth balance vanilla, egg replacer and vegan cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Mix in cake mix. Add green food coloring until it’s the color you want. I used neon green. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. While warm push eye balls into the center or all over the cookie. ENJOY!

halloween cupcakes.

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The last of the halloween posts!
Just wanted to share these fun cupcakes I made.

I used the chocolate recipe from vegan cupcakes take over the world, but can also be found here, along with some vegan creme cheese frosting. I decorated with gummy worms, oreos and skittles! (you can uses m&ms or reeses if you arent vegan)

Since you need the filling on the both sides for the owl eyes, thats where the dirt cupcakes came in.
On the left over side that didnt have the filling, i put these in a blender and made “dirt” then dipped the tops of the frosted cupcakes into the oreos – then crammed some gummy worms in there. These were of course, the first cupcakes the kids went to! They love their gummies.

The owl cupcakes, i just split the oreos, placed some skittles for the beak and eyes, (I used frosting to “glue” the eyes down) and spiked up the frosting at the top for ears.

trail mix cookies.

trailmixcookiesI saw this recipe for trail mix cookies, and they seemed healthy and contained a pretty killer combination: bananas + chocolate + peanut butter.  Couldn’t resist. And bonus: no refined sugar AND gluten free. You would never tell – These cookies are very satisfying, so go ahead, eat one for breakfast and dont feel too guilty about it.

1 extra ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
, melted (but not hot)
1/4 cups pure maple syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
1 1/4 cups oat flour
1 Tablespoon ground flax
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup thick rolled oats

1/4 cup unsweetened banana chip meal (blend banana chips in blender/vitamix)
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
, roughly chopped
2 ounces chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup, followed by the almond milk. Add the oat flour, flax, sea salt, and baking soda, and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in the oats, banana meal, peanuts, and dark chocolate until evenly distributed.

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Prepare a baking sheet and set aside. Using a 1/4 cup cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared sheet then flatten with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle with finely chopped peanuts, if desired. Bake at 325˚F for 14-15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Yield: 10-11 cookies
original recipe found here

baked pumpkin doughnuts.

PUMPKIN

Time to break out all things pumpkin, am I right?! I veganized this recipe and made some baked pumpkin donuts to make it feel more like fall around here.

Donut
4 tbsp. almond milk
1/2 tsp. apple cidervinegar
6 tbsp. earth balance, melted
2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
heaping 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, fresh
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
4 tbsp. maple syrup
Egg replacer equal to 2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Glaze
1 c. powdered sugar, plus more
1/4c. almond milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small cup, stir together almond milk and vinegar. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes to curdle. Melt earth balance and set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, in a large bowl.  Set aside.
  4. Into the cooled butter, whisk in pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, egg replacer, vanilla extract, and curdled almond milk until evenly combined.
  5. Whisk together wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing will create a dense donut.
  6. Spray donut pan. Add batter to a piping bag and pipe evenly into the pan.
  7. Bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute before turning pan over to remove donuts onto a cooling rack.
  8. Meanwhile, make glaze. In a flat-bottomed bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, and almond milk, until smooth. Once donuts have cooled completely, about 15 minutes, dunk in glaze rocking the donut around the bowl to evenly coat. Place on cooling rack. With the remaining glaze, stir in about a tablespoon or so more of powdered sugar to thicken. Spoon extras around the top of each donut.

curry noodle bowl.

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I was quite pleased at how delicious this meal turned out! I found the original recipe here. I think this would be easy to customize and use what vegetables you had on hand, or work with what is in season. I also added tofu to mine.
Cant wait to eat the leftovers today! I prepped all my vegetables ahead of time, so this really came together quite quickly!

For the Coconut Curry Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili paste (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
For the Bowls:
  • 4 ounces noodles. I used lo mein noodles; you can also use rice noodles, but be careful – they always get mooshy on me.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • half an onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped asparagus
  • purple cabbage for serving
  • sesame seeds for topping
  • limes for serving
  • a handful of fresh basil for serving
  1. Noodles: Cook your noodles according to package directions, rinse and set aside.
  2. Sauce: Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add the shallots and ginger; stir fry for 3-5 minutes. Add the curry paste; stir fry for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, sugar, chili paste, and soy sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes or so while you prep the rest of the ingredients – it should thicken slightly.
  3. Vegetables and Assembly: In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the onion, carrots, broccoli, and asparagus. Stir fry for about 5 minutes until the broccoli and asparagus are bright green. Add the noodles and toss around in the pan with the vegetables. Add the sauce and toss together until just combined (if you cook it too long at this point, the noodles might get too sticky). Serve topped with the purple cabbage and sesame seeds and a squeeze of lime or basil leaves if you want.

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (gluten free!)

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I’m remembering this recipe b/c its a random gluten free recipe that doesnt call for strange ingredients! Once in a while I need to make something gluten free, and the only thing i can think of other than rice krispie treats are these black bean brownies, which might be for everyone because they have a REALLY rich, dark chocolatey taste. (they are super delicious though!)

So i was happy to come across this recipe, and modified it a bit – and really love how these turn out. Thye are crispy around the edges, but definitely chewy and sweet.  They have kind of a healthy taste to them, but in a good way. The chocolate chips round everything out.  Will be keeping these in rotation for sure!

1 flax egg: (1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp water)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats, blended into a flour
3/4 cup almonds, blended into a flour
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the flax egg and set aside for 5 minutes so it can thicken up.
2. Using a mixer, mix together the peanut butter and coconut oil until combined. Add both sugars and beat for a bit more. Beat in the flax egg and vanilla extract until combined.
3. Beat in the remaining dry ingredients (baking soda, baking powder, salt, oat flour, and almond flour) one by one. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Shape 1-inch balls of dough (smaller than golf balls) and place on the baking sheet.  There is no need to flatten the balls as the cookies spread out a lot. Place balls 2-3 inches apart.
5. Bake for about 12 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool for 5-10 mins. on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes.

grilled corn salad.

cornsalad

Labor day has come and gone which means summer is sort of officially over. We celebrated the summer with last cook-out.  I decided to try something new and made this grilled corn salad. I’m only wishing I made it earlier in the summer because it was so delicious! Soon corn will be out of season….Definitely keeping this in the grilling rotation for next year!

  • 4-5 ears fresh corn, in the husk
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or agave if you dont do honey)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, seeded & finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
Instructions
Grill your corn on a hot grill in the husks, about 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel back the husks and stand the corn cobs upright on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut straight down, slicing the kernels from the cob. Set aside.
Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until fully combined. Add the corn, onion, cucumber, and bell pepper; toss gently until everything is coated.
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