strawberry rhubarb bars.

IMG_71711 cup oats
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons earth balance, melted
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup small diced rhubarb
1 cup small-diced strawberries

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place oats, 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar and salt in bottom of baking pan and mix. Pour melted earth balance over, and mix until there are clumps. Set aside 1/2 cup of this mixture.

Spread half the fruit over the crust. Sprinkle with cornstarch, then lemon juice, and 1/2 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Spread remaining fruit over this, and top with second 1/2 tablespoon sugar. Scatter reserved crumbs over fruit and bake bars for 30 to 40 minutes.

Let cool in pan; Store in fridge.

peach crumble pie.

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1 Prepared Pie Crust
3 pounds peaches, halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch slices (8 cups)
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Crumble
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold earth balance, cut into small pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make filling: In a large bowl, toss together peaches, brown sugar, and flour until combined. Make crumble: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, and oats; using your hands, work in earth balance until large clumps form.

  2. Transfer peach filling to pie shell, then sprinkle crumble evenly over top. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until juices are bubbling and topping is golden, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 1 1/2 hours before serving.

bourbon apple pie.

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I made this pie for fourth of july this year, and it will be perfect for fall once we go apple picking and have plenty of apples to use up. My husband is a bourbon drinker so we always have some on hand. I served this with some vegan vanilla ice cream and it was out of this world delicious! Bring on fall!

Recipe adpated from here.

1 prepared pie crust

Filling
6-7 apples, sliced thin
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 dashes bitters
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Crumble
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup granulated sugar
large pinch of salt
6 tablespoons earth balance, cut into chunks
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  1. To make the filling, in a medium bowl toss together sliced apples, lemon juice, and granulated sugar. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Add brown sugar, flour, spices, pepper, salt, bourbon, bitters, and vanilla. Toss to evenly coat the pears in the mixture but try to be gently enough as to not bruise the pears too much.
  2. To make the crumble, in a medium bowl whisk together flour, oats, sugar, and salt. Add the earth balance chunks and, using your fingers, work the earth balance into the flour mixture. Quickly break it down into the mixture until well incorporated. Add the pecans and toss to combine.
  3. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  4. Get your pie crust ready – Toss a handful (about 1/2 cup) of the topping mixture into the apple mixture and mix gently. Dump the fruit mixture into the pie crust. Top generously with topping mixture. Place on the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven. It’s important to use the middle rack because if the pie is too close to the top of the oven, the pecans will burn quickly.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes then reduce the heat to 375 and bake for another 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool for 3 hours before serving. This will allow the juices to thicken and rest.
  7. Serve in generous slices with vanilla ice cream.

almond meal chocolate chip cookies.

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Im always looking for something gluten free to make for friends who avoid gluten, but i don’t always have the ingredients on hand. But I always have almonds, and for these cookies, you just have to blend some almonds in the vitamix, and you are well on your way. I used coconut palm sugar in replacement of the brown sugar, and halved the amount and these were sweet enough for me. I also used grain-sweetened chocolate chips, to keep the sugar down as much as I can. These will make a good little snack when I get a sweet craving in my day – and overall they are pretty healthy for you, and gluten free, and contain no refined sugars!

you can find the recipe and instructions here. 

  • 1 1/4 cups almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips ( I used grain sweetened, linked above)
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (I used half this amount and used coconut palm sugar)
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba (the brine/liquid in a can of chickpeas); if not vegan, use one egg
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

peanut butter brownies.

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I whipped up a bunch of these brownies for a holiday party I was heading to and they were a  hit! thanks for the recipe, Isa! Will be keeping these in my backpocket FOR SURE!

recipe found here, and in her new cookbook!

chewy sugar cookies.

cookies

My little guy asked me for cookies. Specifically sugar cookies with clear sprinkles on them. And i found JUST the cookie for him! we did some rolled in sugar, but since were all in the christmas spirit around here, I rolled some in holiday sprinkles too. These are amazing. So soft and chewy. Definitely a hit!

I found the recipe here. 

3/4 cup non-dairy butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup non-dairy yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugars. Beat until light and fluffy.

Slowly beat in the yogurt and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

With the mixer on low, incorporate the dry ingredients. Beat until you have an evenly mixed dough.

Scoop the dough by the heaping tablespoon. Gently roll into a ball. Place the dough two inches apart on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cookies are a light, golden brown; crackled on top; and set at the edges.

Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 24 cookies

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

    recipe/instructions found here

whoopie pie smores.

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Fourth of july was just here and I used that as an excuse to get some cooking/baking in. I was drooling over this recipe for these whoopie pie smores – and since I had a bag of vegan marshmallows from trader joes, I used this as the perfect opportunity to make them! The original recipe is gluten free, but I didnt have gluten free flour blend, so i just subbed some regular flour and these turned out pretty great!!

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp  water)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp  maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup  almond meal (finely ground from raw almonds)
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (finely ground from raw oats)
  • 3/4 cups + 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
FILLINGS
  • 1 10 ounce (283 g) bag Vegan Marshmallows
  • 6 ounces  vegan dark chocolate, broken/roughly chopped
  • optional: Fresh blueberries + sliced strawberries

    original recipe/instructions found here

 

strawberry rhubarb crisp.

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I
ts that time of year again where I have rhubarb coming out of my ears and no clue what to do with it besides make pie. So I present to you a crumble. I tried to find something that was refined-sugar free; this was a little tart, but it was pretty good. I think it would be great mixed into some yogurt! The top makes almost like a granola – it was my favorite part.

  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced
  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • zest from one orange (or lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1½ Tablespoons cornstarch
For the crumbles
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ¾ cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the strawberries and rhubarb in a large mixing bowl with the zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, and cornstarch and mix well.
  2. Mix the almonds, flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup together in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in the coconut oil with your hands or a pastry cutter until the mixture begins to form crumbs.
  3. Grease an oven proof casserole or skillet and spoon in the fruit filling. Crumble the topping evenly over the top. Bake for 25 minutes, checking occasionally. When the topping is browned and the fruit is bubbling, remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

peanut butter mousse pie.

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My easter tradition seems to be to make a pie. Holidays in general make me want to make a pie.

This year I decided to do it on a whim, and quickly found this recipe, which seemed easy enough and I had just enough of everything on hand. I recently bought a can of coconut creme and had it sitting in the fridge, just for a time like this.

This came together in no time – and I’m not gonna lie – I had my doubts after I whipped up the peanut butter mousse. BUT when I served it up, it was delicious, together with the pie crust. Its actually pretty hard to believe there is no refined sugar in this pie, and just 2T of maple syrup as the sweetener. I will, for sure, be making this pie again.

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 18 Dates or 10 Medjool Dates
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter (creamy, lightly salted)
  • 2 cups Coconut Cream (chilled)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • ¼ cup Vegan Chocolate Chips (melted) (I used grain free ones)
  1. Line a 7 inch springform or pie form with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare chocolate almond crust by pulsing almonds cocoa powder, dates, and salt in a food processor until a sticky mass forms. Press firmly into base of form and place in freezer.
  3. Mix peanut butter, coconut cream, and maple syrup with an electric mixer. Beat until peanut butter mousse is creamy and soft peaks form.
  4. Remove pie crust from freezer and spread peanut butter mousse on crust using a spatula.
  5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave, warm water bath, or double boiler. Drizzle melted chocolate over peanut butter mousse.I also melted some peanut butter and also drizzled this across the top.