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I’ve been searching for the website where I saw this cashew butter recipe, but I can’t find it. I was soooo certain that it was on chocolate  covered katie’s website, but I did a search and it wasn’t there. I googled “cashew butter recipe”, and all the recipe’s I found had salt, sugar (or some kind of sweetener), and oil. The recipe I found went like this:

Ingredients:

Raw Cashews

Method:

1. Soak raw cashews overnight.

2. Drain cashews.

3. Blend cashews until smooth.

4. Stick in the fridge until you want to use it.

 

I added 1 tbsp of coconut oil to my 3/4 cup soaked raw cashews because my cashews weren’t coming together like a paste. I didn’t want salt or sugar because my intention is to use the cashew butter in place of oil or regular butter.

🙂

 

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This is attempt 2 at the Vegan Chocolate Cupcake.

I made minor tweaks, but the cupcake could still use some work. This version still didn’t come out of its wrapper in tact because it was so moist. All I did was reduce and substitute healthier oils in this version.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup white all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar (Take 1 had an additional 1 tbsp of sugar)
⅓ cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
40 ml vegetable oil (Take 1 had 1/3 cup or 79 ml of vegetable oil)
20 ml coconut butter/oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350F (177C).
2. Line muffin pan with 12 muffin cups.
3. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium-sized bowl.
4. Add the water, vanilla extract, vegetable oil, coconut oil, cashew butter and vinegar directly to the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
5. Bake for 18-30* minutes (depending on your oven), or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of the cupcake.  Cool on a cooling rack.
*The original recipe said to bake for 30 minutes. I have a gas oven and baked them for 18 minutes.
Conclusion:
1. This cup cake was still moist and fluffy, but dense at the same time.  The texture reminded me of something between a cross of those Duncan Heinz box cake mixes and a Chinese sponge cake. I REALLY liked the texture, but I’m going to try to reduce the oil even more. I don’t like using vegetable oil in my baked goods.
2. I’m not a chemist so I don’t know the ins and outs of the reactions and what substances do in baking, but, for some reason, reducing the vegetable oil and substituting other oils in its place made the baking soda flavour intensify. There was a baking soda after taste that I didn’t like. It made me feel like I had just eaten a soft pretzel!
So so yum.

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This is the easiest cupcake recipe I’ve ever made. It’s not the best tasting, but it’s the easiest! It’s also the first Vegan cupcake I’ve ever made 🙂

I’ve been looking for recipes a lot at www.veganbaking.net. It’s a wonderful website. I found this chocolate cupcake (it originally posted as a cake) there too. Actually, I’ve been stealing a lot of “my” recipes from that website. I modified the original recipe, but not by much. The cupcake was moist and flavourful, but I thought it was too oily. I’ll try to tweak this recipe a few more times to get it the way I like.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup white all-purpose flour

1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp  sugar (the original had whopping 1 cup of sugar!! I used vanilla sugar)
⅓ cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or half a vanilla bean, but I think a vanilla bean would be a waste of money for this recipe)
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350F (177C).
2. Line muffin pan with 12 muffin cups.
3. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium-sized bowl.
4. Add the water, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and vinegar directly to the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
5. Bake for 18-30* minutes (depending on your oven), or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of the cupcake.  Cool on a cooling rack.
*The original recipe said to bake for 30 minutes. I have a gas oven and baked them for 20  minutes. The cupcakes were darker on top than I would have preferred.  18 minutes would have been enough.

The cupcakes were so moist that they fell apart when we pull the wrappers off.

Look at what lighting can do! No flash on top, and flash on the bottom. Same cupcake!!

Honestly, could they get any more moist? How many times can a blogger write moist in a post?

Yum 🙂

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The Banana Ice Cream was melting in the 30+ degree weather!

 

My husband bought me an ice cream maker for mother’s day. Now I’m not so sure we’re going to use it again! I found this wonderful way to make banana ice cream without having to use an ice cream maker. I can’t remember which website I stole this idea from, but when I find it again, I’ll post the website here.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

3 Tbsp almond milk (or any other milk of your choice)

YEP, that’s all there is to  it!

Method:

1. Peel (if you haven’t already frozen your banana’s without their skin on) your banana’s.

2. Throw them in a blender or food processor with the milk.

There’s still a chunk of frozen banana in there. This was pre-cocoa powder and baby m&m’s.

3. Blend.

This makes 2 servings, or 1 gigantic serving.

I couldn’t believe the consistency. My vegan version was delicious on its own. It felt exactly like ice cream. If you want a harder ice cream, ease up on the milk. If you want a frozen yogurt texture, put a little more milk in! The second time I made this was just for my kids and my husband.  I used 2% milk, some cocoa powder, and threw in some baby m&m’s at the end. I HAD to take a lick. I could barely taste the banana. My daughter (and husband) gobbled it all up. This is definitely a dessert that you won’t feel guilty eating, or serving to children 🙂

Here it is with the cocoa powder and baby m&m’s.

 

And of course I had to get my little girl in the picture. She’s such a camera diva.

YUM x 2

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I’ve never been a fan of raw desserts. Actually, I’ve never had a raw dessert before. I’ve read a lot of recipes of raw desserts and I generally thought, “yuck”.  Since I’ve began eating a plant based diet, I thought I’d try this recipe out. I didn’t have hazelnuts so I substituted almond meal. It’s freaking delicious. DELICIOUS. And the best thing is that there’s minimal clean up! My husband (who is a dessert freak), and my eldest daughter (who is also a dessert freak) both really enjoyed this dessert also.

I don’t understand why desserts like this aren’t more widely available.

Ingredients:

Crust 

1 cup almond meal
¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons raw cocoa powder
4 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt
Filling 
2 cups raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons almond butter (peanut butter works too)
½ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup maple syrup (I had to add another 2 Tbsp because we like things sweet)
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup water
1 teaspoon salt
I used a heart shape silicone mold. You could lightly oil a mini muffin tin pan, or use muffin cups. You could also use a baking pan that’s lined with parchment paper and cut the dessert up into squares. There are just so many options.  This recipe would fill a 9″ spring form pan or about 12 individual molds.
1) Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until it starts to come together. Press the crust into the bottom of desired pan, about ¼ inch thick. Set aside while you making the filling.
2) In a food processor or mixer blend together cashews, maple syrup, water and salt. Mix until totally smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary.
3) Add cocoa powder, almond butter and coconut oil to the cashew mixture and blend them all together, scraping down again, until mixture is uniformly combined.
4) Spoon or pipe the filling on top of the crusts. Stick the cheesecake in the freezer until solid all the way through. I stuck it in the fridge for a 1/2 hr and then popped a couple out for the family. The rest I threw in the freezer so I could pop them out and store them in a ziplock container.
4)Once frozen, remove the cheesecake from the pan.
5) Place the cheesecakes in the refrigerator to defrost about a 15 min before serving.

Sofia was waiting anxiously for me to stop taking pictures.

She couldn’t contain herself anymore…

So I let her take a bite 🙂

 

I omitted the chocolate sauce from the original recipe because I thought the dessert was sweet enough. I topped mine with almond slices

 

 

YUM!


 

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Chickpea Puri with green beans and heirloom tomatoes.

I love Dhal Puri.  My mom used to buy it from an Indian store when I was younger and I always loved it with curry. It was one of those special foods that you only got when we had parties or when my parents felt like eating it. We infrequently ate it, but I really enjoyed it. Since I began eating a plant-based diet (all of a week ago), I’ve been brainstorming things I could eat. Then I remembered Dhal Puri. It`s amazingly easy, and will definitely be a staple in our house from now on.  I`ll be posting my first version here but will update later with different, more “healthy” versions. I tried to stick as close to the original recipe as I could without modifications just to see if I could do it, but since I’m me, I modified it just a little.  Next time I make this,  I’m going to try substitutions such as; white flour with whole wheat and flax seed flour, or the dhal for hemp seed, or chia seeds. We’ll see how it goes 🙂

Chickpea/Garbanzo Bean Puri Recipe:

Filling Ingredients

1/2 cup dry chickpeas (soaked over night)

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

salt to taste

1/2 tsp roasted ground cumin

1/2 tsp roasted ground coriander seeds (I put this in because I love coriander seeds. It’s not in the original recipe.)

Puri Ingredients

250 g white flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup water (the original recipe didn’t have an amount for water and I didn’t measure how much water I used. I’ll measure it out next time and update this recipe.)

2 tbsp canola oil for the skillet/non stick pan

Method:

1. Boil the chickpeas in salted water with the turmeric until the outsides are cooked but the center is still al dente.

2. While the chickpeas are cooking, make the Puri.

3. Put the white flour in a medium-sized mixing bowl or stand up mixer. Make a well in the white flour.

4. Add salt and olive oil to the well.

The dough is soft and a bit sticky. Put flour on your hands before you pull a chunk off of it!

5 . Put your mixer on medium and begin adding water slowly to the flour. You want a soft but workable dough. Do not over mix otherwise your dough will get very sticky. If you’re mixing by hand (which is what I did so I could feel the texture my first time around), place a wet cloth under your mixing bowl so it doesn’t move so much. Then, with one hand use your index and middle fingers to gently swirl the olive oil in a circular motion bringing the flour into the center. With the other hand, slowly pour in the water into the well while continuing to mix with the other hand. Remember, you want a soft pliable dough.  All of this took me about 7 minutes.

6. Let the dough rest for at least 20 min.

7. The chickpeas should be cooked by now. Drain them and grind them. I used my magic bullet (with the 4 blades not the 2 blade), but a food processor would work just fine here too. You could also use a mortar and pestle if you have a lot of time on your hands 🙂

Chickpea mixture with ground cumin and coriander seed. I made a lot. It freezes well.

8. Add the ground cumin and coriander to the chickpeas. Taste and add salt if necessary.

9. Pinch a 3 inch ball of dough and flatten it a bit with your hands.  Spoon about a 1/2 tsp of the chickpea mixture into the center of the dough. Take the sides of the dough disc and bring them together. You should have a closed ball.

10. Flour your work surface and the top of the ball. Roll out the ball to about a 1/4 of a cm. Some recipes say that you should be very gentle, but I wasn’t and none of my puri’s ripped or broke.

11. Heat a non-stick skillet with 1/2 tsp of oil. When the pan is hot, add the puri.  Cook for about 1- 1.5 minutes and then flip. Cook for another minute and take off the heat. Repeat this process until your dough is finished.

Great way to get hummus, beans and cucumber into a toddler all in one go!

My little girl is a camera diva 🙂

I ate my chickpea puri with green beans, hummus, cucumber, and a vinegar garlic sauce that my mom used to make when I was at home. She probably still makes it, but I didn’t eat it very much until I started to eat Vegan.

I got these green beans from Costco. I steam two whole bags in one go, and then cut them up and stick them in the fridge so they’re ready at any time.

My mom’s chili, garlic, vinegar sauce. I make a whole batch of it on Sundays and eat it all week long!

YUM!

Cheryl

Update: I made a double batch of the Dhal Puri again with Dhal this time.  It didn’t taste any better or worse than the chickpeas. The only difference is that I didn’t have to soak the dhal (yellow split peas), which means I didn’t have to plan to make the filling.

I also substituted:

1/4 cup of flour for whole wheat flour

1/4 cup of white flour for a mix of ground flax and chia seeds

Dhal Puri dough with ground flax/chia seed and whole wheat flour.

My conclusion: Not bad but nothing beats the flavour and soft chewy texture of white flour. The Puri turned out a lot more dense and was almost crispy. The day after I made a double batch of the white flour dough so I could alternate healthier, whole wheat, ground flax/chia seed puri, for oh so good white flour puri 🙂 I can’t get enough of this stuff!

I ate them with cucumbers and hummus 🙂

Oh, and I had cucumbers on the side with chili and salt. Mmmmmmm spicy salt.

 Yum 🙂

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