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Classic Carrot Cake

February 25 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Classic Carrot Cake Makes 1 9×13 sheet cake or 9-inch round cake Photo By VK Rees It’s almost carrot cake season! Or, maybe if we make a bunch of carrot cake, spring will come early? This is a very classic recipe for the most beloved of desserts. Walnuts, raisins, plenty of spice and, of course, a generous amount of shredded carrot. Olive oil gives the cake a surprisingly buttery flavor that isnt too heavy. The frosting is thick and lemony and lets all of the flavors really shine. It makes a great layer cake, but its pretty awesome as sheet cake, too. Just pick your poison! This recipe is from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook! What a great cookbook. Ingredients For the Cake: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1 1/­­2 cups granulated sugar 3/­­4 cups unsweetened vegan milk 1/­­2 cup olive oil 1/­­2 cup unsweetened applesauce 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups shredded carrots  1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts 1 cup raisins For the Crumb Topping: 3 cups powdered sugar 1/­­2 cup refined coconut oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons unsweetened vegan milk 1/­­2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract pinch salt 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil, melted For garnish: 3 tablespoons shredded coconut or additional chopped walnuts Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch or two 9-inch round  baking pans. Sift flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.  Beat together milk and flax in a large mixing bowl until frothy. Blend in the olive oil, applesauce and vanilla until well combined.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until no large lumps remain. Fold in carrots, walnuts and raisins.  Pour batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake for 40 to 45 minutes in a sheet pan or 32 to 35 minutes in cake pans, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.  Make the frosting: Melt coconut oil in a medium mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, juice and salt and blend with a hand mixer on low speed until incorporated. Turn mixer to medium-high speed and continue to blend until smooth. Chill for 30 minutes.  Remove from refrigerator and whip on medium-high speed with mixer until light and fluffy.  For sheet cake: Using a spatula, or spoon, spread icing over cake. Sprinkle with coconut. Cut into squares and serve.  For layer cake: Using a spatula or spoon, frost top of one cake with half the icing. Add the second cake to the top and frost with the rest of the icing. Sprinkle with coconut. Cut into wedges and serve.

Vegan Baked Lamington Donuts & Donut Holes

February 21 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Baked Lamington Donuts & Donut HolesIf you love Lamingtons but find them fuzzy to make, try these easy Vegan Lamington Donuts and Donut Holes instead. They’re simple to make, baked, covered with chocolate and coconut, filled with raspberry jam and bake up in just 15 minutes. Coming at you with a fun alternative to a traditional lamington! Vegan Lamington Donuts! You could call these a lazy cooks Lamington – because they are well easier to make than the original. These vegan donut holes have all the hallmarks of the Aussie dessert classic; A fluffy cakey donut filled with jam, then covered in chocolate and finally rolled in coconut. All the flavor of a lamington, but without the fuss and bother. Theres much debate between Australians as to whether a lamington should contain jam or not. My focus for these donuts is on taste, not tradition. I mean, what’s not to love about the combination of tart raspberry jam, chocolate, and coconut. Imagine a fresh, fluffy, perfectly cooked doughnut hole, filled with still warm raspberry jam and dipped in a rich vegan chocolate glaze, then tossed in shredded coconut. Trsut me, these are seriously good. I give you two options here! I know that not everyone has a donut baking tray, so you will be happy to lear that a mini muffin tray or a mini bundt cake tin can be used instead. Maybe even a cake pop tin. You can make these Glutenfree by using my Glutenfree Vegan Vanilla donuts recipe MORE VEGAN DONUTS AND MUFFINS RECIPES FROM THE BLOG - Pumpkin Donuts - Spiced Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Cinnamon sugar SF - Gluten-free Lemon Donuts - Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins - Classic Donuts. - Glutenfree Vegan Vanilla donuts  - Turmeric Carrot Muffins Continue reading: Vegan Baked Lamington Donuts & Donut HolesThe post Vegan Baked Lamington Donuts & Donut Holes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Nutella

February 7 2021 VegKitchen 

Vegan Nutella Learn how to make Vegan Nutella at home in no time. This silky-smooth homemade Nutella is so rich and decadent, and it’s made with just 7 simple ingredients! Use it to dip fresh fruit, use as a frosting for desserts, and more.  This chocolate hazelnut spread uses raw hazelnuts, 60% dark chocolate, and a few other ingredients. Make yourself some homemade Nutella in no time and enjoy your creamy and delicious chocolate spread.  This Vegan Nutella Is… vegan  vegetarian  gluten-free  dairy-free  spreadable and creamy  a great frosting for desserts  storable for 1 month  How to Make Vegan Nutella  Start by preheating the oven to 350°F.  You want to spread out all your hazelnuts onto a pan and roast as directed on a baking sheet.  Toss roasted hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse until you have a thick nut butter.  Once the nut butter is ready, pour in the coconut oil and melted chocolate. Then add in the vegetable milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and sea salt. Process a bit longer until well mixed.  Transfer to an airtight container and store. Scroll down for the full recipe and measurements to the Nutella recipe.  Tips and Tricks Thickness When making homemade chocolate […] The post Vegan Nutella appeared first on VegKitchen.

Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

February 6 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars Makes 12 bars Photo By Kate Lewis February is baking season and where I am, nothing is in season, so anything goes! But, I ask you: is there a better treat than sliced apples spread with peanut butter?  Not really. But what if you wanted to turn that into a dessert that took much longer? JK. These bars fulfill all your apple peanut butter cravings and then some. An apple pie filling inside a graham cracker crust, with a crumb topping and ribbons of luscious peanut butter caramel. The peanut butter caramel is the nicest trick. Not technically caramel, its just  few ingredients lightly heated that come out all thick and sweet like caramel, but with no chance to mess it up. This recipe is from Veganomicon. I will be posting some Veganomicon recipes over the next week, but you can totally buy a copy, too. No one is stopping you! Recipe Notes ~To make cookie crumbs, just blitz the cookies in a food processor until fine. You can actually use different types of wafery cookies here. Vanilla or speculoos or even peanut butter would be nice! ~For a sweet and salty combo, sprinkle some flake sea salt, like Maldon, over the caramel before it sets. 1/­­4 teaspoon should do it. Ingredients For the Crust: 3 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/­­3 cup refined coconut oil 3 tablespoons unsweetened vegan milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the Crumb Topping: 1/­­2 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil, melted For the Apple filling: 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 6), cored and sliced thinly (peeling is optional) 1/­­3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger Peanut Butter Caramel: 2/­­3 cup well stirred chunky peanut butter 1/­­4 cup pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Prepare the crust: Place the graham cracker crumbs in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the oil and mix until moistened. Add the soy milk and mix with your fingers; the crumbs should hold together if pinched. Press the crumbs firmly into the prepared baking pan to form a crust. Prepare the topping: Combine the flour, sugar, spices, and salt in a mixing bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil into the flour and mix with your fingertips until crumbs start to form. Keep tossing the mixture with your fingers; you want the crumbs to be fairly large for crumbs. Add more oil if necessary. Prepare the apple filling: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, coating all the apples. Assemble: Layer the apples onto the crust and sprinkle with the crumb topping. The topping wont solidly cover the entire pan; just sprinkle it randomly over the top so that the apples are peeking through in places. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the apples are tender. When the bars are close to being done, start preparing the peanut butter caramel:  Mix all the ingredients very well with a fork, in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat for about 3 minutes. The mixture should soften and slide off the fork in ribbons. When the bars are done baking, drizzle the caramel in ribbons all over the top. Let cool completely before serving. You can let them chill in the fridge to cool faster. Slice into bars and serve.

Vegan Glutenfree Vanilla Donuts Recipe

January 11 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Glutenfree Vanilla Donuts RecipeThis Vegan Glutenfree Donuts recipe features a blend of oat and almond flour and results in super moist and fluffy baked vanilla donuts that taste a bit like Snickerdoodle Cookies. Dipped into cinnamon sugar – the perfect sweet afternoon or breakfast treat! Meet my favorite Glutenfree Donuts Recipe! This vegan and gluten-free Vanilla Donuts recipe is going to rock your world and your tastebuds. Trust me, these are one of the best baked gf +v donuts I have ever made and they are super simple to throw together, too. WIN! I love making donuts on a lazy Saturday Morning and these ones are especially great if you want to get the kids involved! They can help to make the batter, and then dip the donuts into the cinnamon sugar mix. I recommend you make a double batch and freeze some vanilla donuts for quick snacking whenever those afternoon sugar cravings hit. No Yeast! The donut batter does not use any yeast for rising. We only use baking powder and baking soda. Therefore it can also be baked into regular size muffins or mini vanilla muffins. Hello, Valentines Day Breakfast! You could also use a mini donuts pan but you would have to reduce the baking time. The secret to gluten-free and vegan baking is adding air to the batter before it even goes into bake. You can do this several ways such as adding some whipped aquafaba , adding in citric acid in the dry ingredients, Or adding in aerated club soda! I like to use club soda these days because living up Aquafaba just takes too much time. Any freshly open fizzy drink makes these really soft and moist. MORE DONUTS AND MUFFINS RECIPES FROM THE BLOG - Pumpkin Donuts - Spiced Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Cinnamon sugar SF - Gluten-free Lemon Donuts - Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins - Classic Donuts. - Turmeric Carrot Muffins Continue reading: Vegan Glutenfree Vanilla Donuts RecipeThe post Vegan Glutenfree Vanilla Donuts Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

January 4 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Makes one 8×4 loaf If you know me, you know that I sneak rosemary into chocolate wherever I go. And when Im not doing that, Im sneaking chocolate into rosemary. I think one tradition from 2020 that should be carried over into the new year is banana bread. I know everyone has their tried and true, but I rarely make the same recipe twice. Its just such a fun recipe to play with. Anyway, give this a shot. Its mysterious and special but also very familiar and comforting. Works just as well for high tea as it does for morning coffee or midnight snack. And yes, I have high tea now. Ingredients 1 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 3 average sized) 3/­­4 cups sugar 1/­­4 cup olive oil 1 cup unsweetened vegan milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary 1 3/­­4 cups all-purpose flour 3/­­4 teaspoon baking soda 3/­­4 teaspoon salt 3/­­4 cup chocolate chips To decorate: Banana sliced lengthwise as best you can (see pic) Sprigs of fresh rosemary Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl until relatively smooth. It should take 3 average sized ones, but spoon the mashed nanas into a measuring cup to make sure, then return to the mixing bowl. Beat in the sugar, olive oil, milk, vanilla and rosemary.  Sift in the half the flour, and all the baking soda and salt and gently mix. Fold in the chocolate chips. Add the remaining flour and mix to incorporate, making sure not to overmix.  Lightly grease an 8×4 loaf pan. Pour the batter into the pan. If youd like to decorate, place the banana cut sides up lenthwise over the batter. Scatter a few springs of rosemary over the top.  Bake for 55 minutes. It should be lightly browned and pulling away from the sides. Its kind of hard to test the inside with a butter knife  because of the chocolate chips and banana might make it look underdone so hope for the best. Let cool and enjoy!

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

December 21 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars Makes 8 bars Photo by VK Rees These are the chewy granola bars of your dreams! Totally appropriate for dessert or breakfast or midnight snack. Brown rice syrup gives them the chewy stickiness youre looking for and crispy rice cereal makes them light and crunchy.. If you love a salty sweet combo, you can use roasted salted peanuts here, or increase the salt by a big pinch. You can also make them a little fancier by drizzling in chocolate and then sprinkling with flaky sea salt, like Maldon. Originally published in Isa Does It. Ingredients 1/­­2 cup smooth, natural peanut butter 1/­­3 cup pure maple syrup 1/­­3 cup brown rice syrup 1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup crisp rice cereal 1/­­2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped 1/­­3 cup chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup, until smooth. A strong fork usually gets the job done, pretty well. Mix in the oil, vanilla, and salt. Mix in the oatmeal and crisp rice cereal. Start with the fork and then wet your hands and knead together well. Be very firm, the cereal should even crunch up a bit as youre kneading, and you should have a compact, slightly crumbly mixture. Add the peanuts and chocolate chips, and once again, knead until well distributed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press very firmly and as evenly as you can. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, the sides should be golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Remove from pan by pulling up the sides of the parchment. Now slice into 8 squares and serve! The best way to slice is to use a chefs knife, and press down in one firm motion. Do not saw the bars. Store bars in the fridge in individually plastic wrap and they should keep for at least 5 days.

Gingerbread People

December 20 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Gingerbread People Makes around 16 cookies Photo by James Walmsley Whether youre going all out with your decorating or you’re a part of the gingerbread minimalist movement, this recipe is a surefire winner that will have you singing Christmas carols to your cat. Or at least that one Pogues song. This recipe has been on the site since the dawn of time, so let me take this moment to suggest that you color your icing with natural stuff simply because its fun and pretty. There are certainly vegan food colorings out there, too. But its nice to have these ingredients on hand for other baking projects when you want to slay Instagram. Pink: beet powder, freeze dried strawberries grated with a microplane  Hot pink/­­fucscia: dragonfruit powder Orange: freeze dried mango (its more peach, not very saturated) Green: matcha powder Purple: freeze dried blackberries or blueberries grated with a microplane Blue: spirulina, butterfly pea flower powder (turns purple with acidic ingredients) Ingredients For the cookies: 1/­­3 cup canola oil 3/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 cup light molasses 1/­­4 cup plain unsweetened vegan milk 2 cups all purpose flour 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1/­­2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 1/­­2 teaspoons ground ginger For the icings: 2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted if clumpy 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/­­4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons warm water Directions In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add molasses and milk. The molasses and milk wont really blend with the oil but thats ok. Sift in half the flour, all the baking powder, soda and salt and all the spices and mix until relatively smooth. Add the remaining flour. Mix until a stiff dough is formed.  Form the dough into a disd, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour or up to 3 days in advance. If you chill longer than an hour you may want to let it sit for 10 minutes to warm up a bit before proceeding. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray two parchment lined baking sheets with cooking oil.  On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to a little less than 1/­­4 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters and use a thin spatula to gently place on cookie sheets. If you are using them to decorate a tree or something, remember to punch a hole in their heads (!) before baking. Bake for 8 minutes if they’re small and up to 12 minutes if they’re large, but be careful not to overbake. They should be lightly brown on the bottom but still soft. Remove from oven and let them cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet then move to a cooling rack. Wait until they are completely cool before icing. Meanwhile, make the glaze: Mix everything together until there are no lumps. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so to set up a bit. If it is too stiff to pipe, add water a teaspoon at a time. Decorate with a piping bag fit with a small, round tip. Be adorable. Look at Pinterest first for ideas Let set for at least 30 minutes.

Lemon Almond Biscotti

December 17 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Lemon Almond Biscotti Makes 16 Biscotti Photo By VK Rees Classic flavors with the the lemon on blast! I used to eat biscotti like these at an espresso spot in Little Italy. Just me and my journal, a coffee and a million honking taxis on a relaxing NYC afternoon. I am sure they loved that someone who spent like 3 bucks was taking up a table, writing her memoir for like 2 hours. This is a fun one where you get to drizzle icing all over everything, so have your inner child or your actual child at the ready. Biscotti seems a little fancy somehow, but I actually make it when I’m lazy because it’s like two gigantic cookies instead of scooping out individual ones and the slicing is satisfying in easy. Ingredients 1/­­4 cup unsweetened vegan milk 1/­­4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 3/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­2 cup melted refined coconut oil 2 tablespoons fresh grated lemon zest 1  teaspoon vanilla extract 1/­­4 teaspoon almond extract 1 2/­­3 cup all purpose flour 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sliced almonds For the lemon glaze: 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted if clumpy 1/­­2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil Directions 1 – Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. 2 – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, lemon juice and flaxseeds. Beat in the sugar, melted coconut oil, lemon zest and extracts. Mix for about two minutes until relatively smooth.  3 – Sift in half of the flour, along with the cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Stir just until incorporated, a few dry spots are ok. 4- Mix in the almonds, then add the remaining flour and use your hands to form a stiff dough. 5 – Divide dough into two 5-inch by 3-inch logs. Transfer logs to baking sheet.  6 – Bake for 25 minutes until puffed up. Remove from oven and cool for 30 to 40 minutes, until firm and just warm to the touch.  7 – Preheat oven to 350 F again.  Transfer the loafs to a cutting board. Use a bread knife to slice into 1-inch slices. Do this in one swift motion, do not saw that the cookies, just press down.  8 – Place each cookie cut side down on cookie sheet. Bake for 20 more minutes, flipping the cookies halfway through.  9 – Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack to cook completely.  10 – Make the glaze by mixing everything together until there are no lumps. 11 – Place cooling rack of cookies over the sink. Use a spoon to drizzle the lemon glaze over cooled cookies while they are still on the cooling rack, and let the excess fall into the sink for easy cleaning. Let set in a cool room or in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.

Miso Tahini and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Glaze

December 16 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

Miso Tahini and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Glaze It’s the season for homemade cookies, and today we are coming to you with these hippiefied, gluten-free and vegan, but still very delicious cookies. We’ve got two variations on one cookie base: miso tahini cookies and chocolate peanut butter cookies, both topped with a decadent, coconut maple glaze. These are fun and easy to make, and if you want, you can get creative with topping the glaze with some beautiful ‘natural sprinkles’ like crushed pink peppercorns, dried rose petals, candied citrus peel, poppy seeds, etc. etc. Or leave them plain like we did, for a more minimal presentation. You can also sandwich them together for a cookie sandwich. Hope you’ll give them a try! Miso Tahini and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Glaze   Print Serves: 30-32 cookies total Ingredients for the miso tahini cookies ¼ cup gluten-free oat flour, plus more if needed ¼ cup brown rice flour ½ cup gluten-free quick oats ½ teaspoon baking soda sea salt ½ cup creamy tahini 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil - soft, at room temperature ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 tablespoon white miso 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the chocolate peanut butter cookies ¼ cup gluten-free oat flour, plus more if needed ¼ cup brown rice flour ½ cup gluten-free quick oats ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda sea salt ½ cup creamy peanut butter 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil - soft, at room temperature ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the coconut maple glaze ¼ cup coconut butter/­­manna (not oil) 2 tablespoons maple syrup sea salt 3-4 tablespoons water Instructions to make the miso tahini cookies Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Prepare a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine oat flour, brown rice flour, oats, baking soda, and a pinch of salt, mix to combine. In another medium bowl, combine the tahini, coconut oil, maple syrup, miso, and vanilla extract, mix to combine. Add the tahini mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. If the batter appears too runny, add more oat flour, about 2 tablespoons should be enough. Using a small (1½?) ice-cream scooper or 1 heaping tablespoon measure, scoop one cookie at a time and arrange on the baking sheet 2? apart. Flatten the cookies out with the back of a spoon if needed (this will depend on the creaminess of your tahini). Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden brown. 12 minutes will give you a chewier cookie, while 15 minutes will make for a harder cookie. Let cool completely to firm up. Glaze with the coconut maple glaze (recipe below) and enjoy. to make the chocolate peanut butter cookies Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Prepare a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine oat flour, brown rice flour, oats, cocoa powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt, mix to combine. In another medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, mix to combine. Add the peanut butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. If the batter appears too runny, add more oat flour, about 2 tablespoons should be enough. Using a small (1½?) ice-cream scooper or 1 heaping tablespoon measure, scoop one cookie at a time and arrange on the baking sheet 2? apart. Flatten the cookies out with the back of a spoon if needed (this will depend on the creaminess of your peanut butter). Bake for 12-15 minutes. 12 minutes will give you a chewier cookie, while 15 minutes will make for a harder cookie. Let cool completely to firm up. Glaze with the coconut maple glaze (recipe below) and enjoy. to make the coconut maple glaze Combine the coconut butter, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk until the coconut butter is starting to melt. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the icing is smooth and creamy. Remove from the heat and glaze the cookies. The glaze will harden at cooler temperatures and soften when warm. 3.5.3226 The post Miso Tahini and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Glaze appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles (Glutenfree)

November 20 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles (Glutenfree)These easy Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are everything you love about snickerdoodles with a punch of pumpkin pie magic. A Glutenfree Vegan fall-tastic spin on a classic holiday cookie your whole family will love! Jump to Recipe Prepare to “fall” in love with these marbled Vegan Snickerdoodles! These Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles should really come with a warning label because they are so good. I mean, we are in a season that should be all about gratitude and sharing the goodies, but these are SO good they could trigger a spot of the old “food greed”. This can be easily solved by just making a huge batch and keeping some all for yourself. Baker’s privilege, right? A classic snickerdoodle cookie is a type of holiday sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar. This fall-centric pumpkin spice version adds a pinch of pumpkin pie spice aka. our favorite fall drug. While baking, the pumpkin pie spices will fill your whole kitchen with the most comforting cozy scent and will give you all those fall feels. The other half is chocolate which complements the cookie and the season perfectly. Dont like pumpkin pie spice? Use just cinnamon or just vanilla and skip the cinnamon sugar coating. More cookie Recipes from the blog - Cinnamon Roll Cookies.  - PB J thunbprints - grainfree Brownie cookies  - Lemon Chia Cookies. GF - Peanut oatmeal Chocolate chip cookies - Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies. GF - Breakfast Cookies gf - Ginger Tahini Cookies GF option They are Glutenfree, have amazing texture and flavor, theyre perfectly pumpkin spicy...AND they have added chocolate so they are extra awesome! I am fully bandwagon-ed up with these babies and I think you should do the same!Continue reading: Vegan Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles (Glutenfree)The post Vegan Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles (Glutenfree) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Gluten Free Buckwheat Waffles

October 27 2020 Vegan Richa 

Gluten Free Buckwheat WafflesThese Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles are a chocoholic’s breakfast dream! Light, crispy, and nutritious and made with a blend of naturally gluten-free buckwheat flour and oat flour! 7 ingredients and 1 Bowl. Wholesome, delicious and so easy to make. Vegan Glutenfree soyfree Nut-free Recipe Jump to Recipe These Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles are light, crispy, and nutritious. You will love how easy they are to throw together and how wholesome these are while still tasting super chocolatey and decadent. The unique blend of buckwheat flour and oat flour will keep you full for hours. Trust me, you will want to make a double batch!  Chocolatey, rich, and nutty as they are, these gluten-free waffles taste excellent as they are, but why not take them to the next level with some toppings? You can top these any way you like, but let me just mention that a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of syrup is a superb choice for sure.Continue reading: Gluten Free Buckwheat WafflesThe post Gluten Free Buckwheat Waffles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Drinks

October 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

ALOHA’s creamy organic plant-based protein drinks provide 18g of protein and 160 calories. These are sweetened with monk fruit extract, and the protein blend comes from pea and brown rice proteins. They also skip over common allergens--ALOHA’s protein drinks are soy-free, vegan, nothing artificial, no stevia, gluten-free, dairy-free, and no sugar alcohols, Coconut: Very creamy, monk fruit flavor was mild. Chocolate Sea Salt: This drink is chocolate-forward, almost like a thick chocolate milk that was very welcome on a rather warm day. Vanilla: I’m a big fan of anything vanilla-flavored, and this drink is no exception. I meant to just take a sip or two to take notes, but found myself drinking it throughout a meeting.  The post VT Tried It: ALOHA Protein Drinks appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cake

September 21 2020 VegKitchen 

This recipe makes an Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cake that tastes great served with your favorite frosting, all-fruit preserves, or even sliced fruit. Contributed by Kim Lutz, from Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes* (Sterling, (C)2011). The post Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cake appeared first on VegKitchen.

Earl Gray Chai Pancakes

January 27 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Earl Gray Chai Pancakes Makes 6 big pancakes These pancakes have it all! Masala chai spices like ginger, cardamom and black pepper. And although Ive made chai spiced pancakes before, this time I thought of adding actual tea. Like wow, how brilliant, since “tea” is what chai is. You can use any black tea you like. I used Earl Gray, which came through with its citrus-y notes. Tea is a difficult flavor to infuse so I made a really super concentrated cuppa. Then I tossed a couple of star anise pods into the steeping tea as well, because that is one of those flavors that can be harder to incorporate into chai spiced recipes, what with those big old pods. So the steeping comes in real handy in multiple ways. It also helps to add the turmeric into the infusion to bloom bright and golden. The final results is a nicely spiced pancake and you can actually taste the tea, too. So add these to your pancake repertoire next time you are craving everything. Recipe notes: ~ I have a lot of pancake tips all over the site, but Im not sure Ive ever written this one: If your pancakes arent cooking through, try covering them while cooking. ~ I love cooking pancakes in refined coconut oil! So buttery and yum. But you can cook in oil or vegan butter as well. I recommend Miyoko’s Butter for topping them, too. Ingredients Boiling water 3 earl gray tea bags 2 star anise pods 1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 1/­­2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­8 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3/­­4 cup unsweetened soy milk (or vegan milk of choice) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 3 tablespoons safflower oil (or any neutral tasting oil) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Refined coconut oil for cooking Directions Place 3 black tea bags in a large mug along with star anise pods. Pour water over tea and let steep for 20 minutes or so. It should be cool enough to use by then. Measure out one cup of liquid.  In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center. Measure the milk into a measuring cup. Add the vinegar to the milk and let curdle a minute. Add the milk mixture, 1 cup of tea mixture, safflower oil and vanilla to the well. Stir just until incorporated and no large clumps of flour are left.  Preheat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat and let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Lightly coat the pan in coconut oil. Add 1/­­3 cup of batter for each pancake, and cook for about 4 minutes, until puffy, bubbly and matte. Flip the pancakes, adding a new coat of oil to the pan, and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes or so.  Transfer pancakes to a large plate covered with tin foil until ready to serve. To reheat, place pancakes on a baking sheet covered with tin foil in a 300 F degree oven for 5 minutes or so.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

January 8 2021 VegKitchen 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies These vegan chocolate crinkle cookies are soft, chewy, chocolatey, and delicious! Dusted with powdered sugar, these vegan chocolate cookies will remind you of snow, but be warm as holiday spirit! These vegan crinkle cookies may be dairy-free and egg-free, but theyre just as scrumptious as any other chocolate crinkle cookies youve ever had! And theyre super easy to make too! All you do is mix together the ingredients, form the dough into balls, roll them in powdered sugar, and bake! Theyll crinkle as they cool and leave you will a soft, gooey cookie everyone will love! This vegan chocolate crinkle cookies recipe is…  vegan vegetarian nut-free dairy-free egg-free ready in 30 minutes a quick chocolate treat How to Make Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies  Preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a large bowl, add the sugar and canola oil.  Stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon until they are combined and smooth.  Add the ground flax seeds, non-dairy milk, and vanilla and combine well.  Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. You can use a sifter or a fine mesh strainer. Stir the ingredients until they are combined with the wet ingredients […] The post Chocolate Crinkle Cookies appeared first on VegKitchen.

Oatmilk Coconut Eggnog

December 23 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Oatmilk Coconut Eggnog Makes about 1 1/­­2 quarts Photo by James Walmsley I love this recipe because its thick without any thickeners, has lots of warming spice and the secret ingredient – apple cider vinegar – lends just the slightest tang that vegan nogs are sometimes missing. The turmeric is there to give that telltale eggy glow but also adds a little flavor. If you have a vanilla bean, definitely scrape it in here instead of the extract. And if you dont want to grate fresh nutmeg no prob, just use pre-ground. No one is judging. But I find it very satisfying to have that little dose of aromatherapy while grating a fresh nutmeg pod. Serve warm or cold, with about 2 ounces rum per each cup of nog if youre feeling boozy.  Ingredients 2 1/­­2 cups plain oatmilk 1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg 1/­­2 cup sugar 2 14 oz cans coconut milk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Cinnamon sticks for garnish Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup, until smooth. A strong fork usually gets the job done, pretty well. Mix in the oil, vanilla, and salt. Mix in the oatmeal and crisp rice cereal. Start with the fork and then wet your hands and knead together well. Be very firm, the cereal should even crunch up a bit as youre kneading, and you should have a compact, slightly crumbly mixture. Add the peanuts and chocolate chips, and once again, knead until well distributed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press very firmly and as evenly as you can. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, the sides should be golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Remove from pan by pulling up the sides of the parchment. Now slice into 8 squares and serve! The best way to slice is to use a chefs knife, and press down in one firm motion. Do not saw the bars. Store bars in the fridge in individually plastic wrap and they should keep for at least 5 days.

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles

December 20 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles Makes 2 dozen cookies Photo by VK Rees These are an enticing spin on classic cinnamon snickerdoodles, livened up with heavenly Masala chai spices: ginger, cardamom and a hint of cloves. Of course cookies are always fun to eat, but the crunchy, sugary tops on these make them even more so. They dont contain any actual tea, but brew a milky cuppa and prepare to dunk.  There are from Isa Does It. Buy that book, it’s great and the author is very beautiful. Ingredients For the topping: 1/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 3/­­4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Scant 1/­­8 teaspoon ground cloves For the cookies: 1/­­2 cup canola oil 1 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 cup pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons unsweetened plain vegan milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix the topping ingredients together on a dinner plate. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together oil, sugar, syrup, and milk. Mix for at least a minute, until it resembles applesauce. Then mix in vanilla. Sift in remaining ingredients, stirring as you add them. Once all ingredients are added mix until youve got a pliable dough. Get in there with moist gloved hands to mix, its the easiest way to get the dough to come together. Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Pat into the sugar topping to flatten into roughly 2 inch discs. Transfer to baking sheet, sugar side up, at least 2 inches apart (they do spread a little). This should be easy as the the bottom of the cookies should just stick to your fingers so you can just flip them over onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, they should be a bit browned on the bottoms. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Black & White Cookies

December 19 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Black & White Cookies Makes 12 cookies Photo by Kate Lewis New Yorkers used to have to New Yorksplain these cookies to people, but I think everyone knows them by now. The classic NYC cakey cookie, half chocolate, half vanilla. Nothing special but somehow the most special cookie in the world! These are modified from Vegan Cookies Take Over Your Cookie Jar and currently featured in The Modern Love Brooklyn Community Cookzine. And actually, somewhere in the editing process the directions got messed up and so there’s some confusing stuff about cocoa powder in the cookzine directions. Sadface. So this is where I will send people when they yell at me and I’m so sorry about the mistake! In any case, with the proper directions (ahem) these aren’t difficult, but probably more of a weekend project, so have a great weekend everyone and I hope you get to make these. Ingredients For the cookies: 1 cup unsweetened vegan milk 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/­­2 cup melted refined coconut oil 1 1/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1 1/­­2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 1/­­2 cups all purpose flour 1/­­4 cup cornstarch 1 1/­­4 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda 3/­­4 teaspoon salt For the icings: 3 1/­­2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted if clumpy 1/­­4 cup hot water 1/­­4 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil 2/­­3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking oil. In a medium bowl combine milk and lemon juice, let curdle for about a minute. Whisk in oil, sugar, vanilla, extracts and zest. In a large bowl sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Form a well in the center pour in wet mixture. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. Scoop batter onto baking sheets using a 1/­­4 cup measuring scoop about 3 inches apart. Bake until tops are puffed and pale golden, and cookies spring back when touched, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes then carefully transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.  Meanwhile, make the icings: Sift the powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add hot water, salt, vanilla and oil and stir with a whisk until smooth. Transfer about 1/­­3 of the of icing to another bowl to use for the chocolate side in a bit. Turn cookies flat sides up, dust off any crumbs and spread white icing over half the cookies using the back of a spoon or a frosting spatula. Let icing dry while making chocolate side. In a double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate chips until smooth. Add melted chocolate to leftover white icing and whisk until smooth. Use tablespoons of hot water if it seems too thick. Spread icing onto other half of the cookie and let set for about 30 minutes. Serve!

Chocolate Fudge Candy Cane Cookies

December 16 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chocolate Fudge Candy Cane Cookies Makes 3 Dozen Cookies Photo by VK Rees These cookies scream CHRISTMAS so loud that you might have to tell them to shut up! Chocolate and melty minty chocolate with crushed candy canes. They are going to be the best thing that happens to anyone this holiday season, even if they get that Cabbage Patch Kid theyve been so desperately wanting. You don’t have to find peppermint chocolate for these, chocolate chips or regular dark chocolate bars will work, too.  To crush candy canes, place them in a plastic zip lock and pound on them with something heavy (like a rolling pin). Ingredients 1/­­2 cup refined coconut oil, room temp 1 1/­­4 cup sugar 1/­­2 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temp 1/­­4 cup plain unsweetened plant milk, room temp 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/­­3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if clumpy 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 2 3 oz peppermint chocolate bars, chopped up (6 oz total) 4 crushed up candy canes Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees In a large bowl, cream together the oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and milk and mix gently, it might make the oil clump and firm up a bit but thats ok. Mix in the vanilla. Add one cup of the flour, all of the cocoa powder, the baking soda and salt and mix well. Mix in the chocolate peppermint chunks and then add the final cup of flour and mix until it firms up. You might need to use gloved hands to get it fully incorporated.  Lightly grease baking sheets. Place a dozen on a baking sheet in 1 1/­­2 tablespoon scoops. Flatten slightly. Place a pinch of crushed candy cane in the center of each and press gently into the surface.  Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

White Chocolate Peppermint Torte

December 7 2020 My New Roots 

White Chocolate Peppermint Torte   Hi friends. It feels good to be back in this blog space. Since the beginning of this year, Ive been focusing my attention on my latest project, My New Roots Grow – an online universe of wellness education – which will launch soon. Grow is the most energy-intensive and large-scale project since my cookbooks, and once again it feels like birthing something major. The blog has been on the back burner giving more space for Grow to, well, grow, but I thought Id pop in with this stellar holiday dessert because tis the season! I actually developed this recipe last winter, but wasnt sure what to do with it. I thought about keeping it exclusively on Grow (since that is where a lot of my recipe content will live from now on!), but because it is so special and delicious, I felt that it should just be out in the world. Inspired by the Spiced Chocolate Torte that I make on the retreats in Mexico (remember places?!), I wanted to make a festive holiday version with white chocolate and peppermint. The crust is dark chocolate and pecan, so rich and delicious with just the right amount of salt. The interior is velvety smooth and beguilingly creamy, made with cashews, coconut oil, and white chocolate. I love the kiss of peppermint in the filling, which is definitely present but not overwhelming. I didnt want anyone to feel like they were eating dessert and brushing your teeth at the same time!   Some notes on the recipe… If youre using peppermint essential oil to flavour the filling, I find it helpful to measure it out on a spoon first, just in case the bottle is in a giving mood – one too many drops of this stuff will ruin a good torte with too much minty-ness! I like to use about 6 or 7 drops total, but if it comes out too fast, I have no way of controlling the amount. If youre using peppermint extract, start at a quarter of a teaspoon and work your way up to the flavour that suits you. If you eat a vegan diet, you can use maple syrup instead of honey in the filling, but the colour is going to be more brown /­­ beige than creamy. Also, make sure to find dairy-free white chocolate, since the vast majority of commercially-made white chocolate contains milk solids. And then, if you do find vegan white chocolate, read the ingredient list to make sure that is doesnt contain any hydrogenated oils or weird emulsifiers (or just pick your battles!).   The torte decorating is entirely up to you, although pomegranate seeds create a striking display of holiday cheer! Other options include fresh mint leaves, cacao nibs, or shaved dark chocolate. You could even include them all, if youre feeling extra festive. Store the torte in the freezer until youre ready to enjoy it, then bring it out about 15-20 minutes before serving so that its not rock hard. Its easier to slice and eat when its warmed up a tad. Use a smooth, very sharp chefs knife, and run it under hot water before cutting into the torte to make it glide. If you’re not in the mood to make a crust, you can turn this dessert into freezer fudge by preparing only the filling. Pour the filling into an 8-inch /­­ 20 cm square pan lined with plastic wrap; top with 1/­­2 cup /­­ 65g toasted pecans, cacao nibs, or chocolate shards, and freeze until solid (about 2 hours). Slice into squares and enjoy straight from the freezer!     Print recipe     White Chocolate Peppermint Torte Serves 10-14 For the crust: 1 cup /­­ 100g pecans 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml coconut oil, preferably flavour-neutral 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 1/­­4 tsp. fine-grain sea salt 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 150g rolled oats, divided, gluten-free if necessary 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder For the filling: 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 200g cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours 3/­­4 cup /­­ 175 ml creamed honey (sub with maple syrup, but be warned the colour of the filling will be brown) 1/­­2  cup /­­ 125 ml coconut oil 75g /­­ 2.6 oz. white chocolate, melted (dairy-free /­­ vegan if desired) 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/­­2 tsp. fine-grain sea salt a few drops peppermint essential oil or extract, to taste pomegranate, mint, cacao nibs, shaved dark chocolate, for garnish, optional Directions: 1. Make the Crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a 9-inch (23 cm) spring form pan or pie dish with coconut oil. 2. In a food processor, blend 1/­­2 cup (50g) of the rolled oats on high until you have a rough flour, place a small bowl and set aside. Without cleaning the machine, process the pecans into a fine crumb with the texture of sand. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, oat flour and cacao powder, and process again until the dough comes together. Finally, add the remaining 1 cup of rolled oats and pulse until the oats are chopped, but still have some texture to them. The dough should stick together slightly when pressed between your fingers. If it doesnt, try adding a bit more maple syrup or processing a bit longer. 3. Crumble roughly half of the dough evenly over the base of the pan. Starting from the middle, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, moving outward and upward along the side of the pie dish. The harder you press the crumbs into the dish, the better the crust will hold together. Taking a small section at a time, use the remaining crust to go up the sides, all around the form until complete. Poke a few fork holes into the bottom of the crust to let the steam escape. 4. Bake the crust, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes, until fragrant and slightly darker around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. 5. Make the filling: Drain and rinse the cashews. In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked cashews, honey, oil, melted chocolate, vanilla, salt, and peppermint, then blend on high until the filling is completely smooth. It can take a few minutes of blending to get it smooth, depending on your blender. If the blender needs more liquid to get it going, add a tablespoon (15 mL) of plant-based milk (or a bit more) to help it along. 6. Pour the filling into the prepared crust, smoothing out the top evenly. Place the torte on an even surface in the freezer, uncovered. Freeze for a couple of hours, and then cover the dish with foil and freeze overnight, or for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours, until the torte sets. 7. Remove the torte from the freezer and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes before slicing. It is meant to be served cold. Garnish with mint leaves, pomegranate seeds, cacao nibs, melted or shaved chocolate, if desired.   I hope that wherever you are and whatever youre celebrating this month, you are safe, healthy, and grateful. This year has thrown us all for the biggest loop of our lives, and finding the small joys and tiny triumphs (like getting out for some fresh air, putting dinner on the table) is enough to make me feel proud, anyway. The holidays will undoubtedly look different this year, but I know that I am just thankful to have a roof over my head and a torte to share with the ones I love. I hope the same for you, dear friend. In light and love, best wishes for the season ahead. Sarah B The post White Chocolate Peppermint Torte appeared first on My New Roots.

7 Tips for Shaking Sugar

November 7 2020 Vegetarian Times 

1. Rethink breakfast and afternoon treats Many people who decide to eat less sugar face two immediate challenges: what to eat for breakfast and finding a non-sweet afternoon treat, says Amy Chaplin, author of Whole Food Cooking Every Day (2020, Artisan/­­Workman Publishing Co., Inc.) which includes many sugar-free recipes. For breakfast, Chaplin suggests making your own muesli or granola using yakon syrup, a natural sweetener that is low on the glycemic index (GI) scale (meaning it doesnt bombard your body with sugar because it is digested slowly). Other options: tofu scrambles and steel-cut oatmeal. For snacks, go for apple slices with peanut butter, plain yogurt with blueberries or carrots and hummus. Instead of soda or fruit juices, drink chilled sparkling water with a slice of lemon or herbal teas. 2. Know what you are eating There are at least 200 other names for sugar on food labels, says Uma Naidoo, MD, director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of This Is Your Brain on Food (2020 Little Brown Spark/­­Hachette). Fructose, dextrose and maltose are just a few. And look for added sugars Dr. Naidoo advises. Foods like ketchup, pasta sauces and salad dressings often have more added sugars than sweet foods where you expect sugar. 3. Mind your carbs Choose to eat complex carbs that are low on the GI scale such as apples, oranges, bran cereals and black beans, which are slowly digested, and skip simple carbs such as potatoes, French fries, white rice, white pasta and refined breakfast cereals which are high on the scale. 4. Try new ingredients When cooking, use naturally sweet ingredients in place of sugar. I like using freshly squeezed orange juice, berries and berry powders, beet juice powder, vanilla, coconut butter or dried coconut flakes, says Chaplin. Medjool dates are another good choice, and spices such as cinnamon add extra flavor. Related: 8 Way to Improve Your Gut Health & Mood 5. Be fruit-wise Because fruit contains fiber and nutrients, it is digested slowly and its sugar is absorbed slowly too. Still, its wise to limit fruit. I prefer lower glycemic fruit such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and Bing cherries. These options contain less fructose, the natural sugar in fruit, says Dr. Naidoo. Two to three servings of fruit eaten throughout the day should be OK for most people, she adds, unless you are diabetic or have fructose intolerance in which case you should consult with your doctor. 6. Remember why its important Sweet cravings are hard to resist. Sugar-laden foods increase serotonin in the brain and make you feel good, explains Dr. Naidoo. The calming effect of serotonin may often be felt shortly after eating a candy bar, cake, or other foods high in simple carbs--this is a reason why these foods can be so addictive. Remind yourself that consuming too much sugar can raise the risk of life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease when overwhelmed with a craving for a sugary sweet, 7. Enjoy dessert! Dont deprive yourself of luscious desserts. Start to replace those sugary treats with healthier options that still taste good, says Dr. Naidoo. Another option is to switch to baking with erythritol--sold as Swerve--in recipes, says Dr. Naidoo. Even when using artificial sweeteners, however, moderation is key. She also suggests making your own fruit-based ice cream. Amy Chaplins new cookbook features fruit-based desserts such as Berry Chia Pudding--A crowd pleaser for sure! Chaplin says. Click here for the recipe. The post 7 Tips for Shaking Sugar appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

October 19 2020 Vegan Richa 

Apple Pie Overnight OatsThese easy homemade apple pie overnight oats are made with all your favorite fall baking ingredients and totally vegan, but youll feel like youre eating a slice of apple pie for breakfast! Jump to Recipe Dont we all want to start our day with a nice cozy fall dessert once in a while? Especially if it’s all grey and foggy out? These apple cinnamon overnight oats are made with simple wholesome ingredients but youll feel like youre eating apple pie for breakfast! Which is a great way to start your day if you ask me! Picture a cinnamon and vanilla scented oatmeal base topped with apple cinnamon filling! But what takes these from delicious to utterly divine is the caramelized pecan topping! That little bit of added crunch adds a nice contrast of textures and just makes these little jars extra delicious.Continue reading: Apple Pie Overnight OatsThe post Apple Pie Overnight Oats appeared first on Vegan Richa.

12 Road Trip-Worthy Snacks

September 25 2020 Vegetarian Times 

If the walls of your home feel like theyre closing in, youre not alone. Two-thirds of Americans (67%) say that staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has made them want to take a vacation, according to a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Shell.  But with so many travel restrictions and concerns about health safety while flying, its no wonder that many people trying to scratch their travel itch are turning to good, old fashioned road trips -- 36% of Americans say that they are more likely to take a road trip now than they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and 61% of Americans are now more interested in taking a local road trip to explore areas close to home.  Before you hit the open road, theres plenty to do: packing, creating a playlist that captures the vibe of your destination, planning your itinerary and, of course, stocking up on car-friendly snacks. While vacation may seem like the perfect excuse to indulge in junk food, those snacks could leave you feeling lethargic and bloated during a time when youd much rather feel energetic and carefree.  Thankfully, theres no shortage of vegan-friendly snacks that are mess-free, nutritious, and tasty. Weve rounded up some of our favorites: Quinn Grain-Free Pretzel Chips Nothing beats the crunch of a pretzel -- and everyone living a gluten-free lifestyle knows that grain-free pretzel replacements typically leave a lot to be desired. Not the case with Quinn Grain-Free Pretzel Chips; youd never know it was grain-free thanks to its near-identical texture (they are made from cassava flour, a gluten-free root vegetable) and spot-on flavoring (shout out to the Cracked Black Pepper variety!). Theyre non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and the shape makes them perfect for dipping into your favorite condiment (but maybe not in the car, okay?). Shop now Pans Mushroom Jerky Beef jerky is a classic road-trip snack -- but who needs the beef? Pans mushroom jerky is made from shitake mushrooms, which is one of the meatiest mushrooms. Plus, mushrooms impart that beloved umami flavor everyone craves. These fiber-filled snacks are rich in vitamin D, vegan, gluten-free and theres flavor for any mood youre in: Zesty Thai, Applewood BBQ, Salty & Pepper and Original.  Shop now SkinnyDipped Nuts When you cant decide if you want salty or sweet or chocolate, reach for a bag of SkinnyDipped Super Dark + Sea Salt almonds -- these almonds are dipped with extra dark 73% artisan cacao, and sprinkled with a hint of sea salt. A serving size of these vegan goodies offers 5 grams of plant protein and less sugar than an apple. The whole line is vegetarian, including the SkinnyDipped Cashews in Dark Chocolate Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel. Shop now Undressed Salad Bar Salads arent exactly considered a portable snack, which is why Anne Klassman founded Undressed to throw in her purse or glove compartment -- its a salad in a bar form, with 5-7 grams of protein from its toasted almond base and a full serving of vegetables. Choose from Chipotle Cranberry, Cilantro Lime, Honey Mustard and Sesame Ginger depending on your craving. Theres no sugar added, and these vegan bars are gluten-free, too. Shop now Omnom SuperChocoBerryBarleyNibblyNuttylicious Nope, that wasnt a typo -- when something is this tasty, it deserves a name that stands out from the crowd! Picture a delicious, nutritious dark chocolate bar made from organic Tanzanian cocoa beans thats sprinkled with cranberries, salted almonds, puffed Icelandic barley and cacao nibs. And voila, you have a SuperChocoBerryBarleyNibblyNuttylicious bar. Hot tip: Theres no need to relegate Omnoms superfood creation to your car -- its also a great way to boost your energy on a hike. Shop now Natures Garden Omega-3 Deluxe Mix No road trip is complete without a healthy dose of trail mix, but traditional peanuts and granola dont hold a candle to Natures Gardens Omega-3 Deluxe Mix. This blend of ingredients was thoughtfully chosen for its nutritional qualities: almonds for vitamin E, pecans for fiber, walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids, cranberries for adding more fruit to your day, pistachios for protein and vitamin B6, and pepitas for magnesium and iron. Bonus: The bag is resealable, so you wont have any messy spills in the car. Shop now LesserEvil Veggie Sticks A salad you can eat with your fingers? Its not rude, its LesserEvils new Grain Free Veggie Snacks! The two flavors -- Himalayan Pink Salt and Vegan Ranch -- offer up grain-free goodness made with organic olive oil. Organic veggies are the first ingredient (a blend of vegetable flours and powders), and they are certified USDA organic, vegan, paleo, non-GMO, grain-free, gluten-free and kosher to boot. Pro tip: Your kids will love them and have no idea they are ingesting an extra helping of veggies. Shop now Seven Sundays Muesli While road trips may evoke fond memories of your childhood, the sugar-laden and gluten-packed muesli of your formative years are best left behind. Instead, choose Seven Sundays Muesli, which is chockfull of nutrient-dense superfoods. The Rise & Shine Strawberry Banana Nut Mix -- a cereal/­­trail mix hybrid, so feel free to add almond or oat milk as desired -- has only 5 net carbs, and is grain-free, gluten-free, and keto-friendly. Plus, you can easily pronounce every ingredient: Almonds, coconut, sunflower seeds, dates, Bing cherries, pecans, chia seeds, sesame seeds, bananas, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, strawberries, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract.  Shop now Biena Chickpea Snacks Chickpeas to go? Yes please! Bienas Chickpea Snacks are light, crispy roasted chickpeas that boast 5-6 grams of plant protein and fiber. The vegan varieties include Barbecue, Habanero, Ranch and Sea Salt -- and they are non-GMO, grain-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. They are perfect to pop in your mouth on the road, and back home they work well as salad and soup toppers. Shop now CaPao Smoothie Balls Missing your morning smoothie while on the road? CaPao Smoothie Balls may help keep your routine intact. These plant-based snacks are made from zesty cacao fruit pulp, nuts and seeds. Choose from Apricot, Plant Protein and Golden Berries, Golden Berries, Apricot and Chia Seeds, and Mango, Cashew and Coconut. Cacao is the same magical plant that gives us chocolate -- but 75% of the cacaofruit is underutilized or simply thrown away after the cocoa beans are extracted for making chocolate, leaving behind husk, pulp and cocoa butter. So, CaPao uses the wasted nutrition found in the pulp and husk in its products, as these components contain magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, fiber and many essential B vitamins. Shop now ZENB Veggie Bites Veggies are one of the healthiest snacks, but who has time to peel and prep a bunch of produce before a road trip? When youre away from home, rely on ZENBs Veggie Bites. They offer a full cup of vegetables in each pouch and use the whole vegetable -- stems, skin, seeds and all -- so you get extra nutrition, like fiber. The vegan, non-GMO, organic and gluten-free bites come in a resealable package with five flavors: Edamame, Red Bell Pepper, Summer Beets, Sweet Potato and Sweet Corn. Shop now The Goods Mart Vegan Snack Box Dont have time to shop for individual snacks? Want to try something new? Let The Goods Mart -- a socially conscious convenience store in Soho, NYC -- curate and ship a vegan snack box especially for you. Simply choose the size of your box, let them know whether youre craving salty, sweet or savory, and alert them to any allergies. All the snacks are non-GMO, contain no artificial colors or flavors, and are sure to satisfy any craving that pops up during your travels. Shop now The post 12 Road Trip-Worthy Snacks appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Vegan White Cake (Eggless vanilla cake)

September 17 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan White Cake (Eggless vanilla cake)The best and easiest Vegan White Cake recipe ever! Filled with raspberry preserves and topped with coconut whipped cream, this is a super pretty vegan vanilla layer cake thats perfect for a special occasion. Gluten-free & Oil-free options included! Jump to Recipe If you’re looking for a simple yet elegant vegan layer cake that is perfect for a birthday, or dinner party, this vegan white cake is a good one to try. No matter the occasion, this one will fit the bill! You can keep it simple by just filling the layers with some store-bought raspberry jam and topping it off with some coconut whipped cream for a summer cake or make it fancy and frost it with a sugar frosting or  cashew cream frosting plus sprinkles for a birthday cake! This vegan white cake is light and fluffy, spongey, and perfect and that without any egg or egg-replacer such as aquafaba.Continue reading: Vegan White Cake (Eggless vanilla cake)The post Vegan White Cake (Eggless vanilla cake) appeared first on Vegan Richa.


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