Vegan German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Vegan German Chocolate Cookies
(Makes about 3 dozen)

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With the holidays here it is definitely cookie season! Seth challenged me for his birthday to make a German Chocolate Cookie and I delivered. I made larger cookie too so we can put candles; it was extremely decadent. This cookie was so delightful and is highly recommended. Even if you are one of those people that dislike the texture of coconut, I used finely shredded coconut and it really makes the difference. The coconut cream icing is so smooth and can definitely be used to make other treats – which I plan on exploring. A must try for the holiday if you are looking for something different and unique. Definitely a must try. Enjoy! Happy Holidays!!!

Ingredients:

For the icing:
1 (15oz can) Cream of Coconut
1 (13.5oz can) Coconut Milk
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Whole Pecans, crushed
1/4 Cup Coconut Shreds, finely shredded

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Directions:

-Combine cream of coconut, coconut milk and sugar over high heat. Heat for 3 ½ minutes mixture will bubble up.
-Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for a total of 45 minutes (uncovered).
-Liquid will be significantly reduced (which essentially is what evaporated milk is).
-Remove from heat and add the chopped/crushed pecans and coconut shreds.
-Allow to cool completely before topping cookies.
-Short on time – I transfer to a glass bowl and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

(Note: I only used 1 Cup of this cream mixture for the cookies)

For the cookie:
3/4 Cup Butter Flavored Crisco
1 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Pancake Syrup
1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
3 Tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer (powder only)
2 Tbsp Warm Water
1 1/4 Cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Chocolate Chips

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Directions:
-Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
-Blend together the Crisco, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla extract together with an electric mixture until smooth.
-Add dry ingredients and gently stir in together until incorporated.
-Add in the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
-I used a cookie scoop for easy and exact measurements. However, if you do not have one, scoop about a tablespoonful and drop onto the cookie sheet. Distribute about 3 inches about – I typically do 3 by 4 in a row.

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-Bake for about 9 minutes, check after 8 minutes if you want them very chewy and soft.
-Let them cool on the cookie sheet before transferring to the wire rack. Be sure to cool completely before assembling.

For the Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
3 Tbsp Soy Milk

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Directions:
-Heat chips and soy milk in the microwave for 1 minute mixing in between.

To assemble:
-Spoon coconut cream mixture onto cookies and drizzle with melted chocolate.

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Vegan German Chocolate Cookies

  • Servings: 3 dozen
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

For the icing:
1 (15oz can) Cream of Coconut
1 (13.5oz can) Coconut Milk
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Whole Pecans, crushed
1/4 Cup Coconut Shreds, finely shredded

Directions:

-Combine cream of coconut, coconut milk and sugar over high heat. Heat for 3 ½ minutes mixture will bubble up.
-Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for a total of 45 minutes (uncovered).
-Liquid will be significantly reduced (which essentially is what evaporated milk is).
-Remove from heat and add the chopped/crushed pecans and coconut shreds.
-Allow to cool completely before topping cookies.
-Short on time – I transfer to a glass bowl and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

(Note: I only used 1 Cup of this cream mixture for the cookies)

For the cookie:
3/4 Cup Butter Flavored Crisco
1 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Pancake Syrup
1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
3 Tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer (powder only)
2 Tbsp Warm Water
1 1/4 Cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

Directions:
-Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
-Blend together the Crisco, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla extract together with an electric mixture until smooth.
-Add dry ingredients and gently stir in together until incorporated.
-I used a cookie scoop for easy and exact measurements. However, if you do not have one, scoop about a tablespoonful and drop onto the cookie sheet. Distribute about 3 inches about – I typically do 3 by 4 in a row.
-Bake for about 9 minutes, check after 8 minutes if you want them very chewy and soft.
-Let them cool on the cookie sheet before transferring to the wire rack. Be sure to cool completely before assembling.

For the Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
3 Tbsp Soy Milk

Directions:
-Heat chips and soy milk in the microwave for 1 minute mixing in between.

To assemble:
-Spoon coconut cream mixture onto cookies and drizzle with melted chocolate.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

Vegan Peanut Butter Balls
(Makes about 15 Balls)

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Happy June everyone! Honestly, I wrote this recipe out back in April before Easter; I originally wanted to make Peanut Butter Eggs. The day I made these I did half eggs and half PB Balls. This recipe is slightly different than the usual ones you may see using rice cereal. This unique recipe uses my secret ingredient (sugar cones), which gives it a little bit of a crunch and adds to the sweetness.

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Ingredients:
1 Cup (creamy) Peanut Butter
1 Stick of Earth Balance (vegan butter) or ½ Cup, melted
3 Sugar Cones, crushed (place in sandwich/ziplock bag and crush with rolling pin)
1 ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions (For Peanut Butter):
-Melt butter first then add the peanut butter and vanilla until creamy.
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-Gently mix in the crushed sugar cones and powdered sugar until combined.
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-Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes while you prepare the chocolate for easier handling.
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-Roll peanut butter into balls or mold into desired shape, like eggs for Easter!
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Chocolate Ingredients:
1 ½ Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
2 Tbsp Soy Milk (or any other non-dairy should work fine)
1 Tbsp Earth Balance (vegan butter)

Directions (For Chocolate):
-Combine all ingredients over a double boiler (for a better consistency) until smooth. Or you can microwave for about two minutes stirring in between.
-Drizzle melted chocolate mixture over peanut butter balls and place back in the freezer for 10 minutes (I am impatient or refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
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As I previously mentioned I changed careers and started a new job a few months back, coupled with finishing up school, times have been very busy. ☹ I’ll be back more consistently soon enough. Miss you all. 😊

 

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Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients:
1 Cup (creamy) Peanut Butter
1 Stick of Earth Balance (vegan butter) or ½ Cup, melted
3 Sugar Cones, crushed (place in sandwich/ziplock bag and crush with rolling pin)
1 ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions (For Peanut Butter):
-Melt butter first then add the peanut butter and vanilla until creamy. Gently mix in the crushed sugar cones and powdered sugar until combined.
-Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes while you prepare the chocolate for easier handling.
-Roll peanut butter into balls or mold into desired shape, like eggs for Easter!

Chocolate Ingredients:
1 ½ Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
2 Tbsp Soy Milk (or any other non-dairy should work fine)
1 Tbsp Earth Balance (vegan butter)

Directions (For Chocolate):
-Combine all ingredients over a double boiler (for a better consistency) until smooth. Or you can microwave for about two minutes stirring in between.
-Drizzle melted chocolate mixture over peanut butter balls and place back in the freezer for 10 minutes (I am impatient or refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
(Makes about 3 Dozen)

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How about a perfect cookie for the holiday! If you need a little something for Santa, yourself or to give as a gift, have I got the perfect cookie for you. This cookie is very decadent and will bake to gooey perfection. And…Who can’t resist the look of a crinkle cookie? Doesn’t it look like winter, as if the snow just collected right on top of them? 😊
I hope you try this one, it is so simple. I place them in the freezer to harden up a bit, mostly because I’m too impatient to wait 2 hours in the fridge or overnight. However, you can certainly make these ahead and skip the freezer part, by storing them in the fridge instead. I reference it makes about 3 dozen because I made exactly 35 cookies. When I wrote this recipe out I anticipated 1/2 cup of chocolate chips but ended using only 1/4 cup. Hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2/3 Cup Earth Balance (vegan butter), softened –room temp.
2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Applesauce
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
½ Cup Powdered Sugar

Directions:
-Oven should be pre-heated to 375 degrees F.
-In a bowl cream together butter (E.B.) and both sugars-brown/granulated. I beat at low speed with my hand mixer until mixture is creamed together.
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-To the sugar mixture add: vanilla extract and applesauce then cream together again until combined.
-In a separate bowl – sift (or I prefer to just whisk) together: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder/soda and salt until combined.
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-Add wet mixture to dry mixture and slowly combine – I found that using a silicon type spatula works the best.
The mixture should look creamy like icing.
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-Cover with plastic wrap and place mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
-Spoon out about a tablespoon or use a small cookie scoop (works the best) into the palm of your hand.
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Make a small well or hole with your index finger. Add the chocolate chips and seal together.
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Roll to form a ball.
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Place your powdered sugar in a separate small bowl. Finally, roll your cookie dough ball into the sugar.
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-Bake for 7-8 minutes to perfection. Cookies will be soft chewy and gooey in the center.
I’ve baked for as long as 11 minutes for a crisper cookie.

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Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Servings: 3 Dozen
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
2/3 Cup Earth Balance (vegan butter), softened –room temp.
2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Applesauce
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
½ Cup Powdered Sugar

Directions:
-Oven should be pre-heated to 375 degrees F.
-In a bowl cream together butter (E.B.) and both sugars-brown/granulated. I beat at low speed with my hand mixer until mixture is creamed together.
-To the sugar mixture add: vanilla extract and applesauce then cream together again until combined.
-In a separate bowl – sift (or I prefer to just whisk) together: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder/soda and salt until combined.
-Add wet mixture to dry mixture and slowly combine – I found that using a silicon type spatula works the best.
The mixture should look creamy like icing.
-Cover with plastic wrap and place mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
-Spoon out about a tablespoon or use a small cookie scoop (works the best) into the palm of your hand. Make a small well or hole with your index finger. Add the chocolate chips and seal together. Roll to form a ball. Place your powdered sugar in a separate small bowl. Finally, roll your cookie dough ball into the sugar.
-Bake for 7-8 minutes to perfection. Cookies will be soft chewy and gooey in the center.
I’ve baked for as long as 11 minutes for a crisper cookie.

Brownies and a Birthday!

Birthday Brownies!

Basic Brownie Recipe here.
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Celebrating and so thankful for another year! What a blessing to have my family – husband, children including my two little monkeys (Brody & Beanie). Thankful also for school and this blog too, so blessed to have the opportunity to express my passion and reach so many people.

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Seth went to grab his brownie and dropped it right on his chickpeas and rice, oops! 🙂
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I had an easy going day today and made some easy going brownies. Instead of a cake I decided on brownies because they are so quick and easy – 20 minutes. Same recipe as my brownies with salted caramel except today without the caramel. Also, I did not have the chocolate chips, however, what girl doesn’t have a chocolate bar on hand? Instead of the chocolate chips I chopped up 7 squares from a chocolate bar, delicious!
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That is the best thing about these recipes you can interchange ingredients and easily create something new! Enjoy!

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Rocky Road Brownies (Vegan)

Happy 4th of July!
Rocky Road Brownies are Dandy!
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Another kind of Brownie. 🙂  People seem to like my Brownie with Salted Caramel recipe so I’m sharing another kind of brownie for you guys. This recipe is more cake-like but holds up the toppings well. I prepared this in an 11×7 brownie pan to make these so the brownies will fluff up. If you use a different pan size just watch your timing. I say this because I make this brownie recipe also without the toppings in a larger pan and it bakes for 30 minutes. However, the Rocky Road way needs to bake a little longer (maybe it’s the chocolate chip topping). I made these for work today, someone in the office decided we should all bring some food in since we’re all blessed to be working the day before a holiday [please feel the sarcasm]. So I made these and my always coveted Carrot Cake…oh I made Peanut Butter Balls too. Can you tell I like to cook/bake yet? This recipe uses Dandies Vegan Marshmallows – and people thought vegans couldn’t eat marshmallows ever again… I love this particular brownie recipe with them because the brownie base is not over sweet so it can use the added toppings. Dandies are dandy – Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO, Gelatin-Free and Gluten-Free. Enjoy!
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Ingredients:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups White Sugar
½ cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Water
½ cup Canola Oil
¼ Cup Earth Balance, melted (optional)
¾ cup Applesauce
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet)
Toppings:
7 Dandies (Vegan Marshmallows)
1/3 Cup Walnuts, chopped
1/3 Cup Chopped Sandwich Cookies (like an Oreo), chopped/crushed

(The earth balance is optional here, I’ve made them with and without, I like it with the E.B. because it adds a little buttery touch)

Directions:
-Preheat Oven 350 degrees F. Prepare 7×11 Brownie Pan (Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together. Now ditch the whisk (as I always say) and incorporate wet ingredients mix with a spoon until combined. (At this point if you’re not making Rocky Road – you can just add chocolate chips into the batter directly). For Rocky Road – add chocolate chips on top.
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-Bake at 350-degrees for 40 minutes – checking for doneness after 30 minutes with a toothpick (toothpick should come out clean – in the center avoid a spot near a chocolate chip to not confuse the test).
                                                             Brownies!!!
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-Chop Dandies into quarters and then those pieces in half. Shoot for bite-size pieces.
(Tip: Wipe the knife blade with additional Canola oil –since it’s already out – so the blade cuts clean thru…it can get a bit sticky).
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-Add crushed Sandwich cookies, walnuts and top with Dandies and bake for an additional 10 minutes ‘marshmallows’ should just get that golden color a bit. Enjoy!
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Rocky Road Brownies

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups White Sugar
½ cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Water
½ cup Canola Oil
¼ Cup Earth Balance, melted (optional)
¾ cup Applesauce
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet)
Toppings:
7 Dandies (Vegan Marshmallows)
1/3 Cup Walnuts, chopped
1/3 Cup Chopped Sandwich Cookies (like an Oreo), chopped/crushed

(The earth balance is optional here, I’ve made them with and without, I like it with the E.B. because it adds a little buttery touch)

Directions:
-Preheat Oven 350 degrees F. Prepare 7×11 Brownie Pan (Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together. Now ditch the whisk and incorporate wet ingredients mix with a spoon until combined. (At this point if you’re not making Rocky Road – you can just add chocolate chips into the batter directly). For Rocky Road – add chocolate chips on top.
-Bake at 350-degrees for 40 minutes – checking for doneness after 30 minutes with a toothpick (toothpick should come out clean – in the center avoid a spot near a chocolate chip to not confuse the test).
-Chop Dandies into quarters and then those pieces in half. Shoot for bite-size pieces.
(Tip: Wipe the knife blade with additional Canola oil –since it’s already out – so the blade cuts clean thru…it can get a bit sticky).
-Add crushed Sandwich cookies, Walnuts and top with Dandies and bake for an additional 10 minutes ‘marshmallows’ should just get that golden color a bit. Enjoy!

Vegan Brownies with Salted Caramel Sauce

Vegan Brownies with Salted Caramel Sauce
(Makes 12 Brownies + 1/2 Cup Caramel Sauce)
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These unpretentious little brownies took a luxurious trip to the dark side with caramel sauce (sinful). I’ve made countless Brownies since I’ve become Vegan – fudgy ones, cake-like brownies and even tried various recipes online in the past…you name it. This brownie was just another one of my creations to add to the brownie collection. More people really should bake in my opinion. Brownies, Cookies and Cake are pretty much the easiest thing to make. Mix a few ingredients together and 10, 15, 20 minutes later you have dessert! These brownies came out light and crumbly, they were not considerably sweet either. However, the caramel sauce is sweet and provided that perfect balance for the brownie in this recipe. I kicked the brownies up another level by sprinkling course sea salt on top…oh my! Oh wait, what is this…another level of guilt? Of course, so I added Ice cream to boot. I used So Delicious Vanilla Ice cream.
Tip: Warm the brownie…Cold Ice cream on a warm brownie with Caramel sauce Mmm. All this equals = Divinity plus a few mouthgasms. I’ll quote my husband after his first bite “Oh my goodness…Oh my goodness…you need to go to confession after that!” 🙂
Your taste buds will dance and salivary glands will certainly be stimulated to the point of climax at least with the trifecta anyway. Enjoy! 🙂
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Ingredients:
1 1/3 Cup Flour
½ Cup Cocoa Powder
¼ Tsp Baking Powder
¾ Cup Pure Cane Sugar
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Cup Earth Balance (Vegan Butter), room temp
½ Tbsp pure Vanilla Extract
½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk
½ Cup Canola Oil
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (vegan)

Directions:
-Heat oven 350 degrees and prepare brownie pan (11×7) – grease (earth balance butter) / flour.
-Combine dry ingredients – whisk together. Then add wet ingredients stir to combine using a spoon, adding Chocolate chips last.
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-Press mixture into prepared brownie pan and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
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Caramel Sauce
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Ingredients:
½ Cup Pure Cane Sugar
1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used Soymilk Very Vanilla)
1 Tbsp Earth Balance (Vegan Butter)
¼ Tsp Cream of Tartar
¼ Cup Blue Agave Nectar
For Topping: Course Sea Salt

Directions:
-In saucepan, heat sugar over low heat until sugar begins to dissolve.
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-Carefully add Earth Balance and slowly stir in Soymilk until sugar dissolves.
-Whisk in Cream of Tartar and Agave allow mixture to come to slow boil for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat allow mixture to thicken up.
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-When serving up a drizzle of the caramel sauce, sprinkle with some course sea salt.

Vegan Brownies

  • Servings: 12 Brownies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 1/3 Cup Flour
½ Cup Cocoa Powder
¼ Tsp Baking Powder
¾ Cup Pure Cane Sugar
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Cup Earth Balance (Vegan Butter), room temp
½ Tbsp pure Vanilla Extract
½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk
½ Cup Canola Oil
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (vegan)

Directions:
-Heat oven 350 degrees and prepare brownie pan (11×7) – grease (earth balance butter) / flour.
-Combine dry ingredients – whisk together. Then add wet ingredients stir to combine using a spoon, adding Chocolate chips last.
-Press mixture into prepared brownie pan and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:
½ Cup Pure Cane Sugar
1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used Soymilk Very Vanilla)
1 Tbsp Earth Balance (Vegan Butter)
¼ Tsp Cream of Tartar
¼ Cup Blue Agave Nectar
For Topping: Course Sea Salt

Directions:
-In saucepan, heat sugar over low heat until sugar begins to dissolve.
-Carefully add Earth Balance and slowly stir in Soymilk until sugar dissolves.
-Whisk in Cream of Tartar and Agave allow mixture to come to slow boil for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat allow mixture to thicken up.
-When serving up a drizzle of the caramel sauce, sprinkle with some course sea salt.

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Donuts! Doughnuts! Devil’s Food Donuts

Devil’s Food Donuts (Doughnuts) with Salted Espresso Topping
(Makes about 1 ½ Dozen vegan mini donuts)

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Are you DoughNUTS for Donuts?! These decadent donuts are not daunting, but are quite possibly the easiest donut recipe you’ll ever make. I make this as a classic, non-chocolate, donut also. They are best fresh out, while still warm and delicate. Dare to try this delightful recipe and enjoy!
Donut Ingredients:
1 ½ Cup Self Rising Flour
¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tsp Baking Powder
2/3 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (Soy or Almond)
Oil for Frying

Directions:
-Heat oil to 365-400 degrees. I used my electric skillet this time around, but have made it before right on the stove with a pan filled with oil too.
-In large bowl whisk together dry ingredients to combine. Stir in Almond milk with a spoon to combine. Mixture will look crumbly but should easily form a ball.
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-Flour surface and turn out mixture to form a ball.
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-Roll out until about ½ inch thick and cut into donuts.
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-You can use a donut cutter. I like cutting these into mini donuts – makes about 16-18 mini donuts.
-After you cut out the first round. Fold over remaining dough and roll out again. Keep going until there is not enough dough left to cut out.
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Note if you do not have a donut cutter: My donut cutter broke the last time I made donuts, I haven’t replaced it yet, so for this recipe I cut out the donuts with a stemless wine glass and for the center I used my cupcake corer.
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Ingredients for Toppings:
Glaze
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
4 Tbsp Non-Dairy Milk (Soy or Almond)
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
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Espresso Sugar
¼ Cup Sugar
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Ground Espresso
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Cinnamon Sugar Topping
-Same ingredients as above omit Salt and Espresso and replace with Cinnamon for a kid friendly version.

Directions for Toppings:
Glaze: Whisk all ingredients together and dip donuts into glaze. Optional: Top with ground espresso and a pinch of salt for the grown-ups.
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Sugar Topping: Combine all ingredients in brown bag (lunch bag) and toss 2 donuts at a time in mixture and shake up.
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Serve and Enjoy!

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