Vegan Pound Cake!

Vegan Pound Cake
(Serves 8-10) ~ Vegan

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With the holiday season fast approaching (it always seems to sneak up on us), treat yourself! Let’s be honest – we seem to do less dieting and exercising during this time of year. With that said, they call it pound cake for a reason. This cake has lots of love and makes a great breakfast. Try a slice with a cup of coffee while you’re preparing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and enjoy. This cake is extremely moist, rich and satisfying without cholesterol. Pound it!

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Ingredients:

3 ½ Cups All-purpose Flour
2 Cups Vegan Butter (Earth Balance) or 1 lb, softened
2 Cups Sugar
1 ½ Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
½ Cup Apple Sauce
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
½ Tsp Salt
1 ½ Cup Soy Milk + 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

-Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
-Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Soy Milk and set aside to create buttermilk.
-In another bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk or mix together.
-Add in Earth Balance (Butter), Vanilla, Applesauce and stir together to combine.

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-Last stir in milk mixture and combine, do not overmix.

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-Grease loaf pan with Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer. I used a 1.5-quart glass loaf dish.
-Add mixture to prepared loaf dish and bake for 1 hour.

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Check with a toothpick, be sure it comes out clean. Enjoy!

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Vegan Pound Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

3 ½ Cups All-purpose Flour
2 Cups Vegan Butter (Earth Balance) or 1 lb
2 Cups Sugar
1 ½ Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
½ Cup Apple Sauce
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
½ Tsp Salt
1 ½ Cup Soy Milk + 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

-Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
-Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Soy Milk and set aside to create buttermilk.
-In another bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk or mix together.
-Add in Earth Balance (Butter), Vanilla, Applesauce and stir together to combine.
-Last stir in milk mixture and combine, do not overmix.
-Grease loaf pan with Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer. I used a 1.5-quart glass loaf dish.
-Add mixture to prepared loaf dish and bake for 1 hour. Check with a toothpick, be sure it comes out clean. Enjoy!

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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 Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Vegan Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
(Makes 1 Large 9-inch cheesecake)

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So about that cheesecake… I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving Day. We ate so much food. I feel so bleh right about now. This cheesecake recipe was experimental, meaning I just threw it together ‘by feel.’ It came out rather delicious but a little soft. We didn’t mind it at all since the texture and taste was still there. Maybe next time I’ll freeze it or add cornstarch or something to make it a bit more firm. I hope you try this one, pumpkin and great for the season. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
3 Pkgs (8oz) Tofutti’s Cream Cheese (vegan cream cheese)
1 (1 lb) Pkg Silken Tofu (I used Nasoya brand)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
½ Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Prepared Graham Cracker Crust (Extra Large 9-Inch)

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees.
-Blend together Cream Cheese, Tofu, Sugar and Vanilla extract with mixer.
-Remove 1 Cup of Cream Cheese mixture into a separate small bowl. Pour the rest of the cream cheese mixture into prepared graham cracker crust.
-To the 1 Cup of Cream Cheese mixture add: pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until blended.
-Layer in the pumpkin mixture over the cream cheese and swirl or keep it layered. Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

  • Servings: 1 9-inch pie
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: http://www.veganrescue.com

Ingredients:
3 Pkgs (8oz) Tofutti’s Cream Cheese (vegan cream cheese)
1 (1 lb) Pkg Silken Tofu (I used Nasoya brand)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
½ Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Prepared Graham Cracker Crust (Extra Large 9-Inch)

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees.
-Blend together Cream Cheese, Tofu, Sugar and Vanilla extract with mixer.
-Remove 1 Cup of Cream Cheese mixture into a separate small bowl. Pour the rest of the cream cheese mixture into prepared graham cracker crust.
-To the 1 Cup of Cream Cheese mixture add: pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until blended.
-Layer in the pumpkin mixture over the cream cheese and swirl or keep it layered. Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

 

Vegan Bread Pudding

Vegan Bread Pudding
[Makes 1 (9×13 baking dish) ~ Serves about 12-15 depending on slices]

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This bread pudding is delish! This recipe was inspired by our little one and her science fair project. Yes, it’s that time of year again – Science Fair experimentation time. I think they strategically plan for it in January so kids can plan and execute their experiments during winter break. Both Josh and Jasmine every year seem to do a food related experiment, maybe I have an influence on them afterall.? This year Jasmine’s experiment involved bread baking/rising etc. Long story short the experiment resulted with about 6-8 loaves of bread over the last couple weeks. (Note to Self: Type out written Bread Recipe for Jasmine) she used one of my bread recipes. 🙂 So with that said, this recipe utilized one of her day old loaves of bread. I also used cashew milk, I feel like cashew milk is the skim milk of the non-dairy world… Maybe the low calories makes me feel better about the dessert too. 😉 Any non-dairy milk should suffice, cashew milk just happened to be what we had available this day. If you ever end up with 6 loaves like use there are options: freezing, croutons, bread crumbs and yes…Bread Pudding. Enjoy!

Jasmine making her bread… 🙂
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Ingredients:
1 Loaf (9×5 size loaf pan-about 8-12 cups) Day of Bread, cubed
2 Cups Warm Water
2 Cups Non-Dairy Milk
¼ Cup Corn Starch
2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
3 Tsp ground Cinnamon
1 ½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Demerara Natural Sugar (any sugar should work fine)
1 ½ Cups Pecans, chopped (optional)
1 Cup Raisins, optional
¼ Tsp ground Nutmeg
¼ Tsp Salt

Directions:
-Whisk together corn starch and warm water until dissolved.
-Add Non-Dairy Milk, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Sugar(s), Nutmeg, Salt and Pecans to corn starch mixture. Stir to combine and let stand for about 10-15 minutes.
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-Grease 9x13x2 inch dish (using earth balance butter or a non-stick cooking spray).
Cubed Bread
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-Add cubed bread to baking dish and pour mixture to combine. If using raisins add to bread now. Press down on bread or stir to be sure each piece has been moistened.
Let mixture stand for about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven during this time 350 degrees.
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-Bake for 1 hour and let stand before serving. Be sure to reheat leftovers – better served warm! Enjoy!

Our household seems to not be a fan of raisins, so I added raisins only to 1/4 of the dish. This is my piece with raisins. 🙂

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Vegan Bread Pudding

  • Servings: 12-15
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
1 Loaf (9×5 size loaf pan-about 8-12 cups) Day of Bread, cubed
2 Cups Warm Water
2 Cups Non-Dairy Milk
¼ Cup Corn Starch
2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
3 Tsp ground Cinnamon
1 ½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Demerara Natural Sugar (any sugar should work fine)
1 ½ Cups Pecans, chopped (optional)
1 Cup Raisins, optional
¼ Tsp ground Nutmeg
¼ Tsp Salt

Directions:
-Whisk together corn starch and warm water until dissolved.
-Add Non-Dairy Milk, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Sugar(s), Nutmeg, Salt and Pecans to corn starch mixture. Stir to combine and let stand for about 10-15 minutes.
-Grease 9x13x2 inch dish (using earth balance butter or a non-stick cooking spray).
-Add cubed bread to baking dish and pour mixture to combine. If using raisins add to bread now. Press down on bread or stir to be sure each piece has been moistened.
Let mixture stand for about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven during this time 350 degrees.
-Bake for 1 hour and let stand before serving. Be sure to reheat leftovers – better served warm! Enjoy!

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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Gnocchi, Leftovers and a Two-Minute Dessert!

Gnocchi & Leftovers
Yesterday’s Dinner with a Two-Minute Dessert
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I just wanted to share a quick re-make I made yesterday. There is no throwing away and we still had leftovers! My son wanted Gnocchi for dinner, it is one of his favorites. I was originally going to just keep it simple with Earth Balance/Olive Oil, fresh Garlic and herbs but instead I incorporated leftovers. The Spicy Sweet Potato Wedge & Kale Salad with Asian Tahini Dressing that I shared the other day with the Gnocchi was amazing, great flavors! Now back in February I shared my very similar Gnocchi with Sweet Potato and Kale recipe, check out! However, this leftover re-make was so delicious the dressing really pops!

Ingredients:
2 Pkgs (17.5 oz) Gnocchi – Prepare according to package add Sweet Potato/Kale and remaining Asian Tahini Dressing recipe. Toss together to combine.

I love bananas! It’s funny because I have a co-worker that will only eat pretty unblemished yellow bananas. I often let mine go and flash her my beautiful spotted bananas, lol. And when opened they are beautiful, sweeter and yummy. Sometimes I’ll forget or won’t get a chance to eat them at work and will bring them back home. They usually get darker even still… I’m guessing from all the transport, lol. When they get like this I tend to peel them up, place them in a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer for later. Did you know you can make ice cream with frozen bananas?…of course you knew this, it is one of my favorites. I want to share a funny banana story from the other day. I came home from work and placed my very overripe banana on the counter. I left the room and later that afternoon I went back in the kitchen and to my surprise – my banana was gone?? Oh no! I don’t know what made me look in the trash… but there it was, in the trash. Someone (who shall remain nameless) threw away my banana!! Noooo, I quickly rescued it. Yes it did, pulled it right out the trash. It was on top of the trash, it was good. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, picture the time that George ate the éclair from the garbage, lol! You know the episode, it was on top! So I rescued it, peeled it and froze it. Then I made my favorite ice cream the next day, just for me. 🙂

Salted Banana Peanut Butter ice cream
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Two-Minute Salted Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream:

2 Very Ripe Bananas, Peeled/Frozen overnight
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
Sprinkle of Course Sea Salt

-Combine frozen bananas and peanut butter in food processor until smooth. Sprinkle with Sea Salt, Serve & Enjoy!
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(Sometimes I’ll add vegan chocolate chips – if I have an open pack)

Raw Peaches & Strawberry Cheesecake

Raw Strawberry & Peach Cheesecake
(Serves 12-16) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
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I promised you more cheesecake, here’s another recipe for you to try. Even more amazing than the last – the peaches and strawberries pair very well in this recipe. This recipe is very simple, please be sure to add the pinch of sea salt in the crust layer, trust me it truly makes a difference. Please try this one and enjoy!
Are you smiling yet?
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Ingredients
Cheesecake:
1 Cup Raw Cashews, soaked overnight
1 Young Coconut (Meat Only)
1 ½ Cup Finely Raw Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Coconut Oil, slightly melted/room temp. if it’s warm (plus addt’l)
3 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (or Vanilla Bean equivalent)
2 Peaches, peeled/pitted
Strawberry Layer:
2 Cups Strawberries, hulled (about 12)
1 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
Crust:
2 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Pitted Dates (about 20)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
A pinch of Course Sea Salt or reg. sea salt

Directions:
-In a food processor pulse peaches, coconut meat and cashews until blended. Add remaining ingredients and continue to blend until smooth.
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(Notes: If you have a high speed blender with a large capacity, just blend all the cheesecake ingredients in the blender until smooth). However, I used the food processor in combination with my nutribullet. I blended the mixture in my nutribullet in batches until smooth, adding additional melted coconut oil to smooth as needed.
-For the Crust: Pulse together in a food processor until combined. The mixture should stick together.
-Press crust in bottom of springform pan.
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-Add cheesecake mixture on top and smooth
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-Blend strawberry & agave mixture together, smooth over the cheesecake mixture. I just used my spatula to work it in the top layer.
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-Freeze for an hour and enjoy! You can transfer to the refrigerator overnight also.
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Raw Strawberry & Peach Cheesecake

  • Servings: 12-16 ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients
Cheesecake:
1 Cup Raw Cashews, soaked overnight
1 Young Coconut (Meat Only)
1 ½ Cup Finely Raw Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Coconut Oil, slightly melted/room temp. if it’s warm (plus addt’l)
3 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (or Vanilla Bean equivalent)
2 Peaches, peeled/pitted
Strawberry Layer:
2 Cups Strawberries, hulled (about 12)
1 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
Crust:
2 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Pitted Dates (about 20)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
A pinch of Course Sea Salt or reg. sea salt

Directions:
-In a food processor pulse peaches, coconut meat and cashews until blended. Add remaining ingredients and continue to blend until smooth. (Notes: If you have a high speed blender with a large capacity, just blend all the cheesecake ingredients in the blender until smooth). However, I used the food processor in combination with my nutribullet. I blended the mixture in my nutribullet in batches until smooth, adding additional melted coconut oil to smooth as needed.
-For the Crust: Pulse together in a food processor until combined. The mixture should stick together.
-Press crust in bottom of springform pan.
-Add cheesecake mixture on top and smooth
-Blend strawberry & agave mixture together, smooth over the cheesecake mixture. I just used my spatula to work it in the top layer.
-Freeze for an hour and enjoy! You can transfer to the refrigerator overnight also.