Quinoa Kiwi Breakfast Bowl!

Quinoa Kiwi Breakfast Bowl
(Serves 2-4) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free
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When I created this recipe I had my Raw Energy Balls in mind. Sometimes you need a boost and a boost for breakfast would be even better I thought. As I’ve mentioned in a prior blog post about Quinoa it is indeed a Super Food. It contains all 9 essential amino acids and has been deemed a complete protein. It’s iron rich and is packed with Fiber, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese and Vitamins B2 (Riboflavin), E and B6. I like to think of it as oatmeal/porridge when eating Quinoa for breakfast. The best thing about this recipe is with having the simple quinoa base, you can add-in countless other ingredients to the mix. This day I added Chia Seeds, Dates, Almonds, Kiwi, Maca Powder and applesauce. The kids enjoyed theirs with Chia seeds, dates, almonds, kiwi and a drizzle of Raw Agave Nectar. You can add pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, bananas, etc. Get creative and enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1 Cup Red Quinoa (rinsed)
1 ½ Cup Almond/Coconut Milk (or water)
½ Tsp ground Cinnamon

Directions:
Place rinsed quinoa, cinnamon and almond milk (or water) in pot and bring to boil. Stir, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat – keeping lid on. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with fork.
Note: When using the almond/coconut milk I had to keep stirring occasionally to prevent milk from bubbling over.

Add-Ins:
My bowl included:
2 Dates, Chopped
¼ Cup Raw Almonds, soaked overnight
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tsp Maca Powder
¼ Cup Applesauce
1 Kiwi, sliced Raw Agave Nectar, optional
Here’s a pic of my raw energy balls – click the pic for the recipe!
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Cinnamon Toast!! ~ Breakfast

Cinnamon Toast!
(Serves 2-4) ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free, (Can be Soy-Free/Gluten-Free)

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Toasting to Tuesday! I’ve always struggled with the perfect ‘French Toast’ – every version I’ve had has always been, meh… from restaurants to even versions I’ve made. I’ve just never been a fan of that soggy center that seems to be a recurring theme with every version. I’ve even tried making versions previously where I only ‘dip’ one side and nothing. Enter Cinnamon Toast! Back in the day I’ve made the quick pan kind with a slather of butter and a quick sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, I think my dad still makes it this way, lol. This recipe is a little more thought out. Man, I just remembered…there was this restaurant in Philly – called Vegan Commissary that had some amazing vegan breakfast options – they have since closed sadly 😦 but they had some delicious Cinnamon toast too. I’ve attempt different versions of cinnamon toast including some catastrophes of burnt bread, like the pan version previously mentioned. This recipe is one my favorite attempts. I actually leave the topping sit on top of the bread a few minutes before placing them in the oven to let the mixture seep in a bit – (see the piece above next to the syrup in the pic). I love how the bottom of the bread gets perfectly toasted while the top is crusted with cinnamony caramelized ‘buttery’ goodness. Use thicker slices or gluten-free bread for different variations. Enjoy!
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Ingredients:
6 Slices of Bread
¼ Cup of Earth Balance (Vegan Butter), softened
3 Tbsp Sugar (I use Pure Cane Sugar)
¼ Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
½ Tbsp Cinnamon

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
-Combine Vegan Butter, Sugar, Vanilla and Cinnamon until combined.
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-Spread evenly on one side of bread only – edge to edge (here you can use Gluten-Free Bread for a GF version.
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-Place on Baking sheet, keeping spread side face up. Bake for 7 minutes.

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-Remove from oven quickly and let stand for a couple minutes before slicing and serving. That’s it -Enjoy!
(You can add/dip in syrup for a “French Toast-like” version or eat as is).
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Cinnamon Toast

  • Servings: 2-4 ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
6 Slices of Bread
¼ Cup of Earth Balance (Vegan Butter), softened
3 Tbsp Sugar (I use Pure Cane Sugar)
¼ Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
½ Tbsp Cinnamon

Directions:
-Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
-Combine Vegan Butter, Sugar, Vanilla and Cinnamon until combined.
-Spread evenly on one side of bread only – edge to edge (here you can use Gluten-Free Bread for a GF version.
-Place on Baking sheet, keeping spread side face up. Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from oven quickly and let stand for a couple minutes before slicing and serving. That’s it -Enjoy! (You can add/dip in syrup for a “French Toast-like” version or eat as is).

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)

Mock “Tuna” Salad ~ Today as a “Tuna” Melt

Mock “Tuna” Salad ~ Today as a “Tuna” Melt
(Serves 4) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Vegan Tune Melt - VeganRescue.com
This is an oldie but a goodie. I make this recipe a lot! It is truly the perfect lunch item for me. I love it on a salad, in a wrap or on a sandwich. I made my Eggless “Egg” Salad the other day and so many people enjoyed it that it made me think of my Mock Tuna which I make so often… now why is it that you haven’t you gone vegan yet? Today I make this as a “Tuna” Melt… Oh my gosh. This is truly a masterpiece of ooey gooey deliciousness! Get your napkin out, and maybe a bib, enjoy!
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Mock Tuna Melt:
Bread slices: Whole Wheat, GF, Sourdough or Ezekiel Bread are all nice options here. Daiya Cheddar Cheese – Slices or my new favorite-their block cut off one slice.
Earth Balance (Vegan Butter)
1 Small Tomato, sliced
1-2 Pieces Romaine Lettuce
Mock Tuna – a couple tablespoons – recipe to follow.

Directions: Like a good grilled “cheese”…
-Spread both sides of bread slices with earth balance, place down onto pan.
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-Layer with Mock Tuna, Tomato, Daiya Slice(s) then top with bread slice.
-Turn heat on medium heat, grill for about 2 ½ minutes. Flip over turn heat off then allow it to cook on opposite side for another 2 minutes. -Sometimes I’ll open it up and add some romaine lettuce. -Slice and enjoy!
Mock “Tuna” Salad
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Ingredients:
1 (15oz can) Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) or 1 ½ Cup Cooked
2 Dill Pickle Spears, minced
1 Celery Rib, minced
3 Tbsp or up to ¼ Cup Red Onion, minced (soaked in ice water for 10 mins)
2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1/3 Cup Vegenaise (or ¼ Cup)
(Optional, ½ Tbsp Nutritional Yeast and Tamari Soy Sauce is really nice I this recipe too, about 2 Tsp)

Directions:
-Drain the chickpeas but save that brine – it’s magical stuff!
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-Two ways to mash the chickpeas: Mash with a fork or every now and again I pull out the mini chopper, both seem to work fine.
Fork:
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Chopper:
Chickpeas

-Soak the onions in cold water, this optional but will take the bite out of raw onions. -Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl.
[Note: For extra creamy tuna salad use the 1/3 cup although ¼ cup is just enough sometimes I add a splash of soy sauce. There are times I’m out of nutritional yeast, like today… and it tastes perfectly fine without it. I make this recipe so often that honestly sometimes I add it and sometimes I don’t. There are times I omit the onions altogether too. See what you like and enjoy!]

GO Vegan!! – Up close and very personal! 🙂
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Mock “Tuna” Salad ~ “Tuna” Melt

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Mock Tuna Melt:
Bread slices: Whole Wheat, GF, Sourdough or Ezekiel Bread are all nice options here. Daiya Cheddar Cheese – Slices or my new favorite-their block cut off one slice.
Earth Balance (Vegan Butter)
1 Small Tomato, sliced
1-2 Pieces Romaine Lettuce
Mock Tuna – a couple tablespoons – recipe to follow.

Directions: Like a good grilled “cheese”…
-Spread both sides of bread slices with earth balance, place down onto pan.
-Layer with Mock Tuna, Tomato, Daiya Slice(s) then top with bread slice.
-Turn heat on medium heat, grill for about 2 ½ minutes. Flip over turn heat off then allow it to cook on opposite side for another 2 minutes. -Sometimes I’ll open it up and add some romaine lettuce. -Slice and enjoy!

Mock “Tuna” Salad

Ingredients:
1 (15oz can) Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) or 1 ½ Cup Cooked
2 Dill Pickle Spears, minced
1 Celery Rib, minced
3 Tbsp or up to ¼ Cup Red Onion, minced (soaked in ice water for 10 mins)
2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1/3 Cup Vegenaise (or ¼ Cup)
(Optional, ½ Tbsp Nutritional Yeast and Tamari Soy Sauce is really nice I this recipe too, about 2 Tsp)

Directions:
-Drain the chickpeas but save that brine – it’s magical stuff!
-Two ways to mash the chickpeas: Mash with a fork or every now and again I pull out the mini chopper, both seem to work fine.
-Soak the onions in cold water, this optional but will take the bite out of raw onions. -Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl.
[Note: For extra creamy tuna salad use the 1/3 cup although ¼ cup is just enough sometimes I add a splash of soy sauce. There are times I’m out of nutritional yeast, like today… and it tastes perfectly fine without it. I make this recipe so often that honestly sometimes I add it and sometimes I don’t. There are times I omit the onions altogether too. See what you like and enjoy!]


Eggless “Egg” Salad

Eggless “Egg” Salad
(Serves 4) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free
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This recipe is so simple and delicious… I’m pretty sure you guys are starting to notice a trend throughout my posts – simple simple. I love easy dishes and this recipe takes no time at all. I typically like to mention a couple add-ins or swaps because sometimes you may not have certain ingredients on hand: capers and/or nutritional yeast would be nice additions to this recipe or you can swap the pickle with (1-2 Tbsp) of Relish instead. You can spice it up with Chili Powder or freshen it up with Dill. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 (14oz Pkg) Extra Firm Tofu, drained/pressed
¼ Tsp Turmeric
¼ Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Dill Pickle Spear, chopped finely
1 Celery Rib, minced
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
½ Cup Vegenaise (Vegan Mayo)

Directions:
-In dry sauté pan warm Tofu through mashing down with wooden spatula for a couple minutes.
-Add Turmeric and Paprika then mix through.
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-Combine tofu mixture in bowl with remaining ingredients.
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-Serve on a roll or in a lettuce wrap/cup for completely gluten-free option. Enjoy!

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Another reason to be vegan! Eggless Egg Salad – you won’t miss the period.
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Eggless 'Egg' Salad

  • Servings: 4 ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/
Ingredients:
1 (14oz Pkg) Extra Firm Tofu, drained/pressed
¼ Tsp Turmeric
¼ Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Dill Pickle Spear, chopped finely
1 Celery Rib, minced
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
½ Cup Vegenaise (Vegan Mayo)

Directions:
-In dry sauté pan warm Tofu through mashing down with wooden spatula for a couple minutes.
-Add Turmeric and Paprika then mix through.
-Combine tofu mixture in bowl with remaining ingredients. Serve on a roll or in a lettuce wrap/cup for completely gluten-free option. Enjoy!

Thai Peanut Sauce with Rombi Pasta & Peas

Thai Peanut Sauce with Rombi Pasta & Peas
(Serves 8) – Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free (Use with GF Pasta)
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This sauce is the best…it has the perfect balance of sweet, heat and savory. This recipe is kid approved I received two thumbs up from each 🙂 . Every time I make this sauce it’s a hit, love the creaminess. This sauce is excellent with the pasta and peas tossed in. I also incorporated a protein (tofu), this is a complete meal. The pasta I used was Rombi, a short ribbon-type pasta hangs on well to the sauce (picture a chopped up lasagna). Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
¾ Cup Peanut Butter
1 (13.5oz Can) Coconut Milk
¼ Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
¼ Cup Blue Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
Add-In:
1 (16oz Pkg) Rombi Pasta
1 (10oz Pkg) Frozen Peas
1 (14oz Pkg) Extra Firm Tofu

Directions:
-Prepare pasta according to package and drain.
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-Heat Olive Oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan, add Garlic and Red Pepper flakes. Sauté for about 1-2 minutes.
-Stir in Peanut Butter, Tamari Sauce and Vinegar. Whisk together to combine and continue to heat for another 1-2 minutes.
-Whisk in Agave and slowly stir in Coconut milk. -If adding frozen peas, add then now and heat through for about 5 minutes on low. Turn off heat and finish with Sesame Oil.
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-Toss to combine with cooked Pasta and sautéed Tofu
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-I just cube up the Tofu and season with salt and pepper then sauté in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Enjoy!
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Thai Peanut Sauce with Rombi Pasta & Peas

  • Servings: 8 ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
¾ Cup Peanut Butter
1 (13.5oz Can) Coconut Milk
¼ Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
¼ Cup Blue Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
Add-In:
1 (16oz Pkg) Rombi Pasta
1 (10oz Pkg) Frozen Peas
1 (14oz Pkg) Extra Firm Tofu

Directions:
-Prepare pasta according to package and drain.
-Heat Olive Oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan, add Garlic and Red Pepper flakes. Sauté for about 1-2 minutes.
-Stir in Peanut Butter, Tamari Sauce and Vinegar. Whisk together to combine and continue to heat for another 1-2 minutes.
-Whisk in Agave and slowly stir in Coconut milk. -If adding frozen peas, add then now and heat through for about 5 minutes on low. Turn off heat and finish with Sesame Oil. -If you’re not adding Peas skip the last step and just finish with Sesame Oil.
-Toss to combine with cooked Pasta and sautéed Tofu
-I just cube up the Tofu and season with salt and pepper then sauté in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Enjoy!

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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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

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!