May Review

Posted on June 1, 2010. Filed under: Recipe | Tags: |

Edit: Right now, my blog is at platipus329.wordpress.com

Welcome back to the work week! I hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend. How was mine? Meh. At least it was probably better than my poor dad’s who had to work more than usual, working Sunday and Monday. That’s what working in computers at a college will get ya! In case you missed any posts,

Now, remember this post? Now that May is over, I thought it’d be fun to check in with my Recipe goals and see how they’re coming. Of course, I’m always adding to that list, like those brownies I made recently were a “new addition”. But I consider this a good base for the whole Summer.

Vegan peanut butter fudge: Made it. Not 100% satisfied but it’s better than the first attempt and I’m not convinced it’s getting better.

Falafels: Now that I’ve tasted them, I know what I’m aiming for.

Vegan Meatloaf: Not yet. Waiting for a time when we’re low on food.

Gluten-free Killer Cornbread: Not yet but darn that sounds good right about now!

Vegan Break-Up Bars: I’m waiting for a really special occasion to break these out.

Chickpeas From Dry: Done here

Bob’s Red Mill GF Vanilla Cupcakes: Done

Chocolate Sorbet: Need room in the freezer

Raw Cashew “Ice Cream”: Done with a recipe!

Nut Milk: Still using cartoned.

Raw Chocolate Brownies more like Grezzo’s: Haven’t even thought about it yet.

Sprouted Almond Butter: Have the almonds. Need to soak.

Tart Frozen Yogurt: Nope.

Pomegranate Syrup: Made it, shoved it in the refrigerator and haven’t touched it since.

Raw Vegan Chicken Salad: I could call this one done since I made Averie’s raw taco meat but since I loved that so much I’m sure I’ll be making this one, too.

Maple Pecan Ice Cream(or something of the like): Again, need more room in the fridge.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream: Made what I’m now calling cocoa butter sorbet

That’s 6/17. Not bad for 2 weeks! On top of those, you might see some formatting changes on the blog from now and again; I’m trying to pick a new look as I’m not entirely happy with the current one but I am not a computer wiz so bear with me. I’ve also got two other “special” products in the works.

What goals are you working on?

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A “Basic” Brownie Recipe

Posted on May 31, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I come from the line of thinking that you should never make things from a box: Either make it yourself, or buy it from someone who made it themselves. Things just taste better that way, don’t they?

Last night, I had a brownie attack. Don’t we all get those? I used to swear by a recipe like this one by Rachael Ray.I love the tag: “We can’t believe people are still using boxed mixes!” However, since then my “basic” has become anything but. Of course, there’s the gluten thing; I’ve also steered away from using eggs in baked goods for personal reasons. And, while I’m at it, I usually figure why not take out the dairy and make them vegan just in case? In case of what? I have no clue either. But that’s my line of thinking. And so I made brownies as “basic” as I could. And you know what? They turned out darn good. And because they were vegan, I got to lick the pan 😉

Basic Allergen-Friendly Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup GF flour mix
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk(water in a pinch)
  • 1 flax egg(1 tablespoon flaxmeal gelled in 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 oz chopped dark chocolate, or 6 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a big bowl, sift together the first five ingredients. Melt the non-hydrogenated margarine and add in the olive oil, non-dairy milk, vinegar, flax egg, and extract. Pour into the dry mixture and mix until incorporated. Fold in the dark chocolate and pour into an 8×8 baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

When you’re living with allergens, life isn’t simple. Good thing these brownies are. And tasty!

I’m ashamed to say this was store bought vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream. When you get used to the home-churned stuff, it just feels naughty coming from a carton. Regardless, this was soooo good. Isn’t this how every weekend should be? 3-days long and full of brownie sundaes? I think so.

You could use 3 ounces of fancy chocolate for the recipe. Or you could use vegan baking chips and save the good stuff for yourself to eat straight. I think you can guessed what I chose.

And a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter and sea salt tasted good after all that chocolate. Sometimes, you just need to detox.

After all that baking/microwaving, I did not feel like much for breakfast this morning. I really wanted a big cake donut and to call it a day but that wasn’t happening. Thankfully, I found this chocolate chip muffin from Gluten Free Life to eat with some earth balance. Just like my brownies, you’d never guess this was gluten-free! And so many chocolate chips. Yum 🙂

Anything exciting on tap for Memorial Day? I had a pool party in store but apparently it’s been rain checked since the pool won’t heat up 😦 Alas, we have a grill, we have neighbors, I’m sure we’ll find some way to spice up Memorial day.

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If Today Was Your Last Day

Posted on May 24, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

10 Miles

10 Miles

Sure enough, just when I was thinking of cutting my run short at the halfway point after 5 miles, Nickelback’s If Today Was Your Last Day came up on my ipod shuffle and had me thinking, “If today were my last day(I’m pretty sure this is more grammatically correct but then again I study dead languages for a living), would I want to go out knowing I gave in on my last run?” At that, I kept on running and did another loop. But that same song had me thinking all day long.

Chickpeas Cooking

Chickpeas Cooking

If today was my last day, I’d knock off all the recipes I want to make over the Summer(listed here). I didn’t do all of them, but I did do 1: chickpeas from their dry state. This was so simple, and much cheaper. How had I not gotten on this before? Besides, fresh chickpeas make for the best lunches.

Olive Oil Seared Chickpeas, Grilled Sweet Potato Chunks, Onion, And Spinach Salad, Root Beer

Olive Oil Seared Chickpeas, Grilled Sweet Potato Chunks, Onion, And Spinach Salad, Root Beer

Virgil's Root Beer

Virgil's Root Beer

If today was my last day, I’d eat tons of fried food and drink through a brewery. Since it’s not, I stuck with pan-fried chickpeas and root beer. Oh my. When chickpeas take on olive oil is better than When Harry Met Sally, I’m just saying. Add in a cold one, and it’s a little sinly.

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

Lulu's Maca Love Bar

Lulu's Maca Love Bar

If today was my last day, I’d eat through pounds and pounds of chocolate. You could very well make an argument that I already do that. I had a few pieces of Green & Black’s ginger dark chocolate way before my run, and then a Maca Love Bar by Lulu’s chocolate as an afternoon delight. Hmm… I learned I’m not a maca lover. But this totally had me on the vanilla and the crunchy sea salt/coconut sugar combo. How could it not?

Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream, Vegan Blondie

Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream, Vegan Blondie

If today was my last day, dessert would have been for dinner. Instead, dessert came before dinner. Oo la la. These blondies are just as magical the day after as leftovers. Speaking of leftovers, I probably would have baked with less earth balance if I knew I’d still have these. Vegan don’t mean skinny 😉 And So Delicious vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream. Yes, please.

Paprika Pepper Fries, Vegan Stuffed Italian Pepper

Paprika Pepper Fries, Vegan Stuffed Italian Pepper

If today was my last day, I’d have my last meal be a big, juicy piece of grass-fed beef with a whole margarita, gluten-filled pizza with fresh mozzarella up the wazoo; I’m going out guns ablazin’ and belly abloated. In this instance, a vegan stuffed pepper would have to do.

  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Ketchup
  • Soy Sauce
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh Basil
  • Nutritional Yeast

Stuffed in a pepper and topped with ooey, gooey Daiya goodness next to some fries with pepper and paprika. I do believe it doesn’t have to be your last day to eat good.

What would you do if today was your last day? Of course, ipod shuffle isn’t always so profound. Case in point: Sex Bomb.

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Mean Miles And Extra Special Blondies

Posted on May 23, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

And here I thought a party at the Museum of Science’s skyline suite what special, I had no idea the blondies I’d be cooking up today.

Endangered Species Milk Chocolate With Peanut Butter

Endangered Species Milk Chocolate With Peanut Butter

Endangered Species chocolate = amazing pre-running fuel. The milk chocolate with a hint of peanut butter let me down the first time I had it, but now I feel like I get that hint–really subtle hint.

10 Miles

10 Miles

I had fun kind of running around the town and found a new route I liked that came across a reservoir. And it just so happened to be an even number of miles! I love it when that works out. And then I was stahvin’ for a good lunch.

Sweet Potato With BBQ Beans, Tofu, And Mighty Maple

Sweet Potato With BBQ Beans, Tofu, And Mighty Maple

Finishing off a jar of Mighty Maple is always tragic; at least it’s redeemed when it’s in a killer way. A sweet potato with BBQ baked beans, raw tofu chunks, and a scoop of the good stuff. Um, yum. Am I blessed to love the texture of raw, soft tofu or what?

Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious Apple

This afternoon snack was missing something…

365 Creamy PB

365 Creamy PB

Perfect. Who says you need to eat the peanut butter on the apple? They taste fine separate 😀

Tonight, we’re having guests over. I wanted to recreate this recipe. The result was nothing more than “special”, extra “special”. It’s gluten-free and vegan. There are specks of vanilla bean in the batter. And it just tastes damn good. How could it not(with 2 sticks of earth balance)?

Extra Special Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1 cup all-purpose GF baking blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum(optional)
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste(or vanilla extract)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Recipe: Extra Special Blondies

Preheat your oven to 350 and let the margarine sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before working with it. Cream the margarine and the sugar in a large bowl. Sift in all ingredients from flour to xanthan gum(if using). Add the liquids and vanilla paste and mix thoroughly with a large spoon or rubber spatula. Add the chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed. Press into an 8×8 baking pan and bake for35-40 minutes or until the center is set. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes before slicing. Makes 12 servings.

Now are those fattening, err… “special”, or what?

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Get Me Out Of The Kitchen

Posted on May 16, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Health, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I could have sworn I wrote a post like this before. Regardless, even if I didn’t name it this, it’s a common problem I have: I get in the kitchen and you can’t get me out of there.

Roasting Potatoes

Roasting Potatoes

Sun Tea

Sun Tea

When I got home from my run, I showered and immediately had 4 projects going in the kitchen at once. 2 of them were rather simple. I started making half-caf sun tea using 7 tea bags and some room temperature water. That I’ll refrigerate later and sweet with stevia and lemon to serve as iced tea. And I threw some potatoes in the oven to bake because I like to always have a few fully baked potatoes lying around to throw into a hash. Speaking of hash…

Home Fries And Rosemary

Home Fries And Rosemary

I threw 2 previously baked potatoes, some red onion, rosemary and EVOO in a pan to cook into home fries for lunch. I’ve been assured that, while these aren’t currently as good as some of my favorite restaurants’, it just takes time and practice.

Vanilla Cashew Cream

Vanilla Cashew Cream

And while I had that on the stove, in the blender I threw together the ingredients for raw chocolate chip ice cream. At this point, it was like a thick and frothy vanilla milkshake I could have just drank there. But I resisted because lunch was ready.

Home Fries, Veggie Burger, Gingerade Kombucha

Home Fries, Veggie Burger, Gingerade Kombucha

For protein, I had a Wildwood shitake veggie burger alongside the home fries and a gingerade kombucha to wash it all down and rehydrate.

Home Fries With Red Onion And Rosemary

Home Fries With Red Onion And Rosemary

Again, not as good as when I get it at Nick’s or Garden Grill, but getting better. The red onion and sea salt are really key for the flavor. I can’t wait to try this again with part sweet potato.

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

10 Miles

10 Miles

Before my run I ate a piece of microwave vegan chocolate fudge and that powered me through 9 laps of the neighborhood. I definitely did not feel fast today but after 3 days of outdoor running on hills I guess that’s to be expected.

Organic Fuji Apple

Organic Fuji Apple

I snacked on an apple a little later on in the afternoon after I cleaned up all my messes(a food processor is not the same as a blender when it comes to liquids). Eventually, my cashew mixture had chilled…

Raw Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup amber agave
  • 1/4 cup vanilla bean infused sugar
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs

In a blender, puree the first 4 ingredients until they are fully mixed. Store this liquid in a container in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill. Once ready, pour into ice cream maker and work to manufacturer’s directions. Add the cacao nibs 5 minutes before being done. Eat immediately or keep in a tight container in the freezer.

This was so fun to make! I can’t wait to make quarts and quarts of ice cream this Summer. I let this sit in the freezer for a bit but I think the texture was actually better right after being churned. It definitely had a cashew flavor, but not in a bad way. This would be better with an actual vanilla bean but my way costs considerably less. Did I mention it was delicious? Let’s just pretend the cashews have no calories.

Raw Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Raw Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

…What? Was I supposed to have only one bowl? Yeah, not happening. While I could try to make some excuse that this is raw and that somehow makes it healthier, ice cream is ice cream. I will say that this is a really fun way besides oatmeal to get in some NUTrition.

Baked Beans, Broccoli And Turnip In Soy Sauce

Baked Beans, Broccoli And Turnip In Soy Sauce

My dinner was boring compared to that. I really wanted to keep eating raw: raw salmon, that is. But as much as I love rural America for its honey, I do not love it for its lack of Whole Foods and cheap sushi bars. I told myself if I wasn’t going to feel ethical eating that fish, I should just be happy eating beans. And I am. Seriously, buy 365 baked beans. They will change your opinion on canned goods.

Favorite raw vegetable? I don’t like many vegetables raw but baby carrots I don’t mind. Here’s a note: raw turnip does not taste all that good. Keep that in mind.

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Unplanned Is Better Than Not As Planned

Posted on May 10, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In case you missed the weekend:

I live off to-do lists and plans(you should see my to-do list for today. Yikes!). It should then be understandable that I’m no happy camper when things don’t come out 110% like I planned.

Vegan Tiger Fudge

Vegan Tiger Fudge

The “new recipe” I alluded to was vegan tiger fudge: a layer of vegan chocolate fudge with a layer of peanut butter fudge on top. After a few hours, the top never set, so while this was tasty, it wasn’t wholly “fudge”. Boo 😦 It’s back to the drawing board for that recipe. On the bright side, my vegan chocolate fudge tastes as good as ever.

As opposed to not-according-to-planned, things that are unplanned have seemed to have great success recently. Betty White never planned that she would actually get on SNL, and she was hysterical. Amy Adams in Leap Year didn’t plan to fall in love with the Irishman she hired to take her to Dublin(even though it was the most predictable plot-line ever), and that worked out for her. And this dinner, while completely made on the fly, was fantastic:

EVOO Seared Sweet Potato And Chickpeas

EVOO Seared Sweet Potato And Chickpeas

EVOO Seared Sweet Potato And Chickpeas

EVOO Seared Sweet Potato And Chickpeas

How could something so simple be so good? This was just sweet potato chunks roasted and then seared in a little olive oil with the chickpeas added at the end to finish them off in the oil, and heaped on spinach. It was 5 ingredients with the salt(gotta have the salt), and that was all this needed. Best of all, it combined two of my favorites: sweet potatoes and chickpeas. Love it! Anyone else want to boast a kitchen success story out there?

Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

Cascadian Farms Organic Vanilla Chip Bar

Cascadian Farms Organic Vanilla Chip Bar

Maple Sugar Maple Leaf

Maple Sugar Maple Leaf

It was certainly unplanned that I turn in to the carb king between dinner and breakfast this morning(add in the tiger fudge from before and you’ve got yourself a few meals there). And I’ll admit: It had me feeling a little down. Until I realized what those unplanned carbs could do for me.

12.1 Miles In 1:46:48

12.1 Miles In 1:46:48

As a sort of “Last Hurrah”, I ran on the treadmill watching The Today Show and my other morning television for a strong and unplanned 12.1 miles. Hurrah! My entire gym set up is a luxury of convenience I will sorrowfully miss over the Summer.

Mighty Maple Oatmeal, Pineapple Chobani, Gingerade Kombucha

Mighty Maple Oatmeal, Pineapple Chobani, Gingerade Kombucha

After all that, I’m happy to be sitting and having a well-balanced, moderately-sweetened breakfast with Mighty Maple and a pineapple Chobani. And, yes, that would be a Gingerade Kombucha at breakfast no less. It’s the only thing keeping me sane today between my to-do list and walking up and down 3 flights of stairs to cook and do laundry.

What do you do when a recipe’s a flop? My gut response: Call the neighbors over. If it’s something bready, I can usually crumble it over yogurt and call it granola. But with anything chocolate and sweet, just hand me a spoon and let the pity party commence.

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What’s Fudge Without The Butter?

Posted on May 3, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Still delicious. Still sinful. Still fudge.

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Yesterday, at home, I was feeling ambitious: I’m going to make fudge. But what is fudge by its definition? As wikipedia told me, it’s fundamentally sugar, milk, and butter. No chocolate?! Well, not at it’s core. Those are the 3 ingredients that “make fudge”. Penuche is made with brown sugar. And chocolate fudge is made with the addition of cocoa powder. But what if you don’t want milk, or cream, or butter? And what if you’re a lazy bastard without a candy thermometer and only have the microwave at your disposal? Well, that’s when you need Microwave Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Microwave Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips(e.g. Trader Joe’s) OR 8.5oz sweetened dark chocolate
  • 4oz natural vegan butter substitute(e.g. Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk

In the microwave or over a double-broiler, melt together the chocolate chips and butter substitute. Take care not to burn the chocolate. Once fully incorporated, sift in the powdered sugar and pour in the non-dairy milk. Stir until fully incorporated. Pour into a small, square pan about 6 inches by 6 inches. Drop on the counter a few time to remove any air pockets and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

I’m sorry; this was just too easy. I’m a little scared for every part of my body affected by sugar that this delicious dessert can be made so quickly and simply. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk as the liquid, and the flavor could not have came out cleaner. Maybe vegan penuche will be next? The possibilities are endless! Now go make a pan and have another slice because it’s cholesterol free and no animals were affected in the process of your sinful, sinful treat.

Endangered Species Organic Smooth Dark Chocolate With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Endangered Species Organic Smooth Dark Chocolate With Vanilla Peanut Butter

I also indulged in 6 squares my favorite chocolate bar smothered in vanilla agave sweetened 365 peanut butter. Uhhh, does anyone remember when I mentioned opening this jar? Because it’s half gone. I don’t think I’ve gone through a jar of nut butter this fast before, and it’s a store brand! I think that speaks to the magic of 365.

Nature's Path Peanut Choco' Granola Bar

Nature's Path Peanut Choco' Granola Bar

And when I woke up, this wrapper of a Nature’s Path Peanut Choco’ Chewy Granola bar looked pretty guilty(i.e. I ate it during Brothers & Sisters). I expected to be sore and tired after yesterday. I certainly was tired and enjoyed the sleep. But when I woke up at 7:40, I really just felt like running–no timing, no pressure. Just running.

8 Miles In 71:56

8 Miles In 71:56

I went for an easy and slow 8 miles in the gym. Despite the heat and the humidity, the entire thing was made 10 times more pleasant with The Today Show and Betty White. Will you be watching her on SNL? I definitely will be! By which I mean I’ll be watching it on the internet the next day, but still, enthusiastically.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

Vanilla Yogurt With Peanut Sunspires, Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

Vanilla Yogurt With Peanut Sunspires, Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

I have a problem: Once I get on a flavor or flavor pairing, I can not stop obsessing about it until the next craving. Hence the abundance of chocolate and peanuts in this post. At least those are foods that’ll fuel you well. A vegan chocolate peanut butter fudge batch next? Oh, somebody turn my brain off.

Since I’ve already asked and know if ya’ll like fudge, what are you having for lunch today? I’m super excited for mine, because it’s fried and already prepared 😀 It’s the little things in life…

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Who Doesn’t Love Fudge?

Posted on April 28, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Do you love fudge? I thought I liked fudge, until I had that goat’s milk fudge a few days ago, and now I’m realizing I love fudge. I can’t get it out of my head! It’s my newest obsession. And just when I think I’ve figured out how to make a killer vegan fudge, I go off to school where I have none of the supplies or ingredients. Boo 😦 Well, I can’t do a killer vegan fudge for you today. But how about a killer raw vegan fudge?

Raw Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup nuts or half the amount nut butter*
  • 1/2 cup(80g) dates
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar

In a food processor, process the dates until a smooth paste. Remove and process the nuts until a coarse and crumbly texture. Finally, add all the ingredients back into the food processor and blend until incorporated. Once the mixture is emulsified, pour into a container and remix by hand if the coconut oil separates(it should be liquid by this point). Freeze and cut. Makes about 6-10 servings.

*You can mix it up and use your own blend to alter the flavor. Cashews have a nice, neutral flavor whereas others add their own touch. I like 3/4 cup cashews with 1/4 cup hemp seeds and walnuts

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

I bought a ginger Green & Black bar way back when they were on sale, and held on to it for so long thinking I wouldn’t like it. I think the fact that I had 12 squares and went back for 6 more proves me wrong. I loved the sweetness and “warmth” as they called it the ginger added to dark chocolate!

Raw Vegan Chocolate Fudge And Chocolate Yumnuts

Raw Vegan Chocolate Fudge And Chocolate Yumnuts

At the end of the night I broke in to my pan of raw vegan fudge along side some chocolate Yumnuts. I love the name. And yum! These were super. I didn’t like them at first, until they started to remind me of chocolate-coated M&M’s–not even the peanut find, just the chocolate M&M’s themselves. Anything this healthy and natural that could do that is a rockstar in my book.

Pomegranate Chobani, Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Pomegranate Chobani, Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

I woke up and could have worked out first thing. It would have made timing for the rest of my day a lot better. But I realized I wanted to be fueled by a big bowl of oatmeal and not fudge, so I stayed in and ate breakfast.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Still no Justin’s chocolate almond butter to be found here, so I’ve gotten to making my own. And I’m pretty good at it! I think there’s a secret ingredient; I’ll save that for another day. And what would be hot oatmeal without coconut milk? I’m just loving my coconut milk as of late.

Do you like fudge? Now that I’ve given you a no-bake recipe to make some, I expect no excuses.

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Chewy Almond Raisin Cookies

Posted on April 25, 2010. Filed under: Recipe | Tags: , , , |

Chewy Almond Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup flour(gluten-free preferred)
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup salted almond butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins(golden preferred)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350. In a bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, and baking soda. Add the almond butter and milk and mix until incorporated. Beat in the egg and lastly add the raisins. Spoon onto lined cookie sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes or until browning.

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Recipe Test: Midnight Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted on April 25, 2010. Filed under: Book Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

As I’ve mentioned several times, Book Pub Co. sent me the vegan dessert cookbook Sweet Utopia to read and review. I talked about my first impression here, but this weekend I got to test my first recipe. What a fun task that was! I immediately eyed the midnight chocolate cupcakes for my cousin’s 3rd birthday party today. I confess to making the following substitutions to the recipe:

  • All-purpose gluten-free flour and xanthan gum for the flour
  • Teeccino in place of the the coffee
  • Almond milk for the soy milk
Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream And Crumbled Cupcake

Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream And Crumbled Cupcake

Two cupcakes suffered an, err, unfortunate oven accident, but their crumbs were still good for eating, so I made a cake and ice cream sundae with So Delicious vanilla bean ice cream. I am such a cake and ice cream person at heart. I can’t wait for the Summer since the grocery store near my home sells these ice creams for a dollar less than the Whole Foods near my school 🙂

The cupcake was impressively moist and “cakey”; I wouldn’t have thought that would be easy to recreate without eggs. The moisture must come from the fat ingredients, which seemed to work well. Overall, I think this recipe relies on a lot of sugar to be good(there are at least 4 sources of it), when in fact this makes an impressive cake all its own and doesn’t need to distract with sweetness. I would definitely give this one a thumbs up.

Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious Apple

I snacked on a red delicious watching Sherlock Holmes. In truth, I was paying more attention to my work and didn’t see most of the movie. I just like having British accents playing in the background. Can I get a white noise CD like that?

Oatmeal With Turbinado Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Turbinado Peanut Butter

And I fashionably finished off the night with oatmeal and peanut butter. This one almost tasted like Garden Grille‘s, except the chunks of sugar didn’t dissolve and made this really crunchy. I’ll discover you yet!

Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Frosting

I think the best thing is when you get to wake up and first thing make frosting. Run? Coffee? Breakfast? That can all wait. Chocolate first.

Midnight Chocolate Cupcake With Frosting

Midnight Chocolate Cupcake With Frosting

Perhaps surprisingly, I wasn’t a fan of this frosting recipe. It came out so thick, it was like fudge! It just wasn’t very spreadable or much more than melted chocolate. It would make for a good ganache filling, but it certainly didn’t come out like a “frosting”. I have to say, it was super simple to make, though. Believe it or not, I didn’t eat a cupcake for breakfast.

Oatmeal With Plain PB, Siggi's Orange Ginger Yogurt With Chocolate Chips

Oatmeal With Plain PB, Siggi's Orange Ginger Yogurt With Chocolate Chips

That’s more nutritious. I topped oatmeal with some 365 brand peanut butter(see, I practice what I preach). I also tried my very first Siggi! I chose the orange ginger flavor, since it sounded so exotic, and topped it with the vegan chocolate chips(you would too if you’d been handling them for 2 days). It was good, but it was a tad undersweetened for me; maybe I just have a sweet tooth to rival Averie’s. But what a fun flavor. And it’s so thick! Love it.

Are you a cake, brownie, or cookie person? I’m all about the cake, which is why cupcakes seemed perfect for this birthday party. I just love the light and airiness to the dessert! If I want something dense and chewy, I’d rather just eat a chocolate bar.

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