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Carrot Cake Fudge

You know me- I love me some carrot cake!

And we all love fudge.

Two rights make a RIGHT. Thus, this has to be good. And trust me, it is. Epicly so. It’s like carrot cake in a teeny tiny, sweet little package. It can be made vegan. And it looks so cute in an Easter basket! Another suggestion? Cut it small enough to be hidden in those plastic eggs.

That‘s a prize worth hunting for.

Carrot Cake Fudge

2 12 oz. packages of white chocolate chips (vegan as necessary)

¾ cup shredded carrot

½ cup shredded coconut, toasted

¼ cup chopped walnuts

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

1 cup sweetened condensed milk (for a vegan alternative, try this– it works fantastically!)

Mix all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium heat. Continue stirring until the milk starts to bubble. Let it simmer for a minute, using a spatula to scrape the sides of the pan so nothing burns. Remove from heat, and stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into a 11 x 3 pan lined with greased aluminum foil. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top, cover with plastic wrap and let it firm up in the fridge or freezer before cutting into squares and serving.

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Cadbury Creme Eggs

Oh my god. Obsession.

Like, to the point that I used to steal them from my other family members’ Easter baskets every year. They never figured out who did it. (Sorry, guys. But not really.)

Aside from marzipan, Cadbury eggs might be, in my humble opinion, the best candy ever invented. The Europeans just understand chocolate. Scientific act.

Enough abbreviated sentences. Let’s get down to gooey, chocolate-y, VEGAN business. #OhYesIDid

Vegan Cadbury Creme Eggs

1/2 cup corn syrup or agave nectar

1/4 cup Earth Balance

3 cups vegan powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt (do NOT omit)

yellow and red food coloring

semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tbsp coconut oil

You can get fancy with egg shaped chocolate molds, but I went without and they still turned out adorably, and more importantly, phenomenally delicious. It’s just a little messier.

Cream together the corn syrup and Earth Balance until light and fluffy with an electric beater. Add the powdered sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, a little at a time until completely incorporated. Mix in the vanilla extract and salt. The texture should be as thick as possible while still being slightly pourable, like  the middle ground between batter and dough. Separate into two containers, and in one, add a few drops yellow food coloring and just one drop red. Place both containers in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Grease a mini muffin pan and spoon a heaping spoonful of the white “dough” into as many cups as possible. Add a a smaller spoonful (the “yolk”) of the yellow “dough” on top of each. Cover with plastic wrap and let firm up in the freezer for another 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the chocolate (I used a 24 oz bag of semi-sweet) in a microwave safe bowl with the coconut oil in 10 second intervals, stirring in between each until chocolate is finally melted.

Once the “dough” in the muffin pan is firm, remove it from the freezer and prepare a large sheet of waxed paper near the bowl of melted chocolate. Remove an “egg” from the pan, and form it into an egg shape before quickly dipping it in the chocolate and placing it on the wax paper. Repeat with each egg. You may need to do it in small intervals as the dough starts to warm up and becomes stick again (if this happens, but the pan back in the freezer for a couple of minutes.) Make sure the chocolate coating is thick enough that the filling won’t ooze through once at room temperature- you may need to dip a couple of times even after the chocolate has hardened for this reason. You can also add fun designs with a toothpick while the chocolate is still slightly soft.

See? A little messy, but SO WORTH IT. Enjoy!

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Vegan Samoas

Girl Scout gone vegan.

I had to. Because I came home the other day to this:

It’s that special time of year when omnis gleefully run around clutching Samoas and Thin Mints and Tagalongs and former omnis like myself cry into their pillows dreaming of caramel and chocolate and coconut.

NOT ANYMORE.

I wasn’t going to take this lying down. Puh-lease.

So this morning I got to work. Somehow, I nailed it on the first try.

They’re a vegan version of Samoas (do NOT call them Caramel Delites or whatever). Basically I married a coconut macaroon and an oatmeal cookie, topped it with coconut, and drizzled it in chocolate. You’re welcome.

Vegan Samoas

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

3 tbsp water

1 tbsp vanilla

1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax soaked in 3 tbsp water)

½ cup course oat flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp + 1 tbsp molasses, divided

3 tbsp almond milk

a couple tbsp coconut

a couple tbsp semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Put the coconut and water in a food processor and grind until combined, with course flakes still intact. Add the vanilla and flax egg, and process until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the 3 tbsp molasses gently until it begins to bubble. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until it really foams up completely, stirring frequently with a spatula to keep from sticking to the sides of the pan and burning. Remove from heat. Stir in almond milk rapidly until completely combined and continue stirring as it cools and thickens slightly.

Whisk the molasses mixture into the rest of the batter until completely combined. Add one more tbsp of molasses, and stir until combined.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper and drop the batter by rounded tbsp onto it (should make about 8 cookies).  Sprinkle a bit of extra coconut on each cookie and press on slightly. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until browned at the edges and firm to touch. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes before transferring the cookies carefully to a wire cooling rack over a sheet of waxed paper.

Put a couple tbsp semi-sweet chocolate (chips work fine) into a Ziploc bag and heat at 5 second increments until completely melted. Cut the corner off the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. Let harden and enjoy!

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Dreamy Mac & Cheese

When I think of macaroni and cheese, I think of blue boxes, fluorescent orange noodles, and blissful childhood weekends. My mom is a great cook and we definitely ate well growing up, but weekends were her days off from chef duty and Kraft was often the go-to on Friday and Saturday nights. Come on people, you know you love loved it too. Veganism and all-natural eating don’t make Kraft mac & cheese much of a possibility for me anymore, I shouldn’t have to rule out macaroni and cheese entirely.

This recipe comes to the rescue!

It’s ingredient-heavy, for sure, and pretty pricey at that (who knew cashews were so expensive?!) But it’s sooooo tasty- the most perfect zesty cheesy, creaminess. An indulgence that deserves indulging. It’s the kind of dish to gleefully serve your friends who say “Ohhh, you’re vegan? Don’t you get tired of eating rabbit food?”

Vegan Comfort Food for the win.

Just a heads up, I served mine with spaghetti squash “noodles” which tasted AMAZING (and make it gluten free!) but feel free to use the good ‘ole regular kind! Make it classic with elbows :)

Dreamy Mac & Cheese

1 cup almond milk

2/3 cups cashews

4 tbsp nutritional yeast

3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp vinegar

2 tsp lemon juice

2 tsp miso paste or salt to taste

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Blend all together in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy. Heat over the stove until hot (add more milk if you want a thinner consistency). Stir with cooked spaghetti squash or noodles, and serve.

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Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

Are you spreading the love today? How about starting with breakfast? Spread it with some delicious homemade jam and cream. There’s a reason they say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And in my opinion, that’s not exclusive to men. Just sayin’.

As I said before, I hope your day is a tad saucier than mine. I have a paper due tomorrow. SCORE. Seriously, professor, WHERE IS THE LOVE?

Well, I guess there’s nothing like cutesy heart food to cheer me up. And I hope it makes you smile as well.

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

¼ package silken lite tofu

¾ cup almond milk

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

pinch of stevia

2 slices whole wheat bread

walnut cream

strawberry jam

Blend tofu, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and stevia in blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl and dip the slices of bread in the mixture until coated and soaked. Heat skillet over medium heat and spray with a bit of cooking oil. Place slices on skillet and cook evenly on each side, until bread is crispier and no longer soggy. Remove from skillet. Swirl walnut cream and strawberry jam onto one of the slices. If desired, cut out heart shape in the other slice and place on top, or just place on top whole. Serve and enjoy!

Spread a little love today. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

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Orange Chocolate Smoothie

There’s nothing quite like the combo of orange and chocolate.

It’s not for everyone, and I get that, but me? I’m all over it.

Well, I’ll pretty much take chocolate with everything. Coffee, strawberries, nougat… you name it. But we’re getting off track here.

I was thinking about a new way to shake up my breakfast smoothie that might compete with my new favorite, and I have to say, this is quite the contender. Vitamin C, protein, antioxidants. Bottom’s up.

Orange Chocolate Smoothie

1/4 package silken tofu

1 cup almond milk

3-4 tbsp squeezed juice of an orange (or orange extract)

2 heaping tbsp cocoa powder

stevia to taste

Blend all until smooth and thick. Serve!

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Red Velvet HippieCakes

So, a litttttllee change of plans… I know I promised a DIY this weekend as usual, but madness with packing, gathering items, etc. for my move this week has proved more time consuming than I thought. I do have some KILLER crafts for my apartment though that will hopefully be done for next weekend, so expect some fabulousness then.

In the meantime, rather than not posting of all I of course could not leave you hanging. So without further ado, here is one my favorite HippieCakes recipes that I have ever created to date! I was looking back at my earlier HippieCakes recipes and could not believe how long it’s been! Happy, healthy baking :)

Red Velvet HippieCakes

1 cup oat flour

2 heaping tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 tbsp ground flax in 3 tbsp water

4 medium beets (cooked)

1/2 cup almond milk or more as needed

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp stevia (or to taste) or agave to taste

1/4 tsp vinegar

pinch of salt

Combine oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Pour into blender or food processor and add flax egg, beets, almond milk, vanilla, stevia or agave, and vinegar. Blend until smooth. At this point, taste a bit of the batter to make sure that the sweetness is to your taste. If the batter is especially thick, add milk until it reaches a slow-moving but pourable consistency (like a thick smoothie). Pour into greased muffin tins and cook at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until firm to touch and slightly browned around edges. Let cool in tin before removing.

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Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie

It ain’t always pretty…

But looks aren’t everything.

When I made Jessica’s Snickerdoodles for our Christmas Cookie Platter, they were gone in .000005 seconds. They were inhaled. (I think people liked them.)

We love the flavors of sweet cinnamon and vanilla around here. If you don’t, I’m judging you just a little bit.

So how did I accomplish such bliss with that green goo above? I guess it was another one of those happy accidents. I usually add cocoa powder or mint to my green smoothies, but decided to give it a go with cinnamon. The result? Actually, fabulously delicious.

Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie

1 cup almond milk

2 cups spinach leaves

1/4 package lite firm tofu

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 drop or two almond extract (optional)

Stevia to taste

Blend all until smooth. Pour into glass or bowl and enjoy!

It’s good to be green!

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“Fried” Cauliflower “Rice”

That’s a lot of quotation marks for a recipe title.

But it’s necessary, because this fried rice recipe is not actually fried, and *surprise!* doesn’t actually have a grain of rice in it. But trust me, you’ll be tossing your takeout menus in no time with this healthier but equally tasty option. It fit in my detox, it’s macrobiotic, vegan, gluten free, low-carb, blah blah blah. Most importantly, it tastes amazing.

“Fried” Cauliflower Rice

½ head cauliflower

½ medium onion

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tbsp sliced leeks or scallions

5-10 baby carrots, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

4 oz. silken soft tofu (gluten free)

1 tsp ground ginger

vegetable broth

soy sauce (gluten free)

“Rice” the cauliflower with the onion in a food processor. Set aside. Saute the garlic over medium heat on a pan that has been lightly spritzed with cooking spray. Add the cauliflower “rice”.  Stir and add the veggies and tofu. Once the tofu has scrambled and is evenly distributed throughout, add some vegetable broth (1/4 cup or so) and continue to stir so that it all cooks evenly. Add the ginger. Once the liquid has evaporated, add a couple tbsp of soy sauce and stir. Once the liquid has evaporated, the vegetables are cooked, and the “rice” is slightly browned, remove from heat and serve. Makes 2 large servings.

In other news, today is Day 5, the final day of my detox!

I feel great, I ate well, and slept better than I have in a while.

Lessons learned?

  • I can definitely move my caffeine intake wayyyy down. I’m talking like a small cup of coffee a day rather than my usual 2-3 huge mugs.
  • I used to add way to much salt to things! Food tastes better when I don’t!
  • Realists might call me crazy, but this Ayurvedic stuff totally works. I feel so much more in tune with myself and balanced. And the macrobiotic aspect? I miss the nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, etc.) but I will be lessening my intake a lot… to maybe just 2-3 times a week. I also miss greek yogurt, but will be lessening my intake of that as well.

I call that success!

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Cookie Monster

The presents have been assembled and wrapped, and the treats have all been made…

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to the cookie platter table that will be making its debut tomorrow:

By platter…

Cookie Platter #1:

  1. Pistachio Amaretto Bars (adapted from Food Gal)
  2. Seven Layer Cookies (family recipe)
  3. Alfajores (Dulce De Leche Sandwich Cookies) (from Saveur)
  4. Toffee Diamonds (from Gourmet Magazine, 2009)
  5. Shortbread (family recipe)
  6. Lebkuchen Pretzels (my own recipe)

Cookie Platter #2:

  1. Lemon Poppyseed Cookies
  2. Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Sambuca Cookies (from Gourmet Magazine, 1999)
  4. Chocolate Hugs Thumbprints (family recipe)
  5. Bon Bon Cookies (family recipe)
  6. Snickerdoodles (from How Sweet It Is)
  7. Sour Cream Cookies (family recipe)
  8. Toffee and Bark Platter:
  1. English Toffee (adapted from several recipes across the internet)
  2. Cinnamon Granola Bark
  3. Black and White Coconut Bark (family recipe)
  4. Crack Toffee Bark
  5. Salted Caramel Bark (my own recipe)

Fudge Platter:

  1. Maple Candy
  2. Mocha Coconut Fudge (from How Sweet It Is)
  3. Chocolate Fudge (family recipe)
  4. Spiked Eggnog Fudge
  5. White Peppermint Fudge
  6. Brown Butter Fudge (my own recipe)

BAM. Done. And someone will have to forklift me out of here on December 26th.

Happy last minute baking and cooking!

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