Not really M&M cookies


The Not Really M&M Cookies

(vegan and not healthy)

2 cups of flour
1 Tbs cornstarch
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
¾ “butter” (I use earth balance)
1 NOT-egg (either flax egg or the Follow your heart “eggless egg)
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag of Unreal chocolate gems (I used the peanut ones)
+ about 2 oz of dairy free mini chocolate chips

Mix flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda in medium bowl
In separate bowl mix the sugars, add in melted butter, and “egg”. Stir well, add vanilla.
Slowly pour the dry mixture into the wet, stirring as you go.
Finally add in chocolate pieces.
Refrigerate about ½ hour until it firms up a little.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On baking pan, spoon about 1 Tbs of cookie dough, leave about  2 inches between scoops (they will grow).
Bake 10 minutes, allow to cool on cooking rack.

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almond butter

This is seriously one of the easiest recipes; who knew?!

The main ingredients, almonds and patience.

It started two weeks ago, when I was out at a bar for my friends birthday and someone gifted her a couple jars of almond butter. I’m thinking “Ok, I need to get to know this girl”.  We immediately hit it off and started talking about recipes! She ensured me this was way easier than I thought.

In two weeks I’ve made at least 8 batches; altering and adding slightly different ingredients.

Here’s my favorite and most clean recipe:
2 cups of almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
dash of Himalayan sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degree.
Line pan with tin foil, spread almonds out and slightly salt.
Roast for about 7 minutes in the middle of the oven.

While the almonds are still warm, place in Vitamix and start to grind.
The texture will turn from a grainy flour, then to a paste, and after a while, you’ll eventually obtain a pourable creamy butter.

This is where you need to be really patient.  It can take up to 20 minutes of just blending to reach your desired texture.  I typically run it on low, and do other things around the kitchen while I wait.

Check on it periodically to scrape down the edges and then blend some more!
Once it’s creamy: this is the point where I throw in the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Another flavor I am digging:
1 tsp cacao powder and 1/2tsp espresso powder (also top of my list)
you can also add maple syrup to sweeten it up a bit (just a tsp is plenty)

Strawberry Sorbet

16 oz strawberries, de-stemmed and frozen
1 5oz container of Coconut yogurt (I like So Delicious)
1-2 Tbs Juice from one Lemon
3 Tbs agave

Blend in high power blender [vitamix] until smooth.
Prepare a metal bread pan with parchment paper, covering bottom and sides
Pour the blended mixture into pan, freeze 2 hours, serve.

(If you leave the sorbet in freeze longer, let thaw about 20 min before serving, to help soften it up.)

Strawberry- Lemonade muffins

2 cups flour
1 1/2 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Two handfuls of strawberries cut up into small pieces
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 lemon for zest + juice (2 Tbs)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup almond milk
2/3 Coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut sugar + sprinkle for topping
organic food coloring- optional

 

Preheat oven to 350 degree.
In medium bowl, sift together flour, mix in baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Sprinkle in the zest from one lemon (I love flavor so I get as much as possible).

In separate large bowl, mash the banana. Mix in the sugar, and add vanilla. Juice your lemon and mix that in. Stir in the coconut oil.
Next, pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Stir well, and slowly pour in almond milk
Fold in the strawberry bits, and make sure they’re mixed around well.
Optional to add a little food coloring for color and fun!
Line muffin pans with liners, fill about ¾ way, sprinkle a little coconut sugar on top of each muffin.

Bake for 25 minutes.
Let cool and enjoy!

Dog Biscuits: Apple, PB, Grain-free biscuits

1/2 cup applesauce oat-biscuits
1/2 peanut butter
1 3/4 cup oat flour
1 tsp cinnamon

 

-Preheat oven to 350 degree
-Line large baking pan with parchment paper
-If your are using oats, pulse in blender until you have a flour-like consistency.
-In large bowl, mix flour and peanut butter.
-Add in the apple sauce, and mix well, creating a dough mix.
-Sprinkle in  cinnamon and any other spices (my dog love pumpkin flavor as well)
-Form a ball using all the dough and roll out on flat surface, until dough is no more than 1/4″ thick.
-Using cookie cutter, cut out shapes using all the dough. Place on pan and bake about 15 minutes.

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Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

½ cup peeled, chopped carrotsnacho-sauce
½ cup chopped yellow potatoes
1/3 c raw, cashews
1 cup dairy free milk
2 ½ Tbs nutritional yeast
1 Tbs lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
*option: pinch of cayenne or paprika for a little kick

 

-Steam potatoes and carrots in a pot for 15-20 minutes until softened
-In blender or food processor, pulse cashews into a flour; set aside
-Drain any access water for veggies and scoop all veggies into blender with ½ cup of milk; blending until smooth
-Add in cashew flour, nutritional yeast, ACV, and salt
-Add in in remaining milk and mix well.
-Pour sauce from blender into a medium size pan on medium heat, bringing it to a boil. Reduce heat and whisk continuously until the sauce thickens to your desire consistency.

Serve with tortilla chips or potato wedges

The Basically the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Earth balance, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Flax Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups non-dairy chocolate chips

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking pan with parchment paper

In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In large bowl beat sugars into butter, and add in flax eggs and vanilla.

basicchocochipcookies2Add the dry mixture into the wet, stirring well.

Add in chocolate chips.

Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of dough, dropping onto baking pan 2 inches apart.

Bake 12 minutes, and let cool on pan about 5 before removing.

(You can also keep dough in refrigerator covered for later use.) 

Matcha Green Waffle

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1 1/2 cups of coconut milk (or almond)
1 1/4 cup of gluten-free flour
1/4 tsp of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
2 tsp matcha green tea powder
1 dash of agave

Blend or stir well with whisk
Preheat waffle iron
Cook in waffle iron as instructed
(Forms rather fluffy, if you prefer crispy: I toast mine on top of stove [high heat] for about 30 second each side after its finished cooking on the waffle iron.)

Top with fresh berries, coconut shreds, slivered almonds, agave or maple syrup. Enjoy.

Recipes makes about 3 waffle depending on iron size.
Since I typically make for myself, I prepare all the batter;they freeze well and can toast at later time.

Fun Vegan Rice Crispy

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Sometimes I just need a quick treat after dinner (or in the middle of the day.) Yesterday I was strolling down the cereal aisle at Trader Joe’s and stopped on a box of Rice Crispy’s. This immediately brought me back to rec. soccer, when we were rewarded with snacks after every game. I can’t even remember the last time I had a rice crispy treat, but it was most definitely store bought and individually wrapped in that shiny blue package.

Now that I’m a little older and a little wiser, I realized I could quickly whip up a healthier version to indulge on. This is probably the quickest dessert I’ve made. It’s vegan, takes about 15 minutes from start to finish and you can make them with as few as 3 ingredients!

rice.crispy3 cups of rice crispy cereal
5 oz Dandies Marshmallows
1 heaping scoop of Earth Balance

Topping:
4 oz non-dairy chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil
Sprinkles, as many as your heart desires

To jazz it up and make extra special I topped with my favorites: chocolate and sprinkles

Melt the chocolate chips with coconut oil, stir together until smooth. Drizzle on top of entire rice crispy. Top with your favorite colorful sprinkles.

Set in refrigerator about 15 minutes to harden. Then remove, slice, and share!

 

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Mushroom Risotto

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1 small sweet onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups coconut milk (I love the So Delicious Organic Culinary Coconut Milk)
2 cups of cooked brown rice
1 ½ cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup peas
2 tbs coconut oil
1-2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast
Salt and pepper to taste

-Cook rice according to package and set aside
-On medium heat, melt coconut oil and sauté onions and mushrooms in large pan. About 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are slightly browned.
Pour in coconut milk, and broil to a slow boil. Stir in nutritional yeast.
Add in the cooked rice and peas. Continuously stir for about 5 minutes until flavors are blended. The sauce will thicken up quickly.
Sprinkle salt and pepper to desired taste.

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