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    Gingerdead Men (Halloween Sugar Cookies)

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    Happy Halloween!

    Halloween is one of those holidays that I just never get sick of. Even though I’m in that weird age range that’s like, too old to go to the super cool Halloween parties, but too young to have kids and take them trick-or-treating, it’s still a fun holiday to spend making cookies, watching scary movies, and dressing up for no one in particular.
    Yes, I still dress up and make my boyfriend reluctantly take photos of me. Perfectly normal.

    Gingerdead Men (Halloween Sugar Cookies)

    SPEAKING OF COOKIES. I made GingerDEAD Men. Because cookies are a necessity on Halloween, everyone knows that. But regular sugar cookies are boring, so these are pumpkin spice sugar cookies (delicious), topped with vegan royal icing (double delicious).

    I flooded these cookies with white royal icing, then used black royal icing to freehand a skull and some bones. But honestly you could do anything you like… bats, pumpkins, or zombies would be adorable too.

    Gingerdead Men (Halloween Sugar Cookies)

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    Gingerdead Men (Halloween Sugar Cookies)
     
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    Recipe type: Cookies
    Serves: 18
    Ingredients
    Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
    • ½ cup vegan butter
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed + 3 Tbsp. water)
    • 1 Tbsp. molasses
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • pinch of salt
    • 1½ tsp. baking powder
    • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • ½ tsp. ground ginger
    • ½ cup pureed pumpkin
    Vegan Royal Icing
    • 4½ Tbsp. aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    Instructions
    To make the cookies:
    1. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    2. Add the butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add the molasses and flax egg to the butter mixture and continue mixing on medium until fully combined.
    4. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger) and add half to the mixer. Mix until just barely combined.
    5. Add the pumpkin and mix until incorporated, then add the remaining flour and mix on low until the mixture is almost fully mixed.
    6. Pour the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours.
    7. Once the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    8. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough and cut to desired shapes. I rolled the dough pretty thick (about ½" thick) because I wanted thick, chewy cookies, but you can roll the dough thinner for crunchier cookies!
    9. Once your shapes are cut, transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze 10-15 minutes until the cookies are cold.
    10. Bake 13-15 minutes until cookies are set and golden brown on the edges.
    To decorate:
    1. Add the aquafaba and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix on low 5-7 minutes until completely combined and silky smooth. Pour the royal icing into different bowls and color however you want.
    2. To thin out the royal icing, add a few drops of water (seriously, only a few drops will make a huge difference).
    3. Use a thicker royal icing to pipe a border around the edges of the cookie, then use a thinner royal icing to fill in the middle. Wait for it to harden, then use a black royal icing to pipe on the skull and bones. Happy Halloween!
    Notes
    Once the cookies were out of the oven, I let them sit for about 3 minutes, then transferred them to a cooling rack and lightly pressed them with the back of a spatula. This made a nice, even top for my royal icing!

    Gingerdead Men (Halloween Sugar Cookies)

     

    Gingerdead Men (Halloween Sugar Cookies)
    Lebkuchenherzen for Oktoberfest! (German Gingerbread Hearts)

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  • Breads & Muffins FOOD

    Cinnamon Carrot Muffins (Vegan)

    Cinnamon Carrot Muffins – Delicious cinnamon muffins made moist with grated carrot and applesauce, and packed with whole wheat flour and flaxseeds!

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    I think it’s safe to say that it’s FINALLY FALL. Besides the whole “it’s still 90º at 8am” thing, summer is like, officially over. Summer in San Diego is one of the greatest and most beautiful things in the world, so I always get a little sad in September when we have to say goodbye. But bring on fall, because I’m itching to get to the pumpkin patch and be able to wear sleeved shirts without having heatstroke.

    Cinnamon Carrot Muffins (Vegan)

     

    Cinnamon Carrot Muffins (Vegan)

    These muffins sort of sum up fall for me: cinnamon and spices, baked goods packed with vegetables (all kinds, not just pumpkin), and trying to eat healthy through the holidays so I can load up on pie and brownies and cookies and bread without feeling guilty.

    These muffins are packed with cinnamon and brown sugar, and super moist because there’s both grated carrot and applesauce in there. Plus there’s whole wheat flour and flaxseeds, AND walnuts, which makes them totally good for you. And normally I say that in a sarcastic way, but not today: these are actually healthy. I promise.

    Cinnamon Carrot Muffins (Vegan)

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    Cinnamon Carrot Muffins (Vegan)
     
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    Recipe type: Bread
    Serves: 12
    Ingredients
    • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup whole wheat flour
    • ¾ cup brown sugar
    • 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • ½ tsp. baking soda
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
    • ⅓ cup nondairy milk
    • ½ + 2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
    • 1½ cups grated carrots (I used a mix of very finely grated and slightly larger bits)
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flours, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Add the sugar and mix well, making sure there are no clumps of brown sugar.
    3. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (oil, milk, and applesauce). Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until almost fully combined, then gently fold in the grated carrots.
    4. Scoop batter into a lined cupcake pan, or straight into the wells without liners (just be sure to grease the wells super well!). Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
    5. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
    Notes
    To grate the carrots, I used two sides of a traditional box grater: the tiny holes for finely grated carrots, and the slightly bigger holes for slightly bigger chunks. Having the two sizes gives a great texture to the muffins!
    Muffins are best eaten within 2-3 days. If they won't be finished by then, they freeze well!

    Cinnamon Carrot Muffins (Vegan)

     

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  • Breads & Muffins FOOD

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – Rich, moist banana bread packed with fresh blueberries and dark chocolate. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

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    I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it a thousand more times. I’m a banana bread addict, and I’d like to think I’m a banana bread connoisseur as well. It’s usually the first pastry I’ll grab when trying a new bakery (along with a croissant), because those 2 things really show whether a bakery is hot or not.

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

    I love banana bread that tastes homemade, classic chocolate chip and walnut being my favorite. But sometimes I want something a little different, a little weird, a little interesting. This is one of those times. Obviously bananas and chocolate are a match made in heaven, but did you know that blueberries and chocolate are another?

    This banana bread is rich, moist, packed with banana flavor, and full of bursting blueberries and rich dark chocolate. Plus it’s got all-natural sugar and no oil, which means it makes it a great breakfast!

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

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    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)
     
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    Ingredients
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • ¾ tsp. baking powder
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1½ cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
    • scant ½ cup agave
    • ¼ cup nondairy milk
    • ¼ cup applesauce
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • ½ cup fresh blueberries
    • scant ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon).
    3. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (agave, milk, applesauce, and vanilla).
    4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until almost fully combined.
    5. Add the mashed banana and fold together gently.
    6. Fold in the blueberries and chocolate chips.
    7. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake 40-50 minutes until golden brown.
    Notes
    Because of the high moisture content, this banana bread is best eaten within 1-2 days. It also freezes well!

    Recipe adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie – “Blueberry Banana Bread

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

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  • FOOD Misc. Dessert

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes –  Crunchy, chewy peanut butter cookies layered with rich, creamy banana ice cream. Perfect for summer!

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    Happy Sunday! I don’t usually post recipes on Sundays, but the last 2 weeks have been all sorts of crazy and I’m still trying to play catch up. So today we’re talking about ice cream. Sundaes, specifically. On Sunday. It all makes sense to me.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Ice cream is not something I’ve ever been a huge fan of. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious and I love it, and I used to go to town on some Golden Spoon. But once I went vegan, it’s not something I ever thought about, until I started dating a guy who is literally obsessed with ice cream and it kind of hit me, like man, I think I sort of miss ice cream now.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    But I’ve always been really picky about ice cream, so trying to find vegan ice cream that fit my specifications (rich, super creamy, not icey, scoopable even when frozen, and did I mention CREAMY) has been challenging to say the least. Ben n’ Jerry’s and Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy are my favorites, but Soy Creamy takes the lead because the name doesn’t lie, it’s the creamiest nondairy ice cream I’ve ever had. It’s literally incredible.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    But honestly whenever I’m craving ice cream, I almost always go for banana ice cream (aka ‘nice cream’, but I refuse to call it that). Banana ice cream is so smooth and creamy, and if you add anything chocolate to it, it’s heaven. So since I’ve been craving ice cream during this borderline unbearable heat wave, it’s only natural to make a big batch of banana ice cream so it’s readily available in the freezer. I also made a batch of peanut butter cookies, because duh, sundaes are always better.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Plus, it’s bananas which means it’s healthy, which means I can eat it for breakfast. It’s a win-win-win-win.

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    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes
     
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    Serves: 4
    Ingredients
    Peanut Butter Cookies
    • ¼ cup vegan butter
    • ½ cup peanut butter
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ½ Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 1½ Tbsp. water
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
    • ½ tsp. baking soda
    • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
    Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
    • 2 cups sliced bananas, frozen (about 4-5 bananas)
    • 1-2 Tbsp. nondairy milk
    • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
    • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
    Instructions
    To make the ice cream:
    1. Add the frozen banana slices, peanut butter, and cocoa powder to a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth. If your blender isn't high-powered, you may need to add 1-2 Tbsp. of nondairy milk to get it going.
    2. Pour the ice cream into a plastic or metal container and place in freezer until set, about 2 hours. You can freeze it up to 24 hours, but the longer the banana ice cream sits in the freezer, the icier it will get.
    To make the cookies:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    2. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    3. Cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    4. Add the flax and vanilla.
    5. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt) and add to the mixing bowl. Mix until just combined.
    6. Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press the top of the cookies down with a fork twice in a criss-cross pattern, then sprinkle with granulated sugar and a small pinch of salt.
    7. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
    To assemble:
    1. Break the cookies into chunks and pile inside a parfait glass or small bowl. Top with scoops of chocolate banana ice cream, slices of fresh banana, and chocolate sauce.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

     


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  • FOOD Recipe Roundup

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Happy Sunday!

    I don’t know about you, but breakfast/brunch is absolutely my favorite meal of the day. I tend to like sweet over savory when it comes to brunch (but savory over sweet when it’s breakfast, is that weird? Idk), so I’m always on the hunt for new cinnamon roll, donut, and pastry recipes.

    Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite (vegan) brunch recipes that the whole family will love. These are all recipes I’ve served to my family in real life, and all 10 of them got a “there’s no way this is vegan!”, which is like, the highest rating in my book. I hope you enjoy!

    1. The Best Vegan French Toast… Ever

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    This seems like a good place to start! This french toast is made with ground chia seeds, which coats the bread in a way that’s identical to eggs. So delicious, and perfect for Sunday brunch!

     

    2. Coffee Cake Donuts

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Despite the name, this recipe makes an awesome regular coffee cake as well (just pour into an 8″x8″ baking pan and let bake longer).

     

    3. Sweet & Salty Coconut Rice

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    I’m obsessed with this coconut rice for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and everything in between.

     

    4. Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Obviously blood orange is the best citrus ever, but you could totally substitute regular oranges or lemons and this recipe will be just as delicious.

     

    5. Mini Cinnamon Roll Loaf

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    An entire loaf made of miniature cinnamon rolls is kind of my dream come true.

     

    6. Black & White Banana Bread Donuts

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    These donuts are the perfect combination of moist banana bread and a black and white cookie (literally my two favorite foods ever).

     

    7. Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Swirl Bread

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Toasted, this bread tastes just like a cinnamon roll, which is awesome. But making it into french toast takes it to a whole different level. Trust me.

     

    8. Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bundt Bread (Vegan-ized)

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    This banana bread was created by the absolute legend Chrissy Teigen, and it’s so incredibly delicious. Moist, full of banana flavor, and packed with chocolate and coconut.

     

    9. Coffee Cake Muffins… like muffins made with coffee

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Sort of like coffee cake, except that it has actual coffee in it. Double caffeine boost is always a plus.

     

    10. Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Sweet and cinnamon-ey, with a nice undertone of sourdough. Plus if you bake them in a muffin tin (like I did), they look absolutely beautiful.

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love


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