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    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

    Strawberry Pie Bars – Gooey, rich strawberry jam filling sandwiched between a crumbly, buttery crust and a coconut streusel on top. Perfect for summer!

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

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    Hello friends. I hope you’re all having an incredible holiday week(end?). I know I am.

    It’s cheesy, but I really love the Fourth of July. Not just because I get to eat vegan hot dogs and s’mores to my heart’s desire and drink during the day without judgment, but because it’s one day where everyone comes together and the chaos of the country ceases to exist for a moment.

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

    It’s a dumb thing to love, but it’s one day where everyone seems to get along. The Fourth of July provides a moment of peace, and that’s good enough for me. I’m not saying it makes up for all the crap going on the rest of the year, but I try to think positively and see the good where I can.

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

    ANYWAYS. I’m totally in love with these pie bars, because they taste exactly like what I want my summer to taste like: fruity, crumbly, chewy, coconut-y. They’re perfect to bring to a family BBQ, and they’re perfect to eat a little bite of before breakfast. It’s a great “anytime snack”, really.

    You start by boiling down fresh strawberries until they’re pretty much the consistency of jam, then pour it over a buttery, flaky crust, and top it with a buttery coconut streusel. They’re so easy to make, and beyond delicious.

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

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    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)
     
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    Ingredients
    Strawberry Filling
    • 2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
    • 2 tsp. lemon juice
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tsp. cornstarch
    Crust & Crumble
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ tsp. baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • ½ Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 1½ Tbsp. water
    • ½ cup vegan butter, cold
    • ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
    Instructions
    To make the strawberry filling:
    1. Add the strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar to a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and cover. Let the strawberries heat and begin to break down, about 7 minutes.
    2. Once there's a good amount of liquid in the saucepan from the strawberries, add the cornstarch and mix in well to make sure there are no clumps.
    3. Bring to boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and let heat, covered, until the strawberries are thick and almost jelly-like consistency.
    4. Remove from heat and let cool.
    To make the crust:
    1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
    2. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    3. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt), then add the sugar and mix well.
    4. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour, mixing well to incorporate it until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. I always do this step by hand, but you can use a pastry cutter or two forks if you prefer.
    5. When the butter is almost fully incorporated, add the flax egg.
    6. Press about ⅔ of the mixture into a parchment-lined 8"x8" square baking pan, and press it down firmly into an even layer.
    7. Pour the strawberry mixture over top of the crust. It's ok if it's still a little warm!
    8. Add the shredded coconut to the remaining crumb mixture, mix well, and sprinkle over the strawberry layer.
    9. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown along the edges.
    Notes
    Before pouring the strawberry mixture over the crust, I used a fork to mash the strawberries so it more resembled a jelly, but that's totally optional.

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

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    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats – Crunchy Rice Krispies and cinnamon cereal marshmallow treats drizzled with peanut butter and cinnamon. A delicious twist on a classic!

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

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    I’m not usually someone who chooses a Rice Krispie treat over other desserts, but trashed-up Rice Krispie treats are a whole different story. You bet your butt my bakery is going to have a full menu of trashed-up Rice Krispie treats.

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

    These flavors all work so well together: the chewy marshmallow, the crunchy cinnamon cereal, the creamy peanut butter, and the sprinkle of cinnamon on top. I know I always ramble on and on about how peanut butter and chocolate are the perfect combination, but I think I might have found peanut butter’s new partner: cinnamon.

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    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats
     
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    Ingredients
    • 6 Tbsp. vegan butter
    • 10 ounces vegan marshmallows (I used Trader Joe's)
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 4 cups cinnamon cereal of your choice (I used Annie's CinnaBunnies)
    • 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
    • cinnamon for sprinkling
    • peanut butter for drizzling
    Instructions
    1. In a large soup pot, melt together the butter and marshmallows.
    2. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, remove the pot from the heat and add the vanilla.
    3. Pour in the cereals and mix until totally combined.
    4. Pour the mixture into a parchment-lined 8" square baking pan and using a sturdy spoon or your hands, press down the mixture firmly into the pan.
    5. Let set overnight (or at least 2 hours).
    6. Drizzle with melted peanut butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

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    Kitchen Sink Blondies (Vegan)

    Kitchen Sink Blondies – A chewy brown sugar blondie base packed with rich dark chocolate, coconut shreds, chopped walnuts, and vanilla granola. Totally delicious, and totally customizable!

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    I’ve heard these blondies called a ton of different things: Kitchen Sink Blondies, Everything But the Kitchen Sink Blondies (which is the same, just… longer), Chameleon Blondies (don’t know why, but I like it), Monster Blondies (don’t know why… and I don’t like it). But whatever they’re called, they’re freakin’ delicious.

    Kitchen sink blondies are the perfect dessert to use up those random last little bits of stuff in your pantry. We all have them, why try to hide it? I’m so guilty of leaving like, two walnuts in a bag and throwing it back in the pantry. Why? No idea. But with these blondies, you can throw in those two walnuts, the 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, the stale half-bag of graham crackers, and the granola crumbs and they’ll still taste AWESOME.

    Kitchen Sink Blondies (Vegan)

    You guys know I’m aaaaall about salty-sweet recipes, and this recipe is no exception. Like I said, you can use any type of mix-ins you want, but this recipe really has a good thing going. The sweetness of the chocolate chips, the crunch of the walnuts, the chewiness of the coconut, and the occasional crisp of the granola? It’s honestly perfect.

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    Kitchen Sink Blondies (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 12
    Ingredients
    • 8 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp. water
    • ¾ Tbsp. vanilla extract
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    • heaping ¼ tsp. baking powder
    • 1 heaping cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
    • ½ cup granola
    • ½ cup chopped walnuts
    • ½ cup shredded coconut
    Instructions
    1. Preheat 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 and sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla and flax.
    4. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking powder), then fold into the wet mixture.
    5. Fold in the mix-ins.
    6. Pour into a parchment-lined 8"x8" pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with a handful of chocolate chips and a big pinch of salt.
    7. Bake 35-45 minutes until golden brown. I like to underbake them a little bit so they have the brownie/underdone cookie texture. Yummm.

    Kitchen Sink Blondies (Vegan)

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    Mini Brownie Christmas Trees (Vegan)

    Mini Brownie Christmas Trees – perfect for Christmas! Rich, dark chocolate brownie bites are topped with vanilla frosting and sprinkles in this adorable holiday dessert

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    I’m so weird (read: obnoxiously picky) when it comes to “decorated desserts”. I don’t know if it’s from working in professional pastry kitchens for so long, or just my personal style, but I loathe cheesy desserts. Novelty cakes that are supposed to look like a hamburger and fries? I hate it. And those cakes built around a Barbie body that are supposed to look like a dress? Don’t get me started, they literally give me nightmares.

    Mini Brownie Christmas Trees (Vegan)

    But desserts that are kitschy, that’s a different story. Kitschy is good. Kitschy is the right amount of cutesy and tacky without being cheesy. Like anything by Panko Bunny? Adorable. But anything by Yolanda Gampp? No thanks. Ro Pansino falls somewhere in the middle, but she’s done videos with the love of my life Markiplier so she’s on my good side.

    Mini Brownie Christmas Trees (Vegan)

    These little brownie trees? Adorably kitschy. Plus they’re fun and easy to make. And delicious, which is obviously the most important part. This is my favorite brownie recipe. It’s not nearly as sweet as other brownies, which is a good thing. It’s got a much richer, dark chocolate flavor that is amazing on its own, but pairs super well with the sweet vanilla frosting.

    Mini Brownie Christmas Trees (Vegan)

    Side note: I did use candy melts (which aren’t vegan) for the star on top, simply because I made them for my non-vegan family and I knew my nieces and nephews would love the little yellow stars. You can order vegan candy melts or star candies online.

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    Serves: 12
    Ingredients
    Dark Chocolate Brownies
    • 1 cup vegan butter, melted
    • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
    • scant 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + ¾ cup water
    • 4 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1¼ cup AP flour
    • 1 cup cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 2 cups dark chocolate chips (or 2 cups chopped dark chocolate)
    Vanilla Frosting
    • ¾ cups vegan butter, cold
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
    • ½ tsp. lemon juice
    • big pinch of salt
    • green food coloring
    • vegan sprinkles for decorating
    Instructions
    For the brownies:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    2. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    3. Combine melted butter, oil, and sugar and mix until well combined.
    4. Add flax and vanilla.
    5. Sift together the dry ingredients and fold into the wet ingredients.
    6. Fold in chocolate. Pour into a parchment-lined 9"x13" pan. Make sure to lightly spray the parchment, it'll make cutting the brownies much easier!
    7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until brownies are set. Let cool completely.
    For the frosting:
    1. In the stand of a bowl mixer, cream the cold butter until pale in color and super fluffy, about 7-10 minutes.
    2. Add the vanilla, lemon juice, and pinch of salt, then gradually add the powdered sugar. Mix again on high until the frosting is super fluffy.
    To assemble:
    1. Add the desired amount of green food coloring to the frosting and mix well.
    2. Using 3 different sized circle cutters, cut circles out of the brownie and set aside.
    3. Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, pipe frosting onto each piece of brownie in a circular pattern. Stack from biggest to smallest and top with sprinkles and a small yellow star (I used candy melts and a mold, but you can use anything you want!)
    Notes
    You may get more or less brownies depending on the size cutter you use. I used a 2" round cutter for the bottom layer and went smaller from there.
    Brownies should be kept refrigerated until served to keep the frosting from becoming too soft. Brownies will keep in fridge for up to 3 days, or wrapped tightly in freezer for up to 10 days.

    Mini Brownie Christmas Trees (Vegan)

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    Chewy Almond Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)

    Almond Butter Granola Bars – Delicious, healthy, chewy granola bars made without any fillers or preservatives. Packed with almond butter, flax, pretzels, & dark chocolate!
    This post is sponsored by Justin’s.

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    It’s finally cool enough to go hiking! I’m so happy.
    Mike and I are lucky enough to live near a huge maze of hiking trails, so we like to go for a morning hike a few times a week. It’s fun, it’s beautiful, I get to see a ton of bunnies and birds, it’s perfect. Last time we saw a deer, it was wonderful. I love hiking, I would go every day if I could.

    There’s only one downside to hiking, and it’s this: I’m one of those people who has to eat as soon as they wake up in the morning. I wish I wasn’t one of those people, but I am. And every single time we go hiking, halfway through I’m STARVING and want a snack. And after all this time, after the 1,000 hikes we’ve gone on, I still (somehow) always forget to bring snacks. I’ve remembered to bring Cheerios to give to the squirrels, but not snacks for myself. Typical Brittany.

    Chewy Almond Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)

    I’ve been wanting to make a healthy snack that’s light enough to eat while hiking, but filling enough that I could have it for breakfast (to break me out of this oatmeal latte rut I’m in, not that I’m complaining). I decided to make granola bars, but I needed it to be healthy while still being delicious. Those two things should not be mutually exclusive, and I will fight my whole life to prove that.

    Chewy Almond Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)

    This bar is packed with the good stuff: flaxseed meal, almond butter, a bit of agave, some dark chocolate, and pretzels for crunch (but you can substitute nuts if you’re trying to be really healthy). I used Justin’s Almond Butter, which is my favorite almond butter that I’ve tried (and trust me, I’ve tried a lot!). I used Classic, but they have so many delicious flavors to choose from. Maybe next time I make these I’ll use the Maple Almond Butter, mmmm.
    I’ve been a big fan of Justin’s for a long time now. They have a HUGE selection of vegan products and everything they make is healthy and all-natural (and delicious!).

    Chewy Almond Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)

    Fun fact: When I was working at a gym a few years ago, I worked the weirdest shift possible (3:30 pm to 11:30 pm, what up) and every night I would walk to Baron’s, get a Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cup, and eat it around 10 pm to get me through the end of my shift. So yes, Justin’s holds a special place in my heart.

    Chewy Almond Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)

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    Chewy Almond Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 8
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup Justin's Classic Almond Butter
    • heaping ½ cup agave nectar
    • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 cups rolled oats
    • 3 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
    • 1 cup crushed pretzels
    • pinch of cinnamon
    • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
    Instructions
    1. Microwave almond butter for 20 seconds until melted.
    2. Add agave and vanilla.
    3. Add oats, flax, pretzels, cinnamon, and half of the chocolate chips.
    4. Press mixture into an 8" or 9" square pan.
    5. Chill 30 minutes.
    6. Melt the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips. Remove the pan from fridge, cut into bars, and drizzle with melted chocolate.
    Notes
    Wrapped bars will keep in the fridge 1-2 weeks.

    Thank you to Justin’s for sponsoring this post!
    (All opinions are 100% my own. I only partner with brands that I love and use regularly.)

    Chewy Almond Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)

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