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Chocolate Croissant Cookies

Chocolate Croissant Cookies
These easy to make, bite size cookies are perfect to serve to guests or just eat them yourself.  They serve about 20 and you will need:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons vegan buttery sticks OR unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used a reduced fat cream cheese)
2 tablespoons organic  sugar OR all natural sugar substitute that measures cup for cup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional but I highly recommend using it.
2 Ghirardelli baking bars either semi-sweet or bittersweet.

 

Cut each square in half
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons  organic sugar

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler.
Food can be medicine and still taste delicious.  Blueberries are high in anti-oxidants, easy to get and inexpensive.  On the east coast, we grow them in our backyards.

FILLING
5 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I used the kind with pulp)
1/2 cup organic sugar or coconut sugar
Pinch nutmeg (less than 1/8 teaspoon)
2 teaspoons cornstarch

BISCUIT TOPPING
5 tablespoons softened butter or vegan buttery sticks or
Spectrum Spread
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour plus 1/4 cup flour for rolling out
1 tablespoon organic  or coconut sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)

GLAZE
2 tablespoons organic or coconut sugar

Chocolate Honey Almond Mini Tarts

Chocolate Honey Almond Mini Tarts
I love making these treats.  They are small enough so you can indulge and they are made using my clean eating graham cracker recipe.

5 graham crackers (2 3/4 ounces)  See my recipe at Healthier Graham Crackers
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, room temperature
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup (5 ounces) dark or bittersweet chocolate chips

Homemade Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies

Homemade Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies
No need to wait until the few weeks out of the year that Girl Scout cookies are for sale.  You can make your own and make them healthier,  vegan, and for less money.

1 cup almond flour
1/8 tsp salt (heaping tsp)
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
Up to 2 level teaspoons milk of choice (you may or may not need this)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 tbsp peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter of choice)
1/2 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

 

Vegan French Toast

Vegan French Toast
This is a very easy and very good French Toast without using  eggs.  The banana gives it sweetness and has the thick texture needed to coat the bread.

1 banana
1/2 cup almond, soy, cashew, or coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 dates
4 slices bread

 

Chocolate Peanut Butterscotch Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butterscotch Bars
When you’re in a hurry to make a treat, try these.

6 tablespoons Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (unsalted butter can be used in place)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1-1/2 cups Coconut sugar (light brown sugar can be used in place)
2 large eggs
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (all purpose flour can be used in place)
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 cups chocolate chips

9 x 13 inch pan lined with parchment paper and coated with with non-stick cooking spray.

Passover Matzoh Crack

Passover Matzoh Crack
Matzoh is the most boring food to eat.  It tastes like cardboard and anyone who celebrates Passover, prepares their matzoh loaded with something on it.  So here is a delicious treat that turns boring matzoh into an exciting treat.

5 pieces of matzo
1 cup Earth Balance Vegan buttery Sticks
1 cup brown sugar (make your own organic brown sugar here)
¼ cup water
1 bag of dark chocolate chips (or a combination of chips)
1 cup of chopped nuts
Optional: Coarse salt.  You can add this to the matzoh after the nuts are spread out.

Passover Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whenever I make a Passover treat the first thing I’m asked is if it’s made with Matzo Meal.  If Passover is not a holiday you celebrate, or if you’ve never had baked food made with Matzo Meal, then you don’t know how dry it makes cakes and cookies.

This recipe uses almond meal/almond flour which is made from 100% ground almond.

1 lb ground almonds
1 1⁄2 cups sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
4 egg whites
12 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (1 standard bag)

Homemade Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies

Homemade Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies without the saturated fats and processed ingredients.  I also made these vegan but you can substitute unsalted organic butter in place of the butter substitute.

Chocolate Wafers:
8 ounces Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, room temperature
1 cup organic powdered sugar (Make your own Organic Confectioner’s Sugar)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1 cup cocoa powder (I use Dutched process cocoa powder)
3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

Chocolate Peppermint Coating:
1 pound good quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
natural peppermint oil to taste (a little goes a long way.  You shouldn’t need more than one or two drops)

Biscoff (Speculoos) Hamantaschen Cookies

Biscoff Hamantaschen Cookies
Purim is only a few days away but you can enjoy these cookies any time of the year.

½ cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or unsalted butter
¾ cup organic granulated sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp almond milk (or any milk you choose)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour, plus more if needed
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt

Biscoff cookie spread for filling

1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped pieces or chips
2 tsp vegetable oil