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Irish Soda Bread

Need a loaf of bread quick? This bread doesn’t have yeast and therefore it won’t take you all day to make it. In fact, it only has 4 ingredients!  What I loved the most about it, the crust is crisp.  This bread is best served with your favorite jam or preserves.

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups buttermilk (I used reduced fat)

 

Pineapple Upside Down Sugar Cookies

 

Pineapple Upside Down Sugar Cookies.  This is a different kind of cookie and nice to make for a change.  Easy to take along with you as well.

1 cup vegan buttery sticks, room temperature
1 + 1/2 cups organic sugar or coconut palm sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream (I used reduced fat)
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
13 slices canned pineapple
1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
1 cup organic light brown sugar, packed

Optional: garnish with raspberries

Halloween Cookies

Every year I try to come up with new ideas for all of my holiday cookies.  These cookies were made using my White Chocolate Roll Out Sugar Cookies  

For the skull and witch’s hat cookies I used  cookie cutters that I found in AC Moore.  The cat silhouettes were made using a plastic template that I made from these pictrures. Check out my Birdhouse Cookies to see how I make templates

  

I used the below picture as a decorating guide for the skulls

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Bake Ghirardelli Chocolate Chews

No Bake Ghirardelli Chocolate Chews
If you’re in a hurry and don’t feel like pulling out the mixer then you will love these.  Other than the below ingredients, you will only need a pot on a stove.  Easy to make and very delicious.  And you will get plenty of chews.  This recipe makes around 60 chocolate chews.

2 cups organic sugar
1⁄2 cup  Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks or unsalted butter (for non-vegan version)
1⁄2 cup full fat milk such as almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (for non-vegan version)
1 cup Ghirardelli Bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped almonds (walnuts or pecans may also be used)

 

Chocolate Chip Energy Cookie Dough Bites

Chocolate Chip Energy Cookie Dough Bites.  They are gluten free and have zero refined ingredients in them.

1½ cups rolled oats
⅓ cup cashew butter, unsweetened and unsalted
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt
2-3 tablespoons milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
⅓ cup mini chocolate chips

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 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)

Fuzzy Navel Smoothie by Vitamix

Not all blenders are created equal and by that I mean the Vitamix is the best.  It’s durable, powerful, and made so well Vitamix only has a handful of employees that handle repairs under warranty because they are made that well.  The downside is that it’s not the most affordable blender on the market.  Don’t despair if you don’t have a Vitamix because this recipe can be made using other high quality blenders as well.

1 navel orange
1 nectarine or peach, pitted ( I did not peel mine but you can if you don’t like the skin)
1 cup ice

Sweet Cream Cake

Sweet Cream Cake
Using heavy cream provides the fat in this cake.  If you don’t want to use heavy cream, you can substitute coconut cream in place.  I frosted the cake with my Chocolate Cocoa Butter Buttercream.  

2 eggs
1 cup organic sugar (I used a Stevia blend to keep it sugar free)
1 2/3 cups sifted whole wheat pastry flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream (can use coconut cream in place)
1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Chocolate Cocoa (Cacao) Butter Buttercream

Chocolate Cocoa (Cacao) Butter Buttercream
This buttercream recipe stands out from all of the others in that real food grade quality cocoa butter is one of the ingredients.  I’ve used cocoa butter in other recipes but not often because it’s very expensive and I can only find it on the internet.  To purchase food grade quality cocoa butter here is the link 

6tbsp cocoa butter,  melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (more for darker, and i often use dark cocoa powder)
2  1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar (depending how sweet you like it)

1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream (or coconut cream)
1/2 tsp chocolate extract (You can sub vanilla extract)

Make your own chocolate extract