Stabilized Whipped Cream Topping
One of my favorite dessert toppings is whipped cream. It’s light and fluffy with a buttery taste. You can use this in place of heavy buttercream icings on cakes, brownies and cupcakes. It’s simple to make with just a few ingredients.
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
4 teaspoons cold water
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar (also known as icing sugar)
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
2-3 tablespoons milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
Homemade Graham Crackers
Store bought cookies may taste good but they are filled with hydrogenated fats and “white” ingredients like highly processed sugar and flour. Homemade cookies, in my opinion, taste so much better and are healthier for you.
It will be much easier for you to measure out the ingredients with a scale since there are fractions involved.
8 3/8 ounces graham flour
1 7/8 ounces whole wheat pastry flour
3 ounces coconut sugar (dark brown sugar can used instead)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 ounces unsalted Earth Balance Vegan Buttery stick, cut into 1/4-inch cubes and chilled
2 1/4 ounces molasses
1 1/2 ounces almond, soy, cashew, or any full fat milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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
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
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.
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
4 egg whites
12 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (1 standard bag)
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.
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 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 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
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