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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 Mocha Cookies with Trader Joe’s Coffee Flour

Chocolate Mocha Cookies
My new favorite ingredient is coffee flour.  This recipe is easy to make, not too sweet, vegan, and healthier for you.  Check out my video on Trader Joe’s Coffee Flour to learn more about it.

8 tablespoons (1 stick) vegan buttery “baking sticks,” (8 tablespoons), softened
¼ cup Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons coffee flour
Pinch ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder

Optional: you can add in 1 cup of chocolate chips and or nuts

Homemade Graham Crackers

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

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


Almond Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, Vegan and Gluten Free

Almond Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

You can enjoy these cookies without the processed ingredients found in most store bought brands.

14 Tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks, softened
1/2 cup Organic Sugar
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
2 cups Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour (In the video, I made mine non-gluten free using whole wheat pastry flour)
3/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1 cup almonds chopped (divided in half)
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 oz Dark Chocolate Chips

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

Jazz up Coconut Water With This Apple Cinnamon Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Water

Folks, plain coconut water is horrible!  No one likes it but there are health benefits, nutrients, and electrolytes that make it tolerable to hold your nose and drink it up.  It’s a much healthier alternative to Gatorade which has sodium, sugar and artificial flavors and colors. The store shelves also sell flavored coconut water.  Some of it is good, such as the mango flavor, but the pineapple flavor is not much better than plain.

To flavor coconut water, manufacturers add in fruit juice which is made up of sugar and water.  Most if not all of the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber are taken out.  Here is my recipe to flavor coconut water and make it even healthier.  In a blender, blend together:

6-8 ounces plain coconut water
1 medium apple
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Optional: If you are using apples that are not very sweet, you could add in a pinch of stevia


White Chocolate Sugar Cookies (Vegan and Non-Vegan)

White Chocolate Sugar Cookies

You may have been wondering why so many of my decorated cookies are made using gingerbread rather than rolled sugar cookie dough.  That’s because I’m not a super big fan of rolled sugar cookies.  However, this recipe uses white chocolate which makes a world of difference.  The downside is that the cost of adding good quality white chocolate is a little more costly.  But in the end, it’s worth the extra expense.

In the video, I made this vegan but the ingredient list below, has both vegan and non-vegan.

For the cookies:

2 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (all-purpose flour may also be used)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, softened (For non-vegan: unsalted butter)
1/3 cup organic sugar
3 teaspoons Energ-G Egg Replacer whisked with 2 tablespoons warm water (For non-vegan: 1 egg)
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 oz white chocolate.  For best results, use the highest quality you can find and afford.

Vegan Royal Icing Recipe

4 1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
6 Tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon extract (vanilla, almond, lemon, etc.  I use a combination of 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Whisk together the Ener-G and warm water.  In a mixing bowl, combine Ener-G, confectioner’s sugar and extracts and beat well with the paddle attachment on medium high until smooth.

This icing may be colored using vegan gel paste colors.

Snickerdoodles with Caramel Sauce

Snickerdoodles with Caramel Sauce

If you haven’t tried my dairy free caramel sauce be sure to check out the recipe here. Snickerdoodles are already good but to add a caramel drizzle makes them even better.

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
 (I used Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks)
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
 (all-purpose will work too)
Cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup organic sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon)

Caramel sauce or melted Kraft caramels with some liquid to thin.