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No Bake Vegan Chocolate Pomegranate Cheesecake

I haven’t written a blog post in a while because it’s been crazy busy around here! I have created tons of recipes but can’t find the time to post them! I’m hoping after graduation it will get much easier to post more often.
I think the reason I’ve been so busy is because I’m consulting a few hours a week while trying to finish up a few projects and write my thesis. The good news in all of this is that I have finished the first draft of chapters 1 and 2 of my thesis. I usually leave things until the last minute so I think this is great progress.
Aside from working and writing I also try to take a breather every now and then and read a few pages of a fun book or watch a movie. Last July Eric and I bought season tickets to the Pantages theatre to see musicals. It has been really fun to go to musicals every now and then and just relax.

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Rum Balls Recipe – Vegan

Rum ballsWho doesn’t love rum balls?! Combining rum and chocolate is like the ultimate dessert, right? These vegan rum balls were actually inspired by a complete failure in the kitchen I experienced last weekend. We’ve been watching the olympics the past few weeks and I was inspired to try to make a traditional brazilian dessert, brigadeiros (but make them vegan). They are usually made with butter, sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder. I recently found vegan sweetened condensed coconut milk in Sprout’s and really wanted to use it in a new recipe. Brigadeiros just seemed perfect. Continue reading

Egg Free Chocolate Soufflé

chocolate soufle

Happy Chocolate Day! Okay I’m 3 days late but still….yay chocolate 🙂

 

Egg Free Chocolate Soufflé
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These egg free chocolate soufflés are also dairy free and vegan. They are light, fluffy, super chocolatey and super delicious.
Servings Prep Time
2 souffles 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 souffles 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Egg Free Chocolate Soufflé
Print Recipe
These egg free chocolate soufflés are also dairy free and vegan. They are light, fluffy, super chocolatey and super delicious.
Servings Prep Time
2 souffles 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 souffles 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: souffles
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease/flour the insides of two ramekins.
  2. In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powders.
  3. In a separate bowl combine sugar, almond milk, oil, vanilla and applesauce.
  4. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and whisk to remove lumps. Add hot water and whisk to incorporate.
  5. Split the batter evenly between the ramekins and bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
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Black Onyx Cocoa Whoopie Pies

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I found this black onyx cocoa powder while Eric and I were in Albuquerque at the International Balloon Fiesta. We had a blast and seeing and learning about hot air balloons was really great. We took a day trip up to Sante Fe and stopped in a spice shop where we found sooo many awesome spices and extracts for cooking and baking. I’m hooked. We picked up a vindaloo mix and also this black onyx cocoa powder. Black onyx cocoa powder (not to be confused with Dutch cocoa powder) is super alkalized, which produces a very black cocoa with a lower fat content. The processing of black onyx cocoa removes much of its acidity and I have found that baked goods incorporating black onyx have a deeper chocolate flavor. Many people recommend increasing the fat content in recipes since black onyx has less fat content, but I have found using a 50:50 mixture of black onyx and regular cocoa powders does the trick.Black Onyx cocoa powderWhen we got home I immediately used the black onyx in these whoopie pies and they are AMAZING. I have made them twice already and the second time was a triple batch! The triple batch didn’t even last 24 hours….not kidding. I’m already planning to make these at Thanksgiving for my family. When the black onyx cocoa is mixed in with the flour it turns the mixture a purplish color, then when mixed in with the wet ingredients gives a deep black color.

IMG_5339The first time I made these we had left over cookies so I put a scoop of ice cream in the center to make ice cream sandwiches, which also turned out pretty rockin. So many options! You can even eat the cookies alone. The cookies are very soft and fluffy.

IMG_5412I think next I will try to tackle a new cake recipe with the black onyx! Oh and look at these awesome balloons!

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Black Onyx Whoopie Pies
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Fluffy chocolate cookies made with black onyx cocoa powder stuffed with frosting!
Servings Prep Time
12 whoopie pies 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 whoopie pies 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Black Onyx Whoopie Pies
Print Recipe
Fluffy chocolate cookies made with black onyx cocoa powder stuffed with frosting!
Servings Prep Time
12 whoopie pies 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 whoopie pies 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the cookies
For the frosting
Servings: whoopie pies
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350F. In a small cup mix the ground flax and almond milk and set aside to thicken for about 5 minutes.
  2. Beat the coconut cream, butter, vegan sour cream or tofu, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and flax egg and beat until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, black onyx, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Slowly pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture while beating. The dough will be sticky but should be able to be rolled very gently in your palms. If needed add an additional 1/4 cup flour.
  6. Roll the cookies into balls and placed on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and cool to remove temperature.
  8. In a mixing bowl combine all frosting ingredients and whip until light and fluffy. Transfer the frosting to a ziplock bag and cut the corner with scissors to make a piping bag.
  9. Pipe the frosting onto the bottom of one cookie and gently press another cookie on top.
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Vegan Snickers Squares Recipe

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We had an awesome weekend! It was relaxing, fairly stress free and much needed after a crazy week. We dubbed it the all American weekend because we constantly found ourselves doing stereotypical “American” things…whatever that means.

Friday night we were both too tired to cook so we grabbed chipotle and headed home to eat. We ate on the couch while Eric drank canned beer and we watched “Cops” on TV. If that doesn’t scream America I don’t know what does haha. I had never really seen Cops but man…it was kind of funny at times.  Continue reading