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Vegan Healthy Caramel Apple Bites

Caramel Apple BitesThese caramel apple bites are an awesome healthy dessert! We have gotten used to having something sweet in the evenings and we really need to reel this in a little bit. Instead of having super sugary desserts I’ve been trying to think of healthier ways to satisfy that sweet tooth. I got the idea to make caramel apple slices from domestically blissful (hers look so tasty!). I wanted to make these vegan so that Eric and I could enjoy these together, so I decided to make a raw date caramel instead of using traditional caramel. These were super easy and very yummy. We originally planned on only eating two each….but….we ate them all.

To make the raw date caramel just add 15 pitted medjool dates to a food processor along with 2 tbsp of almond milk and 2 tbsp of coconut cream (alternatively add almond milk in substitute for the coconut cream). Process the dates until a creamy paste forms. Continue reading

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 Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes pngThese vegan strawberry shortcake pancakes are an awesome breakfast when I’m having a serious sweet tooth. I generally prefer savory breakfast foods, but when I am having a sweet tooth these vegan strawberry shortcake pancakes do the trick. I love strawberries….and whipped cream…and cake. So enough said. I try to reason with myself that there are strawberries in these so of course they are healthy right!? hahaha yeah… these are far from healthy. Happy Sunday!

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Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
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Servings Prep Time
8 pancakes 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 pancakes 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 pancakes 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 pancakes 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Pancakes
Strawberry Sauce
Vegan Whipped Cream
Servings: pancakes
Instructions
For the Strawberry Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan add 1 cup of hulled and sliced strawberries along with 3 tbsp of granulated sugar. Stir and simmer over medium/low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often.
For the Pancakes
  1. Mix flax egg and set aside to thicken for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add in the almond milk followed by the oil, flax egg, vanilla and apple cider vinegar. Whisk until completely incorporated.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan containing 1 tbsp of oil until hot and then pour about 1/4 cup of batter in the pan and cook until bubbles form. Flip the pancake and cook for another few minutes until pancakes are done.
For Coconut Whipped Cream
  1. Add coconut cream, vanilla and powdered sugar in to a mixing bowl and whip on a high speed until peaks form. (Don't whip for too long. I have found too much whipping makes the whipped cream break).
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Corgi Day at the Beach! – And Lemon “Meringue” Cups

lemon meringue cupsThis weekend instead of hiking we went on a beach picnic with another (awesome and super fun) couple. It was “Corgi Day” at the beach and we all love animals so we decided to go see all the corgis. There were soooooo mannnyyyy corgis (over 500). We saw corgi puppies, corgis with cowboy hats, corgis in tutus, corgis in bathing suits, corgis with bows, etc.

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