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Vegan Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

Blueberry Cornmeal CakeThis blueberry cornmeal cake has really been a recipe in patience. In the end it almost turned out to be humorous. Actually, I guess it was pretty darn funny along the way.

The last time Eric’s mom was in town she took us to a little cafe that I had been wanting to go to for ages, Huckleberry. I was super excited to try it out and of course it didn’t let me down. While at Huckleberry we tried a blueberry cornmeal cake that is popular there and I fell in love. The recipe was in the Huckleberry cookbook that my mom bought me, but is not a vegan recipe. So alas, I set out on a quest to alter this recipe to be vegan friendly. Continue reading

Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

choc chip cookiesWho doesn’t love classic vegan chocolate chip cookies? My favorite way to eat chocolate chip cookies is to dip them (while still warm) into a glass of almond milk. Mmmmm. My mouth is watering just thinking about these. Over the past 3 years I’ve tested out many vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes and this one turned out to be my favorite.  Continue reading

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

Vegan Boo Bites – Pumpkin and Vanilla Cookies

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Happy Halloween! We had a great relaxing day. This morning we went to brunch at Humble Bee with some friends (it was really tasty) and enjoyed a nice meal. We ran a bunch of errands and then came home to chill. I love the fall(ish) weather we have lately so whenever we get home I like to open the patio door and light a candle.

We decided to get take out for dinner and watch a movie since we usually don’t get any trick-or-treaters. I decided we needed a little sweet snack to go with our dinner, and thus the Boo Bites. Originally I had planned to use halloween colored sprinkles to make these little cookies festive, but we couldn’t find any at the stores so instead I decided to make half pumpkin and half vanilla. 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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