No-Bake Mocha Brownies

By Alexandra Courts

We’ve done it! We’ve figured out a delectable and healthy way to satisfy your chocolate cryings!

These no-bake babies are free of any oils, artificial sugars, gluten or animal products. We replaced all of these nasty ingredients with dates, which provide the body with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They’re killer sources of energy, natural sugar and fibre.

Behold:

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(Recipe has been adapted from The Minimalist Baker)

Ingredients…

  •  2 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts, pecans, or nut of your choice
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp finely ground organic direct-trade coffee
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract

Directions…

  1. Pulse almonds in food processor until finely ground. 
  2. Add raw cacao powder and ground coffee to mixture and continue to combine with food processor. Set mixture aside in separate bowl. 
  3. Process dates separately, then add mixture back to food processor and pulse until a dough-like texture is reached. Stir additional nuts, coconut and vanilla extract into batter.
  4. Pour batter into a lined square cake pan. Spread evenly.
  5. Chill brownies in fridge for 2 hours or freezer for 1 hour. Serve cold.

Enjoy! Makes about 12 brownies.

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Easy Vegan Holiday Season: Day 12

By Alexandra Courts

Snickerdoodles. If you don’t know what they are already, you really should.

Essentially, snickerdoodles are cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar, made with the holy trinity of baking: butter, sugar, and flour. I was eight-years-old when I first discovered them at my grandmother’s Christmas dinner. I downed about twenty of them in one sitting. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

My Christmas would not be complete without these, so I present to you: my gluten-free/vegan alternative!

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Adapted from OhSheGlows.com

Makes about 20 cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup gluten-free flour (if you use regular flour, just omit milk from ingredients)
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp warm water)
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance non-dairy butter (room temperature)
  • 1 – 1 1/2  cups of almond or soy milk (I used almond)
  • Cinnamon sugar: 2 tbsp sugar + 2 tsp cinnamon, mixed together

Directions:

1) In a small bowl, mix the flax egg. Set aside.

2) In a medium sized bowl cream the sugar, butter and vanilla together. Add in the flax egg and beat for about 60 seconds.

3) In a third bowl (so many bowls!) whisk the dry ingredients together (cream of tartar, baking soda, flour, and cinnamon). Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir well. Add non-dairy milk. Use your hands to knead together the dough. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 1 hour until chilled.

4) Preheat the oven to 375F and take about 1.5 tbsp of dough and shape into a ball. Roll in cinnamon sugar and then press the ball with the palm of your hand. Repeat 20 times! Spread the balls out onto a baking sheet.

5) If you want your cookies chewy, bake for 10 minutes. If you want them crispy, bake for 12 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before eating.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Easy Vegan Holiday Season: Day 3

Post by Aine Davis

The holiday season is the best time of the year for so many reasons. The biggest reason to me… is the baking. There is nothing better than getting a tin of homemade treats gifted to you, or sneaking a couple of your mom’s ooey-gooey cookies right out of the oven.

Lucky for me, my mother is vegan as well! Like mother, like daughter. So, I asked her very nicely to send me her recipe for my favourite Christmas cookies.

Enjoy!

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Mama’s Cocoa Molasses Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbs allspice
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine or coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup black strap molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 1/2 tsp boiling water
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

1. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cocoa).

2. Beat together margarine or oil with coconut sugar. Slowly pour the molasses in until thoroughly combined. Add the flour in 1/2 cup at a time. Add in baking soda mixture and combine well.

3. Chill, covered for one hour. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

4. Spoon the cold dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, then roll each ball in the sugar. Spread the sugar-coated balls onto a sprayed baking sheet.

5. Bake for 13-15 minutes until the surface of the cookies start to crack slightly.