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Vegan Chocolate “Caramel” Truffles

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you are sharing it with your significant other or best friends, who doesn’t like to make a sweet little chocolately something?! These Vegan Chocolate “Caramel” Truffles will knock your socks off and more importantly, your guests socks off when they find out how healthy they actually are for them. Don’t be scared, they are super easy to make too!

Vegan Chocolate “Caramel” Truffles

13 oz container of dates (standard package)

1 bag of vegan chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)

2 tables spoons of almond butter

1 tbsp of coconut oil

Optional: unsweetened coconut flakes or crushed cashews for topping

In a food processor, combine all your dates with 2 tablespoons of almond butter. Pulse till the dates are becoming one with the almond butter and you see that caramel consistency. Take your faux caramel out of the processor, pack it in a nice little chunk and put it in the freezer for 5 minutes. I usually clean the food processor while it’s chilling and by the time I’m done, they’re ready! So go get them out, and start rolling little baby balls and placing them on a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper. Put them back in the freezer when you’re all done, so they will stay firm while we’re getting the chocolate ready!

For the chocolate, in a small saucepan add approx. half the bag and tbsp of coconut oil.  You can stir this constantly on a very low heat or I prefer to double boil it, which just means that I put a small soup pan of boiling water on the stove and THEN place my saucepan with chocolate on top of that. This helps the chocolate melt properly without burning as easily as it does on the stove. Either way, stir that chocolate till it’s almost completely melted and turn off the burner. Let the final little chunks melt themselves.

Now the fun part! Go get your frozen balls out of the freezer and stick toothpicks in them so that you can easily dip them in your chocolate. I used really pretty festive ones for V-Day, so I kept mine in but you can always toss these after the chocolate hardens so don’t be afraid to use a normal toothpick. Dip your faux caramels in the chocolate and if you’ve decided on a topping, nows the time to sprinkle it on or roll your chocolates in it after they’ve been dipped. This particular batch I used unsweetened coconut flakes but you can get as creative as you want with it!

Once they’re all dipped, place them back in the freezer for 10-20 minutes for the chocolate to harden and leave them either there or in the refrigerator till you’re ready to serve! These babies are best enjoyed firm and cold!

Strawberries + Cream Tarts

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is a great little recipe for a quick, festive treat that won’t have you laboring over the stove! You can also modify it depending on whether you want it to be vegan or not. I’ll give you both options!

strawberries + cream tarts
6-8 strawberries
1 package of philo dough shells

1 container of tofu cream cheese (vegan version)
1 cup powder sugar (optional how much you use)
1 container of mascarpone (if your are not doing the vegan version)

3 tsp of balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp of agave/stevia

First, defrost your little philo dough shells! These little babies are accidentally vegan most of the time but be sure to check the box because I’m sure there are all different brands. Just let them sit on a plate while you wash and slice your strawberries. Place your sliced strawberries in a bowl and add the balsamic and sweetener, mix it all up and let them sit. This will give them a sweet and  tangy taste and make them must more interesting to eat! Now, if you’re not going the vegan way, just pipe your mascarpone in to the little shells, the dollup should be about the size of a hershey’s kiss at most. For my lovely vegans, take your tofu cream cheese, put it in your mixer and slowly add the powdered sugar to taste. I said 1 cup but you really only need enough to turn the cream cheese taste into a slightly sweeter and more refined ‘cream’ taste! I use powdered sugar because no one wants their creamy filling to have little granules in it. Yuck!  Once all your baby shells are filled with cream filling, place three strawberry slices on top and you’re good to go!

Wasn’t that easy?! It’ll take you 15-20 mins TOPS – and the best part is that your guest will absolutely think they are the cutest, tastiest thing ever. Everybody wins!

 

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours! I hope you are having a fabulous evening enjoying delicious food with your loved ones!

These adorable little Santa men I made were an easy, delicious and healthy dessert! Just slice open strawberries, carve a little out in the middle and let them dry a bit on a paper towel. In a separate bowl, mix some tofutti cream cheese and powdered sugar till you get an icing like consistency and then place into a pastry bag (or plastic bag) and let it sit in your fridge for a 10-20 minutes. Pipe your icing in your little strawberries bodies and stick some vegan chocolate chips for eyes, it’s strawberry hat and a little extra icing on top! Voila! Adorable little Santa men!

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LOW FAT PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I LOVE pumpkin and these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are sooo easy to make and delicious, they are truly a “no-brainer”. In this brainless baking segment, I show you how to vamp up your old chocolate chip cookie mix and create something not only healthier and lower in fat than traditional cookies but a treat that tastes even better too!

GLUTEN FREE COCONUT LIME CUPCAKES

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These Gluten Free Coconut Lime cupcakes (VEGAN) were the highlight of my summer creations last year and I couldn’t help but recreate them once the weather started warming up! I’m not sure why I didn’t post the recipe last year but here it is! Over due! Enjoy these Gluten Free and Vegan gems and stay sweet and skinny!

GF/V COCONUT LIME CUPCAKES

1 cup of coconut milk
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
(Combine both and set aside while mixing the rest of the recipe)
1 1/4 cup GF flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
Juice of 4 limes

Add all ingredients in your mixer and then add your vinegar curdled coconut milk in last. Fill your cupcake tin about 3/4 of the way as these do not rise as much as typical cupcakes. Bake for approx 10 mins, while continuously checking on them! Enjoy!

For the icing, I simply used the vegan buttercream recipe and mixed in some unsweetened coconut as well as used the coconut to garnish the top! ;)

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LOW FAT RED VELVET CAKE TRUFFLES

These low fat red velvet truffles are so delicious and easy to make you’re going to be making them for every occasion! Please be sure to like and subscribe to my youtube channel after watching!

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VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER ICING

Watch me make some delicious vegan peanut butter cream cheese icing in this video and don’t forget to comment, like and SUBSCRIBE! :)

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EASY TO MAKE FAT FREE ICING

In honor of St. Patty’s day this “Brainless Baking” segment is about how to make a fat free, fun, festive green icing for your low cal funfetti cupcakes! But you can use this recipe for all sorts of different frosting variations! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Thanks for watching! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny) to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)

LOW FAT FUNFETTI CUPCAKES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for watching! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny) to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)

VALENTINE’S DAY TIP CLIP

 

 

 

 

Thanks for watching! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you! :)

Low Fat Red Velvet Cupcakes

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and drugstores stocked with red and pink heart shaped goodies, you can’t help but get in the mood for love, or at least sweets! So of course I immediately thought of red velvet cupcakes! I experimented with a new low fat “brainless baking” red velvet cupcake recipe last weekend and it turned out so yummy I had to share!

This one is for all of you not so kitchen oriented mamas out there or just for the gal too busy to slave over the oven this week! Take a quick trip to the super market and grab these few items for some brainless and delicious low fat red velvet cupcakes!

LOW FAT RED VELVET CUPCAKES

Box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 fat free plain greek yogurt

Simply take the cake mix and add your Greek yogurt to it as well as a cup of water. Place in cupcake holders and bake as directed on the box! Yup, that’s it. Crazy easy!

I do caution that my cupcakes did sink in a little in the middle so I got crafty and put a dollup of my cream cheese icing in the center and noone even noticed! They were moist and delicious. If you need an easy low fat frosting you may want to try using some vanilla pudding mix and fat free cool whip or for a lighter cream cheese topping use low fat cream cheese and mix in confectioners sugar till you reach your desired consistency.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you! :)

HEALTHY COOKIE DOUGH DIP

cookiedoughNope, you didn’t misread that. This is actually a recipe for a HEALTHY cookie dough dip!! Gasp, I know, I’m making all of your little girl slumber party dreams come true right now. If the idea of this grosses you out at all, I apologize, some of us like to embrace our inner fat kid and dig into raw cookie dough from time to time when no ones looking, if this is not you, forward on to the next post about kale chips. For the rest of you guilty pleasure seekers, I experimented with this healthy  ’cookie dough’ recipe I found on “Chocolate Covered Katie” at the Super Bowl this weekend and it seemed to be quite a success. I’ve tinkered with it a bit to give you something that will have a better consistency and taste but feel free to play around and enjoy! To view the original recipe, you can click here http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/23/want-to-eat-an-entire-bowl-of-cookie-dough/

COOKIE DOUGH DIP

1 can of garbanzo beans
1/4 cup of almond butter
1/8 of tsp of salt
1/8 of tsp of baking soda
2 tsp of vanilla
4 heaping tblsps of oat bran
1/3 cup brown sugar (feel free to use agave/maple syrup but your dip will be slightly stickier)
1 bag of chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate or carob chips)

Combine all of the ingredients excluding the chocolate chips in a food processor till finely mixed. Fold in chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chips (use about half a bag) and pair with some graham crackers or cinnamon sugar pita chips! Voila! You should never ever need to get a stomach ache from eating raw eggs in cookie dough again and your getting some protein while completely indulging! Your welcome, ladies. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you! :)

Gluten Free Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

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If you’ve been keeping up with my youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny you’ll notice that I made these for my CBS baking show tape and they came out fabulous! I also got a gluten free request recently so I wanted to post a sample gluten free cupcake! It was really easy for this cupcake because I simply used garbanzo been flour which is gluten free and I was actually much happier with the results than when I just by plain “gluten free flour” at the health food store. I thought these we’re adorable because we’ve gotten quite the cold spell in NYC the past couple weeks and I’ve got hot chocolate on the brain! Slight disclaimer about the picture, marshmallows tend to not be vegan unless you actually by specifically vegan marshmallows! 

 

GLUTEN FREE VEGAN HOT COCOA CUPCAKES!

2 cups of Garbanzo Bean Gluten Free Flour

3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder  (or your favorite vegan hot choc!)

1/2 cup cane sugar

2 tsp of baking powder

2 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon ( I also like to add 1/2 tsp of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to give it a little extra kick)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup agave

4 oz of unsweetened apple sauce

2 cups of chocolate soy milk (which you’ll add 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to)

1 tbs of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of almond extract (optional)

Pre heat your oven to 350 and stick your cupcake liners in your pans. I always bake using mini cupcake pans because I love the portions of the tiny cupcakes!  Next, add your apple cider vinegar to your chocolate soy milk in a separate  bowl/measuring cup and combine all your dry ingredients in your bowl or mixer. Now, add oil, agave, apple sauce and extracts to the dry ingredients. Pour you slightly curdled soy milk in to the bowl and proceed to mix for about 30 second in a stand mixer or a couple minutes by hand till the mixture is the consistency of regular cake batter but not a second longer! You don’t want to over mix if possible. At this point, I have a mini sized ice cream scooper that I use to evenly scoop the batter into the cupcake holders but a tablespoon will work as well.  Watch them while they’re baking – depending on their size will depend how long they need to stay in. Use a toothpick if your unsure if it’s done!

Now for the icing! While they’re cooling, check out my favorite butter cream recipe here — > http://gosweetandskinny.com/?p=348. As I said before, marshmallows are a great little touch if your not concerned about it being vegan or if you can get your hands on vegan marshmallows but if not, I like to just dust a little cocoa powder over the top of the icing. For the baking show video I even piped the icing to look like a dollop of whipped cream! Have fun with it!

 

 

 

 

 

<em>Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you! :)</em>

BRAINLESS BAKING: SUGAR COOKIES

I’m excited to announce the first of our “BRAINLESS BAKING” segments! Brainless Baking is all about making you look like a healthy baking genius in the kitchen without too much time or effort on your part. As delicious and nutritious as a lot of the recipes on this site are, I understand sometimes life gets a little chaotic and we don’t always have the time to make something with 10 different ingredients. So I give to you a series of upcoming baking segments for those times when your desperately craving a cookie, have to bake something for the office or your kids and want to make something better for you in a pinch! After all, Go Sweet and Skinny is all about living the sweet life while staying skinny!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you! :)

LOW FAT MINI COOKIE CUPCAKES

 

cookiecupcakesHow cute are these little baby chocolate chip cupcakes?! Can you believe they’re low fat too?! Well not only are they low fat and adorable, they are also part of my kick off into my “brainless baking” segments on our youtube channel! Since I know we’re all not little betty crockers in the kitchen like myself – I’ve decided to spend a little time creating easy peasy LOW FAT recipes that anyone can make from the boxes in their local supermarket’s baking needs section! This way not only are you making healthier versions of your favorite goodies but maybe I can even show you a few things to impress your friends and co workers with your kitchen skills! Don’t worry it’ll be our little sweet and skinny secret! Anyways, while experimenting with some concoctions, I got a little hungry and made these little chocolate chip cookie cupcakes!!

 

LOW FAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE CUPCAKES

All you need is a bag or box of chocolate chip cookie mix from your local supermarket, one egg, a small applesauce cup and half the amount of butter required from the recipe!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Simply place the mix in a bowl, crack one egg and decide whether or not you want to use all applesauce or go half and half and use half the butter! Don’t beat yourself up if you want to use half the butter, in fact, I recommend it if your not used to low fat baked goods. It’s better to ween yourself off the usual stuff then to jump into a drastic change you might be turned off by. Now use all your apple sauce regardless of if you decide to use some of the butter. If your only using apple sauce, feel free to add about 2oz more if you’d like but it’s not necessary. The applesauce is going to make these more cupcake-y than cookie like, FYI.

So mix it all together, it should be a clumpy cookie dough like consistency. Get out your mini muffin/cupcake pan and spray it with a non stick cooking spray or use mini cupcake holders if you prefer. Use a mini ice cream scooper or a tablespoon to spoon the dough equally into the molds. Bake for 5-10 minutes while watching frequently to make sure you don’t over cook them!

I hope you enjoy these yummy baby chocolate chip cupcakes as much as I do, I won’t tell anyone how easy they were to make. ;)

 

Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)

Sinless Snickerdoodles

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These vegan snickerdoodles were a huge hit over the holidays with all my non vegan friends and family so I knew I had to share it with you! These light and crunchy, cinnamon sugar cookies are amazing all year round! Enjoy!

VEGAN SNICKERDOODLES

1 cup non hydrogenated margarine (softened)
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons non dairy milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar together for a couple minutes till its mixed well. Add your non dairy milk and vanilla and beat till that’s combined as well. Now sift in flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt and mix until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for atleast 30 minutes ( so its easier for you to work with). Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get out your cookie sheets. In a small shallow bowl or tray combine sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Drop a tablespoon of dough in your cinnamon sugar mix and roll it into a ball. Place the balls on your cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle some cinnamon sugar both before and after it goes in the oven. Cookies should take 10-12 minutes to cook, they’ll get puffy in the oven but will deflate once you let them cool.

Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

I made these delicious morsels yesterday for my boyfriend’s birthday and they turned out ah-mazing, if I do say so myself. Now, if your New Yorker, you should be ordering them online and having a fresh batch delivered to your home office, but if your an out of towner, I’ll let you in on a few tips so you can play at home!

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Well first of all, whenever I’m making a fruit infused cupcake I always use fresh organic fruit. Ripe, fresh strawberries chopped up are the heart of this fabulous treat. I puréed about 3/4 of the pint of strawberries in my blender and added it to the vanilla vegan cake batter base. With the remaining 1/4 I chopped into small pieces and folded it into the tofu cream cheese icing. The icing just tastes incredible and it’s so simple! It tastes just like a strawberry fribble from Friendly’s, for those of you who know what that is.

Secondly, I found this amazing strawberry infused apple sauce that I used instead of oil to not only add some moisture and strawberry flavor to the cake but it also makes the cupcake a bit lower in fat and cals by eliminating the oil!

So there you have it! Two easy steps to change your plain vanilla cupcake recipe into an adorable strawberries and cream creation! Play around and enjoy!

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Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny) to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)

The Best Vegan Buttercream I’ve Tasted

I found this yummy vegan buttercream icing recipe on CHOW.com and then did a little improvising for my last batch of mint cookies and cream cupcakes! It’s super easy and very easy to manipulate for whatever flavor you desire! For example, I broke up some Newman’s Own Hint ‘o Mint cookies and mixed it into the batter and then topped it off by chopping the cookies into quarters and sticking them on top.

THE RECIPE:

1/2 cup non hydrogenated shortening

1/2 cup non hydrogenated margarine

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1/4 cup of vanilla soy creamer

Now, just beat the shortening and margarine together till well combined, add the sugar and beat for another three minutes or so. Then just add your vanilla and soy creamer, mix for another 5-7 minutes till fluffy and you’re all set!

I like to dollop this kind of icing, taking advantage of its fluffiness  instead of piping it through a bag. (But that’s just my preference!) Also, I add unsweetened cocoa

powder (judging pretty much by taste) to get a chocolate buttercream and then top with vegan mini chocolate chips for my double chocolate cupcakes below.

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

           How can I not post a delicious Vegan Chocolate Chip cookie recipe in honor of such an important holiday?! In other news, is there a national cupcake day? And if not, can we make it February 24th (my birthday)? Ok, Thanks. On wards to the cookies..

Your Vegan Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found this yummy recipe in a wonderful book called “Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero but feel free to play around with it because we all know I’m going to! ;)
1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2/3 cup canola oil

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp tapioca flour

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup chocolate chips

 

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lightly greasing your two cookie sheets. Next, combine your sugars, oil, milk and tapioca flour in a mixing bowl. Mix very well (it should resemble caramel when it’s done) now add the vanilla. Finally, add in 1 cup of flour, the baking soda and salt – then mix in the rest of the flour. Fold in your chocolate chips, get in there with your hands because the dough will be a little too hard to mix at this point. Then voila! Roll your dough into little 2 inch balls and palm flatten on your cookie sheets. They should bake for around 8 minutes but use your good judgement.

I should probably say let them cool ten minutes before you eat them but I’m way too big of a fan of just baked, ooey gooey, stomach ache chocolate chip cookies so I’m not going to be a hypocrite here – eat ‘em however you like! :)

 

Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie day!

 

 

Lemonade Stand Pie, my summer favorite!

I felt like it had been entirely too long since I posted a good old fashioned recipe! With summer just around the corner I figured I would try my hand at ‘skinny-fying’ one of my absolute favorite summertime desserts. Lemonade Pie has been something I’ve eaten in the summer for as long as I can remember. My neighbor/second grandma, Mary, would always come drop off all sorts of pies and crumb cakes for us growing up and this was by far my favorite creation (the chocolate chip crumb cake was a close second but we’ll get to that recipe later). Anyways, another great thing about this recipe is that it’s completely oven free! I don’t know about you, but when it gets hot outside the last thing I want is to be standing next to a hot oven that’s heating up my house, which makes this a great recipe for those unbearably hot days.  So from my house to yours, give this refreshingly tart and creamy pie a whirl at one of your bbqs this summer!

Lemonade Stand Pie

1/3 cup Country Time Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix

1/2 cup water

1 pint of softened vanilla ice cream (get a low fat version or non dairy to tailor this to your diet)

1 tub (8 oz) of fat free Cool Whip, thawed

1 prepared Graham pie Crust (or four/six little mini pies!)

Stir drink mix and water till dissolved. Then, beat lemonade and ice cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until completely blended. Gently stir in whipped topping until smooth. Freeze until mixture mounds, if necessary. Spoon into your crust and freeze for 4 hours or overnight (if you can) till firm. Let it thaw for 15 minutes before you serve and garnish with some cut lemons or lemon zest! Feel free to get an additional Cool Whip tub to add a dollop to top the pie off.  (Make sure you store this in the freezer when your done)