‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

    This recipe is part of a Family Favourites series hosted by Angela at Canned Time. The theme was to veganize a recipe that you used to love as a kid and/or that your fam would regularly enjoy together. Honestly, I had trouble thinking of sweet recipes that I hadn’t already veganized for my blog (like pumpkin pie, berries and whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate cake) and most of the savoury dishes I loved eating when I was little are just sooo not ideal to veganize (think Thai-style omelettes and baked salmon). There were a lot of savoury foods I ate growing up that I COULD made vegan now – pizza pops and chicken nuggets to name a couple – but they wouldn’t be that healthy or simple and I’m not into spending lots of time making recipes for dinner, especially if they have more refined ingredients.. I’d rather just bake eight potatoes, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and be done with it. Seriously, my dinners are pathetically easy when I’m not writing a savoury cookbook.  My point is I couldn’t think of any recipe that I wanted to make a healthy vegan version of. So I improvised. I planned…

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Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam Cookies with Sugar Free & Raw Options

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam Cookies with Sugar Free & Raw Options

 What’s better than a chewy peanut butter cookie? Let’s see… Whether you choose a ‘Raw’ cookie …  Or Baked and Toasted….      These are a tasty, healthy way to get your sweet in without all the fat, sugars or gluten of most cookies. Have a great week everyone! Thinkin’ Jack had one too many cookies…………Shhhhhh !

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No Bake Maca Chia Chews with Pistachio Maple Glaze – Kristy’s 2014 Vegan Cookie Swap! Plus a Vitamix Giveaway Contest

No Bake Maca Chia Chews with Pistachio Maple Glaze – Kristy’s 2014 Vegan Cookie Swap!  Plus a Vitamix Giveaway Contest

I’m so happy to be joining Kristy’s Keepin’ It Kind Vegan Cookie Swap again this year.   Last year, my 5 Layer Lime Brulee Bar Cookies were slightly more complicated than my recipe for this year’s event.  This year, Kristy’s month long event has a special addition.  Vitamix will award one lucky reader with a fabulous Vitamix mixer!    Awesome.   To enter to win, and the see the full post and recipe for my Maca Chia Chews, you’ll need to hop on over to Keepin’ It Kind. Be sure to check out all the Cookie Swap entries while your there as well.   No bake and raw, these Maca Chia Chews will be the hit of any holiday party and likely, the most healthy treat on the tray! Topped with a naturally sweetened glaze and a pinch of my favorite Pistachios, this cookie is a perfect choice for any diet, any taste,  any cookie lover~!     Chocolate Chips?  Cacao?  Maple Syrup?  How can you go wrong with these babies? I love raw cookies for the same reason that people so love cookie dough.  You cut out a step, baking that is, and in the process, allow for more of…

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Spiced Carrot Cookies

Spiced Carrot Cookies

I’ve been juice, juice juicing this month.  What do you get when you juice?  Pulp!  And more pulp. I can’t handle buying beautiful, organic fruits and veggies and throwing away any little part of them.  So saving my pulp has produced a lovely little Spiced Carrot Cookie.   They’re Vegan, Gluten-free, with Refined Sugar Free options. Read on!  Read on!  Carrots and Orange is a nice, simple combination for juicing.  Mildly sweet.  Very healthy.  Relatively inexpensive.  Very quick! Just 3 or 4 carrots is plenty for a large juice glass.  And an Orange or two will round out the flavors.  The carrots will yield a cup or more of pulp for your cookies.  I don’t have a ‘juicer’ so I just blend the chopped carrots in a high speed blender and then strain the juice out through a fine mesh strainer.  Try to leave your pulp for an hour or so to remove as much liquid as possible.  I put my stainer over a deep bowl.  I squeeze a lot of the juices out with the back of a large spoon and then leave the bowl in the fridge so the pulp can drip through the strainer for a while without wasting…

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Guest Post – Jonny Fresh + Pecan Hazelnut Danish + A Giveaway!!

Guest Post – Jonny Fresh + Pecan Hazelnut Danish + A Giveaway!!

I found Jonny on Pinterest this spring and have admired his quest for raw, fresh food recipes ever since.  His creativity and talent for combining wonderfully fresh flavors is magical.  You can see some of his work in this Guest post he did for me along with the recipe for his beautifully delicious Pecan Hazelnut Danishes.  Enter to win one of Jonny’s new E-Book, “Raw Food Made Fun, Easy and Beautiful” as well.   A World Wide Giveaway!  Yeah!!      So Here’s Jonny!     Raw Vegan Pecan Hazelnut Danishes with Strawberry Banana Filling and Lemon Glaze    Before creating a dish for the great honor that this guest post is, I asked my facebook fans what kind of recipes they were looking for. One woman said she wanted something she could serve her kids for breakfast. It immediately caught my eye out of all the answers, and so I started scheming. I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before. I only found one Raw Danish throughout the whole interweb, and they looked more like crackers. These Danishes are thick, chewy, and most importantly, perfect for kids. Especially ones that are accustomed to traditional grain heavy western breakfasts.…

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Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

   From Julie’s Lifestyle.com Easter treats can be fun and healthy with these quick, kid-friendly balls of chocolate flavors.  You’ll want to make them year round too but they sure can make a perfect substitute for popular Easter, sugar laden candies and eggs.  These Cacao Nib coated treats will give kids and adults the healthiest option for a sweet and chocolate treat this Easter.  Plus, once you’ve got this recipe down, the sky’s the limit for new versions, flavors and shapes.   Raw Cacao Nibs are just so yummy on their own.  But when you add them to these healthy truffles, they’re just heavenly. If you can’t find cacao nibs in your area, these are certainly delicious treats with cocoa powder coating instead.  But I urge you to give the nibs a try when you can.  I used NuNaturals Orange and Peppermint Liquid Stevia to make up two different flavor backgrounds for these little balls of fun.  The Cacao nibs rolled on top at the end just add to their chocolate background and make them positively super good for you. Have you ever eaten a whole plate full of candy and not been sinking with guilt and a stomach ache? Okay,…

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Mandarin Almond Cookies – gluten-free with raw options

Mandarin Almond Cookies – gluten-free with raw options

My Flax Flour experiments continue. Last week I successfully created a flavor packed cocoa-peanut butter cupcake  This time I combined golden ground flax seeds with almond flour and tangy mandarin orange for a delicate and cake-like cookie.   They’re as healthy as a cookie can be.        Check out the health benefits in these little golden flax seed jewels HERE.  A zesty little cookie!     I told myself I was fighting off cold and flu germs by eating these cookies.  Not really.  They’re just yummy ♥ Enjoy!  

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5 Layer Lime Brûlée Bar Cookies for Keepin’ It Kind’s Cookie Swap Party

5 Layer Lime Brûlée Bar Cookies for Keepin’ It Kind’s Cookie Swap Party

I’m so pleased to be a part of Kristy’s Cookie Swap Party!  I’ve been a fan of Keepin’ It Kind for about a year and always look forward to Kristy’s recipes.  She has a unique way of bringing serious issues to us without being preachy, self-serving or unkind to those of us who are struggling to do the right thing when it comes to eating and respecting animals.  She’s just a true sweetie!  Thanks Kristy ♥ So I’m sharing a new recipe that combines so many of my favorite dessert flavors; chocolate, almond, caramel, vanilla, citrus just to name a few. These bars have of a little of everything in each bite.   The contrasting crisp and creamy, the sour vs. crunchy caramel in the bruleed lime topping all combine for one great cookie treat.  Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate drizzle hiding in between everything else.  Yes, they would be just as tasty without the candied Limes on top of each bar but heck, it’s the holiday season and I’m going all out these days to jazz up my recipes.  I love lime with chocolate and I love that hint of crunchy caramelized Turbinado sugar topping with these bars.  Yea,…

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Salted Mocha Caramel Lava Cookies – plus a giveaway

Salted Mocha Caramel Lava Cookies – plus a giveaway

I know we’re all up to our eyebrows in Holiday dressings and pumpkin bars right now…but this cookie recipe is worth stashing in your ‘must try’ folder for 2014.  It’s Awesome. Originally perfected by a young wonderfully talented British baker named Izy, creator of ‘Topped With Cinnamon‘, they are chewy and gooey and overall like a few bites of heaven.  Have a napkin ready to wipe the drool when you check out her video recipe for Izy’s ‘Salted Caramel + Nutella Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookie’ recipe.  It’s Awesome too! Of course, Izy’s version is just perfection.  But then it wouldn’t be natural if I didn’t tinker with the ingredients a bit.  Izy’s recipe is not Vegan.  And I wanted to try something without the Nutella that had more of a Mocha/ Caramel background.  So, like thousands of non-dairy eaters out there, I dropped the eggs and added 2 Tbs. of flax mixed with water.  I used molasses, Vegan butter and ground coffee  instead of the cocoa and used a  caramel sunflower seed butter cup from SunCups.com  for the filling in place of Nutella and the  Cadbury candy.  I also topped mine with some whole pecans that I pressed into the…

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Vegan Richa and Vegan Diwali Sweets

Just because you may have missed out on Diwali celebrations last week doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy some of the wonderful sweet Diwali traditional recipes. Beautifully “Veganized” for you by Vegan Richa herself…. Print Vegan Richa’s Coconut Burfi Author: Richa @ “http://www.veganricha.com Recipe type: Traditional Diwali Treat Cuisine: Indian   Makes 8-10 balls. Easily doubled. Allergy Information: Dairy, Egg, Corn, Soy, Yeast free, Vegan. Can be made nut, gluten free Ingredients ½ cup Semolina flour (or Brown rice flour for Glutenfree) ½ cup dry Coconut flakes 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil (optional. Omit to make Oil-free) 2 Tablespoons chopped cashew pieces (optional. Omit to make nut-free) a pinch of salt Sugar Syrup: ½ cup ground raw sugar 3 Tablespoons water ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder Instructions In a large pan, dry roast the semolina on medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes until the color changes and it gets fragrant. Using a blender/processor, blend the coconut flakes to make coarse coconut flour. Add coconut flour, coconut oil, salt and cashew pieces to the pan. Mix well and roast for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, in another pan, make the sugar syrup. Add all syrup ingredients and bring to a boil on medium heat. Continue to heat at…

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Kathy Hester’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two’ – plus a giveaway!

Kathy Hester’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two’ – plus a giveaway!

Closing out the end of Vegan MoFo with a bang folks: Have you had that evening yearning for just a touch of sweet but would never dream of dragging out everything you would need to make a couple dozen cookies up hot and fresh? Kathy Hester has a solution that will rock your dessert world…as well as your meal plans. Seriously.  Is this cookie big enough or what? The recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies in  ‘Vegan Slow Cooking For Two – or – Just For You’ has directions for one big beautiful (shareable) cookie.   I mixed up a quadruple batch of batter then separated  half into a long tube, wrapped it and stuck it in the freezer for another night’s cravings.  All I have to do is heat up the slow cooker and slice off a couple of  inches of batter from the freezer some night and I’m set in about an hour.  Okay, maybe I over did it a too much  little with the ‘extras’  for these cookies but they are chocked full of goodness.  Big dark chocolate chips, pecans, cranberries…… I also sprinkled each one with some coarse sea salt that cuts through the dark rich chocolate chips perfectly.…

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

  I’ve always wondered what the difference between ‘brownies’ and ‘blondies’ is.  Now I know, it’s just a little molasses.  Or Brown Sugar.     Creating a Vegan Blondie wasn’t too tricky, but this version is also Gluten Free so I was very pleased that it turned out moist and cakey.  Gluten free and I are not friends yet in the kitchen………..but we’re talking at least The flax ‘eggs’ worked well, I added both yeast and baking powder to make sure the batter had some lift.  And homemade brown sugar makes them as fresh as possible. I mixed up my first batch of brown sugar last year and am truly addicted to the difference from store bought.   If  you’ve never tried your own, here’s some details on how easy it really is to mix up and have fresh on hand anytime:         Homemade brown sugar makes up in about 5 minutes and only has two ingredients. You can make it dark or light, store it just like store bought and more importantly you’ll know what’s in it……….you can use the molasses of choice and sugar of choice for that matter.  Check here for more details.  It’s…

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Ornament Cake Balls – Vegan, Gluten Free w/ Raw Options

Ornament Cake Balls – Vegan, Gluten Free w/ Raw Options

I saw these adorable little ornaments while searching for some ‘cake pop’ ideas and had to give them a try.  I picked up some clearance ornaments at Michael’s Crafts for a $1, removed the top metal hooks from them and got to work making up a ‘raw’ batter for my pops. My quick and easy – delicious raw recipe came from Cara over at ‘Fork and Beans’.  Leave it to Cara to come up with a wonderfully nutritious version that tastes as good as it looks!  Check out her Raw Chocolate Cake Pops. After the dough balls firmed up in the freezer, I rolled a few in some sugar crystals and dipped others in melted chocolate. These cute little balls of sweet goodness would be perfect for a party tray or dessert centerpiece for holiday tables.  With all the sweet stuff around this month, you can pop one of these bites without much thought to it ending up on your hips. Store them in a sealed container in the freezer until you’re ready to decorate the tree! Definitely healthy fun food……… Enjoy 🙂

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Vegan Coconut Beet Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Vegan Coconut Beet Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Coconut Beet Cookies have big Chocolate Chips to sweeten up the veggie-ness of the cookie. I came up with these because I really love the nutrition in beets………..but can’t stand the flavor.  I’ve tried, but it aint happening for me I also wanted a soft cookie that I could do in the dehydrator.  These are chewy but not ‘mushy’ so they hold up well for packing, don’t crumble and keep well in the fridge. I went heavy on the spices to cover the beet taste and also used a couple new products from NuNaturals to sweeten the batter. I used the NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend as a substitute for flour and it worked perfectly to hold the pureed beets together The other NuNaturals sweetening product I tried is new and turned out perfectly with these cookies. It’s actually a probiotic and a sweetener called’ PreSweet’ Tagatose, One of the health benefits of PreSweet is that it is a prebiotic ingredient. PreSweet can actually be browned like sugar…..definately on my list from now on for sugar substitutions.  I sprinkled a little on top of each cookie for this recipe and there is no aftertaste. Check out the NuNatural’s website…

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