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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Valentine’s Day Tiramisu – Classic Meets Healthy

Valentine’s Day Tiramisu – Classic Meets Healthy

Tiramisu was and still is my favorite dessert.     Unfortunately, the recipe for this Italian classic is full of things that are no longer my favorite. So last year, I re-vamped Tiramisu so that I could enjoy every spoonful again and actually feel good about the taste and the nutrition.   For the cake I used store bought Sugar Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies from Whole Foods.  There are several brands of Sugar Free available.  I used these because I’m without an oven at the moment and I thought that the shortbread would be absorbent like the sponge cake.  Plus they were easier than making my own Sponge Cake but below is another recipe for homemade Sponge Cake or just buy the traditional Ladyfingers. If you don’t use a store bought cookie, here is a great vegan version of a short bread you could use.  Sponge Cake: (Based on recipe I found online by Candace Naomi Sakuda) 2 cups all purpose flour  1 cup sugar or Truvia sugar substitute 3 teaspoons baking powder  1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla  1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons canola oil  1 1/3 cups water  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until…

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