Chocolate Bailey’s No Bake Vegan Cheesecake

Chocolate Bailey’s No Bake Vegan Cheesecake

  Back in March of this year I posted a giveaway and recipe for a Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake.  I asked each Giveaway entry reader to tell me about their own favorite dessert and promised to share my version of one of those recipes in a future posting.   Well, good things come to those who wait.  Jennifer Huva’s Bailey’s Cream Cheesecake tradition at St. Patrick’s Day sounded too good to be true.  But, here it is, ‘Veganized’, for each of you to try out as soon as possible.   It’s spectacular and much thanks to Jennifer who had to make up the cake to be able to write down the recipe to send out to me ♥ I reconstructed the tastes and textures of her recipe to make up one heck of a yummy, memorable cheesecake …and I’ve had plenty since going Vegan.  This one is definitely a new favorite.  To keep my waistline in tact as it is quite rich, I cut up the cake and froze each well wrapped slice.  Each week, I knew there was some little piece of heaven waiting for me to savor and share with my husband.   The Oreo cookie crust…

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Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

I can tell you without hesitation that this cake is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten…so there’s that…. It’s safe to say that after nearly a half decade of using products made by NuNaturals brand that I not only trust their quality, but I rely on them for my kitchen.  I am truly addicted to their Vanilla Liquid Stevia.  I have been since I won a few bottles way back when in a Giveaway.  I remember being blown away at the difference in NuNaturals and other brands of stevia I’d tried.  A good difference.  And if you’ve spent any time here at Canned Time, you’ll recognize not only the brand name in so many of my recipes but you know the wonderful variety of new products that they keep developing to help out with a low sugar, low-calorie diet plan.  If you’re new to NuNaturals products, here’s a quick list of what they offer to help keep us healthier and dessert driven: Alcohol Free Stevia, Vanilla Stevia, Clear Stevia CalmMind, Daily Energy, Daily Soy, Extra Energy, JointWell, LevelRight, Mental Energy Formula, NuStevia NoCarbs Blend, Sweet Health, Sweet-X, Throat Control Spray, NuStevia White Stevia, MoreFiber Stevia Baking Blend, PreSweet, NuGrain…

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A Dandy Little Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine’s Day Pie

A Dandy Little Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine’s Day Pie

The sweetie-pie folks over at Dandies All Natural Marshmallows asked me to take a crack at a vegan Valentine’s Day dessert using their tasty little marshmallow gems in the mix.  Glad to right? Of course I’d like to share that recipe with you all but even more so….I got to enjoy this creamy, chocolate cloud of a pie for myself…hard work folks!      Dandies Marshmallows are made with all natural ingredients, contain no high fructose corn syrup or gelatin (they’re 100% vegan!), and are the first ever marshmallow to be Non-GMO Project Verified. Oh, and kosher too!  The first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows.  Made by long-time vegans and longtime friends Ryan Howard and Dan Ziegler, Dandies are air puffed, which gives them a traditional texture and flavor that melts and tastes just like the marshmallows we grew up with. Produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts, these vegan marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, and certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.            For my Valentine’s Day pie, I melted dark Vegan Chocolate Chips, Almond Milk, a bit of Coconut Oil and 1 bag of Dandies Mini…

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Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

  So here’s the ‘drama’ of this humble little cake: The delectable chopped apple pecan topping? It gets ladled on to your slice of cake, piping hot, just as you’re being served your cake. Yup. DRAMA…. Okay, so you could also pour some topping on prior to cutting the cake but why not let each person feel like their piece is just specialized for them by letting them spoon on the topping themselves? Either way, it’s the tastiest apple cake I’ve ever had in 50 some years folks. Sorry Mom. And the healthiest by way of ingredients to be sure. Some of that ‘healthy’ aspect comes from using Stevia along side of some natural sweetening like Maple Syrup and Apple.  This time I used my all time favorite NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid and some NuStevia Simple Syrup. The stevia adds sweetness without adding additional calories or carbs here. We like that. And NuNaturals Stevia never fails me in my desserts. I even tried out a newer product they have in this little cake that provides   Oat fiber without adding any additional carbohydrates or sugars. Check it out.        Then go out and get some Organic Cider and make this…

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From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – Dianne’s “Chocolate Cream Pie” – Family Favorite Desserts entry for September

From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – Dianne’s “Chocolate Cream Pie”  – Family Favorite Desserts entry for September

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized.    This month I’m proud to present a fellow cat lover, Dianne of Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen fame and her fabulous “Chocolate Cream Pie”   When Angela from Canned Time asked me to participate in the Family Favorites Desserts series, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Each month, Canned Time is featuring a different blogger who has veganized a favorite dessert from her childhood. NuNaturals is the unofficial sponsor of the series, so their stevia products are used in all of the recipes. It sounded like an easy enough task when Angela asked, but the more I thought about it, the more I had no idea what I was going to make. When I was growing up, desserts started out in a box – either premade by Entenmann’s or just-add-water by Betty Crocker. Neither of them seems very appealing to me now that I’m older. I briefly thought about trying to make a vegan version of slice-and-bake cookies, but that’s pretty much just a chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate chip cookies have already been perfectly veganized.  My thoughts then turned to my teen years, when I…

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From ‘AnUnrefinedVegan.com’ Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes – Family Favorite Desserts entry for August

From ‘AnUnrefinedVegan.com’ Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes – Family Favorite Desserts entry for August

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized.    This month I’m proud to present an old Canned-Time.com friend, Annie and scrumptious  “Apricot Tartlettes” Fruit pie figured greatly into my childhood. Mom’s superb flaky crust graced slices of sweet apple, creamy pumpkin, and juicy raspberries or blueberries. Pies marked off the seasons, showcasing the produce that was available as well as deliciously capping off many a “regular” family meal or holiday celebration. While pie is still a “family favorite” here in my household, over the years I’ve made modifications to suit the way we now eat – ways to get me to fruit pie nirvana without feeling too guilty about the ingredients. I do this by reducing the size of the “slice,” using nut butters in place of butter, and (simply for shortcuts sake) using 100% fruit jam instead of whole fruit. For this recipe, I start with an easy, sugar-free homemade chia jam (and really, any fruit jam you like can be used here) and then I dollop it into small circles of crust. The result is not only a bevy of adorable…

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Cruelty-Free Coriander Nectarine Pear Ice Cream Pie

Cruelty-Free Coriander Nectarine Pear Ice Cream Pie

July is National Ice Cream month.  More specifically, July 19th is ‘Ice Cream Day‘ #NatlIceCreamDay So what better way to solute the popularity of the World’s best tasting, most refreshing cool dessert than to team it up with a touch of spice and a whole lot of fresh summer fruits?  The folks at PersonalCreations.com asked if I’d help them celebrate the occasion with a new recipe shown off in one of their kitchen items.  I picked a pie plate for mine because, well, next to ice cream, pie is my all time favorite dessert any time of year.  I just combined my two loves into one big, cruelty-free dish so you wont have to scoop on the ice cream to top your piece of pie.  It’s already inside your pie.  Completely versatile to your own fruit favorites, I simply spiced up my fruits and then blended them in with a good quality Almond Milk Vanilla Ice Cream and poured it all into a pie crust.  More fruit goes on top and a pinch of a new seasoning, for me anyway, Coriander. Exodus, chapter 16, verse 31: “And the house of Israel called the name there of Manna: and it was…

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Pie In The Sky from “The Good Karma Diet” by Victoria Moran – A Review and Giveaway on Canned-Time.com

Pie In The Sky from “The Good Karma Diet” by Victoria Moran – A Review and Giveaway on Canned-Time.com

  I know that I’ve published an extraordinarily high number of Vegan cookbook reviews in the past year.  21 if you’ve been counting…. The Vegan lifestyle is growing by leaps and bounds and thus:  People love recipes and information on ‘How To’  And I’m honored to be selected by authors and publishers alike to take a preview of an upcoming publication. But this book stands out in the crowd.  First thing I thought…..No pictures!!  And to me that just ment boring!!  – I was WRONG. I got started reading Victoria’s book and just kept on going.  Couldn’t put it down.  I love the flow, the information.  Love the way she writes so plainly and realistically.  She’s writing this one to those less experienced in Veganism.  Those out there who just might try out the health benefits and kindness that come from being Vegan.  I really love ‘The Good Karma Diet’  Victoria gives you all a sneak peek at her book here with an excerpt, recipe and a giveaway to one lucky reader. Excerpt from “Liven Things Up” The Good Karma Diet By Victoria Moran When my daughter, Adair, was a tween and teen, we devoted two weeks every summer to…

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Summer Fresh Fruit Hibiscus Tarts

Summer Fresh Fruit Hibiscus Tarts

  Welcoming Summer time and Summer fruits and vegetables today on Canned Time. In June, I’ll be taking part in a Raw foods challenge to get my system back on track after those heavier comfort foods of a long Winter. For details on participating or just getting some well-informed nutritional motivation, be sure and check out the event for yourself. This simple fruit tart dish evolved from an abundance of fresh, ripe fruits on the table and my attempt to ease into my RAW challenge coming up. The ingredients are almost all raw. The exception being the Maple Syrup which doesn’t bother me in the least when it comes to limiting food groups or processing. Maple Syrup is a delicious addition to desserts and can even add nutrition when used in moderation. The variety of fruits here are obviously exchangeable . Use which ever you like. The creamy Hibiscus base for the tart is optional of course. But this is the way I made it up so do what you’d like with it to make it your own folks. It’s all good with this one. Fresh fruit, a touch of coconut in the base and the tiniest touch of chocolate…

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‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized May’s entry is from one of Veganisms most prolific authors, Kathy Hester.  Her latest genius is a quick and easy Vegan recipe collection, ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ now available for preorder HERE. Kathy’s recipe follows but for all the details on why this one is one of Kathy’s family favorites, check out her full post over at HealthySlowCooking.com. Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake for Family Favorite Desserts   This is the healthy version of my most favorite childhood dessert. I’m using something called aquafaba. It’s just a fancy word for bean water. The starches mimic eggs and can be used in cookies, cakes and more. Just drain the liquid from a can or carton of cooked chickpeas or use some from homemade chickpeas.That’s the aquafaba or bean water. Easy, right? Get more info on aquafaba on the official site.     Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup vegan yogurt (unsweetened or plain) 1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk 1/4 cup applesauce 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil (make oil free by using an additional 1/4 cup applesauce instead) 3 tablespoons…

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Vegan Cruelty-Free Holidays – “Punkin’ Pie”

Vegan Cruelty-Free Holidays – “Punkin’ Pie”

    The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.”  The English termed it “pumpion” or “pompion.” 1621 – Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692), the first permanent European settlement in southern New England, might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage. Northeastern Native American tribes grew squash and pumpkins. They roasted or boiled them for eating. Historians think that the settlers were not very impressed by the Indians’ squash and/or pumpkins until they had to survive their first harsh winter when about half of the settlers died from scurvy and exposure. The Native Americans brought pumpkins as gifts to the first settlers, and taught them the many used for the pumpkin. This is what developed into pumpkin pie about 50 years after the first Thanksgiving in America. The early settlers of Plimoth Plantation brought English cookery and possibly…

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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze  …

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Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart – Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options

Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart – Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options

This post was shared on the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #14   I really have grown to love pears in the last few years.  The only pears that I remember growing up were the little square mushy pears in the cans of fruit cocktail my Mom bought from Del Monte.  We always had plenty of fruit, fresh usually, but not pears for some reason.  We’d even drive up to Pennsylvania each fall to get fresh from the tree apples or get pick your own peaches from an orchard.   We just didn’t do pears and so many things or tastes that you do or don’t grow up with become your little scope on what you like.  Well, I’ve learned to love pears.  They just take so darn long to ripen up.  These pears for my tart sat on a window sill for 10 days.  But then, suddenly, they were perfect!  Perfectly colored, perfectly sweet, perfectly soft.    The only problem with that is…they don’t last when they’ve finally reached that perfect peak!  I had to use them up quick.   So a tart.  Pies, tarts, I love anything with the opposites of sweet fruit and slightly salty crust.   Salty?…

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Potato Salad Chixen Pot Pie – featuring @BeyondMeat + Food for Thought

Potato Salad Chixen Pot Pie – featuring @BeyondMeat + Food for Thought

This post is linked to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck event. Have you ever heard of the idea that fruits and vegetables can resemble the human organs that their nutrients benefit the most? Here’s a quick look if you’ve missed it along the way.  In reality, there are just so many different health benefits that come from eating Brussels Sprouts (remembered the ‘s’ Rika! ) that it really does throw the whole “fresh foods vs. body part benefit theory” right out the window.  But, it’s still a nice thought, if only for a few seconds of your day, that fruits and veggies are somehow color coded for ease of use for us. I, for one, have much better things to do with my time than to contemplate it much longer.  But wouldn’t that be pretty cool if it were true?  I’m wondering now which body part looks like a big chunk of dark chocolate?     I am sure that a variety of different fresh foods are the best way to go.   I think that was my thought when I made up this ‘Potato Salad Pot Pie’.  I think I was trying to get all of them into one dish…

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Vegan Blueberry ‘Pit’ Pie – gluten-free

Vegan Blueberry ‘Pit’ Pie – gluten-free

     Some days I get lucky and mix together just the right amount of this and add just the right pinch of that I it all works.  Last month, late one night actually, the recipe gods blessed me with just such an event in creating this ‘Pit’ pie.  The pit was created in a need to top the pie with a luscious blueberry jam I made up.  Not knowing how this whole mixture was going to cook up, I used a rather small 8″ foil pie pan for the bottom and when it baked, the whole baby was filled to the top and then some, yikes!   I had nothing else to do but start spooning out a section of the center of the baked pie so I could add my topping on.  The topping was the whole reason I wanted the pie to begin with.  Fresh, plump blueberries, just waiting to be sugared up into a smooth, gooey spread.  I actually could have just eaten the jam by itself but that would have been unfair to my rather plain and needy baked pie.  And it really would have looked a little suspicious standing in the kitchen on a Saturday…

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Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Cacao Nibs & Wild Blueberries (V, GF)

Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Cacao Nibs & Wild Blueberries (V, GF)

    I love lemon cake.  I love chocolate cake.  I love blueberry pie. I love this cake too now.   Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email. Happy Easter everyone ♥  

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#Easter Veggie Pot Pie with crispy Sweet Potato Crust – V, GF

#Easter Veggie Pot Pie with crispy Sweet Potato Crust – V, GF

  Easter Holiday Veggie Pot Pie.  Full of flavor and the colors of Spring.  I sprinkled my crust with a pinch of brown sugar before baking.  It gives the crust very little sweet but helps to harden the bottom.  The sugars caramelize and crispen.  Don’t worry about ‘cooking’ the sweet potatoes in the initial baking either.  The pie will cook for an additional 45 minutes or so after it’s filled and they’ll have plenty of time to cook through by the time its all done.  The crust is pretty simple, the sweet potato grating will burn some calories.  You can use a food processor to shred them if you have a good one.  Mine just makes the shreds too short and mushy so I did mine by hand.  I used one Very large sweet potato to make the 3 cups and had a little left over.  You’ll need to bake the crust prior to pouring in the filling to make it firm.  This isn’t a Quiche though.  It will be more firm if you let the pie cool some, like a lasagna, it holds up better on a plate if it’s had time to sit 30 minutes or so prior…

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Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

   About 2 months ago, I picked out 10 Asian pears that were on sale here, a dollar a piece.  They’ve been moved around from one place to the next since then in the kitchen.  I was waiting for them to ripen up some.  Then I was waiting for a nice day off to bake up a delicious pie for myself.  Finally my day came today and it was worth the waiting.  This one isn’t a sweet as an apple pie might be.  It has all the spices a flavor without the added sugars.   It’s almost like a cinnamon scone flavor; mildly sweet but lots of spice.  If you’re not so much the ‘pie maker’ than this one would be a great one to try out as well.  I used a nice nutritious Spelt crust that I picked up at Whole Foods.  No animal products and Spelt flour is almost as good as gluten-free.  I also added in some dried currents that I had in the fridge.  I cooked the pears for about 10 minutes and then let them cool off before filling the pie crust.  Asian pears are such a dense fruit, I wanted to make sure that…

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‘Lazy Girl’ Spiced Pear Pie

‘Lazy Girl’ Spiced Pear Pie

 Sometimes, the simplest ingredients make up the best recipes.  This pear pie is definitely simple.  And definitely delicious.  I recently discovered a wonderful blog,      Vegan 8.  This site takes simple and delicious to a new level.  Check it out. So my ‘lazy girl’ spiced pear pie is just that, simple, easy, fresh, healthy and yummy.  Pick your favorite fresh fruit, add a little spice, some filo dough for crust.  Bake.  Devour!  Make sure you use fruit that is just ripe or slightly over ripe.   You’ll need much less processed sugars when the fruit provides your flavors by itself and wont need added sweetness.

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Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates

Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates

1 year ago – Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake Featured in the Sunday, Sept. 23 round up for Vegan MoFo, thanks! Anyone who’s familiar with South Eastern Pennsylvania in the United States will most likely boast about the traditions of the Amish and Mennonites.  Home-baked cakes and pies have their roots in the hard working people of this area of the U.S.   ‘Shoo-Fly Pie’ is said to have originated from the pools of molasses which form in the top of the pie while baking. The sweet smells of caramelizing sugars attract insects as they do the rest of us. A sweet treat, made a little fancier here with a sprinkling of pomegranate berries mixed in with the batter in drizzled on top. I wanted to add the pomegranate berries to add a little more nutrition to this treat.  It is just that:  a treat, not to be eaten so regularly that you’ve added a few pounds on along with the benefits of the pomegranates….maybe for a special get together with friends or to cheer up a friend with a small slice of delicious, moist, sugary cake? Print Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: Amish   Based…

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‘Vegan MoFo’ Key Lime Red Raspberry Cheesecake – Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

‘Vegan MoFo’ Key Lime Red Raspberry Cheesecake – Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

And so it begins.  My full month of Vegan food and fun for ‘Vegan MoFo – 2013″  This should be fun! Well, if I had a maid and won the lottery it would be more fun but still…. And my theme this year will be…wait for it….RED FOOD.  Why? don’t know, but it is.  Well, red foods can be actually very healthy so we’ll say that’s why its my theme but it is really just a way to keep myself on course through all the recipes this month.  So many other Vegans have pledge to go crazy with me so be sure to check out the Vegan MoFo site for all the details.   Now on to my first Red Wonder Food. My Key Lime Red Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake is one of the first non-dairy desserts that I developed a few years back when I swore off milk and cheese.  It’s a cashew basic but I tried to spice it up some for the event this month with loads of fresh raspberries and a fist full of coconut flakes to top it off.  Believe me, the Key Lime plain is worth its weight in gold.  Well maybe not at today’s…

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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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Chocolate Chip Scones with Vanilla Cream Glaze

 This past weekend, my husband and I  stopped by a wonderful little Vegan cafe / bakery, Sticky Fingers Bakery, in Washington D.C.   Along with buying up 4 different fabulous Vegan cupcakes,  we gobbled down a large ‘Sweet n Salty’ chocolate chip cookie.  The cookie was full of wonderful chunks of who knows what and the top was liberally sprinkled with coarse Himalayan sea salt.  Sooooo yummy that we sat on the bench outside and ate the cookie up in about 30 seconds.  I had to recreate this one!  As happens so many times when I start experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen, things often evolve into something that is not what I intended ending up with.  Yet, still a delicious result. Voila.  Chocolate Chip Scones with a mildly sweet Vanilla Cream Glaze.  So these were supposed to be cookies, but….whatever.  I’m sure with a little experimenting of your own, they could become a wonderful cookie as well.  But here we go with my scones for now….  I’ve never been very fond of scones that I can remember.  I  remember them as being dry and fairly tasteless.  These scones surprised me.  They have all the moisture of a dense, rich…

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Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

 With just two of us eating at my house, I’m always looking for quick treats that will freeze and store well so I can pop up a fancy dessert any evening without struggling to use up a whole cake, pie, pudding within the next few days.  These mini pies are a perfect lite ending to a meal or can fill in for breakfast on the go if packaged correctly.  I baked mine in a Mini Pie maker but my recipe adjusts for oven cooking as well.  The filling here is just what I like and had on hand.  It can easily be changed to other fruits as long as they are prepared in small pieces to fit into the smaller pie crusts.  Frozen Blueberries worked well.  I’d like to try it out with Mango, Peaches, Strawberry.  Even Pecan will be good although the filling preparation listed in this recipe would have to be adjusted for Pecans. I’m a big fan of Plums and I usually let them almost over ripen to ensure that they don’t upset my stomach and also maximize their sweetness.  It’s hard to find ready ripe plums in the grocery here so I almost always wash them…

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No Bake Orange – Pear Cheesecake w/ Biscoff Drizzle

No Bake Orange – Pear Cheesecake w/ Biscoff Drizzle

I think that I could eat Cat food if it has Biscoff drizzled on top of it….so…. Okay everyone…this one is a keeper! I received some fancy pears for Christmas and I have tons of oranges left over from Holiday munching still and so I decided to blend them all up together with some Tofutti and see what would happen. What happened was a little orange gingery cream sicle like cheese / ice cream cake.  Full of flavor(s) and fun 🙂 Orange – Pear Cheesecake with Biscoff Drizzle – Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free  & Raw Options For the Crust: Soak 2 cups of Cashews overnight, drain and rinse. Combine the Cashews with 1 Cup of Raisins (dates for a Raw version) with 1 tsp. of Vanilla extract and 2 Tbs. of Maple Syup.  Blend until it forms a smooth wet dough.  Press the mixture onto the bottom of a medium size spring form pan to about 1/3 inch thick.  Place in the freezer. For the Filling: 2 ripe Pears, peeled and cored, sliced Juice of 2 medium size Oranges, include the pulp. 1 (8 oz.) package of Vegan Cream Cheese 1 (12 oz.) package of Firm Silken Tofu…

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Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix Review w/ Pumpkin Puree / Vegan Options

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix Review w/ Pumpkin Puree / Vegan Options

I’ve seen so many pins for brownies made with just a can of pumpkin puree, no eggs, milk, oil….just a can of pumpkin.  I wanted to see how it would work.  So I picked up a box of brownie mix the other day at Trader Joe’s. I’ve heard you can substitute the egg and water in a cake for canned beans but I’ve never tried Pumpkin puree so this was a fun experiment for me.  It worked out great. Just replace  the Eggs, Oil and Water with 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling, just puree.  Stir the pumpkin into the batter until all the dry ingredients are mixed.  Pour into an 8 X 8 pan and bake per the boxed brownie directions. This change in recipe also makes the dessert into a Vegan option. Never leaving good enough alone, I added Sugar Free Chocolate Chips onto the top of the brownies when they were still warm.  Then I sprinkled the melting chocolate chips with flaked coconut.  It turned out to be just too much sweet for me.  But, the pumpkin brownies worked out great.  Very moist, very spongy and fully cooked. If I made these…

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Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake

My husband and I both love pumpkin cheesecakes that are available at many restaurants  for fall. But ‘Healthy’, they aint! The sweet potato is one of the oldest known cultivated foods in the Americans, going back over 9,000 years, and is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Its sweet flavor has been shown to satisfy the palette, while at the same time curbing ones appetite longer by stabilizing blood sugar levels. Sweet Potatoes are also rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.  Using Sweet Potatoes instead of Pumpkin, and by substituting the traditional cream cheese, white sugar and flour in a Pumpkin or Sweet Potato cheesecake, it can actually become a wonderfully nutritious, wonderfully delicious vegan sugar-free dessert that won’t make you feel guilty about having an extra slice or two around the holidays…. Plus Sweet Potatoes are a whole lot easier to cook than Pumpkin in my mind! My recipe here is not only Gluten free, but has VERY little sugar, in fact if you leave out the brown sugar and cookies in the crust and just use a nut/date type bottom for the cheesecake it’s SUGAR FREE! Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/ Sugar Free Options For the Crust:…

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Featured On: My Mr. Floydy has been cooking up a storm today………….. This pie is creamy like chocolate pudding with a hint of peanut butter.  The raspberry topping adds a perfect sour bite that cuts through the sweet and balances each bite.  Sugar, Dairy and Gluten Free.  It freezes well and is a great breakfast or dessert idea. Mr. Floydy was oh so helpful getting the shots for this one today.  He doesn’t like when something else, even Pie, gets more attention than he does……….. Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Crust: 10 Medjool Dates, pitted and soaked for 15 minutes 1 cup Filtered Water (you can use this to soak the dates in) 2 Tbs. Ground Flax Seed 1/4 Cup Powdered Stevia Baking Blend 1 Cup Gluten Free Cereal 1 Tbs. Cinnamon   Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender, pulsing until a rough dough is formed.  Press dough with fingers into a pie pan or iron skillet just onto the bottom. Chill crust while making the pie filling.       Pie Filling: 1 Cup Smooth Natural Peanut Butter, microwave for about 30 seconds to soften 1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/3 Cup Raisins 1/3 Cup Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips…

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