Coconut Dulce de Leche Candies and Cream

Coconut Dulce de Leche Candies and Cream

This week I discovered what are likely the cutest and likely the most tasty cookies ever over at  Keepin’ It Kind.  Rika from Vegan Miam had created the cutest little purple cookies you’ll ever see.  And sandwiched between those gorgeous crispy layers was creamy decadent Coconut Dulce de Leche.      Oh my. My dreams of that creamy caramel taste without the dairy started swirling around and around in my head for the rest of the week.  Especially since now I know how simple and inexpensive the ingredients in this magical sauce are;  I just had to make some for myself.  But I also thought about how much I had to get done for the holidays, and how little I wanted to stand by the stove for 2 hours so as not to burn a single spoonful of this heavenly creation.  Of course!  I’d let my little 2 quart crock pot do all the work for me while I slept cleaned and wrapped and got all my work done.  The smell of the creamy caramelizing leche boiling away all day ( 7 hours in total) was a little difficult to ignore though.  I forced myself to do taste test after taste test…

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Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts

Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts

My favorite ice cream flavor has always been Pistachio. This recipe I got together last year for St. Patty’s Day really made a fabulous non-dairy version of an old favorite.  I spent a lot of time cracking the nuts open to soak them.  I would suggest trying to get some already shelled.  I sat at the table cracking away and started realizing how many things in my kitchen are ‘Pistachio’ color…………….I guess I like the spring green more than I realized? Soaking the pistachios helps to blend them in with the avocado and flavors the creamers. Doesn’t taste like Avocado, doesn’t even taste like Coconut. Just a big bang of Pistachio and Vanilla flavor which is what I wanted. The Macadamia nuts give it an extra crunch although any nut would be good or leave out the Macadamias and just reserve some of the Pistachio nuts to add in whole.  The texture of the Pistachios was still in the cream on mine too so it’s not purely smooth like regular ice cream would be. Boy, for someone who’s hated missing ice cream since going Vegan, this is like magic.   Love getting to taste my old favorite flavor or ice cream again…

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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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Spiced Wild Orange Sugar Body Scrub

Spiced Wild Orange Sugar Body Scrub

I recently purchased some yummy ‘wild orange’ essential oils and thought it would make a great scent for some homemade sugar scrub Sugar body scrubs are inexpensive when you make them yourself and do wonders for exfoliating dry winter skin. They mix up in minutes.  And make a great gift as well. The wild orange essential oil I used was perfectly sweet and really lingers after using the scrub, YUM! Spiced Wild Orange Sugar Body Scrub Combine equal parts Sugar (Brown or Raw) and Olive Oil, Grapeseed or Almond Oil.  I made up 2 cups worth for this batch. Add in about a tsp. of Cinnamon for spice. Add in 20 drops of Orange Oil for each 2 cups of scrub, more for stronger scent. Stir together ingredients and store in a sealed container, preferably glass. Stir as needed.  Apply a small amount to skin with wet hands and scrub gently to remove dead skin. Rinse and pat dry.  May be used 2 – 3 times per week safely. Don’t have any brown sugar? Here’s a wonderful way to make some homemade Brown Sugar and always have fresh on hand at home: If you’d like to try out the ‘wild…

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