20 Minute Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

No lie, it’s true.

You should have all these ingredients on hand, so if you preheat your oven to 325 now, you should be done with these cookies before you read this post twice. (I used the 5/6 dial setting)

PREP TIME 5-10 mins COOK TIME 11 minutes

Servings:  12-14 (cookies) Category: Dessert Snack, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour- use whichever you have
  • 1/2 cup of sugar, sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of vegan chocolate chips, sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less (ENJOY LIFE brand)
  • 2-3 tbsp of hemp milk, use what you have!
  • 2 tbsp of oil, coconut or sunflower
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract, don’t worry somedays you have it somedays you don’t

Instructions

  1. Measure out all ingredients
  2. Dump it into one bowl
  3. Use a spatula to mix, then hands
  4. Determine if it needs less or more milk, needs to have a nice consistency
  5. Scoop using a tbsp onto a baking sheet, I use a pizza stone un- lined, it’s been accumulating grease for god knows how long….
  6. Bake for 11 mins @325 depending on your oven. Be careful when moving to a cooling rack they will be a little soft, use a spatula.
  7. No need to wait, they will magically disappear in 15 minutes, just enough time for you to realize you should have doubled the recipe, or enough time to get started on the 2nd batch.
Raid your kitchen to find these ingredients
NO “2 bowling” – just mix it, no fuss
Don’t be afraid to use your hands, I’m not. 🙂
Perfect scooper for small children
leg game strong
Ta-Dum – Perfection! Eat up and comment!

For Jocelyn! Otherwise I would have kept procrastinating…

Enjoy these cookies for any occasion and love your babies/fur-babies or mates.

P.S. My husband says each bite is like the first. Let me know if you agree!

Pinkberry Nice Cream

Ok, so there is no such thing as Pinkberries.

But there should be according to this recipe.

I won’t comment much on the last 72 hours of my life, let alone the last year but I will serve you up a nice cool treat you can enjoy in this heat. (Sorry if you’re in another part of the world that is currently enjoying winter, don’t mind me; keep enjoying).

So what have I been doing for the past year?

Working, traveling, breaking immigration laws, mothering. All the fun stuff. Life isn’t as  easy as March 2018, but it’s still adventurous and there is still value in the complications. Lucky for me, I can fall back on Nice Cream to temporarily soothe my aches and pains.

Here goes:

3-4 Small frozen organic bananas

1-2 hand fulls of frozen organic blueberries

Blend all of that in your hand dandy food processor 

Toppings you could choose:

  • ground flax
  • muesli
  • dates

Or do use whatever you have… more importantly just improvise, and just enjoy yourself.

Above all consider the following:

That Ben & Jerry’s ice cream contains 19 g of fat in a single half-cup serving, and 10 g of that is saturated (the “bad” kind, which raises our levels of LDL cholesterol). The American Heart Association recommends we limit our fat levels and cut back on saturated fat, making sure it doesn’t exceed more than 5 to 6 percent of our total calories—that’s about 16 g of saturated fat daily for someone on a 2,000-calorie diet. So one serving of our chosen sample exceeds that total.”

Choose cruelty free, nutrient dense nice cream next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Pie Pancakes

I have a post for you today friends. What better way to return than with a post for “Pancake Sunday”.

I have been under the weather, a smooth way of saying Laryngitis. For those of you who may know me in real life, taking a round of antibiotics is something I’d do everything to prevent. I’m the one who usually reaches for a ton of tea, and garlic based ““oxymels” .  But I just couldn’t. I caved. Blame it on the fever, or body-aches, but this granola mom was getting her Z-pack, end of story. Fast forward 14 days later and here I am.

Getting sick is such a downer for me. It literally throws the proverbial wrench into my system. Hence the lack of interest in just about everything.  But here I am, crawling out of my trench. Showing up. Because all you have to do is keep showing up.

So much has happened…

  • The Boston Maraton was won by a normal everyday Nurse. 
  • Korea has agreed to disarm (both sides)

Let’s not forget.

and

  • My son hates my haircut

Ok enough joshing around, let’s get this party started.

Here’s the recipe for those Applepie Pancakes:


Prep time:  15
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: Family of 5 (little ones on deck)
Ingredients &
Do this first 

Make your flax egg here. Add  

  • 1 1/2 cup of plant based milk.

Your wet bowl is done. 

Start a different bowl for this

  • 1/2 cup of organic flour
  • 1/2 cup of stone ground wheat
  • 2 tbsp of baking powder
  • 3 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds

If you sift, sift now. Then combine with your wet bowl. 

Laddle your batter onto a griddle, and cook just a couple minutes on each side. The trick here is to make sure you have a nice evenly hot griddle. Hot enough to make spongy pancakes, but not too hot it burns before it evenly cooks. You will end up with thin af pancakes should said griddle not be hot enough. Good luck!

Simultaneously, you can make your applepie compote.

  • 2 granny smith apples peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 tbsp of smart balance butter
  • 1 tsp of cocosugar
  • Shakes of cinnamon

Saute in pan, till tender. 

Serve liberally atop a pile of your fresh pancakes y viola – killing that apple pie craving at breakfast. Pancakes are life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papaya Boats

I’m trying to detox from all the overindulging and snacking I partook in over the holiday weekend.  I know its bad when my body starts craving sugar, and unhealthy foods. Although we were able to keep it pretty good, all the cooked food, and less all the nutrient dense stuff  has this girl feeling without energy. I’m going to focus on greens and insert Papaya Boats.

Apparently this is something the Hawaiians having been keen to for a while, and I’m just now getting to in my 32 years of living.

Some people are into papaya some people aren’t. Yes there is a smell but like all things good for you, you learn to look pass the factors you don’t like. Insert Limon!

If you’re not a fan of papaya, give it a squeeze of limon, (lime) and get over yourself.

What has been called the “fruit of angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya is so good for you and has been known to aid in digestion and promote wellness and weight-loss. I eat it when I’m hungry and want a juicy treat.

These are super easy to make and you can even set up a buffet for the kids.

Include toppings like:

  • Walnuts
  • Granola
  • Coconut
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Vegan yogurts if you wish
  • Drizzles of Agave

Whatever you want, just do it. Put down the donut and get yourself something nourishing that you know is going to be impactful to you health.

Berry Vegan Whole Wheat Cakes

These lovely ladies are my desperate attempts at squeezing out the last drops of sunshine this summer. The days are becoming cloudier and summer seems to be fading faster than my tan.

Ok, so let me pause my pleas for an endless summer.  What is stoneground whole wheat? That which is usually reserved for bread, makes it’s mark here with these lovely amigas.

Check this out.



Berry Vegan Whole Wheat Cakes
Prep time:  
Total time:  105 mins
Serves: 6
Ingredients

Dry bowl

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • Buco (a lot) cinnamon( I eyed it, you do you)

Wet

  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla ( the real stuff from madagascar, don’t cheat)
  • 1 stick of butter softened (I used smart butter) equivalent to half cup
  • 1/2 c of sugar (was out of coconut, no date, so turbinada it was don’t judge me)
  • Lemon zest ( you decide how zesty you are)
  • 10 -20 blueberries, 5 strawberries ( find your berry)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350, and grease your pans and flour them. Usually I use parchment paper but that wasn’t going to work this time with these.
  2. Make 2 flax eggs, ground flax/ water 1:2 ratio in a coffee cup. I’m lazy I don’t like to wash a lot
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the dry bowl. I sift.  Sift if you sift girl.
  4. In a different bowl cream your sugar, and softened butter and vanilla. I forgot this step and did everything in one bowl with my hands. It turned out amazing. But the professionals say you should use a separate bowl to cream butter and sugar. Follow them.
  5. Add the flax egg and lemon zest, then combine dry ingredients with wet.
  6. Fill up your pans or pan. In this case I lined the bottom of my mold with berries first, filled it up full then shoved berries into it. I never incorporated the berries into the batter. Sometimes they drop, but with this recipe they stayed put.
  7. Bake for 40 mins on 350. I checked them every 20 mins. Bathe in the cinnamon vanilla aroma that becomes your house, and know Bath & Body Works got nothing on this.
Notes:
This is a vegan recipe, You can substitute out the whole wheat for white, and the flax for eggs, but I’d advise against it. Most people aren’t even accustomed to the flavor of whole wheat and could consider it strong. In “typical baking”,  flour is usually in the background, while sugars and fats take center stage. In this recipe the stoneground whole wheat is the catalyst for the deliciousness that you taste. Get use to it, it’s here to stay ya’ll.
I’m a sucker for this earthy wholesome flour and inside I secretly blush because it’s actually good for me.

 

 

I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Cookie, Vegan Oatmeal Cookie. 

These are a delicious earthy biscuit of a cookie. This isn’t considered your classic Nabisco knock off. The are still soft, but have a nice chunkiness to them. I made them specifically for nicecream sandwiches!

If you’re interested in taking up a snack, thats more like a breakfast or a meal packed with protein this is your cooking.

Vegan egg here. In this case I had the “Neat Egg” but you can do your single flax egg if you wish. 1:2 Ratio  of Flax and water and set aside.
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In the food processor blend 
2 Cup rolled oats
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I transfer this to a bowl once done and include the following 
1 1/2 C of whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt or less depending on preference
In the food processor blend the dates first until it’s nice and pulpy. 
1 Cup of medjool dates (use more or less depending on your preference)
Then add the following.
1 Cup of vegan butter
1 Tsp of vanilla or more (whose counting)
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With your hands, combining both groups working into a nice “masa” (dough)
Roll them into small golf ball sizes. On a lined sheet place each down, and squash the into thin “pancakes” . I bake one side for 7 mins or until golden brown, then flip them and bake for an additional 7 mins. I do this because I like the crispy both sides.  
No photo, but you get the idea. You’ll be eating “Not Oatmeal Cookies” for days!
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Adapted from: The Viet Vegan, amazing site! Check it out.

Acai Bowls

This breakfast/dessert/diner whatever you want to call it has been on repeat in my house. Look at the pic again, can you blame me?

It’s gotten to the point that when my son Ezra hears the food processor start churning he comes running.  #dinner bell.

Originating from Brazil, these babies are only now getting popular in western culture. #betterlatethannever

The pulp is sold a few different ways. I prefer with no added ingredients. Sometimes they will already have the protein included or something like strawberries mixed in. Nope, I go for the straight up organic pulp. They come in packs of 4 usually. The one below I scored for less than $5.00 locally.

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As most know by now Acai is a superfood packed with antioxidants it’s been linked to several health enriching factors. Weight-loss, memory enhancing, anti-cancer, and anti aging to name a few.

Honestly, I love to load up on berries or most foods of dark rich purples/pinks before and during my periods because they’ve been linked to having anti-inflammatory properties as well. I swear it helps with the bloat. See for yourself. However that’s not the case right now, I swear.

Here is the recipe:

2-4 Tablespoons of oatmeal (optional)

If I include the oatmeal, I’d pulverize it first in the food processor right now. Then add the following ingredients one by one processing. This step makes it easy to incorporate all of the ingredients 

2-4 Bananas depending on the size.

2 Packs of Acai (this recipe is for 2 servings)

1 Scoop of plant based protein

1/2 -1 Cup of plant milk, I’m on the hemp milk tip, been there a while (it’s packed with omega 3’s, especially good for growing baby brain development)

 

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If you want to be basic, then you are done. Being extra means you’d start tossing in the hemp, flax, maca, yeast or whatever other powders you use.

 The last step is to drizzle your milk in. Once you see the blades pick up speed and move the ingredients well you can check to see if you need more. I like the consistency of my bowls dense, so I really watch this step to prevent a runny bowl. 

Serve and top with your favorites. Coconut, mango, diced berries and fruit. Have at it.

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Avocado Platano Brownies

I’ve been wanting to try avocado brownies for awhile now, but never had all the ingredients on hand. It’s a pretty simple recipe. But I guess ripe avocados never last a day or two in the house. Well today the stars aligned! Wink wink: I bought extra.

You may have noticed, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. It’s counter- productive to the balance I’m trying to seek in my life.  Having the right kind of sweets for when my cravings hit is essential. I’m known for sneaking cookies, yup diehard cookie fan.

As far as all the hype goes and what science says, I just feel damn better when I’m not consuming gluten so this time, that was a must for this recipe.

Here goes:

1 Ripened avocado

10 Dates (use less or more)

I put those ingredients in the food process or first.  Those dates need to be hammered away at to get them to a  nice smooth pulp. Some people soak them in hot water first, I’ve skipped this step. Once complete I add in the following ingredients. In the order in which I lay them out. I take turns stirring with a spatula, and pulsing in the food processor as to not over do this. 

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1C platano flour (I used Sunny Mills here in PTY)  Flour from Plaintains!

1C of plant based milk (I love hemp) I drizzle this in.

1/2C cacao powder, not dutched processed.

1 Tsp of baking soda

1/2 Tsp of salt

a drizzle of vanilla

Once everything was pulsed, I lined a bread pan with parchment and put those delicious cacao nibs to work, I sprinkled away like salt bae.

I baked for almost an hour at 400, checking every 20 mins, then dropped it down to approx. 375. I didn’t want to screw this up guys. Slow and steady.

The result before I baked it, was a perfect mousse-like batter.

Afterwards it was  perfectly crusty on the outside, fudgey on the inside, overbearingly sweet,  earthy, breadish, and satisfiable, which my family dug!

Miguel has not had these yet. But even the non-chocolate lover that he is, could be won over by this non- refined sugar gift from the gods.

 

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