Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vegan peanut butter tofu ice cream

We just bought a cuisinart ice cream maker. I see lots of yummy treats in our future. We just made this yummy ice cream. In our first attempt at vanilla Ice cream we used cashews as our base. It wasn't that great so we came up with this tofu version. I know some of you are thinking, "tofu?" But really you can't taste the tofu and it is so good. I am going to attempt a version with coconut milk and I want to revisit the cashew base and see if I can improve it. But for now this recipe is really great. Let me know if you try it!

16 oz silken tofu
2 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
5 Tblsp coconut oil, refined
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 Tblsp vanilla extract
1 cup medjool dates

1/2 cup peanut butter

Blend in blender and then transfer to ice cream maker.

Monday, September 3, 2012

It's a ...

"We are no longer accepting applications for this position. It has been filled."

That's right! We are having a boy! We are still getting over the shock but we are very excited.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Dates

I adapted this recipe from Veganomicon.

Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Dates

1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
1/3 cup regular oats
1/3 cup pecans
pinch of sea salt

Process in the food processor until crumbly. Set aside.

1 (15-oz) can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 Tbl baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
Blend the wet ingredients plus medjool dates in blender until dates well blended.
Whisk together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients from the blender until well mixed.
Spread mixture into pan. Top with streusel.
Cook for 45 to 50 minutes until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.

** This is my hubby's all time favorite cake!! A real winner.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with dates

I adapted this recipe from the cookbook, The Happy Herbivore.

1 1/4 cup whole wheat Pastry Flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup to 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup shredded zucchini

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease muffin tin.
2. In medium bowl whisk together flour, soda, baking powder, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon together.
3. In you blender puree the dates with the applesauce and almond milk.
4. In another bowl mash the banana. Then stir in the blender mixture with the banana.
5.Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until just combined.
6. Fill muffin cups to 3/4 full.
7. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

* This recipe makes about 12 muffins. I doubled the recipe and I think that made pureeing the dates with the liquid easier.

** These got a thumbs up from most of the people here. I used the lesser amount of dates and I think they were just sweet enough but if you guys are just coming off sugar you might want to use the larger amount.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cowboy Caviar

This is one of my kids all times favorites. It is really a dip or side dish but my kids ask for it for dinner all the time. I got this recipe from my friend, Risa.

Cowboy Caviar

1 (15 oz ) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, drained
2 large tomatoes, chopped (or 4 roma tomatoes)
1 large avocado, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 TBSP red wine vinegar
3-4 Tbsp lime juice
3/4 - 1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Mix dressing in separate small bowl and then mix into other ingredients.
2. Cover and chill

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with dates

This is another great recipe that I adapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz. A key here to getting them really sweet is using pretty ripe bananas.

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with dates

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp Apple cider Vinegar
2 Bananas, very ripe
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1¼ cups Whole-wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup Wheat Germ
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease 12 cup muffin tin.
  • Add vinegar to almond milk and set aside for 5 minutes to curdle.
  • Combine flour, wheat germ, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl. 
  • Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  • In the blender blend almond milk, coconut oil, dates, and vanilla
  • Add blender contents to the mashed banana.
  • Next add the dry ingredients and using a wooden spoon combine just until the dry ingredients are moistened. DO NOT overmix.
  • Fill the muffin tin 3 quarters full and bake for 22 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and set aside to cool. Once the muffins are cool enough to handle remove them onto wire rack and let cool completely
** You can throw some chopped walnuts into these as well.