Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vanishing Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Okay, so we all need some holiday treats on occasion. Even if they do contain sugars, here's a recipe that is a much healthier substitute and still tastes great. Definitely satisfies that sweet tooth. I promise I will start posting more healthier recipes after the holidays are over.

-1/2 Cup + 6 TBSP Earth Balance Vegan buttery spread
-3/4 Cup sucanat (a less refined sugar)
-1/2 agave or maple syrup (another less refined sugar)
-2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds in 8 Tbsp, or about 1/2 Cup, of Water (This is your egg substitute)
-1 tsp. Danncy's Mexican vanilla or 1/4 of a whole vanilla bean blended with the flax seed mixture in a blender (trust me, if you choose the extracted vanilla, the brand makes a difference)
-1 Cup whole wheat flour
-1/2 Cup unbleached white flour
-1 tsp. Aluminum free baking soda
-1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
-1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
-3 Cups of Oats (I blend about half of this to almost make an oat flour. I prefer it this way.)
-1 Cup dairy-free Chocolate chips or Raisins. (Optional.)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Blend the buttery spread and sugars together well. Add the flax seed mixture and vanilla. Mix all the dry ingredients together and then slowly incorporate it into the rest. Stir together well.

Drop by rounded Tablespoonfuls and bake 8-11 min. or until golden brown. Let cool completely. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fudge with Essential Oil Zing

Another take on some fudge. Pretty similar to Kira's. A little more dark and fudgey. If that's a word.

1 1/2 Cups Coconut oil
1 1/4 Cups Agave Nectar
1 Cup Organic Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 of a whole vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Preferably Danncy's Mexican)
1-2 drops doTERRA Peppermint essential oil (you can go up to 3-4 if you want a stronger minty flavor)

Liquefy coconut oil over hot water. Blend the rest together until creamy. Pour into a pan over some wax paper. Cool and solidify in fridge. Cut into bite size candies. Enjoy.

-Sometimes throwing peanuts or almonds into the mixture is fun.

-For truffles: Roll your fudge squares into little balls, and roll them in cocoa powder or crushed nuts for a deliciously lovely presentation.

-Flavor substitutes: 1 drop Cinnamon essential oil, 1-2 drops Wild Orange essential oil, or 1 drop Lavender essential oil.
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