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Chocolate Ganache Torte

This is a no cook recipe that will send chocolate lovers into bliss. The first time I made this I used raw cacao. It was good, but a little bitter. The next time around I used half raw cacao and half cocoa powder. That was the prefect mix. I suggest you do a taste test before you pour the chocolate into the crust. that way you can adjust the sweetness to your liking.

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 c raw pecans
  • 3 tbsp maple sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 3 tbsp almond butter

Combine all the ingredients into a food processor. Process until the mixture is the texture of a graham cracker crust.

Press the crust evenly into a 9-inch fluted tart pan. Refrigerate while you make the filling.

Filling:

  • 1/2 c raw almond butter
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp coconut manna
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla bean paste, or extract, or a vanilla bean with the caviar scraped out
  • 1/2 c raw cacao
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 1/4 – 1 c water as needed for blending

Combine all the ingredients into a food processor. Process until mixture is creamy. Scrape down the sides of the food processor and process just a little bit longer to make sure all the cocoa and cacao are completely incorporated.

Pour into crust and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 to 60 minutes.

To Cut: Dip a knife into a cup of hot water. Wipe the knife dry and proceed to cut. Repeat with every slice.

Serve with a fruit coulis to cut some of the richness of the Torte.

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Outrageous Brownie Parfait

This dessert hits all the buttons: Chocolatey, Creamy, Slightly Sweet, Crunchy, and totally Luscious.

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Serve this in a Trifle Bowl and you will be hearing oohs and aahs all around. The Trifle Bowl will give you a beautiful presentation. However, using small clear glasses is perfect when you only need a couple of parfaits.

Layer parfait accordingly: Outrageous Brownie, Sweet Potato Cream, Strawberries, Whipped Plant Cream and Top with Vanilla-Pumpkin Spice Pecans. Repeat layers again if you choose.

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Sweet Potato Cream

This Sweet Potato Cream was used in my Blueberry Crumble with Sweet Potato Cream. That little treat was amazing – All of it. I thought the Sweet Potato Cream was so good itself that it deserved a post of its own. It is a versatile cream that can be used for parfaits or as a topping.

This recipe is fairly simple. It just takes a little steaming, blending, chilling and a little patience. It is so worth developing patience.

  • 5 c sweet potatoes (white), peeled, cubed, steamed
  • 2/3 c maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 3/4 – 1 c water

Peel and cube the sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Steam potatoes. (You can either use a covered pot with a steamer basket or your microwave.) The potatoes should be fork tender. Let cool completely.

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Start with 1/2 c of water and add more as needed, until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency and your desired thickness. Chill for at least an hour.

Note: Sometimes I like to mix this with some whipped coconut cream to make a mousse like texture.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Outrageous Brownies

I have been wanting to make some brownies, but I wanted them to be healthy. I know an oxymoron, but that is what I wanted. Now, you do not have to feel guilty eating  brownies. They are a moist chocolatey all in one bite and good for you.

Another good thing about this recipe is that it is all mixed in a food processor.

  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 c Date Paste
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 3/4 c rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine beans, date paste and cocoa powder into the food processor. Process until creamy and smooth. Add oats, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla and apple cider vinegar. Process until well combined.

Spread batter into prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the batter.

Bake for 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin Sheet Pan Bars

I have been trying to come up with different recipes using pumpkin, because I really like pumpkin season.I made these Pumpkin Bars for a church function. It is a take off of my Banana Date Cake with a few changes.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 20 Dates, pitted, soaked until softened
  • 2 c pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c almond butter
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c Almond Milk, unsweetened, vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c sparkling water

In a large bowl cover dates with hot water, until softened and plump (about 15 minutes).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the wet ingredients into food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a stand mixer bowl.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 5 c GF All-Purpose Flour blend (I used Cup 4 Cup Wholesome Flour)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Spice Blend

In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.

Transfer dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the stand mixing bowl. Blend together, starting on low and then increase the speed slowly until batter is well combined.

Spread batter onto a large sheet pan. bake for 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolate Ganache Spread:

  • 2 c Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 c Almond Milk, unsweetened, vanilla

Melt the chocolate chips with the Almond Milk in a double boiler, until the chocolate is melted and pourable. You may need to add more milk.

Note: If you are using your microwave, heat at 30 second increments, stirring each time.

Pour ganache over pumpkin bars and spread with an offset spatula. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of the ganache.

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Optional:

Sprinkle some vanilla powder on top of the ganache and pumpkin seeds.

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Pecan Cookies

It is that time of year that I start thinking of ways to use pumpkin. So you might see quite a few recipes using pumpkin in the near future. This recipe is an adaptation from my original Pumpkin-Cranberry Cookies. This particular recipe uses a fruit paste for part of the sweetener. I like these cookies because they are not overly sweet, just the right amount of sweetness. These cookies are – Oh So Delicious.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c almond butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper/silicone mat.

Mix together wet ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

Dry Ingredients:

In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients: GF All-Purpose Flour Blend, baking powder, salt, Baking Spice Blend, cranberries and pecans.

Mix the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. Stir until well combined.

I used an ice cream scoop so the cookies are a substantial size. That is just the way I like my cookies. Bake 12-13 minutes. Let cool for at least 5-10 minutes.

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Note: This recipe makes 15 large cookies. Also, these cookies do not spread.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze – GFV

I had a partial can of pumpkin leftover from a recipe and I was in the mood to make donuts. Now we have Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze. There are so many reasons why I like these donuts – Pumpkin, Chocolate, Baked, Easy, Delicious and they are GFV (Gluten-Free Vegan).

Another reason why I like these donuts is that they are stirred and baked in under 30 minutes. The hard part is waiting for them to cool down to dip in the Chocolate Glaze, but totally worth the wait.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree (from can)
  • 3/4 c Almond Milk unsweetened, vanilla
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir all wet ingredients together, until well combined. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Dry Ingredients:

Whisk together dry ingredients, until well combined.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and stir.

Spoon batter into a Zip-top bag. Snip the corner and pipe batter into a donut pan.

Bake 15 minutes. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes before trying to unmold the donuts.

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 c chocolate chips, vegan
  • 3 tbsp Almond Milk, unsweetened, vanilla

Combine chocolate chips and almond milk. Melt chips over a double boiler or in microwave. If using microwave, melt chips at 30 second intervals and stir.

Dip donuts into chocolate glaze. Twist donuts as you remove them from the glaze to prevent drips.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin Spice Bites

I adore Autumn flavors and in honor of those wonderful warming flavors I made these Pumpkin Spice Bites. This would be a great activity to do with the kiddos. Also, these bites would be a wonderful little healthy treat to add to lunches. Another good thing – It has only four ingredients and only takes 20-25 minutes (includes freezer time).

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. Stir the ingredients thoroughly. Roll dough into 15 balls. Place dough bites onto a prepared baking sheet (lined with parchment paper) in freezer for 15 minutes.

Remove from freezer and transfer to a sealable container and store in the refrigerator.

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Note: They can be stored in the refrigerator up to a week.

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Apple-Cranberry Crumble – WFPB

I made this for an activity at church this last week. I revamped this recipe to make it not just vegan but WFPB. That means there are no refined sugars or oil. It came out so good, I could have ate the whole thing myself, but that would be selfish, so I shared.

This is the dessert to make if you want to impress others with your WFPB cooking. They will never know that it is good for them.

Filling:

  • 6-7 c apples, peeled, cored, chopped
  • water, as needed for sautéing apples
  • 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch/arrowroot

In a large dutch oven sauté apples and cranberries over medium heat until apples are slightly softened. Add remaining filling ingredients and thoroughly stir until well incorporated. Transfer to a 9X13 baking dish.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Topping:

Add pecans, dates and almond butter to a food processor. Process until dates and pecans are chopped and mixed with the almond butter.

In a large bowl add pecan mixture, oats, flour blend and spice blend. Mix thoroughly all the ingredients together. They should be coated with the pecan mixture.

Top the apple mixture with the pecan mixture and bake for about 40 minutes. The topping should be golden and the apple mixture should be bubbly. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: Serve with your favorite topping. Whipped coconut cream, vanilla nice cream, etc.

Note: This would be a great breakfast – fruit, oats – Delicious.

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers. This Chocolate Cream Pie is for you. I had some tofu blocks I needed to use, so here we are making Chocolate Cream Pie. It is simple and delicious and with a little chilling time you could be eating this within the hour. I know I will be.

Crust:

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/4 c date sugar or maple sugar
  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Spice Blend

Combine pecans and sugar into a food processor. Process until the mixture resembles a fine meal. Add remaining ingredients: almond butter, salt and Baking Spice Blend. Pulse until well combined.

Press pecan mixture into an 8 or 9-inch pie pan. Set aside in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Filling:

  • 2 1/2 c vegan dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 packages organic firm tofu (I like Nasoya)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c Almond Milk, vanilla, unsweetened

Add tofu blocks and vanilla to a food processor. Process until tofu is creamy. Add melted chocolate chips and start with 1/2 c of both maple syrup and almond milk. Process until well combined. Taste for texture and sweetness. Add remaining maple syrup and almond milk as needed. Make sure it is not too stiff.

Spoon the mixture into the pie crust. Smooth the top with an offset spatula. Refrigerate until firm, about 20-30 minutes.

Note: I topped individual servings with whipped coconut cream.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.