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Oatmeal Cookie Parfait

I probably should have called this – If You Don’t First Succeed Turn It into a Parfait. Remember, I mentioned I had to make a second batch of the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies.  They were too dry. They reminded me more of granola. Since they were granola like, I decided to make parfaits with them.

The cookies fit perfectly into a small mason jar. Then I layered some ingredients. These parfaits make the perfect portable snack. You can change it up with different kinds of fruit.

Layer in order of the ingredients.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies

It took me two batches to get these cookies right. The first batch was too dry, yet the flavor was delicious. I have plans for the drier batch. I am thinking a breakfast cookie yogurt parfait with some berries. I added applesauce and that made all the difference.

These are the perfect cookies to put in the lunch box. They are WFPB, Vegan and Gluten-Free. This recipe makes 24 cookies, just enough for yourself and to share with your loved ones. There is no guilt with these cookies, so enjoy.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 c GF oat flour
  • 2 c GF rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Wet Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix together the wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Stir-Ins:

  • 3/4 c chocolate chips

Stir in the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients; coating the chips with the flour mixture.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Drop the cookie batter by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are golden.

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Note: You can make the oat flour by grinding rolled oats in a spice/coffee grinder.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

I love pumpkin season, streusel and muffins so I decided to combine the three to give you this incredibly light muffin. You can even feel the lightness of the muffin as you spoon it into the tins. Usually streusel has butter, but I use almond butter instead to keep in the WFPB realm. I used Date Paste instead of sugar and a couple of other substitutions to increase the nutritional value and keep it in our line of eating.

These muffins would be great for Christmas morning or as part of a brunch for New Year’s Day. It is so nice to feel like you are indulging, but it is really just the normal healthy way you eat.

Streusel:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together the streusel ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Dry Ingredients:

Add all the dry ingredients into a food processor and process until the oats have turned into a flour and all the ingredients are well blended.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 c Date Paste
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c almond yogurt (I like Kite Hill)
  • 1/4 c almond milk, unsweetened, vanilla
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Add all the wet ingredients to a stand mixer and mix until they are well incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix slowly. That way you will not be covered with the flour mixture. Gradually increase speed until all the ingredients are completely combined.

Note: Until I figure out a way to keep the muffins from sticking to the tin I still spray the tin with a cooking spray. Let me know if you have an idea for this little problem.

Evenly distribute batter into the prepared muffin wells. Spoon about a tablespoon of streusel on top of each of the muffins.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Let cool about 10 minutes in the tin and then remove from muffin wells. You do not want the muffins to get soggy from sitting in the tin.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: The first batch of these were not quite sweet enough, yet it did not stop us from eating them. They are that good. So adjustment of just a little maple syrup will add a little more sweetness. If you prefer something less sweet you can skip the maple syrup and it will be still so delicious.

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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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Vanilla-Pumpkin Spice Pecans

These pecans are addictive. they have a hint of vanilla, sweetness and pumpkin spices. They are perfect and you can make them on the stovetop. I tasted one, and I wanted more.

  • 1 1/2 c pecan halves
  • 3 tbsp maple sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • pinch of Himalayan Salt
  • pinch of ground black pepper

Add all the ingredients to a ziplock bag and shake.

Add pecan mixture to a non-stick skillet. Toast nuts on medium heat, until the maple sugar is melted . Stir the nuts frequently to coat. Once the maple starts to sugar it will go very quickly, about 30-60 seconds. Transfer nuts to a silicone mat. Let nuts cool.

Note: I have used these nuts to top cakes or salads. There are so many possibilities.

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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.