Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Bars

This is a recipe that has been a family favorite for years, even before we began a plant based diet. It was a recipe I had modified and since then has been a base recipe for all my cookies. It is so easy!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars/Cookies
3/4 cup oil (canola, NOT coconut oil)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons ground flax
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups spelt flour 
(or combination white/whole wheat flour )
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup vegan (or regular) chocolate chips

Mix oil, sugar, flax, milk, and vanilla well. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined well.  Press into an ungreased 9 x 13 cake pan. Bake @ 350 for 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. You may also make these into cookies and bake for 10 minutes.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Vegan Chocolate Cake

This cake was so nummy, I have a serious weakness for cake. This is a must make! My picture doesn't do it justice! I made a few variations from this recipe found on Instructables 

Vegan Chocolate Cake 
1 1/4 cups spelt flour
3/4 honey or agave
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons ground flax
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Mix all dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. If batter is too thin, add another half cup flour. Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes

Chocolate Coconut Frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup almond milk

Mix dry ingredients. Add vanilla and milk. Add the melted coconut oil last. The frosting will be a little thin. I like it that way ;) Add less milk or more powdered sugar if you want a thicker frosting.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pomegranate Mandarin Pecan Salad

I eat so many salads that I need variety! This salad was created from some of my favorite things to eat right now. The combination was so good!

Pomegranate Mandarin Pecan Salad

1 head of washed organic romaine lettuce, chopped 
1-2 mandarin oranges, peeled and sectioned and cut in half
1/4 cup organic raisins
1/4 pecan pieces
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 pomegranate seeds
Balsamic vinaigrette 

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Serves two. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

21 Spiced Potatoes n Broccoli

It's all about simplicity! It's also all about Trader Joes 21 Salute seasoning! I LOVE this stuff! I put it in soups, sprinkle it in salads, but my favorite is putting it on my baked potatoes!
This was my lunch today...steamed broccoli and a couple of small baked potatoes, drizzle flax oil, a small amount of Braggs Liquid Aminos and sprinkle 21 Salute.  Enjoy!