Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vegan Apple Berry Muffins are a girl's best friend!

Today I made Vegan Apple Berry Muffins!

I got the recipe from Fit Chick in the City.

I did change it a little because otherwise I wouldn't be me.

Instead of pastry flour (which I didn't have) I used half all-purpose half whole-wheat.

I used dark brown sugar because that's what I had and it didn't specify.

I didn't have vanilla soy milk so I used plain and added a tiny bit of extra vanilla extract.

My frozen berries were chopped strawberries and whole blueberries.


Yummy!  Not too sweet...maybe a few more berries next time...

Now I'm going to go work on dinner!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I Want Cupcakes!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes!  

I've been so excited to make this recipe and the day has finally come!

Chocolate batter...

Out of the oven (these were my 1st cupcakes ever)...

Hi there, cutie cakes!


The only thing I have to add to the recipe is that I used the almond extract choice and will probably not do that again.  Almond extract always tastes kind of like chocolate covered cherries to me.  Not bad cupcakes (really good, actually) it's just that the almond extract is distracting.

I did make my own icing for these.

Here's my recipe for Coffee Icing!

1/2 pkt Starbucks Via
1 tbsp plain soy milk
7/8 cup powdered sugar

It was extremely sweet and I'll probably try something a little different next time, but not bad for my first try at that, too!

Let them eat cake!

Whole Lot of Biscotti Bakin' Goin' On

Whole Wheat Biscotti with Nuts and Dried Fruits

I've found a couple of biscotti recipes lately, but this is my first attempting at baking them.

I found this one and thought I'd give it a go.

I did modify it a little...of course.  I used 1/2 cup applesauce instead of eggs and added 1/4 tsp cinnamon just to spice it up.  Get it?  Spice?  Huh?  Huh?  OK...moving on.

For the nuts I mixed pecans, walnuts, and almonds.  Fruit-wise I went with dried cherries, craisins, organic raisins and golden raisins.  (I had them all in the cabinet.)

Here's what they look like:

Success!  And delicious!  I bet this recipe would taste awesome with some gluten free flours, too!

Goodness gracious!  Great Biscotti!

The Lovin' Spoonful

Triple Chocolate Salted Cookies

I made a batch of these cookies before Christmas, but I really wanted to make them again before posting about them.  So I could have a picture...

I made the cookies larger than last time and only got about 18 (I say "about" because of that tiny little one in the middle).

Here's the original recipe.  I actually really like The Small Things Blog, not just for the cookies.

I halved the recipe because what do I need with 4 dozen cookies?  I also played around with the recipe a little.  I did 3/4 whole wheat flour and 1/4 ground flax (to make it a little healthier).  I also used Earth Balance instead of butter and dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar (because that's what I had).    Also, everywhere it said semisweet chocolate I used dark chocolate (because that's what I like).

These cookies are pretty great.  The first batch tasted like brownies and this one did a little too.  Yummy chocolate cookies!

Do you believe in chocolate?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

No bread, but chocolate and peppermint!

It's been over a month since I last posted.  The retail holiday season is now over and I'm back to having some free time.  I'm feeling a little under the weather today, but I'm going to share some of the recipes I made over the past few weeks.

I used this recipe to make some pretty delicious cookies that I shared with my co-workers and my chiropractor and his staff.

I made some substitutions (of course) and though they didn't look as good as the originals they tasted wonderful.

I subbed Earthbalance Original for the butter, soy milk for the milk and instead of prepackaged mint chunks I crushed some candy canes (so I could have candy canes for later).

Just for the record, I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips and no nuts.

I'm going to add a few more recipes that I made over the holidays in the next few days.