APPLE CINNAMON DUTCH BABY WITH CRUMBLED WALNUTS
Pancakes are yummy and donuts are great, but this sweet, crunchy, gooey dutch baby is LIFE CHANGING. This dish is from my first cookbook, Homestyle Vegan, which came out last year. It's packed full of 80 comfort food recipes with inspiration from my favorite real food dishes. Healthier baked beans? Yup! Baked Sea Salted Soft Pretzels? Uh huh! Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy? I've got you covered! You can buy one of the last few signed copies of my cookbook (with a few included surprises!) here. Ready to get to the recipe? Let's get moving! Intended as a dish for sharing, this recipe is perfect for a group brunch or after a morning of heavy drinking. We cut the sugar way down, but it still packs enough sweetness to cure your sweet tooth and impress your friends. This isn't an everyday breakfast; this is a lounge in your pj's 'till noon 'breakfast', a 'celebrating our anniversary' breakfast, a you-scored-your-dream-job-and-it's-time-to-celebrate breakfast - you get what I'm saying, right? This is a treat yo'self, no guilt, love your life breakfast - because I think we could all use a few more of these. You can still drink your green smoothie on the side! But you so deserve this, babe. So let's bake! This turned-up-pancakes party is getting started and you know you want to be there!
4 tablespoons (28 g) ground flax
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (150 ml) warm water
2 cups (340 g) whole wheat flour
2 cups (475 ml) non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (120 ml) applesauce
2 tablespoons (14 g) cinnamon, divided
1/4 cup (60 g) sugar
1/4 cup (45 g) brown sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup (75 g) walnuts, finely chopped or crumbled
2 medium-sized tart apples, cored and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons (60 ml) vegan butter or coconut oil
maple syrup or powdered sugar, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water. Set aside to thicken.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, milk, vanilla, applesauce, thickened flax mixture and one tablespoon of cinnamon. In a separate, smaller bowl mix together the sugar, brown sugar, remaining one tablespoon of cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts. Set aside. Prepare your apples and set those aside, too.
When the oven has heated, place 4 tablespoons of vegan butter or coconut oil into a 8-in cast iron pan and place it in the oven. Heat until the butter or oil completely melts, about 3 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven and pour in the batter. Place the pan back into the oven and bake 20-22 minutes, until the dutch baby is cooked about halfway through and and the sides are beginning to puff up. Pull it from the oven and cover it in apple slices. Spread the sugar and nut mixture over the top, and put the pan back into the oven. Bake 20-25 more minutes, then remove the pan from the oven. Serve slices immediately with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dusting of powdered sugar.
Leftovers can be saved up to 3 days, covered, in the fridge.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Guys! We're back up and running. ICYMI, the site was down for a couple of day because we're working on a transitioning the blog to a new name. You may've already seen the sneak peek on instagram, but if you haven't, we'll be soon be ditching the name Fettle Vegan and calling the blog Good Saint. More on that in my next post! If you're not already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, now might be a great time - so you don't miss a thing when we switch over! For now, I'm bringing you a sweet, seasonal treat: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble. This crumble is the BEST. Is it yummy, it is sugar-free, and it is so simple it'll blow your mind. Oh, and did I mention gluten-free? And soy-free? It ticks those boxes too, babes. It's a baked good you can feel good about eating and will feel good about eating because it tastes damn delicious. I did good, guys. And I think you're gonna be really proud of me.
I needed a sweet, simple dessert. I've been BUSY lately! With the site changes and the wedding - posts on THAT coming soon, too! - plus the honeymoon, and now my 200-hour yoga teacher training at CorePower, I've been exhausted lately and playing constant catch-up. I just don't have time for 15-ingredient layer cakes these days! Just 10 ingredient crumbles. 😉 I worked hard to keep the ingredients simple and whole, because I'm all about eating real, wholesome foods these days. Nothing processed, no preservatives, no extra sweeteners. It's summer - you don't need that shit. Whether you pick your own sweet strawberries (I MISS doing that in Maine every year!) or just buy 'em on sale at the grocery store, the secret here is really the rhubarb. It gives such a great tart balance to this easy dish. I highly recommend adding a dollop of coconut whip before serving - it's the perfect topping. Recipe linked below - so let's get cooking!
2 cups fresh rhubarb, sliced
4 heaping cups fresh strawberries, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup almond flour
2 cups GF oats
1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener (or sweetener of your choice - sugar works if you're into it, and the ratio is 1:1!)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened coconut oil
2- 15 oz. cans whole fat coconut milk
1-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1-3 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener (again, use your fave sweetener here if you prefer!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch glass baking dish and set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl, toss your strawberries and rhubarb in the lemon juiced chia seeds until evenly coated. In a separate mixing bowl combine the almond flour, GF oats, flour, monk fruit sweetener, baking powder and salt. Add in the softened coconut oil and stir until crumbs begin to form.
Pour the strawberry rhubarb mixture evenly into the greased glass baking dish. Top with the oat + almond flour crumble mixture, distributing evenly. Put the crumble into the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, until crumble topping becomes golden and berry mixture bubbles. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving. Or eat it straight from the pan while you watch the Bachelorette. I'm not here to judge!
To prepare the coconut whip, simply scoop the firm solids from the cans of coconut milk into a large mixing bowl and toss in the sweetener, milk, and vanilla and whip with beaters until fluffy. Scoop onto your crumble and enjoy!
Leftovers - both the crumble and the ship - stay well, wrapped separately, in the fridge for up to a week.
To reheat, cover with foil and reheat at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes, or until warm in the middle.
Double Fudge Brownies - grain-free + sugar-free!
IT'S FINALLY HERE! Well, TWO things are finally here! First, I leave for my bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs tomorrow with 14 of my closest friends to spend the weekend poolside - and I'm SO excited! We'll be doing yoga, tie-dyeing, taking selfies on pool floaties, and just generally chilllllling before I have to get back to the stress of wedding planning on Monday. I can't wait! But before I go, I also teased you guys last week on instagram with this recipe, and figured it was only right to share it with you babes before I left on this long weekend adventure. It's a recipe I'm super proud of and super into because it's totally free of ANY sugar (you'll see how!) and all grains, making this the perfect batch of brownies to make for someone with food allergies or who is just crazy strict watching their diet, like I am in prepping for this wedding. (I wanna look badass and feel my best!)
I based the recipe off of the Double Fudge Mint Brownies recipe in my cookbook, Homestyle Vegan, but the original version is full of flour and sugar and all things generally off limits for people with food allergies. Of course, if you need to tweak it to suit your particular preferences please do so, but let us know what changes you make in the comments! It can be helpful for other readers to see what substitutions worked...and which didn't. These are the ultimate fudgy brownies, soft and dense with a chewy outer crust. You can pull them from the oven a few minutes early if you like 'em even fudgier, but either way I think they're best served warm with a glass of almond milk on the side. Anyway, I've got bathing suits and sunscreen to pack, but trust me - you're going to love every second of eating these - and you're going to love how healthy they are even more!
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup monk fruit sweetener (we use Lakanto Classic)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup monk fruit syrup (we use Lakanto Maple Syrup to keep it sugar-free) OR maple syrup OR agave nectar
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or chunks
Preheat oven to 350º. Grease or line an 8x8 in baking dish.
In a large whisking bowl whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, monk fruit sweetener, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, monk fruit syrup, unsweetened almond milk and vanilla extract. Pour these wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture and use a wooden spoon to combing the mixture completely. The batter may be stiff, so feel free to get in there and use your hands if you like. Once the batter is uniform, pour in the chocolate chips or chunks and stir to evenly distribute them throughout the batter.
Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish, using the back of the wooden spoon to press the mixture down evenly into the dish. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out almost completely clean. If you bake them too long, they will become dryer and much more cake-like than fudge-like in texture. Remove the dish from the oven and place it on a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing. For the ULTIMATE fudge brownies, see the tip below. Once cooled, slice and enjoy!
Make these brownies EXTRA FUDGY by refrigerating them after cooling for at least 1-2 hours before slicing. The fridge helps cool the core before it has set completely, resulting in some of the best damn brownies ever!
Leftovers can be left on the counter or in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days. After that they'll start drying out.
Vanilla Cashew Butter Cups
Guys the countdown is on - I am officially 100 days away from my WEDDING! Don't worry, I'm not freaking out or anything (I'm totally freaking out) and the stress has been minimal (It's all LIES!), so it couldn't be going any smoother (Is it too late to elope?). That being said, I've only got so much control over the outside vendors and other things happening this far out, but I have total control over my workouts and diet, and that may be the only thing keeping me sane. I'm the kind of person who works really well with a goal date in mind, so knowing I want to tone up before the wedding has been fun to work toward. I'm in decent shape, but have been really stepping up my runs and strength-training workouts, and working on cutting out all the sugar from my diet. I've had great results lately, losing inches around my waist and thighs and I think more than the working out, it is due to the removal of sugar from my diet. We've all heard it by now - sugar is AS addictive as hard drugs to the brain. That's right, your brain's pleasure centers can't distinguish the two, they just know it feels great and they want it again. Being a sugar-addict sounds like a silly thing, but in reality most Americans are totally hooked and don't even realize it.
When I officially started cutting out the sugar, about three months ago, it was due to a combo of wedding prep and having rented 'That Sugar Documentary' and realizing it was time to make a change. The doc showed that the USDA recommends about 10% of calories per day come from sugar - this was about 25 grams of sugar per day, for most people - but the doc showed that most people are eating closer to 80 grams of sugar per day. WHAT?! That's more than 3x as much! I was blown away. And I immediately thought, 'Not me!' because of course I wanted to believe I was achieving something better and because we all want to believe that we're being successful. I'm a pretty healthy eater, but that doesn't mean I'm eating healthfully all the time. Pro tip: I WASN'T. When I started recording my eaten sugars I was totally embarrassed - the first day, I hit 36 grams by 3 pm and was still craving dessert all night. There just seem to be hidden sugars everywhere! Now, I'm not a total nut. I eat healthy, normal foods like fruit without checking the sugars, I just eat it in moderation. Because of course pancakes aren't the same as an apple. But not all people know that! So i'm here to give you a heads up. Cut the sugar out! It was a hard two weeks of cravings and a few headaches for me, but overall the withdrawal symptoms weren't as bad as I expected at all and now, I don't get the cravings at all. (Unless I'm on my period - those cravings conquer all.)
So how did I cut the sugar out? Well, I started weaning myself off by making myself some sugar-free and super low-sugar treats to keep in the fridge. It helped hugely! Now when I wanted a sweet treat, I'd have a little nibble off of one of my guilt-free fridge treats instead of a 1/2 pint of ice cream. And it worked! Soon I wasn't craving the sweets as often, and when I did, I had a healthy solution to reach for before I could make an unhealthy choice instead. That's it! No magic pill, just an upcoming wedding and a solid amount of will power. You can do it too! And the perfect way to start is with these - almost TOO easy to make - Vanilla Cashew Butter Cups! They're rich, creamy, and decadent - and you'd NEVER know they had no added sugar. I used the recipe for the Vanilla Cashew Butter from my Homestyle Vegan Cookbook (it's got great reviews on Amazon!), but you could definitely use the nut butter of your choice here instead.
Quick note: The chocolate you buy will affect the sugar in this dessert. If you buy a 70% + Dark Chocolate like I did, the sugar should be under 9 grams per serving, which is reasonably low. You can look for a sugar-free chocolate, but I think real, rich, dark chocolate really works great here. And plus, we don't want to demonize sugar, just eat a ton less of it. Looking for more low-sugar desserts? Find our favorites here. Also, we want to give a shout to Honeycomb Studio in Atlanta for the gorgeous, hand-made, small-batch porcelain plates in the photo. They are almost too pretty to use - we love them!
Vanilla Cashew Butter (from my Homestyle Vegan Cookbook)
2 cups raw cashews
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
Vanilla Cashew Butter Cups
1 cup cashew vanilla cashew butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (optional)
3 cups dairy-free chocolate chips or chunks
1-3 drops vanilla stevia (optional)
Vanilla Cashew Butter
Preheat oven to 325º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the cashews onto the baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes, stirring once, until golden and fragrant.
Let the cashews cool completely, then pour them into a food processor with the vanilla bean innards, cinnamon and salt and process until smooth. It might take a while - it took us about 5 continuous minutes of processing to get a super smooth consistency. Of course, if you prefer it a little chunky, you do you - just stop processing while there are still some chunks left. Pour the nut butter into an airtight container and set aside.
Vanilla Cashew Butter Cups
Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
Using the double boiler method, begin to melt the chocolate chips over medium heat, stirring as they soften. Pour in the coconut oil and stevia, if using, and continue to stir until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
Pour about 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate into each lined cup. Pop the tray into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to set. Pull the tray out and scoop about 1 tablespoon of the vanilla cashew butter onto the chocolate layer of each cup, centering it as best you can. Once all the cups have the cashew butter, pop the tray in the freezer for another 5-10 minutes to set again. While it sets, make sure your chocolate it still melty and ready to go.
When set, pull the tray from the freezer again and top each cup with 1-2 tablespoons of the remaining melted chocolate mixture, until the cashew butter is completely covered or 'sealed' within each cup. Pop the tray back in the freezer to set, another 10-15 minutes. Once set, remove the cups from the tray and enjoy! They will soften at room temperature if coconut oil was added, so keep them in a cool place until you'r ready to eat them.
Makes 12-14 cups.
Leftover vanilla cashew butter doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and should keep at least two weeks out of the fridge. It will last indefinitely in the fridge.
Leftover cups are best saved in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to 6 months.
Vanilla-Glazed Matcha Scones
Until recently, there was another Matcha Scone recipe on this site. It was from my gluten-free days that had mixed results when people made it. To be honest, I never really got the hang of baking with gluten-free flours, and it seemed like everyone that made the recipe got a different result. So, a few years later, I've decided to revisit the recipe and figure out what was going on. Except this time, I've ditched the GF free flours in favor of a more predictable wheat-based flour - I don't have any kind of wheat allergy - and had fantastic results!
I scrapped the old recipe entirely and started working from the proportions for a scone recipe from my Homestyle Vegan Cookbook and guys- they came out SO WELL! These scones are 1000x better than the first one were. They're sweet, fluffy, and moist inside - the PERFECT scone, especially if you like matcha! It's important to use a high-quality matcha powder to get a vibrant green color in your scones, too. The light drizzle of vanilla glaze sweetens them up just enough - they're perfect for breakfast AND dessert! Plus, we're only 2 months from St. Patrick's Day and they'd be PERFECT leprechaun-inspired fare for themed parties or as something to help soak up all the Guinness. 😝 Either way, LET'S EAT! Scroll down for the recipe, friends.
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons matcha powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold vegan butter
3/4 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon non-dairy milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To make the scones, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, matcha powder, baking powder, ginger and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the cold vegan butter until small crumbs form. Pour in the mashed banana, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla and stir together with wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form a 1-inch thick disk. Cut the disk into 8 equal scone wedges, like a pizza. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes, until golden.
Place the scones on a wire rack to cool. While they cool, prepare the maple glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, non-dairy milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over completely cooled scones and enjoy!
Makes 8 scones.
Leftovers save well sealed in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls with Walnuts + Vanilla Bean Glaze
Nothing makes a better Christmas morning breakfast than one spent enjoying delicious food around the tree. Growing up, my dad always made biscuits and gravy and my mom would always make Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, and my sister and I would patiently wait and play with presents while they cooked. Those are some of my favorite Christmas morning memories now; you never remmeber what you got for gifts - except the year I got a purple beanbag chair. I'll always remember that excitement. Now that we don't live with Mom and Dad anymore, Alex and I have started working on our own traditions to make the Holiday special. Last year we made these Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls with Walnuts + Vanilla Bean Glaze for our own Christmas morning breakfast, and they wowed the extended family so much they made it into my Homestyle Vegan cookbook! We knew we had to share the recipe - everyone deserves a warm, sweet, cinnamon-filled tradition.
And whether it's the Holidays or not, there simply is nothing better for breakfast or brunch than a huge, ooey-gooey cinnamon roll dripping with icing and speckled with walnuts. This is the kind of breakfast that actually makes you WANT to get out of bed on a Saturday morning. And paired with homemade vanilla bean glaze? Girrrrrrrl! Go preheat your oven. BUT before you do, just one more thing - everything in our shop is still 10% OFF right now with the code FVHOLIDAYS, and once the merch is gone, it's NOT coming back! Shop here. Otherwise, scroll for ooey gooey goodness!
1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk, room temperature
1/4 cup (60 g) vegan butter, melted
2 1/4 teaspoons (7 g) active dry yeast
3 cups (510 g) all purpose flour
1 tablespoon (12 g) sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (60 g) vegan butter, melted
1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
2 teaspoons (6 g) cinnamon
1/4 cup (55 g) chopped walnuts
Vanilla Bean Glaze:
1 cup (175 g) powdered sugar
2 vanilla beans, scraped
2 tablespoons (30 ml) unsweetened almond milk
chopped walnuts, for garnish
Combine room temperature unsweetened almond milk and melted vegan butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Pour in the yeast and let set to activate, about 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile combine the flour, sugar and salt in a medium mixing bowl. When the yeast mixture is ready, pour the flour mixture in about 1 cup at a time, stirring as you go. When the dough comes together, knead with a dough hook for about 1 minute, to form a loose, sticky ball. You can add a little bit of milk here, if needed, to keep the dough sticky. Move the dough ball to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel and leave in a warm place to double in size, about 1-2 hours.
Turn risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4- inch thick rectangle. Brush the dough generously with the melted butter, then sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and walnuts evenly all over the top. Starting on one side, roll the dough into one thick log. Using a serrated or very sharp knife, slice into 9 equal rolls. Place the rolls into a well greased 8x8 inch pan and cover with plastic wrap or a clean dishtowel by the oven to rise for about 30 more minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350º. Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, until golden and fluffy. Once completely cooled, drizzle the vanilla bean glaze generously over the top and garnish with chopped walnuts. Enjoy!
Makes 9 rolls.
Nearly Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
With my new Homestyle Vegan cookbook hitting shelves November 1st, my first book signing event and the Holidays coming up, I've really been doing my best stay low stress and to avoid sugar. Not only do I have wedding I'm trying to look pretty great for, but sugar is just not my friend. It's the number one food that makes me gain weight and really screws with my face, causing breakouts. I really try not to eat much of it as part of my everyday diet. Besides foods with natural sugar like fresh fruit, of which I indulge plenty, I really don't eat it. Except when I'm menstruating - then all bets are off, friends. Then I will fight you for your french fries. Then I will eat an entire pint of ice cream with no regrets. Then I am unstoppable, and Alex knows it's best to just get out of my way and let me eat through the cramps and lower back pain. But since I can be kind of rage-binge-y at that time of the month, I've started combatting later, meaner, hungrier me with some seriously indulgent-tasting, nearly-sugar-free chocolate chip cookies!
They are soft, chewy, sweet, and taste like they should be packed with sugar - but NOPE! Just a couple of optional tablespoons in this recipe, and it doesn't even have to be refined. I've made these cookies maybe 30 times at this point and have gotten the recipe down to an exact science. They are the perfect dessert or sweet treat when you need one, and make a decent meal when you need more like 7. They're stuffed with chocolate chips, which I think helps to totally mask the flavor stevia in the recipe. This is actually the FIRST recipe on this site using stevia because I've always been so hesitant to bake with it. But I am experimenting with it and so far, so good. Even Alex says these cookies pass his 'no after-taste' test, which is good, because a lot of sugar-less sweeteners don't! These cookies taste heavenly and indulgent, but are lighter and way more guilt-free than you'd ever imagine. Plus, CHOCOLATE. So go ahead, have four. You know I'm going to!
1 tablespoon ground flax
3 tablespoons warm water
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or AP flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened coconut oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar, maple syrup, or your favorite sweetener (optional)
3/4 teaspoon liquid vanilla stevia
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (double if using unflavored liquid stevia)
3/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl combine the flax and water, set aside to gelatinize.
In a separate, larger mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Form a well in the center and set aside.
In the medium mixing bowl with the flax mixture add the coconut oil, sugar or maple syrup, stevia and vanilla. Whisk to combine completely, then pour the mixture into the well formed by the dry ingredients. Use electric mixers to beat the mixture together until well combined. If not using an electric mixer, mix with a wooden spoon until you can't anymore, then finish it off with your hands. Once combined, pour in the chocolate chips and mix 'em in.
Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop 1-inch balls onto a lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden. Remove from the oven and move the cookies to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
Makes about 18 cookies.
Leftover cookies save well in a sealed container on the counter for up to a week.
Purple Sweet Potato Pie Bars
Last week Alex and I took a day to start wedding planning together - FINALLY! So far, we have a venue, at The Riverbed Farm in Anaheim, and a date - June 10th, 2017, but other than that we've got nothing planned. Whoops! Time seems to be flying by at this point so my next big things to mark off the checklist are our save the dates and invitations, finding a caterer and finalizing details like the drink menu and decor. I'll have a post up soon on all the details and what we've learned so far in planning our vegan wedding!
In the meantime, a girl's gotta eat, and I've been loving all the fall produce we've been getting in our CSA box + seeing in supermarkets lately. We went on a date day last and ended up at a cute little kombucha + fermented goods bar in Costa Mesa called Farm + Culture Co. that served these yummy bites made with purple sweet potato and I was totally inspired. I wanted to create something similar, but with a little more focus on something sharable for the Fall season - so we came up with these Purple Sweet Potato Pie Squares. These pie squares are an incredibly gorgeous color - shockingly purple! - that just make you wanna eat 'em up. These bars are:
The sweet potatoes are paired with warm fall flavors like maple, cinnamon, and ginger on a chewy cashew-date-macadamia crust that makes them irresistible and much like a traditional sweet potato pie - but far healthier! They're are totally naturally sweetened, and you can omit the maple syrup if you prefer to keep them date-sweetened only. Eat them on their own or top them with a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg for the perfect fall treat. They're an indulgence you don't have to have any guilt about, so go ahead - have two!
Cashew Date Macadamia Crust Layer:
1 1/2 cups cashews
1 cup macadamia nuts (or skinless almonds)
1 cup pitted dates
3 tablespoons coconut oil
Purple Sweet Potato Pie Layer:
1.5 lbs purple sweet potatoes, boiled, skinned + mashed (about 2 1/2 cups mash)
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cashew Date Macadamia Crust Layer:
Soak the cashews and macadamia nuts in warm water for at least one hour. Drain off the liquid, and pour the soaked nuts into the food processor. Add in the pitted dates and coconut oil and process until a sticky crust forms.
Grease or line a 9x9 inch glass baking dish. Scrape the crust mixture into the baking dish and use a rubber spatula to spoon to press the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan. Refrigerate or freeze to set the crust, about one hour, before topping with the sweet potato mixture. Wipe the processor bowl out with a paper towel and set aside.
Purple Sweet Potato Pie Layer:
Place the sweet potatoes into a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the water and let cool completely. Once cooled, remove the skins and toss 'em into the compost or trash bin. Place the sweet potatoes into the processor bowl with the almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Process on high until the mixture is completely combined and smooth.
Pour the mixture over the cooled crust layer and spread it evenly around. Place the baking dish back into the freezer to firm - they'll be much easier to slice this way. Once they're firm, about 3+ hours later, slice the bars even squares. Serve immediately or let soften in the fridge until you're ready to enjoy!
Makes 16-20 bars. Leftovers can be saved in the fridge for several days or the freezer indefinitely.
Purple Sweet Potatoes are different than Japanese Sweet Potatoes, which are purple on the outside but white on the inside. Make sure you double check or your pie squares - while delicious! - certainly won't come out looking like ours.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Bars
I love cookies of all shapes and sizes - I'm not one to discriminate. That being said, there just aren't enough vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies around. At least not ready available for purchase...so I came up with my own recipe so I could have them whenever I got a craving. Instead of using a store-bought vegan white chocolate (which is REALLY hard to find. I have found it online, though) in these, I used chopped cacao butter. Cacao butter is the edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean and it both smells and tastes like chocolate. It's the perfect substitute and is PACKED with antioxidants to help give you healthy hair and skin - so they're basically a health food...right?! 😝
I used maple syrup instead of sugar in this recipe because I prefer the flavor of maple syrup, but substitution info is listed below if you're interested. These cookie bars are thin, a bit crispy on the edges, and packed with yummy, crunchy macadamia nuts. They're SO GOOD and make a taste pretty damn dipped in tall glass of almond milk. So what're you waiting for?! We've got cookies to eat!
1 cup vegan butter OR vegetable shortening
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup vegan white chocolate or cacao butter, roughly chopped
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Using a hand held or stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy. Add in the flour. When it's fully incorporated, stir in the white chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts.
Pour the cookie dough into a greased 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Press dough very firmly with plastic wrap or a spatula until the top is silky smooth and free of cracks or bubbles.
Bake for 23-28 minutes until slightly golden + crisp on the edges. An inserted toothpick should come out clean. Cool completely, then cut into triangles (or squares!) with a sharp knife. Scoop out the bars and enjoy!
Makes about 16 bars.
You can also sub 1 cup organic sugar for the maple syrup here. The cookie bars will be crispier if you do this.
For thicker bars you can also try baking in an 8x8 inch pan, but the cooking time may need to be adjusted.
Leftovers last in the fridge for about a week!
Lavender Tea Latte
I wanted to post this recipe nearly a week ago for you but first my trackpad on my laptop stopped working and I was forced to travel to the deep dark depths of the Apple Store to get it fixed. As soon as I got it back, my host server was down! Ugh, what a week. We do, however, have some exciting events coming up!
This Friday, June 17th we'll be doing our last Tacolepsy pop-up at Green Bliss Cafe in Fullerton. Starting on July 15th we'll be at Renewable Farms in Anaheim with music, art, and a full outdoor patio under the lights. Oh yeah, and BEER! Its the best way to spend a Friday night for sure, and is totally family-friendly, so make sure you come eat with us. Starts at 6pm and goes until about 10pm!
This Tuesday, July 21st, for Fullerton's Day Of Music, we're working with Wander Outfitters to make and serve vegan chili and cornbread for everyone out celebrating. Stop by to say hi and for a warm bowl of spicy, homemade chili and to see some of our new Plant-Based Adventures merch!
But anyway, back to this recipe. Buying tea lattes costs way too much these days. It’s rarely under $5, especially with the up-charge for non-dairy milk. And who can afford that nonsense? Well now you don’t need to! This easy-to-make Lavender Tea Latte is like the chai lattes prettier, more summery cousin - and can be made totally caffeine-free! Soothing and sweet, with just the right amount of creaminess, this drink is the perfect morning treat or nighttime sipper.
12 oz unsweetened almond milk
1 lavender tea bag OR 1 tablespoon loose leaf lavender tea in a strainer
1 tablespoon maple syrup, agave or sweetener of choice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
lavender flowers, for garnish
dollop of coconut whipped cream (optional)
Heat the milk and tea in a medium-sized saucepan until hot, but do not bring to a boil.
Remove the tea bags or strainer and whisk in the maple syrup, ginger and vanilla. Using a milk frother or high speed blender, add your desired amount of foam to the drink. Scoop in a dollop of coconut whip, if you choose, then sprinkle with fresh lavender flowers for garnish and enjoy immediately!
You can use any tea you like in place of the Lavender to create a tea latte. Strong green, fruity black and earthy herbal teas all taste great!
Don't leave the tea to steep in the milk more than a couple minutes after removing it from the heat. It is easy for floral teas like lavender to get bitter if it sits too long.