Vegan Brownies (No Flour, No Refined Sugar)

Vegan Brownies (No Flour, No Refined Sugar)

Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans, no salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 pitted dates, soaked in hot water for 10 min
  • 1/3 cup of raw cashews
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp of ground flax seed whisked with 5  tbsp of water)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut, unsweetened.

Instruction:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. In a blender, add all ingredients except the chocolate chips and shredded coconut. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a brownie pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Let it cool for 10 minutes before devouring!

Vegan Carrot Cake (Double Layer)

Vegan Carrot Cake (Double Layer)

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Makes two layers of cake.Serves 12 – 14 (depends on your slice size!)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups + 1/4 cup four
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder powder
  • 2.5 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (add more if you’re a cinnamon fanatic)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 9 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 cups of sugar (I prefer using coconut sugar)
  • 2 cups oil (I prefer coconut oil, melted, but vegetable oil works, too)
  • 4-5 large carrots, grated

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit. Grease two 9-inch cake pans (or use one and reuse it for the second layer).

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix the flaxseed and water. Add the sugar and oil. Pour the wet mixture into a blender. Add the carrots and blend until the carrots are broken down into crumb sizes.

Pour the wet mixture into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Combine until smooth. Pour half of the mixture into one pan and the rest in the other. If you are using one pan, just wait for the the first batch to finished baking before making the second. Bake each layer for 18-20 minutes.

Once they are both cool, frost with vegan cream cheese frosting!

Carrot Cake Batter
It is OK if your batter is not completely smooth. The carrots will prevent that. Just make sure all the dry ingredients are completely mixed.
Carrot Cake Layers
First frost the bottom layer. Make it thick and slowly place the second layer on top.
Carrot Cake Frosting
Go nuts with your top layer of frosting. I like making it really thick.
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If you have more frosting, don’t stop here! Cover the sides, too.
Carrot Cake
Give this to all your friends and don’t tell them it’s vegan until after they eat it. They’ll be surprised!
Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes about 1 cup of frosting.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 1 hour
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup, or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a food processor. Slowly add 2-5 tbsp of lukewarm water until the desired texture is reached. Use this as the frosting for cakes or your favorite carrot cake muffins!

Vegan Cheesecake

Vegan Cheesecake

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Makes 1 9-inch round pan, about 12 slices

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 2 cups pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 30 minutes)
  • 2 cups raw walnuts

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 2 cups raw cashews (soaked in hot water for 2 hours)
  • 2 large lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp of coconut milk (full fat!)
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Optional ingredients for topping:

  • frozen blueberries
  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • lemon zest (use from the juiced lemons)

 

Instructions:

Lightly grease a 9-inch round pan. I used a cheesecake pan so it was easy the get the cheesecake out.

To make the crust: Add the dates to a food processor or blender. Blend until only a few chunks are left and the mixture is sticky. Remove the dates. Add the walnuts and blend until a meal texture if formed. Lastly, add the dates back in and blend together with the walnuts for a few pulses. Using your fingers, spread the mixture around the bottom of the round pan, pressing firmly. Put in the fridge until ready.

To make the filling: Add the cashews, coconut oil, coconut milk, lemon juice, agave nectar, and maple syrup to the food processor, or blend. Blend until smooth and all traces of cashew pieces are gone. Take the crusted pan out and pour the filling in. Use a spoon to spread the filling out so an even layer is formed.

Place pan in the fridge overnight, or freezer for 4 hours if serving that day.

(Optional) When ready to serve, heat the frozen blueberries in a saucepan for no more than 5 minutes. Decoratively pour the blueberries over the cheesecake. Sprinkle the coconut shreds and lemon zest. EAT!

 

Crust
Step 1: Make the crust by first blending the dates and walnuts separately, then blending together.
Step 2: Use your fingers to the spread the crust around the bottom of the pan
Step 2: Use your fingers to the spread the crust around the bottom of the pan
Step 3: Let the crust sit in the fridge while you make the filling
Step 3: Let the crust sit in the fridge while you make the filling
Step 4: Make the filling by blending all the filling ingredients together until smooth and creamy
Step 4: Make the filling by blending all the filling ingredients together until smooth and creamy
Step 5: Pour the filling into the pan. I used a cheesecake pan, so it was easy to remove the edges and take this picture!
Step 5: Pour the filling into the pan. I used a cheesecake pan, so it was easy to remove the edges and take this picture!
Step 6: (optional) Add your toppings and make it look pretty!
Step 6: (optional) Add your toppings and make it look pretty!
After the cheesecake sets, you can cut this into about 12 slices
After the cheesecake sets, you can cut this into about 12 slices
YUM!
YUM!
Peach Crisp

Peach Crisp

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Living in Nashville has brought many perks into my life, one of them being an abundant supply of peaches. I knew living close to Georgia farms was going to benefit me in some way, but I did not think that my summer would be filled with boxes and boxes of peaches for cheap prices. Everywhere we went: peaches, peaches and peaches. Of course we took full advantage and came home with a nice big bag of these juicy yellow fruits after every grocery shop.

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One day we had just way too many. And what do you do when peaches are overflowing in your fruit basket? You make a peachy dessert!

This recipe is not only delicious and easy, it is also packed with loads of fiber by making a granola-like mixture to cover the peaches while they sizzle in the oven.

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Servings: 5-6

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ripe peaches
  • 1 cup whole, rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (Oat flour is the healthiest option. You can use whole wheat flour if desired)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease an 8 inch casserole dish.

Chop peaches into halves. Chop in halves, again.  Chop into slices, and then chop each slice into five small pieces. Spread the peaches in the casserole dish and make an even layer.

In a mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Mix vigorously with a wooden spoon until all ingredients have mixed well with the others. Pour over the peaches. Make sure to cover the peaches as best as you can while creating a new even layer.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. The peaches should be sizzling under the crispy layer, which should have browned a bit. Server warm with a scoop of coconut milk cream or ice cream.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Dark Chocolate Truffles

I’ll make this post short and sweet because that is exactly what it’s like making these gooey, dreamy truffles.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana (VERY RIPE, mashed)
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter (Earth Balance!)
  • 1/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • A dash of sea salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, banana, and vegan butter. Once mixture is smooth, fold in the chocolate chips. Roll the batter into bite sized balls and lay each on the pan. Be sure they are not touching. Throw a dash of sea salt over the balls before cooking

Bake for 12 minutes. Let them cool before biting into them, the melted chocolate chips will be hot!

Dark Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Dark Chocolate Walnut Fudge

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 3 cups of vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups of organic powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of toasted chopped walnuts

Pour the coconut milk into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and mix in vegan chocolate chips and pure vanilla extract. Whisk together until smooth.

In a separate bowl, combine the organic powdered sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder. Fold the dry mixture into the chocolate until consistent smooth texture.

Finally, add the walnuts into the mix.

Put into a 8×8 inch pan, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Enjoy the next day by cutting into chunks of your desired size!