Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spook-tacular Ghost Cookies

This is a fun recipe to do with kids! It's pretty spooky but fun! The cookie itself is a cake like cookie and the white frosting is white Almond Bark, but any vegan white chocolate will do! You can cut the cookies down as well to make smaller cookies as I have prepared them it made twelve.
• 2 1/2 cups flour
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/3 cup baking cocoa
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp salt
• 4 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer dissolved in
• 6 tbsp water
• 3/4 cup vegan butter
• 1/4 cup water
dry ingredients mixing
dough mixed ready to be formed
Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Add honey and dissolved Ener-G Egg Replacer. Then add the vegan butter, mix again then add the water sparingly, you might not use the full 1/4 cup. You want the dough to be tacky but not to sticky. Form into long triangles, about 1'' thick as seen below.
formed ready for the oven
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 375 let cool completely. Place on parchment paper after cooled, melt Almond Bark or white chocolate to a smooth constancy easily spreadable. Cover cookies fully, and place two dark chocolate eyes!
let cool and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


This is one of my favorite breakfast foods. Either with some peanut butter, almond butter or tofu cream cheese and sprouts! Bagels are super easy to make and I think homemade tastes better than store bought for sure! They are great hot out of the oven or kept in the fridge or freezer and toasted later. I did the math and it costs about 20 cents to make a bagel at home, now if that is not a savings I don't know what is!
• 4 cups of bread flour
• 2 tbsp salt
• 2 tsp instant yeast
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 2 tsp sunflower oil you can also use vegetable oil if you like
• 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cup war water, about 80 to 85 degrees
Although it's not necessary because I use instant yeast I dissolve the yeast in 1 1/2 cups of warm water and add the sugar after about two minutes. So the yeast has something to eat! Take the flour and salt mix together add the oil and mix in the wet water yeast sugar mix. If the dough seems a little dry add another 1/4 cup of water. Knead on a floured surface for about ten minutes. After kneading cut the dough into 8 balls and let rest for about 15 minutes!
dough balls resting
Put some water in a large pot and set on medium heat to boil. Take each dough ball and roll out into about a 6 to 7 inch cylinder, take the cylinder and connect the ends to make a circle bagel shape, it takes a bit of practice but don't give up on it they still taste good even if they are miss-formed!
rolled bagel
They now have to rest again for another 15 minutes. Now pre heat the oven to 425. After they are done resting you need to boil them them on each side for one minute if you want to put toppings such as sesame or poppy seeds put the seeds in a shallow dish and place bagels in after they are boiled! Cook for 9 to 11 minutes and then turn over and cook for another 9 to 11 minutes, until golden. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before enjoying!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

I do my best not to eat processed food and I try to the same for my companion animals. This particular recipe is one of Vivian's favorites for sure! I usually make a big batch and give them to Vivian's doggie friends as well. They seem to be a big hit will all four legged creatures of the canine variety! Plus they are super simple to prepare and keep well in an air tight container!
• 1 cup whole-wheat flower
• 1 cup corse ground corn meal
• 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
• 1 cup peanut butter (I used smooth but chunky is good too)
• 1 tbsp baking powder
cut out in fun shapes!
Combine dry ingredients and mix lightly, then add the soy milk and mix well, then add the peanut butter and mix again. If the mixture seems to sticky for rolling with a rolling pin add a bit more flower up to 1/4 cup. Roll to 1/2 inch thick, and cut out with cookie cutters. I use little bones and stars but if you don't have access to them you can hand cut into squares or other shapes as well. Bake at 375 for 18 to 20 minutes.
ready to enjoy and made with love!