recipe: vegan salted peanut butter chocolate cake

In the past, I have shared quite a number of vegan recipes. This is due largely to the magazine that I write for requesting them. Also, while not a strictly vegan or vegetarian household (although I once was for over three years), we tend to try to eat healthier when it comes to sweets and savoury meals.

That said, now that I am breastfeeding again, I am on a dairy-free, egg-free, caffeine-free, and spice-free diet. This means that I have no choice but to divulge in vegan desserts. I couldn’t mind any less, because they are truly just as delicious as treats that are loaded with eggs and dairy. Case in point, this salty cake. Yum!

Vegan Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

dairy-free butter, to grease
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 ⅓ cup almond milk, unsweetened
¾ cup peanut butter
½ cup canola oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted peanuts
1 tbsp sea salt

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an oblong baking dish with dairy-free butter.

2. Add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined.

3. In a large bowl, combine almond milk, peanut butter, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Then fold in dry ingredients. Once thoroughly mixed, add peanuts and stir into batter.

4. Pour mixture into the baking dish. Top with sea salt and place in oven for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before cutting into pieces. Cover any leftovers and place in fridge until gone!

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recipe: strawberry + banana nut muffins

Ingredients:

¾ cup milk
¼ cup canola oil
1 egg
1 large banana
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup strawberries, chopped
½ cup peanuts, chopped
butter, to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare muffin tray by greasing with butter. In a small bowl combine first 4 ingredients. Mix and set aside.

2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Next, gently fold the wet ingredients into the large bowl.

3. Spoon mixture into the muffin tray, filling each cup ⅔ full. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

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recipe: roasted chickpeas

This pregnancy, I seem to crave nothing but sweet foods during the day, and savory foods at night. Not wanting to gain a hundred pounds (I’m not a pretty pregnant woman), I’m trying to substitute healthy alternatives to classic salty snacks- ie. chips and popcorn. I remembered a recipe that I used to make back when I was a vegetarian and needed more protein in my diet. Enter roasted chickpeas. They are super salty and crunchy, and all sorts of healthy. Enjoy!

Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients:

2 cups chickpeas, drained
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp seasoning salt
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss until chickpeas are well coated.

2. Spread the chickpeas onto a baking sheet. Place in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until desired crunchiness. Remove from oven, and put into airtight container. Eat whenever you are craving something salty, healthy, and delicious!

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recipe: vegan avocado & peanut fudge

Avocados are a source of healthy fats, as well as containing over twenty vitamins and minerals. I thought I would try a healthier take on a sweet treat this time round.

Vegan Avocado & Peanut Fudge

1 ½ cups vegan chocolate chips
1 cup coconut sugar
¾ cup coconut milk (place in fridge beforehand and use hardened top and bottom layers)
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sea salt
2 large avocados
½ cup chopped peanuts

Steps:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Stir over medium heat until completely melted. Turn the heat off, and set the mixture aside.

2. Remove the skin and pits from the avocados. Place in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Then add the chocolate mixture and blend again until well combined.

3. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper. (I tried using tin foil the first time round, and it was a disaster! Use parchment to ensure that the fudge won’t stick to the dish.) Pour the fudge evenly into the dish. Top with peanuts. Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, and keep the fudge in there until just before serving. The cooler it is, the firmer it is, which makes it easier to cut and to eat! Bon appétit!

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creamy vegetarian mac ‘n’ cheese

Ingredients: 

2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 cup leeks, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
5 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 ½ cups Havarti Cheese
1 ½ cups Gouda Cheese
1 ½ tbsp mustard
6 cups Paccheri Pasta

Steps:

1. Melt 2 tbsp of butter or margarine over medium heat on a large skillet. Cut up the tomatoes and leeks, and place them in the pan. Add salt and pepper, and continue to cook until softened and browned, or for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and set aside.

3. Combine the remaining butter or margarine and flour in a medium-sized pot over medium heat until it becomes frothy. Next, add milk. Keep stirring over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Add the cheese, mustard, and pasta. Mix well.

4. Put the pasta mixture into a 9” x 13” baking dish. Spread the tomatoes and leeks evenly over the pasta. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through. You may need to stir halfway through!

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