Vegan buttercream frosting 

Now that the holidays are over and I’m on a sugar detox, of course I’m dreaming of all the yummy things I ate the past month. These delicious (toddler decorated) Christmas Cookies and this birthday cake come to mind…. as I snack on these baby carrots. I made a vegan buttercream frosting on both that was just divine. 

One of my best friends, a self proclaimed meat eating vegan, has given up dairy and eggs this year to continue breastfeeding her son who has severe food allergies.  We celebrated her baby’s first birthday and had a Toddler Christmas Cookie decorating party in December. And since that sweet little boy is one of my favorite kids on earth, I made sure the toddler cookie party was completely vegan friendly. I wouldn’t have had it any other way, but my friend called me after the party and said she was so incredibly thankful that everything was vegan friendly because there was no other cookie party on earth she could have gone to and not had to worry about what crumbs her 1 year old was finding on the floor.  

For the sugar cookies I used the Minimalist Baker’s sugar cookies recipe and they honestly turned out AMAZING. The binder in them is puréed pumpkin and I was so impressed with how they turned out. 

For both the sugar cookies and the birthday cake, this is the butter cream recipe I used. Earth balance vegan buttery baking sticks worked like a charm and everything tasted delicious. Like so delicious that people didn’t know it was all vegan until we told them. And no one missed the dairy or eggs! Try it out and and let me know what you think. 

Vegan Buttercream Frosting
Easy vegan buttercream frosting that can be used to decorate cakes or cookies.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup softened Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks (leave them out on the counter overnight)
  2. 3 cups powdered sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 3 tablespoons rice milk (or any other milk alternative you prefer - almond, coconut, hemp, flax, etc)
Instructions
  1. Beat softened "butter" in your stand mixer at medium speed for 3 or 4 minutes until creamed.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and start the mixer on low speed and then gradually move up to medium speed as it incorporates in.
  3. Once all the sugar is incorporated, turn the mixer off. Add the vanilla, salt and milk in the bowl. Then then the mixer back to medium and beat for 3 minutes.
  4. These measurements have always worked for me, but if your frosting seems too thick, add a little more milk. If it seems too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.
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Vegan buttercream frosting
Ingredients:

1 cup softened Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks (leave them out on the counter overnight) 

3 cups powdered sugar 

1/4 teaspoon sea salt 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

3 tablespoons rice milk (or any other milk alternative you prefer – almond, coconut, hemp, flax, etc) 
Method:
1. Beat softened “butter” in your stand mixer at medium speed for 3 or 4 minutes until creamed. 

2. Add the powdered sugar and start the mixer on low speed and then gradually move up to medium speed as it incorporates in. 

3. Once all the sugar is incorporated, turn the mixer off. Add the vanilla, salt and milk in the bowl. Then then the mixer back to medium and beat for 3 minutes. 

4. These measurements have always worked for me, but if your frosting seems too thick, add a little more milk. If it seems too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. 

Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie. They are slightly spicy from the ground ginger, warm from the cinnamon and cloves and they are SOFT. They are super easy to make and they are very fast. You could easily make these in about 20 or 30 minutes start to finish. 

These molasses cookies are also great for kids since they are so soft. I actually brought these in for my daughter’s birthday treat at her preschool because the teacher told me that they all just lick the icing off of cupcakes anyway – ha! The kids LOVED them! 

I also like to use blackstrap molasses which has lots of vitamins and nutrients from the sugar cane plant that are lost in the process of making sugar. Actually when my daughter was anemic, I used to give her a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses every morning to boost her iron. 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup melted butter 

1/4 cup blackstrap molasses

1 egg

1 cup brown sugar 

2 1/4 cup flour

2 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tsp kosher salt 

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger 

1 tsp cloves 

3-5 tablespoons granulated sugar 

(Use all organic ingredients if possible!)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. 

2. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, egg, and blackstrap molasses. 


3. Add in flour, baking soda, and spices. Mix well. You’ll end up with a really smooth brown dough. 



4. Put your granulated sugar in a separate bowl so you can roll the cookies in it before baking. 


5. Form small (about 1 or 1.5 inch) balls and roll them in the sugar before putting them on the cookie sheet. 


6. Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool completely before moving the cookies. They come out looking like this. 

These are what Santa will be getting this year!! Hope he likes them! 

Vegan brownies

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My best friend Maggi has been dairy and egg free for 7 months because she is breastfeeding her son who has severe allergies to both. So while we are not religious vegans, I have been creating a lot of vegan treats for her. These vegan brownies are delicious and so easy and fast to make. They are perfect if you have a last minute invitation and you want to bring something yummy. You basically just need to preheat the oven, spend a couple minutes mixing the ingredients and 20 minutes to bake. Voila – you’re done and have delicious vegan brownies! I also have chosen to make them a little bit healthier with extra virgin olive oil instead of canola or GMO laden vegetable oil. Don’t worry, no one will ever know! 

Give these vegan brownies a try for your vegan and non vegan friends alike and I promise that no one will complain! Let me know how they turn out for you. 
Dry ingredients:


1 1/3 cup organic flour 

1 cup organic sugar 

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp baking powder 
Wet ingredients:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 

1/2 cup water 

1 tsp vanilla extract 
Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray. 

2. Put all your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk it to combine. 

3. Add your wet ingredients and whisk everything together. 


4. Press your batter down with a spatula to flatten. 


5.Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. 

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Vegan Pumpkin Bread Recipe – Happy fall, y’all!! This recipe is great for those who are avoiding eggs and dairy, but still want to participate in the PUMPKIN-ness of fall!! It is a favorite in our house, and I also love to give this bread as a gift as it holds up really nicely and freezes well.  I sent some in Lyla’s backpack for her preschool teachers, and mailed one to my cousin who is a freshman at Virginia Tech.

The reason I developed this recipe is for my friend Maggi who is breastfeeding, but her son has a severe dairy and egg allergy.  The pumpkin bread recipe that I have made for years had 4 eggs in it, so I wanted to see what happened if I tried flax eggs instead.  You honestly can’t taste a difference.  Maggi also loves chocolate, so that’s the reason for the optional chocolate chips add in!  Just look for the Vegan label on the chocolate chips.  Try this vegan pumpkin bread recipe and let me know what you think!


Vegan Pumpkin Bread
This Vegan Pumpkin Bread recipe is a perfect fall staple for those breastfeeding moms who are avoiding eggs and dairy.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 cups organic all purpose flour
  2. 3 cups organic raw granulated sugar (or coconut palm sugar)
  3. 2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp nutmeg
  7. 4 tablespoons flax meal, 1/2 cup water
  8. 2/3 cup water
  9. 1 cup organic canola oil
  10. 1 15 oz can organic pumpkin
  11. 1 cup vegan or dairy free chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix flax meal and water in a bowl and set aside for at least 5 minutes. These flax eggs are a perfect substitute for eggs.
  2. 2. Mix all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) in your mixer.
  3. 3. Add wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. 4. If using, add chocolate chips last and mix for 15 seconds.
  5. 5. Pour evenly into 3 bread pans greased with cooking spray.
  6. 6. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool before serving.
Notes
  1. Freezes well! Perfect for those avoiding eggs and dairy.
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Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups organic all purpose flour

3 cups organic raw granulated sugar (or coconut palm sugar)

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

4 tablespoons flax meal, 1/2 cup water

2/3 cup water

1 cup organic canola oil

1 15 oz can organic pumpkin

1 cup vegan or dairy free chocolate chips (optional)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix flax meal and water in a bowl and set aside for at least 5 minutes.  These flax eggs are a perfect substitute for eggs.

flax egg
 
2. Mix all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) in your mixer.


3. Add wet ingredients and mix until combined.


4. If using, add chocolate chips last and mix for 15 seconds. I love this kind when avoiding dairy!

5. Pour evenly into 3 bread pans greased with cooking spray.


6. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool before serving. Freezes well!

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