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spiced-nuts

Fall is the best time to make these aromatic and deliciously spiced nuts. I like to use walnuts and slivered almonds. They taste great, make good housewarming or holiday gifts, and makes the house smell like fall is in the air!

2 lbs walnuts (I like to use 1 lb whole walnuts and 1 lb slivered almonds and place each nut on half of the baking sheet)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup water

Mix the sugar with the spices in a medium sized bowl, then add the water and stir to combine. If you are using 2 different nuts and want to keep them separate, scoop out 1 cup of the spice mixture and put aside. Mix walnuts with spice mixture to coat. Spread out on half of a baking sheet lined with foil. Place the remaining spice mixture in the bowl and toss in the other nuts (I like almonds). Mix to coat and spread on the other half of the foil lined baking sheet. You can keep nuts separate or combine them if you want a mix.

Bake at 200F degrees for 1 hour (carefully toss every 20 minutes, making sure you don’t cut into the foil).

Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in container or zip lock baggies. I like to use small zip lock baggies and place one of each nut in the frig (keeps for 2 weeks) and the rest in the freezer (keeps for 3 months) until ready to use.

Great eaten as a snack, or on breakfast cereal/oatmeal.

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2 egg replacers (2 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer whisked with 6 TBL water)
1 1/4 cup Silk Pumpkin Spice drink (seasonal at Whole Foods)
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (do not use pumpkin pie filling)
1 9-inch unbaked frozen pie crust (Wholly Wholesome dairy-free)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together prepared egg replacer and Silk. Add in sugar, spice, and salt and whisk to combine. Add pumpkin and whisk until smooth.

Place frozen pie crust on cookie sheet. Pour mixture into unbaked frozen pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F, leaving pie in the oven, and bake an additional 50 minutes. Cool on counter and then refrigerate over night. Enjoy with non-dairy whipped topping (SoyaToo)

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1 9.7 oz bar 70% bittersweet dark chocolate bar by Scharffen Berger (dairy free) (use 4 of the 5 pieces, break into pieces)
1 cup Silk Soy Creamer
1 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (1 TBL whisked with 3 TBL water)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
1 9″ prepared graham cracker crust (Arrowhead Mills is dairy-free and honey-free) or 1 frozen pie shell
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme (use Suzanne’s ricemellow creme)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Break chocolate into pieces. In medium saucepan, bring Silk to a simmer. Add in chocolate pieces and whisk until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in egg replacer (prepared), vanilla and salt.

Pour chocolate mixture into crust. If using no-bake graham cracker, then cover edges with foil strips. If using frozen pie shell, allow to bake with chocolate. Place pie pan on baking sheet to avoid spills and bake for 25 minutes. Pie will be softly set around edges but loose in center. Cool for 1 hour on wire rack.

Preheat broiler. Spread ricemellow creme on pie, being careful not to move around chocolate mixture. Broil until golden brown, between 30 seconds to 2 1/2 minutes, depending on your broiler, turning pie to brown all of the top of the pie ricemellow. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight preferred, to firmly set.

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4 cups rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill brand)
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
pinch of salt
2 cups unsweetened coconut
3 oz agave nectar (light or amber)
1 TBL maple syrup
1 cup cashews
1 cup whole almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4-6 oz of dried cherries (I like unsweetened dark sweet cherries Trader Joe’s brand)
4-6 oz dried cranberries (I like Trader Joe’s brand)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients, except for dried fruit, in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Place on a large cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Once done, stir in dried fruit. Enjoy with Silk Soy Very Vanilla or other dairy-free milk.

Tip: Always buy raw and unsalted nuts when possible. Sub in other dried fruit, like golden raisins or dried dates, to your liking. Since the fruit is added in after baking, you can divide the granola in half and mix each half with different dried fruits. Stores for about 2 weeks in an airtight container. Makes a delicious and wholesome topping for non-dairy ice cream.

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1 Medjool Date
1 TBL Veg Cuisine Soy Bleu cheese, crumbled
1 walnut

Make a slit lengthwise in date. Carefully remove pit. Stuff date with crumbled bleu cheese. Top with walnut.

Makes 1 stuffed date

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4 oz organic baby spinach (fresh or chopped frozen)
1/2 cup soymilk
1/2 cup pomegranate cherry juice
1 banana
1 cup frozen cherries
2 TBL ground flaxseed
1 TBL cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a blender, add spinach with soymilk and juice and puree for 1 minute. Add in remaining ingredients and puree until blended and smooth. Enjoy!

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2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (use cake flour if you prefer)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup Silk Original Creamer
2 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (whisk the 2 TBL with 6 TBL of water and set aside)
2 TBL red food coloring
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (use white distilled if you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. In a large bowl, mix  the oil, Silk, prepared egg replacer, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla with an electric mixer.  Add the sifted dry ingredients to the large bowl and beat until combined and smooth.

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tins (about 2/3 full). Bake in oven for 20-22 minutes, turning pans half way through to guarantee even baking. Test to see if done by sticking a toothpick in the center of a cupcake (should come out dry). Remove from oven and cool before frosting.

Make frosting recipe below while cupcakes cool.

2 8 oz containers of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, softened
2 sticks Earth Balance, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ powdered sugar, sifted

In a large bowl, add the Tofutti, Earth Balance and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat at low speed until combined. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.

Frost cooled cupcakes. Garnish with sprinkles if you like. Enjoy!

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2 scoops of dairy-free mint flavored ice cream (So Delicious Mint Chip)
1 cup frozen spinach
1 TBL flax oil
1 cup Silk Soy Original

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree/blend until smooth and shake consistency.

Serves 1 adult or 2 snack size for kids.

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8 oz chocolate chip morsels (I like Whole Foods 365 vegan (dairy-free) brand)
6 Popsicle sticks
2 large yellow bananas, peeled and each banana cut into 3 pieces (this will net 6 small banana pieces)
any nut you like (crushed)

Prepare your nuts. I ended up using 6 different kinds (unsalted slivered almonds, unsalted cashew pieces, raw pecan pieces, unsalted macadamias, salted marcona almonds, and pistachio nutmeats) since I couldn’t make up my mind. I put a tiny amount of each nut in its own zip-lock bag and used a rolling pin to crush the nuts. Each dipped banana has a different nut coating.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper to lay completed banana pieces on. Insert a popsicle stick in each banana piece.

Melt the chocolate. Place chocolate chip morsels in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat for another 30 seconds and stir until melted and the chocolate is smooth. Dip banana pieces, one at a time, in the melted chocolate. Spoon on chocolate where needed to cover the banana. Dip one banana piece and then cover it in nuts at a time. After doing 3 pieces, you may need to reheat the chocolate for only 10 seconds and stir to finish covering bananas. In the end, each banana piece will be dipped and sprinkled with nuts, unless you prefer a few nut-free.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes so that chocolate can set. Stays in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This is a safe and fun recipe for kids. It’s quick and easy to make, and the cleanup is minimal. Grandparents will love making this with their grandchildren too!

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1 cup dairy-free butter (Earth Balance), softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered confectioners sugar
1 egg replacer (1 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer whisked with 3 TBL water)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

In a stand mixer, combine dairy-free butter, sugar and powered sugar. Beat at medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl until combined and creamy. Add in prepared egg replacer and vanilla and beat until well mixed. Reduce speed to low and add in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Scrap down sides of bowl and continue to beat until combined. Divide dough and wrap each half in saran wrap (plastic wrap). Freeze for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Flour a flat surface to roll out the dough. Roll out one half of the dough to 1/4 inch thickness, keeping the other in the freezer until ready to use.  Use cookie cutters to cut out dough and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 7-10 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack or parchment paper to cool completely before icing and decorating.

Makes about 4-5 dozen, depending on the size of cookie cutters used.

Decorate to your liking. Use Lemony Icing recipe for a lemon flavor. Or try pre-made dairy-free icings in a variety of colors, or this icing recipe:

Icing:
5 cups powdered sugar
4 TBL water
2 TBL dairy-free butter (Earth Balance), softened
2 TBL light corn syrup
food colors of your choice

In a medium bowl, add all icing ingredients and beat at medium speed until combined. Adjust consistency by adding 1/2 tsp of water at a time. Tint with various colors in separate bowls. Decorate cookies with icing and let stand until hardened, about 6 hours or overnight.

Tips: I like to line my baking sheets with parchment paper for even baking and easy cleanup.

Rather than icing all of the cookies, try sprinkling cut-outs with sanding sugars and gently press into the dough before baking.

Finished cookies keep well in the freezer in an air tight container or zip-lock freezer baggie. They even taste great when frozen.

If you give away as holiday gifts, always use food grade clear wrap bags. Container Store or baking supply shops will sell these.

Make a double batch of dough and keep half frozen for the next holiday. This recipe is great for all holidays.