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Vegan Whipped Topping

I found ambrosia, ya’ll.  For real.  This recipe is posted on just about every vegan site and there’s a reason for that.  It’s so good, even meat eaters will want to beat you to the table to get it.  It’s that good.  Make this!

First, get a can of full fat coconut milk.  (Do not get reduced fat or any of that silliness!  It must be full fat, nothing else will work.  How do I know that…?)

This is awesomeness!

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Place your can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.  This causes the fat in the milk to become solid.  I use this brand because it’s unsweetened, non-GMO and organic.  Plus, it’s fairly affordable and that’s always nice. 

 

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When you’re ready to make your whipped topping, take the can out and turn it upside down and open the bottom of the can.  The milk will be at the bottom and you can dump it out in a small bowl and save it for smoothies.  It’s yummy!  The milk fat will be at the bottom and you can scoop it out for your whipped topping. 

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Next, add 1/4 cup of organic powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup, a pinch of fine sea salt, 2 or 3 drops of alcohol free vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon.  I usually add my cinnamon after I’ve mixed it well.  I don’t know why, it’s just how I do it.  Roll with me.

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Now, the cinnamon:

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Continue mixing well:

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And you get this:

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It’s good on cakes, pies, in coffee, on cupcakes, by itself, by the spoonful, on a bowl of berries and pretty much any way you can think to use something light, sweet and delicious.  The really wonderful thing about this whipped topping is that it’s very light and not so sweet it’s overwhelming.  It’s perfection!  If you like super sweet, feel free to add more sugar, syrup or whatever floats your boat. 

Enjoy!

Kristi  🙂

 

No Bake Chewy Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Hello.  My name is Kristi and I’m a chocoholic.  I’m also vegan and learning to love myself and take care of myself.  So, to combine those two things, I made chewy chocolate cranberry bars.  It could be love.

First, grab these ingredients:

Old fashioned oats, raw organic almonds, organic cocao powder, sea salt, medjool dates, maple syrup, organic coconut oil, chia or flaxseeds, dairy-free chocolate chips (I used mini, but whatever you like will do) and organic dried cranberries.  All of this is easily found at most grocery stores, but Whole Foods and The Fresh Market have all of them for sure.

Next, toss 1 cup of the oats and 1/2 cup of the almonds into your processor. I’ve found that these two items are a must in my vegan pantry, by the way!

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Mix them until they are well processed, almost like a flour, then toss 1/2 cup of cocao and a pinch of salt in and blend.

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Then add 1/2 cup of chia or flaxseed and pulse for a few seconds.  Add around eleven to thirteen dates.  The moisture content will determine how many you want.  I used eleven in this batch, but have had to use as many as thirteen. If your dates aren’t moist enough, soak them for 30 minutes and they’ll be fine.  After blending these ingredients, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.  I used the coconut oil because it’s good and because of it’s well known use in keeping blood sugars level.  I added the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time and pulsed between the additions.

Place this mixture in a glass bowl and add 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the cranberries.

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Mix these ingredients together by hand until they are well incorporated and then place them in a small glass casserole dish.  I used an 8 x 8 one that worked great.  Press the mixture down with your fingers and try to make it as uniform as you can.  I always have a few chips left over in the bowl, so I dump them on top and press them into the mixture because who wastes chocolate, right?

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Place the casserole dish in the fridge for 30 minutes so the mixture can set and it cuts much easier, as well.  (Or you can spoon it out now.  No judgement from me, folks.)

Then, cut it into bars and eat up.

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These are chewy fabulousness and so easy to take with you if you’re on the run.  As a bonus, they are sweet and healthy!

Enjoy!

Kristi  🙂