The Great Vegan Adventure

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Plum Soup

Today I made plum soup from The Kind Diet and it was delicious! Baby J and I went to the farmer’s market this morning to get some kale, but our kale man wasn’t there! But the orchard man was, so I picked up some plums and, Baby J’s request, blueberries. My daughter,A, went to visit Michigan State University with her aunt, so it was just Baby J and me.
When we got back I wanted to make the soup, but my hubby had finished the apple juice, so Baby J and I went to the store on another adventure. We got the juice, came home, and baby J took a nap. But I had time to make plum soup, so stay out of my way!
It’s a very easy recipe. Simmer apple juice and a cinnamon stick, this smells fab by the way. Then you add in the plums, simmer some more, add in brown rice syrup and kuzu, and stir. Done! That was easy.
The taste reminded me of autumn, probably from the cinnamon. It was warm, comforting, and delicious! I really enjoyed this little treat from the superhero section of The Kind Diet and I plan on sharing this with my little man when he wakes up from his nap.

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Chocolate-Dunked Coconut Delights

This is an amazing cookie recipe from The Kind Mama! It only uses a few ingredients and the dough is a little on the dry side, but they bake up like a normal cookie. Then you dunk them in a yummy chocolate glaze! It’s insanely tasty! I made a batch yesterday and I doubt they will make it to Friday. Thank you, Alicia Silverstone!

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Sparkled Ginger Cookies

This is a recipe from Vegan With A Vengeance. For some reason I have been baking a lot of vegan cookies lately. Maybe because there’s a Girl Scout on every corner pushing their delicious, non-vegan cookies and I’m trying to fight back. So take that green vests! I can make delicious vegan cookies to my heart’s content.

Anyway, we’re was I? Oh yes! I make these little lovelies for my family and they loved them. They were a little spicy from the ginger, crisp, but still chewy and delicious. No Girl Scout cookie has ever tasted this good. Not even the Thin Mints.

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Nothing says

I love you

to your family quite like a batch of fresh baked cookies. These were a hit with my family and I plan on baking them again.


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Cookies, Glorious Cookies!

Sometimes when you’re having a bad day you just need to bake some cookies. Today was that day. I should feel happy. It’s gorgeous outside, I’ve already worked out, so why am I sad? I guess I just need a cookie.

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This is a chocolate chip cookie recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and it is fantastic! They were moist with a little bit of crunch and not at all crumbly like the peanut butter mistakes I made last week.

My favorite thing about baking vegan cookies is eating the raw cookie dough! The recipe said that it made two dozen, but I came up about six short due to dough consumption.

This was an amazing vegan cookie recipe and I am looking forward to baking these again, maybe next time with my kids in the kitchen.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade Your a Cookie Jar and it is from the same author who wrote Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. I consider both of these books among my favorite cook books! But, of course, the Kind Diet is my absolute favorite. Anyway, my husband requested that I make some pb cookies for our trip to the cabin in the upper peninsula of Michigan and I decided to make this recipe.

I just want to start by saying that I forgot to add sugar to the mixture. How could this have happened you ask? I was multitasking and had too much going on. I did roll them in sugar before I baked them so they were kind of sweet.

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They turned out ok flavor wise, considering I didn’t add sugar. They taste nice with a cup of coffee. But they were very crumbly and had a sandlike texture. I think I’ll try a different pb cookie recipe next time.


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Concert Cupcakes

Last week tickets for my favorite band went on sale! The night before the presale, I baked some cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. This is my go to cupcake recipe. They are classic chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. I usually make peanut butter frosting, which is absolutely phenomenal, but I wanted the writing to show up really well.

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The cupcakes are moist and full of chocolate flavor. The buttercream is rich and flavorful. My favorite thing about these cupcakes is that no one can tell they are vegan! Everyone is always astounded when I tell them I didn’t use dairy or eggs to make these treats.

The cupcakes were a huge hit, as always. My husband got a kick out of it, A was thrilled when I made these, Baby J still isn’t a fan of sweets and I got my tickets. Overall, I would say this was one successful cupcake recipe.

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My Favorite Cupcake

I decided to make these cupcakes from The Kind Diet to celebrate baby J’s four month birthday!

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A was in charge of the dry ingredients, as usual, and I was in charge of the wet ones.

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Add the wet to the dry and stir to combine.

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Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan and bake for 18 minutes.

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Next, let them cool and then frost them! A wanted to have blue frosting so I added some food coloring. I think they turned out really pretty. And they look nice and springy!

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These were fantastic! The agave nectar gave the cupcake an almost caramel flavor that was wonderful. We all enjoyed this treat and now we can’t wait for baby J’s fifth month birthday so we can make these again!


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Coffee Fudge Brownies

Things have been really crazy here! I decided to become a doula and signed up for classes, I’m trying to start a baking goods business on Etsy, baby J has some kind of skin condition (we are going to the dermatologist tomorrow), A is still in the terrible two stage even though she is three, and I think I’m losing my mind! But I made brownies from The Kind Diet!

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A was in charge of the dry ingredients and I was in charge of the wet. She pretended to “dig for treasure” and I drank the extra coffee.

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Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. We skipped the nuts because we are trying to see if Baby J has an allergy to them.

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Pour the batter into a greased 9 by 13 baking dish. The recipe says to use a 8 by 8 or 9 by 9, but when I tried that it “baked” into a liquid goo. It was gross and soupy and we had to go without brownies that day.

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After baking for about 30 minutes, these yummy treats came out of my oven. I decided not to make the glaze; I thought that would be too sweet.

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A and I loved them. B loved the flavor, but thought that they were too crumbly. Maybe from the brown rice flour? Anyway, this was a delicious dessert. The coffee accentuated the chocolate flavor and made it hard to stop eating. I can see this being one of my go to recipes for when I need a brownie fix or sugar pick me up!


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Oatmeal, Walnut, and Dried Plum Cookies

On Monday, the crazy weather knocked out our power. We had no heat, 40 mph winds, subzero wind chills, and an indoor temperature that was plummeting fast! My power was out for six hours, but my in-laws regained their power after three hours and let us hang out with them until ours came back on. With that in mind, my daughter and I made these cookies from The Kind Diet as a thank you to my wonderful in-laws!

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Raisins that look like chocolate chips in cookies are the reason I have trust issues. Have you ever heard this before? There’s nothing more disheartening that biting into a cookie, expecting an explosion of sweet chocolate, only to encounter the chewiness that is unmistakably a raisin. For this reason, I substituted the dried fruit with vegan chocolate chips and I also substituted the walnuts with pecans.

My daughter, A, always gets super excited when she sees me getting ingredients out of the cabinets. She is always my helper. I put her in charge of stirring the dry ingredients and I manage the wet ones.

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Mixing it all together is a mommy job, though. This dough is really stiff!

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After I scooped the balls of dough onto the cookie sheet, A pressed them down. I think she enjoyed getting to play with the dough!

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After nine long minutes in the oven, these babies were finally ready to come out and be placed on a cooling rack. It took a lot of willpower, but A and I managed to wait until Daddy came home before we indulged in these yummy treats! They were also a big hit with my in-laws.

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