Delicious Vegan Brownies

 

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Hello, everybody! Today I’m sharing a new vegan brownie recipe with you. Recently, I’ve been loving to bake, and my Thug Kitchen cookbooks are chalk-full of delicious dessert recipes. If you haven’t picked one of these hilarious cookbooks up yet, do yourself a favor and get one. I literally use mine everyday. This recipe in particular is an adapted version of the Fudgy-As-F#%* Brownies from Party Grub.These brownies are so so chocolatey. They have a cake like density and taste even better the next day. You could definitely add extra chocolate chips to yours to make them gooey, but I kept mine basic. Read on to learn how I made this tasty treat!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup of warm, unsweetened, non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tbsp of flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350° F and grease an 8×8 pan (I use coconut oil spray from Trader Joes). Make sure to grease the pan really well. You should be able to pop the brownies out easily once they are done baking.

Next, mix the flaxseed meal, apple cider vinegar, and warm milk together. I used a small dish and mixed mine with a fork to keep it from clumping. Put your mixture to the side. Now it’s time to melt some chocolate and oil together. I personally don’t have the patience to do this over the stove, but if you do GREAT. Place your chips and both oils into a glass bowl. I personally put mine in the microwave. If you use this method, make sure to do it slowly. I microwaved for 30 seconds and then stirred until I was happy with the consistency.

img_4978Now is the time to combine all your dry ingredients. I used a medium sized bowl and whisked together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Make sure to really get all the lumps out of your mixture. It will be much harder to break apart the cocoa powder lumps once you add your wet ingredients.

Once your chocolate and oil are completely melted together, you can add the sugar and vanilla extract. Combine together and then slowly begin to add your flaxseed mixture–it should begin to thicken up at this stage. Finally, add your dry mixture and combine. It is important that you don’t OVER mix this, as it can change the consistency of the brownies.

Pour the mixture into the pan you greased and make sure it is spread evenly. Bake for 30-40 minutes until it is completely baked through. The time will vary from oven to oven. Once your brownies come out of the oven, let them cool in the pan for 20 minutes. These do have a tendency to get crumbly so you really want them to cool before attempting to remove them from the pan. After 20 minutes, I was able to flip my pan over and the brownies came out in one neat piece. Let this cool on a wire rack for another 20-30 minutes before you cut into them. Willpower, people! Cut them up once cool, and store them in the fridge. Enjoy!

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What’s your favorite treat? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

My Favorite Healthy Treat

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I have never been one to shy away from dessert. Ever. But in the last year or so I have changed my eating habits. At first, I was so sure I would miss all the processed food, but once I discovered I could create healthy versions of my favorite treats, there was no looking back.

This particular treat is my absolute favorite. It’s creamy, crunchy, chewy, rich–just plain delicious. I would honestly eat it every day. It is, however, high in calories, so I would recommend eating this in the morning after a work out or before a big hike. I’ve adapted this recipe from Fully Raw Kristina–who I absolutely adore. Read on to try it for yourself!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 frozen bananas
  • 3/4 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/8 cup of cacoa nibs
  • 1/8 cups of pistachios, chopped
  • 3-4 dates, chopped
  • 1/8 cup of mulberries
  • 3 Hail Merry Bites, chopped (I like the dark chocolate and caramel sea salt flavors)

Place the frozen bananas into a high powered blender–I use a Vitamix. Blend until the bananas are the consistency of ice cream. Scoop mixture into a large bowl and place in the freezer to keep it from melting. Next, place the frozen strawberries into the blender. They should be the consistency of sorbet. Remove the bowl from the freezer and scoop the strawberry mixture into the bowl.

Swirl the banana and strawberries together with a silicone spatula. It’s important not to combine them completely, as you will lose the swirl effect. Add all of your toppings to the bowl. Enjoy!

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What’s your favorite healthy treat? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

Quick and Easy Smoothie Bowl

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Everyone says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I also find it can be the most boring meal of the day. Sometimes I find myself in a breakfast rut. Lately, I’ve been mixing up my meals and this recipe has become one of my favorites. Smoothie bowls are easy to make and you can vary them every day! This is my favorite combination so far.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 bananas (2 frozen, 1 fresh)
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of diced, fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup of blackberries
  • 1/3 cup of granola
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt

Combine frozen strawberries, bananas, and Greek yogurt in a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix). Once the ingredients have thickened up, pour the mixture into the bowl of your choice and place it in the freezer–this will allow the smoothie to thicken up even more while the fresh fruit is being cut. Once all fresh fruit has been diced, remove the smoothie bowl from the freezer and top with granola. Arrange the fresh fruit and enjoy!

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What do you put in your smoothie bowl? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

The Best Cranberry Sauce

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My favorite thing about Thanksgiving has always been the cranberry sauce. It’s not what you hear most people say, but that’s because you haven’t tried this recipe yet. My aunt made this cranberry sauce every year when I was growing up (and always made an extra container just for me). Eventually, she gave me the recipe, and now I’m sharing it with you.

img_4320The thing I love most about this cranberry sauce is that it has dimension. It’s nothing like the canned stuff. This sauce is nutty, crunchy, sweet and tart all at the same time. It’s a staple at my family’s holiday dinners, and now, maybe it will be at yours.

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • 2 bags of fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups of apple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 apple (I used a green apple)
  • 1/2 cup of celery chopped small
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Rinse cranberries and discard the bad ones. Add cranberries, apple juice and sugar to a large pot. Cook on med/hi until cranberries pop open. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid reduces and thickens. Cool. Add apples, celery, and walnuts. Stir. Refrigerate overnight.

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What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤