Monday, October 31, 2016

Baby Churros

Breakfast or Dessert! I made these Baby Churros several times. They could stand to be crispier, since churros have a crispy fried outside with a soft inside. But, if you're craving churros, this is a pretty quick and easy recipe to put together.

1¾ cups flour 
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
¼ tsp baking powder 
¼ tsp salt 
5 tbsp pure maple syrup 
3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk 
1 tbsp raw sugar 
¼ cup applesauce

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. 
  3. Make a well in the middle and stir in maple, milk, and sugar into flour mixture and mix well. 
  4. Add applesauce, stirring to combine. 
  5. Take about 1½-tsp of dough and shape into little elongated ball. 
  6. Place the ball on baking sheet and repeat until you have used up all the dough. 
  7. Sprinkle churros with additional cinnamon and sugar. 
  8. Bake 11-12 minutes, or until churros are golden and bounce back slightly to the touch.

  • Makes about 20 churros. 
  • 5 churros/serving

Friday, October 28, 2016

Dessert: Día de Muertos Cake

A few years ago, I took this photo for a contest. It is one of my favorite cakes, and is perfect for the upcoming holiday.

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups unsweeetened milk
2 tablespoons vinegar (apple cider or white)

1/2 cup vegan butter, somewhat softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons unsweetened milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Oil two 8-inch cake pans, or prepare cupcake/muffin tins with paper liners or silicon cups.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, salt, and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat together the applesauce, oil, vanilla extract, milk, and vinegar. 
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix until everything is thoroughly combined. 
  6. Pour the batter into the baking pans or cupcake/muffin tins, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes (cupcakes – 15 to 17 minutes), or until the cake comes away from the sides of the pans and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


  1. Cream together all the ingredients on low speed until smooth. Increase the speed slowly until the frosting is light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add an additional 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk, if necessary.

Yield: Enough for one layer cake or 18 cupcakes.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pumpkin Muffins

In the spring, I started the Happy Herbivore Meal Mentor program and decided to make these pumpkin muffins for breakfast out of the Big Breakfast Book. My only complaint is that they stick to the wrap a bit.

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup applesauce
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients. 
  3. Add remaining ingredients, mix until just combined.
  4. Baked in lined muffin cups for 18-25 minutes.


  • Makes 12 muffins.
  • Per muffin: 102 calories, 0.3g fat, 23.1g carbs, 2.6g fiber, 10g sugar, 1.8g protein

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sweet Potato Sundae

It was strawberry season when I made this, so I used sliced strawberries. You can really use any sliced fruit that strikes your fancy: bananas, strawberries, other whole berries, even sliced pears, peaches, and apples. I like it as a fall dish, just because I think of sweet potatoes as a fall item. I suggest trying it when the fruit is in season since you can get sweet potatoes any time of the year. This recipe has been modified from the Happy Herbivore Meal Mentor.

1 baked sweet potato 
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1¼ tbsp pure maple syrup 
3 oz vegan yogurt (plain or vanilla) 
½ cup sliced fruit


  1. Smash potato in a bowl or cut in half. 
  2. Sprinkle with generously with cinnamon and drizzle with maple. 
  3. Top with yogurt and fruit.