Friday, May 19, 2017

Peanut Butter Cookies

Looking for very peanut buttery peanut butter cookies? Look no farther. I modified these from a recipe we've been making since we were married. It's a very easy recipe. 

½ cup softened Earth Balance butter
½ cup peanut butter (only nuts, no other ingredients)
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 Ener-G egg or flax egg (1 Tbsp flax meal)

1 ¼ cup flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt


  1. Soften butter as long as necessary.
  2. Make the Ener-G egg or flax egg.
  3. Preheat oven to 350º.
  4. Cream butter, sugars, peanut butter, and Ener-G egg together.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients. 
  6. Roll into balls and distribute on cookie sheet. 
  7. Dip fork in four and crisscross over each cookie ball. 
  8. Bake at 350º for 10 to 12 minutes. 
  9. Watch! These go from not-quite-done to overdone in less than 1 minute!


  • Both the Ener-G egg and flax egg work. However, the Ener-G egg lets the peanut butter flavor shine through more.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Vegan Double Chocolate Cheesecake

I made this as a treat. It is super rich, which may only hit you after you've eaten too much. The original recipe from VegNews says it serves 8, but I think it is closer to 12, 16 if you are trying to be reasonable. This is a no-bake cashew-based cheesecake. Everybody loved this recipe. It isn't the easiest recipe to make. You'll need both your food processor and your high-speed blender. I also had a teenage son to make chocolate cookies into crumbs with a rolling pin. I've written the recipe here exactly as I made it.

1¾ cups Newman's Chocolate Alphabet cookies, smashed into crumbs
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
cooking spray

7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1½ cups raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, then drained
1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
¼ cup agave nectar
¼ cup coconut oil, melted


  1. Soak the raw cashews in hot water for 30 minutes, then drain.
  2. This is a good time to smash the cookies into crumbs.
  3. Spray an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray.
  4. Transfer cookie crumbs and melted coconut oil in a food processor and pulse to combine. The mixture needs to press into the springform pan and hold, so be sure that it sticks well together. If it is too dry, add more melted coconut oil. If it is too wet, add more crumbs. 
  5. Transfer the crumb mixture to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Press the mixture into the springform pan using your fingers to make a firm, even crust. Refrigerate or freeze while you make the filling.
  6.  Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Be sure the melted chocolate stays fluid and does not harden.
  7. In the blender, combine the drained cashews, coconut milk, agave, and coconut oil.
  8. Blend until smooth. 
  9. Add the melted chocolate and blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  10. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. 
  11. Release air bubbles by tapping the pan on the counter. This may be an art because every time I tapped and released air bubbles, more seemed to form. 
  12. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours. It may be left overnight.
  13. Once set, run a sharp, thin knife along the edge and gently remove the sides of the pan.

  • Serves 12
  • Top with your choice of berries, whipped cream, or chocolate curls. 
  • Store leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to a week

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Corn Bread Muffins

Please ignore the Halloween wraps; I thought we had a bunch of pan liners and these were the only ones I could find. Super tasty, it's very hard to eat just one. Based upon this recipe, I found appropriate mixes to make these.

1 pkg Corn Muffin Mix
1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 Tbsp Ener-G Egg Replacer 

1/2 cup warm water
1/3 cup almond milk
1 1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil

  1. Preheat oven to 375o.
  2. Mix 2 Tbsp Ener-G Egg Replaces with 1/2 cup warm water.
  3. Blend all ingredients together.  Beat for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into lined muffin/cupcake pans.  
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean.
  • Makes 20.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Butternut Squash and Sage Oven Risotto

My mother made this for me when I was in recovery from surgery. I liked it. It makes a lot, though. Short-grain is in bold because it really needs short grain rice.

2 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 onions, diced
1 tsp sea salt
5 - 7 cups vegetable broth
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup lightly packed fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 1/2 cups short-grain brown rice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven.
  3. Add onions and salt, stirring frequently, cook until the onions are translucent and slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes over medium heat. Add a little broth if the pot becomes too dry.
  4. Stir in the garlic and sage, cooking until fragrant.
  5. Add the squash, rice, and 5 cups of the broth.
  6. Stir well, cover, and transfer to the oven.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. After 20 minutes, stir once and check liquid levels. If the broth is not still covering the rice, add 1 cup or so of the broth, then cover and return to baking.
  9. Check every 15 minutes or so until the rice is tender and the risotto is creamy and loose but not runny.
  10. If the risotto seems too stiff, stir in a little broth to loosen slightly.
  11. The risotto should cook for about 90 minutes.


  • Serves 8.
  • You can pre-soak the rice overnight. Cook time will reduce to 60 minutes.
  • Recipe was adapted from the Omaha World Herald newspaper recipe page.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spicy Walnut Zucchini Bread

2 Tbsp ground flax meal
6 Tbsp water
1 1/3 cup sugar 
1/3 cup vegetable oil 
2 cups flour 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. baking powder 
Dash salt 
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 
1/2 tsp. ginger 
1/2 tsp. ground cloves 
1 grated zucchini (grocery store size)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Add flax meal to water, whisk, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Beat sugar into flax meal. 
  4. Add oil and mix well. 
  5. Sift together dry ingredients. 
  6. Stir dry ingredients to wet.
  7. Stir in zucchini. 
  8. Beat until batter is very smooth.
  9. Stir in walnuts.
  10. Pour into greased 9x5 loaf pan. 
  11. Bake for 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle turns out clean. 
  12. Turn out onto wire rack to cool.
If you have home grown zucchinis, use 1 cup grated zucchini.