Desserts

Being Vegan can be delicious! People think our diets are very limited, but guys... we can have some pretty delicious snacks! Not to mention, they can be very healthy at the same time! This page will have a bunch of desserts on it. (I will try to make a header with different categories in it).

Oatmeal Bean Cookies

Here is a great cookie recipe that is so filling and delicious. I kinda wanted to see if I could make cookies with beans and they turned out delicious. These are a great snack but can also be a great breakfast on the go.

Ingredients
1 cup of rolled oats, divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
One 15 oz. can of white beans (drained and unrinsed, all liquids reserved) Any beans will do :)
1/4 cup applesauce (i prefer unsweetened applesauce)
1/2 cup maple or coconut sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips  (TIP: many chocolate chips are already vegan, just look at the ingredients)

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Transfer 3/4 cups of the oats to a blender/food processor and pulse until crumbly (not flour like)
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine crumbly oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Whisk together until combined
  4. In a blender, blend smooth 1/2 cup of beans, applesauce, sugar, vanilla extract and 1 Tbsp of bean liquid. Pour and stir wet mixture into dry ingredients
  5. Add chocolate chips, remaining oats and stir until well combined. If you notice it too dry, add bean liquid to the mix. You want a gooey cookie like batter.
  6. Spoon batter onto baking sheet and flatten
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned (these will harden a bit when cooled)
  8. Makes about 12, depending on how big you want your cookies 
Alternatives:
I sometimes use pumpkin instead of the applesauce, with nuts instead of chocolate chips. Sometimes I use nuts and chocolate chips, even raisins are delicious in this recipe. 

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


Chai Tea Cookies



Love Chai Tea... Love Cookies? How about both combined together??? Best of both worlds. I got this recipe from a friend and altered it a little. Enjoy!!!
(I also believe that a similar recipe is in Everyday Happy Herbivore, maybe my friend got it from here also because it is quite similar)

Ingredients
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup white beans drained (again, any beans would work)
1 very ripe large banana
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground masala
1/4 cup of maple or coconut sugar (raw sugar can be used also)
1/4 cup instant oats
1/2 cup sugar, for rolling  (maple sugar is delicious)

Steps

  1. Tip to make oat flour, which is so easy (plus you can make it with anything you like such as spelt, quinoa, etc); blend oats in your blender until flour like texture. That simple! Measure 1 cup and set aside. Store extra in an air tight container, or double the recipe. I have oat flour always on hand. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash beans and bananas with a fork until blended. 
  3. Stir in spices and sugar. Mix well.
  4. Mix in oat flour. Add 1/4 cup of instant oats and mix. Set aside.
  5. Preheat over to 350 degrees F
  6. Grease or line cookie sheet with parchment paper. ( I always prefer parchment paper so it doesn't get greasy).
  7. Pick up a spoonful size piece of batter and roll into balls. If it starts to get sticky, wash hands and continue. 
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until firm and bottoms are slightly brown.
  9. Let cool then spritz with an oil spray (I have something that I can put my own oil in it and it is a spritzer, strongly recommend investing in one) and roll balls in sugar. 
  10. Eat! 

Granita

Here is an awesome dessert for anyone. Low fat, low calories and it's sooo refreshing. Plus it looks fancy. It's a fruit dessert and the combinations are endless

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of any fruit you want (I love melons, kiwi and berries the best.. but anything is possible)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of very coarse sugar (I use coconut/palm sugar or raw sugar)


Directions:

  • Combine everything in a blender
  • Blend until puree like
  • Place contents in a baking pan
  • Place in Freezer
  • Every 20 minutes, take out and scrape with a spatula...need to make it like a slushie consistency.
  • Do this until ready to serve
  • Serve in fancy cups


This is a lot of work, but it is sooo yummy and great on hot days. To make it really fancy, you can make multiple and make it layered.  The best is when you use, for example, Blueberries (purple), Watermelon (pink) and Cantaloup (orange), and your dessert is multiple colours and flavours.






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