Fruit & Nut Energy Bites

Fruit & Nut Energy Bites

In the afternoon I like to have a small bite of something, a mid-day energy boost with a cup of green tea. Of course, as you might imagine, the perfect snack for the job is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, but variety is good too. I had ordered a bunch of nuts, seeds and fruit from Prana… so yummy and fresh! Now and then, I’d reach into the pantry and try to figure which I would eat for a snack. I wanted all of them, but opening all those jars… no time for that! So, I had an idea…

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I found this lovely recipe in The Joy of Vegan Baking, tweaked it a bit: reduced the sugar, replaced walnuts with almonds and simplified the instructions. You know me, my kitchen is my lab; can’t do a recipe without playing around with it. I also like to bake it as cupcakes; easy to frost and freeze. Just pull a couple out when I have guests.

Fruit Cobbler

Fruit Cobbler

Perfect fall and winter dessert! When we were young, my mom used to make Pouding aux pommes… it was great! Since I just love mangoes, I decided to try a recipe for Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler from the great book, 500 Vegan Recipes. I used a mix of flours, replaced peaces with mangoes and the spices with cardamom, then added ground roasted almonds in the topping.

Beanie Brownies

Beanie Brownies

For those moments–no doubt, very occasional 🙂 –when you need that chocolate fix, these brownies will do it. Half of one does the trick for me! These brownies are somewhere between lava cakes and hot fudge…. This is a very quick and easy recipe! It makes a dozen brownies, which I freeze in their papers, and pull out when the urge for chocolate hits me! Great for when you have unexpected guests; everyone just loves them!