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Enjoy the Winter Season With Chewy Vegan, Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Most of the gingerbread we ate during the holidays tended to be kind of dry and stale. This is a shame, because gingerbread cookies, cooked properly, are simply awesome.

We recently discovered a recipe for a chewy variety. They’re crisp on the outside, but melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside. We added vegan chocolate chips for an additional flavor sensation. You can bake these cookies without chocolate chips if you desire. They taste great either way.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon flax seeds, soaked in 3 tablespoons water
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup gluten-free pastry flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (not the iodized variety)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup softened coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (for rolling)
3/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate chips (optional — check label and make sure there is no dairy)

INSTRUCTIONS

Stir flax seeds and water together in a small bowl and let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes until the seeds swell and most of the liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, mix the two flours, spices, baking soda and salt together in a medium-sized bowl.

In a separate, larger bowl, stir together the molasses, coconut sugar, flax mixture, vanilla extract, grated ginger, and chocolate chips. Ladle the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients, a little bit at a time. Your batter should be moist but not runny.

Place the bowl into the refrigerator and chill for about half an hour. Remove from refrigerator. One at a time, using a large spoon, scoop out dough pieces from the bowl’s interior. They should be about 1 1/2 teaspoons in diameter. Form each one into a loose ball. Sprinkle a layer of turbinado sugar on cutting board. Roll the dough balls around in the sugar until each one is thoroughly coated. Position them a couple of inches apart on a cookie sheet, greased with coconut oil or vegan butter (such as Earth Balance).

Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. The chilled dough will create a nice, crackly texture across the top of your cookies after you pop them into the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Your cookies won’t get much bigger, so they won’t take long. Be careful not to burn them!

Makes about two dozen. Try to eat dinner before you dig into these cookies, so you won’t eat so many. They keep well, securely covered, for 4-5 days, but will be gone way before then. Enjoy!

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Easy Coconut Ginger Lime Soup – Vegan, Gluten-Free and Includes Instant Pot Directions

This recipe for easy Thai-inspired coconut ginger lime soup came about almost as an afterthought. We’ve been sick here in the HGFV household, and so we have been drinking a lot of cold-killing Brahmastra juice. Which means that we have a lot of fresh ginger around.

A few days ago, thinking about what to do with all of this fresh ginger (we had nearly two pounds of it!), I suddenly got a hankering for a Thai-type coconut lime ginger soup.

That’s a whole lot of fresh ginger!
fresh ginger

I was also still super-sick, so it had to not only satisfy my hankering, but be so easy to make that it would almost make itself.

That’s when I realized that I had an open container of So Delicious organic unsweetened coconut milk ‘beverage’ in the fridge, and my already fevered brain went full speed at a feverish pitch. I already had limes and, of course ginger.

So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage
so delicous coconut milk beverage

A bit of vegetable broth, a dash of salt, and a handful of fresh cilantro, and we were in business!

Now, I like to experiment, and I am always prepared for my experiments to turn out less than ideal (read as “awful”). To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really have much hope for this, because I know that authentic Thai soups use full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream, often use kaffir lime, and lemongrass. Plus, it’s coconut milk beverage for goodness sake, how good could it turn out? Yeah, I was pretty sure it was going to turn out awful.

But I didn’t care, it was an experiment. Plus, I still (almost) always will eat my own experiments, I just wont inflict them on others. :~)

So I took two cups of the So Delicious coconut milk beverage, and two cups of vegetable broth, added about four inches of the ginger root, peeled and cut in strips, and a handful of fresh cilantro leaves, and chucked them all in my Instant Pot with a dash of salt (don’t worry, I include stove-top instructions below too :~) ). When it was done cooking (see instructions below) I squeezed the juice of a lime into it, stirred it, and tasted it.

Holy cow! I think this stuff tastes pretty good!

But the real test was my guy. He’s kind, but will also let me know if he doesn’t like something (pretty much the best combination an experimenting cook can have in a guy!)

He took a sip and said, and I quote:

“Superb!”

With that stamp of approval I present to you, without further ado, the recipe and instructions for this delicious (and very low calorie! The coconut milk beverage has only 45 calories per cup, and the broth only 15 calories per cup!) Thai-inspired coconut ginger lime soup!

Easy Coconut Ginger Lime Soup

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk beverage (the kind in a box, not in a can, that’s something different!)
2 cups vegetable broth (we really like the Imagine “No Chicken” broth)
4 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch strips
Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
Dash salt
Juice of 1 fresh lime

Stove Top Directions (See below for Instant Pot directions)

Put coconut milk beverage, broth, ginger, cilantro, and salt in a sauce pan. Bring to a low boil, lower heat, and simmer for 20 minutes to one-half hour.

Remove from heat, stir in lime juice, and serve.

Instant Pot Directions

Put coconut milk beverage, broth, ginger, cilantro, and salt in Instant Pot, close and lock lid, and set to Manual for 15 minutes.

Let natural pressure release (“NPR”).

Remove lid, stir in lime juice and serve.

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Gluten-Free, Apple Cupcakes Taste Divine With Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

You’re going to flip your lid when you bite into one of these moist, tasty apple cupcakes. They contain both applesauce and grated apples, so they’re ultra-dense and rich. Grocery stores carry a variety of different vegan cream cheese products, but our go-to favorite is Kite Hill. It’s a bit spendy compared to other brands, but worth every penny. These muffins are perfect for the holidays, since they contain cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Heavenly!

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS
2 cups gluten-free pastry flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup avocado oil
1 cup grated apple, lightly packed

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

8 ounces vegan cream cheese (such as Kite Hill)
3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger (try it fresh for a flavor kick!)
1/3 teaspoon powdered nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir them together thoroughly and set the bowl aside. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate, smaller bowl. Slowly pour them into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients, stirring until you’ve formed a nice batter. The texture should be smooth but not runny. Add the grated apple and stir for a little while longer.

Pour batter into cupcake tins. You can either place paper liners in the tin, or grease them with vegan butter or extra avocado oil. If you choose the latter option, don’t use too much oil, because these cupcakes will be dense and moist. Place the tin in the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and allow them to cool for approximately 15 minutes. Meanwhile, whip up the frosting by combining all ingredients and whisking them until they’re smooth and creamy. Spread the frosting along the top of each cupcake, swirling until the surface is smooth. If you can restrain yourself, allow the frosting to set for a few more minutes before you dig in.

Makes twelve cupcakes. Try to avoid eating them all at once. The cupcakes won’t rise much while baking, so they’ll be small. Yet they pack a wallop, so be careful! Needless to say, the addition of so much sugar means that these cupcakes are not a great diet food. But it’s the holiday season, so who cares? You can make your resolutions next year.

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Vegan, Gluten-Free West African Peanut Stew for the Win!

There’s nothing quite like stew on a chilly fall night. It warms and comforts you, fills your belly, and gives you the vitamins you need to fight off colds. Really — what’s NOT to love about stew? This hearty West African peanut variety is packed full of vitamins and protein, since it contains peanut butter, collard greens, sweet potatoes, garlic, and other nutritious ingredients. On top of that, it’s delicious! Try it, we feel confident you’ll agree.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 medium-sized sweet potato
1 medium-sized red onion
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup peanut butter (natural, please! No sugar!)
6 cups vegetable broth
1/2 bunch fresh collard greens
dash of sea salt

OPTIONAL GARNISHES

cooked brown rice
chopped peanuts
chopped cilantro
drizzle of sriracha

STOVE-TOP INSTRUCTIONS

Grate fresh ginger. Chop onion into small chunks and mince the garlic. Place ginger, onion, and garlic into a large soup pan. Place the pan on stovetop and cover the bottom with the olive oil. Fry the mixture at medium setting for about 2-3 minutes until the onions become translucent. You’ll love the aroma! Chop the sweet potato into 1/2 pieces and add them to the pan. Sprinkle in the cumin and red pepper flakes.

Continue frying for approximately 5 minutes. Do not burn! Add more olive oil if necessary. Add the tomato paste, sea salt, vegetable broth, and peanut butter, and stir everything together until thoroughly combined. Turn the heat up and allow mixture to boil. Then turn the heat down again and cover the pot.

Let the mixture simmer for 20-25 minutes until the sweet potato chunks soften. Meanwhile, remove the ribs from the collard green leaves and cut the leaves into strips. Add to the broth and continue simmering for approximately 5 more minutes. Finally, take a wooden spoon or a spatula and press the sweet potato pieces against the inside of the pot, allowing them to turn into pulp and fall back into the broth. This will add thickness to your stew.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS

Follow stove-top instructions, only use the saute function on your Instant Pot until the ginger, onion, and garlic are done (onions become translucent), then add the chopped sweet potato, cumin, and red pepper flakes and saute for another 4-5 minutes.

While this is sauteing, remove the ribs from the collard green leaves and cut the leaves into strips.

When the sauteing is done, turn the Instant Pot off, add the collard green strips, tomato paste, sea salt, broth, and peanut butter, and cook on manual (high pressure) for 10 minutes. Let natural release

WHEN SOUP or STEW IS COOKED:

Serve with a scoop of cooked brown rice, some chopped peanuts, a dash of sriracha, and/or chopped cilantro. You can add more sea salt if necessary. Divine! This dish serves 4-6 guests, depending upon how hungry they are. Cover any leftovers and keep them in your refrigerator. Your stew will taste even better tomorrow. Stay warm, and happy autumn!

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Absolutely Delectable Vegan, Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

If you’ve been following this page, you’re probably aware that vegan, gluten-free desserts are much tastier than the poor rep they so often receive. They are way more delicious and complex than the nut and seed bars you probably ate when you were first exploring vegan cuisine. This incredible carrot cake contains no gluten or animal products whatsoever, and you’ll be in heaven at the first bite. Granted, the recipe calls for two different kinds of sugar. But sometimes, you just have to live on the wild side.

CAKE INGREDIENTS
I cup unsweetened applesauce (organic is best, as always)
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup plant-based milk (we used a mix of coconut and almond, sensational!)
1/3 cup tapioca starch
2 ½ cups oat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda (aluminum-free, please!)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger powder
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cups grated carrots
½ cups crushed walnuts and/or pecans

FROSTING INGREDIENTS
¼ cup vegan butter or margarine (the good kind, like Earth Balance)
4 ounces (approximately ½ store-sized plastic container) vegan cream cheese
2 ½ cups organic powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, stir together applesauce, coconut sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and milk. Combine thoroughly, then add tapioca starch, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Continue stirring everything together until your batter is thick and creamy. Add carrots and walnuts.

Grease 8X8 pan with vegan butter or coconut oil. Pour in batter and slide pan into your oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Be sure to employ the fork or toothpick method to make sure your cake isn’t runny in the middle. The aroma will make you drool with anticipation! Remove from oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, prepare your frosting. Mix vegan butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar together in medium-sized bowl and beat until creamy. Remove cake from pan and place on large plate. Swirl the frosting evenly across the surface of the cake. For an extra bit of dazzle, sprinkle crushed walnuts on top of the frosting.

Serves 6 guests. Please refrain from consuming this entire cake by yourself at one sitting. Obviously, this is not a diet dessert, so utilize caution. You’ll be astonished by how good a vegan, gluten-free carrot cake can taste, and your friends will be, as well. Enjoy!

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins That You Can’t Stop Eating

muffins

Now that pumpkin spice season is officially here, you might be feeling great despair, thinking you won’t be able to partake of any delicious goodies. Fear not, because when you try these amazing vegan, gluten-free muffins, you’ll wonder why you put up with the conventional kind for as long as you did.

Beware, however – once you bake a pan of them, your family won’t stop begging you for more. If you don’t mind opening that Pandora’s box, here’s the recipe:

10 oz pumpkin puree (that’s about ¾ of a small can)
½ cup olive oil
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
¾ cup real maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup!)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups gluten-free flour (there are many varieties, but Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 flour is our favorite)
2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure it’s aluminum-free)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger (for a treat, try fresh ginger, and use a fine grater)
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon sea salt

Optional ingredients:
1 cup walnuts and/or pecans
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
½ cup poppy seeds

Mix together the wet ingredients in one large bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Beat wet ingredients to a thick froth and combine with dry ingredients. Grease muffin tin with olive oil or natural, organic vegan margarine. Pour batter directly into compartments, filling almost to the top. Place the entire concoction into a 395 degree, pre-heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. If you can stand additional bliss, brush the tops of the muffins with maple syrup about five minutes prior to removing them from the oven. Your house will smell so divine that you won’t want to leave for hours!

Makes one dozen muffins. You can eat them as is or slice them open and put a bit of natural margarine (like Earth Balance) in the center. Or try it with some vegan cream cheese (Kite Hill is the absolute bomb). The possibilities are endless, really. We don’t recommend that you devour all twelve of these muffins at once, but we won’t try to stop you, either. They’re great for breakfast, snacks, or even for dessert. You’d better invite all your friends over, if the aroma emanating from the windows isn’t enough to lure them to your door. Be aware: this is not a diet food. Bon Appetit, and happy autumn!

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Review of the Conscious Cleanse and Sherpa Spinach Dip Recipe

We’ve been excited to get our hands on the Conscious Cleanse book ever since we heard about it. The Conscious Cleanse isn’t the kind you may be used to, where you feel deprived, and end up hungry and miserable. What it does do is take certain foods out of your diet that you may not even realize you are reacting to, so that you have a full picture as to how your body reacts to those foods.

Forbidden foods on the list may surprise you, such as oranges, strawberries and tomatoes. Many people react to foods like these without even realizing it. The good news is that there are a ton of options on the foods that are allowed.

Before you start thinking that this is going to be a book that just tells you what you can and can’t eat, worry not – it is so much more than that. The Conscious Cleanse gives you a rounded way to take care of yourself in every way, body and mind. It is a commitment to build up to slow change, and includes ways to slowly remove foods and beverages from your diet, rather than shock your system.

Full disclosure, we were a little daunted at the thought of giving up caffeine while on the cleanse, but we transitioned slowly off of it. We were surprised at the difference we saw just from reducing caffeine: *more* energy, more calm, less stress and less stress eating.

Here is a recipe that is the perfect example of the delicious dishes that fit within the cleanse.

Sherpa Spinach Dip

4 cups spinach
1 large avocado, halved and pitted
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 small clove minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon curry
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon fresh peeled and chopped ginger
A dash of cayenne
Sea salt to taste

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Serve immediately with carrot sticks.

Get your own copy of the Conscious Cleanse, and let us know what you think!

conscious cleanse

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