Archive for the ‘Desserts’ Category

Cookie Dough Oatmeal (Vegan)

Another quote from a great 90s sitcom to follow-up the Seinfeld quote from Monday:

Ross: It tastes like feet!
Joey Tribbiani: Well, I like it.
Ross: Are you kidding?
Joey Tribbiani: I mean, what’s not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!
(from Friends Thanksgiving episode in 1999, Ross and Joey talking about Rachel’s meat trifle)

Oatmeal, good.
Cookie dough, good
Together?  Good.
What’s not to like?
This recipe started with my version of the Cookie Dough Dip from Peas and Thank You.

Cookie Dough Topping

(inspired by Peas and Thank You)

  • 1 c. raw cashews
  • 2 T. almond butter
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 2 T agave
  • 1 T. nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 4 T. almond milk
  • 1/4 c. dark chocolate chips
  1. Combine cashews, almond butter, maple syrup, agave, nutritional yeast, salt and vanilla in a blender or food processor and blend to combine.
  2. Add almond milk slowly, until the mixture reaches a peanut butter like consistency.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.

This recipe would also be good with peanut butter in place of the almond butter, that is if you like peanut butter cookie dough.  Mmmmmm.

I made it one night, planning on using it for a dip.  The next morning, however, as I looked at my very plain bowl of steel cut oats, I felt inspired to go a little crazy.  Don’t tell me my life isn’t exciting.
Oatmeal, meet faux cookie dough.  They liked each other a lot.  They may have even gotten a room.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever used as an oatmeal topping?




Pumpkin-esque Pie-esque

Not actually pumpkin and not really pie, but not sure what else to call it?  Read on and see if you have any suggestions…

Pumpkin Pie-Like Dessert (inspired by a recipe in Everyday Raw)
(makes 3-4 mini desserts)

  • 1/4 c cashews, soaked at least 4 hours
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/4 c coconut oil
  • 1/4 c + 1 Tbsp carrot juic
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • Blend all until very smooth and freeze

I put mine atop a really basic ground almonds+honey ‘crust’, but may look to make a more official raw crust next time.

The whole family liked this, as it ends up tasting like a pumpkin pie ice cream cake.  Hey, maybe that should be the name….

Banana Bliss x 2

A quick snack yesterday that made me really happy:

Bananas + Chocolate Coconut Butter

And today, in the frozen version:

Banana Soft Serve mixed with Chocolate Coconut Butter

My little guy enjoyed this two.  I had to make two batches since he ate almost the whole first batch before I could get a bite.  I love that it’s a food I can serve him guilt free – bananas, coconut and a bit of dark chocolate – all great stuff!  And, yes, he is wearing a Barbie Band-aid.  It’s all the rage in the 2 year old boy scene.

Chocolate Coconut Butter

I made this chocolate-coconut butter (not raw since I used a regular chocolate bar, not raw cacoa).  It’s chilling in the fridge and will be used atop steel cut oats and banana flax crepes.

Chocolate and Coconut? Bliss…….

Want to see something that doesn’t combine as well as chocolate and cocount?  How about my son after his big sister talked him into dressing up like a fairy?  He’s going to kill me for this someday:

Orange + Avocado = surprisingly good!

I’ve already marveled at the orange + broccoli combo, but I have an even more random one for you today: orange + avocado.

I saw a recipe in my VitaMix cookbook for an Orange Avocado Sorbet and was quite intrigued.  Here is my modified version:

Orange Avocado Sorbet

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • about 1in square of orange peel
  • 1/2 small lemon, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups ice

Blend in vitamix until sorbet forms.  Then eat and be amazed.

My husband could quite get past the green color, but did agree that it tasted just like an Orange Julius.  Anyone else remember getting Orange Julius in the mall?  Back in the tight-rolled jeans and scrunchie days?  I remember getting an Orange Julius and a pack of sour patch kids and walking around feeling so cool to be old enough to be at the mall with my friends and no parents.

Now I can’t imagine letting my kids go to the mall alone.  I will be the mom walking stealthily behind her kids, hoping they don’t catch me.  I’ll leave my scrunchie at home, you know, as to avoid embarrassing them and all.  🙂

Cookie Dough Bars

I read this recipe over at Peas and Thank You and knew I had to try it.  It isn’t that different from the fudge babies I generally make, but I haven’t used almonds yet in a bar.

I made them as bars:

And added in some peanut butter (since I seems to be adding peanut butter to everything these days) and rolled them into balls.

They were good with and without the peanut butter, but I did have trouble with keeping the non-peanut butter bars together.  The dates I used were a bit try, so I’ll try it again with the Costco dates that seem to have more moisture and work really well in the fudge babies.

PB&B Soft Serve

I’ve been on a peanut butter binge (not raw) lately.  Just can’t get enough.  Sunday for breakfast I put one frozen banana and one big spoonful of chunky peanut butter and a dash of sea salt into the food processor and processed away.  Viola!  Peanut Butter Banana soft serve – a ridiculously tasty and seemingly indulgent breakfast.  I felt almost odd eating ‘ice cream’ for breakfast, but it was so good I couldn’t stop.

Who is jealous of the Elmo placemat?

Also, I’m marking this as kid-friendly, even though my kids don’t eat peanut butter.  Odd, I know.  I can’t get enough and they can’t force it down. Maybe someday they’ll soon share my love of the butter de peanuts.  One can hope, right?