Nothing But Good Stuff Protein Trail Mix Cookies

I think I will only make this cookie or versions of this cookie from now on. These not only taste amazing but they are full of purely good stuff. They don’t contain flour of any kind (gluten free!), no oil, and low amounts of natural sugar, plus they are packed with protein and other healthy nutrients! I would call this a Supercookie!!

Thanks Peas and Thank You for another great recipe!

Ingredients (12 cookies)

  • 3 T. flax seeds (ground into meal) or buy pre-ground flax seeds
  • 3/4 c. non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened plain Almond milk)
  • 2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c. pepitas – chopped if desired (these are the inner part of a pumpkin seed)
  • 1/4 c. chopped almonds (I pulsed whole almonds in my mini blender)
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. vanilla protein powder (I used Vega One All In One Nutritional Shake powder, Vanilla Chai flavor – has no added sugar and amazing flavor!)
  • 3 T. honey (I used about 4 Tbsp agave)
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. vanilla
  • stevia to taste (I used 2 packets I believe which is 4 tsp – but add a bit, mix, taste, and see how you like the flavor. Adjust sweetness if necessary)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, combine ground flax with milk and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients.

cookie mixture

  • Add flax mixture to dry ingredients and stir until combined.
cookie mixture before forming into cookies

Look at all that whole food goodness!

  • The mixture will seem a bit dry, but will hold together when forming the cookies.
sticky cookie hands

The mixture likes to make your hands pretty sticky. Be patient when forming the cookies, it's worth it :)

  • To make cookies, spoon dough into your hands and pack cookies. Ration the dough so you can make 12 cookies. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray or lightly greased.

mixture formed into vegan cookie
cookies on cookie sheet

  • Bake for 6-8 minutes, until cookies are slightly browned. Let them cool completely on the pan before transferring to an airtight container.
finished vegan protein trail mix cookies

They don't look much different when baked, and are super chewy and soft

I hope you enjoy these healthy treats as much as we do!

Chocolate Cheesecake, Vegan Style

If you haven’t yet visited the site mouthwateringvegan.com, you have to! This site has incredible recipes. Don’t let some of the terms she uses throw you off if you live in Canada/US, just Google them and you’ll find what it means. Most things she uses are common.

Here is her The Best-Ever Chocoholics “Cheesecake” that I made for a girl’s night I hosted. Girls like chocolate.

Ingredients for Cake Base:

  • 13 Digestive cookies
  • ½ cup of walnuts – the fresher the better, I used some older ones and they were a bit overpowering
  • ½ cup of vegan butter (like Earth Balance), or coconut oil melted
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp coffee powder (instant coffee)
  • 1 heaped tbsp icing sugar, or confectioner’s sugar powder
  • zest of an orange or tangerine
  • 2 tbsp Kahlua (I drank the leftovers with Almond milk and ice…)
  • a pinch of salt

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Method for Base

So, first grease an 8 inch tin, and line it with greaseproof paper (I used a square glass pan). Then break the digestive biscuits into a processor, and process until crumbs are formed. Next add the cocoa powder, the coffee powder and icing sugar – pulse for a few seconds.

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Now add the walnuts to the processor, and process for a few moments – we do NOT want them powdered.  Then add the melted vegan butter or coconut oil to the biscuit crumbs, and process for a half a minute.

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Next, add the zest and kahlua and process again for a few seconds.  Your base is ready to add to your tin – spoon this mixture into your lined container, and flatten evenly with your fingers and the palms of your hands.  Now place this in the fridge for an hour or so until cooled.  Now time to make your filling.

Ingredients for Filling

  • 1 packet (349g) Firm Silken Tofu
  • 125g dark chocolate, melted either in the microwave or bain marie
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powdered mixed with 50 ml of hot water (mix into a paste, and allow to cool for a few minutes)
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar, or confectioner’s sugar
  • shavings of dark chocolate for topping and decoration

Method for Filling

Place the tofu into your processor, and add the remaining ingredients. Process gently for a minute or so, until the ingredients are well blended and smooth.

Spoon filling onto the biscuit base with a plastic spatula, and even out as best you can.  Now add shavings of your dark chocolate on top to decorate.

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Next, cover with foil and place in the refrigerator overnight. (I just put mine in the freezer for a few hours until it was firm)

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The pics aren’t so great this week, my regular camera was gone. But hopefully they still capture the deliciousness :)

Amazing Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats

Oh rice crispy treats…who doesn’t love them? I’m sure every kid has made them. These are amazing, vegan, and just as easy as the classic version. My fiance said he was craving rice crispy treats and found this recipe.

Yield: 12 squares (mine did 9 large ones)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chunky almond butter*
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup*
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Earth Balance (or non-dairy spread)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 3.5 cups Nature’s Path GF Rice Crisp Cereal (Any organic or regular rice crisp cereal works)
  • Chocolate drizzle: 1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1 tbsp almond butter, pinch salt
  • Shredded coconut, to garnish

*Notes: 1) You can use any nut butter you like. If you use a smooth variety, you can add some chopped nuts for more crunch. 2) Brown rice syrup is used in this recipe because it is a great binder and it holds together these treats. If you use another liquid sweetener, I can’t guarantee that they will hold together as well.

ingredients for rice crip treats

Directions:

  • Prepare an 8 inch by 8 inch square pan, by lining it with parchment paper on both sides.
  • In a large pot over low-medium heat, add the brown rice syrup, Earth Balance, almond butter, and salt. Stir well until combined and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

pouring brown rice syrup

combining ingredients in pot

  • Stir in 3.5 cups of rice crisp cereal until thoroughly combined.

adding rice crisps to brown rice syrup mixture

  • Scoop into pan and spread evenly. Press down with fingers or roll flat with pastry roller. Place in freezer to set for 5 minutes while you make the chocolate glaze.

rice crispy in pan

  • In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips. Microwave for about 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn. Stir in the almond butter and pinch of salt.

dark chocolate

 

  • Remove pan from freezer and drizzle or spread with melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with coconut and place in the freezer until firm, about 15 minutes. Slice into squares. Bars will hold their shape quite well at room temperature, but you can store in the fridge to ensure the chocolate stays solid.

drizzling melted chocolate on to rice crisp treats in pan

rice crisp treats ready to eat

We ate these in a few days and I think I need to make more again…right now!! DROOL!!! These are so amazing, I can’t describe,  just try them yourself!