It’s that time of year again, time to indulge in some of our favorite treats and not feel guilty about it until the 1st of the year…right? I am only partially joking. The holidays are filled with extra yummy treats that also make great gifts for family and friends. If you’ve read my blog before or follow me on instagram you know that I normally follow a low-fat diet. Meaning, I do not cook with or consume fats unless in their whole form. It is the holidays and I understand that not everyone is use to eating this way. Besides my husband, I do not have any other vegan friends or family, I want others who are not used to eating vegan to taste something and it have a familiar comforting effect on them. This is why during the holidays I choose to let my oil-free lifestyle slide and I cook using vegan butters, oils, and possibly other processed foods. I wanted to make this clear so there is an understanding about why these recipes are a little different from my others. Feel free to modify these recipes in any way that suits your dietary needs.
Let’s be real here…life is hectic and we want the holidays to be as stress free as possible! I am going to share with you two of my very own homemade recipes and two store bought accidentally vegan recipes (and how to make them vegan!).
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup – creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup – brown sugar
1/2 cup – white sugar
1 egg replacer (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a big bowl mix together the peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar and baking soda until well combined. In another bowl make the “egg” (Bob’s Red Mill requires 1 tbsp of egg replacer and 3 tbsp of water). Once the vegan egg is formed add the vanilla to it and than combine all the ingredients together and mix until a sticky dough is formed.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Take about 1 tbsp of dough and roll into a round ball, place onto the cookie sheet and slightly flatten it down with a fork. Repeat this until you are ready to slide your cookies into the oven.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, remove from oven and let cook for about 5 minutes until transferring to a baking rack.
2 cups – dandies marshmallows (cut marshmallows into small pieces, I cut one into fourths)
1 cup – chocolate chips (brand: enjoy life mini chips)
1 tbsp – coconut oil
1/2 tsp – peppermint oil
1/2 tsp – vanilla extract
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.
In a medium sized bowl add chocolate chips, peppermint, vanilla, and coconut oil. Melt chocolate down by heating in the microwave for 20 seconds, remove and stir. Repeat heating in intervals, 15-20 seconds, stirring in between until chocolate is completely melted and has a smooth consistency. Add the marshmallows to the melted chocolate and stir them in until fully covered. Take about a spoonful of the marshmallow/chocolate mixture and glob onto the cookie sheet. Once all of your chocolate-marshmallow balls are formed, place into the fridge for about 30-60 minutes. They are ready when the chocolate is hard and in solid form.
Accidentally Vegan Betty Crocker Treats
A lot of store bought foods may end up being vegan without trying. This is awesome! Peta has an entire list of accidentals, to find more on your own start by reading the labels on foods that interest you. If there is an ingredient you are unsure of a simple google search should help you figure out if its vegan or not! There are also apps such as “Is it vegan” to make shopping easy.
Here is a list of other recommended apps to help transitioning to veganism be as painless as possible…Click Here
For both boxes you are going to follow the directions exactly the way they are written on the back of the box. The only thing that you need to do different is substitute the butter for vegan butter (Earth Balance is a great brand) and the egg for an egg substitute. Keep the measurements and the cooking time the same.
I hope that you enjoyed this post & find it to be helpful! If you make these for yourself, please post a photo on instagram & tag me! I’d love to see your recreations!