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Dairy-Free Almond Joy Bread

I’ve been adapting fairly well to the dairy-free life, but there are some things that I just can’t get over. I’ve been craving cheese like crazy lately – cheeseburgers, pizza, cheesy bread. I’ve also been craving candy. Sour candy is good, but it can’t replace chocolate. I love Almond Joy candy bars. I can still remember when Mike got some for our trick-or-treaters and I had to hate-watch him eat the leftovers. Yes, I’m still upset about that over 4 months later.

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Thankfully, Nicole from Cookies on Friday could fix at least one of my cravings. I was able to easily adapt her Almond Joy Bread recipe to be dairy-free. This bread was so good that I almost didn’t want to share. But, I did share because I’m a kind and loving wife. I even left over half the leftovers with him in Appleton. (Actually, I kind of regret doing that now). This bread is definitely on my make-again-asap list and it should be on your must-make-immediately list. Just sayin’.

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Dairy-Free Almond Joy Bread

2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup stevia
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon coconut extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup soy milk
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut, lightly toasted
½ cup almonds, chopped
½ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips

for the coconut glaze
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
½ tablespoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon coconut extract

for the chocolate ganache
1/2 cup soy milk
1/3 cup dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 4.5″x8.5″x2.5″ loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Combine lemon juice and soy milk in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, stevia, coconut oil, vanilla and coconut extract until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix in 1/2 of the soy milk. Mix in 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Mix in remaining 1/2 of the wet ingredients, followed by the last of the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Fold in coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared on, smoothing out the top. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan.
  6. While bread is cooling, make the glaze. In a small pot, whisk together sugar, water, coconut oil and coconut extract.
  7. Using a toothpick or skewer, poke holes into the top of the bread. Move bread onto a cooling rack and place a plate underneath. Brush or spoon the glaze on top, letting the glaze soak in.
  8. While cake sets, make the ganache: Place chocolate chips into a small bowl. Heat soy milk to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over bread.
  9. Top with additional toasted coconut, if desired.

 

slightly adapted from Cookies on Friday, as seen on Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

A big thanks to Sarah at Taste of Home Cooking for hosting! Click on the link below to check out the other delicious swap recipes!

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Dairy-Free Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

There are some “food holidays” that I’m a big fan of. For example: January 1 is National Bloody Mary Day. I celebrated (unintentionally) by downing 5 of these delicious concoctions on my on my way home from NJ. Then there are food holidays that I will never celebrate because I find them unappealing – National Fig Newton Day (January 16th) or because I’m allergic – National Strawberry Ice Cream Day (January 15th), or a combination of allergy/gross – Whipped Cream Day (January 5th) and Milk Day (January 11th).

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But today, January 10th, is a pretty great day – National Bittersweet Chocolate Day! As it turns out, this month’s recipe swap theme is Holiday Baking/Cooking. I figured that there was no better way to celebrate Bittersweet Chocolate Day than with some delicious cookies! I was assigned Ashley’s blog, Cheese Curd in Paradise. I knew her Double Dark Chocolate Cookies would be perfect. I made some slight changes to her recipe to make them dairy-free.

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Dairy-Free Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, canola oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until well combined. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Pour into sugar mixture and mix until combined. Add in chocolate and stir until evenly distributed.
  4. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges just start to set. Let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute and let finish cooling on cooling racks.

 

A big thanks to Sarah at Taste of Home Cooking for hosting! Click on the link below to check out the other delicious swap recipes!

 


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Really Freakin Awesome Vegan Oatmeal Cookies (aka Vegan Turtle Oatmeal Cookies)

Happy 2014 to everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday season filled with love, food and lots of time with family and friends.
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With the new year comes many resolutions. Usually resolutions revolve around eating better and working out. And they usually end a few weeks into the new year.
I’m hoping that 2014 will be a year of better health for me – less visits to the doctor, less stomach issues, and no more running injuries. I’m not going to deprive myself of foods that I love (cookies!) or force myself to run through an injury. I made many changes in 2013 that I think will lead to a much happier 2014 – I left a stressful job and started a new adventure in a city that I adore. I started doing yoga to reduce running injuries. I went dairy-free to make my body happy.
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I hope in 2014 I can continue to cultivate my dairy-free cooking skills. I am so thankful for the dairy-free bloggers out there that have provided me with endless recipes to try out and make my transition into the dairy-free world a little bit easier. I’ve added a dozen vegan/dairy-free/special diet blogs to my blog reader and once in a while a stumble across a recipe that really catches me.
This time, it was Angela over at Oh She Glows and her vegan turtle cookies. I saw the cookies on her blog and they were baking away in my oven not 24 hours later.
I am obsessed with them. My family is also obsessed. I honestly cannot get enough of these cookies. I was a bit disappointed at first because they didn’t seem “turtle-y” at all. But I quickly got over that because these cookies are just downright delicious. So I think in this case turtle = really freakin’ awesome. So I guess in my house I’ll call these the “really freakin’ awesome vegan oatmeal cookies”.
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Vegan Turtle Oatmeal Cookies
yields about 20 cookies
1 3/4 cups pecan halves
2 cups rolled oats, divided
3/4 cup + 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup unpacked dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons almond milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup vegan mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pecans onto a lined baking sheet and toast for 8 – 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Place toasted pecans into a food processor with 1 cup of the rolled oats and process until coarsley chopped, being careful not to over process into a fine powder.
  3. Pour the pecan/oat mixture into a large bowl and add in the remaining 1 cup rolled oats, 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together maple syrup, melted coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Place dates onto a cutting board and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon flour. Dice dates, sprinkling wth more flour as needed to prevent dates from sticking to each other and the knife.
  6. Fold dates and chocolate chips into dough and mix until well distributed.
  7. Roll dough into golf-ball sized balls and press it between the palms of your hands to flatten. Place cookie onto a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough, placing cookies a couple inches apart.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until cookies are golden browned on the bottom. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
recipe very slightly adapted from Oh She Glows 


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Dairy-Free German Chocolate Cake Cookies

This past weekend was wonderful. It was a quiet weekend, but it was perfect. Mike got his wisdom teeth out (ouch!) and it snowed all day on Saturday so staying inside and vegging out was just what we needed. I shoveled for the first time in like… 5 years, and it was surprisingly relaxing. I ended up baking two types of cookies, some muffins, and made some soup. So, yeah, I would consider it a pretty successful weekend. To round it all out perfectly, I received a surprise early Christmas gift.

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I grabbed a package off our front stoop thinking they were the boots I had ordered. Then, I realized that the box was far too small to contain boots. And the package was sent from Amazon, not Macy’s. I ran inside and ripped it open. I pulled out a huge bag filled with Enjoy Life’s (dairy-free) mini chocolate chips and chocolate chunks.  Then I pulled out a cookbook I’ve been eyeing for a while – Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the WorldThe entire time, I was babbling “What the…? Who sent this? Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!” At the bottom of the box were two slips of paper. The first one – blank. The second one had the answer – the gift was from Ashley and Nick, some of our closest friends. It’s amazing how someone can make me so happy from the other side of the world.

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After all this, I knew I had to use some of the chocolate chips. I settled on a recipe that had caught my eye last week – German Chocolate Cake Cookies from Food Network. These cookies were rich and chocolatey and captured all the goodness of German chocolate cake without being overly sweet.

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Dairy Free German Chocolate Cake Cookies
makes 3 dozen cookies

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup dairy-free butter substitute, softened (I used Smart Balance)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup stevia
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dairy free mini semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place coconut oil, butter substitute, brown sugar, and stevia in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until well combined. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients into butter mixture until well combined.
  4. Stir in mini chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans until evenly distributed.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until edges are firm. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.


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Salted Fudge Brownies

Holy smokes, I can’t believe it’s August already! Life is a little crazy right now. We have the Big (-ish) Move on Saturday to prepare for and our house is a disaster. I can’t figure out what I want to bring down to Madison and what I want to leave in Appleton. I have a new job starting on Monday. Don’t get me wrong – my life is hectic, but I love it.

After speaking with a friend recently, I realized just how blessed I am. I got into a dietetic internship on my first try. I passed my RD exam the first time I attempted it. I landed a job right away. And now? Now I’m moving on to an even better job. Best of all, I have the most amazing and supportive husband next to me. I have so much to be thankful for.

I haven’t been cooking much because we have very little food in the house and I don’t want to buy more before the move. Stupid me didn’t prepare for this move very well. If I had any sense, I would have stockpiled some posts and scheduled them for the next few weeks. Instead, I have nothing. So DSD might be a little empty for a couple weeks while I rebuild my life in Madison.

That brings me to these brownies. Mike asked if I could make a treat for him to bring in to work. I heard several rave reviews about these salted fudge brownies and I decided that those were definitely the treat I would make. It worked out perfectly because I already had all the ingredients at home. The results are definitely rave-worthy. I’m a little sad that I had to give them away because they were so good. So good that I snagged a piece for Mike and I to share and sent 15 instead of 16 brownies to work. Oops 🙂

I plan on stocking up on more unsweetened chocolate soon because I need to make more of these. I have even heard that these are perfect for freezing individually and then microwaving for 15 seconds later on for a magnificent, fudgy treat.

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Salted Fudge Brownies
very slightly adapted from Eva Bakes, via Food and Wine

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 metal pan with foil, draping foil over the edges. Generously butter the foil.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate, whisking occasionally, until completely melted.
  3. Remove pan from heat and whisk in cocoa powder until smooth. One at a time, whisk in sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and flour, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle salt on top and gently swirl into batter using a toothpick.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes, or until edges are done but center is still slightly gooey. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with a little batter.
  6. Let brownies cool for 1 hour at room temperature. Place in refrigerator and chill for 1 more hour.
  7. Life brownies from pan by grasping the foil overhang and place on a cutting board. Cut into 16 squares. Serve at room temperature.


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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been craving cookies like crazy lately. On Sunday night the craving was so bad and I (sadly) didn’t have any cookies in the house. Wait, I take that back. I had Girl Scout cookies, but those weren’t going to cut it.

I decided to experiment and whip up some peanut butter cookies. Then I decided to make them better with mini chocolate chips and some chopped peanuts. Mini chips are my newest baking fave. I don’t know why I don’t use them more! They are perfect for cookies because they distribute more evenly in the batter than big chips. You’re pretty much guaranteed chocolate in every nibble!

If you’re a fan of soft, cake-y cookies, these are for you. They are so light in texture and absolutely delish. I was a bit hesitant to use the word “healthy” for this cookie, but this is probably one of the better-for-you cookies that I’ve made. After all, there is not a trace of added oil or butter in this recipe. And no butter or oil means I can eat more cookies, right? Right.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together peanut butter, applesauce, sugars, vanilla, and eggs until smooth and well combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir into wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and peanuts.
  4. Wet hands with water* and roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 12 – 14 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before moving to wire rack to cool completely.

*I had to wet mine with water because this dough is really darn sticky. Alarmingly sticky. But don’t fret. Wet your hands, roll the dough, and the cookies will bake up perfectly!


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Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I think I have a problem. I can’t stop eating these cookies. Seriously. They are making their way into my mouth 3 at a time, several times a day. I’m eating so many of them that I haven’t really eaten a proper dinner in a few days because I’m seriously just stuffed full of cookies. The only time that I am sans-cookie is at work. And that’s only because I force myself to walk out the door without a bag full of them. I need to keep a few hours of my life cookie-free, after all.

I have 2 sad cookies left in my cookie jar. The good news is they are super easy to whip together. The bad news is that it’s a million degrees (and humid!) out and the thought of turning on the oven makes me want to cry. I think I’ll have to wait until it cools off so I can bake more of these. And this time I probably won’t share.

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Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
slightly adapted from Cooking Light

1 1/4 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, gently whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl with an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat together sugar, brown sugar, and butter until well blended. Mix in vanilla and egg until just blended.
  4. Stir in flour mixture by hand until just combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.
  5. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place 2″ apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until edges of the cookies are lightly browned. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.