Soft Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Did you know that it is possible to celebrate Christmas without animal cruelty? Check out this amazing vegan option for today: Soft Vegan Gingerbread Cookies 😍🌲 Thanks, @lazycatkitchen for sharing this delicious idea. Scroll down for ingredients and directions! ✨

Ingredients for the Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

  • 250 g / 2 cups all purpose flour OR a tried and tested GF flour mix (I use this one)
  • 50g – 100g / ¼ – ½ cup sugar*, coconut sugar for refined sugar-free version
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp quality cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 50 g / 60 ml / ¼ cup melted refined coconut oil or other neutral tasting oil
  • 60 ml / ¼ cup smooth (not chunky!) applesauce**
  • 120 ml / ½ cup maple syrup

Ingredients for the Icing

  • 125 g / 1 cup icing sugar
  • Water

What about a Tofurky Roast for the main dish?

Instructions

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Stir all the wet ingredients (the last three) together in another bowl.

3. Stir wet ingredients into the dry ones until loosely combined, then knead the dough gently together.

4. Divide the dough in half and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

5. Before you are about to take the dough out of the fridge, set the oven to 175° C / 350° F and line two baking trays with a piece of baking paper.

6. After resting, take the first portion of the dough out of the fridge. Give it a few minutes to bring it to room temperature. Roll it out (gently pressing with a rolling pin) on a lightly floured surface. For softer gingerbread cookies. roll the dough out quite thick (about 5 mm / 0.2″) and cut the cookies out of it with cookie cutters. If you want the cookies to be crunchy, roll them out a bit thinner and bake them for longer.

7. Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking trays. You don’t need to leave a lot of space between them as they don’t expand much. Group similar size cookies together so that they cook in the same time. Bake small cookies for about 7-8 minutes and larger for 9-10 minutes. The longer you bake them for the crispier (and less soft and chewy) they will turn out, so adjust the baking time to your preference.

8. To make the icing, mix icing sugar with a very small amount of water (about 1 tbsp) until you obtain a thick sugar paste.

9. Place your icing into a small plastic or pastry bag. Push it all into one corner and cut a tiny bit off that corner with a pair of scissors. Start with a small hole and make it bigger if necessary. Apply the icing by squeezing the icing through the hole. Allow the icing to solidify before piling the biscuits on a plate or storing them in a box.

Vegan Banana Bread

Check out this amazing Vegan Banana Bread Recipe! 🌱 🍞 Thanks, @fitfoodiefinds for sharing this delicious idea. Read Below for ingredients and directions! ✨

Vegan Banana Bread

Ingredients for the Vegan Banana Bread

  • 1¾ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (for topping)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoon warm water)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray a 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. First, prepare your flax egg. Place 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of warm water into a small bowl. Whisk and set aside for 15 minutes to thicken.

3. Next, mix all of the dry ingredients (except for walnuts) into a medium-sized bowl. Mix until combined and set aside.

4. Check your flax egg. If it has thickened and become goopy, you’re ready to rock and roll! If not, wait a few more minutes.

5. Place bananas into a separate large bowl and use a fork to mash, making sure to leave some nice sweet chunks of banana. Then, add the flax egg and mix. Add the rest of the wet ingredients (except for coconut oil) to the bowl and mix again.

6. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

7. Finally, add melted coconut oil to the batter and mix again.

8. Transfer batter into the loaf pan and make sure that batter is evenly spread out. Sprinkle walnuts over the top of the banana bread and place banana bread into the oven.

9. Bake banana bread at 350ºF for 45-50 minutes, covering the banana bread with tin foil at about 30 minutes.

10. Remove from oven, let cool for around 15 minutes and then remove from the loaf pan to continue cooling.

Tofurky Roast

Happy Thanksgiving! Did you know that it is possible to celebrate this special holiday without animal cruelty? Check out this amazing vegan roast recipe: The ⁠Tofurky Roast 😍🌱 Thanks, I Love Vegan for sharing this delicious idea. Read below for ingredients and directions! ✨

Ingredients

1 Tofurky Roast, thawed in fridge for 24 hours

For The Baste

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons each of fresh chopped thyme, oregano, sage, and rosemary (for dried herbs, use ½ teaspoon each or sub with 2 teaspoons dried poultry or Italian seasoning – rubbed not ground)

Vegetables (Optional)

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 6-10 Creamer potatoes, halved

For The Gravy (Optional)

  • Tofurky “drippings”
  • 3 tablespoons (35 grams) flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) vegetable broth

Instructions

Tofurky Roast and Vegetables

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Use a knife or scissors to carefully cut off one of the end clips. Run the thawed Tofurky Roast under warm water as you loosen and remove the plastic.

2. Prepare the baste in a small bowl. Mix together olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, minced garlic, and herbs.

3. If cooking vegetables, toss them with 3 tablespoons of baste. Arrange vegetables in your baking dish. Put a piece of parchment paper in the center of your baking dish. Add the Tofurky Roast and cover with half of the baste.

4. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil.

5. Cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check for doneness at 1 hour. Once the vegetables are nearly tender and the Tofurky is golden-brown, pour the remaining baste over the Tofurky and cook, uncovered, for an additional 10-15 minutes. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the Tofurky Roast reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).

6. Use a very sharp or serrated knife to thinly slice the Tofurky Roast for serving.

Tofurky Gravy

1. Heat the Tofurky “drippings” in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, make a roux by whisking in 3 tablespoons of flour. Add a splash of the vegetable broth if the roux is too thick to stir. Cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the vegetable broth, slowly and gradually, to prevent lumps.

2. Simmer until your desired consistency is reached (the gravy will thicken slightly as it cools.) Taste and adjust the consistency and seasoning using vegetable broth, water, salt, and pepper.

Easy Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Check out this amazing vegan Thanksgiving recipe, the Easy Vegan Green Bean Casserole! 😍 ❤️ Thanks, @delish for sharing this delicious idea. Read below for ingredients and directions! ✨

Ingredients

For The Onion Topping

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. Panko bread crumbs

For Casserole

  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed
  • 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 c. almond milk

Directions

1. Make onion topping: Preheat oven to broil on medium and line a medium baking sheet with  aluminum foil. In a medium bowl, toss onion with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add flour and Panko and toss to coat onions. Broil, tossing every 2 to 3 minutes, until onions are crisp and golden, about 6 to 8 minutes in total. Turn oven down to 375°.

2. Prepare an ice bath. In a large pot of boiling water, add green beans and cook until bright green, about 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon or tongs, quickly transfer green beans to ice bath to cool, then drain and transfer to a large bowl. 

3. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are golden, about 5 minutes more. Stir in garlic then transfer mixture to the bowl with the green beans. 

4. Heat remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in almond milk and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat then add green bean mixture and toss until even combined. Transfer mixture to a medium casserole dish. 

5. Bake until warmed through and bubbling around the edges, about 20 minutes. Top with “fried” onions and bake 5 minutes more. 

6. Serve your delicious Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Sweet and Sour Tofu

Check out this amazing Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe! 🌱 💚 Thanks, @jessicainthekitchen for sharing this delicious recipe idea. Read below for ingredients and directions!⁠

Ingredients

Crispy Tofu

  • 1 16 ounce block of firm or extra firm tofu pressed, and torn into 1 to 2 inch pieces*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten free if needed, or liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar I use cane sugar, you can use brown or any granulated
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar preferably rice or white
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten free if needed, or liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped/cubed pineapple
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds for garnish
  • Chopped scallion for garnish

Directions

Crispy Tofu

1. In a medium-sized bowl place the pressed and torn tofu pieces. Add the soy sauce and toss to coat. Add in the garlic powder, sea salt, ground black pepper and cornstarch and toss to thoroughly combine, ensuring all the tofu pieces are covered with the seasonings and the cornstarch.

2. Heat a pan or wok over medium-high heat, and add the oil. When hot, add the tofu and toss to crisp up on all sides until the tofu is cooked and crisped on all sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Feel free to do this in batches if desired. Remove tofu pieces and set aside.

Sweet and Sour Sauce + Putting it All Together

1. In the same pan, lower the heat to over medium-high heat, and add in the onions, pineapples and bell peppers.

2. Saute until the onions are translucent and the pineapples are slightly browned, about 5 minutes

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water, soy sauce, and garlic powder for the sweet and sour sauce and stir together until fully combined.

4. Pour in the sauce over the veggies. Add back in the crisped up tofu, and stir to combine. Bring to a slight boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened up. Taste test and add more sugar or soy sauce if you desire. Remove from heat until needed.

5. Remove from heat and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve your sweet and sour tofu and enjoy!

Vegan Whoopie Pie

Check out this grain-free and high protein Vegan Whoopie Pie! 🌱💚 Thanks, @hungry.blonde for sharing this delicious recipe idea. Read below for ingredients and directions!⁠

Ingredients

Directions

1. Prepare the Health Warrior Double Chocolate Protein Mug Muffin by stirring in 1/4 cup of water and microwaving on high for 1 minute. Set aside to cool.

2. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter for at least 1 minute.

3. Beat in the powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until combined well, then the vanilla extract, and finally the cocoa powder.

4. Beat for another couple of minutes until smooth and fluffy. If it’s too thick you can add a splash of dairy-free milk.

5. Remove the Health Warrior Double Chocolate Protein Mug Muffin from container, cut in half, and scoop out a bit of the inside. On the bottom layer spread on the frosting, then top with the muffin top.

6. There will be enough frosting for about 5 muffins, or you can store whatever is left over in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Check out this spooky vegan Halloween recipe, ideal for this weekend! 🧡🎃 No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls, thanks @gatheringdreams for sharing this awesome dessert recipe idea. Read bellow for ingredients and directions! ✨

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (95g) peanuts
  • 1 cup (200g) medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (vegan)
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup (30g) gluten-free rolled oats
  • 4 Licorice bars
  • 32 Candy eyeballs

Instructions

1. Pulse the pitted dates in a food processor or blender for a couple of minutes, until they form a smooth paste.

2. Add oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter, peanuts, and mix. If the mix is a bit dry, add a couple of tablespoons of water to make it a bit stickier (for tips and trick, read the full recipe here).

3. Use your hands to roll into 1-inch balls.

4. While the balls are still soft and sticky, press two candy eyeballs into each ball.

5. Cut the licorice bars into thin strips. Cut the bats wings using round cutters, and the spider legs (6 per spider) using a knife.

6. Press into the cookie ball. If the licorice is too soft, you can use a toothpick to make a small hole in the balls before pressing the wings or legs.

7. Place the scary monsters balls into the fridge to firm up for about 15-30 minutes.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Check out this amazing vegan option, ideal for this weekend! 😍🍪 Thanks, @goodhousekeeping for sharing this delicious dessert recipe idea. Read below ingredients and directions! ✨

Ingredients

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. semisweet vegan chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Toss with chocolate. 

2. In second bowl, break up brown sugar, making sure there are no lumps. Add granulated sugar, oil, water, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined (there should be no streaks of flour). 

3. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spoon out 2-inch mounds of dough, spacing 2 inches apart. Freeze 30 minutes. 

4. Heat oven to 375°F. Bake cookies, rotating position of pans after 6 minutes, until edges are golden brown, 9 to 12 minutes total. Let cool.

Vegan Greek Nachos

Check out this delicious and easy vegan option, the Vegan Greek Nachos! 🌱🌮 Thanks, @hungry.blonde for sharing this amazing recipe idea. Read bellow for ingredients and directions!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Real Food From The Ground Up cauliflower tortilla chips
  • 1 can organic chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 of a cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup (dairy-free) feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. In a bowl toss the chickpeas with olive oil and spices. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, tossing midway. Side aside to cool. On a large plate assemble a base of the cauliflower tortilla chips then top with the cucumber, onion, tomato, crispy chickpeas, tahini, feta & fresh parsley

2. Another great thing about these Vegan Greek Nachos is there’s no baking required. If you wanted a bump in protein these would be great with some added grilled chicken or shrimp. You could also sub out the tahini for tzatziki or hummus.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Check out this delicious vegan option, ideal for October. Vegan Pumpkin Pie is here for Halloween! 🧡🎃 Thanks, Delish for sharing this delicious recipe idea. Read below for ingredients and directions! 🌱

Ingredients:

For the Crust

  • Cooking spray 1 1/2 c. 
  • Pecans 2/3 c. 
  • Old fashioned oats 3 tbsp. 
  • Packed brown sugar1/4 tsp. 
  • Kosher salt 3 tbsp. 
  • Coconut oil, melted and cooled

For the Filling

  • 1  (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 c. coconut milk
  • 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp.  cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp.  kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

For the topping

  • 1 (13.5-oz.) can full fat coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar 
  • Pinch kosher salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9” pie plate with cooking spray. 

2. In a food processor, add pecans, oats, sugar, and salt and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add coconut oil and pulse until well combined and dough starts to stick together.

3. Press mixture into prepared dish. Line crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Blind bake 15 minutes, then remove parchment and weights and bake 15 minutes more.

4. Make filling: In a large bowl, whisk together filling ingredients then pour over crust and bake until only slightly jiggly in the center, 50 to 55 minutes. Cover crust with foil if it starts to get too dark. Let cool completely.

5. Make topping: Open can of coconut cream and scoop out hardened cream on top. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat coconut cream, powdered sugar, and salt together until stiff peaks form.

6. Serve pie with whipped coconut cream.