Vegan Coconut Date Bars

My favorite thing that I’ve baked so far…

Coconut Date Bars!  My dad bought a HUGE pack of dates from Costco.  I had to take the opportunity to bake something with dates in it.  I recently went to Plum Market (late night grocery shopping) and was looking at their reduced price bakery shelf.  I bought this date fruit bar made by Avalon Bakery.  

I used Oh She Glow’s 5 Ingredient Date Square Recipe in attempt to re-create that date bar.  I did add in one ingredient: unsweetened coconut.  It was a little salty, but I think I know how to improve the recipe.  Next time I will use agave nectar because the coconut oil didn’t hold the crust very well together.  This will also give it a more sweeter taste.  Another change I will make is to include more dates!  The water thinned the date bar and it wasn’t as fruity as Avalon’s. Still, it was delicious

 

 

Quinoa, Kale, and Berry Bliss Oat Squares

After class Thursday, I stopped by Whole Foods to purchase Quinoa!  It was my first time making it.  It was hard to rinse the quinoa because I don’t have a thin strainer so I ended up hand washing it.  I lost some quinoa in the process but now I know next time to use a cheesecloth or not wash it at all.

I had kale, tabouli, and hummus in the fridge so I decided to create a “mediterranean salad”

I then topped it off with hummus 🙂

I also JUST got my food processor Today! To celebrate I made some Berry Bliss Oat Squares with the recipe from Oh She Glows.

Processing oats is so much fun

Pureeing the Strawberries, blueberries, banana, and maple syrup

I think I should have kept them in the oven slightly longer for a more “crispy” bar

Still, the bars turned out great!  Now that I have the food processor I can do more things!  I wonder what recipe I should tackle next… I might make the fruit and nut bars again because we ran out recently because I would eat one everyday.  This wednesday I’am going to Inn Season Cafe with my mom and my sister! I’m so excited to show them vegan/vegetarian cooking… and of course, the deserts.  On Friday, I’m going to Ann Arbor for the annual, Ann Arbor Art Fair to sit at the table for the Southeastern Michigan Animal Rights team.  This will be my first event with S.M.A.R.T but I’m excited to get involved!

 

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

My mom and my sister came home yesterday (pictures coming soon) so I decided to bake some delicious treats. I  had a surplus of blueberries so I decided to make something new.. muffins!

I used a recipe I found online, but another healthy alternative is Oh She Glows.  I was going to use hers but I totally forgot about it and just googled Vegan Blueberry Muffins.  I recommend using her recipe and not the one I used because it incorporates flax seed, maple syrup, and no additional “sugar”.  The recipe I followed made my batter too chunky and not liquid-y enough so I ended up using more almond milk than I probably should have.

Speaking of blueberries… I’ve created my new favorite superfood breakfast cereal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of nature’s path organic pumpkin flax plus granola
  • sprinkle of Kellog’s Special K cereal

I don’t even need almond milk!