Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mango Kesari Bath (Soy-free)



I don't know if you've heard - but I'm in one of the best vegan groups in the world called "Vegan Temptivists" where I was originally invited because of my Oatmilk Yogurt recipe (soooo long ago)! In it I've met so many amazing bloggers with the most TEMPTING food from all around the world and so we set up a gift exchange. Now, during that time I had just started working in a cafe (where I became head line cook, mind you ^.~) and got my first debit card! I had to buy something awesome for Somer of Vedged Out, and I knew that she was into healthy stuff so I decided to buy her some of that Sunwarrior protein powder I had been hearing about it and by chance I got Vanilla - the one that she wanted to try!
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I got the most amazing package from Susmitha of Veganosaurus, all the way from India! It took about a month to receive it and boy was it worth the wait. I started with the crunchy snacks and the cookies and found that the coconut ones were my favorite! I also looooooved those spicy banana chips and chickpea snacks. I probably ate everything, except for the adorable jewelry in the corner, within a week with the help of my mother. All that was left was the Mango Bar, Sesame Brittle, dried fruits and the Kesari Bath. Now, I've never had kesari bath a day in my life, and couldn't read the instructions other than the information of it being a dessert - Susmitha's favorite, if I remember correctly.

So, I decided to set it up for my "cheat day" breakfast, and instead of adding water and regular oil as suggested in the instructions, I put in about a cup or two of almond milk, 1/4 of the mango package, some of the dried papaya and a few bits of the sesame brittle and let it turn orange from the sweet fruit. Then I slowly poured in the kesari bath (which is made of semolina, and seems to be sort of like couscous!), thinking I would only use half of it for now. Well, apparently that wasn't enough for my taste so I dumped the whole package in and whisked it rigorously, folded in some coconut oil cubes from an ice tray and then sprinkling on more candied papaya.

On the side I had baked some un-sweetened puff pastry twists filled with cinnamon to counterbalance the sweet gooeyness of my kesari bath.




(Mango Kesari Bath Ingredients)

  • 1 & 1/2-2 C. Cold Almond Milk
  • 1 16 oz package of Kesari Bath
  • 6 tbl Chopped Dried Mango
  • 1 tbl Cold Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbl. Minced Sesame Brittle
  • Candied Papaya

(Directions)

Start your almond milk in a pot and add in the mango immediately, stirring once in a while so nothing sticks or burns, then whisk in one part sesame brittle and some of the candied papaya, however much you like. Once your milk has turned orange and the mango melts, slowly whisk in your kesari bath and allow it to thicken, only just before it is the "right" consistency for you but make sure that it is fully cooked and not too hard or grainy. Fold in your coconut oil and the rest of your brittle and top with candied papaya. Enjoy!




Fun fact:Mangos contain 100% of the daily required Vitamin C, 35% of Vitamin A and 12% of fiber!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Animation Night Cookies

Hey all! Its been a while, hasn't it? I've been soooo busy with stuff for college, my job, my internship and most of all, me-time! I'm learning a lot about myself but most importantly I'm learning how to truly live my life and I'm so proud of myself and so happy to be surrounded by such amazing friends that are helping me get to my dreams, and accepting me for who I truly am. Those same friends are the ones who I made these cookies for! I rented a bunch of DVD's and these movies probably took about three hours, not including drying time overnight. They love them!

I've used a similar recipe before for my Christmas cookies but this time I used a total of five cups of flour which consisted of four cups of cake flour mixed with one cup of all-purpose and they were so soft! A few cracked, but I found that if I let them cool on the pan and firmly placed my spatula underneath the main structure of the cookie, it could come out perfect. The first batch (all square cookies) I over-cooked a little but I let them sit for a day before icing them whilst the two cookies at the bottom were under-cooked a little and then frosted within an hour of cooling. The under-cooked ones were my favorite! Kind of like lofthouse style cookies!

 I totally forgot to pop a lot of the air bubbles but I think they turned out fine - plus these were super fun! As you can tell - I'll be doing MANY more sugar cookie batches.

Extra-soft Sugar Cookie Recipe:
2 C. Medium-Hard Coconut Oil
1 & 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
4 tsp. Vanilla Flavoring
4 C. Cake Flour
1 C. All-Purpose Flour
4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt

Makes about 2 dozen medium-large cookies.

Cream your sugar and coconut oil together with your flavoring, sift together the rest of the ingredients and then wrap in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge while you spray a baking pan and preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and then roll out your dough to about 1/4-1/2 an inch thick, then cut into preferred shapes and bake for about 5-7 minutes or until cooked to your liking, try not to let them brown as they will continue to cook afterwards. Let them rest, then get to icing!

That recipe is right here -

http://shinsveganloving.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-very-zombie-christmas.html

As for the cookies above - here's their movie list!

Top: "My Neighbor Tototo", "Coraline", Ponyo"
Bottom: "Spirited Away" (Soot Sprite and Round Cookie), "Howl's Moving Castle", Inuyasha
*Not Pictured: "Princess Mononoke"

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Peanut Butter Protein Bites for Easter (Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, No Added Sugar)

Happy Easter, everyone! I don't really celebrate it - but when I did my Easters were filled with Cadbury eggs, bunny-shaped cakes and Chinese takeout on a picnic blanket. It was a little personal celebration between my mother and I as I'm the youngest in the family and the only one living at home, and it filled me with glee to decorate butterfly masks and watch old movies with her as we ate the treats. We never actually took the picnic blanket outside, and instead opened all of the windows and turned on the fans whenever it rained into our living room as we decorated the Easter eggs or took the time to unfasten the VHS tapes from their sticky, suctionny packages.

It still makes me happy to think of that and I hope to do that one day with my own children (if I have any).

Although I don't celebrate it as we used to, these treats are too cute to pass up! They're simple, sweet and easy to share.




(Peanut Butter Bites Ingredients)

  • 1/3 C. of Peanut Butter
  • 2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 2 tbl. Melted Coconut Oil
  • Melted Chocolate
  • Your favorite Icing
  • Rice Krispie Cereal for rolling

(Peanut Butter Protein Bites Directions)
  • Roll your peanut butter, oil and protein powder together and place in the freezer. Once hardened, shape into eggs with your hands and two spoons.
  • Roll in the rice krispie treats and freeze once more.
  • Decorate and freeze.
  • Serve and enjoy!







* I use Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder
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