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Recipe #1: Vegan (Almond) Joys

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Apr
21

Vegan Almond Joys

Vegan Joys

These are some sexy little treats: soft, sweet coconut and chips of almonds in a crunchy chocolate shell. If you miss the sweet love affair between chocolate and coconut with a splash of almonds—commonly found in Almond Joys—this simple recipe is for you! Wow your friends! Impress your family!

recipe and photos by Chelsea Lincoln, of FlavorVegan

 

Insides:

3 cups Powdered Sugar
3 cups Shredded Coconut, unsweetened
6-8 Tb Mashed Potatoes
1 cup Almonds (optional, but worth it)

Coating:

1 cup Chocolate Chips
ÂĽ cup Soymilk
1 Tb Margarine

Mix together the powdered sugar and coconut. Add in the mashed potato until these two ingredients stick together but are not too sticky. This is when you would add the almonds if you choose to do so. Form this into about 40 1-inch balls and refrigerate 20 minutes.

To prepare the chocolate coating, place the soymilk and margarine in a saucepan and turn heat to low. Once margarine starts to melt, add the chocolate chips. Stir until everything is melted and smooth.

Dip the balls into the chocolate coating and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate the treats at least an hour to harden. Enjoy!

Tip:

Use sweet potato instead of regular potatoes for an orange inside—perfect for Halloween!


Thank you to Chelsea Lincoln for allowing us to share this recipe with you! Check her blog for more amazing recipes.

 

Make Your Own #3: Vanilla Extract

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Apr
19

Vanilla Extract

Why make your own vanilla extract? It’s so easy! You need only to think ahead. Good extract will take a few months to procure, but you will be able to ‘top off’ your extract for ongoing vanilla deliciousness. How economic!

    What you will need: 

  • mason jar with lid
  • vanilla beans {learn more about varieties here}
  • scissors or a sharp knife
  • vodka
  1. Split vanilla bean lengthwise with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors. Leave an inch at the end connected.
  2. Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Cover completely with the vodka. {You could also use brandy or bourbon for an infused cocktail starter instead of extract.}
  3. Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer. Feel free to top off with more vodka to extend your vanilla goodness and save more cash money.

Tips

Stronger Extract: Use a higher-proof alcohol and scrape the seeds from the bean.
Weaker Extract: Use a lesser-proof alcohol and soak beans intact.
To strain and bottle for storage: Use a very fine strainer, coffee filter, or paper towel to strain.
Vodka usually gives the highest alcohol content. Brandy adds additional flavor, which some folks may or may not prefer.

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