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Apple Cobbler with Maple Cream Recipe

There's just something about snow that kills my whole vibe. I just want to eat pantries & chips in bed and watch movies on my laptop.

As soon as the snow started, I went to Redbox and picked up a couple of movies. I got Let Me Explain (blah) & The Butler (better).

I wanted an apple (or peach-this one is awesome) cobbler but figured I would "be good" and make a no-bake vegan alternative instead.

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It was worth it! The perfect combination of apples, dates, oatmeal and walnuts. Yum! 2 out of my 3 sons loved it! Elijah said it was "just ok"  He loves our baked apple crisp, so maybe he was just disappointed that I didn't make that.

Let me know what you think once you try this recipe. I adapted this recipe from Judita Wignall's Going Raw cookbook.

Apple Cobbler with Maple Cream

by Judita Wignall & Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 3 hours (including soaking cas

Keywords: raw dessert vegan pie

Ingredients (Serves 5)

    Topping/Crust
    • 1 cup raw walnuts
    • 3 Medjool dates (pitted and soaked for about 10 mins)
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
    Filling
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 3 cups apples, peeled, cored & thinly sliced
    Maple Cream
    • 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 vanilla bean, scraped

    Instructions

    Topping

    In a food processor, process the walnuts. Then slowly add the dates & raisins until it's a coarse meal. Be sure not to overprocess because it will make the mixture too oily. Transfer to a medium bowl and mix in the oats.

    Filling

    In another bowl, combine the maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon & ginger. Toss with the apples.

    Maple Cream

    Process the the cashews, maple syrup, water and vanilla bean in a blender for about 2 minutes, or until smooth.

    Assembly

    1. Sprinkle half of the nut mixture in the bottom of a 9-inch round pie dish.

    2. Layer with the apple filling and then sprinkle with the remaining nut mixture.

    Add the topping when you're ready to eat.

    We ate ours raw, but you can bake it in the oven at 350º, if you prefer a warm cobbler.

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    I Wanted A Krispy Kreme Donut...

    ...so I purchased a Babycakes Donut Maker for $9 at my grocery store. Why the heck is it so high on Amazon?

    Sometimes I have cravings for non-vegan food. That's life. 

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    Brandon (my 8 yr old) has a gluten-intolerance, so I stopped baking desserts for a while.  The idea of vegan and gluten-free desserts just didn't sound very appealing to me.

    The craving wouldn't let up, so I googled and came across a recipe on Bonappetit for the BabyCakes cookbook. I saw several recipes during my search but this one looked the most promising.

    I needed ingredients like potato scratch, xanthan gum, garbanzo bean & rice flour and arrowroot and spent over $40 on gluten-free ingredients. $40!

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    The verdict? They taste nothing like Krispy Kreme donuts (I didn't expect that) but they did come out pretty light and delicious.  They reminded me of a pancake but Eric said they just "taste like a lemon-glazed donut." The boys loved them and we've made the recipe a few times since (posted a pic on Facebook the other day).

    Since I have all these ingredients, you can expect more gluten-free baking in the future.

    I covered each donut with a simple powdered sugar and lemon glaze. 

    Have you experimented with gluten-free baking? What do you think so far?

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    Vegan Butterfinger Recipe

    While my kids are begging me to make yet another batch of Snickers, I'm thinking about this Butterfinger recipe instead.

    Can Cara achieve that unforgettable Butterfinger crunch with this simple recipe?

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    Yes, she can!

    This vegan Butterfinger version still captures the crispety, crunchy, peanut-buttery flavor and texture that we all love.  As an added plus, you don't have to slave in the kitchen for hours to achieve this goodness. Making this candy took about 40 minutes and half of that time was spent waiting for it to cool.

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    This is before I put them in the freezer to set 

    Watch me make the recipe below and get the full details from Forks & Beans.

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    Vegan Butterfingers

    by Fork & Beans

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 c. light corn syrup
    • 1/2. c. water
    • 1 c. vegan sugar
    • 1 c. peanut butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 – 1 1/4 c. vegan chocolate chips (Enjoy Life chocolate chips is a goof brand)

    Instructions

    Line a 9×13 pan (or a baking sheet will do) with parchment paper.

    In a medium/small saucepan, combine the water and sugar together on medium heat and stir until sugar has dissolved.

    Add the corn syrup and stir until combined.

    Add candy thermometer (make sure it does not touch the bottom of the pan!)

    DO NOT STIR UNTIL IT REACHES 310 DEGREES! (The 2nd time around, this only took about 10-15 minutes, if that).

    While the sugar is boiling, mix together the peanut butter, vanilla and baking soda separately.

    Remove sugar from heat once it hits 310 degrees and add peanut butter mix. Stir until completely smooth.

    Pour onto parchment paper lined pan. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then take a knife and cut into desired small pieces (mine were approx 2″x1″). Do not cut all the way through–just almost.

    Allow to cool for 20 minutes (or even less), then completely cut through the candy.

    Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring at each point, until completely smooth (about 1 min 30 sec).

    Dip candy into chocolate, place on wax paper and using the back of the fork, form little peaks on top to give an “official” look of the candy bar.

    Allow to set for several hours (you can even place in the freezer).

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    Vegan Snickers Recipe

    Who else used Snickers as a meal replacement in high school and/or college?

    I fell head first into the marketing ploy of "Hungry? Grab a Snickers." *shaking my head*

    Just like the Reese's peanut butter cups I veganized the other day, conventional Snickers aren't vegan. 

    No worries! I have a recipe for that. 

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    Cara at Forks and Beans put her all into this Snickers recipe.  There are multiple steps to achieve this sugary goodness, but it's well worth the effort. The taste and texture is very similar to regular Snickers.

    Even though having a candy mold would have made the process easier (and my candy prettier), I'm so glad I couldn't find one at any of my local stores. My waistline doesn't have time for weekly Snicker sessions. lol

    My tips:

    *I used a 7x11 brownie pan because I don't own the suggested 8x8 size

    *I think you can get away with using half of the measurements because the nougat and caramel are both stretchable and very sweet.

    *I used the full measurements in the video and was able to make about 18 small bars. OMG! Sugar heaven. I put most of my batch in the freezer.

    *I melted 3 cups of chocolate chips-used half on the bottom layer and the other half on the top

    Watch me make the recipe below and head over to Forks & Beans for measurements and other details.

    Tell Cara I sentcha! :-)

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