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So guys, PH has finally admitted that he has a gluten problem. He and gluten are not friends. While I am proud of him for coming to this conclusion, it means that when I ran out of flour a couple weeks ago I didn't buy more. To be perfectly honest I completely forgot about it, and so I didn't buy any gluten free flour either. (You know I love Bob's Red Mill)!
However, we had a family holiday party to go to and I was supposed to make a dessert to bring. My mom suggested I make Florida fudge, which I did. However, I decided I also wanted to try my hand at creating a recipe that vegan Maddy and my vegan Aunt Ada could also enjoy.
I had a few jars of cashew butter from Thanksgiving when I had planned to make a different vegan dessert that I just never got to due to time constraints. I had some graham cracker crumbs, sugar... as I looked around my kitchen I thought, I bet I could come up with a vegan cookie bar that would be delicious! So, I set to work and the results are in, the cookie bars are yummy! I was happy to hear this because the party was the week after I had gall bladder removal surgery and so I still wants allowed to taste or try anything I made. It's been rough, but hey, my wedding ring fits again! Yay!
These bars are gooey and rich, my mom said a small portion would go a long way. However, they were a little difficult to cut. Which is why I've suggested pressing the toppings into the filling before baking so you don't get pretzels and chocolate chips rolling around like I did.
Madalynn and Ada gave their stamp of vegan approval so, my vegan friends. Make this and take it to your holiday parties and convert everyone to your vegan ways!
It made a ton! I am going to have to make more since Alicia is coming into town this week, and hey, this time I can eat them too!!
Oh, and don't worry about PH. I'm going to make him a gluten free holiday delight, stay tuned!
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I am giving you this brownie recipe by popular demand! I developed it out of necessity and it has become my go to recipe for brownies, which is amazing because I have a recipe that I have used for years that I thought was the best of all. Let me explain!
In my church, I lead the children up to age 11 years old in music. Each year we are responsible for a program that teaches about all of the things the children have learned in their Sunday classes throughout the year. Music is a large part of this program and we work on about 9 (or so) songs throughout the year until the fall program. In order to motivate my kids to sing their very best, I have used a "Brownie Points" system for a couple of years. As the children improve as they learn each song, I award them brownie points. Then, at the end of the program, when they have sung their very best, I bring them brownies. (They always sing their very best.)
Here is a copy and paste printable of the brownie point stickers I have made to add interest to this process. I tell them in advance that we have a goal of 9 to 10 stickers per song in order to earn the brownies. I make a poster listing all of the songs and award stickers across as the year goes by.
At the end of Primary, after the program, I hand out the brownies. There are a few children who need to eat gluten free, so the first year I did this, I made both regular and gluten free brownies. The gluten free brownies were so popular and delicious, I only made those this year.
We do a lot of mustache themed activities in our singing time. It is just a gimmick to add a little fun to singing time. So, this year I cut the brownies into mustaches with a cookie cutter. The kids loved them. My husband loved eating all of the scraps!
I recently took a batch of these over to some friends, who incidentally must eat gluten free, here is what they told me about these brownies:
Now, fast forward to Christmas Treat Plates! This are going to be a hit on those I believe!
So, the moral of the story is, don't let the words "gluten free" scare you! These are some of the best brownies you will ever eat!
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Because Maddy tries hard to stick to a vegan diet, when I cook for our family I try to be conscious about including things that she can eat in the menu, but it isn't always easy for me to come up with vegan ideas other than salads! For example, last night we had company over for dinner. The main dish was a family favorite chicken enchilada casserole. (I posted a crock pot version of it here.) So, that wasn't something she could eat. I also made a cabbage salad that had onions, almonds, mandarin oranges and ramen in it. It was delicious and definitely vegan, something she could eat. For dessert we had pumpkin pie, so she couldn't eat that. I wasn't sure if everyone liked pumpkin pie, so I decided to make No-Bake Cookies as an option. But, as I started to make them, I realized that I had used all of the canned milk when I made the pies. What I did have was canned coconut milk, so that got me to thinking that I could turn this recipe vegan for Maddy's sake, plus it would be something everyone else could enjoy as well.
I substituted the milk with coconut milk, the butter with coconut oil and I added a cup of coconut into the mix. Maddy buys herself vegan peanut butter. I don't know what makes peanut butter not be vegan, but I do know it has less sugar in the vegan variety. But, I used regular peanut butter. I didn't want to use up all of Maddy's pricey stuff, but if you are died in the wool vegan, that is an option. Also, you could substitute coconut sugar for the regular sugar. We didn't have enough for this recipe. The cookies came out softer than regular no bakes, and even though there is a lot of coconut products in there, there isn't a strong coconut taste. But, everyone enjoyed them and I hope that you will as well!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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