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Honey, Almond + Coffee Brownies

September 19, 2015 Print this page

Flourless chocolate cake is amazing, but flourless chocolate brownies may in fact be more amazing. Almond butter adds a lovely fudginess and keeps things moist while the coffee contributes a bit of crunch. Don’t skip the frosting–it really brings everything together!

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 30 min
Total Time 45 min
Yield 16-20 big brownies

FOR THE BROWNIES:

1 jar of creamy roasted almond butter

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

3/4 cup of honey

1 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 cup of ground coffee

1 cup of chocolate chips

FOR THE FROSTING:

2 ripe avocados

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/2-2/3 cup of maple syrup or honey

6 ounces of dark chocolate, melted and cooled to room temperature

Pinch of salt

Sprinkles, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease with coconut oil. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the almond butter and the beaten eggs until well-incorporated, then fold in the honey and vanilla with a spatula. Pour in the cocoa powder, sea salt, and baking soda, and keep folding until no clumps of dry ingredients remain. Add the coffee grounds and chocolate chips and fold a few times just to incorporate.

Scoop the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean in the center, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely (or better yet, refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours) in the pan.

To make the frosting, combine the avocados, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup or honey, melted dark chocolate, and pinch of salt in the food processor. Blend until completely creamy and no blobs of avocado remain. Taste and add more cocoa powder, sweetener, or salt as necessary.

Once the brownies are cool, frost them with the prepared frosting. Slice into bars and top with sprinkles, if you’d like. (If you want a healthier option than the store-bought ones, try my homemade sprinkles!) Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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Roasted Pork and Pineapple Red Curry

September 5, 2015 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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So I’m a senior in high school. A SENIOR?! HUH?! It feels like just yesterday I was a pipsqueak freshman posting on yestoyummy.tumblr.com (my prehistoric blog), getting excited about not being the youngest in the school anymore. And now I’m the oldest and I drive myself to school and I’m applying to college and what how did this all happen again?!

Back in eighth and ninth grade, I used to think that I wouldn’t change in high school. And while my favorite color is still the same (purple) and I still want to study the same thing (health in the context of food and nutrition), I’ve realized lately that I’ve actually changed…a lot.

I see the world in a different way: more calmly, more graciously, more like a centered adult as opposed to an anxious teenager. My best friends now aren’t the exact same crew I rolled with at age fourteen. I have new passions, like yoga, and I’m starting to think I might want to double major in English because I love to write. I spent a month in a foreign country with someone I’ve never met before, worked on a farm for a summer, survived and loved AP Chemistry, got a stuffed jackalope (actually two), recited my first slam poem, went on my first road trip alone…

Gosh, I know I’m still Abby in there, but I do feel different. And that’s only natural.

Everyone keeps telling me that life keeps on going faster and faster from here. That’s a little terrifying but also exciting I suppose. Honestly, I’m trying to hold onto the present moment before it all slips between my fingers and I’m walking across a field with a diploma in my hand.

Curry anyone?

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I think curry is the perfect savor-the-moment food. Yes, it takes a while to prepare, but when you sit down to eat it, you truly enjoy the complexity of all of those flavors you so carefully put together.

I was inspired to make this by a Thai restaurant near my house where my good friend Chloe and I frequent when we get the chance. They have this AMAZING curry with crispy duck and pineapple, and it’s super spicy and finger-licking delicious.

To put my own spin on our usual favorite, I decided to use pork shoulder, which has a nice balance between meat and fat to keep it flavorful without biting into pure grease. I also boiled the meat to make it as tender as possible, then roasted it for a bonus crunch. The pork alone is insanely good, but in the curry it’s the BOMB.

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I’m warning you now: there are a LOT of ingredients in the curry, but really, it’s not too difficult to make. Basically all you’re doing is throwing a bunch of stuff in a pot. I think you can do that.

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I also fell in love with cilantro for some reason this summer so I put a boatload of the green stuff in my personal curry. If you aren’t a fan, feel free to scale it back or remove it altogether. I won’t judge you. Promise.

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Get ready to have your tastebuds blown out of the water.

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Roasted Pork and Pineapple Red Curry

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 2 hr 15 min
Total Time 2 hr 30 min
Yield 6-8 servings

3 lb of boneless pork shoulder, cut into approx 1 1/2-inch cubes

4 cloves of garlic (whole) + 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon of salt + more to taste

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 red onions, chopped roughly

8 ounces of mushrooms, sliced

2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped roughly

1 large tomato, chopped roughly

1 cup of pineapple chunks (or more if you’d like)

2 teaspoons of ginger, minced

3-4 tablespoons of red curry paste

1 tablespoon of honey

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 14-ounce can of full-fat coconut milk

1 cup of water or broth

1/2-1 cup of cilantro, roughly chopped (I love cilantro so I put a bunch in)

Directions

Put the pork cubes in a huge pot and add the whole garlic cloves, tablespoon of salt, and a whole bunch of water. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, and let the pork cook until fork-tender, abut an hour and a half.

Once the pork is tender, remove it from the pot and pat it dry with paper towels. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. Place the pork cubes on the baking sheet, sprinkle them with salt, and roast until crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside.

Heat up the coconut oil in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Add the red onions and saute until beginning to become translucent, about 5 minutes, then add the mushrooms and peppers and saute for 3 minutes longer. Add the chopped tomato and pineapple and cook for another minute.

Scoop in the crushed garlic, minced ginger, red curry paste, honey, and tomato paste and stir well to completely cover the vegetables and pineapple. Sprinkle with salt and add the coconut milk and water and bring to a boil.

Once bubbling, reduce the heat to low, add the roasted pork chunks, and cover the pot with a lid. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 15 to 20 minutes, then taste and add more salt/honey/curry paste as necessary. Right before eating, stir in the cilantro and garnish the top with some extra leaves. Serve hot over rice.


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What is your favorite spicy food? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know! 🙂


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Roasted Pork and Pineapple Red Curry

September 5, 2015 Print this page

Want a spicy, vibrant dish to impress your friends and family? Look no further than this delicious curry. Yes, the ingredient list is long but it is SO worth it. Serve over brown or jasmine rice for a truly awesome meal.

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 2 hr 15 min
Total Time 2 hr 30 min
Yield 6-8 servings

3 lb of boneless pork shoulder, cut into approx 1 1/2-inch cubes

4 cloves of garlic (whole) + 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon of salt + more to taste

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 red onions, chopped roughly

8 ounces of mushrooms, sliced

2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped roughly

1 large tomato, chopped roughly

1 cup of pineapple chunks (or more if you’d like)

2 teaspoons of ginger, minced

3-4 tablespoons of red curry paste

1 tablespoon of honey

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 14-ounce can of full-fat coconut milk

1 cup of water or broth

1/2-1 cup of cilantro, roughly chopped (I love cilantro so I put a bunch in)

Directions

Put the pork cubes in a huge pot and add the whole garlic cloves, tablespoon of salt, and a whole bunch of water. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, and let the pork cook until fork-tender, abut an hour and a half.

Once the pork is tender, remove it from the pot and pat it dry with paper towels. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. Place the pork cubes on the baking sheet, sprinkle them with salt, and roast until crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside.

Heat up the coconut oil in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Add the red onions and saute until beginning to become translucent, about 5 minutes, then add the mushrooms and peppers and saute for 3 minutes longer. Add the chopped tomato and pineapple and cook for another minute.

Scoop in the crushed garlic, minced ginger, red curry paste, honey, and tomato paste and stir well to completely cover the vegetables and pineapple. Sprinkle with salt and add the coconut milk and water and bring to a boil.

Once bubbling, reduce the heat to low, add the roasted pork chunks, and cover the pot with a lid. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 15 to 20 minutes, then taste and add more salt/honey/curry paste as necessary. Right before eating, stir in the cilantro and garnish the top with some extra leaves. Serve hot over rice.


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Nutter Butter Cookies (vegan + whole wheat)

August 15, 2015 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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For the first time in the seven plus weeks I’ve been out here, it REALLY rained on Tuesday. Like, the sky turned dark gray and all of a sudden at 8 A.M., it started to POUR, of course when I was in the middle of an open field picking shishito peppers. At least I was wearing a windbreaker.

You don’t really think about this, but when it’s raining buckets, farmers can’t really do much, so I spent the rest of the morning helping clean greenhouses and tidying up some garlic with the apprentices at Amber Waves Farm. A very-caffeinated game of Heads Up was also played.

When I got home, I felt a sudden itch–a baking itch. I always love baking treats when the weather is bad, whether it’s raining or snowing or just gray and dreary. So, as the rain was falling on the treetops outside, I stood in the kitchen wearing my moccasins and baggy tie-dye harem pants from an Indian clothing store, making peanut butter cookies.

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But not just any peanut butter cookies: NUTTER. BUTTER. COOKIES.

Stop right there. Now we’re talkin’ body yummy.

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I’ve actually never eaten a real Nutter Butter (thanks for keeping me a healthy kid, Ma and Pa!), but they looked like fun to make, so I decided to give them a go. My farm pals all said they tasted authentic, so I think I did pretty well!

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These were honestly so much fun to make. I loved rolling and shaping them especially, and making a pattern with a fork was really enjoyable. The cookies also tasted INCREDIBLE: sweet but not overpoweringly so, tender and chewy yet just a bit crumbly and crunchy. The light dusting of sugar for a finish really adds a nice touch, almost like glitter. Glitter! Whee! I love glitter.

That was random. What can I say, I’m a non sequitur kind of chick.

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While I am still in a committed and dedicated relationship with peanut butter, my favorite part of these cookies is the flour I used. What’s so special about it? Well, the whole wheat flour was grown ON Amber Waves Farm from seedling to tall stalks of grain, then winnowed and milled fresh for use. I know a lot of you out there are gluten-free (by choice), but when you have flour THAT local, THAT fresh, how can you not take advantage of it? In my opinion, it’s so much healthier than using a blend of random flours from the store that have been imported from faraway. (Though if you’re actually allergic to gluten or wheat, it’s obviously much wiser to use gluten-free flour!)

Anyway. Tangent over for the day. You should make these cookies. They’re the bomb.

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Nutter Butter Cookies

Ingredients

Prep Time 1 hr 15 min
Cooking Time 10-12 minutes
Total Time 1 hr 30 min
Yield 1 dozen cookies

FOR THE COOKIES:

1 cup of whole wheat flour (or oat flour or brown rice flour)

3/4-1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour (can also substitute with gluten-free flour)

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of organic unhydrogenated palm shortening (I like Spectrum), coconut oil, or vegan butter

1/2 cup of coconut sugar

1/4 cup of maple syrup

2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder + 3 tablespoons of water (serves as egg replacement)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3/4 cup of peanut butter (use crunchy or smooth, up to you)

Unrefined cane sugar, for dusting

FOR THE FILLING:

1/4 cup of unhydrogenated palm shortening (I like Spectrum) or vegan butter

2/3 cup of smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup of unrefined cane sugar

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Directions

FOR THE COOKIES:

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together to combine and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or food processor, cream together the palm shortening with the coconut sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Then pour in the maple syrup, arrowroot/water mixture, vanilla, and peanut butter, and mix on low until everything is homogeneous.

Pour in the dry ingredients and mix on low until a dough starts to form. Once there are no clumps of flour left, take a small scoop of dough and roll it into a ball. If it rolls easily without sticking too much, you’re good to go. If it seems a bit wet and sticky, add in another 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour until a well-formed dough is achieved.

Squish the dough together into one big ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and put in the fridge to chill for an hour.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour the 1/4 cup of unrefined cane sugar into a bowl.

When the dough has finished chilling, break off a piece and roll it into a circle, then a cylinder about 1 1/2 inches long by 1 inch (ish) wide. It doesn’t have to be exact: just make sure that your cylinders are roughly the same size each time. Roll the cylinder in the bowl of sugar to coat, then place on a prepared baking sheet.

Using a fork, gently flatten the cookie on either size, creating a crosshatch pattern with the fork’s tines. When the cookie is about 1/2 inch high, use your thumb and index finger to pinch the middle of the cookie, making a peanut shape. Repeat with the remaining dough: you should have 24 cookies in total.

Place the baking sheets in the freezer to harden for 15 minutes, then put in the oven and bake until golden-brown around the edges and firm to the touch, about 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets before adding the filling.

FOR THE FILLING:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the palm shortening, peanut butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Taste and add more sugar/salt/peanut butter if necessary. Set aside until the cookies are cool.

When the cookies are cool to the touch, gently spread 2 tablespoons (approximately) of the filling on one cookie and sandwich another on top. Repeat with the remaining cookies, and be super careful–if you handle one improperly, it might break!

Store in an airtight container (in the fridge if it’s super hot, but otherwise room temperature is fine) for up to 3 days, although these taste best when eaten fresh.


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I hope you’re diggin’ the sultry rainy day lighting, because I certainly was. 🙂

What is your favorite childhood cookie? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know!


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Nutter Butter Cookies

August 15, 2015 Print this page

It’s no secret that I LOVE peanut butter, and these cookies are no exception. Tender, just a bit chewy, and a little crumbly, they’re the perfect snack or after dinner treat. NO ONE will guess they’re vegan.

Slightly adapted from Food 52

Ingredients

Prep Time 1 hr 15 min
Cooking Time 10-12 minutes
Total Time 1 hr 30 min
Yield 1 dozen cookies

FOR THE COOKIES:

1 cup of whole wheat flour (or oat flour or brown rice flour)

3/4-1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour (can also substitute with gluten-free flour)

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of organic unhydrogenated palm shortening (I like Spectrum), coconut oil, or vegan butter

1/2 cup of coconut sugar

1/4 cup of maple syrup

2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder + 3 tablespoons of water (serves as egg replacement)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3/4 cup of peanut butter (use crunchy or smooth, up to you)

Unrefined cane sugar, for dusting

FOR THE FILLING:

1/4 cup of unhydrogenated palm shortening (I like Spectrum) or vegan butter

2/3 cup of smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup of unrefined cane sugar

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Directions

FOR THE COOKIES:

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together to combine and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or food processor, cream together the palm shortening with the coconut sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Then pour in the maple syrup, arrowroot/water mixture, vanilla, and peanut butter, and mix on low until everything is homogeneous.

Pour in the dry ingredients and mix on low until a dough starts to form. Once there are no clumps of flour left, take a small scoop of dough and roll it into a ball. If it rolls easily without sticking too much, you’re good to go. If it seems a bit wet and sticky, add in another 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour until a well-formed dough is achieved.

Squish the dough together into one big ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and put in the fridge to chill for an hour.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour the 1/4 cup of unrefined cane sugar into a bowl.

When the dough has finished chilling, break off a piece and roll it into a circle, then a cylinder about 1 1/2 inches long by 1 inch (ish) wide. It doesn’t have to be exact: just make sure that your cylinders are roughly the same size each time. Roll the cylinder in the bowl of sugar to coat, then place on a prepared baking sheet.

Using a fork, gently flatten the cookie on either size, creating a crosshatch pattern with the fork’s tines. When the cookie is about 1/2 inch high, use your thumb and index finger to pinch the middle of the cookie, making a peanut shape. Repeat with the remaining dough: you should have 24 cookies in total.

Place the baking sheets in the freezer to harden for 15 minutes, then put in the oven and bake until golden-brown around the edges and firm to the touch, about 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets before adding the filling.

FOR THE FILLING:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the palm shortening, peanut butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Taste and add more sugar/salt/peanut butter if necessary. Set aside until the cookies are cool.

When the cookies are cool to the touch, gently spread 2 tablespoons (approximately) of the filling on one cookie and sandwich another on top. Repeat with the remaining cookies, and be super careful–if you handle one improperly, it might break!

Store in an airtight container (in the fridge if it’s super hot, but otherwise room temperature is fine) for up to 3 days, although these taste best when eaten fresh.


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