I had put off working on this recipe for a few months up until last week. Previously when I had made them, they had turned out dry, and flat, and although they were still pretty good, I wanted them to be perfect. Mother’s Day approached and while thinking about what to make my mom I had come up with an idea. She likes apples, and well you can’t have apples without caramel, right? [At least in my mind] .. so I got to work. I took my time, did the math and what I ended up with blew my vegan mind, it was exactly what I was looking for. Not only did they taste like an actual caramel apple, they were the fluffiest rolls I think I have ever eaten, vegan or not.
Every once in a while I’ll make muffins for the weekly snack. Sometimes I have a few leftover that we just didn’t get around to. Then these came along. I had a few overly ripe, (almost too ripe) bananas that needed taking care of. Also a few fresh strawberries, and about a cup of frozen mixed berries that were in the way. There had to be some way to make a muffin out of all of it, right? Absolutely right. We had zero leftover muffins last week.
So, as always I saw my awesome momma for Thanksgiving this year, and as always there was a pecan pie. On the way home it was all I could think about. How come I didn’t have one and how would I make it a reality? I also wanted chocolate, because I can. So I brainstormed on the drive home and came up with an idea. Now, I just have to decide if I want to make a carrot cake for Christmas, or this delicious brainchild…
Oatmeal cookies haven’t always been my favorite, but since going vegan, they quickly became my hero cookie. These are chewy, but hold together well and can be made into massive chunks of glory, or kept small and bite sized. I love to eat them for breakfast and feed them to Justin in between meals to shut him up. Bottom line, it’s always good to have some emergency oatmeal cookies lying around.
For this recipe, I used my regular old pancake recipe and just added a simple caramel sauce with walnuts. I think I used a small amount of pancake syrup along with the caramel, but next time I won’t. I bet blueberries would be awesome, too.
Today, I woke up later than usual, cleaned my neglected kitchen and ate some leftover broccoli soup. By the time I looked up it was 2 pm. Whoa. I had literally dreamt about making caramel popcorn for a few hours at that point. Originally, about 2 weeks ago my brother mentioned popcorn balls and I decided I wanted to make a few. Then it turned into beer orange peel caramel popcorn balls.. and then just caramel popcorn with maybe some chocolate chips? Pecans? BOTH?! So at around 3 pm I got to work on some caramel popcorn. That’s when things went terribly wrong, but in the end I came out with a beautiful and perfect result after the heartbreak of having a terrible batch that was supposed to be awesome. Oh, and my washing machine broke.
I very rarely ‘cook’ something for breakfast. Usually it’s just oatmeal or fruit and granola, or a little of both if I’m feeling nice. Today I woke up and actually wanted to cook something that we could enjoy for a nice brunch. This is what happened ..