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.
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.
Like I have mentioned before, I get so sick of oatmeal. Even though I recently discovered an awesome and flavorful brand, I still get bored with it. I figured I would try and brew up some brown rice in my crock pot with a random apple I had lying around. It came together to form a super soft, fluffy satisfying breakfast dish. You can add anything else you’d like, too. I plan on adding some pecans and bananas next time. This brown rice is super nutritious, and it keeps you completely full until lunch time rolls around. I apologize for forgetting to take a picture, so you’ll just have to look at my cat’s instead :
I made about 30 of these last night. I gave Justin the choice between chocolate or ginger cookies.. even though I knew he’d choose ginger hands down. I then remembered I had some cute little cookie cutters from halloween last year. They worked beautifully with this dough. It’s firm and doesn’t spread while baking hardly at all. Justin loved them, and even though I wanted the chocolate ones, I ended up being happy in the end.
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 ..
The one thing I get asked often is … ” What do vegans do about Donuts ? ” Where I live no one gives a hoot about making any vegan friendly donuts, so I have to make them myself. Truth is, I never really ate many in the first place. I never bought them. Never worked in an office where they were readily available.. only probably ate about 12 of them my whole life. Now, of course it would be easy to fry some up and make them taste fairly close to the “real deal ” which will always be scarred into my taste bud’s memory. But I decided to tackle the challenge in a somewhat healthier way, by baking them. If you want a more traditional method with some added calories from frying, might as well Google it, because I’m not in too big of a hurry to write a recipe up for that. I’d rather have a cupcake or a pie if I want some guilty pleasure.
I am planning a peach cobbler for my husband’s birthday (as well as some other secrets) coming up soon. This was the first cobbler I had ever made, and I was nervous. I gave the simple crust a test run along with some lingering blackberries and blueberries I didn’t eat with my oatmeal last week. We were pleased and I bet you would be, too.