Desserts, RECIPES

Carrot Cake

This aromatic cake not only will fill your home with beautiful cinnamon & spice scents but is also super delicious !

*Makes 16 slices

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup of soya milk
  • 1 teaspoon pur vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canola oil 
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Prepare 2 x 9 inch round cake pans by brushing them with neutral oil. 
  3. Grate the carrots and set them aside.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices to a large bowl.
  5. In a smaller bowl, whisk the brown sugar, soya milk, vanilla, and oil until well blended.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon.
  7. Add the grated carrots and pecans and stir again until everything is well incorporated.
  8. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans, then spread with the back of the wooden spoon to cover the entire pan.
  9. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.
  11. Frost with my delicious vegan buttercream frosting.

Buttercream frosting:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of vegan butter (room temperature)
  • 3 cups of icing sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon pur vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon soya milk 

Instructions:

  1. Whip butter with a hand electric mixer for 1 minute.
  2. Add icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time whipping for about 30 seconds between each scoop.
  3. Add vanilla extract and continue to whip for 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the soya milk milk while whipping the buttercream until super smooth. 

Spread a thin layer of the frosting on top of one of the cakes, lay second cake on top and then spread remaining frosting on top and sides

I decorated the cake with pecans but you can certainly leave it as is

Enjoy

Cristina for Peas and Peace

Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

Applesauce Muffins

Perfect for breakfast, part of a brunch or a snack

*Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp of nutmeg
½ cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract

I sprinkled them with 2 tsp of cane sugar & 1 tsp of cinnamon mixed together, entirely optional

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line your muffin tin. Combine in a medium bowl all of the ingredients and stir, texture will be quite doughy. Use a 2 1/2 inch ice cream scooper to fill each liner. Place the muffin tin on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

You’re done, as simple as that !

Cristina for Peas & Peace

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Valentina

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Mains, RECIPES

Macaroni & Cheese

*Makes 4 generous portions

If you simply want the macaroni and cheese with no topping, that is fine too, simply skip the last baking step. I however love that crunchiness !

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz./2 cups/450 grams of macaroni

For the crumb topping

1 cup of bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Pinch of salt

For the cheese sauce

1 ½ cups of raw cashews, soaked in bowling water for 5 minutes
1 ½ cups of water
¼ cup nutritional yeast
juice of 1 small lemon 
¾ teaspoon of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of dijon musard
2 teaspoons of cornstarch 
¼ teaspoon of turmeric

8 x 8 baking dish (I used glass but you can use which ever you prefer or have on hand)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, cook the macaroni and set aside.

2. While waiting for the water to boil, start with the bread topping first. Place the crumbs in a small bowl, drizzle with olive oil and add a pinch of salt. Mix well with a fork and set aside.

3. In a blender, combine all of the cheese sauce ingredients and blend until creamy.

4. Once the pasta is cooked and drained. Add pasta back to the pot it was cooked in, add the cheese sauce and combine well. Pour the mac & cheese into the baking dish and top with the bread crumbs. 

5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes uncovered, this is simply to brown the toping a tad.

Let cool for 5 minutes and try to eat it nice and warm or the sauce will thicken.

Simple and delicious

Cristina for Peas & Peace

Desserts, RECIPES

Baked Cinnamon & Sugar Coated Donuts

* Makes 12

Ingredients

1 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of soya milk
1 tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon vegan butter (Melted)
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Neutral oil spray to coat the donut pan

Coating

1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegan butter (Melted)

Directions for the donuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut pan with the oil spray.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour the soya milk, applesauce, melted vegan butter and vanilla into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix well with a large wooden spoon to combine.
  3. Spoon the batter into the donut pan with a small ladle , filling about 1/2 of the way full. Be careful not to overfill, as the donuts will rise and you might lose your donut hole.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for three minutes in the pan, then carefully transfer to a wire rack, let cool completely.

For the coating

  1. Stir together the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl, and melt the vegan butter in a separate bowl. 

2. Dip the donuts into the melted butter just one side. Then dunk the donut into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat completely. Once you have coated all 12 if you have any mix left, repeat the coating process minus the butter.

Leftover donuts will keep for two days, covered and at room temperature.

Enjoy ! with a Chai tea or a Cappuccino

Cristina for Peas and Peace