Let It Scone, Let It Scone, Let It Scone!

(All images by Ms. TheVeganAsana Jr.2)

It’s time for another holiday festival of scone making. This is weekend #2 of making these little delicious pastries and there may be one more to go (we’ll see). Scones are delicious, easy, and last well, making good gift treats for friends, family, and coworkers.

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My baking supervisor, Charlie

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 T turbinado sugar (plus more for board)
1/4 C vegan margarine (soften if needed)
2/3-3/4 C soy milk

Add ons:
1/2 C raisins and 3 T cinnamon
1/2 C dried cranberries, 2 T orange zest, 1/2 orange juiced
1/2 C chocolate chips
½ C chopped almonds and 2 t of vanilla extract

Process
Mix dry ingredients.  Use a pastry cutter to cut in margarine until it forms crumbles in the flour.  Add flavorings and stir.  Add soy milk bit by bit until dough forms into a ball.  I use a stand mixer for this with a dough hook.

Cover a cutting board with a thin layer of turbinado sugar. Divide ball into 4-6 even pieces, place on  your sugared board, flatten to about 1/3 inch thick and sprinkle liberally with sugar.

Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut into pie shaped slices.  Bake at 400* until slightly browned on the top.  This will take around 20 minutes.

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Dawes Cookies – Vegan Recipe

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My son named these cookies, because they have a little bit of everything (for the Dawes fans).
I’ve been on a cookie tear, trying to come up with recipes that are delicious, but healthy enough that I can grab one for breakfast – when I don’t usually want to eat – and not feel bad about it. These fit that bill.

Ingredients

2 tsp vanilla flavoring
3 mashed overripe bananas
2 T tahini or peanut butter
3 T almond or soy milk
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (can sub with gluten free all purpose)
1 ½ cups oats (either quick or regular, can use gluten free oats)
½ cup vanilla vegan protein powder (I used PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean)
⅔ cup raw sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
⅔ cup shredded coconut
⅔ cup vegan chocolate chips
⅔ cup raisins
⅔ cup dried cranberries
⅔ cup pecans

Process

Mix first 4 ingredients until smooth. In a separate container mix all dried ingredients thoroughly. Combine. If it seems too dry, add additional soy or almond milk very gradually. If it seems too wet, add additional oats or flour very gradually.

Spoon by large dollops onto a baking pan or stone and flatten slightly (they will not really rise or spread much).

Bake for 13 minutes and check. Bake additionally as needed until bottoms are lightly browned.

Allow to cool and enjoy. I like to store cookies like this in the refrigerator, so that I don’t need to worry about dampness from the condensation.

Makes 24 cookies.

Nutrition per cookie (approximate)
125 calories
1.5 grams fat
18 grams carbohydrates
10 grams sugar
4 grams protein
2 grams fiber

Photography by Ms. TheVeganAsana Jr. II.

Vegan Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies, in my estimation, should be chewy.  Crisp oatmeal cookies are ok, but when they are nice and chewy, then I’m really happy.  This recipe, adapted from several others, fits the bill.

Vegan Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated or raw sugar
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together dry ingredients (except raisins).  Mix together wet ingredients.  Combine and mix well.  Add raisins and mix.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies