I have had a very busy day today of birthday “baking”. It is my birthday on Saturday so I thought I better whip up some Vegan treats.
First I made Vegan Peanut Butter Cups (which are better than Reese’s and Vegan…Win!)
Vegan Peanut Butter Cups- makes 12 small cups.
- 100g good quality dark chocolate
- 130g Peanut Butter (I used smooth but you can use crunchy)
- 30g Icing sugar
- Tiny bit of soya margarine
Melt half the chocolate with a tiny bit of soya margarine so its nice and spreadable.
As you can see perfection is not my forte!
I used these really cute small paper cases but if you want bigger peanut butter cups you can use muffin cases just cut them to about half the size.
Layer the cases with a thin coating of chocolate (this is very messy, but I find it quite therapeutic!) Then pop these in the freezer so that the chocolate hardens.
Yum in a bowl!
Melt the peanut butter and icing sugar in the microwave, for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until you can stir it all together nicely. Leave to cool.
While that is cooling melt the remaining chocolate with another tiny chunk of soya marg.
Remove the chocolate from the freezer when it has hardened (around 10-15 mins.) Then dollop the peanut butter mixture into the middle of each case. Then place a small drop of the melted chocolate on top and spread.
Pop back in the freezer for around an hour or so. To see the finished article you will have to pop back on Saturday, as I am saving them for my birthday.
Ha! Good luck to myself resisting those temptations! If there are still 12 on Saturday it will be a miracle!
This deliciousness of this afternoons baking session did not end there. It was time to try out these beautiful raw choc brownies from Wayfaring chocolate.
They were so simple to make, just blitzing the dates, walnuts and cocoa in the food processor until it looks like this:
So hard to resist eating this!
Then make up the icing which includes an avocado….what?! Yep, you read that right. Chocolate brownies with avocado…I was slightly dubious but being a big avocado fan I thought I would give it the benefit of the doubt. I used the handmixer to mix the avocado, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla extract and agave. Holy yum! This icing is A-mazing! I cannot describe how good it is, but several spoon licks of mixture were had!
All that was left to do was pat the mixture into a tin, top with the icing and freeze for an hour. So simple.
With the amazing avocado icing
I did snaffle a few of the edges and these are seriously good brownies. My mum did not even realize it was avocado in there!
Beautiful raw brownies
Again I cant give a proper taste review as I have only had little tiny bits (massive self control not to eat the above slice!) and like the cups I am saving these for birthday Saturday.
I think this was my first time experimenting with raw desserts, but it definitely won’t be the last if these taste as good as they look!
This afternoon I biked 8 hilly miles, I definitely needed the workout after all that spoon and mixture eating, but making the goodies has to have some perks right!
I was pretty hungry when I got in, so I whipped up this yummy butternut squash and lentil stew from Jemma at Celery and Cupcakes.
I made a few adjustments as I did not have star anise so left it out, I used a green pepper instead of a red one, and I used red lentils instead of green as these were all I had in the cupboard.
Butternut squash and lentil stew
It was really delicious and just what I needed to refuel after a hard work out. The lentil substitution seemed to work out fine. Next time I may add a tiny bit less chili flakes as it was really spicy, perhaps I should actually use measuring spoons though, that would probably help!
It has been a very busy day of biking and baking.
I am going to see Fair Game at the cinema tonight, anybody seen anything good lately?