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1 cup non-hydrogenated, nondairy butter, cold
8 ounce package nondairy cream cheese
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup nondairy sour cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup finely ground walnuts or pecans
1 cup fruit jam or preserves (apricot, strawberry, or raspberry)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cut the butter and cream cheese into small pieces.
In the food processor, pulse together the flour, salt, butter,
cream cheese and sour cream until the dough comes together.
Shape the mixture into 4 equal round circles. Wrap each circle
in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. (You may use
ungreased cookie sheets, but the jam mixture tends to ooze onto
the cookie sheet making it difficult to clean.)
In a bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts or pecans. Set aside.
Lightly flour a work surface, and roll each circle into a 9 inch round, keeping the other circles chilled until ready to use.
Spread each circle of dough with a light layer of the jam. Sprinkle 1/4 of the sugar/nut filling and press lightly into the jam.
With a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut each round into 12 wedges or triangles.
Roll the wedges from the wide end to the narrow end, ending up with the point on the outside of the cookie.
Place on the prepared baking sheets with the point side down.
Bake on the center rack of the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Cool on wire racks

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup agave syrup or honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or favorite trail mix

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Spread the oats and coconut on a baking sheet.
Place in the oven and toast for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until
lightly browned.
Meanwhile, combine the peanut butter, agave syrup or honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved, stirring continuously so as to prevent scorching.
Add the toasted oats and coconut to the peanut butter mixture along with the chocolate chips or trail mix and stir to combine. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Working with dampened hands, shape into half-inch balls and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Yield: 3 dozen

Note: This is super sweet! Might want to cut back slightly on the sugar.

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1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan buttery stick, or another non-dairy substitute
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons Ener G egg replacer
4 tablespoons water
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup nondairy sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Grease a 9 X 13 inch pan or a Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust lightly with flour.
In an electric mixer or food processor, cream vegan buttery stick and sugar until thoroughly mixed.
Whisk until dissolved completely, the Ener G egg replacer and water.
Then add to the sugar mixture.
Beat until light and fluffy.
Add the bananas, vanilla and sour cream. Mix on medium speed.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
Add to the banana mixture.
Pour into prepared pan. Smooth batter evenly.
Bake for 30 minutes or until top lightly golden. Do not over-bake.

Note: Can be frosted with a Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting, if desired.

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

If using all purpose flour, for every cup of flour, remove 2 tablespoons of flour.

1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup water, divided
2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecans or walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Fit with parchment paper an 11 inch x 7 inch brownie pan.
In a medium-size bowl, stir together the sugar, applesauce, and
2 tablespoons water.
In a food processor or a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed
with 1/2 cup water.
Add the flaxseed mixture and the vanilla to the applesauce mixture.
Stir to combine.
In a large bowl sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
Add the chocolate chips and nuts, if using, and stir.
Add the applesauce mixture to the flour mixture.
Stir just to combine.
Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 33 minutes.
Brownies should be moist.

Yield: 12-15 brownies

5 ounces silken tofu
2 cups sugar
1 can coconut milk
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
2/3 cup canola oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Using a paper towel, lightly wipe the inside of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with canola oil.
Place tofu, sugar, coconut milk, coconut flakes and canola oil in the bowl of a food processor and puree until thick and uniform in texture.
In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Mix until combined. The batter will be thick.
Pour batter into the prepared cake pan.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
Cool the cake on a rack while preparing the frosting.

Frosting
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups Earth Balance nondairy butter, or another brand
Powdered sugar (add until desired thickness is obtained)
coconut flakes, toasted – for garnish, optional

Heat the butter in a microwave safe bowl until it is melted.
Place the melted butter and coconut milk in a blender.
Blend on a low speed, adding in the powdered sugar until the desired
thickness is obtained.
For added decoration, sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top of cake.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (coconut oil or canola oil)
2 tablespoons water or almond milk
Few drops of vanilla extract
dash of salt
pinch of instant coffee powder (optional)
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons all purpose flour

In a 12 ounce coffee mug, whisk well – oil, water, vanilla extract, salt and coffee (optional).
Add sugar and cocoa powder, whisk thoroughly. Add flour and whisk well.
Microwave for 60-75 seconds: 60 seconds for molten bottom; 75 seconds for uniformly done.
Enjoy with a spoon and maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Use caution – brownie will be hot!

This is a great frosting to use when filling and frosting cakes and cupcakes. Make sure the baked goods have cooled before frosting or the frosting will melt and will not adhere to the baked goods properly. Once frosted, cover to prevent the frosting from becoming hard.

1/2 cup nondairy butter, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons nondairy milk, or more as needed
Food coloring, optional

With an electric hand mixer, cream the butter until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, milk, and
food coloring (if using).
Once all the ingredients are well combined, beat on high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons more milk, if it is too dry.
Cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying until ready to use.
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Rewhip before using.

Yield: enough for one 8 or 9 inch cake