Desserts

Apple Cobbler

This Apple Cobbler is my favorite fall dessert! It’s super easy to make with all whole-food ingredients that you probably have on hand.  It’s vegan and is sweetened with apples, figs or dates and has no nuts or oils. It’s so healthy you could have it for breakfast! 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit Filling

6 cups chopped apples, divided

4 dried figs or dates soaked* in ¼ cup water

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

 

Chop apples with chop wizard (if available or use other chopper or by hand). Place 4 cups in a large mixing bowl. Place remaining 2 cups apples, soaked figs or dates, water, spices and vanilla in food processor fitted with S blade or blender jar. Blend until smooth. Pour over bowl of chopped apples.  Mix well and transfer to an 8 X 8 cake pan.

 

Crust

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups chopped apples

4 dried figs or dates soaked in ¼ cup water

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

 

Place oats in a mixing bowl.

Blend apples with figs or dates, water, cinnamon and vanilla until smooth. Pour over oats and mix well till all oats are moist. Carefully place crust over apple filling and spread to cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes.

Vegan Fudge Truffles

These Vegan Fudge Truffles are mouthful of rich, chocolatey deliciousness! Make sure you have  a lot of friends to share them with! You wont be able to eat just one. 

Recipe is from my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1 cup raw walnuts

1/4 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup raw almonds

3 T cocoa powder

2 T flax seeds, ground

35 small pitted dates

1 t vanilla

 

Grind all ingredients in a strong food processor until they stick together. Scoop out 1 tablespoon and roll into a ball. Refrigerate or freeze in a flat storage container. When they have firmed up, you can package them up for friends. Best to be kept cold. 

Cranberry Walnut Cookies

I’m not sure it’s possible for me to have a favorite cookie (I love them all!) but if I could, this Cranberry Walnut Cookie would be one of them. I love the tart from the cranberries, the “zest” from the orange and the richness from the walnuts and chewiness of the oats.  These Cranberry Walnut Cookies are gluten-free, vegan, have no oil or processed sugar, and are a wonderful addition to your holiday cookie plate.

Recipe is from my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites.

 

 

 

 

 1 cup raisins

1 1/2 cups raw walnuts

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup dried cranberries (preferably fruit juice sweetened)

Zest of 1 small orange

1 t vanilla

Soak raisins in 1/2 cup water for at least 2 hours. Grind walnuts, oats, and raisins with soak water in food processor until dough-like consistency. Add cranberries, zest, and vanilla, and process just to incorporate. Scoop out dough, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and flatten with a fork. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.

 

Vegan Peanut Better Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is adapted from a recipe someone brought to the Vegetarian Society of Utah potluck. (Not sure of the source) The recipe called for coconut sugar and almond milk. I’ve replace the coconut sugar with dates, a whole food sweetener, and since I rarely have almond milk on hand, I just used water. I knew that small amount wouldn’t make any difference. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 small pitted dates  (deglet noor is the type I use)

1/4 cup water

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup natural peanut butter

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Soak dates in the 1/4 cup of water for a few hours to soften them.* The water will not cover the dates but moisten all the dates the best that you can. 

In a food processor fitted with an S blade, add oats and baking soda and grind to flour. 

Add peanut butter, softened dates, vinegar, and vanilla. Grind to a thick dough.  Carefully mix in chocolate chips.

 

*If you don’t want to take the time to soften the dates, grind the dates with the oats until crumbly then add other ingredients, including the 1/4 cup water. 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

The original recipe in my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites calls for 1 cup of cashews instead of 1/2 cup of pecans or walnuts and does not include beans. This makes the cookie more flat like a sugar cookie. The recipe here has a cake-like texture. Still delicious and less fat. If you have a nut allergy, use hemp seeds in place of the pecans or walnuts. 

Check out my YouTube video on how to make these here.

 

 

 

 

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup pitted dates

1/2 cup pecans or walnuts

1/4 cup cooked garbanzo beans

2 T molasses 

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 t baking soda

3/4 t ground ginger

1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t nutmeg

1/2 t vanilla

 

Grind oats, dates, and nuts in a food processor work bowl until crumbly. Add remaining ingredients and process to a dough. Scoop dough with a cookie scoop or spoon and place on a cookie sheet lines with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 

 

Apple Oatmeal Crumble

Oat groats are the whole oat kernel when it comes off the plant. Eating grains in their whole intact form is the most nutritious way to eat them.  And oats, in particular, are one of the best foods for restoring a healthy gut. (This is a great interview with Dr. Richard Matthews about this.)  And Dr. Tom O’Bryan, who specializes in gut health, says that the pectin in cooked apple skins is more biovailable then raw and is really good to heal the gut. (Video interview with Dr. Tom O’Bryan)  He recommends eating a tablespoon of cooked apple 3 times a day. I figure I’ll get it done in one shot with breakfast. It’s a great way to sweeten up the oats.  Feel free to add a tablespoon or two of chopped nuts or sprinkle on some flax meal.

Watch my video on how to make this here.

 

 

1/3 cup oat groats that have been soaked over night (Sprout them another day and they are even better!)

1 cup water

1 large apple chopped

1/2 cup cranberries (optional)

1 1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t cardmom

2 T rolled oats (optional for creaminess) 

1 t honey (optional)

 

Soak oat groats over night for quicker cooking.  In the morning, rinse the groats and place them in a sauce pan, add a cup of water, cover, turn on burner to high and bring to a boil.  When it comes to a boil, lower heat to simmer, add cranberries and apple. Cover and cook 15 minutes. Stir in  spices and rolled oats if using and let it set for 15 or 20 minutes.  Add a little honey for sweetness.

Figgy Oat Bars

After being on an elimination diet for a year I learned to be totally satisfied with fruit for dessert. However, when my fig tree produced an over abundance I wanted to try making some kind of dessert. I took a Banana Oat Bar recipe that I have and used figs instead of bananas, left out the nuts and dates and it worked great! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 figs, trimmed (leave on skin)

1/4 cup of red flame grapes (For extra moisture and sweet. I had an abundance of them as well.)

2 cups rolled oats

1 t baking soda

1 t cinnamon

1 T apple cider vinegar

 

Blend figs, grapes, and vinegar in a high-powered blender until smooth. The seeds in the figs make this very thick. Place oats, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well. Pour pureed fruit over oats and mix so that all the oats are moistened. Transfer batter to an 8 X 8 cake pan and bake at 350 for 15 – 17 minutes. Cool before cutting. 

 

Raw Strawberry Pie

Ounce for ounce, strawberries have more vitamin C than citrus fruit. They are one of the “dirty dozen” so if you want to limit your pesticide exposure, only buy organic strawberries. This recipe is from my cookbook Whole Food Goodness.

25 pitted deglet dates

1/2 cup water

6 cups sliced strawberries

Soak dates in water to soften for blending. Blend 1 cup of straw-berries, dates and water until smooth. Pour this sauce over remaining strawberries. Pour over Raw Nut Crust. Let set for 1/2 hour.

Raw Nut Crust (for one pie)

1 cup almonds or other nuts and seeds

15 soft pitted dates

1 tsp vanilla

Chop finely in food processor until it starts to stick together. Press into a pie plate or 8×8 cake pan.

Sour Cream Frosting

This frosting goes perfect with Vegan Carrot Cake but could be folded into a fruit salad. Leave the lemon out for a delicious “whip cream” for Vegan Pumpkin Pie.

1 cup light colored sweet potato (not orange “yam”)

15 small pitted dates soaked in ¾ cup water

1/4 cup raw cashews

Juice from 1 lemon (add zest if you like more lemon flavor)

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Use just enough water to make it a thick cream. You will need more water is using pecans.

Vegan Carrot Cake

Got a chance to try the carrot cake recipe.  We are hooked! I have already made it twice. “

“This is the best Carrot Cake I’ve ever had” was one dinner class participants comment. This cake is moist and very decadent with no oils, processed sugar and it’s gluten free if using gluten free oats.

1 cup pitted dates soaked in 1/2 cup water for at least 4 hours

1/2 cup walnuts or pecans

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 t vanilla

1 1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t nutmeg

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 ½ t baking soda

1/4 cup grated apple (about 1/2 apple, any variety)

1 packed cup finely shredded carrots

1/2 cup raisins

Add nuts, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda to a food processor work bowl. Chop until coarsely ground and mixed well. Add dates and soak water, vanilla and vinegar. Process to a thick dough. You may need to help it along with a fork. Then add in shredded apple, carrots, and raisins and mix to incorporate evenly. Alternatively, transfer dough to a large mixing bowl before adding carrots and fruit and mix them in with a fork. Spread dough in an 8×8 cake pan and baked at 350 for 20 minutes. Spread with Sour Cream Frosting or add dollop when served.  .

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