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Breakfast cookies

Vegan dark chocolate chip, and peanut butter oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies. Phew that’s a mouth full.. we absolutely loved these cookies. They are sweet, savoury, with just the right amount of vegan goodness. Y’all need to make these ASAP.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup whole wheat flour (unbleached)

1/2 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup date sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup vegan butter softened

3 tbsp agave nectar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 tsp plant milk

splash of water (helps with mixing)

Doubling the recipe

Preheat oven to 350°, line a cookie sheet with compostable parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and go to town mixing. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop onto the cookie sheet. Once the mixture is on the cookie sheet use a fork to push it down a bit. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes. Edges should be golden brown. Wait a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Thats it.. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. This recipe can also be doubled, and made into granola bars. Kid tested, kid approved.

So tasty
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Finally vegan bread

Whole wheat homemade vegan bread..

Real life cooking.

I have wanted to make my own bread for so long, I cannot even beginning to tell y’all how long I have been thinking about, and putting this off. I am not a baker by any means. Like I seriously cannot bake, or so I thought. I am now convinced that I cannot bake non vegan, this is a legit thing. When I was baking with eggs and milk I would fail and burn everything. Once I removed the non vegan items things worked, everything came out beautiful and tasted amazing. This started with cookies, I made cookies and I didn’t burn them. So I tried banana bread, came out stunning and tasted amazing.. So Saturday I put all my reservations aside, I found a vegan bread recipe. I stunned myself when the bread came out perfect, and tasted amazing.

So here is the recipe.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 11g instant yeast
  • pinch of salt
  • 2.5 cups warm water
  • 2 or 3 tsp pure maple syrup

Greased bread pan – line the bottom with parchment paper.. Trust me on this. I didn’t and I wish I had.

In a bowl mix the flour, the yeast, and the salt. Next in a measuring cup; measure out the warm water, then add the maple syrup, and stir to dissolve it. Now you want to add the liquid to the flour – yeast mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until you get a sticky dough texture. You don’t need to kneed this but you can. I just moved it straight to the greased bread pan.

Cover with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes. If it needs more rising time let it sit for five more minutes but not much more than that.

Preheat the oven to 390 degrees

Once the bread has risen and the oven is preheated – put the bread into the oven. Bake for 40/50 minutes. Being careful not to burn the bottom.

*Hint* I turned my oven light on so I could watch it, looking every ten minutes or so. This way I don’t keep opening the door, I’m sure I’m not the only person who does this. You don’t have to admit it to me *wink wink*.

Let the bread cool. Cut with a serrated knife, or an electric knife.

Enjoy.

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Apple cinnamon oats

Perfect for a chilly Sunday night.

What you will need –

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 apple – peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp date sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp brown sugar

First you want to melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Once it has melted add the apples, stir to coat. Next add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and date sugar. Stir to coat the apples, let the apples soften. I used a potato masher to mash them up a bit. This is an optional step, but for me it is a necessary step for the little people.

Next you want to get your water going. Bring the water to a boil, next add the oats and turn the heat to medium. Cook for about five minutes, or until the oats begin to thicken. Stirring occasionally. Once the oats have thicken but are still kind of loose, add the apple and stir to combine. Now is a good time to add the brown sugar and maple syrup. Stir stir stir.. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

This was on the lower end of sweet for us. I try to keep things less sugary for my girls. Since both have ADHD I don’t like to over due it. ADHD is also the reason they don’t eat candy. They do get things like vegan cookies and cupcakes every once and a while. So if you like things more sweet just tweak this to your liking.

Also.. You can serve this with some granola on top or just plain.

Enjoy.

Homesteading

Homemade laundry soap

I have wanted to make my own laundry soap for some time now. I just never did it. Well today I noticed I was at the bottom of my Tide container. I didn’t want to buy more of it with all the new information I had gotten weeks prior. So I went out and bought everything I would need to make my own. I’m going to keep this short and sweet so you can just get to making your own as well. So below is what I used, keep in mind you can use what ever scent you want for your recipe. Tweak this as you see fit. Enjoy.

Simple laundry soap – just 4 ingredients.

3 cups washing soda

2 cups borax

1 bar Dr. Bronners pure Castile bar soap – I used unscented. You’ll need more for other batches.

20 drops tea tree essential oil

1. In a tightly sealed container add the washing soda and borax.

2. Cut up the bar soap and process in food processor. If you don’t have a food processor a grater will work just as well. Please cut it up into small chunks if you’re using a processor. You do not want to ruin it.

3. Add soap to the container.

Mix well – or seal the container and shake vigorously. That’s what I did.

4. Add essential oil of choice. Seal and shake vigorously again.

For top loaders use 1/8 of a cup

For front loaders use 1 tablespoon

Best for warm or hot water.

By making your own soap you cut out so many unnecessary additives and toxic ingredients. This will last some time since you do not need to use as much.

Borax $4.47 4lbs – Walmart

Washing soda $5.99 55oz – hardware store

Dr. Bronners pure Castile bar soap $4.69 – whole foods

Tea tree oil $5.99 or less depending on where you get it.- Walmart (I had mine already on hand)

Total $21+ tax – pricing will vary depending on location.

Any “decent” soap is over $10 if you buy a larger size, but most is highly toxic. You can look up how toxic it is.

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