Savory Vegan Gravy

You guys.  Y’all.  This gravy is awesome.  It really is awesome sauce!

My 5 year old is now spoiled and wants this gravy on everything: baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cutlets… You get the picture, right?

This gravy is also the superstar in my upcoming “Southern Cornbread Dressing” recipe.  Stay tuned for that bad boy!

Here’s how I make gravy in our house.

Savory Vegan Gravy
(I’ve made some changes from this original recipe, which is yummy, too. You can click here to see the original recipe from about.com)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

Directions:

1.  Heat the vegan butter over medium heat in a medium sized pot and add all of the spices and flour.  Whisk together.

2.  Add the vegetable broth and cornstarch and whisk well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and let it simmer, whisking constantly.

3.  When the gravy has thickened, add the nutritional yeast and liquid aminos and cook for one more minute, continuing to whisk the gravy.

**Variation:  Add 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon of sage in addition to the spices listed above.

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Close up of gravy and my homemade mashed potatoes.  YUM!

Coco Whip & Pudding Mix: Dairy Free Parfaits!

PUDDING PARFAIT

Coco Whip.

It’s like dairy filled whipped topping, but better. Thank you SO Delicious for making this AMAZING and SAFE food!

Our local grocery store just got it in and man, oh man… all three of us LOVE IT!

I’m using lots of caps y’all, because we are so thrilled!

A whole new world of recipes have opened up to us.

I’ve been all over Pinterest looking for new recipes to adapt.

Some of the recipes I found require pre-made pudding mixes.

Y’all know me.

If I can make it homemade, I would rather do that. Cheaper. Safer. ‘Nuff said.

Anyway, I found several recipes for homemade pudding mixes that don’t require powdered milk. :::Insert happy dance:::

I tried the one recipe that seemed right. I feel like I kind of have a spider sense when it comes to picking the best Pinterest option when I’ve pinned multiple different recipes.

And my Spidey sense was dead on, y’all.

This chocolate pudding is good!

Make a batch of Silk’s chocolate pudding.

Lately, I’m really big into making homemade mixes, putting them in a cute container and slapping on a reusable chalkboard sticker. I have a chalkboard pen that I use to write on my labels. I’m slightly obsessed, y’all!

In the past few days, I’ve made a brownie mix, homemade Nesquik powder, and homemade pudding mix. I also need to make more of our favorite vegan muffin mix. That jar is running low.  Oh, and yesterday I stocked the freezer with “homemade uncrustables” using store bought bread.  🙂

My point in all this is to simplify life. I get in the mood to make stuff and go for it. It’s nice to have a homemade brownie mix or pudding mix ready to go. And it makes me happy to see it in a cute jar.

Here’s some pics of some of my homemade mixes.

Pudding Mix

Top Shelf: Brownie Mix & Muffin Mix

Top Shelf: Brownie Mix & Muffin Mix

Homemade Nesquik. This would make a great hot cocoa. It's hard to mix with cold mix, but very yummy.

Homemade Nesquik. This would make a great hot cocoa. It’s hard to mix with cold milk, but very yummy.

My supplies:

  • The stickers and chalkboard pen are from Hobby Lobby.
  • The glass jars and the glass jar with a red lid are from Target.
  • The plastic containers are from TJ Maxx.

But I digress… back to the pudding parfaits.

I made the pudding I mentioned above and let it cool in the fridge for several hours.  Then I layered the chocolate pudding and the coco whip in a pretty glass.  I topped it with a strawberry.  I tried my hardest to make the layers pretty, y’all, but it was so messy.  And the batteries on my good camera are dead, so these are all iPad photos.  Oh well.  It works.

The Huzz and I loved the parfaits.  SG only liked the Coco Whip, not the pudding.  But she’s only ever had pudding once before.  She’ll get used to the taste and texture.  The Huzz polished her parfait off.

The verdict?  Delish!  And we will definitely make this again.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies Topped with Homemade Dairy Free Chocolate Hearts

Now that title is a mouthful!

I couldn’t think of a cute name and I didn’t want to copy the original recipe’s name. I want y’all to know these babies are topped with homemade chocolate candy hearts. Whoop, whoop!!!

I’m seriously like a giddy little schoolgirl, y’all. For real.

I made these just in time for Valentine’s Day, although I’m not sure they’ll last 48 hours… The Huzz is nick named the Cookie Monster for a reason.

I found Sally’s recipe on Pinterest. I had just the day before purchased a silicone heart mold from HyVee for just a $1. I thought I’d just make some chocolate candies for us for Valentine’s Day.

Then I saw her pin and got pumped up.

I can make pretty food, too. It just takes more effort. And some experimenting. And I’m proud to say I adapted it just right the first time around. Yay!

Here’s how I made these awesome cookies. I used peanut butter because we don’t have peanut allergies. I’m guessing Wow Butter or SunButter would work well, too. I personally like the way Wow Butter tastes better than SunButter. But I digress.

Peanut Butter Cookies topped with Homemade Dairy Free Chocolate Hearts
(adapted from this recipe here)

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of Earth Balance Vegan Butter
  • 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 prepackaged cup of Mott’s Natural Applesauce
  • 3/4 cup of creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • Homemade Chocolate Candy Hearts (Recipe to Follow)

Directions:

  • Slightly melt the vegan butter in the microwave. Make it just soft enough to be mixed well with the sugars.
  • Use a large bowl with a hand mixer or a mixer with a stand.
  • Add the sugars and vegan butter and mix well.
  • Add the applesauce and mix well.
  • Add the peanut butter and mix well.
  • Add the vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the baking soda & flour and mix until just well blended. Don’t overmix.
  • Put dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

Now it’s time to make the chocolate candy hearts.

Ingredients:

  • Safe Chocolate Chips
  • Safe Shortening
  • Candy Mold (I used a heart mold)

Directions:

Pretty much here’s what I did:

Just 2 Ingredients

Just 2 Ingredients

  • I didn’t measure. I just eyeballed the chocolate chips and added a dollop of shortening. I bet you could use coconut oil instead of the shortening if you wanted.
  • I melted my chips & shortening in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between times.
  • Stir until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  • Pour melted chocolate into heart candy mold. Put in freezer until the cookies are almost done cooking. Pop the chocolate hearts out when firm to the touch and keep in the freezer until they are needed. (I only had 1 mold so I had to repeat this step two times. I’m going to buy another candy mold so I don’t have to do this step twice!)
Melted Chocolate in the Heart Mold

Melted Chocolate in the Heart Mold

These are firm to the touch and ready for the cookies.

These are firm to the touch and ready for the cookies.

Back to the cookies!

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • By now, the cookie dough has chilled. It’s time to roll the dough into round balls and coat the balls in granulated sugar. I put some sugar on a plate. I’d roll about 10 cookies at a time and then roll them in the sugar and place them on a cookie sheet (use parchment paper on the cookie sheet.)
  • Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes- until the cookies just start to crack. The original recipe said that and at 8 minutes my cookies didn’t crack- I needed 9 minutes with my oven. 9 minutes were perfect!
  • When you pull the cookies out of the oven, immediately top the cookies with the chocolate hearts. I gently pushed them into the cookies.
  • Put the cookie sheet directly into the freezer so the homemade chocolates don’t completely melt.
  • Freeze the cookies for 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy your cookies and bask in your beautiful creation… I did!
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Rolled in Sugar

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Rolled in Sugar

Cracked Peanut Butter Cookies- Just Right!

Cracked Peanut Butter Cookies- Just Right!

Frozen Chocolate Hearts Ready for the Cookies!

Frozen Chocolate Hearts Ready for the Cookies!

Isn't this beautiful?

Isn’t this beautiful?

I can't believe I made these little pretties!!!

I can’t believe I made these little pretties!!!

A Sea of Yumminess!

A Sea of Yumminess!

This also make great gifts for the special people in your life.

This also make great gifts for the special people in your life.

I used a box I picked up on clearance, a cute square muffin liner, a label & some Dollar Spot stickers to put our gift together.

I used a box I picked up on clearance, a cute square muffin liner, a label & some Dollar Spot stickers to put our gift together.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies Boxed Up and Ready to Share

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies Boxed Up and Ready to Share

We are enjoying our special Valentine’s cookies.

Happy Valentine’s Day from our Blessed Little Family to yours!

Delicious Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies: Dairy Free and Egg Free

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These cookies are AMAZING! I used Silk Almond Vanilla Milk, sweetened. For the margarine I used Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine or Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks and Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Warning- these are highly addictive.

Click here for the link to the recipe from Silk. Thanks Silk for the yummy recipe!!!

SG is going to be so happy to wake up from her nap and find fresh baked cookies waiting for her!!!

Update:  I now add in Enjoy Life chocolate chunks along with the chocolate chips.  Mmmm!  Even better!