Lemon Cake

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Ingredients:

  • Cake
    • 2 large lemons
    • 2 tbsp lemon peel
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
    • ½ cup coconut flour
    • 1 tbsp vinegar
    • 1 tbsp vanilla
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • ¾ cup water
    • 1 tbsp baking soda
    • 5 tbsp oil
    • Blueberries
  • Icing
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grate the lemon until two tablespoons of lemon peel are produced.
  3. Extract three tablespoons of lemon juice from the lemons.
  4. Mix the flour (wheat & coconut), sugar, and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  5. Mix the water, lemon juice, oil, vinegar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  6. Combine the ingredients from step 3 and 4.
  7. Pour into a baking dish and bake for 25 minutes at 350°F.
  8. Mix the confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice to make the icing.
  9. Let the cake cool for 1 hour, and then top with the icing and blueberries.

Date Cake

Date Cake

Date Cake

Serves 8.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s “Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix”
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour 
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (essence)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped & roasted)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees & oil a 9-inch bunt cake pan.
  2. In a blender, mix the oil, dates, vanilla extract, sugar, and milk to make the liquid batter.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, TJ’s multigrain baking mix, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. To form the batter, mix the liquid batter with the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the walnuts & mix.
  6. Pour the batter evenly in the oiled bunt cake pan.
  7. Bake for around 45 minutes. At 45 minutes, insert a toothpick or small knife into the cake; if it comes out clean, remove the cake. If it doesn’t, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  8. After around 10 minutes, carefully remove the cake and serve.

**Cake may be stored at room temperature for around 4-5 days.**

**Regular whole wheat flour may be substituted for both the multigrain baking mix and the pastry flour (use 2 cups of whole wheat flour instead of 1 cup of multigrain and 1 cup of pastry)**

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 can condensed milk (about 400 g)
  • 1 can round-sliced pineapples (remove water)
  • 10 red cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpuse flour
  • slightly less than 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup club soda (sparkling water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pineapple essence
  • few drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 5-6 tablespoons sugar (for caramalization)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Grease a baking pan with butter and arrange the pineapple slices and cherries at the base of the pan.
  2. Mix the sugar and water in a separate pan and and heat until the syrup turns brown.
  3. Pour the syrup over the pineapple slices.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda, baking powder, and all purpose flour together.
  5. In a bowl, mix the butter, condensed milk, pineapple essence, and the food coloring. Then, add the ingredients from the previous step, along with the club soda, and mix well.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan over the pineapple slices and bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. When done, let cake sit for 10 minutes and then flip over. Serve with the pineapple slices facing up.

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate (soy/almond/regular) milk
  • 1 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons canola/vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoon confectioner sugar
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 chocolate bar (milk or dark)
  • topping cherries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Warm milk (lukewarm) and mix with vinegar and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. In a different bowl, mix sugar (both granulated and brown), butter, oil, and vanilla extract together. Cream well.
  3. Mix the two mixtures together, and add flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Pour the batter into two separate 9-inch round or square pans and bake for 22-30 minutes.
  5. After baking, let both halves cool completely before removing from pan. (Separate the two halves)
  6. To make the frosting–pour the cream, confectioner sugar, and vanilla essence into a blender and whip for 30 seconds.
  7. Spread frosting over one of the cake halves and spread sliced cherries over it. Then, place the second half on top of the bottom half.
  8. Spread frosting over the top and 4 sides of the cake. Grate chocolate over the cake. Then, arrange whole cherries over the cake and serve.

 

Apple Cinnamon Crepes

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Makes 5 crepes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup multigrain pancake mix (any type works)
  • 1 cup milk (soy, almond, fat free)
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • cinnamon and sugar (to taste)
  • agave syrup (to taste) (optional)*

Directions:

  1. Mix the pancake mix, milk, and flax seeds together in a bowl.
  2. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a nonstick griddle. Pour a medium sized amount of batter onto the griddle.
  4. Flip when bubbles start to appear around edges.
  5. When ready, lay out apple slices in a line. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of the apples. Drizzle agave syrup over the crepe. Roll and serve immediately.

*Cinnamon, sugar, and agave may be substituted for chocolate syrup and peanut butter.

 

 

Mango Custard

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Serves 4 people.

Ingredients*:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp mango (or regular) custard powder
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk**
  • 1 cup fresh mango

Directions:

  1. Boil the milk until small bubbles start to form around the edges.
  2. Mix custard powder with 1 tbsp water and add to the milk.
  3. Stir continuously and reduce the heat to low.
  4. Once custard thickens, add sweetened condensed milk and stir.
  5. Transfer into a bowl and cool. Chill thoroughly in a refrigerator.
  6. When ready to serve, add mango chunks and enjoy!

*Chocolate flakes may be added if desired.

**Condensed milk may be substituted with carnation milk.

Blueberry Waffles

Blueberry Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup rice flour*
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 cups yogurt or buttermilk**
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp agave syrup

Directions:

  1. Mix everything except the lemon zest and blueberries in a blender.
  2. Add the lemon zest and the blueberries.
  3. Pour the batter into a waffle maker.
  4. When finished, top with your choice of fruits and agave syrup and serve!

*Rice flour can be substituted with oats.

**Yogurt may be substituted with any type of milk.

4-Step Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pancake mix/all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate milk (soy, almond, regular)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • chocolate chips (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vinegar (apple cider vinegar works)
  • maple [sugar] syrup/butter (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix everything except the chocolate chips in a blender until smooth.
  2. Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the batter onto a greased nonstick pan or griddle. Cook at medium heat for about 5 minutes. (Once batter begins to bubble, flip the pancake.)
  4. When ready, top the pancake with chocolate chips and syrup/butter, if desired, and serve.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 1 readymade graham cracker pie crust (about 6-9 inches)
  • 1 12-ounce package extra-firm silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup processed coco powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 small piece of chocolate (milk or dark) (for decoration)

Directions:

  1. Drain any excess liquid from the tofu before adding it to a blender along with the cocoa powder, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend these ingredients until a completely smooth batter is created.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate until all of the pieces melt.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the tofu mixture and pulse for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour the batter into the readymade graham cracker crust and even out the top. Chill for at least 4-5 hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, use a vegetable peeler to decorate the mousse with chocolate shavings. Serve immediately.

*Mousse can be refrigerated for 2-3 days.

**Mousse can be used on top of chocolate cakes or cupcakes, as shown below.

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Cherry Syrup

Makes 2 cup of syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh cherries, pitted
  • 2 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix the cherries and sugar together and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Cool for another 1/2 hour.
  2. After cooled, strain the syrup and leave the cherry pulp*. Enjoy with pancakes, in drinks, or as a sweet treat.

For Cherry Refresher  (Drink), click here.

*Pulp may be used on top of waffles or biscuits.

Cherry Refresher with a Hint of Mint (Drink)

Cherry Refresher

Makes 1 glass.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons cherry syrup (for Cherry Syrup click here)
  • lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • crushed/shaved ice
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water (flavored optional)
  • 3-4 pieces of mint

Directions:

  1. Pour the sparkling water in a glass.
  2. Add the cherry syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Add the desired amount of shaved/crushed ice, top with mint, and serve.

Blueberry Syrup

Makes 1 cup of syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4-5 lemons, juiced

Directions:

  1. Mix the blueberries and sugar together and cook for 15-20 minutes. Cool for another 1/2 hour.
  2. After cooled, add the lemon juice. Enjoy with pancakes, in drinks, or as a sweet treat.

For Blueberry Refresher (Drink), click here.

Lemon and Blueberry Pancake

Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes

Lemon and Blueberry Pancakes

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups multigrain pancake mix
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except the maple syrup and the blueberries.
  2. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Add blueberries to the batter.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan to a warm to hot temperature. Grease the pan lightly with butter.
  4. Pour about a fourth of the batter atop the pan and let it spread. Size and shape may vary.
  5. Cook the pancake on both sides until the pancake becomes a golden brown color.
  6. Serve warm with maple syrup drizzled over the top.

*May be enjoyed with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

French Toast

French Toast

Serves 4 People

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bread (any type works)
  • 2 cups soy, almond, or regular milk
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp pancake mix or all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp confectioners’/powdered sugar
  • whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients, other than bread, powdered sugar and whipped cream, into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan (grease the pan with a thin layer of butter).
  3. Dip each slice of bread into the batter and place on nonstick pan.
  4. Cook on low heat, each side until the bread becomes golden brown in color.
  5. Top with powdered sugar. Fresh fruit and whipped cream may be added.

Apple-Cherry Crumbles

Serves 4 people.

Apple-Cherry Crumbles

Apple-Cherry Crumbles

  • 2 fuji apples (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 cup cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Quick oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup apple juice (any type)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the apples, cherries, 1 teaspoon flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the lemon and apple juice, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (including the leftover cinnamon, brown sugar, and flour) and mix well.
  4. In a greased baking pan, spread the second blend on top of the apple mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. **After 45 minutes, remove the aluminum foil and continue to bake for 15 more minutes.**

*Crumbles can be enjoyed with ice cream if desired.

**Peaches, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, and pears can be substituted in for cherries or apples.

Banana Nut Cake

Makes about 12 slices.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk (any type works)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (1/4 cup works)
  • 2 mashed medium bananas (the riper, the better)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1 Packet Quakers Oatmeal “Maple and Brown Sugar” Flavor

Directions:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and oatmeal (uncooked) in a big bowl.
  2. In the same bowl, mix the mashed bananas, milk, vanilla extract, vinegar, and oil. Then, add the crushed walnuts and mix again.
  3. After mixing, pour batter into any (oiled) baking pan and place in oven heated to 350 degrees.
  4. Bake for 1 hour. Cool for 10 minutes and serve.

*Cake may be enjoyed warm or cold.

**If desired, 1/4 cup chocolate chips may be added.

Spicy + Sweet: The Ultimate Apple

Ingredients:

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  • Tuscan Bread (any sourdough bread works)
  • 1 apple, peeled and sliced
  • Jack-Pepper/Jalapeño cheese (any spicy cheese works)
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard (sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Marinate the apple slices in agave syrup, olive oil, mustard, and lemon juice for at least 1/2 hour.
  2. Place the marinated apple slices on a piece of bread.
  3. Top the apple slices with any (spicy tastes better) cheese slices.
  4. Toast the bread slice in the oven until the cheese melts completely.

*Serve hot.

Almond Cookie

Ingredients:

Almond Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond meal (Trader Joe’s)
  • 3/4 cup butter -0r- 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix. (If mixture becomes dry, add a few drops of milk.)
  4. Using a tablespoon (I used a tablespoon, but any round shape works), create hemispheres and place them on a cookie sheet.
  5. Place the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes, and enjoy!

*Cookies can be served warm or cold.

**Cookies can be kept in air-tight containers for up to a week.

Orange-Mint Crackers

Ingredients:

Orange-Mint Crackers

  • Several Multi-Grain Crackers
  • 2 tbs. Cream Cheese
  • ½ tbs Orange Marmalade
  • One tangerine; peeled and skinned
  • A few mint leaves (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese and marmalade together.
  2. Spread it on one cracker.
  3. Place one orange slice on the cracker.
  4. Place one or more leaves of mint atop the orange slice and serve.

Strawberry Crepe

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter or oil
  • Nutella (To taste)
  • Strawberries, sliced (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Mix everything together except the Nutella and Strawberries.
  2. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan to medium temperature.
  4. Pour or scoop the batter and pour on the griddle.
  5. Spread out the batter to however thin you want your crepe.
  6. When both sides are cooked, spread the Nutella across your crepe.
  7. Place the strawberries in a line over the Nutella.
  8. Wrap and enjoy.