Decadent Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Guys…seriously….help yourself!!Sienna was literally licking the bowl!!!

Add this beautiful frosting to Cakes, Cupcakes, Muffins, Cake Pops, Cookies…to seriously whatever you want…even to your brownies..raw or not…

Vegan Chocolate Frosting
luxurious, velvety and absolutely decadent!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (16 Tbsp) vegan butter, softened
  2. 2 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  3. 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 cup dairy-free semisweet chocolate, melted (i melt with the milk) and slightly cooled. I use Dairy free, Gluten Free, Soy free chocolate chips (you can buy at Lotus pharmacy in Taipa
  5. 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  6. 1/4 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
Instructions
  1. Beat together all ingredients until light and fluffy
  2. Add the sugar in small amounts until you reach your desired consistency and sweetness. If it becomes too thick, add more almond milk. If it's too thin, add more cocoa powder or powdered sugar.
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Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Delicious and creamy frosting for your Cakes, Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Cookies, Muffins…You name it baby.

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
Serves 2
velvety, rich, creamy and absolutely delicious
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/3 cup vegan butter, softened
  3. 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 2 tsp - pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. To a large mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese, softened butter and beat or whisk vigorously to combine. Then add powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments until thick and spreadable.
  2. Add more sugar to thicken (optional) . You want this frosting to be pretty thick so it won’t slide around, so keep adding powdered sugar until it reaches the right consistency.
Notes
  1. This vegan cream cheese frosting will firm up slightly in the refrigerator as the butter hardens again, so keep it at room temperature to spread it then you can chill it in the fridge.
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
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Thursday Quickies

Using Flax and Chia as “Eggs” in Baking 

Flaxseed powder and chia seeds powder are extremely helpful baking tools. Due to their naturally high amount of mucilage (gluey/gelatinous substance), each has the ability to quickly form a gel-like substance when soaked in liquid – similar consistency to a raw egg white. While this “gel” will not rise like a cooked egg, it does serve as an excellent binder in baked recipes. As long as the recipe contains other agents to help rise (such as baking soda…), this beneficial superseded formula can be used in place of raw eggs with no problems.

For the equivalent of two eggs:

Mix 2 tbsp ground flaxseed or chia seed powder with 1/3 cup water or nut milk. Stir, wait 5-10 minutes and stir one more time. Easy peasy!!

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Frozen Banana 101

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Frozen bananas are a superfood kitchen Must Have for two reasons:

First, they provide a frosty ice cream-like texture to blend mixtures that’s different from a fresh banana. Second, frozen bananas are a fantastic way to save bananas that are past their prime.

Check this 5 steps to freeze your bananas

  1. Use the ripest bananas possible. Brown is good!
  2. Always peel the banana prior to freeing them
  3. Slice the bananas into rounds before freezing. Why? Your blender’s blades will thank you!
  4. Store in a large ziplock bag, spread it into a flat layer
  5. As a guide: one handful of frozen banana slices is about one banana

Mason Jars

I am OBSESSED with these Jars!!!!!!

These timeless kitchen staples are enormously handy—and stylish in that shabby-chic sort of way. Originally used for preserving food, mason jars are made of sturdy glass that stands up to hot and cold temperatures—so you can freeze, bake, microwave, or chill them. Don’t know where to begin? Take a cue from one of these clever ideas:

Mason Jar Pros

Multi-Purpose – Apparently these are not just for salads 
Portion control – If healthy food is prepared, measured, portioned and packaged for individual servings, it is less likely that you will over-serve or choose something less healthy or eat out altogether.
Cute! – I think a mason jar looks much nicer than the plastic stuff.
Space – Mason jars might take up space or sometimes they can help make space.
Leftovers – Sometimes we can’t find the container we want to use or you can split a larger portion into single servings by just storing it in the mason jar rather than storing it all in a larger container which will have to be separated later
Portable – I know plastic containers are lighter but you can still just grab and go. This is not as easy with a large storage container.
Safe in the microwave, fridge and oven – I have heard there are some that are freezer safe, too. (Mine are not)
Safe – No BPA. There are questions as to the safety of some materials found in plastic containers.
Less mess – I haven’t had anything leak or spill (yet). However, I have had lids “warp” and open up in transport which did end up getting all over my stuff. Even if it was “empty” the plastic containers would get messy.

Mason Jar Cons

Breakable – This has never happened to me…it is probably just a matter of time.
Lids – the metal lids rust or get stuck together, but you can get plastic lids, too.
Clunky – Kind of clunky to carry around

Buy Mason jars in Macau

  • Parkn’ Shop – Taipa
  • Better Homes – Taipa

Online:

  • Party with Meemo
  • Tao bao
  • Kara’s Party Ideas
  • Pottery Barn