dessert Archives - Plant Based, Family Friendly Meal Planning by Stephanie Dreyer, Los Angeles

September 17, 2017
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I think these apple walnut pastry puffs are adorable, if I do say so myself!! They look like mini purses – just like the one my sister made me for my wedding. Little pouches bursting with apple walnut goodness. I was inspired to make these apple treats in honor of Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and a very festive time of year for Jews. Rosh Hashanah, along with Yom Kippur are the holiest of Jewish holidays so I like to make a little extra fuss over the food we eat on these holidays.

Apples Dipped In Honey

Apples and honey, (or agave, for us vegans), are traditional foods eaten during these holidays. We eat them to usher in a “sweet new year.” I am a big fan of puff pastry when it comes to sweet treats. It is super versatile and easy to use, and if I am being honest, it looks beautiful no matter what you do to it. It’s a heck of a lot easier than making my own pie crust, which I never do! I prefer Aussie’s brand, which is eggless and dairy-free.

These apple walnut pastry puffs are a simple and elegant choice for fall entertaining and celebrating the Jewish holidays.

The filling in these apple walnut pastry puffs is a reinvented haroset recipe from Passover – an apple/nut mixture that is spread on matzah. Each pastry sheet makes 6 puffs, so you get a full dozen treats from one package of puff pastry. To make things extra special, I brushed some melted Earth Balance over the puffs and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar before baking them.

These apple walnut pastry puffs are a simple and elegant choice for fall entertaining and celebrating the Jewish holidays.

You can prep and bake these within 30 minutes if you thaw the puff pastry before hand. So simple and elegant!

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Apple Walnut Pastry Puffs

Ingredients

  • 1 package puff pastry (dairy and egg free)
  • 2 red apples (any variety), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts , chopped
  • 1/4 pomegranate juice (or juice blend)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbl agave
  • 2 tbl Earth Balance , melted (or other non-dairy butter)
  • Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Thaw puff pastry for about 45 minutes. Roll out and cut each sheet into 6 squares.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Combine the apples, walnuts, juice, cinnamon, and agave in a bowl.
  4. Place a heaping spoonful of the apple mixture in the center of each pastry square. Gather the sides and pinch together in a "purse."
  5. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  6. Place on a cookie sheet with cooking spray and bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.

These apple walnut pastry puffs are a simple and elegant choice for fall entertaining and celebrating the Jewish holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


July 26, 2017
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These Vegan S’mores Sundaes are my fun frozen take on the traditional s’mores sandwich you make around the campfire. With summer upon us, this cold dessert is perfect for backyard campouts and sleepovers. They are simple and fun to make too! Kids will love getting in on the action by just layering the ingredients on top of each other:

graham cracker crumbs

chocolate ice cream

marshmallows

chocolate chips

whipped cream

My favorite brands are So Delicious ice cream, Coco Whip whipped cream, Dandies marshmallows, and Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. These can get messy just like traditional s’mores so consider yourself warned!! That is also part of the fun though, right?!!

 

Vegan S'mores Sundae
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Vegan S'mores Sundaes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegan graham crackers, finely ground or coarsely chopped
  • 2 scoops vegan chocolate ice cream
  • 1/4 cup vegan marshmallows, plus more for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for garnish
  • Vegan whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Layer a glass or bowl first with 2 tablespoons of graham crackers, followed by a scoop of ice cream, then 1/8 cup of marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips.
  2. Repeat with another layer.
  3. Top with whipped cream and more marshmallows and chocolate chips for garnish.

Vegan S'mores Sundaes


July 19, 2017
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I don’t know what it is about a popsicle that makes me feel like a kid again, but I am almost giddy when enjoying a frozen pop. I remember the local ice cream truck singing through our neighborhood on summer afternoons. The rocket molds I used for these take me back to those red, white, and blue pops that were so popular. Remember those?!!

It is really easy (and healthier) to make your own popsicles. It is also a really fun activity to do with the kids. I came up with the flavor blend for these Pomegranate Berry Popsicles because my kids love pomegranates and berries. This is an easy formula that you can change up with whatever ingredients your family loves. Start with a cup or so of a liquid (fruit juice, water, non-dairy milk, or lemonade) and mix with a cup of fruit. Add in any other nutrient boosts (e.g. chia seeds, hemp seeds, spirulina), an optional sweetener (agave, maple syrup), and you’ve got a blend ready to pour into your favorite mold.

 

Pomegranate Berry Popsicles
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Pomegranate Berry Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze for several hours until completely frozen.

Pomegranate Berry Popsicles


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