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

March 15, 2018
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Girl Scout Thin Mints are the secret ingredient in this chocolatey minty frozen treat. This Thin Mint Milkshake can be enjoyed all year round if you freeze a few boxes of Thin Mints after cookie season is done. So Delicious!’s Mint Chip ice cream is my dairy-free pick. This shake is a mint lover’s dream come true!

Girl Scout Thin Mints are the secret ingredient in this chocolatey minty frozen treat. Make this Thin Mint Milkshake with just 3 ingredients!

Thin Mint Milkshake (Vegan & Dairy-free)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups dairy-free mint chip ice cream (such as So Delicious)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 8 Thin Mint cookies
  • Suggested toppings: crushed Thin Mints, So Delicious Coco Whip, mini vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a blender combine ice cream, milk, and thin mint cookies. Blend on high speed until completely combined and cookies are crushed.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with desired toppings.

Girl Scout Thin Mints are the secret ingredient in this chocolatey minty frozen treat. Make this Thin Mint Milkshake with just 3 ingredients!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 8, 2018
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My family and I are huge fans of rice crispy treats.  These vegan Rice Crispy Treat Hearts use Dandies marshmallows (the only vegan marshmallow to eat in my book!) and Earth Balance butter.  I used a heart shape cookie cutter (perfect for Valentine’s Day), dipped them in melted dairy-free chocolate chips, and decorated them with sprinkles.  These Rice Crispy Treat Hearts are a fun recipe to make with the kids!

 

Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Hearts

Servings 10 hearts

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Dandies
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance
  • 6 cups Brown Rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or chunks
  • Assorted sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a pan and add the marshmallows. Keep stirring until melted, slow at first (about 10 minutes).
  2. Stir in the cereal 1 cup at a time until combined.
  3. Press into a greased 13×9 inch pan.
  4. Use parchment paper to press it down and spread it out.
  5. While it is still warm, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts. Set on a parchment paper to harden.
  6. Rice Crispy Treat on Parchment
  7. While the treats are cooling, melt the chocolate chips in a saucepan or microwave. While it is still warm, dip one side of the treat into the chocolate and set back on the parchment paper.

These Vegan Rice Crispy Treat Hearts are a fun one to make with the kids! Full of animal free ingredients, these treats are perfect for Valentine's Day.

 

 

 

 

 


January 29, 2018
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January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day and I realize I rarely drink hot chocolate, although it’s one of my favorite hot beverages. Dairy free hot chocolate at a coffee house is so hard to find, but making it homemade is simple…and only takes about 5 minutes. This Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate recipe was inspired by some fresh vanilla beans I had laying around – and my daughters’ obsession with Once Upon A Time (they put cinnamon in their hot chocolate!).

I used almond milk as my dairy-free base, and several squares of the 72% dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s (in the green box). This recipe couldn’t be simpler. Just heat all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk.

This Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate only takes 5 minutes and 6 ingredients. You won't miss the dairy with all the sweet flavors in this cup!

What’s hot cocoa without the whipped cream? I topped mine with several dollops of So Delicious! Coco Whip.

This Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate only takes 5 minutes and 6 ingredients. You won't miss the dairy with all the sweet flavors in this cup!

With this recipe, I’ll be sipping hot chocolate more than just on National Hot Chocolate Day!

Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 vanilla bean (seeds removed from pod)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbl maple syrup
  • 5 squares Trader Joe's dark chocolate (72%)
  • CoCo Whip, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Whisk all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat, continuously until thickened (about 5 minutes).

    2. Top with CoCo Whip. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

This Vegan Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate only takes 5 minutes and 6 ingredients. You won't miss the dairy with all the sweet flavors in this cup!

 

 


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!

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 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

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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