Vegan Donuts

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VEGAN DONUTS

 

I really think that’s all the introduction needed.

 

Science fact: Donut dough rheology is an important property that impacts the overall donut quality. This property measures the ability of the dough to flow. It can be represented by the power law equation: τ=k.D^n where τ is the tangentic stress, k is the viscosity coefficient, D is the shear rate, and n is the flow index. Many factors affect dough rheology including the type of ingredients, the amount of the ingredients, or the force applied during mixing. Dough is usually described as a viscoelastic material, meaning that its rheology depends on both the viscosity and the elasticity. The viscosity coefficient and the flow index are unique to the type of dough being analyzed, while the tangentic stress and the shear rate are measurements obtained depending on the type force being applied to the dough. #nerds

 

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Strawberry Ice Cream

It’s ice cream season. And those of you that have an ice cream maker may be looking to put it to good use.

My garden has about 15 strawberry plants this year and I got a great haul of fresh berries the other week.

That’s when I realized that I haven’t used my ice cream maker, or made ‘traditional’ (aka not banana or avocado ice cream) ice cream since I became vegan.

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So please enjoy my veganized version of this strawberry ice cream recipe. I cut the sugar in it because I found it to be too sweet the first time, but you can add more if you like it to be sweeter.

History Fact: Former president Ronald Reagan made July the official month for ice cream in 1984 and National Ice Cream Day this year (2016) is July 17th.

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S’mores Pie

Growing up during the summers my friends and family would have weekly bonfires. There’d be music, food, dancing, and games. One of my favorite things about the bonfires was making s’mores. This summer I had a lot of extra down time and was really reminiscing about those childhood summers. Naturally I developed a craving for s’mores which is where this pie recipe came from.

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Fun Fact: National S’mores Day was celebrated on August 10th, alongside National Lazy Day. I hope you celebrated both
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Easy Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

SONY DSCSome times you just need to treat yourself. And sometimes you don’t want to put in a lot of effort for said treat. This fudge was my go to for a treat while I was in undergrad. All you need for this recipe is a microwave and fridge. No stove top or candy thermometer needed. Which is perfect for a college student, or if you’re in a hurry, or if you just don’t have/want to use a candy thermometer. It’s also great for when you’re doing lots of cooking as it doesn’t require precious stove top real-estate.

Fun Fact: Fudge’s history is not entirely clear but it is thought to have originated from Baltimore.

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Avocado Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding

I’ve been on an avocado kick recently. Don’t mind me.
But really, avocado chocolate pudding is the filling dessert that kicks unhealthy craving in the butt.
This pudding is great plain, but is also an amazing filling for a pie. I will post a recipe to one of my yummy vegan pie crusts that would pair well with this soon.
Anyways! This pudding was really easy to make, and I experimented around adding flavors until I was pleased with how it tasted. (And no, it didn’t taste distinctly like avocado when I was done with it.)
The great thing about this pudding is there is no baking steaming or boiling, but is much healthier than insta-pudding.
History Lesson: The first puddings were sausage-like foods, and it wasn’t until the 19th century in America that the creamy dessert we know and love today was actually referred to as pudding.

Nice Cream

Nice Cream is one of my favorite guilt free snacks out there!
It’s incredibly easy to make and if you come prepared like me it doesn’t take very long to be snacking.
One of my favorite things about nice cream (besides its delicious taste) is how inexpensive it is. Processed vegan ice cream from the store can cost upwards of $6/pint. Two cups of ice cream costs $6!
But bananas are relatively cheap.
I’m going to break it down:
If you buy your bananas at Trader Joe’s they’re $0.19 each.
Three bananas are about a cup so to make 2 cups of nice cream would need six bananas.
6*$0.19 = $1.14 for two cups of plain nice cream. Can’t beat that price for yummy dessert.
Fact of the Day: Ben and Jerry’s is currently working on a dairy-free ice cream. And despite how delicious, inexpensive, and healthy nice cream is, I’ll likely still buy the B&Js when it comes out. Are they going to start offering dairy-free sample on the tours of their now? I would totally go visit if they did.