October 15th, 2004

sunset spencer

Sugar free oatmeal peach rasin bars or muffins

O.K. so i posted my oatmeal breakfast bars with stevia in them a few weeks back. I got a few people asking me to note if i change the recipe.

I did. I think it is better:

Sugar Free Oatmeal peach Rasin bars.

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat flour
1 1/2 cups no sugar apple sauce
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 teaspoons pumkin pie spice
6 oz rasins
1 - baby 4.5 oz can of peaches in lite syrup
10 drops of stevia
1/2 cup water

Molasses to drizzle

Ok. This time I added the oatmeal, apple sauce, pumpkin pie spice together and mixed. The in a seperate bowl I added the flour, baking powder and baking soda - I mixed these and then added them to the oatmeal mix. Last in a seperate bowl again I added the can O' peaches, the 10 drops of stevia, and the 1/2 cup of water. I mixed this together to add the stevia in well. I threw the peach mixture into the Oatmeal and flour mix. Lastely I added the rasins.

I filled up my muffin tin after i sprayed it with non stick stuff. You can also use muffin papers. The rest of the dough was put in a 10 x 10 pan. I baked it all at 350 for about 45 minutes - Or until brown on bottom and solid in the middle. About 10 minutes before i took them out, I drizzled the molasses on top. It gave them a candy sort of flavor. MMMmmm.

I found these more moist than the last ones. They were also more bready. I wanted more rasins. These have less of an after taste.




Yuumm.. vegan ice cream...

There are times where I just can't find types of soy icecream that i love... so I thought.. hey! I'll just make some...

little bit harder than I thought.

Anyone have any good recipies or tips for making ice cream?

It goes so well with my cake.. but.. I just CANNOT make it!

'Chocolate-Apricot Confections'

I just 'rediscovered' this recipe when I was recently perusing my decade-old back issues of Vegetarian Times magazines. Somehow I missed it all these years, but this time it caught my eye and I FINALLY got around to making it this week ten years after first receiving it. Wow, what I've been missing! Yummy little confections of fudgey goodness --tasty and simple to make, with few ingredients and no real 'cooking' (definitely a kid-friendly recipe). Furthermore, while calling these 'healthy' might be a bit of a stretch perhaps, the dried fruit and bran flakes probably make it slightly less sinful than other 'candy'. And with the holidays just around the corner, I'm thinking these, packaged in decorative tins, will make lovely gifts ... (for fun, I think I might experiment next time with different flavored chips and other dried fruit (dates? pineapple?), or perhaps the addition of ground nuts mixed with the flakes...).

'Chocolate-Apricot Confections' (Veg Times: January '94. Lillian Kayte)

6 oz. semi-sweet non-dairy chocolate (I used choc chips I had on hand)
1/2 cup apple juice (I had none, so subbed orange juice instead)
3 Tbs. light corn syrup
1 cup chopped dried apricots
2 1/2 cups bran flakes cereal, with or w/out raisins (didn't have this either -- I subbed corn flakes)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Stir in apple juice and corn syrup. Set aside.

In a food processor, add apricots, bran flakes and powdered sugar, and process until very finely chopped. Combine with chocolate mixture and mix well. Set aside for 30 minutes.

With a small spoon, form mixture into 1/2 - 1 inch balls. Roll balls in cocoa powder (the accompanying photo also shows white ones -- I assume powdered sugar?). Store in covered container in refrigerator for several days before serving to develop flavors. Makes 48 1- inch balls, 16 servings.