Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Recipe Difficulty: Easy
History of Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies have a long history and are believed to have originated in Scotland, where oats have been a staple grain for centuries. The cookies were likely a way to use up leftover oats and create a tasty, portable snack. They became popular in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and have remained a favorite cookie to this day. There are many different variations of oatmeal cookies, including those made with raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, and other ingredients.
About my Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
This is a recipe for a classic, chewy oatmeal raisin cookie. Raisins in cookies are occasionally polarizing. You either love em or hate em but I would take this cookie over a chocolate chip cookie every day of my life. Next time I will try subbing 1/4 cup of AP flour for whole wheat because generally I like the nutty flavour whole wheat flour adds to baked goods. If raisins aren't you're thing try subbing chopped walnuts, chocolate chips or go with any combination you like!
Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe
Yield: 16 cookies
Recipe Difficulty: Easy, just read the post well for all my tips for success.
I get a strong craving for this recipe every so often and it doesn't go away until I make it! It is definitely one of the more indulgent salads in my repertoire and not something I'd recommend eating everyday. I like lots of dressing, lots of coconut bacon, and a good amount of vegan cheese.
The Caesar dressing could also be called a "bright garlicky caper dressing", because it does taste different than the non vegan Caesar dressings I have made in the past, but I really do love it. It is made by blending together vegan mayo (I use vegan Hellman's mayo or I make my own), capers, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, garlic, salt & pepper. So simple. It's super garlicky but that is what I like. It is also bright and punchy from the capers and red wine vinegar which for me is perfect. It will be very thick, but just toss your salad well to distribute evenly. This dressing will keep in a container in the fridge for a long time. I often double the recipe so I have it when the craving strikes.
The coconut bacon is sweet, smoky, salty and so addictive. I don't hold back while adding it to my salad. I like lots, the salad NEEDS lots. To make the coconut bacon, you just toss the ingredients together, spread on a baking sheet and bake in the oven. When it cools the bacon will crisp up. I really can't stress enough, the salad dressing needs this ingredient to balance the bright tartness happening. Add some coconut bacon, and when you think it's enough, I'd probably add some more. This salad is indulgent, so make it without holding back and enjoy it.
You can see below the coconut bacon before and after being baked in the oven. Notice how I keep it into an even shape, no straggly bits of coconut hanging out on their own along the edges. When I toss it a few times while it's cooking, I form it back into this shape. This prevents the pieces from burning along the edges, although the edges will darken first.
I just use whatever bread I have kicking around, but sourdough would be lovely. Rip it into bite size chunks roughly the same size. Toss with vegetable or a good quality olive oil , salt & pepper and bake in the oven at 350°F. Stirring occasionally until golden brown and crispy. If they taste more like toast than a crouton, you probably didn't add enough oil. (It happened to me once, I just drizzled a bit more oil on my toast-like croutons when they were out of the oven and they seemed to just absorb the oil and tasted great in the end. Not really a tried and true method but I would do it again.) You can always buy croutons at the store, I have yet to find vegan ones at the shop near me, but the one below doesn't have dairy ingredients listed. I like Ace products so I'd love to try them.
I use vegan shredded mozza in this recipe, certain brands work well and honestly remind me more of parmesan, vs other brands are softer and meltier and not what I would choose here. A few brands that work are Emborg, Vio Life & Presidents Choice. Parmela Creamy has a shredded mozzarella that for example doesn't work in this recipe, because it's convincingly mozza like. I love it for pizza and other applications.
You can use straight up chopped romaine for classic Caesar salad vibes, but I personally really do like to add in some shredded kale to my chopped romaine. I like shredding it because kale is quite fibrous. If you chop it too big it is harder to chew. I know straight up kale Caesar salad is a thing, but I definitely like using a combination because of the fresh crunch romaine lettuce gives. I often use romaine hearts, and used somewhere between 2 - 3 for the amount of dressing.
**The coconut bacon recipe is adapted from Avant Garde Vegan.
So excited to share another recipe using Fresh Start Fauxmage!!! Bruschetta PIZZA! Inspiration for this recipe came from one of my fav flavours of Fauxmage, and that is the Creamy Pesto...mmm. It's flavoured with basil, garlic and lemon and is the perfect creamy spread to enhance the bruschetta toppings on this pizza.
To keep things REAL simple, I start with a store bought, pre baked pizza crust (thin crust/PC brand).
I then spread creamy pesto Fauxmage on the base of the crust, top with cherry tomato bruschetta mixture and then bake in the oven until crisp and hot. A drizzle of balsamic glaze and some fresh arugula to garnish finishes it off. (I also bought the balsamic glaze because this recipe was all about making something fresh tasting & delicious when you don't have a lot of time)
This would be a lovely (and quick!) app to serve company, or have it for dinner with a big green salad along side.
If you aren't familiar with this delicious product it is available in many Sobey's locations (and various other locations) across Atlantic Canada and now also Ontario. Check their website for more details about the product and where to shop!
• 1/2 container Creamy Pesto Fauxmage
• 1 x 12” pre baked pizza crust, (thin crust) * I used Presidents Choice brand
• 1 1/2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
• 1/4 cup minced red onion
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 tbsp EVOO
• 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
• Salt & Pepper
• drizzle of balsamic glaze
• handful of fresh arugula
MMM Curry!! This was a quick curry that I ate as a soup/stew. Warm Naan (I heated my naan in a cast iron pan with a bit of veg oil) for dunking. Serving it with rice is always a good idea. When I was making it I wanted to add more coconut milk and less veg stock, but I only had the one can. Next time I am going to try leaving out the apple and swapping some stock for the coconut milk.
This curry comes together with mostly pantry items Red lentils, canned tomatoes, curry powder, cumin & a bit of maple. (I add the maple towards the end. I like to add it to taste because I'm just trying to balance the acidity of the tomatoes and apple, not trying to make it a sweet curry. Anyhow, I used 1/4 cup of maple syrup in the end.)
Garnish the curry with vegan sour cream or yogurt & fresh cilantro...or whatever you want...
Toasted cashews?? Yum.
The sour cream brand I use and love is Tofutti. It's super thick and creamy, and nothing at all like dairy sour cream...but honestly I mean that in a good way because I love it. A rich neutral base to mix other things into. For example, I make a chipotle crema for my nacho salad with it and honestly, in my humble opinion, it's delicious.
Warm naan bread for scooping and dunking is my favourite way to eat this curry . (I found vegan naan at Sobeys the last time I was there, it was just in the regular bread section of the store. Loved it.)
The apple in the recipe I threw in to use it up. I think it adds a bit of tartness. If you don't want to use it, the soup might need a squeeze of lime juice or something to add a bit of acidity to compensate. Just give it a taste!
1. Heat oil in a large pot over med heat.
2. Saute onion, celery, carrot, garlic and ginger until softened. season with S+P
3. Add curry powder and cumin and stir into mixture for a couple minutes.
4. Add canned tomatoes, veg stock & coconut milk - bring to a simmer
5. Add lentils and diced apple. I season with more salt and pepper at this point, and add more s+p at the end to taste. Simmer until lentils are fully cooked.
6. Add chickpeas, heat a bit then add maple syrup to taste at the end.
I let my soup gently simmer/hangout for 45 min or so to let flavours meld and reduce a bit to thicken if needed.
Then I always taste and adjust s+p or maple. Sometimes extra cumin if I want more earthiness. Lime juice if i want to add some brightness. With soup you definitely want to taste and adjust, and always make it the day before you plan to eat it. The flavour always improves/changes next day!
Garnish with vegan sour cream or yogurt & fresh cilantro.
Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Veggie Pate Recipe Tags:
Gluten Free Cracker Option
These Mary's Organic Crackers are the crackers pictured in my veggie pate photo above. I really do like them. They got a few negative reviews I noticed. I guess to each their own. Maybe they aren't perfect for every context, but I liked them with my veggie pate! Anyhow, the one downside is they are a bit pricey for the amount you get. I only buy them sometimes because of that, but still, I will buy them again in the future.
What is Veggie Pate?
Veggie Pate is a spread or dip made with vegetables and other plant-based ingredients. It is a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional meat pate, and it can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. There are store bought versions but I have yet to find one that is worth spending any money on. This veggie pate recipe is simple, delicious, and something I make several times a year.
My Veggie Pate Recipe Notes
I really love this veggie pate, and pretty sure you will too. The base is made from almonds, sunflower seeds, potato, onion, carrot, nutritional yeast and a few other ingredients. Everything gets pureed in a food processer then transferred into a loaf pan and baked in the oven. You can serve it with crackers and your favourite condiments (I went with a store bought beet and onion jam which was epic) or tuck it into a sandwich or wrap. Seriously delicious. If you are planning a veggie charcuterie board don't skip this pate!!!
Veggie Pate Sandwich
The photo below is just an example of how I eat the pate in a sandwich. I think you could try to make an elevated version with fancy jams, greens, pickles and whatever else. The photo below is kind of a comfort food version that I have made so many times. I layered the veggie pate on a toasted ciabatta bun with greens, sprouts, a slice of vegan cheese, tomato, dill pickles, red onion, mayo & mustard. Not fancy, but really good. I hope you try this veggie pate and enjoy it as much as I do. I love having it in my repertoire.
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