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September 27, 2011

Brazilian Brigadeiros (Chocolate Bonbons) Veganized

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

There is seldom a party in Brazil without these tiny rounds of chocolately goodness, but as they are traditionally made almost entirely of condensed milk, they certainly weren’t something vegans could indulge in. This recipe attempts to capture the rich taste and texture without the dairy. It took a few tries before I came out with a version good enough to serve alongside the original, however the results were definitely worth the work.

You will need to either start a day in advance or set aside a few hours to make these, as I wasn’t able to find vegan condensed milk in my local Whole Foods. If you are able to find (or have some made ahead) vegan condensed milk, then skip the first part of the recipe and start right with heating the condensed milk and adding cocoa.

Ingredients for vegan condensed milk:

3 cups dairy-free milk (I’ve used almond milk here)

¼ cup water

1 tblsp vegetable-based margarine

1 tblsp sugar

Ingredients for Brigadeiros:

2 tblsp cocoa drink mix

1 tblsp dark cocoa

1 tblsp vegetable-based margarine

Sugar sprinkles, powdered sugar, coconut flakes and/or anything else you’d like to use for decoration

Directions for Vegan Condensed Milk

In a large pot, add all ingredients (milk, water, margarine, sugar) and stir constantly over medium heat until boiling. Lower to a simmer and allow to reduce until thick. This will take several hours.

Directions for Brigadeiros

In a large pot (if using your own vegan condensed milk, otherwise use the same pot) heat the condensed milk over medium heat, adding the cocoa drink mix, dark cocoa powder and margarine. Stir constantly, heating until the mixture starts to come away from the sides of the pot, about 5 minutes. Transfer to another dish and cool completely.

Once completely cool, the mixture should look a lot like a very thick, sticky chocolate pudding. Setup your decorations in small bowls for rolling onto your brigadeiros. Using the palms of your hand, roll the chocolate mixture into small balls, about an inch in diameter. Roll in decoration of choice and place in aside for presentation or for storing in the refrigerator.

This recipe makes approximately 24 brigadeiros.

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August 12, 2011

Vegan Friday: “Bacon” Molasses Sweet Potato Muffins

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

There is a bakery here in South Florida that makes these bacon maple cupcakes that have addicted so many that they call in advance to order, just in case they run out (they usually do, my fiance is forever upset that he can’t get them). I believe it’s the combination of sweet, salty and umami that really makes a dish like this stand out, so I endeavored to make a vegan version of this phenomenon. Now, with that stated, these flavors are extremely unique and may not be for everyone, but if you’re craving the taste of an omnivore breakfast, these little muffins have the whole plate in one bite, sans the animal products.

“Bacon” Molasses Sweet Potato Muffins

2 cups self-rising flour

1 ½ cups mashed sweet potatoes, plain

½ cup dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

2 tablespoons Original Earth Balance Buttery Spread

1 cup almond milk (or soy milk)

1 tablespoon Original Bacon Salt (vegan, can be purchased in many grocery stores or online)

2 tablespoons golden flax meal (as an egg substitute)

6 tablespoons water

OPTIONAL: 1 cup pan-fried hickory tempeh, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix two tablespoons of golden flax meal with six tablespoons of water. It should become the consistency of eggs, which will be used as an egg replacer in this recipe. Add the flour, mashed sweet potatoes, dark brown sugar, molasses, almond milk and Earth Balance. This is also the time you should add the tempeh pieces, if you are using them (it adds texture, almost as if real bacon were in it.)

Mix well and spoon into a greased muffin tin, I used the mini muffin tins that I have. Depending on the size tin you use, bake for 10-18 minutes.

Makes about 20 mini muffins or 10 regular muffins. Enjoy!

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