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Vegan MoFo Day 26: Vegan Pumpkin Fudge-Take 2: Sweet Success!

I’m so excited and happy to report that I was able to successfully veganize a pumpkin fudge recipe! I had been so disappointed last week when the recipe had not turned out for my first attempt , but I think it really had something to do with my candy thermometer being broken.

I have never made fudge before, so making it for the first time while trying to veganize it was an undertaking. I thought it turned out deliciously and when my daughter took the first bite of hers she went “Mmmmm” and rubbed her tummy, so that made me happy.

 

Here is a picture of the Ricemellow Creme and Vegan White Chocolate that I used. My sister’s job sent her to Portland, Oregon for a week and when she was out there she picked me up a bunch of these vegan white chocolate packages from Food Fight! Grocery. If you need some vegan white chocolate you can order it direct from them online.

 

Vegan Pumpkin Fudge

Veganized from this recipe.

2 Cups Sugar (I use Evaporated Cane Juice)

1 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Brown Rice Syrup

¾ Cup Pumpkin Puree

2/3 Cup Coconut Creamer

¾ Cup Margarine

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Ground Ginger

¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

¼ Teaspoon Ground Cloves

¼ Teaspoon Allspice

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 10oz Package of Vegan White Chocolate

7oz Ricemellow Crème

*You will also need a candy thermometer*

 

Line an 8 x 8-inch glass pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.

In a large sauce pot over medium-high heat, mix together the sugars, pumpkin puree, margarine, brown rice syrup, coconut creamer and all of the spices using a wire whisk. Whisking constantly, bring mixture to a boil and continue to whisk the mixture until the candy thermometer reaches the soft ball stage.

Once the mixture has reached the soft ball stage you will know it is ready because the mixture will have thickened quite a bit. Turn off the burner and whisk in the last three ingredients. If the white chocolate seizes up when you add it to the mixture just turn the burner on again and whisk until the mixture has melted again.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and allow it to set before cutting it. Mine took about an hour to set, but it could take up to a couple of hours.

Store the fudge in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

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Vegan MoFo Day 25: Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Praline Pecans

I normally eat polenta savory, but thought a sweet version would be just as delicious! Add in some pumpkin and it makes the perfect Autumnal breakfast for the cold mornings we are starting to experience. I grew up eating Cream of Wheat for breakfast, so this creamy polenta reminds me of my favorite breakfast meal from childhood. I think I might actually like this polenta version better.

This recipe makes quite a bit, so when you go to reheat your leftovers add some non-dairy milk to the polenta to make it creamy again because it does thicken up in the refrigerator.

Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Praline Pecans

2 ½ Cups Water

1 Cup Non-dairy Milk

1 Cup Coconut Creamer or Soy Creamer

¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon Margarine

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal

¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

2/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree

½ Cup, Plus 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Praline Pecans

½ Cup Pecans

1 Tablespoon Margarine, melted

¼ Cup Brown Sugar

½ Teaspoon Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 ͦ F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.

Mix together all the praline pecan ingredients in a small bowl and spread over the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes. Allow pecans to cool before sprinkling over the polenta.

In a large sauce pan, bring water, non-dairy milk, creamer, margarine and sea salt to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; slowly whisk in the cornmeal. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the polenta is thick and creamy; whisking constantly in order to prevent lumps. Whisk in the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract until smooth. Top with praline pecans and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

without praline pecans

6 Servings
 

Amount Per Serving

 
  Calories 226.5
 
  Total Fat 4.6 g
 
      Saturated Fat 0.3 g
 
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
 
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g
 
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
 
  Sodium 150.5 mg
 
  Potassium 235.1 mg
 
  Total Carbohydrate 51.3 g
 
      Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
 
      Sugars 31.4 g
 
  Protein 2.9 g

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Vegan MoFo Day 21: Vegan Pumpkin Fudge – Take 1!

 

 

I love fudge! I especially love pumpkin fudge and I first discovered this yummy treat when my mom and I were at a Craft Fair. We still go to this same Craft Fair every year, but I no longer purchase the pumpkin fudge because it is not vegan. I loved that fudge so much that I decided I would get to work veganizing it so I can enjoy this yummy pumpkin treat during this time of year also.

I don’t have a recipe for it today because something went wrong with the recipe. For some reason the fudge set in the middle of the pan just fine, but some of the mixture on the sides of the pan did not. The candy came out as a cross between a fudge and caramel, so I just plan on melting down what I have left over and making caramel apples with my daughter. The fudge tasted delicious and some of it did have that fudgy texture, but I want to figure out what caused some of the mixture not to set. I did discover later that my candy themometer was broken, so I am on my way this weekend to buy another one and retest the recipe.

There are a couple of different things I’m going to try also to see if that makes the recipe better and then I will post it and a better picture.

On another note…

 

I also wanted to share that Florence over at Anchors and Feathers nominated me for a Liebester Blog award which means favorite, dearest or beloved in German. I feel so honored that she would even consider my blog as one of her favorites and I am very grateful to her for that.

The idea behind the award is to give recognition to blogs that have less than 200 followers. Here is what you do when your blog is nominated for an award:

1.  Show your thanks to those who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2.  Link to 5 of your top picks and let them know they’ve been nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.
3.  Post the award on your blog.
4.  Enjoy the love and support of some wonderful people on the interweb!
 
Here are my picks:
1. Ashlae at Oh, Ladycakes
3. Sarah at Winged Snail 
5. Cindy and Mike at Star City Vegan
 

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Vegan MoFo Day 20: Pumpkin Cranberry Scones

As you can tell I really love pumpkin, but I also love scones. I normally make these scones with just cranberries and orange, but recently experiemented with adding pumpkin. Wow was I surprised! I love how the combination of the cranberries and orange pair well with the pumpkin to make the perfect Fall breakfast treat.

 

Pumpkin Cranberry Scones

Ingredients:

½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk

1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Flaxseed Meal Plus 3 Tablespoons Warm Water

1 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour

2/3 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

2 ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda

¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt

½ Teaspoon Cinnamon

4 Tablespoons Margarine

¼ Cup Dried Cranberries

¼ Cup Pumpkin Puree

¼ Cup Plus 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons Orange Zest

Orange Drizzle:

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice

 

Preheat oven to 375 ͦ F and lightly grease or line with parchment paper a baking sheet.

Mix together the non-dairy milk and vinegar and set aside to curdle. Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and mix until frothy. Set aside to thicken, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon. Cut in the margarine using a pastry blender or two forks until the flour mixture looks crumbly. Add in cranberries and set aside.

Whisk together the pumpkin puree, non-dairy milk mixture, brown sugar, flaxseed meal mixture and orange zest until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and using a fork combine the ingredients just until the dry ingredients have become wet. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. With lightly floured hands press down on the dough until a circle is formed and cut the dough into 8 wedges, but do not separate them.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes at 375 ͦ F until golden brown. While the scones are baking, prepare the orange drizzle. When the scones are done baking drizzle glaze over warm scones.

 

Nutrition Facts

 8 Servings
 

Amount Per Serving

 
  Calories 224.0
 
  Total Fat 3.4 g
 
      Saturated Fat 0.6 g
 
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g
 
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
 
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
 
  Sodium 68.8 mg
 
  Potassium 109.3 mg
 
  Total Carbohydrate 46.5 g
 
      Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
 
      Sugars 19.1 g
 
  Protein 4.4 g

 

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Vegan MoFo Day 18: Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Veganized

Before I became a vegan I would purchase every Betty Crocker Fall Baking issue. It was one of the reasons why I looked forward to Autumn because I couldn’t wait to fire up my oven and start baking all the yummy Fall treats the issue offered. Last year, as a new vegan, I decided that I would purchase the book anyway and challenge myself with the task of veganizing some of the recipes in it.

The Pumpkin Swirl Brownies  was one of the first recipes in the book that caught my eye, so I got to work in veganizing it. I am pretty happy with the end result, but will continue to work on improving this recipe because I feel that it can be perfected.

Vegan Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Adapted from the Betty Crocker Fall Baking Issue 2010

 Brownie Batter:

1 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour

1/3 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Cup Brown Sugar

½ Cup Sucanat or Sugar

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Plus 4 Tablespoons Margarine

¼ Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons Pureed Silken Tofu

 

Pumpkin Filling:

6 Tablespoons Non-Dairy Cream Cheese, Softened

½ Cup Pumpkin Puree

3 Tablespoons Pureed Silken Tofu

3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

 Preheat oven to 350 ͦ F and lightly grease an 8-in x 8-in square pan.

Using a mixer beat together the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, pureed tofu, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined and smooth and set aside.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt in a medium bowl, set aside. Using a mixer, cream together the margarine, brown sugar, sucanat or sugar, vanilla extract and the silken tofu until light and fluffy. In three batches, add in the flour and cocoa mixture and mix until combined.

Pour ¾ of the batter into prepared pan and smooth out the batter using a spatula. The batter is going to be really thick and you may have a hard time spreading the batter out. One method I have used is to spray your spatula with some cooking spray so the batter is easier to spread.

Pour the pumpkin mixture over the brownie batter and then pour the remaining brownie batter on top. Using a butter knife, make swirls in the batter.

Bake brownies for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 ͦ F. Allow the brownies to cool completely before serving.

 

Nutrition Facts

 

16 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 180.4
  Total Fat 5.2 g
      Saturated Fat 1.3 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 1.2 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 245.4 mg
  Potassium 116.7 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 30.9 g
      Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
      Sugars 15.9 g
  Protein 50.4 g

 

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Vegan MoFo Day 11: Pumpkin Biscuit Rolls

Is it a biscuit or is it a cinnamon roll? Oh wait, it’s both! I love this recipe and there are some days that I want my cinnamon roll and I want it now! So this recipe is great for when I have a craving, but don’t have the patience to wait for the yeast version to rise and rise and bake before I can sink my teeth into them. What is also great about this recipe is that it is a hybrid of a biscuit and a cinnamon roll, so you can beat two cravings with one treat!

Pumpkin Biscuit Rolls

Ingredients:

¾ Cup Non-Dairy Milk*

1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour (you may need more depending on how wet your dough is)

½ Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Sea Salt

¼ Cup Canola Oil

1/3 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree

5 Tablespoons Margarine, Softened

¾ Cup plus 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar

 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Ground Cardamom

3 Tablespoons Chopped Cranberries

Cinnamon Glaze:

½ Cup Powdered Sugar

½ Teaspoon Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Creamer or Non-Dairy Milk

*I used Soymilk because I like the way it curdles compared to other non-dairy milks. I also use Almond Milk with success in making vegan sour milk.

Preheat oven to 400 ͦ F and lightly grease a round baking pan (I use a pie plate). In a medium bowl, mix together the non-dairy milk and vinegar and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.

Mix together the ¾ cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and cranberries in a small bowl.

In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.

In the bowl with the milk mixture, mix in the pumpkin puree, canola oil and the 2 teaspoons of brown sugar until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined. With floured hands, knead the dough while still in the bowl until the dough is formed into a ball and no longer sticky on your hands. I added 1 tablespoon at a time until my dough was no longer sticking to my hands. Lightly flour your counter top and roll the dough out into a rectangle. Spread the margarine over the dough all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top of the dough and start to roll the dough up from the longer side. Using a serrated knife or piece of string (I like to use sewing thread) cut the dough into 12 rolls and place in baking pan.

Bake at 400 ͦ F for 15 to 18 minutes. While the biscuit rolls are baking, mix together the powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut creamer. When the rolls are done baking drizzle the glaze over them while they are still hot. Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts

 

12 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 226.9
  Total Fat 7.3 g
      Saturated Fat 0.8 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 3.4 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 266.6 mg
  Potassium 94.3 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 42.4 g
      Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
      Sugars 23.1 g
  Protein 2.7 g

 

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Vegan MoFo Day 7: Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Wow! I can’t believe that it is the end of the first week of Vegan Month of Food. I am also surprised that I have been able to post something everyday. When I first heard that MoFo was going to be in the month of October this year I kind of panicked because I assumed that it would be held in November again like last year. I didn’t participate last year, but had made it one of my goals for this year. I started this blog this past April and had every intention of adding posts and everything, but I guess everything else going on in my life took up my time. Now that I have been taking the time to add new posts it has made me realize how much I love blogging.

It has been Vegan Mofo that has helped me realize this. I didn’t prepare for Mofo at all, which has been kind of stressful, but it has also made it fun for me! I just love the whole concept behind it and how the vegan community is able to get together to share our love of vegan food to the whole world. I have enjoyed reading everyone else’s blogs and have learned so much and saved so many wonderful looking recipes. MoFo has definitely shown the world that vegan food rocks!

 I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has stopped by my blog to check it out and for the comments and kind words. I have greatly appreciated it so much! When I signed up I didn’t expect to get any comments on my posts, I just wanted to make sure that I was a part of such a wonderful event, but all of the feedback I have received has completely blown my mind. So I wanted to thank you all so much for taking the time to read my post and leave me feedback.

Now that I have rambled on, I do have a recipe to share. Sticking with the pumpkin theme I have a pumpkin pancake recipe for you. I make pancakes a lot because they are another food staple that my daughter loves and I usually have a few variations of them, but most of the time they contain chocolate chips like the one I am sharing today. I always make mini or silver dollar size pancakes because my daughter likes to grab one and go about her business, so to make it easier for her to hold them in her little hands I make them small.

Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients:

¾ Cup Non-Dairy Milk

1 Teaspoon Vinegar

¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour

¼ Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt

¾ Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

¼ to ½ Teaspoon Orange Zest (Optional, but does add a little something, something)

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

¼ Cup Pumpkin Puree

1 Tablespoon Canola Oil

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (such as Ghiradelli)

In a small bowl combine the non-dairy milk and vinegar, set aside for a few minutes to curdle. In a medium bowl mix together the flours, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and mini chocolate chips.

In the bowl with the non-dairy milk, add in the pumpkin puree, orange zest (if using), brown sugar, canola oil and vanilla extract. Mix ingredients until well combined and then add the mixture to the dry ingredients.

Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and place the pan over medium heat. Once the pan is warm, scoop two tablespoons worth of the batter and drop into the pan. The pan I use will have room for four mini pancakes at a time. It usually takes about 3-4 minutes to cook on each side, but that sometimes varies. I will normally flip the pancakes once I see the edges starting to brown a little. Hope you enjoy!

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