vegan pecan sandies

I promise you these taste like they have butter in them. When I told my family that I was going to make vegan pecan sandies they were skeptical…at first, but after tasting them, they were sold!

vegan pecan sandies

VEGAN PECAN SANDIES

(adapted from here)

Ingredients

1 cup vegan butter, at room temperature ( I used soy-free earth balance)
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 t vanilla extract
1/4 t salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 t ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans

Procedure

Mix together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla, ap flour, salt, and cinnamon. Mix until combined. Add pecans.

Using plastic wrap, roll the dough into a log and wrap the plastic wrap around it. Refrigerate for 30-45 mins. or, for expedited progress, freeze for 15 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven 350.

Cut cookies from the log and place on parchment on a sheet pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, check the bottom of the cookie. When it looks light/medium brown take them out!

enjoy!

*to jazz your cookie up and try something new: add lemon zest and/or chocolate chips.

Common ‘setback’ causes

Time for a guest post. This guy posted this mind map on his instagram and I thought it was very relevant because I know so many of us struggle with overeating the fatty or salty foods. It’s like we just can’t stop…and I want to know why. Of course we eat to reward ourselves and release serotonin, but maybe we can get to the root of the issue and better serve ourselves. So here he is ladies and gents:

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Hi, Dave T-man here. Finally losing my blog post virginity. Below is a mind map of what I consider to be common causes of dietary lifestyle setbacks. To me, a setback is eating high fat or high salt food or any food that leaves you with a feeling of regret (does not apply to anorexics who consider any eating regrettable). Another common problem I thought about later that I did not include in the mindmap is social pressures/events. this could be considered under the branch I labeled “Busy/Inconvenienced”. It is up to you to plan for these occasions and decide your priorities. I am sure there are other setback triggers, these are just common ones that come to mind.

mind map

For people new to a high carbohydrate lifestyle, I recommend watching The Pleasure Trap
to understand why high fat is hard to give up.

Its a very digestible 17 minutes :)

Just for reference it took me about four months of back and forth before I ditched the fat habit for good, with ofcourse, the occasional setback. I am no one special, I hope you can do it sooner. The fat you eat is the fat you wear.

Vegan

For the animals
For the planet
For your health
For your wallet

Feel free to ask me any questions by sending me an email. Fruitathlete@gmail.com

Whole Wheat Vegan Pizza

I don’t know why I didn’t think to post this sooner. Every time I get together with my family I always make vegan pizza. It’s so aromatic and savory, your taste buds will thank you later!

pizza

Whole Wheat Vegan Pizza

Crust:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 package active dry yeast or instant yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
spices such as: 
red pepper
thyme
basil
oregano
nutritional yeast
garlic powder
onion powder

Mix the yeast with the warm water, oil, and honey. Let activate. You should it bubbling and foaming a little when it’s ready. Add flour and salt and mix together in a mixer with a paddle attachment and mix for about 5-10 minutes. The dough should be elastic-y. Grease a bowl with olive oil and sprinkle with flour. Put the dough into the bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise.

Toppings:
Vegan pizza sauce (you can make your own if you’d like, but I like to use one with minimal ingredients)
Caramelized onions, garlic, + mushrooms (these can all be made together. Make sure the pan is hot first, add olive oil and then onions. Watch them because they will start to color quickly. Add garlic and mushrooms at the same time. The mushrooms should lose their water in 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat).
Olives
Roasted red pepper
Spinach
Tomatoes
Fresh basil, to be added after pizza comes out of the oven

For assembly: 
Par-bake the crust at 500 degrees for about 5-10 minutes. Set oven to 450 after crust comes out.
Add everything else, except fresh basil and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Add basil.
Eat it up!!
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