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Fat Free Whole Wheat Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Hi Herbies! It's Andrea, again :) I wanted to share a weekend cupcake recipe with you! I absolutely love baking; cookies, cupcakes and breads are my favorite things to make in the kitchen. When I was packing my apartment before moving to Happy Herbivore Headquarters, I got overwhelmed by the amount of STUFF (read; junk) in my apartment so I decided to take a break from packing and get into the kitchen.

I grabbed my copy of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook and turned to the page thats the most "loved"...or,ya know, slightly covered with batter stains ;) I decided to adapt HH's Strawberry Cupcakes (pg. 216) and make a tropical pineapple vegan vanilla cupcake.

Here's the recipe for the vegan vanilla cupcake that was the base of my tropical creation!

Fat Free Whole Wheat Vegan Vanilla Cupcake

2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp fine salt
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup raw sugar
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Grease a muffin tin or spray paper liners and set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
4. in a large bowl, whisk applesauce, sugar, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract until well combined.
5. Pour dry mixture into the wet mixture in 3 to 4 batches, stirring until just combined.
6. Spoon batter into muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 15 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
7. Transfer to a wire cooling rack.
8. Once the cupcakes have fully cooled, slather icing over the top. 

I made a pineapple flavored glaze to top mine, and then garnished with two fresh pineapple chunks.

Pineapple Glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp pureed pineapple

1. Puree some fresh pineapple in a blender or food processor, it should get very watery. If you need to, add a little non-dairy milk to get a thin consistency.
2. Stir together the confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and pureed pineapple. 
3. Add more sugar to thicken the icing or add a little non-dairy milk to thin it out. It should be the consistency of a paste-like glaze. 

If you don't feel like baking a dozen cupcakes, you can always make HH's Single Serving Cupcake and adapt the glaze recipe for one. Enjoy! Have a great weekend!

HH Meal Plan - Back to School Edition

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

This week's meal plan focuses on family favorites to celebrate the start of another great school year. I also took care to pick recipes with similar ingredients so you don't have to worry about leftovers. Enjoy! 

Download the PDF here.

Don't forget! You can also build your own meal plan and shopping list with our  Shopping List feature!  

Foodie Friday: My first week with the Herbivores!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

Hi Herbies! I'm Andrea, Lindsay's new assistant at Happy Herbivore. I'm so excited to be posting for Foodie Friday! When Lindsay invited me to come to the island, I think my first reaction was "Yessss...I'll have a personal chef AND a boss ;)". Before I even got to the island I requested tamale casserole (pg. 127) for dinner one night after someone posted on The Happy Herbivore Facebook that they were making it for dinner.

HH definitely delivered! This was so good, and tasted awesome on top of a salad the next day. Greens are not my favorite (I know- shocking!)but this made eating a salad fun.

Our mornings have been starting off with HH's Chocolate Green Goddess Smoothies. I'm not a morning person but HH is, drinking one of these every morning has made me feel more awake and ready to get to work!

I love baking, and I absolutely love getting my hands dirty and baking biscuits. It's so fun to get your hands in flour and get a little messy in the kitchen! We had HH biscuits and pot pie for lunch one day with chickpeas, corn and carrots.

Have you guys seen this funny picture before? That's what I felt like when we went out to lunch on the island for the first time. We ate falafel and hummus in the Caribbean, vegans just can't escape it.

This week was a big week for me...I finally tried HH's mock tuna. I've read all the good reviews about this recipe, and HH always mentioned that she eats it as a healthy snack..but I was scared. I'm not a very brave eater, I like really really simple foods. When HH made mock tuna salad for dinner, I was super surprised at how much I liked it. I loved the crunch the celery gave the salad.

I hope you guys liked getting a peak at what we've been eating here. This has definitely been a step up from the PB&Js I had been making myself for every meal ;) Have a happy weekend!