Friday, August 20, 2010

cinnamon rolls

cinnamon rolls! it's pretty much the same concept as apple tasty pastry with no apples. here's the good part, they opened a new vegan cinnamon roll shop near our house. i was so excited that i could finally take the girls to a bakery where they could pick out anything they wanted (without nuts). spent $10 bucks on 2 cinnamon rolls and the girls didn't even like them! they said they like these better.

ingredients:
*you'll need a banana bread pan, approx 5" x 9"

directions:

1. heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. lightly spray the bottom of the pan with a non-stick baking spray.
3. melt earth balance buttery spread in microwave.
4. layout triangle flat. spread butter, sprinkle cinnamon & suger, roll loosely and place in pan.
5. once you have all 8 rolls in the pan, drizzle the tops with more butter, cinnamon, sugar.
6. bake for about 30 mins.
7. remove cinnamon buns by scraping the edges of the pan before flipping it over.

fruit sticks

the ingredients are obvious. i try picking fruits with a variety of color. this one has pineapple, cantelope, strawberries and blueberries. i made a larger one last weekend using watermelon as the base. pineapples make a pretty base too. all you need are a few wooden bbq skewers. the pointy end goes into the base.

kids at parties love snacking on these, plus its edible decoration for a party spread. add a small dish of li hing mui powder for an island twist. easy, quick and cheap. refreshing!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

brownie bites

dairy-free brownies

here's a basic brownie. the girls loooove brownies. for a healthier version, i've been meaning to try substituting the oil with applesauce.

ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tspn baking powder
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (update: or 1/4 applesauce & 1/4 oil)
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar (optional)
directions:
1. heat oven to 350 degrees
2. mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. pour in all the wet ingredients. mix well.
4. pour into a square 8"x8" pan or mini cupcake pan
5. baking time depends on your pan. 30-35 min for square pan;  20-30 mins for mini cupcakes. i usually just watch it.
6. let cool then dust with powdered sugar or decorate with colored frosting

cheddar cheese

playing catch up here. can't believe i haven't posted this vegan cheddar cheese yet. since finding this, its been malaya's pride and joy... quesadillas, grilled cheese, sprinkled on top of spaghetti, etc.

and look, It Melts! says so, right there on the package :)

a quick shout out to lola jacque, lolo, lola kulasa and manang rose who have probably been on a dairy-free diet themselves with the girls staying with them in LA.

bonelos aga (banana donuts)

i know, these look weird. this pic was from the first batch. i'll need to improve on its shape, smoother and rounder perhaps. 

there was a small bake shop in guam we use to walk to every morning from lolo domy's house. they had these huge banana donuts the size of a baseball. not to mention their empanadas, yummmm. this is my recreation of bonelos aga in a smaller bite size version. i've made it twice now since mothers day, both times a huge hit with my cousins and their kids. at first the girls said they didn't like it, but when we made them in long beach and their cousins, kymora and kainoa, were practically cheering for them, the girls gave it another chance. i think they like it now. what followers! :) delicious served with soy ice cream.

ingredients:
• 3 ripe bananas
• 1 cup flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
• oil for frying
• sugar
• cinnamon

directions:
1. heat oil. oil should be at least 2" in depth.
2. smash bananas
3. add flour, baking powder and sugar (optional). the bananas are already sweet.
4. drop a spoonful of batter into the hot oil. they will sink to the bottom, then float up. cook until brown.
5. drain excess oil on papertowel, then roll in a cinnamon-sugar mixture.