Mississippi Mud Cookies

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Mississippi Mud Cookies ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” Oprah Winfrey

These were the most chewy, moist, and scrumptious no-bake, oat, peanut butter, and cocoa powder cookies. Just perfect for those hot, hot days when you don’t want to turn on the oven but your sweet tooth is a-calling. These Mississippi Mud Cookies were a summer breeze to make and they set up nicely. A warning to you though, they are highly addictive!

Another instant favorite from Cookin’ Crunk by Bianca Phillips, page 167.

Cocoa Fact: What’s the difference between cacao and cocoa? Cacao is the bean and cocoa is the product that is made from it.

Cherry Plum Jam

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Cherry Plum Jam ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.”Gilbert K. Chesterton

If you have access to any fruit trees in your neighborhood then I highly encourage you to try your hand at canning some jams and jellies. Jam is easy to make, and very inexpensive when the fruit is picked from the tree for free. :) If you don’t have any canning jars you can always use recycled, store-bought nut butter or jam jars.

Homegrown, homemade jam makes nice gift with a little bow tied around the jar. How often do you receive homemade goodies these days? I think people appreciate receiving something that you made yourself, that took some time to prepare, and that comes from the heart.

There are a ton of great jam and jelly recipes on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.

Jam Fact: The average American consumes about 5 pounds of jam per year, so why not make your own?

Pineapple-Date Bran Muffins

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Pineapple-Date Bran Muffins ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Few of us are aware that the act of eating can be a powerful statement of commitment to our own well-being, and at the same time the creation of a healthier habitat. Your health, happiness, and the future of life on earth are rarely so much in your own hands as when you sit down to eat.”John Robbins

I just love the simple, delicious, and nutritious recipes in John Robbins’ book, May All Be Fed. These tropical delights are on page 233. They are full of pineapple, dates, raisins, and macadamia nuts, and sweetened with maple syrup. We used oat bran instead of wheat bran. Enjoying some warm muffins, a cup of tea, and a glass of fresh-squeezed organic orange juice is a very nice way to start the day.

Pineapple Fact: Pineapples take about 18 months to grow, wowie!

Purple Passion Fruit

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Passion Fruit ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Sometimes you’ve just got to grab an apple – or grapes, or strawberries. Something that’s healthy but maybe a little bit more adventurous, if you can see fruit as adventurous.”LL Cool J

When I found some beautiful, fragrant purple passion fruits at my local grocery store I just had to try them. I’ve never eaten passion fruit before and the smell was intoxicating, like perfumed fruit punch. I later learned that they smelled of Kool-Aid to me because passion fruit is often used in juice mixes to enhance their aroma.

I had no idea what these little gems were going to look like when I cut them open, and boy was I was surprised by what I found. The peels are full of orange gel-encased seeds. To eat passion fruit, you scoop the seeds out with a spoon (leaving the white rind behind) and swallow them whole. Apparently this is because the seeds are bitter when chewed. Although sweet-smelling, these were surprisingly tart. This wasn’t a bad thing though, as they tasted magical and marvelous!

If you think passion fruit is interesting-looking, check out passion flowers!

Mom’s Carrot Pudding

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Mom's Carrot Pudding ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” — Medieval Saying

This unusual comfort food recipe hails from the imaginative cookbook Veganize This! by Jenn Chagrin, page 209. Made using carrots, brown sugar, MimicCreme, and flour, Jenn’s mom’s carrot pudding really hits the spot! This is the perfect dessert during the fall or winter months when there aren’t too many fruits available.

Carrot Fact: The average person consumes more than 10,000 carrots in a lifetime. Now that’s a lot of carrots!