Chocolate Brownies

Who doesn’t love brownies!
These yummy vegan brownies make shock a few carnivores, they didn’t even notice I used whole wheat flour. And I love to put a little bit of instant coffee because it gives an extra chocolate boost, great taste and less fat. And ladies…. Men love brownies ❤ .

Ingredients:

1 cup of whole wheat flour.
1 & 3/4 cups of sugar.
5 tablespoons (A stick) of “butter” (margarine).
3/4 cup of cocoa powder or 5 ounces of chocolate bars unsweetened.
3 tablespoons of chopped walnuts.
2 teaspoons of vanilla.
1 to 3 cups of soy milk.
1 teaspoon of instant coffee.

Instructions:

If you use chocolate bars you must melt it first with butter. If you use powdered… You can do the same procedure.
In a very small pot melt butter add the chocolate make sure you look after it until the end. Place it in a very super low fire. After it's melted pour it with the rest of the ingredient. Pour the milk slowly until the mixture is right. Mix well.

Prepare the pan so it won't stick:
In a square pan, it can be glass or metal as long it is oven safe. Make sure you spread a little oil on the bottom and sides, then add flour. Just a tad, move it around and flit it and hit the bottom of the pan so the excess will fall off.
Then pour the mixture in the pan.
Oven must be in an 350°F.
It should take about 35min to bake.

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After baking let them cool and enjoy some with the family or that special …someone. ❤

*Note: Stick a wooden toothpick to check if they are done. If the toothpick comes out clean it's done. If not leave it a little longer.

Natural Pumpkin Muffins

These muffins are easy to make, very inexpensive, and they are a hundred percent vegan. They don’t contain any egg or milk or cream and because of it, they have way less fat and no one will tell the difference. They are great for breakfast or lunch, and because they’re very healthy you could have one as a snack. It doesn’t contain a lot of sugar and children love them. I enjoy making these every autumn I usually wait after Halloween to make them, that way I get to use the pumpkins they carved and decorated the night before.

Ingredients:

3 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/3 cups of sugar or 3 ounces of agave
2/3 cups of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of Allspice (powdered)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Water (3-6 cups)
1/4 cup of walnuts (chopped)
*1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree or **a can of pumpkin

Instructions:

In a big bowl place all the dry ingredients together then mix (flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda, walnuts, and allspice).
After in another big bowl place all the wet ingredients together and mix (pumpkin puree, oil, vanilla, and only 1cup of water).
Then mix the dry ingredients in the bowl with the wet ingredients, and stir until they are mix together.

Keep adding water until the mixture is easy to swirl.

Batter mix: http://youtu.be/4OTSrIYmb0s

Put the paper baking cups inside the cupcake tins, as many as you need, and pour the batter in the baking cups.

Tip: use a little when pouring the batter in the cups that way the same amount will be in every cup.

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Put it in the oven at 320°F and wait until the batter rises, this may take about 20 minutes.
Let them cool, and enjoy.

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Serves: 15-18 muffins

Note:
Use a wooden toothpick to check if the muffins are cook on the inside by inserting the toothpick in the middle of the muffin. If the toothpick comes out clean the muffins are done. If it comes out with dough, it is still raw.

* to make pumpkin puree:
Wash the pumpkin, take off any rough edges but leave the skin. Cut the pumpkin into many medium size pieces and put them to boil. Add 2-4 cups of water. Add 5 cloves, a spoonful of sugar and a cinnamon stick. Let it boil until tender. After is cool, put it in a blender and puree it. You can freeze puree that is left over it can last 2 months.

**Note: be aware that all pumpkin can puree may contain any kind of winter squash, not necessarily pumpkin. And even though it says 100% you should remember that all winter squashes are considered pumpkins as well, so regardless of you buying a 100%pumpkin it may only contain some or none.

Pumpkin Seeds

Nothing says Autumn like pumpkin, apples, cinnamon and allspice.
Here at my house when is Halloween we buy a pumpkin and even though is fun to decorate we prefer to eat it.
We cook the pumpkin, make soup, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, bread and even eat the seeds.
I’ll show you how to cook them.

Ingredients:

Water
Salt
Pumpkin seeds

Instructions:

When you are taking the pumpkin guts, separate the seeds and submerged them in water. Add a tablespoon of salt to the water. Let it stand for 10 min.
Get a pan, let it get hot and toss the seeds (no water), and stir until is toasty.
Then enjoy them while carving your pumpkin.
Happy Halloween!

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