The Basics: Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Recipes, Sweets, The Basics | November 20, 2015 | By

easy creamy buttercream recipeVery few dessert components are as functional (and necessary!) as a delicious, easy buttercream frosting recipe. I require mine to be light and creamy enough for beautiful height, all while maintaining a rigid and tacky texture. A sloppy buttercream will not hold a simple layer cake together, let alone deliver precise piping work.

Having gone through hopeless batches of goopy messes, this easy buttercream frosting recipe was an answer to my dreams. I am able to pipe with it, adhere cakes to all kinds of cake-boards, frost cupcakes, and spoon directly into my mouth (please send help). Even better, it only takes a couple of minutes to whip together, quickly becoming my go-to frosting for almost everything!

A new take on an old classic, this easy buttercream frosting recipe is guaranteed to please. Creamy, fluffy, and light in all the right places, a beautiful consistency all comes down to the technique!

Buttercream frostings tend to be fussy about two things;easy buttercream frosting recipe ingredients time spent whipping and the butter temperature. If you don’t please the sugar-gods, you’ll have a chunky, oily, melted mess. No thank you. Save yourself the hassle, learn from my mistakes!

  • The butter needs to be slightly stiffer than ice cream; solid enough to hold its shape, but soft enough to manipulate. I usually let it sit out for about two hours before making.
  • Whipping the mixture is gonna take time, too. Once the butter is ready, cream it together with the shortening until it looks soft and uniform (usually a couple of minutes). Adding the sugar is another four minute mixing procedure, followed by the milk and another six to seven minutes of mixing. All the whipping adds an immense amount of air into the mixture, resulting in a deliciously light frosting!

 

These guidelines will help create a delectable frosting that is practically all-purpose! For more intricate piping designs and cake-construction, keep the mixture quite thick. Otherwise, add milk to desired consistency!

Yields Enough frosting for 12 cupcakes, or a crumb-coat on small cake

The Basics: Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

A new take on an old classic, this easy buttercream frosting recipe is guaranteed to please. Creamy, fluffy, and light in all the right places!

1 hr, 30 Prep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • up to 1/4 cup soy milk

Instructions

  1. Warm the butter at room temperature until slightly more solid than ice cream
  2. Cream together butter and shortening until soft and smooth, a couple of minutes
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix on medium-high until evenly incorporated, usually 3-4 minutes
  4. Finally, add the vanilla and milk (one Tablespoon at a time) and mix on medium-high for another 6-7 minutes

Notes

Refrigerate prior to intricate piping work to help hold shape. If too much milk is added, and is too runny, compensate by adding more powdered sugar as needed.

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This easy buttercream frosting recipe is as traditional as they come, tailor to your needs! Experiment with colors, flavors, and other additions and let me know how they turn out in the comments below!

Indulgent Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe

Recipes, The Basics | November 15, 2015 | By

IChocolate Almond Butter Recipe on toastt’s no joke when I talk about having an almond butter addiction… I already put the all-purpose spread on everything imaginable, but I struggled to find a way to make it even better. Being a self-proclaimed connoisseur of food combinations, I just know when things are meant to go together.. Hurricanes and news coverage, peanut butter and jelly, and chocolate with almond butter. It’s a match made in heaven! This Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe solves my first-world problem of going through the hassle of adding chocolate after the fact. Skip a step and blend it right in! Serving cinnamony deliciousness, this almond butter goes perfectly on everything; toast, pancakes, bagels, spaghetti (okay, maybe not spaghetti…) The addition of chocolate also seems to help thicken the butter, even better! This recipe really is an answer to all of my dreams 😉

A perfect chocolate almond butter recipe for the laziest cook!

chocolate almond butter recipe ingredientsIf you don’t yet have a Vitamix,
this is the perfect excuse! Three ingredients, ten minutes, and you’re done! Simply throw the goods into the blender, increase to variable “10”, and mash that shit down with the tamper until it runs smoothly through the blades (about a minute). You’re in control from here! Blend until desired consistency is achieved and voilà! The cinnamon sensually pairs the chocolate and almonds for a spread goes amazingly well on practically anything.
(If you’re not a fan of chocolate, simply omit for an even easier original almond butter recipe!)

 

Yields 16 oz

Indulgent Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe

8 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups roasted, unsalted almonds
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients into Vitamix (or other similar high-speed blender)
  2. Turn blender on, increase to variable "10"
  3. Not worrying about the "chugging" noise, mash down with tamper until mixture runs smoothly through blades
  4. Process to desired consistency
  5. Pour into air-tight container and hide in the refrigerator to hoard for yourself
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The best thing about this recipe is the versatility, let me know how you like your almond butter in the comments below!

Almond Butter Cookie Recipe

Recipes, Sweets | November 8, 2015 | By

I’m not saying that I’m addicted to almond butter, but I’m also not denying that I would sell my soul for an unlimited supply (have you seen the price recently!?) Okay, you’ve caught me; almond butter is life. Familiar with the documentary “Forks Over Knives“? My version is called “Spoons Over Forks” because of how often I’m shoveling the almondy-goodness out by the mouthful. Smothered on toast with banana, it has been my go-to snack for as long as I can remember.. This almond butter cookie recipe is merely another way for me to get my fix 😉

With all this adoration, how is it that I have never made an almond butter cookie recipe!?

Peanut butter cookies are everywhere! What about talmond butter cookie recipe pressed downhe peanut butter haters? Folks with peanut-allergies!? Are they expected to be left out forever? Nay, I tell you! Fix ’em up with this delicious almond butter cookie recipe! Tall, soft, insanely easy to make, even easier to eat cinnamon-deliciousness that delivers it all! The banana flavor was a little stronger than I’d like, try it without (or simply add more almond butter) and let me know how they turn out!

Serves 1-2 cookies

Almond Butter Cookie Recipe

Tall, soft, insanely easy to make, even easier to eat.. this almond butter cookie recipe delivers it all!

21 minPrep Time

9 minCook Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Cream together the butters and sugars until it looks like a glittery wonderland
  3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients (flax egg, banana, and vanilla) and cream again until smooth
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the rest of the ingredients (save the chips)
  5. Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry, being cautious of over-mixing
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips
  7. Scoop onto prepared baking sheet
  8. Press down lightly with fork to desired shape (I dipped the fork into a cinnamon-sugar mixture to enhance the effect)
  9. Bake for 9-12 minutes until nice and golden
  10. Let cool on pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer to cooling rack
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150 g
Protein
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The Basic Series: Simple Flax Egg Realness

Recipes, The Basics | November 6, 2015 | By

Baked goods require many things to be considered to be a successful dessert. One of the most important traits is the texture.. Is it crunchy? Moist? Falling apart? Each element of the recipe has to be in perfect balance for the chemical reactions to take place, producing a superb final product. In many recipes, eggs are used exactly for this purpose, helping to add moisture and bind the ingredients together. It does so quite well and it would be extremely easy to continue using, if it weren’t for the horrors of the egg industry.

mixed flax eggThere is another way! The Flax Egg way!

Skip the unnecessary trip to the grocery store, ground flax (in the form of a flax egg) offers the perfect alternative! It easily absorbs many times its weight in water, thickening into a gel-like consistency. Perfect for adding moisture and binding ingredients together without adding a noticeable flavor (like banana tends to do).

Simply whisk 1Gelled up flax egg Tbsp of ground flaxseed with 3 Tablespoons of water. That’s it!

Let it sit for at least 10 minutes, until you see it gel up nicely. Will replace one egg for most recipes, double or triple as needed. Some recommend placing in the fridge while waiting, but I have never noticed a difference.

What is your favorite egg-replacement? Let me know in the comments below!

The Last Vegan Burger Recipe You Will Ever Need

Vegan Burger Recipe, all assembled!

Mains, Recipes | November 1, 2015 | By

Is it me, or is the term “Veggie-Vegan Burger Recipe ingredientsBurger” hugely off-putting? The last thing I want to imagine is a burger made of veggies.. I don’t need a constant reminder that I’m imitating beef! And I definitely don’t want a soggy mess trying to mimic it! All I need is exceptional flavor in a powerhouse patty that just so happens to be healthy!

A vegan burger recipe so perfect, you’ll never think twice!

Spicy Jalapeños, red pepper, and loads of cilantro give this traditionally bland recipe a Mexican-style facelift. Although, the real secret is the sweet potato! This creamy, beta-carotine rich addition helps to hold together a food notorious for falling apart.  Even better, we were able to bake the patties (rather than deep-frying!) without sacrificing flavor or texture!

Serves 1-2 Patties

The Only Vegan Burger Recipe You Will Ever Need

Eat the rainbow!

45 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/3 cup white onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/4 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1/2 Tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 large sweet potato
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup ground flax
  • pinch of salt
  • clove of chopped garlic
  • pinch of chili powder

Instructions

    Prep Those Veggies
  1. Wash and dice carrot, jalapenos, zucchini, white onion, red pepper, and cilantro
  2. Put veggie mix in a medium sized bowl and add ACV, lemon juice, Liquid Aminos, and vegan Worcestershire sauce
  3. Marinate in fridge for at least 30 minutes, but you don't want to wait more than 2 hours
  4. For the Sweet Potato
  5. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil
  6. Meanwhile, peel and chop the potato into bite-sized pieces (to ensure even cooking)
  7. Slowly add sweet potato and boil for approximately 15-20 minutes
  8. When fork-tender, drain, promptly mash, and set aside
  9. Finalizing the Patty!
  10. Add veggies, black beans, and seasonings to high-speed food processor
  11. Combine until uniform, but be careful of over-processing! You want it to have some texture
  12. Hand mix the mashed sweet potato, bread crumbs, and flax in
  13. Form into hockey-puck sized patties
  14. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes, flipping halfway
  15. Let cool for 10 minutes, place on a delicious homemade bun and enjoy

Notes

Be sure to refrigerate afterwards!

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This vegan burger recipe was absolutely perfect with these Easy Hamburger Buns! I would also like to thank my amazing partner-in-crime, Cameron, for all of his help with this recipe. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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