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Food from the Day [What I Ate Wednesday]

It’s hard to believe, but this is my last “real” week of high school. Ever. It also happens to be testing week (aka test + paper in every class week), AP week #1, and final club meetings week. Oh, and I have multiple pineapples sitting on my counter just begging to be cut. Doh.

If you see me running around like my head’s cut off, now you know why. Thus this What I Ate Wednesday is going to be a little different.

Included are a few pictures of food from the day, but as you can imagine, my camera was pretty far from my mind the past few days. My AP review book (complete with kabocha stickers!), however, has been attached at my hip.

Fortunately, I did have some escape this weekend thanks to time spent in the kitchen. I not only baked some vegan macaroons (bananaroonies!) to reward myself for studying, but I also prepped a special batch of cookies for a bake sale at school.

Yesterday, the senior class organized a giant surprise birthday party for a sophomore who is currently battling with an auto-immune disease that will eventually take over her body. It was so amazing to know that we were able to give her true joy during such a challenging time. My s’mores cookies may not be able to cure her of her disease, but hopefully they helped raise some money to help fund research for others in need. Every little effort counts!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the pick-nick lunch because I had to take a test. However, I did show my support and even dined on sweet potato fries and other roasted veggies from my packed lunch in honor of the burgers+fries outside my classroom window.

For dinner, I made my favorite sandwich (open face, of course) that I haven’t had in ages. Every time I want to make it, I either don’t have a ripe avocado or roasted kabocha squash. Seriously, why are ripe avocados so hard to find? I can never find them at their peak ripeness… except for yesterday. Perfection: achieved.

But let’s be honest; isn’t everything better with avocado? From a former self-proclaimed avocado-hater, that’s saying a lot. Heck, now I even like avocado with my chocolate!

Well, that’s about it for me. Tell me, what have you been eating this week? Do you like participating in bake sales? 

I’ll be back in a few days with the recipe for the s’mores cookies. Until then, I have some serious studying to do!

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee

Skinny Mints (The Vegan Cousin of Girl Scout Thin Mints)

I had an epiphany in the kitchen today. Those deliciously chocolate mint Girl Scout Cookies are called Thin Mints, as opposed to Fat Mints, for a reason.

However, I think I took the word thin to a whole new level. These babies were downright skinny! I’d like to think of them as the vegan cousin of Girl Scout Thin Mints.

While I’m sure my grandmother will enjoy my slim creation (she likes her cookies with a crunch!), I would prefer a little more substance. Back to the kitchen I go!

 

Have a lovely day!

Orange Chocolate Donuts

Oh, hello there. How are you doing on this beautiful Monday?

Did you have a nice weekend? I sure did! Since today is my first official day of spring break, I didn’t have to open my backpack all weekend. In fact, I barely even thought about schoolwork. It was truly liberating!

Instead of doing homework, I filled my time with other things, such as yoga, baking, and baby sitting. I recently started babysitting for a new family, and I couldn’t be happier! The 10 year old I babysit is an absolute joy to play with. And when we’re finished having fun, she is even willing to go to bed without any problem.

I think bringing her freshly baked cookies set the tone right. It’s truly amazing what people will do for these chocolate chip cookie dough balls.

On another note, I also worked on a new recipe for orange chocolate donuts. In all honesty, this recipe grew out of necessity. My uncle brought too many oranges, so he asked me if I could figure out how to use them. No produce goes wasted in this house!

I’m so glad he inspired me because these donuts were such a hit. I actually brought them to school last week, and they were gobbled up within minutes. I’m always so happy to see my classmates enjoying compassionate vegan treats. Even though everyone knows I bake vegan, many people often tell me, “I can’t believe this is vegan!” (However, no one knew these donuts were reduced-fat. A baker has to keep some secrets, after all!)

Vegan or not, I think the other students could smell their delicious scent from the other side of the school. Anyone remember those chocolate orange balls that looked like an orange but were made out of chocolate?

Well, that’s exactly what these donuts smelled like. It was heavenly!

Orange Chocolate Donuts 

Makes 8-12 donuts

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 TBS ground flax meal + 3 TBS warm water + few minutes to gel)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS oil (canola, coconut, or whatever you prefer)
  • 2 TBS unsweetened applesauce
  • zest from 1 orange
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease donut pan with cooking spray. 
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder baking powder, and salt. 
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together sugar, flax egg, almond milk, vanilla extract, oil, and applesauce. 
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until well-combined.
  5. Mix in orange zest. 
  6.  Distribute batter evenly, filling each donut cavity about 2/3 way full.
  7. Bake for 10-14 minutes, or until the donuts spring back and a toothpick inserted in the donuts comes out clean. 
  8. Enjoy as is or dip in an easy glaze (click here for the recipe) and top with freshly grated orange zest. 
Do you ever bake “healthy” for friends or family? Do you tell them about your unconventional ways or keep it as your little secret? 
 
Have a lovely day!
Mandiee