Monday
Feb102014

Vegan Bacon Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I don't even want to call this a recipe. Here's an IDEA that we had and it tastes delicious and takes no time! You can easily make a batch with coconut bacon, or sprinkles, or Oreo crumbles, get as creative as you want. They're an easy treat for a Valentine's Day party or even to give to the bacon lover in your family- they'll NEVER know it's vegan!

Ingredients
Large pretzel rods (we bought ours at Target!)
1 1/2 cups of vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut bacon, food processed into crumbs
Sprinkles, Oreo crumbs, potato chip crumbs?! (Whatever else you'd like to use!)

Instructions

  1. Melt your chocolate. Some people like to do this in the microwave. If you're going that route, use a microwave safe bowl and microwave your chips for 30 seconds. Take the chips out, stir, and microwave in 30 second intervals until the chips are melted. If you microwave chocolate for too long, it will seize up and become a ROCK of chocolate which is delicious but not what we're going for today! If you are going to melt the chocolate on a stove top, put some water in a sauce pot, and put a heat-safe bowl on top of the sauce pot. Put your chocolate into the heat safe bowl and let it melt in there, stirring occasionally. I almost always skip the heat safe bowl and put the chips right into a pot, keep the temperature low, and stir until I get a smooth consistency. Just keep your heat low! This was a very long paragraph for melting chocolate!
  2. While the chocolate is melting, food process your coconut bacon until it's the size of sprinkles. This is also a really good recipe to use up the little pieces left at the bottom of a coconut bacon bag! Don't let any go to waste!
  3. Use a butter knife or a spoonula to spread chocolate on the pretzel rod, leaving a few inches on the bottom uncovered so you can hold your pretzel and not get too messy while eating. 
  4. Sprinkle coconut bacon on to the wet chocolate. As much or as little as you'd like.
  5. You can put the rods down onto a silicone mat or wax paper to dry. I took a ball jar and covered it with aluminum foil, then poked a hole in it and put the uncovered part of the pretzel into the jar so it could dry vertically. It's not really necessary to do it that way though.
  6. Let them set! If you're in a hurry, stick them in the fridge or freezer and the chocolate will dry up a lot faster.
  7. Put them in a jar, in a treat bag, wrap them with a bow, or just eat them. Whatever!
Saturday
Feb012014

Vegan Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread

You'll definitely be the most popular person at your game day party when you bring this with you!

Or, you can eat it for lunch because you need to take a picture of the recipe. The things we do for you! ;P

This pull apart bread is SUPER easy to make. It requires no technique- other than cutting bread. Use a serrated knife and you've done the hardest part of the recipe!

Ingredients:
1 loaf round bread (we used Italian, sour dough would work too!)
1 stick Earth Balance butter
5 slices Daiya cheddar
1/8 cup Daiya cheddar shreds
1/2 cup Phoney Baloney's coconut bacon
Vegan Ranch Dressing
Green onions for garnish

Instructions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 
2. Cut the loaf of bread width-wise and length-wise but don't cut all the way through to the bottom. You want about 1 inch squares. 
3. Cut thin pats of the Earth Balance butter and stuff it into all of the crevices. Leave a tiny bit of butter to rub onto the top of the bread. You don't want to stuff it too far down so that the squares break apart, and you want to leave room for the cheese.
4. Cut Daiya slice circles in half and stuff them into the crevices. We had to break some of the slices into smaller pieces to get the entire thing full of cheese. 
5. Use that little bit of Earth Balance left to put onto the top of the bread squares, then sprinkle Daiya cheddar on top. I guess this is optional but we like how the shreds get crispy.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. If you find that the cheese isn't get melty enough, you can turn your broiler on. The high heat will get everything melted in about a minute so keep a close eye on it!
7. Once it's done baking, throw coconut bacon into the crevices.
8. Drizzle vegan ranch, more bacon, and green onions on top.
9. Fight for who gets the middle piece and ENJOY! :) 

Monday
Dec232013

Vegan Cheddar Bacon Cheese Ball

Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan. Bacon cheese balls are NO exception.

This cheese ball is perfect for a fancy schmancy wine & cheese night, or if you're a bearded man [read:Kyle], paired with a hearty porter or stout. 

My only tips for a tasty cheese ball are:

  • Taste as you go! Adjust your spices accordingly.
  • Lemon adds to the tangy-cheesy flavor, but be careful not to add too much!
  • If you're finding your cheese ball to be too crumbly, add a bit of olive oil to smooth it all out

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw or roasted cashews (I prefer roasted)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 block of tofu (I used extra firm, just don't use silken)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (remember, you're adding smokey bacon to it, so don't over do it!)
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 3 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbps onion powder
  • Coconut Bacon (around 1/3 of a cup)

Directions:

  1. Add the nuts to a food processor and let it run on high until the nuts look like bread crumbs.
  2. Add the tofu, lemon juice, liquid smoke, and yellow mustard to the nut mixture.
  3. Add nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic, and onion. Let the food processor run until everything comes together in a dough.
  4. If your dough is too dry, add some olive oil.
  5. Pour coconut bacon into a bowl.
  6. Take the mixture out of the food processor and form into a ball. Roll the ball around in the bacon until the bacon is wedged into the surface.
  7. Cover the cheese ball, and place it in the fridge. This will let all the flavors settle and come together. It will firm up and become sliceable after a few hours. If you want a softer cheese, leave it in the fridge for less time.
  8. Eat with crackers or bread or with a spoon or a fork. Whatever floats your boat. 

 

 

Monday
Nov252013

Give Thanks for Vegan Bacon Gravy

We've been making this recipe at home for awhile and we thought it was time to share our secret with everyone else. First things first, ALL of the best gravies start with a roux. For those that don't know, a roux is a French technique using butter and flour as the base for any thick sauce. There's a lot of vegans doing some "interesting" low/no fat recipes that they're calling "gravy," and while these might be tasty, let's just not call them gravy. To have a gravy, you have to start with fat aka butter aka Earth Balance. So here's our take on a classic, Phoney Baloney's style!

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Sunday
Sep292013

Vegan Coconut Caramel Apples

We've caught Halloween fever! This coconut caramel pairs perfectly with our salty coconut bacon. It's a grown-up caramel apple, sort of ;)

Don't be scared of making caramel- we swear this might be the easiest recipe we ever post!

Coconut Caramel:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut cream*
1/8 tsp salt

*You can buy coconut cream (like the kind from Trader Joe's) or you can buy full fat coconut milk. Put the full fat coconut milk into the refrigerator and the cream will rise to the top and solidify. Skim the coconut cream from the top and use it to make your caramel.

Directions:
1. Add sugar, vanilla, coconut cream and salt into a pot over very high heat. I used a much bigger pot then I needed because the mixture will get very hot and bubble a lot.

2. Stir all of the ingredients together until completely combined.

3. Continue to stir the ingredients together until the mixture is bubbling and rising.  This should only take one to two minutes.

4. Once it's bubbling, continue to stir for about a minute longer.

5. Reduce to low heat- I almost turned my stove off at this point but we have a wonky stove! Stir for another minute over low heat.

6. Take off the heat and let sit for two minutes. It'll firm up and get sticky fast!

7. Dip your apples in!

8. Coat in whatever you'd like- we recommend coconut bacon ;)

9. Devour!