How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is so easy to make at home and is a budget-friendly gift idea during the holidays. Use it in cakes, cookies, brownies, and more!

jar and vanilla beans on a blue backgroundWhen it comes to DIYs, the kitchen is really my jam over house projects and crafts. Sure, I like a good Pinterest-worthy kitchen decorations project, but as my fiancé can attest to, sometimes my crafts aren’t the greatest when they involve creating things from scratch. Except when it comes to kitchen DIYs, now there is something I can totally get behind! I have a fascination with trying to make most kitchen staples from scratch, or at least give it a good shot. Sometimes, making staples from scratch is (more…)

How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

Looking for the absolute EASIEST way for how to make coconut whipped cream?! This is IT! Get perfect results each and every time, ready to top your next batch of brownies or a bowl of beautiful summer berries. 

coconut cream on a spoon

Coconut whipped cream = LIFE.

Okay, maybe this is old news/a very bold statement, but have you jumped on the vegan coconut whipped cream bandwagon?! Ever since I read about it being a pretty much perfect stand-in for the old faithful whipped cream, I’ve been OBSESSED. (more…)

The Best Vegan Pie Crust Recipe

The Best Vegan Pie Crust Recipe

Wondering how to make the best vegan pie crust? This is the easiest vegan coconut oil pie crust recipe that is perfect for your next party!

vegan pie crust with rolling pin

The time is here! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and out of all the desserts on the table, pies always take the cake at this particular holiday. I know that making pies and the fillings are actually pretty easy, but you know what makes a great pie even better? A perfect vegan pie crust!

I’ve spent my fair share of time making and trying out different vegan pie crusts over the last few years. (more…)

Vegan Baking Basics: Baking with Dates

 

Date paste is a vegan lifesaver when it comes to baking. From making your own to buying ready-made, it's easier than you might think to bake with dates!

After I started the transition into vegan baking, I primarily started with substituting pureed bananas in for eggs or butter. Almost every article on vegan baking pointed to the banana as a suitable substitute, but I wasn’t quite buying it. Depending on the recipe, the hint of banana was left behind and if I want a chocolate chip cookie, I want a straight up cookie. Before eating primarily vegan, I had never even touched a date in my life. (more…)

Vegan Baking Basics: Baking with Coconut Oil vs Olive Oil

Vegan Baking Basics: Baking with Coconut Oil vs Olive Oil

This is the ultimate guide to vegan baking with coconut oil vs olive oil to make the fluffiest biscuits and best cookies you’ve ever tasted!

Heyyyy ohh! Here we go into another Vegan Baking Basics post! It’s been a while since I’ve rambled on in too much detail about things that have to do with the ins and outs of vegan baking, so I figured it was time for another post. In the past, I’ve covered baking with cashews, how to use a flax egg, and how to make the absolute best vegan cookies, but I figured it was time to talk about one of the biggest components of vegan baking: baking with coconut oil vs olive oil! (more…)

Quick Baking Tip: How to Easily Chop Chocolate

Want to make chopping chocolate easy and quick? Here's a quick tip for making chopping chocolate for your next baking project even easier!

Happy Sunday and welcome to a new series I’m starting around these parts! I wanted to do an additional quick post on Sundays, with a quick tip for baking that is (most likely) a time saver or patience saver or a savory/everyday recipe that I make often, but haven’t shared on the blog yet. Today’s tip is a simple, but helpful one that I’ve found saves me headaches when I’m trying to easily chop chocolate for cookies or any other baking recipe. Also, this tip works like a dream if your chocolate has been sitting in the cabinet for a while (who are you, why aren’t you eating your chocolate?!) and has gotten harder than usual.

Want to make chopping chocolate easy and quick? Here's a quick tip for making chopping chocolate for your next baking project even easier!

One of the best ways I’ve found to making chopping chocolate even easier to to warm it up slightly! I usually place my squares of chocolate on a plate or bowl and microwave it for just a few seconds, maybe 5-10 seconds at the most. I’ve also placed it in a bowl and set it next to the oven for a few minutes, if I’m preheating it for baking or have a burner on to cook something else at the same time. Heating your chocolate up just slightly makes chopping easier, since you aren’t trying to hack through chunks of hard chocolate, risking it flying all over the place or resulting in uneven pieces. Take my advice though, don’t stick it in the microwave and walk away, because you will end up with half melted chocolate and nothing to mix into your chocolate chip cookie dough.

And that’s it! Short, sweet and to the point. I hope this helps you just a little, even if you are just whipping up a batch of red wine truffles for your momma or a loaf of boozy banana bread for yourself. Happy baking!