Nifty Mom

Vegan, Eco-conscious, Natural Parenting, Unschooling Wife and Mom

Simple Dessert December 1, 2008

Filed under: Desser,Vegan — niftymom @ 10:43 am
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As you may have noticed I havn’t added any recipes or recipe reviews since we’ve had not so good luck on our new recipes lately.

As we were out I finally found an Asian store so I could get some spring roll wraps/rice paper for these Plantain Egg-rolls my MIL makes. Mine didn’t come out the same since she fries hers and her wraps were different then the ones I got but these are wonderful!!! The sweetness comes from the over ripened plantain and heightened from being baked. Also with it only needing 2 ingredients it’s perfect for a fast dessert.  Hubby LOVEs when I make these and this is the first time I made them to when Punkyroo can have some. It’s funny she just squeezed out all the plantain filling, she loved it. I love that it’s fast, healthy and it soothes Hubby and my sweet tooth.

Plantain Eggrolls

Plantain Egg-rolls

  • Plantains (1 plantain will make fillings for 8 rolls)
  • Rice Paper or Spring Roll Wraps
  • Cinamon(optional)

Preheat over to 425*.I keep my wraps/paper in the freezer until I need them, put them in the fridge a day or 2 before you plan on making these if you have them in the freezer. Take your over-ripened plantain and unpeel it, cut the “meat” in half and then take the 2 ends and cut them in 4 strips so you will have 8 equal length and thickness strips (usually about 3 or so inches long).

If you are using rice paper you will need to dip the paper in water until you are able to scrunch it up without it breaking. Place it down on a clean surface and put one strip of plantain on the edge and fold up like a burito.

If you are using the square spring roll wraps make sure your surface is dry. Place a pointed corner facing you and put the plantain on the wrapper, and fold like a burrito and use a little bit of water to softend the end corner to stick to the “body”.

If you plan on uping the health value or just taste sprinkle your cinamon on top of the egg rolls now. Place your egg rolls on a lightly sprayd baking sheet. Place in the oven for 6 minutes and then take out and turn the egg rolls over for another 5 mintues. Some of the plantains may burst out of the wrap or paper, this is completely ok and normal. Let cool and eat. If you are using the rice paper, it may be slightly chewy, if you want more of a crunch use the wraps.

If you don’t mind it being fried. Here is what you do… Heat a large skillet on medium high heat. Add preferred oil in the pan so the eggrolls will be half deep in the oil. Fry each egg roll for about 3-6 minutes…or until it gets golden brown and flip to the next side and do the same. If you want to use cinamon you may want to either spinkle th ecinamon inside the egg roll or after it is fried. Take out of skillet and place on a paper towel laced plate.


Peanut Butter “sandies” November 24, 2008

These cookies have a taste , well atleast to my taste buds, like a mix between peanut butter cookies and pecan sandies and altered from the Peanut Butter-Oatmeal cookie recipe from Vegetarian Times magazine! And these are my two favorite type of cookies. I have to admit these are my first vegan cookies I have made and I’m glad they turned out great! Hubby gives a big thumbs up (…we don’t let Punkyroo eat any cookies, candy, ice cream etc…well she had a couple bites of vegan bday cake recently but I didn’t give her any icing but I’m sure if she did eat them she’d approve).

Peanut butter "sandies"

Peanut Butter “sandies”

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance
  • 1/4 cup Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup cramy peanut butter
  • 1 tbs No Egg egg replacer powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



Brownies,Gone in a camera flash October 10, 2008

Filed under: Desser,Vegan — niftymom @ 3:30 am
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 We have a tradition on Fridays for the 3 of us to make homemade pizza dough and top them ourselves. It’s a total win win…it gives our 2 year old to get a hands on help with making dinner, we know exactly what is on our pizza and we get it vegan!  So Punkyroo knows and gets excited about Pizza Friday’s, it’s so cute “Friday, Pizza friday…me pizza? daddy pizza? mommy pizza? Pizza!” almost every time she hears “friday”. So there is the background story…

Well one friday we had to deal with some tasks and then Chiropractors apt. Well it wasn’t a friday that I had left over dough in the freezer (since one batch of dough makes 2 crusts), so by the time we got home it was way too late to make dough and do the rest. That’s when we moved it to saturday and invited Hubby’s family for a Pizza Party. Well along with the Pizza I made Vegan brownies. These are seriously the best brownies I’ve ever had!! Woo woo! We also had smoothie pops for Punkyroo and her 2 cousins. Well by the time I got to the camera to take a picture there was only 3 pieces left so this picture doesn’t do it justice at all but even my non-veg in laws really liked them, plus Hubby inhaled them!! I wish I would have taken a better pict but here it is, I’ll have to add new picts next time I make it…

Ok I guess I must have deleted the picture and forgot so I will add picts the next time I make them but ohhh man are they good!!


Vegan Fudgy Brownies

  • 3/4 c unbleached flour
  • 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/4 canola oil
  • 1 small ribe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain soymilk
  • 1 tbs flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp almond extract (the orginal recipe calls for vanilla)

Preheat oven to 350*f. coat 9in square pan with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.

Melt chocolate chips with the oil in microwave on 10 second intervals, while stirring between each set until smooth. whisk in banana and sugar. combine soymilk, flaxseed meal and almond in measuring cup, then fold into chocolate mix. stir chocolate mix into flour mix until just combined, then spread in prepared baking pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tooth pick inserted 2 inches from the side of the pan comes out dry, but the middle is still soft. cool in pan on wire rack, then cut into 16 squares.

I got this recipe from Vegetarian Times mag.