Snacks and Sweets

No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes

No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes

These not-too-sweet little no-bake shortcut vegan strawberry shortcakes are made simple, by using rounds of prepared polenta in place of baked biscuits. It makes a lovely spring dessert that’s easy enough to make for an everyday treat or for holidays like Easter. For these, we used So Delicious Coco Whip, which is surprisingly low in fat considering that it’s made from coconut, and since it’s naturally sweet, very low in sugar, too. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Crunchy Granola-Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Crunchy Granola energy balls

Many of the “energy balls” recipes you’ll find require a machine and/or lots of ingredients. These crunchy granola-peanut butter energy balls require neither. Readymade granola provides several healthy ingredients in one mix (oats, nuts, dried fruits, and sometimes seeds). Since I’m always looking for ways to incorporate healthy maca powder in food  I like to add some to these for an extra boost. more→

Chocolate Granola Clusters

Chocolate granola clusters

Often, I’ll make a fairly elaborate (and for me, elaborate is a relative term) meal for company, and then lose energy when it comes to the dessert. Lately, I’ve turned to this clever dessert hack for chocolate granola clusters, which always has my guests proclaiming my culinary genius and begging for the recipe. The “recipe,” such as it is, can practically be given verbally; that’s how simple it is. Ten minutes of prep (at most), no machines, no baking — just a short time in the fridge to resolidify the chocolate.

It’s hard to say how many this will serve — so let’s say an average of 6; only 4 if your guests are voracious; 8 if they’re full from the meal or just plain dainty. more→

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