5. 3. Canned Coconut Cream
Not coconut milk, or boxed coconut milk beverages. In order to create a vegan whipped topping you need to start with a can that says “coconut cream” on it. The only store I can ever find coconut cream at is Trader Joe’s. It’s usually around a dollar or two per can.
6. Recipe: Black Bean Brownie Bites Topped With Coconut Whipped Cream
Delicious chewy gluten free brownies, made from black beans, an apple, flax seeds, cocoa powder, and a few other ingredients. Topped with yummy vegan cream, made from canned coconut cream. Recipe and instructions here.
13. 7. Dates
When pureed, dates form a super sticky paste that acts as a great binder in a ton of dishes. They also add a natural sweetness, and are great to use in baked desserts like brownies and cakes. Looking for an easy no bake pie crust? Just pulse dates and walnuts in a good processor, then press the mixture into a pie tin.
14. Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting
To make vegan salted carmel, combine 10 pitted dates, coconut milk, vanilla, and salt in a food processor. You can use the carmel in this cupcake and frosting recipe, or eat it directly on top of a scoop or two of coconut ice cream.
19. 10. Coconut Oil
Because it solidifies when cooled, and melts when warmed, coconut oil is a great vegan replacement for butter when baking. Plus, it’s crazy good for you. According to Dr. Oz, coconut oil helps our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. It can also help us fight off yeast, fungus, and candida.
20. Recipe: Soft Pretzel Challahs
These vegan pretzel challahs are made from coconut oil, a combination of all purpose, whole wheat, and rice flours, as well as a couple of other baking ingredients (yeast, sugar, salt). You could also use the dough recipe and shape it into six traditional pretzels.
Bonus tip! Use a mixture of coconut milk, agave, and baking soda as a vegan alternative to a traditional egg wash. Brush your dough lightly with the mixture right before baking.
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