Recipes: Dessert

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Dessert

(Source: http://www.theppk.com/category/recipe/desserts)

Index

  1. Cherry Chocolate Chunk Mini Loaves
  2. Raspberry Truffle Brownies
  3. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crunch Topping
  4. Marbled Banana Bread
  5. Peanut Butter Caramel Apples
  6. Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf
  7. Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie
  8. Pear Frangipane Tart
  9. Maple Pecan Pie
  10. Grilled Peaches with Ginger Coconut Caramel
  11. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie
  12. Rad Whip
  13. Raspberry Jam Swirl Crumbcake
  14. Berry Creme Tart with Cocoa Olive Oil Crust
  15. Matrioshka Eggnog
  16. Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache
  17. Green Tea Cupcakes with Almond Flowers
  18. Peanut Butter Blondies
  19. Whole Wheat Fig Bars
  20. Peanut Apple Pretzel Drops
  21. Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes
  22. Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles
  23. Pignoli Almond Cookies
  24. Press in Almond Crust
  25. Raw Strawberry Cheesecake
  26. San Francisco and Magical Coconut Bars
  27. Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows
  28. Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
  29. Latchkey Lime Pie
  30. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  31. Mocha Chip Muffins
  32. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
  33. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  34. Wheat Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  35. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
  36. Cinnamon Apple Crisp
  37. Just Chocolate Cake
  38. Apple Crisp
  39. Pumpkin Pie Brownie
  40. Vegan Milano Cookies
  41. Graham Crackers

1. Cherry Chocolate Chunk Mini Loaves

Note:

If you have smaller sized loaf pans, just be mindful that baking times may vary. Give about 3 to 5 more minutes for each extra loaf in your batch. If you want to use an 8×4 loaf pan then bake for about 50 minutes, up to an hour. If you want to use muffins, then 12 muffins should take about 20 minutes.

If you’re subbing for a nut allergy, try 2 tablespoons oil and one more tablespoon applesauce in place of the nut butter, or try sun or soynut butter.

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup natural almond butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or your preferred vegan milk), at room temp
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water, divided
  • 3/4 cup dry sweetener (any type of sugar or evaporated cane juice)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract (optional – you can use another t vanilla)
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz chocolate bar, chopped into 1/2 inch or so chunks
  • 1 cup chopped sweet cherries (thawed if using frozen)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly spray a mini loaf pan with cooking spray. Also, boil some water in a tea kettle (no need to measure yet.)
  2. Put applesauce, almond butter, milk and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl. Measure out 1/3 cup boiling water and pour into the bowl with the chocolate mixture, mixing quickly with a fork to make a thick chocolate sauce. Add sugar and extracts and mix well.
  3. Sift about half of the flour, along with the baking soda and salt, into the chocolate mixture, and gently stir just to incorporate, then measure out 1 tablespoon of boiling water and stir again. Now add the rest of the flour mixture and another tablespoon of boiling water and stir just until smooth. Take care not to overmix. Fold in the chocolate chunks and the cherries.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pans, about 3/4 of the way.
  5. Bake for 26 to 28 minutes. The tops should be puffy and firm. Stick a steak knife into the center of the loaf to check for doneness. A little bit of wetness is okay since it could be from a chocolate chunk or a cherry, but the knife should come out mostly dry.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert pan and place loaves on a cooling rack to cool some of the way. It’s yummy when still a bit warm, with the chocolate chunks oozy and melty. Wrap extra loaves in plastic wrap to keep from drying out. If not using within a day, refrigerate wrapped loaves.

 

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2. Raspberry Truffle Brownies

A few recipe notes:
~This is one of those rare occasions where frozen fruit actually works better than fresh, so don’t worry about raspberries being out of season. The batter is very thick and I’m pretty sure that fresh raspberries would get crushed as you tried to knead them in.
~Use a naturally sweetened fruit spread if you can find one.
~To get brownies as fudgy as possible, be careful not to overbake. These really benefit from chilling in the fridge for a few hours.
~To slice brownies, use a blunt knife (a butter knife or a plastic knife) and dip in water after each slice.

Recipe:

  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raspberry fruit spread
  • 1/2 cup sugar or other dry sweetener (see note)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8 inch pan with parchment paper and lightly mist with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Melt the chocolate in either a double boiler or the microwave. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, vigorously mix together the jam, sweetener, and apple sauce. Stir in the extracts and the melted chocolate.
  4. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix very well until a stiff dough forms. Fold in the raspberries. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. It will be very thick, you’ll probably need to use your hands to evenly spread the batter.
  5. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, they should still be soft and gooey. If a tester toothpick comes out clean, they’re overbaked. Remove from oven and let cool completely. These taste especially good and fudgy after being refrigerated for a few hours.

 

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3. Pumpkin Cheesecake With Pecan Crunch Topping

A few recipe notes before embarking on your vegan cheesecake adventure!

~For the crust, vegan graham crackers can be hard to find. If you can’t find them, you can either make your own, or use gingersnaps. We baked a few of these with gingersnaps and they were amazing!

~Soak the cashews overnight to make quick work of the recipe. You can cover them with plastic wrap if you’re afraid that your kitty will get to them.

~Although this recipe is for a fancy marbled cheesecake, you can skip that step if you’re pressed for time or would just rather not do it. Just mix everything in the filling together instead of dividing the batter and swirling.

~You can use either water packed silken tofu or the vacuum packed kind (like Mori-Nu.) If using Mori-Nu, extra firm silken works best.

Recipe:

For the crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups of finely ground graham crackers or gingersnaps
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted non-hydrogenated margarine, melted coconut oil, or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon plain soy or almond milk.

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup whole unroasted cashews soaked in water for 2 to 8 hours or until very soft
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana (about half of 1 medium-sized banana)
  • 1 12 to 14 oz package silken tofu, drained
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 3/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon nonhydrogenated margarine *or* coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Method:

Make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly spray a 9 inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the crumbs and sugar. Drizzle in the oil or melted margarine.
  3. Use a spoon to blend the mixture thoroughly to moisten the crumbs, then drizzle in the soy milk and stir again to form a crumbly dough.
  4. Pour the crumbs into the pan. Press firmly into the bottom. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes until firm. Let the crust cool a bit before filling. Keep oven on 350 to bake the cheesecake.

Make the topping:
In a mixing bowl use a fork to mash together brown sugar, margarine, and salt until crumbly, then fold in the chopped nuts and stir to coat the mixture. Set aside until ready to use.

Make the filling:

  1. Drain the cashews and place in a blender with the banana, tofu, sugar, brown sugar, coconut oil, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, orange zest, and sea salt. Blend until completely smooth and no bits of cashew remain, a food processor or strong blender should be able to get the job done.
  2. Set aside 1/2 cup of batter. To the remaining batter, add the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and blend until smooth, then pour it into the crust. Randomly spoon dollops of the reserved batter onto the cheesecake. Poke the end of a chopstick into a batter blob and gently swirl to create a marble pattern; repeat with the remaining dollops.
  3. Bake the cheesecake for 45 to 50 minutes. Remove cheesecake halfway through baking and sprinkle on the topping. Return to oven to continue baking. Cheesecake will be done when the top is lightly puffed and the edges of the cake are golden. Remove it from the oven and let cool on a rack for about 20 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator to complete cooling, at least 3 hours or even better if overnight. To serve, slice the cake using a thin, sharp knife dipped in cold water.

 

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4. Marbled Banana Bread

Recipe:

  • 1 cup mashed very ripe banana
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons boiling water, divided

Method:

  1. Prepare boiling water, no need to measure yet. Also, preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl until relatively smooth. It should take 3 average sized ones, but spoon the mashed ‘nanas into a measuring cup to make sure, then return to the mixing bowl. Beat in the sugar, canola oil, milk and vanilla.
  3. Now add the flour, baking soda and salt and gently mix just to incorporate. It’s okay if there is some flour still visible, just be careful not to overmix at this point.
  4. Scoop one cup of the batter up and transfer it to a separate mixing bowl. Now, in a small tea cup mix the cocoa powder with 3 tablespoons boiling water and stir vigorously with a fork until the chocolate is dissolved. Add this chocolate mixture to the one cup of banana and mix until the chocolate is thoroughly smooth and incorporated.
  5. Now back to the original plain banana batter; add 3 tablespoons of boiling water and mix the batter just until relatively smooth.
  6. Here comes the fun part, it’s time to marble! Lightly grease an 8×4 loaf pan. Scoop alternate 1/2 cupfuls of chocolate/banana batter into the loaf pan. Nothing has to be precise here, in fact, the more random, the better. Once all of the batter is in, take a butter knife and swirl it through the batter in circular directions for about 10 seconds.
  7. Bake for 55 minutes. Use a butter knife to test for doneness. Let cool and enjoy!

 

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5. Peanut Butter Caramel Apples

Recipe:

  • 6 Granny Smith or Macintosh apples
  • 1/2 cup well-stirred smooth natural peanut butter, at room temperatur
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup, at room temperature
  • 1 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped well
  • 6 bamboo skewers
  • Wax paper

Method:

  1. Stick skewers through the bottoms of the apples. Make sure apples are secure. Set aside.
  2. Spread a piece of parchment paper over a cutting board. Make room in your fridge for the cutting board, because you’ll be chilling the whole shebang.
  3. Stir peanut butter and brown rice syrup together in a small sauce pan. Gently heat over low heat, stirring constantly with a fork, just until smooth and heated through. It should fall from your fork in ribbons. If it seems stiff, turn the heat off immediately and add a little extra brown rice syrup, until it’s fluid again. This happens because different peanut butters have varying amounts of moisture.
  4. Use a spoon to spread peanut butter caramel over the entire apple. Sprinkle with peanuts, pressing peanuts into the caramel to make them stick. It’s ok if a few fall off. Place apple upside down on the wax paper and continue with the rest of the apples.
  5. Transfer the cutting board with the apples to the fridge. Let set for at least 3 hours. Now apples are ready to eat!

 

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6. Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf

Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water, divided (see note)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease an 8 inch loaf pan. Also, boil some water in a tea kettle (no need to measure yet.)
  2. Put applesauce, coconut oil and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, spices, baking soda and salt.
  3. Measure out 1/3 cup boiling water and pour into the bowl with the chocolate mixture, mixing quickly to make a smooth chocolate sauce. Add pumpkin, sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Dump about half of the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and gently stir just to incorporate, then measure out 1 tablespoon of boiling water and stir again. Now add the rest of the flour mixture and another tablespoon of boiling water and stir just until smooth. Take care not to overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. It will be good and thick. You can smooth the top out with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour. Stick a steak knife into the center of the loaf to check for doneness. A little bit of wetness is okay since it could be from a chocolate chip, but the knife should come out mostly dry.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert pan and place loaf on a cooling rack to cool most of the way. It’s yummy a little bit warm, or thoroughly cooled. Slice and serve!

 

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7. Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie

Recipe:

  • 1 prepared 9 inch cookie crust, storebought or homemade
  • 3 cups almond milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool.
  2. In a small (2 quart) sauce pan, combine 1 cup of almond milk and the cornstarch. Use a fork to whisk until the cornstarch is good and dissolved. Whisk in the remaining milk, the sugar, cocoa powder and salt. It’s okay if the cocoa is a bit clumpy at first, it will dissolve eventually.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally. Keep a close eye because once boiling, you want to lower the heat and bring to a slow rolling boil. Whisk consistently until mixture is thickened, which should be about 7 minutes.
  4. Add chocolate chips and mix to melt. Stir in vanilla. Pour the pudding into the prepared pie shell and let cool for about 15 minutes on the counter, just until it stops steaming like mad. To keep a skin from forming, place a circle of parchment paper over the filling. Refrigerate and let set for at least 3 hours.

 

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8. Pear Frangipane Tart

A few tips:
To melt the jam, gently heat in a small pot for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Or melt in a microwave for a minute or two (depending on the strength of your machine), stirring every 30 seconds. It should be liquid enough to brush on top of the pie.

Pears will brown very rapidly once peeled. Rubbing peeled pears with a little lemon juice will halt the process and allow you to slice and layer them at your own pace.

Recipe:

  • One Shortbread Shell or Almond Crust (http://www.theppk.com/2009/09/press-in-almond-crust/) pressed into a 10 inch tart pan and parbaked for 15 minutes at 350 F
  • 6 tablespoons cold non-hydrogenated vegan margarine, cut into pieces
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup blanched sliced almonds, pulsed in a food processor into a fine meal
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup plain almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 pears (Bartlet or Bosc), peeled, cored and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam, melted

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a food processor pulse together margarine, sugar, ground almonds, cornstarch, ground cinnamon, and salt until crumbly. Continue to pulse and stream in almond milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract to form a thick batter. Spread frangipane mixture into tart shell.
  2. Peel the pears, remove the core and slice in half. Slice each half into 1/4 inch thin slices and lay overlapping slices on top of the frangipane, gently pressing the pears half way into the batter. Bake the tart for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is golden brown, then move the tart onto a cooling rack and cool for 20 minutes, then brush top of pears with melted jam. Cool tart for at least another hour before slicing with a thin, sharp knife dipped in cold water.

 

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9. Maple Pecan Pie

Variation: For a Salted Maple Pecan Pie, sprinkle 1/2 a teaspoon coarse sea salt over the top of the cooled pie.

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 6 oz extra firm silken tofu (1/2 of a tetra pack)
  • 1/4 cup cold unsweetened plain non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • Prepared Single Pastry Crust, pressed into a tart pan or pie plate (no need to parbake)

Method:

  1. First we’re going to make a caramel. In a 2 quart sauce pan, mix together sugars and maple syrup. Heat over medium heat, stirring often with a whisk. Once small bubbles start rapidly forming, stir pretty constantly for about 10 minutes. The mixture should become thick and syrupy. It shouldn’t be boiling too fiercely, if it starts climbing the walls of the pan in big bubbles then lower the heat a bit.
  2. Add the margarine, and stir to melt. Turn the heat off, transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. In the meantime, prepare the rest of the filling, working quickly so that the caramel doesn’t completely set.
  3. Crumble the tofu into a blender or food processor, along with the milk, cornstarch and salt. Puree until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender to make sure you get everything.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  5. With the caramel still warm in teh mixing bowl, add in the tofu mixture and the vanilla, and mix well. Fold in the pecans to incorporate.
  6. Transfer to prepared pie crust and bake for 40 minutes. The pie is going to be somewhat jiggly, but it should appear to be set.
  7. Let cool for a few hours, slice and serve! No cheating and pulling pecans off the pie.

 

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10. Grilled Peaches With Ginger Coconut Caramel

Recipe:

For the caramel:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated on a microplane
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the peaches:

  • 6 to 8 ripe peaches
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • And vanilla ice cream to serve

 

 

Method:

First make the caramel:

  1. In a 2-quart pot, mix together sugar, water and maple syrup. Place over medium heat, and stir with a wisk until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Once dissolved, you don’t have to stir as much, but definitely keep a close eye so that it doesn’t burn, but do stir occasionally. It should be bubbly at the edges and start to turn a few shades darker. If it seems to be bubbling wildly, then lower the heat a bit.
  3. Let cook this way for 15 minutes or so. In the meantime, mix the cornstarch with the tablespoon of water and slowly add the coconut milk, mixing with a fork to thoroughly incorporate the cornstarch.
  4. Once the caramel turns a deep honey brown, slowly stream in the coconut milk, whisking constantly, then mix in the coconut oil, ginger and salt.
  5. Cook for another 7 minutes or so, so that the cornstarch thickens the caramel a bit. Let cool a bit, but serve warm.

Prepare the Peaches:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Remember to lightly grease it first so that the peaches don’t stick.
  2. It’s easiest to slice the peaches width-wise (another way to think about it, is around the waist,) not stem to bottom. The pit will come out easier. Once sliced, hold each end of the peach and twist until it releases. Remove the pit, place peaches in a big bowl, and coat in oil and lemon juice. Use your hands to gently rub them and make sure they’re coated.
  3. Grill each peach face down for about 7 minutes. Use a thin metal spatula to lift them from the grill. They should be tender and have awesome grill marks. Flip and grill for another 2 minutes or so, just to soften a bit more.
  4. Serve immediately, with ice cream and drizzled with caramel.

 

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11. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie

Recipe:

Unbaked single pastry crust, fit into a 9 inch pie plate, edges crimped

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups rhubarb, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen (see tips page XX), sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

 

Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, melted (or canola oil)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Combine all of the filling ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients for the topping. Drizzle in the margarine and use your fingers to swish around the mixture until crumbs form. Some of the topping is still going to be sandy and that’s fine, just so long as you have mostly nice big crumbs.
  4. Add filling to the prepared pie shell and top with the crumb topping. Cover loosely with tin foil and poke a few holes in the foil to let steam escape.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes at 425 F. Lower heat to 350 F, and remove the tin foil. Bake for an additional 30 to 35 minutes, filling should be bubbling and the crumb topping should be golden. Place on a cooling rack and let cool for about 30 minutes before serving.

 

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12. Rad Whip

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked in water for at least two hours and up to overnight
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon agar agar powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Method:

  1. Place a large metal bowl in the freezer to chill, you’ll be using it to blend up the Rad Whip so make sure it’s big enough.
  2. Drain cashews and blend in a food processor or strong blender with coconut milk and 1/2 cup almond milk, until completely smooth. Rub it between your fingers to make sure there is no graininess left, this could take up to 5 minutes depending on your machine.
  3. In a small sauce pan, heat the other 1/2 cup almond milk, agar, and sugar. Bring to a boil, and let simmer another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the coconut oil and stir to melt. It’s important to make sure this doesn’t set while on the stovetop, so be sure to have the blender mixture ready.
  4. Stream the warm mixture into blender or food processor with the machine turned on. Blend for about a minute on high to incorporate lots of bubbles, then add the vanilla and pulse to mix.
  5. Transfer to the chilled metal bowl. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes just to get it very very cold, but not frozen. When you remove it, it should be cold all the way through, and feel firm and even a bit rubbery. Don’t worry! You did everything right…watch in amazement as it transforms.
  6. Now take a hand mixer and beat like mad. It should start to soften and peaks should start to form, but it might take a minute or so. Once it’s smooth and fluffy, cover tightly with plastic wrap and place back in fridge to set again for at least 3 hours*. Now use a hand blender one last time to get it even more fluffy.
  7. *The longer you let it set, the fluffier it will get, so if you let it set at least 8 hours or up to overnight that is optimal.
  8. Keep stored in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days.

 

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13. Raspberry Jam Swirl Crumbcake

Recipe:

For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup soy milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam

For the topping:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease an 8×8 round springform pan or regular square pan. Measure out the soy milk for the cake and add the teaspoon of apple cider vinegar; set aside to curdle. Then begin preparing the topping.

Make the topping:
In a small mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Drizzle in the canola oil by the tablespoonful (you can eyeball it, no reason to whip out a tablespoon.) Use your fingers to swish around the mixture until crumbs form. Alternate swishing and adding canola oil until all oil is used and large crumbs have formed. Some of the topping is still going to be sandy and that’s fine, just so long as you have mostly nice big crumbs. You can add another tablespoon of oil if needed.

Make the cake:
In a large mixing bowl, mix together curdled milk, sugar, canola oil and vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until smooth.

Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Add spoonfuls of jam randomly on top of the batter and use a knife to swirl it in. Evenly sprinkle on the topping and pat it down just a bit. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted through the center comes out clean.

 

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14. Berry Creme Tart With Cocoa Olive Oil Crust

Recipe:

For the tart shell:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, partially frozen (see note)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons almond milk
  • Cooking spray

For the filling:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked (see recipe notes)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1  teaspoon powdered agar agar
  • 8 oz frozen berries (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Method:

  1. To make the dough, sift the flour, cocoa and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Don’t skip this step, you really need to break up the clumps. Rub the salt between your fingers to grind it down a little more, and add to the mixture.
  2. Add the olive oil to the flour mixture in spoonfuls. Use about 1/4 cup at first, and cut it into the flour using either your fingers or a pastry cutter (I prefer to use my hands.) Add the rest and keep cutting it in until dough appears moist, clumpy and crumbly. Drizzle in the almond milk (start with 3 tablespoons) and mix until the dough holds together when squeezed between your fingers.
  3. Lightly spray 6 four-inch mini-tart pans with cooking spray.
  4. Distribute handfuls of dough equally amongst the tart pans, leaving a small amount in the mixing bowl (1/4 cup or so) in case you need to patch spot. Now one by one, firmly press the dough into the sides and bottom of the tart pan.
  5. Now poke the shells all over with a fork (like so), and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  7. Remove tarts from freezer and place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool enough to touch begin the filling.

For the filling:

  1. Drain the cashews and place them in a food processor or Vita-Mix type thing. Blend them with the coconut milk until totally smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally. This can take up to 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, measure out the almond milk and vigorously mix in the cornstarch until dissolved. Stir together the the milk, agar agar, frozen berries and sugar in a small (2 quart) sauce pot.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring pretty consistently. Once boiling, lower the heat so that you’re just getting small bubbles. Mix for about 10 more minutes, it should thicken up and become a loose gel. Let cool for 5 minutes or so (keep stirring, even though it’s cooling.)
  4. Pour 1 3/4 cups of the berry mixture into the cashew mixture in the food processor. (Reserve the remaining berry mixture for drizzling.) Puree until smooth. Add the vanilla and lemon juice and puree to blend.

Now assemble:

  1. Pour the puree into the baked tart shells, being careful not to overfill. If there’s a little extra filling left over then just place it alone in a cup and save it for a rainy day. Now, take the reserve berry mixture and use a spoon to drizzle it over the filled tarts in a spiral fashion, or however you like. A few splatters of berry only make it cuter.
  2. Place tarts in the fridge to set, it should take about an hour.
  3. Once set, top with a few thawed berries and serve.

 

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15. Matrioshka Eggnog

Recipe:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 13 oz can coconut milk
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Tiny pinch cloves (less than 1/8th teaspoon)
  • Rum to taste (start with 1/3 cup and see from there)
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish if you have them.

Method:

  1. Pour coconut milk into a container. Place coconut milk and avocado in the freezer for about 45 minutes. They shouldn’t be frozen but they should be really, really cold (a little iciness on the coconut milk is ok.)
  2. Slice avocado in half, remove the pit, peel it and place in a blender. Add all of the other ingredients as well. Blend until smooth. That’s it! Sprinkle with a little extra nutmeg and garnish with a cinnamon stick if you like.

 

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16. Vanilla Bean Cupcakes With Chocolate Ganache

Recipe:

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped

For the ganache:

  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Method:

Bake the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk the almond milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to get good and curdled.
  3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and mix.
  4. Beat together the almond milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla extract and vanilla bean in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until no large lumps remain.
  5. Fill cupcake liners two-thirds of the way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool.
  6. In the meantime, prepare the ganache.
  7. In a small sauce pan, bring the milk to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer and add the chocolate and syrup. Mix with a rubber spatula for about 30 seconds. Turn heat off, continue stirring until the chocolate is fully melted and the icing is smooth.

To assemble:

Let ganache cool for about 10 minutes. Dip the top of the cupcake in the ganache and then set them on a cooling rack. Spoon the remainder of the ganache over cupcakes. Let set in a cool room for an hour or so, or place in the fridge to set. Serve to happy people!

 

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17. Green Tea Cupcakes With Almond Flowers

Recipe:

For the cakes:

  • 1/2 cup soy yogurt
  • 2/3 cup rice milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons matcha tea powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Green Tea Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon matcha tea powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons rice milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Drop of vanilla extract

For the almond flowers:

  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup marzipan
  • Very small drop of red food coloring

 

 

Method:

Make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk toether the yogurt, rice milk, vanilla, oil, and almond extract, beating well to blend in yogurt. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, matcha powder, salt, and sugar. If using rice flour it will be a little lumpy. Beat a little longer to break up any large lumps. Fill liners two-thirds full and bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted through the center of one comes out clean. Cool on racks before topping with glaze.

Make the glaze:
Keep a small bowl of confectioners’ sugar handy near your workspace. Knead marzipan with a drop of food coloring; if it gets too sticky, dip fingers into the powdered sugar. When color is incorporated, dust a smooth surface with some confectioners’ sugar. Pat out dough into a thin round and cut out small flower shapes. You can use a flower-shaped cutter, or just get creative with a small knife.

Assemble:
Use a tablespoon to pour green tea glaze into the center of each cupcake. Spread out a bit with the back of the spoon but it’s nice if you can see the green edges of the cupcake.

 

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18. Peanut Butter Blondies

Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 unsweetened almond milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup peanuts

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease a metal 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together peanut butter, oil and sugar. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder. Once you get the flour somewhat mixed in, it‘s easier to just use your hands to knead the dough until soft. It will be very very thick and won‘t spread on its own. Transfer dough to the baking pan and press it into place. Sprinkle on the peanuts and lightly press them into the top.
  3. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, the Blondie edges should be just barely darkened. The top will appear soft, and that‘’s okay. Remove from oven and cool completely before slicing into 12 squares.

 

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19. Whole Wheat Fig Bars

Recipe:

For the fig filling:

  • 1 lb. dried figs, preferably black mission, hard stems removed and diced into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated citrus zest (try lemon, orange, lime or a combination)

 

 

For the dough:

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup canola
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method:

  1. Line an 8 x 8 square metal brownie pan with enough aluminum foil so that it folds over the sides of the pan by about an inch. Spray bottom of covered pan with a little non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large saucepan combine chopped figs, water, agave nectar/maple syrup and citrus zest. Bring to boil over medium heat, reduce to a simmer and stir occasionally. When figs begin to soften in about 8 to 10 minutes continue to cook but mash figs with a firm spatula or a fork to create a chunky, moist paste. If mixture starts to look overly dry add two tablespoons of water and stir, dribbling in additional water to mixture if necessary. Remove filling from heat and set aside. If mixture still seems too chunky puree in a food processor until desired texture is reached.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine ground flax seed, non-dairy milk, canola oil, Sucanant and vanilla extract until smooth, mixing for about 1 1/2 minutes. Sift in whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to form a soft dough, gather into a ball with your hands and divide into two sections. Shape each section of dough into a square shape about an inch thick.
  4. Place one half of dough between two large sheets of waxed paper. With a rolling pin, roll dough into a larger square about the same size of the 8 x 8 inch pan (slightly larger is fine). Occasionally rotate the dough while rolling to help maintain an even thickness.
  5. When finished rolling peel off to top layer of waxed paper and flip dough directly into the prepared baking pan. Remove top layer of waxed paper and press the dough firmly into the pan. Spread entire fig filling over the dough, making sure to evenly spread all the way to the edges. Prepare the top crust with the remaining dough the same method as bottom crust, flipping on top of filling and pressing dough evenly and all the way to the edges.
  6. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until crust is golden and puffed. Remove from oven and place pan on wire rack to cool. When completely cool remove bars from pan by grabbing the edges of the foil and lift everything out of pan and flip over onto cutting board. Peel off foil and slice into 12 bars. Store in a tightly covered container.

 

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20. Peanut Apple Pretzel Drops

Note: With all of the chunky mix-ins, these cookies will look a little crazy. Don’t be scared if they appear a little more free form than you’re used to.

Recipe:

  • 2 generous cups mini pretzels, crushed into small pieces
  • 1 cup roasted, shelled peanut halves
  • 4 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups, lightly packed) dried apple rings
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine pretzel pieces and peanuts. Using either kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, cut apple rings into small, bite-sized pieces. Combine with pretzels and peanuts.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a separate large bowl whisk together soy milk and flax seeds. Add oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla. Beat with electric beaters for 2 minutes until lumps of brown sugar are dissolved and mixture is very thick. Stir in flour mixture and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened and a thick, soft dough forms (you might want us a rubber spatula for this step). Fold in pretzel mixture and stir to completely coat everything with batter. The resulting dough will be very chunky and sticky. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes until cookies are firm and edges are lightly browned. Move from cookie sheets to wire racks to cool. Store in a loosely covered container.

 

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21. Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes

Recipe:

For the mousse:

  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (one package is usually 12 ounces)
  • 12 oz extra firm silken tofu (the vacuum packed kind)
  • 1/4 cup plain soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, chocolate extract, or more vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray

Method:

Prepare the Mousse:

  1. Crumble the tofu into a blender. Add the soy milk, agave and vanilla extract. Puree until completely smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips. Obviously you don’t have a double boiler so take a small sauce pan and fill half way with water. On top of that place a small sauté pan. Fill the sauté pan with chocolate chips and bring the water to a boil. Use a rubber spatula to mix the chocolate as it melts. Once melted, remove from heat and let cool for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the chocolate to the tofu and blend until well combined, use the spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender every so often.
  4. Transfer the mousse to an air tight container or a bowl covered in saran wrap and let chill for an hour.

Prepare the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and other extract, if using, to the soy milk mixture and beat until foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are OK).
  3. Lightly spray the liners with cooking spray and pour batter into liners, filling 3/4 of the way. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

To assemble:

  1. Once the mousse is chilled and set and the cupcakes have cooled, remove from the refrigerator and stir with a fork to a spreadable consistency.  Fit a pastry bag with a wide decorating tip. Fill the bag with mousse and pipe it onto the cupcake in a spiral, starting from the outside in or in. Add chocolate chips or chocolate shavings if you are feeling especially fancy pants.
  2. Chill the cupcakes or a half hour to let the mousse set again and serve cold.

 

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22. Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Recipe:

For the topping:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cookies:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk (Or your preferred non-dairy milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract (or more vanilla extract if you have no chocolate)
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the topping ingredients together on a flat plate. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together oil,  sugar, syrup, and milk. Mix in extracts.
  4. Sift in remaining ingredients, stirring as you add them. Once all ingredients are added mix until you’ve got a pliable dough.
  5. Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Pat into the sugar topping to flatten into roughly 2 inch discs. Transfer to baking sheet, sugar side up, at least 2 inches apart (they do spread). This should be easy as the the bottom of the cookies should just stick to your fingers so you can just flip them over onto the baking sheet.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, they should be a bit spread and crackly on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

 

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23. Pignoli Almond Cookies

Note: These cookies are super-soft right out of the oven, so be sure to allow them a full five minutes to firm up on the cookie sheet before transferring to racks to complete cooling.

Recipe:

  • 7 ounces almond paste, sliced into 1 inch cubes (not marzipan)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup pine nuts
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons almond milk for dipping

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a medium sized baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pulse almond paste, salt, baking powder and 1/3 cup sugar in a food processor until mixture is crumbly, about 1 minute.
  3. In a large bowl cream together margarine and remaining 1/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add almond paste mixture and almond extract and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Sift in flour and beat until a slightly crumbly yet soft dough forms. Dough should form a soft mass when pressed together.
  4. Pour pine nuts into a shallow bowl and pour 2 Tablespoons of almond milk into a small saucer. For each cookie, roll 1 tablespoon of dough in palms to form into a ball, dip one end in almond milk and press moistened end into pine nuts. If necessary press pine nuts into surface of ball. Place dough balls, pine nut side up, on baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 14 minutes until cookies have puffed and spread a little, and nuts are are just slightly toasted. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes to firm up before carefully transferring to cooling rack. Store in a tightly covered container.

 

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24. Press-in Almond Crust

Recipe:

  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 or more tablespoons cold almond milk

Method:

  1. Pour almonds into a food processor and pulse into a fine meal, then add flour and salt and pulse to combine. Continue to pulse and stream in canola oil, then pulse in 3 tablespoons of almond milk. Mixture should hold together when pressed between your finger tips; if it feels a little mix in one more additional tablespoon of almond milk at a time.
  2. Lightly grease pan, and sprinkle in mixture. Press the mixture into the bottom and sides.

 

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25. Raw Strawberry Cheesecake

Recipe:

  • Crust
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted and chopped

Filling

  • 3 cups raw cashew pieces, soaked overnight (or at least 3 hours)
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol free is preferred for raw desserts)
  • 32 oz strawberries (reserve 9 for decorating), hulled and halved – about 4 cups
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Raw Fluffy White Frosting Recipe

  • 1/2 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (alcohol free is preferred for raw desserts)
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut oil, melted

Strawberry Coulis (Coulis is a fancy word for pureed sauce)

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup

 

 

Method:

  1. Lightly grease a 9 inch spring form pan with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. To prepare the crust, pulse nuts and salt in a food processor fit with a metal blade. When nuts are fine crumbs, add the dates and pulse until the dough holds together when squeezed between your fingers. Firmly press crust into the bottom of prepared cake pan. Set aside.
  3. To prepare the filling, pulse cashews in food processor until crumbly. Add agave, water, lime juice and vanilla and puree until very smooth, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure you get everything. Feed the strawberries through the top of the food processor and puree until incorporated. The filling should turn a pretty pink. With the processor running, add the melted coconut oil in a steady stream.
  4. Pour the filling into the cake pan. It will look like a smoothie and you’ll think no way it will set, but it will! Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to set. Make sure it’s level so that your cake doesn’t come out wonky. Let set for at least 4 hours.
  5. Prepare the frosting in basically the same way as the cake. Pulse the cashews in the food processor until crumbly. Add the water, agave and vanilla and blend until smooth. With the food processor running, stream the coconut oil in through the top until combined. Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill until set, about 2 hours.
  6. Prepare the sauce when you’re close to serving. Just mash the strawberries up with the agave until it’s all red and syrupy.

To assemble

  1. Release the cake from its springform prison. Use a mini scoop to place 8 mounds of icing around the perimeter of the cake and one in the center. Slice the tops off the reserved strawberries and gently smush them upside down into the frosting mounds. If you don’t have a mini scoop, just use a spoon and make them as pretty as you can, they’re gonna get smushed anyway.
  2. To serve, place some Strawberry Coulis on the plate and serve the cake over it. Dig in!

 

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26. San Francisco And Magical Coconut Bars

Notes:

~You’ll want to use only sweetened, fluffy white flaked coconut for these. Save the natural shredded stuff for a healthy curry.

~Press the graham cracker crumb crust like crazy into the pan; the more you pat it down the firmer the resulting crust will be.

Recipe:

  • One 14 oz can (regular or lite) coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups vegan graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted margarine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • 2 cups flaked, sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

Method:

  1. In a large saucepan whisk together coconut milk and brown sugar over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mixture may form a thin skin on the surface; just stir it back into the liquid. Remove from heat and let cool while preparing the crust.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, melted margarine and sugar; mix well to moisten crumbs completely. Firmly press mixture into prepared pan, pressing evenly from center to sides of pan.
  3. Pour warm coconut milk mixture evenly over crumb base. Top with an even layer of chocolate chips, flaked coconut and nuts, in that order. Firmly pat everything down until coconut milk mixture soaks upward into the toppings. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until coconut is deeply golden and filling is bubbling, remove from oven and let entire pan cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Transfer pan to the refrigerator to completely cool and firm up for at least 4 hours, even better overnight or until very firm. Use a sharp, heavy knife to run along the edges of bars, slide bars on parchment paper out of pan onto a cutting board then to slice into 24 squares. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. These also freeze well, tightly wrapped and allowed to thaw for 20 minutes before serving.

 

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27. Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows

Recipe:

Chocolate dough:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons black unsweetened cocoa or more dutch processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup natural salted peanut butter, crunchy or creamy style
  • 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soy creamer or non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine oil, sugar, maple syrup, non-dairy milk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Sift in flour, cocoa powder, black cocoa if using, baking soda and salt. Mix to form a moist dough.
  2. Make the filling. In another mixing bowl beat together peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, 2 tablespoons of soy creamer and vanilla extract to form a moist but firm dough. If peanut butter dough is too dry (as different natural peanut butters have different moisture content), stir in remaining tablespoon of non-dairy milk. If dough is too wet knead in a little extra powdered sugar.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Shape the cookies. Create the centers of the cookies by rolling the peanut butter dough into 24 balls. Scoop a generous tablespoon of chocolate dough, flatten into a disc and place a peanut butter ball in the center. Fold the sides of the chocolate dough up and around the peanut butter center and roll the chocolate ball into an smooth ball between your palms. Place on a sheet of waxed paper and repeat with remaining dough. If desired gently flatten cookies a little, but this is not necessary.
  5. Place dough balls on lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and let cookies for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to complete cooling. Store cookies in tightly covered container. If desired warm cookies in a microwave for 10 to 12 seconds before serving.

 

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28. Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup plain soymilk
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour (or a mix of both)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Spice blend:

  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

Method:

  1. In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add molasses and soymilk. The molasses and soymilk won’t really blend with the oil but that’s ok.
  2. Sift in all of the other dry ingredients, mixing about half way through. When all of the dry ingredients are added, mix until a stiff dough is formed. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour or up to 3 days in advance. If you chill longer than an hour you may want to let it sit for 10 minutes to warm up a bit before proceeding.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease your cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to a little less than 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your shapes with your cookie cutters and use a thin spatula to gently place on cookie sheets. If you are using them to decorate a tree or something, remember to punch a hole in their heads (!) before baking. Bake for 8 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let them cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet then move to a cooling rack. Wait until they are completely cool before icing.

 

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29. Latchkey Lime Pie

Recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • 2/3 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons agar flakes (or two teaspoons agar powder and skip the soaking step)
  • 1 16 oz can coconut milk at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour (or try it with corn starch or arowroot – but I like tapioca best)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 9 inch prepared pie crust

Method:

  1. In a small sauce pan, soak the agar in almond milk for about 15 minutes. Bake your pie crust for 8 to 10 minuties, then remove from oven to cool.
  2. In the meantime, mix together coconut milk, tapioca, sugar and vanilla. It’s really important that your coconut milk is at room temperature so that it doesn’t affect the agar when you add it to the pot.
  3. After soaking agar, turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Keep a close eye so that it doesn’t boil over. Immediately reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes, until agar is dissolved. If using powdered it will only take about 5 minutes to dissolve.
  4. Once dissolved (you can check by dipping in a tablespoon and seeing if there are any agar flakes left), very slowly whisk in the coconut mixture and then the lime juice and zest. Adding it too fast will make the agar gel up, which you don’t want it to do just yet. Once added, whisk often for about 10 minutes, until mixture has thickened. If it isn’t thickening, turn the heat up just a bit, but you don’t want it to boil.
  5. Pour into pie shell and let cool on the counter for about half an hour, just so that it isn’t steaming like mad. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until fully set. Garnish with lime slices. Serve with some vegan whipped cream, store bought or do the coconut whipped cream thing.

 

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30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe:

  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1/4 white sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two large light metal baking sheets.
  2. Mix together sugars, oil, milk and tapioca flour in a mixing bowl. Use a strong fork and mix really well, for about 2 minutes, until it resembles smooth caramel. There is a chemical reaction when sugar and oil collide, so it’s important that you don’t get lazy about that step. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. Add 1 cup of the flour, the baking soda and salt. Mix until well incorporated. Mix in the rest of the flour. Fold in the chocolate chips. The dough will be a little stuff so use your hands to really work them in.
  4. For 3 inch cookies, roll the dough into about ping pong ball size balls. Flatten them out in your hands to about 2 1/2 inches. They will spread just a bit. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes – no more than 9 – until they are just a little browned around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. For 2 dozen two inch cookies roll dough into walnut sized balls and flatten to about 1 1/2 inches and bake for only six minutes.

 

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31. Mocha Chip Muffins

Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients (flour through salt).
  3. In a seperate bowl, wisk together wet ingredients (soy milk through yogurt) until emulsified.
  4. Pour wet into dry and combine until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill muffin tins almost to the top. Bake 18 – 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

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32. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe:

  • 6 oz firm silken tofu (1/2 a package of the vacuum sealed kind)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup soymilk
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups sugar or sucanat
  • 4 teaspoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

  1. Prehat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together whole wheat pastry flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a seperate large bowl, cream together peanut butter and sugar with a spatula until well combined, 3 – 5 minutes.
  4. In a blender, crumble the tofu in, add applesauce, soymilk and oil. Whiz on high until completely smooth. Add this mixture to the sugar mixture and cream together until well combined. Beat in the molasses and vanilla. Fold in the oats/flour mixture.
  5. Drop by rounded spoonfulls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the tops by lightly pressing with a fork in a criss cross pattern. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Optional: Fold 1 1/2 cups raisins or semi sweet chocolate chips (or both) into the batter

 

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33. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe:

  • Baking Sheet, Blender, 2 large bowls, mixing spatula, cookie sheets
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon whole flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup soymilk
  • 2 cups all purp flour
  • 3/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grind the flax seeds on high in a blender until they become a powder. Add soymilk and blend for another 30 seconds or so. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a seperate large bowl cream together oil and sugar. Add the flax seed/soy milk mixture and mix well. Add the vanilla.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients in batches. When it starts to get too stiff to mix with a spatula, use your hands until a nice stiff dough forms. Add the chocolate chips and mix with your hands again.
  6. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and flatten into a disc that’s about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then set them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Variations

  1. For chocolate chocolate chip cherry cookies, replace 1 teaspoon of the vanilla with almond extract, and replace 1/2 the chocolate chips with dried cherries.
  2. For chocolate nut cookies, replace 1 teaspoon of the vanilla with a nut extract (almond, walnut, what have you) and replace the chocolate chips with 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts all are good).

 

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34. Wheat Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Equipment

  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • 1 medium mixing bowl
  • wisk or fork
  • baking sheet or two

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil *or* melted margarine
  • 1 Tablespoon flax meal
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flax meal and soymilk. Add sugar and stir, add oil and vanilla and whisk vigorously until all ingredients are emulsified (about a minute).
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry, fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Drop batter by the tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet, leaving and 1 1/2 inches of space inbetween cookies.
  6. Bake for 10 -12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a bit (5 minutes). Using a spatula, put them on a cooling rack or plate to cool the rest of the way.

 

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35. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Equipment:

  • baking sheets
  • 2 mixing bowls

Method:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin, or cooked pureed pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • optional: 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Have ready 2 greased baking sheets.
  2. Mix together flour, oats, baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. In a seperate bowl, mix together sugar, oil, molasses, pumpkin and vanilla (and flax seeds if using) until very well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet in 3 batches, folding to combine. Fold in walnuts and raisins.
  4. Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets. They don’t spread very much so they can be placed only an inch apart. Flatten the tops of the cookies with a fork or with your fingers, to press into cookie shape. Bake for 16 minutes at 350. If you are using two sheets of cookies on 2 levels of your oven, rotate the sheets halfway through for even baking. You’ll have enough batter for 4 trays.
  5. Remove from oven and get cookies onto a wire rack to cool. These taste best when they’ve had some time to cool and set. They taste even better the next day!

 

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36. Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Equipment:

Two Mixing Bowls, 9 x 13 Baking Dish (glass is best), Aluminum Foil

Recipe:

Filling ingredients

  • 4 pounds (about 8 ) apples, peeled, cored, quartered and cut in 1/4 inch slices
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (corn or potato starch would be an ok substitution)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • tiny pinch cloves (about 1/16 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup all purpouse flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl squeeze lemon juice over sliced apples. Add the arrow root and spices making sure all apples are coated. Move apple mixture to the baking dish and drizzle the maple syrup over it. Cover with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the topping. Sift dry ingredients together, and in a seperate bowl, mix wet ingredients well. Fold wet into dry mixing with a fork as you go along, until well coated and crumbly.
  3. When apples are done baking, remove from oven and toss, then flatten them evenly with the back of a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple mixture and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until top feels crispy. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

 

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37. Just Chocolate Cake

Recipe:

  • 1 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular (or a mix of both)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350?F.
  2. Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla and almond extract and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are OK).
  4. Lightly grease an 8 inch springform pan. Pour in the batter and bake for 32 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean.

Gooey Ganache

Recipe:

  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Method:

  1. In a small saucepan bring the milk to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. Add the chocoate chips and maple syrup and mix with a fork. Turn heat off and mix until thoroughly melted. Let cool for about 15 minutes before using.
  2. To assemble: Just pour the ganache over the cooled cake and kind of tilt the cake at all angles to get the ganache to drip down the sides. Refrigerate to cool and set the ganache.

 

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38. Apple Crisp

Recipe:

For the filling

  • 4 lbs apples (I use Roma)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or water
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (cornstarch will work too)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup raisin (optional)

For the topping

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoon soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Dissolve the arrowroot in the apple juice or water. Set aside.
  3. Place apples and raisins in the baking dish, add sugars and spices and combine everything well (you may need to use your hands to do this). Pour arrowroot mixture over everything.
  4. To prepare the topping, in a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add oil, soymilk, and vanilla, mix well. Crumble topping over the apples. Bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

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39. Pumpkin Pie Brownie

Recipe:

For the brownie layer

  • 4 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup canned or pureed pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour (or arrowroot or corn starch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the pumpkin pie layer

  • 1 cup canned or pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour (or use arrowroot or cornstarch)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground allspice

To decorate:

A handful of chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 inch springform pan, or use a 9 inch square pan, preferably lined with parchment paper.

To make the brownie layer:

  1. Melt the chocolate (I still don’t need to tell you how to melt chocolate, right?).
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix together pumpkin, sugar, oil and vanilla. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, tapioca, baking soda and salt and stir to combine, then mix in the melted chocolate.

To make the pumpkin layer:

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.

To assemble:

  1. Use a spatula to spread the brownie layer into the prepared baking pan, taking care to bring the batter to the edges of the pan. Pour the pumpkin layer over it, leaving a little room at the edges if you can. Bake for 30 minutes, until the pumpkin layer looks fairly firm (a little jiggling is okay) and has cracked at the edges a bit.
  2. Let cool for 20 minutes and then transfer to the fridge to set for at least an hour and a half. Once set, decorate with chocolate chips and serve.

 

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40. Vegan Milano Cookies

 

Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup rice milk (or soy, whatever you got)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Scant 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (or use chocolate chips)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2 large cookie sheets.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use a strong fork to mix together milk, sugar, oil, vanilla and zest.
  3. Add half of the flour, along with the cornstarch, baking powder and salt; mix well. Add the remaining flour and mix until you have a soft, pliable dough.
  4. Make sure your hands are very clean and dry, and dust them with flour. Stuffs about to get messy. Sort of.
  5. Grab about 1 tablespoon’s worth of dough and roll it into a ball, and then roll into a log that’s about 1 1/2 inches long. Flatten with the palms of your hand to create an oval that is 2 inches long and 1 inch across, then straighten the edges out with your fingers. Basically, if you know what a milano looks like, that’s the shape your going for. But this is homemade, so don’t try to be perfect. You aren’t a machine (or are you?)
  6. Continue with the rest of the dough, flouring your hands before you form each cookie, until you have 16 cookies placed about 1 inch apart (they don’t spread much.) I had to do this in 2 batches because of my small oven, so while these baked I started my next batch of 16. If you’ve got a big oven then do both trays of 16 at once.
  7. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until tops are firm and edges are ever so slightly browned. Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes. Use a thin, flexible spatula to transfer to a cooling rack. Meanwhile, bake your next batch and melt your chocolate*.
  8. Once cookies are cool enough to handle (only about 10 minutes), take a cookie and dip the bottom into the chocolate. Then take another cookie and dip it, and place the dipped sides together to form a sandwich. Don’t press them hard lest the chocolate smush out. Place them on a tray or several plates that will fit in your fridge. Continue with the remaining cookies until you have 16 sandwiches. Have a wet rag at the ready to wipe your fingers between putting the cookies together, to avoid chocolate fingerprints on the cookies. Or just lick the chocolate off. Or just decide that who cares about chocolate fingerprints.
  9. Place cookies in the fridge to set for at least an hour. Bring back to room temperature before serving (about 1/2 an hour.) Call it a day.

 

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41. Graham Crackers

Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup rice milk (plus maybe an extra tablespoon or so), soy milk or water will work, too

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a light colored baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in oil, molasses and vanilla. Give the liquid ingredients a quick wisk with a fork and then continue mixing until everything is well combined and crumbly.
  3. Drizzle in the milk and combine. Use your hands to knead the dough a few times until it holds together, add an extra tablespoon of rice milk if needed. You should be able to form a pliable ball of dough.
  4. Line a work surface with parchment. Place the dough on the parchment and work into a rectangle. Flatten a bit with the palms of your hand and sprinkle with flour. Use a rolling pin to roll into a rectangle that is roughly 10 x 14 inches. The dough should be about 1/8 inch thick. If the edges look crumbly, that’s okay.
  5. Cut the edges off so that you have a relatively even 12 x 8 rectangle. Cut the dough into 8 crackers, to do this evenly use a sharp paring knife to slice the dough in half lengthwise and widthwise. Then cut widthwise again on either side of the center widthwise cut. That probably made it sound confusing, read it slowly.
  6. Use a very thin flexible spatula to transfer the crackers to a baking sheet. It helps if you spray the spatula with cooking spray so that it slips on and off easily.
  7. Gather up the scraps of dough and form them into a ball, then roll it out into a 4 by 8 rectangle, or whatever size you can manage. I was able to get 4 more crackers out of the deal, but your mileage may vary. Cut the edges evenly and slice into 4 crackers then transfer to the baking sheet.
  8. Score each cookie with a fork 4 times in 2 columns. You don’t need to poke all the way through. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. 14 will give you nice crispy crackers, 12 minutes will be better for making ice cream sammiches.
  9. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Sep 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I love this post as it has so many types of dessert, and i love desserts as long it is not too sweet. My mum loves to make dessert, especially cakes. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing so many wonderful recipes for desserts. ?????

  2. Samfoonheei on Sep 8, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I love dessert ,those when i am much younger i loved making desserts. Looking at these yummy delicious desserts ,i would love to try making desserts again. What i love most its all vegetarian desserts.Pumpkin Pie Brownie,Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies ,Raw Strawberry Cheesecake to name a few will be on on list to try .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful recipes with us.

  3. edward ooi on Aug 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, the desserts that I think is yummy are number 5,16, 25, 30, 40 and 41. I like number 25 and 40 the most is because it’s covered with strawberries and it just looked so tasty and as for number 40 is looks like macarons of maybe it is macarons. Lol! I realy wish that I could have the chance to tatse them pesonally.

  4. Andrew Boon on Jan 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Fantastic delicious recipes minus the guilt. What more can one ask for. Some may cringe at the fact that vegan desserts tend to be dry or cardboard tasting… however, I can attest that this is not always true. There are substitutes to dairy products that can give the same texture and fluffiness to a cake that one will be amazed at.

    Do try these recipes out and share your comments on it!

  5. Jessica Yap on Nov 28, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Who says that Rinpoche only blogs about Dharma? hehe this wonderful blog post has a variety of recipes we can choose from. I personally like the chocolater chip cookie recipe. Easy to follow instructions! will save up the recipe and bake for my family since my niece loves desserts. I have to remember to eat everything in moderation. 🙂

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing!

  6. tenzin llhamo on Nov 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Everything looks super delicious! So yummy! Thank you for the wonderful recipes. Must get my sister to bake for me. I wanted to learn baking last time but I was too lazy to spend so much time on it. My sister on the other hand had interest to do so. Love to see the colors of the cakes too. So inviting!

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    Sunday, May 16. 2021 02:02 PM
    Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which we focus on being intensely aware of what we’re sensing and feeling in the moment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Very beneficial practice indeed . Through mindful living practices, we can find happiness, joy, and meaning in our lives. Our true self. Mindful living can help us to find more happiness, joy and meaning in our life.
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    Thank you JP Thong for sharing whatever we need to know all about meditation exercise in mindfulness. A thumb up …….simply amazing understanding the basic and what to do when we are distracted by our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and so forth. Thanks again.


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    Millions years ago earth is being visited by alien intelligence, evidence did proved it. Any way such reports were also being covered up for the fear might cause panic , and so forth. Do aliens exist? Many scientists believe that humans need to work harder to determine whether aliens have visited Earth. There are many discoveries seemed to increase the prospect of extra-terrestrial entities existing been millions years ago. Maybe in years to come scientist or researchers will reveal who else might be out there . Whether extra-terrestrial life has actually touched the soil of Earth, watching us all. Many people has claimed of alien sightings around the whole and yet no hard evidence to support it. A highly unusual object was spotted travelling through the solar system. But not everyone agrees with what they saw, it is indeed an alien spaceship but scientist disagree with the claim. Well all depend of how we see and judge. But how feasible is this?? Interesting discoveries which one day, where the question will be answer .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

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    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:22 PM
    According to Buddhism, everything in human life, all objects will one day disappeared, we cannot change that for sure. Everything changes and nothing will last forever. From our emotions to our thoughts and feelings, from the cells in our bodies to the plants around us, will somehow change and decay soon or later.
    Our Guru Tsem Rinpoche had prepares all of us to meet with the inevitable, which is our own death. Rinpoche had been teaching us all these while. No matter whom we meet in life, all situations eventually lead to separation and all relationships will end via death. In-fact our guru’s parinirvana is actually a final experiential teaching on death and impermanence for all of us. Hence it is important for us to immerse ourselves fully into each and every moment of life in learning and practicing Dharma. And following all advices and instructions of our Guru and fulfil what not completed. Instead of feeling lost we should somehow to devoting oneself entirely especially in fulfilling all of our guru’s wishes and continue his work nor matter what comes along. Reading this post had me realised there ‘s indeed quite a long way to go , thanks to all those involved especially senior student and so forth. May all of us play a part to be involved as a team then. We should help when necessary and encourage people coming into Dharma joining the centre and its activities. This post tells us all , a good and detailed read.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing, had me having a good thoughts.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devoting-yourself-to-a-guru-who-has-passed-on.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:21 PM
    Millions of years ago extra-terrestrials have in fact visited Earth claimed by researchers and scientists . The controversial theory have been going for years from the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Did these intelligent beings from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago? With all the unexplained activity we are bound to see something strange in the sky sooner or later. Reading this post and watching the video tells us all….. very interesting. We are not alone after all. Yes… aliens do exist I strongly believe having read articles more of those unexplained surroundings in the outer space.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-season-1-episode-4-the-mission.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, May 4. 2021 03:46 PM
    Bali is a magical Island probably the most well-known and most visited Indonesian island. A part of Indonesia archipelago, Bali owns the panorama and unique culture that make this island an ideal location for a vacation.

    It’s shock to discover people in Bali are eating dog meat. Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat and fueling the mobile dog meat vendors are trawling popular beaches in Bali selling satays from buckets, deliberately not telling people the origin of the meat.

    This is causing shocking animal cruelty over the popular holiday destination and
    definitely putting the local Balinese and foreign tourists’ health at risk .Thanks for the thoughtful sharing and bringing awareness to many.

    https://bit.ly/2RknC6Q
  • sarassitham
    Monday, May 3. 2021 11:36 PM
    Each of us is born with a particular set of colors and numbers that are very unique. These numbers reveal our character, purpose, motivation, talents and abilities in this life.

    I had a positive feeling and good action to know the interesting fact of Mewa 6. Thank you for the thoughtful sharing, I am blessed to know my birth Mewa and had the opportunity to encounter the challenges to face and to overcome.

    https://bit.ly/3thT9DE
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 11:09 PM
    Thank you for the informative and historical sharing of The Guangxi Community in Bentong. It’s interesting to know the large Chinese population in the Perting Chinese New Village are Guangxi Chinese.

    A small town famous for its locally produced ginger, durians, tofu puff, bean curd, bean curd puff, fresh vegetables, it has so much more to offer for wandering foodies.

    Success requires hard work, however hard work rewards with much more than success alone. Guangxi people of today are one of the most successful communities in Bentong, producing successful people in every strata of society.

    https://bit.ly/3gQ2JLu
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:47 PM
    Great Buton Rinchen Drub’s lifestorys truly inspiring, interesting which I simply love reading over and over again. The Great Buton Rinchen Drub was one of the most erudite of scholars of Tibet. To this day he is well remembered as a prodigious scholar and writer and is Tibet’s most celebrated historian. He catalogued thousands of the Buddhist scriptures and wrote the famous book, the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Many Tibetan scholars utilize in their study even as today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:46 PM
    Great memories of Rinpoche meeting with Guru Deva Rinpoche a very learned and qualified Lama,that has changed Rinpoche life. He is considered to be the reincarnation of one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India. He studied under many great masters as such like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Dorje Chang, and so forth. We have Tsem Rinpoche today all because of Guru Deva Rinpoche who had contributed towards Rinpoche’s spiritual journey. The journey was tough for Rinpoche , having gone through and had travelled from America to India. Having remained and continued to languish under the terrible conditions in India till he travelled to Nepal and meeting Guru Deva Rinpoche. Everything changed from then on. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:19 PM
    Buton Rinchen Drub is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators,writers and proponent of the Kalachakra Tantra. Even as a very young child, Rinpoche exhibited extraordinary abilities. He studied and received many tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers. Well respected by many and was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the period of his life he composed at least twenty-six prolific volumes of commentaries. His legacy included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He travelled tremendously throughout Tibet and many places giving teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordinations at monasteries along the way. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:09 PM
    Pema Lingpa was a famous saint and siddha of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the history of the Nyingma school in Bhutan, Pema Lingpa is second only in importance to Padmasambhava himself. Many auspicious miraculous signs appeared when was born as such even as a child he was indeed extraordinary learning everything from reading and writing to ironwork and carpentry without receiving any instruction. Interesting read of the extraordinary enlightened activities , stories and biography of Pema Lingpa . He was highly regarded by all four of the principal schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. Pema Lingpa spent his life revealing the precious treasures of Guru Rinpoche, giving empowerments and teachings. He composed many religious texts and ritual, gave initiations and even established monasteries . He was known as a discoverer of spiritual treasures. He left a legacy establishing a tradition that endures to this day. He prophesied that in the future he would return as the Buddha Dorjé Nyingpo in the pure land of Pemako.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pema-lingpa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Apr 27. 2021 04:22 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of discovering the heart desire numbers. Numerology is the belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. The heart’s desire is seen as part of the larger picture which includes the life path, expression, date of birth and personality. Each person has different numbers that help them identify who they are and what their purpose in life. Each letters in our name has a message which is hidden and plays a crucial role in our life.

    I think this article will benefits many who are having a very hard time to achieve their dreams and to find out their true passion in their life. I had a good read and happy to discover my heart desire number.

    https://bit.ly/3vm118z
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 26. 2021 04:10 PM
    For sarassitham –sorry press wrongly

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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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  • May 14, 2021 01:09
    Anonymous asked: I heard that Lama Tsongkhapa and Tara closer to us? Is it true and how so - because I have experienced instant help from them. Once I was due to go for a college interview and I started getting stomach pains that made me weak and almost unconscious. My mum offered incense to Green Tara and almost immediately the pain went away. Grateful to her and love her to this day.
    No reply yet
  • May 13, 2021 01:48
    Eden asked: Dear pastors 1) I am interested to do some small retreats. Can you guide and teach me? 2) Recently I had adopted a pet. Can you guide me on how to not be to attach to my pet? As i do not want to be too sad when my pet pass away. 3) Recently i find myself wanting to buy new phone, laptops and clothes eventho i do not need them. Can you guide me on how to reduce this urge to buy new things?
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  • May 10, 2021 03:41
    Anonymous asked: When we see similar characteristics in family members and similar life circumstances, is that a result of karma too?
    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
  • May 9, 2021 02:51
    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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