Saturday, October 8, 2011

Vegan MoFo #8: Raw Vegan Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies & Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Dipped Cupcakes

Happy Saturday! For MoFo 2011 I promised a raw vegan Fall inspired food treat every day in October, and I'm sticking with that plan.  However, I made a baked sweet for a party tonight and I'm going to share that one too!  First let's take a look at our raw vegan item for today, mini chocolate chip cookies. 

Mmm, cozy comfort food.  As with all of my cookies, I like to serve these warm from the dehydrator.  Here's the recipe:

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup cashews
1 cup pecans
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until combined.  This is a stiffer dough, so you may need to scrape and pulse for a while until the nut chunks are blended together.  Transfer the dough to a bowl. 

Add:  1/4 cup cacao nibs

Mix into the dough.  Using your hands does the trick!  Scoop by tablespoons onto a teflex dehydrator sheet and shape into cookies.  Dehydrate for a few hours until warm.  Enjoy with a cup of tea or almond milk. 

And now for the baked part.  If you don't want to be tempted by unhealthy vegan baked sweet treats you should STOP HERE.  :)

I'm going to a family dinner get together tonight and was assigned to bring dessert.  My favorite!  The crowd I'm eating with would be totally ok with a raw dessert, but I've had my eye on these cupcakes for a while and decided to go with baking.  I think everyone's going to enjoy these:

This recipe came from my favorite vegan cupcake cookbook, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.  I made the pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes and left out the chocolate chips because someone eating tonight doesn't like chocolate chips in their pumpkin.  It's ok though, I made up for that omission later.  The pumpkin cupcakes are topped with a vegan pumpkin cream cheese frosting.  Here's where I got to add some chocolate:  I dipped the cupcakes (childhood Dairy Queen memories, anyone?) in a vegan chocolate ganache spiced up with a little cinnamon and cayenne pepper.  I thought the spices would be a nice aftertaste in contrast to the sweet pumpkin frosting. 

Here's to a double-treat Saturday!  Hope your weekend is off to a sweet start :)


  1. wow! I think I like double-treat Saturdays!

  2. Raw cookies and pumpkin cupcakes! Awesome!!

  3. They BOTH look awesome. The cupcake dip is brilliant! Love the added spices.

  4. Both desserts look terrific!

  5. i made these same cupcakes on friday, also omitting the chocolate chips. i topped mine with a maple buttercream, but i love your addition of the chocolate dip!

  6. That sounds amazing! I thought about maple too when I was baking these. Our taste buds are totally on the same page :)

  7. mmm both sound good and able to de-chocolatize if possible. sily me can't do chocolate now. curses.

  8. YUM! Both of these look great! I've been wanting to try the pumpkin cupcake recipe from VCTOTW and I love your chocolate ganache addition! Looks beautiful and I'm sure they are super yummy!