The Easiest Raw Vegan Brownies

Hello everyone!

Don’t you just love the idea of having a raw vegan dessert ready in less than 2 minutes? No added sugar and completely natural!

We have prepared for you walnut and chocolate brownies with matcha powder and almond flakes – it’s so amazing.

To be honest, an year ago, I would laugh at that dessert – I just wasn’t informed enough about the importance of some of the foods we eat.

Using dates as a natural sweetener and an amazing gooey texture creator is something I love doing lately.

A bit more about dates

They are rich in several vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These delicious fruits contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium, which are all beneficial for health. Some health specialists have said that eating one date per day is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.

Dates are one of the best sweet and versatile foods that can regulate the digestive process. They can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consumption.

One of the most interesting facets of dates is the presence of organic sulfur in them. This is not a very common element to find in foods, but it does have a worthwhile amount of health benefits, including the reduction of allergic reactions and seasonal allergies. Thanks Organic Facts!


We also used some matcha powder to sprinkle on top which:

  • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Prevents disease
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

And here’s what we actually got at the end.

Raw vegan browniespure green matcha powder

And, as promised, here’s the recipe!

The Easiest Raw Vegan Brownies
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • ¾ cup dates, pitted
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup raw cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Put the walnuts and dates into the food processor, and process until chunky. Add in the salt, vanilla, cocoa powder, and maple syrup
  2. Blend into a nice smooth texture. Pour it into an 8-inch by 8-inch cake pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. You can eat them straight away, but they will be very soft - so keeping them in the fridge for 30 minutes before consumption is a good idea

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12 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello everyone!

What a sweet day it is today! We have prepared for you a very easy vegan recipe for the super famous chocolate chip cookies. They are so delicious guys!

You mix the batter in one bowl, no mixer needed, you cook the cookies for 12 minutes and you need 7 very common ingredients that you should always have at home.

And the final result is astonishing!

chocolate chip cookies stack

Short Story

The chocolate chip cookie was invented by the American chef Ruth Graves Wakefield and chef Sue Brides in 1938. She invented the recipe during the period when she owned the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts. In this era, the Toll House Inn was a popular restaurant that featured home cooking.

Wakefield’s cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, was first published in 1936 by M. Barrows & Company, New York. The 1938 edition of the cookbook was the first to include the recipe “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie” which rapidly became a favorite cookie in American homes.

During WWII, soldiers from Massachusetts who were stationed overseas shared the cookies they received in care packages from back home with soldiers from other parts of the United States. Soon, hundreds of soldiers were writing home asking their families to send them some Toll House cookies, and Wakefield was soon inundated with letters from around the world requesting her recipe. Thus began the nationwide craze for the chocolate chip cookie.[5][6] The recipe for chocolate chip cookies was brought to the UK in 1956, with Maryland Cookies one of the UK’s best selling chocolate chip cookies.

Thanks Wikipedia 🙂


Are you ready to learn how to prepare this World Famous cookies now? The best part is that our recipe is vegan.

Have a look.

12 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Serves: 10 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 120 gr all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup (160g) maple syrup
  • 1 cup (256g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (180g) dairy-free chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 celsius (375 F) and line 2 pans with baking paper
  2. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a large bowl in whisk well
  3. To the same bowl, add the syrup, peanut butter, vanilla and chocolate chips and mix everything nicely, using a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir for about 2 minutes, until the dough becomes thick
  5. Form balls using 2 tbsp for each of them and place them in the trays, leaving some space between them so they don't stick to each other when they rise during baking
  6. Flatten each cookie and bake for 12 minutes
  7. When you take them out, leave on a cooling rack and let them rest for 10 minutes, before eating

 

chocolate chip cookies stacka stack of vegan cookies

Enjoy them guys – they are so gooey and sweet….

We hope that this post was useful in some way for you today 🙂

And if you really love baking cookies – click here and you will see how to prepare these oat blueberry cookies.

blueberry oat cookies

Thank you so much for being with us today – see you soon!

Homemade Rose Harissa

Hey guys!

Welcome back on Top Food Facts for another special recipe. We have prepared something really spicy and amazing today! It’s rose harissa.

Harissa is a Maghrebi hot chili pepper paste, the main ingredients of which are roasted red peppers, Baklouti pepper, serrano peppers, and other hot chili peppers, spices and herbs such as garlic paste, coriander seed, saffron, rose, or caraway, as well as some vegetable or olive oil for preservation. It is most closely associated with Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, and Morocco.

Harissa is sometimes described as “Tunisia’s main condiment”, even “the national condiment of Tunisia”.

Tunisia is the biggest exporter of prepared harissa. In 2006, the Tunisian production of harissa was 22,000 tonnes, incorporating about 40,000 tonnes of peppers. Tunisian harissa is often made with chilies grown around Nabeul and Gabès, which are relatively mild, scoring 40,000–50,000 on the Scoville scale. Another significant producer is Algeria’s Annaba Province, which is also a significant consumer. Thanks Wikipedia 🙂


I really love harissa with some bread and roasted vegetables. It’s so delicious! I also like adding harissa to my breakfast toast with mashed avocado and mushrooms.

I advise you to have a look at two of our recipes that we used it for – Vegan Burger with Harissa and Potato Rosti and Grilled Sweet Potato Steaks With Harissa Roasted Parsnip Salad.

Today I will show you how to easily make harissa at home, surprisingly fast!

hot chili peppers

The first thing you need is to put all of the chili peppers on a tray and slightly oil them and toss them around with some sea salt. Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes and take them out. Transfer them into a mortar and add some tomato paste, lemon juice, salt, cumin, caraway seeds, cardamon seeds, rose petals, garlic, olive oil and sea salt. Start crushing them until you get a nice paste.

homemade harissa ingredientscrushed chilies

This is all that you need to do in order to get a nice jar of hot harissa, that you can use for anything. You can add it to pasta sauces, to noodles, to soups, stews etc. The smokey flavor takes your taste experience to another level – it’s really worth making it.

spicy rose harissa toast

And here’s the list of ingredients.

Homemade Rose Harissa
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Serves: 1 small jar
 
Ingredients
  • 20 red birds eye chilies
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • rose petals
Instructions
  1. Roast the peppers in the oven, set to 200 degrees, for 15 minutes, until they get dark marks all around
  2. Take them out and place them into a mortar with all the seeds toasted in a hot pan for 1 minute, so their flavor comes out
  3. Add all the other ingredients to it and start crushing it until it becomes a paste
  4. Keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks

Thanks for visiting us, we really hope that you find this post helpful!

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General Tso’s Cauliflower

Hello guys! Welcome back to Top Food Facts!

Today’s recipe is one my most favorite meals – General Tso’s Cauliflower. The first time I had it was almost 10 years ago. I fell in love instantly. The sauce is so good! If you have never heard of this meal – it is breaded cauliflower with sticky sweet and spicy sauce served with rice and broccoli and that’s how it looks like.

General Tso's Cauliflower

It tastes as good as it looks! The rice and the broccoli definitely help fighting the spicy sauce and the balance is perfect!

Short history:

Jennifer 8. Lee, Wrote a book about Chinese food in America.

She has a lot to say about where the dish comes from.

First of all, it is not a dish that is widely known in China. That it is there at all, it is because it was introduced from abroad. General Tso is also known as Zuo Zongtang (左宗棠), a Qing dynasty military hero that played an important role in the Taiping Rebellion which was a civil war started by a Chinese guy who thought he was the son of God and the baby brother of Jesus Christ (really). Zuo is roughly equivalent to General Sherman in U.S. culture.

* The name of the dish, as best she could tell, was created by Chef C.K. Peng (or Peng Chang-kuei) in Taiwan during the 1950s or so.

Peng is from Hunan Province, the same as General Tso/Zuo, though fled when the Communists took over China. Anyway, in Taiwan he was cooking a fancy banquet, and you have to come up with fancy names for fancy dishes at fancy banquets. He had a fancy dish, and wanted to name it after his home town hero. Fast forward to NYC in the 1960s/1970s, when he came and introduced this dish in NYC. Henry Kissinger was a fan.


Of course the original recipe is with chicken, but we did it vegan with cauliflower.

Let’s have a look at the recipe.

General Tso's Cauliflower
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp finely chopped garlic
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • For the sauce:
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chili paste
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • a few dried chili peppers
  • To sprinkle the dish on top:
  • fresh spring onion
  • black sesame seeds
  • For the garnish:
  • 200 gr cooked white rice
  • 200 gr cooked broccoli
Instructions
  1. Break the cauliflower head into wing-size parts
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together, except the breadcrumbs, and add the water
  3. Mix nicely until the mixture becomes smooth
  4. Start by dipping the cauliflower into the flour mixture and then roll them into the breadcrumbs so they get nicely covered all over
  5. Bake in the oven, set to 200 celsius, for about 20 minutes
  6. Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients and cook it for 1 minute in a hot saucepan until it gets thick
  7. Take the cauliflower bites out and toss them into a bowl with the sauce so they get covered all over
  8. Return into the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, so the sauce becomes nice and sticky
  9. Serve with cooked white rice and sauteed broccoli, seasoned with salt and pepper
  10. Sprinkle the dish with black sesame seeds and spring onion

General Tso's SauceGeneral Tso's Cauliflower with rice and broccoli

Vegan Sub With Roasted Mushrooms

Hello guys! It’s so nice to see you here! Thanks for coming and I hope that you enjoy today’s recipe 🙂

We have a vegan sub with roasted mushrooms, peppers, avocado, lettuce and tomato salsa with parsley and onion! Wow!!! Lots of amazing stuff in that sandwich. It’s all so fresh and healthy. There’s contrast in that recipe. In every single bite you can feel something new. There’s raw crunchy onion, with fresh sweet tomatoes and beautiful fresh parsley with some sea salt to combine them all in a so called salsa. This is the topping of the fresh avocado with crunchy lettuce and the roasted sweet peppers and mushrooms. So you have hot and cold as well. It all blends in and the taste is divine! Seriously impressive!

A juicy vegan sub

More than a handful of happiness. It fits right in 🙂

Submarine-Style Sandwiches are known by various names. Some of those names include:  Submarine, Heros, Hoagie, Grinder, Po’ Boy, Rocket, Torpedo, Dagwood, Hero, Zepplin, and Italian Sandwich.

The origin of the name “submarine sandwich” is believed to have been created on a United States Naval Base in Connecticut. Benedetto Capaldo, a local restaurant owner, would typically receive several hundred orders for these types of sandwiches every day from the sailors on the base during World War II. Capaldo would place various types of vegetables, cheese, and salami on top of a roll that looked like a submarine because it was long and thin. The nickname “sub” was given to these sandwiches by the sailors who enjoyed them every day. Thanks delicioussubs!

Vegan Sub With Roasted Mushrooms
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 sub bread roll
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 big mushroom
  • ¼ avocado
  • 2 leafs of lettuce
  • For the tomato salsa
  • ¼ tomato
  • 10 gr chopped onion
  • a pinch of salt
  • a bit of fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Cook the peppers and the mushrooms in a very hot pan for 5-6 minutes, seasoned with salt and pepper
  2. All the other products are added fresh and the salsa is the mix of the chopped tomatoes, onions, parsley and a pinch of salt

It’s a a very nice lunch and definitely a sandwich for a road trip 🙂

I really hope that you will give it a try, because it’s seriously delicious!

Thanks for being with us – see you soon! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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