Hot Cocoa Bombs

Vegan Hot Cocoa Bombs

 

Try these vegan hot cocoa bombs drizzled in plant-based white chocolate and filled with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. Whether you’re plant-based or not, you can still enjoy all the goodies during the holidays. My favorite thing about hot cocoa bombs are how easy they are to make and store for later use. Who is ready to tackle the cocoa bombs?!

Yield: 5 hot cocoa bombs

Ingredients

12 oz. vegan semi-sweet chocolate

4 Tbsp. hot cocoa mix (recipe below)

4 Tbsp. plant-based mini marshmallows

3 Tbsp. vegan white chocolate

 

Hot cocoa mix

1 Tbsp. soy mylk powder

2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

 

Extra

8 oz. oat mylk, per glass, scolding hot

 

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine cocoa mix and set aside. 
  2. In saucepot, full 1/4 way with water and bring to simmer. In a glass bowl, add chocolate and set on pot. Melt chocolate, stirring frequently.
  3. Place one tablespoon melted chocolate in 10 mold cavities. Brush chocolate on sides in even layer. Set in refrigerator for 5 minutes. Take out of refrigerator and gently remove chocolate from molds. Fill 5 halves with one tablespoon hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. To seal, press the other chocolate half on a hot pan and stick it to the bottom portion.
  4. Melt chocolate the same as before or in a piping bag submerged in hot water. Place melted chocolate in a piping bag and cut a small hole st the tip. Drizzle on top of hot cocoa bombs and place in refrigerator to set.
  5. Place cocoa bomb in mug and pour hot oat mylk over to serve.

 

Chef’s tip: Store for up to 1 week in airtight container. Keep in a cool spot.

Limoncello

Lemoncello - The Vegan Rhino

Lemoncello - The Vegan Rhino

Limoncello is an Italian liquor made from the zest of lemons steeped in alcohol until the natural oils and aromatics release. The resulting liquid is combined with a simple syrup and bottled, resulting in a delicious drink to sip or drizzled over ice cream, either way you decide its delicious! This is one of those things you can enjoy year round, and makes for the perfect gourmet gift for any occasion.

Lemoncello - The Vegan Rhino

Yield roughly 2 bottles, 3 1/2 cups lemon juice

Ingredients

15 lemons, peeled

850 mL vodka

2 cups organic cane sugar or 3/4 cup monk fruit sugar

3 3/4 cups filtered water

 

 

Directions

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin of the lemons and trim away any pith remaining on the lemon peels.
  2. In a large pitcher with the lemon peels, pour the vodka over them and cover tightly. Steep the peels in the vodka for 8 days at room temperature.
  3. In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water until it dissolves, about 3 minutes. Pour the syrup into the vodka mixture, mix, and strain into bottles. Let sit at room temperature for 14 days before storing in refrigerator until cold.
  4. Serve chilled and enjoy.

 

Chef’s tip: Make sure you use 100 proof and higher.

Spooky Spider Peanut Butter Cookies

Spooky Spider Peanut Butter Cookies - The Vegan Rhino

Spooky Spider Peanut Butter Cookies - The Vegan Rhino 

These creepy crawlers are a fun treat to make for Halloween by using vegan peanut butter cups as the base and melted chocolate to create the legs. Peanut butter cookies have always been a go-to cookie since they are easy to make and delicious. With the added chocolate and extra peanut butter, you’ll surely enjoy making these (as much as you will eating them!). Thank you to my friends at UNREAL for gifting me these cups and keeping me stocked on the most unreal candy around.

Spooky Spider Peanut Butter Cookies - The Vegan Rhino

Yield 9

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. vegan butter, softened

3 Tbsp. organic cane sugar

2 Tbsp. light brown sugar, packed

1/8 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

3 Tbsp. peanut butter

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. oat mylk

1/2 cup flour + 2 tsp. organic all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

9 UNREAL peanut butter cups, unwrapped

1/3 cup non-dairy semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Using a standmixer, combine softened butter, sugars, salt, peanut butter, and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and oat mylk.
  3. Sift together flour with baking soda. Combine to wet ingredients and mix until dough forms. Shape dough into 9 balls and place in a lightly greased muffin pan.
  4. Bake for about 11 minutes and remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool for 3 minutes before placing UNREAL cups on each cookie. Cool in refrigerator completely.
  5. Place melted chocolate in a piping bag and cut a small hole. Make 54-60 legs in the shape of a 7 on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place the sheet in to the refrigerator until chocolate sets. Save remaining chocolate for piping the legs on to the cookies.
  6. Remove cookies from refrigerator, apply 3 drops of chocolate on sides of cookies to stick 3 spider legs on. Refrigerate as you work to help chocolate keep legs in place.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 

Chef’s tip: Make sure to work fast! When applying the legs to the cookies, make sure to get them stuck and into the fridge so they can cool quickly to set. It’s best to work in small batches of three and allowing the legs to re harden in fridge periodically.

Cool Blue Nice Cream

Cool Blue Nice Cream - The Vegan Rhino

 

Cool Blue Nice Cream - The Vegan Rhino 

If you have heard of nice cream, you are going to love this! For those of you have not, nice cream is essentially a non-dairy ice cream made by freezing bananas and blending them. It is probably the best snack to enjoy on a hot day, after dinner for dessert, or even after a workout. Either way, the options are endless on when you can enjoy this cool blue nice cream bowl! To get this color, I added a natural butterfly pea supercolor powder by Suncore foods. They have tons of amazing powders that can give your foods a natural color boost with added nutrients and benefits. This bowl was topped with banana, dried apricots, and strawberries. Its super simple and a tasty snack to try!

Cool Blue Nice Cream - The Vegan Rhino

Yield 1

Ingredients

4 frozen bananas

1/3 cup oat milk

2-3 tsp Suncore foods Blue Butterfly Pea Supercolor Powder

 

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine the frozen bananas, oat milk, and butterfly pea powder. Blend until smooth using a tamper to evenly mix the nice cream.
  2. Pour into a bowl and tip with strawberries, diced dried apricot, banana, or any toppings of your choice.

 

Chef’s tip: Feel free to switch up the powder used.

Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies - The Vegan Rhino

Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies - The Vegan Rhino Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies - The Vegan Rhino

Alright bakers, if you are looking for a refreshing cookie that is light, buttery, and pops with flavor, than these Raspberry Jam Thumbprint cookies are it! The homemade ginger-lemon raspberry jam with the lemon-buttery goodness these cookies have are a great combo. During the summertime, I love to make these Raspberry Jam Thumbprint cookies with different jams, like a fresh strawberry or peach jam. For all those raspberry fans out there, these cookies will curb all those cravings you may be having. Lets get cooking bakers!

Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies - The Vegan Rhino 

Yield 21

Ingredients

3/4 cup vegan butter, softened

1/2 cup organic cane sugar

1 Tbsp. egg replacer + 2 Tbsp. filtered water

1 large lemon, zest only

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1-3/4 cup organic all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/3 cup ginger-lemon raspberry jam, to fill cookies

Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies - The Vegan Rhino

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until white and fluffy. Mix in the egg replacer, lemon zest, and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture until all the dry ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Using a 1-inch scoop, place cookie balls into the prepared baking sheets. Using your thumb, press a thumbprint into the center of each ball. Fill with roughly 1/4 tsp. raspberry jam.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Serve or store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 1 week.

 

Chef‘s tip: These cookies are delicious with this strawberry jam!

Coffee-Banana Marble Bread

Coffee-Banana Marble Bread - The Vegan Rhino

Coffee-Banana Marble Bread - The Vegan Rhino 

This awesome banana bread is a mixture between coffee cake and marble loaf, two of my favorite things! Banana bread is the best when you have some bananas that are a bit too brown and mushy. Usually when I make a loaf, I always add an extra banana to the mixture for extra flavor and moistness. This is a great breakfast idea or mid-afternoon snack for busy days.

Coffee-Banana Marble Bread - The Vegan Rhino

Yields 10 slices

Ingredients

4-5 ripe bananas, mashed

1-1/2 cup Organic King Arthur All-Purpose Flour

1 cup organic cane sugar

1/2 cup dairy-free butter

2 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 4 Tbsp. water

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Pink Salt

1-1/4 tsp. coffee extract

1 Tbsp. Cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In small bowl, prepare egg replacers according to package directions.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar until creamy. Slowly add egg replacers, one at a time, and mix well. Add bananas and stir to combine.
  3. In separate mixing bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Slowly combine dry and wet ingredients until fully incorporated. Add coffee extract and stir until just combined—do not overmix.
  5. Remove 1 cup of batter and place into a small bowl. Add cocoa powder and mix until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into greased starting with the vanilla batter. Alternate layers between the two until all the batter is gone. Using a knife, give a few swirls to move the batter around.
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown. When ready, remove from oven and let cool completely.
  8. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container.

 

Chef’s tip: Like your banana bread on the moist side? Add 1-2 more bananas to the batter and bake for an extra 5-10 minutes.

Coffee-Banana Marble Bread - The Vegan Rhino

Banana Fosters Cheesecake

Banana Fosters Cheesecake

Banana Fosters Cheesecake

One of my many favorite childhood desserts was banana fosters. I think it had to do with the live fire show you would sometimes get at your dinner table. This version is paired with a simple no-bake cheesecake, which in my opinion, is the best combo ever! 

Banana Fosters Cheesecake

Yield 8

Ingredients

Crust:

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup all-purpose organic flour

2/3 cups light brown sugar

1 tsp. Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional

Filling:

3 cups cashews, soaked overnight

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. filtered water

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1/2 cup coconut oil

4 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Banana Foster Topping:

3 to 4 ripened bananas, sliced

1/2 cup vegan butter

1-1/3 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup dark rum

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of Himalayan Salt

Sprinkle of cinnamon, optional

Banana Fosters Cheesecake

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, add the crust ingredients and process until it starts to form a sticky-like dough. Once clumped together, transfer to your springform pan and press it down evenly.
  3. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until crust is lightly brown. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a blender, take your soaked cashew, water, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, and vanilla and blend until very smooth.
  5. Pour mixture on top of the almond crust and smooth down with back of a spatula. Place back into the freezer to set fully, about 5-7 hours (best results overnight).
  6. Allow cheesecake to thaw at room temperature for at least 20-30 minutes before serving.
  7. In the meantime, add your butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar to a skillet. Melt until bubbly, add the bananas. Carefully, add the rum and light with a lighter. Allow alcohol to cook off (will take about 30 seconds) before adding vanilla and salt.
  8. Remove the cheesecake from springform pan and top with hot banana fosters sauce.

 

Chef’s tip: Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts before flambéing the banana mixture.

Mandelbrot Cookies

Mandelbrot Cookies

When I was a kid, my grandmother used to play so many different memorable games with us. My favorite was “Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?” It was more of a singalong than a game, but we played it in the car all the time and it’s something that has stuck with me very closely over the years. Sadly, my sweet grandmother has passed on, but not her memories. For this post, I recreated her famous mandel bread recipe (something we call “Mandelbrot”) to honor her. It’s a crunchy, cookie-like dessert that I know you’ll love just as much as I do. Her recipe is the best and I’m super excited to share with you all something from my roots.

Yields

Ingredients

1=1/2 cup organic cane sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 cups chopped pecans

4 Tbsp. egg replacer + 8 Tbsp. filtered water

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose organic flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer, mix sugar and oil together. Add the egg replacer slowly until well combined. Mix in the vanilla and pecans. Add the flour until the dough is stiff and form into 4 round balls – pat into strips.
  3. Bake 20 to 23 minutes. When strips begin to brown, remove and slice into pieces- return back to the oven and brown again. Bake for an additional 12 to 15 minutes.

 

Chef’s tip: Wet your finger tips when molding the dough in to the strips, it will help.

Toffee Cookie Squares

Toffee Cookie Squares

Toffee Cookie Squares 

These cookies are the absolute best (especially during Christmas time)! As long as I can remember, my mother would make these cookies and they have become a yearly tradition to enjoy. My favorite part of this cookie is the shortbread  like chewy cookie with chocolate on top. It is the perfect duo and the taste is incredible.

Toffee Cookie Squares

Yield 15

Ingredients

1 cup vegan butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1-1/2 tsp. egg replacer + 1 Tbsp. filtered water

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. Himalayan fine pink salt

2 cups all=purpose organic flour

1-3/4 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, cream together the butter sugar. Stir in the egg replacer. Add the vanilla, salt, and slowly mix the flour in., 
  3. On a parchment-lined 13×9-inch pan, pat out the cookie dough into an even layer.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread melted chocolate over the top, sprinkling with chopped nuts. Allow to cool before cutting into small squares.
  5. Serve or store in a container in the refrigerator to retain maximum freshness.

 

Chef’s tip: Sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Vegan Graham Cracker Cookies

Vegan Graham Cracker Cookies

Vegan Graham Cracker Cookies 

These are probably the most addictive Christmas cookie I have come across (thanks, Mom). As long as I can remember, these cookies have always made an appearance each Christmas. Essentially, these cookies are like a graham cracker brittle with slivered almonds. They are perfect alone or with some non-dairy vanilla ice cream, which is actually my favorite way to eat them. Everyone needs a recipe like this and I am happy I get to share it with each of you. Who is ready to get baking because I sure am!

Vegan Graham Cracker Cookies

Yield 48

Ingredients

1 box Nabisco original graham crackers (break into 4 sections)

2 sticks vegan butter, melted

1/2 cup organic cane sugar

Slivered almonds, evenly coat each square

Directions

  1. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil. Spread crackers on two 15×10 cookie sheets.
  2. In a small pot, melt butter and sugar, and bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour over crackers and evenly smear across, then sprinkle with slivered almonds.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove cookies from pan while still warm, because they harden quickly. Place on a wire wrack to cool completely.
  5. Store in container to retain freshness.

 

Chef’s tip: Dont over bake these cookies, they will burn quickly.