Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Truffles

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Truffles

“Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Truffles”

No doubt, Thanksgiving is a food holiday. You gather your friends and family around the table and eat, eat, eat! Even vegans like Turkey day, just skip the turkey and the festivities can still ensue. So, if you have some vegan pals try serving these “Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Truffles,” made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese for dessert. They’ll love you for it!

Ingredients:

4 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp. vegan butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. all spice
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 cups pecans, finely chopped, for the mixture
3/4 cup pecans, a medium-fine chop, for the coating
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

Method of Preparation:

In a mixing bowl, combine the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and the vegan butter with a spatula until well blended.Add the ginger, all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon to the mix and blend well.

Next, fold in half of the powdered sugar, watching for any lumps. And then fold in the second half. Fold in the 2 cups of finely chopped pecans.

The truffle mixture should be easy to handle without sticking. Using either a scooper, or your hands, roll the truffle mixture into round balls. This recipe makes about 30 truffles. Roll each truffle in the 3/4 cup medium- finely chopped pecans.

Place the truffles in the fridge to chill.

Lastly, over a double boiler, melt the vegan chocolate chips. Drizzle chocolate over the top of each truffle using a parchment bag. Then refrigerate the truffles 4-5 hours before serving. These are a real time saver and great to make a day in advance.

Place the truffles into small baking cups. Enjoy!

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Brook and Michael over at Being Vegan Eats.

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Almond Cherry Cupcakes

Almond Cherry Cupcakes

“Almond Cherry Cupcakes”

A rich, decadent taste comes in many flavors. Silky chocolate. Savory salted caramel. Creamy French vanilla. And now add almond cherry to your list of indulgences. Tempt your taste buds with these vegan “Almond Cherry Cupcakes” with a Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese frosting. They’ll soothe your savage sweet tooth . . .

Ingredients:

Cupcakes
1 cup soy milk (or cow’s milk; no higher than 2%)
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar (or add to taste, especially when using fresh cherries)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp. almond extract
8 oz. canned dark cherries, drained, and torn in halves

Frosting
1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature
8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Approx. 2-3 cups powdered sugar (start with about a cup and continue adding in 1/2 cup increments until pleased with the texture and taste)

Optional: Skin-on slivered almonds

Directions:

Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners (I’m a big fan of dark brown liners in this case, but any will do).

Whisk the soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to get good and curdled.

Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until no large lumps remain.

Fold in cherries.

Fill cupcake liners about half of the way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting
Using a handheld mixer or standing mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the vanilla and beat again.

Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, and beat until well-incorporated and to your liking.

Assemble
Frost completely cooled cupcakes with a substantial layer of cream cheese frosting, then dip into a bowl of the almonds to give a light covering. Fill in by hand any bald frosting spots with additional slices, until they look fabulous!

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Cheryl Malik over at 40 Aprons.

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Vegan Coconut Ghost Candies

Vegan Coconut Ghost Candies

“Vegan Coconut Ghost Candies”

Beware! Ghouls and ghosts—and assorted comic book heroes—will be prowling the streets tonight, so if your proton pack is on the fritz, stay safe inside this Halloween, and enjoy these “Vegan Coconut Ghost Candies,” made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. Boo!

Ingredients:

4 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp. vegan butter
1 1.2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
4 cups vegan powdered sugar
1/4 cup vegan powdered sugar (for coating)
1/4 cup of finely ground coconut (for coating)
vegan mini chocolate chips

Method of Preparation:

In a medium sized bowl, cream together the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, vegan butter and vanilla. We used a hand mixer and blended until homogenous.

Add in the 2 3/4 cups of shredded coconut, and half of the 4 cups of powdered sugar, blend with the hand mixer. Add the other half of the powdered sugar and mix again until blended.

Chill the mixture in the fridge for no more than five minutes.

After chilled, shape into little ghosts. It is easy to start with a small sized round ball, and pinch the top to form the head of the ghost. Repeat this until you have about 25-30 small ghosts.

In a bowl, combine together the 1/4 cup vegan powdered sugar and the 1/4 cup of finely ground coconut. Use this to coat the outside of your little ghosts.

Press in the mini vegan chocolate chips as eyes. Chill the ghosts in the fridge before serving. Store them in an air tight container in the fridge.

Enjoy this fun, Halloween inspired confection!

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Brook and Michael over at Being Vegan Eats.

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Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole

“Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole”

Gluten-free spaghetti layered with tofu and a blend of Tofutti dairy-free cheeses, fresh spinach and an artichoke and roasted pepper tomato sauce, seasoned with garlic and fennel. All topped with Tofutti Better Than Mozzarella Cheese singles and baked till hot and melted!

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

What you’ll need . . .

Sauce
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 c. diced onion, 1/2 inch squares
14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, including liquid – finger through them to discard outer, large, tough petals
5 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 t. salt
2 c. diced sweet red roasted peppers, 1/2 inch squares, including 1/2 c. liquid from jar/can
20 or so pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained – reserve liquid
28 oz. can tomato puree
1 T. ground fennel seed
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. red cayenne pepper
1 t. sugar
2 t. liquid smoke
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2, 6 oz. can tomato paste mixed in bowl with reserved tomato liquid from tomatoes till smooth

How to make the sauce . . .

In extra-large skillet, over medium heat, melt olive oil. Add onion and saute till wilted. Add artichokes plus liquid from can, fresh garlic and salt. Cook 5 minutes.

Add roasted peppers plus liquid from jar and olives. Cook 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes, tomato puree, fennel, garlic powder, basil, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, red cayenne pepper, sugar, liquid smoke and freshly ground black pepper to taste, stirring after each addition. Stir well, cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.

Add tomato paste/liquid mix. Stir well, adjust for salt and seasoning. Cook 10 more minutes, uncovered, remove from heat and set aside till ready to use.

More stuff . . .

Filling
16 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese
8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese Herbs & Chives, at room temperature
12.3 oz. pkg. extra firm silken type tofu, rinsed
1-1/2 t. salt
2 t. garlic powder
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. dry mustard
2 T. (level) cornstarch

Making the filling . . .

Combine Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, tofu, salt, garlic powder, sugar and dry mustard in large bowl. Mash with potato masher till as evenly smooth as you can get it.

Sift 1 tablespoon of cornstarch on top of mixture. Immediately mash till thoroughly incorporated. Then sift the second tablespoon of cornstarch and incorporate in the same way. Set aside.

Putting the whole thing together . . .

16 oz. pkg. gluten-free spaghetti, I used Barilla brand available in most markets – cooked according to package instructions, minus a minute or two, since it will cook more in the oven; drained in colander and rinsed under cold water till cold
4 heaping c. fresh baby spinach leaves
8 single slices Tofutti Better Than Mozzarella Cheese singles

1. In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish spoon 2-3 cups sauce evenly on bottom.

2. Top sauce evenly with 1/2 of the spaghetti.

3. Top spaghetti evenly with 1/2 of the spinach leaves.

4. Top spinach evenly with 1/4 of the filling.

5. Top filling with about 4 cups sauce, followed by remaining remaining spaghetti, followed by remaining spinach, followed by remaining filling.

6. Top filling evenly with 8 Tofutti cheese singles.

7. Top Tofutti cheese singles with about 2 cups sauce.

Be sure to submerge all spaghetti ends that may pop up along the sides. You’ll have sauce leftover. Reserve for other use.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Let set 10 minutes before cutting into squares, or if spooning from the dish, serve immediately. If desired, drizzle each serving with a little extra virgin olive oil. A green leaf salad served with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing goes well with the flavors and textures of this casserole.

Serves 8 to 12.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight.

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Vegan Smoked Salmon Spread

Vegan Smoked Salmon Spread

“Vegan Smoked Salmon Spread”

This is a guest post by Chef Sharon Davies-Tight.

Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, Greek olives, sun-dried tomatoes, soy bacon bits, capers, roasted peppers and horseradish. Oh yes, it tastes and textures like smoked salmon! And . . . it is gluten-free!

Ingredients

3 lg. sun-dried tomatoes soaked in hot water till soft and pliable, blotted with paper towel to remove excess moisture, then chopped finely

5 pitted Kalamata olives, chopped finely and blotted with paper towel

1 T. capers, drained, blotted with paper towel, then chopped

2 T. finely diced sweet red roasted pepper, blotted with paper towel

1 T. prepared horseradish, blotted with paper towel

3 T. soy bacon bits (Betty Crocker brand is gluten-free)

1 t. sugar

1/4 t. salt

8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients evenly and Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese becomes an even color. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before transferring to serving bowl. Surround with bread squares and crackers of choice.

You can also make hors d’oeuvre sandwiches by simply spreading on bread of choice, closing and cutting into bite-sized pieces.

Makes 1-1/4 cups

Visit Sharon at www.chefdavies-tight.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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