I started to make some peanut butter candy things which were going to be square shaped and boring. Then I changed my mind and decided to shape them into boring balls. Yawn. Then I changed my mind again and decided to make happy ghosts! I don't know why, just go with it.
|Happy Vegan (Peanut Butter) Ghosts|
1/4 cup of coarsely ground chocolate chips
1 cup of creamy peanut butter (cold)
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/2 tsp of vanilla (optional)
For the coating:
finely shredded dried coconut
For the happy faces:
1. In a food processor grind up the chocolate chips until they break up into little pieces, but not so much that they turn into a powder. Set aside.
2. In a medium size mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter, syrup, and vanilla with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds. Stir in the chopped chocolate chips.
3. Form little balls with the peanut butter mix and pinch the top of each ball to shape them like "ghost tops". They are kind of shaped like pears, aren't they?
4. Pour some coconut milk in a small bowl and dip each ghost into the milk. Roll the wet ghosts on the finely shredded coconut and place them on a plate. If your ghosts are nice and coated in white coconut, you're done, if they're patchy and brown you're going to have to dip them in coconut milk and roll them in shredded coconut again.
5. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave (I don't have the patience for a double boiler). My microwave does this in 30 second intervals. Nuke the chips for 30 seconds, stir, nuke 30 seconds, stir, nuke, stir... until they're melted. Use a piping bag with a round decorating tip to draw the eyes and mouths on.
If you don't feel like melting chocolate and dealing with messy piping bags, the lazy way to give them faces is to stick two mini chocolate chips into each ghost as the eyes, and a little row of mini chips as the mouths.
This recipe makes about 20 happy little vegan ghosts. Keep them refrigerated!
Cooking Lady's Oatmeal Pancakes
Thank you Cooking Lady for such a delicious pancake recipe! These pancakes are perfect. I made a batch and they were so good that I had to make a second one and freeze them so we can have a quick snack handy anytime! Here's The Cooking Lady's recipe.
P.S: I used Ener-G egg replacer to... replace the... eggs... (brilliant wordsmith, I am) and it worked like a charm!