Delectable Vegan Date Caramel Turtles

Doesn’t look like much, right?

These are oh, so good. Simply make date caramel (recipe here Just exclude the nuts) and chill it to solidify it. Make little blobs about the size of a pecan, place pecan half on top, and freeze until solid. Overnight is best, to give it time to solidify. Cover the bottom and the top in melted vegan chocolate  and place back in the freezer to harden.

Enjoy. These are definitely extra sweet for everyday, but for a  holiday treat, they’re just right.

Yum.

The Best Basic Vegan Oatmeal Cookie Ever

Another “Vegan-ized” Childhood favorite with a new twist:

Yummy little cookies.

Tropical Fruit Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 C White sugar
  • 1 C Coconut oil (solid)
  • 1 tsp Coconut extract
  • 5 Tbs water
  • 2 Cups White Whole Wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1-2 Cups Tropical dried fruit mix (mango, pineapple, shaved coconut, golden raisins)

Preheat oven to 375*F, Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.

Cream together wet ingredients and sugar. Try to break up all lumps of coconut oil until they’re all the size of a pea or smaller. Slowly incorporate all the dry ingredients, taking care to spread out the salt and baking soda&powder, to avoid lumps. When the dough is pretty incorporated, add the oats. If it seems too crumbly, feel free to add a tablespoon of water to make the dough more workable. Form 1-1&1/2 inch balls of dough, place on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375*F for 8-10 minutes.

This recipe is based off of a special family favorite, and it’s very versatile. You can change the add-ins to all sorts of things. I also like them with vanilla extract, vegan dark chocolate chunks, and dehydrated blueberries.

My husband is particularly fond of these with cinnamon, pecans, and butterscotch chips, which I’d like to try and find a vegan butterscotch chip sometime.

A word about added water:

See the gradient from left to right? It’s all about the moisture content.

More added water=more spread.

Less water= less spread. My husband is a fan of the denser “ball” type of cookie. I like them to be more like the middle 2 rows. Not flat, but a little chewier.

 

Giant Paper Airplanes

 

Duplo block (and my hand) for scale.

Big paper airplanes make a regular day less dull.

All you have to do is cut a paper grocery bag open into a big paper, (like in the beginning of this video) get a rectangle piece, and make a paper airplane the way you usually would. This is essentially, a modified dart.

Like so.

I also like to fold back the nose, and reverse the inner fold on the tail to give it that fin, but you don’t need to get fancy. Just have fun. Look up a few good  paper airplane tutorials, (I like this basic one,this stunt plane,  and this fancy one) cut those paper bags into big paper rectangles, and get to folding! Big planes go longer and stronger, so we’ll be taking these outside. You might see our family flying these at the park soon on our Bonbonanza Facebook page

Not much to it but to do it. Have fun, y’all.

Big plane=Big fun.