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Apple Cider Doughnuts

For those that know me knows I have the biggest sweet tooth of all time! My weakness is obviously this photo you’re salivating from which are donuts, doughnuts, dohnuts… DO-NUT care I love them all. At times, I crave a doughnut (usually baked, not fried and a cake-like consistency). During the Fall and holiday seasonal I especially crave anything cider related and hence this recipe was born! Not only will you make your friends and family proud, but your stomach will thank you as well.

I like to make baking more simple so the trick is to use a piping bag (or large ziplock bag) and snip the corner end to use to pour my doughnut batter into the pan. It gives a more even rise once the doughnuts are baked.

I have teamed up with my friends and vegan chefs Yvonne Ardestani and Jasmine Briones to bring you a full vegan Thanksgiving menu filled with healthy, better-for-you dishes that are simple. delicious, mostly gluten-free and most importantly cruelty-free!

Apple Cider Doughnuts
Apple Cider Doughnuts


1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp pink salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
1 tsp pure vanilla exract
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 cup Spiced Apple Cider, plus more if mixture is too dry
2 tbsp applesauce, unsweetened

For Apple Cider Glaze;
1-1/2 cup Organic Powdered Sugar
2 tbsp Spiced Apple Cider

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.) Spray donut pan w/ non-stick cooking or coconut oil spray.
3.) In a large mixing bowl, mix together dry ingredients. (The first 4 ingredients)
4.) In a separate medium bowl, mix wet ingredients to combine. (The next 5 remaining ingredients)
5.) Add the wet mixture to dry mixture and carefully mix together to combine. Make sure not to over mix the batter.
6.) Carefully spoon the batter into the donut pan or use a piping/ large zip-lock bag and snip the corner. Fill about 3/4 way up.
7.) Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
8.) Set aside to cool in the pan while making the glaze.
9.) Whisk 1 tbsp apple cider to 1-1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Add another tablespoon of cider if glaze is too thick.
10.) Once doughnuts are cooled, dip each one in the glaze and set aside on a cooling rack.

**Optional: You may drizzle a guilt and refined sugar-free date caramel sauce on each right before serving. Recipe can be found here.

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Enjoy and make sure you use #YSJThanksgiving on any social media accounts and tag               @myeclectickitchen @sweetsimplevegan @ahnestveggie so we can see all of your creations for the holidays!
xoxo Sarah


Lemon Poppyseed "Buttermilk" Pancakes

Everyone who has followed me for over 2 years being vegan knows I’m not only a breakfast kind of girl. Not just breakfast, pancake girl to be exact. If I would change my name I would be @veganpancakegirl. Ok, fine that’s a little cheesy but whenever I find myself in the Ahnest kitchen whipping up something to eat, turns out being some sort of pancake. Sweet or savory!

This is the perfect pancake for those lazy Sundays when you have enough time to show some love for these yummy pancakes with a cup of joe, watching Food Network and continuous season of The Vampire Diaries. (judgment allowed).

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes w/blueberry compote

1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal+3 tbsp water)
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
zest and juice of one small lemon
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

In a small bowl whisk milk and vinegar and them sit to form “buttermilk” for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile in large mixing bowl both flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl whisk together buttermilk, flax egg, coconut oil, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Carefully add in wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk. Stir in poppy seeds.

On a non-stick pan, add a little butter or coconut oil and scoop desired amount of batter. Once there are little bubbles around the surface, they are ready to flip. (about 2-3 minutes per side)

Blueberry Compote:
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbsp pure cane sugar
3 tbsp water

Simmer ingredients on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Serve warm.

xoxo Sarah


Strawberry Cheesecake

Because on Valentine’s Day we should all eat our weight in chocolate right? Wrong… This Raw, Gluten-Free and Vegan “cheesecake” is not only low-fat, healthy and high in fiber, but very simple to make for your loved ones. Sit back, relax and take a bite into this strawberry cheesecake heaven. Maybe with a glass or Cabernet would be nice after you’ve recovered from swooning over Mr. Gray 😉

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Crust Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 tsp salt
6 Medjool dates, pitted+1 tbsp date water
1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

Soak dates in warm water for about 5 minutes. In a food processor, pulse almonds until crumbly and slightly flour like. Add salt, soft dates and coconut and pulse until well incorporated. Mixture should be sticky. Add 1 tbsp reserved date water to help loosen mixture.

Firmly press down crust mixture onto the bottom of a mini spring pan to form a crust.

Cheesecake Filling:
1 cup raw cashews , soaked overnight
1 tbsp agave
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 fresh strawberries

In a clean food processor or blender, mix ingredients until smooth and fluffy. Add more strawberries as needed for flavor or color preference. Pour  mixture over crust and freeze for about 2-3 hours. Leave out at room temperature before serving. Best served chilled.

xoxo Sarah




Vegan Chocolate Bark

Happy Holidays! Can’t believe it’s already mid-December and Christmas will be here in no time. This is my second vegan Christmas and by tradition must make homemade treats for my friends and family as gifts. There are a lot of chocolate bark recipes out there during this time but this is not only quick and simple to make, but guilt-free!

For those allergic to nuts, you may always double up on the coconut flakes and dried cranberries or totally make this treat into a super food and add goji berries, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and other dried fruits.

Vegan Chocolate Bark

Vegan Chocolate Bark

Vegan Chocolate Bark

2- 3.5 oz. Organic dark chocolate bar (72%)
2 tsp coconut oil
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut flakes
3 tbsp dried cranberries
3-4 tbsp pistachio, roughly chopped
Himalayan Pink sea salt, optional

Prep a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roughly chop chocolate bar and melt on top of a double boiler.  Stir in coconut oil and maple syrup and stir. Make sure not to overheat chocolate as it will burn and not turn out smooth .

Pour melted chocolate on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle toppings. Optional: sprinkle a little sea salt for that extra special touch.

Refrigerate for about an hour. Break apart chocolate bark into desired pieces and enjoy right away or keep in an air tight container. You may always keep them in the freezer to hold preservation until ready to package up as gifts.

Tis the season for baking!

xoxo Sarah