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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Glamour Friday: Bonnie's Sweet Treats!

Welcome to Glamour Friday, everyone!  So, I'm FREAKING OUT about today's tip, which comes from my cousin, Bonnie!

Bonnie's a vegan, and a baker extraordinaire.  One of my FAVORITE parts of Christmas is munching on the baked goodies she sends my family from California.  I gotta tell ya - if you've never had a vegan cupcake, you're missing out!  These bad boys are DELICIOUS and don't taste "healthy" at all.  The only thing that MAY remind you that you're snacking on a health-conscious treat is the fact that you won't have that greasy, bloated feeling after eating one! 

Check out Bonnie's recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes below...PERFECT for this time of year!!!  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes: 
How cute is Bonnie's handwriting?
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 - 1 & 1/2 cups chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Stir together (don't use an electric mixer; it'll cause the batter to become gummy) pumpkin, oil, sugar, soy milk, and vanilla extract. Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Once well-combined, fold in chocolate chips.
3. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full. Bake 22-24 minutes. Let cool before icing with.....

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup dairy free butter (Bonnie uses Earth Balance)
1/4 cup dairy free cream cheese (Bonnie uses Tofutti)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Blend the butter and cream cheese together with a mixer.
2. Add the vanilla and then the sugar, just 1/2 a cup at a time.

Mmmm!  HEAVEN!  For more yummy cupcake ideas, check out Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, which is where Bonnie gets lots of her delicious recipes.

What can ya say about Bonnie?!  Her love of animals inspired her to be a vegan, she does everything she can to save the environment, AND, she works for Child Protective Services.  Talk about inner glamour!!!  She inspires me to be as environmentally conscious as I can be, and I hope she inspired you today, too!  

Have a glamorous weekend xo!

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