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Free and Friendly Foods Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Did you know that Earth Balance makes a vegan shortening? I didn’t. I was walking through the store looking at one thing, looked down, and the green box jumped out at me. I’m pretty sure I had never seen it before, and for those of you that know me well, you know I have a memory that won’t quit. I decided to give it a go since I know shortening is used a lot in commercial bakeries. I read the ingredients, and everything was safe for Kid Two. It was only when I got home however that I realized there was soy in it. A little bit of a bummer, but! The ingredients are simple enough that I’m thinking about trying to make shortening on our own that doesn’t use soy.

The kids and The Papa seemed to like it. For full disclosure, I used my standard vanilla icing recipe, and exchanged one stick (* TBSP) of dairy free butter for the shortening. The top two comments were: It’s less sweet. It’s like eating a marshmallow or a cloud. Interesting, right? Kid Two really tried to communicate with me the difference between what we normally make, and this one. He says that it’s good, but some people may feel like they may have “wanted more” from their icing. I’m still not quite sure what he’s trying to tell me, but bless him, he tried so hard.

We had other family members try, and the best feedback I got was: it’s great with coffee, like a pastry. So, they were echoing the fact that it’s not as sweet in taste, even though it was a 1-for-1 exchange. I find this to be fascinating because as a child, there was a short time in the 5th grade when I knew I would be a scientist. OK. On to the recipe.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Yeast Free, Vegan Read More

Pumpkin Frosting

This is just a small post to share something with you. Below is a recipe for a small batch of pumpkin icing. I put this on the pumpkin bread that I made (recipe and pics will be posted) and it was soooo good. Have fun!

Pumpkin-y Frosting (small batch)

1/2 cup organic spectrum shortening
2 cups organic powdered sugar (many non-organic brands use corn starch, many organic brands usually use tapioca starch, but check labels)
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon organic nutmeg
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 Tablespoons water

Start with the shortening in the stand mixer, and mix for a few moments to get things going. Add all of the other ingredients, except for the water. Mix shortly to get things slightly combined. Last, add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once your icing is smooth, it’s ready to be used.

Enjoy!

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