Today's post is brought to you by Earth Balance. All opinions are 100% mine.
One of my closest friends is vegan and a hard core sweets addict. This combination makes the holidays especially difficult. Between Thanksgiving and the December holidays, there is a constant barrage of treats.
Unfortunately for her, almost every time she inquires about ingredients, she is faced with a laundry list of butter, eggs, milk, chocolate, and other non-vegan friendly products. It's torture. So this year, we set out to do things a little differently so she wouldn't have to nearly cry in the corner dreaming of a vegan friendly dessert.
We decided to make our favorite holiday goodies and swap up traditional ingredients for plant-based alternatives and see if anyone even noticed. Spoiler alert. No one had a clue. This isn't surprising either. According to this recent Sneaky Chefs study conduced by Earth Balance, nearly half of people don't notice when the "real thing" is replicated with a plant based alternative. And whether they notice or not, 74% of people enjoyed it either way.
Being someone who loves butter, I wanted to try swapping in Earth Balance in a recipe where I feel like the butter makes a big difference - Apple Crisp. To my surprise, the Earth Balance buttery spread, was a perfect replacement. You still got the caramel notes you want from the butter and brown sugar. It added just enough richness and the crust still got nice and golden brown. Seriously, not one person suspected that we had made a swap. It was delicious.
And just in case you still aren't convinced, check out these video for Jalapeno Cranberry Cornbread. It is so good.
Want to try your own sneaky swap and use Earth Balance to make one of your favorite holiday recipes plant-based? Head over to the Earth Balance website to find even more yummy recipes and download a coupon
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Earth Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.
Cinnamon Cranberry Apple Crisp
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- 4 U apples, peeled and cored (I used McIntosh)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1.5 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/3 cup brown sugar (plus 3 tbsp)
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or almond meal for gluten-free)
- 1/4 cup Earth Balance buttery spread, melted
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Toss the apples and cranberries with lemon juice. Add the cornstarch, 3 tbsp. brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until well combined.
Stir together the oatmeal, almond meal, whole wheat flour, and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Break up any clumps. Add the Earth Balance and stir until well combined.
Pour the apples and cranberries into a prepared 8 X 8 baking dish. Top with oatmeal mixture.
Bake for 50-60 minutes until bubbling up. Apples should be tender and crisp should be browned. Let rest 30 minutes before serving.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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