Healthy Vegan Donuts

Hey Everyone! I’ve been adjusting my diet lately back to a whole foods and clean lifestyle (for the most part). In doing so, it’s really important to find alternatives of your food vices that will be beneficial to your body. These Healthy Vegan Donuts are made with coconut sugar – which is low glycemic and full of minerals, whole wheat flour, coconut yogurt and aquafaba – chickpea water. I plan on making a video and blog post on this subject very soon! 

Healthy Vegan Donuts

This recipe of mine results in a soft, cake-like baked donut. Store these in an air-tight container if you don’t gobble them up all at once! There is no special pan needed for this recipe, simply roll out a portion of the dough into a log and join the two ends together to form a rustic donut. Using a paring knife, you may cut a line all around the top of the donut for an “old fashioned”style looking donut. 

The purpose of making a healthy vegan donut was to maintain the enjoyment of something sweet while nourishing your body. I always feel good emotionally when I make smarter food choices. Being a seasoned sweets fanatic, recipes like this are a great alternative, and you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy them. 

Healthy Vegan Donuts

I used a touch of soy milk, coconut oil and organic confectioner’s sugar (I would’ve used maple syrup or raw sugar if I had some on hand) in order to make the chocolate flat icing. You may use either cacao, cocoa or carob powder if you wish. 

I like garnishing these donuts with almonds, coconut flakes, dehydrated berries or cocoa nibs. I will be uploading a YouTube tutorial later this week and will update this post!

 Here’s to making smart choices, fam! *donut cheers* 

Healthy Vegan Donuts
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For Vegan Donuts
  1. 2 Cups Whole What Flour
  2. 1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
  3. 2 TBSP Corn Starch
  4. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  5. 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  6. 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  7. 3/4 Cup Coconut Yogurt
  8. Pinch of Cinnamon
  9. 3 TBSP Aquafaba = 1 egg
  10. 2 TBSP Non-Dairy Milk
  11. 1/2 tsp Vanilla
For Vegan Flat Icing
  1. 2 TBSP Powdered Sugar
  2. 1 TBSP Cocoa
  3. 1 TBSP Coconut Oil
  4. 2 TBSP Non-Dairy Milk
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, corn starch and salt with a whisk.
  2. Add remainder ingredients and fold with a spatula until a stiff dough forms.
  3. Roll out small portions into 4 inch logs, then join ends to form a ring.
  4. Bake at 350F/180C for about 20 minutes
  5. Allow Healthy Vegan Donuts to cool completely before adding flat icing or any other garnish.
For Vegan Flat Icing
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Consistency should be thin enough to dip a dount into, but thick enough to prevent dripping.
Notes
  1. If you don't have aquafaba, use 1 TBSP of flax meal and 2 TBSP of water to form a paste. This is your egg replacement!
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 More Vegan Recipes by Amby

Vegan Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies Recipe HERE

 

 

 

 

Vegan Green Tea Cookies and Cream White Chocolate Recipe HERE 

 

 

 

Vegan Four Ingredient Sparkly Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe HERE

 

 

 

More Donut Recipes by Amby

 

How to Make Mochi Donuts Recipe HERE

 

 

 

Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts – Squared Recipe HERE

 

What I Learned After My 30 Day Positive Vibes Challenge

Hey Fam! You may remember me posting and vlogging about taking a 30 Day Positive Vibes Challenge last month. It was quite an experience and I’m really happy I went through with it. Each week was a discovery of new ways to heal, grow and take accountability. By the end of this challenge I had learned how to process my feelings toward others I was angry at in a more productive fashion, and feel like I am ready to let go of resentment, anger toward those who have hurt me, and forgive myself for hurting others. 

What I Learned After My 30 Day Positive Vibes Challenge

By the 3rd week I did a lot of self reflecting, and it sucked. I stopped hyper-focusing on what everyone else did wrong, and concentrated on my own wrong-doings. I mourned over not managing my feelings properly and for lacking sensitivity toward others I have hurt a lot. Taking accountability is very hard when forced to accept those feelings. It’s easy to preach accountability, but difficult to take action from a true emotional standpoint. 

During this process, I continued to focus on self-forgiveness. Often I’ve felt like a victim because I’ve had such an unstable family, experienced child and domestic abuse from a physical and emotional standpoint, and although I have declared that it isn’t the foundation of who I am, it really is, subconsciously. Shutting out people who have betrayed boundaries or trust is what I do best. I forgave not only those in my past who have hurt me, but myself for hurting them and others. 

I love myself and am no longer living in fear of ridicule from anyone. I lived in fear from others that I left behind up until recently. It took a dreadfully long time for me to invite trust back into my life with my new partner, and even a couple of people online I truly consider my friends now. 

I refuse to live in fear or expect others to fail me. Who the hell am I anyway?  Yes, I am an awesome person, but also flawed. I’ve always expected others to treat me like I treat them; be the friend that will hop in their car and drive to your rescue knowing you’d never do the same in return, the spouse who continues to forgive despite history repeating itself, the daughter who has been disowned for the most random and sporadic reasons, the niece who is ignored because gossip holds more power than her own word… I can go on, but I wont. Bottom line, I am and always have been nobody’s daughter, and lived with a fake smile on my face for a long time and allowed the unhappy moments to dictate my present life. 

I forgive myself for this as well. I forgave myself for allowing my life to be determined by the judgement of others, when they have failed to express compassion toward me. I forgive myself for hurting them with my actions, words and passive aggressiveness. I’ve always made bad choices in response to others hurting me, and I’ve always felt horrible for it. 

Now, it’s time to move on. I accept that I have this new dynamic, and if trust is betrayed, I will be fine. I won’t act so high and mighty or god-like as if anyone owes me an explanation for their poor choices. I am also at peace with not allowing people to come and go as they please in my life or to treat me like I’m better off dead. 

So, during this 30 Day Positive Vibes Challenge, I have learned to truly love myself, and to get my shit together. I can exercise, eat healthy and meditate all I’d like, but without facing my own faults and forgiving myself for them, there is no point. There is no point in baking the best chocolate chip cookie on the planet if you’re destined to dip it into spoiled milk. That was the worst analogy in the fucking world but I’m going to accept that I suck at this. 

I am flawed, but I’m loyal to those who treat me properly. I have a wonderful new life and I didn’t get her by chance. I made it happen. I fought hard, mourned, lived in fear, and depleted myself in every area possible to be where I am today. I will continue to live in the moment, appreciate the beautiful new relationships in my life, and embrace the new dynamic I have with those who matter the most to me. 

I sincerely wish the same for you. Life is insanely short, and I will say, although it sucks so much and you die inside when you make dramatic changes in your life, you start to slowly become reborn into someone better. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to forgive yourself and set a good example for others to follow. I feel happy without depending on anyone else to make me feel happy. I relied on my partner and even my kids for a while for my happiness, but now, it is easier to rest easily and be alone with my thoughts. The urge to turn negative is still there, but it’s much weaker than it ever has been in my 33 years of living. 

30 Day Positive Vibes Posts 

The 30 Day No Smack Talking Challenge – Here 

First 24 Hours of Positive Thinking Toward Others – Here

Day 2 of Positive Thinking Toward Others – Here

Day 3 of Positive Thinking Toward Others – Here

 

 

Lemon and Coconut Vegan Chia Cake

 

Hey guys, if you follow me on YouTube, you’ll see that in my latest video I’ve mentioned cleaning up my eating habits as I am back on track with fitness. It’s really important that my blog content reflects on what’s happening in my life, and although this doesn’t mean I’ll never ever post yummy cakes again, like my Neko-Atsume cake, I will be adding more healthy and dietary restrictive recipes to AmbyCakes as I’ve been inspired not only by my own journey, but by others and want the recipe section of this website to be inviting to everyone. Lemon and Coconut Vegan Chia Cake

I found this recipe via Fuss Free Cooking, and all I did was add some lemon zest since I didn’t drizzle this delicious and healthy cake with yummy chocolate. I also used whole grain flour instead of traditional All Purpose since I’m tightening up my eating habits. 

Lemon and Coconut Vegan Chia Cake

Over all, this cake was very pleasant texture-wise, soft, not too dense, delicately sweet and perfect with tea! I have been on a huge chia seed kick lately with baking so stay tuned! 

Lemon and Coconut Chia Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  2. 3 TBSP Water
  3. 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  4. 2 tsps Baking Powder
  5. 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  6. 3/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
  7. 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
  8. 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
  9. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  10. Zest of 1 Lemon
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, allow chia seeds to bloom in water. Set aside for a few minutes. This will act as your binding agent.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl, and add coconut. Whisk together.
  3. Add remainder ingredients including your bloomed chia seeds.
  4. Place into a parchment lined loaf pan and bake at 350F/180C for about 30 minutes. My cake took about 40 minutes because I have a deeper loaf cake pan.
  5. Allow to cool completely.
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Chia Seed Recipes: 

 

Pistachio Chia Seed Muffins Recipe Here

 

 

 

 More Loaf Cake Recipes: 

Blueberry Lemon Loaf with Streusel Recipe Here 

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate Orange Cakes Recipe Here

 

 

More Vegan Recipes:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies Recipe Here

 

 

 

Four Ingredient Vegan Sparkly Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe Here

Geeky Goodies: Animal Crossing Stationary

Hey Fam! I would like to start a new series on my blog and YouTube channel, where I share some cool gaming, anime, comic etc. stuff that I come across. Since I am often asked, “where did you get that?” now I can show you all! So, welcome to Geeky Goodies: Animal Crossing Stationary. I also have my own ecommerce store as well, NerdyMerch, so be sure to check that out. 

I think I’ve made it clear by now that my kids will be headed to California to spend spring break and some of summer with the rest of their loved ones. As much as I’m going to miss them I strive for ways for us to keep in touch. I even have an article about international co-parenting. My kids and I are extremely close, and we all happen to love the video game franchise, Animal Crossing. We were playing one of the older games a few nights ago, Animal Crossing Wild World, and were writing letters to some of our friends in town. My daughter made the suggestion that we should write little letters on pretty stationary to each other. 

Geeky Goodies: Animal Crossing Stationary

I happened to have some Animal Crossing stationary, as I originally bought it for this exact reason. This stationary is handmade by an Etsy seller, CraftWithZeal and I highly recommend you check them out. They do ship world-wide, but please keep in mind that shipping to Australia will be a bit of a financial hit. This has nothing to do with the seller at all, but importing taxes. I purchased this stationary while I was in California, and was very pleased with the prompt service, and personal touches this seller added. She even drew a picture of Isabelle from Animal Crossing New Leaf on my envelope. I wish I still had it! Geeky Goodies: Animal Crossing Stationary

The Etsy seller even wrote a hand written thank you card on her stationary. These special little touches made me so happy, and I had always meant to get around to reviewing this store. I love supporting small, creative businesses and think blogging is a great platform to do just that. 

Geeky Goodies: Animal Crossing Stationary

I highly recommend CraftWithZeal and will definitely purchase from her again. 

Fried Curry Stuffed Buns

Hey Everyone! Often I make a simple Japanese curry using my favorite Japanese curry paste, but I usually make it over rise or sometimes even pasta. However, today I felt like making Fried Curry Stuffed Buns. They’re pretty popular in Japan. This recipe uses a few basic ingredients. You can fill your curry buns with anything you’d like. I used minced beef, onion and corn in mine because that is what I had in my fridge. I usually make my curry vegetarian, but this was great too! 

Fried Curry Stuffed Buns

Saucy curry filling isn’t good for this recipe, so tighten it up with a couple of table spoons of flour. Let your filling cool down prior to filling your buns. Fried curry stuffed buns is a little time consuming, but pretty approachable and worth the effort! We aren’t going to elaborate on fillings today, but will focus on the dough, and frying it properly! 

Fried Curry Stuffed Buns

Fried Curry Stuffed Buns
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g All Purpose Flour
  2. 1 Pack Yeast (about 7g)
  3. 280g Warm Water
  4. 2 TBS Sugar
  5. 15g Oil
  6. 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  7. About 2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  8. Frying Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine yeast, warm water, salt, sugar and oil in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sift and mix in flour.
  3. Continue to mix until dough is stretchy, and isn't as sticky. It will begin to "crawl" when you mix and follow your spatula.
  4. Dust your work bench/counter with flour and begin to knead your dough for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Dough should feel relaxed.
  6. Place dough ball in an oiled mixing bowl and cover with a damp tea towel/paper towel for 1 hour.
  7. Once dough is doubled, portion into 16 balls.
  8. Flatten one at a time, fill with a TBSP of curry and pinch at the ends, then gently roll.
  9. Using your finger tips, dampen stuffed ball with water and gently roll in panko.
  10. Fry each ball for about 2-3 minutes per side in a safe frying vessel, at 375F.
  11. Drain and let rest on a paper towel lined sheet tray.
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Best Websites and Apps to Drive Traffic For Food Bloggers

Food blogging is a primary focus on my content creating as cooking is my profession after all. However, people assume that sharing recipes is simply whipping up a tasty batch of cookies, taking a few pretty pictures and slapping it onto your blog. It’s not. All of that is half of the work. The rest? You have to drive traffic to those recipes. I have listed a curation of, in my opinion, the Best Websites and Apps to Drive Traffic For Food Bloggers. I use these websites on a daily basis and they have helped tremendously.

If you’re interested in more food blogging tips, please read my article on Food Styling Advice . I hope this information helps you in your food blogging journey and hopefully, career! 

SOCIAL MEDIA

I won’t elaborate too much, since it’s obvious, but I use the following:

Pinterest

Google +

I share my recipes publicly, and in recipe sharing related groups. I will write another post on this and update here

Twitter

Instagram 

YouTube

Vidme

FOOD SHARING APPS

I’ve had a lot of success with these ones in particular 

SnapDish

We Heart It

Best Websites

Tasteologie

Foodista 

Finding Vegan

AllRecipes (Australia)

AllRecipes (USA) 

Epicurious Community Table

Taste Spotting

Food Gawker

Fridgg

Foodily

Instructables

I will update this post when I find more successful food and food photography sharing websites.  

Pisatchio Chia Seed Muffins

Hey Everyone! I have been on a huge chia seed kick lately. I’ve been weaning myself back into a more plant-based and clean eating life style, but did want to make a sort of healthy, okay not really, treat for everyone. The kids and I whipped up a late night batch of Pistachio Chia Seed Muffins! This recipe is extremely simple to follow and very diverse! You can substitute any nut you prefer, and either white or black chia seeds work fine. 

Pisatchio Chia Seed Muffins

I am going to be adding some insanely healthy, and delicious, recipes on AmbyCakes  in the near future, but I’ll still include the goodies. As you all know, my culinary influence is based on my current lifestyle. I am so honored I’ve been able to share all of these recipes with you guys. You’ve all been so supportive and it’s an honor teaching you guys a little more about cooking and baking. 

Pisatchio Chia Seed Muffins

For the muffin liners, I simply took a sheet of parchment paper and folded it into a square. Using a knife, gently cut your paper. It’s that easy! 

Pistachio Chia Seed Muffins
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Pastry Flour ( You can use All Purpose flour too. They just wont be as fluffy)
  2. 2 tsp Baking Powder
  3. 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  4. 1 Egg
  5. 2 TBS Chia Seeds
  6. 2 TBS Pistachios
  7. 1 Cup Milk
  8. 1/2 Cup Oil - canola, olive oil, coconut etc
  9. 1/2 Cup Raw Sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine egg, oil, milk, sea salt and chia seeds.
  2. Sift Flour and baking powder.
  3. Gently fold in chopped pistachios. Stop once mixture is combined.
  4. Scoop batter into muffin liner until 3/4 full.
  5. Bake at 350F/180C for 25 minutes
  6. Allow to cool before serving.
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Gaming Guitar and Cooking Q&A Video

Hey fam! I answered ten of your questions in this video linked below. As many of you know, I am a professional cook, guitarist and of course, avid gamer. I love talking about these subjects and it’s inspired me to offer more content to my blog. 

I wanted to say thank you for your support. This blog just reached 22 THOUSAND subscribers! I’m stoked and freaked out at the same time. As some of you know, I have disabled comments right now due to fighting a spam bot. It’s driving me nuts and scrubbing my site is tedious. My little YouTube channel, is ALMOST at 1 thousand subscribers too. I have been posting content almost daily since December of 2016. My gaming friends and new friends have been so supportive. It’s such a trip that some of you binge watch my crazy videos. It means a lot and I hope they make you happy. 

Thank you SO much for your support and for allowing me to follow my dreams. I want others to be inspired and understand that content creating takes relentless work. On average I invest 10-16 hours a day 6-7 days a week right now. I do get burnt out and have to force myself to take some time off, and I will be a bit this week and next in order to spend time with my amazing kids before they fly to California to spend spring break and some summer fun with their loved ones and then decompress and catch up on shows and being lazy for a few days afterwards. I’ll be insanely busy next month so I’m going to chill out first. 

I want to continue to entertain and inform you guys about food, cooking, and eventually will add some guitar and gaming content on a consistent basis on these platforms since they are frequently requested. I’m currently renovating my spare bedroom for YouTube and my photo studio. Ben and I work really hard to keep your tummies and hearts full. Damn that sounded lame. LOL! 

I love you guys, 

Amby 

 

 

How To Make Ramen Pizza

Hey Fam! My kids gave me a really cool food challenge that included ramen and pizza, so I hope you enjoy this quick recipe on How To Make Ramen Pizza! It’s amazing what you can do with instant ramen noodles these days. The possibilities are endless. I’ve even seen desserts made out of instant ramen. The texture of ramen pizza is surprisingly pleasant. A crisp bottom extrior, soft yet firm center, topped off with your favorite pizza ingredients is enjoyable. 

How To Make Ramen Pizza

I tested out this recipe with 1 egg, which worked, but wasn’t firm enough, so I attempted it again with 2 eggs and was very pleased. There isn’t an eggy taste at all. It’s simply used to bind together the ramen noodles. I recommend using a touch of sea salt, chicken salt, or even your ramen flavor packet if you’d like to give the noodles a little life. I hope you enjoy this quick, cheap and tasty recipe for Ramen Pizza. 

 

Ramen Pizza
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Packets of Instant Ramen
  2. 2 Eggs
  3. 1/2 tsp of sea salt or flavored salt
  4. 2 TBSP sauce of your choice
  5. Cheese of your Choice
  6. Toppings - optional
Instructions
  1. Add hot water over dried ramen noodles and cook half way
  2. Once cooled, add egg and salt
  3. In a small pan, add 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  4. Cook at medium high heat on one side for 2-3 minutes then flip
  5. Add toppings and cover with lid or tin foil
  6. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes
  7. Serve once slightly cooled
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Gluten Free Cookies Using Masa Harina

Hey Everyone! As many of you know, living in Australia means having access to my Native Californian/Mexican American food is pretty limited. I’ve been scouting places here in Brisbane on where to find Mexican Food and Mexican ingredients and I make the most out of them. I know that Rosquillas, which are a Central and South American biscuit made with masa harina and traditionally piloncillo sugar are extremely easy to make. I wanted to bake some Gluten Free Cookies Using Masa Harina so I could utilize the masa harina in various ways. Although homemade tortillas on a weekly basis is NOT a bad thing. 

Gluten Free Cookies Using Masa Harina

Rosquilles translates to “donuts” indirectly but it doesn’t necessarily mean a donut. It is usually referring to a round pastry of some sort. Traditionally, Rosquilles are formed into little roses, or flowers, but I simply used the back of my flat spatula to create a traditional looking cookie, then sprinkled them with coarse sugar. This recipe is great for those who have dietary restrictions such as being gluten free and they are vegan friendly if you swap for a plant based butter. 

Gluten Free Cookies Using Masa Harina

Baking gluten free cookies using masa harina, which is traditionally used for tortillas and tamales may seem a bit strange to those who aren’t familiar with Latin cuisine, but they are fantastic. These cookies are slightly sweet from fresh corn, with a soft interior and crisp exterior due to baking and adding sugar. They are buttery and extremely simple to prepare. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do. 

 

Rosquillas
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Masa Harina
  2. 3/4 Cup Butter - softened
  3. 1/2 Cup Sugar
  4. 1 tsp Vanilla
  5. 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  6. 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar vanilla and salt.
  2. Add in remainder ingredients until a firm dough is formed.
  3. Roll dough into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Using the back of a flat spatula or cup, gently press down onto dough to form a traditional cookie shape.
  5. Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  6. Bake at 350F/180C for about 30 minutes.
  7. Allow cookies to cool completely before serving.
Notes
  1. Traditionally rosquilla cookies are made with piloncillo sugar, which is a brown cane sugar.
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