FREEDOM BY THE MOUTH

In honor of the 4th of July coming our way soon, we were inspired to develop our best ideas and recipes to celebrate the holiday in a vegan manner! This 4th of July I encourage you to celebrate your freedom to choose in the protection of animals and environment by bringing your favorite vegan dishes to your next celebration, family party, or backyard BBQ. Expose your guests to the fulfillment that is being vegan and the freedom to live a life that not only benefits you, but many others! To give you inspiration of what to bring to your 4th of July celebration, here is a recipe for all natural (beet dyed) red velvet cake balls, with a coconut cream drizzle, and topped with a blueberry to finish!

Ingredients for the Red Velvet Beet Cake Balls

-3/4 cup of pureed beets (cook the peeled and chopped beet in boiling water for 10-12 minutes until soft and blend in a food processor)

-1/2 cup of canola oil

-1 and ¼ cup of granulated sugar

-1 and ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract

-1 and ¼ cup of flour

-1/4 teaspoon of salt

-1 and ½ tablespoons of cocoa powder

-1 and ½ teaspoons of baking powder

-1/2 cup of non-dairy milk

 

Directions for the Red Velvet Cake Balls

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Next combine the pureed beets with the oil, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk together the dry ingredients being the flour, salt, cocoa powder, and baking powder in a separate bowl then mix into the wet ingredients to combine. Stir in the non-dairy milk of your preference to finish! Grease and line a cake pan and bake the cake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake rest for 5-10 minutes then crumble to roll into balls about 2 tablespoons large.

 

Ingredients for the Coconut Cream Drizzle

-1/2 cup of full fat coconut cream

-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-1/4 cup of powdered sugar

 

Directions for the Coconut Cream Drizzle

In a medium sized mixing bowl beat together on high speed the coconut cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar until light and creamy. Drizzle over the cake balls and top with whatever fruit you desire. Blueberries and blackberries would work well for the 4th of July!

Imagery via Grace Esler, Veg.Ge, TravesCo, Ptsduk, Skinny Gossip, Vogue Spain
Original Recipe via www.veg-ge.blogspot.com
Words written by Grace Esler