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Recipe: Incredibly Easy Homemade Cannoli

Vegan Cannoli

When I was growing up, every Saturday after dance class we’d pick up a pizza for dinner from an Italian restaurant near my house. Every once in a while we’d get cannolis because they had *the* best homemade cannolis. I’m super snobby about cannolis (and tirimisu) and I promise these will not disappoint. I was always intimidated by cannolis because I was afraid that the shell wouldn’t hold together without eggs. I also wasn’t going to buy special tubes to form them. I put off trying to make them for the longest time and now I realize how silly that was because these are incredibly simple! Recipe is at the bottom of the post.

The ingredients are fairly straight forward. I used EnerG egg replacer, but Bob’s Red Mill would probably work too. I didn’t use my usual flax/chia eggs since I didn’t want to see them in the shell.

The other shortcut I took, which turned out really well, was baking them. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of frying them. The only tricky part of the whole recipe is forming them as SOON as the edges of the cookies start to brown. Don’t overcook or take too long or they won’t bend neatly.

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If you don’t form them fast enough, don’t worry because you’ll  end up with tasty sugar cookies. I made 6 at a time on one baking sheet, but it might be easier, at least to start, to do 3 or 4 at a time, and then baking the next batch, that way you can roll them before they start to set.

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Another great thing about this recipe is that you can basically use 1 medium bowl and a cookie sheet. I used a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup to mix the shell batter and the filling. There are no complicated ingredients, and clean up is a breeze.

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Another note, I’m the worst baked goods decorator EVER, but it’s easy to make these look pretty. I piped the filling in using a pastry bag, but don’t worry about making them look nice at that point. Decorate with mini chocolate chips and powdered sugar/cinnamon, and they’ll get eaten so fast no one will notice if they’re not perfect.

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Vegan Baked Cannoli
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Recipe type: vegan, dessert
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6
 
This recipe looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. The only tricky part is working quickly when the shells come out of the oven. Other than that, are very impressive looking, and delightfully wonderful dessert.
Ingredients
Cannoli Shells
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 faux eggs (I used EnerG egg replacer)
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used organic canola, but you can use coconut or something else)
  • 1 tbsp non-dairy margarine, melted (I prefer Earth Balance)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup flour
Filling
  • ½ cup vegan ricotta (I use Tofutti brand)
  • ⅓ cup vegan cream cheese (again, I like Tofutti)
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (plus more if desired)
Optional for Garnish
  • Chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon
Instructions
Shells
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Lightly spray a baking sheet with baking spray.
  3. Whisk together the sugar, and faux eggs.
  4. Add in oil, non-dairy margaine, and vanilla.
  5. Whisk in flour, until smooth.
  6. Using a tablespoon, spoon batter onto greased baking sheet. Each cookie should be a heaping tablespoon-2 tablespoons. This should make about 6 cannoli shells.
  7. The cookies should be fairly thin and will need room between each to spread out a little more.
  8. Bake 7 to 8 minutes, and be very careful not to over cook.
  9. As soon as the cookies are out of the oven, one at a time, roll into a tube shape and place on a dish, seam side down. They do not have to be perfect, but you will need to work quickly or they will not bend.
Filling
  1. Whisk together the ricotta and cream cheese until fairly smooth.
  2. Add in orange extract.
  3. Whisk in confectioner's sugar. Start with half a cup, and then add in ¼ of a cup at a time.
  4. The more sugar you add, the stiffer the filling will be. If you use less, it will be creamier. Add sugar til it's the consistency desired.
To Assemble
  1. Spoon or pipe the filling into the cannoli shells. You can use a pastry bag, or a ziplock bag with a corner snipped off. This doesn't have to be pretty.
  2. Garnish with mini chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and cinnamon.

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Review: Sunkissed Vox Box

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Hello everyone! I’m excited review my fourth Influenster Vox Box.

This box contained:

  • Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream
  • Goody Ribbon Elastics
  • SinfulShine SinfulColors Nail Polish
  • Dr. Scholl’s For Her High Heel Insoles

 

Vox Box

Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

I’m absolutely in love with my usual moisturizer, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. It’s the only product that I always splurge on because it’s not at all greasy, and leaves your skin feeling super smooth. I’ve really wanted to try BB Cream, since everyone raves that they are like miracle creams, since they moisturize, are tinted, and have sunscreen in them, I’ve just been hesitant to swap out my beloved moisturizing gel.

I’ve been using this cream for about 2 weeks now and it’s been great. One thing I really like about it is the sheer color. I have a hard time wearing any concealers because I haven’t found one that covers well without feeling caked on. This isn’t so much a heavy duty concealer, but it’s just tinted enough to hide small blemishes. I tend to stay away from products with fragrance, but the light floral scent that this has isn’t bad. This cream isn’t quiet as light as my normal gel moisturizer, but it’s way lighter than any facial sunscreen I’ve ever used, so that’s a huge plus. I like wearing a light sunscreen on my face but HATE the greasy feeling. This is perfect for that. I was a little nervous I might have breakouts using this, but so far so good. I like to keep my products super simple, and I think this might become a regular. My love affair with my Clinique gel is still going strong, but I’ll definitely add this BB Cream in the mix.

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Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics

My hair is just getting long enough to put in a ponytail, and these are pretty cool. I wasn’t sure if they would hold well, but they work just as well as my usual black elastic band. I haven’t done any weird hairstyles, but if I ever do braided pigtails or something, I’d definitely pick up another set to have matching ribbons. I think they’d be cool if you’re in school and have a pride week, and can match your school colors. Okay, that was a little dorky…

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Sinful Shine

Another brand I’m totally loyal to is Zoya for nail polish. I love that they are free of the 5 harmful chemicals most nail polishes have (toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, and camphor), and are totally vegan…but they’re also 8 bucks a pop (although there are always specials). This Sinful Shine nail polish is only sold at Walgreen’s, and they are priced at $2.99.

My first thought was that I wasn’t thrilled with the color, Alfresco. It’s a warm periwinkle type blue, and it’s really pretty, but it just doesn’t go well with my skin tone. It’s also way off from the color card that they sent me, so if you’re picking a shade, make sure you do it in person.

I love nail polish so I was still excited to try it. I used a base coat (Zoya), applied two coats of SinfulShine, and no top coat (since it’s supposed to be super shiny, I didn’t want to put anything on top of it). I’ve been using it for about a month and it’s one of the longest wearing nail polish I’ve ever used. I had it on my finger nails for an entire week with no chips, and I’ve had it on my toe nails for two weeks, and again no chips. I also like the way it looks, shiny-ness wise. I’m still not hip on the color, but overall it works really, really well.

It says on the bottle that it is Toluene, formaldehyde & DBP free, so that’s awesome. I’m not sure if it’s vegan (most beauty companies test on animals, and I try to go out of my way to use companies that don’t), I cannot find any info about animal testing or if the “Gel” tech is gelatin…I sure hope not because at $3 a bottle, plus it works really well, this stuff rocks.

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Right after applying. (I don’t know why I’m hitchhiking…with man wrists…)IMAG1468

After a full 7 days…new nail growth but incredibly NO CHIPS

Dr. Scholls High Heel Insoles

I haven’t been wearing heels much lately for two reasons…one, it’s summer and I live in flip flops and two, my really comfy heels broke and the new pair I got aren’t broken in yet. I debated putting these in my ballet flats because I actually wear those all the time, plus my chiropractor just recommended I have some sort of insole (and literally the same day these were in my mailbox). I decided to put them in my heels in an effort to make my heels more wearable, and it kind of works. When I first put them, it made my shoes feel tighter until I adjusted them a bit. Maybe I haven’t worn them enough yet, but I haven’t noticed a huge difference. Once it starts getting colder outside, I’ll test these out a lot more and see if I can tell the difference.

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My Experience With The Chiropractor So Far

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I’ve been going to the chiropractor for 4 weeks now, and have had 8 sessions (not including the initial consultation). So far every appointment has been the same: 10 minutes on the Spinalator, and then a quick adjustment.

Thoughts

I love the Spinalator machine. It’s basically a table with a roller in the middle of it that slowly rolls up and down your spine lifting each segment one at a time. I’m not not a doctor so I can’t speak definitively of the benefits, but in yoga there are a lot of movements where you move one vertebrae at a time, so I would assume it is good for spinal health. Plus  it feels amazing. I like to zone out and meditate while on the Spinalator. If they weren’t 2-3 grand (or if I had a spare 2k or 3k laying around), I would totally buy one to use at home.

I like the adjustments because I like having my back cracked. After the appointment, my back always feels a lot looser, and if I had back pain before I went in, it’s usually milder.

Overall, my back is sore a lot less since I’ve been going, which is great. I think I will only be going for a few more weeks, until we move. There is a chiropractor I could go to near our new house, but I’m not going to start right away.

Another thing I’ve noticed is how much more flexible my back seems. I’ve been able to do forward bends and other stretches a lot easier lately. I’m going to credit that one to the Spinalator.

Obviously, the only definite answer to back pain is a lifestyle change, but I feel like my visits to the chiropractor have been beneficial. I can see why people would be skeptical though, you don’t really notice a huge change after each visit, and I’m sure if you stop going, the benefits go away immediately.

I still question the bottle of cocoa butter in each room though…IMAG1359