Spiritual Musings, Creative Inspiration, and Simple Vegan Recipes


Sweet and Simple: Lemon Coconut Mug Cake

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. I wouldn’t call my desire for a lemon cake on this snowy Valentine’s Day a true necessity…. but there are times in life when we all just need a piece of cake!

One of my recent obsessions has been mug cakes. My first inspirations were from Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

She has a lot of great ideas for single serve desserts, but to be honest, they are too small for me. I have been making my own mug cakes that are a bit more filling, although I still wouldn’t share. Unable to venture out in the snow to get ingredients for my usual coffee cake in a mug, I discovered a bottle of lemon extract and a bit of shredded coconut leftover from making granola in my pantry. Thus, the lemon coconut mug cake was born. I tried with several different flour blends, and even once with protein powder until I nailed what I think is the perfect blend.

Did I mention that this recipe takes less than 5 minutes, is vegan, gluten free, and incredibly easy?



2 tbsp rice flour

4 tbsp almond flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar, stevia or xylitol

3 tbsp So Delicious Vanilla Coconut milk

1 tbsp. + 1 tsp oil (you can use any, I used a neutral tasting olive/ vegetable oil blend)

1/2 tsp. lemon extract

2 tsp. Shredded unsweetened coconut

1 tsp. Lemon Zest (optional)


Grease the inside of a mug or ramekin. Combine all dry ingredients directly inside the mug or ramekin. Make sure you mix very well. And wet ingredients and mix to combine. Add about half of the lemon zest and coconut to the mix. Cook for about 1 minute in the microwave. Sprinkle with remaining lemon zest and coconut if desired!

This recipe is part of the The Fast and Fresh “Dairy-Free Time Trials” Recipe Contest! 

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Persimmon and Pear Fruit Crisp

IMG_1972One of my favorite winter time desserts is a basic fruit crisp. My mom made this a lot growing up—but her original recipe calls for wheat flour and wheat germ, as well as butter and honey.  The recipe below is adapted to be vegan and gluten free, using buckwheat and brown rice flours along with maple syrup. I also used a mix of persimmons and pears, but these can be replaced with apples, peaches, or any other similar fruit. Not to toot my own horn—but this new version is delicious. Buckwheat flour and maple syrup are a delightful and healthy combination.

This is a great way to use apples that have a few bad spots or pears that are getting soft without resorting to composting. Serve with vegan coconut milk whipped cream for a special treat or with almond milk for a twist on your traditional breakfast.


3 pears, any kind sliced

2-3 Fuyu persimmons, sliced

1 cup gluten free rolled oats

½ cup buckwheat flour

½ cup brown rice flour

½ cup earth balance (or similar vegan spread) softened

½ cup maple syrup

2 tsp. cinaamon


Put sliced pears and persimmons in a greased 9” x 13” pan. Sprinkle with water. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the fruit is soft. Serve warm or cold, plain or with a topping.