The Vegan Mystery Box Challenge
Have you ever wanted to be on a cooking show but find yourself unable to get cast or your general laziness and bad luck prevents your from even applying?! Then you should probably consider participating in the next Vegan Mystery Box Challenge. Basically, Andrew of One Ingredient Chef and Sam of It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken threw surprise ingredients at us participants and we were tasked with creating something DELICIOUS and AMAZING with said ingredients. Luckily, Andrew and Sam were much nicer than the creators of other challenges like this you might see on tv; you won’t see any fish heads, odd, obscure spices, or random processed foods like Poptarts here! 0Instead, we were told we must use the following:
1. CRANBERRIES 2. PISTACHIOS 3. COCOUNT MILK
All delicious, all simple, all wholesome. And our challenge was on!
But what to make?
I was stumped at first. I had never really used pistachios. I always had dried cranberries around for both myself and my dog who loves them. Coconut milk I mostly used in curries and other savory dishes. I knew I wanted to bake something and so I started thinking and then remembered we had a donut pan from that ONE time we made donuts. And I knew what I was going to make… Cranberry Pistachio Donuts plus a delicious cranberry lemon glaze! And they might just be my favorite thing I’ve ever baked. I am going to bring these guys to a potluck I am going to and hopefully they’ll blow everyone’s socks off.
Cranberry Pistachio Donuts
You could easily use a number of dried berries to change it up and probably even a variety of nuts! Pecans and raisins? Go for it! Dried blueberries and walnuts?! Perfect! Take your imagination and your tastebuds on a wild ride. The icing you could also use a variety of different dried berries to make the icing different colors and even different juices like orange juice, etc. to really get a variety of flavors.
Cranberry Lemon Icing
This stuff is delicious. Rich and sweet and lemony. And did I say delicious? Obviously there is a lot here, so you could half the recipe, but I plan on using the rest for another recipe I am working on. Here is a video from behind the scenes of the shoot! 😀
Links to the Other Scrumptious Recipes!
Vegan Cranberry Pistachio Loaf by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
Magic Fruit Cake Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle by One Ingredient Chef
Cranberry Cheesecake & Pistachio Stuffed Vegan French Toast by Connoisseurus Veg
Pistachio Crusted Cranberry Cashew Coconut Cheese by Lemon and Coconut
Cranberry Pistachio and Mango Salad by Veggies Save the Day
Cranberry Cointreau Coconut Ice Cream with Candied Pistachios by Vegan Yak Attack
Cranberry Pistachio Gingersnap Truffles by Two City Vegans (Alix)
Warm Barley Bowl with Roasted Brussels, Sweet Potatoes and a Coconut Curry Dressing by Taste Space
Whole Wheat Cranberry Pistachio Vegan Biscotti by Veggie Inspired Journey
Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini with Cranberry Jam by Peppers and Peaches
Toasted Pistachio Rice Pudding with Candied Cranberries by The Lazy Vegan Baker
Pistachio and Cranberry Cream Sandwich Cookies by Love Me Feed Me
Vegan Meringue Nests with Cranberry Coconut Whip and Crushed Pistachios by The Viet Vegan
Vegan Coconut Quinoa Salad by Beets Not Meats
Cranberry Orange & Pistachio Muffins With Vanilla Cream by A Virtual Vegan
Gourmet Lazy Cabbage Rolls by Choose to Cook
Sweet Potato Coconut Curry with Cranberries and Pistachios by The Tofu Diaries
Lebanese Semolina Pudding (Layali Lubnan) by Lands and Flavors
Vegan Chocolate Cranberry Cake by The Seasonal Diet
Jolly Bollywood Holiday Curry by Sexie Veggies
More Photos of the Cranberry Pistachio Donuts 🙂
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 dash of nutmeg
- 1 dash cinnamon
- ¼ cup pistachios
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup cocount milk
- ½ tsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 flax egg
- ¼ cup vegan butter
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 6 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Combine the wet ingredients and cranberries in a small sauce pan over medium heat and mix until the margarine is just melted and the cranberries start to plump.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix until just combined. It should form a very soft dough.
- Scoop dough into an ungreased nonstick doughnut pan.
- Bake for 12 minutes. They won't brown, but a toothpick or knife should come out clean.
- Let them cool before you ice them. Additionally, top them with more pistachios and/or cranberries.