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    Vegan Loaded Holiday Cookie

    By Thuy Pham

    Chef and Owner of Mama Dut Foods


    The holidays always bring out the baker in me! One of my favorite things to make are cookies because they can be prepped in advance and baked off as needed. This cookie recipe has quickly become a favorite in my household. The warm sweetness of the brown sugar and marshmallows compliments the brightness & subtle tart of the cranberries. While the crunch and saltiness of the pretzels offers a playful texture and elevates the sweetness with the added salt and msg. It's definitely a fan favorite and my friends & family all look forward to getting a mason jar of them at holiday gatherings. 

     

    Serves 4-6 people 

    Prep time: 30 mins

    Cook time: 20 mins

     

    INGREDIENTS:

     

    • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 1/2 cup vegan butter, softened to room temperature (not melted)
    • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon msg (optional)
    • 3/4 cup vegan white chocolate chips
    • 1 cup broken pretzel pieces
    • 1 cup of vegan marshmallows
    • 3/4 cup of dried cranberries

     

    DIRECTIONS:

     

    Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 

    Combine flaxseed and water in a small bowl and set aside for it to bloom. 

    In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and msg. Stir with whisk to mix and set aside. 

    In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until creamy. About 2-4 mins. 

    Add vanilla and your bloomed flaxseed and mix well. 

    Slowly add flour mixture to your wet batter and stir or mix on low until combined. 

    Add in your toppings and stir until combined.

    Roll your dough into balls, 2 tablespoons per ball of dough. Place dough balls onto your cookie sheet and refrigerate for 4 hours or freeze for 1 hour. 

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees prior to baking. Remove cookie dough from fridge or freezer and put into preheated oven. Bake for 10-12 mins. 

    Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool for at least 30 mins before moving them onto a cooling rack. Enjoy!

     

     

    Happy Eating!

    Thuy PhamÔĽŅ

     

    @Thuypdx

    @mama.dut.foods

    Stocking Stuffers Under $20

    We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite stocking stuffers, all $20 or under, just for you, Fox Fam! Treat yourself or your family and friends to these affordable gifts.


    AF Stuff

    Nearly everything on the AF site is under $20, but these picks will fit the best in a stocking.


    Our recently launched nail polish ($11.49) makes the perfect stocking stuffer. They match our most popular hair colors, dry quickly and are chip-resistant! (Available for contiguous US customers only.)



    Looking for something a little more fancy, but super easy to apply? Look no further than our gel nail kits ($17.95). These semi-cured gel nail strips will give you a professional look on a budget.



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    Our Money Hunny Hair Serum is AF’s best kept secret. This serum is packed with amino acids and oils to repair, smooth, and hydrate hair.


    Shopping for someone rad and not sure what colors to get? Toss in a sticker pack into their stocking and add in an AF Gift Card, so they can get what they really want.


    We <3 Animals

    Here at AF, our furry friends deserve gifts too!


    We’re dedicated to donating 15% of net profits to help prevent animal cruelty and promote animal welfare. Donate to any of our favorite animal rescues in the name of your pet or gift recipient.


    Keep your dog festive and entertained with this Candy Cane Rope Toy ($14.99).


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    What’s better than a hot bath on a cold day? A hot bath with a bath bomb on a cold day! These adorable Hello Kitty Bath Bombs ($12) are infused with essential oils to give you a relaxing spa experience.



    We all could use working on our negative self-talk. These "I AM" Everything‚ĄĘ Affirmation Cards ($15) will help you quiet the noise and focus on what makes you feel good.


     

    While you’re practicing your affirmations, relax with this Currently Over Thinking Candle, scented with lemongrass and jasmine.



    Plant-Based Snacks

    What’s a stocking without our favorite vegan snacks!


    This Peppermint Bark ($2.95) is vegan and top 9 allergen-free and delicious!



    Who says cookies are just for santa? Get this Vegan Cookie Sampler ($14.99) and try a variety of vegan cookies.



    This set of Green Apple and Chamomile Lollipops ($6.75) is not only delicious, but the biodegradable stick can be planted after to grow a plant.


    Get Crafty!

    These gifts are perfect for the DIY creative person in your life.


    This Woodland Creature Postcard Kit ($16) is an paintable wooden postcard kit featuring adorable vintage-style animal illustrations.



    Know someone who loves tattoos but not ready to commit? Try this Phases of the Moon Temporary Tattoo ($14.70).



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    Wearables

    Small wearables are always a good choice for stockings.


    Carry your essentials in this secret Hidden Pocket Scrunchie ($20) stash.



    The claw clip is back and these Strawberry or Lemon Claw Clips ($7.80) will look great against any AF color!




    Wear your rainbows with pride with these Rainbow Mane Socks ($18). Features a rainbow wavy stripe print and rainbow fringe on the back!

    Vegan Spiced Sweet Potato Bread

    Spiced Sweet Potato Bread (V)
    By Thuy Pham of Mama Dut Foods

    Perfectly sweet and full of delicious gut healthy spices, this spiced sweet potato bread is one of my favorite breads to eat for breakfast. Spread a little bit of your favorite vegan butter and top with sliced fruit or jam. It's simple, sinfully delicious and super easy to bake!


    Serves 4-6 people 

    Prep time: 20 mins

    Cook time: 55 mins 



    • 2 cups AP flour¬†
    • 1/2 cup sugar¬†
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon¬†
    • 1 tsp ground ginger¬†
    • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    • a pinch of ground cloves
    • pinch of sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened soy milk (at room temp)
    • 1/3 cup neutral-flavored oil (avocado oil is best)
    • 2 cups of cooked & mashed sweet potatoes (roasted is best)

    INSTRUCTIONS: 


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan or 9x9 baking pan. 


    Sift all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla, soy milk and oil. With an electric hand mixer, mix until well combined with dry ingredients. Add mashed sweet potatoes and mix until well combined. 


    pour into a greased baking pan and bake for 15-20 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. 


    Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving with your favorite vegan butter or jam.

    Happy Eatings, 

    Thuy Pham

    Follow Thuy on Instagram

    @Thuypdx

    @Mama.Dut.Foods

    Ritual Board - Mushroom Pate with Garlic Toast

    Ritual Board
    Mushroom pate with garlic toast (V)
    By Thuy Pham of Mama Dut

    One of my favorite things to bring to a holiday dinner to share is a festive amuse-bouche! Fragrant in spices, which are carefully curated to aid in digestion, and rich in savory umami flavor. This decadent mushroom pate is the perfect teaser to any main course. 


    INGREDIENTS:

    Serves 4-6 people 

    Prep time: 20-30 mins

    Cook time: 60 mins


    Garlic Toast:

    • 1 french baguette
    • 4-6 peeled garlic cloves (adjust according to your love of garlic)
    • 2-3 tablespoons avocado oil
    • Salt & pepper to taste

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the baguette into ¬Ĺ inch diagonal slices. Put on a lined sheet pan. Brush slices of bread with oil. With a microplane, grate the desired amount of peeled garlic onto slices of bread. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven for 5-10 mins or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool.¬†


    Mushroom Pate:

    • 1 pound of assorted mushrooms - chopped
    • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
    • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 shallot - chopped
    • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped (sub for dried if fresh is not available)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped (sub for dried if fresh is not available)
    • 1 tablespoon mushroom powder
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt¬†
    • ¬Ĺ teaspoon black pepper
    • 3 tablespoons of red table wine
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts


    GARNISH FOR BOARD:

    • 2- 4-5 inch sprigs of rosemary
    • 1 tablespoon of rough chopped thyme
    • 1 teaspoon of truffle salt or you favorite gourmet salt.
    • 2 tablespoons of well chopped walnuts¬†
    • Pinch of paprika¬†
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper
    • Pinch of coarse ground black pepper¬†
    • Pomegranate seeds (optional)


    INSTRUCTIONS:


    In a medium sauce pan, heat up oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic. Sautee until onions and garlic are slightly translucent. Add chopped mushrooms, butter, thyme rosemary, mushroom powder, salt & pepper. Sautee until mushrooms are slightly tender. Add red wine and bring to a simmer. Simmer and reduce for 15-20mins. Remove from heat and allow to cool to the touch. Once mushrooms are cooled, add to a food processor along with chopped walnuts. Blend in processor until creamy. Add additional walnuts until desired creaminess is achieved. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours. Remove after 2 hours. Serve by spreading a thick layer of pate onto a wooden or marble board. Top pate board with garnish ingredients above and serve with garlic toast for a perfect holiday treat! 

    Happy Eatings,

    Thuy Pham

     

    Follow Thuy on Instagram!

    @Thuypdx

    @Mama.dut.foods

    Manicures, music, food... REAL TATTOOS, and more! The Foxology Nail Polish Launch event was Amazing!

     

    Our Foxology nail polish launch event was better than we could have imagined! We were so happy so many of our Fox Fam got to not only try the new polishes, but got to enjoy custom cocktails, receive custom aura readings, throw in a fun AF dyed extension in their hair, eat delicious food from Vegan AF, and get REAL tattoos while they waited to freshen up their looks with our bold and bright polishes!

    Our Fox Fam getting real tattoos while waiting for their manicures. A surprise hit!

    Lots of cute photo moments and custom aura readings. Why not match your aura to your nails?!

    The talented Liz Vargas adding pops of color to everyone's hair.

     Refreshing cocktails and Vegan AF food truck gave everyone bright and tasty meals. Can we talk about how delicious Vegan AF's lemonade was?! I definitely took a bottle home with me!

    Of course we can't forget how gorgeous everyone's nails looked. The manicures were certainly the star of the show and everyone couldn't stop talking about how rich and vibrant the colors were.