Deconstructed Vegan Cannoli | thumb in plum

I know what you're thinking- intervention! But don't worry, I am not going vegan (yet). I just didn't have the ingredients to make this dish all animaly. After having a slight pasta obsession over the break I was looking around in my pantry and refrigerator for inspiration et voila! After all the heavy holiday eating an idea struck me for a light(ish) dessert.
I've never had cannoli before but I think these are pretty darn good. Crispy, sweet, baked pasta pair well with a rich, creamy vegan cannoli dip. Eva was eating the pasta crisps, dipping her whole hand in the sauce and telling me, "Best chips ever!".

Cannoli Crisps Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1/2 a 16oz box bow tie pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2-3 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions
  1. After draining the boiled pasta, pat dry and coat with coconut oil. 
  2. Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with lightly oiled foil and bake till golden and crispy
  3. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and toss with the crispy pasta
Notes: You may have to bake in batches. Make sure that the noodles are spread out so they cook evenly. Optional topping instead of cinnamon sugar: sprinkled powdered sugar

Vegan Cannoli Filling Dip Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 14oz package soft tofu
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1/4 cup coconut whipped cream, tutorial found here
  • 1/4 cup small (vegan) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 lemon, for zest
  • 1 tsp rum/vanilla extract (optional)

Directions
  1. Pulse the tofu in a blender with the powdered sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Should be creamy with a little texture to it
  2. Zest the entire lemon and stir it into the mixture with the rum extract. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Gently fold the coconut whipped cream into the tofu mixture using a rubber spatula. 
  4. Refrigerate for a half hour to an hour. Serve in a bowl alongside cannoli crisps.
Note: To get a thicker consistency I might use firm tofu or blend the tofu separately and strain with a cheesecloth overnight

Deconstructed Vegan Cannoli | thumb in plum

Good cartoon to watch while enjoying this treat: Charlie Brown


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