Memorial Day Weekend is so happy. It not only provides us freedom-loving Americans with the opportunity to reflect on and remember those who have served our country to proudly, but also gives us that extra day to step back and spend the time with ourselves and the people we love.
As you may notice, what I love doing is cooking, and I had the glorious opportunity to do so today for the phenomenal Physical GraffiTea* in NYC’s East Village today, which will start selling Bubble Child baked goodies this upcoming Wednesday, June 1!
*The shop is unreal. Recognize the above photo? This is the actual facade of the building that houses the tea shop, and yes, it is the cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti” album. Joy and loveliness and everything that is tea and music and food.
I tried out a new vegan recipe for this store, which was very VERY well-received, and supremely easy to make. So, if you cannot stop by the happy place that is loose-leaf tea with that East Village NYC kick, you can whip up some Vegan Gluten-Free Coconut Balls, yourself!
Coconut Balls. (gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, vegan)
1/2 cup Earth Balance non-dairy butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 tsp. xantham gum
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw sugar
Preparation time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
Yields about 18 coconut balls
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In medium mixing bowl, combine butter, honey, and vanilla.
- In separate small bowl, combine flour, xantham gum, and salt. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients. Stir in coconut, then sugar.
- Roll into 1-inch balls, and placed on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until mounds begin to brown. Remove from oven, and let cool before serving.