Guava Coconut Ice Cream – Vegan

Guava Coconut Ice Cream – Vegan

This Guava Coconut Ice Cream is creamy, delicious, vegan, and the perfect summery treat.

If you enjoy tropical flavors during the summer, this Guava Coconut Ice Cream is for you. The perfect dessert for your summer gatherings. These flavors are traditional in my country Puerto Rico. Guava and Coconut are the best combinations of flavors. It reminds me of the ice cream cart around my downtown. I grew up eating guavas from my grandmas’ guava tree.

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Orange Creamsicle Vegan Donuts

Orange Creamsicle Vegan Donuts

These Orange Creamsicle Vegan Cake Donuts are light, refreshing, and with the perfect citrus flavor. Topped with a silky glaze and creamy orange buttercream. 

These Orange Creamsicle Vegan Cake Donuts are infused with natural orange flavor. You can also make cupcakes using this recipe. They make the perfect treat for your Easter feast. Although they look for kids, they are great for adults as well. I created a tutorial for you to make with your family.

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Vegan Avocado Brownies (Healthy & Gluten-Free)

Vegan Avocado Brownies (Healthy & Gluten-Free)

Fudgy and rich vegan avocado brownies are better than regular brownies. These are flavorful, spongy, and packed with chocolate and nutrients.

These vegan avocado brownies are healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. They are great for breakfast, dessert, or a special treat. Since we should not feel guilty after eating a treat, I added healthy ingredients to this brownie recipe. No one will tell that the star ingredient in this recipe is avocados. I grew up eating avocados and we used them for different purposes. Adding avocados to desserts instead of oil will add a lighter texture to your baked goods. Plus, adding healthy fats is a great idea. These vegan avocado brownies are also great to celebrate any occasion.

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Vegan Quesitos – Puerto Rican Cream Cheese Pastries

Vegan Quesitos – Puerto Rican Cream Cheese Pastries

Vegan Quesitos are crispy, flaky, and decadent puff pastry filled with a delicious vegan cream cheese filling.

Vegan Quesitos – Puerto Rican Cream Cheese Puff Pastries is my vegan version of the most delicious and popular pastries in Puerto Rico. You can find them around the island in bakeries, food stands, and restaurants. I grew up eating quesitos from my neighborhood bakery in the town of Bayamon. They had the best pastries in my town. After moving to the states, it was hard for me to find them here, so I learned how to bake them. They were a big hit when I ran my bakery in Kentucky. My vegan quesitos won’t disappoint you!

The regular recipe calls for cream cheese, corn syrup, and an egg wash. My vegan quesitos are;  refined sugar-free, easy to make and so delicious. Make your own puff pastry or simplify your life by buying it. Pepperidge Farm is probably your best bet when looking for a vegan puff pastry. Many store-bought puff pastries are made without dairy or egg because it makes them more shelf-stable.

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Coquito Tres Leches Cake – Puerto Rican Dessert

Coquito Tres Leches Cake – Puerto Rican Dessert
Coquito Tres Leches Cake is a delicious sponge cake soaked in my traditional Coquito and topped with Italian Meringue.

This is my version of Coquito Tres Leches. I’ve been making this recipe for a very long time. It was my clients’ favorite recipe when I had my home-based bakery in Kentucky.

Sharing my delicious Coquito Tres Leches recipe wasn’t on my list, because it is my classic cake recipe. But some of my clients in Kentucky are missing having this cake during their holiday feast, so I decided to share it. Plus, sharing is caring! You can make this cake vegan very easily. Read the recipe notes for vegan replacements. As I always mention, feel free to replace any ingredient. If you want to use this cake as a basic cake just replace the coquito with your choice of milk.

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WHAT IS COQUITO:

Coquito is a creamy, coconut-based beverage original from Puerto Rico.

Christmas is not Christmas for us Puerto Ricans without Coquito. This delicious coconut drink is a staple in Puerto Rico during the Christmas festivities. The traditional recipe calls for coconut milk, coconut cream, evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and white rum. The rum is the key ingredient but you can totally skip it. See the video for details.

Some people describe Coquito as eggnog without the eggs, but they are very different. Eggnog has raw egg, Coquito doesn’t have eggs. There’s a punch recipe from Puerto Rico that is similar to eggnog and contains raw eggs. Nowadays there’s a lot of variations of Coquito, people make it in different flavors and adding a variety of liquors and spices. Here’s a tutorial for my Coquito recipe.https://youtu.be/S2P1PDCAcR4

 

ABOUT THIS CAKE:

This sponge cake is my basic sponge cake recipe. It should be noted that the original cake recipe calls for regular milk. However, for this version, I replace the milk with coquito. Use this recipe to make different cake recipes and even cupcakes.

Although the original tres leches cake is soaked using different kinds of milk, I used my Coquito recipe for soaking the cake. When soaking the cake in Coquito using a squeeze bottle is the easiest way. You can totally make this cake vegan by replacing the eggs with aquafaba. See notes for details. Aquafaba is the best egg replacement in cakes.

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!

Make these amazing Puerto Rican recipes during your holidays:

Asopao de Gandules con Bolitas de Platanos Vegano

Sorullitos de Maiz Veganos-Puerto Rican Corn Fritters Vegan

Black Bean Empanada Puerto Rican Style

Puerto Rican Tostones  – Fried Plantains

 

Coquito Tres Leches Cake

Coquito Tres Leches Cake is a delicious sponge cake soaked in my traditional Coquito recipe and topped with Italian Meringue.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: Coquito, Coquito Tres Leches, Latin Dessert, Puerto Rican Food, Tres Leches
Servings: 10 people
Author: Mariela

Equipment

  • 8X3 round cake pan or the one of your choice.

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter I used vegan buttery sticks
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 eggs **See notes for vegan**
  • 1 tbsp almond extract
  • 3 cups self-rising flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup Coquito You can replace coquito for your choice of milk.
  • 1-1/2 cup Coquito for soaking the cake Set aside for soaking the cake after baking.

Italian Meringue

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 room temperature egg whites, preferably from fresh eggs 
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Instructions

For the Cake:

  • Make Coquito and chill for a few hours until cold.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease your pan using non-stick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer beat butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. For about 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time. Beating batter just to combine. Do not overmix.
  • On low speed add flour alternating with coquito.
  • Pour batter into the mold.
  • Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes. Baking time will depend on the type of mold that you use.
  • Check the cake with a toothpick/skewer by inserting it in the middle. If it comes out clean with no crumbs on it, the cake is ready to be removed from the oven.
  • Remove it to a cooling rack and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then invert it onto a cooling rack and allow to completely cool before using.
  • Put the cake inside a shallow dish and poke holes using a straw or a kebab stick.

Soaking the Cake:

  • Pour 1-1/2 cup of coquito inside a squeeze bottle and soak the cake until the cake absorbs the coquito.
  • Refrigerate for while you make the meringue.

Italian Meringue:

  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat over high heat. Stir constantly.
  • Cook until sugar syrup registers 240°F on an instant-read or candy thermometer.
  • Meanwhile, add egg whites inside the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Set mixer to medium speed and mix until soft peaks form. About 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer running, carefully and slowly drizzle in hot sugar syrup. Increase speed to high and whip until desired stiffness is achieved.
  • Beat until the egg whites are stiff and glossy. The more time you beat the meringue, the more consistency it will have. I beat mine until I'm able to flip the bowl and the meringue stays in place.
  • Cover your cake as desire.

Notes

Recipe Notes:
**If you are replacing eggs for aquafaba**Three tablespoons of aquafaba is equivalent to about one whole egg, while two tablespoons of aquafaba are equivalent to about one egg white. Keep in mind that a can of chickpeas yields about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of this liquid, so about eight to 12 tablespoons. Using a fork beat aquafaba until frothy. 
Italian Meringue - For a vegan version you can use aquafaba or you can make a whipped cream buttercream using vegan heavy cream. 
Soaking your cake is optional but totally recommended. If you want a really wet cake, put your cake inside a large shallow bowl before soaking.  

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