National Apple Pie Day

Make a great vegan apple pie with Granny Smith apples.
Make a great vegan apple pie with Granny Smith apples.

Apples and horses. Horses and apples. A natural and great combination.

Horses eat apples raw of course. With humans — we like to cook everything. So let’s celebrate with a recipe. A vegan recipe of course. Great for No Meat May.

There’s really very little to change to make apple pie vegan so this should be really easy if you are just getting started.

This recipe is by Nicole at Sweet Like Cocoa. It is damn good! Go to her site now here or stay with us for the 411.

Best Ever Vegan Apple Pie by Sweet Like Cocoa.
Best Ever Vegan Apple Pie by Sweet Like Cocoa. Click to visit recipe at original source.

Best Ever Vegan Apple Pie


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup vegan butter, cold (I used Earth Balance)
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
4-7 tbs water, ice cold

~ 5 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced (I used granny smith)
1 tbs lemon juice
2 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tbs cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of salt


» Start by making the crust:

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine

Using a pastry cutter or forks, cut the cold vegan butter into the flour mixture, until you have a crumbly flour mixture without large chunks of butter

One tablespoon at a time, add ice water to the flour mixture until you get a formable dough

On a well floured surface, form the dough into a ball (gently!) and cut the dough ball into two pieces (the bottom of the crust should be slightly larger, roughly 2/3 of the dough ball)

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes

» Pie Filling:

Slice your apples and add about a tablespoon of lemon juice to keep from browning. Set aside

In a medium/large saucepan, add brown sugar, white sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt. Pour in water and whisk to combine.

Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, constantly stirring/whisking

Once the mixture begins to bubble reduce the heat to medium-low and add apples, stirring to coat

Allow the apple mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes, ensuring to stir it every so often to prevent burning

Once apples are slightly tender, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly while you prep your crusts

» Assembling the pie:

Preheat oven to 400 F

Spray a 9″ pie pan with cooking spray and set aside

Remove your 2 dough balls from the fridge

Begin with the larger piece of dough, and roll out into a circle on a well floured surface

Drape the crust into the pie pan and gently press into the bottom and sides

Spoon the apples into the crust. Reserve excess “sauce” for serving

Roll out the smaller piece of dough in the same way

Drape over the top of the filled pie, trimming the edges of excess crust and pressing into the bottom crust

Make a few cuts in the top of the pie to allow for venting (or cut some shapes out as I did before placing the top crust on the pie)

Brush the top of the pie with some dairy free milk. Optional: Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. I covered the edges of my pie with foil at the 25 minute mark to prevent the crust from burning

Remove from oven and allow to set for a few hours before serving

Best served warm with a generous scoop of vegan ice cream or coconut whipped cream and reserved filling sauce drizzled on top


Nicole says: “If you make this recipe, snap a pic using the hashtag #sweetlikecocoa and tag me @sweetlikecocoablog on Instagram, I love seeing the deliciousness you guys come up with!

Giving Tuesday

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We are very grateful for your generous hearts and how you have supported us in so many ways throughout the year.

Today is Giving Tuesday. If you wish to include us and the horses we serve in your giving today we would be delighted.

Facebook is doubling donations today. If you wish to participate in this please hit the donate button under the two horses up top on our Facebook page.

Or make a donation via this link.

Thank you again. With much love.


Horse rescue event this weekend in Mechanicsville

Meet and greet horses up for adoption at this weekend's 2 day AppyFest in Mechanicsville, Maryland.
Meet and greet horses up for adoption at this weekend’s 2 day AppyFest in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

MECHANICSVILLE, Maryland (Oct. 5, 2018) — This weekend, Last Chance Animal Rescue and the Maryland Fund for Horses will host “Appy Fest,” a two-day family friendly festival (Oct 6 and 7) celebrating the rehabilitation and training of some of the 100 plus starving, feral Appaloosa/Quarter horses seized from a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore (read their story at

Appy Fest 2018 is an innovative way to find new homes for horses from large scale cruelty seizures, as well as showcase the horses and their training.

Horses are available for meet and greets as well as adoptions at the event, according to a release from Last Chance. Appy Fest 2018 also includes a trainers’ competition, horse adoptions, equine demonstrations, shopping, food, face-painting and pony rides.

In March 2018, more than 100 starved feral horses were seized from a farm in Wicomico County. The horses were placed with rescues throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and since then their recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. Most of the horses have received professional training, preparing them for new adoptive homes.

The next stage of their transformation is finding loving, permanent homes. There are several mares who have had foals who are also available for the public to meet and see their training.

The two day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 6., and Sunday, Oct. 7, at Last Chance Animal Rescue’s Eldorado Farm, located at 29844 Eldorado Farm Lane in Mechanicsville (click here for map). Adult admission is $7.50 for both days or $5 for one day. Admission is free for children younger than 10 years as well as seniors and veterans. To purchase tickets, fill out a horse adoption application or to get more info:

Note: On the bottom righthand corner of their APPYFEST page, they have a list of hotels offering discount APPYFEST attendee rates. Mention APPY FEST when making your reservations.

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Flashback: Virtual Vigil for Slaughtered Horses

Do you remember the Virtual Vigil for Slaughtered Horses we had on our original website?

We started it on December 10, 2004, nearly 12 years ago. You can still view it thanks to the Way Back Machine who archive historically relevant sites.

Because it is an archived page from our former site, you can no longer “light” a candle.

What is particularly interesting to me however is that when our former website was archived, they did not archive the images so they are lost. However, the virtual candles remain “lit” and intact.

3,248 people took part in the Virtual Vigil for Slaughtered Horses.

It is touching to scroll through and read the comments and where the people who lit them are from.

One in particular touched my heart. April from Greensboro, NC wrote “God, please lift them up quickly, before the slash.”