Friday, February 27, 2009
It’s from eCurry, I’ve never checked that site out before but I think I will now! I love the spice action going on in this bread, I never expected to see curry in a bread recipe but it never hurts to try new things. Warning: Maybe it was the way I shredded the ginger, but it was pretty gingery. I loved this bread, but next time I’ll either use half the ginger, or shred it more finely.
Here we go
1 cup of spelt flour
1 cup of kamut flour
½ cup of applesauce (instead of the oil she used)
¼ cup of vanilla milk
¼ of a cup of brown sugar
1 banana (egg replacer)
1 tsp of vanilla
1 ½ cups of shredded apple (I shredded 1 cup and chopped a ½ cup)
6 tablespoons of grated ginger
2 clementine peels (make sure to wash them carefully)
½ teaspoon of cumin
½ tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp of nutmeg
¾ of a tsp of baking soda
1 handful of almonds chopped
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine applesauce, milk, banana, sugar and vanilla in a bowl.
In another bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, baking soda. Add wet to dry and mix.
Add apples, orange peels, and almonds
Scoop the mixture into a prepared bread pan, and bake for 65-70 minutes
Saturday, February 21, 2009
This bread got the approval of everyone in my family who tried it, and I love knowing that its got nutritional value annnnnd is delicious. It was very easy to make, and had very few ingredients, and the nutmeg added a really interesting flavour. This is a recipe I want to memorize so I can make this whenever I want.
1 ½ cups of flour (once again I used half and half kamut and spelt flour)
½ cup of oats
¾ of a cup of brown sugar
½ tsp of baking powder
½ tsp of baking soda
¾ of a tsp nutmeg
½ cup of applesauce (I blended 1 apple)
1 banana mashed
¾ cup of blueberries (we both used frozen)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
Add applesauce and banana, mix well until everything is well blended
Add blueberries and continue to mix.
Scoop into a greased bread pan
Bake for 50 minutes
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Pear and Oat Scones!
Well, I lost my camera memory card! That’s why there isn’t a picture, so let me describe them. They’re triangles, brownish, raisony, uhhh…sconey… They look like scones, sheesh.
But they’re really tasty, low fat, vegan and gluten free to boot. Once again, the recipe comes from Urban Drivel and here’s the original recipe: http://urbandrivel.blogspot.com/2008/02/no-pic-vegan-oatmeal-scones.html
Her recipe called for margarine, soy butter or apple sauce, but I didn’t want to use margarine, and I’m out of apples and bananas so I decided to blend up a pear and see how it worked out. And it turned out pretty well if I do say. So use your imaginations, because these scones are worth it.
1 pear, blended or ¼ of a cup of applesauce
1 ¼ cup of flour (I used half and half kamut and spelt)
1/3 of a cup of brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp of baking soda
1 cup of oats
1/3 of a cup of raisins
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/3 of a cup of soy milk
Preheat oven to 375
In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda and powder and cinnamon in a bowl.
Add blended pear and mix until the mixture is crumbly
Add oats and raisins, stir
Add soy milk and stir, use your hands and knead just a bit in the bowl
Sprinkle a baking pan with flour (to keep this recipe gluten free I used kamut flour, but its more expensive than regular flour, so use whatever you want)
Put ball of dough on pan and flatten into a 7” circle. Cut 8-12 triangles and place in the oven
Bake for 15-20 minutes
I spread a bit of jam on mine, it tasted so good!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
One of the reasons why I love Urban Drivel is because she always has amazing bread! I made some modifications because I didn’t have any nuts at all in my house, or “Dutch processed cacao (only the regular kind), or chocolate chips, and the only egg replacer I could use was corn starch. So I’m pleased this recipe came out at all, and even managed to be tasty. That being said, mine is a little dry, but I think it’s my fault and not the bread’s. Don’t blame the innocent bread! Here’s her recipe, from the rating I’m sure it’s…uh, so damn good : http://urbandrivel.blogspot.com/2007/09/vegan-chocolate-pecan-banana-bread.html
Here’s what I did:
½ a cup of spelt flour
½ a cup of kamut flour + ¾ of a cup of kamut flour (more kamut than spelt)
¼ of a cup Cacao powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
¼ of a teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
½ a cup of pureed apple
3 ripe bananas (I blended these with the apple, you could just mash them)1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Mix the dry ingredients (flour, cacao, sugar, baking soda and powder)
In another bowl, mix banana, cornstarch, apple and vanilla
Add wet to dry and mix until combined.
Scoop into the bread pan and voila!
(Put in the oven) Cook for about and hour, check after 50 minutes and test to see if its ready with a metal knife.
1 can low sodium tomato sauce (just tomatoes, nothing else added)
½ a can of low sodium tomatoes
4 baby red potatoes
4 baby gold potatoes
3 cups of mixed vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli,)
2 cloves of garlic
1 white onion
1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
½ a cup of frozen peas
About a cup of seitan chopped
½ a cup of frozen corn
½ a teaspoon of cinnamon
½ a teaspoon coriander seed
½ a teaspoon of chili powder
Ground black pepper
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes (to your liking)
Heat a large pot on medium high, along with the teaspoon of olive oil
Add onion and garlic, sauté until browned
Add seitan and spices, sauté about 1 minute
Add tomato sauce and canned tomatoes
Add potatoes and carrots
Add frozen vegetables
Taste to see if the spices are right
Cook until the vegetables (pay special attention to potatoes) are cooked
Monday, February 16, 2009
Banana Apple and Oat Muffins
This morning started off pretty great: my cat Daisy woke me up, and I realized that at this time of year, around 10 in the morning the sun hits directly on my pillow. Nice way to wake up. I felt so good that I was thinking about going for a run…but that ambition ended pretty quickly. Instead I made peanut butter apple and oat muffins haha. But you should have seen me stirring the ingredients…worked up a sweat.
The muffins were pretty simple, I got the recipe from Urban Drivel http://urbandrivel.blogspot.com/) but I changed the recipe around quite a bit. Originally, these were supposed to be peanut butter and banana muffins, which I imagine would be amazing. I didn’t have any bananas, so I swapped them for some apple sauce (just blend two apples).
Here we go:
1 cup of flour (I used half and half kamut and spelt)
¾ of a cup oats
1/3 of a cup brown sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1 cup of soy milk
½ cup of peanut butter (the kind I use is the natural-no-stuff-added-just-peanuts kind)
½ cup of apple sauce
Egg replacer equivalent to one egg (I used 2 tbs of cornstarch)
1 tbs of olive oil
1 tsp vanilla
Handful of oats to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 12 muffin trays.
In one bowl, combine dry ingredients (oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder).
In another bowl, combine wet ingredients and cornstarch (soy milk, peanut butter, applesauce, oil, vanilla).
Add wet to dry, and mix.
Fill muffin cups about 3/4ths of the way. Sprinkle the oats on top.
Bake these puppies for 16-18 minutes (I cooked them for 20 and the bottoms were too almost too browned).
My other cat buddy, Marble came over to check them out:
But after she was fed, Daisy had no interest. Hm.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Oh, and I sprinkled the top with some oats for looks.
Balsamic Chocolate Cookies
1 cup of kamut flour
½ a teaspoon of baking soda
1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda
5 tablespoons of vegan margarine
½ a cup of cacao powder
2/3 of a cup white sugar
1/3 of a cup of brown sugar
1/3 of a cup of vanilla soy milk
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, whatever.
In one bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt and put aside.
In another bowl, mix the sugar and cacao
Melt your margarine, and in another bowl, combine with the cacao and sugar mixture and stir it up.
Then, add the soy milk, vanilla, and balsamic vinegar and mix well. Add the dry ingredients (flour etc) and stir until the ingredients are combined.
Use a tablespoon to drop the mix onto the sheet. I made a rough version of vanilla sugar to sprinkle on top, mostly because I bought some vanilla beans awhile ago because I thought they looked pretty cool, and I wanted to use them up.
These cookies will only take about 12 minutes to cook, so pay attention to them. If they don’t seem completely done, once you let them cool, they harden up, don’t worry.
Let them cool a bit, then remove them from the sheets.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
On to the recipe!
There were a bunch of zucchinis in my fridge, and I wanted to use them up. I decided to make zucchini bread, which really is more like cake, either way, deeeelicious.
Spiced Zucchini Bread
2 tablespoons of flaxseed
½ a cup of water
½ a cup of vanilla soy milk
1 cup of brown sugar
2 ¼ of a cup of kamut and spelt flour (half and half)
¾ of a teaspoon of baking soda
½ a teaspoon of instant yeast
1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
¼ of a teaspoon of ground cloves
½ a cup of chopped walnuts
1 cup of grated zucchini (one zucchini)
Heat your oven to 350 degrees, grease a bread pan
Blend the flaxseeds with ½ a cup of water, it will take on the consistency of an egg
Add sugar and the soy milk, and continue to blend until smooth
In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, yeast, and spices)
Add the dry to the wet ingredients and mix well.
Add the zucchini and walnuts, mix.
Pour the mixture into the bread pan, pop in the oven for about 60 minutes (poke with a sharp piece of metal to see if it’s ready…metal will come out clean when it’s done)
Let cool, then enjoy!!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I’m going on a trip in a couple days, and I wanted to make sure there were healthy snacks that wouldn’t hurt my stomach available for me. I love dried fruit and nuts, and I like the flavour that bananas add to recipes. So, I decided to make granola bars! I googled a recipe, but ended up adding many of my own ingredients, doing my best to make it sugar free, gluten free, vegan, and as healthy as possible.
Banana, Fruit and Nut Granola Recipe
1 ½ cups of oats
3 tablespoons of flaxseeds
1/3 of a cup of chopped walnuts
1/3 of a cup chopped prunes
1/3 of a cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 of a cup of raisins
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/3 of a cup of agave nectar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Oil a baking pan.
Soak the raisins and apricots to plump them up.
Combine the dry ingredients (oats, flaxseeds, walnuts, cinnamon) in a bowl and mix.
Mash the banana, chop up the prunes and mash into the banana.
Add the vanilla, oil, and agave nectar and mix well.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry.
Mix in raisins and apricots.
Scoop the mash onto the pan, pack down and form into a rectangle (8” by 11” ish)
Bake for about 20 minutes, then 5 minutes under the broiler
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This recipe is so simple I thought it wouldn't work. There are THREE ingredients. That's right. Three. You need dates, a banana, and some shredded coconut. Instead of blending the ingredients in a blender, I chose to chop everything very finely, because to tell the truth, I really just didn't want to get out the blender. So these are the ultimate slacker's macaroons. I made these with my mom in mind, she loves macaroons, but allergies to wheat, sugar, and dairy have made it hard for her to indulge.
Chop the dates very thinly until they're almost mushy
Chop the banana roughly
Using a potato masher, mash in a bowl
Add your coconut slowly, continue to mash
When all ingredients are blended, generously heap a teaspoon's worth out of the bowl, roll with your hands to form a ball
Place on a baking sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees F for about 15 minutes
I decided to put mine under the broiler for less than 5 minutes until the tops were slightly crispy.