Vegan Carob cookies 

 

 

Every time I make a dessert recipe I firmly state that I rarely do so. Well, because we are embarking on a NEW business venture (yep another one) I will be using some of my time to try and create prototypes for testing – you may even see us out at the farmers markets this summer AND you should definitely see us with a booth at the fall bodybuilding shows….stay tuned.

My risk, your gain, these cookies were inspired by a bag of carob chips I had leftover after teaching part of my health series at my step-daughters elementary school. I call sugary things “sometimes treats” and enjoyed that I could reinforce that terminology with the class delivering surprise cookies.

*Nearly* sugar-free, these have made the recipe books…well, mine anyway. Just wish I would’ve busted out the equipment for some decent food shots.

Carob chips come in sweetened and natural – natural carob is NATURALLY sweet so please try to find unsweetened chips.

Dry Ingredients:

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

4 cups spelt or coconut flour * I used both and liked spelt more

Wet ingredients: 

1/2 cup almond milk

1 1/8 cup coconut oil melted

2 tsp vanilla extract – try my simple recipe

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups carob chips – save us for last!

Method: 

Baker I am NOT so I will have you know that there were two fallen trial recipes before this one. I attempted both baking AND dehydrating however, baking won.

Set oven to 350.

You will need 2 bowls, one large one medium.

In your medium bowl mix warm melted coconut oil with vanilla extract and brown sugar. Dissolve your sugar up in this mix.

In your larger bowl add all of your dry ingredients and mix well.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add your wet ingredients as pictured below.


Once this is done SLOWLY add your nut milk and mix until sticking. Add in your carob chips.

The dough should be relatively dry and ball up easily. Don’t add all your nut milk at once and don’t be afraid to use a tad more over the recipe if you feel the cookies are too dry.

Ballers being ballers – stoked to have a recipe that just might work.

Next, roll into doughnut hole sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.

These bad girls don’t grow too much so squish them down with your fingers or a fork to ensure they are thoroughly cooked.

Bake for 10 minutes. I tried 12 and they dried out too much, 10 should work well if your oven temps are true.

 


 

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Regardless of how much time I have on my hands there are certain things that I WILL NOT eat out of a package. One of them is oatmeal. Quick oats give every reason for the human race to slow down and make their own damn oatmeal…here’s an inspiring recipe to bring whole food cooking back into your kitchen.

Make the time to go wild with fruits that you love!

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup quick oats & 1.5 cups hot water

1 tbsp flax seed

1/2 tsp aromatic coconut oil

1 Fuji apple – 3/4 diced 1/4 sliced for garnish

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup nut milk of choice (this was low-cal almond & coconut 35 cals per cup)

Maple syrup or agave nectar to drizzle only

Method: 

On stove top bring all ingredients (other than milk & syrup) to a quick boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

In microwave heat all ingredients other than milk and syrup for 1 minute, stir and heat for 30 seconds more.

Add milk (add this in the heating process if you like hot milk) and garnish with apples and drizzle syrup.

Makes one serving under 300 calories.

Pseudo gingerbread latte – Vegan Bodybuilding Series

   

 You all know that this diet is NOT the best, especially at the point where you’re into your last couple of weeks.

I took to trading in some of my fats for the day in order to down an almond milk latte or two.

I found that this pseudo homemade latte hit the spot and was pretty creative if I do say so myself!

The natural essential oils add a sugary / fatty taste where you don’t have to add anything. Not even stevia.

Ingredients:

1 tea bag – chai or gingerbread flavoured

1 cup almond milk, unsweetened & boiled/zapped

1 cup espresso coffee

Dash cinnamon & nutmeg

Method:

In very large mug for superhot espresso coffee and add teabag steeping for two to three minutes.

Remove teabag and stir in milk.

Add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Serve hot.

Quick protein rich parfait – Vegan

The biggest gripe I have about eating during the week is that I hate feeling as though I have no time to eat something delicious. Smoothies work but they’re not so fun day in and day out.

I got my hands on some cultured almond milk yogurt and whipped up this delicious 5 minute breakfast this morning.

Ingredients: 

1 large banana sliced

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup black berries

1/4 cup cashew nuts, crushed

1/3 cup hemp hearts

1 cup almond milk, dairy free yogurt

Drizzling of agave nectar

Method: 

Layer fruit and yogurt. Top with nuts, seeds and agave nectar. Maybe even a dash of cinnamon.

Serves two.

Here’s a tip: If you need to run out the door, stack it all in a mason jar and eat it at work or after a workout.

Vegan Metis Bannock – Frybread

Tradition 2.0

Tradition 2.0

Anastacia came home from school on Friday talking about what she learned that week. Part of her experiences were speaking and learning about First Nations people, apparently Bannock was either discussed or eaten.

Having Metis roots close at home meant that she had already experienced making and cooking Bannock over an open fire at home and she has also been exposed to a tidbit of the culture.

She asked if we could make Bannock. I accepted the challenge and added a twist – veganism.

If you like scones, you’ll love this recipe.

Ingredients: 

3 cups pre-mixed cake flour (includes baking soda/powder/salt)

3 tbsp granulated organic cane sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 block (lb) of vegan butter spread (or butter if you will)

1 cup almond milk

Jam/Honey/Agave nectar for topping

Method: 

Preheat oven to 425

Mix dry ingredients.

Add butter and mix by hand until crumbled.

Slowly add almond milk until dough forms but is not sticky/runny. (Add little bits of flour if your mixture is too wet).

Knead (folding) for 2 minutes.

Form into ball.

Spread in circular formation about 1/2 an inch thick on cookie sheet. I use a pizza sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes or until browned.

Serve warm drizzled with jam, honey or agave nectar.

 

 

Vegan Strawberry Waffles

Sweet Success

Sweet Success

Weekends are the only time I really try to shine at breakfast. I’m not a fan of sweets and I am by no means a pastry chef however, this adapted recipe turned out marvelously and tasted fantastic.

I made a heap of extras to freeze and throw in the oven later – I suggest you do the same. This recipe is for a double batch of the adapted Emeril Legasse recipe.

Prep time 10 minutes, cook time 4 minutes if your going vegan. This recipe is a little heavier sans eggs.

Ingredients:

4 cups cake flour ( I used a pre-mixed blend with baking powder & salt already added)

8 tbsp of egg replacer

1/2 cup water for egg replacer (or more depending)

3 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract – try my homemade recipe HERE

8 tbsp earth balance spread or unsalted butter, melted

3 cups almond milk

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Coconut oil cooking spray

Method: 

Pre-heat waffle iron according to instructions.

Prepare egg replacer by adding water slowly and whisking. Ensure that you add water bit by bit to keep an eye on consistency – you want the consistency of a beaten egg.

Next, add sugar, vanilla extract, melted butter and eggs to egg replacer mixture until combined.

With rubber spatula fold wet ingredients into cake flour gently until thoroughly mixed. Do not over mix or the batter will become tough.

Coat waffle iron with cooking spray.

Place 1 cup of batter with 1/4 cup of strawberry slices at center of iron. Close and allow to cook for 4-4.5 minutes depending on your iron – check in after 3 minutes.

Serve immediately topped with agave nectar or honey. Garnish with mint leaves or more fresh strawberry slices and powdered sugar if desired.

This recipe will serve 4 and allow for at least that many servings to be frozen and stored for at least a few months.

To re-heat: 

Turn oven to 350 and bake for 10 minutes.

Banana Pancakes – vegan

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What to make for breakfast with a house full of people and nothing in the cupboards? Vegan banana pancakes of course. Silly. Add this recipe to your repertoire for a delish and healthy breakfast for the masses.

 

Ingredients: 

6-8 VERY ripe bananas

1 tbsp vanilla extract – try my homemade recipe!

2.5 cups unbleached organic flour – swap for spelt flour if you’re gluten free

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2.5 cups almond/nut milk

4 tbsp unrefined organic sugar

Avocado oil/coconut oil for pan

Method: 

Mash bananas in bowl set aside 2 for garnish. Blend with milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.

You can play with the consistency of your pancakes here. I like them a little more thick so if they are too thin, I just add a bit more flour. Be fearless, pancakes cannot be screwed up. Promise.

(But if you do screw them up..let me know)

Pour into a cast iron pan coated with coconut or avocado oil, heated to medium heat. Cook until bubbles appear then flip. Cook to a golden colour.

Serve with sliced banana and organic REAL maple syrup

Serves 6

Quick health facts: 

If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again.

  1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  2. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.
  3. Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.
  4. Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
  5. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
  6. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
  7. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
  8. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

    Eating Bananas Aids Digestion

  9. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
  10. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
  11. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
  12. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhoea.
  13. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
  14. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.

    Natural Cures From A Simple Banana

  15. Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
  16. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  17. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.
  18. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
  19. Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
  20. Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana.
  21. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
  22. The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  23. Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
  24. Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
  25. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.