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Vegan Almond Flour Pancakes

March 27 2021 VegKitchen 

Vegan Almond Flour Pancakes Whip up a batch of these vegan almond flour pancakes for your breakfast this morning. These almond flour-based pancakes are filled with flaxseed, ripe bananas, and more to help add nutrients and flavor.  Drizzle on some syrup, dust with powdered sugar, or add on some fresh berries. No matter how you serve up these homemade vegan pancakes, they are a hit.  These Vegan Almond Flour Pancakes are… Gluten-free Quick to make Freezer-friendly Something the whole family can enjoy  How to Make Vegan Almond Flour Pancakes  In a bowl, whisk together the almond milk, flaxseed, 3 tablespoons water, and vanilla. Mix well.  Next, mash bananas and incorporate them into the batter.  Now add in the two flour blends, cinnamon, and salt.  Pour a thin layer of oil into your pan, and heat. Then add in your pancake batter, and cook until bubbles form around the edges.  Flip and repeat until the pancakes are fully cooked.  Garnish with warm syrup, fruit, nuts, etc.  The full measurements and instructions for this pancake recipe are in the printable recipe card below.  Tips and Tricks Hot Griddle  Pour the pancake batter into a hot griddle that has been oiled. Otherwise, you won’t get that browned […] The post Vegan Almond Flour Pancakes appeared first on VegKitchen.

Vegan French Toast

March 27 2021 Oh My Veggies 

Looking for the best vegan French toast? This recipe right here is incredible! Whip up yourself some soft, custardy, perfectly cooked toast dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with syrup.  Serve this French toast up for breakfast, brunch, or (if you are like me) the occasional dinner. Follow this recipe to learn how to make French toast that wows everyone.  This Vegan French Toast is...  Easy  Simple Crispy, with soft custard center Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dinner  Quick to make Dairy-free  Super tasty and flavorful How to Make Vegan French Toast Add all your ingredients, except bread, in a bowl. Whisk till combined.  Get your pan hot, and add oil or vegan butter to prevent sticking.  Dip bread slices in French toast mixture quickly and place in a pan.  Cook until golden brown on both sides.  Tips and Tricks  Day-Old Bread Using day-old or firmer bread will help make sure your bread does not fall apart once dipped in the mixture. Quickly Dip Bread Make to dip your bread in the French toast mixture quickly. Get the bread coated, but dont allow it to soak.  Too long in the mixture can cause you bread to fall apart.  Nonstick Pan  […]

Paneer Petha Ka Ladoo

March 22 2021 Manjula's kitchen 

Paneer Petha Ka Ladoo (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Paneer Pethe Ke Ladoo & Petha Sandesh Dessert .wprm-recipe-rating .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-full svg * { fill: #343434; } Many sweets are made using paneer, which is freshly made homemade Indian cheese. Paneer Pethe Ka Ladoo is delicious and easy to make. This recipe was suggested by my friend Usha, who lives in Jaipur. I must say I really enjoy paneer-based sweets, which include Rasgullas, Ras Malai, Sandesh and many more! I decided I would give a paneer-based dessert a try, Paneer Petha Ladoo. Paneer desserts are considered very classy and for a sophisticated palate. They also are typically very refreshing, delicious, and easy to make. Another reason I like to make paneer sweets is because it is very difficult to mess up the recipe! You can start with one recipe for a paneer dessert and then if it doesn't turn out right, it is very easy to fix and come up with a new recipe! Another favorite dessert of mine is Petha, which is a famous sweet from Agra (India). Petha is made from white pumpkin and sugar. These ingredients together are simply delicious. Enjoy! Recipe will make about 12 Ladoo. Course Dessert Cuisine Indian Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Servings 12 ladoos Ingredients1 cup Paneer homemade 1 cup Petha shredded, sweet 1/­­4 tsp Green Cardamom powder 1 Tbsp Pistachios sliced, for garnishing InstructionsDrin the whey from paneer well and knead the paneer until the paneer is almost rolls into smooth soft dough. In a flat frying pan add paneer, petha and cardamom mix it. Turn the heat to low and cook the paneer mixture stirring and pressing continuously until paneer starts coming together as soft dough. This should take about 4-5 minutes. Turn off the heat and keep mixing the paneer like you are making dough. This is most important step to this dish; you are just cooking paneer enough to take out the rawness. If you over cook the paneer it will become crumbly. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to the plate, let the mix sit for about 5 minutes, then divide into 12 equal parts or make the size of ladoo you prefer. Roll them between you palm and shape them in round balls. Garnish with pistachios. NotesI am using homemade paneer, you can refer to my video how to make the paneer which I have done earlier. I am also using dry petha sweet which is available in Indian grocery store, you can also use canned Petha sweet. If you are using canned petha, drain the syrup, and lightly pat dry. The post Paneer Petha Ka Ladoo appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats

March 17 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats I make a variation of these overnight oats all the time. I love that they come together super quickly, make for a great breakfast/­­snack/­­dessert, and are pretty filling, thanks to the addition of chia and hemp. For this decadent raspberry and chocolate version, we make a quick chocolate hemp milk by blending hemp hearts with cacao, maple syrup, and water, which is then used as the soaking liquid for the oats and chia. We also stew some raspberries and layer them between the oats, for that classic chocolate and raspberry flavor pairing. The result is something between breakfast and dessert, and it travels super well, too. Hope you’ll give these oats a try! Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 10 oz frozen or fresh raspberries 4 tablespoons maple syrup, divided juice from half a lemon ¼ cup hemp hearts ¼ cup cacao powder 2 cups rolled oats ¼ cup chia seeds Instructions Put the berries in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and let simmer and thaw out, if frozen, for 5-10 minutes, until broken down in parts and jammy. Turn off the heat, add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and the lemon juice, mix well. Let cool. In an upright blender, combine the hemp hearts, cacao powder, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and 4 cups of water. Blend on high until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats and chia seeds, mix well. Add the chocolate hemp milk, and mix it in. Keep mixing every few minutes, until the oats and chia absorb the liquid and thicken. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight before enjoying. You can either store the oats and raspberries in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator, and combine when serving, or layer the oats and raspberries in jars, as pictured. Enjoy right out of the fridge. 3.5.3226 The post Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

paal cake recipe | eggless soft & juicy milk cake | malabar milk cake

February 18 2021 hebbar's kitchen 

paal cake recipe | eggless soft & juicy milk cake | malabar milk cakepaal cake recipe | eggless soft & juicy milk cake | malabar milk cake with step by step photo and video recipe. generally south indian cuisine has always termed for morning breakfast or for evening snacks. having said that there are simple and easy sweets and dessert recipes too but generally limited to the state-wise cuisine. one such popular milk and sugar syrup based kerala sweet recipe known for its soft and crunchy texture with sugar syrup inside. The post paal cake recipe | eggless soft & juicy milk cake | malabar milk cake appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

Vegan Nutella

February 7 2021 VegKitchen 

Vegan Nutella Learn how to make Vegan Nutella at home in no time. This silky-smooth homemade Nutella is so rich and decadent, and it’s made with just 7 simple ingredients! Use it to dip fresh fruit, use as a frosting for desserts, and more.  This chocolate hazelnut spread uses raw hazelnuts, 60% dark chocolate, and a few other ingredients. Make yourself some homemade Nutella in no time and enjoy your creamy and delicious chocolate spread.  This Vegan Nutella Is… vegan  vegetarian  gluten-free  dairy-free  spreadable and creamy  a great frosting for desserts  storable for 1 month  How to Make Vegan Nutella  Start by preheating the oven to 350°F.  You want to spread out all your hazelnuts onto a pan and roast as directed on a baking sheet.  Toss roasted hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse until you have a thick nut butter.  Once the nut butter is ready, pour in the coconut oil and melted chocolate. Then add in the vegetable milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and sea salt. Process a bit longer until well mixed.  Transfer to an airtight container and store. Scroll down for the full recipe and measurements to the Nutella recipe.  Tips and Tricks Thickness When making homemade chocolate […] The post Vegan Nutella appeared first on VegKitchen.

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

January 23 2021 Vegan Richa 

Apple Pie Baked OatmealThis Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal features a layer of baked oatmeal with crunchy nuts, chia seeds, and warming spices topped with delicious homemade apple pie filling.  Plenty of cinnamon and some maple syrup for sweetness make this baked oatmeal perfect for a cozy morning. Vegan Glutenfree, can be made without Nuts. Apple Pie meets Baked Oatmeal!  A warm, comforting way to start the day, especially served warm topped with a dollop of vegan yogurt or coconut whip and paired with a hot cup of fresh-brewed coffee.  A nice change from your regular bowl of oatmeal. Its so satisfying to eat a slice of baked oatmeal – hearty enough to be breakfast all on its own but is also a delightful afternoon snack and a perfect addition to any brunch spread. Im all about those dessert-for-breakfast creations these days. Have you checked out my Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal? AndCarrot Cake Baked Oatmeal! So delicious! The texture of the baked oatmeal is like moist oat bars witb all the flavor from the spices and texture from nuts and seeds! The best thing about this recipe? The aroma of the vegan apple pie baked oatmeal wafting through your house as it bakes – it is absolutely heavenly! This vegan apple pie baked oatmeal has the warm cinnamon-scented apple pie filling goodness of your favorite Thanksgiving dessert, but instead of a pie crust, it is served on wholesome baked oatmeal. The oatmeal bake is made with rolled oats, pecans, coconut and sweetened only with maple syrup. This vegan oatmeal bake recipe is filled with fiber to keep you full until lunch. MORE OATMEAL OPTIONS - Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal GF - Peanut butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal. GF - Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal No Oil GF - Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal GF - Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats with date caramel GF - Golden Steel cut Oats GF - Savory Spiced Oats Hash GF Apple pie anything just brings joy and I was so excited to turn this All American dessert into a healthy wholesome breakfast recipe.Continue reading: Apple Pie Baked OatmealThe post Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Oatmilk Coconut Eggnog

December 23 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Oatmilk Coconut Eggnog Makes about 1 1/­­2 quarts Photo by James Walmsley I love this recipe because its thick without any thickeners, has lots of warming spice and the secret ingredient – apple cider vinegar – lends just the slightest tang that vegan nogs are sometimes missing. The turmeric is there to give that telltale eggy glow but also adds a little flavor. If you have a vanilla bean, definitely scrape it in here instead of the extract. And if you dont want to grate fresh nutmeg no prob, just use pre-ground. No one is judging. But I find it very satisfying to have that little dose of aromatherapy while grating a fresh nutmeg pod. Serve warm or cold, with about 2 ounces rum per each cup of nog if youre feeling boozy.  Ingredients 2 1/­­2 cups plain oatmilk 1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg 1/­­2 cup sugar 2 14 oz cans coconut milk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Cinnamon sticks for garnish Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup, until smooth. A strong fork usually gets the job done, pretty well. Mix in the oil, vanilla, and salt. Mix in the oatmeal and crisp rice cereal. Start with the fork and then wet your hands and knead together well. Be very firm, the cereal should even crunch up a bit as youre kneading, and you should have a compact, slightly crumbly mixture. Add the peanuts and chocolate chips, and once again, knead until well distributed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press very firmly and as evenly as you can. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, the sides should be golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Remove from pan by pulling up the sides of the parchment. Now slice into 8 squares and serve! The best way to slice is to use a chefs knife, and press down in one firm motion. Do not saw the bars. Store bars in the fridge in individually plastic wrap and they should keep for at least 5 days.

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles

December 20 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles Makes 2 dozen cookies Photo by VK Rees These are an enticing spin on classic cinnamon snickerdoodles, livened up with heavenly Masala chai spices: ginger, cardamom and a hint of cloves. Of course cookies are always fun to eat, but the crunchy, sugary tops on these make them even more so. They dont contain any actual tea, but brew a milky cuppa and prepare to dunk.  There are from Isa Does It. Buy that book, it’s great and the author is very beautiful. Ingredients For the topping: 1/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 3/­­4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Scant 1/­­8 teaspoon ground cloves For the cookies: 1/­­2 cup canola oil 1 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 cup pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons unsweetened plain vegan milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix the topping ingredients together on a dinner plate. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together oil, sugar, syrup, and milk. Mix for at least a minute, until it resembles applesauce. Then mix in vanilla. Sift in remaining ingredients, stirring as you add them. Once all ingredients are added mix until youve got a pliable dough. Get in there with moist gloved hands to mix, its the easiest way to get the dough to come together. Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Pat into the sugar topping to flatten into roughly 2 inch discs. Transfer to baking sheet, sugar side up, at least 2 inches apart (they do spread a little). This should be easy as the the bottom of the cookies should just stick to your fingers so you can just flip them over onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, they should be a bit browned on the bottoms. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Baked Red Lentil & Vegetable Fritters with Maple Mustard Sauce

December 9 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

Baked Red Lentil & Vegetable Fritters with Maple Mustard Sauce I made this recipe on a whim when cooking dinner about a month ago and shared the process on our IG stories. It seemed to resonate, and we absolutely loved how it turned out. I’m finally getting around to sharing the recipe here. These fritters are inspired by the Bengali piyaju, as well as the Korean bindae-tteok, both fritters/­­panckes that are made with legumes in the batter. Soaked and blended red lentils act as a binder in these fritters. No chia or flax, or any other binders needed! We pack the red lentil batter with a bunch of veggies: grated carrot, onion, broccoli, garlic, as well some spices. We then bake the fritters instead of frying them. If I can avoid frying, I always do, to save time and avoid smoking up the kitchen. I think that these guys come out just as golden, crispy, and lacy-edged when baked at a high temperature, as they do when fried. We are just letting the oven do the frying :)  The final product is so savory and addictive, it’s impossible not to eat them all in one sitting. To serve with, there’s a really easy and quick maple mustard dipping sauce that really takes this whole recipe over the top. We hope that you’ll give these fritters a try! Baked Red Lentil & Vegetable Fritters with Maple Mustard Sauce   Print Serves: about 12-13 3½ fritters Ingredients for the fritters 1 medium carrot, grated 1 small yellow onion, peeled and grated florets from 2 very small or 1 medium-small head broccoli, grated ½ teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling the vegetables 1 cup red lentils, soaked in water overnight 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika pinch chili flakes avocado oil or olive oil for the sauce ⅓ cup vegan mayonnaise 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (or 1 tbsp Dijon and 1 tbsp grainy mustard) 2 tablespoons maple syrup Instructions to make the fritters Preheat the oven to 425° F (220° C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the grated carrot, onion, and broccoli in a colander, set over a bowl. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and mix to coat. Let the vegetables sit and release water while preparing the batter. Drain and rinse the lentils. In a food processor, combine the lentils, ½ teaspoon salt, garlic, paprika, and chili flakes. Process until smooth. Transfer the batter to a medium bowl. Using your hands, squeeze as much excess water out of the vegetables as you can. Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the batter and mix to combine. Start forming the fritters on the prepared baking sheet by putting dollops of the batter on the sheet and flattening them out with a spoon. Flatten out from the center to achieve the uneven fritter-like edges, and leave at least an inch between the fritters. Aim for fritters about 3½ in diameter and just under ¼ in thickness. Brush generously with oil and bake for 20 minutes. Carefully flip the fritters using a flat spatula, brush with more oil, and bake for 10 more minutes, until the undersides are golden, and the edges are crispy. You will likely need to bake the fritters in a few batches. to make the sauce In a small bowl, combine the mayo, mustard, and maple syrup. Mix until smooth. Serve as a dipping sauce for the fritters. Notes If your food processor has a grating attachment, its very convenient to use to grate the vegetables for these fritters. 3.5.3226 The post Baked Red Lentil & Vegetable Fritters with Maple Mustard Sauce appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan Almond Coconut Granola

December 7 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Almond Coconut GranolaThis Homemade Baked Almond Coconut Granola is super easy to make and so delicious with the perfect amount of sweetness and the ultimate crunch from nuts, chia seeds and rolled oats! You will want to sprinkle it on everything! Vegan Glutenfree So much better than store-bought granola mixes. Homemade granola – I just LOVE that it is so easy to make and so customizable. You can make it plain, or add in all your favorite dried fruits, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, spices, etc. This vegan recipe for crunchy coconut almond granola has just about everything I love: crunchy granola with big flakes of coconut and whole almonds mixed in.  I also add some chia seeds and assorted nuts for extra crunch. The “glue” that holds this vegan baked granola together is a blend of coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut sugar and a dash of cinnamon too. So this is basically refined sugar-free and provides a rounder, more caramel-y sweetness than storebought granola. Youll pour the wet ingredients over the dry granola ingredients to make it all sticky, and allow for it to bake up all nice and crunchy! Take your time here  -as it bakes youll get those nice big clusters of granola throughout. Did I mention that it will make your kitchen smell amazing? MORE GRANOLA FROM THE BLOG - Date Caramel Granola  - no Oil- no refined sugar - Sunbutter or pb Granola Bars - Maple pecan Cardamom granola  - Lentil Cranberry Granola - candied pecans  - Sriracha Orange Quinoa Peanut Granola - Quinoa Chivda - savory  Indian Trail mix Lately, my favorite way to enjoy this coconut almond granola is on a bowl of coconut yogurt – my favorite breakfast these days! It’s just so crunchy and tasty with the perfect amount of sweetness. Also a wonderful snack. Of course, you can also just enjoy it with your favorite plant-based milk like a bowl of cereal – maybe with chopped up fruit on top. But honestly, it is so good I could just eat it by the handful.Continue reading: Vegan Almond Coconut GranolaThe post Vegan Almond Coconut Granola appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry Mix

November 10 2020 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry MixLearn how to make Vegan Gulab Jamun using my simple gulab jamun dry-mix as a starting point to make this festive Indian sweet consisting of soft cardamom-scented donut balls soaked in saffron/­­rose water syrup. Dairy-free and with a gluten-free option! Jump to Recipe DIY Gulab Jamun Dry Mix for gifting to yourself and others Get ready for one of my favorite Indian treats ever – Gulab Jamuns! The ultimate indulgence for special occasions. Small, bite-sized syrupy donut balls of bliss! And with this Gulab Jamun Dry Mix, you will be able to make them all.the.time. If you are new to Indian food or Indian Diwali sweets, you might be wondering what I am talking about. Let me explain: What are Gulab Jamuns? Gulab jamuns are like a rich donut, flavored with cardamom and saffron and soaked in sugar syrup to make a soft and melt-in-your sweet syrupy Indian dessert. A favorite around the festival season, The traditional version uses milk powder or mawa (milk solids) or other forms of dairy. Every few years I try to improve my vegan gulab jamuns. This version (also a slight variation in my indian kitchen book) makes amazing jamuns. But just getting all the ingredients together can add up to the cooking time. I made them simpler and tastier! Just blend up the ingredients and store as a diy donut mix so that you can make quick vegan jamuns as needed. You can also gift this mix to people as it is shelf-stable for a couple of months! This recipe uses some flour, cardamom, baking soda, sugar, and nuts such as almond and pistachios to add a mawa (milk solids or milk powder) effect. A little bit of breadcrumbs ensures that the mix has a bit of air. Just blend everything up. Add some nondairy milk, make dough and pan fry or deep fry, soak in warm sugar syrup and ready! Lets make this right now!Continue reading: Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry MixThe post Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry Mix appeared first on Vegan Richa.

The Sticky Debate About Honey

November 2 2020 Vegetarian Times 

If theres one hot-button issue among vegans, its honey. While some vegans will eat it and use it, others wont, which can cause some heated debates among this group. So why not just get right to the point: Is honey vegan? The basic buzz on honey Honey bees collect nectar from flowering plants, which they regurgitate into honeycomb cells. With a little fanning from their wings to remove excess moisture, the end result is honey. The amazing fact? Making one pound of honey requires 556 worker bees, and the average worker bee will only make one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, according to the Ontario Beekeepers Association. Because honey is so high in sugar, it then becomes an energy source for the bees, helping fuel the roughly 12,000 beats their wings take every minute. Of course, bees have been making honey ever since their existence, and its said theyve been around for about 30 million years. How long humans have been eating honey isnt entirely clear, but honey has certainly found its way into the human food system, showing up on breakfast tables, getting baked into breads and muffins, and being mixed into granolas. Honeys also a popular medicinal cure. The case against honey being vegan The first argument against honey not being vegan (though it certainly is vegetarian) is the obvious one: Honey comes from an animal, and vegans eschew any animal-based products. Animals arent ours to use, steal from or manipulate as we see fit, says Amber Canavan, senior campaigner and spokesperson for PETA in Portland, Ore. And while you might not equate bees with farmed animals like chickens, pigs and cows, there is cruelty in the raising of bees. Theyre killed and harmed in the process, Canavan says. She points to commercially bred honey bees who are kept crammed in file-cabinet type hives. When hives are ready for harvesting, its nearly impossible to open the hive and get honey out without crushing numerous bees who are trying to protect the hive, she adds. Now move to queen bees, who are often treated like female cows in the dairy industry, being artificially inseminated by force, Canavan says. Beekeepers might even clip the wings of queen bees so they cant escape and move the hive. And speaking of moving, bees are often trucked around the country, especially in the commercial industry, to pollinate plants in a given destination. Because honey bees arent native to this country, moving them around like this could introduce issues for local pollinators, she adds. Related: How to Choose Sugar Substitutes Finally, taking honey from the bees may threaten the bees health, according to The Vegan Society. Not only is their honey supply then decreased, many commercial beekeepers will take the honey off and feed them high-fructose corn syrup, which isnt good for their health, says Paul Cronshaw, co-founder and director of operations for the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association in California, vegan and hive keeper whose hives are cruelty- and chemical-free. Putting honey on the table In spite of the above arguments, there are vegans who do consume and use honey, Cronshaw being one of them. My philosophy is that the bees are using honey as a survival food in a house that Im providing, and I take only a minimal amount for rent, he says, adding that this was the first year hes taken from them in years because of the now-ended drought in California. As a result, the bees produced more honey this year and were able to pay more rent. Whats his rationale for using honey? I use honey for medicine and other reasons, he says. Those reasons include helping with sore throat, improving oral health, and aiding with wound healing. Case in point: He was bitten on the hand by a dog recently and used Manuka honey to heal while honey helped him survive a foot injury on a nine-day backpacking trip in the Sierras a few years ago. And while nobodys advocating supporting commercial beekeepers, supporting local ones can help the bee population survive. Numerous studies, after all, point to the collapse of bees who help pollinate numerous food crops. Although honey bees arent in danger of extinction, they are in decline, albeit a big slower because humans are their shepherds or keepers, he adds. If you do decide to use honey, Cronshaw recommends connecting with local beekeepers to find out how they practice beekeeping. Most local beekeepers arent trucking their hives around the country, arent using harmful fillers after taking the bees honey and are working hard not to kill bees. You can raise bees without killing them, he says. The good news is that you dont have to eat or use honey if you dont want to. There are so many alternatives on the market now, Canavan says. Not only can you choose from things like maple syrup, stevia, blackstrap molasses and agave syrup, theres even vegan honey. You can also help local pollinators by planting plants they like and creating a pollinator-friendly yard.   The post The Sticky Debate About Honey appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Apple Galette

October 14 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

Apple Galette I love making galettes because they are pretty much impossible to mess up. As long as you have a dependable dough recipe, you can fill it with most fruit, make a few rustic folds, and you’re on your way to a really tasty treat. You can also get really intricate with arranging the filling like I tend to do. But though fun and meditative, it’s really not required, and almost takes away from the ease of the preparation synonymous with galette. Apple season is here, and our fruit bowl is constantly overflowing with beautiful varieties of apples, Empire being a recent favorite. Apples bake up beautifully in a galette, maintaining their integrity all the while turning jammy and soft. In this recipe, we pair the apples with pine nuts, which bring a buttery richness to the filling. You can technically omit them altogether and just have a filling of apples, sugar, and spices, but we love what the nuts do for the overall flavor. Hope you’ll give this recipe a try if you find yourself with a surplus of apples! Apple Galette   Print Serves: two 7-8 galettes Ingredients for the dough 1½ cups spelt, whole wheat, or all purpose flour 2 teaspoons coconut sugar pinch sea salt 3 tablespoons soft coconut oil or olive oil ½ cup + 2 tablespoons hot water for the filling 6 tablespoons coconut sugar, divided ¼ cup pine nuts, ground in a mortar and pestle or chopped finely 1 teaspoon cinnamon ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg 4-5 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly 1 tablespoon dairy-free milk 1½ teaspoons maple syrup Instructions to make the dough Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl, mix to combine. Add the oil and start mixing it in with a fork. Slowly stream in the hot water while continuing to mix. Once the dough comes together, knead it with you hands, until you have a smooth, soft dough. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough appears too dry. Take care not to add too much water, giving the flour a chance to absorb the initial amount of water first. Divide the dough in half. Flatten each piece into a round disc, wrap them in plastic wrap or place into a floured bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. to assemble and bake the galettes Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Line a large baking sheet or two medium baking sheets by covering them with parchment paper. Prepare two small bowls. In one bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of the coconut sugar and the pine nuts. In the other bowl, mix together 3 more tablespoons of coconut sugar with cinnamon and nutmeg. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, one portion at a time, into 1/­­8 -thick circular sheets, about 9 in diameter. Place one sheet of dough on the prepared baking sheet, keeping it to one side to make room for the second galette (if you are using two baking sheets, you dont have to worry about this). Leaving a 1-2 inch border, sprinkle the sheet of dough with half of the pine nut and sugar mixture. Arrange half of the sliced apples on top in any pattern you like. Sprinkle the apples with half of the sugar and spice mixture. Fold over the edges of the galette, working circularly, until the galette has a folded border. Repeat this process with the second portion of the dough. In a small bowl, mix together the dairy-free milk and maple syrup. Brush this mixture over the folded borders of the galettes. Bake the galettes for 45 minutes, until the dough is golden and the apples are soft and cooked through. Enjoy the apple galettes warm or at room temperature. 3.5.3226 The post Apple Galette appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

March 3 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins The idea for these muffins came from a smoothie shop I used to frequent back in NYC. They sold some baked goods in addition to smoothies, including peanut butter and jelly muffins. I remember wanting to recreate that muffin flavor at home as soon as I saw them, and this was years ago. I finally got around to it! These muffins are made with spelt flour and are filled with a layer of peanut butter and chia jam in the middle, as well as topped with a swirl of both. The recipe has you make extra chia jam, so that you can top the muffins with more of it, which is my favorite way to enjoy them. Hope you’ll give these a try! Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins   Print Serves: 12 muffins Ingredients for the chia jam 10 oz/­­2 heaping cups frozen or fresh raspberries, or other berries of choice 2 tablespoons maple syrup juice from half a lemon 2 tablespoons chia seeds for the muffins 2 cups spelt flour 2½ teaspoons baking powder sea salt ½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar 1 cup dairy-free milk ⅓ cup refined coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ cup chia jam, plus more for topping ¼ cup creamy peanut butter Instructions to make the chia jam Put the berries in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and let simmer and thaw out, if frozen, for 5-10 minutes, until broken down in parts and jammy. Turn off the heat and add the maple syrup, lemon juice, and chia seeds, mix well. Let cool, transfer to an airtight container, and keep refrigerated. This recipe makes extra chia jam, enjoy it on top of the muffins. to make the muffins Preheat the oven to 350° F (175° C). Prepare a 12 hole muffin tin by filling it with muffin liners (see note). In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, mix until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, milk, oil, and vanilla extract, mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to just combine. Take care not to over mix, to keep the muffins fluffy. Fill the muffin holes about halfway with the batter. Use a wet spoon to make small indentations in the middle of the batter for the peanut butter and jelly (see photo). Add about ½ teaspoon of each the chia jam and peanut butter into the indentations. Cover the peanut butter and jelly layer with the rest of the batter, smoothing it out with a wet spoon. Some of the jam and peanut butter might squeeze out the sides, which is ok. Top each muffin with another ½ teaspoon of each the chia jam and peanut butter. Use a toothpick or a knife to swirl the two together. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for 15 minutes, remove from the tin and enjoy, topped with more of the chia jam. Notes I recommend using muffin liners, since any of the jam that comes in contact with the walls of the muffin tin might burn or caramelize a bit. If you are like me and dont mind that, feel free to skip the muffin liners. Just make sure to oil the muffin tin thoroughly. 3.5.3226 The post Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Almond Butter Protein Balls

February 7 2021 VegKitchen 

Almond Butter Protein Balls Six ingredients are all you need to make these Almond Butter Protein Balls. These are great pick-me-up snack to fuel your body and curb your sweet tooth cravings. Cocoa, shredded coconut, almond butter, and more make the most incredible bite-size vegan protein balls.  Prep these on Sunday and have these protein balls all week to pack for your lunch, to combat the 2 pm slump, or as an after school treat for the kids. These protein almond balls are even freezer friendly! These Almond Butter Protein Balls Are… Vegan  Vegetarian  Gluten-Free  Dairy-Free  Great for meal prepping snacks  Freezer Friendly  How to Make Almond Butter Protein Balls  Add your activated chia seeds, cocoa powder, almond butter, maple syrup, almond meal, and coconut in a bowl.   Mix until well combined. Roll into balls.  Coat each protein ball with the leftover coconut flakes. Tips and Tricks Activate chia seeds To activate chia seeds, they need to be soaked in almond milk. Once they swell up they will resemble tapioca pudding. Combining 2-3 tablespoons of milk with the chia seeds will work. Let them soak for 15-20 minutes. If you find they run out of liquid, add a splash more in.  Texture  You will […] The post Almond Butter Protein Balls appeared first on VegKitchen.

Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

February 6 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars Makes 12 bars Photo By Kate Lewis February is baking season and where I am, nothing is in season, so anything goes! But, I ask you: is there a better treat than sliced apples spread with peanut butter?  Not really. But what if you wanted to turn that into a dessert that took much longer? JK. These bars fulfill all your apple peanut butter cravings and then some. An apple pie filling inside a graham cracker crust, with a crumb topping and ribbons of luscious peanut butter caramel. The peanut butter caramel is the nicest trick. Not technically caramel, its just  few ingredients lightly heated that come out all thick and sweet like caramel, but with no chance to mess it up. This recipe is from Veganomicon. I will be posting some Veganomicon recipes over the next week, but you can totally buy a copy, too. No one is stopping you! Recipe Notes ~To make cookie crumbs, just blitz the cookies in a food processor until fine. You can actually use different types of wafery cookies here. Vanilla or speculoos or even peanut butter would be nice! ~For a sweet and salty combo, sprinkle some flake sea salt, like Maldon, over the caramel before it sets. 1/­­4 teaspoon should do it. Ingredients For the Crust: 3 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/­­3 cup refined coconut oil 3 tablespoons unsweetened vegan milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the Crumb Topping: 1/­­2 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil, melted For the Apple filling: 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 6), cored and sliced thinly (peeling is optional) 1/­­3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger Peanut Butter Caramel: 2/­­3 cup well stirred chunky peanut butter 1/­­4 cup pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Prepare the crust: Place the graham cracker crumbs in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the oil and mix until moistened. Add the soy milk and mix with your fingers; the crumbs should hold together if pinched. Press the crumbs firmly into the prepared baking pan to form a crust. Prepare the topping: Combine the flour, sugar, spices, and salt in a mixing bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil into the flour and mix with your fingertips until crumbs start to form. Keep tossing the mixture with your fingers; you want the crumbs to be fairly large for crumbs. Add more oil if necessary. Prepare the apple filling: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, coating all the apples. Assemble: Layer the apples onto the crust and sprinkle with the crumb topping. The topping wont solidly cover the entire pan; just sprinkle it randomly over the top so that the apples are peeking through in places. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the apples are tender. When the bars are close to being done, start preparing the peanut butter caramel:  Mix all the ingredients very well with a fork, in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat for about 3 minutes. The mixture should soften and slide off the fork in ribbons. When the bars are done baking, drizzle the caramel in ribbons all over the top. Let cool completely before serving. You can let them chill in the fridge to cool faster. Slice into bars and serve.

No-Bake Vegan Lemon Bars

January 22 2021 VegKitchen 

No-Bake Vegan Lemon Bars These No-Bake Vegan Lemon Bars require just six ingredients. Whip up these bars for a weekday pick-me-up, packing in school lunches, etc.  These vegan lemon bars are a breeze to whip up--made with shredded coconut, almond flour, lemon juice and zest, and maple syrup. If you are a fan of that tart and sweet lemon flavor, you’ll love this tasty lemon bar recipe! The texture of these lemon bars is different than the traditional kind, but trust me--these bars are incredible. These sliceable lemon and coconut flavored bars really hit the spot when your sweet tooth is calling your name.  This Recipe Is…  Vegan Gluten Free No Bake  Simple Ingredients Needed  Almond Flour | I recommend using a fine almond flour when making these bars. Otherwise, the coarser flour can give it a gritty texture. You can always take your flour and run it through a food processor to make the flour more delicate in texture.  Lemon | Lemon juice and lemon zest are both used in this recipe. I find that both of them help to elevate that tartness and sweetness in the no-bake bars.  Maple Syrup | I wanted to use maple syrup to sweeten the bars. I […] The post No-Bake Vegan Lemon Bars appeared first on VegKitchen.

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

December 21 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars Makes 8 bars Photo by VK Rees These are the chewy granola bars of your dreams! Totally appropriate for dessert or breakfast or midnight snack. Brown rice syrup gives them the chewy stickiness youre looking for and crispy rice cereal makes them light and crunchy.. If you love a salty sweet combo, you can use roasted salted peanuts here, or increase the salt by a big pinch. You can also make them a little fancier by drizzling in chocolate and then sprinkling with flaky sea salt, like Maldon. Originally published in Isa Does It. Ingredients 1/­­2 cup smooth, natural peanut butter 1/­­3 cup pure maple syrup 1/­­3 cup brown rice syrup 1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup crisp rice cereal 1/­­2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped 1/­­3 cup chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup, until smooth. A strong fork usually gets the job done, pretty well. Mix in the oil, vanilla, and salt. Mix in the oatmeal and crisp rice cereal. Start with the fork and then wet your hands and knead together well. Be very firm, the cereal should even crunch up a bit as youre kneading, and you should have a compact, slightly crumbly mixture. Add the peanuts and chocolate chips, and once again, knead until well distributed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press very firmly and as evenly as you can. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, the sides should be golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Remove from pan by pulling up the sides of the parchment. Now slice into 8 squares and serve! The best way to slice is to use a chefs knife, and press down in one firm motion. Do not saw the bars. Store bars in the fridge in individually plastic wrap and they should keep for at least 5 days.

Miso Tahini and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Glaze

December 16 2020 Golubka Kitchen 

Miso Tahini and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Glaze It’s the season for homemade cookies, and today we are coming to you with these hippiefied, gluten-free and vegan, but still very delicious cookies. We’ve got two variations on one cookie base: miso tahini cookies and chocolate peanut butter cookies, both topped with a decadent, coconut maple glaze. These are fun and easy to make, and if you want, you can get creative with topping the glaze with some beautiful ‘natural sprinkles’ like crushed pink peppercorns, dried rose petals, candied citrus peel, poppy seeds, etc. etc. Or leave them plain like we did, for a more minimal presentation. You can also sandwich them together for a cookie sandwich. Hope you’ll give them a try! Miso Tahini and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Glaze   Print Serves: 30-32 cookies total Ingredients for the miso tahini cookies ¼ cup gluten-free oat flour, plus more if needed ¼ cup brown rice flour ½ cup gluten-free quick oats ½ teaspoon baking soda sea salt ½ cup creamy tahini 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil - soft, at room temperature ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 tablespoon white miso 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the chocolate peanut butter cookies ¼ cup gluten-free oat flour, plus more if needed ¼ cup brown rice flour ½ cup gluten-free quick oats ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda sea salt ½ cup creamy peanut butter 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil - soft, at room temperature ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the coconut maple glaze ¼ cup coconut butter/­­manna (not oil) 2 tablespoons maple syrup sea salt 3-4 tablespoons water Instructions to make the miso tahini cookies Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Prepare a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine oat flour, brown rice flour, oats, baking soda, and a pinch of salt, mix to combine. In another medium bowl, combine the tahini, coconut oil, maple syrup, miso, and vanilla extract, mix to combine. Add the tahini mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. If the batter appears too runny, add more oat flour, about 2 tablespoons should be enough. Using a small (1½?) ice-cream scooper or 1 heaping tablespoon measure, scoop one cookie at a time and arrange on the baking sheet 2? apart. Flatten the cookies out with the back of a spoon if needed (this will depend on the creaminess of your tahini). Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden brown. 12 minutes will give you a chewier cookie, while 15 minutes will make for a harder cookie. Let cool completely to firm up. Glaze with the coconut maple glaze (recipe below) and enjoy. to make the chocolate peanut butter cookies Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Prepare a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine oat flour, brown rice flour, oats, cocoa powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt, mix to combine. In another medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, mix to combine. Add the peanut butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. If the batter appears too runny, add more oat flour, about 2 tablespoons should be enough. Using a small (1½?) ice-cream scooper or 1 heaping tablespoon measure, scoop one cookie at a time and arrange on the baking sheet 2? apart. Flatten the cookies out with the back of a spoon if needed (this will depend on the creaminess of your peanut butter). Bake for 12-15 minutes. 12 minutes will give you a chewier cookie, while 15 minutes will make for a harder cookie. Let cool completely to firm up. Glaze with the coconut maple glaze (recipe below) and enjoy. to make the coconut maple glaze Combine the coconut butter, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk until the coconut butter is starting to melt. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the icing is smooth and creamy. Remove from the heat and glaze the cookies. The glaze will harden at cooler temperatures and soften when warm. 3.5.3226 The post Miso Tahini and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Glaze appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

White Chocolate Peppermint Torte

December 7 2020 My New Roots 

White Chocolate Peppermint Torte   Hi friends. It feels good to be back in this blog space. Since the beginning of this year, Ive been focusing my attention on my latest project, My New Roots Grow – an online universe of wellness education – which will launch soon. Grow is the most energy-intensive and large-scale project since my cookbooks, and once again it feels like birthing something major. The blog has been on the back burner giving more space for Grow to, well, grow, but I thought Id pop in with this stellar holiday dessert because tis the season! I actually developed this recipe last winter, but wasnt sure what to do with it. I thought about keeping it exclusively on Grow (since that is where a lot of my recipe content will live from now on!), but because it is so special and delicious, I felt that it should just be out in the world. Inspired by the Spiced Chocolate Torte that I make on the retreats in Mexico (remember places?!), I wanted to make a festive holiday version with white chocolate and peppermint. The crust is dark chocolate and pecan, so rich and delicious with just the right amount of salt. The interior is velvety smooth and beguilingly creamy, made with cashews, coconut oil, and white chocolate. I love the kiss of peppermint in the filling, which is definitely present but not overwhelming. I didnt want anyone to feel like they were eating dessert and brushing your teeth at the same time!   Some notes on the recipe… If youre using peppermint essential oil to flavour the filling, I find it helpful to measure it out on a spoon first, just in case the bottle is in a giving mood – one too many drops of this stuff will ruin a good torte with too much minty-ness! I like to use about 6 or 7 drops total, but if it comes out too fast, I have no way of controlling the amount. If youre using peppermint extract, start at a quarter of a teaspoon and work your way up to the flavour that suits you. If you eat a vegan diet, you can use maple syrup instead of honey in the filling, but the colour is going to be more brown /­­ beige than creamy. Also, make sure to find dairy-free white chocolate, since the vast majority of commercially-made white chocolate contains milk solids. And then, if you do find vegan white chocolate, read the ingredient list to make sure that is doesnt contain any hydrogenated oils or weird emulsifiers (or just pick your battles!).   The torte decorating is entirely up to you, although pomegranate seeds create a striking display of holiday cheer! Other options include fresh mint leaves, cacao nibs, or shaved dark chocolate. You could even include them all, if youre feeling extra festive. Store the torte in the freezer until youre ready to enjoy it, then bring it out about 15-20 minutes before serving so that its not rock hard. Its easier to slice and eat when its warmed up a tad. Use a smooth, very sharp chefs knife, and run it under hot water before cutting into the torte to make it glide. If you’re not in the mood to make a crust, you can turn this dessert into freezer fudge by preparing only the filling. Pour the filling into an 8-inch /­­ 20 cm square pan lined with plastic wrap; top with 1/­­2 cup /­­ 65g toasted pecans, cacao nibs, or chocolate shards, and freeze until solid (about 2 hours). Slice into squares and enjoy straight from the freezer!     Print recipe     White Chocolate Peppermint Torte Serves 10-14 For the crust: 1 cup /­­ 100g pecans 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml coconut oil, preferably flavour-neutral 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 1/­­4 tsp. fine-grain sea salt 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 150g rolled oats, divided, gluten-free if necessary 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder For the filling: 1 1/­­2 cups /­­ 200g cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours 3/­­4 cup /­­ 175 ml creamed honey (sub with maple syrup, but be warned the colour of the filling will be brown) 1/­­2  cup /­­ 125 ml coconut oil 75g /­­ 2.6 oz. white chocolate, melted (dairy-free /­­ vegan if desired) 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/­­2 tsp. fine-grain sea salt a few drops peppermint essential oil or extract, to taste pomegranate, mint, cacao nibs, shaved dark chocolate, for garnish, optional Directions: 1. Make the Crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a 9-inch (23 cm) spring form pan or pie dish with coconut oil. 2. In a food processor, blend 1/­­2 cup (50g) of the rolled oats on high until you have a rough flour, place a small bowl and set aside. Without cleaning the machine, process the pecans into a fine crumb with the texture of sand. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, oat flour and cacao powder, and process again until the dough comes together. Finally, add the remaining 1 cup of rolled oats and pulse until the oats are chopped, but still have some texture to them. The dough should stick together slightly when pressed between your fingers. If it doesnt, try adding a bit more maple syrup or processing a bit longer. 3. Crumble roughly half of the dough evenly over the base of the pan. Starting from the middle, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, moving outward and upward along the side of the pie dish. The harder you press the crumbs into the dish, the better the crust will hold together. Taking a small section at a time, use the remaining crust to go up the sides, all around the form until complete. Poke a few fork holes into the bottom of the crust to let the steam escape. 4. Bake the crust, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes, until fragrant and slightly darker around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. 5. Make the filling: Drain and rinse the cashews. In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked cashews, honey, oil, melted chocolate, vanilla, salt, and peppermint, then blend on high until the filling is completely smooth. It can take a few minutes of blending to get it smooth, depending on your blender. If the blender needs more liquid to get it going, add a tablespoon (15 mL) of plant-based milk (or a bit more) to help it along. 6. Pour the filling into the prepared crust, smoothing out the top evenly. Place the torte on an even surface in the freezer, uncovered. Freeze for a couple of hours, and then cover the dish with foil and freeze overnight, or for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours, until the torte sets. 7. Remove the torte from the freezer and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes before slicing. It is meant to be served cold. Garnish with mint leaves, pomegranate seeds, cacao nibs, melted or shaved chocolate, if desired.   I hope that wherever you are and whatever youre celebrating this month, you are safe, healthy, and grateful. This year has thrown us all for the biggest loop of our lives, and finding the small joys and tiny triumphs (like getting out for some fresh air, putting dinner on the table) is enough to make me feel proud, anyway. The holidays will undoubtedly look different this year, but I know that I am just thankful to have a roof over my head and a torte to share with the ones I love. I hope the same for you, dear friend. In light and love, best wishes for the season ahead. Sarah B The post White Chocolate Peppermint Torte appeared first on My New Roots.

5 Vegetarian Swaps to Boost Nutrition in Sweet Treats

November 23 2020 Vegetarian Times 

Choose Whole Grains Theres a reason the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend to make at least 50% of your grains whole: theyre packed with essential vitamins and minerals that keep your body running at its peak! When gearing up to bake that family favorite sugar cookie or bread loaf, consider swapping half of the all-purpose flour for a whole-wheat flour until you can make the full switch (this Healthy Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Loaf is a great recipe to start with!) Traditionally, when you start small like this its an easy way to slowly get your pallet to adjust to the change while boosting the fiber of the entire slice (or cookie) too! If youre gluten-free, consider using a recipe that calls for gluten-free oat flour or almond flour (like these Healthy Pumpkin Muffins) so you also reap the benefits of the fiber. Amp Up Those Omegas with Walnuts Pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie calling your name this season? Consider swapping out that white flour and butter crust for a delicious (and nutritious) walnut-based crust. Walnuts pack 2.5 grams of the plant-based version of the omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), in addition to 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber in a one-ounce portion. While many name brands have begun selling their own walnut crusts in the baking section at your local market, they often contain flour and butter in small amounts to help hold the crust together. Not a deal-breaker if youre tight on time, but defeats the purpose of the swap if youre trying to keep this treat gluten-free and vegan. Consider making your own (check out a simple recipe idea here) by pulsing walnuts with a date paste or syrup in your food processor, then shaping into a pie crust and freezing until ready to bake. Related: 7 Tips for Shaking Sugar Think natural When It Comes to Sugar Its no secret most people eat WAY more added sugar than recommended (for reference, on average Americans eat about 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day when the recommendation is closer to 12 teaspoons or below for a 2000 calorie diet!) And friends, beware, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, and good ole cane sugar are ALL just different types of added sugars (one isnt better than the other.) To help satisfy that sweet tooth, consider using the natural sugars found in sweet fruits and vegetables, like apples, dates, and sweet potatoes, in your baked goods. Depending on the type of recipe youre making, you should be able to reduce the added sugar by at least a third when you sub in unsweetened applesauce (like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars do!) Note you will also need to modify the fat amount (like the oil or butter used) so the texture continues to be the same. Boost Fiber with Beans Chocolate is abundant this season and for good reason: its delicious and its packed with flavonoids. But what if you took that decadent chocolate and brought it up a notch to boost the fiber and create a decadent dark chocolate dip to serve alongside graham crackers, gingerbread, or fresh fruit? Youd be the hostess with the most-ess for sure! Begin by pureeing a cup of beans alongside melted dark chocolate or dark cocoa powder, dates for natural sweetness, and your favorite nut or seed butter of choice. Blend until its a smooth, hummus-like consistency and enjoy! (Use this Sweet Hummus Recipe as your guide.) Power Up with Protein Cream pies and bundt cakes are certainly popular around the holiday season, but that doesnt mean you cant do over the dairy! Swapping in a portion of reduced-fat Greek or skyr yogurt for sour cream helps to boost the protein while minimizing the saturated fat of your treat. If youre still not a big fan of Greek yogurt, then ease into it by starting small with the swap, with roughly a third used in place of the sour cream. In no time youll be adjusted and making the full swap, pinky promise! (Try this Butterscotch Cheesecake Pie for a nice addition to your menu this year!) The post 5 Vegetarian Swaps to Boost Nutrition in Sweet Treats appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

7 Tips for Shaking Sugar

November 7 2020 Vegetarian Times 

1. Rethink breakfast and afternoon treats Many people who decide to eat less sugar face two immediate challenges: what to eat for breakfast and finding a non-sweet afternoon treat, says Amy Chaplin, author of Whole Food Cooking Every Day (2020, Artisan/­­Workman Publishing Co., Inc.) which includes many sugar-free recipes. For breakfast, Chaplin suggests making your own muesli or granola using yakon syrup, a natural sweetener that is low on the glycemic index (GI) scale (meaning it doesnt bombard your body with sugar because it is digested slowly). Other options: tofu scrambles and steel-cut oatmeal. For snacks, go for apple slices with peanut butter, plain yogurt with blueberries or carrots and hummus. Instead of soda or fruit juices, drink chilled sparkling water with a slice of lemon or herbal teas. 2. Know what you are eating There are at least 200 other names for sugar on food labels, says Uma Naidoo, MD, director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of This Is Your Brain on Food (2020 Little Brown Spark/­­Hachette). Fructose, dextrose and maltose are just a few. And look for added sugars Dr. Naidoo advises. Foods like ketchup, pasta sauces and salad dressings often have more added sugars than sweet foods where you expect sugar. 3. Mind your carbs Choose to eat complex carbs that are low on the GI scale such as apples, oranges, bran cereals and black beans, which are slowly digested, and skip simple carbs such as potatoes, French fries, white rice, white pasta and refined breakfast cereals which are high on the scale. 4. Try new ingredients When cooking, use naturally sweet ingredients in place of sugar. I like using freshly squeezed orange juice, berries and berry powders, beet juice powder, vanilla, coconut butter or dried coconut flakes, says Chaplin. Medjool dates are another good choice, and spices such as cinnamon add extra flavor. Related: 8 Way to Improve Your Gut Health & Mood 5. Be fruit-wise Because fruit contains fiber and nutrients, it is digested slowly and its sugar is absorbed slowly too. Still, its wise to limit fruit. I prefer lower glycemic fruit such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and Bing cherries. These options contain less fructose, the natural sugar in fruit, says Dr. Naidoo. Two to three servings of fruit eaten throughout the day should be OK for most people, she adds, unless you are diabetic or have fructose intolerance in which case you should consult with your doctor. 6. Remember why its important Sweet cravings are hard to resist. Sugar-laden foods increase serotonin in the brain and make you feel good, explains Dr. Naidoo. The calming effect of serotonin may often be felt shortly after eating a candy bar, cake, or other foods high in simple carbs--this is a reason why these foods can be so addictive. Remind yourself that consuming too much sugar can raise the risk of life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease when overwhelmed with a craving for a sugary sweet, 7. Enjoy dessert! Dont deprive yourself of luscious desserts. Start to replace those sugary treats with healthier options that still taste good, says Dr. Naidoo. Another option is to switch to baking with erythritol--sold as Swerve--in recipes, says Dr. Naidoo. Even when using artificial sweeteners, however, moderation is key. She also suggests making your own fruit-based ice cream. Amy Chaplins new cookbook features fruit-based desserts such as Berry Chia Pudding--A crowd pleaser for sure! Chaplin says. Click here for the recipe. The post 7 Tips for Shaking Sugar appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Gluten Free Buckwheat Waffles

October 27 2020 Vegan Richa 

Gluten Free Buckwheat WafflesThese Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles are a chocoholic’s breakfast dream! Light, crispy, and nutritious and made with a blend of naturally gluten-free buckwheat flour and oat flour! 7 ingredients and 1 Bowl. Wholesome, delicious and so easy to make. Vegan Glutenfree soyfree Nut-free Recipe Jump to Recipe These Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles are light, crispy, and nutritious. You will love how easy they are to throw together and how wholesome these are while still tasting super chocolatey and decadent. The unique blend of buckwheat flour and oat flour will keep you full for hours. Trust me, you will want to make a double batch!  Chocolatey, rich, and nutty as they are, these gluten-free waffles taste excellent as they are, but why not take them to the next level with some toppings? You can top these any way you like, but let me just mention that a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of syrup is a superb choice for sure.Continue reading: Gluten Free Buckwheat WafflesThe post Gluten Free Buckwheat Waffles appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Story Behind Recipes

September 23 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

Story Behind Recipes Dont you think it is true? Most of us have some story behind our favorite dishes. Most of the dishes I make have a story behind them. This may sound silly but this is the fact. My grand kids will vouch for me saying our dadima is full of stories. We all have some dishes we have enjoyed and admired. It makes a difference where and with who we dined. The presentation can inspire you, and that becomes the story behind that dish. I remember my first lentil dal I made: I used at least double the salt yet still my dad enjoyed it. I rolled my first roti into world map shape and my mom smiled and complimented it saying that was a piece of art. I gave the same compliment to my granddaughter when she rolled her first roti at five years old. She loved the idea of a world map. When my boys were young, I would make them puries; when they saw the puries being puffed, their eyes opened wide and they had so many questions. This happened every time they saw the puries, for I never came up with a good answer to satisfy their curiosity. Bengali Rasgullas are my favorite dessert. They are made with homemade paneer: round paneer balls soaked in sugar syrup. This is a delicacy from the state of Bengal. I will say one can never go wrong with this dish. When I was first learning to cook Rasgullas, they would turn out hard, not the right shape, or break in pieces. I learned quickly how to fix this, making them into different desserts in whichever way the imperfect Rasgullas would allow. My friends would ask me for the recipe. I tried explaining, but no one believed me. I decided to serve them differently and each time they were a hit amongst my friends. The bottom line is to enjoy your creation! I think I take every incident in my life as a story. Life is easier and more beautiful that way for me. It puts a smile on my face. Many of my viewers will ask how to make a certain dish restaurant style, but I like and enjoy simple home-made food. I dont even try to make restaurant style, but it does not mean I dont get inspired when I see some dish that is eye-catching; I will always see how I can make such a dish in homemade style. Thats how I came up with the recipe for Taco Samosa: I saw it made in the restaurant and then I put my own twist to it. A recent recipe I have cooked is Gulab Jamun Cake. My daughter-in-law wanted me to make it and asked me to add my own twist. I googled for the recipe; I was not happy with any of them, so I decided to create my own. After a few attempts to do so, I was very happy with the results. Sorry! I am the last person who can follow the recipes. It is strange then that I want you to follow mine. I enjoy it when I read the comments where you have made your own changes to the recipe. When we go out for dinner, visit friends and family, go to restaurants or I see some magazine that has a beautiful looking dish that catches my eye, I want and will try to make it. I think cooking is an art; instead of colors, you play with ingredients. Painters are inspired by something before they paint. I see cooking in the same way. The post Story Behind Recipes appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.


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