My eldest daughter isn’t leaving for college for another 5 weeks and already she is teaching me things.
She made these incredibly moist and delicious muffins and gave me the recipe.
She substituted raspberries for blackberries and I would switch out the wheat flour for coconut flour.
just a few ideas.
In any case, these were delicious!
She has taught me about Chia seeds which are wonderful; Extremely healthy and a great ingredient for vegan chefs to add texture, heft and “egg white” qualities to baked goods.
Blackberry Mango Muffins
3 Tbsp. Chia seed
1 1/4 Cup Warm Water
2 Cups Mango, No Skin/seed and Mashed
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
2/3 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
3 1/2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. Ground Allspice
1 tsp. Salt
1 Cup Fresh Blackberries
1 Cup Salted, Shelled Pistachios
Preheat the oven to 350°F and get 24 cupcake liners ready in a baking sheet.
Stir the chia seed and warm water together and set aside for a few minutes until it is gelatinous.
In a small bowl, stir together the coconut oil, mango, sugar, ACV, vanilla extract and the chia seed mixture.
Using a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, Allspice, and salt.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir together until there are not dry chunks and it is smooth.
Fold the blackberries and salted pistachios into the batter. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners until it almost reaches the top.
Bake for 23-27 minutes, check to see if they are done baking with a toothpick to see if it draws clear. Place on cooling rack for 10 minutes.
For vegans concerned about calcium, consider this:
Figs are a fruit source of calcium (79 milligrams in an 8 oz-wt serving), a mineral that has many functions including promoting bone density. Additionally, figs’ potassium may also counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most Americans, thus helping to further prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate.
Not much needs to be done to prepare figs for your favorite recipes or impromptu creations.
Lightly clean the skin with with water, cut in half and scoop out the flesh, if desired.
Eat the tender skin to benefit from fig’s high fiber content.
You don’t need to add sugar.
You can use the meaty flesh as a fruit spread, in baked goods or with savory cheeses and artisan breads.
“Skinny Bitch” and “Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps” author, Kim Barnouin has shared this recipe for chocolate whoopi pies.
Read the book if you get the chance but definitely make these sinfully delicious desserts!
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated cane juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk and vinegar, and set aside. (It will curdle a little; it’s supposed to do that.)
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, arrowroot, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars on low speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the almond milk mixture to the batter and beat on low speed until just incorporated. Add the remaining flour mixture and almond milk mixture and beat until thoroughly combined. Drop about 1 tablespoon of batter onto a lightly greased baking sheet, spacing them about 3 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes before placing them onto a rack to cool completely.
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
1/2 cup Earth Balance, room temperature
3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond milk
In a large bowl, beat the shortening and Earth Balance together until well combined. Add the sugar and beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add the extract and almond milk, and beat for another 5-7 minutes until fluffy.
These will not last very long and I challenge you to miss anything.
I would like to try making these with coconut flour to make them gluten/wheat free, as well
I am a Clevelander and Michael Symon the famed Iron Chef and celebrity du jour also, hails from this mid-west town.
Along with his acolyte, Johathon Sawyer, cuisine in Cleveland continues to function as a pork delivery system, along side of french fries in duck fat and fois gras as garnish.
Food trends happen for many reasons and conspicuous consumption factors in, I’m sure.
But at what point do we question celebrating gratuitous overindulgence as a substitute for culinary genius?
I get it. If you like bacon then food cooked with or otherwise augmented with bacon is delicious.
Like ice cream? Like Bacon? Mix the two and, voila! Genius!
I think not.
It’s like putting a girl in a bikini on a car.
Is it a better car? Is the design imaginative or ground breaking?
Or is it just a car with a scantily clad girl astride?
A dish which is flavorful and healthy, appealing to the eye and created without death and suffering; now that takes some talent!
Make cauliflower sexy; without bacon! and make me lust for a fruit dessert over the chocolate molten, whatever and I’m impressed.
There is a place for everything, I will concede. However, the Malthusian mathematics will come back to haunt is all.
Technology aside, there is only so much land to fill the appetites of food porn addicts and the lowest common denominator of palates!
And while some of my favorites may be no more or less creative and unique, I would like to think that they are environmentally friendly and healthy.
Coconut milk soups, fruit purees, fried broccoli rabe with Marcona almonds, nut creams both sweet and savory and an endless array of spices and greens presented in inventive and unexpected ways will satisfy and delight time after time.
Check out the article below for a short list of tired favorites.
Former President Clinton now considers himself a vegan. He’s dropped more than 20 pounds, and he says he’s healthier than ever. His dramatic dietary transformation took almost two decades and came about only after a pair of heart procedures and some advice from a trusted doctor.
Summertime around here has meant a huge flurry of activity.
The hot and steamy weather hasn’t slowed us down much but appetites tend more toward light and flavorful rather than rich and filling.
And the schedules are all over the place! From sport activities to musical gigs, weekend getaways and family gatherings I find that preparing and serving nutritious meals is more challanging than ever.
Especially when I am not there to supervise everything!
Well, I’ve learned to “let go” and create easy, ready to prepare and assemble food for my family; even the picky ones.
I have been in the habit of keeping a big container of cooked brown rice in the fridge.
I also will sautee corn with cilantro and onions and keep that around.
In addition, I’ll chop green onion and fresh cilantro and keep that in the fridge, also.
There are always cans of organic vegetarian beans or refried beans in the panty.
I also make sure to keep stocked up on ripe avocados and limes.
By having these ingredients handy eating on the fly is healthy and quick.
Even the little ones can do it; even the chronically lazy!
We also like to garnish with fresh salsa and a tangy homemade yogurt or sour cream.
This meal and it’s many variations has become a summertime staple that everyone can enjoy and customize to their own preference.
Burrito style for those who are always running late and eating on the way or pizza stlye with a little Manchego cheese for weekend movie night.
So, don’t get frustrated get creative!
These budget friendly meals are flexible. Use what you have around and get fancy when the budget allows.
They are built in to be nutritious so you just can’t go wrong!
With only healthy options even the least culinary inclined among you can’t help but choose something delicious and nutritious while you enjoy a little fun in the sun!