Thursday, April 21, 2011

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Thirty Day Vegan...Day 21

All these comments and questions, Friends. Thanks for all the support/interest.

Just in case you are looking for a healthified treat I'm posting a recipe I "fixed/veganated".

Apple Chunk Cake

4 TBSP ground flaxseed
6 TBSP warm water (combine these two ingredients in a small bowl and let sit approx 7 or so minutes. This will gel and will replace eggs)
1/2 Cup coconut oil (don't melt, but you can set in a warm place to soften.)
1 Cup sugar (minimally processed - I used turbindo which is darker because it retains some of the natural molasses)
2 tsp vanilla
2 Cups flour (I used spelt)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt.
2 medium apples cut into small chunks. (I used tart ones)

Preheat oven to 350 and oil a 13X9 pan.

Combine the coconut oil with the sugar, add flaxseed/water blend and vanilla. Stir in the baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Add the flour, stir, and finally mix in the apples. Spread in prepared pan.

If you want a crunchy topping mix equal amounts (approx 2 TBSPs each) of oatmeal, finely chopped pecans or walnuts and approx 1 TBSP of brown sugar. Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the dough.

Bake for approx 40-45 minutes.

Xta asked about Earth Balance and Coconut butter.

Here's the skinny Earth Balance.

Earth Balance
spreads are: "made with a proprietary blend of expeller-pressed oils and are a good source of important Omega 3’s. Available in both tub and stick forms, Earth Balance® Natural Spreads are vegan, non-GMO and free of gluten, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients of any kind. Earth Balance® Nut Butters are Non-GMO Project verified. Earth Balance® Soymilk is certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified and made with USA grown soybeans. Earth Balance® Soymilk is vegan, free of lactose, cholesterol, dairy, gluten and is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and ALA omega 3s."

You can use in place of butter. Cook, bake etc. And it tastes good. Of course it's fat/oil so sitting down and eating a tub would be a poor choice. But when you need an oil/fat, this is a good choice. I linked their website above, there are lots of recipes hanging out there and I have favorited it as a nice resource.

As far as coconut butter, Xta. I have not tried it. I've also heard of coconut cream. So I need to look into that a little more. Coconut oil. Here's the best price for organic and great quality (look around a bit on Amazon. The free shipping at the 25.00 mark is great, but I've gotten a better deal before, I've noticed prices change almost daily on lots of items.) I use coconut oil as a lotion, as a facial moisturizer and as a butter replacement in recipes. It makes super delish popcorn. (The cook on the stove kind, and you won't need to add butter to it. Doesn't take much, just a coating in the pan.) But I'll look into the other coconut products and report back.