A holiday gift of a homemade sourdough loaf on the counter, So Delicious Dairy Free Nog in the fridge, and chickpea flour in the freezer inspired this divine and ready-in-a-flash Eggnog French Toast.
And because I am on winter break from school, I just might have made a warm topping with a 2 to 1 ratio of maple syrup and Bailey’s vegan Almande.
For each serving:
1 tablespoon chickpea flour
1/4 cup So Delicious or Silk dairy-free nog
1-1 inch slice sourdough bread, preferably homemade or artisanal
Almande-Maple Syrup (recipe follows) or maple syrup
Optional: chopped nuts and a sprinkling of powdered sugar
Whisk together chickpea flour and nog in a small bowl. Place bread in bowl and press down on one side, flip over and repeat. Allow to soak for as much time as you have up to 20 or so minutes. Even 5 or 10 will be delicious. Flip bread once or twice while it soaks. Then, either melt a tablespoon of vegan butter in a large skillet or simply spray skillet with nonstick spray as I did and place over medium low heat. Remove bread from nog mixture, lay in skillet, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and custard is set. Serve topped with the syrup of your choice plus optional chopped nuts and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Almande-Maple Syrup Optional:
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon Bailey’s Almande
Whisk very well, as Almande wants to float on top, and heat in microwave for 10 or so seconds. Careful or it will boil over.
Yield: 6 pancakes (I ate one before the photo shoot!; approximately 500 calories for the entire recipe, including a compliments)
These taste like your best memory of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from childhood, only better and so much more fun to eat.
1/4 cup of purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated stevia (you can certainly use granulated sugar)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
6 tablespoons non-dairy milk (I use flax with protein)
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Accompanimentd: approximately 2 teaspoons raspberry or your favorite jam, 1/2 teaspoon vegan sour cream, barely a hint of finally chopped peanuts or almonds
Whisk together all ingredients except a compliments in a small bowl. Spray a skillet with non-stick spray and heat over medium. Using a tablespoon measure, create discs of batter about 2 in in diameter. Cook just a minute or two on the first side, flip, and repeat. Serve stacked with about 1/3 teaspoon jam between the pancakes and on top. Add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of nuts.
Yield: 6-2 inch pancakes (I consider this 1 serving, but easily multiplies)
These pancakes are like summer on a plate: light, floral, and lovely. But they are delicious without the lavender if that is just a little too floral for you. Regardless, you will definitely want to drizzle these with your favorite syrup. The little white ceramic dog in the photo is actually a single-serving pitcher.
1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar (I use granulated Stevia)
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon culinary lavendar
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I use flax with protein)
Garnishes of choice: a dab vegan sour cream, culinary lavender buds, maple syrup
In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except garnishes. Spray skillet with non-stick spray and heat over medium-high. Using a tablespoon create three discs of batter about 2 inches in diameter. Cook a couple of minutes, flip, and cook a couple more minutes, just until golden brown and pancakes are cooked through. Repeat with more non-stick spray and remaining batter. Stack, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.
Breakfast just got a whole lot quicker, healthier, and more fun!
Many of you know that I am not a breakfast eater. Sorry, it is simply not the most important meal of the day for me. I drink some soy milk and call it done. But, I have a yoga class at 12:30 and I was hungry, but not wanting to weigh myself down.
I happened to think that if I can make a single microwave chocolate chip cookie that is delicious and ready in a minute and a half, surely I could do the same thing with a pancake.
And I did! I am so excited to share it with you.
Here is my simple recipe:
2 tablespoons self-rising flour
1 tablespoon powdered stevia
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 tablespoon canned pureed pumpkin
2 tablespoons non dairy milk (I use unsweetened soy)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Optional garnish: 2 teaspoons maple syrup, pecan halves, pinch sea salt
In a cup or small ramekin, whisk together all ingredients. Shape into a pancake about 1/2- inch thick on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 1 minute, carefully flip with a spatula, and microwave for another 30 seconds. Garnish as desired and serve. Note: microwaves have variable power, so you might need to experiment with cooking time.
With more ground chia seeds and flax seed meal than I knew what to do with–courtesy of a friend’s church pantry where the higher end donations from grocery stores apaprently aren’t what the needy need–I wondered what would happen if I used equal parts flour and flax/chia seeds in a vegan pancake recipe, as opposed to the typical 2 to 3 tablespoons per cup or so of flour.
Nutritious deliciousnes is what happens!
Enjoy these low calorie, oil-free wonders for a quick, easy, and satisfying breakfast that refuses to weigh you down.
1/4 cup whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablesoons ground chia seeds
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 teaspoons Truvia (stevia sweetener) or the sweetener of your choice to taste
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons unsweetened soymilk or other non-dairy milk
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional Toppings: maple syrup, vegan sour cream or nut butter, chopped nuts, fruit, etc.
Preheat skillet lightly sprayed with non-stick spray over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except toppings. Divide batter into four silver dollar-sized pancakes in skillet, gently smoothing the tops. Cook a couple of minutes or until set around the edges and starting to turn golden brown on the under side (you can peek carefully). Carefully flip each pancake with a spatula and continue cooking on the opposite side until puffed, golden, and completely cooked through. Adjust heat as necessary. Serve with your choice of toppings.
325 calories per serving of 4 silver dollar pancakes (if made with stevia sweetener and unsweetened soymilk; does not include syrup and walnuts)
Yield: 2 servings (or 1 big one if you are really hungry and in need of hydration)
This is what would happen if cherries and chocolate had a nutritious love child…
I love Black Forest Cake and, when I discovered some chocolate cake crumbs in the fridge–from hollowing out cupcakes for a caramel filling–,I knew I would use them to top a Black Forest Cake-inspired smoothie for breakfast.
When I make a smoothie, I always use frozen fruit to achieve my favorite creamy texture. So, because frozen dark sweet cherries were significantly more calories and less nutrition than the cherry-berry blend, I purchased athye latter. I actually had fresh cherries in the fridge, but didn’t want to pit them, so I just used them as part of the tantalizing garnish.
Also, because I wanted a bit more nutrition and can’t be necessarily trusted to get it at another meal–lately I’ve wanted “French Fries and Champagne” for dinner (be sure to check out my post about this tomorrow or Saturday)–I added a lot of fresh baby kale. That likely masked the cherry flavor a little but preserved the beautiful color, so I boosted the flavor with a few maraschino cherries.
All this baby needed was a couple of tablespoons of chocolate syrup–Hershey’s is vegan, but use melted vegan chocolate if you prefer–; a little extra sweetness for which I use a powdered stevia; an optional boost of omega-3 fatty acides with some flaxseed meal; and a pretty garnish of fresh cherries, another drizzle of chocolate syrup, cake crumbs, and two cute paper straws from Target.
The two straws were just for looks mind you…I shared with no one!
2 cups soy or other non-dairy milk
2 lightly packed cups baby kale leaves with tender stems
1 cup frozen cherries and berries (less calories and more nutrition than frozen dark sweet cherries, but use them if you prefer)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup or melted chocolate (Hershey’s syrup is vegan)
6 maraschino cherries, stemmed
2 tablespoons powdered stevia (or your favorite sweetener to taste)
Optional: 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
Garnish: fresh cherries, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and, if desired, chocolate cake crumbs
Place all ingredients except garnishes in a blender or, my preference, a Magic Bullet, and blend about a minute or until smooth. Serve in Mason jars or glasses, garnished as desired, with cute paper straws.
Still in mini-meal mode and heading out for a hike on the beautiful Noland Trail in Newport News, VA, with a couple of friends, I opted for a swig of soymilk and a grab-n-go breakfast “cake,” but no pancakes here.
I remembered that the lovely Martha Glasser had brought me a gift of some scrumptious homemade granola with pecans and dried cranberries, along with homemade flavored walnuts (slightly sweet) and pecans (rosemary-lime!), the day after Joe had passed away on July 30.
So, I spread a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter on a ricecake, sprinkled it with a couple more tablespoons of crunchy, toasty granola, and nestled 4 fresh fig halves on top for a breakfast that is beautiful, satisfying, quick and nutritious. Use the best granola you can find or make, since there are so few ingredients in this recipe, if you can even call it that.
Enjoy until the next time, as there is sure to be more of these savory or sweet ricecake stacks on the platter!
1/4 cup peanut butter (I like crunchy)
1/4 cup granola (I used a pecan-dried cranberry)
4 fresh figs, halved lengthwise
Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on each of the ricecakes. Top each with 2 tablespoons of the granola and 4 fig halves. Serve immediately.
I thought that breakfast for your Valentine would be the perfect note on which to wrap up my Countdown to Valentine’s Day 2015.
And for that, nothing beats myVegan Red Velvet Pancakes for real Red Velvet Cake flavor–not just color!–texture, and spectacular presentation.
If you would like a little savory side for your plate ‘o cakes, you will love my vegan sausage “Heart Tarts”: simply beautiful heart-shaped puff pastry tarts with a vegan “sausage” and bell pepper filling.
Stay tuned, for tomorrow I offer a breakfast bonus…just have some flavored tea bags, cocoa powder and soymilk on hand…
These savory fritter-cake hybrids are made from a trifecta of favorite, healthful, colorful and plentiful ingredients: chopped fresh kale, shredded sweet potato, and black beans. Green onion adds a fresh, pungent, herb-y kick.
A food processor made short order of finely chopping the kale and, with a quick blade switch-out, creating beautiful, consistent shreds of sweet potatoes and no scraped knuckles. For efficiency, I used canned black beans, rinsed and well-drained, mashing about half of them with a potato masher to help the fritter-cakes hold together without a lot of additional ingredients. However, I did use a little flour and soymilk (use the nondairy milk of your choice) plus some baking powder and soda for a hint of lift, but not enough to create a “batter.” The finished consistency of these is somewhat similar to a latke with a bit more body.
For spices, black beans would suggest Mexican or southwestern flavor notes. But, for some reason, I wanted to nudge these fritter-cakes in a slightly Middle Eastern direction. So I did invite cumin, coriander and lime zest to the party, but also smoked paprika and sumac which lends a lovely earthy lemony profile. It is widely sold in Middle Eastern grocery stores, but if you can’t find it, just order it online or leave it out. However, it has been one of my favorite kitchen companions of the last few years.
For cooking, I tried both oil and nonstick spray and found that the calories in the oil were worth achieving a crispier crust, but see what you think.
I love a savory and ever-so-slightly sweet balance, so for a topping, I whisked a little lime juice and tamarind syrup into vegan sour cream. Tamarind syrup lends a heavenly, subtle and distinctively Middle Eastern floral note tempered by the sweetly acidic lime juice. Again, the syrup is sold at Middle Eastern grocery stores and online. But you could substitute pomegranate syrup which is fruity without being floral or just leave out all together and go with a citrus sour cream which would be delicious too.
A little spoonful of the sauce, a thin slice of lime, a few pine nuts and a sprinkling of smoked paprika created a beautiful presentation of these delectable disks, perfect for breakfast brunch, lunch or even dinner, perhaps with a side salad.
3 cups shredded sweet potatoes (slightly over a half-pound potato)
4 cups coarsely chopped or torn kale, finely chopped (I used a food processor)
1-15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and well-drained; half of beans mashed with potato masher
6 green onions, very thinly sliced
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (I use white whole wheat)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste + a small amount more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
1/2 cup soymilk (or an nondairy milk)
Tamarind-Lime Cream (recipe follows)
Garnishes (optional): thin slices of fresh lime, a few pine nuts, dusting of smoked paprika
Line a baking sheet with paper towel and set aside. Set oven to lowest temperature. In a large mixing bowl, toss together with your hands sweet potato, kale, green onions, and unmashed sweet potatoes. In a medium bowl, whisk together mashed beans, flour, baking powder, baking soda, all spices, including salt and pepper, and soymilk. Spoon in roughly even dollops over vegetable-bean mixture and combine well with a fork. The mixture will be very textured and moist, mounding nicely, but will not form a batter.
Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil (or a combination of vegetable and olive oil) in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high. Divide mixture into 1/12ths and, using a spoon or scoop, place 4 evenly-spaced mound into the sizzling oil pressing to about 1/2-inch thick with a metal spatula. Cook for about 2 minutes, flip and cook 2 more minutes, lowering temperature if necessary to prevent scorching. They will turn a rich nutty brown (as opposed to a light golden brown). Remove fritter-cakes and drain on prepared baking sheet, sprinkling each with a few granules of sea salt. Keep warm in oven. Repeat twice more with remaining mixture. Serve immediately topped with Tamarind-Lime Cream and garnished as desired.