Strawberry chia pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled
1 1/2 cups (or one 13 1/2-ounce can) coconut milk or almond milk
1/4 cup honey, or to taste
1 vanilla bean, scraped, or 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/2 cup chia seeds

Place the strawberries, coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and lime zest in a blender and blend until smooth.
Taste and add more honey if desired.
Place the chia seeds in a large bowl, pour the strawberry mixture on top, and whisk thoroughly. Let stand for 10 minutes and whisk again.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 3 days.
Stir the pudding before serving.
The longer it sits, the thicker the pudding will become; if it is too thick, whisk in a little water (or coconut water).

Spoon into individual cups or bowls and garnish.

Serves 4-6

Note:
Sweeteners: Honey may be substituted with other sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, etc.
Garnish ideas: strawberries, coconut flakes, lime zest, chopped or slivered nuts, fresh mint.

acai bowl

2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) frozen strawberries
2 frozen sliced bananas
4 tablespoons acai powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or any other non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons nut or seed butter
1/2 to 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
Honey or agave nectar, to taste

Toppings
Fresh fruit, sliced
Granola, optional
Unsweetened coconut flakes, optional
Dried goji berries, dried cranberries, dried cherries, optional
Chia or hemp seeds, optional

Using a high-powered blender, blend the frozen fruits, acai powder, almond milk, nut or seed butter and honey or agave nectar.
Blend until creamy and smooth, adding more almond milk as needed to keep blender running.
Consistency should be thicker than a smoothie.
Spoon acai mixture into bowls.
Top with sliced fruit and optional toppings, if using.

Serves 2

banana parfait1
2 ripe medium bananas
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup toasted wheat or oat cereal
3 cups chopped fresh fruit, or fresh berries

Place bananas in a medium bowl.
Add lemon juice.
Mash and stir bananas and lemon juice until the mixture is the texture desired.
Assemble parfaits in short, wide glasses in alternating layers of mashed banana, cereal, and fruit until all is used up.
Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Note: For added protein, substitute one cup of silken tofu for one of the bananas.

Fruit-And-Nut-Energy-Bar
1/3 c pure honey
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1 Tbsp almond butter (or any all natural nut butter)
1 1/3 c coarsely chopped nuts
½ c chopped dried fruit
1 c unsweetened coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 300ºF

Line 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper, leaving ends hanging
over two sides.
In a large mixing bowl, combine honey, coconut flour, and nut butter. Stir until well mixed.
Add nuts and dried fruit to mixture. Stir well.
Add coconut flakes to mixture. Stir well.
Place mixture in baking dish. Press firmly so that ingredients hold together.
Bake 20 minutes.
Cool to room temperature. Then place in refrigerator.
Cut into bars. Wrap individually, if desired. Store in refrigerator.

Notes:

Can use any combination of fruit and nuts: almonds, cashews, pistachios, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, golden raisins, papaya, cherries. Try to use unsalted, raw nuts and
as unsweetened dried fruit (most fruits do have added sugar).
Chop nuts and fruits, then measure. This should be a “rough chop”—not tiny pieces.
Maple syrup or agave are not great substitutions for the honey. The bars do not bind as well!
Bars will bind and stick together much better after refrigeration.

Yield: 8 bars

banana oat bars

 

 

 

 

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups old fashion oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup raisins
water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°

Grease and flour, or use baking spray, a 7 inch x 11 inch glass baking dish.

Put raisins in a small bowl and cover with warm water for 10 minutes, then drain.
Combine and mix all of the ingredients thoroughly, including raisins, in a large bowl.
Spoon into baking dish.
Spread evenly.
Bake 20 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Let cool on a rack, then cut into squares/bars

Yields 12 squares

Notes:  Can be baked in an 8 inch square baking dish.
Add 10 minutes to baking time.

Can substitute an apple or pear, chopped and blended with 2 tablespoons water (using 1/3 cup) for the unsweetened applesauce.

belgian waffles

 

 

 

 

2 cups unbleached flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
3 teaspoons Ener G Egg Replacer
4 tablespoons warm water
4 tablespoons non-dairy butter, melted (Earth Balance or its equivalent)

Grease, then preheat waffle iron

Put Ener G Egg Replacer and warm water in a blender.
Blend until frothy. Add milk and melted non-dairy butter and blend.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Spoon one half cup of batter (or the amount recommended by your waffle maker) onto hot iron.
Spread batter to within 1/4 inch of edge of grids, using the back of a spatula or wooden spoon.
Close lid and bake until waffle is golden brown.
Serve immediately or keep warm in a single layer on a rack in a 200° oven.

Serves 4

Note: Serve with your favorite syrup

blueberry pancakes
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 teaspoons Ener G Egg Replacer
1/4 cup plus 4 tablespoons water, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided

Blend until frothy 3 teaspoons Ener G Egg Replacer and 4 tablespoons water.
Mix flour, applesauce, Ener G Egg Replacer mixture, 1/4 cup water, cinnamon and salt in
food processor, blender, or electric stand mixer until well mixed.
Gently fold the blueberries into mixture.
Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in large skillet over medium heat.
Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into skillet.
Flip pancakes over when small bubbles appear on surface.
Cook evenly on both sides.
Add the rest of the coconut oil to skillet to cook the additional pancakes.

Makes 12 – 3-inch pancakes

scrambled tofu with spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
10 ounce bag baby spinach, washed and trimmed
1 pound silken tofu, drained and patted dry
2 tablespoons water

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and garlic, sprinkle with salt. Saute until onion is translucent and garlic is soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the minced jalapeño pepper and saute until fragrant, less than a minute. Increase heat to medium-high, add the spinach and water. Sprinkle with pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted and fairly dry, 5 to 8 minutes.
Crumble the tofu into the pan and stir, using a spatula to combine tofu with the vegetables. Adjust the heat, as necessary, to avoid burning.
When mixture starts to stick to the pan, its ready.
Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Serve hot or warm.

Serves 2

Note: Leafy greens can be substituted for the spinach.

Banana oatmeal cookies
1 soft, mashed banana
3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1/4 cup craisins, reconstituted in water, then drained
2 tablespoons unsalted almond, peanut or your favorite nut butter

Preheat oven to 350°

Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium-size bowl. Spoon by tablespoon onto a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper. Flatten each mound slightly.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool on a rack.

Makes 9 – 12 cookies

Note: Chocolate chips may be substituted for the craisins. Nuts can be roasted whole, then chopped, for a more intense flavor. Great breakfast treat!

vegan french toast

3 teaspoons Ener G Egg Replacer
4 tablespoons water
1/2 cup nondairy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder, optional
4 slices bread, 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick (vegan challah works well)
4 tablespoons nondairy butter, divided
maple syrup
sliced fruit, optional

In a blender, blend until frothy Egg Replacer with water.
Add milk, vanilla, if using, cinnamon powder, if using, until well mixed.
Pour 1/2 of mixture in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Add bread slices and rest of liquid mixture. Allow the bread to absorb the liquid, about 10 minutes.
Preheat large frying pan on medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter. When melted, add 2 slices of the bread. Fry for 3-4 minutes, or when underside is golden. Then flip the bread over and fry for another 3-4 minutes. Repeat process with the 2 remaining slices of bread.
Top with sliced fruit, if using. Pour maple syrup over fruit.

Serves 2