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Mango Summer Salad

13 May

summer salad

Ingredients: (salad) romaine lettuce, baby spinach, red onion, radish, champagne mango, avocado, cherry tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, (dressing) olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cherry rhubarb jam, salt, pepper, garlic, and basil leaves.

It isn’t precisely summer, yet, but it’s close enough!

Combine 2 romaine hearts and a small bag of baby spinach in a large bowl. Chop 1 mango, 1 avocado and a few cherry tomatoes. Thinly slice 3 radishes and  a little red onion. Add to salad with 1/2 cup of gorgonzola and toss.

For dressing, blend 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, a spoonful of jam, 1 clove of garlic, 2 basil leaves, salt, and pepper in a blender till smooth. Pour over salad, toss, and serve.

Experiment: Try arugula instead of spinach. Try pear or grapes instead of mango. If you don’t have fresh fruit, try craisins, dried cherries, or dried apricots. Sprinkle with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. For more salad dressings, see Ranch Dressing Et Al.

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Vegan Carob Chip Cookies

8 Apr

Vegan Carob Chip CookiesIngredients: rolled oats, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, vegan butter, coconut oil, canola oil, raw sugar, agave, banana, vanilla, carob chips, ground flaxseed, and water.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by grounding 1 1/2 cups oats, then transfer to a large bowl. Add 2 cups flour, 1 TSP. baking soda, and 1 TSP. salt.

In a blender, beat 1/4 cup vegan butter (I used SmartBalance) with 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1 cup raw sugar, 1/3 cup agave, 2 TBSP. ground flaxseed mixed with 6 TBSP. water (as egg substitute), 1/2 mashed banana, and 2 TSP. vanilla extract until smooth. While mixer is running, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in carob chips.

Place by the spoonful onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Low-Sugar Cookie Bars

18 Oct

Ingredients: Butter, banana, raw cane sugar, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, honey, crunchy unsweetened peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce, spelt flour, almond pulp, rolled oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar-free chocolate melt away candies.

This recipe makes a big pan of moist, delicious bars! Love, love, love, them with a hot cup of coffee!

In one mixing bowl, stir together all of the following wet ingredients: One stick of semi-melted butter, two mashed ripe bananas, two eggs, one teaspoon of vanilla, ½ cup crunchy unsweetened peanut butter, ¼ cup organic no sugar added applesauce, ¼ cup buttermilk, and ¼ cup honey.

In a second mixing bowl, blend together two cups spelt flour, one cup almond pulp, ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats, one teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup organic raw cane sugar, and ½ teaspoon of baking powder.

Now, combine the wet and dry ingredients into one bowl. The batter will be thick but don’t over mix it. At the very end of stirring, add in two cups of sugar-free chocolate melt away candies.

Use whatever you like to grease a nine by thirteen cake pan. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the top with a touch more organic raw cane sugar and then bake it for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Experiment: Make oatmeal raisin bars instead by adding raisins instead of chocolate, taking out the almond pulp, and increasing the oats to 1¼ cups. Try adding nuts if you like. For a lower fat version, cut the butter in half and increase the applesauce by a ¼ cup.