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This is a gluten free, slightly modified version of my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Instead of using pumpkin, I wanted to try the combination of yam with banana.  It worked!

Banana Yam Muffins (GF)

Banana Yam Muffins (GF)

“WET” INGREDIENTS:

1/2 C mashed yam (about 1 medium)
2  medium very ripe bananas, mashed
*2 cubes applesauce (about a scant 1/4 cup)
1 T organic canola oil
1/3 C organic brown sugar
1/4 C evaporated cane juice (vegan sugar)
2 t vanilla extract
2/3 C non-dairy milk

*So that I always have applesauce on hand for low-fat baking, I freeze unsweetened applesauce in ice cube trays, then thaw a few cubes at a time.

DRY INGREDIENTS:

1/2 C EACH:  millet flour, quinoa flour, brown rice flour, garbanzo bean flour
2/3 C oat flour (GF)
1/3 C rolled oats (GF)
2 T ground flax seed
2 T unsweetened finely shredded coconut
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/8 t ground clove

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix the “wet” ingredients and the dry ingredients separately, then combine.  Bake in muffin liners at 350 degrees for 23 minutes.  Makes 14.

On January 18, 2013, I got my second tattoo, by the lovely Savannah Beck at Mordor Tattoo.

Mordor Tattoo

Mordor Tattoo

My first tattoo was “Vegan,” on the top of my right wrist.  The second is “269,” on the inside of my left wrist.  I chose to have these vegan tattoos inscribed where they are visible to others every day of the year.  The purpose is to facilitate a dialogue with people who may be interested in veganism.  My primary motive is to help end the unnecessary exploitation and killing of non-human animals.  A secondary motive is to attract like-minded people into my circle of friendship.

Please visit the 269life website to learn more about the global 269 movement.

Here is the powerful 269 mission statement:

“The nameless, faceless victims whose bodies are used to feed us, obviously had desires and feelings before their throats were slit open with cold, calculated brutality. It’s strange, we define ourselves as a “law abiding, moral” society, and yet routinely massacre innocent beings.

The branding of the calf’s number, chosen by the industry to be “269”, is for us, an act of solidarity and immortalization. We hope to be able to raise awareness and empathy towards those, whose cries of terror and pain are only heard by steel bars and the blood stained walls of the slaughterhouses.

We are all equal in our suffering, and if humanity has any chance of surviving and evolving, we must accept that oppression of the weak – whether excused by gender, race or species – lacks any rationality and fundamental sensitivity towards those who may not cry out using our language, but feel pain no less than us.

So we ask: What will happen with the individual numbered “269”?
Is his life not more meaningful than a pointless, sanguinary practice?”

269 Tattoo

269 Tattoo

Go Vegan...for LIFE.

Go Vegan…for LIFE.

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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