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Apple Coffee Cake

APPLE COFFEE CAKE (VEGAN)

Mmm…try this apple coffee cake for a weekend breakfast or for dessert! Thanksgiving is coming (in the U.S.), too! The top is sweetened with some sugar but the cake part is sweetened with just banana, apple, and the sweetener in the soy milk.

APPLE PREP
Chop (finely) 1 large organic apple.
Measure 1 C and save this for the topping.
Split the remaining chopped apple into 2 portions. Half will go in the cake batter whole and half will be pureed with other wet ingredients.

FLAX EGG PREP
Set aside 1 T ground flax mixed with 3 T water in a small dish.

WALNUT PREP
Grind 3/4 C walnuts in a food processor. Measure 1/2 C for the topping and 1/4 C for the cake.

TOPPING INGREDIENTS
(Assembly is described below)
1/2 C organic sugar
1/2 C whole oats
1 t cinnamon
1 T molasses
Chopped walnuts (1/2 C as described above)
1/4 C raisins

DRY INGREDIENT PREP
Combine the following in a large bowl:
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C oat flour
1 T baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t sea salt
1/4 t ground cardamom

WET INGREDIENTS PREP
Puree in a food processor or blend in blender:
1 ripe banana
Chopped apple (portion as described above)
3/4 C organic soy milk (I used Edensoy Extra)
1 T avocado oil (or other oil)
1 t vanilla extract

Sugar, cinnamon & molasses mixture

Topping, ready to spread

Combining wet and dry ingredients

ASSEMBLY
1. Grease a square glass pan with oil of choice (I use coconut oil).
2. Perform the different ‘preps’ of the apple, flax egg, walnut, dry ingredients, and wet ingredients.
3. To make the topping, combine the cinnamon with the sugar in large bowl. Stir/mash in the molasses until well distributed. Stir in the 1 C of chopped apple. Stir in the oats, raisins, and the 1/2 C walnuts. Set aside.
4. Add the following to the dry ingredients: the 1/4 C walnuts, the wet ingredients, the flax egg, and the remaining chopped apple.
5. Spread the cake batter in the greased pan. Spread the topping evenly over the top.
6. Bake at 350 to 375 degrees for 35+ minutes (depends on your oven; check after about 30 minutes then add 5 minutes at a time if needed).
7. ENJOY! (It’s good with a little vegan butter / Earth Balance).

Tags: vegan, non-dairy, dairy free, egg free.

Vegan Manicotti with Italian Sausage Field Roast

Mmm…Manicotti!
Meat-free. Dairy-free. Egg-free. It’s definitely not taste-free! 🙂

This is my second veganized version of the manicotti that I grew up eating. Eric said this is the best manicotti I’ve ever made! This goes together pretty quickly. The cashews don’t need to soak for very long and the tofu can drain while you’re mincing veggies.

(My first veganized manicotti recipe can be found here.)

INGREDIENTS TO PREP

1 box manicotti noodles, uncooked

1/2 of a 15.5 ounce twin pack (or 1/2 of a standard block) extra firm or firm tofu, drained, then mashed with a fork or potato masher

1 T avocado oil (or oil of your choice)
1/4 C onion, minced
1/3 C carrot, minced
large clove garlic, minced

1 T dried parsley
1/2 T Italian seasoning blend
1 t dried basil
1/4 t garlic powder

1/2 C raw cashews, soaked in 1/2 C water for at least an hour
2 T nutritional yeast
generous dashes of salt and pepper

2 links Field Roast Italian Sausages, chopped
1 t balsamic vinegar

6 slices Chao original cheese (diced) OR
1 C Daiya mozzarella style shreds (or comparable brand)

1 jar (24 oz) vegan spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 C diced tomatoes, pureed with 1/2 C water (**See note)

**NOTE: If you prefer, use part of a second jar of spaghetti sauce OR use tomato sauce instead of the diced tomatoes/water. I used the diced tomatoes because that’s what I had in the house, and I realized that I should have bought 2 jars of spaghetti sauce. The idea is to have enough sauce to fully cover the noodles during baking. You won’t need 2 full jars of sauce, but 1 jar won’t be enough. HISTORY: Back in the 1980’s, when my mom used to make manicotti, the spaghetti sauce jars were a lot bigger. I think they used to be 32 ounces. Over time, the price stayed the same, while the jars got smaller and smaller. The food companies think people don’t notice, but some of us do!!

Vegan manicotti ingredients

ASSEMBLY:

1. Open box of noodles and set aside.

2. Set aside your glass 9″ x 13″ baking pan and a piece of aluminum foil.

3. Place your drained, mashed tofu in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

4. In a saute pan on medium heat, sizzle the oil, onions, carrots, and garlic. Remove it from the heat and stir in the parsley, Italian seasoning blend, basil, and garlic powder. Add all of it to the mixing bowl. Stir.

5. In a Vitamix blender, whiz up the cashews, soaking water, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Pour into the mixing bowl. Stir.

Mashed tofu with veggies/herbs and cashew sauce

6. In a small bowl, drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the chopped Field Roast Italian sausages, and stir. Add them to the mixing bowl.

Chopped Field Roast with balsamic vinegar mixed in

7. Add the Daiya shreds or chopped Chao cheese slices to the mixing bowl. Stir.

All ingredients for stuffing into the noodles

8. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

9. Pour enough spaghetti sauce into the bottom of the glass baking pan to coat the bottom. Stuff the noodles with the yummy mixture and line the noodles up in the pan. (I didn’t end up using the last 2 noodles.)

10. Pour the rest of the spaghetti sauce and the pureed tomatoes/water into the bowl that had the stuffing mixture. Stir.

Spaghetti sauce and pureed tomatoes/water

11. Pour the sauce blend over the noodles and then make sure each stuffed noodle is fully surrounded by sauce.

Vegan manicotti, before baking

12. Bake at 400 degrees, covered with foil, for 45 minutes.

13. Remove foil, turn off the oven, and leave in the oven for another 10 minutes. If desired, during this time, sprinkle extra vegan cheese shreds on top.

14. Remove from oven and let sit for another 10 minutes before serving.

Vegan manicotti, after baking

ENJOY!

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