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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.

Lemon cheesecake (vegan)

LEMON CHEESECAKE (VEGAN)

This cheesecake is super easy to make using your Vitamix blender (or food processor). It’s tangy, sweet, and creamy, and sure to impress! We eat it for breakfast and dessert! Try topping it with some organic blueberries or sliced strawberries. Mmm…

CRUST INGREDIENTS

Dry:
1/2 C organic rolled oats
1/2 C organic raw (unsalted) cashews
1/2 C organic raw walnuts
1/2 C salted pretzels (or tortilla chips)
1/3 C unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/4 C all-purpose flour

Wet:
2 T vegan butter (we use Earth Balance)
2 T coconut oil
1 T maple syrup

CRUST ASSEMBLY:
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In small batches, grind ingredients using the dry container of your Vitamix mixer, or process in a food processor. In a small bowl, melt the Earth Balance and coconut oil, then add the maple syrup. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix/mash until uniform consistency. Press the mixture into a glass pie pan using a spoon. (If you don’t have a glass pie pan, you could try using a glass square pan.)

FILLING INGREDIENTS

12 ounces organic silken tofu (drain out the excess water from the package but there’s no need to press the tofu)
1 container of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
2/3 C organic sugar
2 T organic cornstarch
1 t vanilla extract
1/3 C lemon juice (or use the juice of 1 lemon if the lemon produces slightly more than 1/3 C)
zest of one lemon

PIE ASSEMBLY:
Blend all filling ingredients in your Vitamix mixer (or food processor). Pour the creamy blend into the pressed crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack until it’s warm but not hot, then refrigerate until completely cold. Then serve!

Lemon cheesecake, right out of the oven

Lemon cheesecake, after chilling

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