Breakfast

Mom’s 9 Grain Granola

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My mom is one of the most beautiful women I know. Beyond her beauty though is a woman who knows how to work. She’s always moving, creating and inspiring. She’s an educated artist, a mother of nine, a teacher, an industrious woman who knows how to grow fields of wheat, make quilts and knit funny slippers for all her grand-kids.  She taught me how to cook and gave me my love of vegetables. Even in Elementary School I loved spinach when all the other kids hated it.

momandmeMy mom and I in 1995

She’s been sharing some recipes with me that lately I thought you might enjoy. This granola is really special, it is packed with nuts and seeds and is chock full of goodness! It makes for an amazing breakfast start or as a “broken cookie” snack right out of the jar.

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Mom’s 9 Grain Granola

  • 2.5 C. rolled 9 grain cereal (or rolled oats if you can’t find it)
  • 1/4 C. wheat germ
  • 1/4 C. flax seed meal
  • 2 C. shaved coconut (not the itty bitty pieces)
  • 2 T. quinoa
  • 2 T. millet
  • 1/2 C. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 C. raw cashews
  • 1/4 C. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 C. pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 C. sliced almonds
  • 1/2 C. pecans
  • 1/2 C. walnuts
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1/2 C. raw sugar
  • 2 T. agave (vegan version, mom uses honey)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup or unsulphered molasses
  • 1 T. mexican vanilla
  • 1/4 C. coconut oil
  • 1 t. sea sat
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon

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Method: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the 1st 13 ingredients (9 grain cereal through to walnuts) and set aside. Combine the last 9 ingredients (water through to cinnamon) a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat on the stove top just until sugar has dissolved. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is well coated. Pour the mixture onto your largest rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven, let granola cool completely on the baking sheet. Once cooled break into big pieces and store in glass jars (This nearly fills 3 quart sized jars).

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Serve with non-dairy milk (mom says cow’s milk smells just like cow’s breath). Sliced fresh, frozen or dried fruit is also a nice addition.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. I’ll be celebrating the Holidays with my parents at their home in the woods and taking a little blogging break. I’ll touch base with you in a week or so.  -Love, Somer

Oil Free Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

I make these muffins at least once a week. My kids love them and they provide quick after school snacks or mid-morning treats. I’ve found they don’t need oil to be tender and delicious. The extra banana takes care of that and makes them deliciously and intensely banana flavored.Bananas

I always buy 5 or 6 bunches of bananas so I can have extra ones to go brown just to make these. The rest of the bananas go in to smoothies and for eating.Blender batterBlending up the wet ingredients makes for a really quick recipe with no fuss

Combine

Then you simply pour the liquid into the dry mixture and stir.Fillings

We all have a different preference for fillings, my youngest likes them plain, I like the goji berries, my husband likes cranberries and my daughter likes the chocolate chips. I can just press some into the filled muffin tins to make an assortment, then we’re all happy. Alley at Made of Stars mentioned chopped walnuts in the comments below, chopped pecans would also be lovely, how did I forget? 🙂

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Oil Free Banana Muffins

I always double this recipe, but we’re banana muffin fiends, so here’s the single recipe here

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 C. plain soymillk + 2 T. lemon juice stirred together = vegan buttermilk
  • 1/2 C. raw sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C. whole wheat pastry flour or for gluten free option use an equal amount of Cara’s all purpose GF mix + 1 t. xanthan gum or 1 T. ground flax
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. sea salt

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend bananas, sugar, vanilla, and vegan buttermilk in your blender until smooth. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour wet mixture in and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Measure out by 1/4 C. measures into a lightly oiled 12 tin muffin tin (don’t use papers, these will stick). Press in a few fillings if desired, or leave plain. Bake for 20-25 minutes until just golden. Cool on a baking rack for a few minutes before eating.

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For more oil-free recipe goodness, check back on Wednesday the 12th, I’ll be reviewing and giving away a copy of Lindsay Nixon’s new Happy Herbivore Abroad cookbook as part of her 31 days of giveaways Blog Tour.

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Vegan Aebleskivers

When I was a teenager, I visited Solvang California while on vacation with my family. We ate Aebleskivers at a restaurant there and we haven’t been able to stop eating them since. They have become a Holiday or special occasion breakfast tradition. They take a little practice to learn to make properly and in my previous omnivore life, I was quite the little aebleskiver maker.

Sadly, when I went plant-based, I thought that I would never eat another aebleskiver again. They rely on white flour, egg whites beaten stiff, melted butter and buttermilk for their fluffy tenderness. I thought they couldn’t be veganized. Thankfully, I thought wrong.

That darling restaurant in Solvang gave my mom their aebleskiver recipe. I’m terribly sorry that I  don’t know how to give them proper credit, It’s been too many years and a Google search reveals there are many little such restaurants in Solvang. I have a copy of it in my heavily abused used family cookbook, it just needed a little big modification ;) Note to self: these are a special treat, and because they use oil and earth balance, remember not to make them every day or Dr. Esselstyn won’t be your friend anymore.

Vegan Aebleskivers

  • 2 C. plain soymilk + 4 T. lemon juice, mixed and set aside (vegan buttermilk)
  • 2 C. whole wheat pastry flour OR 2 C. gluten free flour + 1/2 t. xanthan gum
  • 1  T. Ener-G egg replacer
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 4 T. Earth Balance natural buttery spread, melted
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • neutral vegetable oil of your choice for aebleskiver pan (I used safflower)

Method: preheat aebleskiver pan over medium heat before mixing all ingredients, if it’s not hot, your aebleskivers will be  a disaster. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients with a wire whisk (including the egg replacer, you do not need to mix it with water first). Add the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.  Put 1/2 t. vegetable oil in the bottom of each aebleskiver pan cup. Pour 2 T. (I use an 1/8 cup measuring cup) of batter into each cup.

After about 30-60 seconds, Turn the aebleskiver halfway out of the cup using a knitting needle, crochet hook or chopstick. The batter will pour out of the cooked portion and start to form a ball.

Cook 30-60 more seconds and turn another quarter turn. Cook 30-60 more seconds.

The final turn should have the cooked side facing entirely out and the batter forming the last bit of the ball in the bottom of the cup.

Place cooked aebleskivers in a warm oven to keep them crisp while cooking the next batch, you will need to add more oil to each cup in between batches to keep the batter from sticking. Split open and serve hot with a dab of earth balance (if you must) strawberry freezer jam and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Laugh at guests who ask for maple syrup.

Vegan French Toast

I thought it was an Urban Myth, but it’s true, french toast can be made WITHOUT EGGS.  It’s so easy, I’m freaking out! (Hence the food porn photo assault)

Vegan French Toast

Ingredients: 6 thick slices of stale whole wheat or other tasty bread (to stale it up, you can lightly toast the slices or put them in the oven on the lowest heat for 10 or more minutes), 1 C. unsweetened soymilk, 3 T. garbanzo (or chickpea) flour, 1 T. cornstarch or arrowroot, 1 T. pure maple syrup, couple dashes of cinnamon.

Method: Combine soy milk, garbanzo bean flour, cornstarch, maple syrup and cinnamon in a shallow dish (like a pie tin) with a wire whisk. Preheat a non-stick skillet to medium heat and use a little pan spray or coconut oil for additional sticking prevention (these babies are sticky). Quickly dip and coat both sides of the bread and fry two pieces (or however many you can fit in your skillet) at a time, cooking for about 2 minutes on each side over medium heat. Keep cooked french toast in a warm oven while finishing off the rest of the batch in the skillet.

Butter with An Unrefined Vegan’s insanely addictive Cocoa Coconut Buttera drizzle of pure maple syrup, some sliced banana and some vegan powdered sugar.

Freak out.

Tip: if you make a double or triple batch, you can freeze the extras and toast the slices in the toaster for a super quick delicious breakfast on the fly!

If you haven’t all ready joined the Virtual Vegan Potluck, head on over there now. The potluck is November 1st (World Vegan Day) and is open to all bloggers who will prepare a vegan dish to ‘share’. Not only is it super fun, but it’s a great way to drive traffic  to your site and make new blogging buddies 🙂