Thursday, January 18, 2007

Babycakes on Martha

Wow, I was sooo excited. I know, I get excited by very strange things. But I happened to catch the first half of the Martha Stewart show yesterday and she had on the owner of New York's Babycakes bakery. Babycakes specializes in desserts for people with allergies. So, all of their recipes are vegan, wheat-free, corn-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free etc. Since I'm vegan, my mom is diabetic and my brother's girlfriend is celiac, it was very exciting to see some recipes that I could try out on them. And since the recipes were available for free on martha's website I thought I would post them here as well for all to enjoy. I plan on trying out the brownies at our next family gathering.



Makes about 5 dozen mini browniesNote: This recipe is free of wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, and eggs.

1/2 cup canola oil, plus more for pans
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons garbanzo and fava bean flour
1/4 cup potato starch
2 tablespoons arrowroot
1 cup unrefined sugar or 10 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons agave nectar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup store-bought unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup brewed coffee or hot water
2 cups vegan gluten-free chocolate chips, such as Tropical Source

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Brush 3 dozen mini-muffin pans with oil; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, arrowroot, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder; set aside. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, 1/2 cup canola oil, and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in coffee until it forms a batter. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Place 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared muffin cup. Transfer muffin pans to oven, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before unmolding.

Cinnamon Toasties

Serves about 10

Note: This recipe is free of wheat, gluten, dairy, nuts, casein, soy, and eggs.

1/2 cup canola oil, plus more for pan
1 cup garbanzo and fava bean flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup arrowroot
1 1/4 cups unrefined sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup store-bought unsweetened applesauce

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Brush a 6 3/4-by-4 1/4-by-2 3/4-inch loaf pan with oil; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, arrowroot, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together oil, applesauce, and 1 cup hot water. Add oil mixture to flour mixture; stir until well combined. Measure out 1/3 cup of batter and place in a small bowl. Pour remaining batter into prepared loaf pan. Stir remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon into reserved batter. Add to loaf pan, swirling to combine.

4. Transfer to oven and bake about 20 minutes. Brush top of loaf with oil and continue baking until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before unmolding.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Shopping and Baking

Green Door

On Friday I visited the Green Door Vegan Variety Store in Kitchener, Ontario for the first time. I have to say it was quite exciting to go to a store and not have to read the labels on every item. Unfortunately I didn't buy a lot of new things to try. They did stock vegan marshmallows and white chocolate chips which I have not seen before except online. But since it is January and my holiday baking excuse has come and gone I decided to pick up healthier treats instead.

G Living

So here is some Agave Nectar and Organic Coconut Oil. I have decided to join the G Living Network. Its a fantastic site with tons of interesting videos and recipes for vegan and raw foodists. Their recipes inspired me to pick up the coconut oil in order to try some of the amazing raw desserts their chefs have posted. I definately recommend checking out this site. You have to email them in order to join but I have found it to be an amazing online resource.

Let's Get Baked

For those of you interested in listening to fun vegan podcasts I suggest checking out Let's Get Baked. Its recorded by two guys in Halifax who interview bands while baking vegan treats. They give you the recipe and then you can listen as they wipe up and enjoy their new creation. This podcast has a fun sense of humour that keeps it entertaining.

Ginger Cookies
Finally, these are the ginger cookies I spoke about in my last post. The recipe came from the December issue of Vegetarian Times. These are amazing and definately worth the cost of the magazine.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Catching Up and Vegan Ginger Cookies and Vega

Okay-The picture is of my nephew enjoying vegan chocolate that is a great dessert!

I am very behind in my blogging already. I took a lot of pictures of the vegan treats I made over the holidays and now they are all in my camera which I left at my Mom's. So I will have to add them later. But I have to say the most amazing addition to my holiday baking repetoire came from the holiday edition of Vegetarian Times magazine-which I don't buy very often, since they also publish a hunting magazine. It had a whole section on vegan cookies and I decided to make the ginger ones because I simply can't get enough ginger these days. I left the walnuts out but kept everything else the same. They turned out AMAZING. I also made Pumpkin Spice Muffins from Simple Treats, Monkey Muffins (banana chocolate chip), Dreena's chocolate chips cookies from VLV and some gingerbread stars for the Winter Soltice. They all turned out great, making my holidays a lot sweeter.

As some of you know I have been running a lot these days. I'm up to 50 or more kms per week. So I thought I should read a bit about being a vegan athlete. I was at Whole Foods the other day and was given a free copy of Brenden Brazier's book-Thrive. If you haven't heard of him he is a Canadian, vegan, Ironman athlete. I saw him speak at the Vegetarian Food Fest in Toronto this fall. Anyway, I got the book and read the whole thing yesterday. There weren't too many surprises in it although he certainly encourages the inclusion of Maca, Chlorella and Hemp in your everyday diet. I have been working hard at sticking to whole foods and I'm certainly noticing a difference. Last year, when I was completing my Master's degree and doing a lot of practicum hours I was eating a lot more prepackaged foods-whereas now I'm not eating any besides some condiments. I used to crave both sugar and chocolate on a regular basis and now that has completely disappeared. I do crave a lot of Apples these days-but being in Southern Ontario they continue to be amazingly sweet, so who can blame me. I was wondering if there is anyone out there who has tried his Vega supplement. If you have let me know what you think.

Other than that it looks like I will be moving in to a new job soon which also means buying my first home. The near future is going to be full of be changes but I promise to make time for lots of good food-and I'll even take some more pictures.