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Butternut squash risotto with flaked almonds and rocket. (gf, vegan)
I’ve never attempted risotto before as I was told it was incredibly difficult to do, but considering I completely made this recipe up and it was the bomb.com, it can’t be that difficult! :P
I roasted some b-squash, a carrot and some red bell pepper together in coconut oil, paprika, tarragon and s&p, then blended with almond milk, apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast (in place of parmesan). I boiled the arborio rice separately with vegetable stock and a little garlic, adding a dash of almond milk at the end, then poured the purée/sauce over the rice and munched away. :3
I made waaay too much rice (on purpose) but I made 3 cups stock to 1 cup rice, added 1 cup stock to the rice in the pan and simmered until absorbed, then poured a little stock in at a time, waiting until that bit had absorbed before adding the next bit until every last bit was gone. And that’s your basic risotto! :)

Butternut squash risotto with flaked almonds and rocket. (gf, vegan)

I’ve never attempted risotto before as I was told it was incredibly difficult to do, but considering I completely made this recipe up and it was the bomb.com, it can’t be that difficult! :P

I roasted some b-squash, a carrot and some red bell pepper together in coconut oil, paprika, tarragon and s&p, then blended with almond milk, apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast (in place of parmesan). I boiled the arborio rice separately with vegetable stock and a little garlic, adding a dash of almond milk at the end, then poured the purée/sauce over the rice and munched away. :3

I made waaay too much rice (on purpose) but I made 3 cups stock to 1 cup rice, added 1 cup stock to the rice in the pan and simmered until absorbed, then poured a little stock in at a time, waiting until that bit had absorbed before adding the next bit until every last bit was gone. And that’s your basic risotto! :)

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies with Vanilla Cinnamon Glaze. (Vegan.)

I searched around for more time than was probably necessary for a vegan molasses cookie. I wanted it to be chewy, healthy and to not have Earth Balance, as it’s pretty difficult to find here. I finally found a recipe with no Earth Balance, but it called for white flour, 2 cups of sugar and a cup of oil. I wasn’t having too much luck.

So I decided to take a leap of faith and make my own.

Is it crispy on the outside and chewy inside? Check.

Healthy? Check.

Vegan, Earth Balance-less and as little as oil as possible? Check, check, check.

What you will need;

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour;
  • 1 cup oats;
  • 1 cup oatbran (or sub with 1/2 oats and 1/2 flour);
  • 1 tsp ginger;
  • 1 tsp cinnamon;
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar;
  • 1 tsp baking powder.

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses;
  • 1 medium banana, mashed;
  • 2 flax eggs - 2 tbsp flax, 5 tbsp water, left to sit and gel;
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup;
  • 1 tsp walnut or olive oil;
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla;
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (can be omitted).

1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and all the wet in another, then combine both mixtures together, stirring so everything is mixed together.

2. On two sprayed and lined trays, divide the mixture in to 18 dessert spoon sized ‘blobs’. Sprinkle a few sliced almonds on top, then place in the oven and cook for 5 minutes. After this, turn the trays around in the oven and cook for a further 5 minutes.

3. Place on a cooling rack, then make the glaze using 5 tbsp icing sugar, 3/4 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a dash of water, until the icing is fairly runny. Using a teaspoon, drizzle the icing over each cookie, and sprinkle a little shredded coconut over the top.

4. Try not to eat every cookie. Hey - at least you tried.

Apple Pie Oatmeal!

  • Peel and cut up one small apple, into small cubes, then place in a microwavable dish with 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg and a squeeze of maple syrup/ agave nectar. Microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a pan cook together 1/3 cup oats and 2/3 cup water. (Or however you make your oatmeal.)
  • Once the apples are cooked, mix it in to the oatmeal, still heating on the pan, then pour into a bowl and top with a few sliced of remaining apple, a tsp of PB, sliced almonds and dried cranberries.