119. whole wheat sunflower seed bread.

My first Joy the Baker recipe! I needed to make something for a potluck, and attempted to veganize this whole wheat sunflower seed bread. This was a nice, dense, savory bread with a touch of sweetness.

Original recipe is found here. Here’s what I did to veganize it:

makes two 9x4x3-inch loaves
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup agave
2 egg replacers ( I used ener-g mixed with water)
1 1/2 cup almond milk with 1 tspn apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons earth balance melted
1 cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds

*If you have raw sunflower seeds, toss them with 1 teaspoon olive oil and one scant teaspoon salt and bake on a cookie sheet for 12 minutes (or until slightly browned) in a 350 degree F oven. Let cool before incorporating into the bread batter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray two 9x4x3-inch bread pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

In a medium bowl, whisk together agave, egg replacer, almond milk and melted earth balance

Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients.  Fold to incorporate.  Try not to overmix the batter.  Once the flour has almost disappeared fold in the 3/4 cup of the sunflower seeds (reserving some seeds to garnish the top).  Fold until no flour bits remain.

Divide batter between the two pans.  This will create smaller loaves… not huge loaves… just so you know.  Bake for 35-40 minutes, being sure not to over-bake and dry out the bread.

Remove from oven and let rest in the pans for 10 minutes.  Invert onto cooling racks.  Serve warm or wrap tightly and freeze.  A

118. r2d2.

I saw something like this on etsy and thought about ordering a print for milo’s new room, but then I realized, I could probably make something similar myself….And get it printed at alphagraphics for like $4. So I made one using Illustrator and once his room gets together, might print and frame it for him.

117. almond-tella.

My laptop and my sewing machine are both broke. I feel totally helpless and uninspired because of it….BUT my vitamix still works!
So I whipped up a batch of this almond-tella from Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites. I accidentally bought a big bag of almonds the last time I went to trader joes, and when I got home I realized I already had a bag. So I have been looking for things to make with lots of almonds, so this was perfect.

Anyway, this recipe was easier than I thought it would be. You can use your vitamix to make nut butters, but you need to buy a seperate blade for it. So I wasn’t sure how this recipe was going to go. It said you can make it in a food processor, so I figured it would work in a vitamix.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup non dairy milk
3/4 cup almonds (dry roasted – i used raw, and it tastes fine)

Put the almonds in the vitamix or food processer and chop until it starts to form a paste. Mine never really formed a paste, but it ground up as fine as it possibly could I think. Melt the powdered sugar, chocolate chips and milk in the microwave for one minute. Slowly drizzle it into the almond paste mixture and continue to blend until very smooth.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Now I need to find one of those recipes that use nutella and make something! I bet you can use any kind of nuts when you make this and make all kinds of yummy chocolate nut butters!

116. cocoa oat truffles.

There is no way to take a pretty photo of these. But trust me, they taste WAY better than they look. In fact, they are delicious! And they have no refined sugar! They are a great way to satisfy the chocolate craving!

Heres what you do:

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup finely chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch ground cinnamon
  1. Place oats in vitamix or food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add dates, 2 tablespoons cocoa, peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon and process until finely ground and sticking together.
  3. Place remaining cocoa powder in a shallow bowl.
  4. Roll truffle mixture into balls about 2 teaspoons each, pressing firmly for mixture to stick together. Roll truffles in cocoa powder and dust lightly with powdered sugar if desired.
  5. Chill until ready to serve.

115. toilet bowl cleaner.

I found this article about 75 great uses for baking soda and tried this one out. It said to add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.

I didn’t notice any immediate results. But I think once we move, I will for sure try to make this into our normal routine. Maybe once a week would be good? Baking soda is so cheap, and it doesn’t have all those nasty chemicals like the drop in toilet bowl cleaners, so its worth a shot!

114. fabric binder clips.

Tonight I gave some boring old binder clips new life by coating them in mod podge and laying down some fabric scraps. Instantly cuter office supplies!

113. thrift store pillow.

I found this knitted square at the thrift store today for 95 cents. I saw it and thought it would make a cute pillow, especially because earlier in the day I had been eyeing up something similar at CB2 for $40….I found some yellow fabric at the thrift store as well, stopped at the needle shop on my way home to buy a pillow form and threw this together. This probably would have taken me 15 minutes tops if my sewing machine wasnt being such a jerk. I spent a good deal of time wrestling with the top thread, only to give up and finish sewing the pillow by hand. It has a back flap, which I have never sewn before, but was super easy! I love it!

112. creme brulee baked oatmeal.

Another recipe from Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites….Threw this together last night and let the oats soak, then baked it this morning while I ran out to get starwberries to top it. DELISH.

2 1/2 cups oats
3 T sugar
3 T maple syrup
14 oz can of coconut milk
1 tspn vanilla extract
1/2 cup vanilla or coconut flavored yogurt
1/4 cup brown sugar

Combine oats, sugar, maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla and yogurt in a large bowl and let stand overnight.  Nice change of pace from our usual protein shake in the morning. I think I would add some flax next time, just for added nutrition.

Preheat oven t0 350.  Coat your pan and pour the mixture into the pan. Bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle the top evenly with brown sugar to taste. Return the pan to the oven and broil for about 4 minutes until the sugar gets all brown and bubbly (this is the BEST part!)

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