VEGAN ALMOND “CHEESE” -baked

20181108_1459023450186803027513305.jpgAs I have weaned myself far and away off refined sugars, my palate has become more prone to desire savory satisfaction, so when a Chef Gustavo from Cancun made this cheese, I had to try my hand at it.  It is a bit different, but not too different and as he told me, it was rather easy to make.!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups of soaked or blanced wild soil almond (I prefer this over even organic.)
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of Hawaiian red salt (or use sea salt or Himalayan)
  • 2 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • dash of fresh black pepper

WHAT TO DO:

  1. soak almonds overnight20181107_0715295053096485032927901.jpg
  2. peel skin off them (save the skins and lightly toast for a fun salad topping!)
  3. put all ingredients into power blender until smooth
  4. use as little water as possible …only enough to facilitate blending
  5. wrap it up in a nut mylk bag or similar over a strainer and let sit overnight to let the flavors marry and the excess liquid to drain
  6. heat oven to 350 degrees
  7. spread mixture into a pan or use a silicone baking pan like I did
  8. bake up to an hour for driest and firmest texture (I like it this way)
  9. let cool and slice up to serve as you wish or eat plain
  10. 20181029_1809262911323544025596063.jpgGustavo likes to drizzle olive oil and sprinkle coriander atop–it’s delicious that way!
  11. What I did at home is put the vegan cheese on top of a raw cracker with red beet hummus to hold it all together… so flavorful!
  12. Enjoy~

FLAX SNACKER CRACKER

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Because #earthday is really everyday, here’s a daily do-good-for-you and our planet treat!

These are a must to have around if you’re a snacker or if you’re trying to be healthier and get more of those healthy flax oils in your body.  Plus, you can top these with anything and make an endless variety of flavors to snack appropriate to your mood or health needs!20180306_182603.jpg

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of raw, golden flax seeds (golden ones appeal to me in texture and color, but the dark brown ones are great, too!)

1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast

1/4 cup fresh, finely chopped herbs (I used fennel, basil, oregano, but throw in what you like!)

Dashes of cayenne, black pepper, turmeric, or go sweeter with cinnamon and just a dash of Himalayan Pink Salt with no other herbs or seasonings.

20180307_122453.jpgWHAT TO DO:

Stir seeds with water for 4-5 hours (minimum of 3 hours, if you are in a hurry)

Mix up rest of ingredients with the apple cider vinegar and stir into goopy and slimey seed and water mixture.

Spread on your lining for whatever type of dehydrator you have.  Mine is rounded square in shape with circle liners, so don’t let my photos mislead you.  I love the large, multi-level  professional dehydrators, but the humble little one works just fine 🙂

Spread the mixture as thinly as you can without seeing through to the liner.  Dehydrate on 110 or no more 118 for 8-10 hours.  You may need to flip the seed spread middle of the way depending on what kind of liner you have.   Mine is not breathable so it needs to get its share of dehydration by flipping onto the unlined stackable shelves.

Fun tip:  I loved the crackers when they weren’t totally crunchy, but went bonkers for them when they were finally super crackly and done! TA-DA~

PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

wp-1485758475807.jpgI THINK COOKIES ARE FOR ANY DAY…EVERYDAY, BUT ONLY IF THEY’RE NOT YOUR STANDARD JUNK FOOD VARIETY! SO, HERE’S A HEALTHY OPTION!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups almond butter (1 16 ounce jar)

1/2 cup date puree or 1/3 cup honey

1 pasture raised egg (skip and sub with chia/flax egg if you want to go vegan!)

1 teaspoon each baking soda, Himalayan pink salt,  and vanilla bean paste

1 cup chocolate chip cookies of your choice

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WHAT TO DO

1-heat oven to 350 degrees

2-mix all ingredients together folding in chocolate chips last

3-use scoop to drop cookie dough balls on parchment or silicone liners

4-flatten with spatula if you want classic cookie shape or leave puffy and round if you like!

5-bake 10 minutes (longer for crispier)

6-let cool and devour… or put a scoop of coconut ice cream on it while hot! YUM!

Note: these end up being chewy and slightly crumbly in texture by the next day… they are not a very doughy-heavy textured cookie.  Perfect for a snack!

Idea: skip the chocolate chips and substitute with dried fruit for a nut butter-fruit snack to take on the go! 😉

wp-1485758475809.jpgENJOY!

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PLAIN JANE COOKIES. Vegan & Paleo

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  • 1 CUP OF FINE ALMOND FLOUR (no skin) & 1.5 CUPS OF ALMOND MEAL (with skin)
  •  1/4-1/3 ORGANIC GRADE B OR DARK MAPLE SYRUP
  • 2 TEASPOONS BOURBON VANILLA BEAN PASTE
  • 1 HEAPING TABLESPOON BAKING POWDER
  • FEW DASHES OF CEYLON CINNAMON
  • FEW DASHES OF FRESHLY GROUND HIMALAYAN PINK SALT

Heat the oven to 350°F. Place parchment atop baking sheet.

I used my KitchenAid Machine to whisk the almond flours, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder together and then use machine paddle to mix in maple syrup and vanilla. Mix only until a sticky dough forms — don’t over mix, especially if only using fine almond flour without skin.  I prefer using some with skin to give extra fiber and robust texture to the chewy cookie.

Use a small scooper to drop rounded balls of cookie dough onto parchment sheet and gently press with gloved hands or moistened spatula to make a bit flatter at top to be more cookie shaped and less of a ball.

Bake about 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned to your liking. Cool for 5 on the baking sheet and then let sit for a while longer off the sheet until cookies peel easily off parchment.

Options… top with dried fruits, chocolate chunk and banana slice, or any variety of craveable options.  According to my at home taste testers, the plain one won!… so I am calling this my fav PLAIN JANE cookie because I love when baking is easy and appeases discriminating palates.    oh… try adding vegan vanilla protein powder for more POW for healthy folks 🙂
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This is the pre-baked cookie dough with almond skin

FOR ALTERNATE VERSION, use only fine almond flour (no skin), press the cookie flatter and add your choice of dried fruit on top (I used goji berries)… makes it look like a chinese almond cookie, but so much better for you!  It’s an entirely different side of the same base recipe, so go with what floats your boat!