Being a mom I think Mother’s Day is great. I get to sit around while someone else cooks and cleans for a day. Sounds like perfection. I know if you’re the one doing the cooking and cleaning for a day it might seem a little overwhelming. I’m here to help. These three ingredient Crêpes are incredibly simply, yet sure to wow. Pictured is simple the Crêpe with some store-bought raspberry jam and a little powdered sugar sprinkled over the top. Beautiful right? You could also find some vegan chocolate hazelnut butter . Perhaps a mimosa and some breakfast potatoes or scrambled tofu and you are good to go!
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Vegan Chickpea Crepes
1 1/2 cups (165 grams) chickpea (Besan) flour -You can find this in any good grocery store by the gluten free foods or specialty flour section.
1 1/2 cups (350 grams) water
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
Cooking spray or Oil for cooking
Whisk together flour, water and salt. Set aside for 30 minutes for flour to absorb water.
Once batter has hydrated heat a 11″ non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Spray with cooking spray, or add a small amount of oil to the pan and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
Add 1/3 cup of the batter and swirl the pan so the batter coats the bottom of the pan in a thin layer.
Cook over medium heat until bottom is golden brown, flip the crepe and cook on the second side until it is also golden brown.
Continue cooking crepes one at a time until batter is gone.
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. there are so many ways to celebrate, but as you would imagine, my favorite way is with food. I’m traveling this weekends so I won’t be cooking, but I hope you are! I was lucky enough to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom and 2/3 of my brothers a few weeks ago when I was visiting “home.” My brothers and I took my mom out without any of our spouses or children. It was a delightfully relaxed meal:)
If you are cooking a Mother’s Day Brunch I have a few suggestions for you, all that I would be more than happy to receive if someone were cooking for me.
I know I just posted yesterday, but this is worth it, I promise. A dark chocolate vegan french toast, topped with buttery bourbon date caramel and crunchy, salted pecans. Oh man, yes you want this. All components are surprisingly easy to make, you know, if you wanted to make someone special a Sunday brunch next weekend…
4 slices bread of choice, I recommend something on the rustic side
Coconut oil for cooking -or other oil
Whisk together the aquafaba, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a large shallow bowl until frothy.
Add the cocoa powder and whisk until combined.
Heat a large skillet over medium low heat. I use my cast iron, other’s have recommended a non-stick skillet if you don’t have cast iron.
Dip bread into the aquafaba mixture and let it sit for about 30 seconds to soak up some deliciousness.
Add oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
Transfer bread to the hot pan (I can cook two pieces at a time in my pan), and cook until the first side is firm and starting to brown, about 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook on the second side until it is also starting to brown and has firmed up.
Serve with bourbon date caramel and chopped pecans.
Bourbon Date Caramel
1/2 cup prepared date caramel
2 TBL vegan butter ( I use Earth Balance)
1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat from a can)
1 TBL bourbon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Heat ingredients together in a small pan over low heat stirring frequently.
This perfect delightful, refined sugar free, vegan, paleo, and gluten free. This date caramel would be described as; rich, decadent, sweet, satisfying, and is made from very simple ingredients and comes together in a flash. I have been working on a few ways to use it, but highly recommend this as a start to your favorite dish featuring caramel. Pictured here it is served over sweet potato pancakes with coconut whipped cream. A dish to impress.
For my sweet potato pancakes I used this recipe, but substituted sweet potato puree for the pumpkin, and took out the spices. Your favorite pancakes would also be perfect here, or use this recipe for an guide to find your perfect pancake.
8oz (about 2 cups) dates pitted and halved
Boiling water to cover dates
2 TBL coconut milk (full fat from a can)
2-4 TBL hot water depending on how fresh and juicy your dates are
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Pour boiling water over dates, just enough to cover them. Let them sit for 10 minutes or so until soft.
Drain dates and reserve the water.
Place drained dates, coconut milk, 2 TBL of the hot water, vanilla, and salt in a food processor or blender.
Puree until smooth adding hot water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the consistency you desire.
Pour over just about anything for a delicious treat.
Who wants fresh, fragrant cinnamon rolls? Ohh, I do, pretty much every day! For several reasons I try to save them for special occasions, such as Easter. I have tweaked my recipe a bit to make it a little easier and give more consistent results. I also did some experimentation with various sugar free options, but haven’t perfect them yet. I’m happy to give suggestions if you leave a comment with a question, but I need to make a few more batches before I share the results.
These are soft, pillowy, cinnamon filled, sweet nuggets of goodness. Perfect to make the day before and let rise in the refrigerator overnight and bake off in the morning just in time for breakfast.
Because there are a few steps here that are a bit hard to explain I have made a video.
In the bowl of your stand mixer whisk the egg replacer and water until smooth- set aside
In a small saucepan heat together the milk, Earth Balance, sugar and salt until the butter is almost melted.
Remove from heat and stir until butter is melted. Make sure this mixture is warm, not hot or it will kill the yeast.
Add 3 cups of the flour and yeast to the egg replacer/water mixture.
Add the warm milk mixture and mix with the paddle attachment for 2 minutes. If you don’t have a stand mixer you can do this by hand.
Switch to the dough hook and mix, adding flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough forms a ball and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
Remove the dough hook and drizzle olive oil over the ball of dough, cover with a damp towel and set aside to rise for 1-2 hours.
Once dough has doubled in size, punch it down then allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
While dough is resting combine the filling ingredients and set aside.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll dough into a rectangle about 18″ by 12″.
Spread the filling mixture evenly over the dough, all the way to the edges.
Roll dough into a log and slice into buns, as large as you like. I like mine to be about 1 1/2″ thick.
Place buns on a rimmed baking sheet or pan close enough to almost touch each other. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper (for easier cleanup).
Let the the rolls rise until almost doubled in size, about and hour. Alternately at this point cover the rolls with cling wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight. They will slowly rise there. In the morning set the on the counter as your oven preheats and proceed as usual.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake rolls for 20-30 minutes depending on their size, until golden brown.
While the rolls are cooking combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk stirring until smooth.
When rolls are cooked remove from oven and drizzle with icing.
I haven’t been very good at posting for the last few weeks. I’m sorry. I am struggling with cooker’s block. With everything that has been going on (new baby and all) it has been a bit of a cooking rut for me. I’m starting to break out and have been focusing on making some new recipes. It is a process to get them where I am comfortable posting them for your consumption. It is my New Year’s resolution to cook something new once a week. Please hold me to it.
For now I have some amazing standby recipes for your New Year’s Brunch. Tweet me @happyfoodninja if you have a substitution question because you are in your pajamas and can’t be bothered to go to the store for some crazy ingredient.
One last brunch idea before Easter. If you’re like me, you pretty much always have the ingredients for this dish on hand, so even if you don’t feel like shopping you can still have an elegant brunch tomorrow. The Hollandaise sauce is one of my all-time favorite vegan things. It is just so perfect; creamy, rich, decadent, and healthy! Oh, so much more healthy than the “real” thing. I actually like it better too. You should serve this with something light and fresh to balance the rich sauce, such as some fruit or a mimosa or two. This is a quick dish, but you need to be hands on to get everything ready at the same time.
Vegan Tofu and Avocado Benedict With Vegan Hollandaise Sauce
adapted from “How It All Vegan”
For the Tofu
1lb extra firm tofu, drained and cut into 8 slices
3 TBL olive oil
1 tsp salt
3 TBL apple cider vinegar
For the Hollandaise Sauce
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 TBL all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
4 English muffins, split and toasted
1 large avocado thinly sliced
paprika for finishing
Heat your largest skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. I use my use huge cast iron.
While it is preheating whisk together the nutritional yeast, flour and salt in a small saucepan.
Slowly drizzle the water into the nutritional yeast mixture whisking until smooth and set aside.
Once your pan is hot (droplets of water sprinkled in the pan immediately sizzle and evaporate), add your oil and heat for a few seconds while swirling to coat the bottom of the pan.
Place the tofu in the pan in a single layer (be careful as the oil will spatter when the wet tofu is added).
Cook the tofu until golden brown on one side, 2-3 minutes, then flip and continue cooking on the second side until also golden brown, another 2 minutes or so.
Once both sides are cooked remove the tofu from the heat, sprinkle the salt over the tofu, and drizzle the apple cider vinegar over everything. The heat from the pan will encourage evaporation. Set this aside in the hot pan to stay warm while you finish the hollandaise sauce.
If you are a multi-tasker start this step right after you have flipped your tofu. If not, just do it after the tofu is done as it will be fine, but the sauce needs some attention.
Put your nutritional yeast mixture on the stove and heat over medium-low heat whisking frequently until it has thickened to your desired consistency, about 3 minutes. When it is as thick as you would like, remove from heat and stir in the mustard and lemon juice.
Place your toasted English muffins on your plates, top with slices of avocado, then the tofu, and drizzle the hollandaise over everything. Sprinkle a dash of paprika over the top for color if you like and serve immediately.
Easter is just over a week away! This year I’m trying to be a little bit proactive and give you a list of what to make early so you can make plans. Easter for me is a perfect day for brunch. I love brunch, and I really love to have people over for brunch. It is late enough to get all the cooking done, especially if you plan ahead, but early enough you get a good part of your day for other things, or for continuing to hang out with everyone you invited over and you still get a good night’s sleep! Brunch has to have a few savory items in my opinion, but is really just a late breakfast. My list includes everything I would like on one brunch table, but I would probably have to pick and choose a few of these if I was doing all the cooking myself. Good luck making your plans and happy eating!
I had a different post all ready to go, then it started to feel like fall. I love fall; the crispness in the air, the change of leaves, the cooler temperatures, drinking hot coffee, and being able to bake without feeling like I’m going to melt. In the last few weeks ads for pumpkin spiced lattes have appeared everywhere! I have never had one, but I do like pumpkin and spices in my food:)
These muffins are full of vegetables and whole grains, yet are still delicious! They are moist, singing with warm spices, and bring thoughts of sitting outside watching the leaves fall and drinking tea. For me fall is a time to snuggle in, and get ready for new beginnings. I have started most of my jobs in the fall, started school, and moved several times in the fall. I even married my amazing husband in the fall almost four years ago. I love thinking of that time, and remembering the excitement I felt as we prepared for the big day, and enjoying the peace after it was all over. The weather brings it all back for me and I love it! I hope you are finding peace within yourself as you prepare for the change of seasons. These muffins are the perfect snack to have while taking time to enjoy the present, or plan for the future.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
1 cup oat flour
1 cup spelt or wheat flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp group cloves
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup shredded summer squash (yellow), or apple, or carrot, or hard squash, or whatever you have on hand.
1 cup pumpkin puree (I used canned)
1/3 cup non-dairy milk
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
3 TBL mild tasting oil (sunflower, canola)
1 TBL apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and prepare a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners or oil.
Whisk together the dry ingredients (flours, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and salt).
Stir in the wet ingredients (squash, pumpkin, milk, syrup, oil, vinegar, until just combined.
Pour the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Let them cool for about 5 minutes in the pan before removing them to a cooling rack.
Enjoy warm, cool, or freeze for a quick breakfast.
So you’re looking for food to serve the vegan mother in you life for Mother’s Day. Good job; you’re working hard to fulfill her desires and it will be appreciated. Just for you, I’ll tell you what I would love for a food-filled vegan Mother’s Day.
1. Start with vegan hot chocolate. If she’s into it, and most mothers are, add a shot, or ten, of espresso to make this a mocha.
2. For first breakfast choose something savory such as a tofu breakfast sandwich, or just a delightful jalapeno bagel. If your special vegan is also gluten free try this savory oatmeal. For extra credit you can make the bagel at home. Just for you I made a video in case you’re going for the big wow factor.
3. Of course, she will need a late morning snack. I suggest something sweet again and bakery quality. Maybe a blueberry muffin or cinnamon bun with another cup of coffee. Preferably iced at this point.
4. Just a salad for lunch please to balance the morning and get her ready for the delightful dinner you are going to prepare.
5. Now a little appetizer of happy comfort served up in this smoky bean dip.