Friday, October 17, 2014

Peanut Butter Coffee Mousse (GF)




I always LOVE coffee flavored things !!  This was DELICIOUS !!!  Great combination - peanut butter and coffee.   Neither flavor is overwhelming.  Nice smooth texture.  

My co-workers LOVED this -  both the flavor and the texture - they did not  want to stop eating it !!!!  They thought it was DELICIOUS !!!!





Ingredients:
1/2 package silken firm tofu  (I use Morinu Silken Tofu )
1/3 cup powered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 tsp Coffee Extract  (I use OliveNation)
1 Tbsp instant coffee


Directions:

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  

Put in freezer to firm.  Store in fridge.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 2 servings:  Calories 322,  Total Fat 18.6g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 184mg, Carbs 28.3g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 23.4g, Protein 14g



You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you.  This new life brings you the true knowledge of God.

Colossians 3:10 (NCV)


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jolly Green Christmas Tree - Guest Post by Zel Allen



I am SOOOOOO thrilled to do a guest post with Zel Allen !!!!





Zel Allen loves to cook, a passion that led her to author two vegan cookbooks, Vegan for the Holidays. and The Nut Gourmet. With her husband, she also co-publishes Vegetarians in Paradise, a vegan magazine appearing on the net for 16 years. The publication features tasty recipes, vegan resources, articles, and items of interest to the vegan community. She blogs at veganfortheholidays.wordpress.com and nutgourmet.wordpress.com, and contributes articles and recipes to The Vegetarian Journal and Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine. Zel also teaches vegan cooking classes in Los Angeles.

Zel is sharing a fun recipe with us today....Jolly Green Christmas Tree !!!!! Use your imagination, have some fun and decorate the tree however you want !!!




Here's a holiday appetizer that puts yuletide spirit on a plate and unveils your hidden talent as a scultptor. Using nothing more than a spoon you’ll be able to turn this delicious dip into a dazzling sculpted Christmas tree or Christmas wreath that flaunts colorful ornaments you can eat. Make it mildly spiced or crank it up to muy picante with extra jalapeno chiles and a pinch of cayenne.

JOLLY GREEN CHRISTMAS TREE

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Dip
1 pound frozen peas, thawed
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons organic sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 to 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch cayenne (optional)

Ornaments
1/4 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 carrot, finely diced
1 green onion, white part only, sliced
1 whole star anise, or 6 whole cloves

  1. Put the dip ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape down the work bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture onto a large platter and use the back of a spoon to form the mixture into the shape of a large Christmas tree. Decorate the tree with the bell pepper, carrot, and optional green onion. Place the star anise at the top or arrange the cloves into a radiating star. Serve with baked tortilla chips, bean chips, toasted pita wedges, or your favorite crackers.


Check out more of Zel's holiday recipes in her book Vegan for the Holidays.



THANKS for sharing this GREAT and FUN recipe, Zel !!!!!!!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie




I LOVED banana cream pie in a graham cracker crust growing up.....the flavor of this smoothie reminds me of a that !!!



Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 really ripe bananas, sliced
4 vegan graham crackers, broke into pieces

Directions:
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  




..."Lord, you have the power to make me well, if only you wanted to."
Matthew 8:2 (CEV)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mocha Peanut Butter Muffins - Wheat Flour





These are SOOOOO good ....  REALLY chocolaty and moist. 

My co-workers thought these were REALLY good also...moist, not a strong coffee flavor, not a strong peanut butter flavor and chocolaty !!!





Ingredients:
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour or Spelt Flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup
Corn Flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)

1/4 cup Sucanat   (or brown sugar)  (I use Barry Farm)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts or 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)
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1 tsp Coffee Extract    (I use OliveNation)
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 medium to large very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup natural peanut butter  (I used crunchy)

Directions:
Mix the coffee extract, coffee granules, almond milk, applesauce, mashed bananas and peanut butter in one bowl. 

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  

Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.

The OXO Large Scoop  is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!


Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 12 muffins:  Calories 142, Total Fat 4.1g, Cholesterol mg,  Sodium 167g, Carbs 23.7g, Fiber 3.2g, Sugars 6.8g, Protein 4.2g



Those whom God had already chosen he also set apart to become like his Son, so that the Son would be the first among many believers.
Romans 8:29 (GNT)




Monday, September 29, 2014

Chocolate Pudding Mousse (GF)




I always LOVE chocolate pudding and mousse - so I decided to try my own version.  Well, I obviously liked this.....I ended up eating most of it before I realized I had not taken a picture yet !!!!  SOOOOO, I will have to make it again just to get a picture !!!!

My co-workers LOVED this.  Comments from co-workers:  wicked good, good chocolate flavor, right amount of sweetness, nice creamy consistency.






Ingredients:
1/2 package Morinu Soft Silken Tofu 
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder  (I use Hershey's)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Chocolate Extract (I use OliveNation)
1/4 cup almond milk 
1/3 cup powered sugar 
1/8 tsp salt

Directions:
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  

Chill before serving and store in fridge.



Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 2 servings:  Calories 146,  Total Fat 3.4g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 175mg, Carbs 25.6g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 20.6g, Protein 5.3g




The Lord your God is with you; his power gives you victory.  The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life.  He will sing and be joyful over you,

Zephaniah 3:17 (GNT)


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Raspberry Peach Banana Chia Seed Pudding (DF, GF)




This was SOOOOO  good.  My co-workers also liked this !!  I am trying to make chia pudding on a regular basis - it is GREAT to satisfy a sweet tooth !!!   Eat it as a snack or for dessert.  

This is a GREAT way to eat more chia seeds, which are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.





Ingredients:
5 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup frozen raspberries, slightly thawed
1 and 1/2 cup frozen peaches, slightly thawed
2 bananas

Directions:
Blend the peaches, raspberries, and banana in a blender until smooth.

Put all the ingredients into a glass jar with tight fitting lid and stir or shake until well combined.   

Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight (shake or stir occasionally).
  


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 122,  Total Fat 3.4g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 1mg, Carbs 25.1g, Fiber 6.8g, Sugars 13g, Protein 3.2g



But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith...... 
1 Peter 5:9 (CEV)




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Molasses Peanut Butter Raisin Bran Muffins - Wheat Flour




I thought these were DELICIOUS - as did my taste testers.  I liked the raisins from the cereal.   Everyone LOVED the  strong molasses flavor. 


Adapted from this recipe and  this recipe .





Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour )
1 and 1/2 cups Raisin Bran cereal
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup Sucanat   (or brown sugar) (I use Barry Farm Sucanat)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed (I use Bob's Red Mill)
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1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 
2 large very ripe bananas, mashed  (if your bananas are smaller, you will probably need to increase the liquid by 2-4 Tbsp)


Directions:
Mix the vanilla, molasses, peanut butter, applesauce, and bananas in one bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  

Pour into muffin pan.   Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin Pan,Casabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.


The OXO Large Scoop is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!


Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 12 muffins:  Calories  206, Total Fat  3.4g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 115mg, Carbs 41.5g, Fiber 2.9g, Sugars 19.3g, Protein  4g




Be on your guard and stay awake.  Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.   
1 Peter 5:8  (CEV)




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sweet Potato Spinach Tofu Scramble (DF, GF)





I think these are MUCH better if the package of tofu is frozen first.  Just make sure to take it out of the freezer in advance so it will be thawed when you are ready to make these.

I combined my 2 favorite scramble recipes: my spinach scramble and my sweet potato scramble .


The sweet potato adds a nice flavor to the tofu scramble.




Ingredients:
1 cup chopped veggies of your choice (I use bell peppers and onion)
1-10 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup chopped sweet potato 
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1 pkg firm or extra firm tofu (water packed), drained and squeezed dry
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried mustard powder
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes (optional)
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1/4 cup coconut bacon (optional)


Directions:
Drain the package of tofu and squeeze to get out as much water as possible.  


Cook the sweet potato in the microwave for a couple minutes to soften.  Then cut the sweet potato into chunks and add to pan.


I actually cook the veggies in the pan with a little water to soften them and slightly caramelize them - before adding the tofu .


Then crumble the tofu and add to the veggies in the pan.  Add all spices.


Add the coconut bacon when the scramble is almost done.

Cook over medium-low heat until they are the consistency you like.  I happen to like mine on the drier side (because I usually put ketchup on them !!!).  




In all the work you are doing, work the best you can.  Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.
Colossians 3:23 (NCV)






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Giveaway - Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal




I LOVE Bob's Red Mill products and use them on a regular basis.  I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flours, Arrowroot Powder, Whole Wheat Flour, Bulgur, Chia Seeds, Flaxseed, Oat Bran, Potato Starch, Quinoa, Steel Cut Oats, Sunflower Seeds, Tapioca Starch, Vital Wheat Gluten, Rye Flour, Cornmeal and I'm sure I've forgotten some !!!!  

All Bob's Red Mill products are high quality - I have NEVER been disappointed in any of their products I have tried.  They take pride in making sure they provide the highest quality products available to their customers.  This is reflected  in their effort to meet with their farmers to ensure they provide the best grains possible, and that the farmers are using good farming practices.  

I am SOOOOOOOOOOO excited to be able to offer this giveaway !!!!!  I was THRILLED when Bob's Red Mill gave me this opportunity.  

This is the FIRST time I have tried Bob's Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal.  I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first.  The oatmeal is very fine and I expected the overnight oats to come out mushy.  It was DELICIOUS.  I think the Caramel Overnight Oats made with the Scottish Oatmeal is my new favorite overnight oats recipe !!  Then I didn't know how it would be in snack balls.  I thought it might be too fine.  But again, I was pleasantly surprised.  The oatmeal isn't as big as old-fashioned oats or even quick oats, but it tasted GREAT in the snack balls.  In fact, they were a BIG hit among my taste testers !!!!  


Scottish Oatmeal   - Oatmeal originated in Scotland centuries ago and was different from our modern rolled oats.  Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal is produced in the same old fashioned way.  The result is a surprisingly unique and flavorful cereal.  






Check out the recipes I made using Bob's Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal:



Now - for details of the giveaway !!!!


Bob's Red Mill is offering this product to ONE (1) LUCKY winner !!!  This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents.  


See below to enter the giveaway.  This giveaway will end on August 27,  2014.  I will pick the winner on August 28, 2014 and send an email.  I will also post the winner's name on the blog.



Giveaway - Bob's Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal






Continue praying, keeping alert, and always thanking God.
Colossians 4:2  (NCV)



Monday, August 11, 2014

Molasses Coconut Oat Peanut Butter Balls (GF)




These have a crunch from the corn flakes and a strong peanut butter  flavor.  All my taste testers LOVED these....they thought they were delicious.  Two of my taste testers thought these tasted like peanut butter cups !!!!

Comments from my taste testers:  LOVE the peanut butter flavor, along with the chocolate flavor.  Like the crunch from the corn flakes (nice texture to the balls).   Of course like the coconut in the balls. 

My dad, aunt and niece all LOVED these balls also.  Everyone has liked the crunch and texture of the cereal in the balls.


Adapted from this recipe.






Ingredients:
3 Tbsp molasses
3/4 to 1 cup oats (I used Bob's Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal )
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut   (I use Tropical Traditions  )
1 cup natural peanut butter
3/4 cup corn flakes cereal, crushed
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1 cup chopped dates 
3 Tbsp almond milk


Directions:
Blend dates and almond milk in blender until desired texture.  I keep some date chunks left - it gives the balls a chewier texture.

Then combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

Form into balls and put in freezer to firm up.  Each day these balls tend to get more flavorful.  I actually stored them in the freezer.  

I've started using the  Farberware Cookie Scoop for forming the snack balls, instead of using my hands.  It is not as messy and the balls are a more uniform size.



Estimated Nutritional Value per ball based on  40 balls:  Calories  79, Total Fat 4.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 8mg, Carbs 7.9g, Fiber 1.2g, Sugars 4.2g, Protein 2.5g


so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.  This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.
Galatians 2:20 (GNT)


If you order by clicking on any of my Tropical Traditions links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.



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