Monday, January 25, 2010

Vegan baking bananza!

For those of you who know me well, you know I enjoy being vegetarian and cooking my own food. My love of food is almost obsessive, and can only maybe be rival ed by my love of all things Harry Potter. Perhaps I could kill two birds with one stone (bad phrase to use in a vegan-related post) and make some Harry Potter-inspired baked goods- like puking pasties or treacle tart? Another day :).

Well lately, in addition to being vegetarian I've really become enamored of baking vegan goodies. Why vegan you say? Well that's a whole other conversation, but I thought it would be a nice challenge to create something delicious that omitted what many baked goods traditionally call for- such as eggs, butter, and milk.

Though I have had some baking disasters in the past, which are rare but catastrophic (recall my pumpkin brownies anyone?), I like to say I have a good knack of knowing what usually tastes good, is easy to make, cheap on my budget, and uses the fewest ingredients possible.

So after wasting a few hours online finding doable and exciting recipes. I set to make my first vegan creation. YAYYYY.

Here was the inspiration: http://www.recipezaar.com/Healthy-Vegan-Banana-Bread-106912

And here's my simple, tasty take on it:


Jessica's Vegan
Apple Banana Breakfast Loaf

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup quickcook oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Wet ingredients

  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (or 6 tablespoons apple juice concentrat)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions:
1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf pan.
2. Mash banana with fork. Add all other wet ingredients to banana and mix.
3. Combine all dry ingredients, mix.
4. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use hands to really mix it up and get rid of big banana chunks.
5. Pour in loaf pan. Sprinkle top with some oats for looks. Bake for 45 minutes.

It's delicious. And I've made it twice this week already. Refrigerate to keep fresh.
yum yum yum

I also made these Vegan apple banana muffins- http://vegetarian.about.com/od/breakfastrecipe1/r/applebanmuffins.htm
But I subbed 1C apple sauce for everything apple in the recipe and omitted sugar. However, I added choc chips to the tops...hehehe.

Happy Baking! Join the vegan baking craze!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

hello 2010

2009 was such a transition year, from learning how to really adjust to medical school, to making and maintaining lasting friendships, to learning what heartbreak means and how to start anew again, and again- my life has been filled with so much learning!

and... my gut instinct tells me that 2010 will be much more of the same- the exciting, ever-evolving same.

Rather than more transitioning though, I think this year will be about getting into the groove of things and pushing full speed ahead to becoming a doctor. This year is all about achieving life goals, Boards anyone?, and engaging in things fully. I'm incredibly excited about the leaps and bounds I'll accomplish and learn this year- I know I won't be bored a single moment.

Here's to you 2010, here's to accomplishing my resolutions (only 5 this year, but a BIG five they are), and thanks to all for a wonderful 2009.