New blender!

I finally got a nice blender 🙂

Today I celebrated by making cashew milk!

  • 1 cup soaked raw cashews (3/4 cup before soaking)
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • soaked (like 10 minutes) dates (to taste, i used 4)
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • optional: extra sweetener such as maple syrup or agave

Blend, blend blend! Enjoy 😀 optional:strain through a nut bag, but it usually blends pretty smooth

 

And I had a green smoothie too! Mmmm 🙂 Greens, frozen fruit, banana, coconut water!

Vegan Pancakes :)

I came across this video by Reese Regan:

 

 

I thought the pancake recipe was amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 of milk (almond or cashew for me!)
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

  1. heat up a pan to high heat and oil (even if it has a low smoke point, I used coconut oil)
  2. pour some of the batter into the pan
  3. once the pancake starts bubbling in the middle, flip!
  4. enjoy stacks on stack of vegan and gluten free pancakey goodness 🙂

Turnovers!

I wanted to try Gee Free brand puff pastry dough since I found it a few weeks ago. I finally got my hands on some. Of course I couldn’t let my homemade jelly go to waste, so I made a childhood favorite 😀

I wanted to use parchment paper, but I was out. So I lightly greased a baking sheet with coconut oil and dusted it with cornstarch.

I didn’t use a recipe and made this all up as I went along..

You Will Need:

  • 1 sheet puffy gee free puff pastry dough
  • about 3 tsp jelly of choice
  • 1 egg
  • knife
  • fork
  • pastry brush

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425○F
  2. Place pastry sheet horizontally on cutting board. Cut into 3 equal columns and 2 equal rows (for a total of 6 equal squares).
  3. Gently pull the squares a little bit bigger.
  4. Place about 1/2 tsp of jelly into the center of each piece.
  5. Gently fold one corner of each piece to the corner diagonally across from it, creating a triangle.
  6. Use fork to press around the open edges and corners, securing them down.
  7. In a small bowl, scramble the egg. Use the pastry brush to spread the egg wash over the tops of each turnover.
  8. Place in oven for about 10-12 minutes until the dough is lightly browned.
  9. You probably want to let these cool. But maybe eat with ice cream or drizzled chocolate or something yummy?? 🙂

-GFS

Jelly!!

Mmmm jelly!

I went food shopping before work the other day and forgot my groceries in my car during my shift! Oh no! But wait..it’s winter! My food didn’t go bad, but my fresh berries froze a little bit 😦 I have been trying to eat them in time. I bought a lot though..so it wasn’t gonna happen.

When bananas start to go, how do you save them before it’s too late? Banana bread! So how do you save berries? Actually berry bread sounds pretty good…

Jelly!

I was feeling adventurous and decided to make my own jelly! I found the original recipe that I was going to use at: http://vegweb.com/recipes/8-minute-awesome-strawberry-jam But being me, I did my own thing a little bit.

For starters, I had 4 cups of fresh fruit instead of 2. So for sugar, I did 1/3 cup white sugar and 2/3 cup of brown sugar. Honestly I love coconut sugar and I would remake it with that. Probably with about 3/4 of a cup. It didn’t come out overly sweet, but I eat way too much sugar anyway.

I know a lot of people aren’t super into cornstarch. I love knowing that it’s gluten free and easy..plus there was a sale on bulk cornstarch so I came home to find a large amount in the cabinet. It’s best used with cold water so it doesn’t clump.

I used 3 cups of strawberries and 1 cup pf blackberries. It came out super yummy! It almost tastes like a black cherry jelly i used to buy.

I used an induction stove top, so I guessed with the temperatures. It seemed to work for me, so I think i did it right!

Recipe:

  • 4 cups fresh fruit (as ripe as possible)
  • 3/4-1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  1. Place fruit in pot and mash until desired consistency. Personally, my arm got tired and just left it chunky! Stir in sugar.
  2. I let some water sit in a small bowl with a few ice cubes. I had the 2 tbs of cornstarch in a separate small bowl. I got my tbs measure out and poured the 2 tbs of water right over the cornstarch. Stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Pour cornstarch mixture into pan and stir well.
  4. Bring to a high boil (I did this on 220(○F) on my stove) and let boil for 1 minute.
  5. Turn down to low boil (175 on my stove) for 6 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. And…done!
  6. I was putting it in a glass jar, so i let it cool first.

Hope you enjoy!

-GFS