Breakfast

Amande™ Yogurt

Almond™ Yogurt? Huh?

 

On a recent visit to one of my local Whole Foods Market, the search of the soy yogurt that is so loved by my daughter. She usually eats her yogurt for breakfast with fruit and a cup of green tea.

We purchased fruit flavors to have as a nice treat after dinner instead of for breakfast. the sweetness of fruit yogurts these days makes it very easy to consume them as a healthy dessert instead of sweet goodies.

The packaging drew me in – bright vibrant color coded containers with pictures of the fruit within the container. Inside a nice creamy texture. Upon the first taste, I wasn’t sure if it was pleasure or confusion. I just didn’t get an almond taste. It was more of a fruit then something else. Mostly that something else has a super sweet taste. As well as the mouth feel just came across flat.

I am going to have to give it another try. I just didn’t enjoy the flavor. Maybe it was just that I was expecting one flavor and my mouth obtained another, causing me to react in a not so positive way.

Next time I will try a different flavor. I’m not exactly ready to give up just yet on this product. I like to give all vegan products that I come across a chance. Simply because those who take the time to develop these products are doing so to fill a need that isn’t being filled in the mainstream grocery market. There are more people out there than just omnivores.

I’m not saying no to this product, I’m just saying we’ll see.

Vegan Mofo #7 Happy Time Biscuits

Good Morning! Good Morning! To You, and You and You!

I call these happy time biscuits because when you take a bite, your face will light up and you’ll feel like you’re in heaven or at least just happy! These biscuits can be made anytime of day and night to accompany a multitude of dishes. You can even add a little sugar to them, split in half and top each half with any kind of cooked fruit and you’ll have a nice southern treat. Ooo, yum!

Do I need to say anymore? Did you say you needed more incentive to make these with your tofu scramble, hash browns, and vegan sausage? How’s this?

Okay, I’ll stop playing with your emotions. You know you wanna try these, right?

Vegan Mofo #7 Happy Time Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk (almond, rice, soy milk)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk to mix and create air.
  3. Using a fork or even a pastry blender, mix in vegan margarine until evenly distributed. It's okay if there are chunks of vegan margarine, just makes for lovely flavor in the end.
  4. Add non-dairy milk.
  5. Place dough onto a floured surface. Basically, lightly coat each of dough with flour. Make sure not to handle the dough too much, you don't want tough biscuits.
  6. Roll out dough to desired thickness (not too thin though)
  7. Using a floured biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits.
  8. Place biscuits on a lightly vegan margarine baking dish or pan.
  9. Bake for about 12- 17 minutes or golden brown.
http://www.beyondnfinity.com/happy-time-biscuits/

 

Vegan Mofo #16 Chia French Toast

I have this craving for french toast. I love french toast. I love the smell of the house when I make french toast. Most of the time I make french toast for dessert with some kind of fruit and a little drizzle of agave. Yet, there are times when I want the wonderful taste that I remember when I was a child for breakfast.

It is really quite simple to make. I don’t do anything complicated. I love using a sourdough bread for that tang, just as I remember in Louisiana making it with day old french bread that basically started to have a little tang to it due to age. So, sourdough makes a great replacement. Other than that, you can use any kind of bread you choose, just make sure that it is vegan.

Not everyone uses a recipe for french toast, however I will try to remember what I do every time. Here it goes!

 

Chia French Toast

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

Serving Size: 2 pieces

Ingredients

    Bread
  • 4 slices sourdough bread or any bread of your choosing
  • Custard
  • vegan spread, about 1 Tbsp or your choice of quantity
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, ground cinnamon
  • nutmeg, whole
  • microplane or grater
  • Maple Flavored Agave or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Chia Seeds
  3. Place chia seeds into a coffee bean grinder, food processor, or food prep processor.
  4. Grind until ground.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Custard
  7. Place almond milk and ground chia seeds into a bowl.
  8. Mix.
  9. As the mixture sits, it will thicken. You may need to add more milk based on how thick or thin you want the custard.
  10. French Toast
  11. Dip each slice into the milk/chia seed mixture.
  12. Remove excess of mixture from the bread by sliding fingers down the sides of the bread.
  13. Place dipped slices into a baking pan coated with vegan spread. Or a silicone food safe baking pan.
  14. Sprinkle each slice of bread with cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg (a little goes a long way).
  15. Place the baking pan on oven.
  16. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown.
  17. Serve.
http://www.beyondnfinity.com/vegan-mofo-16-ch-ch-ch-chia/