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Banana-Blueberry-Walnut Muffins

Perfect for breakfast or a sweet snack, these muffins are oil-free and quite easy to make.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups oat flour (I ground down 1 cup oats in the blender)
1/2 cup oat bran
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch nutmeg
1 tsp mixed spice
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup unsweetened soy milk (or other all-plant milk of choice)
1/2 cup liquid sweetener (e.g. brown rice syrup, date syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a silicone muffin tin with paper or silicone cases.
2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, bran, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and mixed spice.
3. In another large bowl, mix the bananas, plant milk, sweetener, vanilla, and vinegar.
4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well to combine.
5. Add the blueberries and the walnuts and fold in, being careful not to overmix.
6. Fill the muffin tins with the mixture, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the muffins comes out clean.

Pear and walnut soup with pomegranate seeds and scallions

A very simple soup that relies on a handful of ingredients for a balanced, but complex flavour and a smooth mouth feel. A little nutritional yeast (about 1T) also goes well with this dish, although it changes the colour.

Ingredients

4 pears, cored and chopped (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup of walnuts
1T of lemon juice
1 scallion, minced, with about 2″ of green reserved for garnish
2T of pomegranate seeds
1T of pomegranate juice
Sea salt and fresh chili or pepper to taste

Directions

Puree the walnuts until smooth (like a nut butter).
Add the lemon juice and sea salt and puree.
Add the pears and puree.
Add the minced scallions and stir to combine.
Chill for 20 minutes.
Season to taste.
Ladle into bowls.
Garnish with 1T of pomegranate seeds and scallion greens.
Dot the surface of the soup with a little fresh juice.

Kale, cashew and walnut pesto

A simple, mostly raw pesto, heavy on the greens. Pictured here with a maple and tamari roasted tofu, red
potatoes and heirloom carrots.

Ingredients

2 cups packed baby kale
1/4 cup fresh basil
1T fresh garlic, minced
1T lemon juice
2T cashews
2T walnuts
2T olive oil
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

Soak the nuts in warm water for at least an hour.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree
until smooth.
Let stand 30 minutes before using.
Seasons to taste.

 

 

Creamed artichoke and walnut soup with kale and kalamata olives

Served with red Thai chili spiced tomato ribbon and scallions, this soup combines enthusiastic flavours and colours.

Ingredients

4 cups vegetable stock
1t coarse sea salt, divided
1/4t black pepper
1t dried, rubbed thyme
1T lemon juice
2 cups artichoke hearts
4 scallions, minced (6″ of greens reserved for garnish)
2T fresh garlic, minced
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup and 1T nutritional yeast
4T kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1/4 cup passata (tomato puree)
1/4t red Thai chili paste (or to taste)
1 cup kale, finely chopped
2T tapioca flour whisked with 2T cold water
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

Soak the walnuts in warm water for 1 hour.
When ready to make the soup, preheat the oven to 400F.
Toss the kale with 1/4t of coarse sea salt.
Add the kale to a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake on the middle rack until lightly browned (approximately 15 minutes). Ovens vary; use the colour and lightness of the kale as your guide.
Bring the stock to a light simmer in a pan with a lid.
Add 1/2t sea salt, lemon juice and black pepper
Add the artichoke hearts, scallions and garlic.
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Remove the kale from the oven when ready.
Toss with 1T nutritional yeast and set aside.
When the soup has simmered 10 minutes, pull out the artichoke hearts with a spoon (and some stock is fine).
Drain the walnuts.
Using an immersion blender, puree with the artichoke hearts until smooth.
Add the pureed artichoke hearts and walnuts to the pan.
Puree soup together until smooth.
Return to a simmer on low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
While the soup simmers, mix the passata with the chili paste and 1/4t of coarse sea salt.
Whisk the tapioca flour and the cold water.
Stirring constantly, add the mixture slowly. to the soup until it thickens.
Add the 1/4 cup nutritional yeast and stir to combine.
Remove from heat.
Season to taste.
Ladle out the soup into bowls.
Sprinkle the soup with roasted kale.
Dribble the passata over the soup and the kale.
Sprinkle about 1/2T olives around the soup with 1/2T in the center.
Garnish with scallions and serve.

Single-serve blueberry lime sorbet with walnut banana frozen dessert

Icy, tart blueberries and lime combine with smooth and creamy frozen bananas for a quick, simple, but elegant dessert.

Ingredients

2T agave nectar, divided
1 1/4 cup heaping frozen blueberries
1T lime juice
1 cup bananas, peeled and frozen
1T chopped walnuts

Directions

For the blueberries, combine 1T agave nectar, lime juice and blueberries.
Puree until smooth.
Freeze for at least 30 minutes to setup.
For the bananas, combine 1/2T agave nectar, bananas and walnuts.
Puree until the bananas are smooth.
Add additional agave to taste depending on the ripeness of the bananas.
Add the blueberries to a cup.
Spoon the bananas over top.
Serve immediately.

Black cherry, walnut and vanilla frozen dessert with candied salted walnuts

A layered frozen, high carbohydrate, low fat dessert with salted walnuts candied in agave nectar. I add 1t
powdered maca to mine with the cherries for breakfast, but this is an optional ingredient.

Ingredients

For the cherry and walnut
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet black cherries
1T walnuts
1T lemon juice
2T agave nectar
1t milled flax seed

For the vanilla
1 frozen banana (about 1 cup or so)
1/4t vanilla extract
1T agave nectar

For the walnuts
1T chopped walnuts
1t agave nectar
A pinch of fleur de sel (or coarse sea salt if you prefer)

Instructions

Start the candied walnuts first, while you make the other parts of the dish.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Toss the walnuts in the agave until well coated and sprinkle with salt.
Bake until lightly browned (about 10 minutes).
Puree the cherry and walnut ingredients except for the flax seed until smooth.
Add the flax seed, stir to combine, and return to the freezer.
When the candied walnuts are done, puree the ingredients for vanilla part of the dessert.
Season to taste (in case either the cherries or banana mixture need more agave).
Spoon the cherries into an appropriate container, followed by the vanilla, and then sprinkle with walnuts.

Single-serve banana walnut breakfast cake

A lightly sweet, airy breakfast cake with no added oil, sugar, gluten, or salt.

Ingredients

3T sweet sorghum flour
1T brown rice flour
1/2T cornstarch
1/2T tapioca flour
1//4t heaping baking powder
1 medium, very ripe banana (about 3/4 cup)
1/2t pure vanilla extract
2T unsweetened soy milk
1T chopped walnuts, 1t reserved for garnish
1t milled flax seed
Stevia to taste

Optional: Use shelled sunflower seeds in place of walnuts. You can use a tablespoons or so coconut sugar in place of the stevia but adjust the baking time accordingly. You can use other plant milks, but this will also affect the crumb and bake time.

Method

Mix the flours, cornstarch and baking powder. Puree the banana, vanilla, and walnuts until relatively smooth. Add the soy milk to the banana and puree.

Whisk the wet with the dry to form a smooth batter. Add the flax seed and stir to combine. Sweeten to taste with the stevia (it should be sweet to the taste). Pour the batter into a ramekin. Let rest while you preheat the oven to 450F.

When the oven is ready, bake for 15 minutes on the middle rack at 450F. Sprinkle with reserved walnuts, reduce heat to 350F, and bake another 15 – 20 minutes or so. Ovens vary; use a toothpick to determine when the cake is done.

Remove from heat. Cover with a clean tea towel and let cool. When cool, run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen and carefully remove from the ramekin. Enjoy fresh or wrap in plastic wrap to enjoy later.