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Red Lentil Tortillas

How can something so good be so simple? I do not care. These are delicious and just a little patience is required. They have all the nutrients of red lentils, but in a different form – Tortillas.

  • 1 c red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • water + 2 c water for soaking
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Combine the lentils and water in a medium bowl. Let soak for about 30 minutes. Rinse lentils. Combine the rinsed lentils and water in the bowl.Loosely cover and let stand at room temperature. This takes ab out 1-2 hours. the lentils will have absorbed most of the water and began to split.

Add the entire contents, lentils and water into a high-speed blender. Add salt. blend until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat. Make sure you to wait for the skillet to heat up. I got too impatient and ruined my first tortilla. That was a sad moment.

Pour the batter into the pan titling it to spread the batter forming a tortilla.

Cook 1 1/2 – 2 minutes, the top of the tortilla will look dry. Slide a spatula around the edges to loosen and flip the tortilla. Cook the other side until it is browned, about 1- 1 1/2 minutes. As the skillet gets hot and remains hot the tortillas take less time to make.

Transfer to a cooling rack and let the tortilla completely cool. This makes 6 tortillas, well, 5 if you tend to mess up the first one like I do.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Cranberry Orange Pumpkin Mini Muffins

I made these muffins for a client that has a number of food restrictions. They turned out perfect. What else I liked is that they were all made in a food processor for easy clean up. The hint of orange smells divine.

These muffins would be great for a brunch, snack, and breakfast. They really are good for anytime.

First Blend:

  • 1 large banana, very ripe
  • 1/2 cup of blended orange segments
  • 1/2 orange, zested

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Process the banana, orange and orange zest until smooth and creamy.

Second Blend:

  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds, ground
  • 2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/8 cup pecans
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Add all the following ingredients to the food processor: pumpkin puree, Date Paste, flax seeds, Baking Spice Blend, pure vanilla extract, pecans, baking soda, and baking powder. Blend until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Stir-In:

  • 1/2 c cranberries, frozen or fresh

Stir in the cranberries into the batter. Spoon batter into prepared mini muffin pans. Bake for 17-20 minutes.

Note: Want bigger muffins? You can use regular size (12 well) muffin tines and bake them for 35-40 minutes. This recipe makes 24 mini muffins.

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Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

I love pumpkin season, streusel and muffins so I decided to combine the three to give you this incredibly light muffin. You can even feel the lightness of the muffin as you spoon it into the tins. Usually streusel has butter, but I use almond butter instead to keep in the WFPB realm. I used Date Paste instead of sugar and a couple of other substitutions to increase the nutritional value and keep it in our line of eating.

These muffins would be great for Christmas morning or as part of a brunch for New Year’s Day. It is so nice to feel like you are indulging, but it is really just the normal healthy way you eat.

Streusel:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together the streusel ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Dry Ingredients:

Add all the dry ingredients into a food processor and process until the oats have turned into a flour and all the ingredients are well blended.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 c Date Paste
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c almond yogurt (I like Kite Hill)
  • 1/4 c almond milk, unsweetened, vanilla
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Add all the wet ingredients to a stand mixer and mix until they are well incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix slowly. That way you will not be covered with the flour mixture. Gradually increase speed until all the ingredients are completely combined.

Note: Until I figure out a way to keep the muffins from sticking to the tin I still spray the tin with a cooking spray. Let me know if you have an idea for this little problem.

Evenly distribute batter into the prepared muffin wells. Spoon about a tablespoon of streusel on top of each of the muffins.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Let cool about 10 minutes in the tin and then remove from muffin wells. You do not want the muffins to get soggy from sitting in the tin.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: The first batch of these were not quite sweet enough, yet it did not stop us from eating them. They are that good. So adjustment of just a little maple syrup will add a little more sweetness. If you prefer something less sweet you can skip the maple syrup and it will be still so delicious.

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2 Ingredient Soft Tostada Shells

These 2 Ingredient Soft Tostada Shells are reminiscent of some puffy taco shells that we used to get at a place called Tasty Taco in Des Moines, Iowa. Whenever we visit family we always have to make a stop for him when we are in town. The Tasty Taco shells are puffy, but they are also fried. These are puffy, not fried and gluten-free.

I made these and topped them with my Shortcut Refried Beans. The beans are good all on their own, but on these Soft Tostada shells… well – Amazing.

  • 1 c GF Self-rising Flour Blend
  • 1 c almond yogurt (I like Kite Hill)

Note: You can make your own Self-Rising Flour easily, if you do not have any on hand.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper/silicone mat. I used a silicone mat. I find it is a little more forgiving when you are shaping the shells.

In a medium bowl mix together the flour and the yogurt with a wooden spoon. It takes a couple of minutes to get the dough thoroughly stirred.

Note: If the dough is too sticky add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. I did add one extra tablespoon.

Divide the dough into four mounds onto the silicone mat. Press the dough mounds into a circles about 6 inches across.

Bake for 22 minutes. Serve with desired toppings.

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Shortcut Cornbread

I had made a spicy Mexican dish that needed something to cut the heat. Corn bread sounded perfect. I have not made corn bread since I have been watching gluten and eating Vegan/WFPB. I found a gluten-free mix that needed just a few ingredients. It turned out just how I remembered, even without eggs and dairy.

  • 2 GF Martha White Cornbread Packets
  • 1 can creamed style corn
  • 1 c plant-based milk
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.

In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients.  Pour cornbread batter into prepared baking dish.

Bake for 30–35 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin-Pecan Bread

I have been wanting to make this bread for a couple of weeks. Pumpkin Bread is one of my favorite quick breads. I am excited to share this vegan gluten-free pumpkin bread that is one of my favorites.

Dry Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large bread pan with parchment paper.

Add all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk, until all the ingredients are well combined.

Stir-In:

  • 1/2 c pecan pieces

Add the pecan pieces into the dry ingredients and mix on low, until pecans are completely incorporated.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c sparkling water, plain
  • 1/3 c almond milk yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 3 pecans, pieces
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, until they are well incorporated. Spoon batter into the prepared bread pan. Sprinkle topping ingredients onto the batter.

Bake for 75-80 minutes (turn the loaf halfway through the cooking time), until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool bread in pan for 10 minutes on a wire cooling rack. Turn bread out of pan and let the bread completely cool on a wire rack.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Easy Focaccia Bread

The first time I brought to you focaccia bread I was not vegan or WFPB. I did begin my journey of gluten-free. I have grown so much since then. This is an updated version of my Focaccia Bread. It is Vegan/WFPB and even better than the first.

I used this bread to make EBLATs – Eggplant Bacon Lettuce Avocado and Tomato Sandwiches. YUM! The focaccia recipe is simple and it mixes in just one bowl.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend (I used Bob’s 1 to 1)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.

Whisk together dry ingredients until they are well combined.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c sparkling water
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c applesauce

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to thoroughly combine.

Spread dough into prepared baking dish. Dipping your finger into some water and pressing dough into the baking dish works the best.

Baking for 30 – 35 minutes.

Cool in baking dish on a wire rack for about 5-10 minutes. Then remove from baking dish onto rack and cool until it is cool enough to handle and slice horizontally.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Banana Chocolate Chip and Walnut Muffins

Once again I let some bananas go past their prime. That is why we have muffins today. Muffins with chocolate chips and walnuts, and they smell amazing right now. I am trying really hard to ignore the smell, but I can see them baking in the oven right this moment and I am losing this battle.

Just took the muffins out of the oven and they look beautiful. Hurry and cool off, please.

This is a simple recipe. You have wet ingredients and dry ingredients, and then you combine the two together. Voila, you now have a wonderful muffin batter.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c GF all-purpose Flour Blend
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 c maple sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground

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  • 4 bananas, mashed yet still chunky
  • 1/3 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/4 c almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Combine all wet ingredients and stir until well combined.

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Mix-ins:

  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 c walnuts, chopped

Stir in mix-ins into dry ingredients. Stir until mix-ins are covered with the flour mixture. This helps the mix-ins from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add wet ingredients to the dry and fold until it is well mixed.

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Spoon into greased wells of a muffin tin.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from oven and let muffin rest for about 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin.

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Continue to cool on wire rack, if you can. That did not happen in my house.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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GF Drop Biscuits – Vegan

These biscuits have been on my list to make for weeks. Finally, I have gotten these biscuits checked off my list of wants. Biscuits can be tricky, especially when you are making gluten-free and vegan biscuits all in one wonderful bite.

There are a couple of things you have to do when you bake gluten-free vegan. Make sure you let the liquid absorb into the flour. Gluten-free flour can be gritty if you do not do this step. I think you get the message. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator and do its thing.

I made the batter/dough in the mid-afternoon and let it set in the refrigerator until it was time to make dinner. This also help the dough thicken up. I cannot say it enough, do not be in a hurry and skip this step or you will be sorely disappointed.

The second important thing to do is bake your biscuits double panned. What do I mean about this? Place one sheet pan into another. This adds a buffer to the sheet pan with the biscuits on it and keeps the bottom of the biscuits from burning. Yes, this is very important. No one wants burnt biscuits – Ugh, Yuck!

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c GF all-purpose flour blend
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vegan sugar
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 8 tbsp earth balance vegan margarine

Note: I know that earth balance is not a dry ingredient, but it gets cut into the dry ingredients. That is why it is including with the dry ingredients.

Whisk together dry ingredients (except earth balance) in a large bowl.

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Now is the time to cut in the vegan butter. (I like to use a pastry blender.) The flour should resemble the size of peas.

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Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 c oat milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix in oat milk and lemon juice into the flour mixture until all of the mixture is wet.

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Set aside in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes, or longer, the longer the better.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Line sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place lined sheet pan into another sheet pan.

Drop 1/3 c scoops of dough/batter onto prepared sheet pan, about 1 1/2- inches apart.

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Bake until tops are golden, 14-16 minutes, rotating the sheet pan halfway through baking time.

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Remove from sheet pan and let cool on wire rack for about 5 minutes.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy. Let your health start in the kitchen.

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Banana Chocolate Chip and Walnut Bread

I started baking when I was 9 years old. That was many, many years ago, and I am not saying how long ago. That is my secret. I love the way the house smells when there is something in the oven. The wafts of smells is heavenly.

Recently I made banana bread with walnuts. Today I decided I wanted some chocolate in my banana bread. It is probably because I made some banana chocolate chip muffins not long ago. Now that I think about it, I use my oven almost everyday. Does anyone else do this too?

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c GF All-purpose flour blend
  • 3/4 c organic sugar
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground

Whisk together all dry ingredients.

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Stir-in:

  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts into the dry ingredients.

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Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 6 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/3 c almond milk yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Break up bananas in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Add applesauce, yogurt and vanilla. Mix until ingredients are combined and bananas still have some chunks in the wet ingredients.

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Stir in wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until batter is combined.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8×4 loaf pan.

Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan.

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Bake for about 60 minutes. Turn loaf pan after 30 minutes. Bread is done when the top is firm and golden, a toothpick will come out clean.

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Remove bread from oven and let cool for 10 minutes . turn bread out of loaf pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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