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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free

 

Wednesday
Mar162011

a declaration

Yes, it’s Wednesday [probably Thursday when you’re reading], but that doesn’t matter.  I’m declaring this French Toast Week!!  It started on Tuesday, with my French Toast Oats and continued today with Vegan English Muffin French Toast.

Yes, you can make vegan French toast!  I’ve done it a number of times before and got the idea from the lovely Ashley at (never home)maker.

It works best with a sturdy English muffin.  I used Ezekiel Sprouted English Muffins.  They are SO delicious and I wanted to see if they hurt my stomach or not after consuming.  About 14hrs later, and nothing yet.  I know it doesn’t always correlate on the same day that you eat said food, but there was no quick reaction, like I sometimes get.

If you use bread, it may fall apart.  However, if you use a non-stick pan you may be okay.  I know when using my stainless pans, bread would not work at all for this recipe.

I put a little unrefined coconut oil in the pan and they crisped up really well with the banana-flax mixture they were coated with.  Don’t skimp on the oil!

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Even eaten plain, they are delicious!

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But you know this girl has to have some toppings!

double chocolate chip cookie dough almond butter + coconut butter + toasted coconut + walnuts

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And instead of adding maple syrup, I heated about 3/4c frozen cherries in a pan for about 5min.  They created a delicious, fruit-juice sauce.  No syrup needed!

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Like I said, I’ve made similar versions before, but this was by far the best.  You must try this out!

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Crispy French Muffin Toast [serves 1 hungry stomach]

  • 3 English muffin halves
  • 1/2-1T unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2T ground flax meal + 5T warm water
  • 2T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1t cinnamon

Cherry Topping

  • 3/4c frozen cherries [strawberries/blueberries/raspberries/blackberries would also work well]
  1. Whisk together ground flax meal + warm water.  Set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat a small pot over medium-low heat. 
  3. When hot, add cherries about cook about 5min, stirring once in awhile.
  4. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add 1/2-1T coconut oil. [1T if using stainless steel pan]
  5. Mash banana in a bowl and mix in almond milk + cinnamon + vanilla.
  6. Add flax mixture into banana mixture and mix.
  7. Dip each English muffin into the mixture, on both sides.  Make sure it’s thickly coated.
  8. Place each half in the pan and cook until golden brown. [time varies depending on pan type + oven type]
  9. Carefully flip and cook on the other side until golden brown. *If using a stainless pan you may want to add a bit more when you flip, so they don’t stick.  I didn’t add any and only had a small amount of the coating stuck in the pan.

You are going to LOVE this!

*If you don’t like banana, sub 1/4c unsweetened applesauce.

*Like I mentioned in the directions, if using stainless steel pans, don’t forget to oil your pan or you still have major stickage problems!

*Add 1/4t almond extract if you want a nice almond kick!

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Can’t wait for French Toast day THREE!  I’m not sure if anything can top this though…we shall see!

Night!

Ashley

Wednesday
Mar162011

juice to the rescue

I had the most vivid dream last night.

I ran a 1/2 marathon on an indoor track and PR’d.

I’ve only run one 1/2 marathon and it wasn’t on an indoor track.  I’m not signed up for races, and am not even running right now.  Maybe it was something to do with waiting to see the finish line with all the painting?  Who knows!

Either way, when I woke up, I felt like I had run a marathon.  I could have slept for hours more, but needed to start my day!  My body felt tired, but in a need to stretch it out, kind of way.  I contemplated swimming.  Good idea?  Bad idea?  Would it make my arms to tired for more painting?  After making breakfast and doing some computer things, I decided to give it a go. 

I’m so glad I did.  It took a few laps to wake my body up, but my muscles are feeling much looser and relaxed!  We’ll see what I’m saying when I pick up the paint roller though!

When I got home, I was craving JUICE.

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Orange Carrot Cuc Juice

  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 peeled orange [2-3 clementines would work too]
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2c spinach

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This juice was just what I needed and it tasted great!! Definitely one of my favorites!  I decided to forego the lemon/ginger/apple for once, and the change up was delicious!

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I’m 100% re-energized.  The white walls are calling my name!

Ashley