Pumpkin Oatmeal Anytime Squares
By Angela Liddon
YIELD 9-12 SQUARES
PREP TIME 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME 20 MINUTES
- 1 flax egg: (1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin purée
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground into a flour (Or use 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon oat flour)
- 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 3/4 cup almond flour (not almond meal)
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (for enhanced binding)
- 1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons mini non-dairy chocolate chips, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
- Mix flax egg in a small bowl or mug and set aside to thicken for about 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the pumpkin and sugar with electric beaters until combined.
- Pour in the flax egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
- Add the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and beat again.
- Finally add in the oat flour, rolled oats, almond flour, arrowroot flour, and pecans. Beat until combined.
- Spoon dough into prepared pan and spread out until smooth and even. The dough will be very sticky, but this is normal. I like to cover the dough with a piece of parchment paper and roll it with a pastry roller. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and press down.
- Bake for 15-19 minutes (I baked for 18 minutes), until lightly golden and firm to the touch. Be sure not to overbake.
- Place pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Then, lift out and place square directly on cooling rack for another 10-20 minutes, until cool. Slice and enjoy! The bars will crumble slightly if sliced warm, but they firm up nicely when cooled.
Tips: 1) Instead of coconut sugar, you can try using Sucanat or natural cane sugar. Also, if you’d like a less sweet square you can try reducing the sugar a bit. 2) To make the freshly ground oat flour, add 3/4 cup rolled oats into a high speed blender. Blend on high until a fine flour forms. You can also simply use store-bought oat flour (3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon should do it).
In case you’re looking for even more vegan Halloween treats, here is a link that’ll take you to a whole list of them! http://www.theveganwoman.com/top-10-vegan-halloween-recipes-and-treats/
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, Spinach, and Pepper Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce
These are absolutely delicious and probably my favorite recipe!
Yield: 4 Enchiladas
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped (~2 cups)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup sweet potato, chopped (or zucchini)
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 2 handfuls spinach, chopped
- 1 can black beans (~2 cups), drained and rinsed
- Enchilada sauce or Pasta sauce (about 2.5 cups)* see note
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1.5 tsp ground cumin
- 1-2 tbsp fresh lime juice, to taste
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder, or to taste
- 4 whole grain tortilla wraps (I used Food for Life Ezekiel)
- Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce, to pour on top (recipe below)
- Green onion & chopped cilantro, to garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350F and grab a baking dish large enough for 4 enchiladas. Pre-cook the chopped sweet potato, by simmering it in a small pot of water for about 5-10 minutes until just tender. Do not overcook. Drain and set aside.
2. In a large skillet or pot, add 1 tbsp oil and bring to medium to low heat. Add in the chopped onion and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until translucent. Add in garlic and reduce heat to low and cook for a couple more minutes. Now add the chopped pepper, pre-cooked sweet potato, drained black beans, and chopped spinach. Cook for about 5-7 more minutes on medium-low heat.
3. Now add in your enchilada or pasta sauce. Stir well, and add in your seasonings: nutritional yeast (optional), cumin, fresh lime juice, salt, garlic powder, chili powder- all to taste. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Stir well.
4. Scoop about 3/4-1 cup of the mixture onto the bottom of your casserole dish and spread out in a thin layer. Scoop about 1/2-3/4 cup of the mixture onto each tortilla and wrap, placing the fold down on the casserole dish. Repeat for the remaining 3 tortillas and leave a bit of filling left to spread over the top. Sprinkle with vegan cheese if preferred.
5. Bake tortillas at 350F for 18-20 minutes. Meanwhile, make your Cilantro cream sauce (see below). When enchiladas are cooked, remove from oven and pour the sauce over top. Garnish with chopped cilantro and green onion. Serve immediately. Makes 4 enchiladas.
Note: Depending on what kind of sauce you use, you will have to adjust the seasonings to taste. I used a pasta sauce so I likely needed more seasonings to achieve the taste I desired.
Split Pea Soup
Another great recipe for the cold weather!
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups dried split peas
- 1/2 cup barley
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 7 1/2 cups water
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 potatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. In a large pot over medium high heat, saute the oil, onion, bay leaf and garlic for 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add the peas, barley, salt and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
2. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, parsley, basil, thyme and ground black pepper. Simmer for another hour, or until the peas and vegetables are tender.
10-12 standard doughnuts
For the doughnuts:
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
- 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons almond meal
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoons oil (I used grapeseed oil-AL)
- 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life mini chips-AL)
For the chocolate frosting:
- 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- vegan sprinkles, for garnish (I used Let’s Do Sprinklez -AL)
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a doughnut pan.
- For the doughnuts: Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir until combined. In another bowl, whisk all of the wet ingredients (milk, applesauce, oil) together until fully combined.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined, being careful not to overmix (stop when you no longer see dry flour). Let batter sit for 5 minutes. Do not stir after this point. The batter will be very thick and not pourable.
- Spoon the batter into the doughnut molds, filling to just below the top of each mold (3 to 6 mm) from the top. Lightly smooth out the top of the batter with a small silicone spatula. Do not pack the batter down.
- Bake for 18-23 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the centre should come out clean (unless you stab it into a melted chocolate chip, that is!). Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a thin spatula around the edges of the doughnut to help loosen them out. Then place on a cooling rack and allow to fully cool before topping.
- For the frosting: Add the frosting ingredients into a medium bowl and beat with electric mixers until smooth, adjusting the amount of milk or sugar, if necessary. Spread the frosting onto cooled doughnuts and garnish with sprinkles, if desired.
Note: I baked the doughnuts for a bit longer than called for (23 minutes) and used a regular size pan (6 doughnut) and a mini pan (12 doughnuts), baking both at the same time.