Go Bananas!

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Yesterday was my wedding anniversary, and we went out for  a delicious vegan lunch of veggie-packed sandwiches and tea, followed by chickpea brownies for dessert.  We were stuffed!  By the time supper rolled around, we were not inclined to have a big meal, so I did some Gardein Golden Fishless Fillets (which are totally amazing, by the way)  with some roasted broccoli and leftover undressed samosas.

We weren’t looking for a heavy dessert, so I whipped up this smoothie and it was the perfect finisher. Try it; you’ll love it!

2 frozen bananas in chunks
2 fresh bananas
2 cups coconut milk
2 Tbsp. flax meal
1 heaping tsp. of cinnamon
2 heaping Tbsp. of peanut butter 

Add ingredients in order listed above.  Blend at medium speed until smooth.  Pour into tall glasses and savour.

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Breakfast of “Survivors”

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My daily breakfast consists of two pieces of Silver Hills sprouted grain toast, one with peanut butter, the other with peanut butter and Crofter’s organic fruit spread, 1 cup organic fair-trade coffee with So Delicious coconut milk, either an apple or more often, a banana and a few vitamins and garlic.

 

I’ve heard whispers of this persistent challenge to vegans.  It’s one of those knee-jerk responses that rise to non-vegan’s lips. It’s their coup-de-grace:  “What if you were on a desert island, and you were starving and could only eat meat?”

Hmm.  Well, here’s what I think about that.  I watch “Survivor” every season, and with regard to diet, I remark on a few things:

1. In the face of hunger, someone will always step up to wring a chicken’s neck.

2. When there are food rewards, people are just as excited about the non-meat items.

3. Almost everyone is dying for some peanut butter.

I’m not “Survivor” material at all.  I hate camping, preferring my own bed and the luxury of my fridge close at hand, but if I were to find myself—say, as the result of a ship-wreck—on a desert island, I would not be looking for meat.  I would be scouring the island for anything the indigenous plants could provide, and if I were lucky enough to find some kind of nut, I would be pounding it rock-against-rock at the first opportunity so I could make some kind of nut butter.

If I had been the outdoorsy type, and landed on “Survivor”, I am absolutely certain it is peanut butter that I would miss over everything.  I cannot start my day without some kind of peanut butter on toast for breakfast.  If I am forced to do so, I will be a grumpy character until I get some (ask my spouse). I do like almond butter, and cashew butter as alternatives, but it is good old peanut butter that really satisfies. And don’t get me started on peanut butter cookies or peanut butter cups, or we’ll be here all day!

I didn’t take my lunch to school very often when I was a kid because I lived within walking distance of my house.  I used to come home to a hot lunch and watch “The Flintstones” on our old Electrohome T.V. and then head back to school in time for the afternoon bell. When I did take my lunch, I always wanted peanut butter and jelly, or peanut butter and banana, or better still, peanut butter with sliced apples.  I loved peanut butter, and that wasn’t even the GOOD stuff; it was the icing sugar-laden, high fat, Kraft peanut butter with the golden teddy bears on the front. Imagine, how my life kicked up a notch when I discovered organic, pure peanut butter; it was heaven!

Interestingly, I recall an episode of “Lost” (the ultimate desert-island scenario), where the young pregnant woman is gifted an imaginary jar of peanut butter, by the junkie-guitarist and they both pretend to dip their fingers in the jar and then stick them in their mouths and savour its goodness.  I could so taste that, couldn’t you?

Both my husband and I are big lovers of the creamy, or crunchy deliciousness, and we both agree that hypothetically, if we were forced to forgo food for any length of time, it would be this that we would crave, not burgers, not hot dogs, not steak, not even pepperoni pizza—no!  It would be the humble butter of the peanut.

How about you?

 

Some of my favourite peanut butters:

President’s Choice Organic

Compliments Organic

Maranatha Organic

Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Spread*

 

*to. die. for.

 

A Tasty Little Treat

 

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The other day, I came across a very tempting recipe in my WP Reader, on Celestia’s lovely blog, Yoga and Yum. Its origin appeared to be on another fine blog, Stephanie Eusebi’s Nutrion and Wellness . Either way, I determined to give them a go and here’s how it all played out:

Both recipes called for eggs, which I did not want to use, so I scoured Pinterest for a few egg-replacer choices and came up with a couple that I thought would complement the other ingredients. I also did not want to sacrifice 2 whole cups of shredded coconut, so I augmented the recipe with a crunchy alternative.

My “coconut bliss bars” have this in them:

3 Tbsp. peanut butter

1 frozen banana, thawed and mashed

3 Tbsp. cultured coconut yogurt (I used So Delicious – see link in my sidebar)

1 cup shredded organic coconut

1 cup crushed Kashi Organic Promise cornflake-style cereal

1/2 cup of chocolate chips (frankly, 1/4 of a cup is just NOT enough for a chocoholic like myself)

1/4 tsp. organic cinnamon

1 1/4 tsp. vanilla

 

I lined a square pan (that must be bigger than 8 x 8 because my bars turned out a little on the short side) with parchment paper (oiling the pan first so the paper would adhere).  And then, using a silicone spatula, worked the mixture into the corners of the pan and flattened it down nice and pat.

I baked as directed in a 350 degree oven for exactly 22 minutes. The aroma in my kitchen was gorgeous!

These macaroon-ey type treats don’t last long. My husband ate one when he came in from work, even though he had just brought home a thick slice of vegan pizza from the health-food store on route. (Great pizza, by the way.)

This morning, I had two “bars” with my breakfast coffee before I even got out of bed! (I have a good man who will bring me stuff from the kitchen if I ask politely.)

 

Try this recipe! And be sure to check out Yoga and Yum, and Stephanie Eusebi’s blogs.

Incidentally, you can find ME on Pinterest too!  Look for Kat Mortal and please follow. I have loads of great Vegan pins and lots of other stuff too.