Desserts, Hey, I Can Make That!, Snacks, Sweet, Treats

Nice Cream

Freeze 5 very ripe bananas (without skin, cut into quarters).

In high speed blender:

5 Frozen bananas

2 Tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder

1 Teaspoon almond butter (just blended almonds, no salt or other chemicals)

2 cups water

Blend for about 30 – 60 seconds.

Serve immediately as soft serve or place in pop molds overnight.

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Fizzy, Hey, I Can Make That!, Recipes, Vegan Twists on Old Favorites

Make Kefir – Non Dairy, No Sugar, Oil or Salt

amy-and-joanne-kefir.jpgHow to Make Homemade Nondairy Milk Kefir as seen on BeGreenWithAmyYouTube

Time: 60 minutes or more
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Fermenting time: 1 day or less do to temperature of room
Total Time: approx. 24 hrs
Servings: 4 cups
Author: JoAnn 
Ingredients
1-2 Tbsp kefir grains
4 cups Silk Protein Nut milk or nondairy milk of choice (won’t be thick as with protein nut milk)
***If using homemade nut milk or nondairy milk other than Silk Protein Nut milk
1 tsp date paste 
Supplies
½ gallon mason jar  with plastic cover 
Non-metal slotted spoon
Funnel
Fine mesh non-metal colander
Jar for storing finished kefir
Instructions:
1. Clean: Clean everything well with regular soap (avoid antimicrobial
soaps). I’m talking the hands, glass jugs, spoons, everything!
2. Assemble: Add 1 Tbsp (ish) of the kefir grains and 4 cups of nondairy
milk to a large glass jug. Cover the jar with either a cover fitted loosely or a paper coffee filter. Secure with a rubber band/ or mason jar band to prevent any bugs or dust from getting in.
3. Ferment: Set in a warm, out of sunlight spot (65 to 85 degrees F) for about 24 hours or less if it is ready. You’ll know your kefir is done when it has slightly thickened and smells fermented. If your kefir has separated into yellowish watery-looking whey and curds, that’s fine! It’s just a sign that you can either reduce the length of fermentation next time or use more nondairy milk next time.
4. Strain: Place a fine-mesh non-metal strainer into the funnel and place in the clean jar
Pour your finished kefir into the strainer, stirring with a plastic or wooden spoon to gently force kefir liquid through. The grains will be left.
5. Start new batch: add the grains back into the large jar that you fermented the grains it. Add 4 cups of fresh nondairy milk (plus date paste) to start the process again for a new
batch.
6. Store fresh kefir: Tighten the cover on your kefir and store in the fridge. It will keep    4-6 weeks but the flavor will continue to ripen and the kefir may get slightly fizzy. 

Special thanks to Green Star Meetup member JoAnn for this recipe and demo as seen on BeGreenWithAmyYouTube. JoAnn is a fabulous vegan cook who expertly transforms vegan and non-vegan recipes into whole food, plant based, sugar, oil and salt free gems. We are so fortunate to have JoAnn as a member of our Meetup group. If you don’t have a whole food, plant-based Meetup group near you, find out how to find one here: Meet Others: Socialize with like minded people so you don’t lose your mind.

JoAnn recommends this FaceBook kefir/ferment sharing group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/181445115312844/­
JoAnn says that “Everything is free but you do reimburse for postage. They also have lots of answers to all those questions. Just ask!!!!”.

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Crunchy, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet, Taste/Feel

Granola

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Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 60 mins Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: Serves: 4 (makes 3.5 cups)

INGREDIENTS
½ cup water
3 ounces dates, pitted and quartered (about 6 medjool or 12 deglet)
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1¼ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup raisins
½ cup sliced almonds (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the water, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a blender and set aside for at least 15 minutes (so the dates can soften).

Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (see photos below) or a silicone mat.

In a medium bowl, combine the rolled oats, raisins, and nuts.
Blend the dates, water, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg until smooth. Pour into the bowl of oats, raisins, and nuts, and mix with a fork.
Spread the granola evenly on the baking sheet, breaking up any big clumps. Cook on the center rack for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and using a spatula, shuffle the granola around a bit. Return to the oven for an additional 25 to 30 minutes. It should be a light to medium brown when done. For full crunchiness, completely cool the granola first. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to preserve freshness.
NOTES
Juice instead of water: For added sweetness and flavor, try substituting the water with any unsweetened fruit juice (like orange, tangerine, pineapple or apple). I’ve used orange juice instead of water, and also added the zest from the orange and it was really tasty (if you try this, don’t blend the zest, just add it at the end while stirring everything together).

Nut options: Any kind of chopped or small nuts would work here, but I think the texture of the sliced almonds is my favorite. I’ve also used chopped walnuts, pecans and sunflower seeds.

Raw raisins and nuts: If you don’t want to cook your raisins and/or nuts, feel free to toss them in with the oat mixture after cooking.

Granola can be made in a food dehydrator or an oven. Most people don’t have a food dehydrator, so my recipe utilizes the oven. Granola prepared in a food dehydrator doesn’t cook but rather dries out over time. Warm air is circulated around the food, gradually causing it to lose all or most of its moisture. To use a dehydrator, spread the granola on a teflex sheet that is placed on a dehydrator tray, and dehydrate at 110 degrees F for 3 to 4 hours, or until your desired crunch level is achieved. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer to preserve freshness.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, and want maximum airflow around your granola (using the oven method), you can place your parchment paper on top of a baking rack that is sitting on top of your baking sheet. You can use a broiler pan and broiler rack, if you’re interested in even crispier granola.

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Beans, Chickpeas, Crunchy, Recipes

Crunchy, Roasted Chickpeas

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Here’s a crunchy snack which travels well and is a great substitute for croutons on a salad.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time:

Microwave 12-15 minutes

Oven:40 mins

Serves: 4 to 6 (makes 2 cups)

INGREDIENTS
2 cans cooked chickpeas (15 ounces each; or about 3 cups), drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onion
2 teaspoons paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
Place the chickpeas (after draining and rinsing) into a medium bowl and pat fairly dry with a couple paper towels. Add the garlic, onion, and paprika, and stir with a spoon until the chickpeas are evenly coated.

For Microwave, transfer the chickpeas to a microwave safe plate, lined with parchment paper, making sure the chickpeas are in one even layer. Place the plate in the microwave for 10 minutes. Taste the chickpeas (careful, they may be hot). If they are not crunchy enough, put in microwave for additional 1 minute increments till crunchy. Microwaves vary in wattage so you’ll have to record the time your microwave required.   

For Oven: Remove the baking sheet and stir the chickpeas around, and place back in the oven for another 20 minutes. 
Transfer the chickpeas to a large, rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure the chickpeas are in one even layer. Place the baking sheet in the oven and set the oven heat to 375°F. Roast for 20 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet and stir the chickpeas around, and place back in the oven for another 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the chickpeas in there for 1 hour; this helps dry them out more and ensure maximum crispiness.

Eat warm or cold.
NOTES
Notes: Get creative with the seasonings. If you like hot and spicy snacks, try adding a little cayenne pepper or hot chili powder; or try some curry powder and other herb and spice blends.

Crunchy Granola

4 Seed Crackers

Crunchy Things

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Fizzy, Tea

Orange Pomegranate Sparkler

INGREDIENTS:

4 ice cubes
2 ounces pomegranate juice
1 orange, juiced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar or other fruity flavored vinegar
1 cup seltzer water
INSTRUCTIONS:
Divide the ice cubes, juices and vinegar between two glasses and stir to combine. Top with seltzer water.

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Crunchy, Recipes, Treats

4 Seed Crackers

Crackers - 4 seeds

Crunchy, no sugar, oil or salt or flour! 

½ cup chia seed*
½ cup sesame seeds*
½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seed)*
½ cup sunflower seeds
*raw, unsalted
1 cup water

Salt Substitute to taste

1) Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2) In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pepita seeds, and sesame seeds.
3) Add the water, garlic, and salt substitute. Stir with a spatula until combined. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes until the chia seeds absorb the water. After the 2-minute rest, when you stir the mixture, you shouldn’t see a pool of water on the bottom of the bowl.
4) With the spatula or your hand, spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet in two small rectangles, about 12×7 inches each and 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle additional salt substitute on top.
5) Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully flip each rectangle with a spatula*. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes more, until lightly golden around the edges. Watch closely near the end to make sure they don’t burn. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes on the pan and then break the rectangles into crackers and let cool completely on the pan.

Store in an airtight container or jar on the counter for up to 2 weeks.

You can also freeze the crackers in ZipLoc Bags for up to 1 month.

*You can also cut into cracker size with a pizza cutter after you flip them the first time.

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Desserts, Easy Delicious Recipes, Sweet

Yummy and Easy Cookies

3 small-to-medium bananas (or 2 large)

1 cup oats

whatever seasoning and extras you prefer  like cinnamon & raisins.

Just mash bananas and mix with oats and seasonings.

Preheat oven 350 F.

Form the mixture into cookies on a parchment paper or silpat lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes

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