Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series. How to Replace Butter and Eggs in Baked Goods and not End Up with Cardboard.

Welcome to the third episode of Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are going to talk about vegan baking. I’ve always been a huge fan of homemade baked goods thanks to my mom: she used to bake delicious (but not vegan) treats all the time when I was little. As I got older, I embraced baking at home myself but rarely tried to experiment with unfamiliar recipes. Once I became vegan, a whole new world of amazing vegan baking opened up to me. I was surprised to find out that vegan baked goods could be not only much healthier than their conventional versions, but also quite delicious! I mean, why do people even bother baking with butter and eggs if the same desserts can be successfully made without them?! What Butter and Eggs Do in Baking, and How We Can Replace Them Here’s the deal: butter/margarine/shortening and eggs are widely used in conventional, non-vegan … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified: How to Bake Tofu with Little to No Oil

Welcome to the first post in the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! I talked about this series in more detail yesterday, and I’m excited that today’s the day to start! In today’s post, I’m going to talk about baking tofu. Why tofu? Tofu is one of the ingredients common to vegan/plant-based cooking that often gets a lot of bad rap. While some people declare it terrible for our health to the extent of causing cancer, others say that they can’t stand its taste or texture. Once I even heard someone say that they could never go vegan because they didn’t want to “eat all that tofu”! Does tofu really deserve all that negativity? A Few Things About Tofu to Keep in Mind: Tofu is made from soy milk in a process called coagulation: soy protein gets separated from the liquid parts of soy milk, and then is pressed to form a solid. Tofu comes in … Read the rest of the post

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies (Vegan, Oil-Free)

Who could resist the delicious fall flavor of pumpkin combined with the rich decadence of peanut butter, all whipped up into a warm, soft cookie? Not me! I love pumpkin, especially in desserts, but for some reason I tend to forget about it after the holidays. Now that I have the recipe for these yummy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies, I’ll have a reason to enjoy the delicious pumpkin flavor any time of the year. Gotta love that canned pumpkin puree! Here’s how the recipe for these cookies was created. Some time ago, I stumbled upon this recipe for Exotic Spice Cookies from Figgy and Sprout blog. I made them a couple times with some substitutions, mainly skipping the added oil and replacing it with unsweetened applesauce, and using brown sugar instead of coconut sugar. They came out very tasty, at least for my Indian spice-loving palate. Last week, when I was putting … Read the rest of the post

Homemade Pumpkin-Walnut Bread Recipe – Oil-Free, Refined Sugar Free

As much as I love baking, I’ll admit that I’m not very good at coming up with my own recipes for baked goods. Following other people’s baking recipes? – No problem, I do that at least once a week. Coming up with my own stuff? That’s trickier, since baking is kind of an exact science. Imagine my joy when this pumpkin-walnut bread actually came out good! This pumpkin bread is moist, dense, and not overly sweet. As with most of my recipes, I didn’t add any oil. It’s not a low-fat recipe because there’s plenty of fat in the walnuts, but at least nuts ate a natural, unrefined source of fat. Want to make it extra-indulgent? Smear it with some of my homemade peanut butter! This loaf makes a lovely dessert, a healthy anytime snack, or a good breakfast. I think sprinkling the top with walnut pieces makes it look very pretty, but … Read the rest of the post

Guilt-Free Baking: Banana Nut Bread

Ahhh, who doesn’t love baked goods? Especially those that are rich in flavor, comforting, and don’t require a degree in culinary arts to make? Lo and behold today’s leading character – my Banana Nut Bread! Baking, baking, baking… When I was growing up, my mom was the Queen on Baked Goods not just in our family, but for all of our friends and relatives. I myself didn’t discover the joys of baking until a couple years ago, and – that’s right – I never looked back… There were a  few times in the past months when I had to bake a new item/batch/recipe as soon as the previous one was gone, and I could operate in that mode for weeks… And then I switched to a vegan diet. Ta da! Before I did any research, I was worried that I’d never get to bake anything again… But I decided to be stoic, especially since … Read the rest of the post