Happy Herbivore Blog

Whole Wheat Fat-Free Vegan Scone Recipe (Pumpkin Cranberry Scones)

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: Recipe

I used to love eating scones from Starbucks, I'd pick one up with my morning coffee and head to class. The scone made early (read: 10 AM) classes tolerable. 

I know it's a little early for pumpkin recipes but I can't help it! Autumn is my favorite season, and it reminds me of all those mornings walking with hot coffee to class.

And since I get this question often; a scone is sort of like a mix between a biscuit and a muffin. They're firmer than a muffin, but softer than a biscuit.....just make them, they're delicious!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cranberry Scone Recipe
Yields: 6 Scones

Ingredients:
1.5 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3.5 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup pumpkin (pureed, not pumpkin pie filling-that has spices!)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp non-dairy milk (optional)
1/2 cup cranberries (if using dry- plump them as you would raisins, by adding them to some water or orange juice and allowing them to get rehydrated)
(Edited to Add: You can use fresh pumpkin that's been cooked, if you can't find canned. Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. You can blend your own to taste) 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin spice and whisk together to ensure even distribution of the ingredients.
3. Add wet ingredients; pumpkin, maple syrup, and also your cranberries. Incorporate all ingredients together, scones make a dry dough(like biscuits) but if you think your dough is too dry and all your flour hasn't been incorporated, add non-dairy milk 1 tbsp at a time.
4. You can make these 'drop' scones by using a measuring scoop and dropping the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, or you can cut them into triangles (like Starbucks!). To make triangles, roll dough into one large ball and then flatten slightly. Cut the dough like you would cut a pizza! I first cut in half, and then divide each section into 'slices'.
(I usually sprinkle a little raw sugar on top of scones, just to make them glisten and give them a pretty textured top. This is totally optional)
5. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch.

Celebrate: Peanut Day!

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: Holiday

Today we're celebrating Peanut Day! While The Happy Herbivore Cookbook is made up of recipes without any added fat, there are a few "cheater" recipes that aren't completely fat free. The "Cheater" Pad Thai (p. 117) uses a little peanut butter to create a delicious pad thai sauce that you can serve over noodles or vegetables, or even in a salad. Enjoy!

"Cheater" Pad Thai Sauce
Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp sweet red chili Asian sauce
1/4 tsp granulated garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp hot sauce, or to taste

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, whisk 2 tbsp of warm water, soy sauce, peanut butter, chili sauce, garlic powder, ginger and hot sauce together until combined. It may appear too runny at first, but it's not.
2. Taste, adding more hot sauce if desired.

Use to coat rice noodles, tofu, as a salad topper, or even in a vegetable stir fry!

Gluten Free Seitan

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

A common question I get is how to make something gluten-free. For things like baked goods, you can use a gluten-free all purpose flour blend (purchased commercially or made at home) or try my nifty oat flour trick.

The trouble comes when you need to replace vital wheat gluten, or you want to make seitan which is all gluten.

Gluten-free gluten? Is that even possible?!

Yes!

My friend Talia introduced me to OrgraN’s Gluten-Substitute more than a year ago. I’ve been recommending it right and left ever since and have had many Herbies write me thanking me, saying this product changed their life.

You can use it to make seitan, but you can also use in instead of vital wheat gluten in any recipe.

Amazon sells it in bulk, but if you don’t want to buy several boxes right off the bat -- check at small, independent and locally owned health stores. I never found it at Whole Foods Market, but the small little heath store in my neighborhood had it. Any store with a large and generous gluten-free section might also have it. It also never hurts to ask a store to carry it. If they already have other OrgraN products, I don’t see why they’d say no.

Have you used OrgraN? What did you think?