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Whole Wheat, Fat Free Vegan Cinnamon Buns Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

I love cinnamon buns. I couldn't go to the mall without stopping by Cinnabon. I had to make the Pilsbury version at least weekly in college. There is something magical about the sugar and cinnmon gooeyness. Of course, after I went vegan cinnamon buns were off limits unless I made them myself. The task seemed daunting so I kept putting it off until one day my desires could no longer be controlled.

I found a few recipes online, but they didn't meet the requirements of my then-newly adopted lifestlye. So I set out to make a fat-free and whole-wheat cinnamon bun. Call it the impossible task, but I assure you, its quite possible -- and still delicious.

This is my tried and true recipe. I've made it for well over a dozen people (including my sister, my best friend, my parents and my in-laws, all of who are not veg or eat the way I do) and time and time again these buns are a smashing hit. I love these buns and so will you (especially when I tell you they have only 260 calories per bun with icing!) Enjoy!

and made with raisins:

iced bun

Nutritional Information: 260 calories, >1g fat, 60g carbs, 6g protein per bun! (with icing!)

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Recipe:Cinnamon Buns

Description

Sweet and delicious! Fat-free, whole wheat and 100% vegan. It doesn't get much better than that does it?

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a circular cake pan and set aside. Gently warm 3/4 cup non-dairy milk to about 110 degrees. Sprinkle yeast over warmed non-dairy milk and let it dissolve, about 5 minutes. Combine 2 cups of flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 salt in a large bowl. Add 5 tbsp applesauce and yeast mixture, stirring spatula to combine. Add in another 1/2 cup flour, stirring to combine. Sprinkle remaining flour on a flat surface and knead dough, kneading in most of the flour. Knead about 15-20 times. Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough out into large, thin rectangle and set aside. Prepare filling by combining 4 tbsp brown sugar with 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce, 1 tsp cinnamon and raisins if using. Spoon filling in the center of the dough and spread it around, leaving 1" edge clear. Gently but tightly roll the dough up. Use a pizza cutter, sharp knife or string to cut off 6 rolls and place into prepared cake pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and cooked through. Meanwhile, prepare icing by mixing 1 cup confectioners sugar with 1 tsp non-dairy milk (plain or vanilla), whipping until it becomes a thick glaze with no sugar chunks. Spread glaze over hot buns.

Low Fat Guacamole Recipe (Edamole)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

I know I preach a low fat lifestyle (hell, I author a fat-free blog!) and that is how I live and eat... but I'm not going to lie. I love avocados and I love guacamole. I figured, if beans can make brownies, there has to be a way to make lower fat guacamole, right? While this guacamole isn't fat-free (soybeans have fat in them) its still low fat and also high in protein. You could try substituting peas for the soybeans for a truly fat-free version.

edamole

Now, this 'edamole' doesn't taste the same as guacamole and the texture is a little different, but it's a great substitution and can easily pass for the real thing when slipped into burritos and layered bean dips. I fed it to Scott as guacamole and he didn't miss a beat. When I told him it was edamole, he quickly asked "is this my dinner?" and then ate all of it with baked corn tortillas!

Recipe:Low Fat Guacamole (Edamole)

Description

This 'edamole' doesn't taste the same as guacamole and the texture is a little different, but it's a great substitution and can easily pass for the real thing when slipped into burritos and layered bean dips. 

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine all ingredients except tomatoes in a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping sides as necessary. If its too rustic, add 1-2 tbsp water. Stir in tomatoes and serve.

For a truly fat-free knock off, try using 2 cups of frozen peas (thawed). Also, a little avocado can go a long way. If desired, add 2-4 tbsp avocado for a more authentic taste but still with a lot less fat!

Fat-Free Vegan White Bean Strawberry Blondies Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

I've always thought "Blondies" were a white brownie (of sorts). So when my black bean brownies came out better than I could have ever imagined, I wondered if I could do the same with blondies. I realized rather quickly, hell yes I can! 

To make the blondies, substitute white beans for black beans, pure maple syrup for agave, omit cocoa and add 1/3 cup strawberry jam and an additional 1/4 cup oats.

Recipe:Black Bean Brownies

Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 9 servings

Description

Dense, fudge-y and ultra-healthy, these brownies are a great alternative to traditional brownies! It's amazing how they taste like chocolate and fudge and not beans! Chef's Notes: Rolled oats run through the food processor may substituted for the instant oats. Use optional sugar if your bananas are still green and not very ripe.

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8x8" pan and set aside. Combine all ingredients, except oats, in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, scrapping sides as needed. Stir in the oats and pour batter into the pan. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing. Chef's Note: if you find these brownies are too soft or too fudge-y, add another 1/4 cup oats or flour.