May 31, 2009
May 27, 2009
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:
Nutritional Information: 260 calories, >1g fat, 60g carbs, 6g protein per bun! (with icing!)
Sweet and delicious! Fat-free, whole wheat and 100% vegan. It doesn't get much better than that does it?
¾ cup plant-based milk
1 packet active yeast
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ cup raw sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp raisins (optional)
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp plant-based milk
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.
May 19, 2009
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.
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!
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.
1 tsp salt
2 whole small limes, juiced
a dash of cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
¼ cup fresh cilantro
1 whole garlic clove
½ whole sweet onion
1 whole tomato, diced
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!