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Low Fat Vegan Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

If you loved my traditional almost fat-free cheesecake recipe, you're in for a real treat with this variation! For starters, I used chocolate gram crackers for the crust. I pulsed them in my food processor until they were a consistency similar to bread crumbs. Then mixed the gram crack crumbs with about 8 tbsp of unsweetened applesauce. I poured the batter into my greased pie pan and baked it at 350F for 8 minutes. It smelled so heavenly.

cherry chocolate cheesecake

As for the cheesecake itself, I followed the original recipe, except this time I upped the almond extract to 1 tsp because Scott's really into almond-flavoring. Mmmm Mmmmm.cheesecake cherry chocolate For the cherry topping, I cheated! I whizzed a small jar of organic cherry jam (sweetened without sugar) and a little water in my little food processor (its similar to a magic bullet) until it had a consistency similar to syrup. (Speaking of which, I served it with a little vegan chocolate syrup too!)

i love cherry chocolate cheesecake

Like the original, this cheesecake is almost fat-free and is so unbelievably good. My parents and omni friend Blyth all gave it a two thumbs up and Scott and I... well, we're thankful for the leftovers to say the least! Now pardon me, I have cheesecake waiting to be eaten! Nom. Nom. Nom.

Recipe:Cheesecake

Description

So decadent and amazing -- you won't believe it's vegan or low fat! You'll also need my recipe for a graham cracker crust (see "recipe" tab on navigation bar).

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare pie crust if you have not already done so. Place tofu and Tofutti in a blender and blend for 30 seconds. Stop, scrape the sides, and blend for another 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and blend for 3 minutes, stopping periodically to scrape the sides. Once fully incorporated, pour into prepared pie crust and smooth top with a spatula. Bake 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and place somewhere away from heat. Allow to cool to room temperature (about 2-3 hours). Chill overnight or for at least 10 hours before serving.

For the blueberry topping pictured in the blog post photos, combine 1 cup frozen wild blueberries with 1/2 cup of water, 1 tbsp agave nectar, 1 tsp lemon zest, 2 tsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed into 2 tbsp of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Allow to thicken, stirring frequently. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to cool. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Whole Wheat Fat-Free Vegan Blueberry Breakfast Cake Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

My parents are visiting from the East coast and I wanted to make something for breakfast that was easy, comforting and would last the duration of their stay. Well, the cake only survived one breakfast, but that's okay because my parents absolutely loved this cake! 

My Dad even made a comment in the afternoon about how good breakfast was. Now that's a compliment! You could easily add a crumb topping to this cake to make it more reminiscent of "coffee" cake (sugar + cinnamon + flour + oil or applesauce) but the crumbs adds extra calories and I like keeping breakfast fairly light.

Per Serving: 158 calories, >1g fat, 35 carbs, 4g fiber, 3g protein

Recipe:Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Description

A wonderful breakfast treat that has just the right hint of spice and sweetness.

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, whisk flours, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and baking powder together. Add applesauce, sugars, extract and non-dairy milk and mix until just combined, adding a little extra non-dairy milk if necessary. Gently fold in blueberries, transferring to a greased or non-stick 9x9 pan. Sprinkle top with brown sugar and bake 30-35 minutes or until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean.

Chickpea Cakes Piccata Recipe (Vegan Chicken Piccata)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

After I made the Cajun Chickpea Cakes, I wondered why I didn't make bean cakes more often. Afterall, they're so quick and easy! I was rumaging through my fridge for dinner ideas when I found a bunch of asparagus on the verge of going bad. I was also in the mood for something lemony, so piccata seemed like a good fit. I'd actually never had piccata until I was vegan and the one time I tried to make seitan piccata at home was a slight failure. So, I tried my hand at making an easy chickpea cake that could rock out in seiten's place. Shove over seitan! There is a new sheriff in town - the mighty chickpea!

chickpea cake piccata

piccata

Recipe:Chickpea Cakes Piccata

Description

A fat-free and healthy vegan version of chicken piccata.

Ingredients

Instructions

For the chickpea cakes, preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place chickpeas in a food processor and pulse about 10 times, until chickpeas are coarsely chopped and no whole chickpeas remain but do not puree. Transfer to a mixing bowl and combine with 1 tbsp poultry seasoning, 1-2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp tamari, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder and 1/4 cup chickpea flour. Roll 6 balls and flatten gently with the palm of your hand. Transfer patties to the cookie sheet and lightly spray with cooking spray. Bake for 12 minutes, flip, spray and bake another 8 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare sauce.

For the sauce, mix cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and set aside. Line a medium pot with a thin layer of water. Saute onion and garlic until soft over high heat, about 3 minutes. Add capers and 1 tbsp poultry spice and cook another 2 to 4 minutes. Add wine and cook until the liquid reduces by half. Add 1 cup water, 2 tbsp lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook until it reduces by half again. Taste test, adding more lemon juice or capers if desired plus salt and pepper to taste. Then add cornstarch mixture and reduce heat to medium and allow the sauce to thicken as desired.