Fruit Crisp Crumble {oil-free, vegan + gluten-free}

Fruit Crisp Crumble {oil-free, vegan + gluten-free}

Rhubarb and Mango Fruit Crisp

Fruit Crisp Crumble {oil-free, vegan + gluten-free}
Seasonal fruit or frozen, this easy crisp is a go-to for a delicious breakfast or dessert after a veggie bean soup or other light meal. If you're using a tart fruit like rhubarb, consider pairing it with a sweeter fruit like mango or even dates or other dried fruit. No need for oil - there is plenty of natural fat in the nut or seed butter.
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breakfast, dessert
Serves:: 4-5
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Ingredients:
  • BOTTOM FRUIT LAYER:
  • 8 cups chopped juicy fruit or berries (for example: mango, peaches, plums, berries, rhubarb, etc)
  • ¼ cup dates, raisins, or other dried fruit (opt)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamom
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup or dark agave or brown rice syrup
  • ¼ cup water or fruit juice (a bit more for berries or other less juicy fruit)
  • CRUMBLE TOPPING:
  • 1¼ rolled oats (gluten-free tested, if needed)
  • ¼ cup whole-grain flour (find gluten-free flour here)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds or chopped Brazil nuts or pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup liquid or dry whole sweetener (coconut sugar for example)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup - ½ cup nut or seed-butter (cashew, almond, tahini, etc)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Prepare chopped fruit into a 10"x10" glass pan, or ceramic deep dish (or equivalent).
  3. Sprinkle fruit with cinnamon, drizzle with liquid sweetener and water or juice.
  4. Mix topping ingredients in a bowl incorporating the nut or seed butter into the dry ingredients with clean hands. Crumble the topping over the fruit, distributing evenly.
  5. Bake at 400F for about 30 minutes until fruit is soft and juicy. Serve warm or at room temperature, as is, or with yogurt or kefir topping. Or, of course - ice cream!

 

READ: The Story of How Auntie Rhubarb Got Her Name!

 

 

Sweet Corn Muffins {gluten-free + vegan}

Sweet Corn Muffins {gluten-free + vegan}

These corn muffins make a great breakfast muffin or a compliment to savory meal dishes like soup or chili. Or, spread with cashew cheeze, avocado butter, or nut butter.
Don’t be afraid to play with additional ingredients, incorporating fresh or frozen corn kernels, raisins, chopped dates, apple chunks, or other yummy surprises, including other spices!
Sweet Corn Muffins {gluten-free + vegan}
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Breakfast, Dinner, Snack
Recipe Type:: Baked
Serves:: 1 dozen
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Ingredients:
  • DRY:
  • 1 cup corn meal (or corn grits)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds, or cashews, ground into meal
  • ½ cup millet or brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup garbanzo or amaranth flour
  • ¼ cup chia seed flour (ground chia seeds)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • WET:
  • 2 cups apple sauce
  • ⅓-1/2 cup maple syrup
  • OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup raisins or dates
  • 1 cup diced apple
  • 1 tsp chili powder and/or cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chilies
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. (NOTE: Sunflower seeds and chia seeds or cashews can be ground into “mealy” flour using a coffee or spice grinder.)
  3. Fold in any optional spices.
  4. Add apple sauce and maple syrup and mix well.
  5. Fold in any optional ingredients.
  6. Line muffin tines with paper muffins liners, or oil muffin tin. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Sweet Corn Muffin photo

Sweet Corn Muffin

 

Sweet Corn Muffins {gluten-free + vegan} photo

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Sweet Corn Muffins {gluten-free + vegan} photo

Sweet Corn Muffins {gluten-free + vegan}

Maple-Kissed Quinoa Cereal

Maple-Kissed Quinoa Cereal

Porridge doesn’t have to be wet and sloppy, and it doesn’t have to be just oats. Around the world different cultures eat a variety of cooked whole-grains for breakfast either loose with lots of liquid (water, juice or milk) or the drier pilaf-style, like this Maple-Kissed Quinoa Breakfast. Other small, fast-cooking whole-grains that can replace the quinoa in this recipe are amaranth, or fonio (a new whole-grain that has been introduced recently to Canada, see link below!)

Maple-Kissed Quinoa Cereal
Author:
Breakfast
Recipe Type:: Quick & Easy
Serves:: 1 Serving
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Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa (or other cooked whole-grain)
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries (fruit juice sweetened preferred)
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ - 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
Directions:
  1. Mix cooked quinoa or other choice of whole-grain (I cook enough at dinner so I have leftovers for breakfast!) with dried cranberries and a good dose of cinnamon and slivered almonds. Drizzle with maple syrup.
  2. I don't typically add any non-dairy beverage or anything else, but you could choose to add non-dairy milk or yogurt if you like a more liquidy cereal. Enjoy!
  3. Link to read about or purchase whole-grain FONIO (also now available at some Whole Food Market locations)

 

Peanutbutter Banana Monkey Muffins

Peanutbutter Banana Monkey Muffins

Kid-friendly, peanut-butter-fan friendly, chocolate-lover friendly,…little monkey friendly! Easy muffins for a lunch replacement, afternoon snack, or healthy breakfast.

Peanutbutter Banana Monkey Muffins
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Serves:: 1 dozen
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Ingredients:
  • WET:
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ⅔ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • DRY:
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup garbanzo flour
  • 2 Tbsp chia seed flour
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch - ⅛ tsp salt,
  • (depending if PB is salted)
  • OPTIONAL:
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips -or- raisins (or both!)
  • OPTIONAL PB FROSTING:
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • Whisk ingredients together until thick and creamy.
  • Frost muffins, decorate with a banana slice if desired, and enjoy.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, mash ripe banana with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Whisk in peanut butter, maple syrup, water, and vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, blend together dry ingredients.
  5. Add dry mix to wet and stir.
  6. Blend well and fill muffin tin, dividing batter into each cup. If you’d like to add a slice of banana on top of each muffin before baking it will become sweet and creamy.
  7. Bake 30 minutes until lightly browned. Cool completely if frosting. Frosting is completely optional depending on your little monkeys’ desires!

 

Peanut Banana Monkey Muffins {gluten-free, vegan} photo

Peanut Banana Monkey Muffins {gluten-free, vegan}

Nutty Ginger-Zing Granola {oil-free}

Nutty Ginger-Zing Granola {oil-free}

Use this crunchy, spicy granola with non-dairy milk, sprinkle on fruit salad, or on a Fruit Parfait.

Nutty Ginger-Zing Granola
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Serves:: 8 Servings
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Ingredients:
  • 5 cups cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup fresh raw walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp sesame tahini
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger root (optional for non-ginger version)
  • -or-
  • 2 tsp ground ginger powder
  • to taste, fresh or dried fruit
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 275F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a very large bowl.
  3. Whisk the liquid ingredients in a measuring cup.
  4. Grate ginger-root either with a zester, or in a food processor with a grate-blade. Whisk into the liquid ingredients.
  5. Pour liquid over the dry ingredients.
  6. Combine and transfer to a parchment-lined, glass pan or baking sheets. (For double quantities, use two pans or sheets.)
  7. Bake at 275F for 25 minutes.
  8. With a spatula, turn and stir the granola once and return to oven for another 20-25 minutes. Cool and transfer to storage jar or container.
  9. Add fresh fruit to individual servings, or dried fruit to bulk amount.

 

Nutty Ginger Granola w/ Dried Fruit image

Nutty Ginger Granola w/ Dried Fruit

Banana Nut Loaf {gluten-free, oil-free, vegan}

Banana Nut Loaf {gluten-free, oil-free, vegan}

I’m sure banana bread was invented to use up over-ripened bananas, and what a lovely breakfast food it makes…or an anytime food really! If you aren’t baking for a large crowd, you can eat half and freeze the rest (or give it to a friend!)

Switch up the nuts for dates or raisins or other dried fruit for fun variations, or my personal favorite, half nuts, half dates.

Banana Nut Bread
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Serves:: 1 lg loaf
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Ingredients:
  • DRY:
  • 1¼ cups quinoa or brown rice flour (I've also used teff and buckwheat which give it a stronger flavor)
  • 1¼ cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cups garbanzo-fava flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • ¼ cup chia seed flour
  • ¾ cups raw sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1¼ cups walnuts (or replace some or all with chopped dates)
  • WET:
  • 2 cups ripe mashed banana (4-5)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup water
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan with parchment paper for easy removal after baking.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients, except walnuts.
  3. In a large bowl mash bananas. (NOTE: Don’t use less than 2 cups.) Stir in vanilla.
  4. Spoon ½ to ⅔ of the dry mix into the wet ingredients and stir. Add the water and stir again. Add the rest of the flour to achieve a moist, but not sloppy, batter.
  5. Fold in the walnuts. NOTE: You can chop them or leave them in halves. (I prefer the crunchy results of the latter.)
  6. Transfer batter to lined loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 75 minutes. (NOTE: Even though the loaf will be browned nicely after 60 minutes, don’t be tempted to bake less than at least 70 minutes or you could end up with a too-moist middle. Test the middle with a knife or wooden skewer to be sure.)
  8. Cool completely before serving or it can crumble.

 

Banana Nut Loaf {gluten-free, oil-free, vegan}

Banana Nut Loaf {gluten-free, oil-free, vegan}

Banana Nut Loaf {gluten-free, oil-free, vegan}

Banana Nut Loaf {gluten-free, oil-free, vegan}