vegan Fridays – inspiration
Sometimes just a small action can make all the difference.
I really love it when you walk past someone on the street, and they make eye contact, smile, or even say Hello. It really is lovely, and such a simple thing to do. I reckon it’s much more effort to cast your eyes downwards and pretend the other person is not there…. really what is the point, when a quick smile is all it takes to connect and acknowledge.
Luckily, I live in a pretty darn friendly neighbourhood, and the fact that Misty tends to wave and babble and be stupidly cute at passers-by makes us hard to ignore. Except of course the rude bikers that yelled at us today for being on a path (which is in a large area designated for children) who told me to ‘Keep control of your child!’ I promptly yelled back ‘PISS OFF.’ And I have NO shame in doing so. (That’s me keeping my language “clean” too – someone has to think of the children).
My point is, that small positive actions can make all the difference. Take inspiration from the new Friday Soiree of Vegan Delicacies (Healthy Vegan Fridays) – perhaps you could instigate one vegan meal a week in your household? All the delicious recipes that are going to be pouring in at the end of every week shall be enough temptation for even the most hard-core carnivore I’m sure.
Chocolate Breakfast Brownies:
(Vegan, High RAW, wheat/soy/nut/corn/refined sugar free…. gluten free if you use certified oats)
This recipe is not limited to eating only at breakfast…. I called them breakfast brownies as me and Misty ate them for breakfast. Who doesn’t want chocolate for breakfast? Riddle me that. I’ve included various ideas to “super-charge” your breakfast with some super-foods…. entirely optional, but why not?
- 2C rolled oats
- 1/3C coconut butter
- 2T cacao powder
- 1T maca powder (or lucuma, mesquite, nopal etc – or just some of your favourite protein powder)
- 1C pitted dates soaked in 1/2C warm water
- 1/4t sea salt
- 1/2t vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients (including date-soaking water) in a food processor and pulse until a soft, sticky “dough” is formed.
- You can shape the dough however you want – I find the easiest way to work with it, is let it “rest” for 10 minutes or so after pulsing (this helps the oats soak up a bit of the liquid and become more solid). Then sandwich the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper, and spread out either with your hands or a rolling pin. Alternatively you can push into little silicon moulds for fun shapes.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Dollop with the following “jam” for good measure:
Berry Quick Jam
(Vegan, RAW, gluten/wheat/soy/nut/corn/refined sugar free)
- 1C mixed berries (fresh or frozen….. doesn’t matter)
- 3t agave/honey/coconut cyrup
- 1T super food (as listed above…. entirely optional!)
- 3T water
- 3T Chia seeds
- Blitz everything together in a food processor (if you don’t like the texture of chia, then grind these down to a fine meal before adding).
- Leave to “gel” for 10 minutes or so.
- Dollop on top of the brownies, or anything that welcomes a fruity jam.
- Store in the fridge.
These “brownies” are super dooper creamy thanks to the coconut butter…. a fresh berry jam is just the cherry on the top (but there were no cherries in this jam, you get what I mean though, right?)
Anyway, I hope you are up to the challenge of instigating a vegan meal in your household once a week – a small action that is great for your health, the environment AND animals. Not to mention delicious. You know what I am going to tell you to do if you try and argue with me that a vegan meal is too difficult (read story above about certain bike riders almost squashing my innocent child).
I am submitting this recipe to Healthy Vegan Fridays.