Ocean’s Blueberry Orange Muffins

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: April 1, 2018
Yield: 1 dozen muffins
Time needed: About 50 minutes

In the introduction to the bread section of May All be Fed: Diet for a New World we learn that Ocean Robbins, son of John Robbins, began a bakery business when he was just 10.  I am sure his customers really enjoyed these muffins.  I know I did. In fact they were so good that by the time I remembered to take a picture, there was only one left.

Blueberry Orange Muffin

Ocean’s Blueberry Orange Muffin

Ocean’s Blueberry Orange Muffins
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup canola or safflower oil
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp. raw tahini
grated zest of one orange

2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp nonaluminum baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1 cup fresh or (thawed) frozen blueberries.

Preheat oven to 350oF. Lightly oil a muffin pan or pans with oil.

In a medium, bowl, whisk together the orange juice, oil, syrup, tahini and orange zest.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the liquid mixture and combine using as few strokes as possible to moisten all dry ingredients.
Fold in the blueberries.

Spoon batter into muffin pan, filling each cup about 3/4 full.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. (20-25 minutes).
Let muffins stand for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

Bean and Sesame Paté

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: March 1, 2018
Yield: 1 cup
Time needed: about 10 minutes

Prior preparation needed
Soak and cook beans until tender

I found this hummus-like spread very appetizing. Great on toast!

Bean and Sesame Paté

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Cashew Cheddar Cheeze Sauce or Spread

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: June 9, 2012
Yield: 3 cups
Time needed:  About 5 minutes

Today I am making the Spread version of this recipe.

A word about this recipe.  I LOVE cheese.  Probably the single reason I have not adopted a 100% vegan diet myself is my love of cheese.  And I love good cheese.  I have tried substitutes and always found them wanting.

This is the one and only “cheeze” sauce I have ever tried that I really like!  It’s great! I love it! It really does have a cheesy flavour without the cheese.  The spread doesn’t quite come off as cheese spread.  The tahini taste is too distinctive.  Nevertheless, it is a really, really good spread.  So try either as needed, even if you too are a cheese lover who never thought any sort of substitute could satisfy.

Cheeze Spread

Cashew Cheddar Cheeze Sauce or Spread
½ cup raw cashews
1 cup water

2 whole pimientos, drained and cut into large pieces (about 1 cup)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. Vegesal
2 ½ tsp. onion powder
4 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 cup vegetable oil or 2 cups tahini
1/3 to ¾ cup lemon juice to taste

For sauce: Blend together all ingredients except oil and lemon juice.
When mix is very smooth, begin adding oil VERY SLOWLY while processing to thicken.
Add lemon juice and blend briefly.

For spread: Blend together the same ingredients as for sauce.
Then remove mix to a bowl and add tahini in by hand.
Add just enough to get the consistency you like.

Both sauce and spread keep well in fridge and may be frozen for long-term storage.