Whole Grain Pancakes

Whole grain is a phrase you’ll find on many packaged items.  But no matter how bold and colorful the front of the label might be, you won’t know how truly whole your food is without reading the back of the label.  And your best bet for truly buying whole foods is to buy items that don’t have any labels at all.

These pancakes truly use the whole grain.  I like to use two grains per pancake recipe.  The first is buckwheat, because it has a thick, gelatinous quality that helps the pancakes hold together beautifully.  For the second grain, I use whatever is in my cupboard: brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, spelt.  Cover all the grains in water and a dash of apple cider vinegar before bed (this removes the phytic acid and increases the bioavailability of nutrients for you), blend up with a little water the next morning, and you have a truly delicious and nutritious pancake batter.

Like many recipes, this one is a canvas.  The most basic recipe is just grains and water- and it’s delicious.  I like to throw in flaxseeds which help the batter to bind and add a ton of nutrition in the form of omega-3 fatty acids and estrogen balancing lignans.  If you want a caramelized, golden color, you need to add a little sugar.  You can achieve this by blending them up with a banana (and you’ll have banana pancakes!) or a healthy drizzle of maple syrup.  To balance out the sugar, it’s lovely to add a little spice.  I like cinnamon, but you could just as easily throw in a pinch of cardamom, vanilla, nutmeg or clove.  A heaping teaspoon of baking powder makes the batter light and fluffy.

And then there’s maca powder.  You’ll notice that in the recipe I include it as an optional ingredient.  I hesitated with whether to include it here, as vegan food is often criticized for being elitist and unattainably exotic.  Maca is not an everyday ingredient, but I do use it in my kitchen and it gave these pancakes a delicious, malty flavor and fantastic fluffy texture.  I’ll leave it up to you decide if you’d like to invest in a bag.

Maca powder is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps your body adapt to stress by balancing your hormones. This study found that not only did taking maca appear to support with balancing hormones in early post-menopausal women, but it may help to increase bone density.  Maca is also a particularly great addition if you or your loved ones have adrenal fatigue, issues with your thyroid, or hormonal imbalances.  How’s that for breakfast?

Love and Pancakes,

 

 

Whole Grain Pancakes

Adapted from Sarah Britton's Revolutionary Pancakes

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat
  • 1/2 cup whole grain (buckwheat, brown rice, oat groats, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar OR lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon flaxseeds
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 banana OR 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder (optional)
  • water or non-dairy milk, to blend
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • refined coconut oil, for frying
  • For serving: maple syrup, fresh berries, toasted coconut, roasted pumpkin seeds, etc.
  1. The night before you want your pancakes, soak your whole grains by covering them in fresh water and adding 1 teaspoon of an acidic medium (vinegar or lemon juice).
  2. The morning you want to make your pancakes, drain and rinse your soaked grains. You may notice a bit of gelatinous coating from the buckwheat. That's totally normal and safe. Just rinse it away.
  3. Transfer your grains to a blender. Add flaxseed, salt, cinnamon, sweetener, maca powder (if using) and 1/2 cup of water. Blend on high until totally smooth.
  4. Look at your batter. Is it too thick? If so, add a little more water about 1 tablespoon at a time until a thick, but pourable consistency is achieved.
  5. Add baking powder and stir briefly, just to incorporate.
  6. In a frying pan, heat a knob of coconut oil over medium heat. Pour a few tablespoons of batter into the pan to create a pancake. Cook until the edges look dry and brown and many bubbles have formed (about 3-4 minutes). Flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan. Continue until all the batter has been used.
  7. Serve with your desired toppings.

Notes

For a gluten-free diet, use gluten-free grains.

For a whole foods, plant based diet, use the banana instead of the maple syrup.

http://www.theinclusivevegan.com/whole-grain-pancakes/
Whole Grain Pancakes

Adapted from Sarah Britton's Revolutionary Pancakes

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat
  • 1/2 cup whole grain (buckwheat, brown rice, oat groats, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar OR lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon flaxseeds
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 banana OR 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder (optional)
  • water or non-dairy milk, to blend
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • refined coconut oil, for frying
  • For serving: maple syrup, fresh berries, toasted coconut, roasted pumpkin seeds, etc.
  1. The night before you want your pancakes, soak your whole grains by covering them in fresh water and adding 1 teaspoon of an acidic medium (vinegar or lemon juice).
  2. The morning you want to make your pancakes, drain and rinse your soaked grains. You may notice a bit of gelatinous coating from the buckwheat. That's totally normal and safe. Just rinse it away.
  3. Transfer your grains to a blender. Add flaxseed, salt, cinnamon, sweetener, maca powder (if using) and 1/2 cup of water. Blend on high until totally smooth.
  4. Look at your batter. Is it too thick? If so, add a little more water about 1 tablespoon at a time until a thick, but pourable consistency is achieved.
  5. Add baking powder and stir briefly, just to incorporate.
  6. In a frying pan, heat a knob of coconut oil over medium heat. Pour a few tablespoons of batter into the pan to create a pancake. Cook until the edges look dry and brown and many bubbles have formed (about 3-4 minutes). Flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan. Continue until all the batter has been used.
  7. Serve with your desired toppings.

Notes

For a gluten-free diet, use gluten-free grains.

For a whole foods, plant based diet, use the banana instead of the maple syrup.

http://www.theinclusivevegan.com/whole-grain-pancakes/

Power Latte

PubMed is my new favorite website.  Since my lovely friend Kaitlin was diagnosed with ALS, I have been spending a lot of time browsing through the National Library of Medicine, reading every peer-reviewed article I can find about non-drug based interventions to autoimmune disorders.

What I see echoed again and again through the pages of these articles is this: food is medicine.  Whole plant foods have an incredible power to heal the body.   Of course, there is no known cure for ALS.  But there is a wealth of information available about cellular similarities among people with autoimmune diseases and food-based therapies that may offer meaningful interventions.

Turmeric is one of these seemingly magical, medicinal foods.  It has a wonderful ability to help neutralize free radicals- those pesky extra electrons floating around which create a cascade of volatility in your body.  Antioxidants, like those found in turmeric, stop oxidative stress in it’s tracks by grabbing those extra electrons.  And if you eat turmeric with a dash of black pepper, it increases the bioavailability of the available nutrients, magnifying it’s impact.

As enlightening as these research articles may be, they don’t come with recipes.  In reading about the health benefits of turmeric for all people, and especially those with autoimmune disorders, I wanted to come up with a delicious antioxidant power latte.  This latte not only uses turmeric in it’s most bioavailable form, but it also takes advantage of the antioxidant powerhouse, the goji berry, which contains high concentrations of melatonin– a powerful antioxidant for the brain (especially wonderful for those with ALS).

This latte is medicinal and delicious.  It uses a combination of medicinal herbs and whole plant foods to offer a yummy, antioxidant boost to your daily diet.

Love and Healing,

 

 

Power Latte
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric, sliced OR 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1-2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup goji berries, soaked (to soften)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • cinnamon, for serving
  1. In a blender, combine milk, turmeric, ginger, dates, goji berries, cardamom, vanilla, sea salt and black pepper until totally smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and warm through.
  3. Pour your latte into a mug and dust with cinnamon.

Notes

For a nut-free latte, use soy, rice, or seed milk.

http://www.theinclusivevegan.com/power-latte/

Avocado Shake

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Happy New Year!  

I love the clean slate feeling of a fresh year.  I love the opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things that happened the year before and wonder, with anticipation, what new friends and new adventures the new year will bring.

And I love new years resolutions.  I first became vegan because of a new years resolution.  I was doing a different challenge every month for a year, and my friend Julie asked if I’d like to go vegan with her for a month.  It sounded fun, so I figured I’d give it a try.  And that was the starting point of this beautiful adventure.

Many people use new years resolutions to set unrealistic goals and then self flagellate when they don’t achieve them.  I really see no point in this.  You have this blank page of a year- why muddy it with your own self loathing?  If you want to set a new years resolution at all, think about something you are curious about.  What would it look like to start exploring it?  What would be the first step?  Start there and see where the journey takes you.

This Avocado Shake is something I’d forgotten about until recently.  I was flipping through images from early drafts of my cookbook (another new years resolution project).  This shake didn’t end up making the final cut, but it’s the perfect type of new years recipe:  healthy, fast, easy.

It may sound strange, but I promise you it isn’t.  It’s actually a very common Brazilian recipe.  Brazilians blend avocados with milk and sugar;  I blend them with coconut milk and a little agave or coconut nectar.  This is a great recipe to make the morning after a long, indulgent night.  Avocados make the shake thick and creamy, while adding lots of fiber, vitamin k and vitamin e.  Coconut adds lots of medium chain triglycerides and a tropical flavor.

It’s a perfect recipe, no matter what diet you’re on.  Though it is an especially great recipe for my loved ones who are managing their neurological diseases through diets rich in veggies and coconut!

Love and Happy New Year,

Amanda Signature

 

 

Avocado Shake

Yield: 1-2 servings

This makes quite a thick shake. But the beauty of the recipe is that you can adjust any ingredient to suit your preferences. If you like it thinner, add more coconut milk. If you like it sweeter, add some ripe banana, one medjool date, or a little extra coconut nectar. If you want to add some extra veggies, through in a handful of spinach- it will yield a bright green color. Enjoy!

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • handful of ice
  • 1/2 tablespoon agave, coconut nectar, or maple syrup (optional)
  • pinch salt
  1. Blend all ingredients until totally smooth.

Notes

For a paleo diet: use coconut nectar.

For a whole foods plant based diet: replace the liquid sweetener with a medjool date or 1/2 ripe banana.

For a raw foods diet: use the meat and water from one young coconut.

http://www.theinclusivevegan.com/crispmas/

 

Apple and Blackberry Crisp

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What’s your favorite holiday tradition?  Crispmas is fast becoming one of mine.  It’s a tradition that Eric and I have had for a few years, and it’s really quite simple:  we eat fruit crisp for breakfast to celebrate Christmas.

This recipe is incredibly flexible.  Use any fruit you like- fresh or frozen.  Eric loves apples, and I love blackberries, so that’s how this came about.  But you could just as easily to peach and blueberry, pear and cherry, or pure strawberry.

If you want to be really decadent, yo can serve this with a scoop of ice cream.  I like the Coconut Bliss brand, but there are lots of great non-dairy ice creams available.  If you wanted that cool and creamy contrast without the indulgence, you could also serve it with a little yogurt.  Nancy’s is my favorite brand of soy yogurt,  but there are tons of options out there.  I’ve also seen almond and/or coconut based yogurts at my local market, which would be great if you are sensitive to soy.

This recipe comes from The Breakfast Chapter in my cookbook, The Inclusive Table.   It is a free e-book filled with my favorite recipes.  Feel free to head over, download and digitally dog ear it up!

Love and Happy Holidays,

Amanda Signature

 

 

Apple and Blackberry Crisp

Yield: 4-6 servings

  • Fruit base:
  • 2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons vegan cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat pastry flour
  • Crisp topping:
  • 6 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • 6 tablespoons plain instant oatmeal
  • ¼ cup vegan cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup refined coconut oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. For the fruit base: In a bowl, toss blackberries and apples with lemon juice, sugar and flour. Pour into a 9x9 casserole dish.
  3. For the crisp: In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add the coconut oil and cut the fat into the dry ingredients with your fingers until a crumbly texture forms. You could also do this by pulsing the ingredients together in a food processor. You are looking for some large and some small lumps.
  4. To assemble: Pour the crisp evenly over the fruit base. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is lightly golden. Serve warm and runny, or allow to cool and set before serving.

Notes

For a gluten allergy, use your favorite gluten free flour.

If refined sugar is not your thing, you could use coconut sugar or maple syrup in it’s place.

http://www.theinclusivevegan.com/apple-blackberry-crisp/

White Miso Oatmeal

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Weddings are the only times I find it challenging to eat vegan, but brunch can be pretty uninspiring.   Brunch menus are full of eggs, bacon, and sausage.  Even pancakes and crepes tend to be filled with eggs and milk.  Of course, there’s always something to get- a fruit plate, bagel with peanut butter, or toast and jam- but most brunch spots are lacking in innovative, plant based options.

Savory oatmeal is an innovative, hearty and satisfying brunch option that I love to make at home.   The base is simple:  rolled oats, white miso, and coconut milk.  You could use whatever miso you like, but I like using a mellow white miso as it is the perfect mix of sweet, salty, and savory.

Now that you have your porridge canvas, options are endless.  This is a particularly forgiving base for leftovers.  I topped mine with a handful of walnuts, leftover sauteed mushrooms, and chives.  But you could easily toss in some sauteed greens, leftover roasted vegetables, sliced radishes.  Whatever you have on hand, and whatever you crave, is perfect.

Love and Brunch,

Amanda Signature

 

 

White Miso Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • 1 tablespoon full fat coconut milk, or other nondairy milk
  • Optional toppings: cooked mushrooms, cooked greens, roasted vegetables, walnuts, chives, radish
  1. In a small saucepan, bring oats and water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and continue to cook until the oats have swelled and softened.
  2. Turn off the heat, and stir in the miso and coconut milk.
  3. Cover the pot and leave for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Top with any of your desired toppings and serve.
http://www.theinclusivevegan.com/white-miso-oatmeal/

Half-Caf Herbal Cold Brew

I love the ritual of coffee;  I just don’t love how it makes me feel.   I am hyper sensitive to caffeine, and a single cup of joe will make my muscles twitch.  But I love the routine of sitting and sipping something warm and I absolutely love the toasty, campfire smell of freshly brewed coffee.

Fortunately, Teeccino is a thing.  Teechino is an herbal coffee.  An honest to goodness herbal coffee.  When I was little, my mom would occasionally treat us to Pero, an instant coffee-like powder.  But Teechino is roasted and ground almonds, carob, figs, hazelnuts.  It looks and smells like ground coffee, only a bit sweeter.  It’s miraculous.

For my cold brew, I use half Teeccino and half ground coffee.  The result is better than traditional cold brew (or so I’m told by the coffee fiends in my life who have tried it).  It’s sweeter and smoother than traditional cold brew, which is already sweeter and smoother than regular drip coffee.

You can spend $5.50 at Starbucks for cold brew, or you can spend about $0.50 and make it yourself at home.   And it’s super easy to put together.  You throw 2/3 cup ground coffee into a glass jar with 3 cups of water.  That part takes about 30 seconds.  Then you let it steep for 12-24 hours.  After it’s fully steeped, you strain out the grounds (or, in the case of a French Press, just press and pour).   Now you have your cold brew concentrate.  If you’re into jet fuel, you can drink it as is.  If you’re into a more mellow approach, dilute it (I like a one part cold brew concentrate: one part water ratio).

Love and Cold Brew,

Amanda Signature

 

 

Half-Caf Herbal Cold Brew
  • 1/3 cup ground coffee
  • 1/3 cup ground herbal coffee, like Teeccino
  • 3 cups water
  1. Combine all ingredients in a French press or large glass jar.
  2. Cover and allow to steep for 12-24 hours.
  3. Strain the coffee grounds and store in an airtight container.
  4. When ready to serve, dilute until desired taste is achieved (I prefer a 1:1 cold brew to water ratio).
http://www.theinclusivevegan.com/half-caf-herbal-cold-brew/

 

The Breads and Basics Chapter


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We have arrived at the final chapter!  This one features all the staples that will assist you throughout the other chapters.  Of course you can buy pizza dough from a store, and commercially made vegan sour creams and nut milks, but it’s so easy and fun to make them yourself.  You’ll receive no judgement on my end, whatever you decide to do.  But this chapter is for the DIY crowd who wants to experiment fully in the kitchen.  This chapter features:

No Knead Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

Multigrain Toasting Bread

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Spelt Flour pizza crust

Olive Oil Challah

Cashew Cream Cheese

Nutmeg Pie Crust

Beans

Pickle Brine

Nut Milk

Cashew Cream

Sour Cream

Miso Tahini Vinaigrette

Simple Syrup

Date Dulce de Leche

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Here’s the final chapter: Breads and Basics Chapter

Thank you so very much for reading through these pages.  I have poured my heart and soul into these recipes, and it means the world to me that you’re looking at them!  If you have any feedback, questions, comments, or concerns, always feel free to reach out to me at amanda@inclusivevegan.com.  I’d love to hear what you think!

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, so The Inclusive Vegan is taking a 2 week summer break.  See you back here soon, with a whole new batch of plant based recipes that everyone can enjoy, together.

Love and Gratitude,

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The Pantry Delicacies Chapter

Quick Cranberry Sauce Prep

The first time I was in Alaska, I discovered the art of keeping a well stocked pantry.  I was visiting my dear friend Carolyn whose pantry was brimming over with wild blueberry jam, rosehip jelly, and pickled everything.

In Alaska, food that is shipped from the mainland is expensive, so you learn to make do with what you can grow or forage.  It all starts with the edibles you can get your hands on.  And Carolyn very graciously took it upon herself to teach me all her pantry magic tricks.

We went on incredible hikes through Alaskan rain forest, and collected rosehips and other goodies.  We plundered her garden for beets, carrots, and cucumbers.  And when the raw materials had been collected, we got to canning.

This chapter is dedicated to Carolyn and includes five of my favorite pickle recipes, along with quick and easy jams, nut butters, and sauces.  It features:

Single Nut Butter

Spiced Almond Pumpkin Seed Butter

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Roasted Peach and Bourbon Jam

Fig and Balsamic Jam

Quick Cranberry Sauce

Wild Blueberry Jam

Chai Spiced Pickled Parsnips

Rosemary and Cinnamon Pickled Red Beets

Ginger Pickled Golden Beets

Juniper Pickled Fennel

Spicy Pickled Carrots

Here it is: The Pantry Delacacies Chapter

Love and Canning,

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The Sweets and Aperitifs Chapter

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I have to be honest, I’m not usually the biggest fan of sweets.  I tend to be more interested in savory spreads, creamy soups, and colorful salads.  But I genuinely, unequivocally love every recipe in this chapter.  Each dish incorporates a variety of familiar and  unexpected spices that elevate the final product lightyears beyond mere saccharin sweetness. The recipes in this chapter include:

Pompelmocello

Candied Ginger Cordial

Dukkah Truffles

Pecan Jammies

Green Chili Chocolate Truffles

Mexican Chocolate Truffles

Salt and Pepper Chocoalte Truffles

Ice Cream Sandwiches  

Cardamom and Rose Petal Cheesecake

Saffron Rice Pudding

Apple Crostata

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

Truffle Brownies

Here it is: the Sweets and Aperitifs Chapter

Love and Spicy Sweets,

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The Soup Chapter

Granny's Black Bean Soup (1)

When I was in second grade, we did a unit on Stone Soup.  Do you remember this story? A few travellers arrive in a village with nothing more than a soup pot.  They fill the pot with soup from a stream and plunk a stone into it.  As the villagers walk by, each contributes what they have to the soup- a few carrots, a potato, an onion.  By the end of the story they’ve come together to create a delicious meal for the whole town.

I want to pause here and offer thanks to everyone who threw their spare time, energy, and talents into my soup chapter.  Thank you to my dear friend Chris for his gorgeous photographs (his work is featured above), Meaghan for her tireless testing, and Frankie for her generous editing.  I think we made one delicious chapter together!

This chapter features:

Watermelon Gazpacho

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque  

Asparagus Soup  

Spicy Carrot Soup with Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto Toast

Granny’s Black Bean Soup

Japanese Yam Soup

Ribollita

So here it is: The Soup Chapter

Love and Soup,

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