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SRC – CHERRY OAT SCONES

It is time again for the Secret Recipe Club and this month I was lucky enough to be asked to make recipes from two blogs!  The first blog I was assigned was A Tale of One Foodie’s Culinary Adventures.  I was really excited when I received this blog again…many of you may remember that I was assigned this blog last month and chose to make her Oat Roasted Pears (click here for my version).

Lately I have been scouring the web and cookbooks trying to figure out my holiday menus and one of the categories on my watch-list has been Christmas morning breakfast recipes.  When I saw Erin’s recipe for Cranberry Oat Scones a lightbulb went off in my head…perfect for Christmas morning!  I love taking a conventional recipe and veganizing it.  I have also been meaning to try Earth Balance’s new Organic Coconut Spread and thought this would be a great opportunity to try their new product.

This recipe is definitely more sinful than usual for me, but Christmas morning is truly one of those special occasions you hear me referring to.  It is fine to indulge on “occasion”…the problem is that most people use that term too liberally.

As for changes to the original recipe, I used a gluten free flour mix (click here for the Gluten Free Goddess’ recipe) instead of conventional wheat flour and upped the amount by 1/4 cup (GFree flour acts differently than wheat, so sometimes the amount needs to be adjusted), coconut sugar instead granulated sugar, eliminated the salt (the coconut spread was salty enough on it’s own), used dried cherries instead of cranberries (that is what I had in my pantry), and used So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Creamer instead of the buttermilk.

This recipe veganized beautifully and you would never know that it is gluten free!

INGREDIENTS

2 1/4 cups gluten free flour mix
4Tbs coconut sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread, chilled and cut into cubes
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup dried cherries
2 tbsp finely grated orange zest
2/3 cup So Delicious Coconut Creamer

Preheat the oven to 425F.

In a food processor, combine the flour, 4 Tbs of coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the cubed coconut spread and pulse until it is chopped into small pieces and the mixture is crumbly. Pour into a large bowl and stir in the oats and cherries.

In another bowl, whisk together the orange zest and coconut creamer and add to the dry ingredients. Stir quickly with a fork until the batter begins to cling together.

Having made scones before, I knew that the dough in the picture above was too wet and it was at that point that I determined that when making these scones gluten-free it is necessary to add an additional 1/4 cup of gluten free flour mix.  Once I added the additional flour, the scone dough was the perfect consistency.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently pat into an 8 inch square about 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut into four 4-inch squares, then slice each square crosswise to make 8 triangular scones (shown below) and cut each triangle in half again to make a total of 16 scones.

Set triangles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat sheet (what I used below). Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops with coconut creamer and sprinkle the tops with coconut sugar.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden (mine took 15), then transfer to cooling rack.

I served my scones with Tart Cherry Jelly and the combination of the scones with the jelly was amazing.  This will be the perfect Christmas morning treat!

For a printable version of this recipe click here.



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BANANA BREAD OATMEAL

Banana Bread Oatmeal

Banana Bread Oatmeal

This recipe is so simple.  My daughter is an oatmeal fiend, so first thing in the morning I gather my oatmeal ingredients and put it on the stove to cook.  This allows me to let it cook while I sit down at the computer and put my daily plan together (before the kids wake-up).  By the time my daughter comes downstairs for breakfast the oatmeal is ready, thickened, and cooled down enough for her to eat.

I have MANY oatmeal variations, but this is the current favorite in our house…it feels like the favorite flavor rotates every few weeks.  Maybe it will become one of your new favorites…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats (We use Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats)

1 1/2 cups water

1 banana, sliced

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 packets of Sweetleaf stevia

Photo Courtesy of Bob's Red Mill

Photo Courtesy of Bob's Red Mill

 

As I said, this recipe is so simple.  Pour all of the ingredients into a small pot on medium heat and bring it to a boil.  Once the oatmeal comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer until you reach your desired consistency.

Top with coconut sugar or maple syrup and chopped nuts (I used my Apple Pie Infused Pecans).  We also love to add some homemade almond milk (the plain version).

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

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RAW MAPLE APPLE CINNAMON SCONES

Raw Maple Cinnamon Apple Scones

Raw Maple Cinnamon Apple Scones

 

INGREDIENTS

Makes 16 scones 

4 apples

2 cups almond pulp (from making almond milk)

2/3 cup ground flax meal

2/3 cup water

2/3 cup raisons

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 Tbs. cinnamon

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Quarter the apples and remove the core.  Cut the apple quarters in thirds and place them in the food processor to turn it into raw applesauce.  You may need to stop occasionally and scrape down the sides.

Put the Apples in the Food Processor

Put the Apples in the Food Processor

In a small bowl combine the flax meal and water.  Allow this mixture to sit and congeal (this is what will bind the scones together).

Add Water to the Flax Meal

Add Water to the Flax Meal

Allow the Mixture to Congeal

Allow the Mixture to Congeal

In a large bowl combine the almond pulp and flax mixture.   Mix thoroughly. 

Add the Flax Meal to the Almond Pulp

Add the Flax Meal to the Almond Pulp

Add the applesauce to the above mixture and mix well.

Mix in the Applesauce

Mix in the Applesauce

Now add the cinnamon, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and raisons.  Mix thoroughly.

Add the Remaining Ingredients

Add the Remaining Ingredients

Measure out 1/3 cup of the batter and form it into a scone (I use a large ice cream scoop). 

Measure Out 1/3 Cup

Measure Out 1/3 Cup

Form the Scones

Form the Scones

Formed Scone

Formed Scone

Place the scone on the mesh sheet of your dehydrator.  Do the same with the remainder of the batter.

Formed Scones on Mesh Sheets

Formed Scones on Mesh Sheets

Dehydrate at 140° for 2 hours.  After 2 hours flip over the scones and then turn the dehydrator down to 115°.  Dehydrate for 3-4 hours more. 

Put in the Dehydrator

Put in the Dehydrator

I keep the scones in the freezer…they defrost fast.

Raw Maple Cinnamon Apple Scones

Raw Maple Cinnamon Apple Scones

 

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

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CRUNCHY CANDIED NUTS

Crunchy Candied Nuts

Crunchy Candied Nuts

These are the candied nuts that I use in my kale salad recipe.  The other night I ran out of candied nuts and put roasted nuts in the kale salad we were having with dinner…my family made it very clear to me that the candied nuts are an integral part of the kale salad!  So, today I needed to make some more candied nuts.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups assorted raw nuts

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup shredded coconut

2-3 Tbs water

1 tsp cinnamon

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First measure out the raw nuts. 

Raw Nuts

Raw Nuts

In a separate bowl put the coconut sugar, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and water.  Mix well.

Sweet Coating Pre-Mix

Sweet Coating Pre-Mix

Mixed Sweet Coating

Mixed Sweet Coating

Combine the sweet coating with the raw nuts.  Mix well to coat.

Sweet Coating on the Raw Nuts

Sweet Coating on the Raw Nuts

Place the nuts on either a cookie sheet (I also use a silpat) or on a dehydrator tray with a ParaFlexx lining.

Place On A Baking Sheet

Place On A Baking Sheet

Or a Dehydrator Tray

Or a Dehydrator Tray

If you plan on baking the nuts, put them in the oven at 200 degrees.  You will need to watch the nuts carefully to make sure they do not burn.  The candied nuts will be done when the coating is no longer wet.  When you take them out of the oven to cool they will harden.  If they are not crunchy enough for you, return them to the oven for some additional baking time. 

If you will be using the dehydrator (I used my Excalibur), put the tray of nuts in the dehydrator at 115 degrees for 8-10 hours. Check the nuts after about 3-4 hours, take them off of the Paraflexx, and place them directly on the Polyscreen tray.  Once you remove the nuts from the dehydrator they will crisp as they cool. 

Into the Dehydrator

Into the Dehydrator

When the nuts have cooled, put them in a bag and store them in the freezer.

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

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