vegan

Oh wow - DIY Vegan Mayonnaise

To start, I have to say, you must give this a try! This vegan mayonnaise was easy to make and tasted incredible!

The back story - I had picked up a bunch of cans of chickpeas so that I could experiment with aquafaba but wasn't sure what I was going to make first. Aquafaba It is the liquid that beans are cooked in. Then we were having avocado (the boys opted for bacon), lettuce, & tomato sandwiches and wanted some mayonnaise to add but we didn't have any.... this is where the aquafaba came in!

My husband did a quick search for vegan mayonnaise, and found this delicious NY Times Cooking D.I.Y. Vegan Mayonnaise recipe using aquafaba - we adapted it and used canola oil instead of the sunflower oil. Here's the recipe version that we tried:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup aquafaba*

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons dried mustard

3/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions:

In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together the aquafaba, white vinegar, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and dried mustard. 

Using an immersion blender, start blending the mixture. Then as you are blending, start to slowly drizzle the oil into the mixture (my husband helped me with this part - it was helpful to have an extra set of hands to drizzle the oil while blending). Adding the oil should take about 4 - 5 minutes and the mixture will continue to thicken to the consistency of mayonnaise while blending. 

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready for use. 

*Note: From one can of chickpeas you will get about 1 cup of reserved aquafaba.

For more about aquafaba: http://aquafaba.com/

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Flourless Fudge-Like Brownies

These flourless brownies are very gooey when they are warm, almost like a brownie pudding! Once they are chilled they are thick like fudge! Enjoy them either way!    The best news is that instead of flour these brownies use black beans and zucchini for the base of the batter plus tons of cacao (or cocoa) powder. What I love about cacao powder is that it is rich in antioxidants plus it adds fiber, magnesium, and iron to the brownies. You can find cacao powder in the natural food baking section of the grocery store, at health food stores, or at on-line retailers. 

These flourless brownies are very gooey when they are warm, almost like a brownie pudding! Once they are chilled they are thick like fudge! Enjoy them either way!  

The best news is that instead of flour these brownies use black beans and zucchini for the base of the batter plus tons of cacao (or cocoa) powder. What I love about cacao powder is that it is rich in antioxidants plus it adds fiber, magnesium, and iron to the brownies. You can find cacao powder in the natural food baking section of the grocery store, at health food stores, or at on-line retailers. 

Flourless Fudge-like Brownies

Serves 9

Ingredients:

1 can black beans (14.5 ounces), drained and rinsed

3 teaspoons egg substitute + 4 tablespoons water*

1/2 cup grated zucchini (1/2 small zucchini)

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup raw sugar

3/4 cup cacao powder (cocoa powder)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

*Or use 2 eggs

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 9-inch baking with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In small dish combine the egg substitute and water, whisk to combine.

3. In a food processor combine the black beans and the egg substitute, pulse to combine.

4. Then to the food processor add the grated zucchini, coconut oil, vanilla, raw sugar, cacao powder, salt, and baking powder. Pulse the mixture to combine, the batter should be thick and smooth.

5. Transfer the brownie mixture to the prepared backing dish. Bake for 25 minutes.

Cooking tip: When you remove the brownies from the oven, they will be gooey! You can enjoy them gooey or chill the brownies overnight a very fudge-like brownie. 

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