Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Vegan Zucchini Banana Muffins

Part of the reason I have yet to go totally vegan is the unnaturalness of all of it. Tofu doesn't grow on trees. Where the hell does fake butter come from, a chemist? Egg replacer wtf! I just have more of a hard time justifying eating a synthetic rather than milking a cow and creaming it to butter, you know? So, I read that bananas can substitute for eggs in some baked goods and that made me happy. And then created these delicious muffins that will now be a breakfast staple at the Vaughn-Pierce household. J loves them with his hot black coffee in the morning.

2 zucchini (shredded chunky with a cheese shredder)
2 ripe and squishy bananas
3 unbleached, organic cups flour
1 1/2 cups organic canola oil
2 cups vegan sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bk. soda
1/2 tsp bk. pwdr
1 tsp cinnamon (i think i used more, but not sure)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
lemon zest (just do it until you are bored)
chopped walnuts (maybe a 1/2 cup)

whisk flour, soda, powder and spices in one bowl. mix sugar, oil, banana, zucchini, vanilla and zest in another bowl. mix them 'chocolate chip cookie style' in a mixer. add walnuts by hand and i put in a handful of chocolate chips last minute. grease your pan.

for a loaf 350 for 45-60
for big ass muffins (like a 6 pan, never tried a 12) 350 for 25min or so

let them cool for 20 minutes before you dump 'em out and eat 'em.


Erin said...

Replace your reference to tofu with "hydrolyzed wheat protein" or "soy protein isolate" and you've got a valid point in regards to being unhealthy, recent inventions, and Frankenstein-like. However, tofu making is ancient process and can be done at home - it's just coagulated, fermented soy milk.

But the two aforementioned ingredients are found in as many or more omni foods as vegan. They are the components of processed foods, not necessarily vegan foods. Junk food is created for anyone who's buying, regardless of our own distinction between a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous diet. Simple, non processed, or raw foods can be consumed in a vegan, vegetarian, or omni diet.

Junk food's easy, which is why it's so popular. Consisting of only .5% of this country's population, vegans have a hard time - especially those who're making a change from an omni diet. This is the reason, I think, vegan rely so heavily on crap food. But I've found, via the Net, that long-time vegans don't do this, not those who are doing it for health. It's often a reflection of one's politics. If it's only about animals and the environment, junk food goes. But a lot of vegans do appreciate the health benefits, and don't eat vegan junk food any more than meaty junk food.
That's just my 2 cents - it's not a vegan/omni issue, it's a whole foods/processed foods issue.

Erin said...

also - great egg replacer: 1 c. soy milk curdled with 1 T. apple cider vinegar. (Replaces about 2 eggs and some of the liquid ingredient)