It’s sunny, it’s hot, it’s busy, and it’s…..blueberry season! The farm opened yesterday for u-pickers and since this farm girl got a little pickin’ in early, I have a quick and tasty blueberry crisp recipe for you. There is however, one problem with this recipe; you might need to double it! My husband was like, ‘why didn’t you make more??!!!’ ‘Well, honey, you know my blog? Not everyone reading it wants to eat a ton of blueberry crisp in one sitting!’ But, he has a point. So if you have a big crowd (or just a very hungry little family like me!) you might want to double it! 😉
This recipe brings back childhood memories. We called it ‘Orange French Toast’. And I liked it just as much today when my kiddos were eating it for their breakfast as I did when I was their age (that just seems like decades ago – oh, actually it was!). I guess some good things never get old (wish I wasn’t! 😉 ). The really great thing about it is what it doesn’t have: refined sugar, added oil, dairy or eggs. What it DOES have is even better: raw cashews, a banana, medjool dates, and 100% O.j. concentrate.
My kids love to help me cook. If you could see my son’s legos, just inches away from my cutting board, as he stands (crowds) beside me while I cook, you’d probably laugh. My two year old sees him there and decides that she needs a closer look, pushing a kitchen chair over to aid her height, while all but squeezing the cook (me!) out of the way. (Not to mention that now two children are blocking all my cabinets and drawers where there are bowls, beaters, measuring spoons, etc.) Then my oldest daughter (7) comes in with that mischievous look and quick little fingers dipping, licking, tasting everything… At least with vegan cooking there is very little that isn’t safe or good even in the raw state, so it’s mostly just a bitter surprise if they happen to swipe up some spots of baking powder off the counter thinking it’s sugar. 😉
Ya’ll, I really do consider myself a northerner. But these hash browns. They have something to do with my roots, I do believe. 😉 I was born in Texas. There, I said it. No, I don’t talk with a drawl, but sometimes, I just need somethin’ savory for breakfast! And these homestyle vegan baked breakfast hash browns really hit the spot for me. 😉
You want breakfast (or somebody does 😉 ) and it has got to be quick! And healthy. And tasty. Yup, these pancakes more than meet those requirements! And they have blueberries!! You know my blog name?? 😉 Yeah, you got it. Blueberry farm girl gets to use more blueberries! Score!
We all need a in-a-hurry muffin recipe for a light supper, breakfast extra, or snack. To be honest, this was my third batch of muffins in two days. Yeah, I was planning them for something, but the kids and I ate them all last night. 😉 Oh, Nana was here too. Maybe we can blame it all on her. 😉 J.k. Anyway, these are good and quick and really pretty guilt free, so I made more today!!! 😉 Only a quarter cup of granulated sugar and the same of oil? Let’s make them
every day often!
The other day I had a bunch of bananas getting a little too ripe. I happened to mention that fact to my husband and he knew just what I should do with them – banana bread!! Of course. He’s so smart, no really he is! I mean, over-ripe (dark/spotty) bananas make the very best banana bread. And with some chocolate chips? It’s pretty much perfect bliss. 🙂 And it’s a great way to make your honey very happy. 😉
Are you a beginner tofu eater? A lot of people I meet just aren’t sure about tofu yet. I mean, maybe in Chinese food, or something like that. I’m a seasoned tofu LOVER. Yeah, I use it a thousand different ways (ok not quite that many). It’s kinda like eggs. No, doesn’t taste like eggs but really good. Lots of non-vegans have assured me that they really like it. It has flavor.
You know how heart-healthy oats are for you? And they are substantial too! Glorious energy without a growling tummy for a good long time! I like oatmeal, but now and then we all need a change-up. These waffles have been my go-to recipe for a VERY long time. Umm, I think since I got married (yes over 12 years ago!) and tasted my MIL waffles – and found out how easy they are. You don’t need a blender, or lots of time, or almost even a recipe. But everyone will love them and gobble them down almost faster than you can make them. Bonus: they are not only vegan, dairy, and sugar-free, but also gluten free!! (Is there anything left to put in them??) Oh yeah! And since they are so healthy you can feel a little less guilty for putting lots of yummy goodness on them!!! Prepare to have your mind blown at the tasty simplicity here….
Ok, so let me start by saying this is NOT average granola. It’s decadent. It’s so yummy that I’ve never fed it to a guest (in my recollection) that hasn’t asked for the recipe!! (I try to avoid telling them how EASY and QUICK it is to make so they really think I worked hard for them!! 😉 We love it on super-thick frozen smoothies, for breakfast with strawberry soy milk, topping vegan yogurt, or just as a simple snack. It’s totally habit-forming, so get ready to have to use some will-power here folks!! 🙂