Green Tomatoes Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad

Mix Avocado, Fresh Green Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Edamame Beans for a Creamy Vegan Spread or Salad Bowl

Use up fresh green tomatoes in this creamy avocado, edamame, chickpea, whole-foods plant-based green goddess recipe.

Put it on rice, quinoa, or other grains with some greens, like a bed of spinach.  No-oil needed, it’s fat-free but full of natural omega fats to keep your body glowing.

Also try smashing this green spread on toast or as a filling in a lettuce wrap.

Hard to go wrong, and very easy to go right, with avocado and edamame, some frozen peas, and optionally green tomatoes.

Create yourself a super vegan creamy mixture and delight.

FODMAP rating – medium low amount of FODMAPS.  Monash recommends eating less than 1/4 cup of chickpeas, and less than 1/4 cup of thawed peas in a sitting.  If you proportion more grains and spinach and less of the filling, IBS sufferers should be able to enjoy this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 6th of recipe including rice and red pepper)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 510mg 21%
Potassium 1119mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 89g 30%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 73.7%
Vitamin C 101.5%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 34.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Vegan, Western
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 530 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

This has a green goddess appeal when you use green tomatoes fresh from your garden or local farmer's market.  Fresh and green, with creamy avocado, edamame, the tomatoes add a light citrus.

Red tomatoes also work, or omit the tomatoes.

On toast, on rice, in a lettuce wrap how else can we use this delicious filling, spread and smash?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice or a brown rice, quinoa blend
  • 1.5 cups edamame beans, frozen
  • 1 avocado
  • 540 ml chickpeas canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups green tomatoes diced, optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard or more to taste
  • 1 cup peas frozen
  • 2 tbsp green onions as garnish, discard the white parts of the onions to make this recipe low FODMAP
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 red peppers

Instructions

Cook Grains

  1. Cook grains, I used a rice quinoa mix.  Set aside to cool.

Prepare Edamame, Avocado, Chickpea Mix

  1. Microwave edamame in a microwave steamer to cook, as per package directions.  Usually 5 minutes. 

  2. Add avocado, drained chickpeas, green tomatoes, salt, and dijon mustard to a medium/large bowl.  Taste and adjust amount of mustard to your preference.

    vegan green tomato avocado chickpea salad
  3. Add edamame to the bowl.   Mine were in their shells still, so I microwaved them in their steamer bag and then shelled them into the bowl.

    Chickpeas, avocado, edamame smash
  4. Mash with potato masher until desired consistency.

    Edamame, Avocado, Chickpea Filling
  5. Stir in frozen peas, still frozen, they will cool it down and then you don't need to refrigerate.

Recipe Notes

To Assemble Salad:

Line a bowl or plate with fresh baby spinach or romaine lettuce.

Add rice/grains, and then the edamame, avocado, chickpea mix.  

Top with sliced red peppers, use scissors to cut green onions on top.

Add hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 6th of recipe including rice and red pepper)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 510mg 21%
Potassium 1119mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 89g 30%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 73.7%
Vitamin C 101.5%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 34.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 
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*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries – wfpb no-oil

Easy, Simple, Fast, Best, Delicious, Healthy, Fat-Free, Sweet Potato Oven Baked Fries

People think you need to coat oven fries in oil, but they don’t know… try this recipe and you will learn better.  Moisture leaves the sweet potatoes as they bake, and activates the seasonings. Your fries will be crispy, oil-free, and full of flavour.

Nutrition Facts
*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries The Whole-Foods Plant-Based Way
Amount Per Serving (1 / 5th of recipe)
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 350mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 295.1%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I recommend Epicure seasoning mixes, I used this Cajun spice to make mine tonight.  It was spicy!  Epicure seasonings are amazing high quality spices, with high nutritional value, and no artificial ingredients like MSG or gluten fillers.

If you are in Canada, you can conveniently order spices and seasoning mixes from my Epicure site online catalogue and ship them to your home.

My kids had no seasonings, they dipped their fries in ketchup.  You can also use whatever spice blends you have around the house, like chili powder, or salt and pepper and garlic powder.

Back to oil – One gram of oil is 9 calories… empty, empty, harmful calories.  13.6 grams of oil (a tablespoon) is 120 calories.  One serving of these sweet potatoes without oil is only 89 calories!  When you add oil, you are adding calories that are nutrition poor.  You do not need processed oil to live.  We have been cooking oil-free since 2013.  If you think you need it…. what is something bad that happens to people who don’t eat oil?

Skip the oil.  Why no-oil cooking?

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Sweet potatoes have many health benefits, they are a super-food.

Like what benefits?  Well, much of the following information was conveniently provided on a paper that came with my bag of 6 sweet potatoes – let’s learn together, ok?

High in Fiber

Sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, which lowers your risk for constipation, diverticulitis, colon and rectal cancer, heart disease, type two diabetes and obesity.

The fibre in sweet potatoes provides a feeling of fulness and satisfaction, which makes you eat less!

High in Antioxidants

Antioxidants play a role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer, and sweet potatoes supply plenty of the antioxidants vitamin E, and beta-carotene.

Antioxidants are essential for good brain functioning and delay the effects of ageing on the brain. Vitamin E is found mainly in high fat foods such as oils, nuts, and avocados.

Only sweet potatoes provide vitamin E without fat and calories.

Vitamin A

One serving of this recipe is 285% of the vitamin A required for a person following a 2000 calorie diet.  BAM!

If you are short like me that is like 400% vitamin A… I don’t count calories, but I know from before I went vegan (when I stressed about calories ALL THE TIME) that I need about 1100 – 1200 calories a day to maintain my 5’2″ frame.  Now that I eat whole-foods plant-based I don’t need to stress…. if I notice I’m getting some extra flab, I eat more greens and it goes away.  Serious.

Low Glycemic Index

A low glycemic index is desirable and is characterized by slow absorption, a modest rise in blood glucose, and smooth return to normal. This is especially important for people with diabetes, whose good health is dependent upon stable blood glucose levels.

Diabetics and others wanting to avoid glucose highs and lows can turn to sweet potatoes, which have a low glycemic index.

Excellent Source of Potassium

Potassium plays a major role in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance and cell integrity. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best sources of potassium, and sweet potatoes are among the top three richest sources. Naturally low in calories and high in nutritional value.

Ways to Include Sweet Potato Fries in Your Diet

Some ideas for using these nummy, nummy fries that you can consider while they are baking, or while you are peeling and chopping them.

  • Take sweet potato fries for lunch, topped with cinnamon flavoured applesauce
  • Add leftover sweet potatoes to your next stew or soup.  That’s going to be fast…
  • You can even eat raw sweet potato fries with your favourite dip (I read this on the sweet potato marketing literature that came with them, I have never actually tried this).
  • Eat sweet potato fries for vegan breakfast with scrambled tofu and pancakes.

Let’s dig into some sweet sweet potato fries!

 
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*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries The Whole-Foods Plant-Based Way

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan, Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 89 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Don't buy frozen fries, make them fresh, and use orange sweet potatoes to get more antioxidants, potassium, and fibre, from a fat-free, low-glycemic index super-food!

Peel the potatoes, cut into sticks, spread on your baking sheet, sprinkle with seasonings, bake, enjoy.

See full instructions and pictures here!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.  Use a foil or silicone lined baking sheet or stoneware.  No-oil required.

  2. Peel the potatoes.

  3. Cut in half or quarters, place on the round side, slice down 2-3 times to make 1 inch lengths.  Set in a pile on the flat side, cut into sticks.

  4. Spread mostly in a single layer, some overlap is fine.  No-oil required.  Really jam the sticks together, they will shrink quite a bit.  Pack as many on the sheet as you can, because I think you are going to eat these up really quick-like and be sad if you don't have enough.  In fact, I wish I had put a lot more on my sheet here. 🙁

    sweet potato fries in sticks ready for baking
  5. Sprinkle with seasonings like seasoned salt, chili powder, or cajun seasoning from Epicure.  If you have a convection oven, then fire up two sheets and cook those babies at the same time.

  6. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes.  Remove if fries start to burn.

    baked healthy sweet potato fries no-oil
  7. Serve!  In this case we had them with beet greens (with fresh squeezed lemon) and vegan chicken fingers.  It was honestly a great combo.  Spicy cajun fries, salty lemon beet greens (they are naturally salty), sweet ketchup veggie fingers - it was all really good, and pretty good for us too, right?

    cajun sweet potato oven fries with ketchup

Recipe Notes

Serving suggestions:

With Ketchup mixed with cajun seasoning, or cranberry sauce, or lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts
*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries The Whole-Foods Plant-Based Way
Amount Per Serving (1 / 5th of recipe)
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 350mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 295.1%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Dairy-free Dill Tzatziki Sauce – No-oil

My oldest daughter used to love Tzatziki sauce – you know, the Greek one – with cucumbers and yogurt and Dill?  So it fell off my radar when we became plant based in 2013, but the other day I was thinking, why have I not created a vegan version of this for her yet???

So a couple days ago, I did, and here is the recipe, it’s extra awesome because I figured out how to make it without having to drain the cucumber juice – so it’s faster and easier than usual recipes.

However, I was running out of time, so just as I was about to make it with herbs from scratch, I realized I had the Epicure Lemon Dilly Dip Mix and that it would work great.  So this version uses that spice mix.

Instead of the Lemon Dilly Dip Mix use fresh or dried dill, a bit of mint if you have it, some onion powder, garlic powder, and a teaspoon or two of lemon juice.

I plan to post a non-Epicure spices version as soon as I make it again!  If you live in Canada then you can buy it from me here and ship it to yourself.  

The reason I am posting this recipe is because using tofu turned out a very tasty and refreshing vegan Greek Tzatziki, with great consistency.  Apple cider vinegar is the right acid to use, in my opinion, because it is slightly sweet, and gives a yogurt flavour.

Use medium tofu to make a low-fat, dairy-free, yogurt substitute and in the food processor it is ready in just a few minutes.

I hope you find a way to make it too!

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Here is a lovely picture of Greece for us to consider as we enjoy our Tzatziki!  I’ve never been, but I would love to go!!!  I wonder how the vegan options are there.

 

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Cool as a Cucumber Vegan Tzatziki

Course: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 51 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

The key takeaway I hope you enjoy from this recipe is: you can use tofu and apple cider vinegar as a yogurt substitute!  

Plus, this recipe is easier than most traditional Tzatziki recipes because there is no need to drain the cucumber liquid.  The reason?  It uses thick Medium Firm Tofu, as a yogurt replacement.  The cucumber liquid is required to make it the perfect consistency. 

Rather than fussing with cucumber in a colander or strainer, you can make this in 2 easy steps in a food processor. 

Less mess, fast, easy, chunky, fresh, and dillicious in 5 minutes.

I made this with the Lemon Dilly Dip Mix from Epicure, I've included untested instructions if you don't have the mix, and hope to test and update that version here soon.

Ingredients

OR Instead of the Dip Mix:

  • 3 tbsp dill dried
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp mint optional
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

PLUS

  • 3 cups English Cucumber long, unpeeled, in large chunks

Instructions

  1. Add tofu to food processor with Epicure Lemon Dilly Dip Mix (or individual herbs), salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar.  Blend on high until creamy.

  2. Add cucumber chunks and process on high or low until just diced, some larger chunks should still remain, do not over process or the dip will be too runny.

  3. Serve!  The flavours will blend almost immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adult and Kids Vegan Snack or a Meal Ideas with Tzatziki:

Vegan Tzatziki is a protein rich low-fat fast refreshing snack for adults and kids.  Try serving Tzatziki dip with raw vegetables, such as carrots, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, and red and orange peppers.

Spread on whole grain toast cut into triangles, or baked no-fat pita chips for dipping, for a light healthy meal, snack, or lunch idea for school or work.

Nutrition Facts
Cool as a Cucumber Vegan Tzatziki
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe)
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 223mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 2.2%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to make a colourful vegan sweet potato bowl

Start by putting peeled sweet potatoes on to boil.

I recommend you cut them in half, to speed cooking time – I didn’t, and they were a little undercooked.

Second, prepare your mushrooms – dried or fresh.

You can use dried mushrooms, or fresh.  I like to have dried mushrooms in my pantry, they don’t spoil, and I always have some on hand.

Dried mushrooms are so amazingly excellent for flavoring soups.

They tasted great rehydrated in this recipe as well, a bit chewier than fresh though.  The broth you get from rehydrating mushrooms is so flavorful, save it if you can!

I bought this huge container of gourmet dried mushrooms from Costco, and followed the instructions for rehydrating, first in hot water, then boiling.  I used the microwave, thinking it would be faster and easier.  If you use a microwave too, be careful the water doesn’t boil over.  Next time, I think I will use a pot on the stove instead, so I can boil the mushrooms longer and make them less chewy.

If you are using fresh mushrooms,

even better!

See the recipe notes for instructions.

Saute them, with some diced white onions if you have any, in a large skillet.  Remove to a separate dish and use the same skillet for the chickpeas and/or tofu.

Third, make the chickpeas and tofu.

Either / both taste excellent in this recipe, separately or together.

Chop some green onions, add to a large skillet with soy sauce and fresh ground black pepper and add the drained chickpeas or tofu.

Add in the spices, and mushroom broth.  This is where you might use tofu instead.

Here, I am making chickpeas for my husband and I, and plain tofu for the kids – because one of my daughters doesn’t like chickpeas (we think she is crazy for this, but love her anyways).

These spices are going to fire it up whether you use chickpeas, tofu, or both.

 

While my chickpeas saute, I heated up the kids tofu for 3 – 4 minutes in the pot of boiling water for the sweet potatoes.

I could also have done this in the mushroom water, didn’t think of that until later, that would be even better, yum!

First, reserve about 5 cubes of cold tofu for the Fiery Vegan Mayo Sauce, throw them in a small blender instead of the boiling water.

Prepare the fiery vegan mayo sauce.

With tofu, cashews, a touch of lemon juice, chipotle powder or hot sauce, smoked paprika, soy sauce and some non-dairy unsweetened milk.

I use soy milk, cause it’s my fave.

Lastly put the bowls together!

First set down a bed of energy boosting greens, like baby spinach.  I used romaine lettuce for my girls.

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It’s a fat free sauce after all, and so spicy good, use a generous amount!

 

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Fiery Maple Sweet Potato Chickpea / Tofu Bowl

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Western, Whole Foods
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 361 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Spicy and sweet, a satisfying bowl with chickpeas or tofu, avocado, sweet potato and mushrooms on a bed of greens.  

Serve with Fiery Vegan Mayo sauce.


Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes medium, peeled and boiled
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp green onions diced, about 4
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper fresh ground
  • 3 cups mushrooms dried or fresh, shiitake, portabella
  • 350 g extra firm tofu or skip and double the chickpeas
  • 540 ml chickpeas drained, or skip and double the tofu
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder smoked jalapeno powder, or hot sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 8 cups spinach or other dark greens

Instructions

Sweet Potato

  1. Put a pot of water on to boil.  Peel the sweet potatoes and cut in half (to speed cooking time).  Add to the boiling water.  They should take about 10 - 15 minutes to cook.  Test with a fork and when soft, remove them to a cutting board, slice into rounds just before adding to bowls.

Dried Mushrooms (Fresh Mushrooms? - see recipe notes for instructions)

  1. Follow instructions for re-hydrating the dried mushrooms.  I use the microwave.   Add mushrooms to the bowls when you plate them.  No need to saute dried mushrooms, they are flavourful on their own.  Use the broth to cook the tofu / chickpeas.  Reserve extra delicious broth for future cooking.

Chickpeas / Tofu

  1. While the sweet potatoes cook, drain the chickpeas / cube the tofu.

    Reserve some tofu cubes for the sauce.

  2. Add green onions, soy sauce, and fresh pepper to a large skillet on medium heat.

  3. Add chickpeas / tofu, paprika, chipotle powder, and cumin,  and stir to combine.  Saute for 2 - 3 minutes, stir and flip.  Add 1/4 cup mushroom broth to keep from sticking and add flavour.  

  4. Add maple syrup.  Stir and flip tofu cubes until the liquid is gone.  Turn off heat.  

Build the Bowls and Serve!

  1. Place a bed of spinach in each bowl, make rows of sweet potato, sliced avocado, chickpeas / tofu and mushrooms and generously drizzle with Fiery Vegan Mayo sauce.

Recipe Notes

To use fresh mushrooms, slice and saute with 1 - 2 tsp of soy sauce or tamari, and some black pepper, then remove to a separate dish.

You may want to add a diced white onion - if you do: saute until the onion caramelizes and the mushrooms are tender and edges start to brown.

Once the mushrooms are done, use the same skillet to cook the tofu / chickpeas.

Nutrition Facts
Fiery Maple Sweet Potato Chickpea / Tofu Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 / 6th)
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 219mg 9%
Potassium 1250mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 10g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 271.9%
Vitamin C 22.5%
Calcium 14%
Iron 32.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Fiery Vegan Mayo Sauce

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 42 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

A fiery smoky sauce that looks and tastes awesome on vegan bowls!  A great sauce like this, changes boring to delicious.  Use tamari instead of soy sauce to make it gluten free.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp soy milk unsweetened
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp cashews
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari to make gluten free
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder or hot sauce
  • 3/4 tsp paprika smoked
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  1. Add tofu, soy milk, lemon juice, cashews, soy sauce or tamari, chipotle powder or hot sauce, smoked paprika, and onion powder to a small high speed blender. 

  2. Blend until smooth. Drizzle generously over bowls before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Fiery Vegan Mayo Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 / 6th)
Calories 42 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 179mg 7%
Potassium 72mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 
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Easy Vegan Chocolate Bean Brownies (Oil Free with Dates)

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Fantastic Whole Foods Chocolate Vegan Brownie – Sugar-free, Oil-free, moist, chewy, healthy, chocolatey, and delicious.

If you have eaten vegan low-fat desserts before, you have heard of beans in brownies.  If you haven’t heard of this, welcome to the vegan revolution my friend because beans make brownies fantastic, and if you poke around my website a bit more, you will see that beans make us live longer too.

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Beans, beans, good for your heart… the more you eat the more you… live forever!

So this is really a double bean brownie – powdered cocoa beans plus a can of white kidney beans (cannellini beans) which thank you Vegan8 for suggesting!  are really better than the black beans I have used in the past.

White beans blend to a smooth consistency, with no black skin bits exposing your healthy chef secret.

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This is a great brownie recipe because it is so fast to make, tastes amazing and has a great moist soft texture.

The smell of these cooking is amazing, let alone the pleasure of biting into their rich fibre filled (instead of fat filled) soft fudgyness.

There is a lot of chocolate in these, yum.

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Dates instead of sugar.

Dates as sweetener is going to prevent you from having a sugar high and crash – studies show that dates help us keep our blood sugar at consistent levels.

Even though there is no sugar, these are still very sweet (perfectly so, actually, cancelling the bitterness of the chocolate).

So pony up kiddies, for some snacks that give you the super charge you need, to play and play, without any negative side effects.

Squares or bars.

To make these perfect little bars I used the Epicure Perfect Petites silicone baking trays.

Each tray makes 30 two inch by one inch bars that cook perfectly and pop out of their molds easily.  No greasing required.

This recipe made 50 bars.

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The chocolate chips add decadence – something we are looking for in a once in a while treat, wouldn’t you agree?

Cocoa powder is full of antioxidants.

I really think we should all try to eat chocolate powder of some form daily, as I believe the iron and antioxidants are great for us.

I’m in my 40’s here and I need to prevent wrinkles when I can.  Backed by science people… 🙂

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Vegan Chocolate Moist, Soft Brownies - Dairy Free, Egg Free, Oil Free, Sugar free and Delicious

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, High Fibre, Vegan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 50 2" x 1" bars
Calories: 55 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Bake 25 minutes for a more fudgy/wet brownie and closer to 30 for a more dry/firm brownie.

Makes 50 2"x1" bars in the Epicure petite squares silicone or

Fills a 9" x 12" glass baking dish.

Adjust the number of servings and the ingredient amounts will re-calculate.

Ingredients

  • 19 oz cannellini beans can white kidney beans, drained but not rinsed.
  • 7 oz dates
  • 2 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1 cup pear sliced, leave peel on, or fruit puree like sweet applesauce
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2 1/4 cups oat flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips dairy free

Topping

  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips dairy free

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  For 50 bars you will need a 9x12 glass rectangle dish, or 1 Epicure silicone perfect petites tray and 1 8x8 square dish, or two Epicure perfect petite trays. 

  2. Grind oats into oat flour.  

  3. Blend dates, covered with hot tap water, add the rest of the water to the food processor.  Before blending, squeeze dried dates to make sure there are no hidden pits - to save your food processor from damage.  7 oz of dates (the default for this recipe) is about 32 individual dates or 200g. 

  4. Add the ingredients except the chocolate chips to a food processor and blend for a minute. 

  5. Scrape down the sides and process for another 1-2 minutes until very smooth.

  6. Add 2/3 of the chocolate chips (save some for sprinkling on top), pulse a few times to blend in.  The more you process the less they will be chips and the more they will be tiny pieces.  

  7. Spread the batter into the pans, making sure to scrape out as much batter as you can, don't leave any of that goodness behind!  Spread the top of the batter flat and out to the corners of your pan. 
  8. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top to make your snack look and taste extra special.

  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until slightly puffed up, and the top is firm.

Recipe Notes

Make your own oat flour by processing quick cooking oats in a high speed blender or food processor into a fine flour.  It's really easy to do this.  Measure the oats after blending.  

I used about a 1 1/4 cup of loose oats to get a heaping cup of finely ground oats (oat flour).  It tastes nice and fresh.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Moist, Soft Brownies - Dairy Free, Egg Free, Oil Free, Sugar free and Delicious
Amount Per Serving (26 g one 2"x1" brownie)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 98mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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