Vegan muffins with carrots and nuts

Vegan muffins with carrots and nuts

Yesterday was World Vegan Day, so I thought to celebrate it with those who embraced this lifestyle I am so curious about.
Last Tuesday I had a delicious vegan dinner prepared by Chiara Canzian, a young and talented vegan and vegetarian chef, to whom I promised (well I threatened her for what matters) to steal a few of her recipies. So I think the day is just the one to start this stealing.
You may want to visit her blog
This recipe is not on her blog yet, you can find it on the book she wrote with her dad Red Canzian (he’s the bass player of the most famous and longlasting Italian pop group), called “Sano Vegano Italiano” (ed. Rizzoli). I write it down here for you, in her version (as I made some small adjustments, as I always do)
300 gr wholemeal flour
200 gr brown sugar
200 gr soy milk (I used Almond milk)
8 gr cream of tartar
8 gr baking soda
150 gr nuts (weight them without shell)
150 gr carrots
80 gr sunflower oil
a pinch of cinammon
As first thing, mince the carrots and the nuts in a blender (the carrots must be cleaned beforehand).
Then take a bowl and whisk together oil, milk and sugar.
In another bowl mix the baking powders and the cinammon with the flour.
Then start pouring little by little the mixture of liquids into the flour, and whisk it well to avoid lumps. After you have incorporated the entire liquids, mix the carrots and nuts, and whisk everything until the dough is smooth and without lumps.
Put the dough into the fluted baking cases and then bake them into a ventilated oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Once they’ve cooled dowm, sprinkle some icing sugar.
Tasty and easy to make!

Vegan carrot cake

Vegan carrot cake

I am not vegan, I am not vegetarian. But I love to experiment. I found this recipe in a magazine and I wanted to try it. Besides, I have this thing with wholemeal flour – whwnever I use it, something goes wrong. But I keep on trying, hopefully one day the fate will me in my favour!
The cake is not difficult at all. The ingredients are somehow many though. I did not find coconut oil, so I used vegetable oil. Probably it lacks some taste, but it’s quite peculiar anyway.
The banana frosting gives it a kick too, so it was a surprising experiment after all.
And it’s 100% vegan!
300 gr carrots
300 gr wholemeal flour
200 gr brown sugar
2 dl apple juice
1 teaspoon of freshly grounded ginger
5-6 spoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Peel the carrtos and then put them in bits in a mixer. Blend them. In a bowl put the flour, the sugar, the baking soda, the ginger, the apple juice, the oil and the lemon. Once it is all well amalgamated, add the carrots and whisk again. Put the mixture in a mold (24 cm diameter) covered with baking paper (better moist the paper and squeeze it first). Bake it for about 20 minutes in the oven preheated at 180 degrees – you’d better check the cake, I had to leave it a bit longer because it was still raw.
Whilst it cools down, you may prepare the banana frosting with
3 bananas
5/6 spoons of maple syrup
4/5 spoons of coconut oil
5/6 spoons of cold coconut milk
Put the bananas in a mixer and whisk them with the syrup, the coconut oil and milk, and a teaspoon of grounded cinammon. Put the frosting onto the top of the cake, and decorate it with a julienne carrot.

Wholemeal flour and honey cookies

Wholemeal flour and honey cookies

I often happen to open a jar of honey, during the winter months especially to cure hoarseness and sore throat. Then I leave them open for weeks, even months, and I always end up throwing it all away. 

As I loathe throwing the food in the bin, with the remains of a jar of honey and of the  wholemeal flour I used to bake the cinnamon bread (you will find the pic on my Instagram account, I will in short post the recipe too in this blog), I bake these delicious cookies with honey, perfect for tea and for the first autumn mornings. They’re awfully simple too. 

90 gr of honey 

45 ml of oil (I used sunflower oil) 

1 egg 

250 gr of wholemeal flour 

1 teaspoon of baking powder 

50 gr of candied orange peel (if you can’t find it, the peel of one orange will do) 

Mix in a bowl the egg with the honey and the oil. When these ingredients are all mixed, add the flour and the baking powder little by little (we want to avoid unpleasant lumps). Last but not least the peel. Mix everything together until you get a homogeneous and soft consistency. 

Form little balls from dough and put them on a baking tray, covered with greaseproof paper. Before putting them in the oven, slightly press the dough balls with the palm of your hand. You may want to decorate them – anything you like. I just pressed the prongs of a fork to draw a stylized ear (not such a work of art!). 

Put in the oven at 160 degrees for 16 minutes and serve them only at room temperature.