Archive | April, 2012

Dee’s Vegan Fresh Raspberry & Goji Berry Cacao Granola Bars

24 Apr

Do you eat breakfast on the go or tend to skip it altogether?  Store bought breakfast bars are big business but they are often full with 7 different types of sugar and vegetable oil.  This healthier version can be prepared and cooked in under 20 mins.

Superfoods like Goji Berries and Raw Cacao Nibs are full of anti-oxidants and minerals, when combined with Oats and chopped nuts make a nutritious and filling meal. Raw Cocoa Nibs have very little fat and don’t contain the sugar you get in shop bought chocolate drops so you get that guilt free chocolate taste.  Goji berries add the sweetness to the nibs without sugar.

Fresh frozen raspberries are a great addition to this recipe as they add the moisture you need to bind together and add a really nice flavour.

Ingredients:-

One cup of rolled oats – (we used the rolled oats from Aldi)

100g of goji berries – from your local health food shop – or online

100g of cacao nibs – from your local health food shop or online

100g of chopped mixed nuts or seeds (we used the mixed bag from Dunnes home baking section)

1/4 cup of maple syrup

one cup of frozen raspberries

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method: Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl then add the raspberries and maple syrup. Line a tin with greaseproof paper or tinfoil and bake at 180 degrees in the over for 15 mins.  Cool on a wire rack and cut into bars. Wrap with greaseproof paper or tinfoil to keep fresh. Eat one of these and a banana in the morning and you are set up until lunchtime.

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PS if you find you have made it too moist, add in a little flour, or GF flour this will solve the problem!

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Dee’s Salt & Pepper Chilli Tofu

10 Apr

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This is a really nice snack and can be made faster than you can dial your local chinese restaurant.  It is inspired by a salt and pepper chilli chicken dish I used to eat a few years ago until I became concerned about the origin of the chicken meat.  Tofu seemed the next logical substitute as you couldn’t taste the chicken anyway. So this recipe is no totally vegan!  If you have szechuan pepper you can use it, otherwise regular black pepper and sea salt will do.

Ingredients: Serves 2

Half a block of firm tofu sliced into large pieces ( I use the one from Dunnes stores)

1 red chilli pepper

1 spring onion

Crushed black pepper

Sea Salt

Flour (or rice flour if gluten free)

sweet chilli sauce

soy sauce ( or tamari if gluten free)

Rapeseed oil for frying

Method:-

Sprinkle the flour over a plate or in a freezer bag, add 2 tsp of crushed black pepper and sea salt. Coat the tofu strips in the flour.  Heat the oil in a small pan and add the tofu half first then the other half.  Drain.  Cut the spring onion and chilli and add to a dry frying pan, add 1 tsp of sweet chilli sauce and toss the fried tofu in the pan with a drop of soy sauce.  Serve hot.

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