French Toast the Right Way

Breakfast has always been the most important meal of the day. When you start off your day with good food, you set your day in a positive manner. One of my favorite early morning meals to make is french toast and with the switch still in progress, I needed to find a new dairy-free recipe to save the day. That’s when I came across http://www.noracooks.com. Her recipe was exactly what I was looking for and is super quick to make! Check out the recipe below!

Vegan French Toast

Ingredients:

1 cup. Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/4 cup. Cornstarch

1 tsp. Ground Flaxseeds

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

2 tsps. Pure Maple Syrup

1 tsp. Vanilla

6-8 Slices thick sliced quality French bread

2-3 tbsp. Vegan Butter

For Serving: Maple Syrup, Powdered sugar and/or Fresh Fruit

Directions:

1. Using a shallow bowl wide enough to hold a piece of bread, whisk together the almond milk, cornstarch, flaxseeds, baking powder, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla.

2. Add a little bit of vegan butter to a pan over medium-high heat and melt. Whisk the batter again right before dipping bread, as the cornstarch will settle to the bottom of the bowl.

3. Dip each side of the bread in the batter and allow to soak for about 10 seconds, then add the bread to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown in color. Add more vegan butter to the pan as needed in between pieces of bread.

4. Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar and/or fresh fruit, if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Credit: http://www.noracooks.com

Original Recipe Link: http://www.noracooks.com/vegan-French-toast/

Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Recently, my fiancé and I decided to go completely plant-based. That’s correct; we went vegan. Why you may ask? Because something had to give. For years, I have suffered with Epilepsy and even with medications I was still having 2 sometimes 3 seizures a day. My body stayed in constant pain and I felt miserable all of the time. Being sensitive to dairy anyways, I decided to try something new.

After a solid week since the switch, I have not once had a seizure. My energy levels have increased immensely and I have began to lose weight naturally. I honestly feel amazing and wish I would have done this sooner. With that being said, my posts will be switching up a bit. I will still be bringing you all amazing new recipes, but this time with a twist.

To start off this new trend, I would like to welcome you all to the Banana Bread Cinnamon Roll. Though I was rather skeptical to try this recipe at first, once it was finally made, I was amazed at the flavor and softness of texture. This recipe has immediately made my favorites list. For those who love banana bread, this a must-try! Who knew plant-based foods could taste so good? Check out the recipe below to try it for yourself! You won’t be disappointed!

Vegan Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 1 Hour Cook Time: 25 Minutes Total Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Serves: 9

Ingredients

  • For the dough:
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice), warmed to 110 degrees F
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active yeast (1/4-ounce package yeast)
  • ¾ cup mashed ripe banana (from about 2 medium bananas, but make sure you measure)
  • ¼ cup melted vegan butter
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the filling:
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1 medium banana, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • For the vegan cream cheese frosting*:
  • 2 oz vegan cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice), to thin frosting for drizzling

Instructions

Step One: Warm milk to around 110 degrees F. I like to do this by placing milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving it for 45 seconds. It should be like warm bath water. Transfer warm milk and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle yeast on top. Stir in ¾ cup mashed banana (making sure you measured!) and melted vegan butter. Mix until just combined. Next stir in flour and salt with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form.

Step Two: Place dough hook on mixer and knead dough on low speed for 8-10 minutes. Dough should form into a nice ball and be slightly sticky. (If you don’t want to use an electric mixer, you can use your hands to knead the dough for 8-10 minutes on a well-floured surface.)

Step Three: Transfer dough ball to a large bowl greased with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray, then cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Allow dough to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. This may more or less time depending the humidity and temperature in your home.

Step Four: After dough has doubled in size, transfer dough to a well-floured surface and roll out into a 14×16 inch rectangle. Spread softened butter over dough, leaving a ¼ inch margin at the far side of the dough.

Step Five: In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. Use your hands to sprinkle mixture over the buttered dough, then gently rub the sugar into the butter. Add banana slices and walnuts on top.

Step Six: Tightly roll dough up the dough, starting from the 14-inch side (the smaller side) and place seam side down making sure to seal the edges of the dough as best you can. You will probably need to cut off about an inch off the ends of the dough as the ends won’t be as full of cinnamon sugar as we’d want it to be. Then cut into 1 inch sections with a serrated knife or use floss. You should get 12 rolls. I like to make dents in the dough before cutting to make 12 even rolls.

Step Seven: Place banana cinnamon rolls in a greased 9×11 inch baking pan. (I also recommend lining the pan with parchment paper as well, in case any of the filling ends up leaking out.) Cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel and let rise again while you preheat your oven.

Step Eight: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and towel and bake the banana cinnamon rolls for 25-35 minutes or until just slightly golden brown on the edges. You want to under bake them a little so they stay soft in the middle, that’s why we want them just slightly golden brown. Allow them to cool for a 5-10 minutes before frosting. Makes 12 cinnamon rolls.

Step Nine: To make the frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer or in a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon of almond milk if you’d like a thinner glaze. Spread or drizzle over cinnamon rolls and serve immediately.

Recipe Credit: http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com

Original Recipe Link: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/vegan-banana-bread-cinnamon-rolls/

Easy Sunday Sausage Roll Ups

Image Credit: CookingfromtheHeart

From start to finish, these sausage and cream cheese crescent roll-ups are a must try! With only 3 ingredients, these roll-ups are perfect for beginner cooking enthusiasts. One thing I have learned when making these roll-ups is to use regular sausage and not the maple flavored kind. Though the maple flavor is nice, the sweetness overwhelms the crescents. Something else that should be noted is the time it takes to cook. Depending on the brand crescent you choose will determine the max time the roll-ups need to cook.

These roll-ups hold a special place in my heart as my grandmother made them for the holidays; especially during Christmas. Since her passing, I make a point to make them more frequently. The smell of the roll-ups alone makes it feel as though she is standing next to me. I know if she could see me now, she would be proud of how far I have come in life. Not only do these roll-ups taste great, they help to create great memories.

Below, I have listed the recipe for you all to try! If you do, please let me know your thoughts! Hopefully, these delicious roll-ups create happy memories for you all! Stay Blessed!

Cream Cheese Sausage Crescent Roll-Ups

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground breakfast sausage
  • 8 oz Cream cheese
  • 2 packages Crescent rolls (refrigerated, 8 in each)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Start cooking your sausage. Once cooked add cream cheese and mix together until cream cheese is melted.
  3. Roll out crescent rolls and place a spoon full of cooked sausage and cream cheese into each roll and roll it up. Place each roll onto a prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10-20 minutes (time will vary depending on the brand you use. See how long your crescents call for and use that temp and time). Your crescent rolls should be nice and golden brown and cooked all the way though.

Recipe Credit: http://www.thediaryofarealhousewife.com

Original Recipe Link: https://www.thediaryofarealhousewife.com/cream-cheese-sausage-crescent-roll-ups/

Biscuits for the Taking

Image Credit: fastdfoodcalories.com

“Biscuits in the morning, biscuits in the evening, biscuits at supper time!” My grandmother would chant as she smoothly waltzed around her kitchen. Breakfast to my grandmother was a sacred time of day, and biscuits were a must in the mornings. Taking down her favorite medium pink bowl from one of the top shelves, she would begin to mix all the needed ingredients by hand.

Mixing and kneading the dough, she would tell me of her plans for the day, as she allowed the dough to rest for a moment. “Do you know what goes great with biscuits?” She would ask me as she finished prepping the dough for the oven. “Coffee!” I would exclaim as I helped place the baking sheets gently into the oven. “Bingo!” She would smile as she would pour us each a cup as we waited. Once finished, we would each take two biscuits and make our way to the back porch to enjoy the sunrise.

Memories such as these hold a special place in my heart, and sharing them all with you means the world to me. This includes sharing her recipes, and others I have found over the years. The amount of joy cooking brought my grandmother should be experienced at least once by all, and hopefully through this blog, I can help do just that. Below I have posted a picture of the recipe for the buttermilk biscuits my grandmother loved to make. May you each enjoy and stay blessed!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Image & Recipe Credit: http://www.recipecurio.com