Thursday, September 06, 2007

Tester Burgers and Wheatfree Goodies

Last night I made Spinach, Brown Rice, and Oat Burgers with Pine Nuts, a tester recipe for Joni. The recipe makes a giant batch. I baked six patties, because that’s all I could fit on the baking sheet, and panfried one. Here are the patties ready to bake.

Here’s a baked one.

And here’s a panfried burger – my favorite.

I only ate the patty plain, but I’m certain it would make a fantastic burger on a bun. Thanks to Joni for coming up with a gluten and soy free burger for me to test. Three cheers for veggie burgers!!!

I also made gluten free “Ricebread Squares” from Food Allergy Survival Guide, written by three of my favorite vegans. This is a sweet cornbread made with brown rice flour. I substituted quinoa flakes for some of the rice flour. It was too sweet for my taste, but that can be adjusted, so it definitely has possibilities. It will be great with chili this winter.

Out of the oven.

A cut square – you can see it rose nicely and has a wonderful texture.

I have a recipe for you for Wheatfree, Low Fat, Low Sugar Banana Muffins. Well, you know how to make muffins; I’ll just give you the ingredients. It makes 12 nice sized muffins.

3 large mashed ripe bananas
½ cup sugarfree applesauce
2 to 4 tablespoons granulated sweetener, depending on the ripeness of your bananas
¼ cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla

2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup spelt flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup nuts, raisins, and/or chips (optional)

Bake at 350 for 17 minutes.

I added in craisins and walnuts. They turn out so nice and I think they taste awesome, and they’re not even chocolate!

I know some of you have been experimenting with different types of flours. I’m not (yet!) an expert, but I am really having fun on this new avenue of baking. I want to encourage those of you who enjoy baking to stroll through the bulk bin aisle and try out some of the different flours available. You can enjoy new flavors and textures and let the creativity come alive.

Austin had a Free Day of Yoga on Labor Day Monday. Free classes were offered all day long at studios all over town. Chase and I went to a class in the afternoon. It was more “healing arts” than yoga, but we got to partner up and relax and stretch and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Don’t you wish all weekends were 3 days long?


Celine said...

both the squares and muffins had me go "oooh, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!"

Emilie said...

free yoga day! that's awesome. i could definitely stand to be hooked up with some free yoga and a few of those muffins. yumm.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Hi Diann, Thanks for stopping by and seeing if I am still alive. My computer power supply went out, the wedding is in 8 days and I can't find a dress, and ahhhh so stressed about that. I just want you to know I am alive and trying to survive.

I love veggie burgers and those muffins look wonderful. I hope I get to cook a bit more soon. Right now we are pretty much living off of frozen seitan and veggies. I will try and post on Sunday if I have found a dress.

I think I needed the yogi class! ;o)

jonimarie said...

Your burgers look better than mine :) They are nice and filling that's for sure. And that cornbread looks amazing!

VeggieGirl said...

the burgers, squares, and muffins are perfection!!

free yoga classes?? how fun!! and yes, I DO indeed wish that all weekends were 3 days long - wishing thinking:0)

bazu said...

Oooh, I can't wait to test out some of Joni's burger recipes! Your baked goods look so good- I really need to start experimenting with rice flour!

Peggy the Veggie said...

I'm intrigued by gluten-free/wheat-free baking, so thanks for sharing that muffin recipe! I'll make them as soon as I get my hands on some rice flour. :)

Anonymous said...

tose burgers look so good... i will definitely give that a try! you always amaze me with a post after a post full of beautiful creations!

R2K said...

: )

Kristen said...

great blog

Holler said...

The Burgers did look good, they would have been great on a roll with salad and mustard! Yum!
So are you to be tempted back into yoga then?