20 easy vegan recipes to inspire you

Fall is just around the corner and the time of year when I love baking most of all, well before the holiday season. How about you?

I hit the www for some inspiration and found 20 Easy, Vegan Recipes to Inspire You & Your Family, from guess who, One Green Planet.

No, I am not going to list them all here. But there is one in particular that got my attention. It just so happens to be the first one up on OGP’s list. I just made them and wow.

One Bowl Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Muffins. One Green Planet.
One Bowl Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Muffins. One Green Planet.

Yes they’re gluten-free but it doesn’t matter whether or not you need that, it doesn’t impact the flavour one iota. Promise.

Bonus? Who doesn’t love a one bowl recipe?

The creator of this recipe Jessica DeMarra says they are borderline cupcakes. They are luscious enough to be!

One Bowl Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Muffins (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal + 5 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups gluten free baking flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, measured and then sifted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + more for garnish
  • 10-12 fresh or frozen dark cherries, cut in half

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flax meal with the water and let it sit for 5 minutes until it is gluey. Add the applesauce, oil, sugar, salt and soda and whisk until fully combined. Add ¼ cup of almond milk and whisk again. Add the flour, the sifted cocoa powder and coconut to the mix. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until just mixed, do not overmix! The batter will be thick but if it is too thick add the extra 1 tablespoon of almond milk.
  3. Using a spring-action ice cream scoop*, scoop the batter and release into the lined paper cups. Gently push 2-3 cherry halves into the batter and top with a sprinkle of coconut. Do not overfill with cherries; they will release a lot of water as they cook resulting in an uncooked center. Continue until all the paper cups are filled. I add a little bit of water to the non-papered tins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, remove the muffin and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  5. Serve by itself or with a generous dollop of raspberry jam.
  6. Store at room temperate in an airtight container or freeze for up to one month.

Enjoy!

About Jessica DeMarra

Jessica DeMarra is the writer, photographer, and recipe developer for the vegan website Sprouts and Chocolate. Before going vegan, she was a hardcore carnivore and held the second place standing for a chicken wing eating contest. Recognizing the need for a change, she now makes taking care of herself and the planet a priority. Jessica’s curvaceous cat Barb is her constant companion in her place of peace: her kitchen.

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Why Vegan?

This is why. One Green Planet reports that, while thousands of people evacuated from Hurricane Florence, millions of animals drowned on factory farms, including at least 1.7 million chickens trapped inside cramped, squalid cages. Read more »

Bizarre horse-drawn car(riage) in Ballyfermot sparks ire

This image of a bizarre horse-drawn “carriage” made up of a rusted out car pulled by a small horse has put the “ire” in Ireland for some folks.

Source: Irish Su
Story and Image Source: Irish Sun.

The Irish Sun reports:

The image was shared by Sean Fox on Facebook and his post has exploded with reactions from viewers, some of who were in complete disbelief at the sight.

Sean uploaded the picture yesterday afternoon and said: “F*** sake Ballyfermot for ya”.

The post has since gone viral, amassing close to 1,000 comments and over 2,300 shares so far.

Shocked Facebook users have commented in huge numbers in reaction to the mode of transport – with some crediting the creative driver.

Others were upset with the picture and questioned if it was a case of animal cruelty. Someone else said: “It’s beyond me how this level of animal cruelty is so amusing to people, I hope the DSPCA get involved.

Maybe we have lost our sense of humour. It is a bit comical at first sight. But we are not amused. Hopefully this was a one-off, soon to be forgotten and will not spark copycats.

Pregnant horses and foal rescued from slaughter in Norfolk

Thoroughbreds from a Newmarket stud were rescued on the eve of being sent for slaughter

ENGLAND (BBC News) — Hillside Animal Sanctuary was asked to take the horses on Friday after their owner got into financial difficulties.

A spokeswoman for the sanctuary in Frettenham, near Norwich, said they were contacted by the owner after bailiffs moved in to foreclose on the failing Newmarket stud.

Bailiffs told the charity the animals were to be destroyed on the Saturday.

HILLSIDE ANIMAL SHELTER IMAGE. VIA BBC.
HILLSIDE ANIMAL SHELTER IMAGE. VIA BBC NEWS.

The horses being looked after by the sanctuary include pregnant mares and a three-month-old foal.

According to Wendy Valentine from Hillside Animal Sanctuary, their owner had already been evicted from the premises.

“Fortunately this is a happy ending for these horses,” she added.

She said the former stud owner was reluctant to comment further as he was hoping to resolve ongoing financial issues and move back into his house on the stud.

The sanctuary said it will cost £3,000 a year to feed and care for each of the horses.

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Kudos to the Bailiffs who found them a sanctuary before sending these horses to the horrors of the slaughterhouse. Newmarket, Suffolk is the headquarters of English horse racing.

Please Make a Donation to the Sanctuary via PayPal

 

Merlin a magician at survival

Well, it is more instinct than magic. A telling story all the same. —Editor.

Merlin, a wild horse, survived Hurricane Florence in quarantine on lands owned by the National Park Service. Photo courtesy of Kathy Knight/Foundation for Shackleford Horses.
Merlin, a wild horse, survived Hurricane Florence in quarantine on lands owned by the National Park Service. Photo courtesy of Kathy Knight/Foundation for Shackleford Horses.

Outer Banks horse left alone in pasture may have had to swim to survive hurricane

Cross-posted from the Charlotte Observer

Written by Mark Price

A mystery has emerged in the telling of how the Outer Banks’ wild horses survived Hurricane Florence.

Instincts dating back five centuries compel the feral mustangs to either huddle on high ground — butts to the wind — or seek refuge in the maritime forest during storms, say experts.

But news has come of a Shackleford Banks horse named Merlin who was fenced in an “inundated” quarantine site during the storm, according the Foundation for Shackleford Horses.

“Given the condition of the site, Merlin was likely in deep water during part of the storm. His water trough was full of salt water,” she said, noting two volunteers hiked an hour through mud and debris to find him.

“Candidly, (we) anticipated they would be much more likely to find Merlin’s body than Merlin himself. But despite the fact that the barn was destroyed and much of the fencing was covered with debris and even laying down in some areas, there was Merlin, prick-eared, bright-eyed, and happy to greet them.”

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