Perfect Vegan Pancakes with Cranberry Ginger Glaze

There is really no better way to say hello to the weekend than with a hot breakfast on Saturday morning. I don’t know about the rest of you, but my breakfast throughout the week revolves around what works in less than 10 minutes.

But on Saturdays, the morning is mine. I can be leisurely. I can take my time. It’s one of my favorite things about the weekend.

And this morning seemed especially appropriate for a nice Saturday breakfast – drizzly and grey, my favorite.

I love all kinds of breakfast foods, but my husband has a sweet spot for pancakes, so that was his special request this morning. Since I’m all about seasonal goodies, I decided to spice up regular old pancakes with a special Autumn-y glaze – Delicious, with a capitol “D”!

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Both recipes I used this morning came from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. She’s written a ton of awesome vegan cookbookes like Veganomicon (AMAZING!), Appetite for Reduction, and Vegan with a Vengance, just to name a few. Check her out at The Post Punk Kitchen. I’m a big fan!

(I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of her newest cookbook, Isa Does It! It was just published at the end of October.)

Vegan Brunch has recipes for other goodies like Pumpkin French Toast, Tomato Rosemary Scones, and Chocolate Beer Waffles, just to wet your appetite a bit. ALL the recipes drool-worthy!

But anyway, getting back to business…

Perfect Vegan Pancakes (only slightly modified)

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil

1/3 cup water

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

1 sp pure vanilla extract

Cooking spray

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Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl.

Preheat large  skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.

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Spray pan with light coat of cooking spray. Pour pancakes one at a time and cook until bubbles form on top and the top looks somewhat dry. This may take about 3 minutes at first, but be careful as the skillet gets hotter – it will take less time. Flip pancake, cook for another minute, then VOILA! Pancake!

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**I recommend making a double recipe of you’re anticipating having more than two people or if you want to have leftovers or if you have a very hungry husband in the house.

Cranberry Ginger Glaze (optional, but phenomenal, so just make it already, okay?)

2 cups fresh cranberries

1 ¼ cup water

1/3 cup sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw)

1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

¼ cup pure maple syrup

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Combine cranberries, water, and sugar in sauce pan. Cover and bring to a boil – do this slowly because this will easily boil over. After it comes to a boil, lower heat and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Uncover and let simmer for another 10 minutes (mixtures should end up reduced by about half).

Remove from heat, grate in ginger.

Let cool for 30 minutes and then add maple syrup.

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Now go brew some coffee and enjoy some homemade brunch! And have a lovely rest of your weekend.

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Kickstart Your Day: Apple Carrot Muffins

There is nothing worse than missing breakfast. I can be having a great hair day, be wearing my favorite shoes, and have gotten 8 hours of magical, sacred beauty sleep the night before, but if I miss breakfast, it’s basically a guarantee that I will feel like total crap for at least the first half of my day.

I make it a priority to allow myself enough time each morning to sit down, eat breakfast, drink coffee, and be peaceful first thing every morning. Call me crazy, but I don’t think there is a more perfect time in a day than between 6-7am. It’s quiet outside and people aren’t caught up in the business of the day yet, including me.

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Since I enjoy my sitting and thinking time the most in the morning, I like to have an easy breakfast that doesn’t take much, if any, prep time. That way I can make my coffee and grab something quick to go along with it. As a vegan, you have to get creative with breakfast since most staple breakfasts include eggs, buttermilk pancakes, bacon, sausage, etc.

Muffins are a great option for this type of routine. You can bake a batch on Saturday or Sunday and then have almost enough to last the week for breakfast. Also, in honor of fall being just around the corner (like tomorrow, people!), I felt that muffins were incredibly appropriate for this post. They are a major comfort food for me, and they tend to always have yummy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in them.

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Eric and I have always been huge muffin fans. One of our favorite breakfast spots in Nashville is Fido. Every time we go for breakfast, we get two muffins to split with our coffee (fun fact: they have several vegan muffin options. Try the Vegan Beet It! Muffin if you ever get a chance. It’ll change your life). Sadly, most muffins aren’t always necessarily the healthiest way to start your day. They are usually pumped with sugar, butter, and oil. However, the recipe I’m using today definitely has all the things you need to kick start your day! You’ve got rolled oats, flax seed, apples, carrots, and pecans. They’re extremely low in fat and high in fiber – a great combination to start your energy for the day!

These Apple-Carrot Muffins are my personal favorite! Don’t be deceived by the name. They are delicious! If you could smell my house right now, you wouldn’t even care about the name. It smells heavenly.

I’m not entirely sure where the original recipe idea came from, but I know the version I’ve included below has been heavily modified by my mom since she started making these a few years ago.

Warning:  this recipe does contain one non-vegan ingredient – an egg. I haven’t gotten super creative with my egg substitutes yet, and I usually only use them in baking.

What you need:

Dry ingredients (combine together in a medium mixing bowl)

1 cup of whole wheat flour

2/3 cup of rolled oats

1 Tbsp of baking powder

½ tsp of baking soda

½ tsp of salt

1 tsp of cinnamon

1/3 cup of brown sugar

1/3 cup of milled flax seeds

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Wet ingredients (combine in separate mixing bowl)

1 egg (or egg substitute of some sort)

½ cup of applesauce

1 tsp of vanilla or vanilla bean paste (plain vanilla is much cheaper)

½ cup of almond or soy milk (plain or unsweetened are both fine)

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In food processor/blender/Cuisinart

½ pecans chopped – add to dry ingredients

2 medium-sized carrots (approximately 1 cup) – shredded

1 large apple (personal favorites – honey crisp, pink lady, jazz) – shredded

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine dry and wet ingredients (don’t forget to mix in chopped pecans!).

Stir in shredded carrots and apples.

Mix ingredients until blended.

Scoop batter into non-stick muffin cups.

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Bake for 13-14 minutes (until golden brown).

Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool in pan for 5 minutes.

Remove onto wire rack for cooling.

(I like to spread a little peanut butter on these. So yummy!)

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“TASTE and see that the Lord is good!” Psalm 34:8

Enjoy! Happy autumn, everyone.