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A NAUGHTY AND SENSUOUS BREAKFAST

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on January 4, 2012

Do you ever yearn for a breakfast dish that’s playfully indulgent– deliciously sweet, but not too sweet—- a bit of crunch, but not too crumbly—- healthful, but still a tad naughty? I sure do.

These tasty oat squares are a variation of a recipe in my cookbook, The Nut Gourmet, but I’ve taken them to a more daring level. These neat little breakfast treats have a pleasant little snap to them. Nice thing is that they can be made a day or two ahead and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy them.

They’re best served warm, so tuck them into a preheated 350-degree F. oven to warm for about 5 to 6 minutes. Bring one or two flavors of your favorite jam or fruit spread to the table along with the Creamy Tofu Topping recipe below.

Then spread an oaty cake with a lashing of jam, and spoon a dollop of Creamy Tofu Topping over the jam. Now, take a bite— WOW! It’s glorious— somewhat crunchy—-and a little chewy— and definitely creamy—-ahh! perfectly sweetened. It’s positively sensuous and will make you feel pampered and coddled with self-indulgence. But, hey, isn’t that a bit of OK!

What happens if you crave these often? No problem—-the recipe is easy—-make ‘em again and again!

Serve these with fresh fruit on the side—-perhaps a fruit salad–maybe cut up fruit slices— or simply bring the fruit bowl to the table with a knife or two and enjoy the fruit informally. And don’t forget that steaming cup of tea or coffee to complete this perfectly naughty breakfast.

OATY BREAKFAST CAKES

Yield: 5 to 6 servings

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup coarsely ground walnuts
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons organic canola oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and have ready a dry baking sheet and a rolling pin.
2. Put 2 cups of the oats in the blender in batches and blend briefly to create a coarse oat flour. Transfer the oat flour to a medium bowl.
3. Add the walnuts, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt and mix well to distribute the ingredients evenly. Add the water, canola oil, and almond extract and use the back of a spoon to mix into a thick, moist dough.
4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the remaining oats on the counter top or work surface and spoon the dough over the oats. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2-cup of oats over the top, covering it completely.
5. Roll the oat-covered dough into a rough rectangle to a thickness of about 3/8-inch. Using a flatware knife, cut the dough into 2-inch squares or rectangles and use a metal spatula to lift them onto the baking sheet.
6. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn the cakes over and bake 10 to 12 minutes longer. Transfer to an attractive serving platter and enjoy.

Creamy Tofu Topping
1/2 pound extra firm tofu
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Put all the topping ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately or chill and serve when ready. Refrigerated, the Creamy Tofu Topping will keep for up to four days.

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THANK YOU BIANCA!

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on November 17, 2009

Bianca, the Vegan Crunk was thumbing through my cookbook, The Nut Gourmet, and chose to make my recipe for Nutty Oatcakes. She took some mouth-watering photos of the finished oatcakes and even made me ravenously hungry for them. As a topping to go with the oatcakes she also made the Apricot Cashew Butter, but decided to use peaches in place of the apricots—great idea!

Thank you Bianca for making those little treats look so delicious in the photos on your latest blog. The enthusiastic comments that followed prompted me to share the two recipes with my NutGourmet readers. I love these for breakfast, but discovered they also make one terrific snack.

From The Nut Gourmet:
These little flat breads are especially pleasing with fruit butters or sweetened tofu spreads, such as Date ‘n’ Raisin Tofu Spread (page 174) or Apricot Cashew Butter (page 169). All varieties of nut butters, jams, and jellies are also ideal toppings. For a complete breakfast, serve these crisp breakfast gems with fresh fruit or a fruit salad and a cup of herbal tea. These tasty oatcakes offer an added bonus. Since they require no refrigeration and keep for at least two weeks at room temperature, they make excellent travel food.

NUTTY OATCAKES

Yield: 2 to 3 servings

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
5 to 6 tablespoons water
1/3 cup coarsely ground walnuts
1 tablespoon organic canola oil
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and have ready a dry baking sheet. Blend 1 cup of the rolled oats into a fine meal in two batches in the blender at high speed. Transfer the meal to a medium bowl.
2. Add the water, walnuts, canola oil, baking powder, and salt, and stir to distribute the ingredients evenly. If the dough is too dry, add an additional tablespoon of water to make a firm dough that holds together well enough to form a ball.
3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the rolled oats on a board or countertop. Press the dough down to flatten it slightly and sprinkle the remaining oats over the top. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a circle about 8 inches in diameter. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and place them on the baking sheet.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Turn the pieces over and bake another 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the oven door open until the oatcakes cool, about 5 minutes. Serve them immediately, or cool completely and store them in a zipper-lock plastic bag at room temperature. For longer storage, pack them into heavy-duty zipper-lock plastic bags and freeze for up to three months.

APRICOT CASHEW BUTTER

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

1 cup dried apricots
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup cashews

1. 1 Combine the apricots and 1/2 cup of the water in a 1-quart saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat down to low and steam for 10 minutes.
2. While the apricots are steaming, cover the raisins with warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes, or until they are plump. Drain the raisins and put them into the food processor. Grind the cashews into a fine meal in an electric mini-chipper/grinder or coffee grinder. Add the meal to the food processor.
3. Transfer the cooked apricots and their liquid to the food processor along with the remaining 1/4 cup water. Process until completely smooth. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, Apricot Cashew Butter will keep for about two weeks.

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