Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cranberry Orange Bread


If there is one thing I love about the holiday season, particulary in New England, it's cranberries. They appear in a multitude of baked goods during the winter, but none are so perfectly matched as cranberries and oranges in this delectable Cranberry Orange Bread, adapted from the Joy of Vegan Baking.

1 tbsp ground flax seed
3 tbsp water
1/4 non-dairy butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 c fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/4 c vanilla almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk)
4 c all-purpose flour
1 c sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c cranberries (adjust proportions to your liking)
sugar (for sprinkling)

Mix flax seed and water, combine thoroughly. Stir in melted (and coolled) butter, orange juice, milk, and extracts.
In a separate bowl, sift together all dry ingredients in order shown. Stir in liquid mixture until just combined. Add in cranberries, and walnuts, if desired.
Pour into greased mini-loaf pans (makes about 6), sprinkle with sugar (or cinnamon sugar) and bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees.*

These loaves do freeze well, and make great gifts in seasonal loaf pans. They are also a great breakfast bread, and can be baked at same temperature in cupcake/muffin pans for 18-25 minutes if desired.

Happy holidays!

* If your batter seems too thick, add a little more milk and orange juice. You want it to be noticably reacting (i.e. the batter seems to be bubbling a bit, and tastes a little tart) but not dough-like, and not quite liquid either. If it's too thin, add in a bit more flour.

Caloric Info
Servings 18
Total Fat: 2.5 grams
Sat Fat: 0.6 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.8 grams
Monosat. Fat: 0.6 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 99.0 mg
Potassium: 197.0 mg
Carbs: 35.9 grams
Dietary Fiber: 1.4 grams
Sugar: 13.0 grams
Protein: 3.2 grams

1 comment:

  1. This looks so perfect for the holidays - I like the addition of the flax seeds too. :)