Weekend Recap & Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes


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So how’s Monday treatin’ ya?  Hopefully you had a nice weekend and got to get some R & R time in and pamper yourself a little bit by chillin’ out and havin’ fun!

Things ’round have been awesome in the kitch.  Lemme recap some of what went down.  Our hatchets, that is.  Aside from the Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies I made yesterday, here’s some of the other eats I whipped up. 

Quick sidebar on those too for all you who wrote me privately wanting to make the choco cookies in a regular oven…Because the batter was very dry before I even put ’em in the dehydrator, I think if you did a very low oven like 300F (or less) for 5 mins and then let ’em sit in the oven with it off for another 5 mins or so, but please play around with this, that’s a strategy that I could totally seeing working if you don’t have your hands on a Magic Box….yet

First up for the eats we have oatmeal, but this is not just any ordinary oatmeal.  These oats are stacked to the max.

Let’s review that mountain ‘o joy from the bottom up:
1/2 c dry oatmeal cooked with a half a nanner in lowfat vanilla almond milk.  Stirred in cinn & brown shug after the oats were cooked.  That’s the base layer.

Oatmeal topped with Banana Brûlée

On toppa the oats is the other 1/2 of banana in the form of Banana Brulee.  Thanks to Miss Chocolate Sweetie Pie Katie for her hot tip.  Essentially a nuked nanna but I also added a tablespoon of almond milk to my Nanna Brulee. 
Speaking of Katie, she has an “Amazing” GiveAway goin’ on so go check her free shizzle out!

For the brulee, it’s super easy.  Just cut up the nanna a bit and nuke.

Sliced bananas in bowl
Blended up bananas

Back to the oatmeal layers….
The, brulee.
Then, there’s some raisins.
Then, some leftover Raw Apple Crumble Topping crumble mixture.
Then, a schmear of Sun Buttah…
Lookie at that Mound of Oatmeal Decadence

Oatmeal topped with brûlée, raisins  Raw Apple Crumble Topping crumble mixture and sunflower butter

And wait, where did that Cool Whip come from?  Scott’s not vegan so he likes to roll with some ‘Whippy.

Oatmeal topped with brûlée, raisins  Raw Apple Crumble Topping crumble mixture, sunflower butter and cool whip

Moving right along to some dinners.  This one was a bed of spiralized zuke noods, greens, and on toppa that was aspar grass, B.S., tomato, red & yellow pepps, dressed with the juice of 1/2 orange, agave, and black pepp.

Spiralized zucchini noodles topped with mixed vegetables and dressing
Close up of Spiralized zucchini noodles topped with mixed vegetables and dressing

Also still were groovin’ on the Raw Cuke Wraps stuffed with red & yellow pepps, carrots, on a bed of greens and other chunks ‘o zukes, cukes, and more pepps. 

Raw Cucumber Wraps on top of greens and mixed vegetables

So I’m thinking that’s ’nuff greenery….

….And more of the sweet & fun stuff again.  Here, I popped a tray of sliced nannas into the Magic Box

Sliced bananas on dehydrator tray

And then, after 6 hours they looked like this.  I have to say, just dehydrating the nannas somehow makes them taste and remind me of my grandma’s banana bread.  And since she’s been gone for 10 years, the taste memory is awesomely powerful, in the best way.  They get all warm and gooey and even sweeter. Luv It!

Finished sliced bananas on dehydrator tray

But here’s where the real fun recipe comes in….

Averie’s Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes
I write it as (pan)cakes because you can either fix these as pancakes, or as little round breads or sweet cakes, maybe with a little dab ‘o nut buttah or jelly on toppa one, or eat like a cookie, or like a sweet bread.  Lotsa options, peeps. 

I came up with this recipe from the wonders of my own brain cells during a 5 mile run in the 104F heat.  My brain cells weren’t fried, because this one worked beautifully.  My goal was to create a sweet cake, that had a minor carrot cake vibe goin’ on, and I succeeded!  I’m 2 for 2 with the dehydrator (see yesterday’s raw vegan double choco cookies if you missed ’em) but who’s keepin’ score…

Averie’s Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes
First, 2 c of oats and ground ’em up in VitaCrusher + 2 c almond meal that I combined in a bowl

Bowl of ground oats and ground almond meal

Then, I threw a dozen baby carrots, 1 cored apple, 1/2 banana, 1/4 c maple syrup, 1/4 c agave, dash of cinnamon & vanilla extract, and 2 tbsp vanilla almond milk in the VitaWhiz( If re-making this, I would not add the nut milk til I was certain I needed the extra liquid…which I really didn’t but no biggie, I worked it out) 

Ingredients in blender to make the liquid part of (pan)cakes

In 15 secs I had this

Blended liquid for (Pan)Cakes

Which I poured into the dry mixture of 2 c oat and 2 c almond meal flours

Dry mixture added to wet mixture in bowl

Couple quick stirs with a spoon to incorporate

Pancake mixture mixed up in bowl

And then I formed into cute little pancake shapes on the Magic Trays

Mixture formed into pancake patties and placed on dehydrator trays
Close up of mixture formed into pancake patties and placed on dehydrator trays

This one had a chunk ‘o apple hanging out in the middle

Close up of mixture formed into pancake patties and placed on dehydrator trays

And then I slide the 11 little pancakies I got outta this recipe into the Magic Box at 118F for about 7 hours.

Before everyone writes me and tells me they’d love to make this recipe but can’t because they don’t have a dehydrator, you can still make it!  Seriously, the batter would be perfect, lightly fried up in maybe some coconut oil or other oil, just like you’d fry up regular pancakes.  Or, you can could pour these into muffin tins and bake in the oven for a pancakey-cookie-muffin creation, and I bet a little PB & J on the little muffies would be fab.  So, there’s options for you, my loves.  Dehydrator or not.

Here’s the dirty dozen minus one comin’ out the Excal

Finished Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes on dehydrator trays
Finished Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes on dehydrator tray
Finished Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes on dehydrator tray

Then I made a coupla stacks and tupperware-ized ’em

Stacks of Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes on dehydrator tray
Stacks of Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes on dehydrator tray

And here was brekkie Sunday morning, all loaded up in real maple syrup, with a half ‘o sliced nanner on top, dash of cinnamon, and a few raisins sprinkled on for good luck.  Freakin’ ahhh-mayyyy-zingggg!  Note the syrup pool at the bottom.  Slurp.

Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes on plate topped with sliced bananas, maple syrup, raisins and cinnamon

And wait, for the non-vegan, some ‘Whippy dolloped on top.

Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes on plate topped with sliced bananas, maple syrup, raisins, cinnamon and whipped cream

The verdict:  The best breakfast in years!

Close up of Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)Cakes on plate topped with sliced bananas, maple syrup, raisins, cinnamon and whipped cream

I can’t wait to hear who makes this recipe…please do, and tell me all about it!  Remember, you can make the batter and then bake in the oven or griddle things up on the stovetop. 

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  1. You are a pretzel woman! So damn cool and impressive.

    Thanks for the link love – it really turned out great. The last thing I made with soaked cashews didn't turn out quite right so I was glad to have a reason to try, try again.

    Can't wait to see how you're going to change things up here! I think what you got going is pretty dang good but I know I'm always looking for area to improve so I can totally relate!


  2. love the name, love the eats, love it ALLLLLLLLL…seriously, drool.

    i wish you had moved to nyc instead of effing AZ. too hot!!

  3. I love roasted veggies!!! so quick, easy, and unbelievably delicious!!! i just need to remember not to eat the whole house worth. and to balance my meal out with more dense food. It looks like you have some good eats though. : )

  4. Averie girl! You rawk, i love you blog!
    Thanks for the comment, you're right, we'd make fabulous friends with our love of food, yoga, chocolate, and spiralized thingies! Mmm, love sweet potatoes too, esp in the winter!!!
    Hugs to you!

  5. Thanks for all the great comments grrrl-frands! I am roasting some more sweetie potatoes right now. Janetha I think bake vs. roast is just verbiage and they mean the same thingey. But I'm sure someone from the French Culinary Institute will correct me :) Anyone from there reading? Can I have a scholarship?

    K- I so wish I was a Cirque cast member, that woulda been a perfect job for me pre-mommy days.

    And for the rest of you Type A's, glad I hit a chord and you can all go breathe.a little. or alot. And slow your fast brains down.