Homemade cinnamon rolls have long been a holiday and special gathering favorite. It is a long process, but the wait and the work is worth it. Over the years I have discovered that you can make them ahead and freeze them before they are frosted. Then you just need to pop them in the oven until they are warmed, take them out and frost them. Still there is nothing like fresh warm homemade cinnamon rolls and a cup of coffee on a cold winter morning.
Traditionally my recipe called for eggs, real butter and real cream cheese. It wasn’t until I was told about pureed silken tofu as an egg substitute that I was able to “veganize” this recipe and have it turn out so close to the original no one could tell the difference.
I must admit that these do not fit in the category of plant based with all of the vegan butter, vegan cream cheese, vegan vanilla pudding, and sugar, these are simply vegan. Much like Oreo cookies are accidentally vegan and not the healthiest of snacks we realize the same about the beloved cinnamon rolls. This puts them in the category of a special treat, much like that favorite dessert.
This recipe does make a lot and the first few times I made these many years ago, I ended up with oodles and we went knocking on doors looking for neighbors who wanted to be test tasters. So if you end up with bunches, share with your neighbors. Enjoy!
Before going plant based I would make a lovely breakfast casserole for every holiday or basically anytime we had everyone home. I would assemble my ingredients the night before and then pop it in the oven the next morning while everyone was still sleeping. Waking up to the aroma of something wonderful baking is just a basic part of a family get together. So I knew I needed to come up with a suitable substitute. This is it! There is no evening before preparation and there are so many variations, the options are limited only by your palette. I use a 9×13 baking dish and just cover the whole bottom with tater tots, I have used both tots and crowns so either are fine. The best part is the veggies that get mixed with the tofu…they literally can be any veggies. This past Christmas we used leftover stuffing in place of the veggies and it was fabulous. We have also added in some leftover corn casserole and again it was tasty. I have to admit the dairy free cheese on the top isn’t my favorite but my kids love it. Kala Namak is a seasoning that gives the tofu its eggy flavor and a little goes a long way, you really only need a pinch. You can order it from Amazon. I have also found my local Indian grocery store carries it. Typically we make this or some variation every morning of the holidays. Enjoy! ❤️ur❤️
As I scrolled through my Facebook the other day I came across this sweet potato toast recipe. The post actually stated that sweet potato toast is the new avocado toast. I’ve never had avocado toast, in fact until recently I’ve only eaten avocados in guacamole and occasionally had some chunked in my salad. So being always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to eat healthy I checked it out. This is the link in case you would like to check it out too, it comes with a video sweet potato toast. I changed the recipe just a bit because we try and follow the Esselstyn diet as much as possible, so no oil and no dairy.
I started with a large sweet potato and had a rather difficult time slicing it
into 1/4-inch slices…note to self I need a new knife or a better way to cut sweet potatoes length wise. I prepared my cookie sheet along with my non stick mat. Instead of the 1 Tbsp of olive oil I substituted 1 Tbsp of apple sauce. This made the mixture that was to be brushed on the slices of sweet potato thicker than my liking. I decided on 2 Tbsp of applesauce, I used gogo squeeze organic appleapple applesauce. Since I was doubling the applesauce, I decided to double the paprika and cinnamon, leaving the sea salt at 1/4 tsp. I don’t have a toaster oven but found that a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes does the same job.
For the topping I used Silk dairy free plain soy yogurt, along with walnut pieces and apple slices.