Friday, October 14, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 14 - Stand

Welcome to Vegan MoFo Fourteen
Day 14 of Vegan Month of Food 2011

Missed a few days of blogging - 
see previous posts about college recruiting for RU!
 (tune up Rutgers State of Mind) 

Busy with CASA volunteer duties as well.

Very rewarding, worthwhile organization that I hope you'll look into.

Of course, the news is the OCCUPY movement, 
spreading around this great nation of mine,
and how people are gathering to support each other in taking and making a STAND 
for the things near and dear to them.

(tune in Sly and the Family Stone admonishing us to 

Some people have been there for days,
while others come and go as they can.
Got me to thinking that, if I were in Gotham (NYC),
I'd help organize a meetup, and we would rotate
taking vegan goodies to the Occupiers.
Mostly finger food, so no utensils needed.

For starters,
Coconut Oat Bran Cranberry Muffins
adapted from
Earth Balance's 
Cooking with Coconut booklet

in which they highlight their new product,
Organic extra Virgin Coconut Spread.

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup oat bran
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
1/3 organic brown sugar
1/4 cup melted Earth Balance Coconut Spread
2 tsp egg replacer
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 shredded coconut, plus extra for top of muffins (I omitted)
1/4 raisins (I subbed dried cranberries 'cause I like them better)

Their directions call for pre-heating oven to 400 degrees F. and 
lining a muffin tin with paper cups or spraying with cooking spray.
Southeast Texas daytime temperatures still above 90, so, 
yeah, you guessed it,
Cupcake maker to the rescue!

 In one bowl, whisk together flour, oat bran, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
 In separate bowl, whisk together coconut milk, brown sugar, Earth Balance Coconut Spread, egg replacer and vanilla.
Mix wet and dry ingredients together.
Fold in coconut and cranberries.

Divide evenly into cupcake maker, about 2 TBS per cup, 
pressing down with spatula to release any air bubbles.

 Close lid and bake until done (the usual, toothpick-in-the-center-comes-out-clean, test), about 8-10 minutes.
Original recipe yielded 12 muffins; mini-maker gives up 24,
3 batches at 8 per batch. Good timing.
Tasty too.

In the end you'll still be you
One that's done all the things you set out to do
There's a cross for you to bear
Things to go through if you're going anywhere
For the things you know are right
It s the truth that the truth makes them so uptight
All the things you want are real
You have you to complete and there is no deal...
You've been sitting much too long
There's a permanent crease in your right and wrong
There's a midget standing tall
And the giant beside him about to fall...
They will try to make you crawl
And they know what you're saying makes sense and all
Don't you know that you are free
Well at least in your mind if you want to be
 Thank you, Sly Stone.

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