Cooking Vegan with Organic Coconut Oil

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Cooking vegan food can be difficult when you're first getting started. It's important to understand how to use substitutions, especially coconut oil.

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Cooking Vegan with Organic Coconut Oil

  1. 1. Cooking Vegan with Organic Coconut Oil
  2. 2. Why Bother Cooking Vegan? Most people decide to eat vegan because: 1. They have personal beliefs about eating meat and animal products. 2. They want to be healthier.
  3. 3. Vegan Substitutions • Use almond, rice, soy, or coconut milks instead of cow’s milk. • Eggs can be replaced with soaked flax or chia seeds, mashed banana, or mashed tofu. • Use crumbled tempeh for ground beef in recipes like casseroles or tacos. • Use coconut oil as a butter substitute in recipes that don’t require the firmer consistency of butter.
  4. 4. Why Coconut Oil Works • Organic coconut oil is solid at temperatures below 76 degrees. • Healthier than other processed oils.
  5. 5. Substitute Coconut Oil in: • Popcorn • Baked goods • Frosting • Sautéed vegetables
  6. 6. Find Some Vegan Recipes • Peta.org • Pinterest.com • Vegan Cooking Blogs
  7. 7. Fluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins Recipe and Photo cred to Averie Cooks
  8. 8. Ingredients • 1 to 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 small/medium or 2 large) • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 teaspoon nutmeg • pinch salt, optional and to taste • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (canola or vegetable oil could be substituted but I prefer coconut oil) • 1/2 cup milk, slightly warmed (coconut, almond, soy, rice, cow's) • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract • about 1/3 cup granulated sugar, for dipping • about 1 tablespoon cinnamon, for dipping
  9. 9. Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray non-stick muffin pans with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans. (I prefer cosmetically to not use liners, and also the muffins could stick) I made 24 mini muffins and 7 regular muffins. I estimate the recipe will make 30 to 36 mini, or 16 to 18 regular-sized muffins. Set pans aside. 2. In a small bowl, mash the bananas; set aside. 3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, optional salt, and stir to incorporate; set aside. 4. In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, melted coconut oil (about 1 minute in the microwave), slightly warmed milk (about 20 seconds in the microwave - this prevents the cold milk from re-solidfying the coconut oil on contact), brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Fold in the bananas. 5. Pour wet mixture over the dry, stirring until just incorporated. Make sure to get all the dry bits from the bottom of the bowl, but don't overmix or muffins will be tough. Batter is quite thick and if yours is seemingly too thick, add a splash of milk to thin it. 6. Using a cooking sprayed one-tablespoon measure for a mini muffin pan or a sprayed one-quarter cup measure for a regular sized pan (or what is appropriate for your pan size). Fill the cavities between 2/3 and 3/4 full; don't exceed 3/4 full. 7. Bake until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Tops will be domed, springy to the touch, and will be on the paler side rather than golden. Done for me was about 9 minutes for mini, 15 minutes for regular sized. Baking times will vary widely based on size of pans used, how many pans you have in the oven at once, how moist your bananas were, and how many times you open the oven door to rotate pans. Watch your muffins, not the clock. 8. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 minutes before carefully turning out onto wire racks to cool completely. 9. If desired, after they're cool enough to handle, stir together about 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and dip the tops (or entire muffin) into it. I didn't need to brush with melted coconut oil or (vegan) butter in order for the cinnamon-sugar to adhere. 10. Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days or can be frozen for up to 3 months. They get softer and the flavor intensifies on the second and third day.
  10. 10. Find Some Coconut Oil Near You • You can buy coconut oil in most grocery stores. • Look online at Amazon.com or Betterbodyfoods.com.

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