These little mini-loaves are packed full of goodness. Vegan, gluten and dairy free! Perfect with your morning or afternoon tea or coffee. Simple to make and full of fibre and essential fatty acids. These will fill you up as well as satisfying any craving you have for a flour and sugar filled loaf (you know those ones you see at coffee shops that are full of white flour, cheap ingredients and a ton of sugar?)
I have made a variety of this recipe for years, it is different every time I make it.
This week on Facebook I saw a recipe for something called “Life Saver Bread Recipe”. I really wanted to try it as it was so much like what I have been making but made into a bread loaf. (As you can see above I made into mini-loaves).
The word “bread” is a bit deceiving because it is not like bread (you would make a sandwich with), but more like a banana bread. Because those large loafs take a long time to back and because they tend to be doughy in the middle (which I don’t like) I made them into little mini-loaves. Which are basically like larger, soft cookies.
They bake faster and are more evenly cooked that way.
As with every recipe I see, if I try it I always end up changing it. I love to experiment and I always end up having great ideas for how to make it different and I make it to my taste. I highly encourage you to do that also.
THESE TURNED OUT AWESOME!!!
I changed up the recipe by adding walnuts, chia seeds, cinnamon and currents (the recipe on Facebook didn’t have those). I also added some grape seed oil as well as coconut oil. The variations are endless. Switch up the nuts, seeds, flours (grind your own from nuts, oats, quinoa flakes, other flakes or seeds, etc.
There is no video (but I do have pictures) for this one as I made it early in the morning and believe me – you would not want to watch a video of me without makeup and with my PJ’s and “bed-head”.
MINI VEGAN SNACK LOAVES
NOTE: Read instructions completely before starting
- 1 C whole oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 C flax seeds
- 1/2 C walnuts (or another nut or even seed)
- 2 Tbsp psyllium husks (I am sure these could be left out)
- 1 1/4 C sunflower seeds (or combine sunflower seed and sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds)
- 1 C whole oats (yes again, you will see why)
- 6-7 Tbsp sugar (I used coconut sugar) – you can use about 1/4 C maple syrup or another sweetener (taste & adjust to taste)
- 1/4 C coconut oil (melted
- 1-2 Tbsp grape seed oil (or another oil, or more coconut oil)
- 1/4 C currents (or another dried fruit – or leave out)
- 1/2 C almonds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 C water (may need a bit more but start with that)
Oven at 350
First you are going to grind – 1 C whole oats, 2 Tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 C flax seeds & 1/2 C walnuts in Magic Bullet or Nutri Bullet. If you do not have a Magic Bullet or Nutri Bullet then grind the chia and flax in coffee grinder and put the oats & walnuts (or another nut) and the 1/2 C almonds into a food processor and break down.
Add the dry ingredients that you grinder and all other dry ingredients into a larger bowl.
In another bowl add the oil, sugar, vanilla & water and mix well.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients – stir well to mix.
Let that sit for about 1 hour (longer if you have time) – this can even sit on counter (covered) all day or all night.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and using a larger spoon scoop some batter and shape on cookie sheet. I made mini-loaves (very small) – about 1″ high and 2″ or so long. Whatever shape or size you want.
Bake for about 30 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 15-20 minutes. This depends on how big you make them and how soft in the middle you want them.
I usually put them on a cutting board to cool. They will be softer when they are hot and as they cool they get a harder crust on the outside but stay softer on the inside.
I suggest freezing some and keeping a few out of the freezer to eat in the next couple days. They wouldn’t take long to thaw and freezing will keep them fresher.
Share some and show people that there are healthier alternatives to the store-bought and coffee-shop pastries and breads!
Enjoy and let me know what you think of them! Post below or on my Facebook Page at: Raw Foods Made Simple
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Food For Energy & Vitality – Healthy Eating Made Simple
Tons of great info, raw food demos, meal planning, how to transition into eating healthier – this NOT all raw
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