I am a 20 year old college student who is testing the waters of a vegan/microbiotic lifestyle. I live in a household full of meat and dairy eaters so making this transition is a little difficult. I wanted to share what I had for lunch today because it was absolutely delicious. I had a baked sweet potato spread with a little bit of earth balance butter and millet crunch granola. I found the recipe for millet crunch granola on VegFamily and it is amazing. It contains oats, millet, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brown rice syrup, and tahini. You can find the recipe athttp://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-recipes/breakfast/millet-crunch-granola.htm.
Sounds freakin' TREMENDOUS, Meaghan, thank you!! I'll have t o try this - as a diabetic (albeit managed) I can't do granola...until now. :) The agave syrup makes it possible (low on the glycemic scale, YAAY!)
Agave is such a great natural sweetener! I use it in a lot of my baking recipes as well. Instead of the brown rice syrup and tahini, you can drizzle the oats, millet, and seeds with agave and then bake it. Talking about this is making me hungry, I might have to try it with agave next time.
Heylo! I so agree, isn't it great?? Oh my gosh, I'm dying to try Isa Chandra Moscowitz's cupcakes and stuff w/ agave - LOL...dang, I keep putting it off...maybe as I get even more controlled w/ the diabetes and not so paranoid of every drop of any sweeter ever! :) The Kind Life and Alicia are soooooo helping me with that. Hmmm...can agave and tahini be used together? A little tahini is okay from all my research. I'm thinkin' the granola'd be a different animal without, yeah? :) Still delish, tho'!
D'OH!! I'm havin' a thought here - how about this idea as an alternative/additional sweet potato heaven: Savory or spiced-up nuts and/or seeds to contrast the sweetness of the potato? Whoa, one could go crazy - hit those puppies with a little melted Earth Balance and some paprika...cayenne....cinnamon/nutmeg/clove...cumin, coriander...any one or several of the above and beyond, shake and bake for a few and voila, right?!
I think The Kind Diet is one of the best books I have come across in a while. Just by looking at the pictures and all the wonderful different recipes in there, I feel healthier already. I have not tried agave and tahini together yet, but I'm sure it must taste good, will give it a try some time. I love your idea of the spiced nuts/seeds and spices. Thats sounds like it would taste really yummy on top of a sweet potato. When I make sweet potato fries, I usually put a little cinnamon and sea salt on top, I will try the spiced nuts and seeds next time.
Thanks very much! I just LOOOOVE the combination of spicy and sweet - African, Moroccan, Caribbean food cultures...they're wonderful and totally known for that, so I was inspired. I'm sure the agave/tahini combo can't be that different from the brown rice syrup (which, by the way, like all things is cool in moderation even for we who have sugar issues), right? :)
Mmmmmmmmmm, sweet potato fries... :: Karen channels Homer Simpson ::
give brown rice syrup a try . it is even smoother ride than agave. agave from cactus and brown rice syrup from brown rice. so very smooth and balancing. but agave is yummie! and if it works for you great!
Hey sweetie!! I sure will, thanks so much <3 - I'm WAY open to rice syrup...and get this...I don't have agave plants runnin' around my place, but brown rice I got fo' sho' - I can MAKE brown rice syrup, I'll bet! Oh yuuuuuuum.... :)
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