Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gluten Free Mom's Vegan Toast -EDIT


Today I'm going to piggy back on my last post.  You see, I've been battling it out with a seasonal cold for the past two and a half weeks and my life has been so uneventful in that time that all I have to update you on is the fact that I tweaked Diane's Vegan Toast recipe.  Nothing earth shattering.  

Diane's recipe is very very good. ...but I found that my tummy doesn't like flax as much as I do....so I made some changes. Well, really just one change.  Instead of flax I used hemp hearts.
EDIT: I have just been reminded that I also added psyllium husks. This is what will help bind the toast together, and gives it added fiber.

Ingredients:
2 cups flaxmeal hemp hearts

2 tbsp Psyllium Husks
4 apples (2 cups)
2 cups water
6 cups shredded coconut (you could use less)
3 tbsp cinnamon
6 tbsp agave/ honey
1 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions:
Blend all ingredients well in blender.
Spread 1/4" thick on 4 dehydrator trays.
Dehydrate 115 degrees 6-8 hours
Flip & dehydrate 1-2 hours


I have known for some time that hemp hearts are considered highly nutritional. That's why they were in my cupboard and available when I was looking for a substitution for the flax in this recipe. But I had forgotten all the details of why they are so good.  So off I went into google land, and found this excerpt below from Livestrong.com:




Benefits

The alleged health benefits of hemp hearts have not been proven through viable scientific studies. Many consumers who regularly eat hemp hearts have reported health improvements, but the effects have not been directly tied to what they ate. According to EnviroHealthTech.com, hemp hearts may improve circulation, alleviate inflammation, provide relief from chronic diseases, reduce cancer risks and control cholesterol levels.



Nutrition

GreatHealth.org says that 1/4 cup of hemp hearts has about 15g protein, 2.5g dietary fiber, 4.5g carbohydrates and 15g fat, 2g of which is saturated. The seeds contain no cholesterol, are sugar-free and are suitable for people with allergies or sensitivities to nuts, gluten or lactose.

Calories

One-quarter cup of hemp hearts has about 240 calories. While that number is high for a food that is traditionally used as a garnish or accompaniment, hemp hearts are full of calorie-rich essential nutrients, such as amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids.

Uses

Hemp hearts can be used like wheat germ or flaxseed meal and sprinkled on cold or hot cereal, granola, yogurt or smoothies. HempHearts.com suggests pairing the seeds with fibrous vegetables such as spinach, carrots, celery, beans or sprouts and avoiding starches to combat potential digestive issues. Since they contain large amounts of protein per serving, hemp hearts can also be used as a meat substitute or a high-protein addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/332035-nutritional-information-for-hemp-hearts/#ixzz2IeVIlm2k


Our family is loving our dehydrator, and this toast. If you try this recipe or make any substitutions, I would love to hear about it!

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