Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Mmmm, pumpkin!! Doesn’t get anymore delicious does it?

If you’re like me, you got a bunch of pumpkins/squashes right after Halloween when everybody had them marked way down! My favorite local pumpkin spot had everything for $1.00. You can bet your bottoms I stocked up!! Now that my freezer and kitchen and hallways are full of pumpkin, I’m making quite a lot of pumpkin-y things!

This recipe is super tasty, vegan or not!

We are not vegans (not even vegetarians!!) I just have a tendency to run out of eggs at the weirdest, most inconvenient times, so I end up making/testing/trying quite a lot of vegan recipes!

This bread is very sweet, and could easily be used for a dessert as its also moist and dense.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

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Ingredients-
4 tbsp. chia seeds
6 tbsp. water
1/2 c. organic cane sugar (or sucunat)
1/2 c. melted coconut oil
1 c. cooked pumpkin (pureed or not, I never puree my pumpkin)
1.5 c. organic unbleached white flour
A pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the chia seeds with the water, stir them and let them sit for 5 minutes (I usually melt the coconut oil while I’m waiting for the seeds to gel!). The seeds will form a gooey substance very similar to an egg*. When the 5 minutes are up, add in the oil and sugar. Whisk it together as much as it will combine. Add in all of the other ingredients and mix it together very thoroughly. Dump the batter into a well greased bread pan and bake for 50 minutes. It won’t rise too much and it will feel sturdy and not liquid-y when you tap the top of the loaf if it’s done. Let it cool completely before you cut it.

*If you want to use eggs instead of chia seeds, add 2 eggs and leave out the water and chia seeds.

Peace, love and blessings!

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Vanilla, Almond, Chia Seed Granola

Granola is about 1million times easier to make then you think it is. It’s incredibly easy.

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I love granola but pretty much no matter where you get it, what brand it is, how expensive it is, whether the box says organic, all natural or additive free, it is almost always full of some weird unhealthy ingredients. It might be delicious, but it ain’t good for you. Homemade makes an awesome on the go snack, or an insanely delicious breakfast.

What you’ll need:

3 1/2 c. organic rolled oats (not quick oats or anything, just plain ole oats)
3/4 c. chopped organic almonds
1/4 c. organic chia seeds
1/2 c. organic evaporated cane juice (sugar)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

In a bowl, mix together the oats, almonds and chia seeds. Mix the sugar, seal salt and water in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil while whisking regularly so it doesn’t burn. Stir it for 1 minute and remove it from the heat. Add the coconut oil and vanilla. Pour all the liquid into the bowl with the oat mix. Stir it until everything is completely covered. Spread the mix out onto a baking sheet covered in unbleached parchment paper (or and oiled cake pan) and with lightly oiled fingers press it down to into a thin sheet. Put it in the oven for 30-45 minutes or until its dry and crunchy all the way through.

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Let it cool for 2-4 hours and break it up into small pieces.

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Store sealed in a cool dry place. I’m working on figuring how to make granola bars, but its more difficult to make into bars then I thought it would be. When I figure it out, I’ll let you know how it went =)

My favorite way to eat this granola is in a bowl with some ice cold raw milk on it. Its amazing.

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Obviously you can eat it anyway you like granola though. Enjoy!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Real Food Challenge Day 2

The 7 day Real Food Challenge kicked off yesterday!

So I’m gonna share a bit of whats going on over here!

Today we enjoyed some homemade pasta carbonara, real food cinnamon and chocolate chip muffins, watermelon and lacto-fermented ginger mint lime soda, among other things. These were just the most delicious =)

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Tomorrow we’re off to the farmer’s market to stock up on some fresh, local organic veggies and things!

I’ll definitely be sharing recipes from what I get tomorrow!!

Today was pretty delicious and successful. enjoying the challenge!!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

P.S. Don’t forget to go check out how the other bloggers are doing in the challenge!!

7-Day Real Food Challenge!

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So I’m joining up with some other bloggers for a real food challenge!

Its quite simple really, for 7 days, starting July 21st, absolutely only real food. No refined sugars, no store bought, pre-made, processed crap, homemade everything, basically, the lifestyle I’m working towards and that I endorse on this blog.

Super exciting!!

Mary, over at Mary’s Kitchen is hosting and there are currently 7 bloggers in on it, not including me.

(Found out about it through Lydia, over at Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen!! Thanks Lydia!)

I hope to update at least twice during the week about how its going. Mary plans to update everyday and let you know how she’s doing! It’ll be like a week long detox from processed crap!!

Are you looking to try out real food and see if its up your alley?? Or test your stamina before heading in full force??

Go ahead and join!!

You don’t have to be a blogger to join!

Click hereor here to be referred to some awesome real food recipes and info on the challenge over at Mary’s blog.

I’m pretty confident in our ability to eat real food for a full week as we already have the very bare minimum of processed, pre-made, un-healthy  anything at our house, and we eat real food *almost* all the time anyways.

Super stoked!!

Here’s a few real food recipes I’ve made to help you out!

Real Food Teriyaki Chicken

Garlic Lemon roasted Asparagus

Garlic, Greens and Sprout Pizza with Rosemary Crust

Super Easy Homemade Salsa!

I’ll be sure to let you know how its going =)

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Confessions of a Crunchy Delinquent

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Eating real food, being healthy, getting exercise, trying to sort out all the billions of bits of information on the internet and in books to decide which are true and which are not. Trying to figure out what’s best for you and your family and what is not. Trying to make sure all of the things your putting into and on your body are chemical free and non-toxic.

Its crazy and stressful!

Sometimes I really go crazy trying to figure it out and stay on top of things is really difficult. So in our house (and many other healthy homes) we follow the 80/20 rule. 80% is healthy, homemade, organic, real food, etc. the other 20% is better then it could be, but we don’t stress ourselves out about it. It really, really makes everything less stressful and easier to manage.

I try very hard, but still can’t do absolutely everything I’d like to.

In an effort to help you feel better about your ‘mistakes,’ here’s some things I do ‘wrong’-

I eat ice cream.

Too much ice cream. Mass produced, grocery store bought, ice cream. I get the ‘all natural’ version, which is just the bare minimum of ingredients- cream, sugar, milk and whatever flavor the ice cream is.  So its a little ‘better’ then other ice creams. But its still total crap. Skim milk, GMOs….. But its good and I don’t have an ice cream maker yet (or hours to make it without a maker).

I go out to eat.

I enjoy going out and having a good time and having a meal. I like getting dressed nicely and being out and socializing. I like having someone who’s not me cook dinner occasionally. So sometimes, I go out and have some high fructose chicken strips, or some genetically modified potatoes. And occasionally I have a soda, but not too often cuz more then half a glass tends to make me sick.

I use plastic.

I have plastic containers I store my food in. We really don’t have the money to replace all of our plastic with glass right now, so we keep using our chemical laden, poison containers to store our nice, homemade, real food.

Sometimes, I use deodorant.

My homemade stuff takes longer to put on and when I suddenly realize I smell on my way out the door, the toxic, store bought deodorant has my name all over it. So I just smear that aluminum all over my pits and head out. I feel like my armpits are going to shrivel up and die, but I do it anyways.

I ♥ Heinz

I really do. No other ketchup can stand the taste bud test. I will make my other condiments and sauces, but not ketchup. I use organic or Simply Heinz (no high fructose corn syrup or additives) to make myself feel better about it. But I love Heinz ketchup and I will never give it up. Period.

I don’t see any reason to sweat the little stuff. We’re healthy and happy. Stressing out isn’t healthy either!

In the words or Bob Marley, “Don’t worry, be happy!”

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Project Bun-way and other news…

So Annie’s Homegrown brand foods was having a contest called Project Bun-way, in which they will send 25 semifinalists a 9′ by 9′ piece of fabric to create something with. The winner receives $1,000 for a charity of their choice and a 1 years supply of Annie’s foods.

I’m a semifinalist =)

I’m super stoked and can’t wait to get my fabric and start sewing!!

Also, if you remember this post:

Toxins… Toxins Everywhere!!!

Where I mentioned I would be making some Paleo junior mint squares, I did. And they are delicious!! Go make some!!

However, mine didn’t look nearly as fancy =P

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My fiance has been devouring them.

Speaking of my fiance, in my last post, I mentioned he got a call from a job…. He got it!!

So we will be moving within a month!

Yay!

So I have just been super busy with life. Looking for a new place to live, dealing with lots of paperwork, driving 45 minutes to where this new job is for his interview and soon orientation… Just super busy.

I hope to post later today about something that’s actually interesting and informative!!

X’s and O’s

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent