Holiday Vaca

December 29, 2013

Hey y’all.

I’m taking a break from blogging while I’m out of town for the holiday. Had some posts planned, but a quick bout of the stomach flu prevented me from posting before leaving!

I’ll be back in a week or so! Remember to take some time to unplug over the holidays :)

Cheers from paradise,

Avocado Athlete

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Plantain Flatbread Amazingness

December 23, 2013

Hey kids.

If y’all know anything about me, you might know that baking is not exactly my passion in the kitchen, but when those winter months hit, sometimes you just crave something warm and chewy…like bread, pancakes, cookies.

I am a HUGE texture person. Sometimes people complain that vegan foods that try to copy “regular” foods are often lacking in flavor, such as faux macaroni and cheese, ice cream, Tofurkey, etc., but for me, the biggest hurdle is texture. I care about texture so much that I am willing to sacrifice almost all the flavor. If I could make something that had a perfect fudgy brownie texture and almost no flavor, I wouldn’t care. Throw some peanut butter on there and call it a day.

I love chewy, cakey, thick, moist textures. I saw a few recipes floating around the internet for Plantain Flatbread, such as these 2 from Purely Twins and Powercakes. I got inspired and whipped together my own version.

1 medium-large plantain
1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3/8 c. (just < 1/4 c.) flax meal
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine plantain, milk, flax meal, and cinnamon in the blender. Blend until smooth. Add baking powder. Blend until combined. Warning: DO NOT OVER BLEND. {If you over blend, the flax will behave like egg whites, and the batter will get too thick. I made this mistake the second time, had to add more milk to thin it, and then it wouldn’t cook through.} Spray pie pan with non-stick spray. Pour batter into pie pan and bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle. Slice and enjoy!

This bread has such an awesome texture! It’s like a chewy combination of egg whites and moist bread. You can enjoy this warm with any topping you like, similar to banana bread or pancakes. You can also enjoy it later in the day when it’s cold. It makes a great preworkout snack of carbs and healthy fats!

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I promise – this is just for size reference…also, don’t ask about the sweatshirt.

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Don't ask about the thumbprint either.

Don’t ask about the thumbprint either.

Topped with a mixture of protein powder, peanut flour, almond milk, cinnamon, and toffee stevia.

Topped with a mixture of protein powder, peanut flour, almond milk, cinnamon, and toffee stevia.

Later on, topped with almond butter and chocolate chips preworkout.

Later on, topped with almond butter and chocolate chips preworkout.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Cheers to warm, chewy breakfasts,

Avocado Athlete