Sunday, November 8, 2009

Raw Breakfast Cakes, and Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Today's theme is brown, lumpy food that tastes way better than it may look. I promise.

I based the breakfast cakes above on Ani Phyo's coconut breakfast cakes in Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. They look like veggie burgers, but the idea is pancakes...they might be prettier if I had used golden flax seeds. The basic recipe also includes coconut oil, which is expensive but worth it, especially if you use it sparingly. Banana pieces, blueberries, maple syrup, and walnuts are worked into the "dough," and sprinkled on top.

Since flax cakes may seem aggressively health-foody, you might think the taste or texture suffers for it. Happily, they're really light, and the maple syrup and bananas combine for a silky smooth texture. Not at all gritty or chewy, which I'd expected.

Chasing away any thoughts of eating raw are these black-eyed pea fritters, from Bryant Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen. They're brown, they're lumpy, and they're great. They also include peanuts, and are crunchy and spicy and greasy in the best possible way, as the soaked black-eyed pea and peanut batter nuggets are deep-fried in canola oil. I had these with a sweet and sour Thai mango dipping sauce.

17 comments:

Tara said...

I enjoyed that breakfast cake recipe as well! Those fritters look delicious! I just got the book and I'll have to mark that recipe.

nora said...

hahah i really like the theme of the post! so funny. i think the breakfast cakes sound delightful!

Debra said...

I can't wait to try the breakfast cakes. yummy!

Sophia.Pflieger said...

Those black eyes pea fritters look awesome!
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Eating Raw Foods Info said...

Hmmm....not sure this looks appetizing to me:-)

I have oatmeal (yes, it's cooked) and melon for breakfast. I think I may stick with that!

Bianca said...

I wasn't crazy about Ani's flax pancakes when I made 'em, but I didn't add fruit into the batter. I think that would have been much better.

But those black-eyed pea fritters! Oh my! I'll have to dig out VSK for that one. Bryant Terry kicks ass.

River - The Crafty Kook said...

Bring on the brown, lumpy food because it looks amazing! Especially the black eyed pea fritters, they had me at "deep fried"! :-D

I've heard nothing but good things about Ani's Raw Food Kitchen and Vegan Soul Kitchen. I should add them to my Christmas wish list!

Earth Mother said...

...lumpy food that tastes way better than it may look.

You had me laughing out loud, Mike!

Anonymous said...

hi, it' Ani Phyo here. wow, thanks so much for checking out my flax meal pancakes. I have a lighter, but dehydrated, recipe in my next book, "Ani's Raw Food Essentials" (avail April 2010) that's amazingly like cooked pancakes. :)

Theresa said...

Both look really great! Those breakfast cakes actually do sound pretty appetising, but those fritters are making me hungry.

aredcardigan said...

And they have yet to create an invention that would tele-port food from you to me.

SIGHHHH!!!!

miss v said...

i think flax really lends itself well to breakfast foods. i always add it to my muffins and what not.

note to self: yet another reason to get soul kitchen!

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

Yummy! Brown lumpy food never looked so good!

stellatex said...

Wow, these flax cakes are a revelation!

Carolyn said...

"black-eyed pea fritters, from Bryant Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen...sweet and sour Thai mango dipping sauce"

Dang it hon, you got me with the sweet and sour mango dipping sauce- have had the book for several months but have yet to cook from it- you've selected the first recipe for me, thanks!

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Now I am hungry because I did not take a breakfast in the morning, so I think that these food are realy good, so delicious and easy to make one.

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Black-Eyed Pea Fritter looks delicious, I haven't tasted it yet, but I hope to taste it soon, thank you for sharing