Hey guys! It’s Jamie, again!  I am finally back home for the summer, and I am loving it. Not only did I escape the disgustingly humid heat of Houston but I also escaped the disgustingly awful classes I took last semester.  I am petitioning to rename Sophomore Spring to Sophomore Suck.  Those classes were horrible. I digress.  I promise this post was not supposed to be me venting about my last semester.  Now that I am back, I have wasted no time in hitting up all of my favorite restaurants.  I have gorged myself on countless pieces of sushi, stuffed myself full on Los Gatos Cafe’s famous cinnamon buns, and snacked on more of my mom’s granola than I thought humanly possible. It’s been great.  In addition to eating my way through Los Gatos, I have also been partaking in one of my ultimate favorite pastimes: cooking.  Surprise, I caught the bug from my mom. I actually missed cooking a lot this past semester; not only does anything homemade taste light years better than cafeteria food but cooking also is a way for me to unwind.  No matter how many things I have going on or how stressed I am, I can always turn to baking or cooking.  It’s just me, a recipe, probably a couple episodes of Gilmore Girls, and awesome smelling (and hopefully tasting) food. It gives me a time to think for myself and get away from the stress that can sometimes be very overwhelming. This last semester, I’ve turned to watching cooking shows as a way to unwind.  IMG_1614 copyI know, I’m turning into my mom, pretty scary stuff.

My suite mate and I have gotten really into watching this one show called Raw. Vegan. Not. Gross. The girl who hosts it, Laura Miller, is kind of raw vegan, and is really cool.  She’s a huge advocate for eating food that will make you feel good and is kind of crazy/quirky in a cool way.  She blogs, wears the cutest clothes, and has a dog named Buzz.  Basically, I want to be her.  She recently came out with a cookbook, and, as I am my mothers daughter, I preordered it. I read it front to back when I got it, and I got so excited to try all of the recipes.  I made vegan tacos the other day (kind of, I may or may not have added salmon to them) and today I tried making vegan, gluten free donuts.  You bake them in the oven, and they come out light and fluffy, with a slight almond taste, which I love. I dipped them in a chocolate glaze made out of coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt. Give them a try! They’re really good.

P.S. If you are a vegan food skeptic like my mother, I promise they are good.  Jordan and his friend even tried them and said they were good before they knew they were vegan.
P.P.S.  Here is a link to Laura Miller’s blog! Check her out! https://imlauramiller.com
P.P.P.S.  Hi Claire
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Vegan Donuts Adapted from Laura MIller

Ingredients

    Donuts
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthin gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbs maple syrup
  • Small pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Directions:
  • 1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • 2) Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
  • 3) Mix wet ingredients in a bowl
  • 4) Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a spatula until thoroughly combined. The batter will be a lot like pancake batter
  • 5) Add 1/4 cup of batter into each donut mold. Spread around evenly
  • 6) Optional: Add about a teaspoon of your favorite jam, nut butter, or sprinkle on coconut flakes to each donut. Spread around evenly with a spoon.
  • 7) Bake for 10 minutes, rotate, then bake for another 5-7 minutes, until browned on the top and cooked through.
  • 8) Optional: Dip the top half into chocolate glaze after donuts have cooled.
  • Directions Chocolate Glaze
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth, then place in a shallow bowl for donut dipping.
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