281. Flourless Maple Pecan Brownies (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Flourless Maple Pecan Brownies | GF, Vegan | Ann Ning Learning How

I got thrown a curve-ball yesterday:  Dr. G (Dad’s ENT)’s office called yesterday to say that she’s moving, but that I could see her yesterday afternoon.  WAH!  My plans for getting treated by her have been foiled.  But happily, I did see her yesterday, got scoped twice, and she explained everything in detail to me and was very thorough.  I also met the speech therapist (Dad has also been her patient, too), since the current verdict is more ST (specifically for voice and swallowing), and then I’ll check in with the ENT in 2-3 months.  Ed snuck in to the office.  (Mommy didn’t notice that I had him (riding on my purse) until we were in the elevator.  So Ed was there for moral support, I got my questions answered and I know what to do next (sign up for ST) – a successful appointment, I’d say!

Moving on, let me share these flourless brownies with you.  I know, you must be like – how many treats can one girl eat?!?!?  Well, I don’t eat ALL of them…Okay, I eat many of them, I admit it – but not all at once.  I put many in the freezer as soon as I can.  I made these this summer at Tim and Ai Ai’s when I was on my maple kick.  I haven’t quite gotten past the maple thing yet, mind you – it’s so good!

Flourless Maple Pecan Brownies [GF, Vegan]
Preheat oven to 350, grease a loaf tin (you’re not making a brownie loaf , this just makes a nice bar in a loaf pan)

▪          3 flax eggs – room temperature.  I just put 3 Tbsp of flax seed in a bowl, added 9 Tbsp of water, mixed it up and let it sit and thicken for about 15-20 minutes.
▪          1 c cocoa
▪          3/4 c maple syrup
▪          3 Tbsp coconut oil
▪          generous splash of vanilla
▪          generous splash of natural maple flavor
▪          a handful of chopped pecans for sprinkling on the top
▪          optional – pecan cream for serving – pretend like you’re making cashew cream, but use pecans.  Sweeten with maple syrup.

Mix everything, pour into loaf pan, bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.


234. Vanilla Maple Walnut Milk and Dairy Free Creamer

Vanilla Maple Walnut Milk | Ann Ning Learning How

I don’t even like walnuts, and I love this milk. I’ve made it daily for the past 2 weeks. Ai Ai got some mason jars for me to store my milk in, and they are perfect for me to pour milk into since they have a wide mouth and a lid that’s good for my pre-pour shake routine. Ai Ai has some smaller mason jars that are perfect for holding my non-dairy creamer.

There’s no straining because I’m still recommending a greatly reduced ratio of nuts : water relative to what I usually see in recipes. As opposed to 1c nuts to 4c water I usually use ¼ c nuts to 4 c water. If the mood strikes I might use 1/3 of a cup of nuts or just dispense with measuring and throw a handful or two into a mug. If I want a treat I’ll throw a spoonful of unsweetened shredded coconut in with the rest of the ingredients, and blend away.

I also made some non-dairy creamer by just increasing the ratio of nuts:water. My method has developed since my Sweet Cream post so that we’re making it all from scratch. Ever since Ernie got me hooked on wheat grass I have lost my appetite for matcha, and I’m not going to see CMD all the time so she won’t worry about caffeine constricting my blood vessels, I’m back to drinking coffee and black tea – hence the need for creamer.

I will be seeing CMD soon, though, (YAY!) so I’m glad I thought about this milk since it’s the only kind of milk I’ve made so far that I actually prefer not to add a shot of espresso to. It’s so rich and maple-y I can slurp up two tall glasses of iced milk in the morning and be very happy. This will be a perfect pre-acupuncture drink.

Vanilla Maple Walnut Milk
Makes about 4 cups

  • 1/4-1/3 c walnuts, soaked
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1/8 c Grade B maple syrup (B has a richer flavor) OR a couple of drops of natural maple flavor (I HIGHLY recommend getting some maple flavoring) plus sweetener (e.g. honey or agave) to taste
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla extract

Drain and rinse the walnuts, and add them into the blender along with all of the other ingredients. Blend until smooth. Stir or shake before serving (there will be a little sediment.)

Easy Non-Dairy Creamer | Ann Ning Learning How

Non-Dairy Creamer

  • ½ c nuts – e.g. almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts etc.
  • 1.5 c water
  • splash of vanilla (and/or maple, if you like)
  • dash of cinnamon
  • sweetener of choice to taste, or 4-6 dates
  • a small spoonful of coconut oil (like the Detoxinista!) – this makes it creamier, and obviously fattier. There’s a slight hint of coconutty taste. You can omit it if you like, but I think it’s lovely.

Pour the nuts into a mug and cover them with water. Microwave them for 60-90 seconds. Drain, rinse, and add them into the blender along with all of the other ingredients. Blend until smooth. Stir or shake before serving (there will be sediment.)