Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

My sweet breakfast kick continues. For over a year, I was on a nonstop savory & spicy breakfast kick (see breakfast tacos, page 30 in the book). Next came the carrot-ey baked goods, and now we’re onto these raspberry scones. Or I should say, the royal “we” are on to these scones. Jack loves them too, but my dirty secret is that he only has one or two out of every batch because I hide the extras in the freezer – where I know he will never look (well, until he reads this).

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

These little treats are vegan and gluten free. Instead of butter and cream, they’re made with coconut oil and Almond Breeze. To make them gluten free, I use a combination of oat flour and coconut flour.

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of comments asking for more (or, um, any) recipes with coconut flour. It’s a funny flour to work with. It’s never a 1:1 replacement in baking recipes because it absorbs so much more liquid than any other kind of flour. Luckily, I found it really helps the texture of these scones. They’re dense in that way that scones should be, but not dry in that way that scones often are.

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

These are lightly sweet on their own, but they’re extra delicious drizzled with this almond milk glaze. I know, I know – I’ve wrecked the healthy breakfast, but I highly recommend not skipping the glaze part.

This recipe makes 2 disks which slice into 6 small-ish scones each. And as I mentioned above, they freeze extremely well. Let them thaw at room temp or pop them in the microwave for no longer than about 10 seconds.

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

I love tortillas as much as the next person. Actually, I take that back. I probably love tortillas more than the average person, but today I’m ditching them to wrap taco-like things with green wraps instead. This lightened-up “taco” recipe is inspired by these gorgeous collard greens that were in my Farmhouse box a little while ago. How pretty are they??

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

Along with local oranges, a chunk of red cabbage, a few limes, and an avocado, I made a brighter, healthier version of fish tacos. The collard greens make delicious wrappers, but the key is to blanch them a little bit first. By dipping them in boiling water for about 10 seconds and putting them in an ice water bath, they soften and become a little less bitter in flavor.

Instead of a sour cream type of sauce, I served these with my go-to creamy sauce that’s made out of sunflower seeds. I also added chipotle spices for a little kick. I should also mention that you can use any protein you like here – I often make these with seared tofu (from this recipe) or tempeh (from this recipe).

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

Carrot & Tomato Tagliatelle

Carrot & Tomato Tagliatelle

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Technical issues aside, the book countdown continues – it’s out in just 10 days! This is one of our favorite dinner recipes in the book, but I’m not only sharing the recipe – you can also order the ingredients conveniently pre-measured and delivered to you from The Purple Carrot! This recipe (adapted to be completely vegan) will go out in their boxes starting March 27th… cool huh? Order it now using the code LEMONS25 for $25 off your first box!

What’s the Purple Carrot, you ask? It’s an entirely vegan meal delivery service. They deliver pre-measured ingredients that are responsibly sourced, often organic, and always non-GMO. The recipes (except this one) are created by Mark Bittman… plant-based cooking super star and author of so many of my favorite cookbooks – VB6, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and The Food Matters Cookbook, to name a few.

Carrot & Tomato Linguine

This recipe was inspired by a reader who wrote me (about a year ago!) and said that she thought that this recipe for Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup – with its sweet stewed carrots, tomatoes and other “many” vegetables – would make a delicious rich pasta primavera sauce. Soon after that, I tried it and we loved it so much that it made it into the book. So thanks, Rachel, here it is, hope it was worth the wait!!

Carrot & Tomato Linguine Order this meal from The Purple Carrot and use the code LEMONS25 to get $25 off your first box!

Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies / vegan & gluten free

For awhile, I went through a frittata phase, then there was the chia bowl phase, followed by a bit of a smoothie kick… which brings us to my current morning trend: cookies for breakfast!

But before you think I’ve completely given up on myself, hear me out – these cookies are made with lots of good things – carrots, oats, flax, walnuts, pepitas, cranberries and QUINOA. Yes, carrots and quinoa – it almost sounds like a salad but I promise you these “healthier” cookies are so delicious and energizing in the morning. They’re also vegan, gluten free, and sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined sugars. They’re about halfway in between a muffin and a cookie – big, hearty and filling, but also sweet and nutty.

Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies / vegan & gluten free Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies / vegan & gluten free

Let’s talk for a second about quinoa in cookies – I recommend that you use leftover quinoa here. I like to make a big batch of quinoa early in the week for easy toss-together lunches and dinners. Store your cooked quinoa in the fridge and that way when you’re ready to bake these cookies, it’s ready for you.

If you haven’t baked with oat flour before – it’s so easy. No need to go shopping for fancy flours, just blend your oats in a food processor for about a minute and you have oat flour. It’s gluten free but be sure to seek out certified gluten free oats if gluten is a problem for you.

Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies / vegan & gluten free

Over here, my family is obsessed with these. They’re best straight out of the oven but they also freeze incredibly well (hence, my 1 cookie per day breakfast obsession).

Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies / vegan & gluten free

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Easy Vegetarian Pho

Easy Vegetarian Pho with Mushrooms & Bok Choy

There are certain foods that I eat for dinner all the time that never make it here. My favorite thai coconut soup is a 5 minute walk from our house and a hot slurpy bowl of mushroom pho is a short distance in the opposite direction. Both have been on my “to make some day” list for a long time. Well, friends, some day has arrived and this recipe was way easier to pull off than I had anticipated.

First things first – this is not an authentic pho recipe because (aside from eating a lot of it) I’m not exactly the most experienced in Vietnamese cooking. Also, I’ve simplified things here by skipping a few steps that were in the recipes that I consulted. I would have titled this “faux pho” if Jack had not rolled his eyes and insisted that the name would make for terrible SEO.

Authenticity aside, this a deliciously spiced hot bowl of noodles with hearty shiitake mushrooms and tender baby bok choy. A new favorite around here.

Easy Vegetarian Pho with Mushrooms & Bok Choy

This recipe makes enough to fill two very large (and very cute) bowls. Double this to serve at least four.

For leftovers, double the broth and store it in the fridge. I would suggest adding the bok choy only as you’re ready to reheat and serve in order for it to retain it’s vibrant color.

Easy Vegetarian Pho with Mushrooms & Bok Choy

Pictured: Soup Bowls