Maple-Almond Granola

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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This Maple-Almond Granola from Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen is easily the most delicious granola I’ve ever made. Granted, I’ve only tried a handful of recipes, but still. This one blows the rest away.

And it’s not hard to see why: in addition to liquid sweetener, this recipe also calls for an equal amount of melted coconut oil. Sugar AND fat – this granola’s got it all! The addition of fats seems to prevent the oats from clumping together, and also results in a rich, brown “roast.” The granola is crispy, but not hard. Perfection. The only other ingredients are oats and almonds, so it’s stupid easy, too.

Also new (to me): toasting the oats before you mix them with the other goodies and bake it into granola. I was curious to see how this would work, but after 20 minutes in the oven (at 300F), the oats didn’t look noticeably different. Still, I think I might try this in other granola recipes, to see how it affects the finished product (if at all).

Given how much fat is in this granola, it’ll likely be a rare treat – though I might experiment with adding a little coconut oil (say a tablespoon or two) to future recipes. Oh, the things I do for food science!

Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 8: White Blood, Wild Things & District 9

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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Yikes! It’s been way too long since my last intersectionality link roundup and, as a result, I’ve managed to stockpile a ridiculous number of links – all without keeping current, naturally. Here’s the first batch; look for the second (or ninth, rather) installment later this week.

Making Hay: Animal Rights Is a Universal Issue

Farm Sanctuary’s Jasmin Singer recently traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, in order to attend the South African Law Review Consultation Workshop, organized by Animal Rights Africa (ARA) “for the purpose of initiating a transparent public process of South African animal protection legislation review.” Here, she shares her experiences and offers a little background on ARA.

You can find out more about Animal Rights Africa’s work – and what you can do to help – on their website at http://www.animalrightsafrica.org.

VegNews: Backstage Pass: Erykah Badu

Via BlackVegan, a short-but-sweet interview with vegan singer/songwriter Erykah Badu, my favorite exchange of which is this:

VN: Is vegan food the new soul food?

EB: Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And, to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.

Racialicious: An Interview with Bryant Terry on Race, Class, Food, and Culture – Part 1

Speaking of soul food, Racialicious recently featured a lengthy interview with Bryant Terry, author of Vegan Soul Kitchen.

A snippet:

One of the biggest things I uncovered in my work, especially working with young people in New York City through the organization I founded called B-healthy, is that a lot of people living in low income areas and urban areas are living in what are known as food deserts. They have very little access to fresh food – healthy, local, sustainable, all that – and have an overabundance of the worst foods, the fried things, the packaged fast food that has a negative impact on their overall health. Lack of access to healthy food is a huge issue, and it’s only one indicator of material deprivation these people are living with. In these neighborhoods, I visited, it wasn’t as if they just lacked access to healthy food and everything else was great. Usually it would be failing infrastructure, dilapidated schools, high levels of illiteracy, low income. So I think it is one issue that has to be addressed of many among these people living in these historically excluded communities are dealing with.

“Part 1” seems to imply that there’s a “Part 2” in the works – indeed, the interview ends with a promise of more to come – but a Google search has yet to reveal a follow-up.

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