Month: December 2014

Cyber Monday Deals & Sesame Berry Squares

Happy Cyber Monday, SPOON fans!

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the excitement and fun times that December and the holidays bring. With that in mind, we have a great list of foodie gifts and extras that will help you get in the gift-giving (and buying) mood. All of these items are 35% off on TODAY only. Simply use code MONDAY4 at checkout.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to get a great vegan recipe for Sesame Berry Squares from Celine and Tami’s newest cookbook, The Great Vegan Protein Book.

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Sesame Berry Squares
Excerpted from The Great Vegan Protein Book by Celine Steen and Tami Noyes

When a snack attack sneaks up on us, we can’t get enough of these little squares paired up with a cold glass of unsweetened coconut-almond milk. The good news is they’re quite nutritious on top of being delicious—so thumbs way up if you feel like having seconds.

Nonstick cooking spray
¾ cup (240 g) all natural raspberry or strawberry jam
2 tablespoons (24 g) chia seeds
1⅓ cups (160 g) whole wheat pastry flour
¼ cup (40 g) hulled hemp seeds
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup plus 1½ teaspoons (136 g) tahini
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (120 g) pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Plain or vanilla vegan milk, as needed

Yield: 16 squares

Protein content per square: 3 g

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Lightly coat an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine the jam with the chia seeds and set aside. The seeds will expand a little and thicken up the jam while you prepare the crust. Combine the flour, hemp seeds, and salt in a large bowl. Add the tahini, maple syrup, and vanilla on top, using a pastry cutter to stir them in. The dough must be moist without being too wet. It should stick together easily when pinched. If it is too dry, add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of milk at a time until it is sufficiently moist.

Set aside a packed ½ cup (120 g) of the resulting dough. Sprinkle the dough evenly in the prepared pan. Press it down evenly all over the bottom of the pan. Cover with the jam mixture, spreading it all over with an angled spatula. Crumble the reserved dough on top, pressing slightly on top of the jam.
Bake for 24 minutes or until the crumbs on top are golden brown.

Place on a wire rack and cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

The Great Vegan Protein Book
“How do you get your protein?” As a vegan, you’re sure to get asked this question often. Most likely, you’ve even thought about it yourself. Vegan protein comes from things like tofu and tempeh, to beans, nuts, and protein-rich whole grains like quinoa. There are loads of options out there, but how to prepare them? What to put them in? These are questions that can feel daunting, especially if you haven’t used these ingredients before. Never fear, Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes to the rescue! The Great Vegan Protein Book takes you step-by-step through each protein-rich vegan food group, providing you with valuable information on how to prepare the ingredient along with more than one hundred delicious and easy recipes (many of them low-fat, soy free, and gluten-free!). Each recipe uses whole food ingredients that can be easily found at most grocery stores or farmer’s markets-no hard-to-find ingredients or things you can’t pronounce. Say yes to protein and eating better with The Great Vegan Protein Book!