Jumbo Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Jumbo Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins - The Vegan Rhino

Jumbo Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins - The Vegan Rhino 

This jumbo bakery style blueberry muffin is one of the tastiest I’ve had in awhile and it is here for you all to try! The key to this super moist and tender muffin is making your own buttermilk with oat milk and lemon juice. Paired with fresh blueberries and lots of lemon zest, these muffins are a real treat without the sweet taste.

Jumbo Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins - The Vegan Rhino

Yield: 9 muffins

Ingredients

3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. oat milk

2 1/4 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 cup plant-based butter, softened

1/2 cup organic cane sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 4 Tbsp. water, prepared

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. fresh lemon zest

2 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour, extra for blueberries

1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 us dry pint blueberries, washed, drained and picked over

3 tsp. organic cane sugar, topping

 

Topping (optional)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp. + 1/2 tsp. organic cane sugar 

1 Tbsp. + 1 1/2 tsp. plant-based butter, cut into tiny cubes

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together oat milk and lemon juice and let sit.
  2. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients using a fork until small crumbles form. (Optional)
  3. Cream the softened butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add prepared egg replacer, vanilla extract and lemon zest, beating until just mixed.
  5. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder, and add to the creamed butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk we previously made. Dust blueberries lightly in 2 teaspoons of flour and fold in the blueberries to the batter. Avoid over mixing.
  6. Line 9 muffin tins with jumbo muffin liners or jumbo tulip liners, and fill batter to the top (about 7 1/2 tablespoons each muffin cup). Sprinkle tops of muffins with the 3 teaspoons sugar or use topping mixture in step 2.
  7. Bake for about 5 minutes.
  8. Keep oven closed and reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes until lightly golden brown on top. To test, insert a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, it’s done.
  10. Remove muffins from oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes before placing on wire rack to cool completely. Store, uncovered, or the muffins will be too moist the second day.

 

Chef’s tip: I like to fill each muffin cup with a ice cream scooper until it’s evenly distributed.

3-Ingredient Pancakes

3 Ingredient Pancakes - The Vegan Rhino

 

We all know how busy the mornings can be which is why I have created this simple 3 ingredient pancake recipe. With a little help of ripened bananas, oat milk, and flour, you can make a simple breakfast in a matter of minutes. Topped with a homemade raspberry jam, you can add tons of flavor with toppings, granola, whipped cream, and much more!

Yield 12

Ingredients

2 medium ripe bananas

2 3/4 cups organic all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups oat milk

Butter, for oiling pan

Optional:

3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. organic cane sugar

Pinch of Himalayan salt

Pinch of cinnamon

 

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine smashed bananas, flour, and oat milk. Mix until combined and smooth.
  2. Heat a large skillet on a medium-low heat and lightly grease with butter to prevent sticking. Spoon 1/3 cup of batter onto skillet and cook pancakes until tops are covered with bubbles. Flip the pancakes over and cook did an additional minute.
  3. Serve warm with desired toppings like maple syrup, vegan butter, fruits, James, etc.

 

Chef’s tip: If you want to add chocolate chips or blueberries, place it on the individual pancake once you pour the batter.

Chia-Yogurt Parfait

Chia-Yogurt Parfait

Waking up in the morning and making breakfast can some times be time-consuming, especially if you’re normally on-the-go. This chia pudding recipe is totally easy to make and is made the night before, giving you extra free time. If you’ve never had a Chia-Yogurt Parfait, now is your chance. I promise that once you try this, you’ll be adding your own ingredients or flavoring, like different extracts, nuts, fruits, seeds, granola, and more! It’s just that good and fun to be creative with.

Chia-Yogurt Parfait

Yields 1 serving

Ingredients

1/2 cup plain almond milk

1/2 cup yogurt of choice

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

3 Tbsp. chia seeds

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup seasonal fruit of choice

1/4 cup nuts of choice

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the almond milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, and chia seeds until combined. Allow to sit for 25-30 minute before giving another stir.
  2. Cover the mixture again and allow to refrigerate up to 8 hours (or overnight).
  3. To serve, drizzle with extra maple syrup and top with season fruit and nuts of choice.

Chef’s tip: This recipe is great for any meal prep! Just double or even quadruple this recipe to make more at once!

Scrumptious Blueberry Pancakes

Scrumptious Blueberry Pancakes
Scrumptious Blueberry Pancakes

Feast your eyes on these Scrumptious Blueberry Pancakes that are oh-so fluffy and light! You’re not going to believe how good these are until you try making them. The way these melt in your mouth with the freshly warmed blueberries is absolutely drool-worthy. Feel free to drizzle some maple syrup on top or dust it with powdered sugar as I did. Be sure to give these a try with your family for brunch or make them ahead for your weekly meal prep. They make for a quick breakfast or pancake roll-up with peanut butter and jam- either way, I guarantee you’ll be very satisfied.

Scrumptious Blueberry Pancakes

Yields 14 pancakes

Ingredients

1-1/2 cup King Arthur organic flour 

4 Tsp. baking powder

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 Tbsp. white vinegar 

2 Tbsp. Woodstock organic cane sugar

1 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 2 Tbsp. water, mixed and set aside 

1¼ cup plain almond milk 

¼ cup Earths Balance Vegan Butter + more for cooking

1 tsp. vanilla 

pinch of Vitacost Himalayan Pink Salt

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, almond milk, egg replacer, vanilla extract, and melted butter with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium low heat. When the pan is hot add a small amount of butter and 1/4 cup of the pancakes batter. Sprinkle some blueberries on top of the pancakes.
  3. Cook the pancake for 2-3 minutes each side. Repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Serve the pancakes stacked with peanut butter and sliced apples.

Chef’s tip: You can add lemon zest to the pancake batter for an extra zing!

Scrumptious Blueberry Pancakes

Cuque de banana (Banana Cake)

Cuque de banana (Banana Cake)

Cuque de banana (Banana Cake)

This recipe was shown to me by a coworker who wanted to challenge me to think outside my comfort zone and bring a childhood memory of hers back to life. Cuque de Banana is a classic Brazilian banana cake that is normally made with eggs and milk, so I decided to create my own plant-based version. Essentially, it’s a cross between crumb cake and banana bread and it’s super addicting. This dish makes a wonderful breakfast or even an after dinner treat. Whichever you decide, just know that a hint of Brazil has touched your kitchen.

Cuque de banana (Banana Cake)

Ingredients 

Cake:

3 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 6 Tbsp. filtered water

2 Tbsp. vegan butter, softened

1 cup plain almond milk

1-1/2 cup organic sugar 

2-1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 bananas

1/2 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

Crumb Topping:

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup organic sugar

1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

4 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, coming the sugar and butter. Mix well until smooth, add the eggs and stir until combined. Mix in the almond milk and vanilla, set aside. 
  3. In another mixing bowl, sift flour, salt, and baking powder. Pour mixture into into wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. To make the crumb topping: pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Set aside until you are ready to assemble. 
  5. Take your cake pan and line it with parchment paper and grease it with butter and pour cake batter in. 
  6. Slice bananas in half and then in half long ways. Place the bananas on top of the cake and top with the crumble mixture.
  7. Bake cake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow cake to cool slightly before serving. 

Chef’s tip: When using the toothpick to check on the cake, make sure you do not get a banana chunk. This will make you think the cake is not finished cooking, when it could be done. 

Best Ever Pancakes

Best Ever Pancakes

Best Ever Pancakes

Mornings can be tough to get breakfast ready since we are normally rushing to start our day and get out of the house for work, school, or any other activity we have going on. This pancake recipe is super simple and will not take you more than 15 minutes to make- leaving you ample amount of time to eat this stacked high tower of fluffy-goodness. In my filling, I wanted to add peanut butter and sliced apples, however, you can add anything you’d like. Whether it be blueberries, bananas, yogurt, or jam, feel free to get creative with this best ever pancake recipe!

Best Ever Pancakes

Yields 10 pancakes

Ingredients

1-1/2 cup King Arthur organic flour 

4 Tsp. baking powder

2 Tbsp. Woodstock organic cane sugar

1 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 2 Tbsp. water, mixed and set aside 

1¼ cup plain almond milk 

¼ cup Earths Balance Vegan Butter + more for cooking

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

Best Ever Pancakes

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, almond milk, egg replacer, vanilla extract, and melted butter with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium low heat. When the pan is hot add a small amount of butter and 1/4 cup of the pancakes batter.
  3. Cook the pancake for 2-3 minutes each side. Repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Serve the pancakes stacked with peanut butter and sliced apples.

Chef’s tip: You can add whatever topping to the pancakes, in the picture, I added peanut butter with sliced apples and peanuts.

Baked Granola Bars

Baked Granola Bar

Making your own granola bars is such a simple way you can add a snack or quick breakfast meal to your busy schedule. Instead of turning to the alternative “store bought” version, give these a go! In under 30 minutes, you will have an amazing healthy-wholesome bar for each day of the week, leaving you an extra bar to share with a friend.

Baked Granola Bar

Yields 8 bars 

Ingredients

2 cups rolled cooking oats

1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds

1/4 pumpkin seeds, shelled or unshelled

1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

1/2  Vitacost pure maple syrup

3 Tbsp. Earths Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Pink Fine Salt

1/2 cup dried cranberries  or 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Baked Granola Bar

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Line a 9” square baking pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, add all ingredients together and mix until oats have soaked up some of the moisture from the maple syrup and butter, pour mixture into the lined pan.
  4. Press granola down so that it is evenly spread across the pan.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes until it is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before removing bars and slicing. This way you can get nicely cut bars while they are semi-soft before they fully harden.
  6. You can place the granola bars into the refrigerator and store in an airtight container for later or you can enjoy them on top of your yogurt or alone as a snack.

Chef’s tip: Make sure that you use parchment paper so that you can pull the baked outs out of the pan.

Breakfast Oats with Strawberries and Coconut

Breakfast Oats with Strawberries and Coconut

Breakfast Oats with Strawberries and Coconut

Did you know that you should normally eat and drink water within the first hour of waking up? This helps get your metabolism started for the day and gives you the fuel you need to begin your morning. With this quick and easy breakfast oat bowl, you will be eating in no time. Using organic and homemade ingredients, this bowl is packed with tons of nutrients! In a rush? Make these overnight and store in the refrigerator for a quick and easy grab-n-go meal!

Breakfast Oats with Strawberries and Coconut

Yields 1 serving

Ingredients

1-1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked

16 oz fresh coconut milk

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract, optional

1 tsp agave, optional 

Sliced coconut meat to top

Sliced strawberries to top

Directions

  1. In a mason jar mix vanilla, agave, and coconut milk and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, pour in oats and top with coconut milk. Garnish with sliced strawberries and sliced coconut meat with a mint leaf.

Chef’s tip: Feel free to add almonds, walnuts, or granola for an extra crunch. 

Crispy Home-fries

Photo Cred: Jermaine Bullard

This potato hash is hearty, simple and a well-known comfort food we all love and enjoy. On the weekends, it is usually a time when we go out to brunch and share it with our family and friends. This weekend, why not bring that same atmosphere to your home with this recipe! With added seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, and other wholesome ingredients. you can make a simple dish into something new. With these garden-fresh and fragrant elements, your mouth and body is going to be asking for more!

Photo Cred: Jermaine Bullard

 

Ingredients

3 medium russet potato 

1 medium yellow onion 

1 red bell pepper

1/4 cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, chopped

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1 Tbsp. Rosemary

1 Tbsp. Parsley

1 tsp Vitacost Himalayan Pink Salt- Fine

1/2 tsp Spicely Organics Pepper Black Ground Tin

2 cups spinach

1/4 cup spaghetti squash seeds

Photo Cred: Jermaine Bullard

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet. Cut the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes and place onto pan. Chop the red bell pepper, onion, and garlic and mix into potatoes. Sprinkle rosemary, salt and pepper over top.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven- add the seeds and sun-dried tomatoes.. Bake addition 10 minutes.
  4. In a serving dish, place spinach on the bottom and pour potatoes on top- mixing spinach in to wilt.
  5. Serve as side dish with other breakfast foods.

 

Chef’s tip: Squeeze half a lemon directly after the potato has comes out of the oven for an extra flavor boost!

Dehydrated Granola with Seeds

Homemade granola - The Vegan Rhino

Photo Cred: Jermaine Bullard

Granola is a great snack or topper for your dairy-free yogurt, overnight oats, or smoothies. When making your own mixture of granola, you get to personalize it:  adding seeds, dried fruit, nuts, superfood powders, and more. The two kinds that I have made are: an original flavor and a chocolate flavor (using cocoa powder).

 

Photo Cred: Jermaine Bullard

Yields 32 oz granola

Ingredients

4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Organic Rolled Oats Gluten Free – Quick Cooking

1/2 cup spaghetti squash seeds

1/8 cup Spicely Organics Black Sesame Seeds Jar

1/2 cup Vitacost Certified Organic Maple Syrup Grade A – Non-GMO

1/2 tsp Vitacost Himalayan Pink Salt- Fine

1 cup dried cherries

1/4 cup Hersheys Cocoa Powder

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all above ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
  2. In your dehydrator, set temperature to 115 degrees and set timer for 6-8 hours or until granola is slightly hard. Remove granola from dehydrator trays and break into bite size pieces. Store in air tight container.
    • Oven method: Place granola mixture on slightly greased baking sheet. Set oven to lowest temperature setting and allow to bake until slightly golden. Remove and break up into pieces and store in air tight container.

 

Chef’s tip: If you would like to add cocoa powder to the recipe, you can split the batch in half. Add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to begin and see how much more to add. Just note you may need to add more maple sugar to sweeten the chocolate powder.