Friday, October 21, 2016

Hoff's Purple People Eater Pancakes

Hoff's Purple People Eater Pancakes
Yields: 10-15 pancakes
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 1 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Blueberries (frozen/fresh)
  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Pinch Sea Salt

  1. Throw all ingredients in a high speed blender, like a Vitamix
  2. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds
  3. Cook like any other Pancake, but on a non-stick pan, using no oil

Hoff Thoughts: I made these little babies on my Cuisinart Griddler - love that thing!  Check your batter while mixing, if it's too thick, add a touch more Milk.  This picture does not do these justice, the purple color is amazing - perfect for a Halloween breakfast...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Basic DIY Yogurt (IP)

Basic DIY Yogurt (IP)
Yields: 5 servings
dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 32 oz. room temperature Plant-based Milk (no preservatives, sweeteners, etc.)
  • 1 package Vegan Yogurt Starter (Belle & Bella)
  • 1 tsp. Arrowroot
  • Topping of choice (jam, fruit, nuts, etc.)

Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Blend Milk, Yogurt Starter & Arrowroot together
  2. Pour into five single serving containers
  3. Carefully place containers in IP with no lids
  4. No need to add water or use trivet
  5. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed (IP will never come up to pressure)
  6. Select Yogurt setting & change time to 12 hours
  7. When complete, add Yogurt topping, put on lids & refrigerate up to one week

Hoff Thoughts: It's important to pick a plant-based milk with just the main ingredient & water, nothing else - for instance soy beans and water.  To accomplish this task, you'll have to look for self-stable plant-based milk and not the refrigerator kind.  For my containers I like to use wide mouth, half pint Mason jars - super cute!  You can stir, shake or blend your base yogurt ingredients - I prefer to use the Vitamix so I know everything is incorporated - this however yields a lot of foam which needs to be discarded.  Your IP will never come up to pressure and the timer will keep changing, just let it go and trust the process.  The end result is amazing, creamy goodness that will have you off the store-bought junk for good!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Hoff's Overnight Fall Harvest Oatmeal

Hoff's Overnight Fall Harvest Oatmeal
Serves: 1
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Rolled Oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp. canned Pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp. dried Cranberries
  • 1-2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp. Almond Butter
  • Dash of Pumpkin Spice
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Splash Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (reserved)

  1. Put Oatmeal in a small serving bowl, top with Water
  2. Oatmeal will soak up the Water as it sits
  3. Top with remaining ingredients, excluding Milk
  4. Place bowl in fridge overnight
  5. Next day, add splash of Milk to achieve your desired consistency
  6. Cook Oatmeal in the microwave for 2-3 minutes
  7. Stir & enjoy!

Hoff Thoughts: As I have Oatmeal every morning during the workweek, I double the recipe and make enough for two days to cut down on prep time.  If I had the space, I'd make enough for five can dream.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Vegan Cheezecake? Yes Please!

If a meltable vegan cheese wasn't enough - Daiya has done it again with their new line of vegan cheezecake!

Available in plain, key lime, chocolate and strawberry - there is a flavor profile to delight every cheesecake lover.  Personally, I haven't had cheesecake since going vegan and I missed it!  I dived into the chocolate and was not disappointed - neither was my non-vegan, very opinionated mother and that's saying a lot!

The cakes are a little small - think six reasonable pieces and a little pricey coming in around $8, but they deliver.

So good, even non-vegans will ask for seconds!

I plan to keep of couple of these babies in my freezer for unexpected guests. 

Check it out!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hoff's Unrolled Cabbage Rolls (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Unrolled Cabbage Rolls (Instant Pot)
Yields: 5-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free


Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Place Rice in IP
  2. Add Water & stir to combine
  3. Place Cabbage, Onions & Sausage on top of Rice (do not stir to combine)
  4. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  5. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 5 minutes
  6. Manual release pressure
  7. Add Spaghetti Sauce & stir to combine
  8. Season with Sea Salt if desired