Mari's Own Vegan Home Style Cooking Recipes

I love to cook and I am sharing some of my favorite vegan recipes.  These are home recipes, easy to make and do not require expensive, exotic ingredients. They are made using fresh, wholesome ingredients easily found at most regular grocery stores.


Tea Loaf Quick Bread, Vegan

This Tea Loaf Quick Bread recipe uses Agave Nectar as the sweetener.  Agave Nectar is more like a syrup.  It is vegan, unlike honey which is not vegan, and it has a very delicate flavor that is similar to the best honey.  It is very sweeeeeeeet....!
If you like "french toast", try this bread for making a great french toast!  This tea loaf bread makes a carmelized, sweet, slightly crispy texture when fried in a bit of Earth Balance vegan buttery spread. That is because of the agave nectar in the bread ingredients.  There is no need to make an additional batter for dipping to make a great french toast.  Just slice this tea loaf and fry it for a couple of minutes.  It is a great treat when served this way!
Agave Nectar is available at most grocery stores.
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder (I recommend Mumfords Baking powder)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp black pepper (optional)
1 tsp salt (or Braggs Liquid Amino Acids)
1 small can peaches or pears
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place a small metal pan with water in your oven to add moisture during baking. Grease a loaf pan and dust with flour.
In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients:
Flour, baking powder, spices.  Mix well with a fork.
In a separate bowl, mix the agave nectar with the cooking oil.
Make a well in the center and add the cooking oil mixture.
Then slowly add up to 2 cups of cold water.  Mix well with a fork until the batter has an even consistency.  The batter should be medium thickness, not watery, so add the water as needed.
Line the bottom of the loaf pan with your choice of canned peaches or canned pears, cut into smaller pieces.
Pour the batter over the canned fruits.
Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the top.
Bake for 40-50 minutes.  Test with a knife or toothpick to see if the tea loaf is thoroughly done.
Let this tea loaf cool well before slicing.