Oil-Free Maple Banana Bread Muffins and Tofu Jerky, What Oil-Free Really Means, and Vegan Food Gifts!

We went for a playdate at Sarah’s place and there was some lovely vegan food on-the-go.

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Oil-free Maple Banana Bread Muffins – from The Everyday Veganrecipe on Dreena Burton’s website.

I think it’s worth pointing out – while I’m feeling pedantic! – that there’s oil in most shop-bought plant-based milks. Certainly shop-bought plant-based milks are healthier than the (cruelty-based) animal-alternatives, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re trying to lower your cholesterol: oil is one of the only things than will raise your cholesterol on a vegan plant-based diet, particularly the tropic oils: coconut and palm – these don’t contain cholesterol but your body will make cholesterol after you consume them. If you make soy milk or nut milk at home, you can leave the oil out. If you have low cholesterol – like most long-term vegans – a tiny bit of oil here and there won’t have much effect, so it’s not a concern. It’s generally not something to worry about at all, unless you have pre-existing health problems… A pedantic side-note, as I said! “Oil-free” doesn’t necessarily mean oil-free! Just as “fat-free” means minimal fat or no overtly fatty ingredients. Check the ingredient list if you use choc-chips in banana bread, too: there’s oil and overt fats in a lot of packaged food, if not for flavour then as a thickener or filler. [Plenty more about cholesterol and oils on NutritionFacts.org]

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Tofu jerky – from Vegan Food Gifts.

vegan food gifts Oil Free Maple Banana Bread Muffins and Tofu Jerky, What Oil Free Really Means, and Vegan Food Gifts!Vegan Food Gifts is a GREAT book, worthy of capslock. I have it myself, can’t recommend it enough. Lots of fun ideas for easy and affordable personalised gifts in it. You could make a seriously shiny vegan Christmas hamper for family and friends with this book!

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