2020 review and goals for 2021

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It is already February 2021 and I have not written a yearly post or made any goals for 2021. Maybe you are reading this in the future it has almost been a year the world has been in a pandemic.  In my area most businesses that serve food or retail and schools are open. Other things like religious services, group events, and movie theaters are closed. We should only socialize with our household or if we live alone one or two other people. Other places have more severe lock downs.  My personal situation is my mom and I only socialize indoors with each other. On occasion I will meet a coworker for an outdoor walk and a takeout coffee. We are allowed to eat inside restaurants but I don't feel comfortable. I do pick up take out or visit a coffee shop and get a coffee to go. I am also still working from home but most of my office is back in the office with safety plans in place.  It has almost been a year since I have been inside the office. I think it will be a few more mont

Vegan gluten-free sweet potato cake bites




This an adaptation of the sweet potato brownie recipe I tried a few years ago. Read that post here https://www.livingvancouverloca.com/2017/10/october-30-2017-healthy-flourless-vegan.html. New twist these are cooked in the Instant Vortex Plus airfryer oven and the method is a little different. These turned out so good add a bit of alcohol and these could definitely be a dessert option in a fancy restaurant. 


Yesterday I cooked the sweet potato  in the Instantpot on manual pressure for 10 minutes. Let it sit for an hour and then put them in the fridge over night. 

I was making these for breakfast I wanted pancakes and also wanted to see what brownies would taste like. I forgot the maple syrup by accident it wasn’t needed. Pressure cooking the potatoes brings out the sweetness. The only baking tray that fits in my airfryer oven is the mini cupcake one which is perfect. 

For the method I dumped the ingredients in the bowl without measuring. I have approximated the measurements below. 

In one bowl I added 1 sweet potato, 1 Tbsp almond butter, a few drops vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp baking powder, a pinch of salt. Then added coconut almond milk I spilled a little so added a bit too much. Add enough milk to give you a batter consistency around 2/3 of a cup. The baking powder is not needed. I wanted to see what would happen it can be omitted.

In the other bowl I added 1 sweet potato, 1 Tbsp almond butter, few drops vanilla extract, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 2/3 of a cup chocolate almond milk. 

Then I used a spoon to put into the cupcake tin lined with parchment paper. I added some cinnamon to a few of the cakes in the first bowl. I also added 1 vegan chocolate chunk to each of the chocolate ones. 

My airfryer oven tells me when it is preheated so I set it at bake at 350. Cooked for 15 minutes and turned the tray once it’s not necessary. Then let cool.

I wanted pancakes so tried a few with vegan butter and maple syrup was good but by themselves were better. The chocolate ones were almost like a good quality truffle. 

Definitely recommend giving these a try. If you make these please tag me on Instagram @livingvancouverloca and let me know how they turned out. Enjoy

Recipe summary 

1 pressure cooked sweet potato 

1 tbsp almond butter 

few drops vanilla extract 

Pinch salt 

Plant milk of choice approx 2/3 cup

Added flavours of choice cocoa powder, chocolate, cinnamon 

Mix with a spoon and put in mini cupcake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes in airfryer oven



 

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