As a student with healthy ambitions unbefitting of her impecunious condition, I have to take extra care in the rare occasion that I can indulge in eating out. Before the beginning of school, I decided to take my chances and try out the vegan/vegetarian cuisine that seems to be the latest trend these days here in Vancouver. My self-challenge led me and my friend to Panz Veggie, a restaurant that claims to feature “ethnically-cooked cuisine with local fresh produce”.
While living in Vancouver I’ve had many diverse eating habits and diets introduced to me. But, it wasn’t until recently that I found out one of my friends lives by a vegan and gluten free diet. While grocery shopping I discovered that there are in fact many options for those with this particular diet. I understand that living by a vegan diet is usually a lifestyle choice but gluten free diets are usually from an allergy – at least in my friend’s case. I thought I would write a blog post on one of her favorite vegan and gluten free deserts.
- ½ cup of Adam’s smooth peanut butter or any all natural brand
- ¼ cup of honey
- ½ cup natural and unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ gluten free oats
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 ½ cup of shredded zucchini
- ½ cup of vegan dark chocolate chips
1. Lightly coat an 8 x 11 baking pan with canola oil or nonstick cooking spray and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Blend or grind the oats until they closely resemble oat flour. It doesn’t need to be completely ground but it will require a few minutes.
3. Using a large bowl use an electric mixer to blend the peanut butter, applesauce, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in the zucchini, cocoa powder, oats, baking soda, and salt. Fold in half the amount of chocolate chips (1/4 cup) and pour batter into baking pan and spread the rest of the chocolate chips on top of the mixture.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan.
5. Cool brownies on rack and cut into 20 servings.
We hope that this recipe finds its way into your kitchen and maybe you can even surprise a friend who lives by a vegan and gluten free diet too. For more hearty meals we recommend coming down to Panz Veggie for a delicious vegan lunch or supper. We are known for our Chinese vegan cuisine in downtown Vancouver and we also provide take our orders. Please take a look at our menu.
Recipe Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen.
One consistent pattern we notice every winter from running a Vancouver vegetarian restaurant is that people want comfort food to help them deal with the cold weather. Considering this, the winter months are a great time to explore the different ways of preparing some of our favorite foods. Potatoes are one of most people’s favorite comfort foods, as well as one of mine. I wanted to share this recipe because, besides being very tasty, it’s actually very easy to prepare and will be sure to satisfy any potato lover’s palette.
Royal Potato Bake
1 kg Jersey Royal Potatoes
¼ Cup Capers
½ Cup Whole Black Olives
1 Tbsp. of fresh Thyme
1 Small bunch of Rosemary broken into small pieces
6 Tbsp. of Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar
Preheat oven to 240 C
Boil Potatoes until they are soft (around 12 minutes)
After you drain the potatoes, slice them in half and put them into a bowl.
Add capers, olives, herbs, and 4 out of the 6 Tablespoons of olive oil.
Stir together and gently break down the potatoes.
Cover a Swiss Roll Tin (or something close to it) with parchment paper for baking.
Dump the potatoes into the pan and level out.
Mix the vinegar and remaining 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and drizzle over potatoes.
Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
We hope that this recipe finds its way into your holiday schedule as it’s been one of recent favorites. But with the all holiday shopping and winter festivities to partake in, it’s sometimes hard to find enough time to cook. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry because we offer take out services on all of our vegan and vegetarian dishes.
From all of us at Panz Veggie we wish you a safe and happy holiday!