Celebrate Earth Hour with 3 Delicious Root Vegetable Recipes–Straight From the Earth!

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Saturday, March 28th, between 8:30-9:30 PM (your local time), the world celebrates Earth Hour. Homes and buildings around the world will dim the lights in order to bring awareness to climate change. There are many ways to honor the earth, even if just for one hour. But one of the best (and tastiest) ways to do so is to consume the earth, literally.

Root vegetables are grown under the earth’s surface and are symbolic of just what the earth is capable of producing and supporting us with. Nix your regular Saturday breakfast or brunch full of sausage, pancakes and other nutritionally-devoid foods and instead focus on animal-friendly, plant-based root vegetables, which are full of natural sugars and fiber and dense enough to fill you up. The following 3 delicious root vegetable recipes fit the bill.

Saturday breakfast is often a time for weekend indulgence – a stray from your go-to weekday breakfast and often the “reward” after a stressful week. This Saturday, reward yourself and the earth during Earth Hour by indulging in one of these three vegan root vegetable recipes.

1. Sweet Potato Oatmeal (Gluten-Free)

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato or yam
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions: Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Carrot Breakfast Cookie (Gluten-Free)

Makes 15-20

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 vegan “eggs” (2 tablespoons flaxseeds mixed into 6 tablespoons water and allowed to set for 10 minutes))
  • 2 cups grated carrots

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, add the spelt, oats, oat bran, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and baking soda. Mix until evenly combined. In a separate, large bowl, whisk together the applesauce, coconut palm sugar and eggs. Fold in the carrots. Add the dry ingredient to the wet ingredients and mix until all is evenly combined. Form small, 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop into the oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

3. Red Beet Smoothie (Gluten-Free, Raw)

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 red beet
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger juice (optional)

Directions: Peel and chop the beet. Add it to a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.

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Photo Credit: Robert Couse Baker

 

 

 

Aylin Erman
Aylin Erman

Aylin is founder of GlowKitchen, a food blog with an emphasis on vegan and gluten-free fare. Aylin has been living in Istanbul, where she is founder and CEO of a cold-pressed juice and healthy foods company JÜS (www.jusistanbul.com).