I just cracked open a new cookbook, The Best Veggie Burgers On The Panet by Joni Marie Newman. what I love about this book is the sheer creativity that went into its recipes. In this book, there are burgers for every meal of the day. They are all titled for their omnivoure counterparts like the Chorizo and Egg Burger and the Meatloaf Burger. While there are some ingredients that I won’t be using because they are highly processed (like TVP-textured vegetable protein), each recipe provides a delicious idea platform from where you, the cook, can make substitutions.
My first foray into Joni’s recipes is the Cherry Oatmeal Protein-Packed Energy Burgers. In this recipe I left out the brown sugar but doubled the agave syrup and I substituted almonds for the cashews only because that is what I had on hand. I also substituted the cashew butter for almond butter as well. In addition, I used pea based plant protein powder instead of a soy based one, and I used ground flax seed versus wheat germ to keep it wheat free.
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup protein powder
1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup coconut plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover your cookie sheet with parchment paper. This makes for a very easy clean-up and is more effective at keeping things from sticking.
Mix all your dry ingredients in a large bowl. (Flour through the cinnamon.)
Mix all your wet ingredients in a small bowl. (Yogurt through the coconut oil.)
Mix the two together into a dough using a spatula or your hands. Form patties with the dough just as you would when making hamburgers. My batch made twelve patties. The dough will be a little sticky, so it is best to wet your hands before started to form patties. Place each patty on the parchment paper. These will not rise so there is no need to space widely, an inch will do nicely.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the patties begin to crack and brown slightly.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
This recipe is very amendable. You can use raisens or apricots or whatever your favorit fruit is, you can change up the flours to what you have on hand, and you can lessen or increase the sugars used. In fact, I will be using less of the agave syrup when I make this again because these were plenty sweet.
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