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Today I strolled over to the fitness center, used their scale and discovered that I lost two pounds, despite being unable to work out like I planned this week. I still got in over 40 miles of biking, but not at the intensity I wanted. I also only ate potatoes and rice for most of the week; I’m sure that helped with the weight loss. But then again, anything vegan typically helps with weight loss.
It’s taken me years to feel well and to find the kinds of foods that will keep me well. So when I get to create and share something as tasty as this recipe AND I can eat it while losing weight effortlessly, I’m one happy camper. It isn’t so hard eating vegan or low-FODMAP when I can eat like this.
This was originally a 3-ingredient recipe, but it didn’t hold together as well as I liked (but it was still super delicious). I added a couple of ingredients to bind it together, and it did the trick. These burgers are as tasty as the first time, just more easily transportable.
Vegan 5-Ingredient Macadamia Nut Burger (gluten-free, low-FODMAP, oil-free, salt-free, flourless, cholesterol-free)
- 1 cup carrots, chopped and steamed
- 1 cup macadamia nuts (I used raw and unsalted)
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 flax egg replacements (2 tbs flax seed meal and 6 tbs water)
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix water and flax and set aside for at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, pulse macadamia nuts until they are finely ground. Add carrots until shredded and well-combined.
Add nutritional yeast and flax and mix to combine. Scoop out patties and form them on a baking sheet, pressing out with a spatula. I use a non-stick silicone sheet that does not need any oil. The recipe made 6 patties.
Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, flipping halfway through.
My burger is topped with sliced heirloom tomato, my homemade BBQ sauce and a slice of Chao cheese. For my bun I broiled 2 Portobello mushrooms in the oven until soft. This is probably the easiest way in the world to create a vegan, gluten-free bun while adding nutrients like vitamin D to your meal.
Nutritional values are for a single burger only, if you make six patties.
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