Sweet Potato Burgers

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After visiting the Sky Apple Café last week I decided to try and recreate the Sweet Potato Burgers I had tried there as they were so delicious! It took a couple of attempts to get these right but I’m really happy with the way these turned out. The burgers are tasty and satisfying and are very easy to prepare and cook. This is a lovely light and summery meal to have on a weekday evening and only takes around 40 minutes to make, including prep and cooking time. Happy days! I hope you enjoy 🙂

To make 4 medium burgers…

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 red onion chopped finely
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp sweet corn
  • handful of panko breadcrumbs
  • handful of fresh coriander
  • salt and pepper
  1. Peel the sweet potato into even slices and put into the microwave for 10 minutes or until soft. NB: I boiled my sweet potato on the first attempt and found that the potatoes retained too much moisture, despite being drained, so the burgers did not hold their shape once cooked.
  2. Mash the potato up with a fork and mix through the rest of the ingredients until evening distributed.
  3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, brush olive oil on the tray.
  4.  Mould out four evenly sized burgers and place them on the tray.
  5. Cook for 25 minutes in a 200 degree oven, flipping over half way through. Take out once crispy on the outside.

I served the burgers with kale which I had sautéed in salt and pepper, along with some avocado, sweet corn and a cashew nut dressing (recipe below). I also think these burgers would be great served in a bun with hot salsa and guacamole.

Cashew Nut Dressing

  • 1 cup of cashews, soaked
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1.5 tbsp apple cidar vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup of water (add slowly to desired consistency)
  1. Soak the cashew nuts in hot water for at least 15 minutes
  2. Put all of the ingredients, apart from the water, in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add cold water slowly until it reaches your desired consistency for salad dressing.

 

 

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Vegan Delights in Newcastle

The Sky Apple Cafe, Heaton Newcastle

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We decided to try out the Sky Apple Cafe in Heaton this week as we had heard really good things about it. The menu is both vegetarian and vegan and there is a lot of choice – we struggled to decide! I ended up going for vegan Sweet Potato Burger with Asian slaw, which was so amazing I tried to recreate it the next day at home (tasted great but burgers fell apart a little!). My husband got the Sky Apple Classic burger which he said tasted great. We spotted another diner tucking into The Volcano dish which looked delicious, we both said we would try that next time! Even though we visited on a week day around 2pm it was fairly busy, I would recommend booking for weekend or night time visits. The service was great and we would definitely go back!

Tea Sutra, Newcastle

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Tea Sutra is one of my favourite places to relax, drink interesting tea and eat delicious food. Both the day and night time menu is very select and consists of wraps such as falafel and butternut squash, salads and soups. The night time menu has such options as the Lebanese Bowl and Sweet Potato Curry. Tea sutra has always been busy when I’ve arrived but have always managed to get a seat. The service is brilliant and the desserts are amazing! I’m delighted to hear that Tea Sutra are now doing take out options. I will definitely be taking advantage of this since I work in Newcastle city centre!

Las Iguanas, Quayside Newcastle

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This was my first visit to Las Iguanas and I was blown away by the vegan options that were available on the menu. I had the Three Mushroom Fajita which was lovely and the Tembleque for dessert which was like a coconut pana cotta – this blew my mind! Las Iguanas is a all round people pleaser due to the options available to vegans and non-vegans alike. Again the service was great and atmosphere was very relaxed – will definitely be returning!

Banana Oat Cookies

I was feeling experimental and had some bananas that needed using up so I got to work on making some oaty cookies. I was hoping they would be a bit more pleasing on the eye but delighted to report that they taste pretty good! They are extremely filling and hearty due to the oats and nuts so would be great to have for breakfast or to have around 3pm to avoid a mid-afternoon slump. These cookies are dairy and refined sugar free and should last around 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. I would recommend warming the cookies up in the microwave for 20 seconds as they are better served warm.

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Recipe

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of mixed nuts (I used almonds and walnuts)
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 cup of ground almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I use Rude Health)
  • 1 tsp of fruit sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocao nibs (I use Sevenhills)

Leaving the cocao nibs to one side, put rest of the ingredients into a food processor until the mixture has become the consistency of cookie dough. My dough was a little wet at first so I added ground almonds. Lastly, mix the cacao nibs through the mixture with a spatula. The mixture will make 8 large cookies or 12 small. Put the cookies onto a tray with parchment paper and into a 180 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes.

The cookies are really soft on the inside and to be honest are more like the consistency of cake! I spread Meridian peanut butter on mine this morning and it went down a treat!