My Maui posts are almost over. Actually I think there is going to be one more after this one, showing you some amazing vegan options on Maui. This time around I thought I would show you some of what I made while there.
Within the first two days of being there, I hit up Whole Foods, Costco, & the farmer’s market in Makawao. I loaded up on goodies as I had a few things in mind I wanted to make. I knew I wanted to make both Hawaiian inspired quick breads from Eat the Love, a vegan version of Hawaiian sweet bread, a vegan Hawaiian burger, and some of the taro recipes from an old issue of VegNews.
I decided to start with the Honey Mango Orange Bread from Eat the Love. I replaced the 3 eggs with 3 tsp dry Ener-G Egg Replacer (NOT mixed with water) and it came out excellent. Very moist, loaded with Hawaiian mango, humane organic Hawaiian honey, local navel oranges and Maui grown organic vanilla beans (which you can get for a little less than $1 a piece!).
I had to smuggle some vegan white chocolate chips over on the plane to make the White Chocolate Ginger Papaya Bread from Eat the Love. I used a Hawaiian strawberry papaya and subbed out the butter for Earth Balance. I replaced the eggs with 3 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer and replaced the yogurt with So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt. This turned out to be a moist and delicious bread. It was difficult deciding if this bread or the mango bread was better. I loved incorporating the papaya seeds into the bread batter.
Here is my Hawaiian Sweet Bread attempt. The flavor was right, but the texture was far too dense. Going to try again and hopefully have a recipe for y’all.
The only taro recipe I had an opportunity to make was the Taro Poke from VegNews. It was excellent. I loved it so much I have made it since being home. I’ve also made the Pineapple-Taro Smoothie since I’ve been back, using some of the Maui Gold Pineapple I brought home.
This guy showed up while I was photographing the Poke.
And then there were these Hawaiian Burgers, with a not so great patty, but with amazing Maui Gold Pineapple, mashed Big Island avocado, sauteed Maui sweet onions, and homemade Teriyaki Aioli made with Kupa’a Organic Farms amazing Elephant Garlic. Now I don’t want to trash talk, but I happened to have a coupon good for some free Gardein. I enjoy their “chik”n” products, so I thought I’d give the burgers a try. They’re not terrible, just incredibly similar to a Boca Burger, and I know we’ve all had better veggie/vegan burgers than those. So, def try it if there are no other burger options, but this burger would be great with a homemade patty or some of those crazy good ones from Costco whose brand name escapes me. Don something….. Despite the so-so patty, the rest of the burger was great. The aioli I invented was so good, that my friend and I snuck some into a restaurant in Lahaina to jazz up our veggie burgers there. 😉