My husband had been begging for a good garlic knot for quite some time. We do indulge every so often and get a Whole Foods vegan pizza and some garlic knots but they are just so damn expensive. And even when you say "light on the vegan cheese" most non-vegans don't know that two shreds of Daiya spread like the plague and cover an entire slice of pizza LOL. So it's always swimming in cheese. And costs $15 or something crazy like that, plus the $12 (I think) for the knots. Then while you're there you always have to get some vegan chocolate chip cookies for dessert ($6), some Zevia ($6) and before you know it you've got an entire paycheck's worth of groceries all for some garlic knots. Skip the shopping spree (for tonight) and make my vegan butternut squash garlic knots. You know you want to. I figured that if I was going to indulge, I had to at least make the knot itself healthy.
Butternut Squash Garlic Knots
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 tsp. yeast
- 1 tbsp. applesauce, divided
- 7 oz. (approximately 2/3 c. + 1/4 c.) Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tbsp. applesauce
- 2 tbsp. butternut squash, pureed
- Earth Balance (butter flavor, coconut spread, your choice)
- Olive Oil (I didn't have any but you are certainly free to use)
- 1-2 cloves minced garlic
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Salt (to taste)
Heat your water and 1/2 tbsp applesauce to approximately 115°F. Stir in yeast. Allow to bloom.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, mix flour & salt. Pour in water/applesauce mixture, additional 1/2 tbsp. applesauce, and butternut squash. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for an hour.
Cut dough into equal pieces. Roll out in your hands into long cigar shapes. Tie into knots. Set aside on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with damp cloth and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes in a warm place. I like to use the top of the stove while it is finishing up preheating.
Bake knots for approximatley 10 minutes, or until browned.
In a small saucepan on medium low, or in the microwave, heat minced garlic in equal parts olive oil and earth balance. Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Pour over top of warm knots. Dust with Parmela. PLENTY of it!
So tell me, what will you be serving these knots with?
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