Friday, January 13, 2006

Bologna and Twinkies®

What could be more all-American kid than this? A vegan bologna sandwich on multigrain oat bread with Vegenaise, some lightly steamed green beans, a kiwi fruit, and yes, that's right -- a vegan Twinkie!

How did I do it? Watch the whole process and get the recipe here.

Why did I do it? Last week at lunchtime shmoo's friend waved a packaged Hostess treat in front of him. "Have you tried Twinkies? Have you? Have you? They're soooo good!"

Shmoo looked up at me questioningly. "You haven't had one, but I can make you one," I said. Shmoo grinned and looked confidently back at his friend.

Looking at this lunch and comparing it to the veggie-filled lunch below, I see the two extremes of my vegan kid cooking side-by-side. On the one hand, I want him to eat the healthiest diet possible; on the other hand, I want him to feel that veganism doesn't mean deprivation or missing out on things that other kids are enjoying.

Verdict: Little shmoo packed his fluff-filled confection in what he has now dubbed "Mr. Twinkie Brain". He ate everything but the sandwich crust. 4 stars.

44 comments:

Jane said...

What a wonderful idea! And I agree that no one has to be made to feel deprived...what a school friend...whewwww. I think your handling it wonderfully and I am tempted to make them for myself.

Anonymous said...

I bought the Twinkie pan during the holidays, thinking that it was calling out for vegan Twinkies. Yeah! They look delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe!

Dee said...

Cruse those dreaded bread crusts!!!! LOL! Even looking at this lunch is still better than most of the lunches either being served in cafeterias or being brought from home. I'd take this over a lunchable any day!

Anonymous said...

wow..im majorly, majorly impressed by the vegan twinkies..theyre so cool and look so much better than the store-bought kind..and the rest of the lunch looks yummy too :)

Miriam said...

Ok, you're amazing. I wouldn't have tolerated that comment at all, and even though these twinkies aren't exactly "healthy" you have my utmost admiration and respect! Wow! You're the coolest mom and little shmoo is so lucky.

Danni said...

You.Are.Amazing....

Michelle said...

Wow! You are so cool! I love to read your blog just to see the neat things you have come up with!

trinjoy said...

Bed, Bath, & Beyond is out of stock. :( You've gone and made vegans everywhere hopeful. They have apparently raided the Internet.

I'm glad Shmoo liked 'em. Hope you made a full pan so you could enjoy them, too!

Naomi said...

Wow first fauxtess cupcakes in Vegan with a Vengance. Now twinkies??? Hostess has nothing on the vegans now. :) By the way I have been obsessed about this blog for a good three months now. Thank you so much!

lonna said...

I never would have thought of making homemade twinkies. What an awesome idea. Lucky Shmoo.

Mother in Chief said...

We're not vegan -- just plain old vegetarian. But this stuff looks great! And my kid is only two, but he loves to dip, etc. I'm going to start trying some of this stuff.. The hard part will be going out to find stuff like kelp granules. But I'm willing to give it a try, especially because I miss fish every now and again too.

MommaSchell said...

Wow -- these look like the original! I actually toured the factory where Twinkies are produced...and...well, at least yours are baked! The original Twinkies are chemically GROWN in a lab! No kidding!

Michelle

Stacy said...

You rock! I am so impressed with how you handled that!

Jennifershmoo said...

Oh you're right, trinjoy, they are out of stock on the baking pans! I just did a search and discovered they are also called "cream canoe pans". Do a google search and you'll find quite a few of them.

Hi, mommaschell -- that is really, really gross! One more reason to make your own.

madness rivera said...

Jennifer, your genius never ceases to amaze me. I haven't commented in a while, but I view daily and have sent tons of people to check you out for ideas. Great blog. Thank you so much.

al said...

i don't understand what you put the twinkie in. is that a twinkie holding twinkie doll? also, you are awesome.

Karen Anne said...

Mom in chief, just find a local health food store - likely everything is there, along with organic produce and cruelty-free cosmetics, etc.

Anonymous said...

Al - the twinkie holder comes with the twinkie baking set. You'll see the pic of the full set including the holder if you click on her link to see how she made it.

Michelle

SDGvegan said...

I can relate to what you mean by not wanting him to think that veganism means deprivation. I think that is why I bake or fry donuts once in a while. I will definitely have to try these, after I find this pan thing.

Leslie said...

It looks like a Toy Story twinkie holder. The lunchbox is fabulous and even though the fake meats are not appealing to me personally, I love your involvement, care and concern that Shmoo can also eat like his friends, although so much better. Did you explain to him the difference in Ryan's twinkie?

Karen Anne said...

It's apparently just an urban legend that Twinkies aren't baked - see http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/twinkies.htm

Jennifershmoo said...

Yes, "Mr. Twinkie Brain" came in the baking set. You slide the cake inside and cover it with the cowboy hat. Shmoo was thrilled!

Hi, leslie -- I'm with you, veggie meats aren't really my thing, either. But Little shmoo really enjoys them, so I get them just for him. In fact, once he asked me why all meat can't be veggie meat so no animals would be killed. Good idea!

And yes, he knows the difference between his Twinkie and the storebought variety -- that his are animal-friendly and all-natural and, well, actually taste good!

TofuForBrains said...

I'm saving my credit card bonus points till I can afford the Lunch Date! I discovered that BettyCrocker.com has a cream canoe pan that comes with decorating supplies (presumably for injecting cream)...and, if you want your own Mr. Twinkie(TM) Brain, or a case for your PPK Fauxstess Cupcakes, check out www.twinkieshop.com (yes, they sell the Twinkie the Kid container...no, they don't seem to have the baking set).
Thanks!

Laine said...

definitely amazing. that would be awesome to be able to try that Twinkie recipe out! the only thing I don't know if I could get would be the barley malt powder, and of course the special twinkie pan. this is without a doubt in the list of my favorite Vegan Lunch Box lunches!

pghjezebel said...

My husband and I loved the Lunch Date sets and cant wait to order a couple. Im so glad I found your blog! :)

R-C said...

That's awesome! I want one of the twinkie baking sets. I'm glad you are posting recipes. Thanks.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Bringing twinkies to a vegan kid's life? Five stars! I recently tried a homemade vegan twinkie myself...it took me back at least 5 years.

Stephanie said...

*Stands up straight* When I grow up, I wanna be just like you...

I went vegan when I was 13 and now my mommy often makes me Tofurky-and-Vegenaise sandwiches, but she doesn't seem to get any vegetables in me, unlike you for Schmoo! Really, though -- you epitomize pleasant balance. Mainstreaming veganism is one of the things that will truly make the world a better place, and you're doing it in the best way.

Anonymous said...

I really admire you. I was a picky eater as a kid but, growing up in a family of omnivores, was never pushed to eat vegetables and instead spent my formative years eating mostly pasta and chicken. I'm making the switch to vegetarianism now but that inherent pickiness still sticks with me. It's so great to read about how your kid is so psyched to eat veggies--and how you encourage him to be healthy. Congrats to you for not only daring to be vegan, but for giving your kid the impetus to lead a healthy lifestyle by starting him off right.

-Jane (not that you know me, but that's okay :) )

(I found you from Isa Chandra's livejournal [livejournal.com/~isachandra], and I'll be sure to visit frequently!)

Anonymous said...

i just have to say i think you may be like the most amazing mother in the universe. seriously.

Harmonia said...

Wonderful post! What a lucky kid! You are a great MOM!

Diva Kitty's Mom said...

If you come up with a vegan Ho-Ho, I will love you forever!

Jennifershmoo said...

I'm not exactly sure what a Ho-Ho is. I am quite familiar with Ding-Dongs, though.

Diva Kitty said...

http://www.twinkies.com/hohos.asp

MandC said...

Very cute lunch! I think it's great that you are flexible enough to have super healthy food most of the time and treat foods like this occasionally.

Anonymous said...

I left this message on your other blog, but I wanted to let everyone know that you can also get a Filled Cake Set from The Baker's Catalogue: http://shop.bakerscatalogue.com/items/Filled_Cake_Set.html

Your websites are amazing... I am a vegetarian mom of an 18-month old, and I am trying to learn from you know so that I can be so cool :-)

Elizabeth said...

Hibi says she looked at the ingredients list from regular Twinkies and it was vegan. Not a natural ingredient in it....She didn't eat one. :-)

Jennifershmoo said...

Are you sure?? Here's a partial list of ingredients for regular Twinkies that I got off the web:

"Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Barley Malt, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), ""B"" Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vegetable And/Or Animal Shortening (Contains One Or More Of: Partially Hydrogenated Soybean, Cottonseed Or Canola Oil, Beef Fat), Dextrose, Whole Eggs, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Modified Corn Starch, Cellulose Gum, Whey, Leavenings (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium..."

april said...

Hi, just dropping by to say that I got the Twinkie kit and tried your recipe, and it turned out wonderfully! Thank you!

Two notes:
1. The pan really is nonstick. I sprayed baking spray on the first batch and they got too brown. The second batch, with no spray, turned out pretty.
2. I stubbornly had to try the Twinkie icing injector. You are right, it is a piece of junk. I should have trusted you!

Thanks again for the recipe. We had these when friends came over and everyone loved them. What a great idea!

Jennifershmoo said...

Yay! Thanks, April, that's so great to hear!! And thanks for the note on the nonstick spray -- I'm always afraid to trust a nonstick pan to actually *not stick*.

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen such great use of a twinkie and fruit since the last Soy Dracula show.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it's a regional variation or if they keep changing the recipe, but over the past three years I've seen the animal fat appear and disappear again from the ingredients list on Twinkies.

red said...

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