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Apple collards watercress pudding and Peanut flax cake:
1 quarter cup (1.5 ounces) non roasted peanuts
  or 1/8 cup thawed frozen peas
  or 1/8 cup dried split pea meal 
  or 1/8 cup non roasted peanut butter
1/8 cup (1 ounce) water
1 teaspoon (.2 ounce) sugar in cake
2 tablespoons (.4 ounce) whole flax meal
1 teaspoon (.2 ounce) canola oil in cake

In pudding:
2 ounces fresh collards
1 tablespoon apple fiber powder
  or 1 teaspoon whole apple powder
  or 1/4 of an apple (1-1/2 ounces)
1/8 cup non roasted sunflower seed butter see note * 
  or 2 tablespoons non roasted tahini
  (seed butter instead of seeds used to encourage flow while 
   processing so no water has to be added)
1 tablespoon 2 teaspoons sugar
1 half ounce fresh watercress or frozen watercress puree 
  or 1 tablespoon (use 1 teaspoon if pungent) dried basil leaf flakes
  or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil powder
  or 1/4 ounce basil pesto (if pesto is 25 percent oil, use 1 less
    teaspoon oil listed below)
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 pinch salt
If used fresh collards: Cut 2 ounces collard leaves into 1 inch pieces. If using canned collards, skip ahead to &&&&&&&&&&&&

Put the collards in a blender.

Add 3/4 cup water.

Process into a slaw.

Process 60 seconds after mixture starts to fully flow.

Put the collards slurry into a microwaveable deep bowl.

Heat, uncovered, until fully boiling, about 2 minutes 40 seconds, watch for boil over last 30 seconds.

Remove as much water from the greens as possible with a coffee press. Or drain the water from the collards by pouring into a fine strainer and press most of the water out of the greens slaw using a bowl about the same size and shape as the strainer. Or put the greens puree onto a coffee filter paper. Gently squeeze out most of the water.

Put the greens into a mixing and/or portion bowl.

Use this much watercress: 1 half ounce fresh watercress, (use 1 ounce if watercress is frozen and over 2 years old, use 3 quarters ounce if watercress is frozen and over 1 year old)

Into the 1 cup food processor put, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds and process into a fine crumb, about 1 minute.

Add to the sunflower seed crumb in the processor:
1 tablespoon water, 2 teaspoons oil, 1 tablespoon (add 1/2 teaspoon if apples are semi sweet, 1 teaspoon extra if apples are tart) sugar, and 1 pinch salt.

Chop the watercress into 1/2 inch pieces. Add the watercress to the processor.

Process until watercress has no pieces larger than 1/32 inch, about 3 minutes.

Add the collard slaw and 1 tablespoon apple fiber powder to the processor and run until desired smoothness is achieved, perhaps 1 minute.

Put the processors contents into a portion bowl.

If using raw peanuts with skins, no shells: put 1/4 cup peanuts and 1/4 cup water into a mug. If the peanuts are blanched (buff) with no skins, skip ahead to ########.

Heat in a microwave oven until fully boiling (about 1 minute 10 seconds in a 1000 watt oven), then heat on low for 4 minutes.

Pour the peanuts and water into a sieve to get rid of the water.

Dump the peanuts back into the cup and add enough water to cover the peanuts.

Drain the water again.

Put the peanuts into a 1 cup processor and process into a slaw until the peanut slaw is stuck to the sides of the processor bowl.

Add 1/8 cup water and process until as fine as desired, perhaps 2 minutes.

Into a mixing bowl put:
the peanut slaw, 1/4 cup flax meal, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon oil.

Spread the mixture on a plate.

Form it into a flattened donut shape by making a 2 inch hole at center.

Heat in a 1000 watt microwave oven for 3 minutes.

Add 5 seconds for oven to start heating.
Add 10 seconds to heat plate.
To heat to boiling: 3.8 ounces X 20 seconds per ounce = 76 seconds.
Dry weight is total weight minus total water (3.5 - 1.8 ounces) = 1.7 ounces.
Water to leave in is 10/90 times dry weight (10/90 X 1.7) = .2 ounce.
Water to remove is total water - water left in (1.8 - .2) = 1.6 ounce.
Plus to remove excess water: 46 seconds per ounce X 1.6 ounces = 74 seconds.
Plus to replace heat lost to air: 12 seconds per minute X 74/60 = 16 seconds plus 16/60 X 12 seconds per minute = 4 seconds for a total of 20 seconds.
Assume 1 quarter cup peanuts after boiling weighs 2 ounces and is 40 percent water.

Allow the cake to cool for a couple of minutes.

Use a knife or spatula to cut the cake loose from the plate so it is easier to eat.

* note: The easiest way to make sunflower seed butter is to use a blender that has a lidded jar so the seed butter does not need to be transferred to a storage container. The sunflower seed butter will keep for a least several weeks in the refridgerator. Put the non roasted seed in the blender jar and add enough canola oil to fill about 2 thirds of the air spaces in the sunflower seeds. Run the blender until smooth.

To make sunflower seed butter using a food processor, fill processor 1/3 to 1/2 full with raw sunflower seeds. Process about 2 minutes or until flow stops. Add about 1 tablespoon canola oil for every quarter cup of sunflower seeds. Process about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides. Process about another 3 minutes or until desired smoothness.

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