When we first visited Arizona, before moving here, I found one of my favorite vegan restaurants, Pomegranate Cafe. During brunch on a morning, I ordered vegan jackfruit benedict, and breakfast changed forever.
Before transitioning to a plant-based diet, I really didn’t care much for breakfast. In fact, I never liked eggs or any breakfast foods for that matter. But, now, breakfast is one of my favorite meals. And Pomegranate Cafe, ad well as Verdura, another one of my favorite vegan hangouts, has the best version of vegan jackfruit benedict recipe I have ever tasted.
Of course, I challenged myself to try to make my own version of vegan jackfruit benedict at home. To my surprise, it was a home run.
Although this vegan jackfruit benedict recipe is quite different than the ones we have enjoyed several times, I chose to give it my own twist.
Despite being plant-based and somewhat healthy, Pom’s version of vegan jackfruit benedict has way too many calories.
So, in an effort to reduce the fat and calories, I omitted the tofu and vegan cheese. Then, I baked my vegan jackfruit benedict instead of frying it, and replaced the tofu with portobello mushrooms and the cheese with tomato.
HOW TO MAKE THE VEGAN JACKFRUIT BENEDICT CAKE
First, you need to make the jackfruit cake which is simple enough. You do need some Dulse Flakes, an Asian seaweed. Although Dulse is available at Whole Foods, I order mine from Amazon. The bag literally lasts forever.
WHAT IS DULSE?
Dulse is a variety of seaweed that resembles leafy red lettuce when fresh. Its flavor will definitely remind you of the ocean — its minerality makes it a great stand-in for salt.
The benefits of Dulse include, for example, high levels of protein and fiber. Dulse is a nutrient-rich red algae which has become increasingly popular in health food circles due to its numerous nutrition properties. More and more experts are advising people to implement sea greens into their diets, including dulse.
Here are some great ways to incorporate dulse:
- Mix flaked dulse into homemade salad dressings.
- Use dried flakes on top of popcorn
- Add strips of whole-leaf dulse to your favorite pickled vegetables.
- Sprinkle flakes over your vegan poke bowl
- Steep whole-leaf dulse in water for a restorative and savory “tea.”
- Mix flaked dulse into homemade bread dough.
- Add to a bowl of ramen.
- Sprinkle flaked dulse over a baked potato to amp up the flavor of a classic.
Despite being available in stores, the actual fruit size is quite large and difficult to navigate. Because of this, I buy my jackfruit in brine at Trader Joes. If you don’t have a Trader Joes or an Asian market near you, try this link Jackfruit on AMAZON.
First, it is important to buy canned jackfruit in water or brine. Be careful not to buy the jackfruit in syrup! Also, jackfruit can be purchased in packs in the refrigerator section, but these packets are generally flavored.
Once you have the canned jackfruit, the process of making the salad is fairly easy. I like to shred the jackfruit, so it has a crablike texture. To do this, I use my Hamilton Beach Food Processor.
JACKFRUIT CRAB CAKE FOR VEGAN JACKFRUIT BENEDICT
- 1 20 ounce can of Jackfruit in Brine
- 1 while onion, minced
- 3 Tablespoons chopped chives
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce or Tamari
- 1 Tablespoon chopped Dulse flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs (or any breadcrumbs)
CASHEW CHIPOTLE CREAM SAUCE
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in water overnight); this is recommended but not required. If you do not have time to soak, just blend longer.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons lime juice
- 1 Jalapeno, deseeded
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup cilantro
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR VEGAN JACKFRUIT BENEDICT
- 6 Vegan English muffins (you may use gluten-free), toasted
- 1 16 ounce package sliced portobello mushrooms
- 1 large Hot House tomato (sliced into 6 slices)
- 2 Avocados, sliced thin
The rest is easy. I made six cakes ahead of time and put them in the refrigerator overnight. You can also freeze the vegan jackfruit cakes. Although this recipe is intended for benedict, these cakes could also be served as a jackfruit crab cake with rice. Or you could eat it as a burger.
If vegan jackfruit benedict isn’t your thing, try my Vegan Crab Cakes! They are to die for!