Chewy Raw Snickers {with Medjool Dates}

I served this incredibly simple and YET INCREDIBLY delicious dessert at a recent women’s retreat I offered…and they ALL went CRAZY for this chewy – caramel-chocolatey treat!

Thanks in advance for your patience as I am still finalizing exact amounts to be able to even call this a “recipe” BUT this will definitely offer you the guidelines you need to get started!

Trust me, this will be your new go to for healthy, raw desserts!

What you’ll need

A pack of organic Medjool dates

A jar of all natural peanut butter

~1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, crushed

For the homemade chocolate

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

a pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Method

Begin by preparing your homemade chocolate.
Add 1 inch of tap water to a medium saucepan. On top of it, place a glass or stainless steel bowl.
Turn the burner onto medium.
Add coconut oil into the pot, and it melt.
Once melted, add in the remaining ingredients.
Whisk together until well combined, ensuring the heat is not too high.
Taste. Add more maple syrup as desired but remember the dates are already super sweet!
The chocolate should be a perfect balance between not too thin and not too thick. Add more oil (to think) or cacao powder (to thicken) as needed.
Allow to cool and set aside.

Prepare a large plate of flat baking pan with parchment paper.
Prepare the dates by gently opening them in half with your hands to remove the pit.
Be mindful not to break them completely apart!
Fill each dates with 1-2 tsp of natural peanut butter.
Stuff the dates with some crushed peanuts.
Fold the dates back together and do your best to press the peanuts and peanut butter inside.
Place them in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden up (not necessary but it makes it way less messy)
Using your hands (or a spoon if you really want to!), dip the filled dates into the chocolate bowl. Do your best to cover the entire date.
Place on the baking tray and go through this process with each date.
You may wish to sprinkle the snickers with additional peanuts and salt!

Photo supplied by http://www.eatingbirdfood.com as I am still waiting to get an epic one! 

Wild Blueberry Vegan Muffins

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In Northern Ontario, the months of July and August is the season to celebrate blueberries!

If you are in a part of the world where you can pick your own wild blueberries, I feel your joy and gratitude! If not, feel free to use berries from the farmer’s market or local health food store. You can even substitute the blueberries for your favorites berries! Enjoy!

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Makes 24 muffins. I am offering this size of recipe because these can easily be frozen if not enjoyed within the week of preparation! Keeps for 3 days on the counter in an air tight container or 1 week in the fridge.

Ingredients

4 cups Organic Light Spelt Flour.  I am using local and organic from LoonSong farm on Manitoulin Island.

1 1/3 cup Uncooked Hulled Millet
What is Millet?

3 tsp Baking Powder

1.5 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

Zest of 1 organic lemon or orange (optional)

2 cups Non-Dairy Milk, such as almond, hemp, oat or coconut, homemade if possible

1 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce, preferably homemade. Alternately you can grate 4 apples and add them to the dry ingredients.

1 cup Canadian Maple Syrup

2/3 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Melted

2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

3 cups fresh wild blueberries or fresh/frozen berries of choice

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two 12 cup muffin tray with liners or a light coating of coconut oil and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, millet, baking powder and soda, salt, zest and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a second bowl (or use the vitamix), mix/blend milk, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.

Add wet ingredients to dry. Combine just until all the flour has been absorbed.

Gently fold in the berries.

Pour evenly into the prepared muffin cups.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are domed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Vegan Food on Koh Phangan & Ubud Bali

5 Delicious Plant Based Meal Ideas … inspired from my travels in Thailand (Koh Phangan Island) and Bali (Ubud) 

 

Teriyaki Tempeh Bowl

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Terriyaki marinated tempeh, mixed greens, hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, caramelized onions and brown rice served with tahini sauce.

Eat. Co Restaurant – Koh Phangan
See the full menu!


Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad

Screen Shot 2019-05-13 at 15.34.37Mixed greens in a cashew salad dressing, sun dried tomatoes, raw parmesan “cheese,” nutritional yeast, mung bean sprouts and a raw crackers.

Orion Healing Center – Koh Phangan Thailand  

See the full menu

Have you tried my homemade creamy vegan caesar salad dressing yet?


Pumpkin and Black Bean Burrito

served with cashew sour cream and spicy salsa  

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Karma Kafe Koh Phangan Thailand

Visit their Facebook page 


Design your own vegan pizza 
with homemade cashew cheese and veggies of choice! 

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Organic Love Whole Food Kitchen – Koh Phangan Thailand

Visit their facebook page 


“BLT” Wrap

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Grilled tempeh “bacon”, black bean hummus, avocado, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and hot sauce!

Clear Cafe, Ubud Bali
See the full menu

 

More vegan food in bali coming soon! 

Ginger Moalsses Cookie Dough Bites

I am SUPER EXCITED about this recipe!

Did you eat peanut butter balls for the holidays as a child too??? Gone are the days of kraft peanut butter and icing sugar so here is my healthy adult version inspired by @emily.likes.food but with my own twist! 

Recipe

Ingredients
1 1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup 🍁
1 heaping TBSP organic blackstrap molasses
2 tsp freshly grated ginger root or 1 tsp ground/dry
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 medjool dates, cut into small pieces

Method

In a bowl, combine all ingredients except dates, until everything is well mixed.

Roll into balls with about 1 Tbsp mixture. Add more flour if its too wet.

Press a piece of date into the centre. Roll again.

Refrigerate & Enjoy!

Makes 20-24 balls.

Homestyle Blueberry Waffles {vegan | made with spelt flour}


Top with seasonal fruit like pomegranate ❤

Recipe

Ingredients

2.5 cups organic light spelt flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
heaping 1/4 cup of organic coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnamon (it’s our favourite)
2.5 cups nut mylk/ non dairy milk of choice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 cups frozen blueberries

Method

Preheat waffle maker.
In a bowl, combine apple cider vinegar with nut mylk and let sit.
Mix all dry ingredients in another bowl.
Add vanilla and coconut oil into the milk mixture.
Add wet ingredients to dry.
Combine.
Fold in blueberries.
Once the waffle maker is ready, scoop in the batter using a 1/3 cup measuring cup and cook for about 6-8 minutes.
Top with fresh fruit slices, canadian maple syrup, hemp seeds or feel free to get extra fancy with a coconut or cashew whipped cream. Serve for brunch with a side salad to balance the sweet and savoury!
Serves 4-6

Roasted Asparagus & Radish with balsamic glazed leeks and walnuts

Inspired by mother earth and her cycles for an early summer cooking class

at Shanti Retreat.

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Serves 4

Roasted Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus

1 bag or 2 bunches of radishes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt + pepper

Sauteed Ingredients

1 tbsp spoon virgin coconut oil

1 leek

¾ cup walnuts

½ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

For the dressing

1 large handful of arugula

Juice and zest of 2 lemons

1 tbsp dijon

1 tbsp honey

Generous handful of fresh mint, chopped

Pinch of cayenne

More salt, pepper and oil as needed

Optional garnish with garden chives
Instructions

Preheat oven to 400.

Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets

Cut off asparagus ends and cut veggie into 3 inch pieces

Toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet.

Trim radish tops, and if they are large cut into 4, or leave whole if smaller.

Toss radishes in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on baking sheet

Bake veggies until soft.

In a pan, melt coconut oil and add leeks and salt. Sautee for 5 minutes, or until soft and brown. Add balsamic vinegar, walnuts and cranberries and sautee for another 5 minutes.

Set aside.

Once veggies are roasted, toss in a large bowl with leeks, walnuts and cranberries.

Add arugula, and all dressing ingredients.

Stir or mix with hands until well combined.

Add additional oil, salt and pepper as needed.

Optional, to garnish with chives.  

 

Jumbo Vegan Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

IMG_0502To be honest, I actually found a variation of this recipe on the Taste of Home website. At a first glance, I thought this is not the recipe for me with its bleached white flour, white sugar, canola oil, buttermilk, etc…reminding me of some of my grandmother’s recipes (which is beautiful and nostalgic, but not how I want to nourish my body temple.)

And in that moment, I remembered how much I love taking any recipe and transforming it into a healthier version by substituting the types of flours, oils, sugars and for this muffin, even using flax “eggs” for a vegan version. I feel so grateful to have this knowledge and am looking forward to sharing this recipe with you!

Here are 2 tips for you: #1 – you can use spelt flour the same way you’d using any other kind of flour in a recipe without any need to change the measurements. #2- You can use less oil in a baking recipe by substituting half the oil for apple sauce (and it even makes the recipes more moist!)

This muffin is really tasty! …and it is jumbo! If you’re not much of a breakfast person, this may feel a bit heavy for you first thing in the morning so enjoy it mid morning with a tea, or in the afternoon.

 

Makes 16 delicious, moist, abundant muffins (with the most perfect crunchy topping!)

Ingredients

4 Flax Eggs (4 Tbsp of organic ground flax mixed with 8 Tbsp warm water)

5 cups Organic Light Spelt Flour

1 Cup Organic Raw Sugar

1 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice (or mix mostly cinnamon with ground ginger and a pinch of all spice and nutmeg.)

1.5 tsp Baking Powder

1.5 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Local Maple Syrup

2 cups Organic Canned Pumpkin Puree

1/4 cup Organic Almond Milk, or any non-dairy substitute that you have on hand

1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil, melted

1/4 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 cup Chopped Pecans

Topping

1/2 cup Organic Coconut Sugar

2/3 cup Pecans

1/4 cup Organic Rolled Oats

2 Tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut oil, cold or room temperature

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine ground flax and warm water, stir and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, raw sugar, spices, baking powder and soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin, almond milk, coconut oil, apple sauce, vanilla. Mix in flax eggs.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring until almost mixed and then fold in the pecans.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. In a food processor, add all the ingredients for the topping and pulse for 5 seconds. Otherwise, finely chop the pecans and mix in a bowl with remaining ingredients.
  7. Prepare muffins tins by greasing with additional coconut oil.
  8. Scoops muffin batter into the tins (I use the silicone ones!), filling half way, and top each one evenly with the crunchy-sweet oat topping. Warning… these do get a little messy 🙂 
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Let cool on a drying rack for 5 minutes before removing from muffin cups.

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies {vegan}

These are simply the best! They started as a way to use up the extra garden abidance of zucchini this season, but now they have turned into a regular favourite! Essentially they are like a healthy and homemade granola bar (which means you can have it any time of day!)

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yield: 2 1/2 DOZEN COOKIES

cook time: 10-12 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup organic light spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic raw cane sugar
  • 1 flax egg ( 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 2 tbsp water, mix and let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (and drained)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, prepare flax egg.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine coconut oil and sugars, mix until smooth. Add flax egg and vanilla extract. Next, add the shredded zucchini. Be sure to squeeze out any extra liquid with your hands. Mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in oats, coconut, and chocolate chips.
  6. Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are slightly golden around the edges and set. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Olive & Fig Tapenade

Olive & Fig Tapenade

Try this recipe for your next Italian inspired dinner! Make some extra and bring it in your lunch. Tastes great with your favourite crackers, pita bread, veggie sticks, or as in the photo, with homemade sunflower seed paleo bread!

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Ingredients

1.5 cups pitted kalamata olives

6 large dried figs, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons capers, rinsed

2 small garlic cloves, crushed

1/4 cup packed mint leaves

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

Method

In a food processor, pulse the olives, figs, capers, garlic, mint, and olive oil until the tapenade is thick and somewhat chunky. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the tapenade to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Makes 1.5 cups

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting 

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pitted and chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic light spelt flour, or buckwheat for gluten free option.
  • 1/3 cup raw cocao powder
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini, by hand or with a food processor 
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces or pumpkin seeds for a nut free version

FROSTING:

  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Place the dates in a small bowl and pour the hot water over them. Allow to soak until the dates are soft, about 1/2 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper or oiling lightly.
  3. Put the dates and the soaking water in the blender with the applesauce and vanilla. Blend at high speed until completely smooth. Set aside.
  4. Combine the flour, cacao, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the zucchini and walnuts, if using. Add the blended date mixture and stir until all the flour is moistened. The batter will be thick. Spoon it into the prepared pan and smooth over the top.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until brownies are no longer liquid in the middle and edges are firm but not drying out. Allow to cool.
  6. You can eat them plain or add the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Frosting:
  7. Combine the chocolate chips, non-dairy milk, and nut butter in a double boiler, cook and stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Frost brownies immediately. Allow to stand about 20 minutes to firm up. Enjoy!

Inspired by Fat Free Vegan.com