Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

PECAN, OAT & SALTED CARAMEL SQUARES

*Makes 9 squares or more if you cut them into smaller bites

*No baking required & Gluten Free, make sure the oats you buy are gluten free

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 20 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup water

Salted Caramel

  • 20 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Topping

  • 1 cup crushed pecans

Instructions

Line a 8×8 square pan with parchment paper.

Prepare the crust:

1. Combine rolled oats, pecans, oat flour and cinnamon in a food processor. Process ingredients until a crumbled, flour-like mixture is formed. Add dates and water. Process again until a sticky, crumbled mixture is formed.

2. Transfer mixture to the pan and press it across the base in an even layer.

Prepare the salted caramel: 

  1. Combine dates, water, vanilla, and salt in a blender. Process until ultra smooth.

2. Spread the caramel over the crust in an even layer.

3. Toss crushed pecans on top and gently press them into the caramel.

Chill in the pan, in the freezer, for 30 minutes


  • Store the pecan squares in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator

Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

*Makes 6 cookies

Perfect for breakfast or as a snack, these cookies are tender and just sweet enough 🙂

Ingredients
* 1 cup of all purpose flour
* 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp of baking powder
* Pinch of salt
* 1/3 cup of melted butter
* 1/3 cup of brown sugar
* 1 tbsp of ground flax mixed with 4 tbsp of water (Mix and let rest for 5 minutes)
* 1 tsp of vanilla extract
* 1/4 cup of chocolate chunks (Can be chocolate of your choice)

Insructions
* Pre-heat oven at 350 °F
* In a bowl, mix flour, cinnamon baking powder and salt.
* In a separate bowl, whisk the butter with the brown sugar, then add the flax mixture and the vanilla extract. Mix until ingredients are well combined.
* Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and then add the chocolate chunks.
* Use an ice cream scooper and form 6 dough balls unto a silicone lined tray.
* Sligthly flatten each cookie with a flat spatula.
* Bake for 12 minutes.

Voila ! you have yourself home made cookies in no time

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Dog Treats, JADE, WILLOW, SKYE & VALENTINA, RECIPES

3 Ingredient Healthy Doggie Treats

Skye the Yorkie is over the moon when I make these treats and Valentina the precious French Bulldog has this look that expresses it all…………..

You are assured of a healthy treat with no preservatives 😉

*Makes 60 cookies depending on the mold you choose

Preheat oven at 300 F

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of oat flour
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • ½ cup of smooth unsweetened peanut butter
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until a sticky dough is formed.

2. Remove from the food processor and roll out on a lightly floured surface.

3. Use the cookie shape of your choice until you have used up entire dough.

4. Lay the treats on a silpat lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until the treats are puffed up a bit, dry and dark brown on the bottoms.

5. Let cool completely before giving them to your 4 legged friends.

Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Happy Paws !!!

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Breakfast, Mains, RECIPES

Smokey Vegan Lox Spread

. 4 cups of finely grated carrots
. 1/2 red onion, minced
. 3 tbsp of capers, chopped
. 2 tbsp of olive oil
. 2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
. 1 tbsp of liquid smoke
. 1 tbsp of maple syrup
. pinch of salt

Simply add everything into a blender an purée it into a spread

Here served on a bagel with some lettuce and tomatoe slices. If you wish add some vegan cream cheese !

Keeps in the fridge for 7 days

Enjoy !!!

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Breakfast, RECIPES

Homemade Oil Free Granola, Sweetened with Maple Syrup

INGREDIENTS

4 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup nuts (combination of sliced almonds and halved pecans pictured here), you can certainly use your favorites

3 tsp cinnamon 

1 cup water

½ cup maple syrup

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

*If you wish you can add in chocolate or coconut chips !

1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat whichever you have at home

2. Heat the water, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a saucepan and let simmer for a couple of minutes. 

3. In a large bowl mix the oats, nuts, and cinnamon.

4. Pour the heated wet ingredients evenly over the mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon. 

5. Spread the granola mixture evenly over the lined baking tray, but don’t overcrowd the oats.

6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes (Use a spatula), being careful not to burn the granola. Very important not to skip this step, so that your arts bake evenly.

7. Once the granola is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool down completely.

8. Once it’s fully cooled down, keep it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 



Delicious on smoothies or added to yogourts 🙂

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Bread, Focaccia, Pizza, Breakfast, RECIPES

𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗗𝗗𝗔𝗥 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗖𝗨𝗜𝗧𝗦

*Makes 12 biscuits

𝗜𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀:

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 tbsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp of salt

1 tsp of onion powder

2 tsp of garlic powder

2 tbsp of chopped chives

2 tbsp of fresh parsley chopped

1 cup unsweetened soya milk

1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp melted vegan butter

2 cups of vegan shredded cheddar cheese 

𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀:

1. Add the apple cider vinegar to the soya milk and set aside 

2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt

3. Pour the melted butter into the milk before adding it to the flour mixture

4. Gently stir to combine and before fully combined add in the cheese, the chives, the parsley, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix until all these ingredients are well incorporated.

5. Scoop out the biscuits onto a large lined baking sheet using an ice cream scoop.

6. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes or until golden on top

Ooooh so delicious with breakfast or simply on their own

Enjoy !

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Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

No Bake Blueberry Tartelettes *No sugar, GF, Vegan, Kosher

*Makes 4 portions

You will need 4 tartelette molds with removable bottoms

INGREDIENTS

crust

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 15 pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons of water

filling

  • 6 pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pur vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup thawed frozen blueberries

some fresh blueberries for topping if you wish


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a food processor, combine the crust ingredients until it starts to clump together, if you need to add a bit more water for it to clump go ahead
  2. Press into the bottom of your molds
  3. Let chill in the refrigerator
  4. Combine the filling ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy
  5. Pour on top of the crusts
  6. Leave in the fridge overnight

top with some berries, I also added some dragon fruit powder for a pop of pink !

Enjoy !!!

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Mains, RECIPES, Sides, Uncategorized

Creamy Mushroom Rice

*Serves 4 as a main dish or 6 as a side dish

INGREDIENTS⠀
3 tbsp olive oil⠀⠀
1 tsp dried whole thyme
1/2 tsp ground dried sage
2 shallots finely cut
5 large garlic cloves, minced⠀⠀
1 1/2 cups white rice⠀⠀
680 gr white mushrooms, sliced coarsely (you can also use portobello or shiitake)⠀⠀
4 cups vegetable stock, plus if needed⠀⠀
2 tbsp tahini *this is what gives it its creamyness 🙂
Fresh lemon juice of 1 small lemon
Salt and pepper to taste⠀⠀

INSTRUCTIONS⠀⠀
1. In a large pot, heat olive oil and saute the shallots and garlic.

2. After 5 minutes, stir in mushrooms, rice, and dried herbs, then fry until the mushrooms have released some of their water.

3. Pour in the vegetable stock, stir in the tahini and cover the pot. simmer on low heat, stirring frequently, until the rice is cooked through.

4. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon the juice.

There ! you’ve made yourself a bowl of yummy flavourful rice !

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Desserts, MISC

HomeMade Chocolates *Only 5 ingredients

Great gift for the holidays !!!

Always the same recipe but with a holiday touch !!! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped cocoa butter
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 pinch sea salt 

Instructions

  • Add water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Then set a medium glass or metal mixing bowl on top, making sure it’s not touching the water (this creates a “double boiler/bain marie”).
  • To the mixing bowl, add cocoa butter and let melt.
  • Once melted, add the maple syrup and use a whisk to mix until fluid and thoroughly combined. Remove bowl from top of the saucepan and set aside. 
  • Add cocoa powder, vanilla, and sea salt to the bowl, and whisk to combine until there are no clumps.
  • Pour chocolate into 14 mini (I used mini quiche molds) but you may also use chocolate molds or other. Top the chocolates with any topping of your choice, get creative ! 
  • Transfer chocolate to the freezer to set for 10 minutes. Enjoy !
  • Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month.

Made with Love

Peas & Peace

Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

BLUEBERRY OAT SQUARES

  • Makes 9 squares

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

  • 16 oz of blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of agave
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1/8 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pur vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot  powder + 2 tablespoons of cold water (mixed together)

For the crust

  • 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 12 cups of oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened of apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup of agave
  • 1 teaspoon of pur vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2.  Oil a 8×8 inch baking pan and set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan, bring the blueberries, agave, lemon juice, and water to a boil over medium high heat.  Once boiling, stir in the vanilla and the arrowroot mixture.  
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.  
  5.  Combine the oats, the oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder in a bowl and mix well.
  6. Add the applesauce, agave, and vanilla and mix until well combined.  
  7. Add the coconut oil into the mixture and combine well.  
  8. Press the mixture evenly with the back of a spatula into the bottom of your pan.
  9. Pour the blueberry mixture on top of the crust layer.  
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.  
  11. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.
  12. Keeps in the refrigerator for 1 week.

You might want to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top……… 🙂 just saying 🙂

Enjoy !!!

P.S. Arrowroot is used as a thickener, it has more fiber than corn flour and considered gluten free

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Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

Chocolate Marble Cake

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
4 tbsp corn flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup of cane sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp ground flax mixed with 5 tbsp cold water
1 1/2 cups of soya milk
2 tsp pur vanilla extract
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil + a little to grease your loaf pan
4 tbsp cocoa powder
5 tbsp hot water

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan with a little oil.

2. Add flour, corn flour, baking powder, soda, sugar and nutmeg to a large bowl and stir well.

3. In a small dish mix ground flax seed with water to form a gel.


4. Add the flax mixture, milk, vanilla, apple cider vinegar and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients bowl and stir without overmixing.


5. In a medium bowl, mix cocoa with the hot water. Pour in half of the batter and stir well.


6. Using a tablespoon, alternate spoons of batter into the loaf pan until all batter is used up. For extra swirls use a chop or brochette stick to swirl the top layer of the cake. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool fully before slicing.

A go to in the afternoon or morning with a nice cup of coffee or tea 🙂

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Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

Maple Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Loaf

  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp  baking soda
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup cane sugar

  • Wet Ingredients
  • ¾ cup of soya milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • ½ cup maple syrup

A small quantity of neutral oil (I used canola) to brush the loaf pan

Maple Cinnamon Glaze

  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  • Add cider vinegar to the soya milk, stir to combine and let rest aside
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Combine pumpkin purée and maple syrup with the soya milk mixture
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well combined
  • Add the mixed batter to the loaf pan and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 60 minutes more or less depending on your oven, always test with a toothpick or cake tester
  • Let loaf cool completely before frosting

Put all glaze ingredients in small blender and blend for 1 minute or less

  • Drizzle the glaze over the loaf

Your entire house will smell of pumpkin pie spice, oh so nice !

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Desserts, RECIPES

Rice Krispies Squares

*Makes 9 squares

10 oz (283 grams) of mydandies vegan (also kosher) mini marshmallows

4 cups of nature’s path organic crispy rice

1/4 cup of vegan butter

1 tsp of vanilla

1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat on the stove. Once melted, add in the marshmallows and vanilla.

2. Stir the marshmallows until they begin to melt and combine. Take the pot off the stove and add in the crispy rice. Use a wooden spoon and mix until everything is well combined.

3. Line a 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper (My trick is to put the pan on top of the paper, trace the bottom and cut, voila !) Add in the mix. Using a spatula, evenly spread the mixture. Let it sit for an hour or so on the counter (until it firms up) or place it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then cut into 9 squares

Yum !

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Appetizers, Mains, RECIPES

Vegan Pepperoni

*Makes 2 x 6 inch logs

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of vital wheat gluten
  • ⅓ cup tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup coconut oil *Not melted
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Once the mixture starts to come together, finish mixing by hand, kneading the dough for 3 minutes to make sure it’s well combined.

2. Add water to a large pot with a steamer basket and bring to a boil.

3. Divide the dough into two pieces then roll the dough pieces into two logs about 6 inches long.

4. Wrap each log up loosely in a piece of aluminum foil then twist the ends closed. Steam for 30 minutes.

5. Remove the logs from the steamer and allow to cool completely in the fridge. The logs will have puffed up in the foil and become tight.

6. Once cooled, remove the foil and they are ready to slice. 

I cut them in cubes and serve them as an appetizer, as a pizza topping, in a pasta sauce or in a sandwich !!!

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Desserts, RECIPES

Cashew & Lemony….. Energy Balls

*Makes 10

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of raw cashews
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut (+ some to roll the energy balls in)
2 tbsp of pure maple syrup
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of yellow goldenberry powder (Optional, it however gives them a nice colouring 🙂 )
Freshly squeezed juice (1 small lemon)

DIRECTIVES:

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Using a 1 1/2 inch scooper
  3. Roll in your hand to form a ball
  4. Lastly roll each ball in some shredded coconut

Keep refrigerated

Enjoy !!!

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