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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

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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No Bake Strawberry Shortcake

Being not baked, you have the full flavour of the strawberries !!! Healthy dessert and gluten free !

*Makes 16 squares

Ingredients

Crust

  • ¾ cup of raw cashews (not soaked)
  • ¼ cup of almond flour
  • pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 2 cups of raw cashew (soaked overnight)
  • ½ cup of canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled,
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups small strawberries, halved

Neutral oil to grease an 8 x 8 pan

Instructions

Line an 8×8” pan with parchment paper and grease well with neutral oil. Set aside.

For the crust, add the cashews, almond flour, pitted dates, coconut oil and salt to a food processor and mix until it comes together. Press the dough evenly along the bottom of the prepared pan.

In a high-powered blender, combine all of the filling ingredients except for the strawberries and blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Pour the filling into the prepared pan over the crust. Smooth out the top and tap the pan hard against the counter to even the filling. Press the strawberry halves into the filling.

Place in the freezer to firm up for 3 hours before cutting. Thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Store leftovers tightly wrapped in the freezer.

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Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies *Gluten free

  • Makes 9 cookies, only 6 ingredients and done in 15 minutes !

Ingredients:

270 ml of chick peas (soaked overnight), cooked & drained or if you prefer and easier 1 can (540 ml) of chick peas (drained)
2 tbsp of vanilla
1/4 cup of agave
3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 tsp of baking powder
Pinch of salt

9 roasted peanut halves (optional)

Preheat oven at 350

Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Scoop with an ice cream scooper into balls, lay them on a silicone lined 17 x 12 baking tray, flatten to about 1/2 inch thick and top with a peanut (you may add a chocolate drizzlle if you wish or any other topping).

Bake for 10 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy !!!

*Can keep in the fridge up to 5 days

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Banana Muffins in 20 minutes !

*Makes 12 muffins

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup + 2 tbsp of soya milk
3/4 tsp of apple cider vinegar
2 vegan eggs (2 tbsp of ground chia seeds + 6 tbsp of water, mix in a small bowl and let set for 5 minutes)
1 ripe mashed banana
1/3 cup of coconut sugar
1/4 cup of tahini
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

powdered sugar (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 muffin tin pan with paper muffin cups.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes add egg mixture, mashed banana, sugar and tahini. Whisk together until uniform.
  4. Add in flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and gently mix with a wooden spoon without overmixing so that you keep little chunks of the banana intact.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, evenly divide your mixture into your muffin pan and then tap the tray to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

I sprinkled them with powdered sugar 🙂

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Applesauce & Cinnamon Loaf

All you need is one large bowl, a 9 x 5 bread or loaf pan and a spatula !. Should you not have any spelt flour in the kitchen, no worries simply use all purpose flour. This simple to make and delicious recipe is sweetened with maple syrup ! Super moist ! Perfect as a snack or for breakfast 🙂

  • 2 cups of spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup of coarse oats
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened soya milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F

Dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine.

Wet ingredients

In the same mixing bowl, add applesauce, maple syrup, milk and vanilla and mix until just combined. There is no need to overmix the batter.

Pour the batter into the pan and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes. The loaf is done when it’s golden brown on the outside and slightly moist on the inside.

Let cool on a rack before slicing

Ready to serve !

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Lemon Custard Tarts

  • Makes 8 mini tarts
  • You will need 4 inch tins with the removable bottom

Ingredients

Tart Shell

  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp of coconut oil (Melted)
  • 4 tbsp good grade maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

a little neutral oil (any vegetable oil) to brush tins

Lemon Curd Filling

  • 1 cup lemon juice (Approx 5 Lemons)
  • 1 can (400 ml) of full fat coconut milk at room temperature
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp agar agar powder 
  • pinch of ground turmeric for colouring

Instructions

  • Brush 8 x 4 inch tins with the vegetable oil.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the Tart Shells

  • Put all crust ingredients into a blender, and blend until sticky. Press the mixture in equal portions into each mini tart tin. Bake for 15 minutes. Set on a wire rack to cool. 

For the Filling

  • Pour the coconut milk into a sauce pan on low heat. As surface begins to steam, add in the cornstarch and agar-agar. Stir until completely dissolved. 
  • Add in maple syrup and lemon juice and simmer gently for approx 1 minute.
  • Pour mixture into cooled tart shells and refrigerate for 4 hours to set. I sprinkled the tartlets with lavender, but you can certainly decorate them with your favorite topping. Coconut shavings is an idea or blueberries 🙂

If you have leftover lemon custard it can be frozen for up to 1 year without quality changes. To thaw simply transfer to the fridge. After thawing, keep in the fridge no longer than 4 weeks. When you’ll use it, simply rewarm at low heat and whisk until dissolved.

Enjoy these delicious mini tarts

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