Desserts, RECIPES

No Baking Required Date Squares

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Only 4 ingredients ! perfect for lunches, snacks, breakfast and not sweetened with sugar

CRUST

1.5 cups raw almonds
1.5 cups oats, if you have an intolerance to gluten use GF oats
10 pitted dates roughly chopped
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

DATE FILLING

25 pitted dates roughly chopped
1/2 cup of water

Line an 8 x 8 square pan with parchment paper (my trick is to put the pan above the paper,  trace with a pencil all around and then cut with scissors 🙂

In a food processor , process the almonds and oats until fine, add the dates and process again. Add the melted coconut oil and process until sticky. Set aside 3/4 of a cup of the mixture for later (for top layer). Take remaining of the mixture and press firmly and evenly into your pan.

For the filling use the food processor as well and process the dates and water until a paste forms. Spread the date mixture onto the crust and spread with a flat spatula.

Sprinkle the 3/4 of the mixture previously set aside and press down with your fingers. Let set in the fridge for 1 hour minimum. Cut into squares and ENJOY !

Cristina for Peas and Peace

Desserts, RECIPES

Guilt Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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They contain no sugar, therefore very healthy !!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates, soaked in hot water to soften, then drained 
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (non-dairy)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat
  2. Process the dates and almond butter in a food processor to form a paste, then process in the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips.
  3. Stir in chocolate, some might not stick to the dough, simply add them to top of cookies once flattened.
  4. Shape into 14 cookies on the baking sheet and flatten.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes
  6. Cool on  a wire rack

Yum !!!

Cristina for Peas and Peace

TRAVELS

Chinatown Victoria BC, Canada 🇨🇦

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The Chinatown in Victoria, British Columbia is the oldest Chinatown in Canada 🇨🇦 and the second oldest in North America after San Francisco

Cristina Supino for Peas and Peace

HEALTH

Volunteering

It is official, I have received my training and am now a volunteer at the Oncology Department at a nearby hospital. Every week  I will be greeting, assisting, listening to, and comforting patients scheduled to meet the Oncologist, or to receive a chemotherapy treatment.

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You may be wondering why I opted to volunteer with the Oncology Department. Three simple words…………it grounds you. I get to converse with individuals of all ages. Some patients are humorous about their situation, some are still in shock, and some are understandably very angry. However, some are in recovery, and simply follow-up with the department when necessary.

This is a constant reminder to me that I am blessed, as my family is all in good health, and we can go about pursuing our projects and dreams. For cancer patients, some projects and dreams have to be put on hold.

Volunteering or giving back may have positive benefits for the person or community but for the volunteer as well

I get inspired meeting individuals in adversity, and I feel a have a purpose if somewhere I was able to bring comfort or make someone smile in such times.

 

Cristina for Peas & Peace

 

 

Desserts, RECIPES

Raspberry Cheesecake

Try this delicious and easy recipe when hosting or simply for yourself !

Crust:

40 gr Almonds
1 tbsp Hot water
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Coconut oil (melted)

Process the almonds in a food processor until small pieces. Then add dates and water, continue to blend until a sticky dough forms. Grease a 18 cm diameter springform pan with the melted coconut oil. Press the dough into the mold and refrigerate at least half an hour.

In the meantime prepare the filling:

1 cup soaked cashews (at least 4 hours)
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 cup Coconut cream (solid part of the can)
4 tbsp Agave
2 tbsp Coconut oil

Process the soaked cashews in a food processor until creamy and smooth, then add in the rest of the ingredients until smooth.

Pour *half  of the filling over the refrigerated crust. Place the mold in the freezer for at least half an hour.

For the pink layer:

Blend some frozen raspberries along with the other half of the filling, pour it over the white layer and put it in the freezer for another half hour.

Ready to enjoy !

My inspiration was @foodie.yuki

Love

Cristina for Peas & Peace

JADE, WILLOW, SKYE & VALENTINA

Thankful

Hi everyone! My name is Willow, I am an 8 year old Boston Terrier. In my family, we share and take turns in posting on the Peas & Peace blog.

Speaking of my family, let me introduce them to you!

Firstly, there’s Jade, he’s my older brother. He’s a ten year old Maine Coon cat, and needless to say, he’s huge (weighs more than I do)! Visitors often comment on his size, but it’s just common of the breed, so usually, after a comment’s made, we clarify that he’s just big boned (not chubby), so as not to hurt his feelings.

Then, there’s Skye, my  little sister, she’s a two year old Yorkshire Terrier. I love her, although at my age I realllyyy enjoy my afternoon naps, and Skye always comes to sit on me while I’m resting, then nudges me until I play with her.

Next, there’s Cristina, she’s a human… interesting species! She feeds me, takes me for walks, cuddles me and sometimes has to discipline me, like when I wander off and don’t necessarily come back as soon as I’m called. I understand where she is coming from and know that she will always protect me no matter what.

After Cristina, there’s Maurice, human as well. He’s super great, I can do what I want when he’s around!

And lastly, there is Arielle, she is my human mama. I dont live with her because she is away for her studies and I miss her very much.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I am very thankful for my family, and all families that have opted for a plant based lifestyle.

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-WILLOW