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 !!!

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Breakfast, RECIPES

Oats and Fruits Parfait ❤️

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Oats & Fruits Parfait ! 🌱🍓Perfect breakfast, dessert or snack ! Simple, soak oats overnight with your choice of plant based milk kept in the fridge, I used almond. Next day add different cut up fruits, your favorites 😊, then toppings could be nuts, or shavings (coconut, almond) I also like to add additional nutrients such as chia seeds, flax, hempseeds. Then drizzle a little maple syrup to sweeten it. Set it up in a beautiful glass, when you can eat something with your eyes 👀 before you actually have tasted, it is even better 😋
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MISC

Bleeding Hearts

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🍃Had to share these photos of my beautiful bleeding hearts 💕They are presently in full bloom. Nature and its beauty at its best. Take the time to take a beautiful walk through your garden, or a friends or simply at the park ! and absorb the beautiful colors & scents.
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TRAVELS

Happy Cow

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Happy Cow is an app and it has been my saviour when travelling anywhere in the world !!!

Travelling planning is made easier knowing what restaurant options you have depending on your destination. If few options are  available, I might be tempted in renting a hotel or a condo with a kitchen. Some destinations such as Paris as an example, where there are a multitude of choices of restaurants & cafés, the need for a kitchen becomes less of an issue.

Since 1999, HappyCow has helped users find over 90,000 restaurants, cafés, and grocery stores in over 180 countries. Read 425,000 + reviews and photos. With HappyCow, you can search for vegan, vegetarian or vegan-friendly restaurants, bakeries, health food stores, catering, farmers markets, juice bars, and coffee shops!

• Filter by Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, cuisine type, and more!

• Easily search near you or worldwide

• Find popular and undiscovered eateries with keywords, perfect for foodies

• See hours, directions, photos, and reviews

This is an app that you want to absolutely download !

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RECIPES

Breakfast in a mug

 

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Mains, RECIPES

Shells with a creamy spinach filling

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16 jumbo shells
350 gr semi-firm tofu
2 cups of cooked white beans
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
225 gr frozen spinach, thawed and drained
28 oz strained tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1/4 cup minced fresh basil

Pre-heat over at 350 degrees

Cook your shells, drain and set aside

In a food processor, purée the tofu, beans, yeast, garlic, lemon zest, juice and nutmeg and add   1/4 of a cup of water. Mix until cream, it might need additional water depending.

In a bowl combine the tomate coulis, olive oil and chili flakes, mix and coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan or platter with 3/4 of the coulis

Stuff the jumbo shells with the filling and place on top of the tomatoe coulis and cover with the remaining sauce

Cover with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes

Garnish with the basil and you’e set !

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Desserts, RECIPES

Chocolate & Caramel Pie

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/2 cup  + 2 Tbsp dry roasted almonds
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 Tbsp  flax seed meal 
  • Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup roasted coconut flakes
  • 8 soft dates
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp  maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk

Caramel Layer

  • 1 cup soft medjool dates – soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter 
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup  almond milk 

Chocolate layer

  • 1/2 cup  full fat coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp  almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp  coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

    • Soak the dates for the caramel layer in hot water for 15 minutes while you make the crust.

    Crust

          Process the almonds in a food processor until coarse meal. Add seeds, cocoa, dates, 1/4 cup coconut flakes and pulse until the dates are well incorporated . Add the rest of the coconut flakes, vanilla, maple, almond milk and process until doughy. Add more almond milk if needed. Press the dough into a parchement paper lined 9 inch pie pan.

    Caramel Layer

    Drain the soaked dates. Purée all the ingredients with the soaked dates until you get  a smooth purée texture Spread evenly on top of the crust.

     

    Chocolate Layer

Heat the coconut milk until it starts to bubble and transfer to a bowl. Add the              chocolate chips and whisk until melted. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients. Pour on top of  the caramel and spread evenly.

Freeze for at least 4 hours, then slice and enjoy !
 

 

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Desserts, RECIPES

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

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1 cup oat flour
1 cup ground cashews (grind cashews by pulsing them in a high-speed blender until fine)
4 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp  vanilla extract
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp of cacao nibs

In a large mixing bowl mix together oat flour and ground cashews

Then  add coconut oil, vanilla extract,  Himalayan salt and maple, combine these into a dough, add cacao nibs and mix together

Form into 12  balls then flatten and shape into cookies.

Put them in the refrigerator to set for two hours and then enjoy !

Keep in the fridge if any leftover……..

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Desserts, RECIPES

Raw Chocolate Hempseed Brownies

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Base

1 3/4 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup shelled hemp seeds
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
3/4 cup roasted cashew nuts
3 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup

Topping

3 tbsp melted coconut oil
3 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut sugar

For the base, roughly grind the sunflower seeds in a food processor then add the cashews and hemp seeds and grind again.
Add the dates and vanilla and blend until it’s mixed well and you get a sticky consistence. Should it not be sticky enough add a little maple syrup at a time.When you have the right consistency press all of the mixture down very firmly into a loaf pan. Pop into the fridge while you prepare the topping.

For the topping, add the cacao, maple syrup and coconut sugar to the melted coconut oil and mix together thoroughly. Pour the topping on top of the brownie base and then place back again in the fridge.

When the topping has set, take out and slice up. Keeps in the fridge for a week or the freezer for a couple of months.

Delicious !

HEALTH

Physical Activity

Due to scientific research, we are now well aware that nutrition plays a huge role in how we feel on a daily basis and the impact it has on our health. Adding an activity, has to be your favorite !, could be a daily brisk walk, running, swimming, cycling, will affect and also increase your wellbeing, I insist on it must be something you enjoy !. Physical activity impacts your stamina, your mood, your weight, your muscles. For those that live in parts of the world where winters are long and bitter cold at times, I hopefully might inspire you in showing you a room I converted into a small exercise/yoga room so that winter doesn’t sabotage your exercise.

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On a daily basis I alternate between tennis (outdoors in the summer, indoors winter), Pilates, cycling (indoors or outdoors weather permitting), so to not always be overworking the same muscles and also so that it doesn’t become repetitive.  I also sneak in daily walks for added fresh air while walking the dogs. Personalize your gym !, go with your favorite colours, gear, make it conducive to wanting to be in that room or area of the house.

Little tricks to share with you to maximize space and economise, we bought a set of weights all in one (Nautilus), this way we don’t have a wall of weights taking up the entire space. The screen is not so much to watch programs as I prefer to have music on, it is to follow free yoga/pilates sessions on youtube.

 

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Mains, RECIPES

Meatless Balls

But soooooo tasty !

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Add them to your favorite Pasta and top it with Parmesan (see my recipe), Delicious !

Ingredients for meatless balls:
1 cup of oats
1 3/4 cooked black beans
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax & 2 1/2 tbsp water, mix together and let sit for 5 minutes)
Salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients for the sauce:
500 ml of ground tomatoes
1 1/2 cup of vegetable stock
3 garlic cloves (minced)

Add oats to a blender, pulse until ground, add all the other ingredients and blend until well combined

Use an ice cream scooper for size and shape in your hand afterwards, add to a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes

Set the oven at 350F and bake balls until golden brown.

While baking add the sauce ingredients to a pan then transfer balls to sauce and cook  medium heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally

Enjoy !

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