Combine the flour and baking powder. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Add in the water and whisk. Pour into a hot waffle iron. Should you want to add chocolate powder or chocolate chips or vanilla is also fun, just to change it up
I then also have fun in topping them with fruit, dust icing sugar, powder chocolate in this case, and let’s not forget maple syrup ! Yum !
What in the world is Aquafaba ? it is the viscous water in which chickpeas have been cooked in. Due to its ability to mimic functional properties of egg whites in cooking, aquafaba can be used as a direct replacement for them in muffins and other baked goods. You can freeze the excedent aquafa for other recipes.
2 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 and 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup aquafaba
1/3 cup canola
3/4 cup granulated organic sugar
1 cup soya milk
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp teaspoon pure lemon extract
1 tbsp lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 12-well regular-size muffin tin with paper cups or spray the wells with oil.
Combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
Take a separate medium bowl, add the aquafaba and, using a large whisk, whisk it until it is frothy, about 3 minutes. Add the oil slowly while whisking to emulsify. Add the sugar in the same way. Add the milk, vanilla, lemon extract, and zest and whisk well.
Add the flour mixture to the milk mixture and, using a wooden spoon, mix the batter until almost no more flour is visible. Lumps are fine; do not overmix.
Fill the wells about three-quarters full with the batter. Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted into the muffin in the middle well comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.
Cool the muffins on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before removing them from the tin. Cool the muffins completely before storing in airtight containers, where they will keep for a few days.
These are great as a gift or simply as a treat for yourself or your family
1 cup chopped cocoa butter
5 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt
Rose petals & corse sea salt for topping
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 rose petals and corse sea salt or 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.
7 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour 1 tbsp coarse sea salt for sprinkling 1 tsp active dry yeast 3 1/2 cups warm water 1 tbsp agave 1/3 cup olive oil * 1 small red onion , thinly sliced 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes , chopped 1/3 cup Kalamata pitted olives , chopped * 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
& some chili flakes
Use good quality olives and olive oil it makes a big difference in flavour, I used Barakaris olives and olive oil from Mouton Vert located in Montreal
1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour and yeast. In a small bowl combine warm water and agave to dissolve. Then pour liquid over the flour mixture. Stir to combine until you have a sticky dough. 2. In another large mixing bowl add 1/4 cup olive oil only, and transfer dough to the bowl. Roll the dough to coat in the olive oil. Cover the bowl tightly, and transfer to the fridge overnight. (Make sure the bowl is big enough for dough to double in size). 3. Remove dough from fridge and line a 17 x 12 inch baking tray lined with parchment paper. Transfer dough onto tray. Push dough out with hands as best you can to cover tray entirely. Wait 1 hour for the dough to come to room temperature. It should soften and rise considerably. 4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat focaccia dough again to ensure it is the same thickness throughout on the pan (about 1-inch thick). Then dimple the entire dough by pushing your fingers into the dough. Drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with the coarse salt. 5. Decorate with thinly sliced red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and rosemary & chili flakes. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Loaded with natural sugar, healthy fats and fiber to satisfy your cravings
Makes 12 balls
* 1 medium gratted carrot * 1/2 cup (125ml) rolled oats * 1/2 cup (125ml) almonds * 1/4 cup (60ml) hazelnuts * 1 tbsp chia seeds * 1/4 cup (60ml) almond milk * 1/6 cup (40ml) pitted dates * 1 tbsp coconut oil (not melted) * 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon * 2 tbsp shredded coconut (I used unsweetened but if you prefer a sweeter energy ball, use sweeetened)
Blend everything (except for the shredded coconut) in a food processor until dough is formed. Shape with your hands into bite size balls and then roll in the shredded coconut.
I am 57 years old, and I am here to dispel the notion that being a certain age restricts you in terms of the activities you can do. I am a firm believer in the notion that age is but a number, it is all in how you feel on the inside. I would like to illustrate this via my love of ballet.
From a young age, I have been fascinated with the dance world, and the innovative ways in which it marries music, movement, and expression. I Took ballet classes in my teens, but life caught up with me, and I eventually resorted to simply spectating at performances here and there, nothing more. However, as time went on, I could no longer fight the urge to revisit it for myself. There was one small thing holding me back in my mind. If I were to go back, and start from the beginning, I would be placed in a class with young children, and would need to keep up with them, and the fear of old knee and other injuries flaring as well. Still, despite all of these apparent concerns, something compelled me to enroll myself.
This is a photo of me at my midterm recital, as you can attest, my fifth positon is not perfect and I need to work on and improve many movements and steps. Regardless, I made it! I attend two hour classes twice a week and can keep up with my much much younger class mates. My passion for the art of ballet inspired me to push my limits, stay fit, practice the sequences, and better myself with each and every class.
Somewhere, I am hoping that I could maybe also be an inspiration to a parent or grand parent, anyone really to follow their passion or dream. This goes to show that no matter how old you are, you can do anything you set your mind to, it’s never too late! If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, find out the necessary steps, and work towards your goal.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 inch Quiche pan.
Combine the ground flaxseeds and water in a small bowl and set aside. This is your flax egg.
In a food processor add the dry ingredients (almond flour, all purpose flour and salt) and pulse to combine. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and flax egg. Add 1-2 tablespoons water as needed until the dough sticks together when you press it between your fingers.
Crumble the dough into the pan and press the mixture evenly on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Press firmly and evenly. Poke a few holes in the bottom of the crust, and then bake for 12 minutes. Remove and set aside while you make the filling. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
For the filling:
In a medium skillet, sauté the garlic and mushrooms over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until the mushrooms soften. Now add the spinach and stir until it wilts. Remove from heat and set aside.
In the food processor, add the drained tofu, almond milk, nutritional yeast, onion powder, turmeric and salt. Blend until very smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the cooked vegetable mixture, and pulse a few times to combine, but don’t blend entirely.
Pour the filling into the crust and spread evenly using a spatula. Bake for about 35 minutes.
Filling 25 pitted & roughly chopped dates 1/2 cup of water
1. Line a 8 inch by 8 inch square pan with parchment paper. In a food processor, process the almond and oats until a fine crumble forms. Now add in the dates and process until crumbly again. Add melted coconut oil to the mixture and process until sticky. Remove from processor, set aside 3/4 of the mixture for later and press the rest of the mixture very firmly and evenly into the pan.
2. Grab your pitted and roughly chopped dates and water and process in a food processor until a paste forms. You will have to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl often. You can add a tiny bit more water if needed, but you want the paste quite thick. Scoop out the date mixture onto the crust and spread evenly.
3. Sprinkle on top the 3/4 cup of mixture you set aside and press down. Refrigerate in the fridge until firm (At least 1 hour).
I Love Chai tea, bake with Chai, add it to smoothies and overnight soaked oats. Store bought mixes cost quite a bit, therefore I make my own !!! this recipe is strong in flavour and has bite. I am certain you will enjoy it
Crust 2 cups spelt flour 6 tbsp coconut oil (solid) 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/3 cup cold water Filling 1/2 cup vegan butter 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup pecan halves, for topping 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp coconut sugar 1 cup pitted dates 3/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Add spelt flour, coconut oil, salt and cinnamon to a food processor. Pulse until crumbly. Add cold water slowly and pulse to combine. Wrap up in cellophane and set aside to chill in the fridge. Add vegan butter and 2 tbsp coconut sugar to a pan and melt over a low heat. Add in chopped pecans and stir to coat well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 inch tart pan. Add dates, maple syrup, 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, cornstarch & vanilla extract to food processor and blend well to a smooth paste. Add this to the warm pan of pecans, stir well and simmer gently for 5 mins, until thick.
Roll out chilled pastry between baking paper the circumference of the tart dish and trim off the excess. Pour in pecan filling and top with the remaining pecan halves. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve !!!
If you like you could top you slice of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream !!!