Desserts, RECIPES

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
  • ÂĽ 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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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

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*Makes 12

INGREDIENTS

For batter

  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of soya milk
  • 1/3 cup of canola oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

For buttercream

  • 1 cup of vegan butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon extract

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 F and line your muffin tin

Batter:

In a bowl, whisk all batter ingredients until smooth

use a 4 1/2 inch scooper and divide batter into your muffin tin

Bake for 20 min or until toohtpick comes out clean

Let your cupcakes cool down completely before adding the buttercream

Buttercream:

Whisk butter with sugar until fluffy. Add lemon extract and whisk again. Pour the buttercream into a piping bag and place in fridge to set the butter, approximatively 15 minutes.

Decorate & add toppings of your choice, sprinkles, fruit, flowers !

Enjoy !

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Blueberry Scones

Ingredients 

2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
8 tablespoons of cold vegan butter
3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 cup of frozen blueberries

For the glazing

1 cup of icing sugar
2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Instructions for the scones

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat.

In a large bowl, mixtogether the flour, baking powder, ground flaxseeds and sugar.

Add the cold vegan butter, and use a pastry cutter or fork to blend the butter into the dry ingredients until it ressembles coarse crumbs.

Pour in the milk and vanilla, and stir until just combined. Fold in the blueberries. 

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough a few times until it comes together. Flatten the dough with your hands into a 1 inch thick circle.

Using a pizza dough cutter or large well sharpened knife, cut it into 8 pièces, like you would a pizza.

Place the scones side by side onto the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.

For the glazing

Combine the icing sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

Let the scones cool for 30 minutes, then drizzle some of the glaze onto each scone. Let the glaze set before serving.

Oh so delicious !

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Crème Brûlée

*Makes 2

Ingredients:

13.5 oz/ 400 ml can of coconut cream
1 tbsp of arrowroot powder (If you dont have use cornstarch)
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tsp of nutritional yeast
1 tsp of vanilla extract
A pinch of turmeric to give it a little colouring

+ 4 tbsp of granulated sugar for the topping

Instructions:

Combine the coconut cream, arrowroot powder, sugar, and cashews in a saucepan. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, keep on stirring during this process (About 5 minutes). Remove from heat.


Add the cream mixture to a high speed blender. Add the nutritional yeast, vanilla, and turmeric. Blend until creamy and no lumps.


Pour the cream into four 4 inch ramekins (or 8 smaller ramequins). Let cool and place in the fridge to set overnight.


Before serving, sprinkle the top of each ramequin with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (Make sure there are no lumps in the sugar) and make sure the entire surface of cream has sugar over it (Simply shake it sideways and it will even out). Use a kitchen torch to carmelize the sugar and create a crispy top coating. Let cool and serve immediately or let cool, cover and refrigerate (Maximum 3 days).

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Lemon-Almond Meal Bites

*Gluten Free

Makes 8 portions

For the Bites

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • dash salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp agave 

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered (Icing) sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Sprinkled with fine rock sugar (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 350. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond meal, salt, baking soda, corn starch, and lemon zest. Add almond milk and agave. Mix until combined.
  3. Roll dough into a large ball and press (I used a cutting board lol) down into a 1 1/2″ thick disk. Cut into 8 equal pieces. Do not separate them. Bake for 11 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  4. To make the glaze, place powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add vanilla extract. Slowly add in lemon juice mixing constantly, make sure to only add a small amount of juice at a time.until you have reached your desired consistency. Use a pastry brush to brush glaze over cooled bites, give them one coat, let dry, recoat, let dry and so on until you have no more glaze left. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Enjoy !

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5 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Mousse

You can make this mousse in 5 minutes, literaly ! just pull out your blender and voila you have yourself a treat in no time.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 3 tsp of agave
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Toppings of your choice 🙂

I used chocolate pearls, roasted hazelnuts & a macadamia nut, sprinkled with cocoa powder

Directions:

Purée in a blender or food processor the avocado until smooth.

Mix in together the cocoa powder and milk until well combined.

Add the agave and vanilla extract and blend well one last time.

Transfer the mousse to individual bowls or glasses and store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Delicious and healthy !

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Cookie Sandwiches

Imperfect but oh so delicious !

*Makes 18 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

COOKIES

  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup of grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond essence
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of almond meal

FILLING

  • 150 g vegan dark (70 % cacao) chocolate
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp of coconut milk (Can)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

METHOD

COOKIES

  1. In a bowl, whisk up maple syrup, oil, vanilla and almond essence until well combined.
  2. Fold flour into the wet ingredients together with salt.
  3. Finally fold in almond meal until fully combined. The dough should be thick and sticky.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for 60 minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 355° F and shape the dough into 36 even portions (I used a 1 1/4 scoop), place each ball on a baking tray leaving some room around each cookie.
  6. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass or a spatula.
  7. Bake for about 15 mins. Remove the biscuits from the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool down completely.
  8. Place some of the ganache on half of the cookies and top with the other half of the cookies.

FILLING

  1. Place roughly chopped up chocolate in a large glass or metal bowl together with coconut milk.
  2. Place the bowl over a pot of water (make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl) and bring the water to a simmer.
  3. Let simmer without stirring, until all the chocolate has melted.
  4. Take the bowl off the heat and whisk the coconut milk / chocolate mixture until combined. Mix in maple syrup.
  5. When the mixture cools down, cover the bowl with cling film and leave it in the fridge for a few hours until it has hardened. You are now ready to sandwich your cookies !

Enjoy !

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Red Velvet Cupcakes


Recipe makes 12 cupcakes 

Cupcakes:

1 + 3/4 cup all purpose flour 

1 tbsp cocoa powder 

2 tsp baking powder 

1 tsp baking soda 

2 tbsp red beet powder 

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup of sugar

1 1/2 cups unsweetened oat milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup coconut oil (Melted)

1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Vanilla buttercream: 

200g dairy free butter 

3 cups icing sugar 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

1 tbsp cold coconut milk

Topping:

Sprinkle with colors of your choice for a little shimmer 🙂


Preheat the oven to 338F/170C.

Prepare 12 muffin pan with paper liners and set aside. 


In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, red beet powder & salt. Add in sugar, oat milk, vanilla, coconut oil, vinegar, mix until well combined. Divide batter evenly in a 12 muffin pan. Bake for 20 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream 
Whip butter in the stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, on high speed for 2 minutes. Stop mixer and add the icing sugar. Mix on low speed until incorporated , scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and then add vanilla and coconut cream, mix on high speed for 3 minutes, until smooth. 
Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.

You will truly enjoy these cupcakes !

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Coffee Pecan Cake

INGREDIENTS

PECAN CAKE


Dry ingredients

  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely ground pecans
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Âľ cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans to decorate

Wet ingredients

  • Âľ cup + 1 tbsp of almond milk
  • ÂĽ cup espresso
  • ÂĽ cup melted coconut oil

COFFEE FROSTING

  • ÂĽ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ÂĽ cup espresso
  • 1½ cups raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for 20 min

INSTRUCTIONS

CAKE

  1. Set the oven at 355° F. Grease a loaf pan with neutral spray oil.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the remaining dry ingredients: ground pecans, baking soda, baking powder and icing sugar. Mix everything well.
  3. Add all the wet ingredients and fold them gently into the dry ingredients until texture is smooth.
  4. Fill the pan with the batter and place in the preheated oven for approximately 30-35 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Let the cake cool down completely before removing it from the pan, you can now ice it and top it with chopped pecans.

COFFEE FROSTING

Put maple syrup, vanilla extract and espresso at the bottom of a blender. Add approximately one quarter of the drained cashews and blend until super smooth then add another quarter of cashews, blend and so on.

Enjoy !!!

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Roasted Almond Chocolates

5 ingredients only and you have yourself a little treat in no time, either for yourself or as a gift !

  • makes 15 chocolates

Ingredients:

1/2 cup melted cocoa butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp of vanilla
2/3 cup cocoa powder
45 Roasted almonds, you can also use salted roasted almonds if you wish

1. Melt the cocoa butter in a pan. Remove and add maple syrup & vanilla. 
2. Using a whisk, add cocoa powder and mix until smooth.


Place 2 whole almonds into each of a silicone chocolate mold bottom, then cover with chocolate. Top with an almond or 2….. 🙂


Place in the freezer to firm up for about 15 mins

Remove from mold and place in mini muffin cups of your choice.

Enjoy !

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SOFT PUMPKIN COOKIES

These cookies are so soft, like biting into a cloud

*Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened vegan butter
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin purĂ©e
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the pumpkin spice icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soya milk
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Neutral spray oil for cookie scoop

  1. To make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. Add the sugar and vegan butter to a large bowl and use a mixer to cream the sugar and butter together. Add the pumpkin and vanilla extract and mix in. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and mix well to combine.
  3. Lightly spray a cookie scoop with neutral oil, scoop the cookie battre and drop it onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat to fill your tray, evenly spacing the cookies. Bake for 15 minutes until the cookies are golden. Let the cookies cool completely before icing.
  4. Sprinkle top with coarse sugar if you wish.

  1. To make the icing: add the powdered sugar, soya milk, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Drizzle over the cookies. Let the cookies rest to set the icing. Store the cookies at room temperature for up to a week or freeze in an air-tight container.
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Triple Your Chocolate Pleasure

A chocolate cupcake, chocolate frosting & chocolate toppings what could a chocolate lover ask more for !

Makes 10 cupcakes

Ingredients


Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp espresso
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of  salt

Chocolate frosting

  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Toppings could be chocolate chips & chocolate chunks or your favorites let your imagination go

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  2. Mix the almond milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside
  3. Next, add the coconut oil, vanilla extract and espresso
  4. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together until smooth
  6. Spoon the batter into your pan, filling 3/4 of the way
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  8. To make the frosting, cream together the butter and cocoa powder until combined. Add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time until incorporated. Then add the vanilla and salt and beat on high until light and fluffy
  9. Use a piping bag to pipe icing onto the cupcakes
  10. Top with chocolate chips  & chocolate chunks

Enjoy !

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Chai Doughnuts with Maple Glazing & Pecans


I love chai & maple syrup, these donoughts are fluffy in texture and taste amazing !


Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 & 1/3 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Neutral cooking spray

Maple glaze: 

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tsp almond milk

Topping:

Crushed pecans or nut of your choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and spray a doughnut pan with neutral cooking spray.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until combined.
  5. Spoon the donut mixture into a piping bag.
  6. Pipe the batter into the pan filling 3/4 of the way full.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. To make the glaze, mix all the glaze ingredients together in a bowl. The mixture should be smooth and silky, but not too thin. (If yours is very thin, simply add a bit more icing sugar)
  9. Once the donuts are cooled completely, dip them in the glaze and sprinkle crushed pecans on top.
  10. Let sit for 30 minutes for the glaze to set.

Enjoy ! and Share 🙂

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Lemon & Poppyseed Muffins made with Aquafaba

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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

!

Enjoy

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Homemade Chocolates

These are great as a gift or simply as a treat for yourself or your family

Ingredients

  • 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

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 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.

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