Desserts, RECIPES

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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Desserts, RECIPES

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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Desserts, RECIPES

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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Desserts, RECIPES

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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Desserts, RECIPES

Oatmeal Cookies

*Makes 4 large cookies

INGREDIENTS

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ÂĽ tsp baking powder
  • ÂĽ tsp baking soda
  • ÂĽ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 tbs melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbs coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg  (1 tbs flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together and let set for 15 minutes)
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

*Powdered sugar to sprinkle (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchement paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir and fold until well mixed.
  5. Use a 2 inch ice cream scooper and drop cookie dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet—spaced evenly apart. Using a fork, flatten cookies about halfway. Cookies will spread during baking.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Place baking sheet on a cooling rack, allowing the cookies to firm up and sprinkle with icing sugar if you wish .
  7. Allow to cool for 1 hour if you will be storing them.

Enjoy with a cappuccino or a chai latte !

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Desserts, RECIPES

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 !!!

Cristina for Peas and Peace 🙂

Desserts, RECIPES

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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Breakfast, RECIPES

4 Ingredient Waffle recipe !

  • Makes 8 waffles
  •  2 & 1/4 Cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Vegan Butter 
  • 1 & 2/3 Cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk

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 !

If any leftover, simply pop them in the toaster !

Enjoy !

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Desserts, RECIPES

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.
RECIPES, Sides

Scalloped Potatoes

The holidays approaching, this is a wonderful dish that marries well with any meal, it is creamy in texture, and the blends of different spices makes it for a successful dish.

*Makes 9 or 18 portions depending on what size you cut them

Ingredients

  • 6 tsp olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp all purpose flour (all purpose)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2  tsp onion powder
  •  zest of 1/2 of a lemon 
  • 1 tsp of rosemary
  • 1 tsp  of thyme
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 2 tsp stoneground mustard 
  • 4 cups of soya milk at room temp 
  • 4 large or 8 medium yukon gold potatoes
  • Neutral spray oil

Instructions

  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and let it heat up a bit. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2 mins. Add the flour and herbs, black pepper and salt and mix in. Cook for half a minute, add in the lemon zest, miso and mustard and mix in and cook for another few seconds.
  • Add in half cup of the milk and mix in, add in the another half cup and mix in so that there are no lumps. Add in the rest of the non dairy milk and mix in and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 mins then take off heat.
  • Peel and slice the potatoes into an 1/8th inch thick slices with a Mandolin.
  • Oil spray a 10 x 12 baking dish and arrange the slices of half of potatoes overlapping each other. Pour 1/4 of the sauce over them, then repeat the overlapping with the other half of potatoes and lastly pour remaining of the sauce, make sure all potatoes are covered.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Once done broil for a minute to brown the top, it gives it a nice finish.
  • I sprinkled the top with dried parsley, but you can certainly choose another herb such a chive

Enjoy !

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Desserts, RECIPES

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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Desserts, RECIPES

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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Desserts, RECIPES

Chocolate Orange Soufflé

Serves 4

Ingredients


2 cups of oat flour 
300ml soya milk 
3 tbsp ground flax  
3 tbsp cocoa powder 
1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
3 mashed bananas
3 tsp orange zest
3 tbsp orange juice â €

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Mix all the ingredients together. I used 3 inch ramequins. Bake at 360F for about 20 minutes. Let cool down and enjoy

*I inserted a chocolate square on top, entirely up to you or you may just sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, orange zest is pretty as well, whatever inspires you !

Enjoy !

Bread, Focaccia, Pizza, RECIPES

No Knead, Kalamata Olive, Sun Dried Tomates and Rosemary Focaccia




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.

Fluffy and tasty !

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Desserts, RECIPES

Orange Loaf

*Will make about 10 slices

INGREDIENTS

  • 300g all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 185g sugar
  • 125ml canola oil
  • 200ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 130ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 2 small oranges
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

ICING

  • 90g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Extra zest for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a 9×5″ loaf tin.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the oil, milk, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Pour into the loaf tin and place in the oven for 45 minutes. It should be starting to turn golden brown on the edges. Test and once it comes out clean, its ready. If it’s not, leave in for a few more minutes.
  7. Make the icing by mixing the icing sugar and orange juice together until it forms a thick icing. Spoon onto the cake once cooled.
  8. Top with some extra orange zest or oranges slices.

Enjoy !

Cristina for Peas and Peace