Peanut Butter Granola

If you have never made homemade granola, this recipe is definitely worth a try. It’s super EASY to make, healthy and delicious.  No oil, preservatives, or refined sugar.  Just pure goodness!  You can use smooth or crunchy peanut butter.  If you don’t have maple syrup, you might be able to use Agave Syrup.  Eat it for breakfast with yogurt and berries or by the handful as a snack.  Vegan and Gluten-free, one thing is for certain, it won’t last long! Continue reading

Salted Caramel Coconut Cookies

This year I baked several types of Christmas cookies of which I made these vegan and gluten free Salted Caramel Coconut Cookies.  They were a nice addition to my usual cookies and I’m sure I will be making them again next year.   Funny how they were the first to vanish off the cookie plate! Continue reading

Ultimate Vegan-GF Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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So let’s say you have a friend, relative or maybe even an enemy that is Vegan and/or Gluten free.  And let’s say out of the goodness of your heart, you want to do something nice for them…like off the charts nice.  May I (highly) suggest that you make a batch of these truly amazing cookies.  I can’t make promises for your enemies loving you but it’s sure worth a try.   I will say that this cookie recipe is a wee bit pricier to make but I can’t recommend it enough!  They taste so amazingly good and you would never know that they are V&GF!  If you decided to keep all the cookies for yourself, I wouldn’t be surprised. Continue reading

Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze

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Big news everyone!  Ok, not that big but sort of big.   And I’m serving up Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze to celebrate!  I decided on July 1st to go strictly vegan for the entire summer…for two reasons.  First, I need to get more veggies in me, like way more veggies.  Sad to say I have been slacking off and being just plain lazy.   Meat is my comfort food and I feel that I need to shake off that love affair and get it seriously under control.  Going vegan for the summer was my answer.

Secondly,  I want to get more in touch with vegetarian and vegan cooking to the point where I prefer them over meat.   Summer is the perfect time to go crazy with vegan cooking (and lets not forget baking)!  The Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze, you ask?  It’s Vegan!

So why not join me in this Vegan Summer Challenge of sorts?  Vegan recipes are all over the internet.  There’s really no excuse, not for me any way. Continue reading

3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudgsicle Ice Cream

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What? Only three ingredients? Truth be told, there are actually four if you include the water.  So for argument sake, I’m going to say three ingredients.

I remember eating Fudgsicles as a kid and maybe you do too.  Maybe you still eat them ; ).  This recipe tastes exactly like Fudgsicles with a bit more of an ice cream texture.

When I discovered this recipe I just HAD to try it out.  I thought if it didn’t work out it wasn’t such a big deal because it’s only three ingredients and not a lot of effort. Besides having so few ingredients, this recipe has a few other bonuses: it’s Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Churn, No Ice Cream maker needed, tastes just like real ice cream, it’s a pantry recipe, No yucky ingredients or preservatives and well, it’s  ICE CREAM!!  Altogether now, “YAY!”

As usual, I probably have way too many step-by-step pics but that’s just the way I post.  I want you see everything that I am doing so you will completely understand.  By the way, you will need a food processor for this recipe…if you don’t have one, beg or borrow.  This recipe requires plenty of freezing time, a slight drawback but definitely worth it.

One more thing…this recipe uses one can of coconut milk.  The finished ice cream  does not taste like coconut in the least.  It just tastes like Chocolate Fudgsicles.  You will just have to make it for yourself to see…and I sure hope you do!

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

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Finally — time for something sweet and delicious!  Before I get into the actual recipe, I just want to say that I made this recipe last night when it was dark outside.  My kitchen wasn’t bright enough to take good pics so I told myself I would take the step-by-step photos the next time I make them.   This recipe is so incredibly easy that you don’t really need the extra photos.  However, I will take the pics next time and update this post.

Ok, let’s get started. This recipe is no-bake so it’s perfect for summer.  It was hot out yesterday and the thought of turning on my oven was not appealing and I wanted to make a sweet treat for the weekend.  Let me tell you, it’s now the next day and they are almost all gone. You will need to allow 3-4 hours for setting up once you have them in the pan and in the fridge.  I cut them into 25 squares. Just the right size. Although this recipe has two coconut ingredients, I didn’t find the flavour was overwhelming and it certainly didn’t take away from the chocolate and the peanut butter.  All the flavours came together very well.  You can’t eat just one. Continue reading

Carob Energy Nuggets

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Every once in a while I buy a healthy (and pricy) treat for my husband at our local health food store. They are called Energy Nuggets.  In no time the bag is ripped open and they are gobbled up (of course I help a little).  I wondered if there was a recipe out there for them and lo and behold there was!  I bought the ingredients and whipped them up last night.  I made a few minor adjustments to suit my taste.  I didn’t take step-by-step photos as I wasn’t sure if the recipe was going to turn out.  Was I shocked when they came out exactly the same as the store bought version.  So the next time I make them I will take the step-by-step pics.   I did take a few pics of the end result so you don’t have to go completely without.  This no-bake recipe comes together very fast so you don’t have to wait too long before you can pop one or two in your mouth.  By the way, for anyone interested, this recipe is Vegan and Gluten free. Only 63 calories per nugget to conquer your sweet tooth! Continue reading

Pumpkin Brownies (vegan)

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It’s the weekend AGAIN! How fast did that happen? And it turns out we have absolutely no sweets in our home. Not one cookie or anything. I didn’t want the hubs to go without so baking seemed like a good idea until I realized we didn’t have any butter. Not to fret, I chose to bake something vegan (and on the healthy side). I had just enough chocolate to make this recipe and waaaaay back in one of my kitchen cupboards I found a can of pumpkin puree. The Bakery is OPEN! These brownies baked up and sliced perfectly.   The pumpkin delivered on the moistness.

Once I had eaten one of these Pumpkin Brownies I was thinking that you could probably eat them for breakfast without feeling guilty. They are filling and very nutritious for a brownie!  And… if you were in a hurry…I’m just sayin’… why not?

This is not an overly sweet brownie but you could add another ¼ cup of sugar if you like a traditionally sweeter brownie.

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Sponge Toffee

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Years ago (and I mean years ago), I made Sponge Toffee daily. I covered it in chocolate, broke it up into chunks, wrapped it up and sold it to convenience stores for them to sell.  I called it Rocky Toffee.  It got to the point where I could no longer get rid of the sweet smell of Sponge Toffee in my home.  I had to stop.  I’m sure my teeth were happy about that as well.  It’s still one of my most favourite candy treats. Nothing like Sponge Toffee.

Note: The next time I make this recipe I will update with photos.

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Chocolate Wacky Cake

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This is a straight forward chocolate cake.  It’s an easy cake that kids can easily participate in baking.  It will no doubt become a family favourite for birthdays and other special occasions.  You can make this cake even better by using a good quality cocoa (such as Valrhona French Cocoa).

Note: The next time I make this recipe I will update with photos.

Chocolate Wacky Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
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Pre Heat oven 350°F. Grease and Flour desired baking pans. (see below)
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa, make them heaping tablespoons
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ⅓ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 1 cup Cold Water
Instructions
  1. Using a sifter, put the following ingredients into a bowl: Flour, Sugar, Baking Soda, Cocoa and Salt. Combine ingredients.
  2. Make 3 holes (wells) in the dry ingredients. Place one of the following in each hole: Vinegar, Vanilla, Vegetable Oil. I think this is the “wacky” part.
  3. Pour Cold Water over the ingredients and mix (by hand).
  4. Pour batter into baking pan and bake as follows:
- 9X9 inch square pan – 30 min
- 9 inch round pan - 40 min
- 12 cup cakes - 15 min