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Spiced Nuts – Vegan and GF

The holidays are sneaking up and it is time to get serious about party snacks. No more messing around with a bag of chips and a sad looking plate of celery and dip. You need to make these vegan spiced nuts. They are really easy to make…and easy to eat. So easy to eat that you might want to make a double batch. If you are feeling generous, you could even include them in your holiday gift baskets or Christmas cookie exchange. I am aware they are not cookies, but since when are we following the rules? I made these with reduced aquafaba, but if you don’t have any reduced you can use it straight from the can. If you use it straight from the can, use 3 TBSP and omit the water. If you don’t need them to be vegan, you can replace the aquafaba with 1 egg white and mix that with 1 tbsp of water. It’s a pretty flexible recipe. You can even play with the spice blend if you are feeling …

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Chocolate Pots de Crème with Vegan Option!

If you are looking for a zero-fuss dessert for a dinner party, look no further. You can whip this up in the morning or the night before. That gives you one less thing to think about while you are entertaining your guests. If you can boil water, you can make this. You don’t even need a bowl and spoon. All the magic happens in the blender. Bonus! I recently figured out how to make this vegan using aquafaba. So, now my vegan friends can get in on the action.  

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Hollyhock Salad Dressing

It’s rare that I share other peoples’ recipes, but this salad dressing is so good you will want to stick a straw in the jar. I served it at a family dinner the other day and everyone had seconds…and thirds. This is a famous recipe that originated at Hollyhock on Cortes Island. I wrote about my visit to Hollyhock a long time ago.  Since then, this dressing has haunted my dreams. It’s just that good. The key ingredient is nutritional yeast. If you’ve never tried nutritional yeast before, you are in for a treat. The flavour is savoury and cheese-like. You can buy it in most health food stores. This recipe makes a substantial amount of dressing, but it won’t go to waste. It’s really good on rice or roasted vegetables. It would be perfect as a sauce for a Dragon Bowl. My salad was a mix of baby spinach, red onion, sliced apples, pomegranate and walnuts but you can use your favourite blend. The dressing is very versatile. Check out the famous Hollyhock Salad …

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Coconut Milk Dulce De Leche

The saga continues. I previously posted about my experiments in making a vegan dulce de leche. I made a version using dates and cashew milk. It was good, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. I vowed to continue my experiments, for better or for worse. I tried my date dulce de leche recipe again, cooking it for a longer time. It didn’t improve. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious, but it just doesn’t have that caramelized goodness of a proper dulce de leche.

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Coconut Macaroons – Vegan and Gluten-Free

I recently read a nutty article about a man who tried to start a coconut cult. I love coconut as much as the next guy but I’m unlikely to take things to coconut cult level of obsession. Mango cult? I’m in! Coconut cult, I’ll read your pamphlet on the bus but I’m not signing up. I can eat mangoes on their own, but coconut is more of an ingredient than a main dish for me. I love coconut sprinkled over oatmeal. I love coconut milk in a curry. I’ll concede that coconut water is very refreshing when you are sweating your boobs off on a beach in Maui. In my humble opinion, the best place for coconut is inside a cookie. Is there a cookie cult? No? Do you want to join my cookie cult? Macaroons are the most coconut-y of all cookies. Don’t confuse them with French Macarons, an equally delicious but entirely different cookie. Macaroons are a lot easier to make. These macaroons are gluten-free and vegan. They use aquafaba as an egg …

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Happy Macaron Day!

Today is a holiday hat trick; it’s the first day of Spring, International Day of Happiness and Macaron Day. Those things go together like spring and happiness and macarons! Of course, I live in Vancouver and it is a bit hard to get in that spring time groove when it’s gloomy and rainy outside. Fortunately, I don’t have to leave the house to have my Macaron Day macarons because I made them myself. I made Nanaimo Bar flavoured Macarons because I’m Canadian and my mom was born in Nanaimo and they are my birthright. The recipe for these macarons is over on my ChocolateCodex.com website. These are not vegan. I’ve never been able to get such developed feet on my vegan macarons, but I will keep trying. Nanaimo Bar Macarons – Not Vegan In the meantime, if you want to try making vegan macarons you can try my other macaron recipe. It’s very good, but not perfect. Vegan Macaron Recipe To celebrate the first day of Spring and the International Day of Happiness, allow me to …

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Milk Chocolate Nut Spread

There is a movie I saw in my childhood that haunts my nightmares to this very day. It’s called The Peanut Butter Solution. The story centres around an 11-year old boy who loses all his hair due to a terrible scare and some friendly ghosts tell him to use a peanut butter potion to grow his hair back. Unfortunately, he uses too much and things go haywire. The movie is basically one big WTF. To make matters worse it has a Celine Dion soundtrack. Yes people, this is what growing up in 1980’s Canada was all about. Nightmare fuel, I’m telling you! I don’t have kids but I kinda wish I did so I could subject them to this kiddie horror. I’m mean like that. This recipe won’t help your hair grow, but I bet it tastes a lot better. I made it with walnuts, cashews and high-quality milk chocolate. Vegan readers, I recommend looking for coconut milk chocolate from Charm School Chocolate.  Good quality chocolate is worth the extra money. The recipe for this …

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Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

I originally posted this raw vegan carrot cake recipe in January of 2015. Since then, it’s become one of my most popular recipes. I hated the original photos, so I made the cake again and took new photos. You can view the original photos at the end of the post. This post includes some affiliate links.  I love carrot cake but I would be mad at you if you served it to me on my birthday. It’s perfectly fine for an afternoon tea, but on my birthday I want chocolate. Don’t even get me started on ice cream cakes. I have opinions.

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Kale and Quinoa Salad with Wild Rice

Confession time, I’ve always claimed to hate quinoa. That weird, little tail it has freaks me out. Am I alone in this? Since I’m a grown-up lady and not a giant toddler, I decided to give quinoa salad another try rather than turn up my nose. I’m sure glad I did because this salad is so good it is destined become a staple in my house. It helps to be working with quality ingredients. I was fortunate enough to receive an amazing gift basket from my friends at Saul Good Gift Co. as a trade for writing this article on Canadian Craft Chocolate. The gift basket was jam packed with awesome Canadian products including GRAIN quinoa, West Coast Wild Rice and a host of other local goodies. When I think back to the times I’ve eaten quinoa salad in the past, it was always some well-intentioned variation of a Greek Salad. Greek Salad is…not…my…favourite. No wonder quinoa never managed to win me over, until now. This salad is crunchy and filling thanks in part to the wild rice. A big serving makes …