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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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Double Chocolate Muffins – Vegan

When I was a kid, I loved those gigantic double chocolate chip muffins you get at Costco. Happiness is a chocolate muffin the size of a small planet. These vegan double chocolate muffins are a lot smaller, but they really remind me of those Costco behemoths. They are sweetened with dates and maple syrup, this keeps them from being dry because nobody likes a dry muffin. I used coconut oil for the main fat, but you could use light olive oil or grapeseed oil if you prefer. This recipe features aquafaba as an egg replacer. Aquafaba is a simple ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. It is the water you drain off a can of chickpeas. I’ve created a tutorial to show you the simple steps for preparing aquafaba, you can check that out right here. If you don’t have aquafaba available, you can use your favourite egg replacer or if you eat eggs you can replace the 3tbsp aquafaba with one whole egg. The easiest way to make these muffins is to mix …

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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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Hero Power Cookies!

By the power of Grayskull, I have the power cookies!!!! No He-Man fans here? Just me? I’m probably dating myself by mentioning 80’s cartoons. Oh well, I don’t care, the 80’s were an awesome time to be a kid. We had great cartoons and we had Pogo Balls. I just checked, they still sell Pogo Balls on Amazon, but they were better in the 80’s. In the 80’s, a Pogo Ball was my primary source of exercise. Now, I go to the gym and do kettle bell squats and planks. Boring! I’m usually hungry-ish before I go for a workout. I’m not hungry enough to eat a full breakfast, but I need something other than coffee in my stomach. These Hero Power Cookies do the trick. They are packed with stuff…mmmm, stuff. They sell Power Cookies at the local Wholefoods. I wanted to replicate the recipe but with my own mix of add-ins. I found a Power Cookie recipe on the  Vancouver Four Seasons website. I made several changes to the recipe based on ingredients I had on …

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Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches – So Delicious

On a hot summer day, I can hear the ice cream truck driving around my neighbourhood. It takes every molecule in my body to resist the siren call. Don’t get me wrong, I totally believe in eating frozen treats on a hot day. It is one of life’s the purest pleasures. I resist the ice cream truck because I know that it is full of false promises. The ice cream bars and popsicles look so appealing in the photos but they rarely live up to the hype. Tired of being left out of the mid-day ice cream party, I decided to make my own ice cream sandwiches! Coincidentally, I learned that So Delicious was holding a Snackable Recipe Competition. Obviously, I had to enter!

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Vegan Granola Bars

My kitchen is always woefully lacking in snacks. We rarely have anything you could describe as ready-to-eat, besides fruit. I’m always lamenting that we don’t have any food, only ingredients. The only time it occurs to me to buy snacks is when we have guests coming over. I’m usually content to eat a piece of fruit when the mid-day hunger hits, but lately I’ve been working out mid-day and I need a little boost. The solution is homemade granola bars. These vegan granola bars are loaded with good stuff. They are only mildly sweet, which helps keep them from crossing the line in to cookie territory. I love cookies, but if I want a cookie…I will eat a cookie.

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Big Batch Pumpkin Muffins

Recently, a dear friend sustained an injury at work. She hurt her hand and she hasn’t been able to cook. I decided to bake a big batch of muffins so she had an easy snack to grab. There was only one problem with this plan. I have been so busy that there was no time to shop for groceries. Luckily, I found a big can of pumpkin in my pantry. It is a bit early in the year for pumpkin recipes, but sometimes you’ve got to work with what you’ve got on hand!

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Grain-free Granola – Vegan and Gluten-free

Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time, there was this woman who decided to make granola. She went to Whole Foods and bought nuts and fruit and cacao nibs. She mixed those lovely ingredients in a big bowl with some melted coconut oil and maple syrup. The mixture was lovely and fragrant and she was happy. Then, at the last minute she decided she would add some flax meal. She opened the fridge, found the bag of meal and opened it. It smelled a bit funky, but she was sure that smell would go away when the granola was cooked. No big deal.

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The Yoga of (not) Baking

I didn’t bake anything this week. There was no need to. I had two birthday parties to attend so there was plenty of cake. The next two months are going to be pretty weird around here. I’m not going to be doing much baking. Instead, I’ll be spending my “free time” reading books and writing articles for our new chocolate website.

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Vegan Salad Rolls

Hey, remember the other day when I made this salad? Well, I had leftover vegetable noodles and peanut sauce so I decided to make some salad rolls. I’m always looking for ways to use up leftovers. That is why humans invented wraps, sandwiches, soups, stir-frys and smoothies. Okay, I’m taking liberties with culinary history here, but I never claimed to be a historian.