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I don’t really like dessert that much.

There, I said it…

I’m weird, I know. Most of the time I would rather have more dinner than dessert.

Maybe that is why I like apple pie better with cheddar cheese on it (something I learned from my grandma)? I am just a savoury kind of girl…. unless, there is whip cream and chocolate involved. That is a totally different story.

dark chocolate tofu mousse

This deliciously moist and nutrient dense cake has just the right amount of sweetness – with no added sugar! Sweetness is provided from the dates, almond flour and berry sauce. To top it off each piece offers 8 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. The texture is reminiscent of cheesecake and brownie :)

Flourless Chocolate Date Cake

It’s Christmas time!!

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I can officially listen to Christmas carols without feeling guilty as soon as December 1st hits. This also happens to be my birthday, what a great birthday present!

Although it’s still November, I definitely listened to carols while baking these cookies (look at them, how could I not?), all while secretly hoping no one would come home to witness it.

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Need I say more?….

I will, just in case the title didn’t convince you to make this!

I actually made this recipe last weekend, but have been too busy to post it, so I have been eating it all week! Which has worked out to your benefit because now I know just how AMAZING this recipe is. I go to bed at night excited to eat it in the morning. It’s definitely a dietitian-approved dessert for breakfast type of meal!

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Once it’s baked I leave a few slices out and throw the rest in the freezer for fabulous weekday breakfasts. I usually prepare it the night before, especially if I am taking a frozen piece out of the freezer. How I eat it depends on if I want something hot or cold in the morning:

Option 1. Put a slice in a glass container, top with berries. Refrigerate. In the morning top up with vanilla/chocolate silk soy milk (or other milk), heat in the microwave until warm. Top with nuts, hemp, flax, chia seeds etc.

Option 2. Put a slice in a glass container, top with berries and fresh/canned peaches (sometimes I pour the canned peach juice in too), top with yogurt, nuts etc.  Refrigerate. It’s ready to go in the am!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! There is no better way to celebrate and show mom just how much she is appreciated than by making her a delicious breakfast (including the clean up!) and spending some time together.

Instead of making plain old waffles or pancakes this year, I have something new for you to try: yeasted waffles! You make a simple batter that sits out overnight and develops scrumptious yeasty flavours. Then in the morning it’s ready to just add your mix-ins (i.e. chocolate)!

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These waffles are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, subtly sweet, and hold up really well smothered in strawberry sauce and whip cream. I made a large batch and froze the leftovers. Just pop them in the toaster from the freezer — I think they are almost even better this way. They get extra crispy on the outside, mmm!

Some recipes for yeasted waffles call for you to separate the eggs and beat the eggs whites and then fold them in to the batter to add extra fluffiness… you can try this if you are so inclined, I was too impatient.

Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Yeast Waffles

Recipe adapted from All Recipes

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  •  1/4 cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups sifted WW flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Cloves  (optional, to taste)
  • 4 tbsp flax seed (optional)
  • Chocolate chips (3/4  cup)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Toppings: sliced bananas and maple syrup or berries and whip cream

Directions

1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat to cool. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl combine salt, sugar, spices and flour. Mix thoroughly. Then add milk, yeast mixture, butter and olive oil and mix thoroughly with rotary or electric mixer until batter is smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature overnight.

3. The next morning, stir beaten eggs, chocolate chips, nuts, vanilla, flaxseed and baking soda (sprinkle evenly over top) into the batter; beat well.

4.  Grease the preheated waffle iron. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron (mine makes 4 waffles at a time with about 1/3 cup batter per waffle). Cook until nice and golden brown. I like mine extra crispy!

Lent started this week on Ash Wednesday, February 13. According to Wikipedia, lent is traditionally described as lasting for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. Mardi Gras is actually french for fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season starts.

banana icecream

Two of my best friends and my sister have decided to give up added sugar and ultra processed foods for lent. So, I decided to make this post just for them! I love banana ice cream. The texture and creaminess is perfectly delicious. This is a great healthy treat, without any added sugar if you skip the chocolate chips.

Banana ice cream is a perfect excuse to use up all those bananas in the freezer. I was getting a little tired of plan ol’ banana bread (besides my delicious coconut banana bread of course).

If you already have bananas in the freezer (avoid totally black ones — save those for the coconut banana bread), thaw them just enough so you can remove the peel and chop them up and throw them back in the freezer until solid again.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana “Ice Cream”

serves 1

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 very ripe (but not black) banana, peeled & chopped into ~1/2 inch wide chunks
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1.5 tbsp peanut butter (use the real stuff)
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Milk (or milk alternative), just a splash
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Walnuts (optional) 

DIRECTIONS

Place chopped banana into container and freeze until solid. (I just keep bananas stock piled like this in the freezer for when those banana ice cream cravings hit.)

Once frozen, place the banana in a food processor. (Make sure the chucks aren’t frozen together. Chilling the blade and bowl of the processor in the freezer for ~10 minutes helps the ice cream form better too).

Add cocoa, PB, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pulse several times, scrapping down the sides as needed,  the mixture will start to look like gravel. Pulse a few more times and add a small splash of cold milk and pulse/blend until you reach ice cream like consistency. Top with chocolate chips and/or chopped walnuts or your favorite ice cream toppings. For an extra sweet treat add honey or maple syrup along with the other ingredients in the beginning.

If you over blend it and it gets too soft, just freeze it again and then pulse it a few times in the processor.

Serve immediately.

I feel like it has been a while since I did some baking and I have been urged by many tasters of this recipe to put it on my blog. So here it goes…

Black Bean Brownies

Sometimes you just have one of those days where you deserve a treat….I have them often.

For those of you that don’t know me, I am a huge klutz. Last week alone I managed to somehow allow my latte to explode  in the microwave (yup, 16oz of latte over the entire microwave). I also, somehow,  plunked the large chunk of daikon I was munching on straight into my roommates glass of orange juice ( I could not have aimed that good if I tried), then I spilled my pricy truffle salt all over my kitchen counter, and topped off the week by tripping over my sweat towel I dropped on the treadmill…while I was running!

So, these delicious fudgy brownies where a much needed treat!

Black Bean Brownies

There is no flour in these brownies (hence they are gluten free), they are purely bean based (almost 1/4 cup per brownie)! But don’t let that discourage you, no one would ever be able to guess it was beans in them. I love bringing these little gems to potlucks and getting people to try and guess the secret ingredient. No one has guessed it yet! I even made these brownies for over 50 kids at camp last summer and they all loved them!

**These brownies are the best eaten straight out of the fridge a day or two after baking, they get nice and fudgy that way (and hold together better). They also freeze really well!**

I made them for my roommate and her boyfriend topped with a dark chocolate, peanut butter, tofu mousse — although I advised my roomie not to tell her boyfriend he was eating a bean brownie topped with tofu ;) — they both LOVED IT!

Gold Star nutrient: Manganese, black beans are a great source of this mineral. Manganese helps our bodies break down carbs and fat and also helps us build strong bones and teeth

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
No one will ever guess these brownies are packed with beans!
Ingredients
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed & drained (about 1 & ¾ cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons oil (I use canola of olive oil)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (Fry's or Hershey's)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 square baking dish.
  2. Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and just starting to crack (look close), about 30 minutes. Don't over cook them!

 


 

Take these to your next potluck and see if anyone can guess the secret ingredient! Let me know if they guess it right or what you think of these brownies by commenting below! I love to hear from you :)

Happy Family Day everyone!

These cookies are perfect for the holiday season! You could bring them to your next Christmas party and no one would even know they are healthy (I like to call it stealth health)! These cookies are packed with healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals…what a deceptive little cookie ;) To make them even more exciting they take less than 10 min to make and will store for weeks!

I highly recommend these for chocolate mint fanatics, like myself. Just make sure to spread out the extract well, if it doesn’t get totally mixed throughout the other ingredients it can be really strong tasting. If you’re not a big mint fan just skip the mint extract or replace it with a different flavored extract instead.I bet coconut or orange would be good!

Enjoy!

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Raw Dark Chocolate (Mint) Cookies

Makes 12 cookies
Slightly modified from Radiant Health
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 heaping tablespoon liquid honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract (replace with a different flavored extract if preferred, or omit)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • shredded coconut

Blend all of the ingredients, except the coconut, in a food processor until the mixture is in fine crumbs (it will start to clump) and is very sticky. Remove heaping 1-tablespoon bits of the mixture, form into balls and roll in the coconut.

Store in the refrigerated in an airtight container. They will keep for several weeks…but be gobbled up before then!



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