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Easy Dessert: Sautéed Apples and Pecans

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It’s that time of year again. As usual I can’t believe how quickly Christmas has come and I know I am not the only one who feels like this.

Being a lover of food of course I love this time of year because it means eating all types of delicious food until you simply can’t eat anymore. Yes sometimes we tend to overdo it but that’s ok. Not something I sully encourage but it always seems to happen. The most important thing is that we share time with friends and family and eat food with lots of love put into it. Continue reading

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Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

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Chocolate, mmmmmm! Everybody loves it, well, almost everybody. I certainly do.

Chocolate comes in many many different forms. Some good, some, not so much.

People love to grab a chocolatey snack in the afternoon. Some people grab a Kit kat, and some people, like myself, grab one of these chocolate almond energy balls.

This is a much healthier option of course, and a whole different type of delicious.

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Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Crisp

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Apple crisp is a classic fall dessert. Incredibly easy to make and loved by the masses! A great way to use up some apples after going apple picking. This gluten-free and vegan apple crisp is a healthier way to make the famed dessert.

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Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

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Who doesn’t love a loaf of fresh, sweet zucchini bread straight out of the oven. What’s even better is one that is free of highly refined flours and sweeteners. This vegan and gluten free zucchini bread turned out to be amazing! I would be lying if I said I was 100% confident with how it would turn out.

I don’t do too much baking, because I like to make stuff up as I go, and just go with the flow. This style doesn’t usually lend itself too well to baking. Once in a while, I decide to give it a go, and see what happens.

My friend Justin brought my gf and I a huge zucchini from his wine tasting trip in Ontario. When I say huge, I mean huge! Zucchini this big are also known as marrow. The skin was hard like a squash, and the seeds were big like a squash. Since we had so much zucchini to use up, it only seemed fitting we make some zucchini bread.

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Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding with Strawberries

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The original idea for this recipe came from Anna (a coworker) who asked if I was making a special smoothie for Canada day (July1). She had been disappointed when I had made nothing for our provincial holiday on June 24 (St. Jean Baptiste). I loved the idea and was excited to create something yummy that was red and white like the Canadian flag.

When Anna made the suggestion, I immediately thought of strawberries since they are in season. I liked the idea of making a dessert, a change from smoothies, not to mention it’s difficult to make a smoothie that is 2 colours. Thank you Anna for inspiring this dessert! I love it! (and I hope you do too!) Continue reading

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The Best Gluten-Free, Paleo, & Vegan Chocolate Chip & Nut Cookies

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These pecan, chocolate chip, coconut cookies are amazing! If you eat a paleo diet you will love these cookies! If you are vegan you will love these cookies! If you eat a gluten-free diet you will love these cookies!

If you just really, really like cookies, YOU WILL LOVE THESE COOKIES! Bottom line is these cookies make me happy! And yes, they are paleo, vegan, and gluten-free. More importantly they are chocolate, pecan and coconut cookies! How good does that sound?

Well the good news is, they taste as good as they sound. I love having a cookie or two as an afternoon treat, and I don’t feel badly doing so when I know the ingredients are so good.

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Healthy Dessert for Breakfast? – Mango Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

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Breakfast. Dessert. Snack. This mango cinnamon chia seed pudding is perfect for all of them. It is so good for you that it makes for a great breakfast or mid-day snack/treat. It also tastes so good that it can be an awesome dessert. Pudding for breakfast? Hell ya. I know many people who would smile at the thought of dessert for breakfast, but don’t do it because they know it’s not the healthiest idea. Well smile away my friends. Smile away. This pudding recipe is nothing but good for you, and nothing but AWESOME.

The different flavour combinations for chia pudding are endless. I happen to love mango and cinnamon! I have made chocolate coconut chia pudding before as one example. You can use any fruit you like. Strawberry chia pudding. Yummy! Maybe even strawberry and mango together, or strawberry and chocolate. Now we are getting somewhere. You see my point. Get creative!

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Raw Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts – Vegan Chocolate Mousse & More

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Let’s be honest, Valentine’s day eating is really all about dessert. Chocolate to be more specific. However, most tradiotnal desserts aren’t what most people would consider healthy. While indulging once in a while is fine, there are tons of healthier dessert recipes out there that will still make you smile. These vegan desserts are incredibly delicious and made with whole foods. They are made with natural sugars, healthy fats and yummy ingredients such as raw cacao, and cashews. Most of the recipes are completely raw which means the nutritional value of the ingredients aren’t lost in the baking.

I wouldn’t recommend indulging in these vegan Valentine’s day treats every day, because yes, many of the desserts are high in calories. However, because the ingredients used are whole foods, you can feel good about what you and your loved one are eating.  You can also feel great about feeding these to your kids.  I am pretty sure they will love them and be none the wiser.

I was sure to select recipes that are relatively simple and straightforward, so that success is almost guaranteed. You can either surprise your Valentine by making one of these vegan Valentine’s day desserts ahead of time or plan on making one together. Making food together can be very romantic. If you are a man who doesn’t cook often, suggesting an evening of preparing food together might be just the thing to thrill your wife/gf/date.

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Banana Nut Butter Smoothie from The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica

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My friend, Nathalie, who happens to be one of my favourite yoga teachers, just returned from a yoga training in Costa Rica where she stayed at The Harmony Hotel. Nat and I are always talking and sharing juices and smoothies. I walked into the studio and was greeted by Nat. She extended one arm out over the reception desk, mason jar in hand. “Kieran, you need to try this”. It was a smoothie she had discovered at The Juice Bar at at the Harmony Hotel.

After checking out their website a little bit I can safely say The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica is my kinda place. It pretty much sounds like paradise. Eat. Sleep. Relax. Play. “They say The Harmony Hotel is the perfect place to get in tune with your natural rhythm.” Yes please.

If this smoothie is the type of fare they are serving up at The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica, then I would be more than happy to eat there. I can only imagine what other amazing food and drink they have to offer. Local, seasonal food. 80% of the foods served at their Juice Bar are from their very own farm. Now that is fresh at its best.

More about the smoothie at hand. I don’t know how close this is to the exact recipe they use at The Harmony Hotel Juice Bar but it is Nat’s version inspired by her amazing experience. It contains raw cacao nibs, banana, coconut milk, coconut water, dates, and raw almond butter.

I have made smoothies similar to this one in the past but not with coconut milk and coconut water. There are so many amazing different combinations you could come up with. Raw cacao truly is amazing. It is so good and so good for you. If you didn’t know, now you know. Raw cacao can be very expensive to buy, but if you are lucky enough to live in the US you can get a great deal on amazon.

Banana Nut Butter Smoothie

3/4 cup coconut milk
1 banana
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
1/4 cup almond butter (raw if possible)
1/4 coconut water
1 cup ice cubes

dates to to sweeten (amount will depend on type of dates used and personal taste)
1 medjool date should be enough

Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until almost smooth but still a little crunchy. Do not over blend.

Enjoy the sweet rich goodness.

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Coconut Banana Vegan French Toast with Hemp Seeds

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French toast. A breakfast classic. Something a lot of us grew up eating as kids and loving. Weekends at my house growing up often meant either french toast or pancakes. There are many different twists on french toast. This is the first time I have made vegan french toast. It is a coconut banana vegan french toast.

Although I had never made it or tried it, I imagined vegan french toast made with silken tofu. It didn’t interest me that much. Then I came across the idea of making french toast with bananas and coconut milk blended together instead of eggs and milk whisked together. Genius. I wish I had come up with the idea myself.

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