Raw Key Lime Pie

By contributor Alexandra Courts 

This key lime pie recipe of mine is raw, gluten-free and vegan! And since it’s no bake, it’s a snap to make! What’s not to like?

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Ingredients:

Crust…

  • 2 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup raw almonds

Filling…

  • 2 1/2 cups cashews, soaked overnight and drained
  • 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (from 4-5 limes)
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender, blend the raw almonds. Add the remaining crust ingredients and blend until combined.
  2. Line an 8 inch round cake pan with plastic wrap. Press the mixture into the pan to form the crust.
  3. Blend all of the filling ingredients together in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  4. Pour filling into crust. Level the mixture with a spatula and place pie in freezer for about an hour or until it has set.
  5. Let the pie thaw before slicing. Serve and enjoy! Keep leftovers in fridge.

Makes 1 pie (about 6 servings)

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Gluttonous Stuffing Muffins

Post by Aine Davis

No turkey? No problem! But seriously, what kind of Thanksgiving meal would be complete without stuffing?

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Ingredients…

  • 2 loaves of gluten-free bread (check ingredients for dairy/egg)
  • 2 cups gluten-free vegetable stock
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 flax “eggs” (1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 4 tbsp dried parsley
  • 4 tbsp poultry seasoning (vegan)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions…

  1. In advance, cut bread into 1 inch cubes and place in bowl. Let bread sit uncovered overnight to harden.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In large saucepan, sautée onions and garlic in vegetable oil on medium heat until translucent.
  4. Add chopped celery and carrots. Cook until tender.
  5. Mix vegetable stock with bread cubes together in a large bowl until the cubes are thoroughly moist. If desired, add additional vegetable stock.
  6. Add vegetables, flax “eggs” and seasonings to bread bowl. Mix together until combined.
  7. Grease or line a standard muffin tin. Fill each cup with batter accordingly.
  8. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until browned. Test with toothpick.

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Makes 12 muffins.

Serve with Megan’s Chunky Mushroom Gravy!

No-Bake Mocha Brownies

By Alexandra Courts

We’ve done it! We’ve figured out a delectable and healthy way to satisfy your chocolate cryings!

These no-bake babies are free of any oils, artificial sugars, gluten or animal products. We replaced all of these nasty ingredients with dates, which provide the body with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They’re killer sources of energy, natural sugar and fibre.

Behold:

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(Recipe has been adapted from The Minimalist Baker)

Ingredients…

  •  2 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts, pecans, or nut of your choice
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp finely ground organic direct-trade coffee
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract

Directions…

  1. Pulse almonds in food processor until finely ground. 
  2. Add raw cacao powder and ground coffee to mixture and continue to combine with food processor. Set mixture aside in separate bowl. 
  3. Process dates separately, then add mixture back to food processor and pulse until a dough-like texture is reached. Stir additional nuts, coconut and vanilla extract into batter.
  4. Pour batter into a lined square cake pan. Spread evenly.
  5. Chill brownies in fridge for 2 hours or freezer for 1 hour. Serve cold.

Enjoy! Makes about 12 brownies.

Easter Weekend Dessert Series: Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

By Contributor: Alexandra Courts

The first in our Easter food series! Why spend time decorating eggs when you can bake treats instead?

Buy a doughnut pan. Seriously. It will change your life…or at least the way you think about homemade doughnuts. Ditch the deep fryer and opt for a light and cakey version that is both vegan and gluten-free!

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This plain doughnut recipe that I’ve adapted from bonappetit.com is so simple, yummy, and healthy that you will ditch that love affair you might have had with your local bakery.

The recipe is as follows for these little cinnamon sugar babies:

Ingredients…

Doughnut Batter

  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (Melt a little extra to coat the trays with to prevent sticking)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions…

1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush doughnut tray with coconut oil and set aside.

2) To make a “flax egg” (egg replacement) mix 1 part ground flax (1/2 tsp) with three parts (1 1/2 tsp) hot water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

3) In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Once combined, add flax egg, melted coconut oil, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract and remaining hot water.

4) Spoon about 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons of batter into each doughnut mold.

5) Bake for 8 minutes, flip, then continue baking for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Let the doughnuts sit for 10 minutes before removing from tray.

6) Whisk together coconut sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut lightly into the sugary coating before serving.

Yields 12-15 doughnuts. Enjoy!

Herbal Tea for Winter Wellness

Post by Raven Steepe

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I love tea. Tea is not only delicious but it is a comforting ritual for moments when you need a bit of relaxation or some zen time, especially when it’s so cold outside. Lately I have been trying out some new herbs that have great healing properties (hello, cold and flu season). These herbs are very inexpensive, easily found, and can be mixed together to create your own yummy fusion.

Ginger
Healing Properties: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, heals upset stomachs, and soothes sore throats.

Ingredients:

  • Raw Ginger (sliced or grated), as much or as little as you’d like
  • Agave
  • Lemon juice
  • Dried Rose Petals
  • 2 – 3 cups boiling water

Preparation:

  1. Grate, slice or cube ginger.
  2. Simmer in a pot for 5-7 minutes.

For a mild ginger tea steep in a mug for same amount of time.

Rosemary
Healing Properties: Increases circulation, warming the body from the inside out. Wards of headaches.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp Rosemary (dried or fresh)
  • Agave to taste
  • 2 -3 cups boiling water

Preparation:

  1. Place rosemary in cup or tea pot and pour boiling water over top, steep for about 2 minutes.

Chamomile
Healing Properties: Promotes Relaxation and alleviates stress. Calms a nervous stomach and relieves menstrual cramps.

Ingredients:

  • Chamomile flowers
  • Lemon juice
  • Agave
  • 2 -3 cups water

Preparation:

  1. Boil water in a pot. Add in chamomile flowers.
  2. Bring to a boil and let steep for about 3 minutes and let cool before drinking.

Peppermint
Healing Properties: Corrects digestive issues, relieves stress, boots immune system, settles and upset stomach, combats nerves.

Ingredients:

  • Peppermint (dry)
  • Green Tea

Preparation:

  1. Boil water in a pot. Add in peppermint and green tea leaves.
  2. Boil for about 2 minutes
  3. Strain and enjoy!

Raw Energy Balls

Post by Alex Courts

It’s the middle of the day. Too late for lunch and too early for dinner.

You’re hungry and you’re faced with the decision of what you should have without spoiling your dinner.

Chips? Cookies? Candy? No!

Opt for something natural, nutritious, and filling! These little babies are vegan, gluten-free, and raw!

Good news is that these are quick to make and can be stored and enjoyed later on!

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Yield: approx. 2 dozen snack balls

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried mango
  • 1/2 raisins
  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds

Directions:

  1. Run the first four ingredients through a food processor for a full minute (or until well-combined).
  2. Add the almonds and process for another full minute.
  3. Place mixture in bowl and start forming (squeeze and roll) and form 1 tablespoon into a ball.
  4. Repeat process until all the mixture is used.
  5. Suggested: Roll the balls into any remaining shredded coconut.

Store any uneaten balls in the freezer for up to a month.

Easy Vegan Holiday Season: Day 12

By Alexandra Courts

Snickerdoodles. If you don’t know what they are already, you really should.

Essentially, snickerdoodles are cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar, made with the holy trinity of baking: butter, sugar, and flour. I was eight-years-old when I first discovered them at my grandmother’s Christmas dinner. I downed about twenty of them in one sitting. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

My Christmas would not be complete without these, so I present to you: my gluten-free/vegan alternative!

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Adapted from OhSheGlows.com

Makes about 20 cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup gluten-free flour (if you use regular flour, just omit milk from ingredients)
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp warm water)
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance non-dairy butter (room temperature)
  • 1 – 1 1/2  cups of almond or soy milk (I used almond)
  • Cinnamon sugar: 2 tbsp sugar + 2 tsp cinnamon, mixed together

Directions:

1) In a small bowl, mix the flax egg. Set aside.

2) In a medium sized bowl cream the sugar, butter and vanilla together. Add in the flax egg and beat for about 60 seconds.

3) In a third bowl (so many bowls!) whisk the dry ingredients together (cream of tartar, baking soda, flour, and cinnamon). Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir well. Add non-dairy milk. Use your hands to knead together the dough. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 1 hour until chilled.

4) Preheat the oven to 375F and take about 1.5 tbsp of dough and shape into a ball. Roll in cinnamon sugar and then press the ball with the palm of your hand. Repeat 20 times! Spread the balls out onto a baking sheet.

5) If you want your cookies chewy, bake for 10 minutes. If you want them crispy, bake for 12 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before eating.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!