Raspberry Matcha “Cheesecake” Bars (raw, gf, v)

Post by Alexandra Courts 

Matcha’s recent hype is well deserved! It detoxifies the body, boosts metabolism, calms the mind, lower blood sugar, prevent against diseases, lower cholesterol, and is rich in dietary fibre and antioxidants.

I whipped up a batch of raw treats with matcha cream, raspberry “cheesecake” filling and a chocolate cookie base. Keep reading for the recipe!
   Ingredients…

  • 3 cups raw cashews (soaked)
  • 2 cups dates, pitted and soaked overnight
  • 1 can of light coconut milk
  • 1 original K’s NRG bar
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup matcha tea powder
  • Optional: additional frozen raspberries for garnish

Directions…

  1. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with long strips of parchment paper.
  2. For the base: blend the almonds, cacao powder, shredded coconut, and dates until the pieces are finely ground and everything is thoroughly combined.
  3. Press and flatten this mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside in freezer.
  4. For the raspberry “cheesecake” filling: blend half of the soaked cashews with half the can of coconut milk, half of the maple syrup, and the raspberries until smooth.
  5. Pour, then spread the cheesecake layer out evenly on top of the chocolate base. Place back in freezer to allow layer to set.
  6. For the matcha layer: blend the remainder of the cashews with the matcha powder, as well as the remaining coconut milk and maple syrup, until smooth.
  7. Pour and flatten mixture overtop of the set raspberry layer.
  8. Allow this to set in the freezer for 1-2 hours or even overnight before slicing. Thaw in fridge at least 1 hour before slicing.
  9. Cut NRG bar into small bite-size chunks. You can either use a rolling pin to flatten the bar then roll into balls (as seen in photo), or use as is. Top each cheesecake slice with a few NRG chunks and frozen raspberries.
  10. Enjoy!

Serve chilled. Makes approximately 10-12 slices.

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Lentil “Meat”balls and Heavenly Homemade Tomato Sauce 

Post by Alexandra Courts 

There’s something special about fresh tomato sauce that doesn’t come out of a jar or a can. It’s aromatic, rich in flavour and incredibly versatile. This time around I’ve paired this homemade sauce with some nutrient-dense lentil “meat”balls. Whether it be served overtop a bed of pasta or sandwiched in bread, these two are a match made in heaven!

Keep reading to find out how you can recreate this lovely and comforting meal at home.


TOMATO SAUCE:

Ingredients…

  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (14oz each)
  • 1 sweet onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Directions…

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in coconut oil on medium heat in a saucepan until tender.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, soy sauce, pepper, coconut sugar and basil.
  3. Simmer sauce on low heat slightly covered for about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Allow the sauce to sit while you prepare the lentil “meat”balls.

LENTIL “MEAT”BALLS:

Ingredients…

  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice (cooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils (cooked until very tender)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 sweet onion (diced)
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp basil (fresh/dried)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Directions…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Coat an aluminium foil-lined baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. Sautée the onion and garlic in coconut oil on medium heat in a deep skillet pan until tender.
  3. Pulse mushrooms and kale in a food processor/blender. Ensure that the pieces aren’t too fine.
  4. Add the kale and mushroom blend to the pan. Sautée the combination for a couple of minutes before adding the soy sauce, brown rice and lentils. Mix the combination together throughly and then add in the tomato paste, nutritional yeast, basil and pepper.
  5. Continue to cook the mixture on low-medium heat. Pulse the raw walnuts and rolled oats in a food processor/blender. Ensure that the pieces are only coarsely combined. Mix into the “meat”ball mix. Allow this to cool before rolling.
  6. Roll the “meat”balls in your hands so that they are about 1.5 inches in diameter. Place them onto baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  8. Enjoy!

Makes 2 servings.

Lemon Raspberry Cake Doughnuts (v, gf) 

Post by Alexandra Courts

Egg is often used as a replacement binder in gluten-free baked goods, which makes finding ones that are also vegan a rarity. That’s why I whipped up this recipe…so people with multiple food restrictions can have their cake (doughnut), and eat it too!

 Ingredients…

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Tools needed…

  • 1 doughnut pan

Directions…

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Coat tray with additional tbsp of melted coconut oil so doughnuts won’t stick.
  2. In large bowl mix together hot water and ground flax. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes to thicken. Add in lemon juice, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and apple sauce. Mix together then set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, coconut sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Whisk together all ingredients from both bowls in larger bowl until batter has formed.
  5. Pour batter into greased doughnut moulds, filling each 3/4 of way.  Press frozen raspberries individually into batter-filled moulds.
  6. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, or until the doughnuts appear to be slightly golden brown. Remove tray, flip doughnuts over, then place back into oven for 7-10 additional minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes afterwards before removing from pan.

Enjoy! Makes approximately 12 doughnuts.

Raw double chocolate brownies

Post by Megan Stulberg 

My mum won’t stop talking about these. I improvised a batch while I was visiting her and she begged me to make more the next day!

Anyways, these babies are raw, no-bake, vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and *drumroll please* only 4 ingredients! What the actual heck? I don’t get it either.

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Ingredients…

  • 1 1/4  cup raw walnut chunks, soaked 1 hour
  • 1 cup honey pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Directions…

  1. Line a 6-8 inch square pan with long strips of parchment paper.
  2. Blend all ingredients together, but leave 1/4 cup of the walnuts aside.
  3. Pour “batter” into square pan. Push down with fingers or fork to form an even layer. Press additional walnut chunks into top.
  4. Leave in freezer for 1 hour to set.
  5. Remove pan from freezer and tug up on the parchment paper strips to pop out entire brownie sheet. Peel parchment paper off, place on cutting board, and slice with large knife into 9 smaller squares.
  6. Serve immediately, or thaw for 30 additional minutes if needed.

Makes approximately 9 servings.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Tofu

Recipe by Megan Stulberg 

I found myself craving Brussel sprouts in the produce section of a grocery store a couple of weeks ago, despite never trying them before. I mentioned this to my mum a few hours later, and she reminded me that my grandfather had passed away that day exactly two years ago. Apparently they were his absolute favourite food, which I didn’t know about. I’m sure it was coincidence, but like…how eerie, right?

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Ingredients…

  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, washed
  • 1 standard block extra firm tofu
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cold-pressed EVOO
  • 1/4 cup vegan “butter” spread (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp red chilli flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions…

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Chop stems off of Brussels sprouts and slice all widthwise.
  3. Toss Brussels sprouts in large bowl with vegan “butter”, sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Place on baking sheet covered with aluminium foil. Cook in centre oven rack and let roast for approximately 35 minutes. Flip every 5 minutes to prevent burning. Brussels sprouts will be light brown when done.
  5. While Brussels sprouts are cooking, press tofu block between pieces of paper towel with something heavy on top (book, cutting board, etc) until drained.
  6. Chop tofu into bite-sized chunks.
  7. Add EVOO to hot pan. Add tofu in a single layer and let cook until tofu begins to brown. Sprinkle soy sauce, garlic, nutritional yeast, thyme, chilli flakes, sea salt and black pepper on top. Flip tofu, and toss to coat with additional seasoning. Continue cooking until tofu is browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  8.  Combine tofu and sprouts. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.

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Breakfast Hacks: Overnight Oats

Post by Aine Davis

Overnight oats are a healthy (and easy) way to enjoy breakfast on-the-go! Prepare the night before, and they’ll be ready in the morning. Just mix everything in a jar and leave in the fridge overnight.

PUMPKIN SPICE OATS: 

Top with toasted pecans and walnuts, if desired.

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CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE OATS: 

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup oats (same brand as above)
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp blue agave or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Chop up your favourite granola or snack bar to act as a topping!

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Peanut Butter and Banana

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 whole banana

Serve with toasted pecans and your favourite jam!

Raw Salted Caramel Pecan Pie

Post by Megan Stulberg

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

I started a full-time office job soon after graduating university a few months ago. As much as I love what I do, I often end up living off of snacks throughout the day as a result! I’ve actually become quite addicted to the KIND maple glazed pecan and sea salt bars, which are sold at the convenience store in my building. I guess I liked the flavour combination so much that I accidentally turned it into one of my no-bake desserts.

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Ingredients…

    • 1 cup raw pecans, soaked overnight
    • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked overnight
    • 1 cup pitted dates
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil
    • 1/4 pure maple syrup
    • 1 tsp raw pink mountain salt, to taste

Directions…

1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor until smooth.

2. Press mixture firmly into cake or springboard pan lined with plastic wrap.

3. Top with additional pecan halves for presentation. Sprinkle a bit more salt on top if desired.

4. Leave pie overnight in freezer to set.

5. Remove from freezer, pop pie out of pan and slice. Pie will stay soft when frozen, so serve chilled.

6. DIG IN! Makes approximately 6 servings.
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