Trail mix bars (GF, vegan, raw, no-bake, refined sugar-free, grain-free)

By contributor Megan Stulberg

I’m constantly on-the-go and as a result, end up eating at least one or two snack/protein bars a day. I always opt for the healthiest brand available but I’m trying to eliminate ingredients like tapioca syrup and puffed rice crisps from my diet entirely. So, I tried making my own grain-free bars instead!

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Ingredients…

  • 1 cup pitted parnoosh dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp black chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds 11063106_10155317497640133_426344933_n 10807047_10155317497555133_941330506_n-1Directions…
  • 1) In a food processor or high-speed blender, thoroughly combine dates, almonds and agave.
  • 2) Pour mixture into separate bowl. Add goji berries, cacao nibs and various seeds. Stir together with a large spoon until incorporated.
  • 3) Line small baking sheet or large plate with plastic wrap.
  • 4) Scoop 1 or 2 large spoonfuls of mixture onto sheet. Use hands to mold into rectangular bar shape.
  • 5) Repeat step 4 with rest of mixture.
  • 6) Place sheet in freezer for 4 hours, then move to fridge for 1 hour before serving. Once the bars have set, wrap each individually in plastic wrap for storage and travel.

Makes approximately 8 bars.

Lemon Coconut Cake with Cashew Cream Icing (GF, vegan, raw, no-bake, sugar-free)

By contributor Megan Stulberg

I brought groceries home the other night intending to make raw Nanaimo bars, only to realize right before starting that I’d forgotten to buy cacao powder! I improvised and came up with this super refreshing and clean dessert instead.

But seriously, expect Nanaimo bars soon.

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Ingredients:

For the base…

  • 1 cup dates, soaked 1 hour
  • 1 cup almonds (raw + organic), soaked 1 hour
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs (raw + organic)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar (raw + organic)

For the icing…

  • 2 cups cashews (raw + organic), soaked 1 hour
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (raw + organic)
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar (raw + organic)

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender/food processor combine dates, almonds, nibs, flakes and agave until thoroughly combined.
  2. Line a standard 6-inch cake pan with two sheets of plastic wrap. Pour mixture into pan and spread evenly with a fork. Let set in fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse blender clean then combine cashews, lemon juice, flakes, oil and agave until creamy and icing-like in consistency.
  4. Spread icing evenly on top of cake, leaving a bit of crust around the edge so the icing doesn’t flow over. Top with additional coconut flakes or alternative desired garnish.
  5. Let cake set in freezer for 6 hours, then leave in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Serve chilled. Makes 1 standard 6-inch cake (6 servings).

Duqqa Navy Bean Dip (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, nut-free)

By Aine Davis

I wanted to make a dish that incorporates duqqa for a family dinner, but the Egyptian spice blend typically contains nuts and my cousin is allergic to them. Being the stubborn and determined person that I am, I came up with this delicious duqqa navy bean dip recipe that’s nut-free! Problem solved.

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DUQQA:

Ingredients…

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup coriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne
  • Pinch of black pepper

Directions…

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. On a lined baking sheet, toast sesame seeds for 10-12 minutes until golden in colour. Flip halfway and ensure not to overcook.
  3. Combine toasted sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt, cayenne and pepper in a food processor until fine in consistency.

Note: You’ll only need a little bit of duqqa for the dip! Store in an airtight container and add sparingly to your favourite savoury dishes.

DIP:

Ingredients…

  • 1 can of navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp duqqa

Directions…

  1. In a food processor combine beans, 1/4 cup of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and duqqa. Blend until smooth in texture.

TO SERVE: 

  1. Transfer dip into a large bowl.
  2. Using the back of a spoon, make a well in the middle of the dip and fill with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Garnish dip with parsley and pair with Mary’s original seed crackers.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Creamy Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai: raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free

By Megan Stulberg

I’m a sucker for pad thai. Always have been, always will be! Here’s a recipe for a raw pad thai dish that’s vegan-friendly and much healthier than its calorie-loaded counterpart.

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CREAMY ZUCCHINI NOODLE RAW PAD THAI

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, either finely hand-sliced or spiralized
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 medium cabbage, chopped
  • 1 standard avocado, ripe
  • 1 handful raw cashews
  • 1 handful raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 handful raw sesame seeds
  • Dash of raw Himalayan salt

For the dressing: 

  • 3 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of your choice 1911826_10153909187275133_1590683635_n

Directions: 

1)  Create zucchini “noodles” by using a spiralizer or simply hand-slicing finely into long thin pieces. Prep all vegetables and toss in a large bowl to combine.

2) Whisk raw almond butter, garlic, lemon and maple syrup together in a bowl. If desired, add water until desired thickness is reached. Pour dressing over combined vegetables.

3) Top with seeds and nuts.

Serves 1-2. Enjoy! This dish is light, refreshing, and perfect for Summer.