Mushroom Gravy Poutine (Vegan, GF)

Post by Megan Stulberg

I’m Canadian. Like, grandparents-are-from-Nova-Scotia Canadian. That being said, I don’t mess with boring poutine! This poutine recipe is a delicious, healthy alternative to the OG dairy version.

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Ingredients…

For the gravy:

  • 2 cups gluten-free vegetable stock
  • 1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup almond or soy milk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ground sage
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter-style spread
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Cold-pressed EVOO, as needed

Other:

  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1/2 bag shredded vegan mozzerella “cheese” of your choice (I used Daiya)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, throughout

DIRECTIONS…

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Scrub and wash potatoes to remove any dirt, then peel. Cut length-wise into long, thin strips. Toss in 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.
  3. Line a baking pan with aluminium foil or parchment paper smothered in olive oil to prevent burning and sticking. Lay fries out in an even layer on baking pan.
  4. Bake in oven for around 35 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes or so.
  5. While the fries are baking, prep the gravy:
  6. Heat EVOO in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes until browned. Add sage, garlic, mushrooms, almond milk, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms are browned, stirring regularly.
  8. Add vegetable stock and vegan butter-style spread, lower heat to simmer. Once most liquid has evaporated, add vegetable stock and brown rice flour. Stir occasionally and cook for an additional few minutes. For thicker gravy, feel free to add additional flour by the tbsp.
  9. Reduce heat to low simmer, stirring occasionally, to keep gravy warm.
  10. Remove fries from oven and wait to slightly cool. Plate the fries, take a handful of vegan “cheese” and sprinkle it on top, then pour the hot gravy over everything.

Serve hot! Makes approximately 2 servings.

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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.

Pineapple Cream Dream Bars (raw, gf, v)

Recipe by Megan Stulberg

These treats got me through some hard times. I mean that! I was hired to draw 87 portraits in less than 2 weeks for a client (If you’re into it, check out my illustration work here) and kept taking snack breaks to refuel. I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that I’m still waiting to get paid for the project two months later, or the fact that I’m posting this recipe two months later.

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Ingredients:

For the base…

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

For the cream…

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked at least 2 hours but preferably overnight
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks (can substitute for 1/4 cup pure pineapple juice)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup or blue agave
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all “base” ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor until finely chopped and thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Line a square pan with long strips of parchment paper that hang over the edges.
  3. Press mixture into bottom of pan, firmly packing down with fingers or a fork to form the base. Set aside in freezer for 30 minutes to set.
  4. Combine the cashews, pineapple, coconut oil, maple syrup, shredded coconut and vanilla extract until creamy in consistency.
  5. Smooth cream overtop of base evenly. Sprinkle additional shredded coconut on top.
  6. Leave in freezer overnight.
  7. Remove pan from freezer and use parchment paper to pop out of dish. Leave on a cutting board for half an hour to thaw, then use a large knife to slice into rectangles.
  8. Top each piece with an additional raw walnut chunk for garnish if desired. Serve immediately or let thaw an additional 30 minutes.

Serve chilled. Makes approximately 9 bars.

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Raw Frosted Brownies

Recipe by Megan Stulberg

Alright alright alright! More raw desserts, surprise surprise! But seriously, the holidays were good to me. I made these brownies for a big family lunch a few days before Christmas, and they were all gobbled up within the hour. I was happy that they were so popular among my dairy-consuming relatives, but also kind of bummed at the same time that there weren’t leftovers for me to greedily hoard?

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Ingredients:

For the base…

  • 1 1/4 cup raw walnuts, soaked 1 hour + drained
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup room temperature coconut oil

For the fudge frosting…

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup room temperature coconut oil
  • 1 cup 100% maple syrup

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor combine 1 cup of the walnuts with the dates, cacao powder and coconut oil. Stop blending when a fine, ground consistency has been reached.
  2. Line a square baking pan with very long strips of wax paper so that the ends hang out of the pan.
  3. Press batter into bottom of pan firmly with a fork or your fingers until an even, thin layer has formed. Press additional 1/4 cup whole walnut pieces directly down into batter, then even out again.
  4. Place pan in freezer for at least 30 minutes to set.
  5. While waiting, make the fudge frosting by blending together the coconut oil, maple syrup and raw cacao powder. You want it to be as smooth and pourable as possible so if it isn’t blending properly, add more coconut oil by the tbsp, then continue.
  6. Remove pan from freezer. Pour frosting on top and smooth evenly with a knife.
  7. Leave in freezer to set. Ideally, it should be left overnight, but 2-4 hours should do. Be sure not to attempt to remove before they’ve set or else they’ll be impossible to cut (AKA one big gooey blob).
  8. Pop out of dish by pulling up on the edges of the wax paper. P
  9. lace on cutting board and use a large knife to slice into square pieces. If they need time to thaw, let sit at room temperature 1 hour before slicing. Serve immediately or keep in fridge. Enjoy!

Serve chilled. Makes approximately 12 pieces.

Raw chocolate almond butter and banana cream cheesecake

Post by Megan Stulberg

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

I made this in an attempt to win a boy’s heart. It didn’t work, but at least I fell in love with this pie instead!

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Ingredients:

For the crust…

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw walnuts

For the filling…

  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup organic almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping…

  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs

Directions:

  1. Process dates and walnuts in a high-speed blender or food processor until thoroughly combined.
  2. Press mixture into a springfoam pan or food storage container lined with plastic wrap. Press mixture down firmly with a fork until tightly packed. Place in freezer to set for 1 hour.
  3. Place all filling ingredients (except cacao powder) in blender and blend until creamy in consistency. Pour half of the filling directly onto crust and smooth out evenly with a spoon. Place in freezer to set.
  4. Add cacao powder and continue blending. Feel free to add more cacao by the tablespoon if you prefer a richer chocolate taste. Pour rest of filling on pie.
  5. Slice banana into thin slices and layer along edge to create a border for presentation. Sprinkle cacao nibs all over.
  6. Let pie sit in freezer overnight.
  7. Remove pie from freezer for 1 hour, then slice. Place slices in fridge and let thaw for an additional hour. Take out immediately before serving.

Makes approximately 8 servings. Serve chilled.

Raw Almond Butter and Raspberry Jam Pie

Post by Megan Stulberg

(Posted on our Instagram in advance here)

I don’t know which I ate more of as a kid: grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I rarely eat either now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the flavour combination of the latter enough to turn it into a dessert!

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Ingredients:

For the crust…

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds

For the filling…

  • ¼ cup raw almond butter
  • ¼ cup organic raspberry jam
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

For the topping…

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • ¼ cup organic coconut chips

Directions…

  1. Process dates and walnuts in a high-speed blender or food processor until thoroughly combined.
  2. Press mixture into a springfoam pan (or food storage container, if you’re broke like I am) lined with plastic wrap. Press mixture down firmly with a fork until tightly packed. Place in freezer to set for 1 hour.
  3. In a bowl, mix together jam and chia seeds. Add almond butter and loosely combine.
  4. Pour filling directly onto crust. Top with cacao nibs and additional chia seeds. Add coconut chips along edge for presentation.
  5. Let pie sit in freezer overnight.
  6. Remove pie from freezer for 1 hour, then slice. Place slices back in freezer and take out immediately before serving.

Makes approximately 6 servings. Serve chilled.

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Raw Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

Post By: Alexandra Courts  

Chocolate and fruit go together like peanut butter and jam! I’m not sure why, but that flavour combination will always have a special place in my heart.   

Required materials:

  • 1 standard loaf/bread pan

Ingredients:

For the crust…

  • 2 cups dates, pitted and soaked 1 hour
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder

For the chocolate mousse…

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight (if possible, or at least 2 hours)
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup raw blue agave or 100% maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dates, pitted and soaked 1 hour

For the chocolate-covered raspberries…

  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp raw blue agave or 100% maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder

Optional…

  • Shredded coconut, for garnish

Directions…

  1. Blend all “crust” ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Press mixture into loaf pan lined with wide strips of parchment paper. Ensure this layer is thick, tightly packed and evenly spread.
  2. Blend the “mousse” ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture into pan on top of crust layer. Level the mousse with the back of a spoon.
  3. Place pan in freezer to set for at least 1 hour.
  4. Start preparing the chocolate sauce to dip raspberries in by melting coconut oil  (if not already liquid at room temperature), then whisking together with agave and cacao powder.
  5. Allow the chocolate to cool and thicken for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Dip each raspberry in chocolate sauce, place on a sheet of parchment paper, then place in freezer to cool for about 5 minutes.
  7. Place frozen chocolate-dipped raspberries on cake and garnish with shredded coconut if desired.
  8. Let mousse cake set in freezer for 2 hours, then thaw at least 1 hour at room temperature before slicing and serving.

Enjoy! Makes approximately 8 slices.