Weekend Baking: Cornbread with Cinnamon-Sugar

Good morning everyone! Today's recipe is once again from Izy Hozzack's Top With Cinnamon cookbook. As you may already know, I am completely obsessed with this book; it has such beautiful photos and great recipes. Izy's Cornbread with Cinnamon-Sugar is so simple, but still delightful. It's a very different cornbread than I'm used to as it's very light and almost cake-like. 

For the cornbread, you will need: 

2 tbsp salted butter 

3 tbsp sugar

1 egg

1 cup of milk (I used almond milk)

1 cup, minus 1 tbsp of cornmeal 

1 cup, minus 1 tbsp of flour

1 tbsp, plus 2 tsp baking powder

For the cinnamon-sugar, you will need: 

2 tbsp of sugar

2 tsp of cinnamon

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8 inch pie dish.

Melt the butter, and add in the sugar, egg, milk, and cornmeal. 

Next you'll add in the flour and baking powder and combine. 

Pour the mixture in the prepared pie dish, and sprinkle the top with the cinnamon-sugar. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes, and once cooked through, serve with butter and jam! 

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This cornbread couldn't be easier, and it's surprisingly delicious with the cinnamon-sugar on top. If you make this for your family and friends, they will definitely enjoy it! 

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Vegan & Gluten Free Lentil Brown Rice Burgers

For today's post I bring you the lentil and brown rice burger! I've made these almost in the form of falafels, but they're a much different take on them. These are crispy, filling, healthy, and just plain ol' delicious. If you like how that sounds, keep on reading!

For this recipe you will need: (makes 8-10 burgers)

1 cup of lentils 

2 carrots, grated 

1 cup of brown rice (or whatever grain you have on hand)

1 shallot, finely sliced

1 tsp of chili flakes

Pinch of salt

1 tsp of paprika

1 tsp of cumin

1-2 tsps of olive oil

To start, preheat  your oven to 375 degrees. You can make these either by hand or in a food processor. If you make them by hand you'll need to mash the lentils pretty well, then add in all of the ingredients. If you make them with the help of a food processor, just throw everything in and whiz it up. 

Once the ingredients have been combined well, and it becomes sticky, you'll want to start making the burgers. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and oil it lightly so the burgers don't burn. Bake the burgers for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once out of the oven serve with a bun or do like me and enjoy them with hummus, pita, baby spinach and some cherry tomatoes. This is a great meal that is quite filling as well. It's vegan, gluten free, and will make you feel good once you're finished. Bon appetit!

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Weekend Baking: Orange Scones

Good morning! Today I bring you my orange scones. This recipe is super easy and it makes the most delicious scones. You'll want to make them all the time after trying them once (trust me, I went through a scone phase). 

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For this recipe, you will need: 

2 cups of flour

1/3 cup of sugar (plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling)

1.5 tsp of baking powder

A pinch of salt

8 tbsp of butter

Zest and juice of one orange

1/2 cup of milk

1 egg

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together your milk and egg thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Grate the butter into the dry ingredients, and combine until it becomes like sand.

Add the zest and juice of one orange, and mix well. 

Stir in the milk mixture, and combine until a dough is formed.

On a floured surface, form the dough into one flat circle round, or two depending on the size of scone you prefer. I like a medium size which means I can get 16 scones out of two rounds. Cut into triangles, sprinkle a little sugar on the top, and pop in the oven for 15 minutes. The scones will be perfectly golden brown.

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These scones are rather easy to make, and turn out just so delicious. Make a double batch because they'll go fast! 

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies

Good morning! I feel like there was no way to come up with a shorter title so I do apologize for it! It is quite the mouth-full! These cookies are also quite the mouth-full because they are very filling, delicious, and also great for your body! If you like the sound of dark chocolate, bananas, and oats then this recipe is for you. 

You will need: 

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup of oats 

1/4 tsp of cinnamon

Pinch of salt

4 tbsp of dark chocolate (I used a bar of dark chocolate and broke it up into chunks but feel free to use what you have)

*If you like a little more sweetness to balance the bitterness of the dark chocolate, either substitute the dark chocolate for milk or add in a tsp of maple syrup. 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine all of your ingredients with a spatula or wooden spoon. Everything should come together quite easily. 

Portion out the batter into 1 inch balls and flatten a little when placed on the baking sheet. The cookies won't spread while cooking so you can put them rather close. 

Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies become golden brown. Let cool and enjoy! 

These cookies are delicious since they're soft and chewy. The outside gets a little crispy so altogether they form a great cookie. Enjoy them for breakfast, dessert or as a snack! And don't forget, they're vegan and gluten free so anyone can enjoy them! 

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Roasted Summer Salad

Good afternoon! Today's post is all about my Roasted Summer Salad. Right now there are so many vegetables that are in season and this means that they taste their most delicious and they're also more affordable. You can make this as a lunch for two, a dinner for one, or as a side dish without the lettuce. It is also vegan & gluten free. 

For this recipe you will need: (serves 1-2)

1 zucchini, sliced in rounds

A dozen cherry tomatoes (these were from my own balcony garden!)

2 medium-sized potatoes, half moon slices 

2 green onions, sliced 

A handful of fresh herbs (whatever you have on hand works; I used parsley, basil & rosemary)

2 tbsp of olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Butter lettuce leaves (or any other greens you have on hand)

Seeds, nuts, anything crunchy & nutritious 

To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper all throw everything together except for the green onions, lettuce, and nuts. Toss everything together so the veggies are well coated. Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes or until everything is golden brown and delicious. 

To assemble your salad, place your butter lettuce leaves or greens as the base in your bowl. Put all the roasted goodness within the lettuce cup/base, and sprinkle the green onions and nuts as a garnish. For a dressing, balsamic vinegar works well. You can keep this plain as well as it is quite flavourful. Enjoy! 

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Weekend Baking: Swedish Chocolate Cake

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! If you're not a father, I hope you're spending it with the father in your life. 

Today's Weekend Baking post is all about the Swedish Chocolate Cake. This is not my own recipe, but out of Izy Hozzack's Top With Cinnamon Cookbook. (which is a great book by the way) This cake is gooey, and chocolatey, and all sorts of wonderful. Plus, it's just so easy! If you have all the ingredients on hand, which you probably do, you need to make this straight away. Please make it, you will not regret it. 

For this cake,  you will need: (makes a 7" cake)

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of unsalted butter

1 3/4 cup of sugar (I used 1 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

2 tsp of vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 cup of flour

A pinch of salt 

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium pot, melt the butter. In another bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. And in a separate small bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla extract.

Once the butter has melted, take the pot off the heat and add in the dry ingredients. Add in the eggs afterwards, and mix thoroughly. The batter should look like chocolate fudge. 

Transfer the batter into the greased 7" cake pan, and bake for about 30-35 minutes. Once out of the oven, leave the cake to cool for 20 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a plate. Serve the cake warm with powdered sugar on top, and enjoy! (This cake will be demolished by anyone who tries it. It. is. so. good.) 

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Weekend Baking: Easy Scottish Shortbread

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Good morning everyone! I am a shortbread addict. During the holidays, my dad bought me a 4 lb tin of shortbread! We demolished it fairly quickly. Today's recipe is on the traditional Scottish shortbread. It is super easy, and will become a favourite amongst your family and friends.

For this recipe, you will need:

1 1/2 cups of flour

4 tbsp of sugar (and extra for topping)

1/2 cup of cold butter

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and massage the dry ingredients and the butter with your thumb and index finger. The mixture should resemble coarse crumbs. Bring the dough into a ball and transfer to a lined baking sheet. Flatten or roll out the ball into a 1/3 inch thick round. Sprinkle some extra sugar over the round and pop in the oven for about 10-20 minutes. You want the shortbread to be lightly golden in colour. Once out of the oven, cut into triangles and let cool. Serve with coffee or tea and enjoy!

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Weekend Baking: Vegan Apple Crumble

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Good morning! Before I get started on today's delicious weekend baking recipe, I just want to remind everyone that I'm hosting a twitter chat on Tuesday June 9th at 1200 EDT. Please join in on the chat and you can follow me here. Without further ado, let me introduce the Vegan Apple Crumble to you. This is an insanely easy recipe, that essentially can be done with any fruit. It's delicious, cozy, and makes for a great dessert or breakfast!

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For the fruit component, you will need: (makes a 9" round dish or square dish)

5-6 peeled, cored, and sliced apples

1 tbsp of flour

2 tbsp of brown sugar

1 tbsp of cinnamon

1/2 tsp of ginger

1/2 tsp of nutmeg

For the topping:

1/4 cup of flour

1/4 cup of oats

3-4 tbsp of brown sugar

1 tbsp of cinnamon

4 tbsp of vegan butter

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease your baking dish, and mix together your ingredients for the fruit component of the crumble. While the apples are releasing their juices and getting infused with flavour, mix together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add in your cold vegan butter to the dry ingredients, and massage between your thumb and index finger. You want the mixture to resemble coarse crumbs. Once this is complete, add your apples to the greased dish and spread the crumble mixture on top. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until the apples are bubbling and the top is golden. Once out of the oven, serve warm with ice cream, coconut whip cream, or just plain because it's simply that delicious!

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Cooking with Nonna: Rustic Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes

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Italian food is all about simplicity, fresh flavours, and using ingredients you already have. Today's post shows you Italian cooking in the purest form as shown by my Nonna. She's really an allstar when it comes to the kitchen, not to mention she is just the cutest thing! If you like Italian pasta dishes, and love simplicity, then keep on reading! pasta9

For this recipe you will need:

Spaghetti (we used half a pack for this dish)

2 Roma tomatoes, cubed

10-15 halved cherry tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic, diced

1 large onion, sliced

2 tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp of chili flakes

a pinch of pepper

Salt (a good pinch for the pasta water and 2 tsps for the sauce)

Fresh parsley and basil (be as liberal as you like)

To begin, pick out 1 large pot for the pasta and 1 large pan for the sauce. For the sauce, heat up the olive oil in the pan on high heat, then add the garlic and onions. While the garlic and onions soften, fill up your pot with water and boil on high heat. Add the good pinch of salt now to the pot of boiling water.

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To continue the sauce, add in all of the tomatoes, chili flakes, pepper, and salt. Keep stirring the sauce so the flavours can develop amongst each other. Add in the parsley.output_kx3yjA

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At this time you put the spaghetti in to cook. Add in a tbsp or so of the pasta water into the saucepan, and keep stirring gently.

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Once the spaghetti is al dente, drain the water and add to the saucepan. Combine the pasta and sauce well. Add in the basil, and you can serve! Boun Appetito!

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Weekend Baking: Healthy Banana Pecan Loaf

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Good morning! I don't know about you, but I cannot get enough of banana bread! Well I just can't get enough of bananas in general. Today's post is all about the Banana Pecan Loaf! This is an easy recipe that is healthy, and will use up those black bananas you have. Let's get started... IMG_6821

You will need:

4-5 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup of chopped pecans

1/2 cup of coconut oil or vegan butter (or regular butter)

1/2 cup of coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup of flour

2 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tbsp of cinnamon

A pinch of salt

To start, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. The lower temperature ensures that the inside of the loaf will bake through while the outside doesn't burn. Beat the butter and sugar together until a creamy yellow paste forms.

Add in each egg one at a time. In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.

Once the eggs are incorporated, add in the bananas and pecans.

Once the bananas and pecans are mixed in, add in the dry ingredients.

When all is incorporated well, pop the batter into a greased 1 pound loaf pan, and bake for around 1 hour and 20 minutes. After the 1 hour mark, just keep checking the centre of the loaf if it is cooked through. Once the centre is cooked, take out of the oven and enjoy! I like my banana bread with cream cheese or even peanut butter. This is a recipe that will surely impress anyone that tries it!

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The Sky is the Limit with Oatmeal

There is something so satisfying about oatmeal. The first is that it is so filling since it's full of protein and fibre. But the second is that the sky is the limit with the endless flavour combinations and toppings. Oatmeal is a great way to start your day, and you should have fun with it. I have two sets of topping combinations that are my favourite. Plus, they cover areas like fruity goodness, crunch, saltiness, and sweetness. The first is a regular bowl of oatmeal that is made creamy with almond milk, and it is topped with sliced strawberries, a teaspoon of peanut butter, a teaspoon of shredded coconut, and 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts.

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The second bowl of oatmeal is also creamy, and has a tad of maple syrup mixed within it for a little bit more sweetness. It is topped with a sliced banana, 2 teaspoons of granola, 2 teaspoons of goji berries, and 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts. IMG_0804

Both bowls make excellent breakfasts, lunches or even dinners. I crave oatmeal all the time and these two combinations really hit the spot. How do you like your oatmeal? What toppings do you like?

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An Ode to Green Smoothies

A smoothie a day will keep the doctor away! Well that's what I'd like to think. Smoothies are a great way to start a day or finish a workout with energy, goodness, and yumminess. Here are two green smoothie recipes that are sure to boost your energy and fill you up with whole food goodness! The first smoothie is a filling smoothie that boosts protein, and lots of fruits and veggies. This is great for a big breakfast or after a workout. For this smoothie you will need:

2 cups of kale

1/2 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 a cucumber

1 banana

3/4 cup of almond milk (or any other plant based milk)

2 tablespoons of hemp hearts

1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup or agave nectar

Optional: protein powder (I used Vega Vanilla protein powder)

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The second smoothie is similar but much more fruity. Its also a smoother consistency because of the spinach. For this smoothie, you will need:

1 banana

2 cups of spinach

1 cup of frozen mango chunks

3/4 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries

3/4 cup of almond milk (or any other plant based milk)

Optional: protein powder (I used Vega Vanilla protein powder)

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A smoothie should be refreshing and nutritious. Load up your blender with fruits and veggies and you can't go wrong. Try these easy recipes and let me know what you think in the comments! Follow me on instagram and twitter.

Weekend Baking: Raw & Vegan Chocolate Caramel Squares

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Good morning! I realize when I say good morning it may not apply to everyone as the internet is not limited to time zone so if it is not morning for you, I'm still sending you good vibes! For today's weekend sweets, we have the raw, vegan, and gluten free chocolate caramel squares! These are delicious, pretty nutritious, and super easy! All you need is a food processor, and the sky is the limit! My inspiration for this recipe is from Emily von Euw's Rawesome Vegan Life blog. rawchocolatebar3

*This recipe is based on a square pan.

For the crust, you will need:

1 cup of raw almonds

1 cup of pitted dates

For the caramel layer, you will need:

1 cup of pitted dates

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1/4 - 1/2 cup of water

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer, you will need:

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1/4 cup of cacao powder

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

small pinch of salt

To start, line a square baking pan with parchment paper. Mix together the crust ingredients in a food processor until the mixture resembles a ball. Press the mixture into the base of the pan, and chill in the fridge.

While the crust is chilling, make the caramel mixture. To do so, add all of the ingredients into a food processor and mix until there is gooey caramel! The caramel should be sticky and not too thick. Add on top of the crust, and chill back in the fridge.

For the chocolate layer, mix everything together in a bowl, and you have your very own chocolate! Add the chocolate evenly over the caramel layer.

Chill everything for at least 12 hours, and once ready to serve cut into squares. I think this is a great dessert, but also a wonderful snack, protein bar, breakfast - really it could be anything. These squares are delicious and really do fool you into thinking there's refined sugar and other bad things.

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The Buddha Bowl

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I don't know about you, but when it comes to a meal, I like variety. I think it's important to have different textures, flavours, and spices used in one meal to make it as delicious and interesting as possible. With that being said, I bring you the Buddha Bowl (version 1)! This Buddha Bowl is filled to the brim with lots of filling and hearty veggies, rice, tempeh, nuts, and hummus goodness! buddhabowl1

You will need: (1 serving)

1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 shallot, peeled and halved

1 small zucchini, sliced in rounds

Rice or quinoa of your choice (I used a mixture of both)

Tempeh (1/4 of a pack cut into triangles)

Hummus (as much as you like)

Nuts and seeds (I used sunflower seeds and pistachios)

Salt, seasonings, spices of choice (I used paprika, cumin, dried oregano and thyme)

Oil for the vegetables

To start, preheat your oven to 380 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On the first, place the sweet potato mixed with oil, salt, and spices. On the second, place the zucchini dressed in oil, salt, and spices, and the shallot with oil. Bake for 30 minutes or until crispy and cooked.

At the same time, make your rice or quinoa. I was lucky enough to have both on hand so I skipped this step at this time.

Season your tempeh with some paprika, and cook in a pan until cooked through. Do this within the last 5 minutes of the vegetables cooking.

Once everything is cooked, prepare your bowl. The bottom of the bowl will hold the rice, and next layer on the vegetables and tempeh. In the centre, I added the seeds, pistachios, and homemade hummus. Enjoy!

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You can make this buddha bowl with whatever veggies you have on hand. The combinations are endless, and so are the health benefits. Try making a buddha bowl and see how it transforms your evening!

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Oat Cookies with a Peanut Butter Drizzle

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Happy Sunday everyone! If you're anything like me, you love cookies. I could eat cookies all day everyday, and be the happiest person ever. Except, I'd probably gain lots of weight, and my skin would suffer, and it would just be a bad time. I have figured out the solution... healthy cookies! These vegan and gluten free oat cookies with a peanut butter drizzle are healthy, delicious, and contain no refined sugar! That sounds pretty good to me. pbbanana3

You will need: (makes a dozen cookies)

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 cups of oats

4 tablespoons of peanut butter (any nut butter would work) (and 1 tbsp for the drizzle)

4 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together all of your ingredients until it forms one ball of "dough". Using a tablespoon scooper, measure out your cookies and place onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Once cool, melt some peanut butter and drizzle over the top of each cookie for extra deliciousness and some prettiness.

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These cookies are great to have for breakfast, with an afternoon tea, or even after a workout as they're full of protein and omega. These will become a staple for you if you're a cookie addict like me.

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Easy Vegan Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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I don't think there's anything more comforting than soup with a grilled cheese. It covers all areas of warmth, cheesiness, veggie goodness, and plain deliciousness. For today's post, we have an easy tomato soup recipe with grilled cheese croutons! tomatosoup

For the tomato soup, you will need:

1 small onion, chopped

1 stalk of celery, chopped

1-2 carrots, chopped

1 clove of garlic, chopped

2 cans of diced tomatoes

A pinch of salt, and dried Italian seasonings

Optional: 1/2 cup of cream or almond milk for a creamy soup

For the grilled cheese croutons, you will need:

Bread of your choice (I used a multigrain bread)

Cheese of your choice (I used daiya sliced cheddar "cheese")

Butter for bread (I used vegan butter)

To start, place all of the soup's ingredients in a pot (except for the creamy addition if using). Let the veggies cook for about 10 minutes on a medium heat. Once everything is heated through, use an immersion blender or a blender to mix up the soup to a smooth consistency. Place back into the pot, and heat through for another 20-30 minutes to let the flavours develop together. If you want to add the cream or almond milk, add now, and stir well.

Before you serve, make your grilled cheese. Heat up a pan on medium heat, and butter both pieces of bread. Put one slice butter side down in the pan, place cheese on top, and other piece of bread (butter side on top). Flip when the bottom slice is golden, and grill other piece of bread until same golden brown. Cut your grilled cheese into same squares and top your bowl of soup with them!

This soup is so easy to make, is light on the wallet, and the grilled cheese croutons add such a nice touch. It's delicious, can be vegan, and is a great lunch or dinner any day of the week!

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Weekend Baking: Raw Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Good morning and Happy Mother's Day! Today is going to be a busy day for me as I'm celebrating with my mom, grandmother, and aunts. Lots of flowers and gifts to be given, and food to be eaten! For an easy and raw weekend recipe, I made mini strawberry cheesecakes! These are so simple, can be made a day in advance, and are really light on the wallet. strawberrycheesecake3

You will need: (for 8 mini cheesecakes)

1 cup of crushed graham crackers

1/4 cup of melted butter

1 package of softened cream cheese

1/2 cup of mascarpone

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of sliced strawberries & 8 small whole strawberries (for garnish)

To start, mix the crushed graham crackers with the melted butter. Divide evenly into mini mason jars or a muffin tin, and press the mixture down. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes so the crust can harden.

In the meantime, mix the cream cheese, mascarpone, and sugar until light and fluffy. Once the crusts have cooled and hardened, divide the cheese mixture and place a spoonful on top of the crusts. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours so the cheesecakes can solidify.

When you're ready to serve them, top with the sliced strawberries and whole strawberries! These are refreshing but still like a comforting dessert. They're cute as individual cheesecakes, and I think they will impress any guests you have. They take any stress away from baking, and will become one of your favourite warm weather desserts! strawberrycheesecake1

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies

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Good morning everyone! Today I bring you a delicious recipe from Deliciously Ella that I tried and tested. The recipe is for Sweet Potato Brownies. They're healthy, chocolatey, and surprisingly great. Give them a try and you won't be disappointed! sweetpotatobrownie

You will need:

2 medium sweet potatoes

2/3 cup  of ground almonds

1/2 cup of buckwheat flour

14 dates, pitted

4 tablespoons of raw cacao

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

a pinch of salt

*my addition: a teaspoon of cinnamon

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Peel, cut, and steam the sweet potatoes until soft and tender.

In a food processor, whiz up the sweet potatoes and dates until it becomes a creamy mix.

In a separate bowl, add all of the remaining ingredients and combine well. Add in the date and sweet potato mix, and combine.

Place into a lined square baking pan, pierce the brownies with a fork, and bake for 20 minutes. Allow for them to cool at least for 10 minutes before you remove the brownies from the pan; they are delicate.

Enjoy these brownies as an afternoon snack or dessert! They're healthy, gluten free, and vegan! They're simply delicious.

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Weekend Baking: Date & Buckwheat Muffins

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Dates seem like they're all the rage these days. They're good for you, taste delicious, and sweeten up any dessert. Buckwheat is also gluten free and supremely good for you. So I'd like to deem these muffins, healthy! They're also very yummy, and can be made in a snap. Not to mention, there's no sugar added! datemuffins

You will need:

1/2 cup of chopped, pitted dates

1 cup of almond milk (or any non-dairy milk of your preference)

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 eggs

1/4 cup of coconut oil

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

3/4 cup of buckwheat flour

chopped almonds and oats for topping

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a pot, heat up the almond milk, chopped dates, and baking soda. Let it come to a boil, then simmer for 1 minute. Let cool a little bit then add to a food processor to make into a paste.

In a bowl, mix taught the rest of the ingredients, except for the almonds and oats. Add in the date paste, and combine well. Grease or line a muffin tin and divide the batter equally. Top with the almonds and oats. You should get about 6-8 muffins out of it. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the centre is no longer wet. Let them cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the tin. And enjoy!

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Weekend Baking: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

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Good morning everyone! I really like muffins (to be honest, I like any kind of baked good); they're mini cakes with crispy outer shells and inner softness, so really who wouldn't like muffins? Today's post is all about the lemon poppyseed muffin! lemonpoppyseedmuffins

You will need: (makes about 15 muffins)

3 cups of flour

1 tbsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1 cup of brown sugar

3 tbsp of poppyseeds

1 cup of powdered sugar

1/2 tsp of salt

10 tbsp of butter

1 1/2 cups of plain yogurt or sour cream

1 tbsp of lemon zest

1 tbsp of lemon juice

2 eggs

To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix together the flour, poppyseeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar, butter, and lemon zest until its light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined. Add in the dry ingredients, and then the yogurt slowly. It's important not to over mix as you want these muffins to be a fluffy as possible! Divide the batter in a lined muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes or until the centres are no longer wet and they're golden. Remove from the muffin tins, and let cool. Enjoy!

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