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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University Crunch Time: Energy Balls of Brain Food

Its that time of year that happens before the most wonderful time of year - crunch time. I have so many essays to do and exams to study for, and quite frankly I need some brain food. Today I made these little energy balls of brain food within 5 minutes. They're delicious, nutritious, and make for a great snack, pick-me-up, or quick breakfast. IMG_3467 You will need:

1/2 cup of dried, pitted dates

1/2 cup of dried cherries (any type of dried fruit can work)

1/2 cup of pistachios (any type of nut)

1/4 cup of oats

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of nut butter (I used peanut butter)

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To start, prep all of your ingredients except the nut butter and place them inside your food processor. Whiz it up until everything becomes small bits. Add in the nut butter, and again, whiz it up! The mixture should become one big ball and when that happens, its done! Make smaller balls out of the mixture into whatever size you like. Put them into a container and pop them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let them chill and come together. You can enjoy them for up to two weeks. IMG_3492

These little balls of nutrition are vegan, gluten free, and so healthy for you. They're all natural and make a great snack between all of the craziness of university crunch time. Try them out and let me know how you like them!

Ps. those lights in the background are from my cute little christmas tree. There will be holiday posts coming soon!

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