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: 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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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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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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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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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

PS. There is a vegan version of this recipe coming soon as well!

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Weekend Baking: Raw Peanut Butter Banana Pies

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Good morning! I have such a sweet tooth, and everyone knows it. But I do love some healthier alternatives to refined sugars and this treat is just that. Here is the raw, vegan, and gluten free peanut butter banana pies. IMG_6046 You will need: (makes 8 mini pies)

Cream filling:

3 bananas

4 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (or almond butter)

1 1/2 cup of almond milk

Crust:

1 1/2 cup of pitted dates

1/2 cup of almonds

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

To start, line a muffin tin with cling wrap or parchment paper. Blend the cream filling in a blender until smooth & set aside. Place all of the crust ingredients into a food processor and whaz everything up until a ball forms. Separate the crust into each muffin cup and pat down well. Separate the banana mixture on top of date crust. Put in freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight. To serve, I added coconut whip cream, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate shavings.

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This is a super easy dessert to make, and it tastes amazing! You can make it ahead of time, and it will hold for a 2-3 days in the freezer. Let me know what you think about this dessert in the comments below.

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Weekend Baking: Easy Apple Pie

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Good morning everyone and Happy Easter! For me, today will be a day full of yummy food. I hope yours is full of yumminess too! For this weekend's baking post, we have the easiest apple pie! This will impress your friends and family for sure, and they will have no idea how easy it is to make! For the crust, you will need:

2 cups of flour

2 tsps of salt

1 cup of butter

1 cup of water

*And a food processor

For the filling, you will need:

6-8 apples, cored and sliced (I used a mixture of gala, macintosh, pink lady, granny smith, and cortland)

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 tsps of cinnamon

1 tsp of ginger

1/5 cup of flour

To start, place all of the crust's ingredients into a food processor and mix until it becomes a ball of dough. Knead it a couple of times then wrap in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for minimum 20 minutes. (You can make this dough up to 2 days in advance)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. For the apple filling, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Leave the apple mixture for at least 10 minutes so the juice can be absorbed (this is key to the cooked gooey filling you'll want).

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Divide your dough into two pieces and roll each out to about a 1/4 inch thickness. Grease and line your pie pan with the crust, and add the apple filling. Add a couple pieces of butter on top of the filling for added yumminess.

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For the top piece of dough, you have a couple options. You can leave it as is and crimp the crust and cut a slit in the centre. You can make a lattice top. Or you can do what I did and make little apples. I bought little pastry cutters that imprint a shape, and I went to town with the apple cutter for this pie. I layered the top of the pie with several little apples, covered it with a light egg wash, and popped it in the oven.

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I first baked the pie for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Then I lowered the temperature to 350 degrees and let it bake for another 30-40 minutes. You want the inside to be more on the dry side and the top to be golden. applepie7applepie8apple pie

Enjoy the pie with family and friends and serve with either whip cream or ice cream! This will become a go-to for you, and then you can experiment with different fillings. Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments!

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Irish Soda Bread

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! In honour of this Celtic holiday and my heritage, I'm celebrating. I don't go out drinking green beer or anything, but rather, wear green and feel lucky. Oh and like all holidays, I like to eat so I also like to have some traditional Irish food. Today's post celebrates Irish culture as it's all about Irish soda bread! It's quick, easy, and very tasty. You'll be able to knock out this bread quickly, which makes it even more appealing. There's also no yeast involved, and the ingredients are very sparse. Once you make it, you'll want to make it all the time! irish soda bread 1

You will need:

3 2/3 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 3/4 cup of buttermilk*

*If you don't have buttermilk, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 3/4 cup of milk, and leave it for 5 minutes.

To start, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a mixer with a dough hook or a bowl if you're comfortable doing it by hand, add in all of your dry ingredients. Let them combine together, then add the buttermilk. Mix until everything comes together and starts looking like a ball of dough. You'll need to knead the bread for about a minute or so. Do this on a floured surface as the dough is quite sticky. Once it's shaped into a circle, cut a cross into the centre. The cross should extend to almost the outside edges, and should be fairly deep. Bake in the oven for about 20-15 minutes or until its golden brown.

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This bread is best enjoyed warm with butter or as an accompaniment to a stew or soup. You can also add in a handful of raisins as that is also very traditional. This bread is definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect for a St. Patrick's Day feast!

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Raw Brownies

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This is the second instalment of Weekend Baking! For today's recipe we're making vegan and gluten free raw brownies! These are healthy, delicious and super quick to make since there's no baking involved! They're like a version of protein bars so you know they're good for you. These are perfect to make on the weekend because you can enjoy them all Saturday and Sunday, and throughout the week too! You will need:

1 cup of dates, pitted

1 cup of raw almonds

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 teaspoons of raw cocoa powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)

2 teaspoons of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of water (if need for binding)

A food processor

To start, put all of your ingredients into your food processor. Whaz it up! If it's not coming together naturally or is too dry, add in a little water.

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Once it mixed well and combined, line a square pan with cling wrap, and dump it out. Flatten out the mix with a spatula or your hands, then cover and pop in the fridge for 1 hour at least.

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After it's settled and hardened, you can cut into it and make squares. raw brownie 3

Enjoy!

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These are full of goodness, are healthy, and barely take anything to do. If you keep them wrapped or put them into a container, they will stay fresh for a good week or so. You can add in flax seeds, other nuts, dried fruit, or anything else that meets your fancy! They're as flexible as you are.

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Brain Food: Healthy Gluten Free Banana Bread

Along comes the Winter semester and crunch time for university students everywhere. Brain food is very important to sustain yourself in the times of exams and essays. When I think of brain food, I automatically think of bananas! Bananas are high in fibre, potassium, and many other things. This banana bread is gluten free, low in sugar, and has lots of add-ins that creates a super banana bread! banana bread

You will need:

2-3 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup of butter, melted (I used vegan butter)

1/3 cup of sugar (I used coconut sugar)

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup of flax seeds

1/3 cup of oats

2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum

1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour

*You can make this with regular all purpose flour and without the xanthan gum if gluten free isn't necessary.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mash your bananas, and add in your melted butter. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt, and mix thoroughly. Add in the flax seeds, oats, chia seeds, coconut, and mix together. Lastly add in the xanthan gum and gf flour. Mix thoroughly and pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the centre is no longer wet. banana bread2banana bread 1banana bread 3

This banana bread is super easy to make, takes no time at all, and is a healthy sweet treat! It's great for snacking on, or you can use it    as a breakfast or lunch with peanut butter or cream cheese on top. You can substitute any of "healthy" extras for chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit. I personally make this banana bread all the time, and especially when it is crunch time and I need a little healthy yet comforting boost in the snack department.

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Sunday Brunch: Gluten Free Ginger Pear Almond Waffles

That's a long title. But with long titles, comes deliciousness. (That's not really true, but in this case it is) For christmas, I received a waffle maker! It has become the perfect addition to my little condo, and I've been really enjoying the delicious waffles it makes. Last Sunday I made easy gluten free waffles, and decided to jazz them up. The pear mixture I made to top the waffles is like a simplified version of a compote. It's easy, delicious, and really makes a Sunday (or any day for that matter) special. pears waffle

For the waffles you will need:

1 cup of gluten free flour

1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum

1 egg

1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy will do)

Butter or oil for cooking

For the pear mixture you will need:

1 pear, sliced

1 tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of sugar (I used coconut sugar, but any kind will do)

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A handful of almonds

To start, heat up your waffle maker and mix together the ingredients for the waffle batter. In a pan on medium heat, add the butter. Once the pan is hot, and the butter has melted add in the pears, sugar, and spices. Allow the pears to be coated in the butter mixture, and soften. This will take about 4-5 minutes, which is about the same time as the waffle will take. Add in the almonds and spoon your compote on top of your waffle. Add a little maple syrup if you're a fan, and enjoy. pearspears waffle1

You can make this with apples, walnuts, anything you have on hand. Add some cinnamon or icing sugar at the end, whip cream or even ice cream. Enjoy it with a cuppa or coffee!

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Vegan & Gluten Free Basil Pesto Pasta

Pasta is near and dear to me, but I'm not the biggest fan of tomato sauce, and let's not even mention tomato meat sauce. Pesto, light cream sauces, and even rose sauces are definitely my cup of tea. This recipe calls for a basil pesto that is vegan, gluten free, and supremely easy to make. A pesto for me is basically a leafy herb, oil, a nut, and some seasoning. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. You will need:

Pasta (I'm using a gluten free pasta, but feel free to use anything you have on hand)

A good handful of fresh basil

1/3 cup of pistachios (any nut will do)

Teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of olive oil

Optional: a teaspoon of almond milk (unsweetened)

To start, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta. In the meantime, add all of your ingredients to either a food processor or blender, and mix it up! You don't want the consistency to be too liquidy, you want it to still have a texture. You can store the pesto in a jar in the fridge for up to a month or freeze it for up to three months. Drain your pasta, add in a couple of tablespoons of pesto, and let it simmer together for a couple of minutes. I added in a teaspoon of almond milk to make it a little creamy, but this step is completely optional. Plate your dish, and enjoy!

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Pesto is easy, super affordable, and a great thing to have on hand. Add it to pasta, sandwiches, and pizza. It's so versatile, and just pumps up the volume on any dish.

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Orange Pomegranate Scones

Scones have a special place in my heart. They're fluffy, buttery, and can be either sweet or savoury. They're also the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa or any warm drink. Scones warm my soul. pile of scones nc1c edit

If you'd like to make these easy orange pomegranate scones, you will need:

2 cups of flour

1/3 cup of sugar

1.5 teaspoons of baking powder

A pinch of salt

8 tablespoons of butter

3/4 cup of pomegranate seeds

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 pomegranate seeds, zest and juice of one orange. 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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Serve these scones and they will become a hit! You can add in cheese, herbs, or any other fruit that meets your fancy. They're completely versatile, and also pretty budget friendly.

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Scandinavian Apple Cake

I love Scandinavian food, culture, and design. It's very simplistic, cozy, and provides a great warmth as well. I stumbled upon an apple cake recipe, which is delicious and literally the easiest cake recipe ever. You're going to want to make this all the time. It is that scrumptious! (and gorgeous, if I say so myself) whole apple cake nc1c edit crop

You will need:

3 mugs of the same size.

The cake is equal parts flour, sugar, and eggs. Fill up the first mug with 3 eggs. In the next two mugs fill up the sugar and flour to the same height as the eggs.

1 apple

1 teaspoon of sugar and cinnamon (for the apple)

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix your eggs until they are a creamy colour, and very fluffy. They will become a similar consistency to a meringue. Add in your sugar and flour gently.

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Pour the batter into your pan. Slice your apple into thin pieces, and coat with the sugar and cinnamon. You can make a design with the apple slices on the top of the cake if you'd like. Pop the cake into the oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden and the centre is no longer wet.

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Once your cake is cooled, I think it's nice to top it with icing sugar. Icing sugar is just so pretty. Serve with coffee or tea, and enjoy it! It is super easy and dirt cheap to make, and you'll receive so many compliments about it. apple cake sideapple cake slice nc1c edit

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Twelve Days of Baking: Shortbread Cookies

This is the 11th post of my series of the 12 days of baking. Today's post is all about shortbread cookies! With this recipe you can leave them as is, or add in whatever you desire! IMG_4710

You will need:

2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of butter, softened.

To start, mix the butter with the sugar so it can form a creamy mixture. IMG_4561

Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. The mixture will become a little hard to stir by hand so I recommend using an electric mixer.

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From here you can divide the mixture into 3 dough balls. I added a 1/4 cup of earl grey tea into one ball. Another ball I added 1/4 cup of chopped white chocolate and a 1/4 cup of chopped dried cranberries. The last one I added into a 1/4 cup of a chopped up skor chocolate bar. Add whatever you please, or leave them plain! They will be delicious no matter what.

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Each ball needs to be turned into a log, and then must be wrapped in cling wrap. Before you can cook these cookies you need to keep them in the freezer for a minimum of 1 hour (they can be left for 3 months in the freezer). Once you're ready to bake your cookies, cut each log into about 12-15 1 inch coins.

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Bake them for 15-20 minutes or until they're golden on the bottom. Serve and enjoy! IMG_4697IMG_4707

The last day of baking is coming tomorrow and I have to say its a good one! Enjoy your Christmas eve!

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