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Mixed Berry Tart {raw, vegan, wheat-free}

July 16, 2014

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The past few days my diet has consisted of smoothies, juices and vegan lettuce wraps. It’s far too hot to turn on an oven even in the middle of the night. 

I guess it’s a good thing. Something about hot weather makes you not very hungry, and reaching less for hot meal items or heavy foods. 

Because of the heat the berries are in season much earlier this year than usual – and I’m lucky enough to have a huge amount of blackberry bushes next to our house that I can pluck a berry off on the way to the gym. I took my little bowl outside the other day to harvest a few for this dessert. I wish I also had raspberry and blueberry bushes too. Actually, we bought a blueberry tree from Costco but that little sucker has yet to develop any fruit from its leafy bosom. 

I’m actually terrible at keeping plants alive. Ironic – since my dad was a landscaper and our garden was a lush green paradise crawling with different florals and greenery. I guess I never inherited the green thumb. Bummer. But I’m happy to report my little tomato plant (also from Costco) is budding some nice green tomatoes. 

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Baking and eating in-season is the best because everything is fresh and usually local. I like picking up berries from farm stands along the road. We live in an area with lots of agriculture and farmlands nearby so we can easily find them. 

I won’t lie – I ate one of these, and only this, for lunch after I made them. And then another after dinner. I figure since they’re basically good for you, the more the merrier. 

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If you’re having a summer dinner party, or even for a Thursday night treat, these tarts are super easy to put together and require absolutely no baking – thank god. I’m pretty sure my stove has been the cleanest ever since it’s of no use in this heat. You simply pulse together the ingredients for the tart base, chill, then fill with fresh berries and top with coconut cream. You would easily pay upwards of $6 for one of these at a bakery, so save yourself the cash and make them yourself. 

Treat yo-self. 

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Mixed Berry Tart {raw, vegan, wheat-free}
A refreshing dessert for summer made with seasonal berries and a nut tart crust. Perfect for an after-dinner treat. Top with coconut whipped cream.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Almond Meal
  2. 1/2 cup Cashew Meal
  3. 10-12 Pitted Medjool Dates
  4. 3 tsp. Melted Coconut Oil
  5. 1/4 cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  6. 1 Tbs. Unsweetened Cocoa (optional)
  7. Mixed Berries: Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries
  8. Coconut Cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak your dates in water for 20-30 minutes, longer if they are very dry. You can also cover them with water and microwave 1-2 minutes to soften.
  2. Add the dates to a food processor and process until a paste forms. You might want to add in 1 Tbs. of the 'date water' as well to create a smooth paste.
  3. Add to the paste the coconut oil and pulse until incorporated.
  4. Blend in the nut meals along with the coconut. Pulse until a dough-like crumble forms. If you want, you can add in the Cocoa powder at this point as well.
  5. Press the nut mixture into three or four small 4-5" Tart Pans (with bottom release). Place in the fridge for 1or 2 hours, or overnight. Alternatively, you can freeze for a shorter amount of time to speed it up.
  6. Remove from fridge/freeze for 5 minutes before serving. When you're ready, simply push the bottom of the tart up and pop the shell out.
  7. To assemble, choose your berries. A combination of all three is delicious, but a pure-raspberry or blueberry tart is also delicious. Wash the berries well and dry with paper towel before adding to the tart.
  8. And that's it! No refined sugar, no wheat, or dairy.
  9. To really make the dessert stand out, add some non-dairy coconut whipped cream to the top and sprinkle with roasted coconut or dust with cocoa powder before serving.
Notes
  1. If you don't have almond/cashew meal, simply blend 1-2 cups of whole nuts in food processor until meal forms.
  2. Keeps well in the fridge, you can keep un-filled tarts for 3-4 days, covered and filled tarts for 2-3 days.
b a k e a h o l i c http://www.bakeaholic.ca/

 

 

Berries, Breakfast

2-Ingredient Raspberry Chia Jam

June 10, 2014

chia jamScreen Shot 2014-06-10 at 11.08.52 AM One of the things I missed most about having a wheat-allergy was toast. Every morning when I was younger revolved around bread – I remember my Dad making cinnamon sugar toast (hello butter, brown sugar and cinnamon) Clearly I don’t eat that delicious (yet unhealthy) breakfast item anymore. Breakfast is always served with a slice of toast or, several slices. When I learned about my wheat-allergy a couple years ago I really just gave up on bread for the most part. It was only recently that I actually began making/buying wheat-free bread options. Though I don’t have toast on a regular everyday basis, once in a while I feel like good ol’ PB+J on toast. 

I bought a loaf of wheat-free bread from Choices market that has been in the freezer (most gluten/wheat free breads are frozen to keep longer) for a couple months. I’ve slowly been eating away at it. Usually gluten/wheat-free breads are slightly smaller in size than regular loaves, but they’re also more dense so it makes up for its size. I bought O’Doughs Flax Loaf, a gluten/wheat-free company and I really love the texture of the bread. 

I love any sort of nut butter on toast – peanut butter and almond butter are my go-to, though Ive also tried sunflower seed butter too (sun butter). Of course you have to add a jam on top.

When Adam and I first moved in he made me toast one morning and put the jam on FIRST then put the Peanut Butter on TOP. It was a big gooey mess. I was perplexed at how someone didn’t know the correct order of events when making toast – the Peanut Butter goes on first and then the jam! He was a very finicky eater growing up (pasta with no sauce type of kid… lets say a LOT has changed since we began dating) So, I had to show him the ways of how to properly put together a peanut butter and jam slice of toast, including not to skimp on either the PB or J. 

I have to laugh every time I see this image on Instagram:

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The best thing about this 2-Ingredient Raspberry Chia See Jam is you will never have to run out of jam – I promise. I always keep at least 3 bags of frozen raspberries in the freezer (along with frozen blueberries or mixed berries). It’s the same reason I love drinking Almond Milk instead of regular milk – you will always have another one handy because they don’t need to be refrigerated (until opened). 

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The jam is quick, healthy and refined sugar free. Raspberries are also an amazing little powerhouse filled with antioxidants and vitamins, along with being low calorie and low sugar. Swapping out store-bought jam for this homemade option means a healthier breakfast. Spread it on toast, or waffles, pancakes, crepes etc.  

Seriously, you need to make this ‘recipe’ – I hesitate to call it a recipe seeing as how it is so easy, and only 2-ingredients.

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam
A quick and healthy jam to spread on all your breakfast items.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen raspberries
  2. 1 Tbs. chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Add frozen raspberries to microwave proof bowl, heat for 1-2 minutes until warmed and berries easily pop when stirred.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds and let sit for 5 minutes. Spoon onto toast!
  3. Another way to cook (for larger amount as well): over medium pot, heat until berries are warmed and cook down. Stir in chai seeds and cook another couple of minutes. Remove from heat, bring to room temperature, then store in fridge to thicken.
Notes
  1. Keep in fridge for 2-3 days.
b a k e a h o l i c http://www.bakeaholic.ca/
Banana, Berries, Breakfast, Dairy-Free, Healthy, Mother's Day, Muffins, Recipe, Vegan, Waffles

Mother’s Day: Breakfast/Brunch Recipe Roundup

May 8, 2014

mothers day

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This weekend is Mother’s day – which means you need to show your mom some love, and that might mean taking over the kitchen for the morning. Wake mom up with the smell of a delicious breakfast or brunch. I’ve gathered lots of my recipes that are great for a special occasion, including vegan, wheat-free and dairy-free options for all moms needs.

1. Crepes – Delicious, fill with assorted fruit, and top with warm syrup / fruit (wheat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free)

2. Morning Glory Muffins – perfect for a brunch for mom. 

3. Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins 

4. Sugar-Free Banana Nut Muffins 

5. Overnight Oats – great to prepare the night before, so you can bring mom a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning (Vegan-Wheat Free)

6. Spring Eggs and Hash – a sunny, flower-like breakfast for mom to wake up to.

7. Lemon Lavender Blueberry Scones – Great for a breakfast with coffee or tea (wheat-free)

8. Vegan Carrot Cake – amazing, healthier for you and great for a crowd (vegan)

9. Lemon Poppy Seed Sticky Buns - less sweet than a cinnamon bun, a fluffy lemony baked good for breakfast in bed for mom this weekend (dairy-free)

10. Quinoa Waffles - Thick, crisp waffles to make for a crowd (Wheat-Free)

11. Very Berry Smoothie + 3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes – Make mom glow from the inside out