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Raspberry Coconut Macaroons

May 7, 2016

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This spring is just flying by! I really cannot believe that it is already May. There are a few big events that I am counting down to, and they’re coming faster than I had thought.

First, it is almost the end of the school year. HOW did that happen? It’s my first year teaching full time, and I know I’m going to really miss my class come June. I think everyone remembers their first class, but mine especially will be missed since I also taught a lot of them in grade 2 during my PDP. It will be bittersweet saying goodbye to them all, and not knowing where I will be teaching next year. I’m hopeful that I’ll get another class before the start of the new school year, but we will have to wait and see where I’m placed. 

Second, Adam and I are both counting down the weeks (and days) until we leave for our Honeymoon. Since we were married on September long weekend, we hadn’t planned to go right away for our honeymoon. I wasn’t sure what would happen with work, and didn’t want to plan an extended holiday at the beginning of the new school year. Which worked out, as I got my full time class at the end of October. We’ll be going to Europe for three glorious weeks at the end of June – like, two days after school ends. I’m a bit panicked, as I know it’s going to be a hectic end of the month getting ready for the end of school and packing up my class, as well as packing for the trip – but I’m also incredibly excited. We’re flying into Paris, then going Barcelona, Santorini & Mykonos, then Rome. We’ve planned some fun things to do, and scheduled a lot of relaxation. It’s kind of exciting having the honeymoon a little ways after the wedding, because its something to look forward to and almost continues on the ‘wedding’ phase a little longer. I wonder how long I’m allowed to say we’re ‘newlyweds’ for…. 😉

Another thing that has crept up quickly is Mother’s Day. This weekend we’ll be celebrating with both our families and having brunch at our place (any excuse for me to entertain and bake, really) 

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One of my absolute new favourites are these raspberry coconut macaroons. I had actually seen a version of them online a while ago and was waiting for a chance to make them. I tweaked the recipe a little, and have made them three times since – they’re good. These would be a great addition to your mother’s day brunch, lunch or dinner dessert menu. They’re simple to make, require little ingredients and prep time, and are allergen-free so moms of all tastes can enjoy them.

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Wishing all the mom’s out there a lovely mother’s day weekend – especially my mom – Love you!

Raspberry Coconut Macaroons
Yields 16
A healthier, no-bake version of the coconut macaroon, with the addition of raspberries. They're gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and absolutely delicious.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups packed unsweetened medium shredded coconut
  2. 1 cup coconut flour
  3. 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries (thawed in the microwave)
  4. 3-4 Tbs. honey (can use maple syrup if Vegan)
  5. 4 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  6. 4-5 squares Dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut, raspberries, coconut flour, honey and coconut oil in a food processor.
  2. Blend until well combined. Refrigerate 15 minutes to chill.
  3. Use a small/medium sized cookie scoop to form macaroons. Place onto lined cookie sheet, and refrigerate once more while you get the chocolate ready.
  4. In microwave, heat chocolate in one-minute intervals until almost fully melted. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour melted chocolate into pastry bag, or ziplock bag if you don't have one, and snip a tiny bit off the end. Remove macaroons from the fridge, and drizzle chocolate over top. Place back in fridge to set up. Serve chilled.
Notes
  1. Refrigerate any leftovers, if there are some! for up to 3-days, or freeze. Remove 15 minutes prior to serving.
Adapted from Petite Allergy Treats
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S’mores Marshmallows

February 13, 2016

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Marshmallows are quickly becoming my Valentine.

It seems every year around this time I make a batch of marshmallows. If you’ve never had a fresh marshmallow, you’re missing out. 

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I decided I was going to make some s’mores marshmallows for my students for valentine’s day this year, with a tag attached that said ‘we need s’more students like you’ – jokingly another teacher said I needed to make some with a ‘we need s’more teachers like you’ tag as well, and of course – I did. I mean, I had to right?

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These are super simple, if you’ve never made marshmallows before I’m here to tell you not to be intimidated. You boil the sugars and water together, then add it to the gelatine and whip for about 10 minutes, then spread it into your pan and let it set up overnight. 

I wanted to make s’mores marshmallows, so I made vanilla marshmallows, and rolled them in graham cracker crumbs and topped it off with dark chocolate. No need for a fire!

Simply follow this recipe, here – and instead of coating the pan in icing sugar, spread graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of the pan, add the marshmallow and spread evenly, and top with more graham cracker crumbs.

Once set overnight, turn it out onto a cookie sheet and cover in more graham cracker crumbs. Cut into squares, rotating all sides in the crumbs and drizzle or dip in dark chocolate. 

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You can also try Peanut Butter Marshmallows.

Hope you all have s’more love this valentine’s day. 

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Valentine’s Day Recipes

February 7, 2016

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might be thinking about making a special treat for your sweetheart. I’ve rounded up 14 of my favourite, indulgent – some healthy, but delicious –  treats and desserts that you could share this February 14th without the guilt of over-indulging. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, you have the whole weekend to prep and make these delicious treats. 

Adam and I have our usual valentine tradition – sushi ordered in while watching Valentine’s Day, the movie. When Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, this is the ideal celebration. Honestly, even on a Friday or Saturday this is a pretty good situation, since we’re not the ‘going out’ type.  This year we’re actually going away for the weekend with four of our friends, but sushi may still be in the cards for Sunday night.

Whether there’s two of you – or four, these Valentine’s Day desserts are sure to please everyone. 

Here’s 14 Valentine’s Day recipes to suit your fancy (or un-fancy) plans.

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Naked Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

A decadent, yet light, cake topped with coconut cream and sliced strawberries – small enough for two to share guilt-free. 

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Chocolate Stout Brownies

definitely on the indulgent side, these brownies are made with chocolate stout, topped with a stout buttercream and finished with vanilla beer brittle. your man (and you) will love these.

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Raw, Vegan Chocolate Turtles

simple, yet decadent, these raw vegan chocolate turtles are easy enough to whip up before your valentine comes over for a healthy after-dinner nibble

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Hasselback Apples

don’t be fooled by how healthy they look, these are so, so good – you’d think they were bad for you. 

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Raw, Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

rich, creamy and full of healthy fats – half the recipe for two 😉

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Flourless Two Bite Brownies

just like the addictive store-bought brownies, these are just as chewy and fudgey

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Best Chocolate Quinoa Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

don’t be fooled by the secret ingredient, you’re valentine will never know that this moist, rich cake is actually made with quinoa!

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Vegan Brownies

make these in individual serving sized dishes, or in a pan

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Raspberry Brownies

fudgey, rich and made with spelt flour

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Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Adam’s favourite ice-cream flavour is Oreo – half the recipe!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Torte

inspired by dessert shot-glasses, these ganache tortes are rich and satisfying, yet healthy

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Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Cups

a classic flavour combo couple, pb & j

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

this raw mousse is thick, creamy, and silky smooth