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DIY Valentine’s Day | Vegan Sugar Cookies & Gifts

February 2, 2016 in DIY / Food / Recipes

These vegan white chocolate dipped sugar cookies are incredibly soft and chewy. Served in a cute DIY box, a hand-made card and some love coupons, your special someone is going to be over the moon!

My boyfriend and I love Star Wars, so I got some inspiration online and came up with the funniest card above. With a little R2D2 saying “you R2 cute & I want your D2!” I thought it was clever LOL.

As a Valentine’s gift to each other, Tim and I are going to Venice next week but I wanted to still give him something small. So I put together a little coupon booklet with romantic and loving gestures he can redeem when ever he wants. Most are a little inappropriate but here are a few of the other ones!

Love Coupon Ideas:
Breakfast In Bed
Back Massage
Movie Night In – his pick and i’ll make the snacks he wants
Dessert Night – for when he’s craving some unhealthy home baked goods
Get out of Jail Free card – you never know haha
One blank – for him to choose what he wants!

Now for the delicious vegan sugar cookies! The box I put them in I made out of cardboard. I made it following another blog I found on Pintrest here! Such a cute and easy idea for giving baked goods as gifts.

Vegan Sugar Cookie Recipe

Serves: 20 small cookies
prep time: 15 min
bake time: 7 min

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Decoration (optional):
vegan white chocolate
festive sprinkles
pink food colouring

Directions:
1. preheat oven to 175 C or 350 F
2. In a large bowl mash the banana and mix in coconut oil and vanilla
3. Mix in sugar until well combined
4. sift in dry ingredients and gently mix until combined
5. Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies do not spread much but will rise, so scoop and flatten to desired size
6. Bake for 7 minutes, they should be slightly golden but still very soft
7. Let cool and then dip, drizzle or cover in tempered white chocolate and top with pink sprinkles! I put my cookies into the fridge to help the chocolate set.

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Thanks for reading!

Healthy & Hearty Granola – Vegan

January 30, 2016 in Food / Recipes

My kitchen smelt incredible this morning after throwing together this delicious granola. This recipe is perfect on its own, topped with almond milk or with soy-yogurt, berries, and chia seeds for a scrumptious parfait. Check out the photos above for ways to use this granola and what it looks like during the making!

Serves: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 min
Bake Time: 20 min
Total Time: 30 min

Ingredients:
2 cups Oats
1/4 cup Coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup Maple syrup
1 cup Nuts (almonds, walnuts)
1 cup Dried fruit (cranberries, figs)
1/3 cup Coconut flakes

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 170 C or 340 F
2. Mix together oats, melted coconut oil, maple syrup and nuts.
3. Spread mixture evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet
4. Bake for 15 minutes
5. Take out and add dried fruits and coconut flakes, mix and spread evenly on baking sheet
6. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until slightly golden brown
7. Let cool and serve OR store in an airtight container for up to a week!

This granola is seriously delicious and stupidly easy, let me know if you give it a go! My boyfriend wants me to make this every week, it’s a great breakfast and an easy on-the-go snack.

Enjoy!

Vegan Avocado Ice Cream

January 23, 2016 in Food / Recipes

This recipe is so easy, it’s taking one of my favourite smoothies and just simply freezing it! Recently Tim and I have been trying to eat a more plant based diet after watching many food documentaries. I HIGHLY recommend watching Cowspiracy (which is currently on Netflix!), it focuses on the impact agriculture has on our environment and how our eating habits are completely unsustainable. This avocado “ice cream” has got me thinking about a gazillion flavour combinations; can’t wait to start experimenting!

Serves: 1-2

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado
1 banana (frozen or not)
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (alternative: coconut or soy)
1/2 lemon
1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

1. add avocado, banana, almond milk, juice of 1/2 a lemon and maple syrup to a blender
2. blend until smooth
3. store in a freezable container and freeze for at least an hour (it will take less time if your banana was already frozen)
4. scoop and top with whatever your heart desires! Walnuts paired very well.

Tim and I shared this after I got a nice photo. It was super creamy thanks to the banana and avocado! Using coconut milk would make this ice cream even more rich; will be sure try that next!
ENJOY!

Moist Zucchini Muffin Recipe

October 27, 2015 in Food / Recipes

This recipe is a great base for a variety of muffins. It’s incredibly easy, fast and make the perfect snack or on the go breakfast. My boyfriend loves these and I guarantee your little ones will too! The recipe is incredibly forgiving and you can add, substitute and reduce many of the ingredients to your liking. Take a look at the photo gallery above to see photos of all the steps!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 – 25 minutes
Yields: 12 Medium sized muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon (add more or less to taste, optional but I love lots!)
1 tsp nutmeg (add more or less to taste, optional)
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil (adds moisture, the zucchini also adds ton)
1 1/2 – 2 cups grated zucchini (the more you add the more loose your batter becomes!)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350˚f or 175˚C
2. In a large bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg).
3. In a separate bowl mix your eggs and oil, then stir into the dry ingredients.
4. Fold in grated zucchini (I sometimes also add in chocolate)
5. Pour batter into a muffin tray coated with cooking spray (or fill with liners). I used pink silicone muffin liners from Ikea, they stand alone on a baking tray and do not need to be coated with oil!
6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Enjoy!

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