Nacho Chili Cheese Log

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This Nacho Chili Cheese Log is easy to make, doesn’t require any special ingredients or equipment and can be ready to eat in under an hour.  It’s a perfect appetizer or addition to any happy hour spread.

Texture: creamy and smooth on the inside with pieces of chopped onion and sundried tomato scattered throughout. Crunchy on the outside.

Flavour: salty & savoury, intense, sharp, spicy, garlicky and with hint of oaked white wine

This cheese can be rolled into two logs, or a ball and it’s a perfect addition to cheese plates. Or if you’d rather, you can forgo the nachos and just slop the mixture into a tupperware and store it in the fridge for an easy sandwich spread.

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This log is really easy and you only need 9 ingredients plus olive oil for frying and  salt + pepper for seasoning. First you quick soak the cashews for 20 minutes, then mix them with all other ingredients, season with salt and pepper and the base is done. After that you crush some tortilla chips onto a plate, roll the cashew mixture into 2 log shapes and then roll the logs in crushed chips. It’s that easy!

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Nacho Chili Cheese Log

Makes 2 logs or 1 ball


 

  • 1 1/4 cup cashews
  • 3.5 tbsp dry white wine
  • 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 6 large cloves of garlic
  • 1/3  cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (preferably dry. If in oil, dry them with paper towels first and get as much oil off as possible)
  • 1 red chili pepper (or 2-3 dried chilis. Adjust to your preferred level of heat)
  • Olive oil for the frying pan
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Handful of tortilla chips, crushed

Directions 

  1. Soak the cashews in boiling water for 20-30 minutes  or until they feel soft.
  2. Chop the onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and chili into small pieces and and put them in a frying pan with about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Cook over medium heat until the onions turn golden brown (10-12 minutes).
  3. Drain the cashews and put them into a food processor with the white wine, coconut oil and nutritional yeast. Mix until the mixture is very smooth. The consistency should be quite thick.
  4. Spoon the cashew mixture into a small bowl. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. You need quite a bit of salt if you want a flavour similar to real cheese.
  5. Using a spoon, stir the onion mixture into the cashew mixture.
  6. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes
  7. While the mixture is in the freezer crush some tortilla chips and spread them out evenly on a plate.
  8. Take the cashew mixture out of the freezer and use your hands to shape it into two logs.
  9. Roll each log in the crushed nacho chips. You may need to add more chips after the first one is done.
  10. Place on a covered plate and refrigerate for an hour or more. You can also eat it right away but it will be softer. Both ways are good!

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Crumble Parfaits

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These Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Crumble Parfaits are 4 layers of creamy, crunchy, smooth, sweet and tart goodness served up parfait style. Even with 4 layers they’re so easy that they practically make themselves. If you can cut, stir, and spoon each part into a cup then these are totally for you. Each layer is super simple to make and the result is a delicious mixture of spring infused flavours and textures.

This is the perfect dessert for all things spring! It’s light, refreshing, simple, gourmet looking, you can make it ahead of time, and it makes a perfect addition to spring picnics, potlucks, dinner parties, bbq’s or any other event!

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The stars of this recipe are definitely the strawberry and rhubarb. Together they make a perfect combination of sweet and sour flavours that are complimented by creamy vanilla infused chia pudding, and sweet and crunchy granola for a crumble like texture.

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So how do you make them?? They’re so simple, and each layer holds really well in the fridge so you can make them a day ahead of time.

First you mix together the ingredients for the chia pudding. All you have to do is stir together some chia seeds, milk, and vanilla, put it in the fridge and after a couple hours it magically turns into a creamy tapioca like pudding.

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Then you make the strawberry rhubarb compote. Just chop up the strawberries and rhubarb. Throw them into a pot with some water, vanilla and maple syrup and cook for 8-10 minutes.

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While that’s cooking away just put the rest of your strawberries into a bowl with some lemon juice, vanilla and maple syrup and layer is 3 done.

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And last but not least the granola.  All you have to do is stir together some oats, almond meal, walnuts and vanilla and toast it in a frying pan with coconut oil and maple syrup.

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Then all that’s left is to assemble your parfaits!

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Just spoon everything into a glass in whatever order and whatever proportions you desire. Then get a spoon and dig in.

Got leftovers?  The strawberry rhubarb compote keeps well in the fridge and makes a wonderful addition to muesli, oatmeal or as a pancake topping.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Crumble Parfaits

serves 2-4 depending on the size of your cups


Chia Pudding Layer

  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp ground vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until it thickens to a tapioca like consistency.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Layer

  • 2 stalks of rhubarb sliced into thin pieces
  • 1/4 tsp ground vanilla
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice (about 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

Put sliced rhubarb, vanilla, water, and maple syrup into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for ~8 minutes or until rhubarb is soft. Once the rhubarb is soft, mash it a bit with a fork so there are no big slices left. When you’ve reached your desired consistency, stir in the lemon juice and the strawberries and add more maple syrup to taste.

Strawberry Layer

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside

Granola Crumble Layer

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp ground vanilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. While it’s melting mix together the oats, almond meal, walnuts and vanilla. Once the oil is melted breifly take the frying pan off of the burner. Stir in the oat mixture until the oil is well incorporated. Then drizzle the maple syrup on top and mix around. Put back on the burner and toast until browned (8-10 minutes) stirring occasionally.

 

Salted Peanut Butter Caramel Latte Brownies

image10 ingredients

20 minutes

Quick

Easy

Gluten free

Vegan

Naturally Sweetened

fudgey, decadent and delicious

These brownies are a perfect snack to store in the freezer and pop out when you’re in need of a chocolate fix.  And they can be thrown together in a short time and with basic ingredients that you probably already have.imageimageimageThe steps are simple! You start by making a basic raw brownie base. All you have to do is blend together some…

oats

walnuts

dates

and cocoa powder

Plus a pinch of vanilla and espresso for an extra flavour boost.

Once the brownie base is all pressed into the pan then you top it with a delicious, crunchy, gooey, sweet and salty peanut butter caramel sauce that only has 3 ingredients and only takes about 30 seconds to make. imageThen the caramel layer is topped with a rich chocolate sauce that hardens in the freezer. The best part is that the peanut butter and brownie layer don’t get too hard even though they’re stored in the freezer. So these squares are chewy, creamy, and crunchy all at once. The chocolate sauce only has 4 ingredients and takes about a minute to stir together.imageStore in the freezer for 10 minutes or until the chocolate hardens slightly. Then slice and keep stored in the freezer to keep them fresh and keep the chocolate from melting.imageimage

 

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Salted Peanut Butter Caramel Latte Brownies

Makes 16 brownies


Brownie Base

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp ground vanilla powder (or liquid vanilla)
  • 1/2 tbsp espresso powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1.5 cups chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup hot water

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter (if not salted then add a pinch of salt)
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Topping

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  1. Line a 9′ square pan with parchment paper
  2. Make the brownie base : In a blender, or with a hand mixer, blend the rolled oats until they resemble flour. Add the vanilla powder, espresso and cocoa and mix with a spoon until well combined. Add the walnuts, dates and hot water (make sure that the walnuts and dates are chopped. Especially if you aren’t using a high speed blender).  Mix/blend until everything is well combined and you have a thick, sticky mixture. Add a little more hot water if needed.
  3. Press the mixture into the pan. Once it’s all pressed in, use the back of a spoon dipped in hot water to spread it around evenly.
  4. Make the peanut butter layer: Mix all 3 ingredients until well combined and pour evenly over the brownie.
  5. Make the chocolate topping: Stir all 4 ingredients together until well combined and pour over the peanut butter layer.
  6. Freeze for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate hardens. Slice into 16 squares and keep stored in the freezer.

 

 

Bite Size Salted Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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These little bite-size chocolate peanut butter cups are to die for.

With just 6 ingredients and under 2o minutes of hands on prep work plus a little waiting around time while they freeze, these chocolate snacks are a perfect healthy Easter treat. They’re bite-sized, sweet, and decadent but much healthier than the traditional versions! The hard chocolate coating gives way to a creamy, caramelly, peanut-buttery centre that melts in your mouth.

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The first step is to make a simple raw chocolate sauce. All you have to do is stir together some melted coconut oil with maple syrup and cocoa powder.  Then spoon some into your candy cups and freeze for 10 minutes.

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Then, while the cups are freezing make the peanut butter filling. I call it salted caramel peanut butter because adding a little maple syrup to peanut butter and stirring in some milk and vanilla transforms it into a sticky and delicious spread with the taste and consistency of caramel.

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Once the chocolate has set, just spoon the peanut butter mixture into your cups and top with extra chocolate. Freeze for half an hour and then they’re ready to eat!

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Bite Sized Salted Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 15 cups


Chocolate Coating

  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 12 tbsp cocoa powder

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp almond milk or other milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground vanilla powder (or liquid vanilla)
  • a pinch of salt if your peanut butter is unsalted
  1. In a small glass, mix the ingredients for the chocolate coating and stir well.
  2. Use a small spoon to line 15 little candy cups (looks like a muffin liner but the size of what a chocolate truffle would come in) with chocolate sauce. Just spoon a little bit into the bottom so that it is covered and then use the back of the spoon to go up the sides and coat them to the top. You should have chocolate sauce left over.
  3. Put the chocolate coated candy cups on a plate and place them in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes or until hardened
  4. While the chocolate is freezing, make the peanut butter sauce:  In a small bowl or mug mix all the ingredients until well combined and it has a consistency like caramel (see photos).
  5. Spoon the peanut butter filling into each cup so that each one is about 3/4 full
  6. Spoon the rest of the chocolate on top of the peanut butter and freeze for 30 minutes to set and harden

Tropical Avocado Mango & Coconut Green Smoothie

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St Patrick’s Day is around the corner so something green is in order, and this summery green smoothie is the perfect thing! And this one is special…

No kale

No spinach

and no banana in sight

and yet this smoothie is beautifully green, thick, creamy, sweet and delicious

So if you want to liven up your smoothie routine then this tropical tasting, coconut infused green smoothie is for you! It’s by far my favourite!

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And this smoothie is perfect to enjoy as the weather starts to get warmer. It’s summery, coconut-y, and refreshing, plus it’s so thick and super creamy that it’s like drinking a cup of ice cream that’s melted in the sun.

So what’s in it??

Only 7 ingredients plus an optional spoonful of sweetener. Throw them all into a blender and in a couple of minutes it’ll be ready to drink!

It’s a mixture of creamy avocado, sweet mango and coconut water, tart and tangy lime, and a little basil to finish it off.

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It’s mostly sweet but with a bit of tang from the lime. Just a hint of basil flavour comes through and ties all of the flavours together perfectly. But the best part is that unlike kale/spinach smoothies which can sometimes be a little on the stringy side, this one is smooth to the very end! And no need for a high tech blender

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Tropical Avocado, Mango and Coconut green Smoothie

Makes 2 large glasses


 

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • Juice of 1/2 a large lime
  • 10 large basil leaves
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 medium size fresh mango, chopped and frozen for a couple hours or overnight (about 1 cup) (or 1 cup of pre chopped and frozen mango).
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional for added sweetness – 1 tbsp agave

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add 1 tbsp of agave if desired. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with sliced lime or lime wedges.

*It’s still really good if the mango isn’t frozen so if you don’t want to take the time to freeze it then no need!

 

Stracciatella Ice Cream Cheesecake Squares

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Stracciatella Ice Cream Cheesecake Squares – a thin, raw gooey brownie base topped with a creamy concoction of cashews, lime juice, coconut milk and maple syrup, a generous stir in of chocolate chips and a melted drizzle of warm chocolate sauce. These little squares taste amazing!

They have a texture similar to ice cream and a taste like Italian stracciatella ….i.e.. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips and  melted chocolate sauce swirled in to create ribbon of crunchy chocolate throughout.

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What do they taste like? Kind of like an ice cream sandwich but instead of plain vanilla ice cream you’ve got chocolate chip. They are perfectly sweet, chocolatey, chewy, and creamy…

And they’re so easy to make!!! In no time at all you’ll have these whipped up and ready to dig into.

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Stracciatella Ice Cream Cheesecake Squares

Makes 1 9″ pan (~ 16 squares)


Brownie Base

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup (~16) soft dates, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/8 cup cacao
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • pinch of salt

Stracciatella Filling

  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for an hour or more in boiling water)
  • juice from 1/2 a lime (or lemon would also work)
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream (I use the thick cream that forms on top of a can of coconut cream or milk. You could also use regular coconut milk but it won’t be as creamy)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup + more to taste
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla (or liquid)
  • ~1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate chunks (I used a naturally sweetened dark chocolate bar but chocolate chips or any other chopped chocolate bar would also work)

Chocolate Swirl 

  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao
  • 1 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  1. Line a 9″ pan with parchment paper
  2. In a mixer, mix oats until they are ground and have a flour like consistency. Next, add cashews and mix until they are well ground. Add all other ingredients for the brownie base and mix until you have a thick sticky mixture and everything is well combined. It’s ok if there are still some chunks in it. As long as it’s sticky enough to hold together!
  3. Press the brownie mixture into the pan. Dip a large spoon into a glass of hot water and then use the back of the spoon to spread the brownie mixture around the pan evenly. Once it starts to stick to the spoon, then dip it in water again. This step can take a few minutes since the mixture is pretty sticky and thick.
  4. Rinse the mixer bowl and then mix all ingredients for the stracciatella filling (except the chocolate chunks/chips)
  5. Now is the time to taste it and add more maple syrup if you’d like it a bit sweeter
  6. Stir in the chocolate chunks
  7. Pour 1/2 the mixture over top of the brownie base and spread it around evenly
  8. To make the chocolate swirl, stir the 3 ingredients together in a small cup or bowl. When it’s well mixed, drizzle it over the 1/2 stracciatella mixture in the pan
  9. Pour the other 1/2 of the stracciatella on top.
  10. Top with extra chocolate chips/chunks and some shaved chocolate if desired
  11. Store in the freezer! It should be set and ready to have the first piece after ~30 minutes.

 

Tea for Two: Citrusy Ginger & Turmeric Tea

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This soothing drink is perfect to wake you up on an early morning, relax with on morning break, or lazily curl up with on Saturdays

All you need is:

ginger

turmeric

a dash of cinnamon

a pinch of vanilla

a little pour of maple syrup

1/2 a lemon

and water

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This tea requires just 1 bowl, 1 spoon and 7 ingredients

It can be made in under 10 minutes

It’s warm, flavourful and soothing, and full of health benefits to boot.

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Citrusy Ginger and Turmeric Tea

Makes 2 large cups


  • 1 tbsp peeled and chopped fresh turmeric (about 1 small piece of turmeric)
  • 1 tbsp peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup + more to taste if desired
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of  ground vanilla
  1.  Cut and peel the turmeric and ginger and chop it into small pieces
  2. Fill a medium sized pot with the 4 cups of water and add lemon juice, chopped ginger and turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Taste and add more maple syrup if desired. Pour into 2 cups