Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cups

Vegan Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cups

Science states that the ultimate flavour combination of life is chocolate and peanut butter.  Today I am here to tell you otherwise.  Chocolate and hazelnut is where it’s at.  Think Nutella.  And while you’re thinking of Nutella, make my healthier vegan sugar-free version here

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Back to the chocolate hazelnut cups.  Honestly, the only thing better than baking up delicious chocolatey treats is un-baking delicious chocolatey treats.  These are completely raw and take less than 20 minutes to prepare (not including the time in the freezer).  They are also naturally sweetened, using dates and maple syrup.  

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Simple One Bowl Vegan Brownies

Vegan. One Bowl. Chocolatey. Fudgy. Ooey Gooey. Brownies!

Now that I’ve got your attention, join me in my excitement. There’s really nothing better (in my books) than super quick, easy, healthier alternatives to our loved favourites.  Take the brownie, for example.  You’ve eaten boxes and boxes of the packaged ones, right? Just me? Hope not…. 😉  Well, those were my younger years, and now that I’m older (and a bit wiser), with a little human who’s under my care, I like to create homemade versions.

Vegan One Bowl Simple Brownies

The little one was asking for a chocolatey treat, and I can’t deny that I was also craving something sweet.  So, I got in the kitchen and whipped up a bowl of dairy and refined sugar-free brownies.  They were pretty awesome, but not perfect.  Not fudgy enough.  As a blogger (and a bit of a perfectionist), I went at it again the very next night and really nailed it. Chewy edges, fudgy centers, lots of chocolate, chopped nuts, all combined to make a sweet little brownie indeed.

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Matcha Green Tea Donuts

Matcha Green Tea Donuts - Vegan

I was recently contacted by the nice folks over at Kiss Me Organics and they asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their organic matcha.  I was thrilled, since I’m a huge fan of matcha and all its health benefits, and I immediately started thinking up recipes to share with you.  I received my bag of organic matcha and whipped up a smoothie right away, it was so delicious and as matcha is known for, it really does boost your energy.  I would highly recommend adding a teaspoon to your smoothies or juices. 🙂 I started thinking up matcha baking recipes, as I wanted to use it in a more unconventional way.  Then, the stars aligned and I found a great set of donut pans at a garage sale, and I instantly thought: matcha donuts!!

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Matcha Green Tea Donuts - VeganWho doesn’t love donuts, right?  I thought, what better way to healthify them than by baking them instead of deep frying and adding in the organic matcha.  Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants and lifts your vitality while boosting your metabolism.  Not to mention, this high quality grade matcha is pure indulgence, rich in flavour and aroma.  I absolutely loved the green colour of the donut glaze, and fought my son to lick the spoon clean. 🙂

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Matcha Green Tea Donuts - Vegan

Of course, the easiest way to have matcha is by simply adding it to boiling water and enjoying a green tea – but I promise this is one of the easiest recipes I have ever made.  Also, it’s really quick; you’ll be all done within 30 minutes.  My son was immediately attracted to these green donuts as well, he gobbled them up!  They have a moist, cake-like texture, and you won’t miss the fact that they aren’t deep fried.  They also go great with a nice hot cup of green tea. 🙂

So, let’s get to the recipe, and then, we’ll get to the giveaway! Woot woot. 🙂  

Matcha Green Tea Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts

Ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup plain almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • Matcha Glaze:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon organic matcha powder
  • 3 tablespoons plain almond milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined and a soft dough is formed.
  3. Scoop dough into a greased donut pan (either with cooking spray or coconut oil) and bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Begin making your glaze.
  4. In a bowl, mix the icing sugar, matcha powder and almond milk. Once the donuts have cooled, dip each donut into the bowl of icing, and set on a cooling rack. You can add sprinkles if you prefer. Serve at room temperature. I recommend that you consume these donuts on the same day, otherwise store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Matcha Green Tea Donuts - Vegan

Kiss Me Organics is generously offering one of you lucky readers your own bag of top grade organic matcha!  It is available exclusively through Amazon, and a bag should last you about 6 weeks.  🙂  All first time customers also receive a free PDF file of matcha recipes to also inspire you!

Matcha Green Tea Donuts - Vegan

Matcha Green Tea Donuts - Vegan

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I’d love to hear, do you enjoy matcha?  What’s your favourite way to prepare it?  

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Signed,

A green tea latte addict xx

 

Banana Nut Crumb Muffins

Banana Nut Crumb Muffins

Everyone in my house is under the weather and being that I found some energy today, I knew we needed a treat to lift our spirits.  I had way too many bananas that were very ripe (we can never get through bananas fast enough it seems), so I knew I wanted to base the recipe around those suckers.  I have a staple, go-to banana muffin recipe which I make without having to think or look at ingredients, but I wanted something more indulgent.  I decided the best way to take them to the next level was with a crumb top.  Everything is better with crumble topping, right? I didn’t want to use up all my newfound energy, so I did not pull out the mixer, and I used only one bowl.  These muffins, I tell you, are so moist, perfectly sweet, filling, and really nicely textured.  They were made for your morning coffee.  Oh, and they are vegan. I must say, they definitely put a smile on some faces today.  Thank goodness for crumble toppings.

 Banana Nut Crumb Muffins

Makes 11 muffins

Adapted from Minimalist Baker

Banana Nut Crumb Muffins
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Cook Time
22 min
Cook Time
22 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  2. 4 medium ripe bananas
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  4. 2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  8. 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  9. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  10. 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Crumble Top
  1. 1/4 cup raw sugar
  2. 5 tablespoons spelt flour
  3. 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tablespoons vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Pour applesauce into a large bowl. Add banana and mash with a fork.
  3. Add brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk for about one minute.
  4. Add vanilla and melted coconut oil and stir.
  5. Add flour and oats and stir with a spatula until just combined. Fold in walnuts.
  6. Divide batter among 11 lined muffin tins, I used silicone muffin cup liners.
  7. Wipe down your mixing bowl and add crumble ingredients. Mash with a fork until you get a crumbly consistency. Spoon crumble over muffin tops.
  8. Bake for 22 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly, then remove from muffin tin and serve. You can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days.
  9. Enjoy!
Adapted from The Minimalist Baker
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Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Rice Crispy Hearts

Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Rice Crispy Hearts

I have to thank my blogger buddy Celeste from Honk If You’re Vegan for coming to the rescue with a great idea for me.  I needed to come up with a vegan, nut-free, kid-friendly Valentine treat for my son to bring to daycare tomorrow to share with his classmates and educator.  I really wanted something a little healthier, but still sweet and fun.  Celeste suggested these great rice crispy squares.  I loved the idea of only 5 ingredients!  I jazzed them up by dipping them in semi-sweet vegan chocolate, and then adding some sprinkles.  Although the sprinkles are vegan, they are not completely additive-free, but I figured one rice crispy heart won’t be the end of the world.  Also, my husband said don’t be the worst ‘healthy mom’, add the sprinkles.  So, the sprinkles went on.

Although the rice crispies are not very sweet on their own (which I prefer), the texture turns out almost exactly like the marshmallow ones we grew up on.  I used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to later shape them.  Sonny took care of decorating the clear bags with cute stickers which we later used to package each heart.

So, a happy Valentine’s Day to you all.  If anything, a little reminder to be grateful for the love we all have within us.  And thank you Celeste for the awesome idea!

Vegan Chocolate Dipped Rice Crispy Hearts

adapted from Healthful Pursuit

Makes 1 9×13 pan (14 hearts)

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups crispy rice cereal
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • ⅔ cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 100 gram bar of semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • vegan sprinkles, to decorate

Directions:

  1. Lightly oil a 9×13 pan with coconut oil (or other oil of your choice).  Set aside.
  2. Place rice cereal and ground flax seed in a large bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized sauce pan or frying pan, add rice syrup, sunflower seed butter and vanilla extract. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until ingredients have liquified, about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour syrup over rice crisp mixture and stir to coat.
  5. Once all crisps have been coated, drop the mixture into the prepared pan and even it out with a spatula, pressing down firmly.
  6. Allow to sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before using your cookie cutter to cut into heart shapes.  This is a little bit of a workout with pressing down firmly through the rice crispies.

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  1. Using a double boiler or a saucepan filled with water with a metal bowl over top, melt the chocolate.  Remove the bowl from saucepan.
  2. Carefully dip one side of the hearts into the chocolate.  Use a spatula to spread it evenly.  Place on a wire rack to cool.  Once you’ve dipped all the hearts, add sprinkles.
  3. Place in the refrigerator (still on the wire rack) to allow the chocolate to harden.  This should take 20-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and place in small gift bags, or go ahead and enjoy.  Keep refrigerated for up to a week.

Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Rice Crispy Hearts

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