Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

A few days ago, Vegan Richa’s picture of her cinnamon swirl cake showed up on my Facebook wall, and it looked amazing! Of course, I had to try it out. I made a gluten-free batter and divided it to make muffins for a great breakfast-to-go option, and here we are!

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I won’t copy out her recipe here, but please visit her amazing blog to check it out. You’ll find my modifications bellow to make it gluten-free. The resulting muffins a super soft and flavourful. They are the perfect partners if you are looking for a break, a pause from the world. Curl up with your favourite book, a cup of tea and one of these muffins to be transported into cinnamon dream-land.

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Here’s what I changed:

  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk: I used 1 1/3 cups of oat milk instead of soy or almond. I added the 1/3 cup once everything was mixed together because I thought the batter was a bit too thick for muffins. It turned out perfect for 12 muffins.
  • 2 cups of flour: I used 1 cup of millet flour and 1 cup of sorghum flour
  • I included the 1 tbs of corn starch.
  • For the muffins, I placed 2 tbs of batter before sprinkling on some of the cinnamon sugar. I topped each muffin with another 2 tbs of batter and some more cinnamon sugar.
  • I baked these for 25 minutes.

I hope you’ll give these muffins a try as they are really yummy and so simple to make! I love that you find the surprise cinnamon sugar layer in the middle. They are not too sweet but just sweet enough. I think they might be new favourites, so try them out and let me know what you think!

 

 

Protein cookies: these are addictive!

My gym stocks Complete Cookies by Lenny and Larry … and these cookies are addictive! I mean, you train really hard and then you get to stuff your face with these delicious cookies. It’s a bit counterproductive, but they are hard to resist! Anyways, when I realized they were not particularly good for you (lots of fats and sugars) and had a ton of ingredients (including palm oil), I decided to try and make my own.

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I stumbled upon this very detailed recipe and decided to give it a try. I changed it a bit, and I thought I’d share my favourite flavours here.

Here is what you need for 2 big cookies or 4 regular cookies:

  • 3 tbs almond flour
  • 30 g protein powder (I used Iron Vegan’s vanilla athlete’s blend)
  • 2 tbs nut or seed butter
  • 1 tsp to 1tbs coconut nectar or maple syrup (depending on your taste)
  • 2-3 tbs oat milk

Flavour combinations:

  • Birthday cake: 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 tbs sprinkles
  • Hazelnut chocolate: 1 tbsp chocolate chips + 1 tbsp whole hazelnuts (also use hazelnut butter if you can find it)
  • Double chocolate: 1 tsp cocoa powder + 1 tbs chocolate chips
  • Choco-coconut: 1 tbs coconut flakes + 1 tbs chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter – chocolate: use peanut butter + 1 tbs chocolate chips

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Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Mix all the ingredients for your flavour combination in a large bowl until well combined. You might need to add a bit more milk to make every thing smooth. I found that 3 tbs were good for some of the flavours with dryer ingredients.
  3. Devide the batter to form 2 or 4 cookies.
  4. Place on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool completely (if you can) before eating them. Store in an air-tight containter. Enjoy!

I really enjoyed making these because the combinations you can come up with are endless. Since you are only making 2 cookies at a time, you can easily mix and match the flavours.  Let me know if you try this out!

 

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Serving: 1 cookie (half the recipe)

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Bread Muffins

I’ve been on a food waste reducing mission since the beginning of the year. I’ve tried to really keep track of the food I buy so that minimal amounts of it end up in the trash.

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With that in mind, when I saw that two perfectly innocent bananas were starting to get rather tanned, I made this banana bread. It’s a simple one-bowl recipe, packed with flavour and good ingredients. Plus, it’s refined sugar-free! Well, if you don’t count the chocolate chips… that doesn’t count, right?

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds + 6 tbs water
  • 2 ripe bananas (we’re talking brown spots here)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (I pureed some raw apple with my stick blender for this, but if you’re out, an extra mushed banana will also work great)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour (I made mine in my blender using regular oats)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • to make them extra cute: extra chocolate chips + some sliced banana

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flax seeds and water together and let sit for 5 minutes or until they form a gel-like substance.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C) and oil your muffin tin.
  3. Mash up the two bananas with the flax mixture until smooth.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients one by one. Whisk until smooth between each addition.
  5. Fill up your muffin tins with two tablespoons of the batter.
  6. To decorate, add a few chocolate chips and a banana slice to the top of each muffin.
  7. Place in your oven for 25-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin and enjoy!

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Super simple, super delicious! These are not too sweet, so the chocolate chips really add in a nice touch. Also, because they are made with oat flour, they are perfect for breakfast and will keep you full for quite some time. Let me know if you try them out!

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Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been on a baking rampage these last few weeks: cakes and sweets are pretty much all I think about! I’ve been trying out a lot of recipes, tweaking them and coming up with my own. This week, I wanted to finally bake the perfect chocolate chip cookies. These are chewy, naturally sweetened and so easy to prepare.

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Here is what you need:

  • 6 pitted dates soaked in 1/3 cup warm water for 15 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In your blender or food processor, mix the dates with their soaking water until you have a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients until you have a smooth paste.
  4. With wet hands, make 6 to 8 balls out of the mixture and place them on a lined cookie sheet. Press down on each ball to make out your cookies. These won’t spread too much or change shape while baking so make sure they look good!
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cookies are golden all around and slightly soft in the middle. Remove from the oven and let cool before removing them from the cookie sheet. Enjoy while they are still warm. They will keep in an air-tight container for a few days in the fridge if you can resist them! Enjoy!

Man, these are amazing cookies! The rims of the cookies are nice and crunchy while the middle is so chewy! I love that they are made from wholesome ingredients and are completely gluten-free. I used mini chocolate chips because they are so cute! Let me know if you try this out!

Chocolate Overload, Cheat Day Brownies

I love chocolate. If I could, that’s the only thing that I would eat. This is why I’m always trying new chocolate recipes. Well, this one is perfect if you’re looking for a rich, cakey brownie. Seriously, it’s delicious and not too sweet, which makes it perfect for the dark chocolate lover of your life… oh, and they’re gluten-free too!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 tbs arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbs potato starch
  • 1/4 cup black bean flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbs unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 tbs chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 1 handful of chocolate chips
  • 1 handful almonds

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Grease your brownie pan.
  2. Melt the 3 tbs of chocolate chips and mix in the apple sauce, and oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the different flours and starches, sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
  4. Add in the liquid chocolate mix and vanilla, and mix well. Add in the warm water until you have a smooth batter.
  5. Fold in the remaining chocolate chips and almonds.
  6. Pour the batter into the brownie pan and bake for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the brownie cool down for 30 minutes before cutting it. Store in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

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This is glorious! I cut this up to make 16 brownie bites that are easy to take with me in case I might be craving chocolate. This is super simple to prepare and so delicious. You just have to try it out!

 

 

Blueberry Cheesecake – A raw vegan treat

It’s blueberry season over here, and they have been so good. I love that blueberries are so tasty and so beneficial for the digestive system. This cake is slightly tart, creamy and purely delicious! The hardest part is really just waiting for it to set overnight. It’s perfect for a family dinner or an end-of-summer picnic.

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Here is what you need:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Process the almonds in your food processor until they form a loose flour.
  2. Add the dates and the vanilla and process until the mix is smooth and starts to stick together. If you take a small handful of the mixture, it should stay together after it has been pressed.
  3. Spread the mixture at the bottom of a springform pan. Use a glass to even it out. Let sit in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the cake.

For the cheese layer:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashew nuts, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 to 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • the juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a little almond milk, as needed
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your food processor and processor until you get a smooth cream. You might need to add a little bit of milk to help smooth everything.
  2. Pour over the crust and put the cake back in the fridge. Let sit for 15 minutes.

For the blueberry layer:

  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries
  1. Process 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries in your food processor until completely smooth.
  2. Pour over the cheese layer and sprinkle the rest of the blueberries all of the cake.
  3. Place the cake back in the fridge overnight. Enjoy!

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I really hope you try this recipe because it’s so delicious! I’m always amazed to see how thick the blueberry layer sets to be all naturally.

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The cake is very refreshing and perfect to end a meal. Let me know if you try it out!

1 bowl chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies! \\ Biscuits au chocolat et à l’avoine!

For the last few months, I’ve been trying to eat healthy and to pay attention to portion sizes… except for when it comes to chocolate chips cookies. After resisting that craving for a bit, I finally caved in, and started to try out recipes. I wanted chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside oatmeal cookies, all vegan and gluten-free of course. Here’s a really quick, simple, 1-bowl recipe for just that!

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Here is what you need for 8 cookies:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut butter (or any other nut butter you like)
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs chia seeds + 6 tbs water (mixed together to make chia eggs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 – 2/3 cup chocolate chips (choose your level of chocolateness!)
Here is what you need to do:
  1. In the bowl of your food processor, mix together the coconut oil, nut butter, and sugar until smooth. Add in the chia eggs and vanilla extract and mix again until smooth.
  2. Mix in the two flours, oats, salt, and baking powder until everything is smooth.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse until everything is well combined.
  4. Line a cookie sheet, and preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  5. Form balls of cookie doughs with 1 tbs of dough and place them on the cookie sheet. Flatten them to the size you want them to be as they will not spread much.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  7. Remove from the oven, and let cool on a wire rack until completely cooled, and enjoy!

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I really hope you give these a try because they are delicious! Let me know what you think!

Depuis quelques mois je fais des efforts pour bien manger, avoir des légumes verts plusieurs fois par jour et m’assurer que mes portions sont raisonables… sauf pour les biscuits au chocolat! Après avoir resister à la tentation pendant quelque temps, j’ai finalement essayé quelques recettes, et voici ma préférée: croustillants à l’extérieur et tendres à l’intérieur, ces biscuits sont parfaits!
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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin pour 8 biscuits:
  • 1/3 tasse d’huile de coco à température piècecup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/3 tasse de beurre de noisettes (ou d’un autre beurre de noix de votre choix
  • 2/3 tasse de sucre de coco
  • 2 c. à soupe de graines de chia + 6 c. à soupe d’eau (mélangés pour former un oeuf de chia)
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre à pâte
  • 1/2 c. à thé de sel
  • 1/3 tasse de farine de riz brun
  • 1/2 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1/3 – 2/3 tasse de pépites de chocolat (choisissez votre niveau de chocolatitude!)
  1. Dans le bol de votre robot culinaire, mélanger l’huile de coco, le beurre de noix et le sucre. Une fois le tout homogène, ajouter les graines de chia et l’extrait de vanille et bien mélanger.
  2. Ajouter les farines, les flocons d’avoine, le sel et la poudre à pâte et bien mélanger.
  3. Ajouter les pépites de chocolat et pulser pour les incorporer.
  4. Préparer une plaque à biscuit et préchauffer votre four à 350F (180C).
  5. Former des boules de pâte avec 1 c. à soupe de mélanger et les placer sur la plaque à biscuit. Applatissez-les à la taille que vous préférez car ils ne s’étendront pas pendant la cuisson.
  6. Placer au four pour 15 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que les bords soient dorés.
  7. Retirer du four et laisser les biscuits refroidir. Régalez-vous!

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Ces biscuits sont sérieusement délicieux et j’espère que vous les essayerez!

The simplest banana pudding \\ Le pudding de banane le plus simple

A few days ago, I really craved yoghurt. However, I haven’t found a vegan yoghurt that I enjoy, so I needed to be creative. This is so simple, and the banana flavour is incredible. You might think that I have gone back to the baby-food stage, but, trust me, it’s really delicious!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings: nuts, seeds, fruits or granola to your liking

  1. Place the banana, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract in your blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

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This is so simple, but I promise, it’s a great substitute for yogurt. The texture is very similar, and the lemon juice adds a nice tanginess. Plus, this is naturally sweet, so it makes for a perfect no-guilt dessert. Let me know if you try it out!


Il y a quelques jours, une grosse envie de yaourt m’a prise. Cependant, je n’ai pas encore trouvé de substitut végane qui me plaise, alors j’ai essayé quelquechose. C’est si simple, et la saveur de banane est incroyable. Vous pensez peut-être que j’ai régréssé au stage de la bouffe pour bébé, mais, faites-moi confiance, c’est vraiment délicieux!

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1-2 bananes
  • 1 c. à thé de jus de citron
  • 1/2 c. à thé de zeste de citron
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille

Garnitures: Noix, graines, fruits ou du granola à volonté!

  1. Placez la banane, le jus, le zest de citron et la vanille dans votre robot et mélangez jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien lisse et onctueux. Garnissez et savourez!

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C’est tellement simple, c’est presque ridicule de partager cette recette, mais c’est vraiment une bonne alternative au yaourt. La texture est très proche et le jus de citron ajoute un coté acidulé très agréable. En plus, c’est naturellement sucré alors c’est un dessert sans culpabilité parfait. Dites-moi si vous essayez!

Iron Vegan Protein Powder Review // Poudre protéinée Iron Vegan

I’ve been testing out a few vegan protein powders recently, and I have to say it’s difficult to find one that is not too chalky, that tastes great and that is not filled with weird ingredients. Just last week, I had to go out to buy a third bag of the Iron Vegan Spouted Vegan Powder, I knew I had found a winner.

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Here’s what I like about this particular powder.

  • It’s made in Canada. Most of the other popular vegan protein powders that I can find in my area are made in the States, so it is nice to find one that is made more locally.
  • The packaging is less wasteful than the regular plastic tubs (it comes in a bag).
  • What I like most is the taste. Because it contains xantham gum, it really has a smooth texture. The chocolate taste is right on point and without any weird aftertaste. In brief, this is my go-to protein powder.
  • With 18g of protein per scoop, for 3g of carbs and only 0.5g of fat, it’s the powder that I found with the greatest macro ratio.

I pay around 60$ for the 1kg bag, and that lasts me and my boyfriend for around 3 weeks. I usually have one scoop in the morning with breakfast and one after the gym.  If you want to take it to the next level, try this post-workout smoothie recipe.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 scoop of Iron vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp of raw cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 banana

Just blend everything together and enjoy! This is my favourite and something else that I’ve had almost every day for the last few months. Really satisfying and guilt-free! Let me know if you try it out or if you have tried another vegan protein powder.


Ces derniers mois, j’ai essayé différentes poudres protéinées véganes, et je dois dire qu’il est difficile d’en trouver une qui ne soit pas trop “poudreuse”, qui ait bon goût et qui ne soit pas remplie d’ingrédients inconnus ou étranges. La semaine dernière, lorsque j’ai acheté mon troisième sac de la poudre protéinée Iron Vegan Sprouted Vegan Powder, j’ai réalisé que ma quête était terminée.

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Voici pourquoi j’aime tant cette poudre protéinée particulière:

  • Elle est faite au Canada. La majorité des poudres protéinées que je peux trouver dans mon quartier sont faites aux États-Unis, alors c’est vraiment chouette d’en trouver une plus locale.
  • L’emballage est plus raisonable que les boites de platique: cette poudre est vendue dans un sac.
  • Le goût crémeux (merci poudre de xantham) et chocolaté, sans arrière goût étrange.
  • Avec 18g de protéines par portion, 3g de glucides et 0,5g de gras, cette poudre est équilibrée juste à mon goût!

Je paye environs 60$ pour le sac de 1kg qui me dûre environs 3 semaines. J’en prend habituellement une portion le matin avec mon petit déjeuner et une autre après le gym. Je vous recommande cette recette de smoothie post-workout: c’est comme un dessert!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 portion de poudre protéinée Iron Vegan
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre de cacao crue
  • 1 tasse de lait d’amande
  • 1 tasse d’eau
  • 1 banane

Mélanger le tout et savourez! C’est mon smoothie préféré et encore une autre chose que j’ai mangé presque tous les jours ces dernières semaines. Super satisfaisant et sans culpabilité! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez ou votre poudre protéinée préférée.

 

Popcorn Bark \\\ Croquant au maïs soufflé

(Version française plus bas!)

I know we probably all went overboard on chocolate during the holidays, but, what can I say, I’m just addicted! I also wanted to make something portable that my boyfriend could take with him to work as a snack or an afternoon pick-me-up. This is really simple to prepare, you can personalize it, and it’s really yummy!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut syrup
  • 4 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Toppings:

  • sesame seeds
  • raisins
  • coconut flakes
  • dried fruits

Here is what you do:

  1. Line a baking tray with some foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place the coconut syrup in a small saucepan on medium heat and let reduce. You know it’s ready when you can see the bottom of the pan for a few seconds after you drag a spatula at the bottom (the liquid is slow to fill up the space left by the spatula). This takes around 10 minutes.
  3. Place the popcorn on the baking tray and pour the coconut syrup on top. Using your spatula, mix the syrup so that all the popcorn is well coated. Pat it down to make it stick together as a big block and smooth the top to make it as flat as possible.
  4. Melt the chocolate in your microwave or in a bain-marie (I use a big bowl that I fill up with boiling water and place a smaller bowl into it with the chocolate). Pour the chocolate over the popcorn and spread it in an even layer.
  5. Sprinkle your toppings on top of the chocolate while it is still melted. Once you have everything you like stuck to the chocolate, place the baking tray in your fridge for 1 hour until your chocolate is solid again.
  6. Cut in small chunks and keep this in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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I love this because the texture of the popcorn is amazing! This would make a great snack if you are planning on a movie marathon, but I like the idea of having a small chunk as an afternoon snack. It’s also great because you can personalize it with any topping that you like. Let me know if you try this out!


Je sais que nous avons probablement tous abusé du chocolat pendant le temps de fêtes, mais je dois avouer que je suis vraiment accro! J’avais aussi envie de préparer une collation que mon copain pourrait apporter avec lui au travail pour pouvoir avoir un petit boost d’énergie en après-midi. Cette recette est vraiment facile à préparer, vous pouvez la personaliser et c’est vraiment délicieux!

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1/2 tasse de sirop de coco
  • 4 tasses de maïs soufflé
  • 1 tasse de pépites de chocolat

Garnitures:

  • graines de sésame
  • raisins secs
  • noix de coco râpée
  • fruits secs

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Recouvrir une plaque à biscuit avec du papier d’aluminium ou parchemin.
  2. Placer le sirop de coco dans une petite casserole à feu moyen et laisser réduire. Vous saurez que c’est prêt lorsque la ligne tracée par une spatule prend du temps à se refermer (le sirop est épais et se déplace lentement pour recouvrir le fond de la casserole). Cela prend environs 10 minutes.
  3. Placer le maïs soufflé sur la plaque à biscuit et y verser le sirop. Mélanger le tout à l’aide d’une spatule pour que chaque morceau soit bien recouvert. Presser le maïs pour former un rectangle homogène et plat qui se tienne.
  4. Faire fondre le chocolat au micro-onde ou au bain-marie. Verser le chocolat sur le maïs et l’étaler pour former une couche uniforme.
  5. Ajouter vos garnitures sur le chocolat. Placer votre plaque à biscuit dans le frigo pendant 1 heure pour aider le chocolat à solidifier.
  6. Découper en petits morceaux et garder dans un contenant hermétique. Savourez!

J’adore cette collation car le maïs soufflé apporte vraiment une texture incroyable. Ça ferait également une très bonne collation si vous prévoyez une soirée cinéma, mais j’aime l’idée d’en apporter quelques morceaux à grignoter en après-midi. C’est aussi chouette de pouvoir personaliser les garnitures selon mes envies! Dites-moi si vous essayez cette recette!