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Chocolate Cake Protein Balls \\\ Boule Protéinée au chocolat

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In the last few weeks, I have been tracking down how much protein I ate. I started including some protein powder to help me get enough each day, but I have to say that most of them taste like chalk. Well, once incorporated in this recipe, they make everything taste like chocolate cake. Yeah, pretty great.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 tbs raw cocoa powder
  • 4 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 4 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp marmalade or any other jam you enjoy
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

To roll in: 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the peanut butter, vanilla extract, marmalade and almond milk in a small saucepan. Stire over medium heat until everything is well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form balls with 1/2 cup of the mix and roll them in the coconut flakes to avoid them being too sticky. If you have trouble forming balls that hold their shape, add a little bit of milk at a time. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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These are so good! I made them thinking that they would be great after gym sessions, but I have to say I’m going to have a lot of trouble not eating them all at once. The texture is very soft, and the rice cereal adds a nice touch of crispiness. The protein powder really adds a caky side to these, which really makes them irresistible. With around 13 grams of protein in each ball, this will give you a nice boost of energy. Let me know if you try them out!


Depuis quelques semaines, je note les protéines que je mange. J’ai commencé à inclure des poudres protéinées pour m’aider à atteindre les apports recommendés, mais je dois dire, que la plupart de ces poudres goûtent la craie. Incorporées dans cette recette, elles sont délicieuses et goûtent comme du gateau au chocolat. Ouais, c’est plutôt génial.

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1 tass de céréales de riz soufflé
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cacao
  • 4 scoops de poudre protéinée végane au chocolat
  • 4 c. à soupe d’amandes éffilées
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de coco non-sucrés
  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de chia
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachide
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 2 c. à thé de marmelade ou de confiture de votre choix
  • 3/4 de tasse de lait d’amande

Pour rouler: 1/2 tasse de flocons de coco non-sucrés

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Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le beurre d’arachide, la vanille, la marmelade, et le lait d’amande dans une petite casserole. Remuer sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Réserver.
  2. Dans un grand bol, mélanger le reste des ingrédients. Verser les ingrédients liquides, et mélanger le tout jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte homogène.
  3. Former des boules à l’aide d’une demie tasse du mélange et les rouler dans la noix de coco pour les rendre moins collantes. Si votre mélange est trop sec pour se tenir, ajouter un peu de lait. Conserver ces boules dans un contenant hermétique au frigo et savourez!

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C’est tellement bon! J’ai préparé ces collations en me disant qu’elles seraient parfaites pour après les entraînements, mais je dois dire qu’il va être difficile de ne pas les manger toutes d’un coup! La texture est tendre, et les céréales de riz ajoutent un petit croquant très agréable. Le goût de chocolate est intense et gourmant. La poudre de protéine ajoute un côté vraiment «gateau» et irresistible. Avec environs 13 grammes de protéines par boule, ces petites merveilles vous donneront plein d’énergie! Dites-moi si vous les essayez!

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Vegan Quiche Bites \\\ Bouchées de quiche véganes

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A very good friend came over for the first few days of the year to spend some time with us. I love spending time with her because she is very inspiring, curious and a great cook! She shared this recipe with me and gave me permission to share it here, so it’s pretty exciting! These bites make great snacks, appetizers or can be a fun lunch if paired with a salad or other little bites.

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I have to say, I’m always on the watch for the simplest recipes when looking for new things to try out, and this is so simple! It takes only a few minutes to prepare the batter, and then it’s just waiting for these little beauties to bake. Easy enough!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 350g extra firm silken tofu
  • 1 tbs tahini paste
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs dried thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

To garnish: These are simple ideas, go nuts!

  • 1 caramelized onion (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes and cut in tiny pieces
  • 2 tbs sliced olives

Here is what you do:

  1. In your food processor, blend together the tofu, tahini paste, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. You want to have a very smooth texture.
  2. Transfer the mix into a large bowl and mix in the garnish.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350F, and oil some muffin tins. Fill them up with the mixture and tap the tins to make sure there are no air bubbles trapped and to make your bites smoother.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top of the bites are golden. Serve and enjoy!

These are so delicious! They disappeared in no time! Their texture is really reminiscent of traditional egg quiche, while being cholesterol free and very light. The fun part is that you can really personalize them to your own liking: spinach, nuts or mushrooms would be great in these! Let me know if you try them out!

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Une très bonne amie est venue passer les premiers jours de l’année avec nous. J’adore passer du temps avec elle car elle est vraiment très inspirante, curieuse, et aussi une très bonne cuisinière! Elle a partagé cette recette avec moi, et m’a permis de la partager ici aussi, alors c’est plutôt excitant! Ces petites bouchées sont simples à préparer, et sont parfaites en collation, en appéritif ou en lunch avec d’autres bouchées ou une salade.

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Je dois dire que j’aime les recettes simples et faciles à préparer. Cette recette est parfaite! Elle nécessite seulement quelques ingrédients faciles à trouver, ne prend que quelques minutes à préparer et les bouchées se mangent toutes seules! Miam!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 350g de tofu soyeux extra ferme
  • 1 c. à soupe de pâte de tahini
  • 1 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • le jus d’un demi citron
  • 1 gousse d’ail, émincée
  • 1 c. à soupe de feuilles de thym séché
  • sel et poivre au goût

En garniture: Quelques idées délicieuses, mais soyez fous!

  • 1 oignon caramélisé (environs ½ tasse)
  • ¼ tasse de tomates séchées, trempées dans de l’eau chaide pour 15 minutes et coupées en petits morceaux
  • 2 c. à soupe d’olive en tranches

Voici ce qu’il faut faire :

  1. Dans votre robot culinaire, mélanger le tofu, le tahini, l’huile d’olive, le jus de citron, l’ail le thym, le sel et le poivre. Mélanger jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte uniforme et soyeuse.
  2. Transferer la preparation dans un grand bol et ajouter vos garnitures. Bien mélanger.
  3. Préchauffer votre four à 350F (180C) et huilez des petits moules à muffins. Remplissez-le de la préparation et tapper les moules sur votre comptoir pour faire sortir les bulles d’air et rendre les bouchées plus uniformes.
  4. Faire cuire pour 30 à 40 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que les bouchées soient dorées. Servir et savourez!

Ces petites bouchées sont si délicieuses! Elles ont disparu en quelques minutes! La texture ressemble vraiment aux quiches traditionnelles, tout en étant sans cholestérol et très légères. Mais vraiment, ce qui est chouette avec ces bouchées c’est qu’elles peuvent être personalisées à votre goût: épinards, noix ou champignons! Dites-moi si vous essayez cette recette!

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Cashew Spread \\ Tartinade aux noix de cajou

So, as I’ve mentioned, yesterday I gave a workshop on veganism. What better way to share veganism than to share food? None, in my opinion! So, I brought some food, and many people asked me if I could post the recipe for the cashew spread. Well, here you go!

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This spread is delicious on freshly toasted bread. It’s cheesy, smooth, salty, and so delicious! I ate some for lunch and added some fried onions on top: perfection!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup of raw cashew nuts, soaked for at least 1 hour
  • the zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 pinches of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water

Here is what you do:

  1. Drain the cashews and place them with the rest of the ingredients in your food processor except for the water. Start mixing, and add the water little by little until you reach a smooth consistency. Keep in an air-tight container in your fridge and enjoy!

This is seriously so simple! It’s delicious on bread, but also with veggies. It’s so good, and as you can see so easy to prepare! And it will keep your B12 levels happy. Let me know if you try this out!

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Lors de mon atelier sur le véganisme, j’ai apporté un peu de nourriture parce que c’est clairement la meilleure façon de parler de véganisme! Beaucoup de participants m’ont demandé la recette de la tartinade aux noix de cajou, donc la voici!

  • 1 tasse de noix de cajou, trempées dans de l’eau pour au moins 1 heure
  • le zeste et le jus d’un citron
  • 1/2 tasse de levure alimentaire
  • 1 c. à café de poudre d’ail
  • 1 c. à café de poudre d’oignon
  • 1 c. à café de sel
  • 1-2 pincées de flocons de piments
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tasse d’eau
  1. Retirer les noix de cajou de l’eau et les placer avec tous les autres ingrédients dans votre robot culinaire, mais garder l’eau de côté. Commencer à mélanger et ajouter l’eau petit à petit jusqu’à ce que la consistence soit crémeuse et onctueuse. Garder au frigo dans un contenant hermétique et savourer!

Si simple, mais si bon!

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Peach and Arugula Salsa\\ Salsa pêche et roquette

Today I was looking for a simple, fresh and delicious appetizer to start off the weekend on a nice touch! This was perfect: mainly local produce, mixed flavours and incredible textures. This is super quick to prepare and so yummy!

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 peaches, diced (I used white peaches)
  • 1 cup arugula, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • good bread to serve on

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix everything together and spread the salsa on some toasted bread, bruschetta style. Enjoy!

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This was delicious, and I think I’ll make it a staple for sure! Let me know if you try it out!


Une petite recette parfaite pour commencer le week-end en beauté! C’est si bon, si frais et tellement simple à préparer. Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 2 pêches
  • 1 tasse de roquette, hachée
  • 1 tasse de tomates cerises, hachées
  • 1 avoc, coupé en dés
  • jus de 1/2 citron
  • sel et poivre au goût
  • du bon pain pour servir
  1. Mélanger tous les ingrédients et servir sur du pain grillé comme des bruschettas. Miam!

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Homemade Almond Butter

If you have 20 minutes to spare, almonds and a food processor, you need to make this!

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I was craving almond butter to spread on some apple slices, but unfortunately I didn’t have any left in my pantry. I did have raw almonds however. After eyeing my food processor for a few moments, I tried it out: raw almonds in, sweet and creamy butter out. This is perfection!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup almonds

Here is what you do:

  1. Place the almonds in your food processor. Process with the ‘S’ blade. I gave my machine a one minute break after each 3 minutes of processing so that it would cool off. This also gave me a chance to scrape down the sides of the bowl. It took 20 minutes of processing for me to get a nice butter consistency. This will give you 1/2 cup butter.

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That’s all there is to it! The resulting butter is creamy, sweet and so satisfying. There is no way I will ever buy any nut butter ever again. And, I’m super excited to try to make hazelnut butter, walnut butter, sunflower seed butter, macadamia butter and all the combinations in between. I think I’ll also try to add spices or cocoa powder to some. A glorious and delicious future to come!

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I really enjoy how simple and cheap this is. It was perfect and so fast! The almond flavour was intense, and I was surprised to see how sweet it was. There is no comparison possible between this fresh almond butter and the store-bought kinds. Let me know if you make your own nut butter and what’s your favourite!

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Crispy Rice Treats- yes, they’re vegan!

Yesterday, I found some vegan marshmallows at the Ottawa Veg Fest. I was really excited to try them out to make crispy rice treats, a childhood favourite. There is something completely comforting about this desert.

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I basically followed the classic recipe, but the really interesting thing is that the vegan marshmallows are perfect! Directly out of the bag, they have the same airy and bouncy texture as the original deal. Their taste is also the same, except they are maybe a little bit less sweet, which for me is a plus as regular marshmallows make me sick pretty quickly. These marshmallows really have nothing to envy to the traditional marshmallows. I really don’t see why we don’t all switch to vegan marshmallows: they are just delicious!

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As for the crispy rice treats themselves, they were just as I remembered: noisily crispy and oh-so-chewy! I seriously can’t believe how great these marshmallows are! They really are a great addition to any vegan pantry. I can’t wait to experiment with them again! And in case you never made crispy rice squares (or doughnuts) here’s the recipe:

Here is what you need:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 bag vegan marshmallows (280g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 or 6 cups of puffed rice cereal

Here is what you do:

  1. Melt the coconut oil with the marshmallows and vanilla in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until combined.
  2. Turn off the heat, and pour in your cereals and mix until evenly coated.
  3. Spread the mixture in a greased pan. Let sit until firm. Cut and enjoy! I used my doughnut pan to make them round, but you can use any pan you have: just make sure it is well greased, because this treat is sticky!

 

Simple Aubergine Spread

I really like aubergines or eggplants. The texture is so spongy, it is a lot of fun to cook with because it will absorb any sauce while keeping a nice slightly chewy texture. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is really not a big fan of this ingredient. I really wanted to find a recipe using eggplant that would be good enough for him to appreciate. Well, I found it.

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This aubergine spread is inspired by baba ghannouj, but I removed the olive oil because I thought that the tahini was enough. Anyways, this is super easy to prepare, and you can cook the aubergine ahead of time and whip this up in 5 minutes.

Definitively a crowd-pleaser, this spread is a great substitute for hummus, goes great with vegetables, and is a great addition to any sandwich. Did I mention it was great? You can also add any spice you like to make it extra flavorful.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs tahini (sesame seeds butter)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional additions: red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, fresh cilantro, roasted sesame seeds, thyme, rosemary, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and anything else you think will work!

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash the eggplant, and cut out the stem. Cut the eggplant in two lengthwise. Score the flesh diagonally. Rub some salt and pepper on the flesh. Rejoin the two halves and tightly wrap the eggplant in foil.
  2. Bake the eggplant for 40 minutes at 350F. Wrapping the eggplant up will help keeping the white color of the eggplant flesh. If you don’t mind the change of color, you can just place the eggplant halves on a cookie sheet.
  3. Once the eggplant is cooked, let it cool until you can handle it with your hands. Unwrap the eggplant and place the two halves in a colander to drain. Once the eggplant is completely cooled, follow the recipe to the end, or place the eggplant in an air-tight container in the fridge until you are ready to continue.
  4. With a big spoon, scrape the eggplant flesh out into your food processor bowl. Be careful, we don’t want any skin in there.
  5. Add the vinegar, tahini, salt and pepper, and process until smooth. Taste and season to your liking. Keep in the fridge in an air-tight container.

This is really good! The texture is more light than hummus while still having that really nice tahini flavour. The best thing is, my boyfriend loved it! Let me know if you try it out and what extras you put in.

Simple Sprouted Crackers

A few days ago, I posted a few tips on how to make sprouted seeds. Now, however, my fridge is packed with a ton of sprouts, and I need to take care of them before they go bad. One of my favourite things to do with sprouts is to turn them into crackers. They are easy, simple, really crispy and delicious!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 3 cups sprouted seeds of your choice (I used buckwheat)
  • 3-4 cups water
  • Spices and herbs of your choice: I used rosemary, chili flakes, thyme and black pepper. Indian spices are also great.
  • salt to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. You are looking for a thick, pancake-bather-like mix. You might need to adjust the amount of water you add. Let the mix sit for 15 minutes and check the consistency. Add water if you feel it’s too thick.
  2. If you are using a dehydrator, spread a silicone mat on your grids. Spread your mix in a 5mm thick layer. If you are using your oven, do the same thing, but use a cookie sheet lined with either a silicone mat or  parchment paper.
  3. Set you dehydrator to 145F or 65C, and let it run overnight. In the morning, flip the giant cracker over. Let sit in the dehydrator for another 2-4 hours, or until completely dried. If you are using your oven, set it to the lowest setting and leave the door slightly open. Be careful, and let your crackers dry overnight. In the morning, flip over and let sit until completely dried through.
  4. Once the giant cracker is dried, you will easily break it up in smaller pieces. Keep in an airtight container. If you want even crackers, you can run a butter knife through the giant cracker after 6 hours. This way, when you are breaking it up, you will have dents that will make your crackers even.

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These are really versatile and can replace any store-bought crackers. The sprouted seeds give a nice crunch and flavour, while also providing some nutrients. And if you are looking for a dehydrator, I bought an Excalibur a few years ago, and it’s perfect! If you are in Canada, you can check out Upaya Naturals: that’s where I got mine, and the shipping was super quick. Let me know if you try it out!

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Lazy Guacamole

Avocados. Nothing else needs to be said! This is how I prepare guacamole on nights when I cannot be bothered to take out my chopping board. Tasty, quick, done, move along!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • the juice of 1/2 citrus of your choice (I usually go for lemon or lime, but I only had blood orange on hand. It worked really well!)
  • 1 tsp pesto (I used my kale-parsley pesto. This stuff can really go in everything!)
  • sesame seeds
  • crushed nori flakes (I put a few nori sheets in my food processor and make a powder that I keep in my pantry, but you can also cut a nori sheet with scissors)
  • 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes
  • pinch of hot pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. With a fork, mash the avocado flesh with the citrus juice, pesto, sesame seeds, nori flakes, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
  2. Serve with the cherry tomatoes and some crackers. Here I used beetroot crackers.

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This takes seconds to prepare, while still being fresh and delicious. Look at all the colors and textures! Yum! It’s also fun to serve the cherry tomatoes on top because you can scoop some guacamole and a tomato for each bite. Let me know if you try it out!

 

Maple Glazed Pecans

I don’t have any story to tell you about this recipe. I just love pecans and maple syrup together! These two ingredients are the perfect combination, and it’s even better when you add some ginger to the mix! This recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare, is delicious, and makes for a great ‘mason jar’ gift.

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Here is what you need:

  • 4 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 pieces of candied ginger, cut into small pieces

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all your ingredients and spread in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet.
  3. Place in your oven and mix every 5 minutes. The overall cooking time for these are 20 minutes. You know they are ready when all the maple syrup is really thick (almost caramel like), and your pecans are slightly brown.
  4. Place the pecans in your fridge for 30 minutes until they are completely cooled. Placing them in the fridge makes them crispier.
  5. Once cooled, keep the pecans in an air-tight container.

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This makes for a great snack or nice cream and salad topping. It is crispy, sweet, full of maple flavour and so easy to put together! The ginger pieces also add a little bit of heat and balance the maple nicely.

Let me know if you try this out!