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!

 

 

Spicy Bean Purée, a nice sub for hummus!

I love hummus! It goes great with everything:  bread, veggie sticks, salads, soups, by the spoonful… I really like adding hummus everywhere as it adds great flavour to any dish: it makes a nice substitution to salad dressing, adds protein to vegetable soups and is (of course) great in sandwiches. However, sometimes it gets old, despite all the different things you can add and all the flavours that are popping up in stores.

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 cups of mixed cooked  legumes (I used a mix of green lentils, black beans, and red kidney beans)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs turmeric
  • 1 tbs ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tbs ground curry powder
  • hot pepper flakes to taste
  • salt to  taste

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Add all of the ingredients in your food process and process until smooth.

I love this! The Indian spices are a nice addition to any dish for us, so this really hits a sweet spot. It brings out any dish and makes it more special. It goes great in salads and can be used everywhere hummus can. I usually make a big batch of this and keep it in the fridge. Like this I can add it everywhere for a week or so.

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Here we ate this with lettuce, shredded carrots, preserved beet roots, sweet fried tofu and a little bit of pistachio oil for a delicious salad! Seriously, try it out!

Perfect Brunch, an “Aux Vivres” review

Aux Vivres is kind of a no-brainer for Montreal based vegans. It holds a special place in my heart as I remember going in there a few months after they had opened and being amazed by their Dragon Bowl. Then, I remember my fun lunches with friends. I also remember multiple birthday celebrations, meetings and fun dates with my boyfriend.

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Romantic roses for Valentine’s Day!

This restaurant has changed so much since its opening. The first time I went to Aux Vivres, it was a little more that a hole in the wall. Now, they have three big sections, a terrace in the back and a separate store. You can also find their products all around the city (and even outside of the city) in different stores and cafes. Quite the success story!

So, on this very cold day (-35C… winter is definitively here!), we stepped out with my amazing (and sadly just visiting) sister-in-law for a nice vegan brunch.

Brunch at this restaurant is quite the event for me: special dishes, chai tea, but still access to all their regular meals. Amazing!

My sister-in-law went for the Huevos Rancheros plate which looked amazingly good with the great sweet potato wedges and black bean puree. She particularly liked the guacamole, but the silence coming from her corner is proof that this was particularly scrumptious.

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The amazing Huevos Rancheros plate

I also went for a brunch plate: The Polenta. I love this plate, and I have to admit that I always take this when we come for brunch. The polenta triangles have a great crunchy texture on the outside but are still creamy in the inside. I also am completely in love with their black bean puree and guacamole. I really enjoy this plate: the flavour combinations and freshness of the tastes are just amazing!

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The Polenta plate

The brunch plates also come with the choice of coffee or chai latte which is really spicy and comforting. Perfect for this cold day!

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Chai Latte

Finally, if you’re not really in for brunch, you must try their Dragon Bowl. This is the go-to option for my boyfriend. He really loves the sauce which has a great salty and slightly sour flavour. Filled with fresh veggies, sprouts, rice and topped with tempeh or tofu, it is very filling and also very satisfying.

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Dragon Bowl

If you are still hungry after this, I recommend trying the uncheesecake. A complete dupe for non-vegan cheese cake, this has a great creaminess and flavour. The berry topic is also quite nice and the crust is very satisfying. Beware that it is not gluten-free, but my sister-in-law still enjoyed it entirely.

If you are in Montreal, you have to try this restaurant out. It is a little bit pricey, but the food is amazing, the service is very friendly and the number of options just great!