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!

Maple-Glazed Roasted Veggies \\\ Légumes rôtis au sirop d’érable

(version française plus bas)

Especially since the holidays, I have not felt any motivation to prepare complicated meals. Well, this one is as easy as they get. You get plenty of greens, carbs, and proteins, everything is roasted together and covered in maple syrup, it’s beautiful, and it makes for a great lunch too!

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Here is what you need:

  • 200g Brussel sprouts
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 block of tempeh (250g)
  • 1/2 tsp hot chili flakes
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash and slice the Brussel sprouts lengthwise. Cut the sweet potatoes and tempeh in bite-sized pieces.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with some aluminum foil, and place your veggies and tempeh on it. Mix in the hot chili flakes, salt, pepper and olive oil, and make sure everything is well coated.
  3. Place everything in a preheated oven at 350F. Let cook for 30 minutes, or until everything has a nice golden colour.
  4. Mix in the almonds, and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove everything from the oven, and mix in the pomegranate seeds and the maple syrup. Enjoy!

This is so good on its own, but you can also serve it over some greens or rice. It’s very simple to prepare and so pretty to look at because of the pomegranate seeds. The flavors are also very well balanced between the bitterness of the sprouts, sweetness of the maple syrup and acidity of the pomegranate. Let me know if you try it out!

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Depuis que les fêtes sont terminées, je dois dire que je n’ai eu aucune envie de préparer des plats compliqués. Celui-ci s’inscrit dans cette lignée de cuisine simple, mais est vraiment délicieux. Des légumes verts, des glucides et des protéines: tout dans le même plats! Le tout est recouvert de sirop d’érable, plein de couleurs et peut faire un excellent lunch aussi!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 200g de choux de Bruxelles
  • 2 patates douces
  • 1 bloc de tempeh (250g)
  • 1/2 c. à thé de flocons de piment
  • 1 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 1/2 tasse d’amandes entières
  • 1/2 tasse de graines de grenade
  • 2 c. à soupe de syrop d’érable
  • sel et poivre au goût

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Lavez et tranchez les choux de Bruxelles dans le sens de la longueur. Couper les patates douces et le tempeh en petits cubes.
  2. Recouvrez une plaque à biscuits de papier d’aluminium et placez-y les légumes et le tempeh. Ajoutez les flocons de piment, le sel, le poivre et l’huile d’olive et bien mélanger le tout.
  3. Placez votre plaque dans votre four préchauffé à 350F (180C) pour 30 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que le tout ait une belle couleur dorée.
  4. Retirez du four et ajoutez les amandes. Retournez au four pour 10 minutes.
  5. Retirez le tout du four et incorporer les graines de grenade et le sirop d’érable. Mélangez bien le tout et savourez!

Ce joli plat est délicieux seul, mais vous pouvez aussi le servir sur une salade verte ou avec du riz. C’est super facile à préparer et tellement beau à regarder: tout un mélange de couleurs, de textures et de saveurs. Dites-moi si vous l’essayez!

 

Maple-glazed Delicata Rings \\ Courge Délicata à l’érable

Delicata squash is probably one of my favourite things to eat comes Fall. They are so soft and smooth, they practically eat themselves up. Last year, I was obsessed with turning roasted delicata squash in an amazingly creamy pasta sauce (I even made a video out of that one!) or in a delicious curry. Well, this year I tried something a little bit different and made maple-glazed delicata rings. This is both sweet and spicy and is the perfect side dish for any meal. Plus, it’s super easy to make!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 big delicata squash
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs tamari sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  • salt to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Thoroughly wash the squash and cut it into rings (about 1cm / 1/2 in thick). With a spoon, remove the seeds and middle membranes. Set in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet.
  2. Dab your fingers in one tablespoon of olive oil and rub them against the squash to prevent it from sticking.
  3. Mix all the other ingredients together and use a spoon to spread about half of it on the rings.
  4. Put in your preheated oven set at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes. Flip the rings over, add the rest of the glaze and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until soft. Serve hot!

This is so delicious! The texture of delicata squash really is special and precious. I love the sweet and salty combination of flavours, while still keeping this pretty simple to prepare. The maple syrup caramelizes on the squash, giving the rings a lovely color. Let me know if you try this out!

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J’adore les courges délicata! Leur texture est si onctueuse et douce. L’année dernière je les avais transformées en délicieuse sauce à spaguetti et en curry. Cette année, je me lance dans la production d’anneau de courge glacés au sirop d’érable: MIAM!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 belle courge delicata
  • 2 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 1 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 1 c. à soupe de sauce tamari
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre d’ail
  • 1/2 c. à thé de sauce piquante (optionelle)
  • du sel au goût
  1. Bien laver la courge et la couper en rondelles d’environs 1 cm de largeur. À l’aide d’une cuillère, enlever les graines et les membranes du centre de chaque rondelles. Disposer vos rondelles sur une plaque à biscuit recouverte de papier d’alluminium.
  2. Badigeonner chaque rondelle d’un peu d’huile d’olive (à peu près 1 c. à soupe pour toute la courge) pour éviter qu’elles ne collent.
  3. Mélanger le reste des ingédients et répartir la moitié de cette sauce sur les rondelles à l’aide d’une cuillère.
  4. Mettre au four préchauffé à 400F (200C) pour 20 minutes. Retourner les rondelles, répartir le reste de sauce et enfourner encore 5 à 10 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que la courge soit bien cuite. Savourer!

C’est si bon! Légèrement sucrée, tendre et succulente, chaque rondelle est parfaitement pleine de saveurs. Cette courge pourra faire un très bon plat d’accompagnement pour toutes les occasions. Miam! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez!

Incredible sauce for fancy vegan bowls \\ Sauce Incroyable!

This is our favourite sauce in the entire world! Well, at the moment at least! It’s perfect for dipping veggies or assembling your favourite ingredients into a fancy bowl. It’s sweet, savoury, nutty and just delicious! Plus, it super simple to prepare!

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Here is what you need for a week’s worth:

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 4 tbs maple syrup
  • 4 tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 4 tbs water
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and let sit for 1 hour. Blend in your food processor or blender, or use your wand mixer to make this smooth and creamy. Keep in your fridge in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

That’s it! It’s so ridiculously simple, yet so incredibly delicious! And if you’ve been to Aux Vivres in Montreal, this is a perfect dupe for their magical dragon sauce. Yeah. That’s right.

 

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Even the cat is excited 🙂 well… almost!

 


Pour tous les fans de la sauce dragon de Aux Vivres, voici ma version! Cette sauce est si délicieuse et si simple à préparer! Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1/2 tasse de levure alimentaire
  • 6 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 4 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 4 c. à soupe de tamari ou de sauce soja
  • 4 c. à soupe d’eau
  • 1 c. à soupe d’ail en poudre
  • 1 gousse d’ail émincée
  1. Mélanger tous les ingrédients et laisser reposer 1 heure. Mixer à l’aide de votre robot culinaire, mixeur ou mixeur à immerssion jusqu’à ce que la sauce soit onctueuse et homogène. Garder au frigo et ajouter à TOUS vos plats!

 

Perfect Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry sorbet is the best! Especially right now that local strawberries are in season. They are so gorgeously delicious, sweet and juicy. It’s the perfect summer fruit.

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After eating a few quarts just like candy, I felt like trying something different. This is what I came up with, and it is so good! Such a strong strawberry taste, sweet and tart; this is strawberries in a scoop.

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Here is what you need:

  • 6 cups hulled strawberries
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here is what you do:

  1. Process the strawberries in your food processor until completely smooth.
  2. Place the strawberry sauce in a large bowl and whisk in the other ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate for a few hours before putting the strawberry sauce in your ice cream maker. Churn according to your machine’s instructions for about 30 minutes.
  4. Put in the freezer to set completely in an air-tight container. If you find the sorbet too hard for scooping, let the container sit on the counter for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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This is delicious! It is so soft, and the strawberry flavour is incredibly intense! The sorbet is not too sweet, not to tart, just perfection. I am completely in love with the intense red colour: so appealing! We finished the whole thing in a day and could not get over the extraordinary strawberry taste. Anyways, this is the best sorbet I made so far, so try it out and let me know what you think!

Melon-Maple Sorbet

In the summer, there’s nothing better than a fresh melon, cut in half, that you eat by the spoonful… except perhaps if you make a sorbet out of it! This is super simple, quick, easy and so refreshing!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 melon, cut in small pieces, about 6-8 cups (I used a cantaloupe)
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Here is what you do:

  1. In you food processor or blender, process the melon until completely smooth.
  2. Strain the melon and add the maple syrup and lemond juice. Mix to combine.
  3. Place in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
  4. Place in your ice cream maker and churn according to your machine’s instruction for about 30 minutes. Place in an air-tight container in the freezer for a few hours to settle completely. Enjoy!

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This is the perfect sorbet for a hot summer day: it is light, fluffy and just sweet enough. The melon flavour is what you will taste first, and then the maple syrup will jump in. You will have the best texture if you eat it after freezing it for a couple hours after churning. It truly is delicious! Let me know if you try this out!

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

When I received my ice-cream maker for my birthday a few weeks ago, I just wanted to put everything aside and make chocolate ice cream. Well, tonight I did. Never mind that I’m completely swamped in grading (you can only see a tiny clear square of my desk at school, and that’s usually where my forehead rests when my brain can’t process any more corrections), chocolate ice cream is happening tonight!

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here is what you do:

  1. Soak the walnuts overnight.
  2. Drain the nuts and place them in your food processor. Add the dates, 1 cup almond milk, cacao powder, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Process and add the remaining cup of milk little by little until you reach the right consistency.
  3. Process until you get a smooth paste. Remove from the processor and place your mix in an air-tight container in the fridge for one hour. This will help your ice-cream maker.
  4. Transfer your mix into the bowl of your ice-cream maker and churn for 30 minutes or according to your machine’s instructions. Place in an air-tight container in the freezer and enjoy!

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This recipe is very simple and yields the most unctuous of chocolate ice creams. The texture is smooth, the flavours are rich and the consistency is thick and satisfying. Not too sweet, it is sure to satisfy all of your chocolate cravings. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have to control yourself not to eat the whole batch at once!

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Let me know if you try it out, and what ice cream flavours I should try out!

 

Fermented Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberries! I love them so much, I usually wait for fall, buy a ton and freeze them. Like that I get to enjoy cranberry sauce all year round. It is perfect paired with curries or salads. If you follow my blog, you also know that I like fermenting vegetables. I got this crazy idea: why not make a fermented version of cranberry sauce?

Here is what you need:

  • 300g cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 small oranges (I used blood oranges)
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup-sweetened dried cranberries (you can also use fruit juice-sweetened dried cranberries)
  • 2 tbs chopped candied ginger

Here is what you do:

  1. In your food processor, chop the fresh cranberries for a few seconds. You want most of the berries to be chopped, but chunks are okay.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the chopped cranberries and the salt. Let sit.
  3. Peel the oranges and remove the membranes to keep only the supremes (pulpy part). Cut them in small chunks. If the membranes are really thin and the pulp is really stuck to them, just cut the oranges in small chunks.
  4. In the mixing bowl, add the orange chunks, dried cranberries and ginger. Mix well.
  5. In a sterilized jar, pour the mixture. To seal, I used a ziploc bag: press the empty bag on top of the mix to remove air pockets. Once everything is well pressed and covered with the plastic, fill in the bag with water to add some weight. Close the bag and place your jar in a large plate to catch any overflowing liquid. Let sit out of light for 5 days.
  6. On the fifth day, remove the plastic bag, close the jar with its lid, and place in the fridge to stop fermentation.

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This is great! There are two sour points: the cranberries and the fermentation, which creates a more complex flavour. The ginger also gives this a slightly sparkling taste which is complementing the sourness perfectly. The oranges add a sweet note to the mix, but if you find that it is too sour, mix in some maple syrup or honey to even things out. This is clearly a winner! It is super delicious, so tasty, and look at this color. Let me know if you try it out!

Maple Glazed Tempeh

I really don’t like tempeh: there is something about its aftertaste that just grosses me out. However, this recipe will really make it more than palatable: it is quite amazing! No aftertaste, great sauce, fun textures and superb flavours. Yup, it is all good!

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Here is what you need:

  • One large yellow onion, chopped thinly
  • 1 tsp oil (I used pistachio because I was feeling fancy, but any oil will do!)
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans and walnuts)
  • 1 block of tempeh, cubed

Here is what you do:

  1. In a sauce pan, sauté the onions and nuts with the oil until the onions are translucent. Adjust the stove to medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large dish, mix the maple syrup, tamari, sesame seeds, sriracha and water. Add the tempeh cubes and stir until each piece is well coated. Let sit until the onions are ready.
  3. Add the tempeh and all the sauce in the sauce pan, and give a quick stir. Put on a lid and let sit until the tempeh is cooked through. Give a final stir and serve with warm rice and some greens. I used sprouts.

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This is great! The nuts add a nice bite to this comforting stir fry. The maple syrup flavour is subtle, but definitively there and makes the entire thing scrumptious. The sesame seeds also add their thing to the mix, which is always a good thing.

Let me know if you try this out or what you do with your tempeh!

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!