Meal Prep Hack: Chia Pudding

As I’m a student again and pretty busy, we have consistently meal prepped our food. We’ve very good and successful in doing this almost every week. This has reduced the amount of food we waste to almost nothing, but, more importantly, it has reduced my level of stress dramatically. I hate the feeling I get when I get home from school after a busy day, hangry, nervous and stressed, only to find that there’s nothing ready for me to eat.

One of the things I consistently prep every week is my chia pudding. I’ve been liking this a lot, and my friend La végé d’à côté suggested that I tried this as a healthy snack. Because I’m extra lazy, I prep an entire batch for the week, so that I’m always prepared in case I get hungry.

Here is what you need:

  • 8 tbs of chia whole chia seeds
  • 3 cups of plant milk (I use unsweetened vanilla oat milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Simply mix everything up in a clean glass container and place it in your fridge overnight. I give it a shake when go into the kitchen to make sure everything is doing ok during the first evening. After that it’s ready!

What I do once this is ready and waiting in the fridge: Every night when I prepare my lunch, I place 1/2 cup of chia pudding (it’s about 5 tablespoons) in a small mason jar and fill up the rest with frozen berries (my favourite is frozen dark cherries that I get from Costco: so fancy and delicious!). The next morning, it’s ready to enjoy! I really don’t miss the sugar because of the fruit and vanilla (a nice trick I learned when I went sugar free for two months). I find this super filling, and it makes the perfect snack to bring with me at school. I like that it provides a healthy dose of omegas and fiber. Mainly, I just love how delicious this is!

Let me know if you try it out!

Anne

Mango Spread \\\ Tartinade à la mangue

I prepared this as part of my Christmas dessert, but I made a lot more than was necessary. Luckily, this is delicious and makes for a great spread to use on toast, oatmeal or waffles if you’re lucky. It’s super simple to prepare and freezes very well.

 

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I topped off my waffle with some blueberries, the mango spread, and some melted chocolate! Yum!

 

Here is what you need:

  • 2 cups of frozen diced mangoes
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Here is what you do:

  1. Put your frozen mangoes in a small saucepan set on medium heat and cover. Let them cook until they are completely tender and mushy.
  2. Add the coconut milk and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.
  3. Use your wand mixer to pulverize everything and to make it all smooth. Keep in an air-tight container in your fridge. Enjoy!

Again, this is so easy to prepare! I really like it as an alternative to my apple sauce on my oatmeal. The mangoes are naturally very sweet, and so no extra sugar is needed. The coconut milk gives the spread a very creamy and rich texture while also adding a touch of tropical goodness to it. I love that I can prepare this ahead and have some in my freezer. But really, it’s so delicious I usually eat too much for it to be worthwhile to freeze! Let me know if you try it out!


J’ai préparé cette tartinade pour mon dessert de Noël, mais j’ai en fait beaucoup plus que ce qui était nécessaire. Heureusement, cette tartinade est vraiment délicieuse et est géniale sur du pain, dans mon gruau ou sur des gauffres, si vous êtes chanceux. Elle est vraiment très simple à préparer et se garde très bien congélée aussi!

 

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J’ai garni ma gauffre de bleuets, de tartinade à la mangue et de chocolat fondu! MIAM!

 

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 2 tasses de mangue congélée et coupée en dés
  • 1/2 tasse de lait de coco

Voici ce que vous devez faire:

  1. Placez la mangue congelée dans une petite casserole sur feu moyen et fermer le couvercle. Laisser cuire jusqu’à ce que la mangue soit bien molle et presque en purée.
  2. Ajoutez le lait de coco et bien mélanger pour incorporer. Retirer du feu.
  3. Utilisez votre mélangeur à immersion pour pulvériser le tout et rendre le mélange crémeux et onctueux. Conservez dans un contenant hermétique et au frigo. Savourez!

Encore une fois, une petite recette très simple à préparer! J’aime bien cette sauce en alternative à ma compote de pomme dans mon gruau. Puisque les mangues sont naturellement très sucrée, il n’est pas necessaire d’ajouter du sucre ou du sirop d’érable à la préparation. Le lait de coco rend cette tartinade bien crémeuse et riche tout en ajoutant une touche d’exotisme au tout. J’adore l’idée de pouvoir en préparer à l’avance et de la garder au congélateur… bien que pour l’instant c’est beaucoup trop délicieux pour ne pas être dévorée immédiatement! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez!

Gingerbread! \\ Pain d’épices!

(Version française plus bas!)

That’s it! I’m done with all my crazy papers! The masters’ is all great and all, but let’s get back to the things that are really important: FOOD AND CHRISTMAS! I’ve been dying to start planning my Christmas dinner as well as decorating my house, but, you know, work got in the way.

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Well, now that that is done, I jumped in the kitchen and I made some gingerbread. And it’s pretty awesome. And it’s gluten-free. And it’s refined-sugar-free. And it’s oil-free. And it’s DELICIOUS-FULL!

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Here is what you need for 9 muffins:

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 tbs cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup tapioca or corn starch
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree, apple sauce or mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tbs lemon juice or orange juice
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp fresh pureed ginger or about 1 1/2 inch of fresh ginger finely chopped

For the glaze:

  • 2 tbs coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 3 tbs almond milk

Here is what you do:

  1. Place your oats in your food processor and process until it is a fine flour, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients to your food processor, followed by the wet ingredients. Process until well combined and smooth.
  3. The mixture will seem very liquidy, but let it rest for a few minutes and the oats and tapioca will quickly thicken it up, so do not worry.
  4. Line some muffin tins or oil them up and fill them up completely. The muffins will rise nicely.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven set at 350F for 20 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely and decorate to your heart’s content!
  7. For the frosting, melt the coconut butter and remove it from the stove. With a whisk, mix in the maple syrup, and juice. Once this is well combined and smooth, add one tablespoon of milk at a time and mix well. Once smooth, spread on your cool muffins.

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For an extra festive touch, you can bake these in doughnut tins and make Christmas “wreaths”. I think these are so cute! I used some matcha powder and pomegranate seeds to decorate and give these doughnuts a holiday feel.

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These are very moist and soft muffins. You wouldn’t know thew are oil-free or gluten-free. The cinnamon and the ginger really make this spicy and warming. It’s perfect with a nice cup of tea and a great book. I really hope you try these out because they are delicious!

 

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Someone couldn’t wait for the pictures to be taken! 🙂

 


C’est le temps des vacances! J’ai enfin terminé mes travaux de maitrises, alors j’ai maintenant le temps de me consacrer aux choses importantes: la bouffe et Noël! J’ai eu envie de faire du pain d’épices depuis plusieurs semaines, alors j’ai sauté dans la cuisine la minute où mes travaux ont été terminés. Ils sont sans gluten, sans sucre rafiné, sans huile mais pleins de saveurs!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin pour 9 muffins :

  • 2 tasses de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 2 c. à soupe de cannelle en poudre
  • 1/4 tasse de fécule de tapioca ou de maïs
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre à pâte
  • 1/2 tasse de sirop d’érable
  • 3/4 de tasse de purée de citrouille, de compote de pomme ou de banane écrasée
  • 1/4 tasse de mélasse
  • 1 c. à soupe de jus de citron ou d’orange
  • 1 c. à soupe d’extrait de vanille
  • 3 c. à thé de purée de gingembre, l’équivalent de 4 cm de gingembre frais coupé très finement

Pour le glaçage:

  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre de coco
  • 1 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 1 c. à soupe de jus d’orange
  • 3 c. à soupe de lait d’amande

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Plasser les flocons d’avoine dans un robot culinaire et mixer jusqu’à l’obtention d’une farine fine, soit environs 3 minutes.
  2. Ajouter le reste des ingrédients secs, puis les ingrédients humides et laisser le robot tout mélanger jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte homogène.
  3. La pâte sera probablement très liquide. Pas de panique! L’avoine et l’amidon vont la rendre bien épaisse en quelques minutes.
  4. Préparer les moules à muffins en mettant un peu d’huile. Remplir de pâte jusqu’au bord. Les muffins lèveront très bien!
  5. Faire cuire dans un four préchaufé à 350F pour 20 minutes. Sortir du four et laisser refroidir complètement avant de glacer.
  6. Pour le glaçage, faire fondre le beurre de coco dans une petite casserole. Retirer du feu et y mélanger le sirop d’érable et le jus d’orange. Ajouter le lait une cuillère à la fois et mélanger jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien homogène. Décorer les muffins!

Pour ajouter une touche festive, j’ai fait cuire une partie de la pâte dans des moules à donuts pour faire des petites couronnes de Noël. J’ai utilisé de la poudre de matcha et des grains de grenade pour les décorer.

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Ces muffins sont vraiment très moelleux et tendres: on ne se doute pas qu’ils sont sans huile! La cannelle et le gingembre rendent vraiment ces muffins savoureux et parfait pour aller avec une bonne tasse de thé et un bon livre.

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J’espère que vous essayerez ces muffins car ils sont vraiment délicieux et parfait pour la saison des fêtes!

 

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C’était long la prise de photo!

 

 

Apple Oat Muffins, Vegan! \\ Muffins aux pommes et à l’avoine véganes!

(Version française plus bas!)

Tonight, I was meal planning and prepping food with my boyfriend, and I realized that we did not have any more quick oats, my usual breakfast option. We still had rolled oats, but these take ages to cook… unless you use them to make yummy muffins! Here we go!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 1/2 apple sauce
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup quick oats (I still had some in the back of my pantry!)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup almonds
  • coconut oil for the muffin tins

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven at 350F.
  2. Quickly mash the banana in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. The mixture should be thick, but not soggy.
  3. Oil the muffin tins with some coconut oil. Fill the tins to the rim as the muffins will not rise much.
  4. Bake for 17 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the tin. Keep them in an airtight container and grab one in the morning!

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These are really great if you know that you will not have time to have breakfast at home in the next few days. They are filling, slightly sweet and deliciously chewy. Give them a try and let me know what you think!


Ce soir, alors que nous préparions nos repas pour la semaine, j’ai réalisé que je n’avais plus de flocons d’avoine pour mes petits déjeuners! Par contre, il me restait des flocons d’avoine entiers qui prennent tellement de temps à cuire… sauf si on les transforme en de délicieux muffins aux pommes! C’est parti!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 ½ tasse de compote de pommes
  • 1 banane mûre
  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine rapides (il m’en restait un peu finalement!)
  • 2 tasses de flocons d’avoine entiers
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachides
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 1 c. à table the sirop d’érable
  • ½ tasse de lait d’amandes
  • 1 tasse d’amandes
  • Huile de coco pour le moule
  1. Préchauffer votre four à 350F.
  2. Écraser la banane avec une fourchette dans un grand bol et y ajouter le reste des ingrédients. Bien mélanger. Le mélange devrait être épais et tout le liquide devrait être absorbé.
  3. Huiler le moule à muffins avec l’huile de coco. Remplir jusqu’au bord du moule car les muffins ne vont pas lever.
  4. Cuire pendant 17 minutes. Retirer du four et laisser refroidir dans le moule. Conserver dans une boîte hermétique et prenez-en un en partant!

Ces muffins sont délicieux! Ils remplacent facilement un bol de gruau lorsque le temps ne permet pas de déjeuner à la maison. Ils sont nourrissants, légèrement sucrés et tendres! Dites-moi si vous les essayez et ce que vous en pensez!

Protein-packed Brownies \\ Brownies Protéinés

I love chocolate. I could live off of chocolate… probably. One of my favourite thing to do is add cocoa powder to my morning oatmeal. It feels like a treat, while still being healthy and delicious. Now these brownies are the same way! They are delicious but so guilt-free: oil-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and full of protein! Yum!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup oats (I used quick oats, but rolled work too)
  • 1 can of black or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 dates, pitted and soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or any other plant milk)
  • 2 heaping tbs of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • optional: chocolate chips

Here is what you do:

  1. Process the oats in your food processor until you have a fine flour. Set it aside.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in your food processor and process until everything is well combined. Mix in the flour and chocolate chips if you are using them.
  3. Place your brownie mix in a lined or non-stick pan and bake in a pre-heated oven set on 350F (180C) for 20 minutes. Poke a skewer in the middle: if it comes out clean, your brownies are ready! Serve warm, and keep in the fridge in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

These are so great! They really fill you up so they are a great alternative for breakfast if you’re feeling that way, or make for a perfect snack on the go. Plus, they are so chocolaty! Let me know if you make some!

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Parce que le chocolat c’est une des meilleures choses de la vie, voici une recette de brownies pleins de protéines à manger sans modération (ou presque) puisqu’ils sont sans sucre, sans huile et sans gluten. Oh oui!

  • 1/2 tasse de flocons d’avoine (j’ai utilisé des flocons rapides, mais l’avoine à l’ancienne fonctionne aussi)
  • 1 conserve de haricots noirs ou rouges, rincés
  • 10 dates, dénoyautées et trempées dans de l’eau pour au moins 1 heure
  • 1/2 cup lait d’amandes (ou un autre lait végétal)
  • 2 c. à soupe bombées de poudre de cacao
  • 1/2 c. à café d’extrait de vanille
  • 1/2 c. à café de poudre à pâte
  • optionel: pépites de chocolat
  1. Placer les flocons d’avoine dans votre robot culinaire et broyer jusqu’à l’obtention d’une farine fine. Réserver.
  2. Mettre le reste des ingrédients dans le robot, et mélanger jusqu’à ce que tout soit bien incorporé. Ajouter la farine et les pépites de chocolat et mélanger.
  3. Placer le tout dans un moule recouvert de papier sulfurisé ou anti-adhésif et placer dans un four pré-chauffé à 350F (180C) pour 20 minutes. Tester à l’aide d’un cure-dent: si le cure-dent ressort propre du brownie, c’est prêt! Sinon, laisser encore quelques minutes. Servir chaud et garder au frigo dans une boîte hermétique. Savourez!

 

My favourite oatmeal toppings \\ Deux options gruau!

I love oatmeal! It’s so comforting and easy to eat in the morning, it’s like you’re easing into the day. Plus, I love that I can eat it warm if I have time to prepare it or prepare it the night before and enjoy it on the go. How versatile! It’s also amazing because it keeps me fuller longer which is always good as I become mean when I’m hungry. Finally, I love it because I can top my oatmeal with seasonal fruits, nuts and seeds. As I have been trying to reduce my sugar intake, toppings are really important. Here are my current favourite toppings.

  • Peach Dream
    • peach slices
    • peanut butter
    • coconut chips
      • Cut the peaches in nice slices. Spread fancily on your oatmeal. Garnish with some coconut chips and drizzle some peanut butter over everything. Yum!

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  • Apple Sauce Wonder (This is the recipe for the apple sauce that I prepare weekly and that I use with my oatmeal and all over really.)
    • 4 apples
    • juice of 2 oranges
    • pinch of cinnamon
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
      • Cut and core the apples and place them in a saucepan. Add the orange juice, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Place on medium heat and let bubble. Once the apples are completely cooked and mushy, transfer your apple sauce in your food processor and process until everything is extra smooth. Keep this in the fridge and enjoy all week long!
    • Garnish: coconut chips, sesame seeds, hemp seeds

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I’m completely obsessed with these two new oat flavours. If you want to check out more, I have 3 more options for overnight oats. Yum! What do you put on your oatmeal?


J’adore le gruau le matin! C’est si réconfortant! Pour garder les choses intéréssantes, j’aime varier les saveurs et ajouter des fruits de saison et autres délicieusetés tous les matins. Voici mes deux dernières additions favorites, sans sucre!

  • Pêche Incroyable
    • Tranches de pêches
    • Beurre d’arachides
    • Flocons de coco
      • Couper la pêche en de belles tranches et les placer sur le gruau. Garnir des flocons de coco et laisser couler le beurre d’arachides de façon artistique. Miam!
  • Super Pomme: Voici ma recette de compote de pommes que j’aime garder dans mon frigo et utiliser toute la semaine.
    • 4 pommes
    • le jus de 2 oranges
    • une pincée de cannelle
    • 1 c.à café de vanille
      • Couper les pommes en morceaux et retirer les coeurs. Placer dans une casserole avec le jus d’oranges, la cannelle et la vanille. Faire cuire à feu doux jusqu’à ce que les pommes soient cuites et commencent à se défaire. Les transferer dans votre robot culinaire et mixer jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien lisse. Garder au frigo et savourer toute le semaine!
    • pour garnir: flocons de coco, graines de sesame, graines de chanvre.

J’ai également partagé mes trois options préférés pour le gruau préparé la veille. Et chez vous, on trouve quoi sur le gruau?

Coconut Tapioca with Mango Topping

In our moving saga, the bad guy would be the appliance store. It has been a month since we went in to buy our fridge and it’s still not in. Let me tell you, we have forgotten how to live without a fridge! Anyways, this morning when I walked in my fridgeless kitchen, I realized that I had two really ripe mangoes. I had to eat them today! I combined them with some deliciously satisfying coconut milk and chewy tapioca pearls to make the perfect tropical pudding. It’s so refreshing, and it makes for a great snack! Miam!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3/4 cups small tapioca pearls
  • 2 large mangoes
  • 2 passionfruits
  • 2 tbs sesame seeds
  • 2 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 pinch of salt

Here is what you do:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, milk, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Crush the cardamom pods and place them in a tea bag or tea infuser. Add them to the milk and let them infuse for 5 minutes. Remove them and add the tapioca pearls. Mix from time to time, and let simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until the white spot in the middle of each pearl is gone. You should have a thick and creamy tapioca pudding. Place in an air-tight container and let cool in the fridge.
  2. Peel the mangoes and dice them. Mix in the flesh of two passionfruits. Set aside.
  3. In a pan, mix the sesame seeds, the coconut flakes, and the pinch of salt. Place on medium heat for a few minutes until the start to get golden. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. To assemble, place a few tablespoons of tapioca pudding at the bottom of a cup. Add a few tablespoons of mangoes and garnish with some toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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This is so good! The chewyness of the tapioca is balanced out by the freshness of the mango, while the passionfruits add that tropical magic. This is perfect as a snack: prepare a few portions ahead of time in jars and place them in the fridge for a ready-to-eat, sugar-free pudding to make you wait for dinner. Let me know if you try this out!

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Pour réaliser ce fabuleux dessert sans sucre et si parfumé et tropical,vous aurez besoin de:

  • 1 tasse d’eau
  • 1 tasse de lait végétal de votre choix
  • 2 tasses de lait de coco
  • 1 c. à café d’extrait de vanille
  • 3 gousses de cardamom
  • 3/4 tasse de petite perle de tapioca
  • 2 mangues bien mûres
  • 2 fruits de la passion
  • 2 c. à table de graines de sésame
  • 2 c. à table de noix de coco rapée sans sucre
  • 1 pincée de sel

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Voici comment préparer ce dessert:

  1. Dans une petite casserole, mélanger l’eau, le lait, le lait de coco et l’extrait de vanille. Faire frémie à feux doux. Écraser les gousses de cardamom et les mettre dans un filtre à thé. Ajouter à la casserole et laisser infuser pour 5 minutes. Retirer du liquide et ajouter le tapioca et mélanger de temps en temps. Laisser cuire à feu doux jusqu’à ce que les perles soient entièrement transparentes (il ne doit pas rester de blanc au centre). Mettre au frigo et réserver.
  2. Éplucher et couper en dé les mangues dans un grand bol. Ajouter la pulpe des fruits de la passion et bien mélanger. Réserver.
  3. Dans une petite poêle, faire dorer les graines de sésame, la noix de coco et le sel à feu doux. Lorsque les graines de sésames commencent à dorer, retirer le mélange du feu et réserver.
  4. Pour servir, placer quelques cuillérées de pudding de tapioca dans un bol, garnir de mangue et saupoudrer de graines de sésame grillées. Régalez-vous!

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Hemp milk, straight and Indian style

Today was a stressful day for me. I had to head down to my new school board to see what teaching jobs were available after the people on the priority list had their choices. Ah! The joys of moving and changing school board… I wouldn’t say that everything I have done so far is out the window, but me not being on the priority list anymore is certainly not something I was looking forward to. Let me know how the teaching employment system is in your country, but I can safely say that what we have in Quebec is pretty stressful and keeps teachers in a precarious state for many years.

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That being said, I knew what was coming, so I decided to prepare a comforting drink for when I would come back from that day of waiting and stressing so that I could relax a little before taking the car to the big city (more on that soon!). I decided to try making hemp milk because we haven’t received our fridge yet, so milk has been a scarce resource in the last few days. Here goes!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup hemp seeds hearts
  • 1 cup water + 3-4 cups water to be used later
  • sweetener of your choice (optional, I didn’t use any)

For the spiced version:

  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 4 cardamom pods, crushed open
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorn
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • dash of vanilla extract

Here is what you do:

  1. Let the hemp seeds soak in 1 cup of water for a few hours or overnight. Drain and rinse.
  2. If you are doing the straight version, place the hemp hearts in your blender along with 3 or 4 cups of water depending on how thick you want your milk to be. Blend until smooth. Add the sweetener if you want. You can strain the milk if you want it to be extra smooth, or enjoy as is!
  3. If you want to make the spiced version, place 1 cup of the water you want to use (1 out of 3 or 4 total) in a small pot and mix in the cardamom pods, peppercorn and cinnamon powder. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain and set aside. Process the hemp hearts with the remaining water, orange blossom water and vanilla extract in your blender until smooth. Strain the milk and add the spiced water and sweetener (optional). Give a quick stir and enjoy!

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This is really simple and perfect if you are out of milk, or looking for another plant-based alternative. The spiced version is very rich and is great if you enjoy chai tea. The orange blossom water gives this spicy drink a refreshing side while also complementing the cardamom very well. This is great warm or cold, so you can enjoy it anytime! And look at how white it is!  Let me know what you think!

 


 

Pour faire ce magnifique lait aux graines de chanvres, voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de graines de chanvre écallées
  • 1 tasse d’eau + 3-4 tasse d’eau à utiliser plus tar
  • Édulcorant de votre choix (optionnel, je n’en ai pas utilisé)

Pour la version épicée:

  • 1 c. à c. d’eau de fleur d’oranger
  • 4 gousses de cardamome, ouvertes
  • 1/2 c. à c. de grains de poivre noire
  • 1/2 c. à c. de cannelle en poudre
  • Quelques gouttes d’extrait de vanille

Voici ce que vous devez faire:

  1. Faire tremper les graines de chanvre dans 1 tasse d’eau pour quelques heures. Filtrer pour retirer l’eau et rinser.
  2. Pour la version de base, mettre les graines de chanvre dans votre mixeur avec 3 ou 4 tasses d’eau selon la consistance de lait que vous préférez. Ajouter votre édulcorant et mixer jusqu’à ce que toutes les graines soient pulvérisées. Si vous le souhaitez, passer le lait au travers dans tamis pour le rendre crémeux. Voilà!
  3. Pour la version épicée, porter 1 tasse d’eau à ébullition. Ajouter la cardamome, le poivre et la cannelle et laisser frémir pour 5 minutes. Retirer du feu, filtrer et réserver. Mixer les graines de chanvre avec 2 ou 3 tasses d’eau, l’eau de fleur d’oranger et la vanille. Ajouter l’eau épicée et bien mélanger. Encore une fois, il est possible de filtrer le lait pour obtenir un résultat plus crémeux. Voilà!

Hazelnut Pear Oatmeal Cookies

This is a great recipe if you are in a rush in the morning and don’t want to bring a jar of oatmeal with you. You can prepare a batch of cookies ahead and just grab a few when you are ready to go. These little cookies are packed with rich flavours as well as delicious nutrients to keep you full until lunch. Plus, they are sugar-free, oil-free and gluten-free! And they are super simple to make!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw hazelnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free quick oats)
  • 3 ripe pears
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds

Here is what you do:

  1. In a frying pan, place the hazelnut and roast them on medium-high heat until they have a nice golden colour. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Rub the hazelnut between your hands to remove the skins. Separate the nuts from their skins, which you can throw out.
  2. In your food processor, roughly grind 1/2 cup of hazelnut so that you still have big chunks. Place them in a large mixing bowl. Process the rest of the hazelnuts until you have a fine meal. Add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Process one cup of your quick oats into a fine flour and add this to the mixing bowl. Add the rest of the oats without processing them.
  4. Wash and peel the pears and remove their hearts and stems. Process them with the vanilla extract and lime juice until you have a smooth sauce. Add to the mixing bowl along with the hemp seeds.
  5. Mix everything together until you have a thick batter. Make balls with 1 tbs of batter at a time and set them on a lined cookie sheet. Lightly press them down to form your cookies. Place in an oven set at 350F and bake for 15 minutes. Take them out, turn them over and bake for an extra 5 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven, and place them on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

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I love how chunky and tender these cookies are. The hazelnut flavour is delicious, and the pears add a nice level of sweetness, without being too much. This is another recipe where your food processor is pretty much doing everything for you, which makes it super easy and fast to prepare. The hemp seeds add some protein which will help you feel full. By the way, if you want to win a bag of hemp hearts, check this out!  Finally, these are incredibly delicious and perfect on the go! Let me know if you try them out!

Hazelnut Spread, the sugar-free edition

When I posted my nutella-dupe recipe yesterday, one of the comment I got on Facebook was that refined sugars are bad for you. In my mind I thought that if you were going to eat nutella in the first place, sugar is probably not one of your concerns, or you are at least willing to take the risk once. Anyways, it got me thinking, and so I came up with this second version of a chocolate-hazelnut spread without sugar.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Here is what you do:

  1. Put your dates in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak for at least 30 minutes. Once they are soaked, remove their skins and pits. The skin removal helps having a very smooth texture.
  2. On a cookie sheet, spread the hazelnuts and roast at 350F for 10 minutes. Be careful not to let them burn: you are looking for a golden color.
  3. Take out the nuts and let them cool a little. Remove the skins by rubbing a handful together with your hands, or in a clean tea towel.
  4. In your food processor, grind the nuts until you have a fine powder. Add the dates and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients, but not the milk, and mix well until you have a dough consistency.
  5. Add the milk little by little and mix until everything is smooth.
  6. Keep in the fridge, and try not to eat it by the spoonful.

Here you go! This recipe is even simpler than the previous one, and does not contain refined sugar, while still being yummy and decadent.

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Please don’t tell me that hazelnut and cocoa powder are bad for you, because there is a limit to what you can do to make a nutella dupe. Joking, if you have any concerns or questions let me know, and I’ll try to make something up! Also let me know if you try this out or which version you prefer!