All posts by Lauren Toyota and John Diemer

hot for food's Lauren and John are quickly dispelling misconceptions of the vegan lifestyle by woo'ing fans one delicious dish at a time.

Grilled Chili Corn with Coconut Lime Cream

Eating grilled corn straight off the BBQ in the summer sun is one of life’s greatest (and tastiest!) pleasures, but how about dressing things up a little with a coconut-lime cream sauce, some chili butter and fresh cilantro. To celebrate National Corn on the Cob Day (June 11), we suggest you take your cobs up a notch with this simple and delicious recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 6 servings

Grilled Chili Corn with Coconut Lime Cream

Ingredients:

Coconut Lime Cream:
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp minced shallot
¼ tsp cumin
1 cup canned full fat coconut milk
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp pickled jalapeno brine (for extra spice add 1 Tbsp finely minced fresh or pickled jalapeno)
2 tsp arrowroot flour
2 tsp water
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Corn:
6 cobs of corn, husks and silks removed
4 Tbsp vegan butter (melted)
½ tsp chili powder
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
1. In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, sauté garlic, shallot and cumin in coconut oil for 2 minutes stirring constantly. If using minced fresh or pickled jalapenos, add in with these ingredients.
2. Add coconut milk, lime juice, sea salt and pickled jalapeno brine, and bring up heat to medium to simmer the mixture. Whisk frequently.
3. Once at a simmer, mix arrowroot flour with water in a small bowl and add to the coconut sauce. Whisk constantly for 8 minutes until thickened, and then remove from heat.
4. When you’re ready to grill corn, melt vegan butter and stir in chili powder.
5. Brush the corn with this chili butter once it hits the grill. Baste one or two more times while you grill them on the barbecue for approximately 25 minutes.
6. Serve each corn on the cob with a generous drizzle of coconut lime cream and fresh chopped cilantro on top.

Note: You can prepare the coconut lime cream sauce in advance and refrigerate until you serve the corn. It will thicken even more.

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How to Make Vegan Apple Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream

Fill your home with the warm, delicious smell of cinnamon by making this heavenly double-layered vegan apple spice cake!

It’s easy to make and combines fresh apple, cinnamon, all-spice, ginger, molasses, and brown sugar with a fluffy and sweet maple buttercream frosting. You’ll feel quite proud of yourself after making this and your sweet reward is eating it!

Easy Vegan Apple Spice Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:
Apple Spice Cake:
1 ¼ cup soy milk, room temperature
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp all-spice
½ tsp ginger
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup shredded apple
1/3 cup coconut oil (soft at room temperature)
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ Tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
2 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup pecans, roughly chopped

Maple Buttercream Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar
8 Tbsp vegan butter or margarine, room temperature
6 tablespoons maple syrup

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the soy milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, all-spice, ginger, and sea salt.
  4. In a third bowl beat together coconut oil and brown sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy. Then beat in molasses, vanilla extract, and soymilk and vinegar mixture until smooth.
  5. Add the liquid ingredients and shredded apple to the dry ingredients. Fold the batter until it’s just combined, ensuring not to over mix it.
  6. Lightly oil 2 x 7 ¼” cake pans with a little bit of coconut oil. You can also bake one at a time if you only have 1 pan.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans. Spread out the batter so it’s even and to the edge of the pan.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes on the centre rack. The cake is done when a toothpick comes out of the centre of the cake clean.
  9. Transfer cakes out of the pans onto wire racks and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  10. To make the frosting beat together vegan butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup until fluffy and smooth.
  11. Place one cake bottom side down on your serving plate and spread frosting evenly with a spatula across the entire top of the cake. Place the other cake, bottom side down, on top of the frosting. Use remaining frosting to cover the entire cake.
  12. Using the palm of your hands gently press small handfuls of roughly chopped pecans along the entire side of the cake until well coated.

Looking for more sweet seasonal desserts? Try our Best Apple Recipes.

Easy 2-Ingredient Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

This concept is nothing new, but I have yet to find an easier peanut butter cup recipe. So here ya go! (And personally, I think these cups taste way better than the brand name store-bought variety.) Note: We used Earth Balance Creamy Coconut & Peanut spread (crunchy) which is sweetened with agave nectar. Using a natural peanut butter on its own works as well — and you can add in your own sweetener if you like.

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Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Makes: 12

Ingredients:

1 bag of vegan chocolate chips (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup peanut butter

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Directions:

1. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or use a silicon muffin tray
2. In a double boiler melt the chocolate chips until silky smooth. Put 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into the bottom of the muffin liners and then spread it out evenly with your finger or a spoon. Refrigerate this for 10 mins.
3. Then take 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and put that on top of the hardened chocolate. Don’t spread this out with your finger as it will settle itself and stay mostly in the centre. Refrigerate this for 10 mins.

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4. If your chocolate has become sludgier while you were waiting just put it back on the double boiler quickly to re-melt it. Then take 1 to 2 teaspoons more of melted chocolate and put that on top of the peanut butter. The peanut butter won’t be super hard but it will hold up for the rest of this process. If you’re rushed you don’t really have to put the peanut butter part in the fridge again.
5. You can push the melted chocolate into the sides a bit with your teaspoon to ensure it runs down to cover the peanut butter. This won’t necessarily happen, especially if you don’t refrigerate the peanut butter part, but I don’t mind them looking a little rustic and oozy anyway!
6. Smooth the top of the cups if you desire, but they might just settle nicely on their own. Then refrigerate this for at least 20 minutes before serving. Store in the fridge in an airtight container or at room temperature if you want softer cups.

Looking for more vegan treats? Try our Vegan Desserts Even Non-Vegans Will Love.

Absolutely Addictive Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Cauliflower’s reign continues with this amazing recipe. This healthier version of the classic pub favourite is starting to pop up in restaurants all over the place. Try it and you’ll be surprised by how “meaty” cauliflower really is.

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Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (can substitute for gluten-free rice flour)
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp of paprika
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 Tbsp Earth Balance buttery spread
1 cup Frank’s red hot sauce

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Directions:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 450°F. Wash and cut cauliflower head into small bite-sized pieces.
2. Mix all the ingredients (minus the Earth Balance and hot sauce) into a mixing bowl.
3. The batter will be thin enough that it runs off your fork and the cauliflower florets. Dip each floret into the mixture and coat evenly. You can shake or tap off the excess on the side of the bowl.
4. Lay florets in an even layer on the parchment lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
6. While the cauliflower is baking get your ranch dip and wing sauce ready. In a small saucepan over low heat melt Earth Balance and mix in hot sauce, bringing to a low simmer before removing from the heat.
7. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and put all the baked florets into a mixing bowl with the wing sauce and toss to coat evenly. Then spread all the florets in wing sauce out onto the same baking sheet. Bake in the oven for another 25 minutes.

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Ranch Dip Ingredients:
1 cup Wildwood zesty garlic aioli (or vegan mayo of your choice)
1/8 cup non-dairy milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp dill
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp chives
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Note: If you use a regular vegan mayo you might also want to add 1 tsp of garlic powder.

Directions:
1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 30 mins before serving.

Tip: The wings can be made with any sauce so try it with your favourite BBQ sauce or a nice version is lemon and pepper. For a milder salt and pepper wing just toss them in salt and pepper right out of the oven — no need for the second baking…the options are endless!

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Vegan Sweet Potato and Kale Galette with Pistachio Parmesan

We’re in the full swing of fall now and hiding away in the kitchen to make some comforting meals is just what you need. Making your own dough doesn’t have to be a hassle either. Try our easy recipe for this sweet potato and kale galette with a flaky coconut oil and rosemary crust. You can even fill it with other seasonal vegetables like butternut squash or finely chopped Brussels sprouts — it’s up to you!888_sweet-potato-and-kale-galette

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:

Pistachio Parmesan:
¼ cup roasted & unsalted pistachio nut meat (can sub roasted almonds or cashews)
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp sea salt

Crust:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground pepper
5 Tbsp solid coconut oil
2/3 cup cold water
¼ cup all-purpose flour (for rolling dough)

Filling:
1 sweet potato
2 cups roughly chopped kale leaves (stems removed)
¼ cup thinly sliced white onion
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
2. In a coffee grinder, combine the ingredients for the pistachio parmesan and grind into a fine meal. Set aside.
3. Thinly slice the sweet potato and onion with a mandolin. Coat with 2 tsp olive oil and set aside.
4. Massage lemon juice into roughly chopped kale and set aside.
5. To make the crust, blend together 1½ cups all-purpose flour, rosemary, sea salt and ground pepper in a large mixing bowl.
6. Using a pastry blender, cut in coconut oil until the mixture looks like crumbs.
7. Make a well in the middle of flour mixture and add cold water. Fold it only a few times with your hands to mix the dough until it just comes together. Be careful not to over mix.
8. Lay out a large piece of parchment paper onto a flat, dry surface. Dust the parchment paper with some all-purpose flour and place dough on top. Dust a rolling pin with flour as well, and gently roll out the dough to approximately a 15” oval or circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect as this is meant to look rustic. Note: rolling it out on parchment paper makes transferring it to a baking pan much easier.
9. Sprinkle about ¾ of the pistachio parmesan mixture on the entire surface of the dough.
10. Slightly overlap the thinly sliced sweet potatoes in the centre of the dough, leaving a 2” rim of dough all around.
11. Add a little more pistachio parmesan on top, and then add kale, onion slices and remaining thinly sliced sweet potatoes (you might only use ¾ of the sweet potato depending on its size).
12. Fold the 2”-edge of dough over top of the vegetables and pinch together any excess creating a crust.
13. Take 1 Tbsp of olive oil and brush the edges of the crust with it and drizzle any remaining oil on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle remaining pistachio parmesan all over crust and on top.
14. Lift the sides of parchment paper and gently place the galette on a large baking sheet or pizza pan. Bake for 25 minutes.

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The Best Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

When the weather gets chilly and all you want to do is stay cozy inside, we know exactly what you’ll be craving: a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup! Our favourite childhood meal, this faux chicken noodle soup is made entirely from plant-based ingredients and we promise you won’t notice the difference.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 6-8

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Ingredients:
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
7 cups low sodium vegetable stock
170 g meatless chicken strips (approximately 2 cups)
200 g fettuccine noodles
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4tsp ground pepper

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Directions:
1. Pull apart the meatless chicken strips with your hands to make smaller pieces that look shredded.
2. In a large pot, heat sunflower oil over medium heat and then add meatless chicken strips and brown for 1 minute.
3. Add basil, thyme, sage, sea salt and ground pepper, and continue browning the strips for another 5 minutes.
4. Add onion and sauté for another 2 minutes, allowing them to soften and sweat, stirring occasionally.
5. At this point, add a bit of vegetable stock to lift up the brown bits off the bottom of the pot, stir in celery and carrots and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
6. Add minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
7. Add all the vegetable stock and noodles (you can use any type of pasta, which may vary the cook time) and stir to combine.
8. Cover pot with lid, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until noodles are tender and cooked through.
9. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add in parsley.
10. Serve immediately.

The Perfect Vegan Lasagna

It’s a vegan lasagna! I’m sure Italians would kill me for putting vegan and lasagna in the same sentence, but it’s delicious and very easy to make.

It may look like a lot of work, but the only thing that takes time is the baking of the lasagna. Everything else is just prep, and you can do it all in 25 minutes. If you plan ahead, you can make both sauces and the tofu ricotta, and keep them in the fridge until your ready to assemble and bake the lasagna for dinner.

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Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp light vegetable oil (sunflower or grapeseed oil)
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp each of fresh chopped basil and parsley
1 Tbsp fresh or dried oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper

Directions:
1. In a heavy sauce pan, sauté onion in oil for 1 to 2 minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and herbs and stir into the onions and garlic sauteing for another 2 minutes.
2. Next add the crushed tomatoes, sea salt, and ground pepper. Simmer on low heat for 30 to 45 minutes while you prep the rest of the components for the lasagna.

Note: You could also just buy a jar of your favourite pasta sauce and use that.

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Tofu Ricotta Ingredients:
1 block extra firm tofu, crumbled
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper

Directions:
1. Crumble the tofu into small pieces (resembling ricotta cheese) with your hands. Add in the remaining ingredients and combine with a fork.
2. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble the lasagna.

Note: Tofu ricotta is optional. Alternatively you could use ONLY daiya mozzarella shreds in the layers, in which case you’ll need to use 1 whole bag instead of 1 cup as listed below.

Bechamel (White Sauce) Ingredients:
1/2 cup silken tofu
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp corn starch
1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:
Put all these ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth.

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Layer Ingredients:
1 pack of ready-bake lasagna noodles (gluten-free brown rice noodles also work well)
1 cup daiya mozzarella shreds
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp vegan parmesan (optional)
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1 cup carrot ribbons
4 cups baby spinach
1 tsp light cooking oil (sunflower or grapeseed oil)

Directions:
1. You can make nice carrot ribbons using a vegetable peeler or you can shred the carrot with a cheese grater.
2. Partially cook the zucchini and carrot in a pan over low to medium heat with 1 tsp of sunflower or grapeseed oil. Set them aside on a dish and use the same pan to cook the spinach.
3. Get the spinach wilted and soft but don’t overcook it. It should still be bright green. If you want to use frozen spinach just make sure you thaw and drain out the water.

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How to Layer the Lasagna:
Once all your ingredients are prepped and ready, use a deep 9-inch glass baking dish to assemble the lasagna in. Lightly coat the inside of the dish with 1 Tbsp of olive oil you can spread around evenly with your hand.

The lasagna can be assembled however you want, but here’s what I did:
1. Pour a quarter of the tomato sauce into the bottom of the dish and spread out an even layer with a spoon.
2. Add one layer of noodles across. You might need to break them in half and you can overlap the noodles if they don’t fit perfectly in the dish.
3. Then take half the amount of tofu ricotta and spread it evenly over the noodles (if you’re just using Daiya then skip this).
4. Take 1/3 cup of Daiya mozzarella shreds and sprinkle over top (if you’re only using Daiya than you can use more to your liking here).
5. Use up all the spinach as the next layer.
6. Pour half the white sauce evenly over the top being sure to get some of it down the sides of the dish.
7. Add another quarter of the tomato sauce.
8. Add another noodle layer, turning the noodles the opposite direction from the first layer.
9. Use the other half of the tofu ricotta as the next layer (if you’re just using Daiya skip this).
10. Take another 1/3 cup of Daiya mozzarella shreds and sprinkle over top of the tofu ricotta (if you’re only using Daiya than you can use more to your liking here).
11. Add the zucchini and carrots in an alternating fashion as one layer.
12. Pour the remaining white sauce evenly over top.
13. Add another quarter of the tomato sauce on top of the white sauce.
14. Then add one more layer of noodles and the remaining tomato sauce on top.
15. Add the last 1/3 cup of Daiya mozzarella shreds and vegan Parmesan as the topping.

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Directions:
1. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400°F covered with foil for 40 minutes. Then remove the foil and turn the broiler to high and bake for 10 minutes.
2. Allow the lasagna to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Vegan Sweet Potato and Sauerkraut Perogies

Perogies are definitely one of those comfort foods every Canadian can get behind. But if you think making homemade perogies is difficult or only something a Polish grandmother should do, think again!

We chose to make them vegan-friendly with our own tasty filling, and we can’t believe how easy it is. Feel free to experiment with other filling combinations, and be sure to make a big batch — you can freeze what’s left over for easy, delicious dinners, anytime!

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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 48 perogies

Ingredients:

Dough:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup water
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
1/4 – 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (for rolling out dough)

Filling:
3 1/2 cups sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp vegan butter or margarine
1/2 tsp dill
1/4 tsp sage
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/3 cup sauerkraut

Directions:
1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook cubed sweet potato for 10 minutes, or until pieces are cooked through and tender.
2. While sweet potatoes are cooking, make the dough by combining all-purpose flour with sea salt. Add water and sunflower oil, and fold until just combined.
3. Place dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until it comes together and is slightly sticky, but not sticking to your hands too much. Lightly flour the ball of dough, then cut in half and wrap each smaller ball of dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough while you prepare the filling.
4. Drain sweet potatoes and mash until very smooth with the filling ingredients, except sauerkraut. Stir in the sauerkraut after mashing and mixing the sweet potato mixture. Refrigerate until ready to fill perogies.
5. If cooking the perogies immediately, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil while you roll, cut and fill the perogies.
6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one ball of dough until it is 1/16” thick. Use a 3 1/2”to 4” round cookie cutter and cut out rounds of dough. Place each piece of dough onto a lightly floured baking sheet or tray, and cover with a tea towel while you continue to roll dough and cut out rounds. Do the same with the other ball of dough.
7. Place 1/2 to 3/4 Tbsp of sweet potato filling on one side of each round of dough. Have a small dish of water standing by. Using your finger, dab a little water around the edge of half the circle, fold the other side of dough over the filling, and gently press and slightly pinch the two sides together, sealing the pierogie. Set each pierogie back onto the floured baking sheet or tray without over lapping. If you want to freeze them at this point, make sure they’re lightly floured on the outside to prevent sticking and place them between layers of parchment paper.
8. Boil perogies in small batches for 3 to 4 minutes until they float to the surface. Remove them from the water with a slotted spoon and set aside.
9. Right before serving, fry perogies in batches in a pan over medium heat with vegan butter for approximately 2 minutes per side, until golden brown.
10. Serve with vegan sour cream, caramelized onions or fried mushrooms.

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Must-Make Vegan Apple Crumble Tart with Salted Caramel

This delicious and decadent vegan salted caramel apple crumble tart is perfect for fall, but definitely one to add to your arsenal year round. Why not go apple picking with the family and then bake up this dreamy dessert together!

Vegan Baking Tip: use Earth Balance Buttery Spread as your vegan butter, not margarine. Margarine often has added or hidden ingredients that aren’t vegan friendly and unlike most margarine varieties, Earth Balance Buttery Spread acts the same as real butter in baking.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 1 tart (approximately 8 servings)

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Ingredients:

For the crust:
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp cold vegan butter
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt

For the filling:
3 apples
3 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon

For the crumble topping:
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp cold vegan butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp all-spice

For the salted caramel:
1 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
3 Tbsp vegan butter
1/4 tsp sea salt

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Directions:
1. In a food processor, blend almonds and pecans into a fine meal, then add the remaining crust ingredients and blend until well combined. It should stick together when you pinch it.
2. Press into a 9 1/2″ fluted pie pan with a removable bottom. Poke a few holes in the surface of the crust with a fork and bake in a pre-heated 350°F oven for 8-10 minutes. Time may vary depending on your oven, so watch it closely. It should be half-baked with a slight colour difference.
3. Remove pie crust from the oven and place on a cooling rack while you make the filling and topping.
4. Peel, core, quarter and thinly slice the apples. Mix apples and filling ingredients together with your hands in a mixing bowl until well coated.
5. In another mixing bowl, blend the crumble topping ingredients together with your hands until it comes together into large crumbs.
6. Layer apple slices in the crust and top with the crumble topping evenly. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.
7. While the tart is baking, make the salted caramel by combining the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly for 7 minutes as it thickens. Remove from heat.
8. Allow the baked apple crumble tart to cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
9. Just before serving, drizzle some salted caramel over the entire tart with a spoon.

Note: The caramel recipe makes extra so that you can bring it to the table for guests to add more!

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Spiced Whiskey Peach Cinnamon Rolls

We love peach season. There’s an endless amount of things you can create with sweet peaches, but cooking them in a spiced maple whiskey sauce was at the top of our to-do list! We stuffed those spiced whiskey peaches into a fluffy cinnamon roll, topped it with some vegan vanilla icing and made all your sweet food dreams come true.

Prep Time: 30 minutes (plus 4 hours for proofing dough)
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 12 rolls

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Ingredients:

For the Dough:
1 packet active dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
1 cup warm water (100°F)
¼ cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp sea salt
¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
¼ cup all-purpose flour (for rolling out dough)
1 tsp coconut oil (to oil the bowl for proofing)

For the Spiced Peaches:
3 ripe peaches, peeled and diced (approximately 3 cups)
1 cup Spicebox canadian spiced whiskey (or bourbon)
¼ cup maple syrup

For the Filling:
2 Tbsp vegan butter (melted)
¼ cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

For the Icing:
1 cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp vegan butter (softened)
1 Tbsp non-dairy milk (or water)
½ tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Combine active dry yeast with warm water and sugar. The water needs to be at a temperature of around 100°F for the yeast to activate, so it’s best to use a thermometer. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes. It should double in size and be foamy at the top.
2. Meanwhile melt your coconut oil over low heat. Ensure the coconut oil is also not heated above 100°F.
3. Combine flour with sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Then, create a well in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast mixture and the coconut oil into it.
4. Fold the dough gently to combine. It should just come together and then you can use your hands to knead it a few times to form a ball.
5. Lightly oil another large mixing bowl with 1 tsp of coconut oil and place the ball of dough in it to proof. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, and leave it in a warm dark place for 2 hours. On top of the fridge or in the oven or microwave should be enough to keep any cool draft off of it. The dough will double in size.
6. While the dough is rising, you can prepare the spiced peaches. In a saucepan, heat spiced whiskey, maple syrup and diced peaches over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and then remove from heat and cool completely.
7. Combine sugar and cinnamon for the filling and set aside.
8. Melt the butter in the pan you want to bake the cinnamon rolls in, and then you can use the residue to grease all sides of the pan.
9. Once dough has proofed, lightly flour a clean dry surface/countertop and roll out the dough to approximately a 16” x 16” square.
10. Leave a 1” edge on one side of the dough free from melted butter and any fillings. This will be the outer edge when you roll the dough up.
11. Brush melted butter on the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly on top, then take the spiced peaches and spread them out on top of the cinnamon sugar.
12. Start at the opposite side of the clean edge and roll the dough into a log shape. Take a sharp knife and cut 12 equal rolls.
13. Place the rolls in the pan leaving a bit of space to the edge of the pan. Cover the pan in plastic wrap and a towel, and allow the rolls to proof in a warm dark place for another 2 hours.
14. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes.
15. Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool for 10-15 minutes and make the icing by combining all the icing ingredients in a small bowl with a hand mixer until smooth.
16. Spread the icing on top of warm cinnamon rolls and serve immediately.

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Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ice cream equals summer. But for those that can’t enjoy dairy versions, there’s an extremely healthy solution to satisfy your ice cream cravings.

This vegan peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream uses frozen bananas as its base, creating the smooth and creamy texture of regular ice cream, just without the cream (and calories!). You’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven after you try this.

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Ingredients (1 serving):
2 sliced and frozen bananas
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
3 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
Pinch sea salt
Drizzle of agave (or maple syrup), optional

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Directions:
1. Place frozen banana slices in a food processor and run the machine until it resembles a crumb like consistency.
2. Add peanut butter, cacao nibs, sea salt and agave, and whiz a little longer until you get a soft-serve ice cream consistency.

Tip: You can add many other things to this frozen banana ice cream base. Try candied nuts, almond butter or another favourite nut butter, cinnamon, frozen blueberries, chopped dates, candied ginger… The options are endless.

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BBQ Tempeh Banh Mi with Pickled Carrots and Cabbage

You can enjoy the fresh flavour combination of a traditional Vietnamese-style banh mi — but with no meat at all! This simple sandwich is a great meatless Monday option and you’ll be craving the left overs all week. You’ve probably seen a vegetarian take on the classic banh mi made with tofu, but we like the heartiness and bold flavour of tempeh. Smothered with sweet BBQ sauce, it goes perfectly with a quick-pickled cabbage and carrots, crunchy cucumbers, spicy jalapenos and citrusy cilantro.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:
1 brick/package tempeh (250 g)
½ cup favourite BBQ sauce
¼ cup water
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup carrot ribbons (or shredded)
½ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup water
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp raw sugar
½ tsp ground mustard
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground pepper
1 long French-style baguette (divided into 4 pieces) OR 4 crusty rolls
½ cup vegan mayonnaise
3 field cucumbers, thinly sliced or shaved
¼ cup pickled jalapenos
1 cup cilantro leaves

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Slice tempeh into approximately ¼” thick slices. Whisk together your favorite BBQ sauce with ¼ cup water and marinate tempeh for 20 minutes in the fridge.
3. In small pot combine white wine vinegar with ½ cup water, minced garlic, raw sugar, ground mustard, cumin seeds, sea salt and ground pepper and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat, and submerge cabbage and carrots in the liquid. Refrigerate until ready to assemble sandwiches.
4. Lay marinated tempeh slices onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping the slices halfway through baking time.
5. Prepare the baguette/buns by spreading 1 Tbsp of vegan mayonnaise on the inside of each side of the bun.
6. Shake excess liquid off pickled cabbage and carrots, and place a small handful on the bottom bun. Place a couple slices of baked tempeh on top and add cucumber, cilantro and pickled jalapenos.

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How to Fake Bacon Using Coconut

There’s a healthier alternative to pork if you’re craving some bacony goodness. From a vegan breakfast to a BLT sandwich, coconut bacon is a wondrous substitute that’s easy and cheap to make at home. There are brands you might find in specialty stores, but don’t bother — they’re way too expensive! Try out this recipe instead.

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Ingredients:
3 cups flaked unsweetened coconut
3 Tbsp gluten-free tamari (can substitute in soy sauce)
2 Tbsp liquid smoke
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp smoked paprika
Sea salt to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a mixing bowl whisk tamari, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and smoked paprika together. Then add the flaked coconut into the mixture and lightly toss with a spoon to coat evenly.
2. Spread out evenly onto a baking sheet (or 2), heavily greased with coconut oil. Bake for 20 minutes but toss the mixture on the sheet every 5 minutes. Make sure you set the timer so you don’t forget and burn the whole batch (which we have done before!)
3. Sprinkle with sea salt right out of the oven and remove the coconut bacon from the baking sheet — it’ll be very hot and will continue to brown. Dump it onto a large plate or another baking sheet to cool.
4. Store in an air tight container or jar and use it on everything: kale caesar salad, avocado toast, a bacon mushroom melt, or even maple bacon scones! The possibilities are endless.

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Super Easy Ramen Noodle Bowl

If you’re looking for easy recipes, ramen noodles are probably the easiest thing to make ever! But we’ve made them fancier and you can certainly feel a little more proud than you did in college about eating this ramen noodle bowl. It’s filled with fresh veggies and fragrant miso broth that’ll warm you up any time of day.

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Ingredients (1 large serving):
1 package of instant ramen noodles (we like Lotus Foods rice ramen)
2 cups water
2 Tbsp miso paste
1 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped kale
2/3 cup cubed medium firm tofu
1 Tbsp chopped green onion
1/4 cup dried seaweed
Sesame seeds (to taste)
Sriracha (to taste)

Directions:
1. Boil noodles in 2 cups of water as per instructions on the package. During the last minute of cooking add in broccoli and kale to cook in boiling water.
2. Take 2 Tbsp of the noodle water and mix it with 2 Tbsp miso paste until dissolved and well combined. Pour the water, noodles, broccoli and kale in your large serving bowl. Stir in the miso paste and water mixture to combine it into the soup. Add remaining ingredients and serve immediately.

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Crisp Cauliflower Arancini for a Healthy Snack

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Cauliflower is sometimes an overlooked vegetable, but it’s an amazingly versatile ingredient that adds depth and nutrition to many dishes — particularly vegan recipes. We’ve made lots of vegan meals with cauliflower at the forefront, including cauliflower tacos, cauliflower risotto and cauliflower buffalo wings. Next we’re adding cauliflower arancini (risotto balls) to our collection of cauliflower recipes. These vegan cauliflower arancini are creamy and full of flavour with a delicate crispy crust. Serve them with your favourite marinara or homemade pesto for a satisfying snack.

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Makes: 24 balls
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Dairy-free Cheese Sauce:
½ cup raw whole cashews (soaked in water for 3 hours minimum)
¾ cup non-dairy milk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons tapioca starch (or substitute cornstarch)
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon sea salt

Cauliflower Rice:
1 tablespoon ground flax (or ground chia seeds)
3 tablespoons water
5 cups cauliflower florets (approximately ½ a head of cauliflower)
2 garlic cloves
3 cups panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper

Extra: 3-4 cups vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Directions:
1. Whisk together ground flax with water and refrigerate for 10 minutes to set and thicken.
2. Pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor with garlic cloves until it becomes the texture of rice. Add the cauliflower rice to a large mixing bowl.
3. In another mixing bowl combine panko breadcrumbs with oregano, basil, sea salt, and ground pepper.
4. Drain raw cashews from the soaking water and rinse under fresh water. Drain and add to a high-powered blender with the remaining cheese sauce ingredients and blend until very smooth.
5. Heat the cheese sauce in a saucepan over medium low heat for 3-4 minutes, whisking constantly, until it thickens.
6. Add the cheese sauce to the cauliflower rice mixture, along with the thickened flax mixture, and 1 1/2 cups of the breadcrumb mixture and stir to combine well.
7. Heat vegetable oil in a pot until it reaches approximately 375 F.
8. While oil is heating form the risotto balls use a scant ¼ cup of the mixture to form 1 1/2“ balls with your hands. Then coat well in the remaining breadcrumb mixture. Set aside each ball onto a plate or baking sheet.
9. Place 3-4 balls in the hot frying oil and fry for approximately 1 ½-2 minutes each batch until the breadcrumb coating is golden brown. Remove each ball from the oil with a slotted fryer spoon and set onto paper towel. Continue until all the arancini are fried.
10. Warm up your dipping sauce while you’re frying and serve immediately.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Truffle Pops

It’s much easier than you think to eat clean leading up to Halloween, and still satisfy your sweet tooth.

Try making these easy chocolate pumpkin truffle pops for your Halloween party and watch them disappear right before your eyes — without any tricks! Filled with natural peanut butter, shredded coconut, dates and vegan chocolate chips, these waist-friendly pops are also great for an afternoon snack or after-dinner treat.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 10

Ingredients:
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup canned organic pumpkin pie mix
5 medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (or substitute another nut butter)
¼ tsp vanilla powder (optional)
Pinch sea salt
¾ cup vegan chocolate chips
½ Tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:
1. In a food processor, combine coconut flour, pumpkin pie mix, dates, peanut butter, vanilla powder and sea salt until it forms a ball of dough.
2. With your hands, roll balls approximately 1 ¼” in size and poke truffle pop sticks into each ball. Set them on a dish or baking sheet lined with parchment paper while you melt the chocolate coating.
3. Melt chocolate chips with coconut oil in a double boiler or mixing bowl over a pot filled with a small amount of boiling water. 4. Stir until just melted and smooth, and remove from heat.
5. Dip the truffle pops in the melted chocolate and swirl to coat evenly. Use a spoon to get chocolate coating near the base of the ball. Allow excess to drip off before standing them upright.
6. Sprinkle coconut and/or pecans all over the chocolate, and using a piece of Styrofoam, place the truffle pop sticks in the 7. Styrofoam to stand upright in the fridge.
8. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the chocolate set. Keep truffle pops in the fridge until serving.

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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

It’s all pumpkin spice all the time once the first day of fall hits, and a big stack of pancakes is a great way to enjoy this tasty flavour combination.

These pumpkin spice pancakes are perfection: they’re just the right balance of fluffy and dense, sweet and a little spicy, and are packed with pumpkin flavour. Serve them up to family and friends for a decadent breakfast treat or part of a delicious brunch spread.

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Makes: 8 pancakes

Ingredients:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp each nutmeg, all-spice & ginger
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup pure pumpkin purée
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 cup almond milk
1-3 Tbsp vegan butter for cooking

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Directions:
1. Heat a non-stick pan to medium/medium-low and pre-heat oven to 200°F. You’ll place the pancakes on a baking sheet or plate in the oven to keep them warm while you cook.
2. In a mixing bowl combine the flours, spices, baking powder and sea salt together with a fork. Add pumpkin purée, maple syrup and almond milk, and whisk together until well combined.
3. Use a 1/4 cup for each pancake. Lightly butter the pan with some vegan butter. Scoop batter into the centre of the pan. Once it starts to bubble all around and the edges of the pancake are slightly cooked through, that’s when you flip it. It’s approximately 2 minutes per side. Be sure to adjust your burner temperature as you go as the pan will get really hot half way through.
4. Serve with more vegan butter and real maple syrup.

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Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze

With fall comes pumpkin spice-flavoured everything and we just couldn’t resist. These light and fluffy vegan pumpkin scones are sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a luscious maple glaze, making them a pretty decadent breakfast or coffee break treat you can feel good about!

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Makes: 12

Ingredients:

Scones:
1 ½ Tbsp ground flax
3 Tbsp water
3 cups whole-wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cloves
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp all spice
7 Tbsp cold coconut oil
1 cup maple syrup
½ cup pumpkin purée
½ cup non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Maple Glaze:
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp non-dairy milk
½ tsp maple extract
¼ cup whole pecans

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F
2. Combine ground flax with water and refrigerate for 10 minutes to set and thicken.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, baking powder, sea salt and spices.
4. In another mixing bowl combine maple syrup, pumpkin purée, non-dairy milk and vanilla extract, and set aside.
5. Take 7 Tbsp of cold coconut oil and add to flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut the cold oil into the flour until it resembles a crumb-like texture.
6. Add thickened flax mixture into bowl with liquid ingredients and stir to combine.
7. Create a well in the middle of the dry mixture and pour in the liquid ingredients. 8. Fold a few times until the dough just comes together, and then place it onto a lightly floured surface.
9. Using your hands, shape dough into a long rectangle that’s approximately 1 ¼” thick and 4” wide. Make alternate diagonal cuts along the rectangle to cut out 12 triangles.
10. Bake scones on a parchment lined baking sheet for 12-14 minutes.
11. Once the scones are out of the oven, place on a wire rack to cool. Toast whole pecans for a few minutes on a baking sheet to get them golden brown and fragrant and once cool to touch, you can chop them into smaller pieces.
12. To prepare the glaze, mix together with a whisk or hand mixer the powdered sugar, non-dairy milk and maple extract.
13. To glaze the scones, dip the tops into the bowl of glaze and allow excess to drip a little. Place back onto the wire rack (some glaze will drip down the sides). Be sure to sprinkle with chopped pecans right away so they stick and allow them to dry.
14. Store scones in airtight container at room temperature.

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Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Cashew Butter

If you’ve been serving regular ol’ mashed potatoes every Thanksgiving for the past decade, we think it’s time you kicked things up a notch with smashed fingerling potatoes! Paired perfectly with fresh thyme and a dollop of our creamy roasted garlic cashew butter, wow your family and friends with this tasty new side dish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 6

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Ingredients:

Roasted Garlic Cashew Butter:
¾ cup raw whole cashews (soaked for 3 hours)
1 garlic bulb (roasted with 1 tsp olive oil + pinch sea salt)
¼ cup water
1 Tbsp coconut oil
¼ tsp sea salt

Smashed Potatoes:
6-7 cups fingerling potatoes (approximately 30)
1 Tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp fresh thyme + extra sprigs for garnish
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground pepper

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Directions:
1. To roast the garlic bulb, pre-heat oven to 450°F. Trim about a ¼” off the top of the bulb to expose the cloves. Drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes until roasted and soft on the inside.
2. Rinse and drain soaked cashews. Add to a high-powered blender with roasted cloves of garlic, water, coconut oil and sea salt. Blend until very smooth and refrigerate for 2 hours or more.
3. Toss whole fingerling potatoes in 1 Tbsp olive oil, fresh thyme, sea salt and ground pepper. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 450°F for 20 minutes.
4. Smash the whole potatoes with a fork to break open the skin. Drizzle with another 2 tsp olive oil and place whole thyme sprigs on top so they can crisp up as well. Bake again for another 10-12 minutes until crispy.
5. Serve immediately with a dollop roasted garlic cashew butter on each potato.

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Healthy Peanut Butter and Jam Squares

This delectable sweet and healthy dessert comes from Toronto’s own earth and city. Oats, almonds and dates are mixed together for the base, then topped with a layer of natural peanut butter blended with banana and sea salt, a layer of jam and finished off with the remaining crumble.

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Ingredients (makes 12 squares):

Crumble:
3 1/2 cups gluten-free oats
2 1/2 cups raw almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
4 cups dates, pitted

Filling:
2 cups natural peanut butter
2 ripe bananas
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cups dates, pitted
2 Tbsp water
1 cup jam of your choice
3 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

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Directions:
1. Grind almonds in a food processor until it becomes a fine meal and place into a mixing bowl. Grind oats the same way, then add the almond meal back in.
2. Add cinnamon and sea salt, and with the food processor running add in dates a few at a time, until the mixture starts to come together. Press 3/4 of this mixture into a parchment lined 9″ x 13″ pan.

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3. Blend peanut butter, bananas and sea salt together in a food processor.
4. In the same style as the almonds/oats mixture, feed the dates in a few at a time until the mixture is smooth. If the mixture seems too thick to spread with a spatula, add a little water as necessary.
5. Spread this mixture over the pressed base in the pan.
6. You can mix chia seeds into the jam if you like, then spread the jam over top of the peanut butter layer.

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7. Then add the remaining crumble on top.
8. Refrigerate overnight and cut into squares. Store squares in the fridge to prevent melting.

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