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Brighten Your Day With These Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Buns

Baking bread (or buns) may seem a little intimidating with kneading and proofing, but it doesn’t have to be! These Baking Therapy lemon poppy seed buns come together really easily — in less than two hours. They’re soft, fluffy and filled with a sweet coconut filling. Similar to making cinnamon rolls, but the dough is knotted, so you get lemon, poppy seed and coconut in every single bite. Yum yum!

Lemon poppy seed buns on countertop

Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Servings: 8 buns

Ingredients:

Lemon Poppy Seed Buns
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp instant yeast
¼ tsp salt
3 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp lemon zest
1 cup milk, warm
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1 egg, beaten

Coconut Filling
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
Pinch salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Egg Wash
1 egg

Lemon Glaze
2 cups icing sugar
4-5 Tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon zest

Lemon poppy seed bun ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, instant yeast, salt, poppy seeds and lemon zest. Whisk to combine. Add the warm milk, butter, egg and give it a quick mix with a fork to get the dough going. Attach the dough hook and mix for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to a clean, large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to proof for 35-45 minutes, until doubled in size.

Lemon poppy seed bun dough on countertop

2. Prepare the filling: in a bowl, mix together the coconut, cornstarch, sugar, salt, lemon juice, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix to combine and set aside.

3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

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4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle, about 16 x 14 inches. Spread the filling evenly over top. Fold the dough over onto itself, you should have roughly 8 x 14-inch rectangle. With the folded edge closest to you, cut the dough into 8 equal portions, using a knife, pizza or pastry cutter. Grab one strip of dough, hold the ends and twist them in opposite directions and tie into a knot. Place the knotted buns 2-inches apart on baking sheets.

Lemon poppy seed bun dough on countertop

Lemon poppy seed buns being formed by hand

5. Cover with plastic and let rise for 20-30 minutes until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350°F.

6. Whisk 1 egg and brush the tops of the buns. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

7. Prepare the glaze: whisk together the icing sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest. Drizzle over top and enjoy!

Lemon poppy seed buns on countertop

Like Sabrina’s lemon poppy seed coconut buns? Try her key lime pie cupcakes or her rhubarb and sour cream streusel muffins.

These Chinese Coconut Buns Come Together With Ingredients You Already Have on Hand

Coconut buns are a Chinese bakery classic for a reason. They’re buttery, soft and fluffy — and loaded with a delicious coconut filling. These Chinese sweet buns are easy to make, come together with just a few pantry ingredients and are every bit as delicious as they look. Enjoy them for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon treat!

Chinese Coconut Buns

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 2 hours
Bake Time: 15-17 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Servings: 10 buns

Ingredients:

Buns
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp instant yeast
¼ cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp whole milk powder
½ tsp salt
1 large egg
200ml warm water
¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

Filling
1 ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
3 tsp cornstarch
3 tsp whole milk powder
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
Pinch salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Egg Wash
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the hook attachment, add the flour, yeast, sugar, milk powder, salt, egg and warm water. Work the mixture on medium for about 5 minutes until the dough comes together. Turn the mixer to medium-low, add the softened butter one Tbsp at a time, until the butter is fully incorporated. Knead for another 5-8 minutes until the dough is soft and elastic.

2. Form the dough into a smooth round ball, cover with a damp tea towel and let proof for 1 hour.

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3. For the coconut filling, mix together the shredded coconut, cornstarch, milk powder, sugar, salt, melted butter, egg yolk and vanilla. Set aside.

4. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions (about 85 grams each) and roll into a smooth ball. Cover and rest for 15 minutes.

5. Grab one ball (keep the rest of the dough covered to prevent drying out) and roll out the ball into a 4-inch oval with a rolling pin. Place about 1 Tbsp of the coconut filling in the centre, grab the ends and pinch them together to close the seams.

6. Place the seam side down, and roll out to form a long oval. With a knife, score the surface with 4-5 long strokes, twist the ends in opposite directions and pinch the ends together. Alternatively, once the dough is filled with coconut, pinch to close the seams and roll it into a round ball.

7. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheets and cover with a damp towel. Let proof for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

8. Preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk together the egg and milk for the egg wash. Brush the tops of buns with the egg wash.

9. Bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly golden brown, rotating the trays half way. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Love Sabrina’s baking? Check out her no-bake key lime pie icebox cake, cheesecake pastry pockets or white chocolate funfetti cookies.

This Black Sesame Coconut Cream Pie Will Be Your New Favourite Make-Ahead Dessert

Cool off this summer with a large slice of black sesame coconut cream pie. It has an intense nutty flavour thanks to the black sesame, and is layered with a dreamy coconut filling before being topped off with lots and lots of whipped cream. Long story short: this pie will be your new favourite make-ahead dessert!

Black Sesame Coconut Cream Pie

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Rest Time: 4 hours
Bake Time: 25 to 28 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 slices

Ingredients:

Pie Dough
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
4-5 Tbsp ice cold water

Black Sesame Paste
½ cup black sesame seeds
3 Tbsp honey

Coconut Cream
1/3 cup cornstarch
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 cup canned coconut milk
1 ¼ cup half-and-half
4 large egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut

Topping
1 ½ cups heavy cream
4 Tbsp icing sugar

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and rub between your fingers to break into small pea-sized pieces.

2. Create a well in the centre and add 4 Tbsp of ice cold water. With your hands, toss the flour until the dough starts to come together. If there are dry bits, add an additional tsp at a time. Form into a disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

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3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into circle about 1 ½ -inch larger than your pie dish. Tuck the edges under itself and crimp the edges to create a scalloped edge.

4. Dock the crust all over with a fork to create vents, cover with a sheet of parchment and add your pie weights (you can use beans or rice). Bake for 25-28, removing the pie weights after 15 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

5. Grind the black sesame seeds in a spice grinder or food processor until finely ground. Mix in the honey.

6. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch, sugar and salt to break up any clumps. Add the coconut milk, half-and-half, eggs and whisk to combine. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture bubbles and thickens, about 5 minutes.

7. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and butter. Strain through a fine sieve and fold in the shredded coconut.

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8. Divide the coconut cream in half. To one-half add 3 Tbsp of black sesame paste and mix until well incorporated. Wrap with plastic directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.

9. Layer both halves of the coconut cream into the bottom of the cooled pie crust. Add the black sesame cream on top, cover with plastic and chill for another hour.

10. When ready to serve, whip the heavy cream and icing sugar together until firm peaks. Spoon or pipe on top of the pie, sprinkle with toasted coconut and enjoy!

Love Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

These Coconut Shrimp Tacos are Cheaper Than Taking a Vacation

Looking for a simple, bright and sunny dish to cast away your winter blues? Look no further! These flavour-packed tacos are the key. Fresh and flavourful charred pineapple salsa, zesty pickled cabbage, tender, crispy coconut shrimp and zesty lime crema come together to make for a new 30-minute dinner favourite.

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Shrimp Tacos

Prep/Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 tacos

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt, divided
2 cups finely sliced red cabbage
4 slices pineapple, about ½ inch thick
1 jalapeno
2 rings red onion, about ½ inch thick
½ cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, chopped
2 limes, divided
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp agave syrup or honey
450g medium shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined
½ cup flour
¼ tsp pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
12 small flour tortillas

Directions:

1. Bring water, vinegar, sugar and ½ tsp salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add cabbage and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

2. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pineapple, jalapeno and onion in batches until charred and tender, about 4 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway. Set aside to cool slightly. Once cooled, remove pineapple rind and chop the fruit and vegetables (use the seeds of the jalapeno if you want heat, discard if you want a milder salsa). Toss with the juice of one lime and cilantro.

3. Stir together the sour cream, juice of remaining lime, agave syrup or honey and 1 tsp zest in a small bowl.

4. Place flour and eggs into separate medium sized bowls. Stir remaining ½ tsp salt and pepper into eggs. Stir together coconut and panko in another medium bowl.

5. Dredge shrimp in flour, then egg mixture followed by coconut mixture. Heat enough oil to generously coat the bottom of a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Fry shrimp in batches until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, turning halfway and replenishing oil, if needed between batches. Set aside on a cooling rack-lined baking sheet.

6. To warm tortillas, heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add tortillas in batches, cooking until browned on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes, turning halfway. Wrap in a clean kitchen towel to keep warm while cooking remaining tortillas.

7. Spread tortillas with lime crema, topped with pickled cabbage, shrimp and pineapple salsa.

For a vegan alternative, whip up these coconut-crusted cauliflower tacos. For a post-meal treat, stick with the tropical theme and make one of our sunniest dessert recipes.  You can also add this reliable dinner staple to your arsenal of healthy Mexican recipes.

You’ll Fall Head Over Heels For These Chocolate and Coconut Pots De Crème

It isn’t Valentine’s Day without a decadent chocolate dessert, and this chocolate and coconut pots de crème recipe is the epitome of all the things we love most about the rich, sugary-sweet confection. Not only are these romantic treats individually portioned, they’re best made in advance, and also happen to be dairy-free thanks to the creamy coconut milk (always opt for canned coconut milk as the carton variety is diluted with water). No matter who you’re treating – yourself, close friends or that special someone – these desserts are worth the indulgence.

Chocolate and Coconut Pots De Crème

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 4+ hours (includes cooling time)
Servings: 4 large or 6 small

Ingredients:

2 cups full-fat coconut milk, canned
½ cup granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch fine salt
100 grams quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
Coconut whipped cream, for serving
Dried rose petals, for garnishing

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Boil a pot of water and set aside.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the coconut milk and sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer and remove from heat.

3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, vanilla extract, coconut extract, nutmeg and salt until well blended.

4. Slowly temper in the coconut mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly.

5. Transfer mixture back to the saucepan and add the chocolate. Whisk until chocolate is fully incorporated.

6. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to ensure a silky custard.

7. Evenly divide custard amongst 4 large (or 6 small) ramekins. Transfer to a baking dish and fill dish with the boiling water halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Be careful not to drip any water into the ramekins.

8. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the centre of each custard has set. The centre should still have a little jiggle to it. Remove ramekins from the baking dish and transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight before serving.

9. Top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of rose petals before serving.

We’re here to satisfy all your dessert cravings with these 100+ decadent chocolate desserts, fudgy brownie recipes and no-bake vegan chocolate cheesecake hearts.

A Nutritionist Reveals 10 Best Natural Foods for Dewy, Glowing Skin

If no makeup and no filter are your skin goals, Toronto-based integrative nutritionist and Good Goddess founder Natasha Geddes needs to be on your radar. This former fashion buyer and stylist to the stars, turned her laser focus to healthy eating after the birth of her son and daughter. She became passionate about quality ingredients, the power of supplements and, along the way, created an in-demand brand with a celebrity following. Here are 10 of her go-to foods for luminous skin that will help you get your glow on!

1. Wild-Caught Salmon

While Natasha likes to eat a plant-based diet as much as possible, she does make an exception when wild salmon is on the menu. It’s packed with vitamin E and Omega 3s – key players in reducing inflammation – plus a tongue-twister secret weapon: astaxanthin (pronounced asta-zan-thin). “This is a type of carotenoid and natural red pigment derived from algae,” says Natasha. “Astaxanthin helps skin maintain optimum moisture levels and has been proven to protect cells from UV damage.”


Get the recipe for Wheat Berry Bowl with Salmon and Miso Sauce

2. Avocado

Once relegated solely to taco night, this nutrient-dense fruit is now a menu powerhouse (avocado toast, anyone?). “Avocados are one of my favourite things,” says Natasha. “Full of healthy fats, they’re not only deliciously creamy, they also really pamper skin with antioxidants that brighten and hydrate. They are loaded with vitamin E, nature’s amazing moisturizer, and contain a natural sunblock that, like wild salmon, helps protect skin against UV rays – win win!”

3. Sweet Potato

Natasha remedies dry and dull looking complexions with this colourful superfood. A mashup of nutrients, the sweet potato is super skin-friendly thanks to beta carotene, the powerhouse antioxidant that converts to vitamin A when consumed. “Vitamin A promotes cell production and turnover so skin looks luminous – it’s sort of like the food version of retinol, which leaves skin supple and dewy. Use it to make fries, or swap out your avocado toast’s bread with a slice of baked sweet potato.”


Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Toast with Avocado and Sprouts

4. Cashews

Natasha rates most nuts as skin boosters – she’s especially fond of omega 3-rich Brazil nuts and how they promote skin elasticity – but her go-to for clear skin is the cashew. “It is the acne-fighting nut! Full of selenium, vitamin E and zinc, cashews reduce inflammation, promote cell growth and help renew damaged areas of the skin.” However, not all nuts are created equal when it comes to breakouts: Avoid peanuts, as they contain androgen, which speeds up sebum production and can worsen acne.

5. Bone Broth

This popular elixir is made by boiling bones to extract minerals, collagen (a key player in skin elasticity) and amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Note: when protein levels are low, premature sagging and wrinkling can occur. One of the broth’s noteworthy amino acids is glutamine, which helps heal the intestinal barrier for optimal gut health. Natasha says, “I truly believe that great gut health equals healthier-looking skin.” She suggests adding greens to bone broth for a healthy light meal.


Get the recipe for Immune-Boosting Bone Broth, Chicken and Vegetable Soup

6. Cantaloupe

This sweet treat is the skin’s multi-tasker thanks to a dynamic combo of vitamins A and C. On its own, vitamin A keeps sebum production and cell turnover humming along so skin glows; double it up with vitamin C and you’ll double down on collagen formation, which contributes to smooth, firm-looking skin. “Vitamin C is necessary to build collagen. Just one cup of cantaloupe contains 97% of the recommended daily dosage.”

7. Blueberries

If you’re worried about broken capillaries, this berry is for you. Its point of difference is a mix of phytochemicals, including bioflavonoids, which help strengthen blood vessels so they’re less susceptible to breaking. “While everyone can benefit from blueberries, I highly recommend them to those with fair and sensitive skin.”


Get the recipe for this Antioxidant-Rich Green Tea and Blueberry Smoothie

8. Beets

Think of beets – whether juiced, steamed, roasted or raw – as the food version of wrinkle cream. “They are the anti-aging veggie!” says Natasha. “Packed with high concentrations of antioxidants, carotenoids, folate, fiber, iron, manganese, potassium and vitamin C, beets can actually decrease the depth and severity of wrinkles. The results are remarkable.”

9. Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt

When Natasha was developing Good Goddess’s Coconut Cloud Yogurt, she knew that what she left out of it was just as important as what she put in. On the out list: dairy and sugar, which can weaken collagen and make skin vulnerable to wrinkles and sagging. On the in list: just two ingredients: coconut and vegan bacterial cultures. “This is a guilt-free treat that’s rich in probiotics, which get skin super glowy.”


See here for 20 Dairy-Free Foods Packed with Calcium

10. Detoxifying Water

To make the most of the day’s eight (or more) glasses, Natasha concocts her own detoxifying water. “Adding powerful boosters to water is fun and makes your H20 that much more efficient. My usuals: grass-fed collagen, lemon peels (filled with vitamin C to protect against free radicals), mint (fresh flavour plus nutrients) and a few slices of jalapeño (hello vitamin C and B6!). Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, and it promotes skin elasticity. As we age, we lose it, so it’s important to supplement whenever we can.”

Looking for more ways to eat your way to a fabulous complexion? Be sure to avoid these 14 Worst Foods For Your Skin!

The Best Salmon Burger Recipe With Dairy-Free Tzatziki

We made these burgers for all of you out there who don’t like the fishy taste of fish. The refreshing dill, vibrant parsley, and sharp garlic and shallots mask the taste of salmon so well that many of our clients eat these burgers every single week. The eggs and mashed cauliflower give the burgers a soft, fluffy texture, which means they’re easy to eat. Plus, this recipe is a great way to get more wild-caught salmon into your diet.

Dill Salmon Burgers With Dairy-Free Tzatziki

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4-6 burgers

Ingredients:

Salmon Burgers:
12 oz piece of fresh wild salmon or two 5.6 oz cans boneless wild salmon
½ tsp sea salt
Pinch of pepper
1½ cups cauliflower florets
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, finely diced
1 egg
½ cup blanched almond flour
3 Tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp whole-grain mustard

Coconut Tzatziki:
1 cup cucumber
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup plain, unsweetened coconut yogurt
¼ cup fresh dill, finely chopped
1 Tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp sea salt

Read More: 15 Delicious Ways to Use Canned Salmon

Directions:

Salmon Burgers:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. If you’re using fresh wild salmon, place the fillet on a baking sheet skin side down and sprinkle it with the salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Once the salmon is baked, set it aside to cool, and then carefully remove the skin. Keep the oven on. If you’re using canned salmon, drain the liquid from the cans.
3. While the salmon is baking, put the cauliflower florets in a small pot with ¼ cup of water. Bring to a boil, cover the pot, and simmer for 7–10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft and cooked through. Most of the water should be gone by this point; if it is not, drain the excess water using a colander. Then blend the cooked cauliflower in a food processor until it is creamy. If there is just a bit of water left in the pot, you can add it to the food processor with the cauliflower.
4. Crumble the cooked or canned salmon into the food processor, along with the remaining ingredients, except for the Coconut Tzatziki, and pulse to combine. If you don’t have a food processor, place all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix by hand.
5. Measure out ¼ cup of the salmon mixture. Shape it into a burger patty, and then place it on the baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
6. Bake the burgers for 20–25 minutes, then carefully flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes. The burgers should be firm to the touch and lightly browned on top when they are ready.
7. While the burgers are in the oven, make the Coconut Tzatziki.
8. Serve burgers with a hearty dollop of tzatziki sauce. Have them in a salad or in a collard or whole-grain wrap, or eat them on their own. Keep leftover burgers in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for 3–4 months.

Nutrition Note: Salmon, especially wild caught, is one of the best types of fish to eat because it contains coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation—and reducing inflammation is linked with slowing cancer growth. Salmon also contains vitamin D and selenium, both important nutrients for antioxidant action to protect your cells from cancer.

Read More: 58 Fantastic Ways to Cook Salmon Fillets

Coconut Tzatziki:
1. Grate the cucumber with a hand grater or in a food processor using the grater attachment.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the grated cucumber with all the other ingredients.
3. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to use or serve. This tzatziki will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Note: Make sure to buy yogurt that is made of coconut milk (not dairy yogurt with a coconut flavor). Alternatively, you can use another type of dairy- free yogurt, such as almond milk yogurt. Just make sure you get an unsweetened, plain variety.

Recipe Excerpt:
Excerpted from The Living Kitchen by Tamara Green & Sarah Grossman. Copyright © 2019 Tamara Green & Sarah Grossman. Photography by Daniel Alexander. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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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Immune-Boosting Green Smoothie to Start the New Year

By Regina Braun

Being pregnant with my daughter first got me into drinking green smoothies.

Did you know that getting over a cold is much harder when you are pregnant? I had no clue until I was pregnant and fighting the longest cold of my life. Why does it take so long? Well, first of all, the pregnant body gives the growing baby highest priority. Healing mom is not as important. Secondly, there is hardly any cold medication approved for use during pregnancy. So I was left dealing with this extended cold without any meds.

I realized that I had to take a proactive approach to boosting my immune system. That’s when I started to make green smoothies part of my routine. I still didn’t like the thought of a green-tasting drink, so my very first green smoothie creation ended up tasting like a cocktail instead. The tropical flavours of pineapple and coconut do an amazing job at masking the taste of leafy greens.

Is it any surprise, that my daughter already loves green smoothies? She insists on sharing my smoothies with me and loves it when I make them into mini popsicles for her.

Green Piña Colada Smoothie, Courtesy of Regina Braun, leelalicious.com, Calgary

Tropical flavours mask the taste of the leafy greens for a smoothie that is delicious and nutritious.

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Prep time: 5 min
Yield: 2 servings (2 1/2 cups/625 mL)

Ingredients
1 cup (250 mL) coconut milk
2 tbsp (30 mL) organic shredded coconut (optional)
1 cup (250 mL) packed fresh spinach
1 cup (250 mL) frozen pineapple chunks
½ frozen banana
shredded coconut (for garnish, optional)
fresh pineapple (for garnish, optional)

Directions
1. In blender or food processor, combine coconut milk, shredded coconut, spinach, frozen pineapple and banana. (Layering ingredients from liquid to frozen makes for easier blending.)
2. Garnish rim of serving glasses with shredded coconut and piece of pineapple, if desired.
3. Serve immediately, or freeze leftovers to make green popsicles.

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I am a busy mom of one little girl who is already a great eater and future kitchen helper. On my blog, Leelalicious, I like to share nutritious and delicious recipes for the entire family!

Gluten-Free & Vegan Coconut Pancakes

I thought pancakes would be the death of me! I could never get them cooked through without being burned on the outside, or they would just stick to the pan. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who barely has the patience to watch batter bake, but this formula for gluten-free vegan coconut pancakes might just be fool proof. Feel free to leave out the coconut and add any other fillings you like.

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Ingredients (makes 6-8 pancakes):
1 cup rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp egg replacer powder
2 Tbsp water
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or unsweetened non-dairy milk)
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp shredded coconut

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Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 250°F and place a parchment covered baking sheet in the oven. This is where you’ll keep the finished pancakes warm until you’re done and ready to serve.
2. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon with a fork until combined. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together egg replacer powder with water, then add the coconut milk, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients along with the shredded coconut and stir just a few times to get the mixture combined, but don’t over mix.
4. Heat a non-stick pan to medium and use a paper towel to spread a light coating of coconut oil on the surface, then scoop 1/4 cup of the pancake mixture into the pan. You’re looking for the surface to bubble, then flip. The other side should take 1-2 minutes.
5. Serve the pancakes with warm maple syrup, another sprinkling of shredded coconut and grated raw cacao on top with a bit of vegan butter. Happy stacking!

Tip: Let your maple syrup bottle sit in hot water while you make the pancakes! Then you’ll be serving warm syrup instead of cold.

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