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The Healthy Loaded Oatmeal Cookie You’re Meant to Eat for Breakfast

Cookies for breakfast? You heard us right. Think of these healthy baked goods as chewy (portable) granola, sweetened with maple syrup and packed with wholesome ingredients, like chia seeds and walnuts. The cookies are also gluten-free – the batter uses oat flour instead of all-purpose, but you’d never know it!

Don’t have oat flour on hand? Make your own by grinding whole oats in a food processor until the mixture resembles a flour consistency. Just be sure to measure the oat flour after you grind it, not before. To turn this recipe into a dairy-free breakfast, simply substitute the butter with equal parts coconut oil. Pairing these cookies with your morning coffee will make everything that much sweeter.

Related: Healthy High-Protein Oatmeal, Dressed Up 3 Delicious Ways

Gluten-Free Breakfast Oat Cookies

Prep Time: 18 minutes
Chill Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies

Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter, melted
½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
¼ cup maple syrup
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups gluten-free old fashioned oats
1 cup gluten-free oat flour
1 Tbsp chia seeds
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp fine salt
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
¼ cup pumpkin seeds

Related: Green Banana Flour is Here to Stay, And This Pancake Recipe Proves It

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, maple syrup, egg and vanilla until well blended.

3. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the oats, oat flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder and salt until combined.

4. Fold in the cranberries, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

Related: 3-Ingredient Breakfasts That Will Make Mornings a Breeze

5. Using a large ice cream scoop, evenly divide mixture into 12 rounds. Let chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

6. Transfer dough to a prepared baking sheet and press each round to flatten.

7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.

8. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For more inspiration, here are our best high-protein breakfast recipes, the only make-ahead breakfast ideas you need, and a look into what healthy people eat for breakfast.

Chickpea pancakes with fruit and maple syrup

You Won’t Believe These Fluffy Chickpea Pancakes Are Totally Gluten-Free

Can you think of a better way to start the day than with a stack of fluffy pancakes? These Baking Therapy chickpea pancakes are gluten-free and come together in no time. Bananas are mashed and folded into the batter to give the pancakes a touch of sweetness and the buttermilk helps give it height and a slight tang. Whip up a batch this weekend, you won’t regret it!

Chickpea pancakes with fruit and maple syrup

Banana Chickpea Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12-14 pancakes

Ingredients:

1 banana
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp butter + more for frying
1 ¼ cup chickpea flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Chickpea pancakes ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mash the banana. Whisk in the eggs, maple syrup, buttermilk and butter. Sift in the chickpea flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until the batter comes together.

Chickpea pancakes batter

2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-low to medium heat. Melt about ½ Tbsp butter in the pan, scoop in about ¼ cup of pancake batter, cook for 2-3 minutes until the edges begin to set and the tops are bubbly. Flip and cook for another 1 minute. (To keep pancakes warm while cooking, place on a baking sheet in a 250°F oven).

Related: Unique and Tasty Ways to Eat Chickpeas

3. Top with berries and a drizzle of maple syrup!

Chickpea pancakes with fruit and maple syrup

Like Sabrina’s chickpea pancakes? Try her lemon poppy seed coconut buns or her rhubarb and sour cream streusel muffins.

vegan no-bake strawberry lemon tart on countertop

Say Hello to Spring With This Healthy No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Lemon Tart

Pucker up for this bright and tangy, no-bake strawberry lemon tart. You don’t have to be vegan to love this dairy-free dessert, but you can still appreciate how healthy it is — a gluten-free and paleo-friendly dessert, with no refined sugar. Plump Medjool dates make the nut-based crust perfectly sweet and chewy, paired with a fruity filling of coconut milk, fresh strawberries, lemon juice and a splash of maple syrup. (It’s thickened with just a bit of agar and tapioca powders, which you can find at most bulk or health food stores).

vegan no-bake strawberry lemon tart on countertop

Vegan No-Bake Strawberry Lemon Tart

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 2-3 hours or overnight
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup raw walnuts
1 ¼ cup raw cashews
1 cup oats
2 ½ cups pitted Medjool dates, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (plus extra for greasing pan)
3 tsp vanilla, divided
¼ tsp sea salt
4 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
Zest of 2 lemons
¼ cup maple syrup
4 Tbsp tapioca starch/flour (or 2 Tbsp of arrowroot powder)
4 Tbsp cool water
1 (14 oz) can full-fat coconut milk
2 tsp agar powder

vegan no-bake strawberry lemon tart ingredients

Directions:

1. In a food processor or heavy-duty blender, combine walnuts, cashews, oats, dates, coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla and sea salt. Pulse for about 1 minute or until the dates and nuts are combined and stick together.

2. Press the crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a greased 9-inch tart pan (preferably with removable bottom). Set aside while making the filling.

vegan no-bake strawberry lemon tart crust

3. Add strawberries, lemon juice, lemon zest, maple syrup and 2 tsp vanilla extract (and arrowroot powder only if you’re using it as a substitute for tapioca) to a blender or food processor and pulse or blend until pureed, about 1 minute, and set aside.

4. Stir the tapioca powder into 4 Tbsp of cool water. Set aside.

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5. Add coconut milk and agar powder to a small saucepan, stirring while it simmers until thickened, around 1 minute. Once it’s bubbling, gradually add tapioca slurry, stirring continuously until it’s glossy and even thicker, about another minute.

6. Remove from heat and stir in strawberry mixture until combined. (If you have any clumps, don’t worry! Pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer).

vegan no-bake strawberry lemon tart being cooked in pot

7. Pour filling mixture into tart crust, chilling in the fridge for at least  2-3 hours or overnight. (Store for up to one week). Before serving, decorate with pretty berries, lemon slices and flowers.

vegan no-bake strawberry lemon tart on countertop

Like Claire’s vegan strawberry lemon tart? Try her vegan Girl Guide cookies or her vegan Moroccan doughnuts.

You Won’t Believe These Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies Are Totally Gluten-Free

This is no ordinary brownie recipe. It’s made with a super secret ingredient — sweet potato! Sweet potatoes are undeniably delicious, loaded with nutrients and naturally gluten-free. If you’re looking for the perfect chocolatey, fudgy brownie with that beautiful shiny, crackly top, this Baking Therapy recipe was made for you.

The Fudgiest Sweet Potato Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time 35 to 38 minutes
Total Time: 55 to 58 minutes
Servings: 9 brownies

Ingredients:

1 cup sweet potato (about 2 or 3), mashed
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs
¾  cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes until soft. Set aside to cool slightly and mash with a fork until smooth.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line and grease a 8×8-inch square pan.

3. Melt the bittersweet chocolate and coconut oil together, either in a double boiler or in the microwave, making sure to stir every 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.

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4. In a medium bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and brown sugar for about 5 minutes until lighter in colour and viscous.

6. On low speed, pour in chocolate and coconut oil mixture and the cocoa powder mixture. Add the sweet potato and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

7. Pour batter into the prepared pan, smooth out the top and bake for 35 to 38 minutes, until a toothpick when inserted comes out mostly clean.

8. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls.

Watch out for Sabrina’s baking videos on the Food Network Canada Instagram account.


 

Sarah Britton’s Gluten-Free Everything Bagel Loaf is The Easiest Bread Recipe Ever

In the new Food Network Canada Facebook series The Substitute Baker, celebrated Toronto-born holistic nutritionist Sarah Britton shows us just how easy it can be to adapt your favourite recipes to suit any occasion or special dietary needs.

This time around, she’s taken one of the all-time greatest bagel flavours (everything!) and transformed it into a nutritious, highly satisfying gluten-free loaf studded with seeds – making it high in protein! – that you’ll want to introduce into regular rotation. Did we mention this life-changing bread recipe is also plant-based and incredibly easy to whip together? Your morning breakfast routine (okay, and lunch routine) just got way more delicious.

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Gluten-Free Everything Bagel Loaf

Big-Batch Everything Bagel Spice Mix Ingredients:
Makes 3 cups (430g)

½ cup / 80g garlic flakes
¾ cup / 85g onion flakes
¾ cup /100g sesame seeds (I like a mix of brown and black)
½ cup/ 85g poppy seeds
½ cup / 80g flaky sea salt (I used Maldon)

Directions:

1. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the sesame seeds until fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool. Place poppy seeds in the same skillet, and toast over medium heat until fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. In a large jar, combine the cooled sesame and poppy seeds, garlic flakes, onion flakes and salt. Shake or stir to combine, and secure with an airtight lid. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct light. Keeps for 3-4 months.

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Life-Changing Loaf of Bread Ingredients:
Makes 1 loaf

1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds
½ cup / 90g flax seeds
½ cup / 65g pumpkin seeds
1 ½ cups / 150g gluten-free rolled oats
2 Tbsp chia seeds
4 Tbsp psyllium husk powder
1 tsp fine sea salt
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
3 Tbsp everything bagel spice blend, plus 1 Tbsp. for garnish
1 Tbsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp melted, expeller-pressed coconut oil
1¾ cups water

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Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup, oil and water together in a measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very wet (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable). Transfer the dough into a flexible, silicon loaf pan, and smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of bagel spice for garnish. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day or overnight. To ensure the dough is ready, it should retain its shape even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.

3. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down on a clean baking sheet and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing (difficult, but important).

4. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well too – slice before freezing for quick and easy toast. Reheat by toasting in the toaster for 5-7 minutes.

For more baking inspiration, Sarah Britton’s Bold and Beautiful Raspberry Cashew Cheezecake is here for you, or learn how to make the most Perfect Sourdough Loaf.


 

Green Banana Flour is Here to Stay, And This Pancake Recipe Proves It

With the popularization of plant-forward, gluten-free and dairy-free eating, many are swapping their traditional beloved foods for more nourishing alternatives like “milk” made from oats, “yogurt” made from coconut, “cheese” made from cashews … and now “flour” made from green bananas! And, green banana flour is as its name suggests: green bananas are harvested and milled into a flour that is actually incredibly healthy for you.

The flour is rich in resistant starch, meaning it resists digestion and feeds the good bacteria in the gut. Since it bypasses digestion, banana flour doesn’t spike blood sugar or insulin after it’s consumed. It’s also grain- and gluten-free, not to mention environmentally friendly, since many green bananas aren’t suitable for export or sale; but they’re perfect for grinding into flour. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the texture and lightness of pancakes made from the starchy fruit – you may never go back to using other flours again!

Gluten-Free Green Banana Flour Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: Makes 8 small pancakes

Ingredients:

Pancakes
¾ cup non-dairy milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup green banana flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp sea salt
2 eggs
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted + more for frying
½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Toppings
Banana slices
Crumbled walnuts
Maple syrup

Directions:

1. Combine the lemon juice and non-dairy milk in a bowl and let it sit and curdle for 5 minutes.

2. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and sea salt.

3. After the 5 minutes are up, whisk in the eggs, maple syrup, cooled liquid coconut oil and vanilla.

4. Slowly pour the dry mix into the wet and fold the ingredients together.

5. Heat a griddle or frying pan on medium, melt coconut oil to coat the surface and then drop about ⅓ cup of batter down.  Allow to cook for about 3 minutes, you’ll see bubbles and the edges will begin to solidify, then flip for another 3 minutes. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn.

6. Once all the pancakes have been cooked, dress them up with your favourite toppings like caramelized banana slices, walnuts and maple syrup.

On a healthy baking streak? Try your hand at these 3 no-bake cookies (they’re healthy enough for breakfast!) together with this nourishing apple pie oatmeal bake. For more inspiration, here are 10 things healthy people eat for breakfast every morning.

15-Minute Gluten-Free Tabbouleh Pasta Salad You’ll Make Weekly

It’s important to have quick, healthy and crowd-pleasing recipes in your dinner rotation that can be tossed together when you’re in a pinch, or even when you’re not! This vibrant tabbouleh dish is the perfect lettuce-free salad to whip up when you’re looking for something fresh with minimal prep involved. The only real cooking is boiling gluten-free pasta before combining with vibrant, zesty, raw ingredients.

Gluten-Free Tabbouleh Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked gluten-free fusilli
4 cups water
1 cup fresh parsley, minced
½ cup fresh mint, minced
2 mini cucumbers, diced
1 cup diced tomatoes
3 Tbsp diced red onion
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small clove garlic, minced
¼ cup lemon, squeezed
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp pepper

Directions:

1. Add lots of water and salt to a pot, allow to boil, then toss in the pasta and cook according to the package directions. When cooked, drain, rinse and cool slightly.
2. If you’re using a food processor, install the “S” blade, place the herbs inside and blitz until they’re minced – but do not over blitz into an herby paste! Alternatively, you can chop them with your knife until minced. 

3. Dice the cucumbers, tomatoes and red onion.
4. Place all ingredients in the bowl and season with extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, lemon, sea salt and pepper.
 

Looking for more quick and painless meal ideas? We’ve got 20 easy 15-minute dinner recipes and a 15-minute cheesy one-pot pasta. If you’re gluten-free, these delicious dinner ideas and party appetizers are here to please your palate.

The 3 Best Grilled Veggie “Steaks” You’ll Ever Make (With Epic Marinades)

We’re in the heat of grilling season, with steaks and all their fine marinades sizzling on BBQs everywhere. But if you’re looking for a plant-based alternative (that’s not a veggie burger), hearty, meatier vegetables can take on the form of steak and be the star of the plate, too! Cabbage wedges with a maple balsamic drizzle, broccoli coated in dukkah and the tastiest garlic sweet potatoes are about to shake up your preconceived notions about grilling, one taste explosion at a time.

Grilled Cabbage Steaks with Maple Mustard Balsamic Drizzle

Mostly reserved for slaws and salads, cabbage is often a forgotten BBQ gem. Slicing it up into vegan “steaks” and placing it on the grill helps turn this bitter veggie into something sweet and smoky. The combo of maple, mustard and balsamic is a versatile sauce that transitions from wintry roasts to this summery drizzle, elevating the sweetness of the cabbage and adding a hit of acidity. Top with fresh basil leaves so every bite encompasses something crunchy and sweet; even better if the basil is picked from your own herb supply.

Ingredients:

Cabbage Steaks
1 small head of purple cabbage
1 Tbsp avocado oil
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp granulated garlic
Pinch of pepper
5-10 fresh basil leaves

Drizzle
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp whole-grain mustard or Dijon
Pinch of sea salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Cut the cabbage into wedges by slicing it in half lengthwise, and then slice those pieces in half, so you’re left with 4 wedges. Keep the core intact.
2. Place the cabbage in a large bowl or tray and season with avocado oil, sea salt, granulated garlic and pepper.
3. Fire up your grill to medium-high, place the wedges on and flip every 5-7 minutes so each side comes into contact with the grill and becomes slightly charred and softened.
4. Cook for a total of 15-20 minutes, and if the cabbage begins charring too much, move it off the flame and into an area of indirect heat.
5. While the cabbage is grilling, whisk together your drizzle in a small bowl.
6. Take the cabbage off the grill when tender, crispy and browned, allowing it to cool for 5 minutes, then drizzle the maple-mustard balsamic on top.
7. Tear up a few fresh basil leaves, and scatter over the dish for vibrancy and freshness.

Grilled Broccoli Steaks with Dukkah

In the last few years, people have obsessively grilled cauliflower “steaks”, but broccoli is overlooked as an equally grill-worthy veg. Like all veggies that are BBQ’d, broccoli softens, sweetens and becomes deliciously smoky. This Middle Eastern inspired dish places the broccoli on a delicious puddle of tahini sauce, before being topped with one of our favourite Egyptian spices: dukkah. The aromatic blend is a collection of toasted and crushed nuts, seeds and spices that provide texture, bite and important seasoning.

Ingredients:

Broccoli Steaks
1 broccoli bunch
1 Tbsp avocado oil
¼ tsp sea salt
½ tsp granulated garlic
Pinch of pepper
2-3 Tbsp dukkah spice (store-bought or homemade)

Tahini Lemon Sauce
¼ cup tahini
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp water
Pinch sea salt

Directions:
1. Slice the broccoli into large florets or steaks (so they don’t fall between the cracks of the grill), peel the stalk and slice them in half.
2. Place the broccoli in a bowl and season with avocado oil, sea salt, granulated garlic and pepper.
3. Turn the BBQ on medium-heat, place the broccoli florets and stalks on the grill. Every few minutes, flip the broccoli so each piece is cooked through and lightly charred (tongs work best). If broccoli is getting too browned, transfer the florets to an area of indirect heat.
4. While the broccoli is cooking, quickly prepare the tahini sauce. Once combined, pour it onto a plate and spread it out with the back of a spoon.
5. Place the grilled broccoli on the sauce, then sprinkle dukkah on top of the broccoli.

Grilled Sweet Potato Steaks with Cilantro Garlic Drizzle

How do you turn a root veggie into a summery dish? Grill it and smother it in fresh cilantro! This is a simple weekend BBQ recipe, since sweet potato wedges are always a crowd-pleaser. What makes it stand out from your typical roasted or deep fried wedge-variety is the smoky char marks that you simply can’t achieve from any other cooking method. BBQing veggies really does add so much flavour without doing much by way of seasoning. The cilantro-garlic drizzle that embellishes the dish is sort of like a gremolata, an Italian herb condiment, that just adds so much freshness from lemon, lemon zest and herbs. If cilantro is really not your jam, simply swap it for an herb you prefer like mint, basil or parsley.

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato Steaks
3 sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp avocado oil
½ tsp sea salt
Pinch of pepper

Drizzle
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp lemon zest
Pinch sea salt

Directions:

1. Slice the sweet potatoes into wedges – do this by cutting them in half lengthwise, and then slice the halves on a bias.
2. Mix the sweet potatoes with avocado oil, sea salt and pepper.
3. Place the sweet potatoes on a grill that’s on medium-high heat, allowing the wedges to cook about 5-7 minutes per side, then flip and cook for another 5-7 minutes. You should begin see grill marks, and the wedges should be soft on the inside.
4. As they’re cooking, whisk together the cilantro-garlic drizzle.
5. Place the wedges on a large plate and dollop the drizzle over top.

Don’t let your grill game stop there. Here are 20 vegan bbq recipes that pack a flavour punch, and 3 vibrant vegetarian dinners that make lemon the star.

The Creamy Gluten-Free Kabocha Squash Gnocchi You’ll Crave This Fall

Gnocchi always sounds like one of those challenging homemade meals, when in reality it’s pretty simple to make, and you will certainly feel like an accomplished home-chef once you prepare it! What’s so special about this particular gnocchi is it uses nutrient-rich Japanese kabocha squash instead of the typical white potato, adding gorgeous colour, bold flavour and a natural sweetness you often don’t find in the traditional version of this dish. This recipe is also completely gluten-free, there is no white flour here; rather a delightful mix of brown rice flour and buckwheat flour. Pairing it with a garlic sage cream sauce makes this meal complete!

Creamy Gluten-Free Kabocha Squash Gnocchi

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

Gnocchi:
3 cups kabocha squash, peeled and cut into large cubes
1/2 cup brown rice flour + extra for rolling
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 egg
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 tsp sea salt

Cream Sauce:
3 tsp tapioca starch
3/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk or dairy milk
2 Tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 fresh sage leaves
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Directions:

Gnocchi:
1. Peel the kabocha squash (you can use a sharp knife, as a peeler mostly likely won’t do the trick). Once peeled, cut into large pieces, steam it until it’s soft and a fork can easily puncture through the squash pieces.
2. Mash it by hand or in the food processor and allow it to cool.
3. Once cooled, mixed the squash mash with brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, an egg, cheese and salt. Use your hands to combine and form a dough.
4. Flour a clean surface with extra brown rice flour and divide the dough into 3 separate balls.
5. Roll each ball out into long, thin logs and add extra flour if the dough becomes too sticky.

6. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes and then roll the gnocchi down the fork tines to make indentations.
7. When the gnocchi is ready, boil a large pot of water and salt it.
8. Add the gnocchi to the water. When it floats to the surface, it’s cooked. Remove it with a slotted spoon. Don’t overcrowd the gnocchi in the pot, work in batches if you need to.

Cream Sauce:
1. Whisk together the tapioca and the milk until it’s smooth.
2. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, then drop in the garlic for a few seconds before adding the sage. Once the sage crackles slightly in the butter, add the milk and tapioca mixture.
3. Take this down to a simmer to allow ingredients to infuse together and for the sauce to thicken.
4. Once thicker, add the lemon juice.
5. Take off the heat and drizzle the sauce over the gnocchi. Top with extra cheese, if you please!

For more heavenly gluten-free recipes, check out these 30 Delicious Gluten-Free Dinners and 18 Great Gluten-Free Party Appetizers.

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No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Pies

Nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake! Sweet cashew-coconut crust is packed with a creamy strawberry filling in these raw vegan strawberry shortcake pies. They’re delicious, healthy and completely satisfying — perfect for an outdoor party or an intimate get-together with friends. Tip: you can choose to forgo the crust and serve the filling in custard cups or martini glasses for a quick, yet beautiful result.

strawberry shortcake pies

No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Pies

Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4 (4 mini tarts or 1 medium pie)

Ingredients:

Crust
1 cup cashews
1 cup dried coconut
2/3 cup dates

Filling
2 cups cashews
2 cups strawberries (to blend)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 cups strawberries (reserve)

Directions:

1. To make the crust, place coconut and cashews in food processor. Process until flour-like.

2. Add the dates to the food processor mixture. Process again for 3 minutes. Stop processing once it sticks together when pinched.

3. Press crust mixture firmly into tart pan(s). (Press crust down very firmly so it will stay together. If it won’t stick together, you haven’t processed long enough.) Set aside.

4. Place filling ingredients (except cashews and the final 4 cups of strawberries) in a blender. Blend until smooth.

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5. Add cashews and blend again until smooth. Pour filling mixture into large bowl.

6. Finely chop the remaining strawberries. Add to filling mixture and stir gently with a spoon.

7. Spoon mixture into tarts and enjoy immediately.

Notes:
– If preparing in advance, store the pie crust and filling separately, then spoon filling into pie crusts just before eating.
– To make a smaller batch, feel free to halve the recipe. It won’t be enough to make an entire pie crust (using a standard 8″ pie dish), but if you have 2 mini pie pans they will work perfectly.

Published July 23, 2015, Updated August 1, 2018

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Vegan Pound Cake With a Colourful Surprise Inside

There are so many treats and sweets that vegan and gluten-free have to pass on, why not bake up a delicious Halloween cake everyone can enjoy. Treat your vegan and gluten-free friends to a delicious dessert with a colourful surprise inside!

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Vegan Hidden Pumpkin Pound Cake
Courtesy of Christina Frantzis
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 95 min

Ingredients:
Cake
8 Tbsp aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid), divided
2 510 g gluten-free pound cake mix
1-1/4 cup coconut or rice milk, divided
2/3 cup vegetable oil, divided
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vegan orange food colouring

Glaze
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
4 tsp water
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Note: Aquafaba is the water that canned chickpeas are packed in. Strain chickpeas and reserve for another use and use the water to substitute eggs.

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Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a loaf pan and set aside.
2. Whisk 4 Tbsp of the aquafaba in a small bowl until foamy.
3. In a large bowl, whisk 1 package of the cake mix with the foamed aquafaba, 1/2 cup of the milk, 1/3 cup of the oil and the pumpkin puree until smooth. Stir in food colouring until no streaks of colour remain.
4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth top. Bake until a tester inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on cooling rack for 20 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely.
5. Remove ends of cake and slice loaf into 1inch thick slices. Using a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter cut pumpkins out of centre of each slice. Reserve scraps for another use.
6. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease clean loaf pan. Stand the pumpkin cutouts in a straight line in the pan, leaving no space between them.
7. Whisk remaining 4 tablespoons aquafaba until foamy. Stir into second cake mix along with remaining 1/4 cup of the milk and remaining 1/3 cup of the oil until smooth. Pour mix along sides of pumpkin cutouts in the pan and over top to cover, carefully straightening out if row shifts. Bake until loaf is golden and a tester inserted in the middle without piercing through the pumpkin row comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
8. Let cake cool in pan on cooling rack for 20 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely.
9. Stir sugar with water in a medium bowl until smooth. Drizzle over top of the cake and sprinkle with pecans. Allow 30 minutes for glaze to set before serving.

Looking for more delicious vegan desserts? Try these 50 Vegan Desserts Even Non-Vegans Will Love.

Gluten-Free Chickpea Skillet Pizza with 3 Delicious Variations

Looking for a delicious gluten-free alternative for pizza night? This easy recipe uses socca, a chickpea flour pancake as a high-protein, high-fibre base and is cooked stovetop for a quick meal. With three unique flavour combinations to spruce up the basic crust, satisfy your pizza crazing with one, two or all three!

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Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 30
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Socca Pizza Crust (makes 3):
1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Roasted Sweet Pepper, Mozzarella and Basil:
1 socca pizza crust, prepared according directions
4 roasted sweet red peppers, sliced into small pieces
1 ball fresh mozzarella, room temperature, torn
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Chana Masala Socca Pizza with Cilantro and Yogurt:
1 socca pizza crust, prepared according directions
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, sliced
1 carrot, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp garam masala
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 (19 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 (28 oz) can whole tomatoes
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt, for serving
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
4 sweet marinated green peppers, sliced
4 fresh red chilis, split, for garnish only (optional)

Falafel with Tahini Yogurt and Cucumber:
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 Tbsp tahini
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 lemon, quartered
1 socca pizza crust, prepared according directions
4 prepared falafel, homemade or store-bought, crumbled
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 cup diced fresh tomato
2 green onions, thinly sliced into strips
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions:

Socca Pizza Crust:
1. Preheat oven to 200ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk chickpea flour, water and salt until combined.
3. In small nonstick skillet, heat 1 tsp oil over medium heat. Cooking one at a time, add a ladleful of socca batter to the pan and swirl to the edges. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until dry on top and bottom is mostly golden brown; no need to flip. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Continue with remaining socca batter and oil.
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Chana Masala Socca Pizza with Cilantro and Yogurt:

1. In a large high-sided skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion, carrot, garlic, garam masala and chili powder. Reduce to medium low; sauté for 10 to 12 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add onion mixture to a blender along with tomatoes; puree until smooth.
2. Add pureed mixture back to skillet along with chickpeas, lemon juice and salt. Simmer partially covered over low for 20 minutes, until sauce has thickened.
3. To serve, spoon chana masala over warm socca crusts, garnish with cilantro, pickled peppers and a drizzle of yogurt. Serve immediately topped with a sliced fresh chili.

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Falafel with Tahini Yogurt and Cucumber:
1. In a small bowl, whisk yogurt, tahini, lemon juice and salt until combined.
2. Heat crumbled falafel in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until warm.
3. To serve, over warm socca crusts, layer cucumbers, warmed falafel, tomato, green onion, drizzle with yogurt tahini mixture and sprinkle with chili flakes. Serve immediately with a lemon wedge.

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Roasted Sweet Pepper, Mozzarella and Basil:
1. Over warm socca crusts, layer red pepper, mozzarella, olives, basil and season with salt and pepper.
2. Serve immediately or warm briefly in a low oven to gently melt the cheese, if desired.

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8 Great Tips for Going Gluten Free

In a column I once wrote for Food Network Canada, I used to sign off with a jokey bio: “Devon will eat anything except roasted silkworm and bananas.” To me, that was a punchy way of expressing my food philosophy — that eating is not just a physiological necessity, but an opportunity for adventure.

I’ve approached food like that my whole life, from my early days as the kid who breathlessly described her first sushi dinner to her disgusted small town classmates (it was the 80’s, and sushi was still weird in rural Ontario), to the grown-up who suffered multiple bouts of food poisoning in search of Asia’s best street food (mango sticky rice in Chiang Mai? Crispy kimchi pajeon in Seoul? I can’t decide.)

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Anna Olson’s Vegetable Pad Thai is gluten-free.

So learning that I have a severe gluten intolerance has been a blow to my identity as a culinary adventurer. If you’re reading this today because you can’t eat it either, I feel for you. Yes, there are worst problems, but food restrictions are not fun, especially when that restriction covers so many delicious items and especially when you’re a die-hard foodie.

But I’m not going to stop exploring new culinary frontiers just because my eating passport is missing a few visas, and you shouldn’t either. Here’s what I’ve learned in my first year of gluten-free eating.

1. Get Tested

Testing for celiac disease requires a gluten-filled diet, since current tools measure inflammatory reactions, either in the blood or gut. If, like me, you stopped eating gluten before being tested, the only way to get accurate results is to start eating it again. In many cases that’s not medically advisable. When I tried reintroducing, my reaction was so severe my gastroenterologist advised me to stop. As he said, it doesn’t really matter whether I have celiac disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) — an emerging, though still poorly understood diagnosis — because for reactions like mine, the prescription is the same; no gluten.

If you’re celiac, tests will confirm that eating gluten is dangerous to your health and you can never eat it again. But, if you’re not, there’s a possibility you might have some latitude, for instance, you might be okay eating whole grains, like simple barley, but not more processed products, like pizza crust. Or maybe you have a wheat allergy, but can still tolerate grains like rye — it’s always best to check with a doctor to help find out.

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Anna Olson’s Balance Cookies are gluten-free.

2. Hone Your Elevator Speech

Missing out on your favourite foods is hard, but it’s not the hardest part: social eating situations are. I hated losing my identity as a non-picky eater, and in the early days of my intolerance, I’d do anything to try and keep it. At restaurants, I’d inform servers that I couldn’t eat gluten, then qualify the warning with something that made me feel less difficult, like “but it’s not an anaphylactic thing, so I won’t die if you mess up.” Although true, that little qualifier meant staff didn’t take me seriously, and predictably, I got sick. Bottom line: celiac disease and NCGS are serious conditions with real health implications that deserve attention. These days I call ahead to let kitchen staff know about my restrictions. Sometimes I’m disappointed to discover restaurant staff are ill-informed and ill-prepared for my dietary needs, other times I’ve been pleasantly surprised, like when I recently learned my favourite Dutch-Indonesian restaurant cooks with gluten-free soy sauce.

I do the same thing ahead of parties, although with private events, I’ll offer to bring my own food if the host is unable or unsure how to accommodate. Bottom line: don’t be shy to voice your needs, and do be prepared to educate others on what a safe meal means for you.

3. Stick to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods

These days you can’t cruise a grocery store aisle without seeing an advertisement for a gluten-free product, but not all gluten-free foods are created the same. Most treats that aim to emulate their gluten-filled counterparts — think bread, cake mixes and pizza crusts — rely on super-refined flours and artificial stabilizers. They’re fine for the occasional treat, but the tastiest (and healthiest) gluten-free foods tend to be the ones that never needed gluten in the first place. Choose starches like corn tortillas, crunchy seed crackers, fluffy rice and quinoa or flavourful buckwheat pancakes. Enjoy the fact that meat, fish, legumes, cheese, fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten-free.

4. Know Your Allies

Start on a restricted diet and you’ll soon learn just how many people avoid select ingredients, whether they do so because of allergies, intolerance, or religious and ethical considerations. In my experience, your fellow restricted dieters are often the most accepting and helpful; the more niche their diet, the more helpful they’re likely to be. In other words, vegetarian restaurants are good, vegan, paleo or raw restaurants are better. I’ve discovered a whole new world of delicacies — like rich hemp seed ice cream — because they were produced with vigilance.

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Anna Olson’s Beet Risotto is gluten-free.

5. Eat These Cuisines 

In areas where corn is a staple, like Latin America, much of the food will be naturally gluten-free. Plus, it’s hard to feel deprived when digging into a cheesy corn-tortilla nachos or a saucy arepa.

Same goes for India, where rice and lentils are prominent, or Ethiopian food with its teff-based injera. A word of caution: many Asian cuisines that seem gluten-free employ soy sauce, which is typically cultured with wheat. That said, Vietnamese pho, rice noodles and rice wraps are generally a solid bet, as is a much Thai food, which is often seasoned with fish sauce instead of soy. Surprisingly many Italian markets and restaurants offer solid choices, since awareness of celiac disease is quite high in that country. Cuisines that focus on simple preparations of meat, fish and vegetable, like Greek or Japanese food, often have tasty options.

6. Read Labels and Ask Questions

Just because you had a fabulous gluten-free injera at one Ethiopian restaurant doesn’t mean they don’t add wheat flour at another. Know the tricky ingredients — packaged soup stocks, sauces and spice mixes can contain unexpected gluten — and be prepared to educate friends, family and servers about them. Packaged ingredients can change, restaurant management can turn over, friends can forget, and cross contamination is real, so be vigilant. It never hurts to stash an emergency snack in your car or purse, just in case.

7. Experiment

Bakers beware: Although there are many gluten-free flour mixes, whether store-bought or homemade, each behaves differently, depending on its exact composition. In the beginning, it’s best to start with one, learn its properties and master a few recipes before moving on to the next blend and finding the one you like best. Be prepared to experience the frustrations and joys of learning to bake all over again. And don’t forget to search Foodnetwork.ca for gluten-free baking tips:  Anna Olson has some particularly drool-worthy recipes.

8. Explore

I’m still holding out for the day researchers develop a gluten-busting pill that works like Lactaid does for the lactose intolerant, but until that day comes (and there’s reason to believe it may be soon), I’m not going to stop exploring. In many ways, gluten-free eating has forced me into a new era of creative cookery, as I try to recreate favourite flavours and seek out new, safe, treats. Focus on what you can eat and as much as possible, try to emphasize discovery over deprivation. Happy eating!

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo

Sometimes all you need is a big bowl of creamy, comforting pasta for dinner. This week, shake things up with this healthy, vegan and gluten-free take on fettuccine alfredo: it incorporates all the great flavours of white wine and mushrooms, but we’ve replaced the dairy with cashews and veggie stock for the sauce!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients:
400 g brown rice fettuccine noodles
1 ½ cups raw cashews (soaked for 3 hours minimum)
1 cup water
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup finely chopped white onion
2 large portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
4 cups thinly sliced cremini mushrooms
4 cups fresh baby spinach
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup vegetable stock
½ cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried parsley
2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground pepper

Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook noodles to al dente. If using brown rice pasta, you’ll need to rinse the noodles when draining to keep the firm texture. Just before adding them to the sauce, rinse them again with cold water to prevent them from sticking to the pot.
2. Meanwhile, rinse and drain cashews from soaking water and add to a high-powered blender along with water, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Blend until very smooth.
3. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté onion in olive oil for 2 minutes until soft and fragrant.
4. Add mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes. When mushrooms are half cooked and start to release some moisture, stir in minced garlic, sea salt and ground pepper, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
5. Once mushrooms have shrunk and released all their water, add white wine and simmer for 7 minutes.
6. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in fresh basil and dried parsley, and cook for 1 minute.
7. Mix in the cashew cream, spinach and slowly stir in 1 cup of vegetable stock, stirring for about 4 minutes.
8. Add noodles to the pan and toss to combine everything well, coating noodles in sauce, for 3 minutes.
9. Top with vegan parmesan cheese and more ground pepper or sea salt as desired. Serve immediately.

Tip: If reheating leftovers, heat in a pan adding small amounts of vegetable stock, a bit at a time, while tossing the noodles to thin out the sauce again.

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Top 5 Alternatives to Traditional Pizza Crust

Everyone loves pizza. I mean, how could you not? If your love for pizza is strong but are looking for an alternative to regular dough, there are many ways to have your pizza and eat it too. Here are a few of options sure to satisfy your craving while staying health conscious or avoiding an allergy.

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1. French Bread Pizzas

2. Twice-Baked Pizza Potatoes

3. Pita Pizza Rounds

4. Gluten-Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough

5. Portobello Pizzas

 

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

What better way to indulge on a Fryday than with these delectable vegan and gluten-free cinnamon sugar doughnuts. They’re obviously delicious any time of day, but this particular version is best enjoyed for breakfast, paired with a big ol’ cup of coffee.

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Note: This recipe will only work with a flour blend that contains xanthan gum and baking powder. Look for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Biscuit & Baking Mix at your grocery store. It’s fairly common as most commercial grocers carry this line of products and have specific gluten-free sections.

Ingredients (makes 12 medium sized doughnuts):
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp ground flax
3 Tbsp water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup organic golden sugar (same as unbleached granulated sugar)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup gluten-free flour mix
1 tsp cinnamon
3-4 cups vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Doughnut Coating:
1/4 cup organic golden sugar (same as unbleached granulated sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Directions:
1. In a small bowl mix together ground flax and water. Let sit for 15 minutes in the fridge to thicken. In another mixing bowl combine soy milk and apple cider vinegar, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. After letting these 2 components sit for 15 minutes, heat up vegetable oil in a pot to 375°F while you prepare the rest of the dough.
2. In a large mixing bowl add 2 cups of gluten-free flour mix (the other ¼ cup is for rolling out the dough) and mix with cinnamon until well combined.
3. Add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, vanilla extract, sugar and flax mixture to the bowl with soy milk and apple cider vinegar, and whisk together until well combined.
4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until it just comes together into a sticky ball of dough.
5. On a clean, dry surface spread out 1/4 cup of the flour and place the dough from the bowl onto the floured surface. Knead the dough into a little bit of flour while ensuring you keep the surface floured to prevent the dough from sticking. It will become a little less sticky to handle as you incorporate a bit more of this flour into it. Pat the dough down with your hand until it’s 1/2” thick.
6. Cut 3 1/2” circles from this dough, making sure to lightly coat the cookie cutter with excess flour on the counter. Bring the excess dough together in a ball again, ensure you’ve spread out a bit more of the excess flour across your surface/counter and flatten the dough again to 1/2” thick. Continue to cut out circles. After this second round of cutting out circles you should be left with just enough dough to make 1-2 more doughnuts with your hands.
7. To make the centre hole you can lightly coat the thicker end of a chopstick with a bit of excess flour. Then stick it through the middle of the circles and roll it around a little to create a small 1/4” hole.
8. Combine sugar and cinnamon for the coating in a shallow dish and have it near your frying oil. You’re going to sprinkle the doughnuts right out of the fryer.
9. Ensure your oil has reached a temperature of 375°F and place 2 doughnuts in the hot oil. After about 1-1 1/2 minutes they should be floating at the surface. Using a slotted frying spoon, gently flip them. Let them fry for another 2-2 1/2 minutes until golden.
10. Lift them out with the slotted frying spoon allowing excess oil to drip onto paper towel. You can let them sit for a few seconds but you want to get them coated with cinnamon sugar almost immediately while they’re still hot. Roll the doughnuts around in the cinnamon sugar until evenly coated and place them on a separate clean plate. Continue this process until all the doughnuts are fried.

It’s best to eat these immediately while they’re still warm!

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Vegan Kale Caesar Salad with Tempeh Bacon

Caesar salad is something that non-vegans will swear we can’t re-create. But the truth is, a vegan Caesar salad is SO much healthier for you, you’ll only want to eat this version from now on. It will leave you feeling light, clean, and energized. Feel free to use romaine lettuce instead of kale for an even more traditional salad. We just like to switch it up and get our dark leafy greens in wherever we can. Tempeh bacon makes this more of an entree salad, but you can use coconut bacon for an appetizer version (as seen in right photo). You can also use the coconut bacon in the entree salad for added flavour and texture.

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I like the taste of roasted garlic in a Caesar dressing because it makes it sweeter and less overpowering. In case you don’t know how to roast garlic, just peel the outer layers off the garlic bulb, leaving a thin layer still in tact and cut the top of the bulb off (approx. 1/4 inch from the top) so the cloves are visible. Coat in 1 Tbsp of olive oil (per bulb) and a pinch of sea salt and then bake at 400°F for 35 minutes or until the cloves are browned and soft to the touch.

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Caesar Dressing

Ingredients (makes 2 cups):
3/4 cup raw cashews (soaked for a minimum of 3 hours)
3/4 cup water
1 bulb of roasted garlic (approximately 7-9 cloves. Feel free to do more/less depending on your taste.)
1 pitted medjool date
1 lemon, juice & zest
3 1/2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp  sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper

Directions:
1. Drain the soaked cashews and rinse with more water until it runs clear.
2. Place all the ingredients in a vita-mix or high powered blender and mix on high until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving on your salad.

Garlic Croutons

Ingredients:
3 cups cubed bread (your choice)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 Tbsp go veggie! vegan Parmesan

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and pepper. Toss the cubed bread in the mixture until well coated. If you’re adding the vegan Parmesan, then toss them in that next.
2. Lay out the bread onto a baking sheet and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, turning over once in the middle of baking, until golden brown. Depending on the bread you use the time will vary so just keep an eye on them. Gluten-free bread takes longer, approximately 20 minutes. and gluten free bread is always a bit gummy so don’t expect them to be crispy crunchy croutons like when they’re made with regular bread. Italian baguette is our favourite for this recipe.

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Tempeh Bacon

Ingredients:
1 package of tempeh (approximately 250 grams)
1/2 cup tamari (can sub soy sauce or Bragg’s aminos)
1/2 Tablespoon water
1/3 cup liquid smoke
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1-2 Tbsp coconut oil (for frying)
Extra water for de-glazing the pan

Directions:
1. Thinly slice the tempeh.
2. Whisk together all the liquid ingredients and smoked paprika in a shallow dish that you can use to marinate the tempeh in.
3. Lay the slices of tempeh in the dish and pour in half the sauce. Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
4. To cook, heat a non-stick pan to medium and add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil. When it’s heated, add the slices of tempeh.
5. Once the first side starts to brown you’ll want to start de-glazing the pan with left over marinade and a bit of water every so often to prevent them from sticking and to get them really caramelized and browned. Flip the slices and do the same thing on the other side.
6. You might want to use another Tbsp of coconut oil on the other side to get them frying up nice. You’ll start to notice the liquid becoming absorbed and the tempeh getting crispier and stickier. Cook time is approximately 15-20 minutes. Remember, you’re trying to caramelize the tempeh, times may vary.
7. Remove from the heat to cool while you assemble the Caesar salad.
8. All there is left to do is wash and chop your romaine lettuce or kale.

Garnish your Caesar salad with more black pepper, lemon wedges, and additional go veggie! vegan Parmesan if you like! And…I think we might just convert you to being a vegan Caesar salad lover.

Kale tip: If you’re using kale, finely chop it and massage it with your hands in some lemon juice for 3-5 mins. Massaging the kale is actually beneficial. It makes the tough, bitter green sweeter, softer and easier to digest. I like using lemon juice for this salad, but massaging kale with olive oil, lime juice or a pinch of sea salt will wilt it and break it down just the same.

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Raw Vanilla Cheesecake with Chocolate Almond Crust

This recipe has been in the bank for a long time and I’ve just never divulged my secret. I keep it in my arsenal and always make it for dinner parties to wow my non-vegan friends! It totally works plus they all feel good after eating it. This healthified dessert is definitely a fan favourite and now I’m sharing this little piece of vegan love with you too. Enjoy!

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Makes: 4 x 4 1/2″ cheesecakes

Ingredients:

Chocolate Almond Crust
1 cup raw almonds (soaked at least 3 hours)
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/3 cup shredded coconut
8 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp sea salt

Vanilla Cheesecake Filling Ingredients
1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked at least 3 hours)
1/3 cup agave nectar (or 1/2 C maple syrup for non-raw version)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or the inside of 1 vanilla bean)

Topping
1 cup frozen mixed berries

Directions:

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1. Place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor and blend them into a coarse meal. Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined.
2. Using your hands, press the dough in an even layer into mini tart pans with removable bottoms. Freeze the crusts for 30 mins and make the cheesecake filling.

Tip: If you don’t care about eating a strictly raw dessert, you can poke a few holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork and then bake them for 8-10 minutes at 325°F. The nuts toast up nicely and it gives a yummy overall flavour to the cheesecake that might be more palatable to people who aren’t accustomed to raw food and desserts. Allow the crusts to cool completely before filling them.

Vanilla Cheesecake Filling
1. In a vita-mix or high powered blender, combine all the ingredients until smooth.
2. Remove your crusts from the freezer and pour the filling into them just below the top edge of the crust. Place them back in the freezer for 1-2 hours to set.
3. Before serving the cheesecake allow them to sit out at room temperature for 10 minutes. They can keep for a while in the freezer as well.

Topping
For an easy topping you can just thaw frozen mixed berries at room temperature while you wait for the cheesecakes. Alternatively, you can place fresh mixed berries in a bowl with a mixture of 2 parts lemon juice and 1 part raw agave nectar and let this mixture sit for 30 minutes until it becomes soft and juicy.

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Gluten-Free Powdered Sugar Doughnuts

Who knew making dreamy little, vegan gluten-free powdered sugar doughnuts could be so easy! And what better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day than with these tiny treats that are much like those Tiny Tom doughnuts you get at the fair every year. By using a ready-made gluten-free flour blend that already contains baking powder and xanthan gum you take all the science and guess work out of gluten-free baking.

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Note: This recipe will only work with a flour blend that contains these two ingredients so look for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Biscuit & Baking Mix at your grocery store. It’s fairly common as most commercial grocers carry this line of products and have specific gluten-free sections.

Makes 16: Small doughnuts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon ground flax
3 tablespoons water
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup organic golden sugar (or same as unbleached granulated sugar)
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups gluten-free flour mix (Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Biscuit & Baking Mix)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 to 4 cups vegetable oil (for deep frying)
½ cup powdered icing sugar

Directions:
1. In a small bowl mix together ground flax and water. Let is sit for 15 minutes in the fridge to thicken.
2. In a mixing bowl combine soy milk and apple cider vinegar and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
3. After letting these 2 components sit for 15 minutes heat up vegetable oil in a pot to 375°F while you prepare the rest of the dough.
4. In a large mixing bowl add 2 cups of gluten-free flour mix (the other ¼ cup is for rolling out the dough) and mix with cinnamon until well combined.
5. Add the ¼ cup of vegetable oil, vanilla extract, sugar, and flax mixture to the bowl with soy milk and apple cider vinegar and whisk together until well combined.
6. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until it just comes together into a sticky ball of dough.
7. On a clean, dry surface spread out ¼ cup of the flour and place the dough from the bowl onto the floured surface. Knead the dough into a little bit of this flour as well as ensuring you keep the surface floured to prevent the dough from sticking. It will become a little less sticky to handle as you incorporate a bit more of this flour into it.
8. Pat the dough down with your hand until it’s ½” thick.
9. Cut 2 ½” circles from this dough. Being sure to lightly coat the cookie cutter with excess flour on the counter.
10. Bring the excess dough together in a ball again, ensure you’ve spread out a bit more of the excess flour across your surface/counter and flatten the dough again to ½” thick and continue to cut out circles. After this second round of cutting out circles you should be left with just enough dough to make one or 2 more doughnuts with your hands.
11. To make the center hole you can light coat the thicker end of a chopstick with a bit of excess flour. Then stick it through the middle of the circles and roll it around a little to create a small ¼” hole.
12. Place powdered sugar into a shallow dish and have it near your frying oil. You’re going to sugar the doughnuts right out of the fryer.
13. Ensure your oil has reached a temperature of 375°F and place 2 to 3 doughnuts in the hot oil. After about 1 minute they should be floating at the surface. Using a slotted frying spoon gently flip them. Then let them fry for another 1 ½ minutes until golden.
14. Lift them out with the slotted frying spoon allowing excess oil to drip onto paper towel. You can let them sit for a few seconds but you want to get them powdered with sugar pretty immediately while they’re still hot. Roll the doughnuts around in the powdered sugar until coated evenly and place them on a separate clean plate. Continue this process until all the doughnuts are fried.
15. It’s best to eat these immediately while they’re still warm!

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Anna Olson’s Gluten-Free Walnut Poppy Seed Cake

With summer in sight, I think of my grandmother’s baking, and poppy seeds and walnuts were among her favourite ingredients, whether for nut rolls, egg breads or other sweet concoctions.

This recipe is for a typical central European-style cake – a very simple one-layer torte that leaves room for creative plating. It can be served with just a dollop of whipped cream or sweetened sour cream, or even blood orange segments and fresh raspberries for a lighter and fresher approach.

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Gluten-Free Walnut Poppy Seed Cake 

Makes: 1 9-inch cake
Serves: 16

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups (6 oz) walnut pieces
3/4 cup poppy seeds*
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
5 eggs at room temperature, separated
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup whipping cream

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch springform pan and sprinkle the bottom and sides with sugar, tapping out any excess.
2. Pulse the walnuts, poppy seeds and 1/3 cup of sugar in a food processor until finely ground.
3.  Beat the butter and 1/3 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, and beat until well blended.
4. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until foamy, then slowly pour in the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar and whip until the whites hold a soft peak. Fold the whites into the butter mixture. Fold in ground nuts and poppy seeds, and continue to fold until incorporated. Spoon about 1/3 cup of this batter into the cream and then fold this into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until a tester inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake to room temperature and then chill it completely before removing from the pan and serving. The cake will keep for up to 3 days refrigerated.

* If you have access to ground poppy seeds from an eastern European grocery, those are preferable (and can be used in the same measure), but the recipe does work deliciously well with regular whole poppy seeds.

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Professionally trained pastry chef Anna Olson is the host of Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson. Anna’s culinary philosophy is based on a common-sense approach of cooking and baking with the seasons, as well as respecting the ingredients, the technique and the process of sharing with others through food. Most of all, cooking and baking should be fun!