SUGAR FREE, OIL FREE AND GLUTEN FREE GRANOLA

Granola is one of those things that I feel EXTREMELY guilty of buying in the grocery store because it is incredibly easy to make at home. I find myself making this at least once a week and it is an absolute staple in a yogurt breakfast alongside some fresh fruit like berries. Many recipes include extra sugar and oil but I have created my own recipe that is free of these unnecessary additives. You are free to use other replacements in this recipe like different types of nuts and seeds, or agave/date syrup. Just make sure you add a little bit of water to really everything well together.

SUGAR FREE, OIL FREE, GRANOLA

Nut, seed and oats granola that is sugar free and oil free!
Course Breakfast
Keyword granola, healthygranola, vegan

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 c cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  • On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread out mixture. Try to make a thick layer and make sure that the granola is touching eachother (one single layer)
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. You can give it a mix half way through but it is not necessary.

Notes

  • You are free to substitute other type of nuts instead of almonds and cashews. 
  • You can substitute agave or date syrup in place of maple syrup 

VEGAN BLACK BEAN CHIPOTLE BURGER

Vegan burgers are an ABSOLUTE staple in my diet, and as a guaranteed weekly menu item. I find that when I go out to a vegan restaurant I can only HOPE that they have an option for house made burgers made from scratch rather than using a processed version. You can just feel the love in bean burgers, and can infuse a wide variety of flavours without adding on the toppings. My favourite combination for bean burgers is spicy, Mexican like flavours including chipotle, chili powder, and a big scoop of avocado with lime.

You’ll absolutely need to use a food processor for these burgers and they will do the entire job for you with no stress. You can use a potato masher if you do not have one, but I would totally recommend pulling out your food processor. Plus you literally don’t have to chop a single thing if you do use one!

THE PROCESS

In the first step you will have to drain and rinse your can of black beans. I recommend doing this first so that the beans can dry as much as possible before blending them with the other ingredients. After, prepare your chia egg with 1 tbsp of chia seeds and 3 tbsp of water. Let it sit for about 5 mins until it comes together in a nice eggy like blob (I think thats a great description). Once you do that, quarter your onion and peppers and put them in the food processor. Next you’ll need to pull out your chipotle peppers. This is absolutely crucial in introducing that extra spice and flavour. I get a canned version of chipotle peppers at my local whole foods, that is marinated with adobo sauce and onions. The adobo sauce is to die for, but if you cant find these chipotle flavours feel free to use a dried version and add adobo sauce separately.

I will say that if you are not a fan of the spicy or chipotle flavours, you can omit these flavours and use the onions, peppers, beans, oats, and chia as a base for your very own black bean burger.

Firstly process the onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and chipotle peppers on their own. Just pulse a couple of times to chop everything up and to make sure there are no large pieces of onion or peppers. If you process to long the mixture might become too watery, which means you will have to add a little extra oats to soak up that moisture. Add the beans, oats, and chia egg to the processor along side your salt, pepper, chili powder, granulated garlic, paprika, and red chili flakes. Set on low and let the processor do its thing, stopping if you need to scrape down the sides. The mixture will come together nicely and look almost like refried beans.

Form into patties (depending on your sizes, I can get four normal sized patties) and bake in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes, flipping half way. Now onto toppings! Since this is a spicy burger I highly recommend your usuals – lettuce, tomato, onions. But if you want to elevate your game then add guac, barbeque chips, pickled red onions, and mayo. I hope you enjoy!

BLACK BEAN BURGER

Easy vegan black bean burger
Keyword blackbeanburger, veganburger
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, quartered
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 1 chia egg
  • 1 12oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1 tsp each of chili powder, paprika, garlic powder

Instructions

  • Prepare chia egg (mix 1 tbsp of chia with 3 tbsp of water)
  • In a food processor, pulse onions, bell pepper, chipotle pepper and cilantro until they are broken down into smaller chunks.
  • Add in black beans, oats, chia egg, spices and a pinch of salt. Let run on low for a couple of minutes until well blended. You may need to scrape down the sides.
  • Form into four patties on a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Let chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
  • Preheat oven to 400 and bake for 20 minutes flipping half way.

APPLE GALETTE (V)

An easy vegan pastry dessert and easily one of my favourite recipes to make for every season and can be used for a wide variety of different fruit & veggies. Truly a vegan & plant based foodies dream.

I love to make galettes when I have excess fruits and I’m craving some easy made desserts! Apple galettes are totally my favourite fruit to use when making this recipe, specifically honey crisp apples…Smething about these apples were very addicting: the apples are sweet, juicy and crunchy at the same time. There is something about apples in season and especially from farmers market that makes me love fall all the more. This galette recipe would be perfect for using up the extra fruits in your kitchen.

Galettes are a really simple pastry you can fill with both sweet and savory items. My personal favourite is using fruit to create apple galettes and strawberry galettes, but asparagus with cashew ricotta cheese also tops the list. Sweet galettes can be eaten as is or I HIGHLY recommend some ice cream on the side. This vegan pastry is a delicious and easy recipe to make and is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party.

Apple Galette

Apple Galette
Course Dessert
Keyword apple galette, dessert, vegan, veganrecipes

Ingredients

Pastry Dough

  • 1.5 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Apple Filling

  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flour (can be any kind)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Pastry Wash

  • non-dairy milk
  • brown sugar

Instructions

  • Stick the butter in the freezer for 30 mins, until it is quite cold. This is important because the butter will melt while you are forming the dough.
  • Using a food processor, add flour and butter (cut the butter into smaller tbsp sizes). If you don't have a food processor, add the butter into the flour and massage the mixture until the butter breaks down into smaller chunks or a crumbly texture.
  • Add ice cold water one tbsp at a time, pulsing or mixing well before adding the next one. Once your finished with the water add the apple cider vinegar and mix well. The dough should form into smaller chunks and should be able to squish it together. If the mixture is too dry add one additional tbsp of ice cold water.
  • Lightly flour your work surface and begin forming your dough. DO NOT kneed for too long, need until the dough comes together and form into a thick disk. Dough should not be sticky or wet, if it is add flour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 400.
  • Prepare the filling by coring and slicing the apple into thin individual slices. Place all ingredients for the filling in the bowl and mix well.
  • Roll out the dough into a circle about 1/8" thick. Arrange the apple slices in the middle of the dough leaving about 1" space around the edges so you can fold the dough when you are finished arranging the filling.
  • Wash the edges with milk, and sprinkle brown sugar around the edges.
  • Bake for 40 -50 mins until the edges are browned.

As always please share and leave a comment if you try this recipe!


WHOLE GRAIN SPELT FLOUR WAFFLES

I learned this recipe from a friend, who makes these waffles often for either a sweet or savoury dish. Whatever you decide, this easy recipe will be sure to fill your waffle cravings!

My favourite waffle toppings for that sweet morning craving are:

  • Nut butters (especially gooey and oily crunchy nut butter)
  • Fruits; bananas and berries work especially well
  • Sweeteners; I consider this a staple in a classic sweet breakfast option, either maple syurp or agave
  • If you’re feeling extra frisky, add some coconut whipped cream, non-dairy yogurt and chopped nuts

On the other hand, my favourite savory options include:

  • Pizza waffle: tomato sauce, non-dairy cheese, fresh basil
  • Nacho waffle: cashew queso, black beans, salsa, corn, cilantro, even avocado
  • Pesto Mushroom: cashew cheese, grilled mushrooms, pesto sauce

By having an easy base recipe, it leaves extra room for thinking of the best toppings

Whole Grain Spelt Flour Waffles

Only 3 ingredient whole grain waffles!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword breakfast, dessert, speltflour, vegan, veganrecipes, waffles, wholegrain

Equipment

  • Waffle maker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat waffle maker
  • 2. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Mix slowly and carefully – the bubbles in the sparkling water will help create a softer, fluffier texture
  • 3. Pour mixture in waffle maker and cook as usual.

Notes

This recipe can work with regular or other types of flour, but I used spelt flour for whole grain properties. Spelt flour is also alkaline friendly. Feel free to use other whole grain or non whole grain flours. 


PLANT BASED VEGGIE AND SAUSAGE SPAGHETTI

Looking for another way to use plant based sausage, extra veggies in your fridge, or even eggplants? Especially with the latter, I get so overwhelmed with the size and wanting to use it up as quickly as possible. What I love about this recipe is it takes less than 30 minutes and it’s a great way to up your veggie intake in an inconspicuous way.

Plant Based Sausage and Veggie Spaghetti

Less than 30 minute easy, protein and veggie filled spaghetti
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pack brown rice spaghetti, or any you prefer
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 plant based sausages (I used beyond meat)
  • 1/2 eggplant, diced
  • 1 green, yellow or red pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash chopped
  • 1 jar favourite marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil or any cooking oil to a medium sauté pan. First cook plant based sausages according to package instructions. Remove from heat, chop into smaller bite sized pieces and set aside.
  • Add additional cooking oil to pan. Add onions, eggplants, zucchini and peppers. Let cook until soft. Feel free to add additional spices, but the marinara sauce will do just that.
  • In the meantime, cook pasta according to package instructions. Make sure to salt the water
  • While pasta is cooking, add marinara sauce and extra salt to pan with veggies. Add in the plant based sausage. Add some water in the jar (about a cup) and pour in the pan to thin out the sauce. Let simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • When the pasta is finished, drain and rinse. Add into pan with marinara sauce. Turn of heat and mix pasta in well. Serve while hot