Canned Mixed Bean Salad Recipe

Canned Mixed Bean Salad Recipe

This canned mixed bean salad recipe is courtesy of my super duper Mama-in-law. πŸ™‚  

Even though it’s April, it seems that Winter has just arrived in Toronto – we had the biggest snowstorm this past week!

Lucky for me, I had the good fortune to spend this past week on a Caribbean cruise with my Mama. Friends, it was absolutely amazing. I’d never been on a cruise before and now I know why people are cruisers for life. It’s basically a 5-star resort on a ship, in the middle of the ocean. I was a bit worried about the food situation (being gluten-free and vegan isn’t always very easy) but I had no reason to fear! The food was incredible and they were very accommodating to gluten-free and vegan diets! We cruised with Holland American who have impeccable service.

Anywho, I arrived 2 days ago and was not ready for a Toronto winter in April! To keep up with my Caribbean spirits, I have decided to share a summer canned mixed bean salad recipe. This salad is incredibly satisfying with it’s sweet and spicy flavours. It’s basically a flavour party in your mouth. Plus, it’s perfect for the summer! Bring some Caribbean in your life. πŸ˜› Enjoy! 

Canned Mixed Bean Salad Recipe
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Canned Mixed Bean Salad Recipe
This canned mixed bean salad recipe is the perfect spring and summer salad. Not only is it super delicious but it is incredibly quick and easy to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can of bean medley, rinsed & drained
  2. 1 tomato, chopped
  3. 1 mango, chopped
  4. 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  5. 1 avocado
  6. 1/2 red onion, chopped
  7. 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander
  8. 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  9. 1/2-1 Tbsp hot chilli sauce
  10. 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  11. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all the the ingredients & refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
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Mango Mousse Vegan – 3 Ingredients (with Video)

Mango Mousse Vegan

Okay folks, are you ready for this one? Three ingredient vegan mango mousse. It is possible and it’s insanely delicious! 

We had a friend come a few days ago and I was scrambling for a dessert. We had super ripe mangos that I wanted to use and a couple of cans or coconut milk. I decided to throw the two together and I was so incredibly pleased with the result. It was the perfect mousse-like consistency and the perfect amount of mango tartiness and maple syrup sweetness. Try it for yourself and see. πŸ™‚ 

Mango Mousse Vegan
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Mango Mousse Vegan
Serves 1
Three ingredient vegan mango mousse.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 mango
  2. *1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. *Place the coconut milk in the fridge
  2. Peel mango and remove mango meat
  3. Place the mango meat with the maple syrup in a high powered blender/food processor and puree.
  4. Open the can coconut milk and remove only the sold white part into a mixing bowl. (I usually drink the liquid, it's delicious!).
  5. Add the mango-maple syrup puree to the bowl.
  6. Using a hand mixture, whip it up! Whip until super smooth.
  7. Place the mousse in the fridge until served.
Notes
  1. The amount of time that the coconut milk should be chilled depends on where it was stored. It was stored in a cool place you may be able to skip this process entirely but if it's warmer, you will need to chill the can. Basically you want the coconut meat to separate from the coconut milk (the liquid from the can).
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For more ultra simple coconut milk desserts, check out my Vegan Mint Ice Cream.

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Best Overnight Oats in a Jar Recipes

Best Overnight Oats in a Jar Recipes

I was so excited to to make this post on the best overnight oats in a jar recipes! I love overnight oats (who doesn’t?) and am always looking for new, fun, creative and yummy creations. 

I have indicated whether the recipes are: 

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Dairy free
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free
βœ“ Raw

Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you have have a gluten sensitivity/allergy. I have also provided recommended substitutions for different allergies/if you are vegan. 

See my post on the best overnight oats in a jar recipes. Let me know if you have any question! πŸ™‚ 

Best Overnight Oats in a Jar Recipes with…

Banana

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Fit Foodie Finds

By Fit Foodie Finds

Ingredients: 8
Main items:
banana, (vegan) milk, flax

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ *Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

Note: Use dairy-free milk to make this recipe vegan.

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Apple

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Tasty Yummies

By Tasty Yummies

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
apple, dairy-free milk, chia

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

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Pumpkin

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Running With Spoons

By Running With Spoons

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
pumpkin, (almond) milk, chia 

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ *Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

Note: Use nut-free dairy-free milk if you have a nut allergy. 

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Pomegranate

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Oh My Veggies

By Oh My Veggies

Ingredients: 5
Main items:
pomegranate, (almond) milk, cocoa nibs

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ *Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free 
βœ“ Raw

Note: Use nut-free dairy-free milk if you have a nut allergy. 

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Raspberry 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Hurry Up The Food

By Hurry Up The Food

Ingredients: 8
Main items:
raspberry, (vegan) yogurt, almond milk, chia

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ *Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

Note: Use soy-free yogurt to make soy-free. 

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Strawberry

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Oh My Veggies

By Oh My Veggies

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
strawberry, coconut, almonds

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

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Blueberry

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | My Whole Food Life

By My Whole Food Life

Ingredients: 7
Main items:
blueberry, cashew, chia 

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

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Cherries 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Blissful Basil

By Blissful Basil 

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
cherries, cocoa nibs, chia

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free (sweetener optional)
βœ“ Raw

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Orange 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | My Fussy Eater

By My Fussy Eater 

Ingredients: 6
Main items:
orange, coconut, yogurt 

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free 
βœ“ Raw

Note: Use dairy free yogurt & milk to make dairy-free/vegan. 

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Pineapple

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | The Foodie & The Fix

By Foodie & The Fix 

Ingredients: 7-8
Main items:
pineapple, banana, pecan

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free (*sugar is optional)
βœ“ Raw

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Mango

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Fo Reals Life

By Fo Reals Life

Ingredients: 6-7
Main items:
mango, dairy free yogurt & milk

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free 
βœ“ Raw

Note: Use soy-free yogurt if you don’t have soy. 

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Ginger 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | My Whole Food Life

By My Whole Food Life 

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
ginger, molasses, flax 

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free (has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

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Peanut Butter

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Delish Knowledge

By Delish Knowledge

Ingredients: 7
Main items:
peanut butter, banana, grape juice 

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free 
βœ“ Raw

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Almond Butter

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | My Whole Food Life

By My Whole Food Life 

Ingredients: 7
Main items:
almond butter, cacao, almond milk

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has dates/maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Radiant Rachels

By Radiant Rachels 

Ingredients: 11
Main items:
peanut butter, banana, cocoa & cacao

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has dates/maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

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Chocolate & Coconut 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | The Pretty Bee

By The Pretty Bee

Ingredients: 6
Main items:
chocolate chips, coconut, flax

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has dates/maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

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Coconut & Blueberry 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Oh She Glows

By Oh She Glows 

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
blue berry, coconut milk, pear

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

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Baklava 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | The Big Man’s World

By Big Man’s World 

Ingredients: 8-9
Main items:
honey vanilla almond milk, rosewater essence, vanilla protein powder 

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free (sweetener optional)
βœ“ Raw

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Neapolitan 

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | Fit Foodie Finds

By Fit Foodie Finds

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
vanilla yogurt, cocoa, strawberry

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ *Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Sugar free (has maple syrup)
βœ“ Raw

Note: *Use dairy-free yogurt & milk if dairy-free/vegan. 

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Coffee

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats | The Healthy Maven

By The Healthy Maven 

Ingredients: 5-6
Main items:
coffee, cocoa, banana

βœ“ Gluten free
βœ“ Vegan
βœ“ Soy free
βœ“ Nut free
βœ“ Sugar free (sweetener optional)
βœ“ Raw

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How to Make a Sugar Free Apple Pie

How to Make a Sugar Free Apple Pie

I was on a sugar free cleanse a few months back and I had an intense craving for apple pie. As I wasn’t allowed any type of sugar, I had to figure out how to make a sugar free apple pie. Turns out, it is incredibly easy! This recipe only calls on 3 ingredients for the apple filling and only 4 ingredients for the crust. πŸ™‚ You can also check out my post on the best Gluten Free Dairy Free Pie Crust Recipes (8 Options) for more (vegan/grain-free) crust options. 

See my recipe below for how to make a sugar free apple pie. πŸ™‚ 

How to Make a Sugar Free Apple Pie
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How to Make a Sugar Free Apple Pie
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Apple Pie Filling
  1. *4 apples sliced
  2. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  3. 2 tsp coconut flour
  4. maple syrup or stevia to taste, optional
Crust
  1. 2 cup sorghum flour (I think rice flour would also work though I haven't tried it yet)
  2. 2/3 of a cup vegan shortening (or butter if not vegan)
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 2 tbsp ground chia + 6 tbsp of water (or 2 eggs if not vegan)
  5. dash of maple syrup, optional
For the apple pie filling
  1. Add the sliced apples, cinnamon, coconut flour and sweetener, if using, into a bowl and set aside.
For the crust
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add the ground chia + 6 tbsp of water into a bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the salt to the flour and mix well.
  4. With your hand, crumble the shortening and add to the flour mixture.
  5. Add the chia mixture (and maple syrup if using).
  6. Work the dough with your hands until it forms a balls.
  7. Split the dough into 2 balls (we will need one part for the base of the pie and one part for the top).
For the bottom of the crust
  1. Place the dough ball into your pie pan and use your hands to pat it on the bottom and the sides of your pie pan.
  2. Pre-bake the crust for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. While it's baking, prepare the top of the crust.
  4. Take 2 large sheets of parchment paper. Lay one sheet down and sprinkle with flour.
  5. Place the dough ball onto the parchment sheet and sprinkle with flour.
  6. Place the other piece of parchment paper on top.
  7. Carefully roll out the dough with a rolling pin until you reach the desired size and shape.
  8. Once the bottom of the crust is pre-baked remove from oven and add in the apple pie filling.
  9. Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and carefully flip over the crust onto the pie.
  10. Gently remove the top sheet of parchment paper and gently pat down the edges of the crust so that they stick to the edge of your pie pan.
  11. Poke a few holes into the crust with a fork and bake for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Notes
  1. *Use green apples if you want to reduce the fruit sugar content
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Vegan Saag Paneer (Rapini & Spinach with Tofu)

Vegan Saag Paneer

My Mama’s Pakistani saag recipe made with rapini and spinach is the best! I have adapted it to make it a complete protein packed vegan meal, by adding tofu. Hence, my vegan saag paneer πŸ™‚

The thing is, I have been exposed to many different type of saag dishes (disclaimer: I could live off my Mama’s Pakistani saag dish for a very long time). I especially love saag that is made with rapini and spinach. Unfortunately Pakistani saag is often drenched in ghee, or clarified butter. This isn’t necessarily bad as ghee can have many health benefits, one of them being easier on your digestive track than other types of dairy. Nevertheless, it’s still dairy so if you can’t have dairy then you can’t have ghee. Never to fear though, happygutters (well, that sounds kind of strange :S), saag has just become vegan with tofu and olive oil instead of ghee. I like to call this one the “Vegan Saag Paneer” πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Vegan Saag Paneer
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Vegan Saag Paneer
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 block firm or extra firm tofu
  2. 2 bunches of rapini, chopped (frozen will do)
  3. 1 bunch of spinach, chopped (frozen will do)
  4. 1.5 tsp turmeric
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  7. 1-2 green chilli (cut in half if you like spice)
  8. 1.5 tsp minced ginger
  9. 1.5 tsp minced garlic
  10. 1.5 cups water
Tarka Ingredients
  1. 1.5 tsp minced ginger
  2. 1.5 tsp minced garlic
  3. 2 tbsp olive oil or vegan butter
Instructions
  1. Drain tofu - I usually put it between two plates and put something heavy on it for about 20 minutes, then I drain the liquid.
  2. Place ALL saag ingredients into a saucepan, stir and bring to boil.
  3. Lower to low-medium and allow to cook for about 40 minutes (or about 25 minutes if you have a pressure cooker).
  4. Check and stir it every 5-10 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn or dry out (add more water if this is the case, but don't add too much - you don't want it to be watery). You can to cook it until it is really soft and until the water has evaporated.
  5. Remove from heat and, if you like, use your hand blender or food processor to blend it (this makes really smooth, like saag you would get at a restaurant).
  6. While the saag is cooking, make the tarka. Place your olive oil or vegan butter in a frying pan over medium heat and add the ginger and garlic just until they start to brown. Add the tarka to the saag when it is cooked and mix well.
  7. Cut tofu into thirds lengthwise and eighths crosswise.
  8. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  9. Add tofu.
  10. Cook tofu, stirring gently every 2 to 3 minutes, until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes.
  11. Add the tofu with the saag
  12. Adjust spices to taste.
Notes
  1. Tarka refers to the final seasoning of an Indian/Pakistani Punjabi dish.
  2. This dish also freezes really well. If you do plan on freezing it, don't add the tofu to the saag. Rather, eat the tofu on the side as the tofu doesn't freeze as good.
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Enjoy with rice or the following, if you like :

buckwheat flour chapati
chickpea flour wrap
paleo coconut flour naan

 

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Mint Brownie Recipe From Scratch

Mint Brownie Recipe From Scratch

I’ve been on a mint wave for the past couple of weeks and so this mint brownie recipe from scratch is my latest creation. πŸ™‚ 

We had our first couple blind date earlier this week (my partner invited over a friend and his wife both of whom I’d never met before) and I was excited and nervous! I made a few Indian dishes for the main meal but I wanted a killer dessert. I also needed a dessert that was vegan and grain-free (there are a lot of dietary restrictions in our house currently) and wanted to use mint. Simply because I.LOVE.MINT. πŸ™‚ I experimented with this mint brownie recipe from scratch and it was absolutely perfect. 

According to our guest, “This is at least as good as a ‘normal’ brownie.” I’ll take it! This is one of those recipes that I’ll make again and again. πŸ™‚ 

This bad boy is vegan, grain-free, paleo, nut-free and refine sugar free. It kind of doesn’t get cleaner (and tastier) than this. πŸ˜› 

Mint Brownie Recipe From Scratch
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Mint Brownie Recipe From Scratch
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. generous pinch of salt
  5. 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia combined with 1/4 cup of water for 5-10 minutes) – or you can use 2 eggs if you’re not vegan
  6. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  7. 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  8. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  9. 3 tbsp dairy free milk (I used almond milk)
  10. 1-2 handfuls chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a food processor, combine the coconut flour, cocoa, baking soda & salt
  3. Slowly add the chia mixture, maple syrup, coconut oil, peppermint and dairy free milk
  4. Combine until completely smooth
  5. Add in the chocolate chips and mix by hand
  6. Use parchment paper or grease your baking pan
  7. Pour in the batter and smooth over with a spoon
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes
  9. Let it cool for about an hour
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Chickpea Flour Wrap (with Video)

Chickpea Flour Wrap

This chickpea flour wrap is a vegan/gluten-free/grain-free person’s best friend. πŸ™‚ I have been experimenting with going grain-free recently which my gut my has been lovin’. I eat a lot of Indian-Pakistani food (that’s where my blood is from!) and so wanted a roti replacement as I LOVE roti! Before going grain-free I would usually make my gluten-free buckwheat flour chapati/roti, but now needed a replacement.

(*Update: a reader just told me that buckwheat is in fact a seed, not a grain! 

“While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens.”

Source: whfoods.org)

There is a traditional chickpea flour roti in India/Pakistan that they call “Besan Roti.” My Mom sometimes makes it and it’s delicious. The only problem though is that it is traditional quite stiff and not as malleable as regular roti. I used my Mama’s recipe as a template and adjusted it to make it more roti like. The result? Perfection. πŸ™‚ Plus, only 2 ingredients are required! See my video and recipe for my chickpea flour wrap below. 

Chickpea Flour Wrap
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Chickpea Flour Wrap
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This chickpea flour wrap is absolutely perfect. It's vegan, gluten-free and grain-free. Plus, it only requires two ingredients. Incredibly easy to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup chickpea flour
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Oil, for pan frying.
optional seasoning
  1. 1/2 tsp salt
  2. 1/2 tsp cumin
  3. 1/2 tsp paprika
  4. 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  5. and whatever else you think will be yummy!
Instructions
  1. Pour a couple of tbsp of oil into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non-stick large frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Combine the chickpea flour, water and spices, if using, into a bowl and whisk very well.
  4. Add a few drops of oil into the pan and coat the pan.
  5. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup for smaller wraps and 1/2 measuring cup for larger wraps, spoon out the chickpea into the pan.
  6. Use a spoon to spread out the batter in a circular motion making sure to cover any holes in the batter. You want it as thin as a crepe.
  7. Wait a couple of minutes and then flip over. (Each side should start to turn brown with brown spots). Cook for another couple of minutes on that side and then serve.
  8. Can be eaten hot or cold.
Notes
  1. If I'm using a pan that isn't very "non-stick" sometimes I dip a spoon into the oil and spread the oil around the edges of the pancake so that it's easier to flip.
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Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Friends, this dairy free mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe makes me so happy in my heart. πŸ™‚ My favourite type of ice cream is mint chocolate chip and it’s always been that way. This flavour brings me back to my childhood. I imagine little Kiran eating a huge bowl full of mint chocolate chip ice cream, way more than she needed, with ice cream all over her face. Not much has changed except for the fact that now the ice cream is a dairy free mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe. πŸ™‚

I’m a fan of all store-bought vegan ice cream options, but it’s so difficult to find mint chocolate chip. I decided to experiment with this ultra simple and easy recipe (only 4 ingredients!) without an ice cream maker. It came out absolutely delicious! I will be making this one again and again. Try it for yourself and let me know how it comes out. 

Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe
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Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  2. 1 handful spinach
  3. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  5. handful of (vegan) chocolate chips, optional
Instructions
  1. Throw all ingredients, except the chocolate chips if using, into your high powered blender (I use my Blendtec) or food processor and mix until totally smooth and you can't see any spinach pieces.
  2. Pour the mixture into a tupperware and stir in the chocolate chips, if using.
  3. Freeze overnight.
Notes
  1. I didn't use an ice cream maker for this so the ice cream did turn out a bit crystalized. I don't mind this but you could probably add some coconut oil to make it creamer / use an ice cream maker.
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Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconut

Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconu

This is the story of how this recipe for date balls rolled in coconut came to life.

I’m a lazy cook. There, I said it. I’m always on the hunt for super quick, easy and YUMMY recipes. The fewer the ingredients the better as well! I had invited a friend over for dinner and fifteen minutes before he was supposed to arrive I realized that I didn’t have dessert – yikes! It was the first time he was coming over and so one must host properly. πŸ˜› I needed something super quick. I opened the fridge. I saw coconut and dates. Then I looked at my pantry. I saw walnuts. BAAM! A super easy, yummy and healthy 3 ingredient dessert. You are welcome. πŸ™‚

The dessert was a hit! This one will go down as one of my favourite go-to super quick, healthy and yummy dessert recipes!

Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconut
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Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconut
Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconut | happygut.ca
Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconut
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dates (soaked for 10 minutes in hot water if they are dry)
  2. *2 cups walnuts
  3. 1.5 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Put dates into a food processor and processes until mushy.
  2. Add the walnuts (or whatever nut you are using) and mix well. They should look crumbly but should be able to stick nicely together.
  3. On a plate/cutting board, spread out the shredded coconut.
  4. Using a 1 tbsp measuring spoon, spoon out the date/nut mixture.
  5. Roll into a ball using your hands.
  6. Roll out the ball onto the shredded coconut, making sure it's all nicely coconut.
  7. Do that for the remaining of the mixture.
  8. Should make about 20 balls.
  9. Put the balls into the fridge until you are ready to enjoy them. πŸ™‚
Notes
  1. I think other types of nuts would also work (e.g. almonds, pecans).
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Tofu Scramble Recipe Nutritional Yeast

Tofu Scramble Recipe Nutritional Yeast

I love tofu scramble. I’ve tried many variations of tofu scramble over the years but this tofu scramble recipe with nutritional yeast is absolutely amazing! Nutritional yeast is so versatile and is a vegan’s best friend. πŸ™‚ It’s a terrific veggie/vegan dietary supplement and has a nutty (some even say cheesy) flavour. It’s also rich in vitamin B-12 and packed with protein –1 heaping tbsp has about 8 grams! Aside from it’s nutritional benefits and awesome taste, nutritional yeast is also a wonderful yellow colour! I like my tofu scramble to look like scrambled eggs (this way I get to trick the meat-eaters :P) and so the addition of nutritional yeast is perfect! This recipe came out so wonderfully delicious and satisfying – try it for yourself and see. πŸ˜‰ I had it with some hummus and avocado. 

Tofu Scramble Recipe Nutritional Yeast
Tofu Scramble Recipe Nutritional Yeast | happygut.ca

 

Tofu Scramble Recipe Nutritional Yeast
Tofu Scramble Recipe Nutritional Yeast | happygut.ca
Tofu Scramble Recipe Nutritional Yeast
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 block tofu
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil
  3. 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  4. 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. 2 green onions, chopped
  6. 1/4 cup salsa/chopped tomatoes
  7. 4 handfuls of spinach
  8. 2 tbsp pesto, optional
  9. 1-2 tsp chilli flakes
  10. salt & pepper to taste
  11. freshly chopped cilantro for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Drain tofu (I usually do this by placing it between 2 plates, putting something heavy on top, and letting it sit for about 10-20 minutes and then draining the excess water).
  2. Crumble up the tofu with your hands and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  4. When hot, add the chopped garlic and sautΓ© until fragrant.
  5. Next, add the crumbled tofu along with the onions, salsa/tomatoes, nutritional yeast, spinach and pesto, if using. Mix well.
  6. Add all the remaining spices and let cook for abut 5 minutes.
  7. Adjust spices to taste.
  8. If you like, garnish with some chopped cilantro and hummus and avocado.
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