Key Lime Squares

I remember when I first discovered key lime pie I knew it would be my favourite pie flavour for life. I started making them all the time using the Betty Crocker recipe and people RAVED about it (except for one time I over zested…big mistake). I decided to make key lime squares, which could definitely be made into a regular pie, I just didn’t have enough crust. These are incredibly luscious, smooth and dense. Just like a real key lime pie! The only sugar in it is dates and a little bit of stevia for the filling. I kid you not, these are so creamy and delicious!

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup unsweetened coconut

6 medjool dates

1 tbsp coconut manna (butter) (You could also sub in coconut oil)

 

2 avocados

2 limes (or 4 key limes)

2/3 cup coconut manna (butter)

1 cup full fat coconut milk

Stevia (to taste)

Sea salt, pinch

To start off you’re going to grind the almonds, coconut, dates and 1 tbsp coconut butter in a food processor for a good 3 minutes until it’s very finely crumbled. Press into a parchment lined baking pan and stick it in the fridge while you make the filling!

For the filling, blend up the avocados, zest and juice of 2 limes (or 4 key limes), slightly melted coconut butter, coconut milk, stevia and a pinch of salt. Pour into pan and spread it out so it’s all even. Let cool in the fridge for about 3 hours or more. Slice and serve.

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Nacho Supreme Quinoa Bowl

This is an incredibly elaborate grain bowl. If you’re not into grains you could swap for salad greens and make a taco salad. The queso sauce MAKES it. It’s awesome.

I used our tried and true cheese sauce from our Ultimate Mac and Cheese recipe from a few posts back. Here’s the recipe again. You could substitute pumpkin for any kind of squash or sweet potato.

Pumpkin Cheese Sauce

Equal parts:

Canned pumpkin puree
Tahini
Nutritional Yeast and
Water or Coconut milk
+ a hefty pinch of sea salt

For the bowl I used about 2 tbsp of each as well as a little bit more water cause I wanted to be able to drizzle it. This would equal about 1 serving I’d say.

But this isn’t what you came here to see!

Presenting the Nacho Supreme Quinoa Bowl:

1/2- 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa
1 tsp chili powder

Chopped red pepper
Chopped green onion
Black beans
Salsa
Diced avocado
1 sprouted corn tortilla (Baked in a 350F oven for about 10 minutes and crumbled)

1 serving of Pumpkin Cheese Sauce (recipe above)

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First you layer the quinoa that has been mixed with chili powder on the bottom of the bowl. Next add your veggies, salsa and avocado (Add vegan sour cream if you’re into that kind of thing). Top with tortilla pieces.

Drizzle on cheese sauce and garnish with a lime.

Yum!!!

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Choy Chips with Sesame

Everyone has heard of Kale Chips, but have you ever heard of Choy Chips?? I had a bunch of baby bok choy and decided to make some chips to use it up. They turned out incredibly crispy and the sesame seeds add a heartiness and crunch.

It made me think, you could probably make chips out of any green vegetable! Like collards, brussel sprouts, chard…? I’ll have to get back to you on those…

What you’ll need:

4 baby bok choys, separated and de-stemmed (so you are only left with the green leafy part)

1 tbsp avocado oil (or olive)

1/2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp sesame seeds

Sea salt

Put bok choy leaves into a large bowl and add the oil, seeds and salt. Gently mix around with your hands until the leaves are evenly coated in oil. Lay out in a single layer in a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 250F. Let cool.

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Black Rice Biko with Pomegranate

One of the ladies I used to work with brought something in to share called “Biko”. It is a Filipino dessert made from sticky rice, sugar and coconut milk. You cook the rice with the coconut milk and sugar until it gets all sticky and caramelized and then you press it into a pan and chill in the fridge. You end up with these soft and chewy rice pudding squares and they’re awesome! I decided to make my own strange version of this dessert and added pomegranate juice and subbed the white rice for black, One thing I definitely should have done is cook the black rice first and then mix everything else in. I stood over the stove for a while hour stirring the pot, waiting for the rice to split open. When using black rice, cook it first based on the directions on the bag and then add remaining ingredients.

3 cup dry black rice, cooked according to package directions

2 cups full fat coconut milk

1/2 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 cup coconut sugar

Dash of sea salt

After cooking the rice in a large pot, add in the coconut milk, pomegranate juice (a really good way to make fresh pomegranate juice is to press the seeds with you fingers through a fine sieve over a bowl), sugar and salt. Stir over medium-low heat until all the liquid has evaporated and you are left with a caramel-y mass of ricey goodness. Press into a pan lined with parchment. Cool in the fridge until firm. Slice and serve!

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A super easy and unique dessert!

Banana-Flax Granola

This granola is actually so good! Considering there is no oil and it is sweetened with a single banana and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. I just can’t believe how crunchy it was! I was expecting a chewier texture but was pleasantly surprised. This granola was inspired from Diet Girl’s Pretty Darn Healthy Homemade Granola. I┬ájust reduced the water, and added flax and coconut instead of the nuts.

What you’ll need:

1 banana
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup flaxseeds

Preheat oven to 375F. Blend banana, syrup, water, salt and cinnamon. Combine oats, flaxseeds and coconut in a separate bowl. Mix in banana mixture until distributed throughout. Spoon mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet, spread out into a thin, flat sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes take out baking pan and break up pieces + flip over. The more you break it up, the more it will brown, and the crunchier it will get! Let cool.

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I sprinkled some of the granola clusters on a raspberry-chocolate pudding made from avocado, frozen raspberries and cocoa powder. Yum!

Kabocha Squash Brownies

These brownies were inspired by two different root veggie-brownie recipes. The first one is The Purely Twins’ No Flour Chocolate Beet Brownie and the second is Deliciously Ella’s Sweet Potato Brownies. I’ve made the sweet potato brownies before and they are so moist and fudgy, you gotta try them. We decided to make our brownies with kabocha squash, a new favourite! It’s creamier and denser than butternut squash with a nutty, caramel-like taste. The perfect canvas for brownies! I roasted the squash in the oven with a bit of oil until soft at 400F for about 40 mins. It takes awhile to cut it all up and remove the skin, but trust me it’s worth it. You could also of course sub in any kind of squash or root veggie puree as well as any sort of flour for the hemp.

What you’ll need:

2/3 cup hemp protein powder

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup almond flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

Stevia (if you want it sweeter)

1 1/2 cup kabocha squash puree

10 medjool dates, soaked in hot water for about 30 minutes

1/3 cup water (or nut milk)

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

6 tbsp coconut butter (coconut manna), melted

Mix the hemp, cocoa, almond flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine the squash, dates, water, vanilla, coconut oil and coconut butter in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and gradually mix in the hemp mixture. You will have a pretty thick batter, that’s what you want! Spoon into a greased mini muffin tin (or a square pan) Bake at 350F for 20 minutes (25 minutes if you’re using a square pan. You MUST chill these in the fridge before cutting. Slice and enjoy!

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Brownies in the morning light

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Lemon Coconut Pudding Squares

Lemon squares were always my favourite dessert. Jac likes chocolate-y, caramel things, whereas I tend toward vanilla, citrus-y things. See, we’re individuals too! Lemons are so fresh and light, I love using them in desserts that tend to be more dense and heavy like lemon squares. These turned out to be closer to pudding squares that you should maybe consider eating with a fork like a piece of pie. Fine by me!

The one word I would use to describe these squares is “billowy”. They’re so soft and creamy and light! They only have 2 tbsp of honey so they are more zesty than sweet. Feel free to add more honey if you want a little more oomph.

Filling:

1/2 cup coconut butter

2 cups full fat coconut milk

2 lemons (juice and zest)

2 tbsp of honey

Stevia (if you want it sweeter)

Crust:

1 cup lightly toasted almonds, ground

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, ground

4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Super simple instructions here…combine all crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a parchment lined pan. Set aside. Blend filling ingredients in blender or food processor. Pour over crust and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

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