Gluten-free Waffels and Super Green Smoothie


Gluten-free waffles!

For many, the holidays have come to end. It is time to slip back into your work shoes and regular routine. This can be a relief but also can be sad to have to get back to grind. I often miss my family and friends throughout the year. I am always excited to see them before the business of school and work take up all of my time.

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I personally, have spent lots of time with family and am ready to get back to my routine! However, my holiday break is not complete until my family and I celebrate the Epiphany, this is when the Wise Men came to behold Jesus and brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and mer. La Befana, comes to all of the little girls and boys on the night of January 5th and brings them sweets and presents hoping that one of the gifts will be received by baby Jesus. This tradition is a bit like an Italian Santa Clause, except a women who travels on her broom!

As I have mentioned in other posts, I love traditions such as this one. I have a great appreciation that my family keeps this festivity alive. So, in celebration of the Epiphany I am posting a double recipe that is holiday themed. I hope that everyone found someone to spend time with through this time of year and that you all have a wonderful New Year that is full of exciting opportunities and goals!

East glutenfree waffles and green smoothie

Now on to the food! I made a delicious green smoothie and paired it with gluten-free waffles covered in strawberry jelly, cinnamon and more strawberries! Strawberries are not in season right now and can be quite expensive. So, I suggest using any fresh or frozen fruit that is available in you area this time of year.


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The smoothie is simple and delicious. It makes two serving, but honestly, I usually drink the whole thing myself! The chia seeds add an extra boost of protein, omega-3s, fibre, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. They also aid in stabilizing blood sugar, and they reduce your appetite keeping you full longer. Therefore, chia seeds=awesomeness.

These waffles were made from a pancake mix I found on The Minimalist Baker website. This couple has a fantastic website and I really like many of their gluten-free flour blends. I made the flour slightly thicker for the waffle iron than I would have for a pancake mix. I also added some all spice, vanilla and orange peel to give it a seasonal kick, feel free to omit these flavours and your own favourites!

Gluten-free Waffles

*Side note*: As you have might noticed, I have not been posting many recipes these last few months. My blog is going through a big change that will make it cleaner and more focused. I will be talking all about this in my next post. I am so excited to introduce it to you all and continue sharing my passion for clean and healthy food!

Ingredients

Gluten-Free Waffles

  • 1 cup of gluten-free pancake mix, or Bob’s Red Mill’s Pancake Mix
  • 2/3 cup of almond or soy milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg or flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax and 2.5 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp of all spice

Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Directions

Waffles

Makes 6

  1. Turn on your waffle iron and allow it to preheat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk with lemon and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. If you are using a flax egg combine water a flax meal and let stand.
  3. Add the egg, zest, all spice and vanilla, whisk until well combined.
  4. Add flour and continue to whisk until batter is slightly thicker than a pancake batter.
  5. Grease waffle iron if needed and pour mix into the iron. My waffle iron makes two waffles at a time so I poured in a third of the batter.
  6. Place finished waffles on a cooling rack until ready to serve.
  7. Serve with your favourite fruit, maple syrup and fruit jelly!

Green Smoothie

Serves 1-2

Simply blend everything together and enjoy!

 

Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie
I have been meaning to post this smoothie recipe for ages! This is a simple recipe for those who are trying to get on the smoothie bandwagon but not sure where to start… or what a good combination is! Nothing worse then throwing a bunch of stuff in a blender and forcing your self to drink it… we have all been there. I find this combo is also great for kids who might not be adventurous enough to drink green smoothies.

I personally drink a smoothie practically everyday. I find that my body prefers that over solid food first thing in the morning. Now, I enjoy all sorts of veggie concoctions. I don’t necessarily need a sweet smoothie anymore. My taste buds have adapted. However, when I started drinking smoothies on a regular basis I started simple.

Banana Berry Smoothie

I will be posting more smoothies on my blog to give you an idea of the diversity of combinations you can have and  I encourage you to be adventurous and give them a go! They are such a tremendous way to get in veggies, fruit and water in to your diet.
Who knows, maybe you will not need your daily cup of Joe to wake yourself up in the morning. You would be surprised the healing and energizing powers that fruits and vegetables have on the body.
So, try this recipe out and see if you are ready to add more simple raw breakfasts into your daily regime!
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Banana Berry Smoothie 
Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen Bananas**
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 11/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
Directions
BLEND :)
**Note: Instead of freezing the whole banana with the peel; try chopping the banana into small rounds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the banana slices on the baking sheet. Pop it in the freezer to freeze overnight. I do a whole bunch at once and then store in a ziplock freezer bag for when I need it!

 

Summer Rice Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad

One final summer recipe. Summer is almost behind us now. I have been making this fabulous rice salad all summer. It is so tasty and sweet. Of course you can make this recipe with whatever vegetables are in season, however, this is by far my favourite combo.
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This, in many regards, has been a long summer for me. I learned about about myself and the person that I want to become. There are so many things I thought I wanted to change about myself. I thought I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough or capable enough. It took me this entire summer to realize the people who love and appreciate the most where right in front of me all along!
We all have days or doubt and disappear, that is an inevitable fact of life. But, it is so comforting to know that I have wonderful friends and family that support me and help me rise to every challenge I may face in my life. And you know what the best way to face every challenge? With a belly full of nourishing, plant-based, wholesome food! So, enjoy this recipe and share it with family and friends. Food is love so share a little with the special people in your life!

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing

Serves: 2 as a main or 4 as a side

Ingredients:

Salad:
1 cup of brown rice, uncooked
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup kale, chopped
Dressing:
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt and papper
2 tbsp rice vinegar
5 tbsp olive oil
Instructions:
  1. Cook brown rice as instructed on the package.
  2. To make dressing: whisk honey, mustard and vinegar together until smooth. Then add oil. If you add it sooner it will separate. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Once rice has cooled, add the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle the salad dressing on top and toss until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately. It will keep for up to two days in the fridge.

The Best Peanut Butter Bars

The Best Peanut Butter Bars! No-bake, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free

Time management is so hard! You would think that you would have a mandatory class in grade school dedicated to wrapping your head around the concept. Currently, I work four jobs. On top of that, I want to: eat three, non- processed meals a day, and keep up with my acting studies, and go to the gym, and create new recipes, etc. The list goes on and on…

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It is so important that I exercise and eat right. There are no cutting corners. The only one who suffers when I don’t balance my day, is me. A little over a year ago, I had to stop working for six months. I was constantly fainting. I had memory loss and could not remember who I was or where I was going half the time. I was dissociating. Anyone who has experienced this knows how frightening it can be.

At first, I thought six months without work was torture. And, for the first little while, it was, until I changed my mindset. I had been given this time to figure out what my body needed. Go figure, it wasn’t as complicated as I thought it was. Food was the first step. Whole, plant-based foods have given me a clarity of mind I did not think possible. When I began to commit to exercise, that’s when everything fell into place. It gave me back my confidence, it gave me something obtainable to strive for and it gave me the physical energy I had lost.

The Best Peanut Butter Balls! So tasty and easy. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, no-bake, soy-free.

It all started making sense. I have been so blessed to have been forced to take half a year to discover my limitations, but also to find my talents and passions. Now, I juggle a hectic schedule, which I love. I do things that I enjoy, daily. I am inspired almost every single day.

Today’s inspirations were these beautiful flowers. It was a sad and dreary day today, but I was walking by a flower stand and I saw these lonely flowers for half off. I just had to take pictures of the beautiful colours that reminded me that spring is here and summer is on its way!

No-bake peanut butter granola bars! Vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

I made these to have on-the-go when I don’t have time to stop and make a meal. I also have been craving something sweet and I feel far less guilty having one of these bad boys than going to the store and buying a candy bar! I find I only need a small portion to feel satisfied and full.

Have fun making these and, if they are for your kids, let them help out! Adjust flavours to taste and don’t feel like you can’t throw other dried fruit or a different nut butter in the mix. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
  • 4 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 10 large, moist Medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor. Mix until the mixture has a sticky consistency.
  2. Pour out onto parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin to shape into granola bars. If making balls/truffles, simply roll a small portion of the mixture in your hand.
  3. Place in the fridge or freezer to set for about an hour.
  4. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and grab on-the-go! They should keep for over a week.

Note: If you don’t find the mixture binding together well, simply add more dates! Make sure they’re gooey and sticky dates. If they’re not, soak them for about an hour.

The Best Peanut Butter Balls! So tasty and easy. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, no-bake, soy-free.

Superfood Berry Smoothie

Berry Superfood Smoothie. Maca powder is so versatile. So easy!

I will keep this post sweet and simple. Just like this delicious recipe. I love adding superfoods to my recipes. They are fun, exciting and they add a new twist to my traditional smoothie recipes. Today’s superfood is maca powder. This stuff tastes so good and is goooood for you! It has a caramel taste to it and smells like pancake mix… well at least think it does. It is a root that is ground into a fine powder. It can come in a pill form as well if you are looking for the benefits without the taste. Maca will aid in the regulation of hormones for male and females. It can increase fertility in both sexes with no side effects! (Well, other than the obvious one…*wink wink*) It can also help with female cramping during “that time of the month” and during menopause. It also is well known for clearing acne and balancing mood. But hey, don’t take my word for it! Try it yourself and see if it helps you. Now onto the smoothie…

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Superfood Berry Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2  medium frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

Directions

Blend, slurp and be merry!

Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

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I love Easter! It always reminds me that warm weather is coming. Spring has sprung and the grass starts to grow after a seemingly endless winter. Well this year… winter still seems to be dragging on. Another snowfall today. Tomorrow we will be hit again. My patience is wearing thin…

So, to encourage Mother Nature to get in the mood of spring, I made a lemon and raspberry cheesecake! The flavours remind me of picking wild berries and drinking fresh lemon water. These are some of my favourite things about the warmer months of the year.

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I usually don’t make big cakes because I don’t want to eat them all by myself. (Although, they are tasty enough not to share.) My favourite part of making raw cake is sharing the recipes with my family and friends, because I get so excited to watch them lick their plates clean! It really is that good. This cake is the perfect consistency: creamy and rich with a crunchy chocolate drizzle. I am drooling just writing about it.

This recipe will make a 20-inch cake in a springform pan. However, feel free to make a smaller version of this recipe. Use a 9 or 10-inch pan and cut the recipe in half. This will make it more affordable.

Wow your friends with a raw cake at your next get-together! If they are anything like my friends it will be love at first bite. They will be begging you for more!

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Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Makes a 20-inch cake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 heaping tbsp coconut oil, liquid form
  • 1 1/2 cups dates
Lemon Cheesecake Layer
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups soaked cashews
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)

Raspberry Cheesecake Layer

  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • a dash of salt

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, liquid form

Directions

  1. To make crust, put almonds in the food processor and grind until they are coarsely ground. Add oats, dates and coconut oil. Blend until the ingredients make a sticky mixture that you can evenly pat down on the bottom of your springform pan. Put in fridge.
  2. Lemon layer: using a high-speed blender or food processor, blend all ingredients together until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. Evenly spread onto the crust and put back in the fridge.
  3. Raspberry layer: same as the lemon layer. Blend all ingredients together until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. Evenly spread onto lemon layer and put in the freezer overnight.
  4. Bring it out of the freezer at least 20 minutes before serving to defrost.
  5. Chocolate drizzle: whisk ingredients together.
  6. Drizzle chocolate sauce and/or raw honey on cake right before serving. Enjoy!

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Rawsome Nutella Cheesecake

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Raw desserts were what got me interested in veganism. I thought is was radical and, I have to admit, I judged without doing any research. However, I was very curious. I went to the farmers market one day and tried a raw pecan pie from this place called Fruition. I couldn’t believe what I was eating! It tasted AMAZING. Truthfully, I’d never had much of a sweet tooth. Chocolate was fine, but I would never had craved it and most sweets were just too rich. But this was a whole new experience for my taste buds! I didn’t feel sick or guilty eating it. The only thing I didn’t like was that I hadn’t tried it sooner! A new world of possibilities opened for me in that moment. I needed to buy a food processor and start a raw adventure of my own. So, here we are six months later and I can’t stop coming up with new ideas for raw desserts. If you have never tried one before, I urge you to give it a go. Find a raw dessert venue near you or try and make this recipe! Who knows! It might change your life… it certainly changed mine for the better!


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Raw Mini Nutella Cheesecakes

Makes 7 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 6 large medjool dates
Strawberry Filling
  • Your favourite strawberry jam OR my Berry Chia Jam
Nutella Cream
  • 1 cup soaked cashews (at least two hours)
  • 1/2 cup of rawtella or my homemade chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • extra maple syrup and/or cacao to taste

Directions

  1. Make the crust by putting your walnuts into your food processor and grinding them into a course flour. Add the dates. Don’t forget to take the pits out!
  2. After a minute or so of blending, the crust should be malleable. Press crust into 7 moulds of a 12-cupcake tray about 1/4 of the way up.
  3. Top the crust with a thick layer of jam and place flat in the freezer.
  4. To make the “Nutella” cream, blend soaked cashews in your high-speed blender or food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and sweeten to taste. You might want to add a bit more cacao if you like things extra chocolaty!
  5. Fill the remaining space in the 7 cupcake moulds with the cream and allow to freeze for at least two hours. Before serving, allow them to defrost on the counter or in the fridge.

Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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