Homemade Granola

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I have always wanted to make my own granola as I eat alot of it. Finally made some and it was so easy, step by steps images and recipe →→

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▶Ingredients:
• 2 Cups large flake oats
• ½ Cup nuts, chopped (I used almonds & hazelnuts)
• ¼ Cup seeds (I used pumpkin)
• ½ Cup dried fruit, chopped (I used apricots)
• 2 Tbsp maple syrup
• 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Pinch sea salt

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▶Directions:
Preheat oven to 300º. Combine all ingredients with your hands in large mixing bowl. Using your hands makes the coconut oil melt and is easier to make sure everything is incorporated. Spread on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until lightly toasted.

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Cool and store in jar or container for up to 2 weeks.

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I love my granola with  plain greek yogurt and some fresh berries ♡

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Enjoy ♡

Raspberry Tofu Cheesecake

Made this lovely cheesecake for my sisters birthday this past weekend. We headed out camping to my favourite place … Cowichan river. I came up with this last Christmas,  I just winged the recipe and it came out delicious so my sister requested I create again.  This time I added an extra brick of cream cheese. Also the crust is nut free as my mom is highly allergic to all nuts, feel free to use any nuts or seeds of choice in place of. See below for the recipe↓
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▶Crust Ingredients:
• 3/4C Pumpkin seeds
• 1/4C shredded coconut
• 1C dates or more
• 1Tbsp cacao powder

▶Crust Directions:
Place pumpkin seeds and coconut in food processor and blend until little bits, add dates and cacao powder and blend until sticky enough to press into pan. Press into large 9″ spring form pan.

▶Cheesecake Ingredients:
• 1 Pkg. firm tofu (350g)
• 2 Pkg. Light Cream Cheese (500g)
• 250ml Plain Greek Yogurt
•1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
•1tsp pure vanilla extract
•1C sweetener (1/2C xylitol & 1/2C honey)
•1/2tsp cinnamon
•1C fresh raspberries + extra for topping

▶Cheesecake Directions:
Pat dry tofu, combine with cream cheese and greek yogurt in food processor until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients and process again until well combined. Pour over crust. Bake at 400º for 45min. Turn oven off, prop oven door open and let rest in oven for 1 more hour. Remove from oven, cool and serve with toppings as desired.
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Yes that’s a paper plate 😉 cheesecake camping style!

Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

So this weekend I am co-host for #oatasticweekends on Instagram, my oat caramel slice won last weekend! Super excited,  this weeks theme is ice cream. Made some oatmeal banana ice cream sandwiches. See below for the recipe→

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Banana Oatmeal  Chocolate Chip Cookies

▶Ingredients:
•1 cup oat flour
•3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/2 cup raw sugar (xylitol)
•2Tbsp ground flax seed or 1/4C nuts/seeds
•1/3 cup grapeseed oil
•1/3 cup plain soy/almond/coconut milk
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1/2 ripe banana, cut into small pieces
•1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips

▶Method:
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine dry ingredients in bowl. Whisk together oil,milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients;stir to combine. Fold in banana and chocolate chips. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough onto pan and form cookies.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.

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Banana Coconut Nice Cream ▶Ingredients:
•1-1/2C Coconut milk beverage
•2 Bananas
•Handful oats
•Handful chocolate chips
•1Tbsp Honey

▶Method:
Combine milk, banana and honey in blender and pour into ice cream maker, once thick add oats and chocolate chips. Pour into flat dish and put in freezer for about another 1-2hours to harden up. (If you do not have ice cream maker you can place in freezer and stir every 45min until you get right texture).
Once firm I cut circles the size of the cookies and sandwiched together. Enjoy!

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Canada Day Pancakes

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Happy Canada Day! Made these yummy coloured pancakes for one of my favourite days of the year! Heading downtown to be in the living flag and enjoy all the festivities. Have a lovely day, recipe as follows→
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Ingredients:
•1C spelt flour
•1/4C protein powder
•1tsp cinnamon
•1tsp baking powder
•2Tbsp xylitol
•1 egg
•1tsp vanilla
•1/2C + 2Tbsp liquid (almond milk & beet juice)

▶Method:
Have two separate bowls, combine all dry ingredients then add wet ingredients. For the liquid use just almond milk for the white pancakes and for the red pancakes combine half beet juice and half almond milk. Mix each set of ingredients until well combined. Fry in preheated greased pan for 1-2 min per side.
Topping:
I mixed plain greek yogurt and maple syrup, layered pancakes and topped with fresh raspberries. Makes 12 pancakes. Enjoy!
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