Gingerbread

A healthier take on gingerbread. I had gotten some small cookie cutters and needed to put them to use! The only problem with smaller cookies is they are harder to decorate! Time consuming but well worth all the cookies you get out of it. Sending most of them to friends and family and also some for Santa too 🎅

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Here is the recipe:

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies:

•3 Cups whole wheat flour, plus extra to flour surface
•2 tsp ground cinnamon
•2 tsp ground ginger
•½ tsp ground cloves
•¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
•½ tsp baking soda
•¼ tsp baking powder
•½ Cup blackstrap molasses or regular for less spicy
•½ Cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
•½ Cup coconut palm sugar
•1 large egg
•2 Tbsp water

 

Lemon Icing:

•½ Cup powdered sugar
•1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Method:

1. In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking soda & baking powder and whisk together until combined.

2. In a small bowl, combine the molasses and melted coconut oil with hand mixer until well incorporated. Add the coconut sugar, egg and water and mix until well blended together.

3. Pour the molasses mixture into your dry ingredients and blend together until just combined, if it seems crumbly keep mixing or add 1tsp at a time more water. Divide dough to form 2 balls with your hands once combined. Flatten the 2 balls into 1 inch thick discs and place in fridge for at least an hour.

4. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Pull dough out of fridge and let sit for about 30-60min at room temp as it may be a little hard to roll. Lightly flour your working surface and roll your discs until they are about ¼ inch thick.

5. Cut out cookie shapes with desired cookie cutters (I used small cutters and a large gingerbread man cutter).  Place your cut cookies onto parchment sheet spacing about ½ inch apart as they don’t expand much. Combine leftover dough scraps and form ball and roll again. Repeat with other dough.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes (8 minutes they should be done – 10 minutes a little crispier). Remove from pans and place on racks to cool.

7. Let cookies cool completely before icing. To prepare the icing combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Place in a small piping bag or Ziploc bag with corner cut and pipe cookies as desired, adding sprinkles, powdered sugar, any decorations desired. The icing hardens quickly so add sprinkles as soon as you pipe icing. Keep stored in airtight container. Wait at least 1-2 hours after icing before stacking cookies.

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Enjoy!

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Christmas Tree Brownies

So I was assigned a Christmas treats mission from GastroPost Vancouver using products that Walmart Canada had sent me. I was ready for the challenge!

I received a box of brownie mix and wine gums.

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Hmm what to make …. Thinking cap activated! That’s it Christmas tree brownies with icing and wine gums as “ornaments” 😃🎄

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These are the items I used for the icing. Extra virgin coconut oil, organic icing sugar, organic pure vanilla extract and some Almond Breeze, the silver balls were for later 😊

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Made my icing which I added to much almond milk so was not as thick as I wanted it but still taste OK. Chopped the wine gums into little bits, snapped the candy canes in half and removed the tops. Time to frost!

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I wish my icing was thicker but I couldn’t correct it because I ran out of icing sugar. They taste amazing that’s all that really matters right!

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Here is the recipe!

Christmas Tree Brownies 🎄

Brownies:

1 Box of Great Value brownie mix from WalMart Canada – follow box instructions (I used melted coconut oil in place of vegetable oil and used a 9×13” pan). Let cool completely before slicing. Slice into triangle shapes one cooled (you will have excess on the ends). I used a pizza cutter.

Icing:

•¼ Cup extra virgin coconut oil (or use butter if desired)
•2 Cups packed organic icing sugar
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•2-4 Tbsp almond milk

Method:

Cream coconut oil until smooth and no clumps this is very important you don’t want clumps. Add icing sugar slowly ¼ cup at a time, add vanilla and start with 2 Tbsp milk, add more until you get desired consistency. Place in fridge while you prepare your toppings.

Toppings:

•Wine gums, cut into little pieces
•Green sprinkles
•Gold and silver baking balls
•Candy canes for stems (tops removed, cut in half)

Frosting/Decorating:

Using a piping bag or cut corner of a Ziploc bag pipe icing onto triangle shaped brownies starting with the bottom and working towards the top. Arrange toppings as desired. Place candy canes in bottoms as stems. Serves 16.

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Happy Holidays! 🎄🎅

Cereal Truffles

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Experimenting in the kitchen can lead to success or failure but today I succeeded. Yes for the win! Cereal truffles turned out perfect.

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Here is the recipe and check out more pictures below.

Jungle Munch Cereal Truffles

➡Ingredients:

•2 Cups Cereal (I used Jungle Munch by Natures Path Organic EnviroKidz)
•1 Cup Dates, soaked
•2Tbsp cottage cheese (Vegan use 1Tbsp almond milk)
•1/2 Cup nuts/seeds (I used mixed almonds, cashews and walnuts)
•2Tbsp vanilla protein (I used @VegaTeam Vanilla Protein)

➡Toppings:
Chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder, coconut & sprinkles (nuts would be good to).

➡Method:

Soak dates in hot water for about 15min. Process nuts/seeds in food processor until little bits, empty into bowl and set aside. Drain dates from water and place in food processor with cottage cheese or almond milk, pulse scraping down sides until smooth paste texture. Add cereal, processed nuts and protein powder to date mixture, process until all combined and cereal has processed down. Line dish with parchment paper and using cookie scoop or tablespoon scoop mixture onto parchment paper. Roll into balls, using water on your hands as needed as it can get sticky. Get your toppings ready and roll balls in until coated with topping. Place in mini cupcake liners and store in fridge until ready to enjoy. Yield 16.

Instructions/pictures:

Scoop mixture onto tray with tablespoon.

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Roll into balls using your hands slightly wet with water.

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Get your toppings together and roll balls until coated.

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Finished product

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Enjoy 🎄

Superfood Protein Bars

These homemade protein bars are very easy to make, full of nutrients, peanut butter and chocolate! Of course you could omit the chocolate but I don’t recommend 😉

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They are gluten free, high in protein and vegan when using plant based protein powder. You can also use whey protein if desired.

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Here is the recipe:

Superfood Protein Bars

Ingredients:

•2 Cups large flake oats (divided)
•½ Cup protein powder (I used Vega vanilla)
•½ Cup mini chocolate chips (enjoy life foods)
•½ Cup chia seeds or ground flax (I used ¼ cup of each)
•½ Cup chopped dried fruit or raisins (I used chopped dates)
•1 Cup natural peanut butter
•½ Cup Almond / Coconut milk
•¼ Cup Maple syrup or VitaFiber

Method:

Pulse 1½ cups of oats in food processor until flour consistency (if you have oats ground yield about 1¼ cup grounded). Add all ingredients in bowl and mix with a hand mixer until well combined. Line 8×8 dish with parchment paper and press down evenly. Place in fridge to harden up for about 1 hour. Slice into 18 bars. Drizzle with extra chocolate if desired.

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