Frozen Granola Dessert Bars

Prep Time: 10min  Freezing Time: 60min  Total Time:  1Hr 10min Servings: 16 Squares

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Pitted Dates
  • 1 Cup Soaked Cashews (minimum 1-2 hours)
  • 1 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 5 Peeled, Chopped, & Frozen Bananas
  • 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

Directions:

Step 1: In a food processor, blend dates and cashews until a ball-like clump forms. Place mixture into a large bowl and add granola. Mix with hands until fully blended. Place in a pan, and press down evenly with a wooden spoon. 

Step 2: Blend bananas in a food processor until creamy. Remove approximately 2/3 of the blended banana, and transfer into your pan as the second layer of your bars. 

Step 3: Add frozen blueberries to the leftover banana in your food processor, and blend until smooth. Empty into pan as the third layer of your bars. 

Step 4: Cover with plastic wrap (optional) and place in freezer for a minimum of 1 hour to freeze. 

Savoury Cashew Cheese

One of the most common questions I get as a vegan is "how do you stay away from cheese!?" I was never a big fan of dairy products to begin with, but for anyone struggling to give up that cheesy flavour, this recipe is for you! Nutritional yeast is my 'go to' for cheese flavour, but another common vegan source is using a cashew base. In this recipe I've created a cashew cheese combined with nutritional yeast for added health benefits! Not only is this cheese packed with healthy fats, B vitamins, and flavour, but it's also extremely quick and easy to make!

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                     Prep Time:  ~5 mins       Total Time: ~5 mins        Yields: ~ 1 Cup

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Unsalted Cashews
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/8 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

Directions:

Step 1: Using your food processor, blend cashews until you reach a somewhat crumby consistency. You may need to use your spatula to scrape the blended cashews from the edges to mix well enough.

Step 2: Add almond milk to cashews and blend until smooth. Continue to add nutritional yeast, mustard, seasonings, hot sauce, and lemon juice. Remove from blender and enjoy!... See, I told you it was simple!

Note: Store cashew cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Perfect for spreading on wraps/sandwiches, dipping vegetables, or adding to power bowls for added flavour!

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Kale & Cashew Zucchini Pesto Pasta

Pesto is one of my absolute favourite flavours! Unfortunately not many grocery stores carry already made "cheese-less" pesto... so I've created a deliciously simple recipe that uses common kitchen food items, and maximizes nutritional health benefits! One of which, is the concept of food synergy. Researchers found that pairing tomato with a healthy fat such as avocado, increases the absorption of the tomato's antioxidants! Not to mention the added benefit of the prolonged full feeling you get from this healthy green fruit! If you prefer a raw vegan diet, this dish can easily be modified to meet your needs; just skip step 3 and keep those tomatoes off the burner!

        Prep Time: ~ 10 min             Cook Time: ~5 min             Total Time: ~ 15 min

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 Zucchinis (use 3 zucchinis if serving 2 people)
  • 1/2 Cup Avocado (~ 1 medium-large avocado)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Cashews 
  • 1/4 Cup Grape seed Oil (Olive oil works well as a substitute) 
  • 1 Cup Kale (I used baby kale because it comes without thick stems)
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Table Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Lime Squeezed
  • ~10 Halved Cherry Tomatoes

Directions:

Step 1: Spiralize zucchinis into noodles, breaking strands into about 20-30 cm long.

Step 2: Combine avocado, cashews, oil, and kale, in food processor and pulse until mixed. Add basil, salt, pepper, garlic, and lime juice, and blend on high until smooth. Try saving your avocado pits for a high nutrient addition to smoothies (just dehydrate, slice, and grind up into a powder)!

Step 3: Lightly grease your pan, and set on medium heat. Add zucchini noodles, and let cook for 5 minutes. These noodles will hold quite a bit of moisture, so it's important not to add too much oil when greasing the pan. Also be careful not to overcook your noodles, or they will become too soft/mushy.

Step 4: Strain any excess water from your pan, and empty noodles into a mixing bowl. Set tomatoes in your pan on medium to low heat while saucing the noodles. If using 3 zucchinis, add in all your pesto. If using 2 zucchinis, add in ~ 1/2 a cup of pesto (you should have ~1/3 cup leftover). Mix pesto in to fully coat noodles. Empty your hot cherry tomatoes into your pasta and enjoy!

Note: Leftover pesto can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days (the avocado may cause the pesto to brown but it is still safe to eat). Try using your excess pesto to stuff mushrooms or spread on wraps or sandwiches!

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