Vegan Chocolate Coffee Coconut Ice Cream

When it comes to that pesky little sweet tooth, ice cream has ALWAYS been my downfall. Luckily I've found my favourite vegan products to satisfy the cravings. BUT I really wanted to try my hand at creating my own flavours! The best part about this recipe is that it doesn't require a fancy shmancy ice cream maker, just a food processor! One of my go to snacks is dark chocolate covered coffee beans (you can find them at the bulk barn), so yes, that is the inspiration for this tasty little treat!

In the past I've used bananas as the base for (n)ice cream, but I've found that it tends to solidify too much in the freezer - to the point where you have to let it thaw out a while before digging in (and really, who can wait that long!). I recently read that adding dates to your base helps keep your ice cream "creamy" rather than "icy," plus - it adds that natural sweetness! This recipe also involves mixing the ice cream a few times throughout the freezing process to help aerate the mixture; avoiding that rock hard - soak my ice cream scooper in hot water - ice cream!  

Prep Time: 10 min  Freeze Time: 2 hrs  Total Time:  2 hrs 10 min Servings: 1 pan

Ingredients

  • 2 Cans Coconut Milk (Refrigerate overnight to let set; use only the thicker top portion)
  • 2 Cups Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Fine Coffee Grounds
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla 
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans 

Directions

Step 1: Scoop top portion of thickened coconut milk into a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip for 5 minutes until you reach the consistency of whipped cream. Place in fridge until needed. 

Step 2: Place dates in a food processor and blend. Slowly combine almond milk, and blend until smooth. 

Step 3: Add coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and vanilla to food processor and blend until fully mixed. Add whipped coconut milk and blend until fully combined. 

Step 4: Line an ice cream tray with parchment paper, and fill with ice cream mixture. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes. 

Step 5: Crush chocolate covered coffee beans in food processor until broken down into small bits. Remove ice cream tray from freezer, and mix in chocolate covered coffee bean bits. Place back into freezer for 2 hours, mixing every 30 minutes. Place plastic wrap onto ice cream to keep from freezer burn while storing in cold temps! 

White Bean Cilantro Lime Dip

Spring is in the air and we’ve got just the recipe to help kick off the backyard BBQ season! This white bean cilantro lime dip is the perfect centerpiece to WOW your guests! It’s packed with flavour, full of nutrients, and perfect for sharing! Dive into spring by diving head first into this tasty little appy! If not head first, then crackers, veggies, and chips work great too! Heck, if you’re not hosting, you can even use this dip as a deliciously healthy spread on sandwiches, wraps, or to toss in a hot/cold pasta! The possibilities are endless!

Prep Time: 5min  Total Time:  5min Servings: 3 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can White Beans (2 1/3 Cups)
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup Spinach 
  • 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Directions:

Step 1: Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth

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5 Tasty Ways to Eat Granola

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No lie, granola gives me life! I generally eat granola every day; my method of choice - smoothie bowls! If you follow me on Instagram, you are definitely already aware of this obsession! BUT there are plenty of other ways I like to enjoy my granola! Here are just five tasty ways you can make granola the best part of your day!

Click each tasty treat for a full recipe!

1. Banana Granola Pops

Crunchy Granola Peanut Butter

We've all heard of crunchy peanut butter... some of us have enough tried COOKIE butter! What genius figured that one out? Mind you, cookies for breakfast aren't necessarily my go to option (obviously we all know my go to is smoothie bowls) because they're usually loaded with sugar! BUT, have you heard of GRANOLA butter? Let's combine 2 of our favourite things, because why the hell not!

Prep Time: 10 min Total Time:  ~10min Servings: 2 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Roasted Unsalted Peanuts
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla 
  • 1/8 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Granola (I use central roast)

Directions:

Step 1: Add peanuts to food processor and blend for 7-10 minutes or until liquidy smooth.

Step 2: Add cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and syrup and blend until mixed in. 

Step 3: Add granola and pulse for 20 seconds, only to mix in granola well, rather than break it down. 

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Granola Topper Smoothie Bowl

If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm obsessed with smoothie bowls! I whip up one of these bad boys every day for breakfast. Usually berry flavoured to get those antioxidants, but sometimes I do like to switch up the flavours. The key is to always use frozen bananas; that's where you get the texture from! Sometimes I add either mango, strawberries, or even spinach! And if my sweet tooth has taken over, I'll throw in a second banana and add cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder for a chocolate nut butter bowl like I've done today! The possibilities are endless!

Prep Time: 5min  Total Time:  5min Servings: 1 Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 2 Frozen Bananas 
  • 1 Cup Frozen Berries
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (Substitute with regular protein powder & 2 tablespoons cocoa powder)
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Granola (I used Central Roast)
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

Directions:

Step 1: Blend bananas, protein powder, and almond milk until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl.

Step 2: Top bowl with granola, coconut, and almond butter (and any other desired toppers).

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. 

Grapefruit Granola Parfait

This combo is MADNESS! I remember eating grapefruit as a child but I'll admit, it's been a while! But after this parfait recipe... I'm back on the citrus train! This combination of yogurt, granola, and grapefruit is absolutely perfect; flavour, texture, nutrition - all good things! The dairy free yogurt offers necessary bacterium; granola for protein, iron, and fibre; and grapefruit for vitamin C, fibre, and weight loss promotion!  

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Prep Time:   5 min  Cooking Time:  4 min  Total Time:  ~10 min Servings: 2 Parfaits

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 Grapefruit (Peeled and Sliced)
  • 1 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 1 Teaspoon Shredded Coconut 

Directions: 

Step 1:  In a small mason jar or glass, layer granola, yogurt, and grapefruit 3 times.

Step 2. Top parfait with agave nectar and coconut. Enjoy right away or leave in the fridge for 1 hour to soften the granola!

Banana Granola Pops

A part of me wants to promote these bad boys as a kid friendly snack, but hell, I'm 23 and I'm in love! Banana granola pops are like the superhero of dessert. Super simple, super tasty, and super healthy! These guilt free frozen treats have the power to impress dinner guests, fill an afternoon with fun, and if you're feeling like a night in - they'll keep you company while you binge watch Netflix! Needless to say I'm a fan. 

Prep Time: 10 min  Cooling Time: 30 min  Total Time:  40 min Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bananas 
  • 6 Popsicle Sticks/Fondue Sticks
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Dark Chocolate
  • 1/8 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 1/8 Cup Crushed Pistachios
  • 1/8 Cup Shredded Coconut

Directions: 

Step 1: Peel bananas, and cut into halves. Insert sticks halfway.

Step 2: Melt chocolate (approximately 3 minutes in a pot over medium heat). Dip bananas in chocolate, and set on a tray lined with parchment/wax paper. 

Step 3: Drizzle peanut butter over chocolate on as many pops as desired. Top with granola, pistachios, and coconut - in whichever combinations you prefer! 

Step 4: Place pops in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving.