Pumpkin Pie Biscotti

Its that time of year again…..time to start making tons of pumpkin items!! This year, we are still having warmer days well into September. Cooler nights and mornings but we have been blessed with some beautiful sunny, warmer days. The girls love this because it means a few more weeks in their summer shorts, skirts and sundresses. Even though I am not yet ready to think about Thanksgiving, as soon as I see pumpkin on the shelves I automatically think of Pumpkin Pie. It is one of our family’s favorites and a pie that we don’t just consume on Thanksgiving. My version isn’t much like the traditional version, honestly its something I don’t mind making often because the girls love it and it serves up a good serving of lightly sweetened pumpkin which is super rich in Vitamin A, an excellent source of B-carotene, lutein, a good source of B-complex vitamins and rich in copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. So pumpkins go a long way for me on a nutritional platform and have so many … [Read more...]

Recharge Cookies

The girls are in gymnastics camp this week and they’ve both asked me to give them more to eat for lunch because what worked for the past 3 weeks isn’t enough this week! They have also been absolutely starving at pick up!! I was due to whip up some cookies last night, so keeping their voracious appetite in mind and a serious need for a recharge of energy after camp, I came up with these cookies. Simple and quick to throw together, filled with protein, slow burning carbohydrates and treat-like, giving them some fuel to keep them going until dinner. I ended up having one too with my morning tea after my early morning intense Tracy Anderson streaming stamina and master class session!! Pheww these helped me recharge! Recharge Cookies The perfect to pack in kids lunches or as an after-school, post-camp or really anytime snack. Packed with nutrients and belly goodness they will keep coming back for more. Yields about 18 cookies 1 cup gluten-free oats ⅔ cup all-purpose … [Read more...]

Sweet & Sour Gummies

I have been seeing more and more websites posting recipes for homemade candy. I love the idea!! Given we don’t eat foods (or candy) with food coloring in it, this takes most of the candy I grew up on (starburst, jolly ranches, tootsie rolls, licorice, etc.) off the table for my two little tikes. Though you can get some great “healthier” versions of these it is still candy that sticks to their teeth (already had warning about this from our ped-dentist) and not the best stuff for their growing little bodies. So I got the girls excited about making our own candy and went ahead and ordered a candy mold. They loved the shapes and couldn’t wait to try to heart or circular shapes (because the shape of candy will transform the taste for kiddos!!). I whipped up some freezer fudge a few times with great success, so today I tried a gummy sort of candy. I made this one a little sweet and sour, but there is room to make these sweeter if needed. I love the contrast and awesome … [Read more...]

Creamy Vanilla-y Popsicles

This year while finishing our July 1st Canada then our 4th of July tri-colored popsicles (which also doubled as 14 Juillet (France’s Bastille Day) popsicles the girls made repeated requests for me to make just “white” popsicles. So of course I had to comply and whip some up. What’s great about homemade popsicles is there are so many options!! You can throw together some many combinations of fruit, splash of juice or coconut water or non-dairy milk and you can have so many different varieties. My biggest problem is remembering what I have mixed together and writing it down to remake again. I also love to make a little extra of our morning smoothie and throw that into a popsicle tray for dinner time dessert. This saves time and having to wash the vitamix twice!! J   Creamy Vanilla Popsicles 2 cups non-dairy milk 3-4 tbsp liquid sweetener (maple syrup, honey, or a few drops of stevia)* 2 tsp vanilla extract ½ - 1 cup chopped fruit of choice (blueberries, strawberries, … [Read more...]

“Nicer” Krispie Squares

We recently received Dreena Burton’s newest book Plant-Powered Families. Dreena is one of my favorites vegan cookbook authors and she’s Canadian! My husband often wants to cook dinner for us but we usually don’t have the ingredients (or the time) for the complicated dishes he proposes. I turned him onto Dreena Burton’s books because her meals are usually quick, easy to follow, prepare and uses ingredients we tend to always have on hand! Her latest book was released just before Father’s Day this year so it was perfect timing to add another book to Dad’s cooking belt. Now I have to admit the hubby has barely opened this new cookbook, but I have devoured reading it cover-to-cover one evening. I was eager to try so many of her recipes but decided to save the savory stuff to darling dearest, while I went straight to the sweet section. So far we have tried out her Fudgesicles, Protein Power Balls and today her “Nicer” Krispie Squares. Rice Krispies were one of these treats that we … [Read more...]

Vanilla Biscotti

Have a confession to make. Even though I make a lot of muffins, cakes and cookies, these are mostly for the fam but it’s the crunch that gets me. Seriously, the crunchier the better! My favorites tend to be the salty and savory things like chips, rice crackers, crunchy baked green beans (which I am eating right now!) or even cereal.   Wish I could say that carrots, celery or red peppers cured these crunch cravings but unfortunately don’t always do the trick. I do try to be healthier by eating baked chips instead of fried or dried vegetables and watching how many handfuls. Now I don’t always crave salty crunchy things. Often after dinner or in the late morning I crave a sweet crunch. Apples or hard pears can get me by when at work or out and about, but given the choice I’d savor a delicious and crunchy biscotti. I fell in love with these cookies after working in an Italian bakery in high school. The family I worked for was very Italian, the mother from Sicily and the father from … [Read more...]

Red, White & Blue 4th of July Popsicles

This time of year our desserts and/or our afternoon snacks are often something cold and frozen. I try to limit the ice cream or sorbet to treat nights and instead I do homemade fruit juice, fudge or vanilla popsicles, “nice” cream (frozen banana and mixed fruit) or slushies. These are all fun to make, the kids have lots of input, they are always game to eat these plus they are cool and refreshing. When the girls were old enough we started making home made 4th of July popsicles as an alternative to the tri-colored toxic food coloring popsicles served around this holiday (or really any time of year). We start the week before (June 28th this year) and I make a flavor a day. This year I experimented with both cherries and strawberries to see which the girls preferred. They both said in tandem that it HAD to be strawberries for 4th of July popsicles. So not wanting to waste the cherry yumminess, I used this cherry mix to make Canada Day Popsicles (July 1st) adding in some unsweetened … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I had bought a huge bag of organic carrots with the intention of making a fresh juice with my girls each morning mixing in the remaining veg from our garden but such plans didn’t happen! One of my babes got what we thought was just the flu but turned out to be pneumonia!! Needless to say, I didn’t have much energy to make juice, nor did I have my usual eager little girls to drink them. So we turned our garden greens into salads and smoothies and decided to add the carrots to nearly everything we cooked. We made carrot cake oatmeal, carrot fries and these delicious carrot cake cupcake muffins which everyone happy had the appetite for. Yumm!! Like many of my recipes intended for the girls I packed these cakes full of nutritional goodies. My little sickie didn’t eat much this week, but managed to devour a few of these sans (without) icing. CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES 2 cups gluten-free flour mix 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp all-spice ¼ tsp ground … [Read more...]

Chocolate Veggie Brownies

I have made my uber healthy-protein packed brownies for the kids before sometimes these concoctions haven’t passed the friend test. Meaning my kiddies will eat them, but their friends who are used to commercial brownies weren’t as keen on them.  So, like many of my creations, I tried to tweak my recipes to make something more “normal” while still keeping to my healthy cooking goals (real food, no gluten, no dairy, low sugar, with optional eggs and nuts).  After a few tries I hit a home run as one tester reported back with these ones! Not only are they dense but moist and very chocolaty (plus it contains 2 veggies) my kids and their friends went nuts for these. Needless to say I didn’t tell the friends these delights contained spinach! This dessert is surprisingly quick to make, low in calories and high in taste and feel like a decadent treat! Chocolate (Veggie) Brownies 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flaxmeal + 6 tbsp warm water) or 2 egg whites (optional) 1 cup spinach, fresh ½ cup … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Kanten

Tonight I realize I need to go grocery shopping very badly. I am out of nearly everything and have nothing for the most important part of dinner.... dessert!! Oh, no! Luckily we still had a few pomegranate seeds, a little cherry juice and vegan milk.  Literally not much else though.  Brainstorming with what I could do with these meager items, I remembered a dessert hubbie and I used to on a regular basis at one of our favorite restaurants in Union Square, Souen.  Souen is a macrobiotic restaurant that we used to go before we had kids, almost every week after work.  It was near my favorite yoga studio so I loved going out for an uber healthy, clean macrobiotic meal after a great class.  They had always had such delicious food these simple but incredibly delicious desserts.  Kanten a pudding like dessert was one of our favorites. Kanten is a staple of a macrobiotic cuisine. It’s an easy, quick to make dessert, made with agar flakes and fruit juice. It’s essentially a gelatinous … [Read more...]