This recipe is SOFAS free (meaning it contains no salt, oil, flour, sugar, alcohol or salt). This is a delicious and healthy-promoting take on a super fattening comfort food on a cold winter day.
Pictured above from left to right: Lemon Chia Pudding, Chocolate Chia Pudding and Vanilla Chia Pudding.
This adapted recipe, and its variations, is from the book Living Candida Free. It is raw and contains no sugar so it is a great dessert when you are craving something sweet but need to avoid sugar.
I make each pudding in a mason jar and store in the fridge so they are ready to go. Also, the longer they sit in the fridge, the firmer they become. Each jar contains 2 servings.
Basic Vanilla Chia Pudding
Lemon Chia Pudding: Add the zest of ½ an organic lemon to the pudding with the other ingredients. Increase stevia to 15-20 drops or to taste.
Chocolate Chia Pudding: Add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) raw cacao powder with the other ingredients. Increase stevia to 20 drops or to taste.
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The moistness of the zucchini with the subtle orange flavour is fantastic. This recipe is an adaption from Eating Alive. I have made this recipe gluten free but you can use any flour you want. I chose millet and barley as I had a lot on hand.
Here’s a delicious compromise for our traditional high fat and high sugar apple crisp. This recipe is adapted from www.diabetesfoodhub.org. It still uses a little bit of brown sugar so if you have issues with sugar, make sure you follow the portion size (1/2 cup per serving).
· 1 cup almond flour
· 2 cups unsweetened sulfite-free coconut flakes
· 4 Tbs. maple syrup
· 4 Tbs. coconut oil
· 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour and coconut flakes.
2. On minimum (2) melt coconut oil in a small pot.
3. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract to coconut oil and stir to mix.
4. Add coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract to flour mixture.
5. Mix until combined.
6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and with clean hands massage a little coconut oil into your hands.
7. Scoop out rounded teaspoon sizes of mixture into you hands and press together to form a ball or whatever shape you want. Place ball on parchment paper and continue this process until you have used up all the mixture.
8. Place the cookie sheet into the fridge or freezer to set for about 30-60 minutes.
9. Store in the fridge or freezer in a covered glass container.
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Chocolate Bliss Balls
This recipe pictured on the right is from FMTV. Makes 24 balls
(use organic ingredients where possible)
Sesame Coconut No-Bake Bars
Middle position in the photo. This recipe was given to me by Diana Marchand. Check out her website: dianamarchand.com.
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Raw Chocolate Berry Bark
Here's a variation from a recipe book called La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer. This book has lots of great transitional recipes for people who want to try a plant-based lifestyle. It does rely heavily on ingredients that you would eventually want to replace with healthier options but for those just experimenting with vegan cooking. Also....she's from Victoria!
· ½ cup brown sugar
· 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
· 2 Tbs. vegan margarine
· ½ cup walnuts chopped
· ¾ cup whole wheat flour
· ¾ cup white flour
· ½ cup brown sugar
· 1 tsp. baking powder
· ½ tsp. baking soda
· ½ tsp. sea salt
· ¾ cup soft tofu
· 1/3 cup grapeseed or organic canola oil
· ½ cup almond milk
· 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Lightly oil an 8x8 inch baking pan and set aside.
3. In a small bowl, stir together topping ingredients and set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
5. In a blender or Nutribullet combine tofu, oil, milk and vanilla.
6. Combine wet ingredients with flour mixture.
7. Pour evenly into the baking pan the sprinkle topping evenly over the top.
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with a toothpick to ensure it is cooked through.
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These Raw Protein Bars are pictured in the top right corner.
Here’s a delicious recipe for a raw protein bar which is featured in The Lifehouse calendar (2017). It was originally given to Heather-Lynn by Cathy Chenier from Manitoba. I have revised it slightly.
· 1 cup hemp hearts
· 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
· 1 cup almond flour
· ¾ cup dried goji berries
· ½ cup raisins
· ½ cup vegan protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
· 3 big heaping Tbs. cocoa or raw cacao powder
· 2 Tbs. ground flax seed
· 10 Tbs. melted coconut oil
· 4 Tbs. raw honey
1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
2. Warm to melt the coconut oil and honey.
3. Add the honey oil to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
4. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, turn out the mixture and shape with your hands
into a square and flatten.
5. Score the mixture with a knife to make it easier to cut into squares after it sets.
6. Let set in the fridge or freezer for about half an hour.
7. Cut into squares and store in the fridge or freezer.
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Dona's Energy Snacks are featured in the bottom left of this picture.
Here’s another energy ball recipe given to me by Dona Bradley who is the academic director for CSNN Nanaimo. I have made some amendments to the original recipe.
· 1 1/3 cups pitted dates
· ½ cup ground flax seeds
· ½ cup almond flour
· ½ cup dried fruit like blueberries or cranberries
· ½ cup of nut butter like almond or cashew
· 1 – 2 Tbs. coconut oil
· ½ cup shredded coconut (preferably no sulfites added)
1. Finely chop dates and place in a medium bowl.
2. Add ground flax, almond flour and dried fruit and mix to coat.
3. In a small bowl, blend nut butter and coconut oil until well mixed.
4. Add nut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
5. Scoop up with teaspoon and roll into balls (grease your hands with extra coconut oil to stop the
dough from sticking to your hands).
6. Shape into balls and roll in the coconut.
7. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and chill in the fridge for about half an hour to set.
8. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator or freeze for later use.
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Righteous Orbs are pictured in the bottom right dish in this picture.
A version of this raw energy snack recipe was given to me by Dona Bradley, who is the academic director of CSNN, Nanaimo. The cool name is all hers!
· 1/3 cup hemp hearts
· 2 cups nuts of your choice (walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.) (or) 2 cups almond flour if you
don't have a food processor
· 1 cup raisins
· 2 Tbs. maple syrup or honey
· 1 Tbs. coconut oil + some to grease hands when rolling
· 1 tsp. cinnamon
· ¼ tsp. salt
1. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Set aside.
2. Measure out hemp seeds onto a small plate and set aside.
3. In a food processor, add nuts and chop until fine.
4. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the
processor and forms a dough.
5. Scoop out teaspoons of dough and roll into balls with clean coconut oil covered hands.
6. Roll each ball in hemp seeds until coated.
7. Place balls on the lined baking sheet and refrigerate for one hour before serving.
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