lemon & ginger chocolate fudge cups {nairn’s review + giveaway}

lemon ginger chocolate fudge bites

There are a lot of different food cravings that exist out there. Sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth, healthy, deep-fried, decadent, light. And comfort. Comfort is what I associate with Nairn’s. Continue reading

no-bake chocolate cream pie

no-bake chocolate cream pie #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

i couldn’t get this pie out of my head for days. it was pie day (march 14) and the blogosphere was overflowing with various pie recipes. i am not one to usually make pie, but i got it into my head that i needed to make a pie asap. and not some standard apple. no i wanted a decadent chocolate cream pie. no-bake because i couldn’t be bothered to make a pie crust. this cream pie would be creamy, rich and would put all other pies to shame.

the only reason i didn’t make this sooner was because i was afraid of how good it would be. if such a thing existed in the world, would i ever be able to stop eating it? or would my taste buds compel my fork to move bite after bite of chocolate heaven into my mouth until the whole pie was gone?

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raw thin mint green tea ice cream cake

thin mint green tea ice cream cake #raw #paleo #vegan

ice cream cake was always my birthday cake of choice when i was younger. specifically dairy queen ice cream cakes with the vanilla and chocolate layers and in between those there was this fudge cookie layer that was heaven. and even though i hated most icings (at most birthdays i would eat around the sickly sweet, rock hard icings, unlike every other kid who loved it), the icing on those cakes was delicious. i got one for all of my birthdays and it was basically my favourite thing about having a birthday party.

so with st. patrick’s day coming up, i felt it was finally time to revamp this old favourite into a new healthy treat.

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chocolate rum (or raspberry) truffles

before i get into today’s post, i want to announce the winner of the alter eco giveaway! congratulations chicha warnick! i will email you soon with details :)


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just had to squeeze in one more valentine’s recipe. and i want you to ignore the fact that these are covered in christmas-coloured sprinkles. yes, i made these for christmas. BUT they are just so perfect for valentine’s day too. so you will all ignore the green sprinkles and just pretend they are red right? ok good :)

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chocolate ganache brownies

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sometimes i live in my own little world.

like i didn’t even realize it was snowing the other day until my friend texted me to say she couldn’t meet me because she was snowed in.

i was in full view of a large window.

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raw peppermint oreos

it doesn’t get much better that being given an excuse to consume more desserts and sweets than normal and this is one of the best parts of the holiday season. baking galore, taste-testing those handmade gifts, potlucks and more-often-than-usual “treating myself” at cafes and restaurants.

in order to make sure i don’t go completely off the back end and abandon the healthy lifestyle i love so much, i try to make sure at least some of these goodies are handmade by me! even better? when a lovely, thoughtful and brilliant blogger brings 25 bloggers together to share 25 cookie recipes that completely fit the bill. 

i am honoured to be participating for the second year in kristy’s vegan cookie swap party. this year i offer up raw peppermint oreos!

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and don't forget to check out last year's contribution: these delicious nutmeg logs

head on over to keepin’ it kind now to get the recipe and check out all the other delicious cookies!

recovery chocolate protein tonic

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Hello Virtual Vegan Potluck attendees! For those of you who don’t know me- I’m Gabby! I’m a holistic nutritionist-to-be who focuses on how to make healthy plant-based living fun and delicious. Food is the foundation from which our health grows and I believe it can be used to nourish the body and the soul. I love coming up with new recipes to make each meal exciting and fresh!

I am so honoured to be participating for the 4th time in this blogger event. I have watched it grow from the very first year where Annie organized it all by herself with 60 participating bloggers, to today where there are 146 (!!!) blogs getting in on the action.

In case this is your first stop along the way, here’s a little bit about the potluck! The potluck was Annie’s way of connecting with other bloggers over food. How fun would it be if bloggers could all get together in the same room and bring our favourite plant-based dishes to share with one another. However, we are all scattered across the globe! While I have had the immense pleasure of meeting a few of you all, there are so many more I will never get to meet. SO, Annie got this wonderful idea- why not pick a day to share a dish with each other at a party held over the internet? And here we are today! 4th potluck and I’m sure there will be many more to come!

Basically how it works- these posts are sequenced in a chain. At the bottom of my post you will find buttons to take you to the next blog in the potluck and the one previous. You can go through the potluck in order, or just bandy around at random- your choice! Just make sure you visit everyone! There is also a link at the bottom of the post to go back to the start.

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Now for my recipe! While not a dish you would ever bring to a potluck, this has been one of my favourite things to have following a workout lately. It’s my solution to having a post-workout smoothie when the thought of consuming anything cold threatens to send me back beneath my covers for hours of cozy warmth (and ain’t nobody got time for that!). It is a delicious substitute for a cup of coffee as well- tastes like a latte but is so much more nourishing!

I’ve included protein powder to aid in post-workout muscle recovery, cacao for anti-oxidants to help reduce inflammation and maca to help regulate your hormones. Plus a few other little inclusions to make it taste oh so delicious. i’ve also included a list of optional add-ins to throw in if you have them around or want to give this post-workout drink a bit more of a boost. If you do decide to play around with this recipe, I will suggest 2 things to ensure you are getting the most out of this recovery drink:

  • Make sure you include an easily digested carbohydrate (like raw honey or maple syrup) to get a bit of a spike in blood sugar. While usually this isn’t something we are going for, post-workout this will lead to insulin release which is critical for maximizing muscle recovery and getting the protein into the muscle
  • DO NOT include a concentrate fat if you are using this for a post-workout meal- fat slows transit time, meaning you will delay the glucose and protein getting to where it is needed most. Save your fats for before the workout or for later on in the day.
Now that all that nutrition babbling is out of the way let me just say this: it is delicious, warming and a comforting breakfast, snack or pick-me-up anytime of day. Have fun and play around with it according to your taste buds!
IMG_2937 delicious with a banana topped with nut butter and cacao nibs for breakfast!
 
Recovery Chocolate Protein Tonic
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mint chocolate chip green smoothie

mint cacao green smoothie

Who likes chocolate?

Who likes dessert?

Who likes dessert for breakfast?

And who likes eating something that tastes sinful but is actually healthy?

If you said “Yes” to any of those questions, you should head on over to Green Thickies for my guest post and recipe for a Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie. Katherine runs a wonderful blog at Green Thickies and I am so honoured to be posting for her.

See you over there!

P.S. And while you're at it, check out my feature on Fit Bottomed Girls!

quick vegan nutella

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t- please do! @gabbyouimet), you may have experienced severe mouth-watering when I posted this picture…

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Single serving #banana #cacao nib #pancakes with quick #vegan #nutella! Oh YES #glutenfree #grainfree #paleo #breakfast #yum

Yes that’s a lot of hashtags, but what it all comes down to is my delicious grain-free banana cacao nib pancakes that were smothered in a quick and easy vegan nutella.

It’s a special breakfast worth waking up a little early to make- yes even a Monday is bearable with the prospect of these pancakes!

My first taste of Nutella was actually not so long ago. While doing a tour around Europe (while I was vegetarian, not vegan), I spent a lot of time in hostels. Hostels were wonderful places for a young traveller- the opportunity to meet people combined with cheap accommodations and even free breakfast! Doesn’t get much better than that right? Well I quickly learned that for a vegetarian who wasn’t fond of sugary cereals or any of the weird looking eggs and breakfast meats, toast was the name of the game. For MONTHS. I grew so tired of toast and jam and constantly whined to fellow travellers about the lack of peanut butter. I wanted protein and I wanted the smooth and creamy deliciousness. Turns out, peanut butter is not nearly as popular over there as it is here. What all the cool kids eat (apparently) is Nutella. I tried it a couple times, and while tasty I could never completely come around to it. Too sweet and sugary. Too much at 7 am.

I ended up resorting to buying and extremely expensive small jar of natural peanut butter and carrying it around with me. Hell, if Australians could do it with Vegemite, I could do it for peanut butter.

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For some reason lately I have had a weird craving for nutella. Even though I never actually liked it! I don’t understand it, but knew it needed to be dealt with. And the nutella I created is SO MUCH BETTER than that stuff you buy at the store. This nutella tastes rich and deeply chocolatey, with a hint of sweetness. And even better are the ingredients.

I opted to make a quick nutella, so I used premade hazelnut butter but you could easily make this with hazelnuts from scratch. I used coconut oil to help it get thick and spreadable when chilled. Raw cacao powder brings intense chocolatey taste and tons of antioxidants. Coconut nectar makes this sweet, but since it’s low glycemic, so blood sugar spike will follow. Now I know Nutella would love you to believe eating it in the morning gives kids serious dance skills, I have a feeling they would do much better on mine ;)

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Quick Vegan Nutella (Vegan, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Sugar-free, Paleo)

Adapted from here.

Ingredients (~3/4 cup)

  • heaping 1/2 cup hazelnut butter (or about 1 cup hazelnuts, processed until a butter forms)
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)
  • 2 pinches salt

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Hardens up in the fridge to a more spread-like consistency. Store in the fridge.

I know most kids loved Nutella, but I really didn’t! Did you guys love it? How about other sugary “kid foods”?

sexy raw maca cake with cacao and goji berries

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photo credit: Aih. via photopin cc

Wow this has been a truly amazing year. Not only did I move and start studying to do what I love, I started this wonderful blog 1 year ago today! It’s been an amazing journey full of late nights, struggling with my camera, experimenting in the kitchen, eating delicious food and fumbling my way through technology I don’t understand. But most importantly, it’s been full of all of YOU. To all my readers and fellow bloggers, thank you so much for reading, stopping by and for your words of encouragement. Each time I get a comment I still get excited butterflies in my stomach. I have made so many new friends I never would have gotten to meet otherwise and I am so honoured to know you all. I’m so happy you are here and I hope you will continue to read for another delicious, food filled year!

Today I bring you something delicious, both in celebration of my blogiversary and to help the rest of you celebrate Valentine’s Day!

I’ve never been one to make a big deal about Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean I won’t use it as an excuse to create a delicious treat in it’s honour. And so, I give you this:

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Think creamy. Think chocolatey. Think velvety and rich.

And most of all, think SEXY.

Because that’s exactly what this cake is- not only does it taste amazing and decadent but it is packed full of ingredients to keep you looking and feeling sexy on this special day.

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Cacao: this is a superfood packed full of antioxidants and minerals, which in addition to being wonderful for your health, they are vital for fertility. It is also packed full of compounds that increase your libido and just make you feel happier! Once of the ways it does this is by increasing serotonin in your brain. Make sure you get raw cacao for this though. Cocoa is not the same!

Goji berries: antioxidants galore to help keep your body in tip top shape. These also help to increase your libido and improve your stamina by increasing testosterone!

Coconut Oil: coconut oil gives you readily available energy instead of getting stored! It also contains lauric acid which gets converted to pregnenolone which helps to reduce atherosclerosis in the body- AKA it helps to improve blood flow to all your sexy regions ;)

Maca Powder: maca is widely used throughout the world as a supplement for energy, stamina, strength and libido. It is also an adaptogen meaning it will help to regulate your hormones in whatever way your body needs! Maca will help balance all your glands like pituitary, hypothalamus, adrenal, thyroid pancreas as well as your ovarian and testicular glands. Hormones and feeling sexy are VERY connected!

Cashews: these nuts are rich in copper which is super important for energy production and magnesium which is crucial for helping you relax. May sound like competing interests but don’t those both sound like things we want in the bedroom? ;) The good fats in these will also reduce your heart disease risk making sure you can stay active!

Not only does it contain all of these awesome for you ingredients, but this cake is also raw, free of refined sugar, gluten and grains meaning it won’t create any unneeded bloat or lethargy after you eat it! Just enough for 2 people, this cake is perfect to share with a Valentine!

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Sexy Valentine Cake (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-Free, Raw, Paleo)

Ingredients (serves 2)

Base

  • 2 tbsp almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 4 dates
  • 1/2 tbsp cacao powder

Filling

  • 6 tbsp cashews, soaked
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp goji powder(optional)
  • 1/4 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Chocolate Topping

  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • scant 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp coconut nectar

Garnish

  • goji berries
  • cacao nibs

Instructions

Add the ingredients for the base into a food processor and blend until you get a "Dough" that will stick together when pressed. Press it into the bottom of a small springform pan, or any other small container. Line it with plastic wrap first for easy removal if not using a springform.

Add all ingredients for the filling except the coconut oil to a blender and blend until smooth. Take the melted coconut oil and with the blender running, slowly pour it in. Pour the filling over top of the base and smooth it out. Move to the fridge to cool.

Mix all the ingredients for the chocolate in a small bowl. Pour over the filling of the cake and allow to harden in the fridge. Keep cake covered and chilled for at least 4 hours to allow it to firm up. Putting it in the freezer will give you a much firmer result, whereas the fridge it will still be creamy- your call!

Garnish with cacao nibs and powder and goji berries if desired and serve!

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I'm sharing this on Allergy-Free Wednesday and Raw Food Thursday!

I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine’s Day! Here’s to another year!