Remember those Fun Dip candies they used to have (or still have for all I know). If came with a candy stick that you licked and then dipped into candy powder? It was definitely one of my favourite candies but I now cringe at the fact that it was basically sugar on top of sugar. With artificial colours and flavours to round it all out!
This post isn’t a recipe, more of a fun idea that I’m sure most of you have done at some point in your life. But I had completely forgotten about it until the rhubarb made an appearance at the market a few weeks ago. So just in case you have all forgotten about it too or have never tried it before, I thought I’d post it here. If you’ve never tried it, I demand you go buy rhubarb before it goes out of season and do it.
The idea is simple: dip rhubarb in sugar. Eat. Repeat. Reminiscent of Fun Dips but so so SO much better for you.
I remember doing this a lot as a kid. Going out and picking rhubarb from the garden (whilst also catching butterflies and caterpillars- yes I had a sheltered upbringing), running to the kitchen while tracking dirt everywhere. I would spread rhubarb out all over the table and frantically try to reach the jar of sugar. You see, dipping rhubarb in sugar was about as close as I was ever allowed to get to eating pure sugar. And since rhubarb season is short, I couldn’t waste a single second. And I would eat until every stalk was done.
But now that I’m older, I realize how truly delicious this snack is and not just because it’s sugar-dipped fruit. Sugar is the perfect compliment to tart rhubarb. These days, I use coconut sugar, or even sometimes maple sugar for a special treat. Coconut sugar is low-glycemic so it won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar and maple sugar retains more nutrients than a refined cane sugar. However, you could use any sugar you wanted here!
Now since I’m a nutritionist, I couldn’t share this idea without looking up the nutritional stats of rhubarb. Turns out it’s pretty damn good for you! It is lower in calories and sugar than most fruits. It’s packed with fibre to help delay the absorption of the sugar into your blood stream. It is also rich in antioxidants (disease fighters!), B-vitamins (energy!), vitamin A (skin and vision), and vitamin K (bone health and blood clotting)! However beware- the leaves are high in oxalic acid which can be toxic! You are unlikely to suffer sever consequences from a few leaves, but best be safe and not sorry.
a few weeks back, my coworkers and i threw our bosses a wedding shower because they’re pretty much the most amazing bosses ever. and since i work with foodies. nutritionists, a culinary school grad and health nuts, the spread was amazing.
gluten-free mocha cupcakes, rice paper wraps with peanut sauce, fresh fruit and veggies, roasted chickpeas in multiple flavours, punch, bruschetta, mini pitas, gluten-free crackers and this hummus.
i volunteered to make the hummus and i wasn’t in the mood to make the traditional fare. and since i know most of my coworkers eat hummus on a fairly regular basis, i figured they would appreciate a bit of a mix-up as well.
then somehow, this happened. and it was a very very fortunate occurrence.
this hummus tastes just like cool ranch doritos. the best kind of doritos. or kind of like you mixed half ranch dressing and half hummus. either way you put it, this hummus is the bomb. in fact, it’s so good that when you taste it, you miiiight just start dancing around your kitchen to this song while you eat spoonfuls of this straight from the food processor wondering what magical forces came together to allow this hummus to be made. i sure did.
hope you all enjoyed the raw caramel recipe! and i hope it's whetted your appetite for the big finish. for those of you who follow me on instagram, you've already seen it. but let's just keep it on the down low for the rest of them shall we? ;). in case you missed the first component, check it out here.
we continue with my blog’s 2 year anniversary today with the second component of our big dessert: raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares. mmmm, i cannot wait till friday to show you how it all comes together!
today we will continue with a raw apple sauce or butter which is completely delicious eaten by itself as a snack or dessert. it’s spiced with cinnamon, sweetened with dates and thickened with flax seeds. it’s fiber-rich and because it’s raw, all the vitamins in the apples are retained. the same recipe is used for apple sauce and butter except for a little extra sweetness from maple syrup for the apple butter. mmmmm.
raw apple sauce/butter (vegan, gluten-free, paleo, raw)
by gabby ouimet
Prep Time: 10 min
Keywords: blender raw dessert snack nut-free paleo raw soy-free gluten-free vegan sugar-free apple dates
ingredients (2 cups)
2 cups chopped apples*
1 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 medjool dates
1 tbsp maple syrup (if making apple butter, omit if making apple sauce)
if your dates are dry, soak them in some water for about an hour to soften.
add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. store in the fridge until ready to eat.
* you can keep the apple peels on (i did) unless your apples aren't organic, then you should peel them as they are part of the dirty dozen!
halvah was a fairly recent discovery on my end, but once i tried it, i was hooked. there’s just something about sesame that i am completely obsessed with. but you could probably tell that from this, this, this, this and this. oh and this.
so when north coast naturals asked me to make another recipe using their products, i decided to try and create some healthier halvah using hemp seeds! and it was such a success, i’ve been asked for the recipe from quite a few people who i let try them!
i’ve never been one for making a big show of valentine’s day, but i do think it’s an amazing opportunity to show everyone in your life how much they mean to you. not just significant others, but all friends and family. why should we restrict valentine’s day gifts and treats to one special person? aren’t all of our loved ones special?
in keeping with one of my resolutions this year, i want to celebrate each holiday with a breakfast. a nice little way to begin the day, even if the rest of the holiday follows the normal schedule. we can all use a little break from routine and what better way to do this that by making my favourite part of the day, the morning, just a little more special?