Breakfast

The “Happy Pear” Flapjacks

Although these treats are definitely unlike any flapjack I have ever tasted, the appeal of this healthy treat is that you can be creative with the ingredients and mix up the fruits and nuts as long you keep approximately the same volume of ingredients. I modified the original recipe replacing some of the walnuts with pistachio nuts and adding sunflower seeds in place of some of the pumpkin seeds to add colour and texture.

Apricot and Peanut Recovery Bars

After any endurance event the body needs time to recover so it can reenergize itself for next time. For the body to recover more quickly, another important piece is choosing the right foods.
This is one of the challenges I face as I often don’t feel like eating after strenuous activity. However, these tasty apricot and peanut butter bars provide a great mixture of healthy ingredients that I find appealing even right after a workout to help kickstart the recovery process..

If you are not athletically inclined, the good news is that recovery bars are not just for after sports! There are lots of situations in life that involve recovery and the one most of us experience at some point is stress. Much like a workout, the “fight or flight” response of stress can impact the body leaving it needing recovery. As this can come in the form of time, rest and healthy sustenance, these decadent bars make a great recovery treat for even the worst of days!

Oat and Apple Biscuits (Vegan and Gluten Free)

What comes to mind when you think of a biscuit? My guess is that it probably depends on where you live! Having grown up in one country and then lived most of my adult life in another, I have found there are several words that are used quite differently in each country. One of these is the humble biscuit!

Double Blueberry, Lemon and Almond Granola

There is nothing quite like the sweet taste of a fresh, ripe blueberry. These small, plump berries with their deep, rich color are amazingly versatile and their fresh, fruity flavour can serve to enhance many foods as well as being a delicious addition to a variety of dishes including pancakes, pies, tarts, muffins, sauces and cakes.

This double blueberry, lemon and almond granola is vegan and gluten free and full of wholesome ingredients and by making your own, you can control the amount of sugars, fats and overall ingredients to suit your preferences.

Matcha Chocolate Avocado Emoji-Buns

It is interesting what a difference a smile makes, and it is so true that like attracts like and a smile begets a smile.

Despite the name, these Matcha Chocolate Avocado Emoji-Buns have no avocado in them. They are basically a sweet bread shaped like an avocado with matcha in the main dough to give a green avocado colour and cacao powder in the portion which represents the avocado stone. Once they are baked, the Emoji expressions are painted on with an edible marker. Their faces are simply to make you smile!

One Bowl Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan and Gluten Free)

There are a number of countries that celebrate Thanksgiving and although the dates, culinary offerings, and nature of the celebrations vary from country to country, the purpose of the festivities is to express gratitude, often for the fall harvest, and generally includes a feast to be shared with the community.

Around Thanksgiving, pumpkins are a popular ingredient in many dishes. For a pumpkin dish this year, I decided to made a quick and easy recipe for chocolate pumpkin muffins. The muffins are vegan, gluten free and, as the name suggests, can literally be made in one bowl!

A Toast to Toast

My early memories of toast is a breakfast food usually topped with the basic spreads of butter and jam. At that time toast was considered a “thrifty” choice and was often an economical way to use up stale bread. Over the years, this “comfort food” has evolved and become a significant food trend to the extent that some toast creations are now often referred to as “artisan”.

Plant-Based Food to Fuel Endurance Challenges!

Even as little as 10 years ago, the notion of fueling sport on plant-based nutrition alone was largely unheard of and certainly not taken seriously. A lot has changed since then and now it is much more of an accepted practice and some believe it can even be beneficial to performance as well as overall health.

Chocolate Chargers Energy Bars

With busy lives, processed foods are deemed “convenient” for a reason. Commercial energy bars are expensive per use, highly portable and are intended to fuel endurance sports. When time permits, try a healthy, plant-based alternative called Chocolate Chargers Energy Bars to serve as a snack, fuel sports, or simply sustain those intense moments!

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Coming across a favourite old recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Muffins from many years ago and adapting it to suit my eating preferences today was an interesting exercise. However it showed me once again how easy it is to recreate most recipes to a plant-based friendly alternative.