Picnic Food

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!

Vegan Fig Rolls as Healthy Snacks or “Fuel Food”

I have always considered Fig Rolls (UK) and Fig Newtons (North America) as a relatively healthy choice in the world of commercial cookies and biscuits. As easily digestible carbohydrates, they have also been a tasty favourite as “fuel food” for sports. However, they still fall into the category of processed food and so I was pleased to come across a naturally sweetened, gluten free, no-bake alternative to these popular commercial treats.

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.

Mango and Date Energy Bites

When involved in endurance sports or extended periods of exertion, the body’s carbohydrate stores need replenishing. There are lots of convenient energy gels and bars on the market today but they are expensive per use and essentially processed foods. If you are looking for more natural alternatives, try these Mango and Date Energy Bites which offer a little fiber, protein, healthy fat and natural sugars for an energy boost during exercise or as mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Healthy Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

The versatility of a recipe is a high priority for me when cooking or baking and I tend to gravitate towards dishes that can withstand a degree of creativity and tolerate substitutions to whatever might be at hand. These chewy granola bars fit this bill. I have always preferred chewy […]