Gluten & Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Cake

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Cake. Need we say more? Didn’t think so. This cake is so deliciously decedent; you won’t be able to get enough. Try this no fuss recipe that allows you to whip up a chocolate cake for any special occasion. You will need… 1 ½ cups gluten free flour 1 cup organic sugar ½ cup coca 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. white vinegar 1 cup cold water Prepare the Batter 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan, or a 12 set cupcake pan. 2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. 3. Add in the coconut oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Combine until smooth. 4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. 5. Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool. Prepare the Icing 1. In a large bowl add ½ cup plant based butter spread (ex. Earth Balance Spread), 1 cup organic powdered sugar and 1-2 drops vanilla extract. Combine all the ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Once the cake is cooled, top with frosting and...

White Chocolate Lemon Zest Cranberry Cookies

These cookies are perfect for the Christmas season. The lemon zest brings out the cranberry taste for a refreshing punch of flavour.  You will need:    1 egg  1/2 cup brown sugar (packed) 1/2 cup canola oil  1 cup white flour  1/2 tsp baking soda  3/4 cup quick oats  1/4 cup white chocolate chips  1/4 cup dried cranberries  Zest of 1/2 a lemon   Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees Celsius Prepare the cookie dough… In a large mixing bowl combine the egg, brown sugar and canola oil. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, quick oats, chocolate chips and cranberries. Add the flour mixture to the first bowl.           Zest 1/2 a lemon into the bowl of ingredients.            Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Use a spoon to portion out the cookie dough into balls on the sheet. Press each one down with a fork. Place in the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes.           Makes 18-24...

Baked Apples with Salted Caramel Sauce

Food Photography: Bree-Ann Merritt Photography  Okay so this one is quick and easy. A little bit of healthy and a little bit of indulgence to handle that sweet tooth craving.  You will need… 3 apples (pick your favourite)  1 tsp of cinnamon  1 tsp nutmeg  1 tsp salt 1/2 cup melted butter  1/2 cup warmed heavy cream 1/2 cup granulated sugar  rolled oats to garnish  Prepare the apples…  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Celsius. Wash, half and core the apples. Place face up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a small bowl combine the nutmeg and cinnamon, sprinkle over the apples. Place apples in the oven and allow to bake until tender. About 10-15 minutes.  Prepare the caramel sauce…  Place large pan over medium heat, and add the granulated sugar. Allow sugar to cook and melt while rotating the pan. As sugar begins to melt use a spatula to stir in remaining sugar. Remove pan from heat and add in melted butter and stir. Add in warm cream and stir until all the sauce is combined.  Place pan back onto the heat to finish cooking the sauce for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add in salt. Mix until combine.  Once apples are baked remove from the oven. Place in a bowl and serve with vanilla ice-cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.  Serves 6 ...

Berry Lemon Cupcakes

Food photography by Bree-Ann Merritt Photography Design You will need…  2 cups pastry flour 2 tsp baking powder  1 tsp salt  1 cup canola oil  1 1/2 cup sugar  3 eggs  1 cup milk  2 tsp lemon zest  1 tsp lemon extract  The juice of 1/2 lemon  First preheat your oven to 350 degrees Celsius. Place large muffin cups in each tray cup. Now prepare the batter… In a large bowl combine eggs, sugar and canola oil. In a separate bowl combine flour (spoon flour into measuring cup until over flowing. Then level the top off to level the cup), baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients into the large bowl and combine. Add milk, lemon extract, lemon juice and zest. Combine until smooth. NOTE: The batter will be very thin! This is exactly what you want. Pour the batter into the muffin cups. Bake for 16-20 minutes. Top your cupcakes with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and mixed berries. Enjoy! Makes 18 cupcakes or a 13 x 9 inch cake....

Whole Wheat Cranberry Muffins

Prepare a batch of these muffins for a quick and easy grab and go breakfast!   Food Photography: Breeann Merritt Photography    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Celsius You will need…  1 egg 1/4 cup canola oil 3/4 cup milk (1-2 %) 2 Tbsp unsweetened apple sauce  3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda  2 cups whole wheat flour  1 – 1/2 cups dried cranberries  Prepare the batter… In a medium bowl combine all the dry ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl beat the egg, sugar and canola oil together. Take half the dry mixture and add to the large bowl, when combined add the remaining dry mixture. Add the milk and applesauce, mixing until all combined. Then fold the cranberries into the batter, do not over mix. Portion batter into a muffin baking tin that has been linked with baking cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Makes 12-14...

Chocolate Chip Hemp Heart Cookies

Food Photography by Breeann Merritt Photography Design  Prep Time: 15 minutes  Bake Time: 15 minutes  Okay, who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie? This one is packed full of flavour and good for you ingredients too!  You will need…  1 egg  1/2 cup brown sugar (packed) 1/2 cup canola oil  1 cup white flour  1/2 tsp baking soda  3/4 cup quick oats (not steel cut)  1/4 cup dark chocolate chips  1/4 cup milk chocolate chips  4 Tbsp vanilla hemp protein  2 Tbsp hemp hearts  Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees Celsius Prepare the cookie dough…  In a large mixing bowl combine the egg, brown sugar and canola oil. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and quick oats. Add the flour mixture to the first bowl. Then add the chocolate chips, hemp protein powder and hemp hearts.  Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Use a spoon to portion out the cookie dough into balls on the sheet. Press each one down with a fork. Place in the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes.  Makes 18-24...