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Chocolate-Banana Smoothie with Cauliflower and Spirulina

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On days when I feel like making my dessert smoothie a bit more healthy, I add a handful of frozen steamed cauliflower, a teaspoon of milled flaxseed and a teaspoon of spirulina powder. Because of the strong, sweet flavours I don’t really notice the cauliflower and spirulina as distinct ingredients, only as a reduction in sweetness.

I’ve decorated this bowl with goji berries, blueberries, milled flaxseed and a raspberry.

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Turmeric Carrot Muffins

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For this recipe I used turmeric powder, 1 cup white flour, ½ cup whole wheat flour, and hazelnut milk. I put raisins and dates in the muffins, and used the recommended seasoning. I added a little bit of stevia powder to increase the sweetness. I opted not to top them with anything.

In my opinion these muffins need more oil than the optional amount suggested. Mine stuck to the paper, even when fully cool.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

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I make this smoothie as a full-meal dessert, when I’m craving something sweet but don’t want to eat a full meal and also a sweet. Usually I make it from one banana, one tablespoon of Dutch-process cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon tahini, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 juicy dates, and stevia to taste. I add just enough hazelnut milk to blend.

This smoothie is decorated with matcha powder, coconut flakes, raspberries, strawberry and pistachios.

Hwajeon

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This was my first attempt at Hwajeon, a pan-fried rice cake in syrup.

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Normally they are decorated with the leaves of a daisy and the flower is made from jujube. I only had dried jujube, so I soaked it in water, but I also made half of the cakes using softer medjool dates.

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I didn’t have daisy leaves, so I used mint and dill leaves. I was afraid they would impart too much flavour – especially the dill – but it turned out okay. The cakes are thicker than they ought to be, and I clearly need a more delicate touch with my floral design, but I still think they’re pretty.

Salted Caramel Vanilla “Custard” Pie

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I liked the vegan freezer salted caramel chocolate pie, but the proportion of chocolate to salted caramel was a bit too high for me. I decided to add another layer under the salted caramel, a vanilla custard. I made the layer using a variation of this vegan eggnog recipe. I made the egg mix without the cloves, and let it thicken a little further. I then froze the bottom layer while I prepared the next two layers. I used agave syrup as the sweetener for this layer. Unfortunately after I had already prepared the layer it occurred to me that it would form ice crystals. Next time I will either add coconut oil, as in the other layers, or else a bit of brandy.

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The other layers I made using the same modifications I made the last time I tried it.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie

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Here’s the recipe. I used hazelnut milk throughout instead of almond milk and coconut milk, and tahini instead of almond butter. Next time I think I’ll increase the middle layer and decrease the chocolate layer to suit my personal taste. It was delicious all the same.

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Baked Apple and Dates

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Baked apples are pretty standard. I made this with a stick of cassia cinnamon in the middle, and stuffed it with dried dates.

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