Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Treat yourself to one of these Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re soft and tender and filled with tons of chocolate goodness submerged in subtle notes of rich and buttery peanut butter.

Treat yourself to one of these Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They're soft and tender and filled with tons of chocolate goodness submerged in subtle notes of rich and buttery peanut butter.

So I had a major craving for a good chocolate chip cookie… Being fairly new at this whole vegan baking thing, I had to scour the Internet in search of ideas and inspiration, so I could whip me up a batch.  

One thing I quickly came to realize is that “vegan” isn’t necessarily synonymous with “healthy”… There are TONS of really yummy looking vegan dessert recipes out there, but as soon as you start to read the ingredient list, they quickly loose their appeal! Indeed, a lot of them call for standard ingredients, such as vegan butter or margarine, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, etc.  

Hmpft. While I understand that there is no real way to create a truly healthy chocolate chip cookie, I still wanted to indulge in a somewhat healthier treat. So I went ahead and crafted my own recipe. And while I’m still new at this, I think I managed to whip up a pretty decent batch of vegan cookies, seriously! 

Those cookies are loaded with flavor, super soft, tender, slightly chewy, and all kinds of yummy! And while they do contain peanut butter, the peanut taste is very subtle and not at all overwhelming… it just contributes in making the cookies taste super rich and buttery

One thing’s for sure: they totally, positively took care of my craving!  

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Sticky Date and Coconut Cake – Vegan and Gluten-Free

Vegan and gluten-free, this creamy, dreamy, dense, fudgy, heavenly pudding-like Sticky Date and Coconut Cake feels and tastes like pure decadence, yet it only uses real, wholesome ingredients!

Vegan and gluten-free, this creamy, dreamy, dense, fudgy, heavenly pudding-like Sticky Date and Coconut Cake feels and tastes like pure decadence, yet it only uses real, wholesome ingredients!

So I’ve started experimenting with vegan baking… For his birthday, I’d asked mah dude what kind of cake he would like, and he’d asked for his favorite: a Queen Elizabeth Cake, which is how we call a Sticky Date and Coconut Cake around here.

Of course, I was happy to oblige, but after all was said and done, I wasn’t convinced that my first experimentation had been a complete success. But then, as soon as we got to taste the cake, I knew I had to share this recipe. It definitely is a total keeper, and to be honest, the more we eat it, the more we are wowed by it! Mr Man even said that “it was the best birthday cake he’d ever had — sorry mom! (cuz she was sitting right next to him) — and wants the exact same next year please, pretty please!”

This cake is like total decadence!  It’s super dense and fudgy and creamy and smooth, with a texture that’s a bit like a cross between a brownie and a cheesecake, and a sweet, THICK, macaroon-like coconut topping.

Vegan and gluten-free, this creamy, dreamy, dense, fudgy, heavenly pudding-like Sticky Date and Coconut Cake feels and tastes like pure decadence, yet it only uses real, wholesome ingredients!

Speaking of coconut topping, I really went all out on my version of this cake, for this is my partner’s favorite part, and I know a lot of people feel exactly the same: they can never get enough of the delicious coconut topping. Well, trust me, if that’s your case, you will be totally served with this cake. And if it wasn’t your case and preferred a thinner layer of coconut over your cake, well you could just as easily cut that in half, if you wanted to.

Oh, and one more thing before we start: be warned that this cake is very sweet and extremely calorie-dense, so you should totally keep the portions on the small side.

But hey, we all have to indulge once in a while, don’t we?  

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Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Here’s chocolate pudding that’s so good for you, you can totally have it even if you don’t eat your meat! Indeed, this Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding is made with nothing but wholesome, nutritious ingredients. A dessert you can eat without feeling even one once of guilt!

Here's chocolate pudding that's so good for you, you can totally have it even if you don't eat your meat! Indeed, this Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding is made with nothing but wholesome, nutritious ingredients. A dessert you can eat without feeling even one once of guilt!

You know the song, right? “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding – How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”

Well, forget all about that! This pudding right here, you can totally have regardless of what you have — or haven’t — eaten prior! In fact, it’s a nutrition powerhouse disguised as dessert: we’re talking avocado, coconut, cacao powder, chia seeds, dates… all things that are super good for you!

But don’t go thinking that it tastes like bird or rabbit food, though. In fact, this stuff tastes even better than the “just-add-milk-instant-powdered-stuff” and has a far superior texture, too! It’s silky, velvety, soft but somewhat firm, almost like a mousse, but without being too airy, either. It’s perfect in every possible way! 

And the best part is, it’s just as quick to prepare as the aforementioned “just-add-milk” stuff…

Try it once, you’ll be hooked for life!

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Spiced Butternut Squash Pecan Pie

Free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar, this Spiced Butternut Squash Pecan Pie is a nice change from your classic pumpkin pie, and perhaps even better! What’s best is you can easily make it with your own homemade butternut squash puree and ditch the canned pumpkin stuff!

Free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar, this Spiced Butternut Squash Pecan Pie is a nice change from your classic pumpkin pie, and perhaps even better! What's best is you can easily make it with your own homemade butternut squash puree and ditch the canned pumpkin stuff!

If you’re a fan of pumpkin pie, then you will totally fall for butternut squash pie. Honestly, the two are very similar in taste and texture, but one clear advantage that the latter has over the former is that you can make your own butternut squash puree at home, from scratch, using fresh gourds that you ideally purchased from a local farmer, market, or even better yet, grown yourself in your own garden. And this means — among many other environmental benefits — you’ll be leaving an aluminium can on the shelves. I’m all for using less cans!!

Technically, pumpkin pie is made with a traditional pie crust, but I prefer to make mine with a crumb crust. Firstly, because I have no patience for making pie dough; I find that crumb crusts are so much easier to deal with. Not only that, but they also add tons of flavor AND nutritional value to your pie. The only downside to these kinds of crusts is that they tend to be extremely fragile, especially when the filling happens to be crazy moist and super silky. So they don’t support your slices very well, making it hard to extract picture perfect slices from your pie.

But frankly, I find that the benefits totally outweigh this small inconvenience…

Of course, if you preferred to go the traditional route you could very well use my paleo pie dough recipe instead of the crumb crust that I am suggesting in this post. But seriously, while this crust doesn’t entirely make the pie, it complements it so well, I totally recommend that you stick with it and be super delicate when handling and serving your pie. Just use a good pie server and you should be fine!

Personally, I think that the addition of chopped pecans to that crust as well as to the top of the pie, as a garnish, really helps in toning down the level of sweetness and intense spiciness of this traditional dessert. And the shredded coconut simply takes it to another level!

Try it once, then you can decide for yourself which option you like best! 

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Festive Bliss Balls

Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.

Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.

Whether you are looking for a quick little snack or cute petite sweet bites to put on the table following a good family meal – or even a Christmas feast, maybe – these adorable festive bliss balls are totally guaranteed to be a hit. It’s not because they happen to be raw, vegan and paleo friendly, completely free of gluten, dairy or refined sugar and filled with nothing but superfoods and wholesome ingredients that they are not absolutely delicious and insanely addictive!

Honestly, they’re almost better than chocolate! Except they’re good for you. Completely, totally, utterly good for you! And they’re super easy to make, too.

Try them once, you’ll probably want to have a batch in the fridge all the time after… 

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Squares

Free of gluten and of refined sugar, these Dark Chocolate Coconut Squares are filled with nothing but wholesome ingredients. But they taste so good, no one will ever believe it. But really… who needs to know, right?

Free of gluten and of refined sugar, these Dark Chocolate Coconut Squares are filled with nothing but wholesome ingredients. But they taste so good, no one will ever believe it. But really... who needs to know, right?

So I was watching hockey with my boyfriend the other night and we got a sudden craving for a little something sweet… He went to the kitchen and returned with a bag of dates and a bar of 85% dark chocolate

We started eating the two of them together and I immediately fell in love! 

I just knew right then and there that I’d have to make something out of this heavenly union. At first, I was shooting for simple dark chocolate coated dates, but then my vision evolved and eventually transformed into the crazy decadent but surprisingly healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Squares that you see before you. 

You’re looking at a super thick layer of creamy, rich, smooth and silky dark chocolate filling that feels just like the most decadent of truffles, trapped between two layers of crunchy, slightly sweet and crumbly oats and coconut crust. 

Can you say yum? And yes please?


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