Vegan Pumpkin Brownies

Vegan, chocolate pumpkin brownies

  Vegan Pumpkin Brownies Yields 16 Brownies ~ Nut Free & Gluten Free Ingredients – 1 cup mashed banana – 1 cup pumpkin puree – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter – 1/4 cup brewed coffee – 1 1/2 tablespoons ground flax seeds – 1 cup oat flour – 1 teaspoon baking powder – 1/2 cup cocoa powder (add more for topping) – 1/2 cup coconut sugar – 1/2 cup chocolate chips – pinch of salt Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. 2. Mix mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract sunflower seed butter, coffee and ground flax seeds in a bowl. 3. In another bowl combine oat flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, coconut…

Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating The holiday season is upon us. The stores are full of all things Christmas. It can be overwhelming, so I thought I’d let you in on a few of my favourite things in holiday decor. Lit Birch Trees I am a sucker for the lit birch trees by Restoration Hardware. Other brands offer similar trees in different price ranges. These are a holiday staple for me. I use them inside and out and I think they look best when they are done in groupings. I like to nestle bunches of poinsettias at their base. It is such an elegant touch. White Lights I like crisp and clean – white lights always work. The coloured ones just don’t do it for me. I also…

Avocado Hair Mask

Now that winter is upon us, the cold and wind make my eyes water and my skin hurt. I have noticed that my hair is getting dry and frizzy, as there is more static electricity in the air. Now is the perfect time to figure out some soothing and moisturizing beauty treatments. An avocado hair mask is a great place to start. You will need: 1 ripe avocado, mashed 2 eggs 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp olive oil Combine all ingredients in a bowl, apply to hair from roots to tips, and massage vigorously into the scalp. Leave the mask to set for 20 minutes, then rinse clean . Follow by a light shampoo and rinse to remove any remaining oil. The avocado will provide…

Goddess Spotlight – Kristina Matisic

Goddess Spotlight: Kristina Matisic Who could be better suited to be our first Goddess than the lovely Kristina Matisic. She perfectly portrays the modern-day Goddess: when you are in her presence, you can see her inner light shining brightly. She is a beautiful, motivated, compassionate, kind-hearted, and successful woman. I asked Kristina some questions about herself so that we could find out a bit more about her with the hope of inspiring and empowering all of us to live our most brilliant life. Let’s all Shine Bright and Be Amazing. How did you get started in your career? I got a lucky break at the Squamish, BC radio station Mountain FM. I had just finished journalism school in LA and had moved back to Vancouver…

Goddess Spotlight

Goddess Spotlight

  Goddess Spotlight I wanted to create the Goddess Spotlight to inspire women to awaken their inner goddess and let their inner light shine. I would love it if we could all feel like we were in a state of enchantment that allowed us to feel beautiful, sensual, confident, passionate, and empowered; where we all felt valued, cherished, and loved while expressing our inner truth. At some point in our lifetime, we all go through tribulations where our strength and resilience are tested. It allows us to rise up and determine what we are made of. It helps us to learn that we are worthy of respect and love. This has certainly happened to me: I have been faced with challenges and had to decide…

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats I love making overnight oats. Making this recipe the night before, ends up giving you more time in the morning. It’s the perfect ‘breakfast on the go’ recipe. Serves 2 ~ Gluten free, nut free, vegan       Ingredients 1 1/2 cup oats 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 1 tablespoons chia seeds 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 1/4 cup goji berries 1 apple, diced 1 tablespoon maple syrup or other sweetener (use 1 teaspoon powdered stevia for a no sugar option)   Method Dice apple. Combine oats, cinnamon, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and goji berries in a bowl. Pour in coconut milk and stir. Layer diced apple and oat mixture in two 500ml jars, secure with lids. Place…

Pumpkin Potage

Pumpkin soup at Crystal Hills Farm

  Now that the cooler temperatures have arrived it is time for a nice, warm bowl of soup! Here is a recipe for a potage, which is a thick and creamy soup that will leave you feeling satisfied. Creamy pumpkin with a hint of garlic and herbs, plus it is vegan and gluten free.  Pumpkin Potage Recipe Serves 2-3 Ingredients 1 1/2 cups cooked sugar pumpkin, mashed 2 cups vegetable broth 1/2 cup coconut cream* 3 cloves garlic, roasted at 350F for 10 minutes fresh thyme and rosemary infused in oil** salt and pepper 2 tablespoons coconut or avocado oil parsley, for garnish Method Cook sugar pumpkin: cut it in half then lay the cut side down in a pan, with a bit of water for 30-45…

Moss Agate

Moss Agate - Crystal Harmony

Moss Agate This crystal reminds us of nature and the earth with its inclusions of moss green-colored minerals. This semiprecious gemstone is not a true agate, but a form of chalcedony, belonging to the quartz family. Moss agate has long been recorded throughout history and various cultures as being a valuable stone. It has been known as a power stone for Native Americans, a healing stone for tribal priests, an amulet to provide strength for warriors, a crystal for gardeners and agriculturists to help with their crops, and a stone of new beginnings for midwives to help ease labour. Moss agate is a particularly beneficial crystal that seems to help most people with its’ energetic traits. This crystal emits a peaceful energy that encourages understanding,…

Chocolate Zuchini Muffins

Chocolate Zuchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins As a food blogger, I like to check out other blogs and try a bunch of recipes. I love cooking or baking with fruits and vegetables that are in season and right now as there is an abundance of zucchini available. What better way to use them, then to add them into muffins with chocolate. I adapted this recipe from Oh She Glows, because sometimes you just don’t have all the ingredients on hand or you want to add an ingredient that you like. These muffins are nice and moist with no added oil. I added millet which creates a nice crunchy texture. Some use it for bird food, although it contains plenty of nutrients including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Recipe…

Vegan Protein Chocolate Truffles

vegan protein chocolate truffles

Vegan and protein rich dessert and…. HEALTHY?! Yes! Rich in fiber from the black beans and dates with no added refined sugars (excluding the chocolate topping). This is a healthy treat you can enjoy without the guilt.  The protein powder I used in this recipe is called Garden of Life Vanilla Organic Raw Protein Powder, although if you want an extra chocolatey taste use the chocolate variety. Please note that each protein powder brand will have a slightly different flavour and texture. Genuine Health Fermented Protein Powder and Iron Vegan Sprouted Vegan Protein Powder are other brands I also recommend. Pumpkin seed butter is used in this recipe for a nut-free option but you can also replace with almond or peanut butter if you can…

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