Category Archives: Festive Occasions

Fresh Cranberry Muffins

The recipe for fresh cranberry muffin is easy and versatile. The cranberries can be fresh or frozen. Just use whatever you have on hand. In either case chop the cranberries into small pieces or for a bigger burst of cranberry flavour leave them whole.

fresh cranberry muffins

This recipe uses a flax egg. For those of you who are new to vegan cooking flax eggs are a combination of flax meal and water. The mixture is allowed to set for 5 minutes until it gels. Once the mixture is thick the flax egg replaces a chicken egg one to one. Just mix 1 tbsp of flax meal and 2 1/2 tbsp of water thoroughly.

The recipe also calls for almond milk but it can be replaced with most nut milks, soy milk and even oat milk.

Cranberry muffins are great for lunch on a cold winter day or easy to grab for a quick breakfast. Serve with your favourite tea and jam or jelly.

Enjoy!

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Patchwork Peppermint Cookies

When Christmas rolls around I like to have a cookie tray filled with different cookies for my guests to enjoy. Although there will be few holiday visits this year I still wanted to have a few special cookies in the house for the family.

patchwork peppermint cookie

The recipe for patchwork peppermint cookies is a new cookie that I modified from the patterned cookie recipe. The cookies are sweet with a hint of peppermint and are colourful on any tray.

The recipe is a bit fussy and the assembly of the cookies takes a little longer than usual but it is worth the work. The cookies can be made in two and a half hours. This includes the time the batter rests in the refrigerator.

The recipe can be modified for different holidays. Change the colour of the food colour and add a different extract to make your holiday cookie special. For example, for a summer birthday use yellow food colouring in half the dough and add lemon extract. Yummy! Orange and red can be used for fall with maple extract.

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Walnut Ginger Cookies

Walnut ginger cookies are great for tea time. The cookies are sweet and crunchy with a subtle zip of crystallized ginger. They’re so easy to make you can whip them up in 1/2 hour, make a pot of herbal tea ,and be ready for entertaining.

walnut ginger cookies

My favourite spice is ginger and I like how the subtle heat of the spice comes through in baked goods. This recipe used dried ginger and crystallized ginger to flavour the dough. If you have fresh ginger you can grate it and substitute 1 tbsp for the dried spice.

I used walnuts in this recipe but if you don’t like them you could use chopped almonds. I’ve tried chopped cashews but find them too sweet combined with both types of sugar. If you have a sweet tooth though, you could add them, add some dried coconut and reduce the brown sugar by 1/4 cup.

If you want to serve these on a Christmas platter and need to jazz up the cookie appearance I’d use coloured sprinkles mixed into the batter. Icing on this cookie is too sweet for my taste.

Enjoy!

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Harvest Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie has always been a staple in my home on the holidays. It’s rich creamy texture blended with fragrant pie spices is warm and comforting and brings back many happy memories of childhood. That’s why when I decided to try a vegan lifestyle I was a little hesitant to try a vegan pumpkin pie. I tried recipes made with tofu and I wasn’t happy with the taste. I tried other recipes made with coconut cream. They’re better but many recipes don’t have enough spices.

Harvest pumpkin pie is a vegan recipe using coconut cream with the tasty spices I remember. If you don’t like pie spice try cutting the spices in half and tasting before baking the pie. You can also use either pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger separately.

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Cost Saving Pumpkin Spice Syrup

It’s Thanksgiving again in Canada and at this time of year pumpkin spice baked goods and drinks are found just about everywhere.

Autumn colours in Canada

Pumpkin spice drinks can be costly but there is a simple solution. Cost effective pumpkin spice syrup is easy to make and when added to your drinks can give you the fall taste you love at a fraction of the cost.

It contains only 5 ingredients and can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator. You can use fresh or canned pumpkin. Just make sure if you use the fresh version that the vegetable has been processed and is very smooth

Cost effective pumpkin spice syrup can also be used in baked goods. Try making a pumpkin muffin and infusing the centre with the filling after baking. You might have to thicken the recipe a bit more to do this.

You can use the syrup in many drinks. Try adding a tablespoon to your coffee or making a quick latte. I like heating almond or cashew milk and adding a tablespoon to the hot mixture.

If you like a stronger spice flavour simply add more of the syrup to your beverage.

For an amazing fall combination try serving your beverage with Apple Crumble Muffins or Pumpkin Pie.

Enjoy!

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GINGER COOKIES

Ginger cookies are sweet and moist. The combination of molasses, banana and ginger melts in your mouth. Try serving the cookies with hot tea or a strong cup of coffee.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
Ginger Cookies

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 cup mashed banana

2 flax eggs

3 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 cups flour

3 tsp ginger

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Apple Crumble Muffins

Apple crumble muffins are tart and sweet at the same time. They have the best ingredients of the old fashioned apple crumble assembled in a muffin that can be taken anywhere. Enjoy with milk, coffee or tea.

CRUMBLE INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

apple crumble muffins

1/8 cup flour

1/8 cup butter

3/4 tsp cinnamon

MUFFIN INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

2/3 cup almond milk

1/4 cup safflower oil

3/4 cup grated Granny Smith apples

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Festive Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a great dessert for festive occasions. The cake takes a bit of work but is sure to please even the most finicky person. For a change try Chocolate Carrot Cake.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
festive carrot cake

2 1/1 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups grated carrot

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 drained 8 oz tin pineapple

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Cranberry Maple Bread Machine Buns

Cranberry Maple Bread Machine buns are easy to make and tasty.  Just throw the ingredients in your bread machine and follow a few simple steps and you have flavourful buns for your table.  Enjoy with coffee or tea.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup almond milk

cranberry maple bread machine buns

1 egg or 1 vegan egg

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup melted butter or melted vegan butter

3 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 1/4 tsp yeast (Bread machine or high activating)

1 cup dried cranberries

DIRECTIONS
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Lemon Easter Cookies

Lemon Easter cookies are a lemon sugar cookie decorated for the Easter holiday. Choose your favourite colour for the cookie dough.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter

1 egg

1 tsp lemon extract

1 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 cup sugar

gel food colouring – your choice of colour

DIRECTIONS
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