Category Archives: Festive Occasions

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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Peanut Cereal Candy

Peanut butter and cereal create a sweet treat for those times when you have a snack attack. Make a double batch and store the extra in the freezer for  when you have the munchies.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1/2 cup peanut butter

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Patterned Cookies

This recipe takes more time than many of the icebox cookies but the results are worth the effort. The designs are pretty and the cookie is delicious.  You’ll need an afternoon to bake these cookies so make an extra batch while you are baking and freeze  the leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup soft butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix first butter, sugar and vanilla  until light and fluffy. 

Add flour and salt to the mixture.  Blend until just combined. Do not overwork dough.

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Yule Log

This show piece for your Christmas table takes some time to make but the recipe isn’t hard.  Use your imagination to decorate the tree stump.  You can be traditional and make it look like a tree or you can be more abstract as in my example.  Either way the chocolate icing against the light and airy cake is delicious.

Ingredients

5 eggs( separated)

1 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa

dash of salt

1 package ricotta cheese

2 cups cranberries

1 cup water

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