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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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Vegan Replacements

One of the major hurdles to becoming vegan is replacing common food groups in baking. The vegan replacements below are for eggs, milk, cream and other common baking ingredients. I hope you find it helpful.

EGG SUBSTITUTE

1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water

1/4 cup pureed tofu

1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water

1/4 cup avocado

1/4 cup applesauce

1/4 cup pumpkin

1 mashed banana

3 tbsp aquafaba

1 tsp baking soda mixed with 1 tbsp white vinegar

MILK

Almond, soy, cashew or coconut Milk – Equal parts

BUTTERMILK

1 cup = 1 cup nut milk + 2 tbsp lemon juice

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HONEY

Agave Syrup, Maple Syrup or Rice syrup to taste

CREAM

Coconut cream

3/4 cup soy milk + 1/4 cup vegan margarine

YOGOURT
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soy, coconut, almond or cashew yogourt (equal parts)

BUTTER

vegan butter – equal parts

coconut oil – equal parts

olive oil – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp per cup of butter

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Vegetable Stock

Vegetable stock is super easy to make and can be used in many recipes. The recipe is great to use up vegetables before they go bad or for when you want that extra special stock for your favourite recipe.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 onions cut in half

vegetable stock

3 large carrots

1 head garlic

5 celery stalks

5 or 6 stems of parsley

16 cups water

salt and pepper to taste (if desired) see note

Directions
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Pecan Banana Bread

At the end of the week there always seems to be one or two bananas that need to be used. A great way to use them is in Pecan Banana bread. It’s sweet and crunchy and can be eaten for breakfast or a sweet treat. Spread with your favourite fruit jam for added flavour.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mashed bananas

1/2 cup melted vegan margarine

1/4 cup sugar

1 flax egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS
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Baked Apples

My favourite apples are Spies.  I like them in pies, crisp and just on their own.  Occasionally, when I want to sweeten up the fruit I make this recipe of baked apples. Their sweet but tangy at the same time.  Serve with coconut cream or whipped cream for an extra special treat.

INGREDIENTSBaked Apples

2 spy apples

1/4 cup walnuts

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

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Cranberry Iced Tea

Cranberry Iced Tea is fresh and fruity. Ir’s a wonderful drink for hot days and is a fresh twist on normal iced tea. Serve with Blueberry Vanilla Cookies.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup sugar

Cranberry Iced Tea

1/2 cup water

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Boil for 5 minutes

Add 2 cups cranberries

Peanut Butter Bites

At Christmas my family celebrates with food and family.  One cookie which turns up again and again is the  recipe for peanut butter bites.  The chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination for any celebration or for when you just want a decadent treat. Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chunky peanut butterPeanut Butter Bites

3/4 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup white chocolate

1/2 cup milk chocolate

sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Mix peanut butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl until mixture is well incorporated.

Line a cookie tray with a silicone mat.

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Almond Spritz Cookies

At this time of year I start baking Christmas cookies and I often make Almond Spritz Cookies. These cookies are bite sized and flavourful. They are perfect when you want a small sweet treat. Enjoy with hot cocoa or eggnog.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup softened butter + 1 tbsp

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

¼ tsp salt

2 ¼ cups flour

DIRECTIONS
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Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Fresh tomatillo salsa is great on corn chips, baked potatoes or other vegetables. It whips up in less than 20 minutes and is better than the store bought versions. Adjust the sugar to the level of acidity you prefer.

INGREDIENTS

4 peeled and washed tomatillos

Tomatillo Salsa

2 cloves crushed garlic

600 grams fresh tomatoes chopped

3/4 cup basil chopped basil leaves

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp lime

sugar to taste ( 1 tbsp to begin)

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Morning Granola

I don’t often eat cereal for breakfast but when I do I tend to eat granola.  This granola recipe includes coconut oil, honey and dried apricots.  For a surprise cocoa nibs are added for a chocolatey kick.  Enjoy morning granola for breakfast or on top of your favourite crumble.

INGREDIENTSMorning Granola

3 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup cocoa nibs

1/2 cup sliced dried apricots

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

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