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Wild Blueberry Cashew ‘Cheesecake’. A Healthy Dessert.

This vibrant, vitamin and mineral-rich, dairy-free dessert is packed with nutrients and deliciousness! While it may taste luxurious, it is made from entirely nourishing, wholesome ingredients – without any added refined sugars or oils. Being winter in Canada, we have limited fresh local fruits available – so frozen berries are a flavorful option. Wild blueberries are especially rich in anthocyanin, a potent flavonoid antioxidant – responsible for the dark purple pigment of this fruit. The good unsaturated fats found in cashews, provides a natural thick and creamy texture – creating a cheesecake-like consistency. Adding lemon zest to the crust and topping of this tart, provides a slightly acidic tang – resembling the ‘cheese’ in standard cheesecake. While this is a healthy dessert recipe, it is still rich, and satisfying! Allowing you to enjoy the eating experience, while still feeling good afterwards!

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Almond, Cranberry & Earl Grey Granola. Sweetened with Apple & Apricot.

A different, healthier take on breakfast granola! This nutritious and delicious recipe is composed of only whole food ingredients, providing plenty of fiber-rich complex-carbs, plant-based protein, and healthy fats – for steady energy. Sweetened naturally with my Apple & Apricot butter (see here), this granola is free of the processed sugars, refined oils, and other preservatives, which are found in store-bought products. To boost the flavor in a healthy way, I added Earl grey, cinnamon, and orange zest!

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Spiced Apricot & Apple Butter. A Healthy Whole-Food Fruit Spread.

This delicious and nutritious fresh fruit spread is composed of just a few whole ingredients, minus the processed sugars or other preservatives that you find in most store-bought products. Enjoy as you would any jam, jelly, or marmalade – to top your whole grain toast, stirred into breakfast oats/quinoa/buckwheat groats, or non-dairy yogurt – as a healthy sweetener and flavor booster!

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Breakfast of Silken Tofu ‘Yogurt’, Toasted Buckwheat, Figs & Fresh Orange.

This protein-packed, plant-based breakfast will leave you feeling nourished and energized! It offers fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and deliciousness. The light silken tofu ‘yogurt’ provides protein, without the saturated fat or cholesterol found in dairy. Buckwheat groats, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and cashews are incredible protein sources as well. In fact, cashews contain all essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source on their own!

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Toasted Almond, Sticky Date, Dark Chocolate & Orange Bars.

This delicious and nutritious vegan dessert is made from whole food ingredients, with no added refined sugars or fats. To make this recipe an everyday snack, simply minus the chocolate, adding citrus zest to the date paste layer instead. Enjoying a sweet treat on occasion, is part of a healthy and balanced diet/lifestyle (moderation is key!), and by making your own from scratch, using un-processed, wholesome foods, you can feel good both psychologically and physiologically about indulging!

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Orange Spiced Poached Pears, Silken-Tofu ‘Yogurt’, Maple Candied Walnuts.

This whole-food, plant-based recipe makes for a delicious and nutritious dessert or breakfast! it offers a variety of flavours and textures, making it a satisfying dish. Packed with protein from the silken tofu, essential fatty acids aka omega 3’s from the walnuts, as well as vitamins, minerals and fiber provided by the pears.

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Salted Date Syrup. Vanilla Chai Caramel. A Healthy Whole-Food Sweetener.

Homemade date paste is one of the healthiest sweeteners, especially compared to highly processed products like agave, and brown-rice syrup. It is quick and simple to make, you just need a high-powered blender or food processor to puree the dates. DIY date paste/syrup is also a lot cheaper than the packaged refined sweeteners!

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