Fruit Crumble (GF/Vegan)

Fruit CrumbleI have been making fruit crumbles for as long as I can remember. The reason why I call this recipe ‘fruit’ crumble is because really any type of fruit will work. I particularly love strawberry, blueberry, and rhubarb (or a mix of all three!). As summer comes to an end, our pick of seasonal fruits diminishes and we are left with months of eating a variety of apple desserts. Don’t get me wrong, I love anything apple, but it’s sometimes nice to have a strawberry dessert in the middle of January.

Thanks to Nature’s Touch frozen fruits, we can easily make summer fruit desserts year round! I particularly love their strawberry rhubarb harvest mix as you can simply open the bag and bake – no prep required! Natures Touch makes sure their fruits are free of pesticides and GMO’s and frozen at peak freshness. This healthy dessert is a perfect one to enjoy year-round and best of all, it couldn’t get any easier!

*This post is brought you by Nature’s Touch, but all opinions are my own.
Fruit Crumble 1

Filling Ingredients:

• 1 bag Nature’s Touch Strawberry and Rhubarb Harvest or 4 cups chopped fruit
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• juice of half a lemon
• 2 tbsp arrowroot starch

Topping Ingredients:

• 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
• 1/3 cup coconut oil (solid)
• 1/2 cup raw pecans (optional)
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix all filling ingredients and place in a shallow baking dish (approx 9 inches).
3. In a medium bowl, add your rolled oats. Using your fingers, work the coconut oil into the oats until it has completely absorbed into the oats. It’s ok if some chunks remain. This might take a minute or two.
4. Add your remaining ingredients to the oats and mix well. Spread topping evenly over filling and bake for about 40 minutes or until the filling begins to bubble and the crumble becomes golden.
Fruit Crumble 2

Cinnamon Buckwheat Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup and Caramelized Bananas

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An update on an old blog recipe from 2014! These pancakes are fluffy, comforting and filling. Buckwheat is a great whole grain, fibre packed, gluten free flour. It has a rich nutty flavour and is packed with protein and calcium. If you are not gluten intolerant, feel free to mix buckwheat flour with another flour of your choice to lessen the buckwheat flavour. Also these can be made vegan by substituting the egg with a flax or chia eggs (1 tbsp flax or chia to 3 tbsp water…resting in the fridge for at least 15 minutes). I sweetened the batter of these pancakes with coconut sugar which is a really tasty brown coloured sugar made naturally from coconuts. Unlike regular table sugar, coconut sugar contains iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. It also contains the fibre inulin, which slows glucose absorption which will help stabilize blood sugar and keep you fuller, longer.
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Ingredients:

• 2 ripe bananas
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 1 cup buckwheat flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 3 tbsp coconut sugar plus extra for sprinkling on caramelized bananas
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• pinch salt
• coconut oil, ghee, or avocado oil for frying
• 1 cup blueberries
• 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Directions:

1. Mash one banana in a bowl with a fork until minimal chunks remain. Add almond milk, vanilla, and egg. Whisk until combined.

2. In another bowl, mix buckwheat flour, baking powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

3. All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Place batter aside.

4.For the caramelized bananas heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil on medium-hight. Slice bananas thinly and coat in coconut sugar. Fry on each side for about 4-5 minutes or until golden. Place on a plate.

5.Preheat skillet on medium heat with about a tbsp of oil. Ladle desired amount of batter in the skillet and using the back of your spoon, form into circles. Cook until surface begins to bubble, then flip and cook on the opposite side for another 30 seconds. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200 degree Fahrenheit oven to keep warm. Add more coconut oil if needed to skillet so the pancakes do not stick.

6. While the pancakes are cooking, place blueberries and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and allow to cook until until blueberries have bursted and cooked down, approx. 6-7 minutes.
Buckwheat Pancakes

Loaded Veggie Soup

Loaded Veggie SoupLots of you have been asking for my vegetable soup recipe after posting it many times on my Instagram story. During the winter months, I make this soup probably every two weeks at least. During the colder months, I find it harder to get all my veggies in, because I don’t crave salads as much. I love making a soup that packs as many vegetables as possible. I basically end up with more of a stew than a soup because my veggie to broth ratio is always completely off! What I love most about this soup is that it really can be altered anyway you like. You can add or remove ingredients without changing the taste. The key is knowing when to add in the veggies so nothing turns into complete mush. Remember you can always add beans, quinoa, rice or even tofu to add extra protein and fibre. Hope you love it!

Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 yellow onion (diced)
• 3 cloves garlic (minced)
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 4 carrots (diced)
• 4 celery stalks (diced)
• 2 sweet potatoes (diced)
• 3 quarts organic low sodium chicken or veg stock, homemade is best
• 1/2 green cabbage (shredded)
• 2 cups brussels sprouts (chopped)
• 2 cups green beans (chopped, 1/2 inch)
• 1 cup cauliflower (chopped)
• 2 zucchini (diced)
• 1 cup broccoli (chopped, can also throw in stems!)
• 1 cup fresh spinach
• 1/4 cup fresh dill (minced)
• 2 tbsp fresh parsley (minced)
• salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Sweat onion for 5 minutes then add garlic, salt and oregano. Stir for 30 seconds.
2. Add carrots, celery and sweet potato. Cook for another 5 minutes.
3. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to low, add cabbage, brussels sprouts and green beans. Cover and allow to cook for 7 minutes.
5. Add cauliflower and zucchini, cook for another 3 minutes. Check to see that the carrots and sweet potato are cooked through, then turn off heat.
6. With heat turned off, add broccoli, fresh spinach, dill, and parsley. Taste and season to your liking.
7. Serve!

Loaded Veggie Soup