Strawberry Oat Cake

Healthy Strawberry Oat Cake
Strawberry season is in full swing (at least here in Montreal) and I knew I had to highlight this delicious fruit in the best way possible. The strawberries are so sweet and flavourful this time of year, I can’t wait to make jams, smoothies and more of this cake! I always give tips and tricks on my Instagram story (you can follow by clicking the icon above!) and this weeks was about buying seasonal fruits and freezing them yourself for smoothies, baked goods etc.. throughout the off season. This is a much cheaper option and you get to support local farms.

This cake is super moist and crumbly- and perfectly sweet from the strawberries and coconut sugar. The flours are simple oat and almond making it a delicious breakfast option. Serve alone or with whipped coconut or your favourite dairy free yogurt. Hope you love it!
Strawberry Oat Cake

Ingredients:

• 1 cup chopped strawberries (quartered), + extra for sprinkling over top
• 1 1/3 cup gluten free oat flour
• 1/2 cup almond flour or meal
• 1/3 cup gluten free oats (+ extra for sprinkling)
• 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 cup coconut sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 eggs
• 2/3 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk
• 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

2. Scatter strawberries evenly in the loaf pan.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, almond flour, oats, salt, baking powder, coconut sugar and cinnamon.

4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the vanilla extract, eggs, almond milk and coconut oil.

5. Add wet ingredients all at once into the dry. Mix until well combined and pour into loaf pan.

6. Bake for 40 minutes or until top is golden. *If you are using a toothpick to check doneness, remember the strawberries will remain wet, so try and find a spot thats strawberry free to check the cake itself!

7. Allow to cool completely before cutting! I like to store mine in the refrigerator.
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One Bowl Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies

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Looking for those old school oatmeal raisin cookies that are actually healthy? Then these are the ones for you! I love these cookies as an easy grab and go breakfast, snack or dessert. The addition of applesauce helps cut back on added oil and sugar while keeping the cookies moist and flavourful. Feel free to leave out the carrots or swap the walnuts for your nut of choice!

Makes 24 Cookies

Ingredients:

• 4 tbsp coconut oil (melted and cooled)
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 shredded carrot (optional)
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 3/4 cup coconut sugar
• 1 cup almond flour
• 3 tbsp coconut flour
• 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if celiac)
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F, and line two cookie sheets with parchment. Grease.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together cooled coconut oil, eggs, and apple sauce until well combined.

3. To the same bowl add shredded carrot, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Whisk together well and then add both flours, oats, raisins and walnuts.

4. Scoop 1 1/2 tbsp of dough per cookie (I use a cookie scoop) to prepare 24 cookie balls and lightly press down with your fingers. If you find the dough is too wet, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or overnight) to firm up.

5. Bake 15-18 minutes or until edges are golden.

6.Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days or freeze. Enjoy!
Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

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I’ve tried a few versions of cauliflower mashed ‘potatoes’ that taste nothing like the real thing. They were always really watery and not reminiscent of creamy garlicky mashed potatoes. I set the idea of this dish aside up until recently, when I had a whole head of cauliflower that I didn’t know what to do with. I had made enough of my delicious cauliflower pizza and was ready to use the veggie in another way. So, I decided to attempt the recipe myself with the intention of making it creamier without added dairy. The secret ingredient to the added creaminess without added fat or unwanted flavour is white beans. Not only do they add great protein, but they add a thickness and creaminess that is normally lacking from cauliflower. I love this recipe for the summer as it’s lighter than traditional sides and it has so much flavour! It goes really well with fish, meat and tofu.

Ingredients:

• 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
• 2 tsp olive oil or ghee
• 1 french shallot, sliced
• 1 1/2 tsp garlic, chopped
• 1 1/2 cups white beans (rinse well if using canned)
• salt and pepper to taste
• good quality extra virgin olive oil for garnish

Directions:

1. Steam cauliflower until tender.

2. In a small pan, heat ghee or olive oil over medium heat. Sauté shallot with a good pinch of salt until soft, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

3. Into a food processor or high powered blender, add cauliflower, onion, garlic and all of the oil. Blend until creamy. Add beans and blend again until no lumps remain. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil and extra pinch of pepper!

Cauliflower Mash