Maple Balsamic Summer Fruits with Cashew Cream, Pine Nuts and Basil

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During the warmer months, I find myself baking comfort foods a lot less. Dessert in the summer is fresh seasonal fruit from the market, frozen fruit (pineapple is my go-to right now), and a simple piece of dark chocolate. I realized however that my guests might not want simple strawberries for dessert. So, to highlight the natural deliciousness of the summer cherries and amazing bite-sized strawberries I whipped up a heightened and dairy-free version of strawberries and ‘cream’.

This is a perfect dessert the those crazy so-called ‘non dessert people.’It plays more to the savoury side of dessert, making it light and not overly sweet.Feel free to swap out the cherries or strawberries with some of your other favourite fruits like pineapple, raspberries and blackberries. The cashew cream is an amazing alternative to whipped cream or yogurt. If you have a nut allergy, try whipping up coconut cream and sugar as a substitute. Works wonderfully as well! Hope you love it.
Summer Fruit and Cashew Cream

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Cashew Cream Ingredients:

• 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
• 1/2 cup water
• 1 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
• good pinch salt
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Ingredients:

• 2 cups strawberries (halved)
• 1 cup cherries (pitted and halved)
• 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1/4 cup pine nuts (toasted)
• 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

Directions:

1. Soak cashews overnight. Drain and rinse.

2. Add all cashew cream ingredients to a high power blender like a Vitamix or into a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Place in a bowl or jar and set aside.

3. In a small nonstick saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup on medium heat. Allow to heat for about 5 minutes or until it reduces by half. You should have a thick syrupy balsamic. Set aside.

4. Toast your pinenuts in a dry sauce pan on medium heat for about 3 minutes. When they start to release oil thats when you want to take them off the pan. Otherwise they will burn quite quickly.

5. Wash and chop your fruits and basil.

6. I like to serve each element separately and allow your guests to make their own combination. Bon appetit!
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Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk
For so long I have wanted to make my own nut milk. Like most of us, it seemed a lot easier to just pick a carton from the store. So my longing to complete the process got pushed to the side until most recently, I made some homemade cereal. To put almond milk with added stabilizers etc.. into freshly made cereal just didn’t seem right. So, the time had come to throw out that Almond Breeze and pull out that cheese cloth.

I have to be honest, the process was SO much easier than I anticipated. It took no time at all. So long as you soak the almonds (or any nut/seed) overnight, the rest comes together in under 5 minutes.

So it worth making your own? Heck yes! The pure almond taste is unlike anything you will get from a carton. The frothy texture is also a nice added bonus. What’s best is that this recipe is a mere base for any flavours you want to add. I like the idea of adding matcha and cinnamon or cacao and peppermint oil. Will test those out and update the recipe ASAP.

So you must be wondering where that homemade cereal recipe is….CHECK BACK SOON!
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Ingredients:

• 1 cup almonds soaked overnight(any nut/seed will work too!)
• 4 cups water
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (non alcoholic) or the seeds of 1 vanilla pod
• pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
• 2-3 drops liquid stevia (2 tbsp maple syrup or 3-4 medjool dates will work too)
• optional flavour combinations- add 1 tbsp of the following: cacao, cinnamon, matcha powder, ginger, maca powder

Directions:

1. Soak almonds overnight (these are easier to digest and to blend!)

2. Place a cheese cloth over a large bowl. Rinse soaked almonds under cold water.

3. Add rinsed almonds, 4 cups of water, vanilla, salt and stevia to a high powered blender or food processor. Blend twice on the highest power.

4. Pour mixture over cheese cloth. Lift up the ends of the cheese cloth and form a ball. Squeeze the pulp until no liquid remains. (*add the leftover pulp to your next granola or smoothie)

5. Store almond milk in an airtight container for 3-4 days in your refrigerator. Shake well before serving!
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Vanilla Raspberry Porridge with Toasted Cashews

Vanilla Raspberry Porridge
I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I hate more than throwing out food. I do have a habit of buying more than Zach and I need, and sometimes I just can’t get through all the produce I bought for the week. A good way to avoid this is to buy small amounts of fresh produce once at the beginning of the week and again towards the end. HOWEVER, most of us want to do a big order once a week. Luckily this oatmeal recipe is a great way to use up some of that overripe fruit.

Although this recipes calls for raspberries, you can use just about ANY fruit to make a compote of sorts. By cooking the fruit, the natural sweetness and flavours are intensified from cooking out the water. The jam like mixture pairs beautifully with oatmeal but can also be added to yogurt, granola and smoothies. The best part is, it comes together in minutes and adds exciting flavour to our everyday oatmeal! Feel free to cook the fruits up to a week in advance and use throughout the week. Have a beautiful weekend!
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Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup gluten free oats
• 1 cup water or dairy free milk
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (alcohol free)
• 1/2 tsp chia seeds
• small pinch of salt
• 1 cup raspberries
• 1 tbsp maple syrup (honey will work well too!)
• 2 tbsp roasted cashews (roughly chopped)

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan on medium heat, cook raspberries for 5-7 minutes.

2. While the raspberries are on the stove, cook oats according to the directions of the brand.

3. Once raspberries have started to cook down, add maple syrup and stir. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

4. Mix the vanilla, salt and chia seeds into the cooked oats.

5. Swirl the raspberry sauce into the oats. Top with cashews. Enjoy!
Vanilla Raspberry Porridge