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Vegan Energy bites

I love sweets and as you know, this can be a problem. The calories add up quickly when eating cake and cookies as a snack. Enter the “Energy ball”. These are high fibre, high iron and high sweets but in a good way – without all the calories! I have tried a few recipes but Deliciously Ella’s Energy bites are by far the best. Easy to make and easy to eat, they take only minutes to make. Just add 2/3 cup of almonds, 2/3 cups of pecans, 1 cup of dates, 2 tbsp of hemp powder, 2 tbsp of chia seeds, 1 tbsp of flax powder, 1 tbsp of cacao powder and 1 tbsp of coconut oil into your food processor and blend until you can clump the mixture together in your hand. If it’s not sticky enough to hold together, add another date or two. Roll into balls and then stick into the fridge. My husband eats these when he cycles and just loves them. I eat them anytime and I love them too! Check …

Gluten-Free Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

I love pancakes but over the last couple of years I seem to have developed a sensitivity to gluten which has made me avoid them. I have tried making them with gluten-free flour but they turned out too dense and rather cardboard like. Since I like my pancakes nice n’ fluffy, this was not an option. Now, finally, after trying many different recipes, this one seems to tick all my boxes. The pancakes are moist and tasty and the crème fraiche mixed with whipping cream and honey is beyond yummy! Adding the blueberries is the final perfect touch but trust me, these pancakes are good all on their own. Please see recipe here

STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM TART

Doesn’t this tart look yummy? I can’t wait to make it! I have been having such problems with food lately due to my ulcer and subsequent treatment that I have been slowly keeping a list of the items that cause me the most trouble. Turns out that flour is one of them so I am attempting to go gluten free. Lucky for me there are some wonderful people in this world who create meals/deserts/snacks that are not only gluten free but vegan or vegetarian as well. One of my favorite Vegan blogs is Emily’s and it’s called This rawsome vegan life. Emily creates mainly raw, vegan dishes and this strawberry & chocolate buttercream tart looks just amazing. I have some friends coming over next weekend and I think that I will make this for dessert so I’m going to give it a try. Please click here for recipe.

Smoked Salmon Dip

When I saw this recipe on goop I just had to give it a try. Easy to make and easy to eat, what more could you ask for! Ingredients: 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature * 1/2 cup of crème fraîche 1 tbsp of lemon zest, finely grated juice of 1/2 a lemon 2 scallions, finely chopped 4 oz of smoked salmon, finely chopped cracked black pepper How to: 1. Using a stand mixer, a hand-held mixer, or a whisk, beat cream cheese until it is smooth and fluffy (about 2 minutes). * 2. Fold in remaining ingredients and season with cracked black pepper. 3. Garnish dip with some chopped scallions. goop suggests serving this dip with potato chips and champagne. *NOTE: I used Philly whipped cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese and omitted step 1.

Orange Almond Cake with Orange Blossom Buttercream

I love flowers and I love to incorporate them in food and the beauty of this cake is the perfect example of why I love to do so. I was first introduced to edible flowers by my brother Rick who is a trained pastry chef. One evening many years ago he served me a salad that contained some Nasturtiums and I was hooked. Ever since then, I use every excuse in the book to add them to any dish I can. Since I had a big birthday this past September my brother asked me what kind of cake I’d like. Having fallen in love with this one from Adventures in Cooking I decided to ask him to make it for my birthday and believe me I wasn’t disappointed! When I read the ingredients I knew the cake would be divine but the taste was just incredible. The orange blossom buttercream oozes out between the layers, which gives the cake a more rustic feeling which works well with eating outdoors, and adds just that perfect amount …

Honey Tea Cake

I love cake! No, I mean I REALLY LOVE CAKE! All kinds of cake actually but one of my favorites is tea cake. This is usually a plain cake that is heavy on the eggs, kind of like a pound cake, that goes very well with a cup of tea. Hence the name Tea Cake. I have tried many varieties of tea cake but when I stumbled across this version from a food blog called tartineandapronstrings I couldn’t resist trying it out and I wasn’t disappointed. Here is the recipe: Honey Tea Cake Prep time – 20 mins Cook time – 40 mins Total time – 1 hour Based on a recipe from the cookbook, Miette by Meg Ray. Published in 2011 by Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, USA. Serves: 4 mini loaves or 2 standard loaves Ingredients 12 oz (2¾ cups) all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 8 large egg yolks 2 large whole eggs 8 oz (1 cup) heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 11 oz (1½ cups) sugar 11 oz (1 …