Crispy Chickpeas!

chickpeas

Here is a super easy snack recipe that you can make anytime. It’s a protein rich snack which will also keep you full and satisfied. I currently have a chickpea obsession and have been adding them to so many dishes. I love them in my green salads as well as my pasta salads.

If you want a yummy snack on the go then these crispy chickpeas are awesome. You can add whever seasonings you like best and play around with the flavours you enjoy best. They can be stored in mason jars which is great for healthy snacking on the go! I even bring these to my childrens swim class. The kids enjoy them which makes me super happy. Let me know what seasoning combinations worked well for you in the comments below. Happy Healthy Snacking!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp.Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black  pepper

 

Things you will need:

  • 2 cookie trays
  • Parchment paper
  • Paper towel or a dry dish cloth
  • 2 medium sized bowls

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Line your cookie trays with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Open your cans of chickpeas, drain and rinse them
  4. Pat dry the chickpeas well
  5. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl
  6. Add 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil and salt to the chickpeas and toss well
  7. Divide the chickpeas and add them to the cookie trays
  8. Bake for 35 minutes, making sure to give them a mix a few times during the baking process
  9. After removing them from the oven place them into a bowl with all your seasonings and toss well
  10. Transfer to mason jars or containers

 

Note:

  • Baking time may vary so keep an eye on them in the last 10 minutes.
  • As far as seasonings go you can add whatever you prefer or have on hand.
  • You can use less olive oil if you prefer but your chickpeas may not be as crunchy
  • These can store well for a week in your mason jars

Other Seasoning Suggestions:

  • Lemon Pepper seasoning & Himalayan salt
  • Habanero pepper salt & chili powder
  • Cinnamon, cane sugar or coconut sugar and using coconut oil instead of the olive oil

 

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Happy Munching! Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 

Raw Vegan PB Cheesecake love!

VeganMommyDee's Raw Vegan PB Cheesecake

VeganMommyDee’s Raw Vegan PB Cheesecake

 

 

I made one of my favourite cheesecakes earlier this week … raw vegan peanut butter cheesecake! Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a PB and over all nut freak. PB makes everything perfect! This was my 1st try making this cheesecake and I’m really happy with the outcome. So happy indeed that I’m sharing my recipe with you all right away. I’ve had many people ask me for this recipe once I posted a picture of it on Instagram. My new years resolution was to try and put pen to paper and actually write down my recipes so I did just that when I made this cheesecake. I’m not a fussy person and I love to bake and cook so I’ve become the queen at winging my recipes. I barely measure and don’t fuss about exact measurements. When people ask me for recipes, ask me to please consider writing a cookbook or teach cooking classes this becomes a problem however. I blame the way I am because of my mom (just joking) because she never used measurements when I used to cook/bake with her as a child. She intern leaned the a little of this and a bit of that type of measuring from her mother as well. I’m breaking the cycle now and these days I’ve made a conscious effort to try and write down the measurements that I’m using when I’m cooking or baking. So going back to this awesome raw cheesecake I didn’t overly sweeten mine so if your a major sweet tooth then add more sugar to your cheesecake. I’m a sweet tooth who has converted to an almost sugar free lifestyle so I try and limit how sweet I make my desserts. It’s really difficult sometimes but I just try and use dates and stevia when baking in order to make my desserts as healthy has possible. I love the natural sweetness that dates bring to desserts and what’s even better is they have many nutritional benefits. Hooray!

 

Here is my very simple recipe …

 

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cheesecake

 

You will need:

  • 1 spring form pan ( I use a 9″ pan )
  • 1/3 cup Pure organic coconut oil
  • 1  400 ml can of coconut milk ( you will only use 1/2 of the can however)
  • 5 cups Raw cashew halves
  • 1 TBSP Maple syrup
  • 2 cups Medjool dates
  • 3 Powdered Stevia packets
  • 1/3 cup vegan mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup Unsweetened natural peanut butter
  • Food processor

 

Method:

  1. The 1st step which is the most important step of all is soak your cashews for at least 4 hours before making this recipe. I prefer to soak mine overnight. I just put the cashews in a glass bowl and cover them with fresh water the night before I’m making any cheesecake.
  2. Soak your dates in very warm water for 10 – 15  minutes so they can soften and become really plump. I also pop the can of coconut milk into the fridge while my dates soak. I find when the can is cold the cream becomes a little thicker and easier to scoop up after.
  3. You are going to start off with making the crust for the cheesecake by adding 2 cups of the raw cashews into the food processor with 7 pitted dates. Process until the dates have been incorporated well.
  4. Lightly oil your spring form pan with a little coconut oil
  5. Transfer the crust mixture into the spring form pan and press down well and evenly distribute it around the base of your pan.
  6. Now you can go ahead and make your filling by adding the following ingredients into the food  processor:                                                                                                                                                                                                              The remaining 3 cups of the the raw cashews, 1 TBSP of maple syrup, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 3 packets of stevia,  1  1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 of the can of coconut oil (skim the thickening coconut cream from on top as you don’t want the liquid for this recipe) and the remaining pitted dates. Process very well. Make sure to scrape down the processor’s bowl in order to make sure everything is combining well.
  7. Once combined well and it’s a nice creamy consistency then add your filling into the spring form pan and smooth it out evenly.
  8. Top with mini vegan chocolate chips
  9. Pop it into the freezer to set for at least 4 hours so the cheesecake can set nicely.
  10. Remove it from the freezer about 20-30 minutes before your want to slice it up and serve it. You can keep any left over slices in the fridge in an air tight container.

So incredibly easy to make right? The only thing you have to remember to do is soak your nuts and your dates so that your cheesecake turns out wickedly good! 🙂

Enjoy!

~Debbie~

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A lovely slice of VeganMommyDee's Raw Vegan PB Cheesecake!

A lovely slice of VeganMommyDee’s Raw Vegan PB Cheesecake!

 

 

Pancake Tuesday!

It's Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Tuesday today!

It’s Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Tuesday today!

 

It’s Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday … whatever ya wanna call it it’s fine by me! If you’re not familiar with it then just click on Shrove Tuesday & Fat Tuesday and the links will fill you in. As per tradition I made pancakes for my kids to enjoy this morning. I put together some super fast and easy pancakes while packing school lunches and getting my crew out the door on time. I made super Cinnamon vegan pancakes and Cinnamon & Blueberry pancakes as per my 9 year old’s request. When I’m in a big hurry (like today) I use a premixed flour pancake mix sometimes which contains healthy whole grains like brown rice, teff, spelt and quinoa flour. I like having a bag of the premixed flour handy but they sometimes contain sugar and I prefer sugar-free options. To sweeten my pancakes I’ve only been using sugar-free powder stevia and I love the results! I find the liquid stevia way too bitter in taste however so I stick to the powder form. That way the only sugar we are actually putting on our pancakes is the 100% natural Canadian maple syrup and the natural sweetness from the berries. I sometimes skip the maple syrup and just add a touch of pure organic coconut oil on top as an even healthier alternative … yea bring on the yummy good fats! Below is the in a rush on a school day recipe I used this morning 🙂

 

CINNAMON / BLUEBERRY CINNAMON PANCAKES

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of your favourite flour mix
  • 1 tsp. aluminum free Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 melted tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 3 packets of stevia
  • 3 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 9 tbsp. of water, let sit for a couple of minutes to thicken up
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 pint of blueberries, I usually save some for garnish on top
  • You will also need vegan butter or coconut to coat your pan for cooking

 

Method:

  1. Mix your flaxmeal with water and let it sit.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and stevia. Mix well.
  3. Heat a frying pan with a vegan butter or coconut oil
  4. In a small bowl add the water, milk and the coconut oil and mix well. When adding the milk add in 1/3 cup and you can add more if needed afterward.
  5. Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Add in extra milk if you find your batter is too dry. Also add in the flaxmeal as well and combine. Don’t over mix however or your pancakes wont be as fluffy.
  6. Transfer the pancake mix to your preheated frying pan or griddle. They cook up fast so keep an eye on them.

 

NOTE:

  • As far as the blueberries go I usually add them in to my batter once I’ve made some plain cinnamon ones as some of my kids prefer them without the blueberries. Then I gently add the blueberries into the batter and cook up the rest.

 

*This recipe makes about 6 good-sized pancakes so I normally double it.*

 

Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Chips!

 

Healthy Apple Chips!

Healthy Apple Chips!

 

 

I love making healthy apple chips! They are a guilt free snack or treat and they are so easy to make! I have found that the best way to slice the apples is by using a mandolin so that they are super thin. If you don’t have a mandolin don’t sweat it, you can just slice them as thin as possible. The thinner they are the faster they will cook. If you use a knife to cut the apple slices just remember to allow some extra time for cooking so they turn out perfect. I like to sprinkle cinnamon op top of my slices but if you’re not a cinnamon fan then just don’t use it. I love cinnamon because of the wonderful flavor it adds but it also helps reduce inflammation in the body.

 

Apple Chips

Ingredients/things you will need:

  • 1 large baking sheet or 2 smaller ones
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Apples (I use 4-5 organic Gala apples)
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • Mandolin or sharp knife
  • Parchment paper
  • Silicone brush

 

 

Apple Slices!

Apple Slices!

 

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F
  2. I usually use 4-5 Organic Gala Apples when I make apple chips. I use the mandolin to slice them up thinly. Place in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Squeeze 1 tbsp. of lemon juice on top of the apple slices and give them a careful toss. If you mix them too much they will fall apart so be gentle!
  4. Melt 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
  5. Line 1 large baking sheet or 2 smaller baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Add the apple slices to the baking sheet. Try not over lapping them and lay them out in one single layer.
  7. Using your silicone brush you can now lightly brush the apple slices with coconut oil and sprinkle them with cinnamon.
  8. Pop them into the oven for about 45 minutes.
  9. Just continue this process until you have baked all your apple slices.
  10. Allow to cool off once cooked and ENJOY! 🙂

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Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies!

Healthy Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies!

Healthy Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies!

 

My recipe for Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies only has 4 ingredients in them …yes only 4! I want to be able to enjoy a cookie or treat without all the guilt associated with it, which is one of the reasons why I like to come up with my own recipes. The other reason is I strive to eat healthy on a daily basis. I want to be able to eat a cookie that only contains a few ingredients not chemical sugar loaded junk that’s found on super market shelves! These cookies have no added sugar in them! The bananas add enough sweetness so I don’t add any extra sugar to them. I’ve been trying to stick to sugar free snacks now and I’ve also been experimenting with stevia as an alternative. I’m also on a fitness quest so it’s important to for me to not set myself backwards by eating unhealthy treats. These simple cookies are so easy to take on the go too which is super handy when the hunger bug hits ya and all you have around you is junk food/fast food. They are very helpful to me when my daughter is at glee club and dinner time is approaching. All they have in the community center are vending machines full of junk! Tempting at times but no thanks I’ll just enjoy a healthy banana blueberry oat cookie instead! 🙂

 

Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free old fashion rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill organic brand)
  • 2 organic mashed banana
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup blueberries

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mash the two bananas in a medium sized bowl
  4. Add the oats and cinnamon. Combine really well.
  5. With a spoon scoop out the mixture and place on the baking sheet to make your cookies. Make them whatever size you prefer and top each cookie with desired amount of blueberries.

Note:

*  You can also gently add the blueberries into the mixture before you scoop it out to make your cookies. I don’t prefer to however because I think they look pretty topped with the blueberries and I don’t risk breaking them in the batter. *

* These quantities made 9 cookies for me*

 

Enjoy! 😀

 

Green Breakfast Smoothie with Chia!

Green Chia Smoothie

 

This is one of my favourite smoothies to whip up for breakfast! Fast to make, it has simple ingredients and then it’s topped with some healthy chia!!! I use a super huge mug for this baby when I make it! 🙂

 

  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 tbsp. chia seeds (for topping)
  • a few frozen blueberries (for topping, optional)
  • a few large ice cubes if you want your smoothie to be colder (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Spirulina

 

Toss spinach, almond milk, mixed berries, spirulina and ice cubes if you’re using them into a blender. Once it’s at the consistency your happy with pour into your large glass or huge mug like I do. Top with 1-2 tbsp. of chia seeds and frozen blueberries.

 

Enjoy your energy booster breakfast smoothie! 🙂

Garlicky Mushroom Phyllo Triangles!

 Ok these are seriously delicious!!! Mushrooms and garlic go together insanely well as we all know so I thought they would be great for this recipe. I’ve wanted to try working with phyllo for a long time but was too intimidated to. I finally tried yesterday for the 1st time and it actually went pretty darn well! I’ll be making these very often now! I’m also going to try cutting down on the amount of butter used next time I make them. Although I didn’t use an excessive amount of butter in my recipe I think I could probably cut it down even further without jeopardizing the taste.

I bet these would be great with other filling options as well. I plan on creating some other options soon. My youngest daughter is super picky with her veggies but does enjoy broccoli. I will be making a broccoli filling along with this wonderful mushroom mixture next time. There are so many possibilities and I plan on creating many different options!

This recipe would be fantastic served as an appetizer during this holiday season for those of you who are entertaining your friends & family. This will definitely be on our Christmas menu at our house. 🙂

 

 

Garlicky Mushroom Triangles

 

Garlicky Mushroom Phyllo Triangles

 

You will need:

  • 1 package of phyllo dough
  • About 2 tbsp’s. melted vegan butter
  • large sharp knife
  • parchment paper
  • 1 baking pan/cookie sheet
  • 1 package of mushrooms, chopped into small pieces
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Himalayan pink salt and black pepper, to taste
  • small frying pan
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • small plate
  • Small pastry brush

 

Method:

  1. Add the 1 tbsp. of olive oil to your pan and toss in the minced garlic into it. Sauté it for a minute on a medium/low heat setting.
  2. Next add in your mushrooms and salt and pepper. Sauté them for about 5 minutes until softened at a medium heat. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F and line the cookie/baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Unroll your phyllo dough and using a sharp knife cut 2, approximately 10cm strips. Then you are going to cut each strip in half.
  5. On the small plate your going to add 3-4 pieces of your phyllo squares and lightly brush a little bit of vegan butter on top. You only need a tiny bit of butter! Don’t over do it!
  6. With a spoon scoop a bit of your mushroom mixture onto your phyllo piece. Then shape it into a triangle and seal it shut.
  7. Transfer to your cookie sheet/baking pan. Continue to make more triangles using your phyllo and mushroom mixture.
  8. Once your baking pan is full then lightly brush a tiny bit of the butter on top of each one.
  9. Bake for approximately 18 minutes. Keep an eye on them as ovens vary in temperature.

 

These went very fast in my house! Next time I will be doubling the recipe! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. 🙂

* These made approximately 15 triangles*

~Debbie~

 

Garlicky Mushroom Phyllo Triangles

 

Baked Mushroom Triangles

Baked Mushroom Triangles

 

My baked Garlicky Mushroom Phyllo Triangles!

My baked Garlicky Mushroom Phyllo Triangles!

 

Dinner Rush Tacos!

One of my gotta get dinner on the table fast meals is vegan/vegetarian tacos. They are always a hit with my kids! I love how you can use whatever veggies you have on hand and create a super fast meal. I cook up the veggie “meat” and always add black beans to it because it’s my kids favourite bean. As far as toppings go I use whatever I have in the fridge. I’ve made it using just the “meat” & beans along with chopped bell peppers, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes like pictured below. Other times I add in spinach or other mixed greens, corn and sliced avocado. Top it with a little hot sauce or taco sauce to give it a kick if you like and your cheese of choice. I don’t always top my tacos with “cheese” but if I do then I use a bit of daiya cheese. My kids eat their tacos vegetarian style and use regular cheese because they are not fans of faux cheese at all. As far as the veggie meat goes I try not using it very often because soy is one of the biggest foods genetically modified. When I do buy it I try to get organic when possible for a little piece of mind.

 

Dinner Rush Tacos!

You will need:

  • 1 package of tortilla wraps (I use the small size)
  • 1 package of veggie ground round/veggie “meat”
  • Spices and herbs of choice. I use paprika, oregano, chili powder, Himalayan pink salt and black pepper.
  • Veggies of choice, bell peppers, greens, tomato, etc.
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • A couple tbsp.’s of olive oil
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed very well.
  • 1 large frying pan

 

Method:

  1. Heat olive oil in frying pan and add in garlic and sauté it for a minute on medium heat.
  2. Add your veggie “meat” into the pan and crumble it up.
  3. Next toss in your spices & herbs of choice as well as the black beans.
  4.  Give it a good mix and sauté for about 5 minutes on a medium heat.
  5. Add 1 cup of water and combine well. Cook for about 15 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed and your beans are softened.

 

* You can either add in veggies such as bell peppers & mushrooms to your meat & bean mixture and slightly cook them up or serve them raw in your taco*

 

To assemble:

  1. Grab a tortilla wrap and add some of the meat & bean mixture to it and add your veggies of choice.
  2. Top with cheese and taco or hot sauce if desired.
  3. DONE!!! Dinner is served! 🙂

 

Yep it’s pretty much the easiest meal to whip together which is perfect for rushed dinner times!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Breakfast Green Smoothie!

I always enjoy a yummy breakfast smoothie daily. It’s the perfect way to add extra greens into our diets! I love creating new smoothies and trying different combinations of fruits and veggies. This recipe is very easy and fast to whip up so it’s perfect for hectic mornings!

 

Breakfast Green Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tightly packed in cup of spinach or mixed greens of choice
  • 2 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 large peach, sliced
  • 1  scoop of vegan protein powder
  • 1 tsp. Spirulina

 

Toss everything into your blender and liquefy. Check consistency and add a bit more water if needed as some protein powders thicken smoothies up more than others.

Enjoy!

 

Green Smoothie