Vegan Chocolate and Coconut Truffles

These are deliciously creamy and rich, with a lovely hint of coconut! Incredibly easy to make, though they do take a while to set in the fridge before you can eat them. If you can’t have dairy for whatever reason, these are a great option.

Prep time: ~4 hours, largely inactive
Serves: 8-10
Gluten-free

Ingredients:

  • 300 g dark chocolate.
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil.
  • 1 can coconut milk (240 ml).
  • 1-2 tbsp icing sugar.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Heat the coconut milk on low heat on the stove, or in the microwave, stirring often to make sure it’s heated evenly. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a large bowl with the coconut oil.

Once the coconut milk is hot, pour it over the chocolate and oil. Leave it for a moment to begin melting, then stir well, making sure all of the chocolate and oil has completely melted. Pour in the vanilla extract, then sift in the icing sugar, being careful to keep the truffle mix completely lump-free.

Place the chocolate mixture into a shallow bowl or a casserole dish (this will make it easier to scoop into balls later), then cover with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge for 4 hours.

When the truffle mix has set, use a tablespoon to scoop out the desired amount, then roll with your hands to form smooth balls. Decorate them however you like: toss them in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, desiccated coconut, chopped nuts… the possibilities are endless! Pop them back in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up again, then enjoy!

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

This is a lovely fruity dessert that is super easy to throw together! Strawberry and rhubarb is one of my favourite fruit combinations of all time. The perfect balance of sweet and sour, it’s super delicious!

Prep time: ~1 hour
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

For the fruit filling:

  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced.
  • 3 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters.
  • 3/4 cup sugar.
  • 2 tsp lemon juice.

For the crumble topping:

  • 1/3 cup flour.
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter or margarine, cold, cut into small cubes.
  • 1/2 cup oats.
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon.

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C.

Grease a casserole dish. In a large bowl, combine the fruit, sugar, and lemon juice, then tumble it into the casserole dish, spreading it out evenly.

In another bowl, mix the flour and the butter together, either using your fingers or two knives, until you get a breadcrumb-like consistency. Add in the oats, almonds, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and mix well. Sprinkle the crumble topping generously over the fruit mixture.

Pop the casserole dish in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until the crumble topping is crisp and golden and the fruit is soft. If you’re worried about the fruit bubbling over and making a mess in the oven, place the casserole dish on a baking sheet, or line the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil!

Serve warm, with vegan ice cream or whipped cream if desired, and enjoy!

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Soft, sweet bread with a gooey cinnamon filling, topped with an orange-infused glaze… this is an amazing dessert (or indulgent breakfast) that everyone will love!

Prep time: ~3 hours
Serves 10-12

Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or other neutral oil).
  • 1/4 cup sugar.
  • 1 tsp salt.
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (other vegan milks, and even water, work fine too!)
  • 2 tsp dry-active yeast.
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 2 tbsp water, let sit for 5 minutes).
  • 4 1/2 cups flour.

For the filling:

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed.
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon.
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom.
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (or margarine).
  • zest of 1/2 an orange.

For the glaze:

  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 6 tbsp almond milk (again, other milks or water will work!).
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • zest of 1/2 an orange.

Cooking Instructions:

For the dough: Place the oil, milk, and sugar in a small pot over low heat. Stir occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.

In a large bowl (or stand mixer if you have one), mix together 2 cups of the flour and the salt.

Once the sugar is dissolved, take the pot off the heat. Let it cool down until it’s just warm, then stir in the yeast. Wait a few minutes for the yeast to begin to activate, then form a well in the flour and add in the milk mixture and the flax egg.

Beat until smooth, using either your hand or a firm spatula (if using a stand mixer, use a dough hook). Gradually add in the remaining flour, working the dough until smooth and elastic. If it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour, and if the dough is too dry, add a bit more water.

Remove the dough from the bowl and form it into a smooth disk. Rinse the bowl (don’t use soap, just warm water!), then grease the bowl with a tiny bit of oil. Place the dough back in the bowl, flipping it a couple times to make sure all sides are nicely greased.

Cover with a clean kitchen towel or some plastic wrap, and set in a warm place to proof for 45 minutes to an hour, until it has doubled in size.

When your dough is ready, remove it from the bowl and knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes. Cover it with a towel or plastic wrap, and let it rest for 5 minutes.

Now, time to start on the filling: In a large bowl, beat the vegan butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the cinnamon, cardamom, and orange zest, and mix thoroughly.

Once the dough has rested, roll it out on a floured surface into a thin, long rectangle, about 1/2-3/4 of a centimeter thick. Spread the filling evenly over the dough, leaving about 1/2 a centimeter border unfilled on all sides.

Begin rolling up the dough from the long side of the rectangle, keeping it as tight as you can without squishing it too much. Slice the rolls approximately 1 1/2 centimeters thick, trying to keep them as evenly sized as possible.

Grease a 9×13” baking pan and place the rolls inside, spacing them out evenly. Depending on how large you cut your rolls, you may need an extra cake tin! Cover the pan and set it aside for another 45 minutes to proof.

Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until crisp on the outside and golden. If they begin to brown too much before the baking time is done, reduce the oven heat to 350 F/180 C.

To make the glaze: sift the icing sugar into a bowl, then add the liquid a bit at a time, until it’s the desired consistency. Stir in the vanilla and the orange zest, and it’s ready to go.

Let the cinnamon buns cool down slightly, then dribble the glaze over them. Enjoy!

 

Super Simple Vegan Banana-Oat Cookies.

A super quick and simple cookie recipe I like to make when I have friends coming around. I usually use gluten-free oats, since my sister has Celiac and we live together, but you can use regular oats as well.

This recipe makes 16 small cookies, and within this recipe, you can add your favourite spices, dried fruits, etc. The only important thing is to use 1/2 cup of oats for every 1 banana you mash up.

Gluten-free
Prep time: ~15 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 very ripe bananas.
  • 1.5 cups oats (use gluten-free oats if making the gluten-free version).
  • 2 large handfuls vegan chocolate chips.
  • 1 large handful chopped dates.
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • pinch of salt.

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 325 F. Get a large mixing bowl, and peel your bananas. Mash them using a fork or a potato masher until they’re nice and smooth, with no lumps.

Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and stir until combined. Next, add in the oats, mixing until the banana mixture coats the oats nicely. Toss in the chocolate chips and the dates, and stir until combined.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. place small spoonfuls of your cookie dough onto the sheet, and squish them down slightly to form little disks. You can place them fairly close together, they don’t puff up of spread out much at all.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are no longer wet to the touch and have started to crisp up nicely. Allow to cool before serving.

Spiced Roasted Nuts

A great snack for low-energy days, these roasted nuts are full of protein and flavour! I’ve included two different ways to season them – one sweet, one savoury.

These also make a nice little appetizer/snack for dinner parties.

Gluten-free
Serves 8
Prep time: ~40 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups walnuts.
  • 2 cups pecans.
  • 2 cups almonds.
  • 1 cup cashews.
  • 1 cup peanuts.

For the sweet:

  • 2 tsp vegetable oil.
  • 1/2 cup sugar.
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup.
  • 2 tsp cinnamon.
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom.
  • generous pinch of salt.

For the savoury:

  • 2 tsp vegetable oil.
  • 1 tbsp sugar.
  • 2 tsp ground cumin.
  • 1 tsp ground coriander.
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne.
  • 1 tsp salt.

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (depending on the size of your oven, you might need to do this in two batches). Mix together the nuts, oil, and all of the spices.

Pop them in the oven for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oil has dried up and the nuts are crispy and toasted.

Allow to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

 

Fruit Granita

If it’s a hot summer day, this is a great dish to serve to guests. I recommend making several different flavours for variety!

Prep time: ~4 hours
Gluten-free
Raw
Serves 4

Ingredients:

Strawberry and basil granita:

  • 1 tub strawberries, hulled and sliced in half.
  • 1 large handful basil, shredded.
  • Sweetener of your choice, to taste.

Lemon and mint granita:

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice.
  • 1 handful mint, shredded.
  • Sweetener of your choice, to taste.
  • Water, to dilute the lemon juice.

Cooking Instructions

Place the strawberries and basil in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, adding sweetener to your preference. Put in a freezer-safe container and set aside. Do the same with the lemon and mint.

Place both containers into the freezer for at least 4 hours, stirring every half hour to prevent it from freezing solid, but instead making a crunchy ice. Serve in cute little dishes.

Puppy Chow

Another recipe of my sister’s. Yummy and sweet and crunchy, a great party snack/dessert! 

Prep time: ~15 minutes
Gluten-free
Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 200 g non-dairy chocolate chips.
  • 200 g peanut butter.
  • Drizzle of mild vegetable oil (canola oil works well).
  • Gluten-free Rice Chex.
  • Icing sugar, to coat.

Cooking Instructions:

Place the peanut butter, chocolate, and oil in a small pot over low heat, or in a double boiler, and stir until fully melted and mixed together. In a large Ziploc bag, place your rice chex, and pour over the chocolate-peanut butter mix. Toss to coat the pieces evenly. Next, add the icing sugar, tossing again to coat everything. 

Fruit Salad

A staple for everyone who has people over for brunch. Mix up the fruits depending on your preferences and what’s in season, and whether or not you want it to be posh.

Prep time: ~15 minutes
Gluten-free
Raw
Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin clementines, some of the juice reserved.
  • 1 apple, cut into small pieces.
  • 1 large handful fresh berries (one kind of berry or a mixture, up to you).
  • 1 fresh pear, peeled and sliced.
  • 1 large handful melon cubes/balls (again, one kind of melon or a mix is nice).
  • 1 large handful cherries, pitted and halved.

Cooking Instructions:

Place all of the ingredients in a large glass bowl and mix well. Add enough juice from the clementine can to prevent the fruit from browning. Serve immediately.