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Sunday’s Specials – Family Day Specials

This weekend we celebrated Family Day in Ontario, so it was a long weekend. I needed this so much. Honestly, Saturday just flew away since I had a lot of errands to run, that kept me away from home since morning to the early evening. Sunday ended up feeling more like Saturday for me and today, Monday, felt like Sunday. Bit complicating, isn’t it? Yeah, I know. Unless you’ve experienced this feeling before, I sound a bit like a nutter. ūüėõ

In our household, nothing brings our family together like a home cooked meal.

What brought us together for breakfast this lovely weekend, was the famous hummus that all of us are very fond of, but I usually have to stay away because I cannot eat tahini paste and garlic. But my peeps said they can skip those ingredients and they will be just fine. Honestly, it turned out so delicious and I was able to eat it too. Yay !!!

Homemade Vegan Hummus (no tahini):

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Alongside the hummus we also had some homemade  Lemon Mint Black Tea that even by hubby devoured.. I added a teaspoon of vanilla agave nectar as sweetener and the whole pitcher was empty in just a few hours!

Lemon Mint Black Tea: 

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For lunch the winner was a Vegan Kale Potato and Chickpea Stew:

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And we closed our culinary Family Day adventure with some Vegan Coffee Dark Chocolate Muffins. The addition of the coconut milk was just best option and I think it made them so fluffy and moist and they just melted in our mouths.

Vegan GF Coffee РDark Chocolate Muffins  ( NO SUGAR )

  • 1.5 cups of banana flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking
  • 3 tablespoons organic Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup of Sultana raisins ( my daughter doesn’t love them but I thought of adding them to help with sweetness )
  • one pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk
  • 3 tablespoons organic agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of grape seed oil

Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients in a different bowl. Add the wet ingredients over the dry one and mix to incorporate. With an ice-cream spoon place the batter in a prepared with muffin paper tray. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes depending on the oven.

Melt 50 grams of dark chocolate. Add three tablespoons of coconut milk. Pour over and just enjoy them and try to stop after one LOL

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For those of you who celebrated Family Day I hope you had a great day and for all the others I hope you made it through the Monday with a big smile on your face.

 

 

 

 

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Cakes

Butternut Squash Coffee Cake

In the previous post ” Homemade Almond Milk” I found inspiration on “pastryaffair.com” website. ¬†I decided to give it one more try after making the successful Almond milk ;). This time my inspiration was for a dessert: “Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake”.

I guess it was another success if I consider that my daughter who does not eat pumpkin or butternut squash ate several slices and even she said ” really is this a pumpkin cake ?” ¬†She just loved it ūüôā

Ingredients 

For the  Cake

  • puree from 1/2 of a large butternut squash
  • 4 ¬†eggs
  • 3/4 cup grape seed oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 For Coffee Filling 

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut instant coffee NESCAFE
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate bites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lined a backing sheet with backing paper.

Wash and cut the butternut squash in pieces. Place the pieces on a backing sheet and bake them for about 30 minutes. I like to cut the squash in pieces as I always like to enjoy a few pieces. Yummy ūüėČ Of course you don’t have to do this, you can cut the butternut squash in ¬†in half or quarters if it’s too large and bake it. Let¬†the squash coll it down before using it in the cake.

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For the cake, in a large bowl beat together the squash, eggs, oil, brown sugar,  and bourbon. In another  bowl mix together the two flours, baking powder and cinnamon . Add the flour mixture to the squash mixture and mix well until all ingredients are combined.  Set aside.

For the espresso filling, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and instant coffee. Set aside.

In a prepared baking pan, add half of the cake batter. Sprinkle half of the coffee filling and add the chocolate bite. Press lightly just to be sure the bite are sticking to the batter. Spoon in the other half of the squash batter and even it with a spatula. Sprinkle the coffee filling  left.

Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes depending on the oven. check the center of the cake with a toothpick; if it’s coming pit clean the cake is ready. Let it cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cut it in small pieces and enjoy it.

I know I have ūüėČ

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Muffins and other sweets

Chocolate chip sour cream coffee muffins

I invite you all to indulge in these sinfully delicious chocolate chip coffee muffins¬†alongside a cup of tea or coffee. You won’t regret it. ūüôā

For the muffins:

  • 1/4 cup of grape seeds oil (the recipe was calling for 1/2 cup of unsalted butter)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 lemon ( juice )

For the filling and topping

  • 1¬†cups semisweet dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of granulated ¬†sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grounded cocoa beans (optional)
  • 1/2 ¬†teaspoon instant coffee

 

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I hope you enjoy them ūüėČ