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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies with Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels

The lovely people at Enjoy Life sent me a bag of their dark chocolate Morsels. I have one word for them – DELICIOUS! I had to stop myself from eating the bag. Yes, they are fantastic just on their own. I love dark chocolate and these are just right.

I used a fantastic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from The Gluten Free Vegan. This recipe is supposed to make 20 cookies, I made 15 because I really packed those babies. I used my hands to form them into cookie patties. I usually use an ice cream scoop, but today I felt like using my hands for some reason.

I’ve made this recipe about five times now and things I’ve learnt:
1. Do not use coconut oil – it doesn’t soften the cookie whatsoever, it makes them dry and kinda not to great
2. Use more chocolate chips than recommended, it’s a personal preference
3. You can use home made apple sauce, works fine too
4. Do not use rice sweetener, for some reason maple syrup really works, the rice sweetener does not

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Oh, they are delicious! I love, love, love the texture and they’re not too crunchy. Excellent recipe that you can’t mess up. Unless you use coconut oil.

Happy eating!

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Peach Raw Fruit Leather

I decided I was in the mood for a fruit leather and I had peaches on hand, so one thing lead to another and there you have it (24 hours later!) peach leathers. Super easy to make, but hard on the wait time.

I took four peaches, removed the pit, ran them through the food processor until smooth, added the juice of one lime and two tablespoons of maple syrup then spread it out on my special dehydrator sheet. You can apparently use parchment paper, but that’s a) costly and b) wasteful.  You can use agave or any other liquid sweetener. I suggest liquid just because it’s easier to mix in.

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TIP: I spread it as thin as I could and flipped after 12 hours. You should keep an eye on these babies to make sure the colour has changed from wet to dry. It’s easy to rip them if you don’t spread it thin enough. In this instance, too thick is not a good thing, it will result in an incredibly long dry time and who knows if it will really work.

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Whole Soy & Co Vanilla Vegan Yogurt

If you see this product on the shelf – stop, do not pass go, buy all of them that you see. We don’t have this product in Ontario, not that I’ve been able to find, and Mat and I recently were in Buffalo so we picked it up there. I cannot believe how tasty this yogurt is and it is HEAVENLY with sliced strawberries or other fruit. Seriously – it tastes like eating cream. I just about died when I tried it. No, I was not paid to say this, I would happily become their spokesperson, but it really is just that tasty.

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As you can see in the fridge shot, we also picked up some Tofu dogs, that are gluten free, which are also pretty awesome to have for the summer. Don’t you love not having to worry about nitrates and other nastiness like colon cancer? I’m not going to lie, that part makes me pretty darn happy.

Anyway, just takes a few dollops, add some sliced fruit and instant happiness. How could I not included the nutritional facts?

Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 6.59.32 PM One serving size is a cup, I consider that a lot of yogurt, but maybe it’s just right to some people. I just use it as a bit of a sweet topping, instead of faux whip cream, but I suppose you could eat it on it’s own as is; fruit makes everything better.

I know we’ll be bringing back a cooler with us when we visit again.

 

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Whole Life Expo 2012

We went to the Whole Life Expo and I think this year it was better than last. The show is divided into three sections: 1) Food, 2) Health related products and 3) Health related services. As foodies we tend to stick to the food section and were happy to see a bunch of familiar faces.

This picture makes the show look calm, but let you tell you when people have their back packs on and aren’t paying attention this get crowded FAST.

First, we stopped at Upaya Natural’s booth – they had a wide selection of raw, vegan, organic foods and appliances. I took pictures, but I realized after we left they were blurry. I’d go so far as to say they have the most selection of any raw/vegan store, they will most likely have anything you can think of and they are always adding more products to their mix. We bought our Blendtec and Excalibur dehydrator and Omega Juicer through them – oh, and our spiralizer as well. They are more than equipment, they have every raw/vegan food item you can imagine from: dehydrated mulberries, to enema bags, to Earthings grounding shoes and more.

Giddy YoYo is a company out of Orangeville, Ontario and they make raw chocolate amongst other things. They recently change their packaging and increased the size of their chocolate while maintaining the same price. That is pretty impressive. You don’t hear of a company giving you more of a product and not charging you for it. We are addicted to the mint raw chocolate. I cherish it and eat it one square at a time. Too good. I asked Mark, one of the owners, about the shelf life of the chocolate and if it’s okay not to seal it once opened. He mentioned it was fine, oxidation does not occur, but chocolate can age like a fine wine. Mind you raw chocolate from 1960 wouldn’t be suitable to eat, but month old chocolate is okay.

Cruda Cafe was very busy with their raw tacos and desserts. These were the same tacos I reviewed at the CNE this summer. Cannot say enough good things about how good the tacos were then, we had already eaten before we came, but that really shouldn’t have stopped me now that I think about it. Ah well. If we’re in St. Lawrence market on a weekend I’m sure we’ll venture to the basement level to find the storefront of Cruda Cafe.

Rawfoodz is an organic raw vegan salad dressing company and they recently started making a raw chocolate spread that’s not on their website. I tried it during the Raw Food festival. What is on their site is their new Butter style spread both in original and garlic. That I can totally get behind – freaking tasty. I’ve tried the dressings and the spread and each are pretty darn good. I have a preference to Italian Idol, but don’t let that discourage you from trying others. They’re creamy and intensely flavourful, it’s hard to believe the dressings are raw. The dressings are great on kelp noodles, raw coleslaw, veggie dip just to name a few uses.

A new face on the raw vegan scene is Rawlly Delicious. They are operated by a husband/wife team Natalie and Derek Neal based in Caledon, Ontario. On my high raw days I have resorted to carrying nuts and seeds with me to snack on. Sure that does the trick, but why not have a fulfilling treat that provides 5g of protein per serving. Rawlly Delicious has five flavours of Energy Ball: Hulk Energy, Nuts About Hazel, Almond Crunch, The “Seed” and Coconut Bliss. They have since added one NEW product: Chaga-Maca Brawnie.

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What I love about these Energy Balls a) they all taste amazing, yes I have stuffed my face with them and b) they’re sprouted/raw/organic. I asked Natalie how long does it take to make each Energy ball batch and her answer – four days in total. That’s commitment. I like the idea of having a product that I can eat on the go and not feel guilty about. In fact, I feel pretty darn good after eating them just because they are easier to digest. Rawlly Delicious has an auto-ship program so you can opt to have a customized order shipped to you so you never run out. I can see this being very helpful in keeping up with my new addiction.

This is the six pack of all of the Energy Ball products. At the show the price was $20. I’m not sure if this is going to be sold on their website, but hopefully it will. 

What kind of Air Eater post would this be without the Nutritional Value information? (Click to enlarge) The Chaga-Maca Brawnie info is missing as it’s still being finalized. Here is a link to their Facebook, Twitter and Youtube account. Amazing that this little company has already been featured on CTV.

Overall, I am very glad we went to the Whole Life show, it was worth the parking and crowds to get the great deals we did. I felt hilarious walking around with so many raw food items, but I refuse to feel guilty about healthy pleasures.

Happy eating!

 

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Vegan MoFo: Day 2 Square Tomato Crust with Kale Celery Pizza

The beauty of making a lot of one crust is that you make make it into different shapes and this time I made the crust into a rectangle. I like how the edges curled providing a bit of a lip and that helped with the cashew cheese.

1. Crust – Tomato bread recipe
2. Cheese – Spinach cashew cheese
3. Toppings – Red pepper, celery, kale, red onion Continue reading

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The Canadian National Exhibition 2012

Have to love the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), many fun memories as a child, teenager and now as an adult. Crazy to think the CNE has been going for 133 years! I can only imagine what it looked like back then.

According to the CNE fact sheet:

- Approximately 1.3 million attendance, largest fair in Canada, 8thlargest in North America.
- Has evolved and changed over time; emphasis has shifted from exhibits to entertainment and interactive experiences.
- Self-funded, the CNE is a major economic generator for the province of Ontario
- CNE is financially stable and operates without any annual subsidy.
- An Economic Impact Study conducted by Enigma Research Corporation in 2009, reported that the CNE had a gross economic impact of $58.6 million on the Greater Toronto Area and $80 million on the province of Ontario.
- CNE is a provincially chartered, non-profit agricultural society.
- CNE is EcoLogo certified making it the Greenest Fair in North America

Pretty impressive stats for an exhibition. I’d have to say the main attraction for a lot of people I know is the Food Building. Incredibly packed with food from all over the world, but only ONE raw vegan booth called Vie. Vie was the only guaranteed vegan and gluten free place we could eat and frankly after trying the tacos, I didn’t want to try anywhere else.

We spoke to the booth owner who explained he was being supplied by St. Lawrence market’s Cruda Cafe. The tacos were comprised of a dehydrated corn soft taco shell, a sour cream, corn, avocado, shredded lettuce, tomato, and magical spices that all really worked. We were incredibly pleased and impressed. Had to try the desserts, two chocolate and one key lime, had to stop myself from eating more. The entire meal was incredibly delicious, filling and had me wondering what else could be created.

We walked around and took a few pictures, but couldn’t photograph everything, just a heck of a lot going on.

 The animal section was the saddest part for me. I hated seeing: chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, sheep ostrich, llamas, alpacas cooped up. Like this is what they want to do for two weeks. I realize this is probably the only time some city children will see live farm animals, but that’s what animal sanctuaries are for. I saw a turkey fighting with another, the bigger one was pulling the other’s gullet. I hit the plastic window a few times to try to startle them to stop, but that didn’t work. The attendant wasn’t there and I told the information booth what happened. I have no idea if my information was relayed, but I’m going to be optimistic.

This is a sign in the Food Building. I am very impressed that the different food options were displayed so clearly.

Here’s where our glorious meal at Vie started:

These tacos were beyond tasty, we ended up eating one and then coming back for two each for take away. I would dare anyone to eat these and not be full, they were fantastic!

There’s no way you could tell the brownies were raw, they were so moist and rich, incredibly well done. The key lime was also tasty and not overly sweet. Excellent.

As we are slaves to our devices, we were glad to see there was a free phone charging box with clear markings which cable worked with what phone. Pretty cool to be able to charge your phone while at an event as such.

This is the newest addition to the CNE,  according to the Wiki: Sky Ride, a cable car ride introduced at the 2012 CNE in the spirit of the Alpine Way.

It was a sun screen kind of day and a great way to spend the time if you’re into rides and eating all day. Why not? There are vegan options and one for sure gluten free vegan option. Not sure if Vie is coming back next year, but they certainly have my vote versus the rest of the food.

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Mint Chocolate pudding

 

P-U-D-D-I-N-G! Wish I was a cheerleader because I’d be doing some high kicks after trying this pudding. Made me think of this SNL skit:

I hope I am like this in my 50′s, I don’t see why not. Perhaps I won’t be pulling up my pants as much. I hope not. Either way, I will be eating pudding no matter what. I found this recipe on All Recipes and it’s so easy!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
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Raw Strawberry Banana Mint Ice Cream

I love mint chocolate chip ice cream and what better way to enjoy summer than to make your own! With my trusty Cuisinart Ice Cream maker ready I decided to test it out.

Such a simple recipe and what I love most about ice cream is what you can add to it. The flavour combinations are really endless.

Ingredients:
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 tsp mint extract
1/2 tbsp agave or your preferred sweetener
1/2 bar of Mint Giddy Yoyo chocolate

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Raw Vegan Festival – Summer 2012

The Raw Vegan festival held at 918 Bathurst was fantastic yet again. New vendors and such a fantastic vibe from everyone there.  I couldn’t take enough pictures. The problem was that I’d take a picture of the banner of the vendor, then spend way too long talking to the vendor to remember to take more pictures of the food.

Right by the top floor entrance was our friend from Live. We adore their food and their lovely products.

We stopped by the Upaya Naturals booth. Always full of a broad selection of health and super foods, Upaya has items you won’t find in your regular grocery store, run by two raw vegans who believe strongly in organic products to say the least. Have you tried Dandy Blend? I heard it’s a great coffee replacement.
We came across a vendor called Ausable River Soap Co., all the way from Lucan, Ontario.  We spoke to the owner Jaime, who explained how she hand crafts her soap items and makes everything in small batches. The only non-vegan item is the lip balm which has Beeswax. To the celiacs: If you’re going to order any soap, be mindful if it contains gluten (oatmeal) and double check ingredients.
Almost hidden away downstairs we came across Rawlly Rawlly Delicious, a husband and wife duo making raw, gluten free, vegan treats! Very nice to see a couple coordinate as such. When I asked Natalie why she started making such treats, her reply was to fool her child into eating healthy. Rawlly Rawlly Delicious uses a lot of healthy ingredients, so there’s no guilt involved, it’s a tasty way to get  your vitamins.
Here’s Derek, Natalie’s husband proudly working the booth.
Here’s the video clip he has playing when Natalie was invited to speak on television for CTV:

Back upstairs the venue was starting to get busy:
We visited the Health Nut booth. The lovely lady on the left, Mandi, is the creator and maker of Specialty Nut Butters & Raw Vegan Nut Cheese (Raw, Vegan and Organic). Where can you buy these wonderful hand made items? Why click here and find out!
At this point we were feeling hungry and had to go visit Nzyme downstairs. They do not have a physical restaurant, but they do catering and I regret eating too quickly as we forgot to take a picture.
Back downstairs we saw the Nud Fud table and the crowd started to really form at this point, so I took limited pictures. I wish I could show the bags of raw, vegan, gluten free snacks.
Here’s an idea of their product offering: Click to enlarge
Close by we visited with Chica Momma, a Caledon-based company that specializes in raw gourmet catering and education. Jessica, a high raw vegan mother of three created this business as a result of being captivated by raw food. Her lunch and learn program, “Give it to me raw!”, for the workplace teaches people how to incorporate raw food and explore the world of organic raw cuisine in 30 minutes. Not bad for a lunch break.
At this point there was barely any turning around room and we didn’t get to speak with the owner of 365 Deli, but had a chance to snag a quick picture:
There were so many other vendors, wish I had a chance to stop at each booth and take pictures properly, but the event was very busy and well attended. I plan on going to the winter one as well. Great show over all.
Honourable mentions:
Doug McNish was there with his beautiful wife Candice selling Doug’s new cook book. I have this book and I would HIGHLY recommend it. (I do not receive a penny for this statement) I find his recipes are simple, quick and tasty. That’s how I like things and clearly Doug and I are on the same page. I have to say his Nacho Cheese recipe has made a permanent home in my house.
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Bought an Ice Cream Maker!

It’s Friday and I still haven’t posted from the Raw Vegan show. Uugh. Too busy! Running Vegan Bloggers Unite! and Concept Branding while also running this blog tends to keep me occupied. Good news, more posts will be coming though. We bought an Ice Cream Maker and we already tried it out. I think it worked out quite well in texture, but I really would like to work on the flavour.

This is what we bought:

I do declare this the summer of frozen treats. We also have an ice pop maker. Yes, we are going to turn our living room into an extended kitchen. Who needs a couch anyway? I love my kitchen gadgets, after all, I spend too much time in there as is might as well have the right equipment.

A few of my favourite things:
Dehydrator, Blendtec, spiralizer, juicer, mandolin, ice pop maker and now the ice cream maker. Cutting boards and good knives deserve an honourable mention.

Get your ice cream/pop on this summer!

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