Cranberry Sunflower Cookies

Cranberries are my favourite dried fruit.  I love them in granola, harvest loaves or cookies.  Cranberry Sunflower Cookies combine the fruit with crunchy sunflower seeds and sweet coconut.   Their great by themselves as a treat or taken on a picnic.

For a change try dried blueberries instead of cranberries.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups flourcranberry-sunflower-cookies

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sat

3/4 cup butter or 3/4 cup vegan margarine

1 cup sugar

2 eggs or 2 flax eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup dried cranberries

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Infused Vinegars

Flavoured vinegars are great in salad dressings but can be pricey to buy.  Fortunately they are easy to make but takes some preparation.  Below I have listed recipes for Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar, Sage Red Wine Vinegar and Thyme Basil Vinegar

Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar

Simple Infused Vinegars1/2 cup mashed raspberries

1/2 cup mashed blueberries

White vinegar to fill a jar

Add  fruit to jar and fill with vinegar.  Cork and let stand for at least 1 week.   Strain and use on salads or as a marinade.  Can be sweetened by adding stevia to the finished vinegar. Continue reading “Infused Vinegars”

Old Fashioned Banana Muffins

Old fashioned banana muffins are great for using up the ripe fruit before it spoils.  The recipe is light, sweet and fluffy and is good with coffee or tea.  For a special treat try adding chocolate or butterscotch chips to the batter.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup vegan margarineOld fashioned banana muffins

3/4 cup sugar

1 beaten egg

1 cup mashed bananas

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

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Garlic and Chive Biscuits

Garlic and Chive Biscuits are fresh and fragrant.  Their great with soup, stews or as a treat on their own.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

Garlic and Chive Biscuits21/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup coarsely chopped chives

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup vegan margarine

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

2 tbsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic, Continue reading “Garlic and Chive Biscuits”

Simple Carrot Soup

Carrots are a standby in my house for quick and easy meals.  Sometimes I find I have carrots that need to be used quickly.  Simple Carrot soup is a easy recipe for a light supper.  Serve with toast or garlic toast and you have a complete meal.

INGREDIENTSSimple Carrot Soup

1 lb carrots peeled and sliced

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups mushroom broth

1/4 tsp pepper

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Fruit Bites

Sometimes I like a small sweet treat in the middle of the afternoon.  Instead of cookies or candy I often turn to dried fruit.  Fruit Bites combine a number of popular dried fruits with nuts and seeds to make a rolled treat. For a change in the recipe substitute sesame seeds for sunflower seeds.

IngredientsFruit Bites

1 cup dried dates

1/2 cups cashews

1/2 cups dried apricots

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Put dates. cashews, apricots and oats in a food processor with the mixing blades.  Mix on high speed until chunks are combined and  the batter is of thick consistency.  Batter will be sticky.

Remove from food processor and roll in a log in parchment.  Chill for at least an hour.

Remove from parchment and cut in slices.  Roll slices in sunflower seeds to coat.

For another afternoon treat try Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters

Strawberry Shortcake

Where I live strawberries are usually fresh in June.  It’s also the month of my mother’s birthday so we often have shortcake instead of birthday cake to celebrate. 

This shortcake recipe is sweet, light and fluffy yet it is still firm enough to take on a picnic.

IngredientsStrawberry Shortcake

4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp baking powder

2 cups milk + 2 tsp vinegar

1 cup sugar

1 cup vegetable shortening

In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.

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Citrus Nut Clusters

Citrus Nut clusters are great for a mid-morning pick me up.  If you find the recipe too tart then just add another tablespoon or so of honey or maple syrup.

IngredientsCitrus Nut Clusters

1 cup cashews

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup lime juice

3 tbsp maple syrup or honey

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup coconut to roll bites in

Add all ingredients to a food processor omitting the second amount of coconut.  Mix until a thick paste forms.  Do not over mix.

Roll paste into small bites and roll in second amount of coconut.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.

This recipe makes 30 small clusters.

For a refreshing pairing try serving this recipe with Peach Lemonade.

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