German Chocolate Truffles

German Chocolate Truffles

    I’m so, so glad that I was lucky enough to have had a Mom who taught me from such a young age about food.   I was in the kitchen as just a little girl, 4 or 5 even, helping, learning.  One thing I always knew each year was that my brother was going to want a German Chocolate Cake for his birthday.  Mom made a two layer, extra thick icing cake for him each year without fail.  Great thing was, the rest of us all benefited from his yearly request.  Me?  I always requested Devil’s food for my birthday (which has since always been related to my nature.)  But big brother Greg always got German Chocolate. If you’ve never tried it or don’t know what this Coconut, Pecan & Chocolate dream come true cake, you can get the same rich flavors in my German Chocolate truffles.  These little babies have all the chewy caramelie flavors of the traditional cake without the eggs, dairy or calories of a big slice of cake.  Kept chilled, they make a wonderful afternoon treat that wont stick to your hips or cost an arm and a leg.  For this reason, and their…

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Gena Hamshaw’s new book – “Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat”

Gena Hamshaw’s new book –  “Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat”

“I’m 100 % Vegan and I’m as Raw as I need and want to be”  –  Gena Let me say just one thing to start off my tale of just how creative and delicious Gena’s new book is and how happy I am for the opportunity to offer 1 copy to a reader in a giveaway. This book is a joy to read.  And I don’t normally read cookbooks. It’s going with me next month to Alaska.  May have to sneak it there.  But – it’s going!  No, I definitely won’t be cooking on my trip but I’ll be reading and learning from a great resource, one of the best in my mind, on how to eat the best food for your body and still enjoy it. I’m a long time reader of Choosing Raw.  I’ve used Gena’s recipes and fallen in love with her writing and her ways.  She talks to people, not at them, about life, food and how problems can be solved in our diets.   She’s a truly gifted communicator and beyond that even……….she is smart as heck!  You may or may not have your hands on a copy of Choosing Raw:  making raw foods part…

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Coconut Butter Biscoff Fudge = “little bites of Heaven”

Coconut Butter Biscoff Fudge = “little bites of Heaven”

    If I could only bring 5 food items to a deserted island, 2 of them would be jars of Biscoff Spread.   How we got lucky enough to have this stuff turn out to be Vegan as well as fantabulous?  Only God knows!  Combine it with coconut butter and chocolate?  HEAVENLY stuff ♥        The pan wont last to the end of the day……just warning you!             1 year ago I was pouring Stawberry Syrup over Buckwheat Pancakes

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Coconut Dulce de Leche Candies and Cream

Coconut Dulce de Leche Candies and Cream

This week I discovered what are likely the cutest and likely the most tasty cookies ever over at  Keepin’ It Kind.  Rika from Vegan Miam had created the cutest little purple cookies you’ll ever see.  And sandwiched between those gorgeous crispy layers was creamy decadent Coconut Dulce de Leche.      Oh my. My dreams of that creamy caramel taste without the dairy started swirling around and around in my head for the rest of the week.  Especially since now I know how simple and inexpensive the ingredients in this magical sauce are;  I just had to make some for myself.  But I also thought about how much I had to get done for the holidays, and how little I wanted to stand by the stove for 2 hours so as not to burn a single spoonful of this heavenly creation.  Of course!  I’d let my little 2 quart crock pot do all the work for me while I slept cleaned and wrapped and got all my work done.  The smell of the creamy caramelizing leche boiling away all day ( 7 hours in total) was a little difficult to ignore though.  I forced myself to do taste test after taste test…

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Beet Hummus & BBQ Flax Seed Crackers – GF with Raw options

Beet Hummus & BBQ Flax Seed Crackers – GF with Raw options

1 year ago I was dehydrating  Cabbage Leaf Chips This year I made 2 trays of dehydrated BBQ flavored Flax Seed Crackers.  So I needed some dip to go with right? You can find this delicious Beet Hummus recipe HERE. For mine, I added in a can of Chick Peas and a little more lemon to make it less thick.  I would add more seasonings if I had just been serving it with veggies but since the flax crackers are bursting with spice and a little heat, the subtle taste of the  hummus was just right. I love how absolutely CRUNCHY the crackers came out.  Gluten free.  Guilt free. Print BBQ Flax Seed Crackers Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com   Ingredients 2 cups whole flax seeds 1 cup almond meal (use raw almonds for raw options) 10 oz. Hemp seeds (ditto) 1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (ditto ditto) 15 oz. can pizza sauce (10 cherry tomatoes crushed for raw) 1 tsp. powdered garlic or 2 cloves minced fine 1 Tbs powdered BBQ seasoning (omit for raw) ½ tsp sea salt Instructions Combine the flax seeds (unground) with the pizza sauce and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir together all other ingredients and…

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Fresh Basil Biscuits with Apple Pie Jam

Fresh Basil Biscuits with Apple Pie Jam

1 year ago:    Sweet Potato Stew (so good) No better time than the autumn to whip up some simple, inexpensive  fruit jams to make your baked goods come alive ♥  For the Basil Biscuits: Heat 1 Cup of non-dairy milk to just under 110 degrees in a glass bowl.  Stir in: 2 tsp organic cane sugar, 1 /3 cup olive oil, and 1 Tbs. yeast. Stir and allow to sit for up to 10 minutes while the yeast eats!  (or until you see frothy bubbles on top) Stir 8 – 10 fresh Basil leaves into the liquid.  Pour the liquid in with 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour or bread flour.  Stir until the dough cleans the side of the bowl. With oiled hands, knead the dough gently until it forms into a ball.  Set the dough ball on a warm surface or bowl.  Cover with a cloth and let sit for up to 2 hours until it has doubled in size.  Punch your fist into the risen dough and place it onto a greased pan.  Push the dough with greased fingers into a flat circle about 1/2  inch thick.  Divide the circle of dough with a knife…

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Rosemary Grape Jam

Rosemary Grape Jam

1 year ago – Jalapeño Salt   I’ve made a many, many fruit jams over the years.  This one is a little bit special. It is the first ‘grape’ jam I’ve ever made.  Cooked up out of an abundance of fresh grapes we got last week and a few hours of boredom last weekend.  This jam is just delicious.  It has a fancy background taste with the rosemary but is simply perfect with your basic PB & J. Fresh grapes, a little sugar and water.  Simmer for 30 minutes and drop in a few sprigs of rosemary. It took just 30 minutes on the stove top and another 30 to cool off.  Thinned down with a little maple syrup, it would be a wonderful warm syrup for pancakes or waffles.  The grape skins keep it on the thick side so it works well warmed or chilled. The touch of rosemary gives this jam the slightest accent of herbs.   If you don’t say what’s in it, your guests will most likely not be able to know why the grapes seem a little more adult than a jar of Welch’s Print Rosemary Concord Grape Jam Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Condiment Prep time: …

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Cinnamon Red Pear Butter

One year ago: ‘Friday Morning Fog’  I’ve had this fruit ‘butter’ in my “to try” file for some time now and finally gave it a try.  Its really a wonderful texture and about as healthy a spread as you’re gonna get.  My version is adapted from ‘Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter’ from Good Life Eats.   I limited my spices to just Cinnamon.  I also used half the sugar, added some Vanilla Liquid Stevia from NuNaturals and left out the citrus juices.  I had 4 large red pears.  I also left on the peels which are full of nutrients.  Fruit jams are some what of a balancing act in recipes since no two fruits have just the same amount of juice so you’ll have to adjust your batch to your own ingredients.  I really love pears and sometimes have trouble not snacking on too many while trying to cut them up for recipes.  If you let them get just ripe enough they are just lovely for a fresh dessert.  Some times of the year, you’re doing good just to find them in the stores though.  And this fruit butter will get you through those colder months so you can enjoy spreading…

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Mango Sweet Pepper Dressing and Sandwich Spread

 So I found a gigantic bag of beautiful little sweet peppers last week, which was great, but then, what do I do with all these peppers?    Mango Sweet Pepper sandwich spread and salad dressing is what I did.  This recipe makes up 2 1/2 pints of spread.  I froze one, made two wraps with the 1/2 pint and I still have waiting to be gobbled up in the fridge right now ……..HHHMMMMMMM!  I used my first batch of this sweet and spicy spread to hold together some wonderful healthy sandwich wraps.  The spread adds a subtle spicy compliment to the veggies.  I used some apples, romaine, more sweet peppers, cucs, fresh basil and avocado for fillings.  Healthy?  YUP!  Easy?  YUP!  Tasty?  Absolutely…… Print Mango Sweet Pepper Dressing with Raw Options Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Condiment   Ingredients 3 Ripe Mangos, fresh, pitted, sliced 2 Cups of Sweet Peppers, d-stemmed, some seeds removed ⅓ cup diced Onion ⅓ cup Rice Vinegar or Apple ⅓ cup Vegan Mayo (I used Earth Balance) ¼ cup Agave or Maple Syrup 1 tsp Sea Salt 1 tsp Black Pepper 1 tsp Garlic Powder or 2 fresh cloves diced 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes Instructions…

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Sea Glass Candy

Sea Glass Candy

  I made a batch of this candy last year and wanted to share the recipe again with you all.  It’s simple and fun to make.  You can definitely change the colors to your liking but I think these Ocean blues and greens are pretty awesome.  Not a super healthy thing to eat a lot of but it makes a great gift or snack if you stick to just a piece or two.  Keeps in the freezer well and doesn’t stick to your fingers or make a mess for little hands taking a bite 😉  I’m sure kids would find the process a real kick (well supervised)  and of course would enjoy taste testing the final product!  It’s really just a big lollipop that gets broken up into pieces.  But it can sure look pretty in a bowl … or in your mouth… I made two batches.  One green and one blue. You’ll need a candy thermometer that goes beyond 250 degrees. When the sugar gets to a high enough temperature, you’ll pour the hot liquid out onto a greased pan. It hardens quickly into one gigantic Lollipop. Here’s the fun part for kids:  when the candy hardens, you’ll sprinkle…

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Carrot Salsa

Carrot Salsa

grind… dip… enjoy. drink! Print Carrot Salsa Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Condiments Cuisine: Mexican   Ingredients 1 ripe Mango, diced 6 Scallions, diced 1 cup Cilantro, chopped 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes 2 cups baby carrots, small diced in food processor 2 garlic cloves, chopped ⅓ cup fresh lime juice ⅓ cup pickled jalepenos or fresh for more heat hot sauce to taste salt and pepper to taste (about ½ tsp. each) Instructions Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Taste for seasoning. Refrigerate in a sealed container at least 1 hour – overnight preferred. Serve with chips or veggies. 3.2.1284 Have a safe weekend everyone ♥

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30 Minute Peach & Yellow Plum Jam

30 Minute Peach & Yellow Plum Jam

This is the simplest jam I’ve ever made.  Probably the most tasty too! It cooked up in 30 minutes on the stove top and thickened perfectly…without any pectin to boot.  Love saving money any where I can.  Plus it’s just fruit and a pinch of cinnamon and a  pinch of Agar flakes.  Works great. First thing to make sure of when you’re cooking up jams or preserves is that the fruit is organic and ripe.  I mean really ripe. The flavor comes from the sugars in the fruit and if it aint ripe it aint sweet.  Keep your fruit out of the fridge and in a warm place for a few days prior to cooking up your jam if possible.  I leave mine in my car window inside a paper bag for a day and that usually helps. If your fruit is ripe enough, you really shouldn’t need to add additional sugar to the batch.  Keep it simple. The Agar flakes will thicken the juices just enough to make any liquids left after reducing gel up.  30 minutes and your done! If you haven’t made jams before, this is a perfect recipe to begin with so you can get some…

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Sugar Free Apricot Jam ♥ & a Giveaway!

Sugar Free Apricot Jam ♥  & a Giveaway!

The Contest is now closed. I’ve been using NuNaturals healthy natural sweeteners in my recipes for years now.   I recently received a new sweetening product from NuNaturals called Lo Han made from fruit and thought it would be perfect to replace the sugar in some Apricot Jam I cooked up last week.  The Lo Han worked beautifully and the jam is just wonderfully fresh and delicious ♥ NuNaturals is now offering a giveaway on 4 different blogs for 2 Lo Han products to 16 winners and then will enter the 16 into a Grand Prize drawing for over $125 worth of NuNatural’s products…awesome!  The giveaway is now live on Canned-Time, An Unrefined Vegan, Keepin’ It Kind and Gazing In.  4 winners for each blog!! Plus you can enter to win on all 4 blogs to increase your odds of winning… WHOO HOOO!!  For my apricot jam, I cooked 2 cups of apricots with 2 Tbs. of powdered NuNatural’s Lo Han over medium heat for about 20 minutes until the fruit was cooked down and beginning to turn syrupy.  Then I added in 1 tsp. of Agar flakes and stirred the fruit for another 5 minutes.  I transferred the jam to…

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Watermelon Jam – repost

Watermelon Jam – repost

Last year I experimented with some unusual canning ingredients and this is one of my favorites. It’s been getting a lot of Pinterest time so I thought I’d repost it again this summer. I saw this recipe on line and had to give it a try. My favorite fruit is Watermelon!   And being able to enjoy those juicy flavors in the chill of winter as well……… sounded like a perfect idea.     The recipe is included here: http://blondiescakes.blogspot.com/2010/09/watermelon-jam.html With most canning processes, it’s just easier to put out a tested recipe since canning is more science than a lot of food we enjoy.   And I didn’t puree the fruit in advance. I used an immersion blender to smooth while cooking the fruit for a while to save some time and mess. The rest was the same process. My $3.99 Watermelon made up much more jam than I expected.  This works out to about .75 per jar!       Can’t wait to spread a little on a biscuit!

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Red Grapefruit Marmalade – Repost

Red Grapefruit Marmalade – Repost

With the weather finally turning warmer here, I’ve gotten antsy about doing some canning.  If you’ve never tried to home – can, it really isn’t as intimidating as it may seem and will make you feel ‘accomplished’.   I self taught myself canning about 4 years ago and now I’m really experimental in my food choices for canning.  I thought I’d share this canning experiment that I posted a year ago.  It was just an inexpensive try at something different that gave me an unusual tasty spread for toast or try a spoonful on top of ice cream, YUMM! Most likely, you’ll make up enough to share your yummy jellies and jams with someone and make them smile……….                                 Give canning a try, it won’t bite 😉 Red Grapefruit Marmalade – REPOST You know I LOVE a great bargain ♥ I found this cute little tea set today at the Asian market.  $4.99 for the steeper and the little bowls were just .89 so I picked up two of those for dipping bowls.    Not sure why porcelain was so inexpensive but……  So I needed something sweet…

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Himalayan “Red Pepper” Salt

So simple, quick and inexpensive.  Homemade Vegetable Sea Salts can add ‘zip’ and nutrition to your meals. With about 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of drying in the oven, almost any vegetable can be dehydrated and ground up to add to your favorite salt to enhance the nutrition, add a burst of flavor and plus:  they just look pretty sprinkled on foods. My latest variety is a dehydrated Red Bell Pepper, ground and mixed at a 50 X 50 ratio with some Himalayan Sea Salt. If you’re worried about your salt intake, this is a great way to stretch your salt use while adding in the flavors and nutrients found in which ever veggies you dry out and grind up with your salts.  Store them just like any other seasoning in a dry sealed container for months and months of uses. Other ideas I have on my list to try are Lemon Pepper, Orange Peel Pepper, Basil Sea Salt, Broccoli Salt….you get the idea. These homemade goodies can make a great, inexpensive gift for friends, family or someone you may not know what to give. Find a cool container     (this small jar was just a…

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10 Easy Vegan Spreads, Dips & Sauces

Creamy Chocolate Banana Cashew Butter Like pudding on your tongue….Chocolate Banana Cashew Butter.  Wonderful for a fruit dip or just spread it all over your toast. http://canned-time.com/chocolate-banana-cashew-butter/ Vegan Lemon Butter Picatta Cream Sauce Creamy, quick, Lemon butter pasta sauce.  Mixes up in minutes and makes a plain pasta meal really special. http://canned-time.com/soba-noodles-with-vegan-lemon-picatta-cream-sauce/   Orange Maple Lime Vinaigrette I make so many different vinaigrettes but this one is a favorite.  Fresh Lime and Maple syrup bring the vinegar alive. http://canned-time.com/spinach-mango-pepitas-salad-w-maple-syrup-lime-vinaigrette/ Sprouted Mustard Seed Blackberry Vinaigrette If you’d rather a creamy salad dressing, this vinaigrette has all the nutrients but mimics a creamy thick dressing. http://canned-time.com/sprouted-mustard-seed-blackberry-vinaigrette/ Sugar Free Coconut Milk Whipped Cream For a sweet treat that is guilt free:  Peppermint Whipped Cream.  Really special on top of so many things. http://canned-time.com/giving-thanks-for-liquid-stevia-nunaturals-peppermint-and-chocolate-stevia-giveaway/ Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons This healthier Vegan Stroganoff uses mushroom to create a creamy thick sauce to spoon over veggies or pasta.  I loved it so much, I used this for my Virtual Vegan Potluck post in October last year. http://canned-time.com/virtual-vegan-potluck-mushroom-stroganoff-with-zucchini-ribbons/ Spicy Red Chili Sauce I live for spicy foods and this one almost did me in (adjust the pepper seeds for a milder version)  So delicious with…

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Guest Posting on ‘An Unrefined Vegan’ today!

Guest Posting on ‘An Unrefined Vegan’ today!

What a special treat!! I’m ‘guest posting’ over at An Unrefined Vegan today! Check out my Carrot Butter post and then be thrilled with all the wonderful ideas, recipes and writing from Annie, thanks so much Girl for sharing this ♥  Then be sure and sign up for the event of the season at….. Virtual Vegan Potluck:  Click for details.

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Soba Noodles with Vegan Lemon Picatta Cream Sauce

Soba Noodles with Vegan Lemon Picatta Cream Sauce

 Any time you need a delicious fancy dinner to serve or you just want to fill up on a great comfort food meal, try this lemon sauce with pasta.  All you’ll need is a few basics like Lemons, butter, Nut Milk and pasta…and you’re 30 minutes away from sitting down to a great healthy meal that won’t leave you sleepy from carbs.  The sauce is a healthy cousin to the traditional Italian Picatta sauce served with Chicken or Veal and pasta.  A meal I used to enjoy frequently before moving to a plant based Vegan diet.  This version is so much healthier, kinder and actually so much easier as well.  It’s all good!  Soba noodles are usually in with Asian foods in the grocery.  They have Buckwheat flour mixed with wheat usually and take only a few minutes to cook.  This sauce is slightly creamy but definitely not thick like a cheese sauce.  It lets the pasta be the texture of each bite, not the cream.  Very light and flavorful. This meal just cries out for a few slices of hot toasted homemade bread…uummmmmmmm PrintSoba Noodles with Lemon Cream Sauce 51 Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 2…

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Spinach Mango Pepitas Salad w/ Maple Syrup & Lime Vinaigrette

With all the New Year’s Resolution(ing) going on this month…I wanted to share a scrumptious salad option that will keep your taste buds happy as well as your healthy eating goals.  It’s full of flavor, packed with nutrition and breaks up the monotony of romaine and carrot sticks 🙂 First of all, you’ll need a nice ‘RIPE’ Mango, a juicy lime or 2, and about a 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) Pepitas (pronounced puh-pee-tuhs) are chock full of nutrients. Pumpkin seeds pack a variety of vitamins. They are particularly high in vitamin K, with 22 percent of your recommended daily value per serving. But they also provide good amounts of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/263750-pepitas-nutrition-information/#ixzz2Gqkzevkv And if you’re one of those  people who only care about taste and good looks – vitamin K is particularly good at suppressing dark circles under your eyes. I love a salad that makes you forget that there’s greens in there some where…………this one definitely fits the bill! Spinach Mango & Pepitas Salad with Maple Syrup & Lime Vinaigrette For the Salad: Toss together Baby Spinach, Arugula Greens, sliced Cucumber, chopped Red Pepper, Pomegranate Seeds and Mango pieces. Sprinkle with…

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Spiced Wild Orange Sugar Body Scrub

Spiced Wild Orange Sugar Body Scrub

I recently purchased some yummy ‘wild orange’ essential oils and thought it would make a great scent for some homemade sugar scrub Sugar body scrubs are inexpensive when you make them yourself and do wonders for exfoliating dry winter skin. They mix up in minutes.  And make a great gift as well. The wild orange essential oil I used was perfectly sweet and really lingers after using the scrub, YUM! Spiced Wild Orange Sugar Body Scrub Combine equal parts Sugar (Brown or Raw) and Olive Oil, Grapeseed or Almond Oil.  I made up 2 cups worth for this batch. Add in about a tsp. of Cinnamon for spice. Add in 20 drops of Orange Oil for each 2 cups of scrub, more for stronger scent. Stir together ingredients and store in a sealed container, preferably glass. Stir as needed.  Apply a small amount to skin with wet hands and scrub gently to remove dead skin. Rinse and pat dry.  May be used 2 – 3 times per week safely. Don’t have any brown sugar? Here’s a wonderful way to make some homemade Brown Sugar and always have fresh on hand at home: If you’d like to try out the ‘wild…

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‘Homemade with Love’ – 10 Healthy Fun Food Gifts

These are just a few of the gift ideas I’ve posted this year. Check them out and see if there’s something that will help you out this holiday Sugar Free Caramel Bites Jalapeno Season Salt Coconut Blueberry Dark Chocolate Bark Candy Cherry Jam Raw Sugar ‘Sea Glass’ Candy Apple Cider Syrup Brazil Nut Brittle w/ Sugar Free Options Spicy Asian Plum Dipping Sauce Cherry Nut Cocoa or Coconut Bites Mustard Seed  Blackberry Vinaigrette Quick, easy and inexpensive is always the best choice for gifts. What are some of your favorites?

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Giving “Thanks” for Liquid Stevia – NuNaturals Peppermint and Chocolate Stevia Giveaway!

Giving “Thanks” for Liquid Stevia – NuNaturals Peppermint and Chocolate Stevia Giveaway!

This contest is now closed I recently received a couple new liquid stevia flavors from NuNaturals to try out….they are both wonderful. Just in time for holiday favorites with a healthier twist……….Chocolate and Peppermint!  YES!  If you follow Canned Time at all, you’ll notice I use stevia in quite a few of my recipes to convert them to be sugar free.  And from my experience, NuNaturals liquid stevia is that best I can buy. I’ve tried mixing the Chocolate with liquid Orange Stevia to make orange chocolate bars.  I’ve dropped a few drops into warmed Almond milk………..oh, my! And my latest experiment with NuNatural’s liquid stevia was one of my favorites: Vegan Sugar Free Whipped Cream with a touch of Peppermint This stuff is good enough to BE dessert as well as top your desserts! Check out the recipe for the Coconut Whipped Cream at “Oh She Glows“ and then enter to win your own Peppermint & Chocolate NuNaturals Liquid Stevia! You can also check out the full line of NuNaturals products here:  www.nunaturals.com and at the check out page use the DISCOUNT CODE OF  BLG1212 to receive -15% discount on their orders effective until December 31, 2012. 4 lucky readers will…

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Virtual Vegan Potluck Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons

Virtual Vegan Potluck Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons

I’m so proud to be part of this project and it’s a fun way to meet so many other healthy food bloggers. Today’s special event deserves an extra special recipe:  Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with beautiful Zucchini Ribbons! This dish is light, flavorful, nutritious and filling.  The flavor combination of dill and savory mushrooms make a perfect blend and mimic the classic tastes of Beef Stroganoff. And the pepper gives it a punch that wakes up the veggies, then diced pickles surprise your taste buds with a subtle sour background. All without a drop of dairy.  The pickles and dill give you the sour cream taste usually associated with Beef Stroganoff and the mushrooms simulate sliced beef. Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons Ingredients: Serves 2 -4 1 Cup of Baby Bella Mushrooms, stems removed,  cleaned and sliced thick 2 Cups of White Button Mushrooms sliced thick. 1/2 Cup Water or Unsweetened Non Dairy Milk 3 Tbs. Earth Balance Vegetable Spread 2 Tbs. Olive Oil 1 Cup of sliced Dill Pickles + 1/3 Cup of Pickle juice from the jar 1/2  to 1 Tbs. Black Pepper  (to taste) 1 tsp. Sea Salt 1 Tbs. dried Dill divided 2 Vegetable Bullion Cubes 1/4…

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Spicy Candied Nut Brittle

Candied Nuts?  Spice? = YUM I’ve always loved contrasting flavors and textures in food and this snack has it all! The salty, spicy seasonings, the syrupy sweetness of the stevia and maple syrup, the crunch of the caramelized  nuts! I took half of this batch and saved it to break up on top of salads and the other half I pressed into a greased square container to make bars out of for breakfast.  Press down hard on the candied nuts, cover and freeze.  When they get cold, just cut into squares and wrap. Either way you enjoy these spicy gems……….you will enjoy them a lot! Spicy Candied Nut Brittle – Sugar Free options, Vegan & Gluten Free 4 Cups of Mixed Raw Nuts    ( I used slivered Almonds, Brazil, Pistachio and Peanuts in this batch) 1/3 Cup Black Sesame Seeds 1/3 Cup Vegan Vegetable Spread like Earth Balance 1/3 Cup NuNaturals brand  PreSweet™ Tagatose 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar 1 Tbs. Cinnamon 1 tsp. Sea Salt 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes Melt the Vegetable Spread in an iron skillet or fry pan over low heat  until it begins to simmer slightly. Add in all…

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Spicy Red Chili Sauce

Spicy Red Chili Sauce

This VERY hot sauce is a bounce off of Barefeet In The Kitchen’s version, New Mexico Red Chili Sauce. My version helped me use up some Sanaam Dried Chili Peppers that I purchased over the summer from Penzey’s. They are plenty hot and I was glad to incorporate them into a sauce that will mix with food and balance out the heat. Spicy Red Chili Sauce 20 Dried Red Pepper Pods 2 Cups of filtered Water 1/8th Cup Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt 1 small packet of Powdered Stevia (optional) 1 tsp. Ground Cumin Break apart the dried chilies and dump out the seeds.  (discard the seeds) Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook peppers for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, keeping covered, and let pot sit for 30 min. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend several minutes until the sauce is blended and smooth.  Store in a sealed container in the fridge for a week or more or freeze sauce in smaller batches to thaw out when needed.  Goes well with chips or Mexican dishes. I’m on…

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Vegan Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge

Vegan Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge

The flavors of chocolate, a touch of orange and a tangy sour bite of the Pomegranate make this ‘good for you’ fudge my new favorite. The contrasting textures of the Pomegranate and the Cocoa Powder leave your tongue wondering ‘Wow, what’s next?” Then you taste the creamy dates and chia seed filled fudge and the whole thing kind of melds together in your mouth…………. This fudge is not too sweet, not to sour, and definitely a healthy choice for snacking!      Click here for how to remove pomegranate seeds   The Cocoa & Pomegranate are a wonderful contrast of  flavors. First you taste the mildly sweet cocoa, then a burst of tart fresh Pomegranate. A perfect bite. Enjoy!

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Jalapeno Season Salt

A simple seasoning to spice up fries, soups, whatever you want to add a little kick to… I had a few Jalapeno Peppers that needed to be used up but using jalapeno fresh isn’t always convenient. So I cut them up in large chunks and put them on the dehydrator for a couple days until they were rock hard. After the peppers were completely dried, I ground them fine in a coffee grinder. I took the pepper dust and mixed it with about 1/2 cup of Sea Salt and 1 Tbs. of Garlic Powder. Mixed it up well and voila:  Jalapeno Season Salt that will last for months and months. Dust this spicy salt on your fries, on scrambled eggs, most anything that needs a spicy seasoning. Store your salt in a sealed jar to prevent clumping.  Use flaked salt for an even fancier version. Makes a great gift for those hard to buy for friends and is less than $1 a jar! With the savings on the seasoning, you can find a special container to give your seasoning in. Do you like spicy foods?  Have you tried to make any flavored salts before? Here’s a link to a few…

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar-Free Drink & Dessert Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Sugar-Free Drink & Dessert Syrup

I haven’t ever tried the famous Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte that everyone raves about each fall…but it sure sounds yummy! With 49 Grams of Sugar for the Starbuck’s  ‘Grande’ size……..and 380 calories for a 16oz. drink……….no thank you. But when I saw the picture on Pinterest from Savvy Eats for a ‘Coffee Shop Pumpkin Syrup‘, I knew that I had to try out a sugar-free version that I could use with Nut Milk or Cider.  After making this into my own version, sugar-free, I’m sure it will be perfect topping for ice cream or pies as well. Pumpkin Spice  Sugar-Free Drink and Dessert Syrup Recipe from SavvyEat.com Spoon in 1 – 2 Tbs. of syrup into hot drinks or drizzle over desserts. 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree 2 Tbs. Liquid Vanilla Stevia (I used NuNatural’s Brand) or 1/2 cup Agave 1 cup water or apple juice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves Heat all ingredients in a non-stick saucepan over low heat.  Simmer until the Pumpkin has reduced down and the sweetner has thickened into a syrup.  If using Agave, you’ll need to stir more frequently. I used liquid Stevia and it reduced on low after…

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Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

I’ve been wanting to try out this homemade recipe since I first saw the recipe on Averie Cooks.  It looked so easy and delicious, and I always have a jar of some kind of nut butter to scoop a spoonful (or two) to get me through the hunger pains of the afternoon until dinner time………….turns out it is just as easy as Averie describes in her post, maybe easier! In fact, after tasting the first batch today, I doubled the ingredients and kept blending to make a BIG batch! One or two changes I made in my version: I added in 1 Tbs. of Olive Oil, can’t taste it but I think it made the peanuts easier to blend. I also added a Tbs. of grated fresh ginger root, 1 Tbs. of Cinnamon and 3 Tbs. of honey.  I used salted ‘un-roasted’ peanuts as well. Healthy Benefits of Peanuts: These nuts are good source of dietary protein compose fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth and development. Research studies have shown that peanuts contain high concentrations of poly-phenolic antioxidants, primarily in p-coumaric acid, which is believed to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by reducing the formation of carcinogenic…

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