Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

I can tell you without hesitation that this cake is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten…so there’s that…. It’s safe to say that after nearly a half decade of using products made by NuNaturals brand that I not only trust their quality, but I rely on them for my kitchen.  I am truly addicted to their Vanilla Liquid Stevia.  I have been since I won a few bottles way back when in a Giveaway.  I remember being blown away at the difference in NuNaturals and other brands of stevia I’d tried.  A good difference.  And if you’ve spent any time here at Canned Time, you’ll recognize not only the brand name in so many of my recipes but you know the wonderful variety of new products that they keep developing to help out with a low sugar, low-calorie diet plan.  If you’re new to NuNaturals products, here’s a quick list of what they offer to help keep us healthier and dessert driven: Alcohol Free Stevia, Vanilla Stevia, Clear Stevia CalmMind, Daily Energy, Daily Soy, Extra Energy, JointWell, LevelRight, Mental Energy Formula, NuStevia NoCarbs Blend, Sweet Health, Sweet-X, Throat Control Spray, NuStevia White Stevia, MoreFiber Stevia Baking Blend, PreSweet, NuGrain…

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Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

  So here’s the ‘drama’ of this humble little cake: The delectable chopped apple pecan topping? It gets ladled on to your slice of cake, piping hot, just as you’re being served your cake. Yup. DRAMA…. Okay, so you could also pour some topping on prior to cutting the cake but why not let each person feel like their piece is just specialized for them by letting them spoon on the topping themselves? Either way, it’s the tastiest apple cake I’ve ever had in 50 some years folks. Sorry Mom. And the healthiest by way of ingredients to be sure. Some of that ‘healthy’ aspect comes from using Stevia along side of some natural sweetening like Maple Syrup and Apple.  This time I used my all time favorite NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid and some NuStevia Simple Syrup. The stevia adds sweetness without adding additional calories or carbs here. We like that. And NuNaturals Stevia never fails me in my desserts. I even tried out a newer product they have in this little cake that provides   Oat fiber without adding any additional carbohydrates or sugars. Check it out.        Then go out and get some Organic Cider and make this…

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From TheVegan8.com – Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding – ‘Family Favorite Desserts’ entry for July

From TheVegan8.com – Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding  –  ‘Family Favorite Desserts’ entry for July

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized My favorite ‘8 Ingredients’ friend Brandi has a fabulous healthy chocolate pudding for us for July’s entry today. The Vegan 8   Facebook   Instagram  Pinterest Twitter   Oh my goodness, when I say that this recipe was a labor of love, that would be the understatement of the year. I found like I won the lottery once I finally finished this. I have never created a dessert using stevia before. I lost count on how many different desserts and trials I did before finally deciding on creating this luscious Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding. Don’t worry, there is a sub if you don’t use stevia. I got y’alls back.    This recipe featuring stevia came about because my friend Angela over at Canned Time  asked if I would join in a special dessert event where several different bloggers each month share a new recipe in her Family Favorite Dessert series. She asked that we each choose a favorite dessert or recipe from our childhood, a nostalgic dessert, and veganize it usingNuNaturals stevia products. I…

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Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake – Raw and Oil Free from Poppy @BunnyKitchen.com – June’s Family Favorite Dessert entry!

Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake – Raw and Oil Free from Poppy @BunnyKitchen.com – June’s Family Favorite Dessert entry!

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized My sweet friend Poppy has blessed us with a wonderful treat for June’s entry today.   Poppy “from across the pond” as I refer to her around my house has to be one of the kindest, most gentle and caring people I’ve come to know through blogging.  A real asset to the Vegan cause and she’s pretty funny too ♥ After you’ve taken in her lovely story and recipe here, be sure to check out Poppy’s other places around the web: BunnyKitchen.com     Facebook    Instagram    Twitter     Today I have the pleasure of sharing a recipe on Canned Time, written by my wonderful friend Angela as part of her “Family Favorite Dessert” series for 2015 where each month a different blogger sends a recreated and veganized version of a nostalgic dessert recipe. I knew instantly that I wanted to explore the flavours of my favourite childhood treat – the Bakewell Tart. I could have made a veganized version of the tart itself – a pastry base and jam layer followed by a…

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‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized May’s entry is from one of Veganisms most prolific authors, Kathy Hester.  Her latest genius is a quick and easy Vegan recipe collection, ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ now available for preorder HERE. Kathy’s recipe follows but for all the details on why this one is one of Kathy’s family favorites, check out her full post over at HealthySlowCooking.com. Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake for Family Favorite Desserts   This is the healthy version of my most favorite childhood dessert. I’m using something called aquafaba. It’s just a fancy word for bean water. The starches mimic eggs and can be used in cookies, cakes and more. Just drain the liquid from a can or carton of cooked chickpeas or use some from homemade chickpeas.That’s the aquafaba or bean water. Easy, right? Get more info on aquafaba on the official site.     Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup vegan yogurt (unsweetened or plain) 1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk 1/4 cup applesauce 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil (make oil free by using an additional 1/4 cup applesauce instead) 3 tablespoons…

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Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes – from Becky @Glue & Glitter.com – April’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes – from Becky @Glue & Glitter.com – April’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Last year, each month, I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest  In 2015, something new………. In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized April’s entry comes from Glue and Glitter’s  very creative, Becky Striepe, author of the smoothie book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies and the newly released Bowls.   You can find Becky around the web at   Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google Plus. This recipe is a healthier spin on the marmalade-filled vegan cupcakes I made a few years ago. This recipe is also part of a cool event that NuNaturals is hosting along with Angela from the super amazing vegan food blog Canned Time. They sent me a ton of NuNaturals products to test, and the thing that intrigued me most wasn’t the stevia syrups. It was a humble bag of Oat Fiber. The directions say that you can use three tablespoons of Oat Fiber for every eight servings in a recipe. It cuts out some of the refined flour and adds fiber and nutrients. After making so much meringue, the idea of…

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Its time, it’s time!! Let the ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ voting begin…..

Its time, it’s time!!  Let the ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ voting begin…..

But wait…There’s more!  At the end of this posting, you can find details on a new event for 2015 that kicks off with a fantastic giveaway  for the whole month of January from NuNaturals products.  Don’t vote and then leave without entering to win some fabulous free Stevia products.   It’s a WORLD WIDE contest open to all for just a few clicks of the mouse. All of the entries are in and it’s time now to decide the best of the best in the  Canned Time Breakfast In Bed-Fest 2014 recipe competition.  The winner gets a huge YEA!  and some cool stuff for their fine workmanship as well.  In 2015, I’ll be creating an e-book with all the recipes from the event and the recipe with the most votes this month will have the honor of being featured on the cover page of that book.  In addition, the winning blogger will choose which Animal Welfare Charity all the proceeds from the book will go to.   Sound fun?  Let’s get to the votes then……. I’ve created pictures from all the entries,  listing in order of their posting,   showing all 12 recipes and the blogger who created them.  Scroll…

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Spiced Carrot Cookies

Spiced Carrot Cookies

I’ve been juice, juice juicing this month.  What do you get when you juice?  Pulp!  And more pulp. I can’t handle buying beautiful, organic fruits and veggies and throwing away any little part of them.  So saving my pulp has produced a lovely little Spiced Carrot Cookie.   They’re Vegan, Gluten-free, with Refined Sugar Free options. Read on!  Read on!  Carrots and Orange is a nice, simple combination for juicing.  Mildly sweet.  Very healthy.  Relatively inexpensive.  Very quick! Just 3 or 4 carrots is plenty for a large juice glass.  And an Orange or two will round out the flavors.  The carrots will yield a cup or more of pulp for your cookies.  I don’t have a ‘juicer’ so I just blend the chopped carrots in a high speed blender and then strain the juice out through a fine mesh strainer.  Try to leave your pulp for an hour or so to remove as much liquid as possible.  I put my stainer over a deep bowl.  I squeeze a lot of the juices out with the back of a large spoon and then leave the bowl in the fridge so the pulp can drip through the strainer for a while without wasting…

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Spiced Orange Carrot Cooler & 10 Summer Drink Options

Spiced Orange Carrot Cooler & 10 Summer Drink Options

     I’ve come to the conclusion lately, or accepted the realization that I don’t really enjoy smoothies as much as the rest of the world.  I’m thinking that I really should be more of a juice person.  And just accept myself as I am.  No guilt. No trying and trying to get a feel for that thick, veggie/fruit packed drink and deal with it.  No, I’m going to be a juice girl.  I’ll save the pulp.  I’ll use up the fresh fruits I buy.  But I’m going to go much more for just pure juices when I make up morning meals in a glass.  That’s just me of course.  Ya’ll keep blendin’ away the way you like it an d we’ll all get a little healthier. So you’re just not a carrot kinda Girl?  Here are some other fresh Summer drink ideas that may suit your fancy: Simple Limeade Maybe it’s just a ‘Lemonade’ kinda day?  This one has a touch of Coffee substitute for added flavor without the caffeine.    Watermelon Slushie A healthy, sugar and caffeine free Iced Coffee Creamer may be what you want. These three are a few I’ve enjoyed from the health food store…

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Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

   From Julie’s Lifestyle.com Easter treats can be fun and healthy with these quick, kid-friendly balls of chocolate flavors.  You’ll want to make them year round too but they sure can make a perfect substitute for popular Easter, sugar laden candies and eggs.  These Cacao Nib coated treats will give kids and adults the healthiest option for a sweet and chocolate treat this Easter.  Plus, once you’ve got this recipe down, the sky’s the limit for new versions, flavors and shapes.   Raw Cacao Nibs are just so yummy on their own.  But when you add them to these healthy truffles, they’re just heavenly. If you can’t find cacao nibs in your area, these are certainly delicious treats with cocoa powder coating instead.  But I urge you to give the nibs a try when you can.  I used NuNaturals Orange and Peppermint Liquid Stevia to make up two different flavor backgrounds for these little balls of fun.  The Cacao nibs rolled on top at the end just add to their chocolate background and make them positively super good for you. Have you ever eaten a whole plate full of candy and not been sinking with guilt and a stomach ache? Okay,…

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Ginger Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Ginger Pumpkin Bread Pudding

 This year, I discovered and fell in love with Crystallized Ginger.  I discovered it is easily made at home with a dehydrator as well so I can justify eating making it all the time to nibble on….  For this pudding though,  I used Trader Joe’s brand which is just $1.50 per bag and much quicker when you’re having ginger withdrawals and need a quick fix. My homemade version of Ginger Candy is HERE. I tried bread pudding for the first time this year.  It was okay.  I thought I could ginger it up some and make it a tad more nutritious?  Maybe not.  But it does have some good-for-you ingredients in my version and it’s a holiday treat kind of reasoning.  Just don’t eat the whole pan in one day….  I also made the bread for the pudding myself so I could load it up with cinnamon and pumpkin friendly spices.  I won’t give the recipe for that now but it’s basically cinnamon-sugar-loaf on steroids.  Let your bread sit on the counter for at least 2 days to dry out some before cutting up the cubes for the pudding.  Mine actually sat for 5 days due to my work schedule…

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Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake

1 year ago – “Pumpkin Spice Syrup”  Welllll….Vegan MoFo for 2013 has sadly come and gone.  But wait!  There’s still more fun to come on Canned-Time.com ♥ In October, my recipes will be highlighting the nutrition and scrumptiousness of the ‘ole Cucurbite or squash family. Up first, not your boring sliced Zucchini with pasta here………. For when you just have to indulge. Or just to impress the guests…. Print Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Dessert   Moist and creamy all in one bite. This Chocolate Cherry cake gets it’s texture from grated Zucchini that will keep each bite tender and gooey. Serve with fresh fruit, a glass of nut milk or just grab a piece and go. Ingredients For the Cake: 2 cups grated zucchini + juice 2½ cups whole wheat flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa (use natural unsweetened cocoa, NOT Dutch processed) 2 heaping teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1½ cups organic granulated white sugar 2 Flax Eggs (2 Tbs. ground flax mixed with 4 Tbs. water) ¾ cup Vegan butter, melted (like Earth Balance brand) ½ teaspoon instant coffee or coffee substitute granules ½ teaspoon Liquid Cherry Stevia from NuNaturals…

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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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‘Vegan MoFo’ Key Lime Red Raspberry Cheesecake – Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

‘Vegan MoFo’ Key Lime Red Raspberry Cheesecake – Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

And so it begins.  My full month of Vegan food and fun for ‘Vegan MoFo – 2013″  This should be fun! Well, if I had a maid and won the lottery it would be more fun but still…. And my theme this year will be…wait for it….RED FOOD.  Why? don’t know, but it is.  Well, red foods can be actually very healthy so we’ll say that’s why its my theme but it is really just a way to keep myself on course through all the recipes this month.  So many other Vegans have pledge to go crazy with me so be sure to check out the Vegan MoFo site for all the details.   Now on to my first Red Wonder Food. My Key Lime Red Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake is one of the first non-dairy desserts that I developed a few years back when I swore off milk and cheese.  It’s a cashew basic but I tried to spice it up some for the event this month with loads of fresh raspberries and a fist full of coconut flakes to top it off.  Believe me, the Key Lime plain is worth its weight in gold.  Well maybe not at today’s…

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

  I’ve always wondered what the difference between ‘brownies’ and ‘blondies’ is.  Now I know, it’s just a little molasses.  Or Brown Sugar.     Creating a Vegan Blondie wasn’t too tricky, but this version is also Gluten Free so I was very pleased that it turned out moist and cakey.  Gluten free and I are not friends yet in the kitchen………..but we’re talking at least The flax ‘eggs’ worked well, I added both yeast and baking powder to make sure the batter had some lift.  And homemade brown sugar makes them as fresh as possible. I mixed up my first batch of brown sugar last year and am truly addicted to the difference from store bought.   If  you’ve never tried your own, here’s some details on how easy it really is to mix up and have fresh on hand anytime:         Homemade brown sugar makes up in about 5 minutes and only has two ingredients. You can make it dark or light, store it just like store bought and more importantly you’ll know what’s in it……….you can use the molasses of choice and sugar of choice for that matter.  Check here for more details.  It’s…

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NuNaturals Lo Han Product Giveaway Winners

NuNaturals Lo Han Product Giveaway Winners

And the winners are……… Mr. Floydy is so excited about this giveaway he got all dressed up just to help announce all 16 winners in the NuNaturals Giveaway contest so here we go………… The winners of 2 NuNaturals Lo Han Sweetener Products are: Cassie Hoffsommer Lolly Busey Kimberly Terri Jones Cole Emma Potts Rika Huang Sylvia W. Kiersten P. Annemiek D. Mandy Brown Marquesa Aguilar veganosaurus  Anne Banan Leanna Reece Lynn Paquin Sarah Koznek   and  finally, Drum roll please Floyde………the Grand Prize winner of the $125 NuNaturals Super Product Package is: Annemiek D. Congratulations to all the winners.  Your contest prizes should be arriving soon and you can start using some fantastic healthy sweeteners in your own kitchen.  Thanks to everyone who participated and a special thanks to the ladies at Keepin’ It Kind, An Unrefined Vegan and Gazing In Have a great weekend folks ♥

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Luscious Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This weekend I was trying to mix up a nice, simple chocolate sauce to drizzle over some fresh pears.  Something just went awry when I tried to thicken up the melted chocolate with a bit of ripe Avocado…. the end result was a wonderfully creamy chocolate mousse.  A luscious dessert.   Print Luscious Vegan Chocolate Mousse Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Healthy Dessert   Ingredients 1 Avocado 1 Cup Nut Milk of choice ½ Cup Melted Non Dairy Chocolate 1 dropper of Vanilla Liquid Stevia (I used NuNaturals brand) 1 dropper of Lo Han Liquid Sweetener (I used NuNaturals brand) 2 Tbs. Cocoa Powder pinch of salt Instructions Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pour mix into small bowls. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour to set up the mousse. Makes 2 – 3 servings. 3.2.1251  Just 2 days left to enter the NuNaturals Giveaway happening on 4 blogs with 16 winners….plus a $125 Grand Prize. Have you entered today?  Enter on all 4 blogs to increase your odds.  Contest ends July 11th at midnight.

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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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It’s a Lemonade kinda day

It’s HOT! Time for a cool drink………. It got hot here in the East way too quickly this year.  I had such a craving today for a lemon drink that I grew up with.   I had to pick up a few choice lemons and stir up a batch of the best lemon drink you’ll ever taste. This drink is a twist on Ice Tea and Lemonade.  You’ll need a jar of Coffee substitute like Cafix Brand.  These coffee substitutes are made from grains, usually barley roasted and sweetened with some molasses. Cafix is delicious hot or cold.  I usually mix some in with my heated Soy milk in the morning.  Just mix up a pitcher of your favorite lemonade.  Then pour in enough Cafix syrup to turn the lemon aide a deep brown.  Some in my family like to add just a little, I like a lot………   To make the coffee / Cafix syrup:  heat about 2 cups of water to a boil and then stir in 1/4 cup or so of Cafix.  Stir until the powder dissolves.   You can keep the syrup in the fridge to use for future batches.  Each time you make up some lemonade, just pour in a…

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Healthier Iced “Coffee” Beverage – Dairy, Caffeine and Sugar Free

Healthier Iced “Coffee” Beverage – Dairy, Caffeine and Sugar Free

Reposting a popular drink recipe from last year.  Still one of my all time favorite things to gulp sip on anytime of day…. This is my daily, sometimes bi-daily …..tri-daily? ….drink this summer. It’s so refreshing, mildly sweet, and easy to make. The ingredients can be adjusted to your own liking. Substitutions in Nut Milks and coffee can be made. I like it just as it is though……………no sugar, no dairy, no fuss! I drink the same thing when it’s cold too………just warm it all up instead of adding Ice. The proportions I’ve worked out are: Cafix is available at iHerb and most health food stores. For the syrup: Boil 2 cups of water. Dissolve 2/3 cups of Cafix Coffee Substitute (or instant Coffee)  into the hot water. Add in a few Tbs. of Cocoa Powder for a MOCHA flavor. Add in sweetener of choice. (I add about 1 tsp. of Liquid Vanilla Stevia in mine) Store your syrup in a sealed container in the fridge.  Or pour syrup into ice-cube trays. For the Drink:                                                                                          …

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Brownie Date Nut Bread with Strawberry Butter

 A wonderful pair up:  Cocoa, Strawberry, Dates and Butter. Enjoying every little sweet, tangy bite! PrintBrownie Date Nut Bread with Strawberry Butter Yield: 1 1/2 Lbs. loafServing Size: 1 inch slice This Brownie Date loaf will be more bread like than cake. It’s very dense and filling. The Strawberry Butter goes well with a slice fresh from the bread maker and lightens up the dessert with it’s tang and fluffy texture in contrast to the dense heavy bread. I sliced up my loaf and wrapped individual pieces to take as a mid day snack. Not overly sweet and it’s relatively sugar free with the Stevia.What you will need for this recipe:1/2 Cup Stevia Baking Blend (I used NuNaturals Fiber Blend brand) 1/2 Cup High Quality Cocoa Powder 1 1/4 Cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour 1 Cup Chopped Dates soaked in 1 Cup Boiling Water (reserve soak water) 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts 3 Tbs. Ground Flax Seed mixed with 6 Tbs. Water) 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 2 tsp. Baking Powder 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract InstructionsSoak chopped dates in boiling water. Add ingredients to bread maker in this order: Vanilla, Flax w/water, Dates w/ soak water, Sea Salt, Cinnamon,…

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No Bake Orange – Pear Cheesecake w/ Biscoff Drizzle

No Bake Orange – Pear Cheesecake w/ Biscoff Drizzle

I think that I could eat Cat food if it has Biscoff drizzled on top of it….so…. Okay everyone…this one is a keeper! I received some fancy pears for Christmas and I have tons of oranges left over from Holiday munching still and so I decided to blend them all up together with some Tofutti and see what would happen. What happened was a little orange gingery cream sicle like cheese / ice cream cake.  Full of flavor(s) and fun 🙂 Orange – Pear Cheesecake with Biscoff Drizzle – Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free  & Raw Options For the Crust: Soak 2 cups of Cashews overnight, drain and rinse. Combine the Cashews with 1 Cup of Raisins (dates for a Raw version) with 1 tsp. of Vanilla extract and 2 Tbs. of Maple Syup.  Blend until it forms a smooth wet dough.  Press the mixture onto the bottom of a medium size spring form pan to about 1/3 inch thick.  Place in the freezer. For the Filling: 2 ripe Pears, peeled and cored, sliced Juice of 2 medium size Oranges, include the pulp. 1 (8 oz.) package of Vegan Cream Cheese 1 (12 oz.) package of Firm Silken Tofu…

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December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

Our first icy snow of the season today.   So glad I’m home enjoying the view from a warm cozy spot                                                                                                                                         and don’t have to work 🙂 Winter weather around Washington D.C. is usually beautiful, and always a nightmare to get around town in. Here’s what my view out the windshield looked like this morning as my husband was scraping the ice off. Ahhh, I so love D.C. in the winter………… So let’s look forward to the spring and all the wonderful fresh foods that will be in the stores when it gets warmer.  Right now I feel like hibernating until the thaw. My first priority of the new year is to reduce my sugars to be completely unrefined. Glycemic Index of Sugars and Other Sweeteners: Source: http://www.puregoodness.net/nutrition/sweeteners-decoded/ For more information about the…

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Orange Peppermint Tea

Orange Peppermint Tea

Simplicity in life is best. It calms and keeps prospective. This drink is soothing and simple.  Mildly sweet with a pinch of peppermint. The peppermint will aid with digestion after a meal. The orange, well orange is so full of nutrients and good flavor it’s hard to limit it to words. An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties, as well as strong antioxidant effects. Peppermint Orange Tea Juice of 2 medium oranges 1 Tbs. of crushed Candy Canes or 1 – 2 drops of NuNaturals Brand Peppermint Stevia About 4 oz. filtered water Heat and enjoy! Makes 1 6 oz. serving. Optional additions:  1 Green Tea bag, sprig of fresh mint, dash of ginger, dash of cinnamon, Powdered stevia to taste. Give this wonderfully warm, healthy hot drink a try.  It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside…even on the worst of days 🙁 What are your favorite hot drinks?  Any special holiday drinks to share? Link are always welcome. Please share your healthy favorites so we can all learn and enjoy! This post is featured on ‘Healthy Vegan…

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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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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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