vegan almond + blueberry biscotti

This is a different take on a traditional biscotti. It contains no dairy or animal products, and is rather simple and easy to make! Serve with any hot beverage.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup almond milk
1 flax egg
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup blueberries
soy margarine (to grease)

Steps:

1. Combine the first 3 dry ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. Mix well.

2. Combine the sugar, almond milk, flax egg, vanilla, and blueberries into a large bowl. Stir until just combined. Slowly fold in the dry ingredients. Mix until a firm dough is formed.

3. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a baking sheet with soy margarine. Form the dough into a log, 6″ wide and 1″ tall.

5. Put the dough into the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Remove and let cool for 20 minutes.

6. Turn the oven up to 350°F. Meanwhile, cut the log into ¾” pieces. Place the biscotti back in the oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let cool before serving.

Emory

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recipe: apple & banana bran muffins

Quick Apple and Banana Bran Muffins

Ingredients:

Makes 1.5 dozen

2 cups flour
1 cup bran
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup milk
⅓ cup canola oil
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup banana, mashed
2 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
⅓ tsp salt

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir.

2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the remaining wet ingredients together.

3. Add the wet mixture to the dry one. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. Brush two muffin pans with margarine. Spoon the mixture into 18 cups, and place in the oven. Bake for approximately 18 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let cool before gobbling up!

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Emory

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vegan blackberry and banana muffins

Ingredients:

Streusel Topping

½ cup rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp oil
½ tsp cinnamon

Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup soy milk
⅓ cup oil
1 cup blackberries, halved
2 bananas, mashed
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
Margarine, for muffin pan

Steps:

1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the streusel. Mix well, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush each cup in a 12-cup muffin pan with margarine.

3. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients for the muffins. Next, combine the remaining ingredients. Thoroughly mix.

4. Fill the pan with the muffin mixture. Top with the streusel mixture. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

5. Remove and enjoy!

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Emory

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vegan oatmeal raisin cookies

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetNow that I have eliminated so many foods and food groups from my breastfeeding diet, when it comes to indulging in sweet treats, I am limited to but a few options. Certainly nothing that involves dairy or chocolate. So what’s left? Nothing that is store-bought and tastes good!

I was going through my old recipe book one day and as luck would have it, I came across my vegan oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. I used to eat these cookies on a daily basis years ago when I was still a barista at a local coffee shop. The recipe is actually inspired by one of their vegan cookie recipes, but instead of raisins, they used dairy-free chocolate chips. It’s delicious either way.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetVegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetMakes 18 cookies

Ingredients:

3 bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup raisins/dairy-free chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSteps:

1. Stir ingredients together in a large bowl. Let stand 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

3. Spoon a tablespoon full of batter into the palm of your hand. Press together, then place onto a cookie sheet.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset4. Place cookie sheet in oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove, let cool, and enjoy!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI will add that if the batter is too runny, the cookies won’t hold together. In the event that you use large bananas, be sure to add more oats so that it has a thicker consistency.

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Emory

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a blogger’s dozen: drinking fine chocolate (liv a lil chocolate)

liv a lil chocolate - HSB - Display Photo copyHello, friends! This post is a very bittersweet one for me, and I’ll explain why. The bitterness comes from the fact that today marks the end of ‘A Bloggers Dozen’ series. It began as an idea to reach out to other bloggers that I either admired, hardly knew, or that liked my own site, coupled with the desire to introduce more recipes into HSB, and grew into something much more than that. The sweetness is the fact that I successfully featured a new guest blogger each month, beginning with myself and now ending with my brother and sister-in-law!

When I first introduced this food series last January, I neither had direction as to where I wanted to take it, nor did I know how to approach any potential writers. Now, nearly twelve months later, I finally feel as if I have a good handle on how to present these posts to you, and I love the opportunities that have stemmed as a result from this series. I have formed friendships with a few of you from all over the world, and have learned the value in working together with someone, merely for the sake of our creativity and passion. We don’t get paid for this after all, at least not in the monetary sense. However, the benefits that I have reaped from this series have far outweighed any superficial profits.

Come January 2015, I hope to introduce a new series. One that is similar in that it features a new guest blogger each month, but different because it will not centre on food. More to come on that later.

The saying is that all good things must come to an end. I also believe in making an exit while still on top, and for each door that closes, another opens. That’s a shitload of platitudes. Yet, that opening that I speak of is in the incredibly delicious form of liv a lil chocolate. This is a company that not only do I have familial ties to, but one that is so new that it was just launched this weekend in Kelowna, British Columbia! I can honestly say with 100% guarantee, that everything that comes from liv a lil chocolate is absolutely amazing. Don’t only take my word for it. Try this recipe, and when your tastebuds feel so alive that you feel as if they may just jump out of your mouths, then go to this website and order some of their other forms of chocolate. Do it now. With Christmas being but days away, your family and friends will thank you for it.

I couldn’t think of a better way to bid farewell to ‘A Blogger’s Dozen’ than to feature a recipe from liv a lil chocolate, and the people behind it. Thank you for reading these posts over the last twelve months! Enjoy this one, and in the meantime, patiently await my new series that’ll begin again next month!

<3

Emory

Decadent Drinking Chocolate - 1Drinking Chocolate:

Ingredients:

40 g (1/4 cup) of dark chocolate shavings

250 mL (1 cup) of whole milk

Decadent Drinking Chocolate - 2Steps:

1. Select your chocolate. The type and quality of the chocolate you select will directly determine the outcome of the resulting drink. We prefer a 70% dark chocolate (this number represents the % of cocoa solids), which we find produces a rich, full-bodied drink. However, some prefer a drinking chocolate with a sweeter finish in which chocolate around 55%-60% cocoa solids may be more ideal.

2. For optimal dispersion of the chocolate into the milk it is best to grate the chocolate. Alternatively, the chocolate may be finely chopped using a knife.

3. Warm the milk in a saucepan. Once at a simmer (careful not to boil or scald) add the chocolate shavings. Using an immersion blender or whisk, mix the chocolate into the milk until completely emulsified and smooth.

4. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Decadent Drinking Chocolate - 3For centuries, from the Mayans to the Aztecs, chocolate was revered as a magical elixir and was consumed as a drink to nourish and stimulate both the body and mind. In fact, the history of chocolate is as rich as the substance itself as cocoa beans were once a common currency while the botanical name of the tree from which they grow (Theobroma cacao) literally translates from Greek to mean “food of the gods.”

While the chocolaty drink consumed by these ancient cultures would have been quite bitter and harsh, modern varieties of hot chocolate have been tarnished with “artificial flavouring” and the practice of mixing powder into water. Fortunately, it is incredibly easy to whip up your own batch of this velvety tonic and restore this drink into the hall of liquid legends.

This basic recipe will produce a true drinking chocolate that is incredibly more complex and decadent than anything delivered from a tin. For those that enjoy experimentation, this drink can be topped with whipping cream (as seen in the photo), enhanced with a pinch of cinnamon, or for those long, cold winter nights, complimented with a shot of Baileys. The possibilities of personalization using this base recipe are endless.

Chocolate is incredibly complex and naturally contains over 300 chemical compounds, many of which have proven, positive effects on mood, concentration and sex-drive. Additionally, the anti-oxidants and flavanols found in chocolate have been demonstrated to have many health-boosting effects. However, science aside there is one aspect of chocolate that is indisputable: in moderation its effect on the soul is immeasurable. After all, our time here on this little blue dot is limited and whether you prefer chocolate in a solid or liquid medium (or both), we encourage you to live a little and enjoy fine chocolate!

Jordan and Julia

  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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  • Thank you to all those who liked, commented, and sent me messages yesterday. I am overwhelmed by your love. I would like to share one more thing. Since 2013, I have used my blog as a creative outlet and my Instagram account as my diary. I feel it’s a much better platform to reach out to others, and to be more truthful (if we dare). I try to only follow those who don’t always show the ups and highs of their “perfect” lives. While I think that the more popular, beige square, ad-infused, California chic, glam mother accounts are beautiful, I also find them to be depressing and unoriginal. A miscarriage is real. It is nothing to be ashamed of. If you don’t choose to discuss yours, that’s totally fine! I needed to share mine in order to begin my grieving and healing process. I am now a mother to two children. This is something that I did not want to, nor will I ever hide. Yes, our second child came much too early and did not survive, but that does not make his/her life any less worthy. Our baby was alive at one time. Our baby has a soul. Now, our baby has a name and will forever be part of our family. We are a family of four- three on earth and one angel in heaven. So, thanks again all. Sadness. What a difference a year can make. Last holiday season, Remy turned 10 months old. She had just gotten her first two teeth, and on Christmas morning, had learned to crawl. This year, we are mourning the loss of our second child. I suffered a miscarriage this week, and it has left a deep void in our family. This was going to be our Christmas card where we revealed to friends and family our joyous secret. Now, it remains one of our only photos as a family of four. Because of this, I want to share it with the world. Give your children an extra hug and kiss for me tonight. You are so blessed to have them. All my love, Emory.
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