Browsing Tag

coconut sugar

Exotic Spice Cookies

February 13, 2013

Valentine’s day is silly, but I’ll look for any kind of excuse to get dressed up and take my handsome man out on the town. While we don’t go over the top with celebrating, I get into the spirit of the day the only way I know how to show true love: food. I baked again, and with a vengeance.

These are my latest creations – Exotic Spice Cookies. They are perfectly spicy, wonderfully soft and deliciously chewy. They are an ideal companion for a hot cup of tea. And the best part of all – baking a batch or two is incredibly easy. And on a day like today (rainy), baking is the perfect way to pass the time.

Happy baking!


Exotic Spice Cookies 


Makes 12 cookies


  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup spelt flour or whole grain whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. fresh or powdered ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup nut butter (I used organic almond butter)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used rice milk)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients: oats, flour, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a small bowl mix nut butter and oil until well blended. Stir in sugar, non-dairy milk and vanilla until combined.
  4. Add wet to dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined.
  5. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


Vegan Apple Crisp

November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful time for our family, filled with an abundance of delicious food and meaningful memories made together. Every year growing up, Thanksgiving meant going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to meet all the family. Entering the house, we would smell the turkey cooking in the oven and get a kiss from Grandma. Then we’d be off to play with our cousins till dinner was ready – usually all gathering around the organ to ‘play’ tunes. I remember sneaking into the kitchen later as the hunger and anticipation got unbearable. Grandma would give me a spoon to try the mashed potatoes, she always spoiled us grandkids.

When dinner time finally came, the amount of food on the table was always overwhelming. There was the traditional fare; turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade rolls, cranberry sauce and pies galore. My grandmother was best known for her desserts. My favorite part was the mandarin orange tapioca jello salad. I would sit at the kiddie table with my sister, brother and cousins. We would eat, laugh and joke until our plates were cleared and our tummies were stuffed. To top off this joyous day, we would always have enough games of Bingo so everyone would win a prize. Grandpa would be the caller with his grand, boisterous voice while Grandma surprised us with prizes of toys and sweets.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve held on to these memories and cherish them. Every year since the passing of my Grandmother, I rise to the occasion to recreate my own family traditions, while incorporating new people and an international twist. It is now a way to share my culture and traditions with my new family; proving that home really is where the heart is.

Old-fashioned apple crisp, warm from the oven, is a favorite comfort food dessert. It really is heaven in every bite. The fresh fall apples, cinnamon and coconut sugar oozing with delight. This is just one of the many things I’ll be making for our (vegan) Thanksgiving this year.


Vegan Apple Crisp

Serves 4


  • 3 medium apples (I used organic dessert apples)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup palm sugar (coconut sugar)
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, plus more for the pan
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Using your fingers, grease a small baking dish with coconut oil to coat pan (I  used a bread loaf pan.)
  2. Slice the apples ~1/4 inch thick. In a mixing bowl, combine the apples with maple syrup, 1 Tbsp. flour, lemon juice cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss thoroughly and then transfer this mixture to the baking dish.
  3. In another bowl add the oats, 1/4 cup flour, sugar, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix until it forms a crumble. Spoon this on top of the apple mixture.
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the top is a bit browned. Serve warm with vegan ice cream.