Category Archives: Baking

Almond Date Granola Bars

Up your granola bar game with these simple, healthy no-bake bars. Packed with good stuff,these bars a great guilt-free snack. Not only are the almond butter and dates a tasty combination, they bind these chewy bars together perfectly. You can switch up the nuts and sub in chocolate chips for the cranberries if you want a more decadent treat. What are you waiting for? Go make a batch! -bvox

Almond Date Granola Bars 

Inspired by Minimalist Baker

  • 2 cups packed dates, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup raw chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ or ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (I used Steph McVox’s vanilla sea salt)

Toast chopped almond and oats in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the sunflower seeds so that they get toasted for 5 minutes. You don’t have to do this step but it really adds a toasty nutty flavour. 

While nuts are toasting, place dates in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water to soften them. After 10 mins, drain and chop finely. 

Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add oats, nuts, cranberries, wheat germ, coconut, vanilla, and salt salt. Stir with a wooden spoon, incorporating the dates.

Warm coconut oil, honey, and almond butter in a small saucepan and pour over other ingredients. Stir quickly to evenly coat. 

Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment or plastic wrap and use your hands or the back of your measuring cup to form the mixture tightly into the baking dish. Put them in the fridge to set for about an hour. Remove and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Skillet Granola


When hubby recently asked me to make some granola, I didn’t have it in me to make the ‘slow bake’ and ‘stir every 10 minutes’ kind. I had seen recipes for skillet granola and thought I would try that instead. So happy I did! Making granola in a skillet couldn’t be any easier; this batch took me less than 10 minutes to make. I simply tossed everything in the skillet and voila. This recipe is vegan and it can be adapted, naturally. If you like a buttery taste, you can sub the coconut oil for butter and the maple syrup for honey. Shredded coconut and sesame seeds are also good in this granola! -bvox

Skillet Granola

  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned (large flake) oats
  • ¾ cup chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup pepita (pumpkin) seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt (I used Steph McVox’s vanilla sea salt)
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries

Heat coconut oil and maple syrup in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat and stir until melted together. Stir in nuts and cook, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add oats, cinnamon, and salt and cook, stirring, until golden brown, another 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside to cool and stir in cranberries.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins


These mini apple muffins are a big hit with adults and kids alike. I made these when my niece Daisy was visiting Vancouver and she gobbled them up. Continue reading

Leslie’s Tourtière

IMG_0454Each Christmas our mom Leslie makes tourtière, the French Canadian classic. Traditionally tourtière is a New Year’s Eve meal in Quebec but it has become our family tradition to have it on Christmas Eve. I look forward to it as my mom makes a vegetarian version with veggie ground round for me! Served up savoury with baking spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon – tourtière is comfort food on steroids. Continue reading

Lemon Cream Scones

scones with jam

Most summers, Mom likes to bring out her beautiful china, her beautiful, hand-embroidered linens and host an old-fashioned tea party in her beautiful garden. Everybody lends a hand and makes the tea sandwiches and dainty desserts. The least I can do is bake some scones that are worthy of the time Mom takes for one of our favourite traditions. Continue reading

Key Lime Pie with Coconut Graham Wafer Crust

photo(9)Waylon recently asked if we could make a Key Lime Pie so I said sure, knowing it is one of the easier pies out there to make. If you really like lemon meringue pie, I think you’ll like this! It is like lemon pie on steroids – tangy and creamier. Continue reading

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the Whole World

chocolate chip cookiesThis chocolate chip cookie is divine. That’s because the good folks over at America’s Test Kitchen have deconstructed and reconstructed what was likely already a perfect chocolate chip cookie and made it even better. How you ask?

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