Crunchy Clean Granola

Happy New Year!  I have been taking a long break over the holidays, wanting to spend time with those that matter most over the holidays and catching up on some long needed rest.

But now I’m back committed to posting at least once a year to keep sending out plantiful ideas and inspiration.  Starting off, I wanted to share with you a few recipes to help you start your day off right. Plant based breakfasts that will help you fuel your body for the cold days ahead, and keep you feeling full through to your mid-morning snack.

Below is a basic recipe that I use for granola which can be modified with flavourings of your choice. Continue reading “Crunchy Clean Granola”

Cherry Cornmeal Muffins

Cherry Cornbread Muffins

All July I’ve been participating in Plantiful Plates Smoothie-a-Day Challenge, which I’ve tended to have for my breakfast. It’s been a perfect time of year to do this—it’s been so hot, so the smoothies are refreshing. I have been using fresh greens and berries which are in abundance now—another bonus.  And, with the recipes and ingredients on hand, what to make for breakfast has been easy.

This weekend I woke up wanting something other than a smoothie and I was craving muffins.  Inspired by the gorgeous sweet Ontario cherries I got at the farmers’ market, I created this protein rich, gluten-free, just sweet enough Cherry Cornbread Muffin. Continue reading “Cherry Cornbread Muffins”

No-bake Cookie Power Balls

These cookie balls, which some people refer to as protein balls, are a great no-bake option for hot summer days when you are hankering for a sweet that doesn’t come from the freezer. You can ‘power’ these up a little more by opting to add in a scoop of plant based protein powder if you like. I think these are plenty protein packed, especially considering the kids devour most of the batch. Continue reading “No-bake Cookie Power Balls”

Brownie Pancakes

I love those weekends when we have time to kick back as a family and have a proper relaxing Saturday morning.  Without the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready I usually make pancakes, a household favourite.  This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and full of chocolatey goodness.  So much so, that I call them Brownie Pancakes. These clean pancakes, do take more than a few minutes to ‘whip together’, and may require you to explore new gluten-free flour options but isn’t it worth it to eat brownies for breakfast, guilt free? Continue reading “Brownie Pancakes”

Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

Plantiful Plates Dairy-Milk Alternative

In my plantiful kitchen I make a variety of dairy milk alternatives–almond milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, seed and nut milk, and nut milk blends.   All of these are so easy to make at home and do not include the preservatives, emulsifiers and flavours which are added to store-bought versions.

This recipe is for my go-to milk–Vanilla Almond Milk.  I like to have this on hand for cereal, smoothies, to mix straight with a protein powder or over ice on it’s own.  I think it is a good starter milk for people who haven’t tried homemade almond milk; sweet and creamy–this is a great drink.   You could leave the sweetener out if you want to keep it versatile for savoury uses or just prefer an unsweetened milk. Continue reading “Vanilla Almond Milk”