Cashew curry mayo with cabbage slaw

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This new slaw recipe with its tangy cashew curry mayo dressing is one of my to-go recipes for summer. It’s super easy to make, lightly creamy, colourful and flavourful all in one, and ready to serve a crowd as a summer BBQ side dish. I enjoyed it as is but it would also be phenomenal piled on top of a veggie burger or accompanied by grilled corn and sweet potatoes.

Frappuccino Fridays: Hazelnut

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Welcome to week 4 of Frappuccino Fridays! In the last three weeks, we’ve sipped on incredible flavours like Java Chip, Caramel Brulée and Peppermint Mocha. With this kind of menu, I’m thinking Lisa and I could rival any Starbucks in town.

Today’s blended beverage combines cold coffee and ice with a mix of hazelnut sources (hazelnut milk, butter and extract) to create a frosty-cold hazelnut heaven. Starbucks’ traditional version also includes a hazelnut drizzle, but I opted for crunchy hazelnuts on top of a bed of fluffy coconut whipped cream instead.

Frappuccino Fridays: Caramel Brulée

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Welcome to the second installment of Frappuccino Fridays! If you haven’t yet heard, I’ve teamed up with my culinary soul sister, Lisa, for this new series, which will feature our own veganized versions of Starbucks frappuccinos. We’ll be posting a new homemade frappuccino recipe every Friday all summer long!

Lisa and I will be alternating back and forth each week, so be sure to check back as we recreate all those tempting items on the Starbucks menu. Think Peppermint Mocha, Cinnamon Dolce, Chai Crème and Pumpkin Spice—minus the unidentifiable ingredients and chemical sweeteners.

Last Friday, Lisa shared her version of the Java Chip. Today, I bring you Caramel Brulée. This delectable treat is Starbucks’ most popular blended beverage, and it’s not hard to see why. This frappuccino flavour is bold but easy-drinking. The homemade caramel sauce and sweet Medjool dates lend a distinct buttery sweetness, and the fluffy swirl of coconut whipped cream adds just the right touch of decadence. This drink most definitely shouts “indulge yourself.” Enjoy!

Tiny Treats feature: Hazelnut brownies with maple chocolate ganache

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‘Tis the season to turn off the oven and enjoy more raw treats, so a couple of weeks ago I pulled out the Tiny Treats collection—you know, for old times’ sake. I wanted to make something for a friend’s birthday party that weekend and I knew these hazelnut brownies would be a hit (and they were).

After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? And especially when it involves other delicious, whole ingredients like nuts and dates and maple syrup. The chocolate frosting on top of these squares of heaven has become one of my favourites, not only because it’s so easy to pull together but because it’s incredibly rich and creamy. See?

Vegan options at Prairie Girl Bakery

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Here in Canada, cupcake bakeries have been on the rise for more than a decade, thanks to the popularity of Cupcake Wars, The Cupcake Girls and DC Cupcakes. In Toronto, specifically, dozens of start-ups have been inspired to open, so now it seems most neighbourhoods have at least one cupcake shop.

Among the crowd there are some pretty fantastic vegan bakeries that make the veg community proud, but there are still many traditional shops that don’t consider the incredible cruelty-free substitutes they could use for eggs, butter and milk without sacrificing flavour or texture. (They will see the light soon enough—I just know it!)