Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Ginger Crisps

These dark chocolate ginger crisps are perfect for any occasion! They are chewy, chocolatey, and a little spicy. They are a sophisticated version of everyone's favourite- the chocolate chip cookie. This recipe uses whole wheat sprouted grain flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and dark chocolate for a more nutritious treat.

Time to get in the holiday spirit my friends!

Today I’ve collaborated with some lovely fellow bloggers to share our best Christmas cookie recipes. Click here for last year’s recipes, including my Vegan Gingerbread Cake and scroll to the bottom of this post for this year’s recipes!

The cookie recipe I’m sharing today is one that has been in my family since I was a little girl, but I modified it to be more nutritious 🙂 My mom would make these cookies every Christmas, reading from the crinkled up page torn out of a 1994 Gourmet magazine. The scent of spicy ginger and melty chocolate was heavenly wafting through the house and no one wanted to wait for the cookies to cool down before sneaking a bite.

These dark chocolate ginger crisps are perfect for any occasion! They are chewy, chocolatey, and a little spicy. They are a sophisticated version of everyone's favourite- the chocolate chip cookie. This recipe uses whole wheat sprouted grain flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and dark chocolate for a more nutritious treat.

These cookies are chewy, a little spicy, and suuuuper chocolatey. They make a wonderful gift when wrapped up with a bow, or a scrumptious treat after a holiday dinner. I hope your friends and family love them as much as mine do! You may need to make a double batch 😉

Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Ginger Crisps

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine's 1994 "Chocolate Chip Ginger Crisps" Note that these cookies are not like typical chocolate chip cookies. They are flatter and chewier and crispy around the edges so if you see them spreading and looking flat as they bake, that's perfect!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (I used sprouted whole wheat)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped crystallized ginger, packed
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together coconut oil and coconut sugar. Beat in the egg.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and stir until combined. Fold in crystallized ginger and chocolate pieces.
  5. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough, roll into a ball, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave 2 inches of room around each cookie, they spread as they bake. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges are dark brown and crispy.
  6. Let cookies cool completely on baking sheet before removing. This is necessary if you want your cookies to stay intact, they're crumbly when hot.
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Dairy-free Caramel Apple Slices

Dairy-free caramel apple slices are a delicious fall treat! They take only 15 minutes to make and they're healthy too.

Nothing says fall like caramel apples, am I right?

I know I’ve been saying this a lot but FOR REAL I’m going to get back into the blogging groove this time. Ever since I had my baby 5 months ago, my blogging has been a bit sporadic to say the least. I feel like I have no time to do anything. The days seem to be over before they begin! I nurse, play, babywear, and repeat and before I know it it’s time to put my little cutie to bed. If she would nap on her own I think I’d be able to get a little more done but my sweet girl likes to be on her mama when she naps. I can’t blame her, I quite enjoy the snuggles myself! Maybe one day I’ll have naptimes to myself 🙂

So for now I’m making only super quick recipes that I can get done in 30 minutes or less while Miss Evie plays on her play mat. The hard thing is trying to make recipes even quicker than that so I can have time to photograph it for the blog! Hence the radio silence over here .

Dairy-free caramel apple slices are a delicious fall treat! They take only 15 minutes to make and they're healthy too.

Enter these caramel apple slices! These delicious beauties take about 15 minutes to whip up and they’re a healthy treat that’s perfect for fall. The caramel sauce is non-dairy and gets its yummy caramel flavour from medjool dates. It’s even easier to make than traditional caramel sauce!

Dairy-free caramel apple slices are a delicious fall treat! They take only 15 minutes to make and they're healthy too.

Once you’ve got your caramel sauce all blended up, you’ll drizzle it on apple slices along with dark chocolate and a sprinkling of coconut or sea salt or both. Yum! I really love the coconut and chocolate flavour pairing and of course salt on sweet is classic. You can eat these slices right away, fridge them for later, or freeze them for a tasty frozen treat when you’re craving something sweet!

Dairy-free Caramel Apple Slices

Yield: approx. 24 slices

Ingredients

    Caramel sauce:
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Apples:
  • 2 apples, cored then sliced thinly
  • Toppings:
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/3 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Blend together all caramel ingredients until smooth.
  2. Place apple slices on wax paper in a single layer.
  3. Drizzle on caramel sauce and melted chocolate. Then, sprinkle coconut on half the slices and sea salt on the rest. You can also do all coconut or all sea salt if you want. You can also experiment with all kinds of toppings like chopped nuts, graham cracker crumbs, etc.
  4. Store the apple slices in the fridge or in the freezer for a yummy frozen treat.
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What would you top your caramel apple slices with?

Miso Noodle Soup + 7 more comforting soup recipes!

Miso Noodle Soup- a warming ginger and garlic infused miso broth, poured over fresh veggies and tofu. The perfect warming soup for boosting your immune system!

Wowza- it’s been a while since I’ve posted! Between my computer getting stolen, my husband’s computer crashing, plus being a new mom I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. But then I realized the next #CDNfoodcreatives collaboration was coming up and it motivated me to get back at it! I love this group of food bloggin’ ladies- they’re such kind and inspiring people, not to mention their food is THE BOMB! So what better way to get back in the groove of blogging than a collaboration with some of my favourite gals 🙂

It’s getting colder by the day, which I’m unashamed to say I looooove. I’m not a hot weather kind of gal. Fall is so my season. It’s just sunny enough to wear light clothes and spend time outside yet cool enough to be comfortable and dry. Plus what’s not to love about pumpkin, root veggies, hot drinks, and comforting spices. And of course- soup! It’s the ultimate fall meal: warm, comforting, and usually packed with nourishing veggies.

Miso Noodle Soup- a warming ginger and garlic infused miso broth, poured over fresh veggies and tofu. The perfect warming soup for boosting your immune system!

For this Fall Soups & Stews Collaboration, I made a flavourful miso soup. The hot miso broth is infused with warming ginger and garlic, then poured over tofu and fresh veggies, then topped with cilantro and green onion. It’s fresh and light, yet warming and filling at the same time. Perfect for early fall when it’s no longer hot outside yet not quite cold 🙂

Miso Noodle Soup- a warming ginger and garlic infused miso broth, poured over fresh veggies and tofu. The perfect warming soup for boosting your immune system!

This soup is super quick to make after work or school to warm you up and fill your belly. Garlic and ginger are both great for boosting immunity, so make this soup when you feel a cold coming on!

Miso Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 package of buckwheat soba noodles (approx. 180g)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  • 6 cups of water
  • 6 tablespoons of white miso
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 150g of enoki mushrooms
  • 1 block of medium-firm tofu
  • garnish: 2-4 chopped green onions | handful of cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook your buckwheat noodles according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a soup pot, then add garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the water. Put your miso paste in a small bowl and ladle in about a tablespoon of the soup water at a time and stir to loosen up the paste until it's pourable.
  3. Pour the miso and water mixture into the pot and stir. Leave on the heat until the broth is hot.
  4. Place carrots, mushrooms, buckwheat noodles, and tofu- divided evenly- into 4 bowls.
  5. When ready to serve, pour broth into each bowl and top with some green onion and cilantro.
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Miso Noodle Soup + 7 more delicious autumn soup recipes. Warm up with a hot bowl of veggie goodness!Miso Noodle Soup + 7 more delicious autumn soup recipes. Warm up with a hot bowl of veggie goodness!

Make sure to check out the soup and stew recipes that the rest of the #CDNfoodcreatives ladies have made- they’re perfect for adding to your fall meal plans!

Goat Cheese & Peach Balsamic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is grilled cheese gone fancy! Savoury goat cheese, juicy peaches, and a balsamic drizzle make this sandwich gourmet! | The Refreshanista

Yum yum yum! I loooove fresh peaches! In the summertime I just eat them as is, with a napkin for the juices of course! I decided to have a little fun with peaches this time and paired them goat cheese, balsamic drizzle, and fresh baby spinach- all between two slices of bread. And let me tell you, it was delicious! This grilled cheese is the perfect gourmet sandwich to make lunchtime the best time of day 😉 Continue reading

9 Essential Oils to Heal Your Skin Problems

9 Essential Oils for Common Skin Problems- learn about the healing essential oils for skin and how to use them!

I’m sure you know that essential oils are great for healing a wide variety of skin issues, but are you using the right ones? Let’s talk about some common skin problems and which essential oils you should start using to get healthy glowing skin!

  1. Lemon- for oily skin and dark spots
  2. Tea tree oil- for acne and oily skin
  3. Lavender- for scars, dry skin, sensitive skin, and wrinkles
  4. Frankincense- for wrinkles and oily skin
  5. Orange- for dull skin
  6. Chamomile- for redness and inflammation
  7. Rose- for dry skin and aging
  8. Grapefruit- for oily skin, dullness, and acne
  9. Peppermint- for oily skin, acne, and puffiness

Don’t worry, I’m not stopping there- I’m going to tell you about 4 ways you can use these oils on your skin! If you’re more of a visual learner, I teach how to make skin care products that are customized with essential oils with video lessons in my course The 7 Day Bath & Body Product Detox Course for Beginners. You’ll see everything step by step and, at the end of the week, you’ll have a set of personalized all-natural products that will give your skin exactly what it needs for that healthy glow!

  1. Direct application/diluted in carrier oil: to make a skin-healing oil, add a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil like avocado oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil. Apply a light layer to your face. Tea tree oil can be used on its own, lightly dabbed onto blemishes. Remember that you want a 3% dilution for safe essential oil use- about 12 drops of essential oil per 1 fl oz of carrier oil.
  2. Make a toner: add a few drops to a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 apple cider vinegar. Use a cotton ball to swipe the mixture all over your face.
  3. Make a healing salve: melt beeswax and a carrier oil in a 1:2 ratio in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and add in your essential oil and mix thoroughly. Pour into a container and let it cool and set. Rub your finger on the salve and apply to trouble spots or all over your face.
  4. Add to face cream: you can add several drops to your favourite face cream- or make your own! I highly suggest making your own, it’s surprisingly easy and you’ll know exactly what’s in it- no nasty cancer-causing chemicals. Simple melt together a hard butter (like cocoa butter, Shea butter, or mango butter) and an oil (like almond oil, grapeseed oil, or avocado oil) in a 2:1 ratio of butter to oil. Then add your essential oils and chill until solid. Mix with an electric mixer until it’s a frosting-like consistency and voila- you’ve got a face cream perfectly tailored to your skin!

Note: always avoid the eye area, especially with mint and tea tree oil.

Did I miss a skin condition that you’re in need of a healing essential oil for? Let me know in the comments!