Almond-Date Squares

I hope you like almonds because these (sugar-free, no-added fat) almond-date squares contain three forms of them. Almond meal from grinding the nuts, almond extract, and sliced almonds. It’s a party in your mouth, if you ask me. P.S. You can experiment with this recipe by substituting the raw almonds with other nuts. I made …

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Vegan Coconut-Pear Tart

I know I bragged about being perfectly happy sans food processor, but apparently, only fools don’t change their minds. So I’m here to confess that I recently caved in and bought a KitchenAid. Let me reassure you that I only paid $120 for it, thanks to Craigslist. Speaking of which, did I tell you I sold over $800 worth of possessions …

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Zucchini Spice Loaf with Toasted Coconut

  I’m constantly striving to find alternatives to sugar and I’m taking you for the ride. I hope you don’t mind. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with apple butter and so far I’m quite pleased. Sure, the end result is never as sweet as sugar or honey, but that was never the goal anyway. The goal …

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Blueberry-Peach Yogurt Pie with Whole-Wheat Crust

  I’m a believer in healthy treats. Guilt-free sweets. Using whole-grain flours and as little sweeteners as possible. But you already know that. I assure you that this is the healthiest pie you will eat this summer. It will leave you feeling light and clean, rather than heavy and full like most desserts do. I …

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Rye Ginger Snaps

  Today is a special day. For many people, myself included, it marked the last working day before the holidays. My office threw a silly re-gift exchange this morning. The concept is simple: You must give something you already own – you’re not allowed to buy anything. The lamer, the better, as we like to …

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Healthy Maple Granola

  Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadian readers! What are you up to for the long weekend? I’m off to Toronto for a friend’s wedding. You might know that Action de Grâce is not really celebrated among French Quebecers. Actually, it’s not until I moved to Toronto in 2001 that I became aware of how different this holiday is in …

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Pumpkin Cranberry Bran Muffins

In my kitchen, the sweet aroma of freshly baked muffins. In my stereo, the music of Elliott Smith, Beth Gibbons or Bon Iver. On my nightstand, L’Étranger by Albert Camus. Autumn resonates nicely with pumpkin patches, apple orchards, vibrant-coloured trees and the return of scarves and mittens. I always find this season bittersweet and nostalgic, …

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Mango Frozen Yogurt

It’s summer, it’s hot, you want a frozen treat. Err… It’s summer, you want a treat. Have you noticed exactly how much Canadians love to complain about the weather? Too cold, too hot. Too much snow, too much rain. Too humid. Weather is the topic of choice for small talk. For lack of better things …

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Banana Carob Chip Cookies

I know what you’re thinking. Why would I use carob when chocolate is decadent, comforting, and supposedly good for you? The answer is simple. Because I like it. And because it’s healthy, of course. Did you know that the carob tree has been valued for thousands of years as a source of nutrients for both …

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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

When the afternoon cravings kick in, I sometimes wander the food court in search of a healthy snack. Though I practically know the (poor) selection by heart, I still naively wish to find something new and healthy that would hit the spot. Last week, I decided that now was the time to take matters into …

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