Creamy, silky, and intensely chocolatey, this DIY almond butter is an enticing spread for an upgrade to your morning toast. The almond butter will last for several days at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to two months. You most certainly will have extras of the almond butter, which can be blended into smoothies, spread on sliced apples, stuffed into dried dates for an energizing snack, or thinned with milk and maple syrup for a fanciful pancake topper.
Grinding the nuts while still warm from the oven and adding a touch of oil helps them release more oils for easier grinding and a creamier texture.
Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C). On baking sheet, spread almonds; place in oven and roast until golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Watch closely, as nuts can quickly go from perfectly toasted to bitterly burnt.
While still warm, transfer almonds to food processor or high-powered blender container and process until finely ground. Add oil and continue to blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as needed, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add cacao powder, honey (if using), vanilla, cinnamon, and salt; blend for another minute.
Mix together yogurt and lemon zest.
Spread 2 Tbsp (30 mL) almond butter on each slice of toast. Layer on yogurt and strawberry slices, or top as desired. Sprinkle on cacao nibs, if using.
This simple dessert celebrates the glory that is the summer strawberry. Don’t feel you have to stick to strawberries here; swapping them for ripe peaches would also make for a stunning ending to any meal. What to gild the lily with? Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Flower power Orange blossom water (also known as orange flower water) is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of a bitter orange tree. Just like rose water, a little goes a long way. So, take care and use just a drop or two, tasting as you go so as not to overwhelm but rather to complement the other flavours in a dish.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.