Makes 12 mini cups.
If there was ever an excuse to eat dessert for your health, this tasty little frozen pudding morsel ticks the box. Some studies show matcha has a very high concentration of antioxidants and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, aid in weight loss, and strengthen the immune system. It’s also being studied for its anticancer properties. What better reason is there?
1 cup (250 mL) pitted dates, about 12 1/3 cup (80 mL) walnut halves
2 Tbsp (30 mL) almond flour
1 large ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped 1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut cream
2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey
1 Tbsp (15 mL) matcha powder, plus extra 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh lime juice
1 tsp (5 mL) lime zest
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract 1/4 cup (60 mL) toasted flaked coconut, for garnish
Generously grease 12-portion silicone mini-muffin pan or line conventional mini-muffin tin with paper muffin cup liners. In food processor, whirl dates until they begin to break down. Add walnut halves and almond flour. Continue to process until mixture begins to stick together. Divide dough into 12 equal portions and press each portion into thin layer in prepared muffin cups. Set aside. In high-speed blender, combine filling ingredients, except flaked coconut. Pulse, scraping down inside of bowl with spatula, until mixture is very creamy. Spoon equal amounts into mini muffin cups lined with date crust and smooth tops. Place in freezer and freeze for up to 2 hours before serving. To serve, remove from muffin pan and decorate with toasted flaked coconut and a small wedge of avocado, if you wish.Or create your own topping with sliced fresh seasonal fruit and toasted nuts. A drizzle of chocolate is also delicious.
Tip: Trade the lime zest and juice for orange for a different flavour boost.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.