This vegan and refined sugar-free Tahini & Date Sauce makes a great alternative to any store-bought processed dessert sauces. The recipe is very easy, you can prepare quickly in minutes. We love to drizzle it over pancakes – try our: Green Pancakes or Sourdough Pancakes, cakes – try our: Flourless Chocolate Cake, but it would also work wonderfully with ice-creams or drizzle over a fruit salad.
With change of the seasons, I’ve started getting in my veg box big quantities of fresh cranberries and apples. With an abundance of fruits in the kitchen I usually end up making jams. We don’t eat store-bought jams, which are usually too sweet, so making homemade jams or compotes it’s something we do regularly. During winter months frozen fruits, especially berries work very well. I found that most o the fruits are usually sweet enough naturally, when you let them cook down slowly and release the juices, so usually there is no need to add any sweeteners.
Occasionally we just add natural sweeteners, in this recipe we added some maple syrup, as cranberries were a bit bitter in taste. It’s a good idea to wait towards the end of cooking to let the natural flavours to come through first, before adjusting the sweetness level. I’ve also added some ‘warming’ spices to enhance the flavour of the jam, as well as a fresh thyme, which adds a unique aroma and combines very well with fruits.
Place cranberries and apples in a large pot on a medium heat. Stir well, cover and bring to boil.
Once it starts boiling and fruits release the juices, lower the heat. Add anise star, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, vanilla and thyme leaves. Mix well and let it simmer covered 1-4 hours. (1 hours is minimum recommended time, longer you boil more mushy the mixture will be). Keep stirring every 25 minutes or so.
If you are satisfied with the texture of the jam, but there is still too many juices, take off the lid and cook uncovered until the water evaporates.
Once ready, take from the heat, stir in maple syrup (adjust the amount to your own taste) and chia seeds. Mix everything well.
Transfer into the sterilised jars, close the lids and let it cool and set in the room temperature.
Store in the fridge.
Most of the fruits would work well. Try to use plums and pears, they are naturally sweet you may not need to add any sweetener. Also, you can use less or omit spices and thyme for a more fruity flavour.
Homemade pesto is one of the easiest and delicious recipes you can make in around 10 minutes. When making from scratch the freshness and intensity of flavours will beat any store bought pesto, once you try you will never go back. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a pestle mortar.
Thus recipe uses a fresh coriander and sunflower seeds, however you can use other fresh herbs or mixture of few – basil, parsley or even spring onions would work great. Likewise you can use different seeds or use nuts.
Pesto is not only great with pasta, it makes a delicious sandwich spread, it can be used as a sauce on potatoes or eggs, also works well when added to the rice.
Delicious, fresh and easy to make vegan homemade pesto.
20g fresh coriander, roughly chopped
1/3 cup / 40g sunflower seeds
2 garlic gloves, peeled & roughly chopped
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
6 tbsp / 90ml ex. virgin olive oil
pinch of salt
Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth (or to desired consistency), add salt to taste. Stop once or twice to scrap the sides of the food processor. Depending from personal preferences you may want to adjust the amount of olive oil.
Transfer to a jar or airtight container, pour a bit more olive oil just to cover the top and store in the fridge up to 1 week.
VARIATIONS - use mix of other fresh herbs like basil or parsley. Instead of sunflower seeds use nuts - walnuts, almonds, cashews or pine nuts would work well.
BOOST THIS RECIPE - add 1 tbsp of hemp hearts (great source of omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids.
This Vegan Sweet Potato Poutine is a wholesome plant-based alternative to a traditional poutine. Made from scratch using crispy baked sweet potatoes, vegan ‘cheesy’ – mushroom sauce and served with fresh spinach and herbs, makes a comforting and hearty meal loaded with fibre and vitamins. Continue Reading…
Since many years we’ve been making this Garlic Sauce in our kitchen. We’ve never been keen on store bought ready dips or sauces, and also stopped buying mayonnaise many years ago. The long list of ingredients and super long ‘best before’ date, which is usually on this kind of products is really scary. Continue Reading…