May 18, 2012

Recipe Roundup: Things I've Made Lately

It's been a while since I've done a roundup of things that I've made and enjoyed lately, so I thought it was about time to do another post of recipes that I've tried from other blogs!

I'll start with a recipe that I bookmarked as soon as I saw it because it was so perfect for me - this tahini beet black bread from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes.  As you all know by now, I'm a huge fan of beets and I love discovering new ways to use them!

The recipe reminded me of a loaf of bread I tried recently from one of my local farmers markets, which was a soft fresh-baked beet and carrot bread that I absolutely loved.  This one wasn't soft and fluffy like the one I had tried before, but had a dense crumb and a solid crust around the outside (although I noticed that my yeast didn't seem to froth very much and my dough didn't rise much, so I might have done something wrong to make it turn out that way).  The texture actually worked out well though because this loaf was perfect for slicing, toasting, and spreading with butter and jam.

The only changes I made to the recipe were to use carob powder instead of cocoa powder, and I added a 1/4 cup of shredded carrots in addition to the beets. I loved the flavor of this bread - it was so deep, dark and complex from the molasses and carob, and the shredded beets provided a bit of sweetness and some extra texture, not to mention the pink tint they gave to the entire loaf! This was definitely a unique loaf of bread and I'm so glad I tried the recipe!

Next up is a snack I made while I was at my parents house recently.  I love trying different kinds of raw energy balls, and this recipe for pistachio, orange and apricot bars from Peachy Palate sounded perfect for my parents' tastes.  I usually don't like the flavour of orange zest, but I actually really liked the combination of pistachios, oats, apricots, dates, and orange.  I also substituted half of the apricots with dried papaya, which worked really well.

My Mom liked these so much that she requested I make them again for an office potluck that she had the next week!  You can form them into any shape or size that you want - the original recipe was for full sized bars, but I made bite-sized balls and squares instead.

If you read my post last week for this Rhubarb Loaf with Strawberry Jam Swirl, you'll know that I love to eat rhubarb in baked goods and desserts.  So I was very curious when I started to see savory recipes using rhubarb.  I was pretty hesitant to try rhubarb in my dinner, but I thought this recipe for pasta with kale and spicy rhubarb sauce from Naturally Ella sounded really good.  I had some leftover rhubarb to use up anyway, so I decided to give it a try.

The recipe was easy to put together, and I loved the rhubarb sauce! It had everything that I like about rhubarb in sweet recipes, but with a spicy twist.  This is one recipe that I would definitely make again, and now I want to try more savory rhubarb recipes!

And of course, I have a few quick & easy vegan dessert recipes to add to this round-up!

Pretty much every recipe that Chocolate Covered Katie posts appeals to me, and they always turn out well when I make them myself.  I actually made two of her recipes two nights in a row recently and brought them into the office to share.

First up was these no-bake peanut butter pretzel bars, which I turned into squares. The sweet and salty combination was so good that I wish I had made a double batch and kept some for myself!  The one tip I would give with these is to keep them in the fridge and serve them immediately, because they started to get a bit too soft and melty once they had been sitting out for a while.

The next day I brought in these snickerdoodle blondies made with chickpeas and almond butter. These are definitely my kind of treat, but I wasn't sure what my colleagues would think about them, but it turned out everyone else liked them too, and they were all happy when I told them how healthy they were!

Last up in my dessert round-up is this easy raw chocolate peanut butter fudge from Liz Ashlee. I did make a few minor changes to the recipe, like using half almond butter and half peanut butter, cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips, and chocolate stevia drops instead of powder.  I don't think I added quite enough sweetener, but other than that this fudge turned out really well! It's a cool and creamy treat that you can eat straight out the freezer, and I liked how it wasn't too chocolatey (although chocolate lovers might think they're not chocolatey enough!)

Finally, I can't end this post without sharing my new favourite breakfast: this recipe for coconut mango overnight oats from Oh My Veggies. I don't have a picture of my version, but her pictures are much prettier anyway so click on the link to see it! It's so easy to put together - just combine oats, almond milk, coconut, mango and a touch of sweetener and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  Somehow this combination makes the mango taste even better than it would on its own, and it's the perfect cold and refreshing breakfast for the summer. I've already made it a few times recently, and I'll keep making it every time I have a ripe mango sitting around!

That's all the recipes I have to share for now...Hope everyone has a great weekend, and that all my Canadian readers enjoy the long holiday weekend! I'm looking forward to the hot weather we're supposed to get in southern Ontario!


  1. Those peanut butter pretzel bars are making me hungry! I don't know why I always torture myself by catching up on blog reading right before dinner. ;)

    Thanks for mentioning my oatmeal! :D I hope you have a great weekend too!

    1. Haha...I guess its better than reading blogs after dinner when you're too full to be interested in food! Hope you're enjoying the weekend too :)

  2. I was drooling to see those mouth watering desserts. I must say you have such a creative idea to change the original recipe into something suits well to your taste. I think I am going to make the sweets ball.
    How to Make Sweet Potato Fries

    1. Thanks...I usually can't help making a couple of minor changes to most recipes, even when I intend on following the original recipe! Desserts are a bit different though - sometimes its best not to change anything!

  3. YAY - I am so happy you were able to try out the bread, I love that you added the additional carrots to the recipe, I bet it was perfect!

    Loving all the other links you shared too :)

    1. Thank you for the recipe! I actually didn't notice the carrots much - the beets were still the dominant flavour. I put the loaf in the freezer and I've still got a bit left - I don't want it to end!



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