December 31, 2013

Blog Highlights of 2013

Happy New Years Eve! Whether you're busy preparing for an exciting night of parties or planning on staying in and relaxing, I hope you all enjoy the last night of 2013 and are looking forward to a bright and promising new year!

To celebrate another year's end on the blog, it's time for my annual recap of some of my favourite posts published this year!

For the last two years, I've counted down the most popular posts according to pageviews plus my own favourite posts, but this year I've decided to do things a bit differently and only share my personal picks for my favourite recipes.

I will note that the most popular post of 2013 by far was my round up of ways to use a spiralizer, and two of the top three google searches leading to my blog this year were for "spiralizer" and "spiralizer recipes". So don't worry, I've taken notice that you guys like seeing new ideas for using a spiralizer tool, and I'll try to post some more spiralizer recipes next year!

Without further ado, here are my 10 favourite recipes of the year, organized by category.

My Favourite Breakfast Recipes of 2013

Coffee Banana Muffins - vegan muffins that taste like banana bread but with a dose of coffee flavour and cacao nibs. Replacing part of the flour with cereal gave these an even better texture!

Homemade Bran Flake Cereal - learn how to make your own healthy cereal and customize it how you like it! I made mine with a variety of flakes and added cinnamon, cranberries, and almonds.

Miniature Chocolate Cherry Crepe Cake - vegan chocolate crepes layered with greek yogurt and a sweet cherry sauce made a delicious and decadent tasting breakfast treat!

My Favourite Snacks of 2013

Apple Nachos & Jicama Nachos - I had a lot of fun making two different versions of raw "nachos": thinly sliced apples topped with coconut, peanut butter & cacao nibs; and jicama slices with fruit salsa, raw taco nut crumble and a cilantro sauce.

Pumpkin Stuffed Energy Balls - soft and chewy energy balls with a creamy pumpkin hummus filling!

My Favourite Meals of 2013

Corn "Polenta" with Peach Tomato Salsa - I love being able to make simple but delicious meals in the summertime using fresh, local ingredients and this was definitely one of those meals!

Curried Sweet Potato Apple Peanut Soup - my favourite kinds of soups are thick and creamy dairy-free ones, and I loved this sweet potato and apple version with peanut butter and lots of spices!

My Favourite Desserts of 2013

Raw Rainbow "Ice Cream" Cake - If you've been reading this blog for a long time, you've probably noticed that I love to celebrate holidays with food! For St. Patrick's Day this year, I created this frozen rainbow layered cake using different coloured fruits for each layer, with a fluffy coconut milk whipped cream topping.

Frosted Blueberry Lemon Cake - this moist vegan cake bursting with blueberries and topped with a sweet lemony frosting was a popular dessert, and I'm sure I'll be making it again next year!

Maple Strawberry Shortcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream - To celebrate Canada Day, I made these crumbly shortcakes with coconut oil and a touch of maple flavour, topped with maple roasted strawberries and coconut milk whipped cream - a healthier version of one of my all-time favourite desserts!

Here's to a wonderful and prosperous new year, filled with lots of food and new recipes to share!


  1. So many healthy and creative recipes. Look forward to seeing what you come up with next year!

    1. Thanks! Once I get out of this relaxed holiday mode and back into my own kitchen, I'm excited to start working on some new recipes again!

  2. Congrats for a great year of blogging :)


    1. Thanks, and thanks for following along this year :)

  3. I can't wait for more spiralizer recipes! I loved your apple nachos. :) Happy New Year!



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