Desserts and cookies

Healthy vegan chocolate tartelettes

By on August 21, 2017

Do you have a sweet tooth and need your sugar fix after lunch? I got you covered! I have some sweetness and chocolate for you. Also, if you are vegetarian, vegan, it’s a keeper. Otherwise, it’s a keeper anyway! I know, I rock.
I’m talking tartelettes tasting like heaven and not staying on your hips!



It’s small, grab one!

In fact, this tartelettes will satisfy your craving and not give you bad conscience. Come on, admit it, don’t you feel bad after eating a bad chocolate bar just because? You can tell me, it’s me! Because, I do. After lunch, I generally look for that little something sweet that will mark the end of the meal. A nice expresso don’t always work, sometimes it calls for nice piece of chocolate to go with it.

Since we only live once and I own my curves, I indulge! However, I will try to make smart choices and Ta-da, now you have my healthy vegan chocolate tartelettes.

I used the lids of my mason jars as mold and it makes the perfect size for a treat! I got this idea from Dessert for 2, Christina is always so creative.

There is no sugar added and yet it is sweet. The figs and raisins are doing all the job. The combination of the nutty taste of the walnut and the chocolate will make ask for more!

Hidden fruit alert!

Now, there is a mashed banana in the chocolate. I love it! You can taste a little hint of its flavor. I got guinea pigs that did the test tasting of the tartelettes and one of them would have rather not feel the banana taste. So if you want when you melt the chocolate, instead of the banana, you can pour a dollop of milk to help it melt (2 or 3 tablespoons, not more) but then it’s not vegan anymore. But it’s an alternative.

Don’t trow out to the garbage this ugly-looking banana! Make me some tartelettes and a nice smoothie to go with it. Why not?

Bonus: Kids liked it too!

Healthy vegan chocolate tartelettes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 tartelettes

Serving Size: Mason jar lids

Ingredients

  • - 3/4 cup of dried figs
  • - 3/4 cup of walnuts
  • - 1/2 of raisins
  • - 1 very ripe banana
  • - 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. - Preheat the oven at 350F
  2. - In a food processor, put the figs, walnuts and raisins and pulse until there are no walnut chunks anymore and all the ingredients are starting to stick together.
  3. - Prepare your lids, place some aluminium foil at the bottom, to prevent from sticking.
  4. - Spread the ingredients previously mixed in the lids, pressing with your fingers to make your 'crust' evenly spread.
  5. - Place in the oven and bake for 7 min.
  6. - In the meantime, mash the banana. To avoid in lump, put it through a small strainer.
  7. - In a pan, melt the chocolate with your banana puree.
  8. - Once your lids are out of the oven, pour your melted preparation in the mini tartelettes until filled.
  9. - Allow to cool down and place in the fridge for 2 hours.

Notes

Keep refrigerated in a air-tight container up to a week.

http://bonappeteat.ca/2017/08/21/healthy-vegan-chocolate-tartelettes/

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Appetizer | Drink up! | Finger food | Meatless

St Patrick’s Day under 15 minutes

By on March 17, 2016

Hi readers! I missed you… I have been thinking about you a lot!

First, APOLOGIES for disappearing from Bon Appét’Eat. I started preparing a post where I explained my choice and I will be back to share it.

Second, THANK YOU for coming back and visiting my blog!

Just like that I am back… Let’s look natural and squeeze in a little article about St Patrick’s Day. Give you some inspiration with quick and easy ideas to be green on March 17th!

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Appetizer | Meatless

Cranberry Walnut kale salad with goat cheese dressing

By on March 13, 2015

Hello nice weather and positive temperatures!  Everybody seems so merry and smiley lately and it might be thanks to Mother Nature.  It’s not summer yet but after so many -25C or -30C in Toronto, let me tell you that +2 is worth jumping all over!

Gorgeous blue sky, snow melting, does it put you in a spring/summer mood?  Of course it does!  I love it and now I can say Bye to soups and Hello colorful salads!

Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

 Last year, I tried kale and I really fell for it!  Since it’s a chewy salad, I chop it off really small.  I use to pound it with the meat tenderizer but I skip that task and it’s just fine.  I add some nuts for crunchy-crunchy, some cranberries for some sweet taste.

Aaaaand… Wait for it (**drum roll**), I make that super simple, quick and easy goat cheese dressing.  Kale dressed in white and creamy love.  I mean, you have to try it to believe it! So simple and yet so crazy amazingly good!

True story: (Don’t tell El Cubano I told you) He likes his green salad dry, so without dressing.  Not his thing.   Well, as he wishes.  The other day, he said he was ready to try some kale (you know he’s not big on veggies and all… we talked about that). And TA-DA!  He loves this recipe with the dressing!  It’s that good.

Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

My little super-hero who is 4 loved it too!  He wanted some for his lunch but I didn’t have any left over without the nuts but good to know!  Isn’t he amazing eating kale and spinach?  That’s my boy!

On another note…

Lately, I have been having a hard time balancing life and blogging, as you can see.  It’s not always easy and blogging is a lot of work.  I needed to relax and not think about it for some time.  So little by little, I’ll be back.  Also, the sun is here more often.  I just don’t know how to take pictures without natural light.  I tried and I have horrible pictures….

Anyway, hope you are still reading and you’ll be back soon!

Kale salad goat cheese dressing

 

Cranberries kale salad with goat cheese dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Keeps well in the fridge for 2 days, even after adding the dressing.

Ingredients

  • - 2 cups -packed- of chopped kale
  • - 1/2 cup of dry cranberries
  • - 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • Dressing:
  • - 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • - 2 tablespoons of goat chees
  • - Salt to taste
  • - Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. - Rince your kale. Dry. On a chopping board, chop the kale. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. - Add the dry cranberries and walnuts.
  3. - For the dressing, pour the olive oil in a ramekins, add the goat cheese and stir until smooth.
  4. - Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. - Pour on your salad and toss.
http://bonappeteat.ca/2015/03/13/cranberry-walnut-kale-salad-with-goat-cheese-dressing/

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Meat and fish

30-minute Mediterranean salmon

By on September 28, 2014

Because life is busy but we still want something flavorful in our plate.    Because salmon is the low calories dish that is nutritious and the whole family will enjoy.  Yes, even the kids love it.

How about a meal in 30 minutes from the fridge to the table?  Tempting, right?  And I love saying that I am eating the ‘right’ kind of fat.  Ah!

Mediterranean salmon

I didn’t even have to marinade my salmon because of its freshness.  Buy Canadian Salmon, there are so good!  With the dish, I used fresh ingredients to enhance my piece of fish.

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Drink up!

The benefits of cucumber-lime-mint water

By on August 28, 2014

 As I told you, some of my French family was visiting this month.  And, to enjoy, indulge, celebrate, I did drink more wine than usual, eat more bread than usual.  I had fun!  However, now, my body feels a little off.  I am now trying to get back on track…  Not easy!  I miss my sugar fix after lunch, I did indulged AGAIN yesterday, you’ll see on Instagram.

On another note, our mini garden that we did for Food revolution has been a half success: We got a few peas, not that many.  The kids loved it.  The carrots… well, they got taken over by the cucumbers.  Carrots are out the picture now, but the cucumbers are numerous to the joy of the kids.

Cucumber lime mint water

 Since I indulged quite a bit and cucumbers are all over… Do you follow me?  Yes?  No?  How about a healthy cleanser flavored water? Bring it on!  My lovely neighbor showed me a little big stash of mint so here I go for a few leaves a the scented plant!  Add some lime.  And let it set.  Does it get any simpler?  I mean I am  sharing my recipe anyway but you know, sometimes you need the idea!  You’re welcome 🙂

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