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Valentine’s Day

No-Bake Walnut Granola Bars

No-bake walnut granola bars. A new granola bar recipe to my already extensive list of energy bites and bars. I can’t help it, they’re my all-time favorite snack/dessert. These walnut granola bars are simple and require only 6 ingredients (7 if drizzling with chocolate) and less than 15 minutes. There’s really no better granola bar than homemade. Plus, they’re so much healthier than the sugar-laden pre-packaged bars you find at the store. These walnut granola bars in particular are packed with fiber from dates, oats, nuts and seeds. Also, they offer some omega-3s and protein for a balanced snack. It’s been a very long week around here. I’ve been in bed for 3 days fighting a bug that Shaun passed on to…

Cherry Coconut Overnight Oats

Cherry coconut overnight oats. Easy, creamy, nutritious and filled with all my favorite flavors. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in our living room, darkened from the clouds and smoke outside. It’s 8:30 am outside, yet it still looks like 5 am. Today marks one week since the smoke invaded the Okanagan and there’s no sign of it going away any time soon. I’m sitting on our couch, the windows opened, deciding that the (finally) cold air from outside is worth the smell of smoke for one morning. The temperatures dropped to the low twenties this weekend after weeks of 30s and 40s. Our apartment has been closed up all week due to that heat and smoke, so I’m choosing to let the cool air come in…

No-Bake Cherry Yogurt Tart

Ending the week with a delicious no-bake cherry yogurt tart. My parents are actually in Vernon for the weekend. They drove all the way from New Brunswick to British Columbia to bring Shaun’s car (plus they got to enjoy a trip across Canada, just like we did!) and I must say, it’s nice to see familiar faces in Vernon. Moving to a new city can feel lonely at times, despite being introverted and enjoying being alone most of the time. Going to work at the hospital 4 days a week is more than enough socialization for me… Hah! Plus I have Shaun to keep me company and we get to explore British Columbia together, which is more than I could ask for. It doesn’t stop me from missing my friends and family though. So…

5-Ingredient Cookie Dough Bites

5-ingredient cookie dough bites. Made in under 10 minutes in a food processor and filled with wholesome ingredients. What could be better?! Seriously though, cookie dough will forever be my favorite flavor when it comes to snacks and desserts. Ice cream, granola bars, energy bites… Anything. Even better when it’s simple and healthy, which is all you’ll see on the blog over the next few weeks. Did you read my last post? The news is out, Shaun and I are moving to British Columbia! We’re moving to the other side of the country in less than 3 weeks. Not to mention that we’re planning a road trip across Canada to get there. I think it’s safe to say that we’re crazy busy. Packing all of our…

Roasted Potato Pesto Salad with Spicy Chipotle Chickpeas

Roasted potato pesto salad with spicy chipotle chickpeas. Another delicious vegan recipe for you guys! I’m almost halfway through my vegan month and to be honest, it doesn’t feel different from my usual diet. That doesn’t mean it’s not a bit challenging at times. The most challenging change for me was to omit the milk in my coffee. While I don’t usually drink cow’s milk anyways (personal preference and a slight intolerance), I do add a touch of whole milk in my coffee every morning. Almond milk, coconut milk and soy milk are not the same. Nope. I just can’t tolerate the taste in coffee. So far, I’ve been using cashew milk, which tastes the best in coffee in my opinion. Vegan creamers would…