Liquid Apple Pie Smoothie

Bananas all too often make their way as the base of smoothies. Berries are a close second, along with mango. This version uses local apples as its base, then adds apple pie spices which makes breakfast taste like dessert (and you can’t taste the kale).


Liquid Apple Pie Smoothie

1 medium sweet apple
1 large handful of chopped kale, just the leaves
6 to 10 fresh honey dates (see Notes)
1 heaping tablespoon (15 ml) roasted cashew butter
1/2 cup (120 ml) homemade unsweetened applesauce (see Notes)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon (3 ml) ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground nutmeg
1/2 cup to 1 cup (120 ml to 240 ml) unsweetened plain or vanilla nondairy milk

Blend all ingredients together, adding nondairy milk to achieve desired consistency, until smooth. Serve cold.

Notes: You can add honey dates to the desired sweetness that you’d like. If you’re using sweetened applesauce or nondairy milk, you might want to omit them altogether.




Pear-Ginger-Orange Tea

Simple and satisfying, this tea is bright and balanced, and will warm you up on the coldest of days.

ginger pear tea

Pear Ginger Orange Tea

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from an orange! Not a carton)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 heaping tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 large, very ripe pear, grated

Put the water, orange juice, lemon juice, ginger, and pear in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture into two mugs, pressing the pulp to get all the flavor. Serve warm.

Maple-Kissed Coffee

If you’re in the mood for a hot drink that doesn’t come from a powder, but don’t want to venture out the door to the barista, it doesn’t take long to make coffee-shop-quality creations at home. If you live in the Niagara area, get your hands on some dark maple syrup for this one–it’ll really up the flavor–and use a bold brew to counteract the sweetness.

maple syrup coffee

Maple-Kissed Coffee

1 1/4 cups brewed coffee
3/4 cup creamy unsweetened nondairy milk, such as So Delicious Coconut Milk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I like the dark stuff… or amber, at least)

Put the coffee, nondairy milk, maple syrup, and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat until steaming. Serve warm.