Chocolate-Orange Buckwheat Granola

Okay, really. Who doesn’t love that chocolate-orange combination? And when it’s combined with fragrant coconut oil, toasty coconut flakes, and nutty almonds, it makes for an easy homemade cereal big on flavor and crunch. This cereal/snack/dessert/anything uses buckwheat instead of oats as its base, adding the bonus of zero gluten cross-contamination possibilities and a boost of protein and fibre.

Chocolate-Orange Buckwheat Granola

2 cups flaked buckwheat, such as Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat
1/2 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup large flaked coconut
1/3 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
1/4 cup nondairy milk, plus more as needed
1/4 cup  dark cocoa powder
3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon  orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea or Himalayan salt

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put the buckwheat flakes, almonds, raisins, and coconut in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.

Put the agave nectar, nondairy milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, orange zest, vanilla extract, and salt in a small saucepan. Heat until the oil is melted, whisking to combine. Pour the mixture into the buckwheat mixture. Mix well until the buckwheat mixture is moistened and well combined, adding a dash or two of nondairy milk if needed.

Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until it feels dry to the touch. It will be a little soft, but once it cools completely it will harden. Once cooled, store leftovers in the refrigerator or at room temperature in an airtight container.


Red Wine-Spiked Double Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A lot of richness goes into this cookie. Red wine, dark cocoa powder, chocolate chunks. They’re soft, thick, and make the perfect pairing for a cold glass of thick almond milk. Created for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Month (back in March), if you’re a fan of red wine and chocolate and cookies, then you’ll like these.

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Red Wine-Spiked Double Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies

3/4 cup (180mL) dark cocoa powder
3/4 cup (180mL) sorghum flour
1/2 cup (120mL) teff flour
1/4 cup (60mL) tapioca flour
1 tablespoon (15mL) ground flaxseeds
1 teaspoon (5mL) xanthan gum
1 teaspoon (5mL) baking powder
1 teaspoon (5mL) fine sea salt
3/4 cup (180mL) loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (120mL) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120mL) vegan buttery spread, such as Earth Balance
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (150mL) red wine, preferably Merlot
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
1 cup (240mL) nondairy, semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Put the cocoa powder, sorghum flour, teff flour, tapioca flour ground flaxseeds, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.

Put the brown sugar, vegan buttery spread, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and vanilla extract. Beat to combine (it will look loose and separated… that’s completely fine). Add the flour mixture. Beat to combine. Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand.

Drop the mixture on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 tablespoons of the mixture per cookie. Press down slightly. Leave about 2-inches of space between each portion.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the centre just becomes firm.

Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Raw Chocolate Bars

By definition, raw vegan diets consist of unprocessed plant foods that haven’t been heated over 40 degrees C. Using all natural, antioxidant-rich ingredients, these chocolate bars are as pure as they get, and unlike any waxy confectionary you’ve ever had.


Raw Vegan Chocolate Bars from Scratch

1 cup cocoa butter pieces
Pinch fine Himalayan salt
7 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons mesquite powder
2 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar
Dried fruit and nuts, optional

Melt the cocoa butter shavings and salt in a double boiler over low heat. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Whisk in the cacao and mesquite powders. Stir in the agave nectar. Transfer the mixture to a blender, and blend on high for about 90 seconds until well emulsified.

If using dried fruit or nuts, put them into a mold and then top with chocolate mixture, otherwise, pour chocolate mixture into molds. If you don’t have molds, you can easily use loaf pans (for thick chocolate bars use a 9×5, for thin chocolate bars, use two 8×4). Freeze immediately.

Let set completely before unmolding and cutting into pieces, about 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.