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Guilt-Free Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Beans…turns out they are not just for burritos and salads like I once believed! I am always on the hunt for guilt free treats to satisfy my infamous sweet tooth and my friend Chef Adrian Forte thankfully introduced me to his Guilt-Free Chocolate Chickpea Brownie recipe, which I highly suggest you try making at home over the holidays.  Never in my wildest dreams would I think garbanzo beans would yield some of the most fudgy, rich and healthy brownies I’ve ever had – and highly addicting may I add. And if you’re wondering if these brownies taste like beans, they most certainly do not.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 large organic, free range eggs
  • 5 cups of Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of unsweetened chocolate – melted
  • 1 cup of shredded almonds (optional)

 

Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Pre-heat your oven and set it to 350 degrees. Start by placing the almond flour and brown sugar into a large bowl and whisk together.  In your blender or Vitaminx, blend the chickpeas and coconut oil and puree until smooth. Combine the pureed chickpea to flour and brown sugar mixture, then add the eggs and whisk aggressively to mix. Once smooth, add in the melted raw chocolate and blend until the mixture is lump free. In a parchment lined baking pan or individual mini baking cups and bake for 15 mins. Remove brownies from the oven, drizzle 1/2 cup of melted unsweetened chocolate and top with shredded almonds.

Chocolate Chickpea BrowniesPhotos by Nathalia Allen www.amillionminds.com (@amillionminds)

Looking for other inspiring dishes to serve during the holidays? In case you missed it, check out this Tiger Shrimp Ceviche with Red Beet Hummus recipe also from Chef Adrian Forte.  For more information on Chef Forte’s personal chef services, culinary consulting and catering, head to AdrianForte.com.

Sunday Brunch Made Easy with Cuisinart’s 5-in-1 Griddler

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I’ve had such a blast spending time in my kitchen with my #CookingWithCuisinart team Garrett Tonge and Casie Stewart over the past couple months, It’s been a great experience sharing and trying recipes that have been easy to execute with Cuisinart’s amazing products. Brunch is something that all three of us look forward to each weekend but we thought we would change it up a bit and test out the brand’s 5-in-1 Griddler by making ourselves a delicious, full brunch made up of French Toast, Steak, and yummy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus at home.

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Cooking With Cuisinart
Cooking With Cuisinart
Cooking With Cuisinart
Want to try this at home…? Here is what you need:
Eggs n’ Pepper
– Cut 1 red pepper into quarter inch slices and place 4 slices onto the griddle
– Crack 1 organic or brown egg into each pepper slice
– Add some shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese on top while eggs cook
– Allow egg to fry for approximate 2 1/2 minutes or until desired doneness level
– Add salt & pepper to taste
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
– Wash and cut one bunch of asparagus
– Take prosciutto slices (roughly 200 g) and wrap asparagus *bacon strips can also be used as well but most be defrosted
– Grill prosciutto wrapped asparagus 2 minutes on each side or until desired doneness level
Fluffy French Toast
What you will need:
  • 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • French bread (cut thick into 12 slices)

– Measure flour into bowl, slowly whisking in salt, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla extract until smooth

– Heat up and lightly butter flat grill attachment (or pan if cooking on a stove top)
– Soak break slices in mixture until fully saturated on each side
– Cook bread on both sides until golden brown
For additional information on Cuisinart Canada’s handy 5-in-1 Griddler, click here and for a full list of their products and other amazing recipes head over to Cuisinart.ca or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Cooking With Cuisinart: Bruschetta Pizza with the Elite Collection Food Processor

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Having the right kitchen appliances can make a world of a difference when cooking and baking your favourite  foods at home. In the latest installment of my Cooking With Cuisinart series with Garrett Tonge and Casie Stewart, we enjoyed a Friday night in at my place and quickly whipped up one of Garrett’s amazing homemade pizza recipes using Cuisinart’s Elite Collection 12 – Cup Food Processor.

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Cooking With Cuisinart

For years I’ve watched my Mother bake her famous banana bread and cakes during the holiday season the old school way by mixing all the ingredients by hand, which always appeared labour intensive and time consuming – part of the reason why I refrained from making my own baked goods at home. However, after whipping up a bruchetta pizza and chocolate muffins with this must-have kitchen gadget, I am now armed to take on some more culinary challenges on my own. Want to try out this tasty, quick pizza recipe at home during our next night in with friends? Here is what you will need:

Bruschetta Pizza

3 cups of flour

1 1/2 cups of water

1 tbsp of sea salt

2 tbsp of olive oil

1 block of fresh parmesan

1/2 lb of bacon

6 ripe tomatoes

1 clove of garlic

1 shallot

1 handful of fresh basil

Head to Cuisinart Canada’s website for more delicious food processor recipes or follow the brand on Twitter and Facebook.

Before you go…be sure to check out episode #1 featuring the Combo Steam + Convection Oven and episode #2 on the brand’s game changing Juice Extractor.

Product Review: Cuisinart’s Life Changing Juice Extractor

Cuisinart-CJE-1000Over the past month of so I’ve been using Cuisinart’s juice extractor at home and I loved it so much that it was the focus of the second episode in the Cuisinart video series I am doing with my “Cooking With Cuisinart” crew; Garrett of Gtonge1.com and Casie of CasieStewart.com. For far too long I avoided prepping my own juices at home worrying about it being too time consuming and the thought of a difficult clean up process, but learned my fears were completely unwarranted. Although I have used both the large and compact juice extractors, turns out that the larger one better meets my juicing needs. Majority of my juices are prepared with hard fruits and veggies and the 5 speed control dial and 1000 watts of power allows for optimal extracting with ingredients such as beets, carrots, apples, and ginger – some of the ingredients I use on a regular basis. With a 3″ (7.5 cm) tube opening, the juicer can accommodate larger items without having to cut them into smaller pieces, virtually eliminating the prep time for recipes. After trying out every single recipe from the Cuisinart Juice Recipe book (which is included with the machine) within the first two days of using it, I was thrilled to discover that it has a built in foam management filter disk.

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Similar to the rest of the products offered in the Cuisinart brand portfolio, the quality and sleek design is unmatched by any it’s competitors. Also setting it apart from the pack, this machine is uber quiet. I was shocked to discover that I could quietly juice early in the morning and not disturb anyone else. And the best part, the clean up is super fast and simple. I use a small compost bag  to line the 2 litre pulp container and it conveniently contains the waste, allowing for easy disposal. The locking hinge eliminates necessary spills, the entire machine breaks down so easily and is dishwasher save, making clean up ridiculously simple.

Cuisinart Juicers

Want to learn more about this kitchen necessity? Visit Cuisinart.ca or visit the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Cooking With Cuisinart: Juicing Made Quick & Easy at Home

 

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I’m a huge fan of juicing and for the last year and a half I’ve made a habit of doing 3 or 5 day juice cleanses, once per quarter. I have become obsessed with both the physical and psychological benefits that I went from cleansing just every three months to also juicing once a week on Sundays. Trust me when I say it’s an easy decision and simple sacrifice after experiencing the benefits first hand. Consuming fruits and veggies in juice format instead of eating them whole is great because your body absorbs the nutrients much quicker and also gives your body’s digestive system a much needed rest from breaking down processed foods. More importantly, juicing can also help reduce the risk of some cancers, boost immune systems, remove unwanted toxins from the body, reduce pain related issues due to inflammation, improve skin and sleep issues and if that’s not enough, it helps with weight loss – which is everyone’s goal after packing on winter lbs.

Cooking With Cuisinart

Cooking With Cuisinart

In the second installment of our Cooking With Cuisinart series, I shared one of my favourite juices after a yoga class with  Garrett and Casie using Cuisinart’s Full Size Juice Extractor:. Super fast and easy, it was the perfect way to recharge and rehydrate after a demanding Moksha Yoga session.

“Ginger Beet Juice Recipe”

1 medium size orange

3 kale leaves

2 medium sized Fuji apples

2 medium sized carrots

1 large beet

1 1-inch piece of peeled ginger

Ice Cubes (optional)

Click here for more delicious juice recipes you can try out at home. Get social and follow Cuisinart Canada on Facebook and Twitter
Missed our first episode of the #CookingWithCuisinart video series? Find out what we made with the Combo Steam + Convection Oven

Cooking With Cuisinart: Roasted Chicken & Warm Bread Arugula Salad

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I may not necessarily be the most skilled in the culinary arts but when I was presented with the opportunity to collaborate in the kitchen with two fellow bloggers, Garrett Tonge and Casie Stewart, for a cooking series with the prestigious Cuisinart Canada brand, the answer was obviously yes. In the premiere episode, our cooking crew gathered in my kitchen at home to cook a roasted whole chicken with warm bread and arugula salad using Cuisinart’s Combo Steam + Convection Oven.

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While only few are lucky enough to have a built in steam oven in their kitchen at home, Cuisinart has recently launched one with all the functions of a professional steam oven but in the form of a countertop appliance – which allows you to prepare tasty and healthy meals in roughly 50% less time like the one we prepared in the video below:

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For more information on the Combo Steam + Convection Oven head to www.cuisinart.ca
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