Cultured Cream Cheese – Two Flavours

Now that I’m back working at home, I’m saving time not driving or getting ready in the morning.  So, there is a bit more time for food prep and cooking.  This extra time also really helps make my running more consistent and I am seeing improvement in my times since taking a lot of time off of running.

I didn’t try regular cream cheese until my late teens when I worked at Tim Hortons.  I love it but not necessarily the ingredients in it.  I decided to take a look at some of my favourite brands of non-dairy cream cheese and make my own.  We are now only shopping once every 3 or more weeks, so it makes sense to make use of whatever pantry staples we already have. I can’t stop eating these cream cheese with freshly baked crackers!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Bites

I swore I didn’t like Nutella. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had it, but as a kid I ate way too many Ferrero Rocher chocolates and the thought of chocolate hazelnut anything made me feel ill.  That was until my kids tried Nutella and loved it and I had to find a healthier version to buy.   I was wrong. Chocolate and Hazelnut can be together again…in a healthier, reduced-sugar, dark version form. I can eat that stuff straight with a spoon. Continue reading “Chocolate Hazelnut Bites”

Rocky Road Ice Cream

I found my ice cream maker the other day!!! I thought it got thrown out in the move, so it couldn’t have come at a better time, that being summer holidays.

Rocky Road and Heavenly Hash were my favourite ice cream flavours growing up, so I had to make a vegan version of one of them.  Feel free to add in more chocolate chips, nuts or marshmallows to your liking.

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Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

I’ve never bought fruit roll-ups before for my kids, but they have definitely tried them at some point in time because they often ask me to buy them.  Since I’ve gotten my dehydrator in the fall, I haven’t had much time to use it.  Yesterday, the organic strawberries that were on clearance made me get out the new dehydrator and put it to use.  I can’t resist a good sale on berries!

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Chocolate Chip Waffles

Sunday is waffle day. I make a large batch and then freeze the rest. My daughters then have waffles ready to pull out any day of the week. We also sometimes do waffles for their school lunches, cutting them into fingers for easy eating and dipping.  You could omit the chocolate chips and make a classic waffle, or add in some fruit, such as blueberries.



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons organic coconut sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of melted non-dairy butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy chocolate chips


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add in the liquid and mix until most of the clumps are gone.
  3. Preheat and oil your waffle iron.
  4. Pour the batter (approximately 1/2 cup/waffles) in your waffle maker and cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.
  5. Serve with maple syrup, peanut butter, or enjoy on their own.