Dairy Free Whip Cream

Dairy Free Whip Cream

 

I love whip cream just as much as anyone else or maybe a little more! This here is my secret weapon when I am making a dairy free whip cream. It not only tastes like the real deal, it also is SUPER easy to make. 

 

Add in:

  • 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Optional: Cinnamon

 

Whip it all together in a mixer. Place it in a Zip Lock baggy for a simple way to use it. Chill for about 2 hours and then cut a hole in the corner of the zip lock bag and enjoy! 

Whip Cream

Prep Time 10 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can Cha's Organic Coconut Whip Cream
  • 1-2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Add everything into a stand mixer .
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Place in a zip lock bag and chill for 2 hours.
  • Remove from the fridge, cut a corner of the zip lock bag and enjoy!

Notes

Alternative to the canned whip cream is to use full fat coconut cream that’s been chilled for 24 hours prior to mixing. Only use the solid cream not the water that separates from it. 
Orange Spice Cookies {Nut, Gluten & Dairy Free}

Orange Spice Cookies {Nut, Gluten & Dairy Free}

This recipe came after I was asked if there was a gluten free cookie recipe that I enjoyed without nuts! Yes some people can be allergic to nuts and gluten sensitive – if that’s you, then this is a MUST READ! 

The flour used in this recipe is Cassava Flour – which is from a root vegtable. 

If you prefer to have a plain more sugar cookie version of this recipe you can do that by:

 

1) Removing the spices and orange rind

2) Adding in more sugar from 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup

3) Pick your flavouring almond or vanilla and enjoy! 

Once you have your cookies all mixed the way you’d like – place them on a tray in single tablespoon measurements and bake them in the oven!

NOTE: These cookies are very crumbly due to the type of flour you use, they taste amazing, but they are not the kind you can split in half and share! 

 

Orange Spice Cookies {Nut, Gluten & Dairy Free}

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 20 cookies

Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Cassava Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Orange Rind

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  • Mix together the dry ingredients
    1 1/2 cup Cassava Flour, 1/2 tsp Baking Soda, 1/4 tsp Sea Salt, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, 1/3 cup Coconut Sugar
  • Grate the orange rind into the mixture
    1 Orange Rind
  • Add in the remaining wet ingredients and mix well
    2/3 cup Coconut Oil, 2 Eggs, 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • Scoop out in single tablespoon measurements to make roughly 20 cookies
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick sheet
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes
  • Let cool before you enjoy!

Notes

These cookies are quite crumbly, but they taste delicious!
Keyword Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Refined Sugar Free, WILDFIT
5 Things You Should Know About Healthy Baking With Chocolate

5 Things You Should Know About Healthy Baking With Chocolate

Chocolate is one of those things that pops up every time there is a major holiday:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Christmas

There is a reason for that chocolate is a BIG DEAL – as of 2019 it was a $130.56 billion dollar industry 

However, chocolate is one of those things that can hide a great deal of sugars! It can be inethically made and still it’s something all humans love to consume. That might have something to do with the caffine content, but I won’t touch on that today…

Below read my 5 thoughts I have on making healtheir treats with chocolate:

1. Not all chocolate is created equally

Sometimes you’ll see a package that says: sugar free, nut free or labels the chocolate as healthy. This is often a LIE.

What you want to check for is what type of sugar is inside, how much and where is it on the ingredient list.

Always remember to check the ingredient list vs the nutritional label.

Not all chocolate is equal. Some will have 3 types of sugar while some only have one.

 

2. When in doubt go for dark chocolate

I am not going to lie, I’ve tired milk chocolate again since being dairy and sugar free…I am human!

I was at the M&M factory in times square and well they had some labeled ‘dark chocolate’ only for me to discover with a massive tummy ache later that they still contained milk…

Dark chocolate is going to be your best friend when baking healthier recipes. 

3. The truth about artificial sweeteners

Some may argue that if you’re trying to eat sugar free just use stevia or erythritol sweetened chocolates. 

Google the side effects of erythritol and tell me that’s something you want in your body…

Now I may be slightly dramatic because the side effects of sugar are just as bad. So this brings me to point #4. 

 

4. You have to pick the less of the evils

You have to do what works best for you! No matter what there is going to be some form of sugar in your chocolate.

Unless you only bake with Hu Chocolate, which if you do I am SUPER jealous. 

Ultimately you have to decide what is going to feel the best to you.

5. Lastly, don’t let them fool you! 

Yes chocolate can be good for you, BUT it’s not something we need to have everyday. 

Chocolate is one of those things that humans can become easily addicted to. 

This I know first hand. 

There was a time that I couldn’t leave the house without a piece of chocolate.

You may wonder, why?

Well you see…I’d read somewhere that chocolate makes us happier. So all of a sudden I found myself attaching a strong emotion to a food. 

This is never a good thing! 

What this meant is that I firmly believed if I didn’t have a piece of chocolate before I left the house, I wasn’t going to have a happy day.

That took YEARS to uncover and figure out and I can happily say that chocolate no longer has that hold on me. I no longer NEED it to survive. 

So make sure you listen to that inner voice in your head and don’t make up excuses to eat chocolate ‘just because’ – have it because you want it, not becasue you need it. 

Chocolate Examples

Let’s talk some chocolate examples. What I’ve used, tried, enjoyed and reccommend. 

Camino Natural Cocoa Powder

What I love:

  • Subtle flavour
  • Organic
  • Fair Trade

When you read the packaging it recommends to use this cocoa powder with recipes that use baking soda. 

I’ve only followed this a handful of times, really use it when you want less of a punchy chocolate flavour. 

 

 

Camino Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder

What I love:

  • Rich flavour
  • Organic
  • Fair Trade

This package recommends to use this cocoa powder with recipes that use baking powder. 

Same as above – simply use it when you want a more rich chocolate flavouring. 

HU Chocolate

What I love:

  • No refined sugars! 
  • Organic
  • Fair Trade

If you can make the investment this is 110% the only chocolate brand that I would trust and recommend fully. 

They make their chocolate with people in mind, not profit and it tastes amazing! 

 

Lindt

What I love:

  • Limited ingredients

If I can’t find any chocolate chips that I trust or feel like consuming I often go with 80% or higher dark chocolate from Lindt. 

This I will simply chop up and use in replacement to chocolate chips. 

It’s by no means the best, but to me it can be better than the alternative. 

 

Lilys Chocolate Chips

What I love:

  • Fair Trade

This is one of those companies that says ‘no sugar added’ but uses Erythritol and Stevia in their chocolate – so yes there is sweetener inside! 

I have used these many times. They are not my favourite, but there are something you can find at the local grocery store. 

Now get to baking something that feels good for your body! 

The BEST Healthy Baking Tools You Need

The BEST Healthy Baking Tools You Need

I LOVE to bake and I 100% believe in simplicity and not having a CRAZY amount of tools around. There are many ways that you can make baking not a crazy expensive endeavour (well minus some ingredients), but you really don’t need to have it all to make delicious treats! Below you’ll find a collection of some of my favourite tools and why I recommend them. 

THE BIG INVESTMENTS

Alright this is my favourite of them all, so it gets to be shared first! 

I’ve had this mixer for more than half my life and the story of how I got it is one of the best. 

I was 12 years old and I began to really dive into baking and our little hand mixer kept breaking on me, so finally I told my Mom that I want a Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas. 

Her response, ” Those are wedding gifts.”

My response, ” Well in Barkerville you can get married at the age 12, I am sure one of my friends would support me so I could get a mixer!”

Barkerville is an old 1800’s gold rush town – super cute if you’ve never heard of it, but yes my plan was to go and get married so that I could do more baking. 

Well long story short, I found a Kitchen Aid mixer under the tree and I still use it to this day. 

You may think this is one MAJOR investment and yes it is! However, when you think about the fact that mine is over a decade old and still works – it’s one of the BEST purchases you can make.

My favourite: 

Up next is another one of my MUST HAVE tools in your kitchen and that is the Vitamix.

 

You can use this tool for:

  • Ice Cream
  • Soups
  • Smoothies
  • Anything you can really think of! 

It is one of the most powerful blenders you can buy on the market and again most last minimum a decade if you take good care of it. 

 

When you’re ready for this investment – click the link below!

My last big investment, minus stocking up your pantry, would be to have a food processor.

 

For over 5 years now I have used this specific food processor, which I bought in a kit with the blender. However, the blender didn’t last as long with how many smoothies I make – hence the Vitamix upgrade! 

There are two ways you can get a Ninja food processor – select the option below that’s best for you.

THE BASICS

Quality Baking Sheets

Alright I have to be 100% honest with you here, it’s taken me years to finally begin using quality baking sheets that are ONLY used for baking! However, I am so happy that I do now. No more popping baking sheets and cookies sliding together. This is your sign to purchase some for yourself!

Mixing Bowls

For YEARS I used metal mixing bowls and since switching to glass I doubt I will ever go back! I love having the ability to heat them as well as to see what I am baking. 

Kylie Proof Spatulas

I say Kylie proof because the number of spatulas and whisks I have broken is a little terrifying! 

I only use silicone spatulas now that don’t have a specific handle, because the handles break off.

Below you will find a great set to have on hand. 

Silicone Baking Trays

I can’t remember the last time I made muffins or a cake and had troubles getting it out of the pan! Silicone trays are the trick and something I personally prefer using. 

Silicone Baking Mat

I know this image doesn’t actually show you what I mean, but you need a quality silicone baking mat instead of constantly going through parchment paper. 

PANTRY ALTERNATIVES

Flour Alternatives

If you’re wanting to bake with healthier alternatives you need to ensure that you have the options available to you when you need them! Here are some of my favourites to stock up on:

 

Sugar Alternatives

Alright same as with your flours, if you don’t have the right sugars on hand you may be more tempted to use refined sugars. Below are the ones I personally use the most:

 

 

Want to learn more about what sugars you should use?

Read this blog post for some great insight!

Others to have on hand

These are some of the things you don’t think about, but are going to need!

 

If you made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read and take a look at all of my favourite products and pantry must haves!