Grilled Peaches

Peaches are a summer favourite when it comes to fruit, especially Niagara peaches; nothing else quite compares. And every so often I like to spice things up by throwing peach halves right on to the grill – which is a real treat! Grilled peaches are the perfect way to jazz up a weekend brunch/breaky or if you want to impress guests with a sweet and smoky dessert.

I like to keep mine simple with a light drizzle of pure maple syrup as the peaches are the real winning treat already. However, if you are looking for something super delicious and indulgent, grilled peaches  topped with your favourite type of ice or whip cream is the way to go! I personally love them topped with Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss “Naked Coconut” – YUM!

Also, another favourite dish for grilled peaches when looking to use them as part of your main dish, is to pair your grilled peaches with ricotta, basil and a drizzle of EVO and your favourite balsamic vinegar (see here my spin on the classic Caprese).

Grilled Peaches

For more of my favourite items to grill – check out my post Grill On and please share what you’re grilling up this summer! #delsdish #delsgrill

Happy Long Weekend! xx



Vegan Eggnog

‘Tis the season for some festive cheer!

With Christmas Eve upon us, it is time to soak in all things festive the next couple days or week – if you are so lucky. Christmas movies, holiday parties, long dinners with family and friends, sipping on festive drinks around the fire, Christmas music lingering in the background – I absolutely LOVE this time of year! With the merry spirit filling our home, I wanted to share something perfectly appropriate for this Christmas Eve. And what could be more merry than the beloved Christmas drink of Eggnog!

To be honest I have never been a real fan. I love the idea of this signature Christmas beverage and EVERY year, I give it a try hoping that I will like it, and am always left disappointed. Until now! Granted this isn’t the traditional Eggnog that many of you love so much, but it’s the next best thing or in my opinion – better than! The My New Roots, Creamy Eggnog Milkshake is beyond delicious! (I’ve made a couple changes based on what I had available).

This rich and creamy egg-less Eggnog is perfect any time of the day. Let it be the star at your Christmas brunch, part of your cocktail mix, or dress it up for dessert, which is what I am going to do, (and I won’t judge if you enjoy it more than once).

What makes this drink super nutritious and full of protein, fibre, and calcium is the sesame seeds. I had no idea how nutrient packed these little seeds were. They pack a great punch of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, iron and copper – so you don’t need to feel guilty if you down a glass or two. 🙂

So please give it a try, I guarantee it’s better than anything store bought.

Vegan Eggnog (yields 2 servings)

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 3-4 dried figs
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 2 cups water (you could also use milk of choice – but not necessary!)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated or ground)
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • pinch of himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • juice of half of lemon
  • cinnamon sticks
  1. Place sesame seeds, figs and salt in a bowl. Cover with water and soak overnight or up to 8 hours. Drain and rinse well
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until completely smooth. Add spice to taste and water to desired consistency
  3. Pour and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick

Vegan Eggnog

Happy Ho Ho! xx

Banana Bread Granola

I am basically obsessed with the My New Roots: Inspired Plant Based Recipes for Every Season cookbook. Sarah Britton is a true original when it comes to edible inspirations, with an insight on Holistic Nutrition that is thought-provoking and enlightening. This book isn’t just about the pretty pictures (although they are definitely mouth-watering to look at). Sarah breaks out her recipes by season and by dish category – which I absolutely love! Although I am totally guilty of jumping all over, since I want to try them all!

This weekend I tried out her Chunky Banana Bread Granola and I can’t believe I hadn’t thought to add in banana’s to my granola sooner – what a game changer for my granola making days. For one that loves banana bread but looks for a healthier alternative with added nutrients – this is it!

Using banana’s as part of your binding agent will change up any of your go-to granola recipes. Sarah’s recipe is spot on and needs no modification, unless you want to add a few alternate ingredients or use what you have on hand. Just don’t skip out on the Banana – this is the absolute key! My personal recommendation for add-in’s are chia seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, crushed raw almonds or chocolate chips for a treat! What would you add? Check out this amazing breakfast dish-

Banana Bread Granola (yields 9 cups)

  • 3-4 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free)
  • 1 cup  buckwheat groats
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened large coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup whole raw walnuts, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour the melted oil into a food processor or blender, add the bananas and maple syrup, and blend until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients – rolled oats, buckwheat groats, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cinnamon, salt, etc.
  4. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the dry mixture and gently toss to coat.
  5. Divide the mixture between the 2 baking sheets and press it firmly with the back of a spatula to ensure that the mixture is compact and even. Bake the granola for 20 minutes, until it’s beginning to brown.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and use a spatula to flip the granola over in large sections. Return it to the oven and flip it every 5-8 minutes, making smaller chunks each time, until golden, 15 to 25 minutes more. The granola should be dry and crisp.
  7. Set the granola aside at room temperature to cool. Do not stir the granola until it is completely cool so it will set into chunks.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month – if it lasts that long!! 🙂

Banana Bread Granola