Tangy Mango-Kiwi Smoothie

by Charlie Rioux on October 30, 2014

Tangy Mango-Kiwi Smoothie

With the colder fall weather, smoothies are not my breakfast staple anymore (hello, yummy oatmeal!). However, when I work out in the morning, I still favour a smoothie since it is the only thing that is quick enough and that doesn’t weight me down if I work out half an hour after drinking it (not eating anything before working out is definitely not an option for me).

I improvised this smoothie a while ago with what I had left in the kitchen and it turned out fantastic! I perfected it by trying some variations and I’ve been making this smoothie all the time since then! The mango makes it sweet and super creamy and the kiwi and goji berries add lots of sourness. If you love sour candies, you’ll definitely love this smoothie! There is even a handful of hidden spinach in there for a nutrient boost.

Tangy Mango-Kiwi Smoothie
Serves 1
raw, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tbsp goji berries
  2. optional: 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 1 cup vanilla almond milk (I use homemade)
  5. 1 kiwi, peeled
  6. 1 cup frozen mango
  7. 1 handful baby spinach
Instructions
  1. The night before: add the goji berries and optional chia seeds to the 1/4 cup of water, place in the fridge and let soak overnight.
  2. To make the smoothie, add the soaked goji berries with the soaking water and all the other ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
Sweet Salty Spicy http://sweetsaltyspicy.net/
Mango-Kiwi Smoothie

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Grand Marnier Orange-Chocolate Cupcakes

by Charlie Rioux on October 27, 2014

The perfect cupcakes for an Halloween party…
Halloween vegan orange-chocolate cupcakes

… or for a sweet treat any time of the year!
grand marnier orange-chocolate cupcakes

 

I had the sudden urge to make cupcakes this weekend and flipped through my cookbooks for ideas. I liked the idea of using the traditional orange+chocolate combo, and decided to make an adult version (i.e., add alcohol) by using Grand Marnier in the batter and frosting. The result is delicious chocolate cupcakes with a deep orange flavour; the orange really shines and is definitely the star of this cupcake!

The frosting is where the Grand Marnier flavour really comes through, so if you love the flavour of this liquor as much as I do, you will definitely fall head over heels for this frosting! They were so good I ate two after making them. Then, I had a heartache and forced myself to eat only one cupcake on the next day.

grand marnier chocolate cupcakes

Grand Marnier Orange-Chocolate Cupcakes
Yields 12
vegan, nut-free option, soy-free option
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
For the cupcakes
  1. 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  2. 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  3. 2/3 cup sugar
  4. 1/3 cup light-tasting oil (I used grapeseed)
  5. 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 tsp orange flavor
  8. 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  9. 1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  10. 1 tsp baking soda
  11. 3/4 fine sea salt
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 cup Earth Balance buttery spread, softened
  2. 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/8 tsp orange flavor
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 4 cups icing sugar
  7. 2-3 tbsp non-dairy milk, as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat non-dairy milk, Grand Marnier, oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract and orange flavour. Beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the liquid mixture in batches and beat until all the clumps are gone.
  4. Spoon the batter in the prepared muffin pan, about 2/3 full for each.
  5. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the cupcakes slowly spring back when pressed with a finger.
  6. Transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  7. For the frosting, beat the Earth Balance with an electric mixer.
  8. Mix in Grand Marnier, vanilla extract, orange flavour and salt.
  9. Gradually add the icing sugar (1/2 to 1 cup at a time) and mix until fully combined. Add some non-dairy milk if the icing becomes too dense.
  10. Continue mixing for 5 to 10 minutes until fluffy.
Notes
  1. These cupcakes can be nut-free and/or soy-free depending on the non-dairy milk chosen.
  2. For my Halloween cupcakes, I used a 2D decorating tip and pipped the frosting starting from the center. I used pumpkin candies and chocolate sprinkles for decoration.
  3. For my everyday cupcakes, I used a 2D decorating tip and pipped the frosting starting from the outside edge. I used orange slices and cocoa nibs for decoration.
Adapted from Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes
Sweet Salty Spicy http://sweetsaltyspicy.net/
Halloween Grand Marnier chocolate cupcakes dessert

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Melon-Matcha Green Smoothie -& Kiss Me Organics Matcha Review

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I was quite excited to get a bag of Kiss Me Organics matcha to review because, well… I love matcha! My favorite way to enjoy matcha is in a latte, although I also like it just whisked in hot water. I also love using it in recipes, such as smoothies, cakes and other treats. However, I […]

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