Almond Milk Chai Latte

Almond Milk Chai Latte
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    Servings Prep Time
    4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Almond Milk Chai Latte
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
      Cook Time
      20 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
      Cook Time
      20 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: 8 oz servings
      Instructions
      1. Crush cardamom using the bottom of a small pot or metal measuring cup. Remove seeds and discard shells. Continue to crush cardamom seeds along with peppercorns, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick and nutmeg until well broken down. It will take 10-12 good crushes to break down the whole spices. Bring 2 cups of water to a simmer in a small pot (preferably with a pouring spout) Add crushed spices along with ground ginger. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
      2. Remove from heat and stir in loose black tea. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Will yield approximately 2 cups of chai mix.
      3. Warm and froth almond milk. Pour 1/2 cup hot chai concentrate into a mug and top with 1/2 cup of almond milk and a spoonful or two of froth. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired and serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      -2% milk can be used if desired.

      -you can grind the whole spices using an electric spice grinder as well, however, crushing by hand works just fine.

      -almond milk or milk can be frothed using an emersion blender, by shaking, commercial frother, espresso machine frother or a mini hand-held electric whisk. You can find these items in My Amazon Store under "The Extras"

      -the chai concentrate will keep in a sealed container for up to a week in the fridge.

      Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel

      Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel
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        Servings Prep Time
        20-24 pieces 40 minutes
        Cook Time
        40 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        20-24 pieces 40 minutes
        Cook Time
        40 minutes
        Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel
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          Servings Prep Time
          20-24 pieces 40 minutes
          Cook Time
          40 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          20-24 pieces 40 minutes
          Cook Time
          40 minutes
          Ingredients
          Apple Date Cake
          Pecan Streusel
          Servings: pieces
          Instructions
          Pecan Streusel
          1. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients and set aside.
          Apple Date Cake
          1. In a medium sauce pan combine dates and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occationally until dates are very soft and pasty, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spiced rum. Allow to cool slightly before adding to recipe.
          2. Preheat oven to 350℉ and lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan with non-stick spray or butter. Line the pan with parchment, overhanging on two sides (this allows you to lift the cake out of the pan).
          3. While dates are cooling, whisk together the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
          4. In a seperate small bowl toss together chopped apple and 1 tbsp of flour. Set aside.
          5. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating after each. Add dates, applesauce and buttermilk whisking to fully combine.
          6. Whisk in dry ingredients until combined. Add diced apples, shaking off any excess flour as you add them. Stir to evenly distribute.
          7. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with pecan streusel. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
          8. Allow to cool completely prior to lifting out of the pan and cutting into desired portions. Serving with Spiced Rum Caramel is highly recommended.

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: dozen
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour over raisins. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside until ready to use.
              2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt.
              3. Cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Stir in molasses.
              4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Stir in raisin.
              5. Using a one-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment lined baking trays, spacing 2" apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with damp fingers or palm of your hand. Bake on middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
              Recipe Notes

              -recipe yields 48 2 1/2" cookies.

              -for best results, bake each tray separately on the middle rack.

              -you can skip the plumping of the raisins, however, it does make for a very nice chewy cookie.

              Almond Peaches


              Almond Peaches
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                Servings Prep Time
                8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
                Cook Time
                40-50 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
                Cook Time
                40-50 minutes
                Almond Peaches
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  40-50 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  40-50 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: peach halves
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat grill or oven to 350℉. If using grill, turn on side burners only, cooking peaches in the centre over indirect heat.
                  2. Using a food processor, blend almonds, sugar and spices until a course crumb is achieved. Add oatmeal and pulse several times to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture is evenly mixed and crumbly.
                  3. Wash peaches, cut in half vertically and remove pit. Lay peach halves cut side up in a cast iron skillet, trimming bottom slightly if needed to make peaches sit flat. Scoop 3tbsp (lightly packed) crumb mixture onto each peach half. Press down mixture until flat and covering entire peach half. Place in centre of grill using indirect heat or alternatively place in oven and cook for 40-50 minutes until peaches are tender and crumble is golden and crisp.
                  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly for warm peaches. Serve with ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or yogurt.

                  Parsnip Spice Muffins

                  Parsnip Spice Muffins
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    12 muffins 20 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    25-28 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    12 muffins 20 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    25-28 minutes
                    Parsnip Spice Muffins
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      12 muffins 20 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      25-28 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      12 muffins 20 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      25-28 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: muffins
                      Instructions
                      1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 12 muffin tins with parchment or muffin liners. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside.
                      2. In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating after each. Whisk in applesauce, milk and vanilla to combine. Whisk in flour mixture and parsnips until just combined. Stir in pecans.
                      3. Divide batter equally between prepared muffin tins using a generous 1/4 cup of batter each. Bake in preheated oven for 25-28 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature.
                      4. In a small bowl stir together cream cheese, icing sugar, milk and vanilla to form a smooth texture. Drizzle or spread onto cooled muffins.