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Banana-Pear Muffins

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 17th, 2017

Banana-Pear Muffins

Makes 12  


  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger or cardamom
  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (well-shaken before measuring)
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled, diced
  • Turbinado sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or grease tin wells well with baking spray.
  2. Whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash bananas very well. Stir in sugar, oil, egg and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk.
  4. Add liquid mixture into flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir until just combined.
  5. Before mixture is fully incorporated, add pear and stir just 3 or 4 more times or until barely combined. Immediately spoon or scoop into prepared tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a little turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake 5 min then reduce heat to 350F and bake another 20 to 25 min, or until tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 min then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Make ahead: Freeze cooled muffins in zip-lock bags for up to 4 weeks. Thaw at room temperature.

Recipes by Claire Tansey.


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Energy balls with quinoa and coconut

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jan 6th, 2017


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened toasted shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp natural almond butter
  • 2/3 cup flax seeds ground
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup dried freeze dried mango minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Additional toasted unsweetened shredded coconut for sprinkling (if desired)


  1. Mix together the quinoa, coconut, almond butter, flax, honey, mango and a pinch of salt. Roll into 32 balls.



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Chillax Energy Balls

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2016

You could not get an easier treat. Chillax balls both relax and energize you so make up a batch in 5 minutes and enjoy!

Makes 18 balls.


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup tahini
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp maca powder
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp pink rock or grey sea salt
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds and hemp hearts for rolling


1. Mix all ingredients except seeds until well mixed. Roll them into balls and coat evenly with seeds.

For more great recipes checkout www.JulieDaniluk.com

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On-the-go Coconut PB Bars

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016


  • 1 cup (250 mL) Adams® 100% Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) agave syrup
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Robin Hood® Oats
  • 1 cup (250 mL) toasted coconut
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) raisins
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) cinnamon


  1. Combine all ingredients. Press into foil-lined 8” square pan.
  2. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into bars.NOTES: Recipe freezes well and add up to 2 tbsp of your favourite vanilla or chocolate protein powder.

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Sesame PB Date Bites

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016


  • 1 cup (250 mL) pitted dates
  • ½ cup (125 mL) Adams® 100% Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • ½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped peanuts
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) toasted sesame seeds


  1. Purée dates in food processor. Add peanut butter and mix until well combined.
  2. Remove from food processor and knead in peanuts.
  3. Shape into balls and roll in toasted seeds or other favourite coating (crushed peanuts, hemp seeds, coconut).
  4. Refrigerate overnight.

    NOTES: Recipe freezes well and add up to 2 tbsp of your favourite vanilla or chocolate protein powder.

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No-bake summer fruit tarts

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Jul 7th, 2015



4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted
1 cup mascarpone
1 cup  35% cream
5 tbsp honey, divided
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp water
2 cups assorted fruit, such as figs, blackberries, plums andcherries
2 tbsp finely chopped pistachios
1 tsp lime zest


  • SPRAY 6 4-in. tart pans (with removable bottoms) with oil. Line the bottoms with parchment. Arrange on a baking sheet.
  • STIR cookie crumbs with butter in a medium bowl until moist. Scoop 1/2 cup crumb mixture into each pan. Firmly press up the edges until crust is even with rim. Scoop 3 more tbsp into each pan, and press down to cover bottom. Freeze until very firm, at least 1 hour.
  • BEAT mascarpone with cream, 4 tbsp honey and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 min.
  • STIR remaining 1 tbsp honey with water and fruit in a medium bowl until glossy. 5. Carefully remove firm tart shells from pan by pressing removable bottom up and out from ring. Peel off parchment. Set shells on serving plates. Pipe or spoon mascarpone mixture into shells. Top with fruit. Drizzle with fruit syrup. Sprinkle with pistachios and lime zest.


Make smaller tarts by scooping 3 tbsp crumb mixture into cupcake liners set in a muffin tin, then firmly pressing from centre of liner to edges and up the sides until crust is even with rim. Freeze until firm, then fill with mascarpone cream and fruit just before serving. Makes 18 to 20.


Calories 1
Protein 11 g
Carbohydrates 72 g
Fat 81 g
Fibre 5 g
Sodium 385 mg
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Dried fruit compote

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Apr 11th, 2014

Dried fruit compote

Makes – 3 cups (750 mL) dried fruit and 1 cup (250 mL) juice

Serves – 6 – ½ cup (125 mL) per serving


  • 2 cups (500 mL) Tropicana® Orange Creations 100% Orange and Grapefruit Juice ™
  • 20 prunes
  • 20 PC® Dried Apricots
  • ½ cup (125 mL) PC® Dried Cranberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks


  1. In a medium pot stir all the juice, prunes, apricots and dried cranberries together. Submerge cinnamon sticks.
  2. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 min. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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Phyllo pastry stuffed with chicken and leeks

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 12th, 2013

Phyllo pastry stuffed with chicken and leeks


  • 1 roasting chicken, cooked
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 5 cups white button and Cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • Fresh thyme, chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled


  1. Remove the skin from the roasting chicken and discard. Remove the meat from the bones and chop into small pieces.  Transfer to a large bowl and season with oregano and fresh cracked pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms, thyme and a pinch of salt.  Once the mushrooms start to release liquid, add the wine. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the all of the liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with the chicken.
  3. Heat the olive oil in the same saucepan over medium heat.  Add the shallot, leeks and pinch of salt.  Cook until the shallots and leeks are soft, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with the chicken.  Set aside to cool.
  4. Add the crumbled feta cheese to the cooled filling and mix.  Your filling is now complete and ready to be added to the phyllo pastry.
  5. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan over low heat.  Remove from the heat and skim away any foam.  Use only the clarified butter and avoid the white milk solids that have settled on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Gather two of the phyllo sheets and cover the remaining sheets with a damp cloth to avoid drying out.  Lay the two sheets of phyllo along the bottom of a 9-x13-inch (33×23 cm) shallow baking dish.  Allow the sheets to overlap in the center of the pan and the excess to hang over the sides of the pan.  Brush the sheets lightly with some of the melted butter.  Arrange another six sheets of phyllo in the same manner, brushing each sheet with melted butter.  Add the filling and spread it evenly in the pan.
  7. Gather the excess phyllo pastry hanging over the sides of the pan and fold over to enclose the filling.  Brush each layer with melted butter.  Lay the remaining two layers of phyllo pastry on the very top and allow the phyllo to wrinkle and fold to create a ruffled top. Brush with melted butter.  Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the refrigerator and lightly sprinkle the top of the pastry with water.  Place in the middle of a preheated oven and bake at 350°F (180°C) until golden brown and crispy, about 45 minutes.  Cut into serving pieces and serve warm or cold.

Courtesy 3 Greek Sisters

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