5 Ingredient Hemp Seed Crackers [North Coast Naturals]

While talking on the phone with my Mom the other week, she quoted a phrase my brother had said to her. I couldn’t help but wonder why my brother felt so inclined to say that “I’m so glad to have a hippie as a sister“. A hippie? Moi? Now that I think about it, I guess I do have a few hippie-like tendencies. My closet consists of more than one tied-dyed piece, you will rarely see me without a mason jar or reusable container, I habitually flash the ‘peace’ sign at drivers to thank them for letting me cross the street, and I spent the better part of my weekend camping and doing yoga at The Groove Festival.

5 Ingredient Hemp Seed Crackers. Vegan Gluten free

Another qualifying characteristic is the fact that I really enjoy making my own food. I’ve dabbled in bread-baking, kombucha-brewing, and more recently cracker-baking. I was jazzed by how easy and quick it is to create your own customized dipping vessels. This particular recipe has only five simple ingredients, although you could easily jazz them up with dried herbs, spices or additional seeds or nuts of your choice.

5 Ingredient Hemp Seed Crackers. Vegan Gluten free

These crackers have an awesome nutty taste thanks to North Coast Naturals Raw Hemp Seeds. These little guys boast some really awesome nutritional stats such as:

  • 10 g of protein per serving
  • loaded with fibre (2 g per serving)
  • a good source of Vitamin E
  • vegan, gluten-free, raw and 100% Canadian

5 Ingredient Hemp Seed Crackers

by Suzanne

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: bake appetizer snack gluten-free nut-free soy-free sugar-free vegan wheat-free chia seeds hemp seeds hemp oatmeal

Ingredients (Approx 2 dozen crackers)

  • 1/2 c. oat flour (store-bought or milled in a food processor)
  • 1/2 c. North Coast Naturals hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp water
  • optional: dried herbs, spices


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Stir in water until well combined (will be sticky, almost ‘PlayDough’ like).

Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on the cookie sheet with the back of a spatula.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove tray from oven and score the crackers in any shape you like with a sharp knife.

Bake for another 10 minutes, checking often to prevent burning.

Turn off the oven, and leave tray in oven with door propped open to ensure crackers are crunchy.

Cool and enjoy with your favourite dips, nut butters, or on their own.

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Disclaimer: Although I was not compensated for this post, North Coast Naturals provided me product to try free-of-charge. All opinions are my own.


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27. June 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: DIY, Food, Recipe, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 comments

Catelli Gluten Free Pasta [Giveaway] + Lemon-Dill Hummus Summer Pasta Salad

Good day friends! It seems like there is so much going on these days. With travelling to Toronto for the past two weekends, celebrating graduations, and making it through last Friday (did anyone else feel a bit loopy?) I feel a bit all over the place. It’s comforting to sit down and reconnect with something I love doing so much; sharing with you!

Last month I was invited to attend a cooking demonstration hosted by Catelli to mark the launch of their new gluten-free macaroni pasta. Although I couldn’t attend in person, the magic of the internet allowed me to web-conference into the cooking demonstration at George Brown College where Chef Higgins shared his tips and tricks for pasta perfection!

Catelli Gluten-free Pasta: How to Cook Pasta

Catelli has recently added Macaroni noodles to it’s line of gluten-free pastas. The pasta is made of a blend of quinoa, corn, brown rice, and white rice, and I can attest that it beats just about every gluten-free pasta I’ve tried to date! The line also includes Spaghetti, Penne, and Fusilli (my personal favourite)!

Catelli Gluten free Pasta Salad Vegan

One of the downsides of attending the demonstration by web was that I didn’t have the chance to try the delicious dishes that were being concocted. There is a slew of recipes on the Catelli website such as Ginger Edamame Macaroni Salad. Of course I wanted to get in on the recipe creating myself, so I am sharing  a new recipe that is picnic perfect and gluten-free-friendly!

Lemon-Dill Hummus Summer Pasta Salad

by Suzanne

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 mintues

Keywords: appetizer entree salad side gluten-free nut-free vegan vegetarian wheat-free hemp summer

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 1/2 box Catelli Gluten-free Macaroni
  • 1 carton cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 c. chopped greens (I used kale leaves and broccoli slaw)
  • 1/4 c. hemp seeds
  • 1/4 c. pumpkin seeds


  • 1/2 c. hummus
  • 1 1/2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dill, dried or fresh
  • 2 cloves or garlic, minced


Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a cookie sheet to cool.

Prepare dressing by mixing ingredients together by hand or using a small food processor.

Chop greens and tomatoes. Place in a large mixing bowl with pasta and dressing. Mix to combine,

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Summer Hummus Pasta Salad Vegan

Now comes your chance to win a year supply of Catelli gluten-free pasta! That’s right; if you’re not already Italian, I’m sure after winning such a prize you would be soon! The contest is open to Canadian residents only, and the winner will be announced July 1st! Until then, use the Rafflecopter widget below to submit your entries.

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As a special bonus, Catelli is offering everyone a $1 off coupon to try out their new pasta line. Click here to print it off for yourself!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Catelli provided me with a box of pasta free-of-charge for testing, however, opinions are all my own.

Bonus: Get in on OmT.O. and enter to win a Yoga Mat here!

Get your veggy on:

17. June 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Food, Recipe, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , , | 54 comments

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

I keep a running to-do list that magically syncs up with my computer, phone, and tablet. Yes, I’m a bit over saturated in the technology department but that list gets credit for keeping me on track with all of life’s events, big or small. This week I finally got the satisfaction of checking off a few big ticket items, and boy does it feel good!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

Item number one had been nagging at me for four years; I’m not exaggerating when I say that. The Canadian Registered Nursing Exam had been a distant anxiety since I began my undergrad degree, but the day finally came last wednesday where I joined what must have been two thousand other students (again, not exaggerating) for the multiple choice test of a life time. Yes, all the answers are correct, but which is it the best answer? I had a strong urge to heel-click as I handed in my scantron.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

And to compress as many endings as possible into one week, I received my diploma two days later. The whole family made the trek to Kingston to watch me walk across a stage and have a circular red and white piece of fabric draped awkwardly around my neckAll joking aside my convocation was totally enjoyable; Holly Cole received an honorary degree and reciprocated by serenading us with three lovely songs!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

Now it’s back to reality, that is, working part time in a cafe, occasionally teaching yoga, and waiting to hear back about potential nursing jobs. I am still uncertain about what the next couple of months hold for me, so I’m doing my best to enjoy my carefree summer. Saturday a good friend of mine celebrated a birthday with a vegetarian potluck, and I dreamed up these little guys as an addition to the dessert table. They are decadent enough for dessert, and healthy enough for a midday pick-me-up snack.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

by Suzanne

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: food processor no bake dessert snack dates oatmeal

Ingredients (18-24 balls (depending on size)

  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. pretzels
  • 1/4 c. dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 c. (approx 10 large) Medjool dates
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter


Pulse oats, chocolate chips, and cocoa together in a food processor until oats are ground into a fine crumb.

Add pretzels and pulse so some crumbs remain. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Blend together dates and peanut butter. Add to mixing bowl.

With a spoon or (clean) hands, mix together contents until combined.

Roll into small balls, and store in the fridge.

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10. June 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Food, Recipe, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 8 comments

Healthy Vegan Fridays [21]

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Thanks for joining us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! Anna, Kimmy, and I have loved sharing the best healthy vegan recipes of the web for the past 21 weeks, however, all good things must come to an end :( Due to personal issues, this will be the last HVF that we will be hosting together. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed exploring HVF as much as we have loved hosting it. Kimmy will be taking it on solo from now on so be sure to keep linking up with here! Here are the top recipes from this past week’s link party as chosen by number of votes as well as a few favourites that caught my eye:

1. Chocolate Banana Spread from Egginon

A cheater nutella with only 3 ingredients; yum!

2. Veggie Sausuages from Delicioso

A healthier version of ‘faux’ veggie sausages.

3. Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream from Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes

Summer beckons, and so does this frozen treat!

My picks:

Green Tea Almond Cake with Coconut Glaze from Farmer’s Market Vegan

‘ve been loving green tea in everything; this cake is no exception!

Chocolate Coconut Snack Mix by Creating Silver Linings

A perfect decadent on-the-go treat!

Healthy Mocha Hazelnut Shake by Coconut and Berries

This combination is right up my alley; you can’t go wrong with nutella and coffee!

Thank you again so much for your support these past few months. It has been a pleasure to host such an amazing collection of foodie creativity. If you’re at all interested in helping out with HVF, be sure to get in touch with Kimmy :)

Get your veggy on:

06. June 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Healthy Vegan Fridays, Review, Round Up, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , | 6 comments

Get Your Om On at OmT.O.

The sun has been shining, and boy does it feel good! The temperatures in these parts have been confirmation that summer really (finally) is right around the corner. In just a few short weeks summer will be officially here, and OmT.O. will be happening in the beautiful Distillery District of Toronto to help ring in the season!

Om T.O.

I was invited by the folks of OmT.O. to attend this full-day celebration of summer, and although I can’t attend, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity on extending the invite to you (plus a chance to win some yoga-inspired swag)! Here’s the lowdown: on Saturday June 21st from 9 am to 5 pm in Toronto’s historic Distillery District (55 Mill St.) everyone is invited to attend a full day outdoor yoga extravangaza! The event is completely free, and eight back-to-back  40 minute yoga classes will be offered by teachers from studios all over the city. You can look at the full schedule online here, so you can have your pick of class, style, or teacher.

OmTO Event

OmT.O. is also offering a chance to win a B Yoga mat for ten yogis who completes all 8 yoga classes (remember: savasana and child’s pose are totally yoga! ;) ). If you feel like this challenge is for you, be sure to get there early; the first ten people to sign up will get to try out the B Yoga mat all day and then take it home with them!

B Yoga Mat Prize OmT.O.
This event really isn’t one to miss! Despite your age, gender, or experience level you are bound to find something for you. Bring a friend, a mat, your sunscreen and shades, and get your om on! The folks from OmT.O. are also generously providing an awesome prize pack up for grabs to any Toronto/GTA resident interested in elevating their practice and spreading the word about the event. One lucky winner will get a B Yoga Mat, a 5 class pass to Spynga (which I attest is pretty neat!), and Kashi cereal and granola bars! The winner will be announced June 20th, so get sharing! Use the rafflecopter below to enter, and help spread the word by tweeting at @OmToronto using the hashtag #OmTO14. More information about the event is available at omto.ca

Will you be in attendance? What class are you most looking forward to?

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Get your veggy on:

03. June 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Fitness, Travel, Yoga | Tags: , , , , , , , | 13 comments

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