Roasted & Salted Almond Coconut Butter with Hemp Seed

Last week I confessed my copycat tendencies. Well, I have another food-related confession for you; sometimes I get food envy.

Roasted and Salted Coconut Almond Butter with Hemp Seed

The last time I visited Costco, the shopper behind me in line placed a jar of this nut butter on the conveyor belt. I felt a pang of jealousy and disappointment for having missed the stack of 5000 jars that were hiding somewhere in the store’s massive belly. Instead of running around like a maniac trying to locate a jar of my own, I decided to try my hand at creating my own coconut-inspired nut butter.

Nut butter is really a cinch to make at home provided you have the right hardware. Usually I trust in my 14 cup Cuisinart to get the job done, although many people swear by their Vitamixes or other high-speed blenders. There is argument that roasting nuts alters the nutrition content; this article disputes it but I’ll leave your nut butter making preferences up to you! Raw or roasted, this coconutty almond butter is lightly sweetened with natural maple syrup, slightly salted with a pinch of sea salt, and protein-powered with the addition of North Coast Naturals hemp seeds.

Roasted & Salted Almond Coconut Butter with Hemp Seed

by Suzanne

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: bake blender food processor raw side snack gluten-free soy-free vegan vegetarian wheat-free almonds coconut hemp seeds

Ingredients (Approx 2 1/2 c. nut butter)

  • 2 1/2 c. raw almonds
  • 1/2 c. coconut (chips or shredded, unsweetened)
  • 1/4 c. hemp seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup


If roasting nuts, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread almonds on a cookies sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Once cooled, place nuts, coconut, hemp seeds, salt and maple syrup in a food processor or high-speed blender.

Process on a high speed for 10-15 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally. The longer you blend the nut butter, the smoother it will be.

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Roasted and Salted Coconut Almond Butter with Hemp Seed

I hope this recipe saves you a trip to Costco. Instead of investing hours of your life and hundreds of dollars, you can brush up on your Costco trivia and facts, or decide if any of these ridiculous Costco finds actually suit your needs. Happy Wednesday!

Question of the Day: What is your favourite Costco find? Do you make your own nut butters, or do you store-buy?

Get your veggy on:

23. April 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: DIY, Food, Recipe, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 comments

Virtual Tea Time [18]

Happy belated Virtual Tea Time!

Virtual Tea Time

How was your long-weekend? Mine was pretty swell; I’m getting the hang of this ‘retired student’ thing. A very sunny Saturday beckoned me for a long walk, and although it was too cold to enjoy reading my book by the waterfront I did snap some pretty pictures!

VTT14 Collage

Flowers are in bloom, plastic eggs are growing on trees, the Market is open, and the lake is finally thawed! As much as I love long walks, my brain is still begging to be stimulated with new knowledge, so I’ve made it my mission to master HTML/CSS and Photoshop this summer. It’s amazing how much information is available out there!

Sima Sushi

Easter used to be a big food holiday for my family. We would often go to church together, enjoy a meal, and slip into sugar comas together. This year, however, we spent the weekend a bit differently. My parents came to help move my brothers out of residence on Sunday morning, and in the interest of beating the traffic, left shortly after our un-conventional Easter lunch at Sima Sushi. Despite the brevity of our visits these days, I love spending time with my family.

Family Picture

This is a perfect segue into Spill It Sundays since this week’s theme is family! My immediate family consists of Mom and Dad and twin brothers B & J. I’m the oldest, although the bros and I often get mistaken for triplets. I can’t even begin to explain how much my family means to me; they have stuck with my through some of the most difficult events in my life, and have helped facilitate the best ones. We have done some very memorable things together: summers at the cottage, re-shingling roofs, urban hikes, and our new annual Christmas gift exchange.  I value them so much.

Family Picture Silly

I loved Arman’s challenge to come up with a TV show family doppleganger! This is what I came up with:

Genius ‘tweeb’ brothers, an awesome crime-fighting big sister, and a pair of supportive parents; it doesn’t get more similar than that! Thanks for sitting down for your weekly cup of tea with me! Here are five links worth a read:

5 Must Read Links

1. Basic Photoshop: Adding Fonts and Overlays

2. 5 Tips to Improve Your SEO

3. How to Piss Off Your Barista (especially number 3…)

4. 5 Ways I Embraced my Weight Gain

5. Choco-Almond Truffles

Question(s) of the Day: How did you spend your easter? Do you have any good resources for a HTML/CSS/Photoshop newbie?

Get your veggy on:

21. April 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Personal, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 13 comments

Healthy Vegan Fridays [14] + HV News!

Healthy Vegan Fridays Logo

Thanks for joining us once again for Healthy Vegan Fridays! Anna, Kimmy, and I love browsing through all the delicious vegan offerings that are shared each week. Join in the party by linking up, joining the conversation  by leaving a comment, or sharing with your friends. This week the ladies and I are bringing something new to the healthy vegan table! You can read more about it at the end of the post, but first check out the most popular recipes from last week, as selected by number of clicks:

1. Buckwheat English Muffin Buns by Strength and Sunshine

Why store-buy when you can DIY! These look like a healthy and wholesome way to fuel your day!

2. Fluffiest GF Coconut Pancakes by Vegan Mommy Chef

These fluffy pancakes are made of sweet potato, and tons of other vegan goodness! 

3. Tamale-inspired Bowl with Pinto and Black Beans by Zsu’s Vegan Pantry

These bowls look so fresh; perfect for spring!

4. Raw Snickers by Mijnzeep

So many amazing wholesome ingredients make up these chocolatey treats!

My picks this week:

Quinoa Lentils Bowl by Our Fresh Kitchen

Lentils just so happen to be my favourite plant-based protein; I also love the spice combination used in this dish. 

Chai Spiced Rice Pudding by The Taste Space

I’ve never actually had rice pudding, but this might pop my cherry!

Raw Caramel Apple Swirl Smoothie by Coconut and Berries

Summer is coming, and so is smoothie season! I can’t wait to try this beautiful creation.

My Submission- Wild Rice, Quinoa, and Edamame Salad

Wild Rice Quinoa Salad

HV News!

One of my favourite things about Healthy Vegan Fridays is the amazing community it creates. Still, cyberspace can be distancing, so we want to get to know you all a bit better with a brand new HVF interview series! Once a month in place of the co-host favourites, a HVFer will be featured and have the chance to introduce themselves a bit more intimately with the HVF community. Anyone can fill out the questionnaire, whether you are a contributor or a commenter! If you are interested, you can fill out the survey here!

Question of the Day: What do you think about the new interview series? What should the series be called?

Now its your turn to share some vegan goodness with the blogging community! Use the linky below to link up one or two vegan recipes for next week’s HVF post (make sure you link back somewhere in your post)! If you’re new to HVF and would like to know more about getting involved, click here or leave a comment and I’ll be sure to reply :) To stay up to date on all things HVF, be sure to like our Facebook and Pinterest pages, tag your tweets with #VeganFridays, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Get your veggy on:

18. April 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Food, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Recipe, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , | 14 comments

Wild Rice, Quinoa, and Edamame Salad + Liebster Award!

Think back to your awkward preteen years for a moment. For me, middle school consisted of braces, listening to Ashlee Simpson on repeat (oh, so edgy), The Clique book series, and questionable fashion choices. I had a hard time expressing myself, so I often resorted to drawing on my peer’s choices as inspiration. I was what you call a copycat, and when it comes to finding recipe inspiration, not much has changed.

Wild Rice Quinoa Salad Closeup

Thinking back, my most shameful imitation was succumbing to the peer pressure of Crocs. Do you remember those horrible pieces of footwear? I had purple ones. *Shudder* Since I’m confessing all my deep, dark secrets to you, I’ll be transparent in saying that this recipe is a straight up forgery. My wonderful mother bought me a prepared quinoa salad for lunch at the grocery store a few weeks back, and I couldn’t get enough. I quickly got to trying to replicate the flavours, but likely with less oil and salt than the store-made stuff.

Wild Rice Quinoa Salad Spoon2

Wild Rice, Quinoa, and Edamame Salad

by Suzanne

Cook Time: 30 minutes (plus chill time)

Keywords: appetizer salad entree side gluten-free vegan vegetarian wheat-free almonds quinoa rice


Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • 1 c. wild or brown rice, cooked according to directions
  • 1 c. quinoa, cooked according to directions
  • 3/4 c. frozen shelled edamame beans, thawed
  • 1 carrot, julienned or grated
  • 1 c. cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp mint, chopped
  • 1/4 c. raw almonds, finely chopped

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • optional: 1/2 tsp. green curry paste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop almonds roughly and roast for 10 minutes.

Prepare the grains and run edamame under warm water to thaw.

Prepare veggies and place in a mixing bowl with grains, edamame, herbs, and almonds.

Prepare dressing by whisking ingredients together and pour over salad.

Mix well to combine. Refrigerate and serve cold.

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Liebster Award!

The lovely Alysha kindly nominated me for a Liebster award! Here are the questions she asked her nominees:

1. What’s the best recipe that you’ve ever found online?

Luckily I bookmark everything! It’s so hard to choose just one, but I have made this chickpea pancake so many times I have it memorized!

2. The first blog you ever starting following?

It was most likely Oh She Glows, or Healthy Tipping Point.

3. Something you always carry with you?

Keys, Booda Butter lip balm, a notebook, and pen.

4. What gets you motivated to work out?

Endorphins, and the gratitude that I am able-bodied and healthy enough to do so!

5. Who is your favourite person to follow on Instagram?

I’m plugging for my friend Ashley; I love following her account @PaintedLadyFitness for tons of life and fitness inspiration.

6. Are you a procrastinator?

Let me get back to you on that one… ;)

7. Do you have a favourite bar or on the go snack?

I should have added to the above question that I never go anywhere without trail mix.

8. Your favourite book or magazine?

I could never choose just one book, but I highlighted some of my favourites here.

9. What’s your favourite song right now?

I’m digging Zebra by Beach House.

10. What do you love most about the blogging community?

How supportive and congenial everyone is :)

My nominees are Coconut and Berries, Clean Wellness, 24 Carrot Life, The Pomegranate Bandit, and Produce on Parade and I’m throwing out the following questions to you ladies:

1. Is there any meaning or story behind your given birth name?

2. What is your favourite colour ink to write with?

3. What is your favourite smartphone app?

4. What ingredient or food item could you simply not live without.

5. You’re on your way to buy yourself a well deserved treat. What is it?

6. What is your favourite way to get your body moving?

7. What is your favourite hour of the day?

8. What is your number one listened-to song on iTunes?

9. What movie can you quote beginning to end?

10. What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?

Question of the Day: Do you admit to being a ‘copycat’?

Thanks so much for reading! Leave me a comment, or follow me on, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Instagram; I’d love to connect with you!

15. April 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Food, Personal, Recipe, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 14 comments

Virtual Tea Time [17] Cue More Change

I really thank you for joining me for tea, especially considering all the radical change that is occurring at the moment. Thankfully I was a busy little bee this past week, minimizing the fact that my ‘student’ identity has been severed.

Virtual Tea Time

Have you ever had a really good massage? Well I haven’t, but I equate the feeling of ‘hurt so good’ pain to my sentiments this past week. Every day seemed to bring upon more and more change! Monday I started a new part-time job, finally concreting my plans to stay in Kingston over the summer. Tuesday I had a (horrendousjob interview for a nursing position in Toronto, which taught me to proof-read your resume a million and one times and to treat everything as an opportunity to learn something.

Maddie, Kayla, and Suzanne

Wednesday I had a goodbye dinner with a group of friends from the yoga studio. Thursday I  had a goodbye potluck lunch with two of my best buddies, and my final shift at my on-campus job that I’ve done for the past three years! Every goodbye was so bittersweet. One one hand, we are letting go of a four year experience that has given us the tools to go forth in the world, but on the other, we are floating away from the people who have bolstered and nurtured us through it all.

QTS last shift

It doesn’t end there; as I speak to you (isn’t the internet magical? ;) ) I am completing the final hours of my yoga teacher training. This feeling is double-ended as well; I have gained experience and confidence in my abilities to teach yoga, and I am forced to say goodbye for now to 15 amazing individuals.

Suzanne and Lily YTT

All of these things ‘hurt so good’; saying goodbye is sad, but saying hello to what is about to happen next is exciting. It’s also kind of exhilarating (and terrifying) to not know exactly what is happening next.

I’m grateful that Arman’s Spill It Sundays had such an appropriate theme this week; ideal destination 2014! It got me thinking about where this summer might take me, and I’m thinking a trip to British Columbia would be nice!

It’s an ideal destination for me for a few reasons. One, I have a few friends moving there this summer. Two, Wanderlust Whistler is going down in July. And three, just look at the scenery! Funnily enough, a trip to BC was on my goals list, so all the better reason to make it happen!

On another positive note, less school time means more blog time! I’ve been itching to devote more time to this online space and to continue to grow. I thank you so much for sticking with me, and I hope you’ll continue to read along :) I’ll leave you to the rest of your day, but be sure to check out these must-read links from last week!

5 Must Read Links

1. Editing a Photo from Start to Finish

2. 7 Things Morning People Do Differently

3. How to Sprout Grains

4. Wellness Wonderland Radio with Gabrielle Bernstein

5. South of the Border Buddha Bowl

Question of the Day: What’s on your horizon (for today, this week, this year)?

Thanks so much for reading! Leave me a comment, or follow me on, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Instagram; I’d love to connect with you!

13. April 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Personal | Tags: , , , , , , | 14 comments

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