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VEGAN D’VASH BANANA WALNUT MUFFINS

VEGAN D’VASH BANANA WALNUT MUFFINS

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Ingredients

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 bananas

1/2 cup D’vash Date Nectar

1/4 cup of oil

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts

A generous pinch of cinnamon

A pinch of salt

 

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a muffin pan with liners and keep it ready.
  • Sift together both the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add the chopped walnuts to this and mix well.
  • In another bowl, take the bananas, mash them well with help of a fork. To this mashed bananas add D’vash Date Nectar and oil. Mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix it together with a spatula. Fill up the muffin cup until 2/3 rd. I filled it up 3/4 and they did spill out a bit and have that muffin top. To avoid that and get a even shaped top, use 6-cup muffin tray + 2 silicon moulds and fill them up till 2/3 -rds.
  • If you prefer, you can top the muffins with some chopped walnuts.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 22-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Take it out of the oven, let it sit on a wire rack to cool a bit and serve.

 

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D’VASH “CARAMEL POPCORN”

D’VASH “CARAMEL POPCORN”

Ingredients

For the popcorn

1/2 cup corn (un-popped)

2 tsp oil

 

For the caramel

1/2 cup butter

1 cup powdered jaggery

1/4 cup D’vash Date Nectar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp baking soda

 

Method

Popping the corn

  • Heat a heavy-bottom wide pan, add oil, when the oil heat ups, add the corn and close the pan with a lid. Reduce the flame to simmer.
  • The popping will start and once it starts to slow down and almost no popping for 2/3 seconds, then switch off the flame and let it sit for another 5 seconds covered.
  • Remove lid

 

Making the Caramel

  • Remove the popped corn into two separate baking sheets, i used two large aluminum takeaway pans.
  • In the same pan which i made popcorn, i made the caramel too.  To the hot pan, add butter, jaggery and D’vash Date Nectar. Stir well. Reduce the flame to simmer.
  • It will thicken immediately. When butter melts completely. The sauce will become of pouring consistency all brown and slippery. Remove it from flame. Add vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. The sauce would foam a bit after adding baking soda. Stir well.
  • Carefully using tongs, take the pan and divide the sauce among the two baking trays of popcorn. To achieve even pouring, use a ladle and pour in a wiggly fashion once horizontally and again vertically.  Toss and Mix well or use a ladle to evenly coat the popcorn.
  • Preheat the oven to 100C (250F), bake the popcorn for an hour, taking out after every 15 minutes and mixing them well.
  • After an hour of baking, let them cool completely in the tray, by this time, they will be non-sticky and you will hear nice crunchy sound when tossed in the tray.
  • Once cooled, store them in an air-tight container.
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TOMATO-NECTARINE-PARSLEY SALAD WITH D’VASH DRESSING

TOMATO-NECTARINE-PARSLEY SALAD WITH D’VASH DRESSING

Ingredients

Dressing
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 tsp D’vash Date Nectar
2 tsp white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
½ tsp ground sumac
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground white pepper, 3-4 grinds of the pepper mill

Salad
500-600 g mixed tomatoes, ripe but not overripe otherwise they will not cut cleanly (I used 1 beefsteak, 1 coeur de boeuf and several baby plum tomatoes)
2 nectarines, ripe but not overripe otherwise they will be difficult to cut cleanly
250 g barrel-aged Greek feta
2 spring onions
20 g (a big handful) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, whole
40 g (a handful) shelled pistachios
10-11 large fresh mint leaves

Finish
Salt
Freshly ground white pepper
½ tsp ground sumac

 

Method

Make the dressing
Use a lidded jar, as this is easier for mixing and storage.
Place all dressing ingredients in jar, put the lid on and shake well. Give it a taste and add more salt if needed.
If you don’t have a lidded jar, place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix using a fork or a whisk.
Set aside.

For the salad
To toast the pistachios, add them to a dry, small pan and place over medium heat. Toast them, stirring regularly so they don’t burn, until they become fragrant. Empty them immediately onto a plate and let them cool. Then, chop them roughly.

Cut the tomatoes into different shapes —slices, wedges, cut the small ones in half or quarter them— in order to have variety on the plate.
Cut the nectarines into wedges without peeling them.
Slice the spring onions and cut the fresh mint leaves chiffonade (long, thin strips). Chiffonade is a way to cut large leafy herbs like basil, sage, mint etc. To do that, stack the mint leaves on top of each other, roll them up tightly (rolling from the wide side of the leaves) and cut the roll into thin, long strips.

Assemble the salad
Take a large platter and spread the parsley leaves.
Arrange the slices/pieces of the large tomatoes on top and tuck the nectarines among them. Place the small tomatoes among the rest of the ingredients and sprinkle with some salt.
Scatter the spring onions all over. Crumble the feta and sprinkle it around the plate, then scatter the chopped pistachios and mint on top.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad and finish by sprinkling with ½ tsp of sumac and by grinding a little white pepper.
Serve immediately and enjoy!

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SPELT TOAST WITH D’VASH DRIZZLE

SPELT TOAST WITH D’VASH DRIZZLE

 

Ingredients

2 slices of Never Fail Spelt Bread

2 tbsp nut butter (cashew, hazelnut, almond etc)

Drizzle of D’vash Date Nectar

Method

Toast the bread, spread with nut butter, and drizzle the D’vash Date Nectar over! Tuck in!

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D'vash Perfect Molasses Cookie

D'vash Perfect Molasses Cookie

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup D'vash Date Nectar
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger + 1 teaspoon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar

METHOD

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the canola oil together.
Add the brown sugar, D'vash, molasses and vanilla and continue mixing.
Slowly add in the eggs and mix.
In another large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, 2 1/4 teaspoons of the ginger, the cloves and the cinnamon. Blend with a wire whisk.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix until the dough is well blended.
In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon ginger.
Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the cookie batter and roll the dough into a ball using your hands.
Drop the cookie dough ball into the bowl of sugar and ginger and coat the dough ball with the sugar mixture.
Place the coated balls of cookie dough about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat.
Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the oven.
Lightly press each cookie with a flat spatula to remove any excess air.
Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.

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D'vash Bourbon Raspberry Lemonade

D'vash Bourbon Raspberry Lemonade

d;vash bourbon raspberry lemonade

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup fresh raspberries
2 pinches mint
1 tablespoon D'vash Date Nectar
3 dashes bitters
1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sparkling water or wine
Rosemary, lemon slices and fresh raspberries, for garnish

METHOD

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the raspberries and mint with the d'vash, and bitters. Fill with ice, top with bourbon and lemon juice.
Shake until well chilled. Strain into ice filled glasses. Top with sparkling water or wine and garnish with rosemary, lemon and raspberries.

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