Maple Cinnamon Ricotta-Stuffed Dates with Walnuts & Pear (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Refined sugar-free)

Maple Cinnamon Ricotta Stuffed Dates with Walnuts and PearA host of flavours and textures come together in this elegant yet easy recipe.  Soft, caramel Medjool dates are balanced with a fine-textured Ricotta cheese filling.  The flavour of the cheese is slightly sweetened with the addition of maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon adds subtle warmth on the palate.  Each creamy bite is complemented with the crunch of chopped walnuts and crisp fresh pear.  You can just as easily serve this to a roomful of guests or prepare it as a delicious (and still nutritious) snack for yourself.
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Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Refined sugar-free)

Maple Cinnamon Cream CheeseMaple Cinnamon Cream Cheese.  It’s embarrassing to admit that I’m Canadian and yet I’d never even thought of this before.  But it wasn’t until I decided to make my (High-Protein) Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal that I thought about combining maple syrup, cream cheese and cinnamon into one smooth, creamy spread.  Sure, I love plain cream cheese on my bagels.  And I slather my pancakes and waffles with pure maple syrup, straight from my home province of Nova Scotia (until my current stash runs out).  But why limit yourself when you can spread either or both with this awesome Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese?  It’s also great as a dip for fresh fruit (apples and bananas are my top contenders – let me know what else YOU try in the comments) or on crackers or breadsticks.  Or heck, just eat it straight out of the bowl (I’m in no position to judge, trust me).

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(High-Protein) Maple Walnut Overnight Oatmeal

Maple Walnut Overnight OatmealNow that I’ve convinced you that overnight oatmeal is one of the fastest, easiest, and most delicious things to have for breakfast, whether at home or on the go, and can be surprisingly high-protein, too (wait a minute, what’s that? You haven’t read my Cinnamon Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal post yet? You’re missing out! Check it out after this one – you won’t regret it, I promise), let’s kick up the flavour possibilities. How about the classic breakfast flavour that’s undeniably Canadian and adds just the right touch of sweetness to your morning meal? Maple! Throw in some walnuts to add a serving of healthy fats (they’re packed with omega 3 fatty acids) and boost the fiber AND flavour of this dish. There you have it: Maple Walnut Overnight Oatmeal. You can thank me later.

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