No-bake Vegan Summer Treats

If there’s one major change I’ve noticed since moving out of my parents house and into an apartment with no air conditioning, it’s that turning on the oven can raise the room temperature from 25 C to 35 C in ten minutes flat.

If you’re in a similar situation, I have an abundance of no-bake recipes to get you through this heat wave.
Fig and Coconut Tartlets by Katys Kitchen #vegan #glutenfree
FIG AND COCONUT TARTLETS: These cute little tartlets are made up of only five ingredients and are ideal for the “natural food” lover. They’re made using my go-to tartlet crust of nuts and dates and have a creamy coconut whip in the centre.
No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree
CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE: Calling all chocoholics! This cream pie also uses my go-to tartlet crust, only this time it’s even easier pressed into one large pie plate. It’s topped with crunchy cacao nibs – you really can’t go wrong!
Pumpkin Date Bars by katyskitchen,ca
PUMPKIN DATE BARS: This flavour may be a little out of season, but we all need snacks no matter what the temperature is outdoors! These guys are loaded with fibre from dates, oats, and pumpkin puree.
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Strawberry, Walnut, and Kale Salad

Do you enjoy raw kale? Raw kale salads are all the rage, but I just can’t get behind that bitter taste and strange texture. If you’re like me, the only way you’ll eat kale is sautéed in pasta dishes or baked as kale chips – but not for any longer!
Strawberry and Walnut Kale Salad by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree
Here’s a sautéed kale salad for you, without all the bitterness and brittleness of raw kale. Strawberries, walnuts, ginger, and garlic, are summer-y pairings made in heaven.

The trick for achieving such an intense garlicky flavour is to let the garlic simmer with the oil on low heat. The flavour of the garlic will infuse the oil, creating a rich flavoured salad dressing. I learned this trick from The Pioneer Woman.
Strawberry and Walnut Kale Salad by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree

The salad tastes wonderful served immediately, but since the kale is sautéed the salad also holds up well on day two. If you’re looking for a dish to bring to a potluck or a friend’s place for dinner, this one’s your best bet.
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