by | July 1, 2014 · 11:44 am

It’s Canada Day!  Here’s wishing all our Canadian friends a very happy holiday ♥

Happy Canada Day

Never one to miss a party, I’m joining in the celebrations with a day coloured red and white, and filled with lots of yummy maple syrup!

If you’ve seen my recipes, you’ll know how much I love the golden nectar! I first experienced maple syrup during a vacation to Banff in the 90s. I was blown away by its incredible flavour. Each morning, I’d pile my plate high with pancakes and then drown them in maple syrup. It’s a good thing I spent all day on the slopes as I probably ate my body weight in pancakes and syrup that week! :P

Strawberry Dairy Free Cheese Cake

Strawberry Dairy-Free “Cheese” Cake

I still love to drizzle maple syrup all over my pancakes, but these days I use it for so much more. It’s my favourite sweetener for granolas, cakes, brownies, vegan cheesecakes, jellies, smoothies, and glazed nuts. I also use it for savoury dishes including stir fries, as well as for marinades and salad dressings.

Lush Berry Jelly (Vegan)

Lush Berry Jelly (“Jello”)

It’s one incredibly versatile sweetener!

And here are just a few of the maple-sweetened recipes from fellow bloggers that I’m really looking forward to trying out…

Vegan Richa Coconut Crusted French Toast

Baked Coconut Crusted French Toasts by Vegan Richa
Photo Credit: Vegan Richa

My VeganP Quinoa Lentil & Beet Salad

Quinoa, Lentil, Beet Salad with Miso Maple Mustard Dressing by My Vegan P
Photo Credit:  Kendal Mills

Roasted Balsamic Strawberries by Gluten-Free Vegan Love

Roasted Balsamic Strawberries by Gluten-Free Vegan Love
Photo Credit: Gluten-Free Vegan Love

A House in the Hills Vegan Rhubarb Cheescake

Vegan Rhubarb Cheesecake by A House in the Hills
Photo Credit: A House in the Hills

Don’t they all look scrumptious?

If you’re inspired to try a new maple syrup recipe, you may be interested in a fantastic new giveaway that I’m launching today! I’ve been in contact with Clarks UK and they have very kindly offered to give away two sets of their syrups (worth over £25.00) to my readers. Each set will include:

1 x 500ml Clarks Original Maple Syrup Blend
1 x 500ml Clarks Pure No.1 Medium Grade Maple Syrup
1 x 180ml Clarks Pure No.2 Amber Grade Maple Syrup
1 x 180ml Clarks Vanilla Original Blend

Clarks Giveaway Collage

To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave me a comment answering the question featured in the Rafflecopter below. Do make sure you tick the box in the Rafflecopter to register that you have done so! There are a number of additional ways you can enter in order to increase your chances of winning. You will find these listed in the Rafflecopter. All entries will be verified prior to the winner being selected.

This giveaway is *UK only* and open to residents aged 18 and over.

The closing date is Friday 12th July 2014 at midnight GMT. The winner will be selected at random and notified by email. The winner will have 7 days to respond. If they fail to do so, another winner will be selected at random.

New to Rafflecopter? It’s pretty easy! Simply click on ‘Use Your Email’ and enter a name and your email address (rest assured it won’t be published anywhere). You can also log in using your Facebook account, if you wish. A quick demo of how to use Rafflecopter can be accessed here.

* If you experience any technical problems when trying to enter the Rafflecopter, let me know in the comments section below and I’ll submit your entry for you *


Good luck everyone! xx

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