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    Over the past few months Canola Eat Well for Life has been traveling across Canada cooking up a storm from coast to coast. I had the great pleasure of hosting the grand finale at Olde Bridge Place in my kitchen with some amazing people and an FABOOSH baker.

    Cook book author Charmain Christie known as The Messy Baker joined us to give us the 101 on baking with Canola.



    We set on a an afternoon journey of baking 6 amazing recipes all using Canola…

    The Messy Baker used the Canola in these recipes like you would any other oils or butters. No fancy changes had to be made and the finished products were just FABOOSH. Not to mention that Canola is a good fat. Love the ‘Fat Chart’ they provide on their site. They also have a very handy Canola Oil baking conversion chart...Which is great when you avoid doing math at all costs like myself.

    Here is a fun chart I now have posted in my pantry for easy use.





    The day was filled with tips, tricks and so much knowledge. Both about baking and Canola itself. One of my faves came from The Messy Baker herself.

    “If you’re baking with sticky ingredients like honey or molasses, measure the canola first, but don’t scrape it all out. It will grease the measuring cup so that the sticky ingredient slides right out.”





    So simple right! This will save me so much frustration and RE-washing of measuring cups. I knew Canola was a healthy choice in my cooking but had no idea it was versatile in baking.

    Another thing I learned that day is that not all Canola is created equal. Just like many oils and fine wines there are different grades of Canola and we had the pleasure of baking with some Pristine Gourmet Canola that is a pure virgin oil. This oil has a more robust flavour and is a favourite for chefs. It has the lowest saturated fats of all oils and can be used in raw or cooked recipes.


    And what is a party without GAMES…

    I love learning new things and today was all about the “Canola Crush”..Which is a simple as it sounds. You crush the Canola seeds and VOILA..You have oil. And we could not have asked for a more picturesque place to do it than on the front lawn of Olde Bridge Place on the banks of the Grand River by the Kissing Bridge.




    Look at this crew of freshly inspired Canola bakers… HUGE thanks to Canola Eat Well and Charmian Christie The Messy Baker…We are all ready to head into the holiday season inspired to make delicious and healthier treats for our loved ones.

    This would not be a proper baking post without sharing some screen licking worthy pictures of our finished products…

    Cranberry Pistachio Baklava


    Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies ( better than my moms but don’t tell her)



    Poppy Seed Bars with Citrus Icing


    You can find all the recipes along with so many more both cooking and baking on the Canola Eat Well website. They have a great section right now featuring Holiday baking from Coast to Coast.

    Happy Holidays and Happy Baking to you and yours.. CHEERS

    The Messy Bakers book makes a fabulous Holiday or Hostess gift!!


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    *The wonderful Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Canola Eat Well.

    *This is a sponsored post and I was the host of the event.



18 Responses to Eating Well with Canola

  • Jenn Dyck wrote on December 2, 2015 at 1:47 //

    Such a great day. Thanks for sharing Dee. I honestly still think about your beautiful location and awesome hospitality. The perfect location and host for the finale.

  • Cherie-Lynn Buchanan wrote on December 3, 2015 at 10:18 //

    It kills me that I had to miss this. It looks like such a great time. without a doubt my favourite treat is a vanilla cake with a buttercream icing.

  • Maria Stanley wrote on December 3, 2015 at 10:22 //

    I’m a white cake, white icing kind of girl.

  • joy wrote on December 3, 2015 at 10:23 //

    brownies, nice and moist!

  • Joy D wrote on December 3, 2015 at 10:29 //

    I love homemade biscuits – comfort food and can be messy to make.

  • happygoluckyca wrote on December 3, 2015 at 10:35 //

    My favourite baked treat is cheesecake!

  • nicolthepickle wrote on December 3, 2015 at 12:06 //

    Shortbread is one of my favourite things to make.

  • Emily clancy wrote on December 3, 2015 at 1:01 //

    A classic Victoria sponge. So traditional and easy but fantastic when done perfectly 😊

  • Em Mahr wrote on December 3, 2015 at 5:49 //

    My favorite baked treat are meringues!

  • Laura wrote on December 3, 2015 at 7:26 //

    My favourite baked treat ate brownies 🙂

  • Jet wrote on December 3, 2015 at 7:42 //

    Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorite teeats

  • Lushka Smith wrote on December 3, 2015 at 7:55 //


  • Sandi wrote on December 4, 2015 at 11:52 //

    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies – heavy on the oatmeal, and a mix of dark & milk chocolate chips!

  • Glogirl wrote on December 6, 2015 at 4:24 //

    Lately my favourite baked treat is Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies.

  • SueSueper wrote on December 6, 2015 at 6:26 //

    Cinnamon Rolls is my favourite.

  • Pat wrote on December 6, 2015 at 9:24 //

    ten cup cookies

  • Amy C wrote on December 7, 2015 at 3:39 //

    I like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

  • Nate Fuller wrote on December 8, 2015 at 9:40 //

    My favorite is cookies, just about any kind will do!