Madame answers all your questions.


Where can I buy Madame Labriski date puree?

At IGA, Rachelle Béry, Marché Tradition and Bonichoix grocery stores across Quebec. My purees contain no preservatives and can be found in the fruit and vegetable section (yes, dates are fruit) near the pre-cut fruit and vegetables. If you can’t find them, simply ask a member of staff!

If I want to replace sugar with date puree, what quantity do I use?

Sugar is a solid and date puree is a humid ingredient… so it can depend according to the recipe.
In general, you can substitute 1 cup of sugar with ½ cup of date puree. If in doubt, taste and adjust.

How long can I keep my date puree after I opened it?

21 days in the fridge and up to 6 months in the freezer. Yes, date puree freezes well.

Are your recipes good for diabetics?

Of course, here is an article I wrote that might help answer some of your questions.
Read it here. 

How do you make date puree?

Buy date halves that are perfect for cooking and make your own date puree. Get the recipe here.

Can I freeze raw cookie and muffin dough?


Can I make individual muffins instead of a loaf?

Yes, but the cooking time will be shorter. The time may vary depending on the recipe but I’d say 10 minutes less for standard muffins.

Can I replace bananas with applesauce?

Yes, but it will no longer be a banana recipe.

Can I replace yogurt with applesauce?

Yes, always.

Can I swap chia seeds for flax seeds and vice versa?

Yes, always. You can also use hemp seeds.

Can I use another type of flour than the one specified in the recipe?

Yes, you can simply use any type of flour you have on hand.

I have cricket powder. Can I add some to any recipe?

Yes. You can easily add 2 to 3 tablespoons. Cricket powder is a flour (powder) that’s very high in protein.

Is almond powder the same thing as ground almonds?

Yes. Almond powder, ground almonds, almond flour… they’re pretty much the same thing. Almond flour is available at supermarkets but the almonds are ground more finely. That being said, when a recipe calls for almond flour, you can easily use ground almonds instead.

The recipe calls for a plant-based beverage, can I use regular cow’s milk instead?

Yes, always.

What can I use as a substitute for almond butter?

Natural peanut butter. People with nut allergies can use sesame seed butter or Wowbutter.

What can I use as a substitute for almond powder or hazelnut powder?

You can always substitute one type of nut powder for another type of nut powder or even powdered seeds (sesame seed or sunflower seed powder). You can also replace almond powder with organic tiger nut powder. (Tiger nuts are a tuber.)

What can I use as a substitute for milk powder?

It depends on the recipe. When I use milk powder, it’s often a central ingredient in the recipe. Leaving it out is a bit like taking away its very essence. I use it to add protein and give it a nice smooth creamy texture. Without the milk powder, you need to adjust the entire recipe. You can use soy milk powder and you’ll get good results but the texture won’t be the same. It may therefore be best to just try another recipe.

What can I use as a substitute for oatmeal?

Any kind of cereal flakes: quinoa, buckwheat, spelt, etc. If you are gluten intolerant, you can buy oatmeal that is certified gluten-free.

What can I use as a substitute for one egg?

There are several options:

  • 1 tbsp. ground chia seeds + 3 tbsp. water,
  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed + 2 tbsp. water,
  • ½ mashed banana,
  • Egg substitute (yes, it’s available at grocery stores, in the organic section).

Note that the texture of your recipes will be slightly different… but they’ll still be 100% delicious

What can I use as a substitute for one type of nut?

Simply any other type of nut you have in the cupboard (almonds, cashews, pecans, etc.). For example, if you don’t have any walnuts, you can use pecans. The important thing is not to tear your hair out!

What can I use as a substitute for plant-based protein powder?

When I use protein powder, it’s usually to increase the amount of protein. Every protein powder is different. It’s therefore different for each recipe. In general, I’d say give it a try…

What can I use as a substitute for soy protein powder (soy milk powder)?

I’ve noticed that all protein powders are unique. They have different textures and also react differently to liquids.  It therefore depends on each individual recipe. You can try using flour or cornstarch, but to be perfectly honest I haven’t yet tested them in all my recipes.

What can I use as a substitute for sprouted buckwheat?

To make sure you have that crunchy texture, go for sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Simple as that.

What do I do if I’m using a convection oven?

Set the oven to 160°C (325°F) instead of 180°C (350°F) and bake for the same specified length of time.

Where can I buy beet powder?

At supermarkets, in the organic section.

Is lupin flour gluten free?


In fact, lupin isn’t a cereal, it’s a legume, and that’s the reason it doesn’t contain gluten.

Is lupin flour high in plant protein?

Yes, and that’s why I like to add a little to just about everything. It contains 6 g of protein per 2 tablespoons.

See the article Lupin flour, packed with plant protein.

Madame Labriski, which dates do you use to make your puree?

I’ve been asked that question so many times that I decided to offer the actual dates used to make my date puree sold in grocery stores. How cool is that? Plus, these ones are date halves… to make life easier for you!

I don’t have any lupin flour. Can I still make the recipe?

Yes. Depending on which recipe you’re doing, you can replace the lupin flour (high in fibre and protein: 6 g of protein per 2 tablespoons) that the recipe calls for with the same amount of another type of flour.

I am allergic to peanuts. Can I eat lupin flour?

Visit Health Canada to have more details about your allergies.

Where can I find lupin flour?

You can find lupin flour in the organic section at your local grocery store or at so-called health food stores.

Why do Madame Labriski whole dates taste of caramel?

My whole dates that taste of caramel are my premium ones. I felt like offering reasonably priced dates with unique added value. Pop one in your mouth and take the time to savour its caramel taste. Isn’t what nature has to offer delicious? I’m really proud of them. They make for an amazing wholesome and energizing snack. Bon appétit! (By the way, you can also use them for cooking… they’re simply perfect).