Cooking With Hope – Globally Local & No Bake Pumpkin Bites


Cooking With Hope – Globally Local & No Bake Pumpkin Bites

It’s here! It’s finally here! Globally Local has made its way to Windsor Essex. What is Globally Local you ask?

Aside from being one of my favourite places on Earth, it is Canada’s FIRST 100% all vegan fast food restaurant. With franchise chains in Ontario, our closest one before was London or Toronto.

Owners Kelly Neuber and Dave Robinson are from Mississauga, Ontario. Four years ago, they bought their retirement home in Kingsville and could not wait to move here.

Kelly has been a vegan for the last nine years now. She has always wanted to raise awareness of how living a vegan lifestyle is so good for one’s health, better for the environment and for the animals.

Two years ago, Kelly mentioned the idea to Dave about running their own Globally Local. The idea manifested into their current reality. After one year of searching for a good location, they chose 13458 Tecumseh Road East in Tecumseh near Little Caesars and Three Lambs Registry & Baby Boutique.

Globally Local is unique in that they offer affordable vegan fast food and have a very broad menu.

Globally Local
Try a Globally Local chocolate or strawberry milk shake. It does not disappoint.

Breakfast lunch and dinner; from burgers, to multiple chick’un offerings, to wraps, to salads, to breakfast sandwiches, to soft serve ice cream and shakes!

With gluten free options as well, there is definitely something for everyone. Everything is made from scratch with absolutely no chemicals.

Their facility is also very clean and is taking all of the precautions due to current COVID-19 health guidelines.

They have hired a fantastic Manager (Karen Basque) and everything is set up so she pretty much runs the show!

Basque is very experienced, a great team leader, and really wants to be a part of the food evolution.

On August 1, a family and friends pre-grand opening event celebrated the opening of the Windsor/Tecumseh franchise. On August 6, a grand opening took place with a line up waiting before the doors opened! Kelly and Dave are so excited about opening at this time and to be able to provide 12 new jobs in Windsor Essex.

And on September 5 and 6, another grand opening for the all-day breakfast menu was held. Half of their day’s proceeds were donated to Charlotte’s Freedom Farm, a total of $5,000.

Kelly and Dave are so excited for the community to try out their incredible menu and to meet their incredibly hard-working and friendly staff.

Vegan or not, I promise you will fall in love with Globally Local.

To view their menu and more information check online. As well you can follow our local franchise on Instagram @globallylocalwindsor and on Facebook

Let’s get cooking:

Welcome fall by making and enjoying these no bake pumpkin little bites.

With fall on its way, I am a top advocate for pumpkin anything as it’s not like all year round we incorporate pumpkin into our diets until now usually! So, I am going to enjoy it while it lasts, as I invite you to join me by making these delicious no bake pumpkin bites.

You will need . . .

  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon sugar


How to . . .

  1. In a large bowl, add your pumpkin puree, peanut butter and maple syrup. Stir to combine.
  2. Next add your coconut flour, sea salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice and stir to combine everything together well, it should start to become a thick consistency.
  3. Place your bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes to allow it to harden a little bit.
  4. In a medium size bowl, add your cinnamon sugar.
  5. Start to roll the mixture in your hands to create bite sized ball shapes.
  6. Roll each pumpkin ball with a spoon in your cinnamon sugar to coat it. Continue the process with the rest of your mixture.
  7. Place them in the freezer for 15 minutes, and store them in the freezer or in the fridge and enjoy!

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Hope Monaco
Cooking With Hope Hope Monaco is a third year University of Windsor student studying a double major in Communications/Media and Psychology. She is a certified yoga teacher and has been on a plant-based diet for the last three and a half years. Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, she has become very creative in the kitchen and in food photography. This led her to create her own Instagram food blog — Local Plant Eater — and she has recently developed her own website,, where she promotes easy, simple, delicious plant-based recipes for all. She reviews local restaurants, creates her own recipes and shares her favourites as well as her preferred plant-based products. Contact Hope on Instagram @localplanteater or by emailing: [email protected]