Have you ever wondered who the mastermind is behind the delicious desserts at the Coop? Meet Chaity.

I met Chaity a few months ago. She showed up at the Coop with her yellow bike helmet and a Tupperware of date truffles. I could not understand why anyone would want to simply give desserts to the Coop to sell without receiving anything in return. 

“We make the desserts entirely on a volunteer basis,” I emphasized. She nodded, “Yes, I know. I just want to share this with the Coop.” Since then, I have come to know Chaity as one of our most generous and passionate volunteers, giving of her time, energy and creativity to make this space the best it can be. This is part of her story (you have to ask her for the rest!), and some background behind our delectable “sweet-treats” menu for the fall:

Cooking is my therapy. After being diagnosed with a chronic illness a few years ago, life got challenging with the many drugs/steroids I was treated with that was causing me painful side effects. It took years to learn that I could eliminate many of these medications simply by adjusting my diet. When I reduced gluten and lactose, I soon realized how much energy I had - I was slowly healing my body naturally. Groceries and restaurant food with my dietary restrictions can get costly and not be as savory. So, I was inspired to try my hand at vegan and gluten free recipes. It started off simply as a way of reducing costs, but soon became my way of adding a new and wonderful flavor to life.

Better eating can influence your energy and mood in such a positive way. While I cook these special desserts, I feel I am sending positive energy by proving that delicious treats can also be healthy and affordable. Cooking is a calming and soothing activity filled with love and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share one of my passions with Le Milieu. 

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The first dessert I shared was my truffles, made with dates, raw cacao powder and coconut flakes. Sometimes I included pistachio for kicks! I was thrilled when it was a hit.

I was inspired by autumn to create my caramelized butternut squash pie, a serious nutritional power-packed veggie. It is high in antioxidants, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation, helps prevent and fight certain cancers, and keeps bones healthy among others. My recipe includes spices that also offer other health benefits like turmeric, cinnamon, and nutmeg. To accommodate my sweet tooth, my peanut butter fudge is the simplest recipe. It only uses four ingredients: peanut butter, cacao powder, sugar and almond milk. Lastly, my orange glazed cake is perfect for adding some vitamin C to boost your immune system during the cold weather. 

I hope my desserts fills your bellies with joy! More of my meals and desserts are shared on my Instagram, @jesuissifrench

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Chaity, a former Instagram Influencer, discovered Le Milieu early this summer as she was taking part in a clothing exchange event. She immediately fell in love with the space and wanted to contribute in every way possible by volunteering, providing healthy and seasonally themed desserts while organizing workshops on marketing and sewing. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her dog, Riley, out on adventures, and at age 38, has newly discovered the art of swimming.