Hot Chocolate with Coconut Cream (dairy and refined sugar-free)

hot chocolate with coconut milk

Hot chocolate in this weather? Ermm… yes, and no. Yes, because I’m blogging about it now, and no, I didn’t make this in summer. I made it when it was still cold in the Pacific Northwest. It’s now hard to think how cold it gets in the winter because we’ve been having such a great summer; temperatures have been hitting 30 C/85 F+ with sunny skies for weeks. But it does get cold, and when it does, one wants to drink hot chocolate! Continue reading

Paleo Chocolate Brownie with Blueberries (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

paleo chocolate coconut blueberry brownies

I cannot believe that these brownies are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and flour-free! If it’s a squidgy brownie you’re looking for, I’m sorry, this isn’t the recipe you’re looking for. But if you’re looking for a moist- and cakey-type brownie, this is it. Ok, being realistic, it’s more like a dense and moist chocolate cake, but it’s soooooo good.

It’s made mainly with coconut butter, eggs, honey and unsweetened cocoa powder. I ate piece after piece… barely stopping for air, Continue reading

Frozen Chocolate Coated Banana Treats (gluten-, dairy, refined sugar-free)

frozen chocolate banana slices

When these beauties are eaten at just the right temperate, they taste like buttercream candies. On biting into one, you will be greeted with a wonderful cracking sensation from breaking the homemade dark chocolate exterior with your teeth. Inside you will find a sweet and dreamy banana-ry filling.

The trick is to freeze any super-ripe bananas, in slices, individually, as soon as they are ready. That way, you will always have a good supply of frozen bananas to make these simple, yet delectable treats. The pay-off for making these treats is ridiculous. They are so simple to make, but they will leave you with a flavor, texture and taste sensation that will be hard to forget.

Make. Some. Today. Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats with Marshmallows

dark chocolate rice krispies treats

As kids, we used to make chocolate rice krispies treats. We used to love them. However, at that moment in time, we had no idea what was good and what was not. We used melt milk chocolate flavored cake covering, known as Scotbloc, and mix it with rice krispies (or broken up shredded wheat cereal).  The thought of milk chocolate flavored cake covering now makes me shudder.

Even with better ingredients: organic dark chocolate, I avoid these treats because of the sugar, however, they are usually well received by everyone else*… they are also a great way of using up lots Continue reading

Moist Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake with Frosting (dairy-, gluten-, soy-, refined sugar-free)

coconut flour double chocolate cake

Dairy-free? Gluten-free? Grain-free? Soy-free? Refined sugar-free? Weird flour-free? Gum-free? Almond-free?

Yes to all of the above.

What this cake isn’t free from is flavor and texture. It is wonderfully moist, chocolaty and incredibly moreish. It was one of my birthday cakes this year. Yeah, I know, it’s 3 months ago, but still. It was A who thoughtfully made this cake for me. It was his first attempt in cooking a “free-from” cake. Continue reading

Grain-Free Chocolate Sponge Roll with Orange Cream (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-, gum-free)

chocolate orange swiss roll

This cake is also known as a chocolate roulade or Swiss roll. Whatever we decide to call it, it’s bloody good! What makes it even better is that it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and gum-free!

I hadn’t eaten cake for months, and this was incredibly delicious. I couldn’t stop at one piece… I had 1/8 th, then I had another 1/8 th, then another 1/8 th, and when A wasn’t looking, I had another 1/8 th. Ermm… yes, this was in one day! I’ve made and enjoyed this cake about 4-5 times since then. Continue reading

Banana and Chocolate Ice Cream (dairy- and refined-sugar free, vegan)

banana chocolate ice cream

An ice cream that is creamy, dreamy, and also free from dairy and added sweeteners? Yep! This delectable treat is made simply by blitzing together some frozen bananas, raw cacao, sea salt and vanilla powder (optional).

I know, I know, calling pureed frozen fruit isn’t really ice cream. I mean, it’s not laden with mammalian juice (aka milk/cream), refined sugar/other disgusting sweeteners or eggs. If you dairy eaters out there doubt the flavor and texture of this dessert, please give it a try, just the once, it might just pleasantly surprise you. Continue reading

Danish Pastries – Cherry, Pastry Cream and Chocolate Chip

danish pastries

The last time I made Danish pastries was for my birthday in 2009. This was about a year before honeyandspice was born. In fact, I had blogged about it in my private blog back then. Time got the best of me, and I hadn’t revisited this recipe for over 4 years!!! The photos I had then were pretty crude. Also, my cooking skills weren’t nearly as honed in as they are now.

I’d been planning to make Danish pastries again for some time now. In fact, I made homemade cherry jam especially for cherry Danishes (A’s favorite). The cherry jam had been sitting in the freezer since summer 2012! Continue reading

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-, dairy-, gum-, refined sugar-free)

gf choc chip cookie

These cookies are delicious. These cookies are chewy. These cookies are chocolaty. These cookies are perfect.

These cookies did not make me itch, bloat, constipate, or cause a sugar rush/crash, or more important, they did not cause a immune response cascade. These cookies are simply divine. I am not exaggerating… ok, I might be, since these are the first cookies I’ve had for over a year since going gluten free. Seriously, anyone who cannot eat gluten, dairy, gum, soy, or refined sugar and is missing really good chewy cookies need to try these. Continue reading

Two-Ingredient Milk Chocolate Mousse (egg-free)

milk chocolate mousse

This one is not for people who suffer from allergies. It contains milk chocolate, that is milk and sugar. The mousse is made from chocolate and water. That’s right, I said chocolate and water. A has requested chocolate mousse for dessert this Christmas, and I stumbled on Heston’s recipe again. I had saved this some time ago, but never made it. Now is the time!

It really DOES work. Well, to a certain degree. Blumenthal’s recipe calls for dark/bittersweet (~70%) chocolate. I know we had a truck load of these in my house, but I knew that it would just be too dark in mousse for A. We also had a few bars of Equal Exchange Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut (soy-free). Continue reading

Dark Chocolate (vegan, dairy-, refined sugar-, soy-free)

Vegan Dark Chocolate

… homemade, with no refined sugars or other weird stuff. This smooth, rich, melt in your mouth chocolate is made with just three ingredients: coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa powder and maple syrup. It’s pure unadulterated deliciousness.

The reasoning behind me creating this recipe was because I was craving chocolate. The only problem is that I now have developed a sugar sensitivity, where every time I eat it, I have an eczema outbreak. This unfortunately includes eating it in chocolate. On top of that, so many chocolate bars out there contain soy, another thing that brings me out in a rash. There is one chocolate I used to dig, and still do, but choose not to eat it due to the sugar, it’s the Continue reading

Moist Chocolate and Beet Cake (gluten-, gum- and dairy-free)

Chocolate and Beet Cake

We were gifted a bounty of homegrown veggies recently. The tomatoes were eaten in a flash, thickly sliced, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and dusted with freshly crumbled dried basil; the green beans were devoured by tossing them in olive oil, garlic flakes, salt and pepper and then roasting them to almost-fry-like-perfection. Even the carrots were devoured as a side dish.

The only problem was the beet. A big, beautiful, deep red beet. What to do with such a big, beautiful, deep red beet? I’ve never liked beets. It stems back from school dinners (or more correctly, school lunches), where the only forms of beetroot I had seen, were of the pickled variety, from a jar. The smell, to me, was disgusting. The crunch from when people were eating it, to me, was disgusting. The red juices smeared on the plate, to me, was disgusting.  Since then, I’ve now grown up, and eaten beets, not the pickled version mind you. I still don’t like them. They are far too earthy for me. I know, I know, they are packed full of nutrients, but the only way I have enjoyed them is in the form of crisps/chips. Continue reading