Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Cream Mousse (vegan, refined sugar-, dairy-free)

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There’s something about spiced pumpkin foods that makes me feel so warm. Many people love pumpkin based foods, but for some reason, most of us only make these things during Autumn/Fall. Why is that? There is tinned pumpkin puree in the stores all year around.

I had leftover pumpkin puree, and instead of freezing it and forgetting about it, I decided to mix it with whipped coconut cream and spice it with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The result? A delicious, creamy, light, pumpkin-ny dream. Continue reading

Moist Rice Flour Banana Bread (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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Banana bread is one of those things that I have this weird relationship with. I sometimes dream about banana bread all day, but when I make it, I realize that I’m actually not that much of a fan of it. However, if it’s there, I will eat it anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, this banana bread is pretty rad; it’s moist and packed full of banana-ry goodness. Not only is it gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free, it is also gum-free! Continue reading

Coconut Butter Chocolate Fudge / Pudding (dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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Coconut butter, coconut concentrate and creamed coconut are all the same thing, that is, it is made from ground up coconut flesh. Some will be expensive to buy, but others can be inexpensive; some are packaged in jars, tubs and even cardboard boxes. The stuff I buy is “Let’s Do… Organic, Creamed Coconut” and comes in boxes of ~225 g (1/2 lb, almost 1 cup) for $2-3 ($1.89 during the holidays).

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can eat as a pudding (similar to a rich and dense version of Angel Delight, for the Brits out there) before it sets. Continue reading

Paleo Apple Crumble (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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Apple crumble used to be one of my favorite desserts. I could never decide if it was better with custard or vanilla ice cream. Funny how I don’t eat any of these foods made the “traditional” way anymore.

This dessert is very similar to the American “apple crisp”, but not quite… well, not the way I make it. I love the crumble topping and I am not ashamed to say that I am not stingy with it. Continue reading

Pan-Fried Plantain Chips in Coconut Oil

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One of my favorite Trader Joe’s snacks was their roasted plantain chips. They are crunchy, salty and incredibly moreish. Unfortunately, they make them with refined oil and it is not clear if they are made on an allergen-free line. In the past, I wouldn’t have cared, but now, if I’m in doubt, I just don’t eat it.

I have tried microwaving plantain chips, and although they were good, Continue reading

Superfood Salad

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I’m actually not a fan of the term “superfood”, but this salad was inspired by a visit to Love Dog Café on Lopez Island (now, sadly closed) and that’s what they called it. I searched high and low for a gluten-free place to eat at, just in case we wanted to stop for dinner. We sure did need nourishment after cycling around Lopez all afternoon. I’m glad we found this place, the dinner was really good! Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Chicken / Pork

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I have never have liked sweet and sour sauce, whether it was with vegetables, chicken, pork, or prawns! I hated the smell. I hated the consistency. I just plain hated it. The funniest thing is that I have never tried it, but the smell of vinegar has always put me off food.

Since I hate it so much, I never paid any attention to how my father made it.

So why am I blogging about it? Well…. Continue reading