Gluten-Free Pastry Case / Pie Crust (Dairy-Free)

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I really didn’t want a pastry- or crustless pumpkin pie. I had thought about making the crust with a date/nut/coconut combo until I stumbled across this recipe. I have tried a few recipes for gluten-free pastry/pie crust before, and all of them fail on the texture and flavor. Most fall apart and taste like beans or something rather unpleasant. This one is different. The picture above depicts the uncooked pastry/crust. I have only used it with this pumpkin pie Continue reading

Traditional Pumpkin Pie

traditional pumpkin pie

Just look at it: A’s perfect pumpkin pie. It is made from scratch… with lots of love.

We shared the kitchen together in our pumpkin pie making fest. I concentrated on my gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar free version and A went about crafting his by making an all-butter shortcrust pastry/crust and filling it with the traditional pumpkin puree, condensed milk, eggs and spices. The result? Well, just look at it! It set well, it sliced well, and tasted awesome. So awesome in fact, he made another for the New Year! Continue reading

No-Bake Paleo Pumpkin Cream Pie (Dairy-Free, Honey-Sweetened)

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Ever since I made my no-bake strawberry cream pie, I wanted to make a spiced pumpkin version. Of course, I had to wait until the right time of the year to make it… At Thanksgiving, I enjoyed this slice of heaven whilst everyone else was pigging out on their pumpkin and/or pecan pie.

Not only is this pie awesome tasting, it is also gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free and refined sugar-free! Continue reading

Paleo Sweet Potato Dark Chocolate Brownies (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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The simplicity of the ingredients, paired up with the flavor and texture of these brownies is really something to write home about. Brownie lovers usually fall into two categories: the ones who like cakey brownies, and the ones who like dense and fudgy brownies. Not to worry, this recipe will satisfy both! If you like cakey brownies, enjoy warm or as fresh as possible. If you like dense and fudgy brownies, chill overnight. However, please eat these with an open mind. They will never be as cakey, or as dense/fudgy as the traditional brownies, but they are probably as close as you can get.

My confession to you is that I have been sitting on this recipe for almost a year now…. and we’ve been secretly eating lots of them behind your back and feeling guilty about it, Continue reading

Paleo and Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake


This cheesecake will seriously blow your mind. Not only is it grain- and gluten-free, it is also dairy- and refined sugar-free. To top things off, this cheesecake actually tastes as good as, if not better than the “traditional” dairy-, sugar-, grain-laden version. It’s dreamy, creamy, smooth, dense and comes with that trademark tang that so many paleo and dairy-free cheesecakes miss. To me, this recipe is the find of the century!

{I am so excited about this that it cannot wait its turn on my backlog of recipes I have yet to upload!}

The base/crust is made with walnuts, dried coconut, coconut flour, coconut oil, honey Continue reading

Nanaimo Bars

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A few years ago, A talked about Nanaimo bars and how we should make them. The thing is, we got on with our lives and totally forgot. I wanted to make him a treat and so looked up a recipe. At first glance, the ingredients list made me a little sick. These bars contain no nutritional value, and to buy the ingredients was really hard for me. Vanilla pudding? You’ve got to be kidding me! There was no way in hell I was buying that #$!* stuff, so I made vanilla buttercream.

The resulting Nanaimo bars were a hit. Continue reading

Five Years Old Today!

It’s funny how our children grow up so fast. Honey and Spice is five today. F-I-V-E! That to me, is incredible. It seems like yesterday that this baby was born.

There’s been over 400 blog entries added since April 1, 2010, and we’ve got lots to come.

I never expected this blog to get any hits; it was created as a personal recipe collection. This is why I never purposely promoted it. I am just a humble person. To have readers and followers worldwide is a unexpected and wonderful experience. Thank you.

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