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

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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

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

Strawberry Cream Pie (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar, soy-free)

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My. Oh. My.

This cheesecake-esque pie is probably the best dessert that I’ve had in a looooong time. It’s creamy, rich, dense, strawberry-ish and incredibly delicious! It’s easy to make and packed full of all the good stuff, including nuts, coconut oil, strawberries, honey and coconut. What’s better still is that it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and soy-free) and paleo-friendly!

I’ve been longing to make this recipe for a long time. Continue reading

Paleo Coconut Bread / Cake (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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This bread is unbelievable! It’s gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free and suitable for those on the paleo diet. The texture is similar to that of a dense/heavy sponge/pound cake, but it holds well enough to make sandwiches, if you’re that way inclined (i.e. me). You can make it into a sweeter “cake” by adding honey, or omit the honey and vanilla for a savory sandwich type bread.

This bread slices well, is moist and incredibly moreish. I enjoyed this bread with big dollops of fruit-sweetened peach jam. Continue reading

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

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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

Strawberry Cream Vanilla Sandwich Cake made with Coconut Flour (gluten-, dairy-, soy-, refined sugar-free)

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I’ve been thinking about a Victoria sandwich for so long, it’s ridiculous. The problem is that I had to devise one that was gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free. Thankfully, this cake comes to the rescue. Although it’s nothing like the light and buttery Victoria sandwich, it’s still awesome, and I enjoyed it for my birthday.

Two super-moist vanilla sponge cakes are sandwiched together with fruit-sweetened strawberry jam and coconut whipped cream. Sliced fresh strawberries were then used to adorn the cake in all its glory. If you’d like you could also use a glaze to make it look even fancier.

This cake is also soy-free, weird-flours-I-can’t-pronounce-free, gum-free Continue reading

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

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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)

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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

Ladyfingers / Sponge Fingers (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-, gum-free)

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In the past, I only ever ate store-bought ladyfingers (savoiardi or boudoir biscuits), as is, when I had leftovers from making tiramisu. I loved them. They were dry, crunchy and light, with just the right amount of sweetness.

Once I’d given up gluten and dairy, I thought I’d never be able to eat tiramisu again. The traditional store-bought ladyfingers are made with wheat, and the gluten-free variety contains gum. Wah wah. What’s a girl to do? I’ll tell you what … a girl needs to create her own gluten-free ladyfingers recipe, one that doesn’t contain wheat/gluten, one that doesn’t contain weird gluten-free flours, Continue reading

Coconut Cupcakes with Pineapple Curd (gluten-, gum-, dairy-free)

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These coconut cupcakes were just for me. I mean, I had to have cake that I could eat. After all, it was A’s birthday, and he was busy devouring a lemon mousse cake. These cupcakes are light, moist and packed full of flavor. Unfortunately, both the cake and the curd is on the dark side due to the coconut crystals used. The coconut crystals seemed to also overwhelm the pineapple curd, and it tasted more like a tropical version of slightly tangy toffee sauce, which isn’t too bad.

I topped the cupcakes with coconut whipped cream. Continue reading