Homemade Chocolate Ice Magic (Magic Shell)

ice magic bowl

Did you marvel at ice magic (magic shell) as much as I did as a kid? No? Why not? Heck, I’m sure there are adults who still marvel at it, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is not realizing that you can make this stuff at home with good ingredients – chocolate, coconut oil and a pinch of salt. It’s really that easy, and it’s totally customizable. You can use milk, dark (bittersweet or semisweet), white chocolate, Continue reading

Crisp Chocolate and Vanilla Meringue Cookies (Honey-Sweetened)

honey sweetened meringue cookies

Along with leftover sour cream, we often have leftover egg whites we keep in the freezer. Where do all these egg whites come from? Usually our chocolate chip cookies (oh and from eggnog). With so many in the freezer, we tried egg white scrambles , but were not impressed, so it was back to the drawing board.

Since my huge dietary change about two years ago, one of the main textures I miss is crunch/crispness. I was 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

Nanaimo Bars

nanaimo bar

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

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

coconut butter chocolate fudge

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

Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

coconut milk chocolate ice cream

This incredibly rich, creamy and chocolaty ice cream is vegan, dairy-, egg- and refined sugar-free. It is also made with simple ingredients: coconut milk, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla powder and sea salt.

I made this ice cream a few times throughout the summer. I had a few cans of coconut milk in the fridge to make whipped coconut cream, but unfortunately they flunked out on me, so I created this ice cream instead. It is such an awesome treat. Continue reading

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