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

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

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strawberry cream pie sliced

 
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

Coconut Flour 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

Raw Carrot Cake Balls (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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The idea of these treats sounds so perfect, but somehow, I must have executed them incorrectly. They were a serious flop. I love carrot cake, I love chocolate, but these were nothing but bland. The taste and texture just didn’t do anything for me. It missed a big spot that I wanted them to hit. They were a serious disappointment. Of course I still ate them, but that’s because I didn’t want to throw away good ingredients.

Bottom line: too much work for no pay off. Check out the original recipe and follow the directions as stated and hopefully you’ll make the delicious carrot cake ball I was hoping for. Continue reading

Nut- and Dairy-Free Basil Pesto

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I love pesto… on pasta… on rice… on potatoes… on almost anything!

However, I am dairy-free, so out goes the cheese.

I have made pesto with walnuts instead of pine-nuts for some time. This is because of the silly pine nut scare that went around. Nuts, nowadays for me, have become incredibly expensive. What was relatively affordable, sky-rocketed when I wanted to buy organic nuts that are not produced on peanut, soy or wheat lines. I still eat lots of nuts, but I’d rather eat them raw or home-roasted with salt and not waste them in pesto.  Continue reading

Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

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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)

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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