Sweet Potato Glutinous Rice Balls with Coconut Sugar

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I have not celebrated Chinese New Year (CNY) for many many years. “Celebrating” in my family meant receiving red envelopes and gorging on good, homemade, traditional Chinese food.

It’s been twenty years since I celebrated Chinese New Year with my folks! They do still go about the tradition with my siblings, but living 5,000+ miles away doesn’t make it easy to rush over for dinner.

This year, I wanted to eat something “special” for CNY. Continue reading

Gluten-Free Asparagus and Leek Quiche (Dairy-Free)

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Quiche can be a little bit of a challenge when feeding someone who is gluten-free, dairy-free and meat-free… that’s when this recipe comes to the rescue.

My previous favorites were ham, mushrooms and lots of mature Cheddar; roasted red peppers with goat cheese, and smoked salmon with broccoli.

As time moved on, my quiche evolved. Here the pastry/crust from brown and Continue reading

Crisp Chocolate and Vanilla Meringue Cookies (Honey-Sweetened)

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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

Best-Ever Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Icing

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Moist. Succulent. Tender. Moreish. These are the words I’d use to describe this carrot cake. It is paleo-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and sweetened with honey.

After discovering that coconut butter isn’t only tasty, but can be used as the base of cakes (see paleo chocolate brownie), I was dying to create a carrot cake with it. The ingredients are simple. The flavor and texture are unbelievable. However, I wasn’t sold on the cashew cream icing. Continue reading

Paleo Coconut Flour Banana Waffles (Gluten-, Dairy-Free)

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My sister gifted me this awesome hob (stove-top) waffle iron for Christmas. I was excited because I could finally make and eat waffles without worrying about the gluten-ified electric waffle iron. I went online to hunt for a suitable paleo-friendly and dairy-free waffle recipe. This is pretty much it… these waffles are simple to make and are sweetened ripe bananas. They are soft and spongy, making them perfect to sop up lots of syrup (if you’re that way inclined). Continue reading

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie (Dairy-Free, Honey-Sweetened)

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and with the rate I’m uploading these recipes, I could have easily waited for Thanksgiving 2015. But, better late than never I say.

This wonderful creation is for people who love pumpkin pie but have stopped eating it because of health/dietary issues. It’s suitable for people who are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. The pie is simple to make and tastes really good. The best part for me, is knowing that I can have a huge slice (or two) without getting sick afterwards. Continue reading

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

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

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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

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