Mar 122014
 
Vegan Carrot Cake

My Carrot Bundt Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting is a new and fresh twist on the classic flavors you love.

Sweet, creamy and tangy frosting is slathered over spiced, carrot bundt cake that is stuffed with raisins, sunflower seeds and coconut in this easy-to-make recipe (that just so happens to be vegan, gluten free, nut free and refined sugar free).

Florida Coastal Cooking

Florida Coastal Cooking

Cream cheese and carrots.  A little naughty and a little nice.

Vegan, GF, Sugar Free Carrot Bundt Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan, GF, Sugar Free Carrot Bundt Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Sort of like strangers kissing for the first time.

(I just had to fit that video in because it is so sweetly romantic.)

Though you will feel naughty eating carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, you’ll find that this cake is actually very nice! Each serving boasts 5 grams of fiber, ZERO cholesterol, 13.8g sugar, 5 g protein and TONS of vitamins and minerals.

Now let’s compare this to a cheesecake factory slice of carrot cake……

Nutrition Facts, Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake, Serving Size 1 slice, Amount Per Serving

Calories from Fat 756 Calories 1510
% Daily Values* Total Fat 84g 129% Saturated Fat 23g 115% Cholesterol 190mg 63% Sodium 600mg 25% Total Carbohydrate 179g 60% Dietary Fiber 6g 24% Sugars 129g Protein 18g

Vegan, GF, Sugar Free Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan, GF, Sugar Free Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

 Tips for this bundt cake: This is a small bundt cake – be sure to keep an eye on the cook time. You may want to check it at 20 minutes as oven cooking times vary.  This cream cheese frosting will be great on just about any cake or cupcake. If you don’t like maple – simply sub agave or brown rice syrup.

What is your favorite cake? Chocolate cake? Rum cake? Fruit Cake?  Maybe I’ll make that next!

Vegan, GF, Sugar Free Carrot Bundt Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan, GF, Sugar Free Carrot Bundt Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Bundt Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Serves 10
Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Nut Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut butter, softened
1 cup unrefined, organic coconut sugar (or 1/2 coconut and 1/2 sugar if you don’t care about sugar free)
1/4 cup unsweet apple sauce or crushed pineapple
1/4 tsp lemon zest & 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup non dairy milk
1 1/2 cups GF all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup each raisins, sunflower seed and/or pumpkin seed, shredded unsweet coconut.

Maple vanilla cream cheese frosting
8oz cream cheese alternative
2 Tbsp maple
1 tsp lemon (2 drop lemon oil)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cider vinegar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Cream together coconut butter and coconut sugar; stir in applesauce or crushed pineapple; stir in lemon juice and lemon zest. Add vanilla, salt, pumpkin pie spice and nondairy milk.

2. Mix GF All Purpose Flour with baking powder in a small bowl. Stir slowly into wet ingredients.

3. Add 1 cup carrot, raisins, sunflower seed/pumpkin seed and shredded unsweet coconut.

4. Bake at 325 25 – 30 minutes. Test at 25 minutes with a knife to ensure it comes out clean. Cool completely.

5. Mix frosting ingredients. Frost cooled cake

Nutrition Facts
10 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 291.0
Total Fat 17.4 g
Saturated Fat 10.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 366.0 mg
Potassium 122.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32.9 g
Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
Sugars 13.8 g
Protein 4.4 g

Vitamin A 30.9 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 2.9 %
Vitamin C 4.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 8.5 %
Calcium 14.0 %
Copper 4.6 %
Folate 2.8 %
Iron 13.2 %
Magnesium 2.3 %
Manganese 16.0 %
Niacin 2.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.8 %
Phosphorus 6.3 %
Riboflavin 1.3 %
Selenium 4.1 %
Thiamin 1.4 %
Zinc 2.7 %

Percent Daily Values for carrot bundt cake are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Feb 142014
 

This semi-homemade Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe with Four Ingredient Creamy Cocoa Frosting is simple enough for even non-bakers (like myself) to make and absolutely scrumptious!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

This post is for any of my last-minute types out there. If you want to make a dessert but they all sound too complicated, run out to your natural food store and grab the simple ingredients for these cupcakes and get mixin!

I loved the combo of chocolate with a touch of peanut butter peeking out from under a decadent and naturally sugar free frosting.  These Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Four-Ingredient Creamy Cocoa Frosting is great for vegans and non-vegans, adults and kids alike!

Happy Valentines Day to you and your loved ones.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Four Ingredient Frosting

Serves 18
Vegan
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 box Madhava MMM….Super Yummy Chocolate Cake Mix
Egg Replacer equal to 3 eggs (or three organic foraged eggs)
1 cup non-dairy milk or water
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
4 1/2 dark chocolate peanut butter cups, cut into 4s (Justin’s brand is vegan)

Frosting
6 Tbsp non-dairy creamer
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
3/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1 1/2 cups dates, finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix cake batter to package directions using egg replacer, water or milk and melted coconut oil; pour batter into muffin tin lined with cupcake liners (18 cupcakes); push 1/4 peanut butter cup into each cupcake and cover with batter; bake 23-25 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

2. Blend frosting ingredients using a high speed blender or processor until smooth – this will take several minutes, stop and scrape the sides of the blender regularly to ensure the ingredients are well incorporated.

3. Cool cupcakes completely and frost with frosting.

Nutrition Facts
18 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 288.6
Total Fat 17.3 g
Saturated Fat 14.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 153.6 mg
Potassium 111.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 34.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Sugars 21.1 g
Protein 2.3 g

Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 1.3 %
Vitamin C 0.1 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.2 %
Calcium 5.0 %
Copper 3.2 %
Folate 0.8 %
Iron 7.1 %
Magnesium 2.7 %
Manganese 3.7 %
Niacin 1.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.9 %
Phosphorus 1.6 %
Riboflavin 0.7 %
Selenium 0.8 %
Thiamin 0.6 %
Zinc 0.7 %

*Percent Daily Values for this Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jan 292014
 

My warm Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake is vegan, gluten free, refined sugar and refined oil free ~ perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert when paired with a delicious scoop cashew ice cream.

Banana Cookie Cake

Banana Cookie Cake

Way back when, in my past life, I made a career choice that may surprise you.

Banana Cookie Cake

Banana Cookie Cake

After graduating from FSU I attended a career fair and saw a friend I knew. He was working as a manager and encouraged me to join the manager training program.

For the following year, I was a manager at Abercrombie & Fitch.

Banana Cookie Cake

Banana Cookie Cake

I have to give people that work in retail a shout out here. Not only do you work long hours, nights, weekends and holidays ~ you refold, restock and greet customers with a smile, even when you’re ready to call it a day. I’ll admit, it was the hours that prompted me to start looking for another source of income. The day I made the announcement that I was leaving was bittersweet. I was excited about the future, but I had made lots of wonderful friends that I would miss. My dear friend and co-worker Karey B. was even in my wedding party!

Banana Cookie Cake

Banana Cookie Cake

Before I left they had a little party for me. When I opened the box that held the cake, I was greeted with an unexpected, tongue-in-cheek saying and I started laughing hysterically.

The cake said “Peace Out Beotch!”

When I took my Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake out of the oven, all the memories of those friends flooded back ~ to this day,  I still can’t help but chuckle at their cookie cake.

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In this recipe, warm, caramelized bananas, a touch of salt and the tang of lemon are deliciously nestled under a scoop of cool, vanilla cashew-cream ice cream. I hope you enjoy every bite!

Banana Cookie Cake

Banana Cookie Cake

Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake Recipe

Serves 8
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable  Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups gluten free quick oats (or rolled oats pulsed in a food processor a few times)
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp salt, plus extra for sprinkling
4 ripe bananas, divided
1/3 cup agave or local honey, divided
1/4 cup peanut butter, Nutzo or Sunbutter
2 Tbsp unrefined organic coconut oil, melted, divided
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix oatmeal, almond flour and salt in a medium bowl. In a second bowl add 1 banana, mashed, 4 Tbsp agave or local honey, nut butter and 1 Tbsp coconut oil; blend until smooth. Pour the wet into the dry ingredients; mix well and press into a baking pan greased with some additional coconut oil; bake 15 minutes.

2. Slice remaining 3 bananas and place evenly over baked crust mixture. Mix remaining agave or local honey, coconut oil and lemon juice in a small bowl; brush over bananas; bake 5 minutes; set to broil on high and broil 5 minutes or until bananas begin to brown and caramelize. Sprinkle a bit more salt, if desired. Let cool, slice and top with cashew or banana ice cream.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 271.6
Total Fat 11.0 g
Saturated Fat 4.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 57.7 mg
Potassium 303.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 41.9 g
Dietary Fiber 4.6 g

Sugars 20.1 g
Protein 6.0 g
Vitamin A 1.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 21.7 %
Vitamin C 10.8 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 9.3 %
Calcium 1.5 %
Copper 4.3 %
Folate 4.7 %
Iron 8.1 %
Magnesium 10.7 %
Manganese 7.5 %
Niacin 7.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.5 %
Phosphorus 4.4 %
Riboflavin 4.8 %
Selenium 2.0 %
Thiamin 2.5 %
Zinc 2.5 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dec 162013
 
Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

This Sweet and Tangy Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash recipe is full of holiday cheer and is the perfect side dish! 

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash – Source

This recipe was born from the boat load of fabulous, organic acorn squash I got with my CSA at KyV Farm. Though they do make a superb Christmas-y centerpiece, I decided to use a few of them to create an easy and delicious holiday meal side dish.

Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash

Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash

Upon the first taste and I knew what my contribution to the Christmas dinner will be this year! The walnuts become caramelized under the sweet maple syrup and rich coconut oil to give this dish almost a dessert-like flair. For anyone with a nut allergy, like my daughter, simply leave the nuts out, spoon the cranberry mixture into the reserved squash halves and mix the nuts in afterwards.

Note: This recipe was taste tested by both me and my mom so there you have it. The EXPERT opinion that yes, indeed this recipe is holiday table ready!

Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash

Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash

Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash

Inspired by the baking blog
Serves 6 (1/2 squash each)
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

3 small acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed (from KyV Farm)
1 can whole bean cranberry sauce
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp chopped nuts (I used mostly walnuts and some pecans)
6 tsp coconut oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375F; mix cranberry sauce, syrup, salt and nuts in a small bowl. Spoon evenly between six acorn squash halves; top with 1 tsp each of coconut oil. Bake 1 hour or until squash is fork tender.

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 285.8
Total Fat 7.3 g
Saturated Fat 4.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 114.3 mg
Potassium 784.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 56.7 g
Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
Sugars 28.0 g
Protein 2.3 g

Vitamin A 14.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 17.6 %
Vitamin C 39.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.5 %
Calcium 8.1 %
Copper 10.2 %
Folate 10.0 %
Iron 9.6 %
Magnesium 19.0 %
Manganese 40.6 %
Niacin 7.9 %
Pantothenic Acid 8.9 %
Phosphorus 9.0 %
Riboflavin 1.6 %
Selenium 1.9 %
Thiamin 21.0 %
Zinc 5.4 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dec 032013
 

You will love this light and buttery Sugar Cookie Recipe made without butter! They just so happen to be super simple to make, vegan & gluten free.

Buttery Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Buttery Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

They are cute, yes?

 It is the holidays and we all want to spend time with family and want our comfort foods.  After talking with my mother in law about her yearly cookie ritual and the amount of butter involved I thought, self, you know how many people want to be healthier so why not start now by converting a few cookie recipes so we can still have our comfort foods and feel good about eating them too! Rich coconut oil replaces butter to add a light, flakiness.  This is a perfect recipe for kids that want to help but have food allergies to dairy and wheat.  My five year old daughter cut all these  snowmen out herself and then dressed them with little candies (not shown here).

Plus, coconut oil has been shown to fight viruses and bacteria that cause illness, so therefore we can assume that instead of taking cold medicine we can just eat these cookies.  I think that is a reasonable assumption – don’t you agree?

I can see it now. Food blogger comes up with the cure for the common cold. Sugar cookies.

All joking aside, if I know many of my friends/blog followers, you will question as to whether we can leave the sugar out on this one and use agave or another sweetener. You are smart cookies. (No pun intended.) We may be able to try substituting with raw coconut sugar and I will try that myself next time.  It would be slightly lower on the glycemic index, but not by much, and the texture and sweetness could be a tad off but it would be an interesting experiment.  My goal with this recipe was to give a simple and delicious animal free alternative to those that want a holiday splurge cookie. Done and done.

What is your favorite holiday cookie or indulgence?

Buttery Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Buttery Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Makes about 18 cookies
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
* On sale now at Native Sun Natural Food Market, Nov 7 through Dec 6, 2013

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup organic cane sugar (plus more for dusting, optional)*
2 Tbsp nut milk or water
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup gluten free baking flour such as Bob’s Red Mill
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F; prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix coconut oil in a stand mixer until smooth; add cane sugar and mix until evenly distributed through coconut oil; add nut milk or water and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl mix baking flour, baking soda and salt; spoon dry mixture into wet in 1/2 cup portions, mixing in between until dry is completely mixed into wet ingredients.  Remove mixture from stand mixer and knead into a ball.

3. Place dough on sheet of parchment paper. Press into 1/4 inch thickness with hands or rolling pin. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter and place on prepared baking sheets. Roll remaining dough in same fashion and repeat step three until all dough is used. Refrigerate cookies for about 5 minutes; bake 10- 12 minutes or until just browned on the bottom; let cool at least 5 minutes.

**This is the perfect place for Ziggy Marley’s Orange Almond Organic Coconut oil to make an delicious variation of this cookie! 

Nutrition Facts
18 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 112.3
Total Fat 6.4 g
Saturated Fat 5.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 26.1 mg
Potassium 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14.1 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Sugars 5.9 g
Protein 1.2 g

Nov 272013
 

 Drool-Worthy, No-Bake Passionate Pumpkin Pie ~ Vegan and Gluten Free…..it’s what I’m making for Thanksgiving dinner (along with a chickpea, quinoa loaf with mushrooms and sundried tomatoes.)

What are some of your holiday traditions? Do you make the same thing every year or try new dishes?

Passionate Pumpkin Pie - No Bake!

Passionate Pumpkin Pie – No Bake!

As I was scrambling  yesterday to create a dessert my daughter could eat at Thanksgiving with all her food allergies, I brought together the decadence of nuts and dates, the richness of coconut oil and sweetness of maple syrup to create this drool-worthy and easy to make pie.  If you have a food processor, you’ll be able to whip this puppy up in about ten minutes.  My food processor is unfortunately broken – but no worries! My Magic Bullet worked just as well – so feel free to use any sort of blender.

Passionate Pumpkin Pie

Passionate Pumpkin Pie

In this last day before Thanksgiving please know how grateful I am to each of you that stop by to view recipes or to say hello. One of the best things about blogging is being able to meet new people, help people and to just learn about others in general.  Starting today, I plan to learn how to make this blog more interactive, as a platform to share your thoughts and desires, so if there are any suggestions out there to help in this endeavor I’m always looking for advice!

To start – I am going to do another gift post to give people Christmas gift ideas and to help support businesses in the USA! If you have any “local” businesses (meaning in the USA) you love and would like to have added to the list please email me at chefdawn@hotmail.com by December 4th.

May each of you have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Passionate Pumpkin Pie - No Bake!

Passionate Pumpkin Pie – No Bake!

Passionate Pumpkin Pie

Serves 8
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

crust:
3/4 cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp mila
¼ cup unsweet shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup Medjool dates, pits removed
1/8 teaspoon salt

pumpkin filling:
1 14oz can pureed pumpkin
1 cup Medjool dates, pits removed
4 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

1. Add sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, mila and coconut to a food processor and pulse until a flour like consistency is reached; add the raisins, dates and salt; pulse to combine until a dough is formed; firmly press into the bottom of a pie pan.

2. Process pumpkin pie filling in a food processor or high speed blender until a smooth consistency is reached; spoon over crust; refrigerate until firm.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 446.5
Total Fat 20.9 g
Saturated Fat 7.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 115.1 mg
Potassium 652.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 65.5 g
Dietary Fiber 9.4 g
Sugars 48.7 g
Protein 7.5 g

Vitamin A 114.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.8 %
Vitamin C 3.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 43.5 %
Calcium 9.2 %
Copper 28.2 %
Folate 9.9 %
Iron 13.8 %
Magnesium 22.1 %
Manganese 66.6 %
Niacin 10.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 12.7 %
Phosphorus 23.8 %
Riboflavin 8.4 %
Selenium 14.5 %
Thiamin 5.1 %
Zinc 14.9 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

I am a PROUD supporter of Mila and I am willing to bet that if you try it for a month you will be too!
To purchase a bag of Mila click here, then click shop and enter representative ID US11065661. $1.57 per serving.
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For questions email me at chefdawn@hotmail.com.

Jul 042013
 

Gently sweet, a little salty and a little spicy.
Is your mouth watering yet?

Strawberries, Agave and Ginger

Strawberries, Agave and Ginger

Anyone that follows my blog knows that I tend to keep things simple. As soon as I the ingredient list climbs above 7 items I know the likelyhood of people making it goes way down.  We just don’t have the time any more!  We all know we should get more veggies and fruit in our diet but sometimes grabbing an apple can be a bit monotonous.  By just adding a few flavors that compliment that produce we can take it from ho-hum to WOW!

Strawberries, Agave and Ginger

Strawberries, Agave and Ginger

There is a book I’ve mentioned in the past called the Flavor Bible.  When I’m stumped on one ingredient I like to crack it open and search for flavors that not only compliment, but are also unexpected.  If you love cooking and are at any level – from novice to expert -the is a must have resource and makes a wonderful gift for anyone in your life that loves to cook. (My second Christmas idea!)

Strawberries, Agave and Ginger

Strawberries, Agave and Ginger

 When it comes to strawberries what do you think of? Various dairy items? Chocolate? Shortcake?  Had I not opened my Flavor Bible I would never have thought ginger – but what a compliment it was! For those people that eat honey – check out your local farmers market and choose a local bee-keeper and ask about his methods to ensure they are sustainable. Vegans should choose a quality agave (I buy mine at Native Sun!)

Strawberries, Agave and Ginger

Strawberries, Agave and Ginger

Strawberries, Agave and Crystallized Ginger

Serves 1
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
**Ingredients on sale at Native Sun Natural Foods Market, June 7 through July 6, 2013

Ingredients

5 strawberries**
2 ginger chews (crystallized ginger)
1 tsp agave (or honey for non-vegan)
Dash of coarse sea salt

Directions

1. Slice strawberries and ginger chews; top with agave and sea salt.

Nutrition Facts
1 Serving
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 92.2
Total Fat 0.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 161.7 mg
Potassium 152.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 24.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
Sugars 15.2 g
Protein 0.6 g

Vitamin A 0.5 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 2.7 %
Vitamin C 85.1 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.6 %
Calcium 1.3 %
Copper 2.3 %
Folate 4.1 %
Iron 2.0 %
Magnesium 2.3 %
Manganese 13.3 %
Niacin 1.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.1 %
Phosphorus 1.7 %
Riboflavin 3.6 %
Selenium 1.0 %
Thiamin 1.2 %
Zinc 0.9 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

May 312013
 

 It’s gettin’ hot in here.

Coconut Berry Crisp

Coconut Berry Crisp

So heat up the grill instead of the oven!
(Although feel free to use the oven too – I tried both ways and they both work well.)

Coconut Berry Crisp

Coconut Berry Crisp

This was the dessert I made TWICE over the memorial day weekend.  Fruit crumbles and crisps are probably my favorite dessert because they are so fool proof.

Almost.

The first time I made this recipe I was at a friend’s house. I popped it into their top oven because we hadn’t heated up the grill; I set the timer for an hour and peeked in on it regularly – wondering why it wasn’t bubbling yet. FINALLY the timer went off, but strangely, the top still wasn’t golden as expected. Our friend Kyle opened up the oven and realized it was cold.

I had turned on the lower oven instead of the top oven.  Oops.

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Like this? You may also like these!

Blissful Blueberry Bake
Curried Pear Crumble
Tropical Mila Crumble
Country Apples and Walnuts
Honey, Balsamic and Fresh Fig Tart

Coconut Berry Crisp

Coconut Berry Crisp

 The moral of the story is – go with the grill instead of your friend’s double oven. At least you’ll know it’s cookin’.

This dish is sweet but not too sweet, tangy from the berries and satisfyingly filling from the oats and chia.  It is absolutely delicious with a scoop of creamy vanilla coconut ice cream on top.

Coconut Berry Crisp

Coconut Berry Crisp

Coconut Berry Crisp – On The Grill!

Serves 6
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
**Items on sale now at Native Sun Natural Food Stores, May 7 through June 6

Ingredients

1 cup gluten free oatmeal
1/4 cup raw cane sugar
1/4 cup unsweet shredded coconut**
2 Tbsp chia (I used Mila)
1/4 tsp coarse ground sea salt (plus a dash extra to sprinkle on fruit)
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 10-oz bags frozen organic fruit
2 Tbsp agave

Optional
Vanilla coconut ice cream

Directions

1. Preheat grill to medium high- about 350F.

2. Mix oatmeal through 1/4 tsp salt in a magic bullet or small food processor (a few pulses to create a coarse grind); stir in coconut oil.

3. Mix fruit, agave and dash of salt in a small bowl; spray jelly roll baking dish with cooking spray; add fruit mixture; top with oatmeal mixture; place on grill for 1 hour.

4. Top each serving with optional vanilla coconut ice cream.

What is Mila?  Here is my story.
Want to try some? Click here.

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 200.7
Total Fat 6.8 g
Saturated Fat 4.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 97.8 mg
Potassium 66.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 35.0 g
Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
Sugars 22.0 g

Protein 2.6 g
Vitamin A 0.9 %
Vitamin B-6 2.8 %
Vitamin C 3.9 %
Vitamin E 4.8 %
Calcium 13.8 %
Copper 1.6 %
Folate 1.7 %
Iron 4.5 %
Magnesium 8.2 %
Manganese 7.0 %
Niacin 2.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.2 %
Phosphorus 19.4 %
Riboflavin 2.7 %
Selenium 0.1 %
Thiamin 5.3 %
Zinc 0.4 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

May 182013
 

Gingery Pepita Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet.

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

100% delicious.

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

These are so satisfying and EASY to make – you’ll never spend money on pre-made bars again.  I’ve been making tons of variations of these with whatever is on sale.  I simply add enough dates, raisins or prunes so that the mixture just stays together and then shape into bites or bars.

Bars are perfect to grab on a busy day when you just won’t have a lot of time to eat and make a great breakfast or snack.  The cashews and dates will give you tons of energy, ginger aids in digestion and has anti-inflammatory powers, and pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are a great source of zinc, protein and iron.

Say no to store bought bars!

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

 Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
**Ingredients on sale now at Native Sun Natural Food Market, May 7 – June 6

Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped dried dates
1/3 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger (ginger chews)**
1/8 tsp coarse sea salt
2 Tbsp whole pumpkin seeds (pepitas)**

Directions

1. Place all ingredients except whole pumpkin seeds in a food processor and pulse until combined.  Mix pepitas in by hand and roll into a ball; press onto parchment paper and form a square; cut into four sections.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 156.4
Total Fat 5.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 77.6 mg
Potassium 221.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 26.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g

Sugars 17.3 g
Protein 2.5 g
Vitamin B-6 4.0 %
Vitamin C 0.2 %
Vitamin E 5.4 %
Calcium 1.5 %
Copper 15.5 %
Folate 4.0 %
Iron 5.1 %
Magnesium 9.7 %
Manganese 9.3 %
Niacin 2.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 4.0 %
Phosphorus 8.7 %
Riboflavin 2.4 %
Selenium 4.9 %
Thiamin 2.3 %
Zinc 5.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Enjoy my Gingery Pepita Energy Bars!

May 152013
 

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Over a week ago I had this post read to print when the unthinkable happened.  In an effort to get back to some normalcy and keep my mind off things I am up and looking at my site and want to share something positive and fun with you – this brownie/fudge recipes.
Mila lovers – this is another great way to eat your Mila.
I’m looking forward to making these again as soon as I can.

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 There are certain flavors that just don’t work.

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Like toothpaste and orange juice. Yuck!

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Black Bean Quinoa Brownie Fudge (Photo after refrigerating)

Black Bean Quinoa Brownie Fudge (Photo after refrigerating)

But there are some things that go together surprisingly well.

Cocoa powder in a chili recipe, bananas and beans in a salsa….

Black Bean Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Black Bean Quinoa Brownie Fudge

black beans and quinoa together in a dessert.

I’ve seen so many black bean brownie recipes recently that, frankly, look too dry. And I found none that had both black beans and quinoa together, so I thought, why not create one!  I love my brownies super moist and gooey rather than cakey.  If you want a more cake-like brownie try adding more quinoa flour and see how that works.

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

 These little brownies are so moist and rich I had to call them brownie fudge. They are delicious at room temp or right out of the fridge – a perfect snack, dessert or even breakfast. My friend Justine and I each polished off two servings with coffee.

After one bite, Justine’s eyebrows rose in surprise - they’re delicious!

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

We all know the how great quinoa is for us – the super nutrient dense little seed that markets itself as a grain.

You sneaky little seed, we’re on to you.

Quinoa is high in protein, anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, and has a nice dose of healthy fat.
The high amounts of lysine and isoleucine actually make quinoa a complete protein source. The next time someone asks how you get your protein on a plant based diet and tells you that you can’t get all your nine essential amino acids – tell them to look up the facts about quinoa! Worlds Healthiest Foods is a great resource.

I hope you try these just out of curiosity and are pleasantly surprised as how delicious these are!

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Serves 12
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 14.5oz can (1 1/2 cups) black beans (unseasoned, rinsed and drained)
1/3 cup agave or maple syrup
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted (or vegetable oil) + 1 tsp to “butter’ baking dish
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup pure raw cane sugar
1 chia egg (1 Tbsp Mila + 3 Tbsp water)**
1/4 cup quinoa (ground into flour with a Magic Bullet, coffee grinder or blender)
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder) + 1 tsp
1/2 cup vegan mini chocolate chips (or chocolate chips of choice)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spread 1 tsp coconut oil evenly over 6×6 inch baking dish; sprinkle with 1 tsp cacao powder.

2. Blend black beans, agave, coconut oil and vanilla in a blender; mix sugar, quinoa flour, salt and cacao powder in a bowl and pour black bean mixture over evenly; mix well to combine; stir in chia egg, stir in chocolate chips; pour into baking dish; cook for 20 minutes or until top is firm.

3. Refrigerate 1 hour to overnight and cut into 12 squares.

**I recommend using Mila in this recipe.  Why? Read my story.  To purchase click here.

Nutrition Facts
12 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 182.6
Total Fat 8.0 g
Saturated Fat 5.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 49.1 mg
Potassium 102.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 26.3 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Sugars 12.1 g
Protein 2.9 g

Vitamin B-6 0.8 %
Calcium 1.4 %
Copper 4.8 %
Folate 8.1 %
Iron 5.8 %
Magnesium 6.3 %
Manganese 7.4 %
Niacin 0.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.6 %
Phosphorus 7.3 %
Riboflavin 8.1 %
Selenium 0.6 %
Thiamin 3.6 %
Zinc 2.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.