Looking for a quick treat to make your guests this holiday season? Look no further because I have an incredibly easy, deliciously creamy, SunButter pumpkin pie that you'll want to be making.It actually started out as a non-peanut butter fudge that just didn't turn out solid enough. But what it did have, was this wonderfully sweet and decadent flavor that I just couldn't resist. Then that little light bulb in my head went off and all I could think of was remaking it as a pie filling! And "wha-la" an allergy-friendly, top 8 free, gluten-free & vegan dessert. Are you ready to get baking?
Do you know how to make a red velvet cookie even better? Dip it in chocolate!
Facing food allergies can be a challenge but it shouldn't mean you have to go without. So in 2011, a few years after Xander's diagnosis, I was inspired to write an ebook called Sweet Cheats. It is filled with tasty desserts and sweet treats that are all dairy, egg and nut free! You can check it out in the link but keep in mind, the pictures aren't great (well before I really knew how to do food photography) but the recipes are delicious!
Sometimes I forget about that book and the recipes in there but then it dawned on me, I've only included one of those in this blog! Crazy right? Especially since those are some of our most loved desserts. Like these Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Cookies, those are #1 on Xander's MUST EAT LIST.
No party is complete without these light & fluffy vanilla cupcakes, made with aquafaba.
How do you make an adult snow-cone? With coffee of course!Coffee,,, it's a pretty wonderful drink. I can drink it hot or cold, but never lukewarm! Morning or late night or even somewhere in between. It's by far my drink of choice. When I'm not drinking a cup of it, I'm using it in my recipes! Have you tried that before? Instead of using the liquid listed, substitute all or half of it with coffee or espresso. It turns a morning smoothie into a protein packed perk-me-up! Or a delicious cake into something spectacular. It turns sweet icing into something decadent. Basically, it turns great in to amazing! Do you know what else it makes extra special? ICE! That's right, ice. Think of it as an adult snow-cone, and I don't mean the liquored up kind of sno-cone. I mean the caffeine infused kind! A Coffee Granita.
There is something sweet and pure about vanilla cupcakes. When done right, there is no need for all the icing and fluff because it should simply taste amazing on its own. It's only when the cupcakes are dry and/or tasteless that you need to add more and more icing or have a cold cup of milk (non-dairy of course) to go with it. Now, I am not in any way saying to skip the icing, I mean, that is what makes cupcakes look so pretty, but I am saying that you just want it to taste good on its own, and the icing is simply the bonus!
Thanks to my friends at Enjoy Life Foods & So Delicious, you too can make your own allergy-friendly Dirt Cups. Trust me, this is quite a treat for the kiddos and if you don't have kids, that's ok too. Nothing like making a dessert to make you feel young again.
Every once in awhile, I want chocolate! Actually, to be perfectly honest, I could have a bite of chocolate everyday. I usually buy an expensive vegan bar and break off a tiny square whenever the craving got too strong to resist and then I'd hide the bar. :) That bar could seriously last 2 weeks, sometimes it could last a month, if I had amazing will power. IF, I left it out in the open, surely one of my kiddos (Cayden) would have eaten it all in one sitting.
Of course, I'm not encouraging you all to hide your candy, but instead, I'm going to show you how to make your own chocolate treats using only 4 ingredients and the healthy add-ins of your choice. Once you get this, you won't feel the least bit guilty about eating chocolate or letting your kids have a bite.