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.
Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls.
I absolutely love looking out to my back yard through our bay window. Although the trees are bare and the grass is brown, the site of beautiful red cardinals grazing off the bird feeder, all but makeup for the lack of color due to winter months. And although it is still a little chilly some days, the sunlight warms the room and reminds me that Spring isn't too far off.
This sunlight, not only makes this the perfect sitting area for gazing, but it also makes this the perfect place for ripening those stone fruits not quite recipe ready. The mango and avocado I recently purchased from the market have patiently been sitting on the table, just waiting for the sun to ripen & sweeten them up for the perfect recipe. Meanwhile, as the sun was doing its thing, there was this wonderfully, crunchy jicama just waiting to join the party as I had something wonderful in store for them.
Mango Avocado Spring Rolls with a Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.
Heaven is only a bite away! Dark cacao & espresso cupcakes would be pretty amazing on its own, but then your reach the surprise in the middle which is a bite of Sunbutter, and your mouth will thank you.
I feel silly even bragging about these since most food bloggers share the recipes they are proud of, however, when my husband tells me that I never have to make another cupcake ever again, then I know I created a winner.
This cupcake actually started as a muffin for Xander. Each week, I make for him a batch of baked goods, consisting of 2 eggs which he is required to eat for his oral desensitization. The goal was to make these less sweet, without icing, include the superfood, cacao in place of cocoa, and keep away from vegetable oils. Our Xman was thrilled to eat his "medicine", but I still wanted an eggless version. So I turned these dark chocolate beauties into a Vegan treat by substituting Neat eggs in place of free-range brown eggs and you would never tell the difference.
Some mornings call for oatmeal, others call for muffins, but weekends, absolutely, require pancakes!
Weekends were always my favorite as a child. Waking up whenever I wanted to (which was ALWAYS early), watching Saturday morning cartoons (the ONLY time cartoons were on) and enjoying the smells coming from the kitchen as Mom was making our BIG family breakfast. Back then, that consisted of eggs, & bacon (neither of which I eat now) and best of all, Pancakes! Oh, how I love pancakes.
If you're new to the blog, then you've missed some other pretty sweet pancakes. Berry Smoothie Pancakes (simple to make, just mixed in your blender) Gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (bringing in the flavors of the season), Chocolate Chip Brownie Waffles (it's an oldie on the site, but I included these because waffles are basically pancakes with syrup traps) & Banana Corn Pancakes (another gluten-free, naturally sweetened pancake).
For another delicious blender pancake, try these Flourless Carrot Cake Yogurt Pancakes from Cotter Crunch. They are gluten-free and if you have a dairy allergy, just use a coconut based yogurt like So Delicious.
This time, I want to share with you another pancake that you mix up in your blender, Fluffy Gluten-free Blender Pancakes.