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Pomegranate Orange Pancakes with deliciously sweet Orange-Maple Glaze are packed with zesty & bright flavors, and are incredibly light and fluffy (thank you aquafaba)

Beautiful & elegant pancakes, bursting with flavors of orange and fresh pomegranate. I have made a LOT of pancake recipes in my day, like Italian pancakes, fluffy blender pancakes, berry smoothie pancakes, gluten-free pumpkin spice pancakes, banana corn pancakes, even chocolate chip pancakes but these Pomegranate Orange Pancakes with Orange-Maple Glaze are by far my favorite. Made with fresh orange juice, seasonal pomegranate and spiked with orange zest, they actually taste refreshing.  Who would have thought, A REFRESHING pancake recipe during the winter!

Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales

I have to admit that I've always been a little leery of making tamales, I mean, leave it the experts right?  I'm fully confident of making desserts, pastries, and other main dishes but never once have I even attempted to make one of my favorite foods, the tamale. That is, until I was given the chance to check out a copy of Vegan Tamales Unwrapped: A Step by Step Guide to Savory and Sweet Tamales from Dora Stone of Dora’s Table. Then, as fate would have it, I also happened to catch an episode of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives which featured a lady making tamales!  It didn't look too hard.  SO with my new found confidence and ebook in hand, I committed to making Dora's Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales.

Rich & decadent chocolate cake, layered with sweet coconut icing & drizzled in chocolate ganache.

The most amazing Gluten free & allergy friendly German Chocolate cake around! Ummmm, chocolate!  I have always associated chocolate with the holidays. Chocolate chip cookies for Santa, hot chocolate by the fireplace, milk chocolate candies in pretty boxes, and then there is chocolate cake.  But not just any cake, rich & decadent German Chocolate Cake with that sweet & sticky coconut glaze to be exact.  Doesn't the sound of that bring a smile to your face?  And you haven't even had a bite yet.  Well, we're going to fix that! 

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.

Vanilla Cupcakes

I am incredibly picky when it comes to vanilla cupcakes.  They can't be too yellow, or too dry or too dense (cuz that would make it a muffin, right?). Vanilla cupcakes are the most basic cupcake to get right, and yet so many people get it so wrong!  It's like the basis for every other cake, is it not? Switch out a few ingredients here and there, and you can have any variation of flavor you like, including chocolate. It's the first recipe I worked on after Xander's allergy diagnosis, 9 years ago. In fact, he was 10 months old at the time and all I could think about what type of cake could he have for his upcoming birthday.  I had 2 months to figure it out.  Thankfully, he mostly used the cake the mash his hands in to, so whether it was good or not, really didn't matter.  However, last weekend my baby Xander just turned 10 and this time, I needed a vanilla cake that would make his party extra special.  That's when I came up with these Light & Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes.

After years of cooking corn,  I found a foolproof method that is incredibly easy, unique and simply delicious. Summer corn is sweeter when steamed within its own husks and grilled to perfection Moving around a lot has created an opportunity to try new things and to incorporate different flavors & methods then I had tried before. Take corn on the cob for example.  For most of my early years, I remember hanging out in the kitchen, shucking fresh corn with my mom and/or grandma and then adding the cobs to a pot of boiling, salted water.  I use to love watching the corn go from a pale yellow to a vibrant hue which signaled they were ready to be devoured.  I sure loved corn this way, especially with a big 'ol slab of butter. After moving to Maryland, a friend of mine cooked their corn on the grill and their special little twist, created the best Grilled Corn on the Cob I had ever tasted (Sorry MOM!). This is now my favorite way to make corn, especially when adding a little Sriracha for heat. 

Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls.

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.

Sunbutter Surprise Cupcakes

 

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. 

GF blender pancakes

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.