Nutmeal Cookies without the processed white sugars

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OK I worship chocolate. I am very particular about what chocolate I like and I only like the good stuff. I have worked out a fabulous homemade chocolate recipe eliminated processed sugar. I worked hard on this and boy let me tell you there were a lot of disappointing trials. Now I had to tackle the beloved chocolate chip cookie recipe. I am really trying to only eat natural sugars. Honey and maple syrup have minerals and antimicrobial properties. Honey especially is soothing to the throat and nervous system. Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index which supports a healthy blood sugar regulation. I also use ingredients that are high in fiber and protein. In summation- have your treat without the guilt.

White sugar free Nutmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

3- 3 1/2 cups almond or hazelnut meal ( I get mine at Trader Joe)
2 sticks (or 1 c or 8 oz) Earth Balance (I avoid the soy and use olive oil or canola margarine) You can sub 2 oz out for melted coconut oil if you want
1 cup Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbl Ener-G Egg Replacer plus 4 Tbl warm water, stirred and mixed thoroughly or 2 eggs
1 tsp Real salt
1/2 recipe Make your Own CHOCOLATE, chopped

1 c of oatmeal (I like Bob’s Red Mill), dried fruits, nuts, coconut, seeds, etc.,.(optional)

1 tsp cinnamon, optional
Cream sugar and butter. Add vanilla and egg replacer (or eggs). Mix thoroughly.  Next, add the combined dry ingredients.
Stir in the chocolate chips, oatmeal, dried fruits, nuts, coconut, seeds, etc.,. So the next step is something I learned in my pastry chef days. I pre-scoop the cookies and freeze them for at least 2 hours. This way the center stays gooey and the outside crisp after baking. I always disliked a dry crumbly cookie.  You can then bake them to order. That way you don’t overeat. The cookies are always fresh and warm (the house smells like fresh cookies more often).   They can stay in the freezer for months. I use this technique with all cookies.

Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-15 minutes or until golden and set.


Peach with Cashew Cream and Granola

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Peaches, peaches, peaches…..YUM!!! I have enjoyed this breakfast every morning this week. I add a splash of lemon juice because cashews are so high in iron. The citrus has acid and vitamin C which helps increase absorption of the iron. This cream is so easy, versatile and nutrient dense. Enjoy.

Cashew Cream:

1 cup raw, whole cashew

1/3 c water

1/4 vanilla bean, scrapped

1/8 tsp almond extract

1 Tbl maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

Splash of lemon juice

Peaches

Candida’s Granola or Raw Granola 

Directions:

1) Cove the cashews with water. Let soak fro 3-24 hours.

2) Strain water. Add the 1/3 c water and remaining ingredients into a blender or even better a vita-mix until silky smooth. NOTE: The vita-mix will make a better product. If using a Cuisinart or blender, scrap the edges down and strain if you want it to be perfectly smooth.

3) Wash and slice the peach. Add a spoonful of the cashew cream. Top with the granola of your choosing.

 

 


Lemon Coconut Kefir Ice Cream/Popsicles

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Quick, clean, fast and easy. This is an extremely versatile recipe. The Coconut Kefir is a vegan version of a tart, creamy drink that is fermented. This process of fermentation creates high amounts of probiotics, supporting digestive and immune health. Making your own Kefir is always the best option but there are products available at the store. I sweetened with maple syrup. It’s 4 ingredients that you blend and spin. That’s it! It makes a great soft serve after chilling for an hour. It will get hard though in the freezer so I made some into popsicles which was fun. Play with the flavors by infusing herbs (rosemary, basil for example) or add spices like ginger, anise, almond, hazelnut. Some serving suggestions are berries, purees, over a crisps or cobblers.

Lemon Coconut Kefir Ice Cream/Popsicles:

1 lemon, zest of chopped finely and juice of

1 2/3 c Coconut Kefir

1/3- 1/2 c maple syrup (depends on how sweet you want it)

1/8 tsp real salt

1 tsp vanilla (almond, hazelnut, mint)

2 tsp Amaretto (I used this one and loved it), Limoncello, Maker’s Mark, Frangelico…whatever flavor you like, double check if gluten free. They would all be great!

(celiac.com)

 

Directions:

1) Put it all in a blender and puree.

2) Chill for an hour (optional).

3) Spin it. Chill for an hour as a soft serve and or place in popsicle trays. See introduction for variations.

 

 

 

 

 


Cauliflower with a Roasted Veggie Vinaigrette

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I went to the market and picked up some beautiful veggies. I love whole roasted cauliflower. It picks up a texture that is so rich, hearty and inviting. I was going to just make the vinaigrette but decided to incorporate more of my lovely, fresh from the garden beauties. Voila! A meal all on its own.

Cauliflower with Roasted Veggie Vinaigrette:

1 head of Cauliflower

3-4 Tbl olive oil, divided

salt and pepper

1 lemon squeezed and zested

1 Tbl vinegar of choice (apple cider, balsamic, sherry all work really well)

parsley, basil, cilantro,dill (whatever fresh herbs you have handy, many are in season)

4-5 shiitake mushrooms (the are $10/pound at the market…great price and adds protein)

1 zucchini, sliced

1/2 onion , chopped

1 small garlic clove, minced

Kernels from 1 ear of corn, cooked by grilling, roasting, steaming

4 Kale leaves, chiffonade (so thinly sliced) Make sure these are dry and lightly oiled.

Capers (optional)

 

Directions:

1) Drizzle the cauliflower head with at least a Tbl of the oil, sat and pepper. Roast at 375 degrees in the oven for about 30-60 minutes (depending on the size of the head). It should be golden brown and very fork tender.

2) While that is cooking, get 1 tsp of oil hot in a saute pan, throw in the onions and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic, mushrooms and zucchini and saute for another 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with lemon juice. Add the capers.

3) In the last 15 minutes of cooking the cauliflower (so when it’s close to being done), add the lightly sauteed veggies. Let them cook for 7-10 minutes. Then drizzle the kale over the dish. Bake for 5-7 more minutes. You are essentially making crispy kale over the dish.

4) When it’s all cooked, golden and fork tender, take it our of the oven, drizzle with 2 Tbl of oil, vinegar, lemon zest and fresh herbs.

5) Serve with brown rice tortilla, a favorite grilled meat or fish, some whole grains. Add some Pesto, Romesco or Love your Liver Artichoke Dip.

 

 


Vegan Ginger and Honey Ice Cream

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Oh Dr. Candida has been so blessed but busy. This is a great spin on my original Vegan Ice cream. I eliminated the processed sugar and almost half of the arrowroot creating a softer and healthier product for you all enjoy! Sadly still no camera but working on it!

Vegan Ginger and Honey Ice Cream:

1 can of Unsweetened Coconut Milk

1 1/4 c plus an additional 1/4 c of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk so 1 1/2 c divided

1 1/2 Tbl Chopped Ginger

1/4 tsp Ground Ginger (optional)

1/4 tsp Real Salt

1/2 c Raw Honey

1 tsp Vanilla

4 tsp Arrowroot Powder

Directions:

1) Take 1/4 c of the almond milk and arrowroot. Whisk until combined. Set aside.

2) Put remaining 1 1/4 c of almond milk, coconut milk, gingers, salt and honey in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat. Whisk arrowroot/milk mixture in. It will thicken immediately. Add extract.

3) Spin according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

 

 

 

 


Chocolate Pudding Pie

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Speaks for itself…Rich, creamy, nutty, chocolaty and a touch salty. This is similar to the ice cream recipe I posted earlier. So if you liked that one, but the chill in the air wants something warmer, this is a great option. You can play with the flavor, extracts, spices, milks and nuts. I referred you back to last Wednesday’s Raw Pie Crust blog but you can use whatever crust you like. Yum!

Chocolate Pudding Pie

1 can coconut milk

1 1/3 cup on almond milk, unsweetened

3 Tbl arrowroot powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3- 1/2 c agave, maple syrup or honey

1/4 raw cocoa powder. If you are using the regular cocoa powder double this and check the flavor. I have the trader joes and I had to triple it to get the flavor I wanted. Taste along the way.

1) Make your Raw Pie Crust. Put in fridge while making the filling.

2) Take 1/2 c of the milk and whisk in the arrowroot. Set aside.

3) Put the remaining milk and other ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly, until the whole mixture come to a boil. Whisk in the arrowroot mixture in until it thicken. This will happen pretty fast. Add your extracts (vanilla, hazelnut, mint and any spices you  might like)

4) Pour into pie crust, cover and chill for 2-3 hours until cool and set. Top with Rice Whip or homemade Coconut Whip Cream, fruit, etc.,. Or just eat it plain. It’s so good.