Desserts

Sponge Cake, Gluten-Free

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Sponge cake, is often wheat-free for the Passover holiday and loaded with eggs. This cake is egg-free, light and lovely. It is kosher for Passover for the Sefardic Jews but not for Ashkenazi Jews because it contains soy and rice. 3/4 cup white rice flour 3/4 cup potato starch 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1…

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Costa Rica Chocolate Dot Oatmeal Cookies

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Here is a recipe I prepared while in Costa Rica using the local ingredients that were available to me. 1/2 cup coconut oil 1 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax seeds in 1/4 cup water 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 3/4 cups rolled oats plus 1 1/2 cup rolled oats…

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cream Cookies: Gluten-free

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These cookies are just like Tagalongs, the Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties, only better! These are made with only natural ingredients, without whey, gluten, hydrogenated oils or artificial ingredients. I recently revisited this recipe in 2014 to improve it and decided to try a variation on Fran Costigan‘s “Chocolate Olive Oil Glaze for Chocolate-Dipped Anything”…

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Almond Biscotti, gluten-free

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1 1/2 cups brown rice flour 1 1/2 cups rolled oats or oat flour plus ¼ cup for dusting hands 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/2 cups unbleached cane sugar 1 ripe banana mashed 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 1/2 cups raw almonds, ground to a coarse…

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Seven Layer Cake, gluten-free

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Seven Layer cake has always been one of my mom’s favorites. This is the cake I made for her 80th birthday party. She recently gave up dairy so this cake was especially perfect. Happy Birthday Mom! FOR THE CAKE 1 1/4 cups sorghum flour Bob’s Red Mill 1 cup brown rice flour Bob’s Red Mill…

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Torta Al Limone, Lemon Tart, Vegan and Gluten-Free

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After a many course meal, this light and lovely lemon pie is a perfect finale. For the crust 3/4 cup rice flour 1/3 cup vegan butter 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 teaspoon evaporated cane juice (optional) Cold water, 4 tablespoons In a large bowl, mix together the flour, xanthan gum, salt and sugar. Cut vegan…

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Baked Apples, Gluten-Free

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Treat yourself this weekend to a luscious breakfast or brunch that is as unbelievably delicious as it is unbelievably good for you. It’s REAL Baked Apples. 4 organic apples, cored 2 tablespoons almonds 2 tablespoons raisins 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg water Chop the almonds and raisins and mix with the spices. Place the…

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Oranges with Mint

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A super simple recipe with surprising results – fresh oranges with mint. If you like you can top with your favorite nondairy yogurt. That’s it! It’s delightful. Per serving: 1 orange, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint 1-2 Tablespoons non dairy yogurt (we made our own using Miyoko Schinner‘s…

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Caryn’s Carrot Cake, or Caryn Cake: Gluten-Free

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Carrot Cake has always been one of my favorites, but only when it’s made my way. That’s why I call this cake, Caryn Cake. There’s a secret ingredient that as of today, is no longer a secret! It’s Mace. Mace is a spice made from the outer covering that surrounds nutmeg seeds. The flavor is…

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Caryn’s Carrot Cake, or just Caryn Cake

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Carrot Cake has always been one of my favorites, but only when it’s made my way. That’s why I call this cake, Caryn Cake. There’s a secret ingredient that as of today, is no longer a secret! It’s Mace. Mace is a spice made from the outer covering that surrounds nutmeg seeds. The flavor is…

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Coconut Cake (gluten-free)

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There’s something about coconut that irresistible. Several years ago I craved coconut cake for my birthday. I went to the kitchen and created this recipe using white wheat flour. Still getting that coconut cake craving from time to time, but wanting to make it gluten-free I came up with this recipe. It’s heavenly. CAKE: 2…

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Tarte aux Pommes

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I learned how to make the Tarte Aux Pommes when I lived in the south of France. I have modified it slightly, with a gluten-free crust. You can use whatever kind of crust you like. The star of this recipe is the organic Fuji apple. Sweet, fresh, delicious! 4 or 5 organic apples, peeled and…

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Jungle Crumble

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Part II: While visiting the Corwin family in Costa Rica, we had a potluck dinner. See Part I, Rainforest Oat Banana Bread. For dessert, I created this Apple Crumble recipe. When I think about Costa Rica it’s the exotic delights that I get excited about, like papayas and mangos and all the other wonderful tropical…

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Chocolate Truffles

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Pictured here as a basket of Easter eggs, these chocolate truffles are delicious any time of the year. 1 bag organic, non-dairy, semi-sweet dark chocolate chips 14 vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies) 1 cup coconut milk (just the fat, save the water for another use) NOTE: If you chill a can of coconut milk the…

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Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies, Gluten-Free

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Chocolate and mint are perfect partners. Here’s a gluten-free version of the chocolate chip mint cookie. They are especially good to dunk in Teeccino Herbal Coffee. 1½ teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer in 2 tablespoons water ¾ cups vegan butter (Earth Balance buttery spread) ½-3/4 cups sugar (evaporated cane juice), I use 1/2 cup but if…

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Pear Sunflower Seed Tart – Gluten-free

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This is a variation on the classic Pear Frangipane Tart using sunflower seeds in place of almonds. Sunflower seeds are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, a delicious way to get anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. Crust 3/4 cup rice flour 1/3 cup vegan butter 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 teaspoon evaporated cane juice (optional) pinch…

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Raisin Cookies – Gluten-Free

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When I was in college in Pennsylvania we would go to the farmer’s market. There was an Amish bakery that sold raisin cookies. They were so simple, soft, gooey and so good. I have not had them in decades! I have recreated a vegan, gluten-free version here. Cookie dough 4 cups white rice flour 4¾…

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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

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This pumpkin ice cream is delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. A small scoop along with our Poached Pears is a perfect finish to our Thanksgiving Celebration Feast. 2 cans coconut milk, chilled 2/3 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1⁄4 cup brown sugar (evaporated cane juice and molasses blend) 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger 1⁄2…

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Poached Pears with Caramel Sauce

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Here’s another version of Poached Pears, served with Caramel Sauce and Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Poached Pears water 4 organic pears Remove the core and seeds from the bottom to the middle. Place the pears upright in a sauce pan and fill with water to reach one third the height of the pears. Cook ,…

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New York Style Cheesecake – gluten-free

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Giving up cheese and all dairy products does not mean you have to give up fabulous desserts.  Try this rich, New York style cheesecake that’s not only vegan but gluten-free. No one will know it’s dairy-free and you may even fool yourself. Crust 1 1/2 cups white rice flour 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 1/3 cup…

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Sweet As Honey Cake – Gluten-Free

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To end your traditional Rosh Hashana dinner, try this Honey Cake made vegan, without honey! You may want to start that dinner with our fabulous gluten-free Challah, egg bread made without eggs, schmeared with our chopped liver, made of course, without liver. Here’s to a sweet year. 1 cup hot coffee or hot water 1…

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Sweet As Honey Cake

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To end your traditional Rosh Hashana dinner, try this Honey Cake made vegan, without honey! You may want to start that dinner with our fabulous Challah, egg bread made without eggs, schmeared with our chopped liver, made of course, without liver. Here’s to a sweet year. We also have gluten-free recipes for the cake and…

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Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis and Chocolate Sauce

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While living in the south of France, I often saw Poached Pears on dessert menus of upscale restaurants. It’s a beautiful dish, very fresh and light with just enough sweetness to finish a perfect meal. 8 oz. fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries 1 tablespoon or more Sweetener to taste (Evaporated cane juice, Succanat, Agave…

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Coconut Cake

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There’s something about coconut that irresistible. When I was young I loved coconut cream pie, coconut ice cream and any other coconut treat that came my way. I forgot about coconut for a while, maybe because most coconut desserts had dairy in them. I decided to make a coconut cake several years ago and made…

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Sandwich Cookies, gluten-free

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Another way to serve up the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter. This chocolate cookie is soft, almost like a brownie with a luscious, creamy peanut butter filling. Cookies 2 ¼ cups white rice flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar, evaporated cane juice 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1…

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Crepes au Sarrasin (Buckwheat crepes) Gluten-free

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Buckwheat, which is not related to wheat and is not a cereal or grass, is a fruit or seed, rich in iron, zinc and selenium. Buckwheat noodles (soba) are popular in Japan and buckwheat groats (kasha) as a porridge are common in eastern Europe. In France you can find buckwheat crepes, sweet or savory, served…

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Crêpes à la crème de bananes et beurre d’arachide (Crepes filled with peanut butter banana cream) Gluten-free

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This healthy and nutritious dish is disguised as a luxuriously decadent dessert – indulge yourself and your guests with REAL food. 6 large buckwheat crepes 6 tablespoons salt-free peanut butter (made from just peanuts) 6 oz firm tofu 4 large, ripe bananas 2 tablespoons grated dark chocolate 1. In a blender, add the bananas, tofu…

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REAL Banana Splits

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There are lots of yummy vegan ice creams out there, but we make ours with a frozen banana base, so you can indulge without any guilt! Serves Four 6 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen 1 cup nondairy milk 1 cup frozen strawberries 4 tablespoons organic cocoa powder 1 teaspoon almond extract 3 teaspoons vanilla extract…

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Strawberry Smoothies

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Strawberry Smoothies! Made from three healthy ingredients, this is something delicious to scream about and will cool you down, no matter what the temperature is or whatever it is that is heating you up.  And our oven-baked french fries are great to dip in them too. 1…

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S’mores: Gluten-free

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I haven’t had a S’more in decades, not since my Girl Scout camping days. That is, not until recently. Now there are vegan marshmallows available for purchase and Graham Crackers are easy to make at home. Get that campfire going, here come the S’Mores. 12 Graham Cracker squares 36 small vegan gluten-free marshmallows (We use…

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Graham Crackers – Gluten-free

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Graham Crackers are simple cookies that go well with so many things, like peanut or almond butter, jelly or just plain dipped in tea.  But the best thing to do with them is to make S’mores. Makes about 12 to 16 crackers 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Shortbread Cookie Flour Mix 1/2 cup brown rice…

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Strawberry Shortcake: Gluten-free

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Breakfast at Wimbledon, July 4th brunch or any summer celebration, this Strawberry Shortcake recipe is a winner. 32 oz fresh organic strawberries 2 Tablespoon sugar/evaporated cane juice (optional) 1 Tablespoon lemon juice Cashew cream 6 individual gluten-free shortcakes Rinse and pat dry strawberries. Remove stems and cut in quarters. Place in a medium bowl and…

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Coconut Waffle: Gluten-Free

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It’s amazing – sometimes the most creative ideas come from using up what’s left in the refrigerator. Coconut waffle topped with Apple Ginger Compote. Tropical flavors meet the waffle. We call it, the Traffle! 1/4 cup oatmeal flour 3/4 cups brown rice flour 4 tablespoons ground flax seeds (brown or golden) 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded…

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Oatmeal Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies: Gluten-Free

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These are perfect anytime, for holidays, celebrations and especially everyday moments like treating children to warm oatmeal cookies after school or for dipping in your afternoon tea. 2 sticks (1 cup) Earth Balance natural shortening 2 cups sugar (evaporated cane juice) 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds and 4 tablespoons water. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1½…

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Sesame Cookies: Gluten-Free

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These cookies were inspired by Sharon Valencik’s recipe in her cookbook Sweet Utopia. I love the sesame flavor so much! I could not give them up and had to make a gluten-free version. 2 cups white rice flour 1/3 cup raw white sesame seeds 1/3 cup raw black sesame seeds (white may be used instead)…

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Chocolate Dipped Mint Chocolate Cookies: Gluten-Free

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Of all the Girl Scout cookies, Thin Mints were my favorite. This vegan, gluten-free recipe, sans hydrogenated oil and whey is so much better! Cookies 1½ tablespoons tapioca starch ¼ cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) ¼ cup brown sugar pinch of baking soda ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ cup brown rice flour 1 teaspoon xanthan…

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Nut Butter Sandwich Cookies: Wheat-Free

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Below is a recipe inspired by the Do-si-dos, Peanut Butter Sandwich Girl Scout Cookies. Here natural peanut butter is used, made only from peanuts! Conventional peanut butters contain sugar, hydrogenated oils and a long list of unnecessary ingredients. Other nut or seed butters may be used, like almond butter or sesame tahini, for delicious variations.…

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Coconut Caramel Chocolate Dipped Cookies: Gluten-Free

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Based on the Girl Scouts’ Samoa or Coconut-deLites, these cookies are so much more delightful!                 Cookies: 1/3 cup Earth Balance natural shortening ¾ cup sugar 2¼ cups white rice flour 1½ teaspoon xanthan gum ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ cup applesauce 2 teaspoons…

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Basic Shortbread Cookie: Gluten-Free

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This cookie recipe can be used as a base for so many different kinds of cookies. Just replace the ginger and lemon with other flavors and top with sprinkles, sugar, chopped nuts, powdered sugar, shredded coconut – use your imagination. 1/3 cup vegetable shortening ¾ cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) pinch ground ginger ½ teaspoon…

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Hamentashen: Gluten-Free

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Hamentashen are traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim, typically filled with poppy seeds, prunes, apricot or other fruit. Hamantashen are shaped like a triangle, recalling the three-cornered hat of the villain, Haman, as described in the Book of Esther. They are a great cookie for any time of year. Our Hamentashen is filled…

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Wild Blueberry Whole Wheat Shortcake and Cream

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This is a lovely vegan version of buttermilk biscuits topped with a warm blueberry sauce and coconut cream Biscuits (makes 1 dozen) 2/3 cup coconut milk 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 cup white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 tablespoons oil 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Preheat oven to 400…

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Oat Waffles With Tofu Cream And Raspberry Coulis, Gluten-Free

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I love waffles for breakfast. These waffles taste so decadent, but it’s simply a bowl of oatmeal in another form. Indulge yourself! Blend together the following ingredients: 1 ¼ cup rolled oats 4 tablespoons ground flax seeds ¼ cup sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons cornstarch or Ener-G Egg Replacer 2 cups water OPTIONAL: 1…

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Apple Oatmeal Crumble, Wheat-Free

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This recipe is so easy. It makes a wonderful dessert, snack or breakfast dish. 6 tart medium apples or pears (peel if not organic, finely sliced) ¼ cup agave nectar or other sweetener ¼ cup margarine (Earth Balance, Smart Balance – no hydrogenated oils!) ½ cup oats ½ cup raw almonds Place sliced apples or…

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