Fruit Desserts

Apple Turnovers

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  We fell in love with Fruit Turnovers with our afternoon tea when we were in Northern California and frequented the Big Basin Café in Saratoga. Here is our version which I love even more. The dough is lighter in flavor and texture and it’s gluten-free!   4 organic apples (other fruit may be used…

Fresh Fruit Tart

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This Fresh Fruit Tart is a spectacular summer dessert for a picnic or barbecue. Dark chocolate lines the crust which is filled with a sweet vanilla custard and then topped with fresh fruit. Ingredients: 1 9-inch Pie Crust (make your own or get one ready made) 1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips 1 cup raw…

Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis

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While living in the south of France, I often saw Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis on dessert menus of upscale restaurants. It was often the one dessert I was happy to choose because it was vegan. This is a beautiful dish to finish a perfect meal; very fresh and light with just enough sweetness. 8…

Boozy Balls

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This is a variation on our Fruit and Nut Truffles with an extra kick – Bourbon, which gives these Fruit and Nut Balls a sophisticated flavor. 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup apricots 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cocoa 1/4 cup…

Fruit and Nut Truffles

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When craving something sweet, these treats come together just in time. There is no guilt here, only goodness. 1 cup raisins (or other sweet dried fruit like dates, figs) 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or any combination of nuts and seeds) 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cocoa 2 teaspoons…

Chocolate Ice Dream

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  This is a lovely sweet treat for a really hot night.   1/4 cup raw cashews 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) 8 dates, soaked in water 10 frozen organic strawberries About 10 ice cubes (optional)   In a high-powered blender combine the cashews, vanilla, nondairy…

Raw Nectarine Tart

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This recipe is for two individual tarts. Double, triple, quadruple the recipe if so desired. Total time to prepare these tarts is about 8 minutes (and that’s if you’re moving really slowly). Crust 1/2 cup raw almonds 2 to 3 (depending on size) raw medjool dates (pitted) Chop the almonds to the size of coffee…

Orange Creamsicle Ice Dream

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  This brings me back to the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck and the Creamsicle Pop of my childhood. This is so much better! You’ll need to freeze some oranges in advance.   2 oranges, peeled, sectioned and frozen 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla   In a…

Blueberry Ice Dream

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  There is nothing better on a hot night than this. One warning though – you’ll get a purple tongue! But that’s part of the fun.   1 bag frozen blueberries (12 ounces) 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk   In a high-powered blender combine the cashews and nondairy milk until…

Strawberry Ice Dream

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  This is quick treat the whips up fast. This recipe serves one and you can double, triple or quadruple it to make more for others or keep it just for you!   10 frozen organic strawberries 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) About 4 ice cubes…

Deep Dish Apple Pie, gluten-free

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Everyone loves apple pie. This recipe is easy, with a few simple ingredients. Make it with our easy-to-roll Gluten-Free Pie Crust. 7 to 8 organic apples 1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1/4 cup water 2 Tablespoons potato or corn starch Gluten-Free Pie Crust Dough for 2 crusts Preheat oven to 350oF Core…

Apricot Nut Balls

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Here’s a naturally sweet treat, made from dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds. They are a stunning addition to any festive dessert table. 1 cup dried unsulphured apricots 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Optional: 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla Topping Variations:…

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…

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…

Jungle Crumble

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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 fruits there.…

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 ,…

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…