Desserts

Cream Cheese Cookies: Gluten-free

  This recipe makes a rich shortbread style cookie.   2¼ cups white rice flour 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum or carrageenan ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons flax meal in ¼ cup water 2 teaspoons vanilla ¾ cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1 package vegan nondairy cream cheese (8 ounces) 1/2…

Sponge Cake, Gluten-Free

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…

Costa Rica Chocolate Dot Oatmeal Cookies

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…

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cream Cookies: Gluten-free

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”…

Almond Biscotti, gluten-free

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour 1 1/2 cups rolled oats or oat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/2 cups sugar (we use evaporated cane juice) 3/4 cup apple sauce or 1 ripe banana mashed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 1/2 cups raw almonds, ground to…

Seven Layer Cake, gluten-free

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…

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

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…

Baked Apples, Gluten-Free

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…

Oranges with Mint

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…

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

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…

Caryn’s Carrot Cake, or just Caryn Cake

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…

Coconut Cake (gluten-free)

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…

Tarte aux Pommes

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

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.…

Chocolate Truffles

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…

Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies, Gluten-Free

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…

Pear Sunflower Seed Tart – Gluten-free

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…

Raisin Cookies – Gluten-Free

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…

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

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…