Grapefruits are at their best and most flavorful this time of the year, so it is the perfect time to enjoy them! I like them just as is, but they make a lovely light dessert when combined with a few other things. Here, I combine them with a little maple syrup and rosewater plus some pistachios and mint for color and top them off with coconut cream. It is a heavenly combination!
These coconut peppermint bon bons are the perfect holiday treat! They look like snow balls on the inside, but the outside is decadent dark chocolate! They are made without refined sugar as well, and happen to be vegan and gluten free! They would be perfect to set out as part of a holiday buffet, or just to give as a sweet gift if you know a coconut lover!
Cookies are an essential part of the Holidays! I love baking cookies, eating them, and of course sharing and gifting them to others! These Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Chip cookies are not only delicious, but really easy to make as far as holiday cookies go, just mix, shape and bake! Also, they happen to be vegan and gluten free but you would never guess by tasting them!
This pumpkin cheesecake is a nice alternative to pie for Thanksgiving and it is great for making ahead of time! Not only that, it is gluten free, and vegan since it is made with coconut milk instead of dairy. Also, it is free of refined sugar! This cake tastes just as rich and delicious as traditional cheesecake, but is much better for you!
Nothing beats a good home made apple or pear pie during the fall and winter season, and for the holidays. I like to make them with a struesel oat topping with is much less fussy than a double crust pie and so good! Also, I pre-cook my filling to cut way down on the baking time, and it comes out perfect every time! If you would like this recipe to be gluten free, swap Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour in an equal amount with the whole wheat pastry. Give this a try the next time you are craving apple pie instead of just buying one, trust me, it is so worth it!
You may think of hummus as strictly a savory item, but did you know it is delicious as a dessert? Chickpeas are a pretty neutral flavor, so you can add pretty much anything to them! As a seasonal treat, I made a pumpkin spice dessert hummus with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, maple syrup, nut butter and vanilla and it is so good! It is packed with fiber and protein, but tastes like pumpkin pie! If you are looking for a healthy snack option for your Halloween party or fall gathering, give this a try! It is delicious served with cinnamon crackers, or apple or pear slices!
Peanut butter cups were my favorite Halloween candy growing up, but now I like to experiment with different nut and seed butters, when I make my own at home, and they are all delicious in their own way. These tahini cups are similar to peanut butter cups but they are suitable for those with nut allergies, since tahini is sesame seed butter. It has a nutty flavor kind of like a more mild peanut butter and pairs well with chocolate. They happen to be vegan because I use non-dairy chocolate chips, and naturally gluten free, but you would never guess by tasting them. These are easy to make and so good, so if you are looking for a new Halloween treat recipe, give them a try!
These maple sandies are easy to make and so good! You would never guess that they are gluten free or vegan. I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flour and it works just as well as regular flour, and I use coconut oil instead of butter to make a delicious buttery cookie! These smell amazing while baking, with the aromas of maple and vanilla and are the perfect treat to bake in the fall!
Just because you don’t eat eggs or dairy or are vegan does not mean you can not enjoy delicious cheesecake! These chocolate cherry cheesecakes taste just as delicious as regular cheesecake, only they contain no refined sugar or flour, and no animal products. So you can feel good about enjoying them! Although they have a few ingredients, they are fairly simple to make! Now is the perfect time to make them too, since cherries are at their best this time of the year!
Did you know it is easy to make your own ice cream at home? I love making my own, because I can create my own flavors, and pick which ingredients go into it. The recipe I am sharing with you today is coconut milk based, my favorite ice cream base because it makes it nice and creamy and you won’t even miss the dairy! I combine it with cashew butter to give it a cheesecake like flavor, then add in fresh raspberries, vanilla and a touch of maple syrup! It is really delicious, perfect for a hot Summer day!