Paleo Salty Chocolate Custard

These little things are amazing.  I can make a big batch of them right in individual mason jars and then I have simple portioned treats for the rest of the week!  It helps that they are so easy to make, just 5 ingredients in the blender, pour and bake, that’s it! The original recipe I followed is called 3, 2, 1 Custard because it contains 3 eggs, 2 bananas and 1 can of coconut milk.  Together they have a banana bread flavor especially with... Read More

The Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Cupcake

These may look like normal sugar and flour laden cupcakes, but they’re not, they’re healthy!  Besides being grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free and paleo, they are also a sneaky way of hiding zucchini in a dessert. I have tried many other recipes for paleo cupcakes before, but most called for strange ingredients or complicated procedures.  Even worse, most of them just ended up heavy, bitter or greasy and would stick... Read More

Paleo Cacao Shake

I thought to call this a chocolate protein shake, but I really hate when recipes add protein in the title because it usually means it has a large amount of artificial protein powder. Here all the protein is from natural sources like spinach, egg, avocado, and raw cacao, so it digests easily and is plenty to get you going before a vigorous workout. Then I thought to call this a breakfast shake because I love to enjoy it in the morning, but this recipe... Read More

Paleo Chocolate Bark

Dark chocolate is one of the best paleo ingredients, it makes everything taste better.  It seems you can really pantry dive or raid the fridge for whatever ingredients you have on hand and as long as you have chocolate to hold them all together, you’re good.  So this recipe is really just a jumping off point. I could imagine this same technique but topped with cashews, cayenne pepper and dried mango. Or what about cacao nibs with dried strawberries... Read More

Natural Coconut Cacao Truffles

This recipe originally started as these very simple coconut bars, but I can rarely resist the chance to add chocolate to a dessert.  Especially fresh cacao nibs, which are the purest and least processed form of chocolate there is.   To sweeten I used dates, which makes them even more wholesome and compliments the flavors really well. With just a food processor and just a few ingredients, these healthy treats come together really quickly, so make... Read More

Paleo Chocolate Coconut Cups

I know that paleo has been a big buzz word lately, but regardless of how trendy it may seem the paleo diet for the most part advocates eating the types of whole foods I enjoy anyway.  With trying to avoid high glycemic foods like processed sugars and starches, I have found myself searching Pinterest for paleo dessert recipes I can try out on the weekends when I’m feeling like a treat.  This recipe originally started with me finding a recipe... Read More

chocolate ganache tart with bacon fat shortbread crust

we had some people over for a big breakfast for dinner, and ended up frying two big packs of bacon.  i saved the fat because i had seen so many bacon fat recipes online, i was anxious to try one out.  people use it in caramels, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies – basically anything sweet that also tastes delicious contrasted with a little salt. i had also been wanting to replicate a very tasty dessert from four cafe in eagle rock, which... Read More

mini flourless chocolate cakes

i was prompted to try this recipe after enjoying a very delicious flourless chocolate cake from the village bakery in atwater village.  when i looked up recipes online i found that they are quite easy to make, with only 5 ingredients!  the chocolate flavor is very intense and the texture quite fudgy, so you won’t miss that flour at all.  you can whip these up before dinner and they will make for a really special dessert, especially for valentine’s... Read More

Orangettes

The idea of candying an orange peel had always intimidated me.  I thought it would take too long or that I would need a candy thermometer, which I for some reason have neglected to buy all these years.  At worst I feared it would end up a huge disaster involving burnt peels and hard candy stuck to the inside of my pans.  But the process was surprisingly easy! It’s a great way to use those large, bulky oranges which are usually reserved... Read More

Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

Scones have become my go-to baked good as of late.  I like how they can be a hardy catch-all for whatever ingredients seem to be lying around, they aren’t overly sweet, they keep well, and I’ve already got a killer recipe that can flex to my specifications.  All you really need is a pastry cutter, some cold butter, flour, sugar, and a hefty tablespoon of baking powder.  Everything else is adaptable. I used to make vegan scones by... Read More

almond and dark chocolate chunk ice cream

ever since i got an ice cream maker i have played around with different ice cream recipes.  the problem is the milk substitutes i was using are so much thinner than cream, they never thicken up in the machine, so they froze into a solid block in the freezer.  the beauty of this recipe is that in adding a full cup of almond butter, not only am i thickening it, but i’m also infusing the ice cream with a rich, toasty almond flavor.  and with... Read More

sweet and salty seedy nut bars

sometimes inspiration will carry me to the kitchen to bake something, but when i open the cupboards the ingredients are dismal.  i wanted to make granola bars but as i eyed the most discouraging amount of oats i had ever encountered, i thought it might not happen.  just then i spied small amounts of different seeds and nuts all over the cupboard, so instead of sulking away empty-handed, i got a little creative. i toasted them all up in a dry frying... Read More

Raw Buckwheat Hot Chocolate

You’re probably asking yourself how it can be both raw and hot at the same time?  Without actually cooking, if blended on high for a few minutes anything will warm up.  It’s a tip often used by raw foodists to make raw soups or beverages more appetizing. After a few minutes of blending the combination of fresh homemade buckwheat milk, raw cacao powder, and agave syrup gather a froth just like real hot chocolate.  This treat is much... Read More

Vegan Chocolate Pluot Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

I’ve been baking vegan treats for at least 2 or 3 years now and I can safely say that I’ve got the cookie down.  There are so many cookie recipes already that leave out eggs or substitute oil for butter, that a vegan cookie recipe is easy to come by and hard to screw up. But for some reason, all this time, the cupcake has successfully eluded me.  I envied so many other bloggers who seemed to flawlessly pull off those soft-looking treats,... Read More

chocolate peanut butter fudge

as part of my chocolate kick i’ve been experimenting with a lot of types of vegan fudge.  it’s really quite simple to vegan-ize fudge as long as you have both a dairy-free butter/margarine substitute and a dairy-free chocolate.  all it takes some light melting, sifting and stirring to create a sweet concoction no one would ever guess is vegan. while fudge can be nearly any flavor it most often involves chocolate.  i decided to make... Read More