posts tagged "vegan dessert"

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Posted on June 18, 2009

My boys love this vegan Strawberry Ice “Cream.”  I made a batch and it was gone in a couple of hours.  So I made more and my husband got in on the act, consuming his share.

It is made with a coconut milk base and I added quite a bit of vanilla, in hopes of drowning out the coconutty flavor, as I did not want to make a coconut ice cream.  I think I succeeded, though you all can be the ... read more →

Dina’s Delightful Cookies

Posted on June 10, 2009

These delicious cookies, chock full of coconut, walnuts and raisins are the product of our very recent visit to my parents.

Today the boys and I returned home to Colorado from visiting them in California. We went to have some family bonding time and distract them from a health issue one of them has been dealing with over the past year.

While there, we were able to see my sister, Dina and hang out with her. Of course, I wanted to know ... read more →

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted on May 23, 2009

This is my favorite ice cream. It’s vegan. It’s vanilla. And it’s yummy.

I’ve been making this ice cream for the last couple of years.  Way back when in my New York days, my raw food friends turned me on to the fact that cashews make an amazing substitute for dairy.  While I love this ice cream and have been known to chow on it late night, be forewarned that my husband (who is my ultimate taste tester) does not like it.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Posted on April 7, 2009

How low can you go?!  This gluten free chocolate peanut butter tart is sweetened with a delicious alternative sweetener that I have been enjoying of late –yacon syrup.

This lower glycemic sweetener is derived from the yacon plant which is often referred to as “apple of the earth.”  Yacon is high in fructooligosacharides (FOS), a form of fructose that is lower in sugar than others and is in fact, also a pre-biotic.  This sweetener feeds the friendly bacteria in the ... read more →

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Posted on February 6, 2009

Ok, I confess, it took a few batches to get this recipe “just right,” which for me means a couple of things.

First, I had to get these babies to to look decent, edible, desirable even.  Let’s just say my first attempts were rather inept.  I tried to make a rich and gooey sauce with cherries and then dip this cherry goo into melted chocolate.  So Mensa of me –as you can imagine, the result did not look entirely appetizing.  And ... read more →

Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Posted on February 3, 2009

Recently, I created a flickr group so that all of you can share photos of recipes that you make from elanaspantry.com.  I know that some of you enjoy uploading photos to the comments section and I love seeing your shots of my concoctions.  So please, feel free to upload your pictures to the elana’s pantry flickr group.  Can’t wait to see ‘em!

The vegan cookies above are pictured with my cashew milk and were quite a lot of fun to make.  ... read more →

Chocolate Chili Truffles

Posted on January 27, 2009

You heard it right. Chili powder in your chocolate.

For those of you that don’t like to spice things up, read no further. For the rest of you, I have this delicious vegan chocolate truffle, that you just might find yourself addicted to, especially in the cold weather.

These chocolate chili truffles are perfect for a slightly spicy Valentine’s Day.

I hope you are all enjoying my latest string of recipes, including this heart healthy treat. Recently, my site climbed into the top ... read more →

Raw “Tapioca” Pudding

Posted on January 23, 2009

Chia seeds are my new favorite food!

Rich in fatty acids, these seeds contain more omega-3’s than any other vegetarian source. They are also quite high in anti-oxidants, minerals and fiber.  Further, I find that they are quite soothing for my digestive system (and I’m always looking for a boost in that realm).

I got the idea for this smooth and tasty recipe from yoga teacher extraordinaire and raw foodie, Jess Price.  I give her full credit for turning me on to ... read more →

Ginger Cookies

Posted on January 20, 2009

In a break from all inauguration news all the time, I present you with these chewy, yet crispy ginger cookies!

Ginger Cookies

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2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons ground ginger
½ cup grapeseed oil or palm shortening
¼ cup yacon syrup
½ cup agave nectar or honey
1 tablespoon lemon zest

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and ginger
In a medium bowl, combine grapeseed oil, yacon, agave and lemon zest
Mix the wet ingredients into the ... read more →

Accidental Mocha Mousse

Posted on November 28, 2008

We had a super quiet Thanksgiving, which was fine with me.  It was just the 4 of us and we ended up making even less food than I had planned.  Around 4 pm we sat down to dinner, which was a delicious turkey (roasted by my darling husband, he really is a man of many talents), brussel sprouts with chestnuts and apples, cranberry sauce and gravy.

We ate for about 1/2 an hour, then my husband and I did the dishes, ... read more →

Sesame Truffles

Posted on November 7, 2008

These Gluten Free Truffles my final installment of the trufflemania series.  At least for now.

These super nutritious little bites of sesame sweetness remind me of the halva I used to devour as a child.  They’re easy to make, vegan, dairy-free and of course, gluten-free.  Don’t let all those labels scare you though, more than anything else, they’re just plain old delicious.

Sesame Truffles

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½ cup (raw) cashews
¼ cup tahini (I used roasted, though raw will probably work just as well)
¼ cup agave ... read more →

Chocolate Orange Truffles

Posted on November 4, 2008

It’s trufflemania!

Healthy organic truffles are not only easy to make, they are bursting with flavor in every bite.  In addition, these little treats are power packed with nutrients.  And on top of that?  My family has been devouring them.

The boys have been taking them to school in their lunches and yesterday I sent my father a package of the chocolate prune truffles (including a couple of these as well).  Hi Dad!  Hope you are enjoying the truffles :-)

Chocolate Orange Truffles

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Chocolate Prune Truffles

Posted on October 31, 2008

This delicious, healthy and somewhat sophisticated treat is not too sweet, making a great candy for adult palates.  It may appeal to the younger crowd as well –my 10 year old ate a dozen of these and then packed more in his school lunch.

Along with their rich chocolate-prune flavor, these vegan truffles are packed with healthy antioxidants and quite nutritionally dense.

Chocolate Prune Truffles

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1 cup prunes, pitted
¾ cup tart cherry juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chunks, melted over very low ... read more →

Pumpkin Custard

Posted on October 22, 2008

Getting into the spirit of the season, I whipped up this no bake gluten free and vegan pumpkin custard. Quick and easy to make, it is also dairy free and the perfect way to end an autumn meal.

I am on a major pumpkin kick right now as is the rest of the family.  Last weekend, my husband took the boys and their friend Josh to purchase pumpkins for Halloween; upon return the three little ones spent hours in the back ... read more →

Orange Chocolate Coconut Clusters

Posted on October 3, 2008

New Year, new school.  Wow, this week has been busy.  The boys have settled miraculously into their new habitat and I can feel the relief flowing through my body.

My favorite comment this week was from Melissa, a reader who said, “It’s hard, but before you know it, they will adjust and be just fine. Kids are so resilient! It’s probably harder on mom. :-)”   Well, yes, Melissa, I couldn’t have said it better myself and the smiley face was much ... read more →

Peach Crisp

Posted on September 9, 2008

The boys’ school is selling organic peaches.  I ordered two cases (about 40 lbs.) for my family; we will be getting our luscious Colorado fruit this Friday at 3 pm.

In the meantime, I am readying my peach recipes.  Of course, my all time favorite is peach crisp.  It is perfect for fall, which incidentally arrived a few weeks early here in Boulder.  We are presently in a cold spell and warm cooked fruit desserts are ideal for this wet, chilly ... read more →

Macadamia Caramel Clusters

Posted on July 11, 2008

We have a big all star game tomorrow, though unfortunately I will be missing it. One of my parents was hospitalized this week so I am flying back to California for a weekend visit.

As I tucked my older son into bed tonight he said, “I want extra snuggles since I won’t see you until Sunday.” He was very disappointed that I would be missing his game and couldn’t completely understand how a hospital visit could take priority over ... read more →

Gluten Free Candy Bars

Posted on June 6, 2008

Baseball is what it’s all about in our house these days. We lost in the main bracket of the post-season tournament and are now playing in the consolation round and doing well. We were winning our game yesterday against the Red Socks and had the game postponed due to rain in the bottom of the 3rd inning when we were ahead 3-0. The boys were playing well and devouring the snacks that I brought to keep them full ... read more →

Rosemary Chocolate Truffles

Posted on May 27, 2008

Rich and decadent Rosemary Chocolate Truffles rolled in cocoa powder.

Last night was the conclusion of a “grand” Memorial Day weekend. My parents came in and took the boys down to the Boulder Creek Fest where they all had a blast. There was much spoiling –meals out, bowling, batting practice at the amusement park and overall non-stop fun. A perfect weekend with the grandparents.

After an exhausting weekend of keeping up with my seventy year old folks, I ... read more →

Raw Chocolate Fudge

Posted on May 23, 2008

A few of my favorite things? Coaching baseball. Growing vegetables. Walking on a sunny day. Hanging with my husband late at night after the boys have gone to bed. Cooking with children –of any age.

Recently I have had the opportunity to teach cooking to my son’s third grade class. This has been great fun. I get a real glimpse of each child and his or her temperament when we cook together –in the ... read more →