posts tagged "vegan dessert"

Hamantaschen

Posted on March 15, 2008

Purim is this Friday, March 21st, less than one week away.

For those who aren’t familiar with Purim, it is a festival as opposed to a major holiday or “holy day.” Purim involves the story of the attempted destruction of the Jewish people, the subsequent escape to “freedom” and much feasting, a set of themes that run throughout many of our celebrations.

Purim is recorded in the Book of Ester and dates back to 600 BCE. At this time, Jewish exiles […]

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Posted on January 25, 2008

This past fall, the food editor of The Denver Post wrote an article on “addictive” food blogs called Join me as I jump into the blog. Not only was I surprised to find my blog in it, I was dumbfounded that Elana’s Pantry was mentioned in the same piece as Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks.

Swanson is everyone’s favorite food blogger. Her recipes are revolutionary; she always thinks out of the box when she whips up a dish. While I sometimes find […]

Fig Newtons

Posted on January 23, 2008

Fig newtons seem to be everybody’s childhood favorite. Especially my husband’s. I made a batch of homemade, gluten free fig newtons this weekend and he ate the cookies so quickly that I had to hide some for friends.

What makes these little fig newtons so special? Well, I’m told they taste like the real thing. And besides, unlike the original, they have no white flour, white sugar or artificial flavors. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and naturally sweetened, making them a perfect […]

Cranberry Apricot Truffles

Posted on January 18, 2008

Scrumptious homemade truffles using only four ingredients!

This recipe for handmade, gluten free and raw Cranberry Apricot Truffles is packed with nutrients, easy to make and aesthetically pleasing to boot.

After taking a brief hiatus from sweets, I am back on the dessert bandwagon! With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I have been thinking of fun treats to give out to friends and family for the holiday.

Cranberry Apricot Truffles

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1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups chocolate chunks

Place apricots, […]

Chocolate Bark

Posted on December 16, 2007

Perfect for holiday parties and potlucks, this chocolate bark recipe is a favorite of mine. It’s another gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan dessert that doesn’t taste it. And for those with no food restrictions whatsoever? Who can say no to candy, let alone chocolate? See for yourself, try some.

Chocolate Bark

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3 tablespoons grapeseed oil or palm shortening
6 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
2 cups pecans
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups chocolate chunks

In a large skillet, heat […]

Baked Apples

Posted on October 28, 2007

To me, fall means baked apples. Simple. Delicious. Sweet. Warm. Comfort.

The other day, my older son asked if we could partake in our favorite fall ritual and bake up some apples. I was busy with a bunch of other cooking projects so he took matters into his own hands, cored a couple of apples, stuffed them with yummy ingredients, then handed them to me to place in the oven. It’s just that easy, really.

Here’s my recipe, you’ll have to […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy Free/Gluten Free)

Posted on May 30, 2007

This updated classic is one of my favorites.

Update: I’ve created a video to show you how to make these gluten free and vegan chocolate chip cookies.

The other day I received a call from Kelly about a potluck at my children’s school. This superwoman who doubles as first grade room parent and I spoke about taking the “luck” out of potluck.

During our chat, we touched on the significance of children breaking bread together and sharing in the most important part of […]

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Posted on February 13, 2007

We have been working away on our Valentine’s cookies this week. The ones pictured above are my younger son’s.

This recipe for heart shaped sugar cookies is gluten and dairy free, Paleo/primal friendly and does not use refined sugar. Further, this cookie recipe uses coconut oil, of which I am a big fan.

My older son did not want to give out paper valentines, so he made cookie valentines, as pictured above. Because the children in his class have a myriad of […]

Star Cookies

Posted on December 21, 2006

These gluten free vegan holiday cookies are a fun project for Hanukkah, Christmas and Santa Lucia.

Last week, the boys’ Waldorf school, Shining Mountain had a Santa Lucia celebration. What is Santa Lucia, you ask – a pre-Christian feature of modern day Catholicism; a mid-winter festival of light on one of the longest nights of the year. Lucia translates to Lucy, which means light, as in lucid. She is the saint of radiant clarity.

Anyway, let me not digress into religious history […]