Category: Cakes & Cupcakes

Paleo Apple Spice Cake (Vegan/ Nut Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Soy Free)

Fall has arrived and so has October! All of the lovely colours from the leaves changing colour are a great site to see! Is there any better smell in the fall than cinnamon and apples baking? I absolutely love it! As I was told by a friend of mine who smelled it baking, “It smells like fall in here”.

With the Canadian Thanksgiving being next Monday, I know I’ll be serving this scrumptious dessert!

Paleo Apple Spice Cake

Paleo Apple Spice Cake (Vegan/ Nut Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Soy Free)

Cake:

2/3 c. tapioca starch

1/2 c. coconut flour

1/2 c. ground flax

2/3 c. palm sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

2 Tbsp lemon juice

3/4 c. milk alternative

2 c. diced apples (I have used Macs and Paula reds but whatever kind will work)

Topping:

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1/3 c. palm sugar

1/3 c. tapioca starch

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium size bowl whisk together tapioca starch, coconut flour, ground flax, palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Then stir in coconut oil. Add lemon juice and milk alternative and stir completely. Mixture will seem dry, don’t worry. Fold in diced apples. Pour batter into 9 inch baking pan that is lined with parchment paper.

Mix together ingredients for topping, then spread over batter.

Bake for 30-35 minutes

Serve with coconut whipped cream if desired. Serve warm or cold. Store in a sealed container on the counter for up to two days.

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays

Blueberry “Cheese” Cake (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Soy Free)

The summer is winding down, but we can still get blueberries here in Ontario. As I have said before, I love being able to get fresh local produce. I try to buy local whenever possible.

Blueberry "Cheese" Cake

This “cheese” cake is a win win in my book! You get the creaminess of cheese cake without the dairy that causes so many people, including myself, trouble. Everyone who tries this creamy “cheese” cake absolutely loves it!

I hope you do too!

 

Blueberry "Cheese" Cake

Blueberry “Cheese” Cake (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Soy Free)

Crust:

1 1/2 c. dates-pitted

1 1/2 c. walnuts

Soak dates for 5 minutes in boiling water. Drain, then place dates and walnuts in food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture is chopped up. Press mixture into 8″ to 10″ pan. Set aside.

Filling:

2 c. raw cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours)

2 c. blueberries

1/2 c. dates (soaked for 5 minutes in boiling water)

1 Tbsp. maple syrup (can use honey if not vegan)

1 tsp. vanilla (I use mine)

1/3 c. extra blueberries to top cake

Drain cashews and dates. Place all ingredients (except your reserved blueberries) into blender. Put blender on high until all ingredients are pureed. Pour mixture into crust.

Top with reserved blueberries. Freeze cake for at least four hours before serving. Store cake in the freezer. When serving cake after thoroughly frozen, let sit on the counter for at least 30 minutes for cutting and serving.

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays.

Rhubarb Walnut Loaf (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Vegan)

Spring means fresh rhubarb in my garden!!! Yay!! It is the first thing that i am able to pick from my garden every spring! I love that I can just go out to my back yard and pick fruits and vegetables! Can’t wait for more to be ready!!

I have always loved rhubarb! I think it’s a love it or hate it item. Some people absolutely hate rhubarb. I also love the mixture of strawberries and rhubarb. Especially in pie, strawberry rhubarb pancakes and in strawberry rhubarb crisp. This time, I went for a different approach and I love the results. I hope you do as well!

Rhubarb Walnut Loaf

Rhubarb Walnut Loaf (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Vegan)

1 1/2 c. gluten free flour mix

3/4 tsp. xanthan gum

1 tsp. baking soda

1 /4 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 c. coconut oil

3/4 c. xylitol (or desired sweetener)

1/2 c. milk alternative

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 eggs (or 2 gel eggs for vegan**)

2 c. diced rhubarb

1 c. chopped walnuts (or omit for nut free)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour mix, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream together, coconut oil and xylitol. Cream in milk alternative, lemon juice and eggs. Add in flour mixture and mix well. Stir in rhubarb and walnuts.

Pour batter into greased 4″ by 7″ loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry. Let cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing. Can be stored in a sealed container on the counter for two days. Freezes well.

Rhubarb Walnut Loaf

**To make two gel eggs mix together 2 Tbsp. ground chia with 6 Tbsp. water. Let sit for five minutes. Add in when eggs are called for in recipe.

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays,, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Sunday Fitness and Food.

Lemon Cake With Lemon Cashew Icing (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free)

Spring is in the air and Easter in this Sunday! For some reason spring and lemon seem to just go together. I think that it’s the freshness of the lemon that makes me think of spring. We went for a wonderful walk along the creek behind our house yesterday. You can just start seeing little bits of green popping up.

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cashew Icing

Everything starts to grow in the spring. Everything becomes new and fresh! Spring flowers are poking up out of the ground to show that all of nature is coming alive again! I see the dove and robins that will be mommas soon with their big bellys.

As I said, I really do associate lemon with the freshness of spring. Whether you are sharing this cake with your family at your Easter meal, or just having a piece with a friend, enjoy. Enjoy all that it and spring have to offer!

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cashew Icing

 

Lemon Cake With Lemon Cashew Icing (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free)

To make Lemon Cake:

1 1/2 gluten free flour mix

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. xanthan gum

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce

2 eggs (or two gel eggs if vegan**)

juice from lemon (1/4c.)

zest from one lemon

1 1/2 c. xylitol (or desired granular sugar of choice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a small bowl, whisk together gluten free flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a larger bowl beat together coconut oil, apple sauce, eggs, and sugar. Then add dry mixture. Beat until smooth.

Pour batter into greased baking pan. Bake for 40-43 minutes for 9″x13″ pan or 26-30 minutes for 8″ pan or until tooth pick comes out clean.

Let cool and top with Lemon Cashew Icing. Recipe below.

To make Lemon Cashew Icing:

1 c. raw cashews soaked in water for at least four hours

juice from lemon (1/4c.)

zest from one lemon

1/8-1/4 c. water

Drain water from cashews. Place all other ingredients into high powered blender. Blend until very smooth adding extra water if necessary.

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cashew Icing

Frost your cake as desired. Keep remaining cake in a sealed container on the counter for up to two days. Freezes well.

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cashew Icing

**To make two gel eggs mix together 2 Tbsp. ground chia with 6 Tbsp. water. Let sit for five minutes. Add in when eggs are called for in recipe.

Shared On: Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Savoring Saturdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Sunday Fitness and Food

Chocolate Turtle “Cheese” Cake (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Valentine’s Day is Sunday…. What does everyone see at Valentines but chocolate. Yes every woman LOVES chocolate. Okay there may be some that don’t but I certainly don’t know any…

We all love to receive chocolates on Valentine’s, but if you have many different food allergies it can be difficult for your man  to buy you any. It is also pretty much impossible for us to go out and enjoy a dessert in a restaurant. Yes we can go out for a meal will some adjustments, but unfortunately not dessert.

Raw Turtle :Cheese" Cake

That is perfectly alright! Although I do miss having a dessert that someone else has made (yes I even make my own birthday dessert other than my daughter making me apple crumble), I love coming up with new recipes. The first time I made this one was for my hubby’s birthday back in December. It is so delicious every time that I make it!!

Chocolate Turtle "Cheese" Cake

Do you have any idea how much of these cakes I have eaten? It is sooo good!

Chocolate Turtle "Cheese" Cake

Pictured with Raw Caramel Sauce

This absolutely delicious dessert will be the highlight of your meal!!

Chocolate Turtle "Cheese" Cake

Chocolate Turtle “Cheese” Cake (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Crust: 

1 c. pitted dates- soaked in boiling water for five minutes

1 1/2 c. pecans (reserve 2 Tbsp. chopped pecans)

Filling:

3 c. raw cashews-soaked in water for at least four hours

1/3 -1/2 c. water

1/2 c. maple syrup (or desired sweetener)

1/2 c. raw cacao or cocoa

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. sea salt

Cooked Caramel Sauce:

1-400 ml. can coconut milk

3/4 c. maple syrup or desired sweetener

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. vanilla

To make crust add drained dates and pecans all except for 2 tablespoons into food processor or blender. Pulse until combined. Press mixture into parchment paper lined 9 ” pan. Set aside.

To make filling, add soaked/drained cashews, 1/3 cup water, maple syrup, raw cacao, coconut oil, vanilla, and sea salt into blender. Blend until smooth adding extra water if necessary. Pour into prepared pecan/date crust. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

To make caramel sauce, stir together coconut milk and maple syrup in a small sauce pan. Put on medium heat and bring to a rolling boil, stirring frequently. Turn down to medium low and stir frequently. Keep on a low boil for 3-40 minutes. Milk will start to thicken, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla and sea salt.If you want to make Raw Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Turtle "Cheese" Cake

You can easily pour all of your caramel sauce onto your “cheese” cake or pour it on piece by piece. Store remaining cake in the fridge for up to five days. If you are going to freeze this, do not add the caramel sauce until serving.

Shared On: Allergy Free Wednesday, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Savoring Saturday, Mix It Up Monday, Gluten Free recipe Fix, Sunday Fitness and Food

15 Delicious Treats with Hidden Healthy Ingredients (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free/ Grain Free/ Paleo)

I have said it before and I’ll say it again… I love hiding healthy unexpected ingredients into your favourite treats! Be it beets into cake, sweet potatoes into frosting or chickpeas into cookies, getting people to eat the foods that they don’t “think” they like is fun!

All of these yummy treats are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and many are also vegan, nut free, grain free and paleo. Check out this great array of  tricky treats!

15 Treats with Healthy Hidden Ingredients

15 Delicious Treats with Hidden Healthy Ingredients (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free/ Paleo/ Grain Free)

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Frosting Vanilla Cupcakes

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Frosting also paleo, vegan, nut free, grain free

Chocolate Avocado Chickpea Cookies

Chocolately Avocado Chickpea Cookies also vegan, grain free

Spiced Zucchini Muffins

Spiced Zucchini Muffins also vegan

Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting 2

Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting also paleo, vegan, nut free, grain free

Healthy-Avocado Fudgesicles

Healthy Avocado Fudgesicles also paleo, grain free, nut free, vegan

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies 3

 

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies, also vegan, grain free

Cinnamon-Raisin Avocado Chickpea Cookies

Cinnamon Raisin Avocado Chickpea Cookies also vegan, grain free

Chocolate Zucchini Cake w Sweet Potato Frosting

 

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

 

Avocado Chocolate Pudding also vegan, paleo, nut free, grain free

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins also vegan

Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies

 

Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies also vegan, paleo, nut free, grain free

Mini "Cheese" Cake Bites

 

Raw “Cheese” Cake Bites also vegan, paleo, grain free

Raspberry Zucchini Loaf

Raspberry Zucchini Loaf also vegan

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cookies also vegan and nut free

Chocolate Beet Cake

Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake also paleo, vegan, nut free, grain free

 

Shared On Allergy Free Wednesday, Waste not Want Not, Gluten Free Fridays, Savoring Saturdays, Allergy Friendly Taste Buds

 

 

Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake (Paleo/ Nut-Free/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I am not a fan of beets. I don’t really like that earthy flavour that they have. So now you’re saying, Sandi if you don’t like beets then why are you making a cake with beets in it? Well you see, beets are very good for you and they were on sale. Haha, yes I said it. I bought the beets because they were on sale. I know that they’re good for me so I was trying to make them work. I tried to put them into one of my raw soups… Nope I didn’t like that. So then I tried adding them to a smoothie, nope that’s not happening again. So then I decided that I would just have to hide them in chocolate. Yes, that works! After some adjusting of how much grating beet was entering my chocolate cake I have found an agreeable amount.Not only do I not taste the beets but I get to freak other people out when I tell them that beets are in my cake! It’s a win win I believe.

Chocolate Beet Cake

So when I was deciding that I would be able to hide my beets in a chocolate cake, I also decided that I wanted this cake to have a few other qualities. I wanted it to be paleo, but nut free as well as vegan. So after playing I have made a delicious chocolate cake that I now top with my chocolate sweet potato frosting (haha another veggie hidden).

Chocolate Beet Cake

 

Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake (Paleo/ Nut-Free/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1/3 c. tapioca starch

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/3 c. ground flax

2/3 c. raw cacao or cocoa

2/3 c. palm sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 c. coconut oil- softened

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 c. milk alternative

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. peeled, grated beets

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium size bowl, whisk together tapioca starch, coconut flour, ground flax, raw cacao, palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in softened coconut oil and stir thoroughly. Stir in lemon juice, milk alternative and vanilla. Then stir in grated beets.

Spread batter into pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake 9″ by 9′ square for 35-40 minutes,  9 1/2″ round for 30-35 minutes.

Chocolate Beet Cake

Let cool thoroughly. Store cake in a sealed container on the counter for up to three days. Freezes well.

Optional: You can top your cake with Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting 

Shared On: Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Savoring Saturdays, Allergy Friendly Taste Buds

Raw “Cheese” Cake Bites (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

So it’s really heating up outside and if you’re like me, the last last thing you want to do is to turn on your oven… BUT I NEED TREATS!!!!

Yes, I want treats! I don’t care if I’m sweating, but I don’t care to turn on my oven and bake. Next best thing, Raw “Cheese” Cake Bites. Yes I said “cheese” cake, but notice the parenthesis. They aren’t made from cheese. Similar to my Raw Cashew Coconut Bites. They are made from soaked raw cashews. Yes I could have called them, raw cashew bites, but they are just like little cheese cakes.

So back to not turning on my oven to bake. These lovely little treat require no cooking what so ever. That is very wonderful for these hot summer days! Since these are mini, you can make five dozen of these little beauties and store them in the freezer to enjoy whenever you’d like! You can also top them with whatever topping you’d like, just like real cheese cake.

Mini Vegan Cheese Cake Bites

 

I hope that you enjoy these as much as I do!

Raw “Cheese” Cake Bites (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Crust:

1 1/2 c. pitted dates

1 1/2 c. almond meal

Filling:

3 c. raw cashews (soaked overnight, then drained and rinsed)

1/3 c. coconut oil

1/4 c. maple syrup (honey if not vegan)

1/4 c. lemon juice

2 tsp. vanilla

Soak 1 1/2 c. dates in boiling water for five minutes. Drain and put into food processor with almond meal. Put until mixed thoroughly.  Once your mixture is done put 1 tsp. mixture  into the bottom of a  mini muffin cups. (I line mine with papers or you can use a silicon muffin cups). Press mixture to cover bottom. Set aside.

Place all the filling ingredients into a high powered blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth, scraping down sides when necessary. Scoop 1 tsp. filling mixture into muffin cups. Place into the fridge for at least two hours.

Mini "Cheese" Cake Bites

Before serving top with your desired toppings such as fruit, strawberry jam, cherry toppingcoconut cream, caramel sauce, etc.  Store covered in the fridge for up to two days. These freeze great!

Shared On: Fat Tuesday Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Savoring Saturdays, Sunday Sweets

 

 

Rhubarb Coffee Cake (Vegan Option/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Egg Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Sorry, but I was away camping… Sometimes you just need a little a bit of time to recharge! Being out in the beautiful outdoors really helps with that!

We are now in the middle of Rhubarb season!!!

Love it or hate it! People have some very strong opinions about rhubarb! I have never met anyone who was in the middle. Personally, I love rhubarb!!

The rhubarb in my garden is growing so well!I love putting strawberries and rhubarb together in dishes such as Strawberry Rhubarb Pancakes and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. This time I was looking to make a recipe just with the rhubarb. Not that you couldn’t cut the rhubarb in half and use half strawberries. I am sure that would be delicious!

Gluten Free Rhubarb CoffeeCake

This cake is a combination of tangy on the bottom from the rhubarb and sweet from the topping. Delicious for any gathering!

Rhubarb Coffee Cake (Vegan Option/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Egg Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

For cake:

1 1/2 c. gluten free flour mix

1/2 c. sorghum flour (or 1/2 c. more gf flour mix)

3/4 palm sugar (or desired granular sugar)

1 tsp. xantham gum

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 coconut oil

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 c. milk alternative ( I used coconut milk)

1/3 c. coconut oil

2 eggs (or 2 gel eggs 2 Tbsp. ground chia and 6 Tbsp. water mixed)

4 c. chopped rhubarb (if using frozen do not thaw)

For Topping:

1 c. brown rice flour (or gluten free flour mix)

1 c. palm sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 c. coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make cake, whisk together flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and palm sugar in a medium size bowl . Set aside.

In a large bowl beat together milk alternative, coconut oil, eggs and lemon juice. Mix in dry ingredients. Beat on medium for one minute. Fold in rhubarb.

Put batter into greased 9″X13″ pan and smooth out. For topping mix together rice flour, palm sugar and coconut oil. Cover the cake batter with topping. Press it down slightly.

Vegan Gluten Free Rhubarb Cake

Bake cake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. Top with whipped coconut cream if desired. Freezes great!

 

Shared On: Savoring Saturdays, Free From Fridays, Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays

Raw Cashew Coconut Bites (Paleo/ Raw/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Grain Free/ Egg Free/ Vegan/ No-Bake)

Lately I’ve been working a lot, well full time to be more accurate. Some times I find it difficult to get my goodies baked, let alone get new recipes done to put on here.

The weather here has been very cold and snowy. My oven and slow cooker have been working over time keeping us fed. Sometimes you need a recipe that not only does not require any cooking, but is also simple to make.

Note: Before you start this make sure that your coconut milk has been in the fridge overnight and your cashews have been soaking in water for at least 8 hours.

Raw Cashew Coconut Bites

These are not only a no-bake little treat, but also take no time at all to get made.

CashewCoconut Bites

Raw Cashew Coconut Bites (Paleo/ Raw/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free/ Grain Free/ Egg Free/ No-Bake)

Crust:

1 1/2 c. pitted dates

1 1/2 c. almond meal

Filling:

1-400 ml. can of full fat coconut milk (I used 14%) Placed in the fridge overnight.

1 c. raw cashews (soaked for at least 8 hours)

1/2 c. pitted dates

2 Tbsp. maple syrup (honey if not vegan)

1/4 c. coconut oil

1 c. shredded unsweetened coconut

Soak 1 1/2 c. dates in boiling water for five minutes. Drain and put into food processor with almond meal. Put until mixed thoroughly. Once your mixture is done put 1 Tbsp into the bottom of a regular size muffin cups or 1 tsp. into mini muffin cups. (I line mine with papers or you can use a silicon muffin cups). Press mixture to cover bottom. Set aside.

Open coconut milk and drain off the water. Save the water for a different recipe. Drain and rinse cashews.  Place coconut cream, cashews and pitted dates into food processor. Pulse until pretty smooth.Add in maple syrup, coconut oil and coconut and pulse until mixed thoroughly.

Scoop coconut mixture into muffin cups. Let Cashew Coconut Bites set up in the fridge until firm for approximately four hours.

Raw CashewCoconut Bites

You will make approximately 18 regular size or 36 mini size. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer.

Shared On: Fat Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays, Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Fridays, Health Vegan Fridays, Real Food Recipes, Mix It Up Monday, Free From Friday

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