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.

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How To Make Your Own Vanilla- Two Ways

Many years ago I bought artificial vanilla. It really didn’t matter to me. I started really reading packaging labels about fifteen years ago. That’s when I started using only real pure vanilla. I really didn’t want all those chemicals in my foods. I thought I had been doing the right thing by baking my own treats, but yet I was adding in other chemicals by using artificial vanilla.

The cost of pure vanilla seems to keep climbing. So about a year ago I started making my own. I now have four bottles so that I can always have batches brewing while I using the other bottles. I like using the vegetable glycerin vanilla for dishes that I would not like to add the darker colour to. Believe me if you scrap the vanilla bean instead of just slicing into it and add it to the vegetable glycerin, it will be the normal brown colour.

I enjoy using both my vanillas! You can decide which one you like best!

How To Make Your Own Vanilla- Two Ways

How To Make Your Own Vanilla

vanilla beans

gluten free vodka or vegetable glycerin

Slice three vanilla beans lengthwise. Place into tall glass jar. Add in 1 cup of vodka or vegetable glycerin. Let sit in the cupboard for 2 months. Then its ready to use.

 

 

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Avocado Green Goddess Dressing (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free)

Most Green Goddess Dressings are full of dairy and fats that are not good for you. This one has no dairy and healthy fat that comes from avocado. Do not be afraid of healthy fats! They keep you full longer. That to me is a win win situation! In addition, it tastes absolutely delicious!!

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

No one can say that salads are only for the summer. You can get kale years round, add some steamed beets and a couple of other veggies and you’re set! You can also add some hemp hearts like I did for protein!

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

 

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free)

2 medium sized ripe avocados

1/4 c. raw apple cider vinegar

1/2 c kale

1/4 c. fresh basil or 1 Tbsp.dried

1/2 tsp. sea salt

black pepper to taste

3/4 c. milk alternative (I used my cashew milk )

Put all the ingredients into a high powered blender and puree until smooth. Add a little more cashew milk if you’d like it thinner.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

Everyone has busy schedules! You’re working, driving kids to school, activities, going to appointments. For some reason, everyone needs to be fed every day…. Three meals every day. Many times it’s hard to fit everything else into the day let alone cooking as well.

That’s why I love using a slow cooker. It only takes a few short minutes to get everything prepped, then you throw it into your slow cooker, set it and forget about it! It does the work while you are busy with everything else going on in your life.

Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole

Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

1 lb. ground beef

1 lg onion- diced

1/2 large cabbage-cut up

1 medium carrot- shredded

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

1- 5 oz. can tomato paste

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. ground mustard

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 black pepper

Saute ground beef until all the pink is gone. Mix all ingredients together in a big oval crock pot. Put on low for 10 hours.

There will be lots to feed a hungry crowd or you can divide into freezer/ oven safe baking dishes; cover and freeze.

Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole

When cooking defrosted put oven to 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Apple Maple BBQ Sauce (Paleo/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I’ve had enough of winter! Is anyone else with me on this one? I collect snowmen that I leave out long after Christmas. I find that I really enjoy looking at their cute little smiles. Well, I’m over it. Those little guys are all going away for another year.

I know that this winter hasn’t been too bad but I’m still tired of it. I really shouldn’t complain because we have had much less snow and milder temperatures than other years. I am really looking forward to the even warmer temperatures and new life that spring brings! Okay, I have ranted enough. I’m done now…

Apple Maple BBQ Sauce

I really enjoy making different sauces to go into my dishes! At Christmas time, I was looking for a different flavour for my meatballs. I wanted sweet and tangy. This sauce is both of those! It also goes great with pulled pork or on any meat that you’re serving.

Apple Maple BBQ Sauce

Pictured on Pulled Pork

Apple Maple BBQ Sauce (Paleo/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 1/2 c. red onion- diced

1 1/2 c. apple- diced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2-5 oz. cans tomato paste

2 c. water

1/3 c. maple syrup

2/3 c. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

2 tsp. mustard powder

sea salt to taste

In a medium size pan saute onion, apple in olive oil on medium heat. Saute for about 10 minutes until tender. Let cool slightly, then pour into a blender. Blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend.

Keep in a covered container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Can also be frozen.

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Homemade Cashew Milk (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free)

So there are many things that I make at home that I’ve not posted on here. I make canned salsa, sauerkraut, coconut milk, fermented vegetables, pickles and many other things…

When I talk about things that I’ve made, my friends and co-workers always ask me if it is or when it will be on my site. They don’t like me saying that I wasn’t planning on posting ‘that’. So I am going to be adding some of these recipes that I’ve been making for years. That way everyone can enjoy them!

As for cashew milk… I used to buy different alternative milks- almond, coconut, cashew. Once I looked at the ingredient label. It was full of many things that I couldn’t pronounce. Then I started experimenting with my own nut milks. I didn’t really enjoy the almond milk, although I didn’t enjoy the store bought that much either. I loved the coconut milk. Yes I will post it soon… I do still but the canned high fat coconut milk for ice creams.

How to make Cashew Milk

When I started making cashew milk, I was in love! It After playing with the consistency and finding what I enjoyed the best, I was hooked. I no longer buy my milks, I simply make it.

Homemade Cashew Milk (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free)

1 c. raw cashews (preferably organic) (soaked for at least four hours)

3 c. filtered water

1 Tbsp. maple syrup (optional)

Drain cashews. Put into high powered blender. Add 3 cups of water. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes. If you have a Vitamix your won’t need to strain it. If your blender is not as powerful, then just strain out the little bits.

Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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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.

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Raw Salted Caramel Sauce-3 Ingredients (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I knew that I wanted to make a raw caramel sauce for a while now. I just didn’t realize for delicious and simple it would be. This caramel sauce can be used as a dip for fruit or as a topper for a dessert Use your imagination!

Raw Salted Caramel Sauce

Raw Salted Caramel Sauce-3 Ingredients (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 c. dates

1/2 tsp. sea salt (optional)

3/4 c. water

1 tsp vanilla or 1/2 of a vanilla bean (scrape insides)

Soak dates in boiling water for five minutes. Drain them and add sea salt, water and vanilla to blender or food processor. Puree until smooth..

Raw Salted Caramel Sauce

Store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Paleo/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

We are well into winter and all the cold weather and gloominess that grey skies can bring. You just want to stay in your warm house cuddled up by the fire with a fuzzy blanket, watching a movie. What better way to spend a cold winter’s day than to enjoy some roasted butternut squash soup?

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 

This soup is actually really simple to make. You prepare everything and really even before your movie is over, your soup is just about ready.

For those who would like to roast your squash and veggies all on one baking dish, you can go right ahead and well as well as dice your squash. Personally I like to let my oven do the hard work. It is so much easier to scoop the cooked squash out rather than trying to peel and dice it raw. If you do decide to peel and dice than adjust your cooking time accordingly. You’ll probably shave off about twenty minutes in the oven… Which you will spend on the peeling and diced… Get my point?

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Let your oven do the work while you’re cuddled up watching a great movie!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Paleo/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

1- 2-3 lb. butternut squash

2 tsp. olive oil- divided

2 medium apples- diced

1 medium onion- diced

2 inches of ginger- peeled and minced

1 tsp. dried thyme

fresh ground black pepper

3 c. vegetable stock (make sure its gluten free if buying)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. (I roast mine). Place squash cut side up onto a baking sheet. Brush with one teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper. Put into oven to bake. Bake until you can pierce squash easily with a fork, approximately one hour.

Put diced onion, apple, ginger, one teaspoon of olive oil, and thyme into a medium size baking dish. Stir thoroughly. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until apple is fork tender.

Pull squash and onion/ apple mixture out of oven when cooked. Let squash cool enough to scoop squash out of skin. Now, if you have an immersible blender  you can put all of your ingredients into a pot and blend until pureed. If you only have a blender, then divide your ingredients in half. Puree half at a time. Put soup into a pot and heat thoroughly. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Really, I didn’t add any because the soup was so delicious on its own.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 

Store in the fridge in a covered container for up to five days. Freezes beautifully.

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Paleo Banana Muffins (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free)

 

Even though it is January, I am still having treats! Yes I still have cookies and muffins! Yes I have cut back from the holidays, but do you remember when I talked about doing resolutions in moderation?  So yes I’m eating them!! In moderation….

Paleo Banana Muffins

Back to my banana muffins… Quite a bit of paleo baking is either full of eggs which my body is just not happy with these days or made with ground nuts which many other people can’t have.  I have really tried to make my more recent paleo baking both egg and nut free. I am so happy with all of the results that I have created! I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do!!

Paleo Banana Muffins

Paleo Banana Muffins (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free)

1/2 c. tapioca starch

1/2 c. coconut flour

1/2 c. ground flax

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

3 medium size ripe bananas

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. coconut palm sugar

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. add ins… dark chocolate, raw cacao nibs, dried fruit, chopped nuts(if you can have nuts)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a small bowl whisk together tapioca, coconut flour, flax, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a medium size bowl, beat together bananas, coconut oil, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Add in dry mixture and mix thoroughly. Add your add in or leave plain.

Divide batter evenly into greased muffin tins. Bake for 14-16 minutes for smaller and 16-18 minutes for regular or until toothpick comes out clean and muffins start to brown. Let cool five minutes.

Paleo Banana Muffins

Muffins will keep on the counter for up to 2 days in sealer container. Makes 8 regular size or 12 smaller size muffins. Freezes well.

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