Coconut Milk Whipped Cream Frosting

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream Frosting

This coconut milk whipped cream frosting is perfect. With only 3 ingredients, it is ultra simple and incredibly delicious. I use it as a base for different types of frostings for cakes, cupcakes, pies and mousses. I even eat is alone when I’m feeling frisky. πŸ˜› Try it for yourself and see! 

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. *Coconut meat from 1 can of full fat/premium coconut milk (this is the solid part)
  2. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  3. 1 tsp of vanilla
Instructions
  1. Throw all the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and whip away with your hand blender!
Notes
  1. Make sure to use full fat or premium because light coconut milk won't work. You will need to use the solid part of the milk. You can save the liquid from the can for another recipe or simple drink the milk as I do, it's delicious!
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Mango Mousse Vegan – 3 Ingredients (with Video)

Mango Mousse Vegan

Okay folks, are you ready for this one? Three ingredient vegan mango mousse. It is possible and it’s insanely delicious! 

We had a friend come a few days ago and I was scrambling for a dessert. We had super ripe mangos that I wanted to use and a couple of cans or coconut milk. I decided to throw the two together and I was so incredibly pleased with the result. It was the perfect mousse-like consistency and the perfect amount of mango tartiness and maple syrup sweetness. Try it for yourself and see. πŸ™‚ 

Mango Mousse Vegan
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Mango Mousse Vegan
Serves 1
Three ingredient vegan mango mousse.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 mango
  2. *1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. *Place the coconut milk in the fridge
  2. Peel mango and remove mango meat
  3. Place the mango meat with the maple syrup in a high powered blender/food processor and puree.
  4. Open the can coconut milk and remove only the sold white part into a mixing bowl. (I usually drink the liquid, it's delicious!).
  5. Add the mango-maple syrup puree to the bowl.
  6. Using a hand mixture, whip it up! Whip until super smooth.
  7. Place the mousse in the fridge until served.
Notes
  1. The amount of time that the coconut milk should be chilled depends on where it was stored. It was stored in a cool place you may be able to skip this process entirely but if it's warmer, you will need to chill the can. Basically you want the coconut meat to separate from the coconut milk (the liquid from the can).
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How to Make a Sugar Free Apple Pie

How to Make a Sugar Free Apple Pie

I was on a sugar free cleanse a few months back and I had an intense craving for apple pie. As I wasn’t allowed any type of sugar, I had to figure out how to make a sugar free apple pie. Turns out, it is incredibly easy! This recipe only calls on 3 ingredients for the apple filling and only 4 ingredients for the crust. πŸ™‚ You can also check out my post on the best Gluten Free Dairy Free Pie Crust Recipes (8 Options) for more (vegan/grain-free) crust options. 

See my recipe below for how to make a sugar free apple pie. πŸ™‚ 

How to Make a Sugar Free Apple Pie
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How to Make a Sugar Free Apple Pie
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Apple Pie Filling
  1. *4 apples sliced
  2. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  3. 2 tsp coconut flour
  4. maple syrup or stevia to taste, optional
Crust
  1. 2 cup sorghum flour (I think rice flour would also work though I haven't tried it yet)
  2. 2/3 of a cup vegan shortening (or butter if not vegan)
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 2 tbsp ground chia + 6 tbsp of water (or 2 eggs if not vegan)
  5. dash of maple syrup, optional
For the apple pie filling
  1. Add the sliced apples, cinnamon, coconut flour and sweetener, if using, into a bowl and set aside.
For the crust
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add the ground chia + 6 tbsp of water into a bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the salt to the flour and mix well.
  4. With your hand, crumble the shortening and add to the flour mixture.
  5. Add the chia mixture (and maple syrup if using).
  6. Work the dough with your hands until it forms a balls.
  7. Split the dough into 2 balls (we will need one part for the base of the pie and one part for the top).
For the bottom of the crust
  1. Place the dough ball into your pie pan and use your hands to pat it on the bottom and the sides of your pie pan.
  2. Pre-bake the crust for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. While it's baking, prepare the top of the crust.
  4. Take 2 large sheets of parchment paper. Lay one sheet down and sprinkle with flour.
  5. Place the dough ball onto the parchment sheet and sprinkle with flour.
  6. Place the other piece of parchment paper on top.
  7. Carefully roll out the dough with a rolling pin until you reach the desired size and shape.
  8. Once the bottom of the crust is pre-baked remove from oven and add in the apple pie filling.
  9. Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and carefully flip over the crust onto the pie.
  10. Gently remove the top sheet of parchment paper and gently pat down the edges of the crust so that they stick to the edge of your pie pan.
  11. Poke a few holes into the crust with a fork and bake for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Notes
  1. *Use green apples if you want to reduce the fruit sugar content
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Mint Brownie Recipe From Scratch

Mint Brownie Recipe From Scratch

I’ve been on a mint wave for the past couple of weeks and so this mint brownie recipe from scratch is my latest creation. πŸ™‚ 

We had our first couple blind date earlier this week (my partner invited over a friend and his wife both of whom I’d never met before) and I was excited and nervous! I made a few Indian dishes for the main meal but I wanted a killer dessert. I also needed a dessert that was vegan and grain-free (there are a lot of dietary restrictions in our house currently) and wanted to use mint. Simply because I.LOVE.MINT. πŸ™‚ I experimented with this mint brownie recipe from scratch and it was absolutely perfect. 

According to our guest, “This is at least as good as a ‘normal’ brownie.” I’ll take it! This is one of those recipes that I’ll make again and again. πŸ™‚ 

This bad boy is vegan, grain-free, paleo, nut-free and refine sugar free. It kind of doesn’t get cleaner (and tastier) than this. πŸ˜› 

Mint Brownie Recipe From Scratch
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Mint Brownie Recipe From Scratch
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. generous pinch of salt
  5. 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia combined with 1/4 cup of water for 5-10 minutes) – or you can use 2 eggs if you’re not vegan
  6. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  7. 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  8. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  9. 3 tbsp dairy free milk (I used almond milk)
  10. 1-2 handfuls chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a food processor, combine the coconut flour, cocoa, baking soda & salt
  3. Slowly add the chia mixture, maple syrup, coconut oil, peppermint and dairy free milk
  4. Combine until completely smooth
  5. Add in the chocolate chips and mix by hand
  6. Use parchment paper or grease your baking pan
  7. Pour in the batter and smooth over with a spoon
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes
  9. Let it cool for about an hour
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Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Friends, this dairy free mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe makes me so happy in my heart. πŸ™‚ My favourite type of ice cream is mint chocolate chip and it’s always been that way. This flavour brings me back to my childhood. I imagine little Kiran eating a huge bowl full of mint chocolate chip ice cream, way more than she needed, with ice cream all over her face. Not much has changed except for the fact that now the ice cream is a dairy free mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe. πŸ™‚

I’m a fan of all store-bought vegan ice cream options, but it’s so difficult to find mint chocolate chip. I decided to experiment with this ultra simple and easy recipe (only 4 ingredients!) without an ice cream maker. It came out absolutely delicious! I will be making this one again and again. Try it for yourself and let me know how it comes out. 

Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe
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Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  2. 1 handful spinach
  3. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  5. handful of (vegan) chocolate chips, optional
Instructions
  1. Throw all ingredients, except the chocolate chips if using, into your high powered blender (I use my Blendtec) or food processor and mix until totally smooth and you can't see any spinach pieces.
  2. Pour the mixture into a tupperware and stir in the chocolate chips, if using.
  3. Freeze overnight.
Notes
  1. I didn't use an ice cream maker for this so the ice cream did turn out a bit crystalized. I don't mind this but you could probably add some coconut oil to make it creamer / use an ice cream maker.
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Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconut

Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconu

This is the story of how this recipe for date balls rolled in coconut came to life.

I’m a lazy cook. There, I said it. I’m always on the hunt for super quick, easy and YUMMY recipes. The fewer the ingredients the better as well! I had invited a friend over for dinner and fifteen minutes before he was supposed to arrive I realized that I didn’t have dessert – yikes! It was the first time he was coming over and so one must host properly. πŸ˜› I needed something super quick. I opened the fridge. I saw coconut and dates. Then I looked at my pantry. I saw walnuts. BAAM! A super easy, yummy and healthy 3 ingredient dessert. You are welcome. πŸ™‚

The dessert was a hit! This one will go down as one of my favourite go-to super quick, healthy and yummy dessert recipes!

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Recipe for Date Balls Rolled in Coconut
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dates (soaked for 10 minutes in hot water if they are dry)
  2. *2 cups walnuts
  3. 1.5 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Put dates into a food processor and processes until mushy.
  2. Add the walnuts (or whatever nut you are using) and mix well. They should look crumbly but should be able to stick nicely together.
  3. On a plate/cutting board, spread out the shredded coconut.
  4. Using a 1 tbsp measuring spoon, spoon out the date/nut mixture.
  5. Roll into a ball using your hands.
  6. Roll out the ball onto the shredded coconut, making sure it's all nicely coconut.
  7. Do that for the remaining of the mixture.
  8. Should make about 20 balls.
  9. Put the balls into the fridge until you are ready to enjoy them. πŸ™‚
Notes
  1. I think other types of nuts would also work (e.g. almonds, pecans).
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Grain Free Almond Butter Cookies

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These grain free almond butter cookies are the result of my love for almond butter. I’m loving almond butter these days. Well, I love almond butter most days but because I’m currently on a zero to little grains diet, almond butter has become a staple in my pantry.

I was heading over to a girlfriend’s house and told her that I would bring dessert. I had plenty of almond butter in the fridge so decided to experiment with these grain free almond butter cookies. They turned out fabulous! 

 

Grain Free Almond Butter Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup almond flour (if you don’t have almond flour, just use another 1/2 of almond butter)
  2. 1/2 cup almond butter
  3. 1/2 - 3/4 cup maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1/4 tsp of salt
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. handful of chocolate chips
  8. *1 chia egg (1 tbsp ground chia + 3 tbsp of water)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Combine 1 tbsp of ground chia with 3 tbsp of water in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda into a bowl.
  4. Combine the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and chia + water mixture.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  6. Slowly fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Using a tbsp spoon, add the cookie dough on the parchment paper and flatten to the desired thickness.
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies start to brown.
  10. Cool on the pan for 20 minutes before removing (if you can wait that long :P).
Notes
  1. *If you don't have chia/are not vegan you can replace with one egg.
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Check out my post for What To Eat with Almond Butter, for some more almond butter inspiration! 

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Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Cocoa Powder

Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Cocoa Powder

I made these flourless chocolate cupcakes with cocoa powder for my brother-in-law’s birthday last weekend (Happy Birthday Mufee!! :)) and they were a hit! Mufee has recently turned the big 4-0 (is it okay that I mention your age Mufee? :P) and so this birthday was a big deal. The family had conspired together to get Muf 40 gifts for his birthday and I was go get 6 of those 40! Yikes! That was stressful as my “love language” is definitely not gifts.

Aside: Have you guys heard about love languages? It’s very interesting! It basically says that people express love in 5 different ways – gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service and physical touch. People express love in these different ways and, in turn, often expect to receive love in the same way. I, for instance, express love predominantly through acts of service (I like doing things for people, like making food! Hence, the food blog :P). After service, I probably express love through (ranking from most important to least) quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation and then gifts would be last. Because acts of service is most important and gifts is least, I am not a gift giver (or not a good one, at the very least). This also means that rather than valuing gifts myself, I would rather have people do things for me (like the dishes Irfan!).

If you’d like, you can take the love languages test.

There, now you know about love languages, I just saved you a million dollars on relationship therapy. πŸ™‚ Just joking! I love therapy, I think everyone should go to therapy! πŸ™‚

Okay, sorry for the rant, back to the cupcakes! Anyhow, it was Mufee’s birthday and I was to get him six gifts. As gifts is not my thang, I decided (actually Jemila, my sista from anotha motha, suggested) to make cupcakes instead. I also try to eat grain free and had some cocoa powder and so I experimented with flourless chocolate cupcakes with cocoa powder. They.were.darn.tasty. Even the unhealthy eaters liked them.

Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Cocoa Powder
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Makes 6 cupcakes

Ingredients for Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Cocoa Powder

  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia combined with 1/4 cup of water for 5-10 minutes) – or you can use 2 eggs if you’re not vegan
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (you can add 1/2 cup if you like, I don’t like things too sweet but if you are making for kids 1/3 cup maple syrup may not be sweet enough)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp dairy free milk (I used almond milk)

Directions for Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Cocoa Powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a food processor, combine the coconut flour, cocoa, baking soda & salt
  3. Slowly add the chia mixture, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and dairy free milk
  4. Combine until completely smooth
  5. Prep a muffin pan with 6 liners
  6. Use a 1/4 cup and scoop mixture into cups
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes
  8. Let it cool for about an hour
  9. Add my vegan chocolate frosting (don’t skip the frosting! It’s so easy and makes it taste so so good!)
  10. Enjoy!
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Vegan Chocolate Frosting No Margarine or Vegan Butter

Vegan Chocolate Frosting No Margarine

I’ve been on the search for a vegan chocolate frosting no margarine recipe for a while now! Many of the vegan frosting or icing recipes I have come across include some type of vegan margarine or butter. The thought of having a frosting with vegan margarine or butter wasn’t terribly exciting for me and so I wanted a healthier and yummier alternative.

I love coconut and try to add it to anything I make when it makes sense. I had some coconut milk handy and decided to experiment with a frosting recipe. The result? Amazingness. πŸ™‚

This vegan chocolate frosting recipe is so good you can eat it by itself (I definitely did!). I made this to go along my flourless chocolate cupcakes with cocoa powder recipe which I made for my brother-in-law’s birthday. It was a hit!

Vegan Chocolate Frosting No Margarine
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Makes enough for 12 small cupcakes

Recipe for Vegan Chocolate Frosting No Margarine

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (you can add more maple syrup if you like but I found 1/4 cup of maple syrup amount to be the perfect amount of sweetness, although I don’t like things super sweet)
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla

DirectionsΒ for Vegan Chocolate Frosting No Margarine

  1. Place coconut can in the fridge overnight (or for at least 2 hours)
  2. Remove the coconut “meat” from the can (this is the solidified white part of the coconut milk) and place into a medium sized bowl. You can save the rest of the coconut liquid (I usually freeze it to use in other baked goods) or you can drink it!
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and whip it up with a hand mixer until completely smooth.
  4. Spread on your goodies / eat alone.
  5. Note that the frosting melts quickly so keep it in the fridge until right before you are ready to eat or serve it.

 

 

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Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado (with Video)

Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado

Alright folks, this recipe for chocolate pudding made with avocado is a good one! It was my brother’s birthday this past Friday (Happy Birthday Zeshan!) and so I wanted to make healthy dessert (God knows there was going to be a sugar-filled cake). Irfan, my partner in life and crime, is also currently on a paleo-ish diet. I say “ish” because he’s a vegetarian and so he’s doing paleo without the meat but with the addition of beans and lentils. I wanted to make something that he could eat as well.

I bought avocados, cocoa and added some maple syrup. BAAM! A delicious avocado pudding! My brother, who is not known for his healthy eating ways loved it! So did my 11 year-old nephew. A healthy dessert for all friends! πŸ™‚ So many exclamation marks!!!

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients for Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado

  • Meat from 2 large avocados (or 3-4 small)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • optional: tsp of vanilla, tsp of cinnamon
  • a few splashes of dairy free milk if needed (I used almond milk)

Directions for Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado

  1. Throw all ingredients into your food processor and go to town!
  2. Add more maple syrup if desired (1/2 cup maple syrup was the perfect amount of sweetness for me, but you may like more)

Enjoy!

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