Dessert Recipes and Ideas

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Since our new moderators unpinned it.

We didn't seem to have one of these threads so I'm starting one for the resource.

Here's a fancy looking one from Martha Stewart. Very pretty and elegant if you arrange the slices back into pear shape.

Granola-Almond Pear Crunch

Ingredients

Serves 1

* 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
* 1 ripe Bartlett pear (red or regular), cored and sliced lengthwise into 8 wedges
* 2 tablespoons almond butter (or melted dark chocolate)
* 1/4 cup granola (or better yet, make your own mixture of nuts or oatmeal and spices.)

Directions

1. Spread one side of each wide bottom of pear wedge with almond butter. Place granola in a bowl and nestle pears, almond-butter-side down, in the granola.

I notice they neglected to tell you what to do with the lemon juice, but it's usually sprinkled on fruit to prevent the fruit from turning brown due to the anti-oxidant activity of the vitamin C.

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Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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This is an interesting alternative to instant Jell-o. It's mostly fruit and doesn't seem to be any more difficult to do. It's using agar agar for the gelatin and has apple juice and honey, but I wonder if you'd want the gelatin to be that sweet when you use such sweet fruit. Maybe it should be lemony.

http://www.wholeliving.com/recipe/watermel...ntaloupe-kanten


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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This isn't really a recipe, but sauteeing apples in some ghee or coconut oil and sprinkling with cinnamon is soo good. Its like apple pie without the pie if that makes any sense.

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This isn't really a recipe, but sauteeing apples in some ghee or coconut oil and sprinkling with cinnamon is soo good. Its like apple pie without the pie if that makes any sense.

Yeah, I do that all the time. It's funny you say that. My mother always bakes sliced apples and calls it 'Apple pie without the pie.' She thinks that's clever.

It used to be a family habit of ours to have baked apples for breakfast with pancakes and/or sausage, but I saute so I can cook them as little as possible and because I never use the oven unless it's cold outside. It's faster. And I'm trying to be more energy efficient.

The apples also get better flavor that way than baking. I was surprised last time I had my mom's baked apples at the lack of apple flavor. She slices them really thin and small then bake to death. I don't know why when she used to bake apple halves when I was a kid.

You can saute or simmer other fruit, or bake and just sprinkle on chopped nuts and/or toasted oatmeal.

Also, broiling fruit, especially nectarines. I've discovered chinese five spice powder is really good sprinkled on them. Or sprinkled on some yogurt used as a topping.

And there's plantains, which need to be really, really brown before they are ready to be cooked this way.

A lot of these things are posted in the other what to eat and recipe threads. There's some fruit ice and 'ice cream' recipes there, I just have to find them.

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Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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my favorite healthy desserts:

Coconut Oil Fudge

Mix virgin coconut oil with cocoa powder, almond butter, nuts such as cashews or almonds and a sweetener like stevia. Put in freezer till firm. More decadant than chocolate. seriously, i effing love this stuff.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Get a can of high quality coconut milk, preferable organic and place it in fridge for several hours until cream separates. drain liquid and then mix cream with vanilla, stevia, nut butter and melted 100 percent chocolate mixed with stevia. put in freezer and stir occasionally for a rich, decadant yummy treat.

Creamy Banana Nut Smoothie

In blender mix one banana, a big tablespoon of nut butter, flaxseed, cinnamon, fresh ginger and a little almond milk.


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If you tolerate cream, then mixing chopped fruit/berries with homemade whipped cream and cinnamon is delicious and very simple.

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Diet (I stick to this as much as I can): eggs; meat; poultry; wild-caught seafood; vegetables; fat sources from coconut oil, olive oil, and butter; fruit as I crave it; tea; and purified water. I buy organic and/or pastured foods as I reasonably can, but I think that it's the type of foods you eat, and not the quality of food (within reason, of course) that most determines how healthy you will be.

I highly recommend green smoothies as nutrition powerhouses. They are good on so many levels.

Now experimenting with a higher proportion of legumes, nuts, and seeds in my diet.

I eat absolutely no gluten. I limit intake of all grains, but up to two servings of non-glutenous grain a day is fine. I avoid all added sugar--high fructose corn syrup, sugar, honey, etc. I stay away from soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, and other oils not named olive or coconut. I base my diet off of whole, unprocessed foods, and I prepare them in healthful, delicious ways.

Daily exercise. Sunlight whenever possible.

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my favorite healthy desserts:

Coconut Oil Fudge

Mix virgin coconut oil with cocoa powder, almond butter, nuts such as cashews or almonds and a sweetener like stevia. Put in freezer till firm. More decadant than chocolate. seriously, i effing love this stuff.

That sounds gorgeous :D


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Dark Chocolate and dried fruit bark with no added sugar, making them low sugar, not no sugar.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/240687

You could always make them with unsweetened baking chocolate and stevia. Or if you want to go for the low sugar chocolate chips, to make it an easier, one dish thing, spread the chips out on parchment on a baking sheet, then melt in low oven, then spread around if needed and sprinkle on the fruit and nuts.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

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These are awesome ideas, thanks for posting!

You can make a really good, sweet, tangy "dressing" for fruit by mixing honey, ACV, and cinnamon. I love this on sliced bananas, apples, berries, and kiwis.


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Supplements:

Bioidentical progesterone - 75 mg oral micronized, once daily (prescription).

Been slacking on my other supps lately but I should be taking probiotics, Vitamin D, magnesium (transdermal), and iodine.

Status:

Mostly clear with a great, lasting improvement in my overall health and wellbeing. My skin still gets a bit congested when I'm not careful with my diet, but I don't have active acne anymore. I'm now addressing red marks, some minor scarring, and overall skin texture.


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I wonder if it HAS to be with pears. I don't like pears. Maybe another fruit would work? And I'd definitely use oats over granola. I have an addiction to oats!


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These are awesome ideas, thanks for posting!

You can make a really good, sweet, tangy "dressing" for fruit by mixing honey, ACV, and cinnamon. I love this on sliced bananas, apples, berries, and kiwis.

Sounds good. I like yogurt and honey on fruit. Or cream cheese and honey thinned with some fruit juice, but the yogurt is easier. Obviously not good if you don't eat dairy at all.

Also, I've found that Chinese 5 spice powder is really good on fruit. Especially on things like broiled nectarines or plums. I tried it in my baked oatmeal with apples recipe but was disapointed. Baked apples go with cinnamon. Period.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Sounds good. I like yogurt and honey on fruit. Or cream cheese and honey thinned with some fruit juice, but the yogurt is easier. Obviously not good if you don't eat dairy at all.

Also, I've found that Chinese 5 spice powder is really good on fruit. Especially on things like broiled nectarines or plums. I tried it in my baked oatmeal with apples recipe but was disapointed. Baked apples go with cinnamon. Period.

i LOVE cream cheese but dairy does seem to break me out -- perhaps I could try this in moderation eventually since it's thinned anyway. I think I'll stay strict for a while though since I'm just starting out with this. I have always loved cream cheese based fruit dips!!

Where do you find the Chinese 5 spice powder?


Topicals:

Aspirin mask

Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel (glycolic acid)

Diet:

Paleo-inspired diet with a good bit of slacking. Very little dairy. NO GRAINS except for rice and corn. Absolutely no gluten! Lots of green vegetable juice.

Supplements:

Bioidentical progesterone - 75 mg oral micronized, once daily (prescription).

Been slacking on my other supps lately but I should be taking probiotics, Vitamin D, magnesium (transdermal), and iodine.

Status:

Mostly clear with a great, lasting improvement in my overall health and wellbeing. My skin still gets a bit congested when I'm not careful with my diet, but I don't have active acne anymore. I'm now addressing red marks, some minor scarring, and overall skin texture.


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Where do you find the Chinese 5 spice powder?

I bought it in a humongous Asian supermarket. It was like an Asian Super Wallmart. With an incredible volume of people coming and going. You would have thought a Rock concert was starting. And the produce is fabulous. I've been wanting to go back for so long because they had these boxes of powdered coconut milk very inexpensive. I bought one box and ended up using it all in my cocoa.

Anyway, I think you can get the 5-spice powder in any supermarket with the Asian foods. It's a blend of ginger, cinnamon and some other baking type spices plus black pepper.

You should also look in the Hispanic products for a chili pepper seasoning meant for fruit. Not really a desert thing, but it's good for you. If you know people who like to put salt on melon, get them to try this.

I wonder if it HAS to be with pears. I don't like pears. Maybe another fruit would work? And I'd definitely use oats over granola. I have an addiction to oats!

Have you tried d'anjou pears. As far as I know they are the only pear I like. For eating raw anyway. Some of the harder ones can be better for cooking.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Oatmeal Pudding

1 1/2 cups oats

2 1/2 cups water

pinch of sea salt

Boil salted water. Add oats and cook until mixture thickens. Take off heat and let cool in tupperware. This usually makes about a week's worth, with one serving per day. Eating starches cold reduces their impact of blood sugar.

This is a nice dish with stevia and cinnamon, you could also add nutmeg. Sometimes I'll have this with flakes of unsweetened coconut and eat it with a piece of dark chocolate.

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Chocolate Garbanzo Bean Cake (gluten-free!) Recipe

Ingredients

* 2 eggs .

* 1/4 tsp baking powder .

* 1/2 tsp vanilla .

* 3 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder .

* 4 pitted dates .

* 1 c canned chick-peas, drained, rinsed, & loose skins discarded

Directions

* Step #1 Add all ingredients to a mixer or food processor/blender & puree.

* Step #2 Pour into one 9 inch pan or two mini spring form or cake pans.

* Step #3 Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 mins or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

* Step #4 Cool completely before frosting.

* Enjoy the Chocolate Garbanzo Bean Cake (Gluten-Free!) recipe

Sweetened with dates, which do contain a great deal of sugar.

Found this when searching for examples on something I want to experiment with. Replacing the flour in cookies with garbonzo beans. They are cookie colored and with a somewhat nutty flavor. And cookies are usually dense, not light and fluffy. Jessica Seinfeld adds them to her chocolate chip cookies, but I want to replace all the bulk of flour and sugar with the beans. Also, you can buy garbonzo flour, but that costs more. If anyone comes across a recipe or experiments and develops one, please post here.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Ok... this one isn't as healthy in my opinion but still a pretty healthy option, and it is to die for!!!! Blackforest Chocolate Cheesecake

These are vegan, low-sugar and very nutrient-rich. :)

Zangy Orange-Raspberry Sorbet

• ¾ bag frozen tropical fruit mix

• ¼ bag frozen raspberries

• Juice of one orange

Blend on high until smooth. If using a Vita-Mix, use the tamper to push the ingredients down to the blades while blending. If you don’t have a high powered blender, you may need to use more orange juice.

Note: Many variations can be made from this! Substitute different fruits, and keep in mind that raspberries are always great for adding superb flavor to fruit sorbets.

Gourmet Chocolate-Cherry Ice Cream

Everyone’s favorite! Adapted from “Bree’s Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream†in Dr. Fuhrman’s online Recipe Guide

• 1 10 oz. bag of frozen cherries

• About ½ a cup of unsweetened almond milk or soymilk

• 1-2 tablespoons of natural cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (can be omitted if using vanilla milk)

• 1 or 2 dates, pitted, can be added for sweetness (or 3-6 raisins)

Blend on high until smooth. If using a Vita-Mix, use the tamper to push the ingredients down to the blades while blending. If you don’t have a high powered blender, you may need to add more milk. This recipe is very rich and is a favorite among most everyone – a great substitute for sweets!!

Gooey Chocolate Fudge with Berries

For the fudge:

• 2 tablespoons almond butter (or cashew, macadamia, etc)

• About 1 tablespoon *honey (or ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla soymilk or almond milk)

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon natural cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)

Berries:

• One cup fresh or frozen berries

Stir or blend ingredients and top with 1 cup or more of frozen or fresh berries (Raspberries are great with this). You can heat (on low) in the microwave if desired.

Note: More milk can be added to make this more of a sauce. If using a blender, 2-3 pitted dates, or 6-8 raisins can be added in place of the honey, as the *honey is not Eat to Live friendly. You will need to use a little milk though so the ingredients can blend (about ¼ cup).

Peaches and Cream Cobbler

For the cobbler:

• ½ pound bag frozen peaches

• About ¼ cup cashews (for more creaminess, add more)

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 2 teaspoons cinnamon (or more)

• Enough soy or almond milk to blend (about ½ - 1 cup)

Peaches:

• ½ cup fresh peaches, diced (optional)

Blend on high until smooth. If using a Vita-Mix, use the tamper to push the ingredients down to the blades while blending. If you don’t have a high powered blender, you may need to use more milk. Top with fresh, diced peaches and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Adapted from Dr. Fuhrman’s Chocolate Oat Clusters)

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw walnuts, ground

2/3 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/4 teaspoons arrowroot powder (or 2 tbs of almond butter)

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

2 cups unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup date sugar

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

3/4 cup oats

1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

1. Grind 2/3 cups walnuts. (Blend on high in blender) Set Aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, arrowroot powder, ground nuts, and cocoa powder.

3. Chop ¾ cup walnuts (Blend/Pulse on a low speed in the blender). Add to large bowl mixture above.

4. Blend applesauce, vanilla and date sugar in blender until creamy.

5. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and chopped nuts.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Forbidden Rice Pudding

1 c. forbidden rice (glutenous black rice can be used as well)

3 1/2 c. water

Sweetener of choice to equal 1/4 c. (add more if you like really sweet stuff)

pinch of salt

1 c. coconut milk

Bring water, rice, salt and sweetener to a rolling boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1.5-2 hours. If using canned coconut milk do not shake the can. Open it up and scoop out the opaque coconut milk. The watery part is the creme that can be discarded or saved for another use. Add the coconut milk to the rice. Serve hot or cold. It's great either way. This dish will be purple and has a fruity taste. This recipe is just a base. You can spice it up with cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla extract, or whatever else you want.

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5 High-Antioxidant Summer Sorbets

NOTE: An ice cream machine makes whirring up your own sorbets, well, a piece of cake. But if you don't have one, use the old-fashioned method -- it works just fine. See below

Honeydew-Mint Sorbet

The sweetness here comes from the apple juice concentrate used in this recipe from chef Beverly Lynn Bennett, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living.

Serves 8

6 cups honeydew melon, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes

3/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed (plus extra to taste)

1/3 cup freshly chopped mint (plus extra to taste)

1/4 cup lime juice

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth (do in batches if necessary). Taste and add more apple juice concentrate or mint to balance the ripeness of the melon.

2. Chill for 1 hour and then process in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's directions.

Berry Frozen Yogurt

Sometimes your mouth just hankers after something creamy. Enter low-fat yogurt. In this EatingWell recipe, it gives you almost the same rich effect as heavy cream, but without the saturated fat. Throw in the toxin-fighting, heart-protecting flavanoids in all those berries and you're enjoying health by the mouthful.

Serves 6

3 cups fresh or frozen and partially thawed blackberries, raspberries, or a mixture of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries

6 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt

1. Combine berries, sugar, and juice in a food processor; process until smooth. Add yogurt and pulse until mixed in. If using fresh berries, transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, cover, and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

2. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Serve immediately, or freeze in covered container.

I removed these recipes containing a lot of added sugar, but they are interesting flavors that you might want to try, just find other ways to sweeten. And you can usually just reduce sugar.

Pomegranate Sorbet

Lemon spearMint

Strawberry-Citrus Sorbet

No Ice Cream Maker?

Here's the low-tech way to churn out great sorbet: Place the fruit mixture in a stainless steel or glass dish and put it in the freezer. When the mixture begins to harden -- about 30 minutes -- take it out and stir it till it's silky. Repeat several times, and voila! Delicious handmade sorbet.

Another method is to freeze in ice cube trays and then crush in a blender. You can make a lot and store as cubes, then blend however much you want, whenever you want.

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Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Bitter Chocolate Cake

14 oz. dark chocolate (2 tablets) with at least 70% cocoa content

2 Tbsp. cognac

8 eggs

4 tsp. instant coffee

1 orange (this recipe was from Eat Yourself Slim by Michel Montignac, however he doesn't mention how or when the orange is used, and as the recipe on the previous page contains one orange as well, this might be a typographical error, as the previous recipe had iinstructions for orange use in the recipe)

Break the chocolate into pieces and put into saucepan. Make a half-cup strong coffee or espresso and add to chocolate with cognac. Melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring with spatula to obtain a smooth, creamy mixture.

Once it is completely melted, remove from heat.

Break the eggs, sperating the whites from the yolks. Beat the whites with a pinch of salt until they are stiff.

Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl containin the egg yolks. Mix well until smooth. Next, add this mixture to the whites and mix with a spatula. The mixture must be completely homogeneous. Make sure that no unmixed egg whites or chocolate remain at the bottom of the bowl.

Pour this mousse into the cake pan greased with butter or lined with waxed paper.

Put into oven preheated to 250 degrees. Bake for just 8 minutes so the cake stays soft in the middle.

Serve in slices, either as-is or accompanied by custard or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Emergency Chocolate CHip 'Cookie'

serves 2

this comes in soooo handy when I'm stressed and can't resist something sweet.

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. ghee or butter

8 dark chocolate chips

sprinkle stevia

sprinkle vanilla extract

pinch sea salt

Melt butter or ghee in non-stick pan. Add eggs and stir together to form a cookie. Push chocolate chips into the egg. Sprinkle sea salt, stevia and flick some vanilla onto the egg. Let cook and fold onto plate, creating a sandwich (spreads the chocolate and flavour).

Another variation I do is...

Egg Pancake

1 knob ghee or butter

1 egg

2 tablespoons soaked (1 hours in lukewarm water) whole flax seed, drained

pinch cinnamon

pinch stevia

sprinkle of vanilla

pinch sea salt

Melt butter or ghee in non-stick pan. Combine all ingredients and mix until homogeneous. Pour into pan and cook like a pancake.

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Sugar and Dairy-free Custard

3 tablespoons of custard powder (contains potato, tapioca and arrowroot flour)

2 cups warm water

dash banana extract

stevia to sweeten

2 egg yolks (optional)

Combine all ingredients into a small pot and stir until mixture boils and thickens.

Let cool and divide into two portions.

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From whfoods.org

10-Minute Fig and Fresh Apple Cobbler (really a crisp, not cobbler)

And more importantly, a good Crisp Topping recipe!!

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

* 2 small apples

* 1/4 tsp lemon juice

* 1 TBS apple juice

* 4 dried figs (or fresh when in season)

* 4 TBS chopped almonds

* 1/2 tsp lemon zest*

* 1/4 tsp cinnamon

* pinch of cloves

* pinch of allspice

* 2 tsp honey

Directions:

1. Cut apples into quarters. Cut out core and slice fruit into 1/4-inch thick slices. Turn apples and cut across slices for diced apples. In a mixing bowl, toss with lemon and apple juice.

2. Cut the stem off of the figs. Cut figs into quarters and chop to produce pieces 1/4-inch or less. Add to the apples.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and toss until well combined. For best nutrition, eat immediately. If you prefer it chilled, cover well and place in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.

My Notes: Figs are very sweet and I think 4 might be too much for a 2 apple, 2 person dessert. Although that might depend on what kind of apple.

Also, I think the topping recipe is a handy one to have for any fruit you have on hand. And I think you should mix it separately, then sprinkle on the fruit. So, if you want to bake or saute the fruit go ahead and transfer the fruit to the cooking dish, then make the topping in the bowl.

Edited by alternativista

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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All Nut Crumb Crust - don't know what you are going to put in it, but here's the pie crust.

From wholefoods.com

Serves 8 (one 9-inch pie shell)

This almond-rich pie crust is just right for making chocolate or banana cream pies. Spiced pumpkin pie is a perfect match for it, too.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups finely ground blanched almonds

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup melted butter

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Method

Thoroughly mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Using fingers, press dough into a 9-inch pie plate, evenly pressing up the sides. For pies that call for pre-baked shell, bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and then fill with desired pie filling. For baking pies directly in this crust, to prevent burning, keep oven temperatures down to 325 to 350°F and adjust cooking times as needed.

Nutrition

Per Serving (40g-wt.): 230 calories (180 from fat), 20g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 6g protein, 8g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 20mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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alternativista, you're my new hero. The gluten-free life is wearing on me and I was really getting sick of eating the same old things. Any suggestions for quick prep stuff or a brand of bread that doesn't have the texture of dried wallpaper glue? I could *really* use a sandwich...

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