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Coconut “Ladoos”

Posted by: EatFree

September 29th, 2012 >> Desserts and Sweet Treats, Vegetarian

Ladoos are a type of Indian sweet that are typically round in nature.  They come in countless varieties, this being my particular favorite.  Very few ingredients are needed in this recipe as the palm and coconut overtones of the jaggery (gur) add a complexity to the treat all in one punch.  I used coconut flakes here, but if you’re looking for a finer texture, coconut powder would work well.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup jaggery powder (coconut palm sugar is a fine substitute)
  • 1 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1.25 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 and 3/4 cup whole organic milk

Directions:

  1. Pulverize jaggery in coffee or spice grinder until you get a fine powder.
  2. Combine all ingredients in one pot.  Cook (stirring constantly) until all moisture is evaporated and mixture is quite dry and sticky. This may take up to 25-30 minutes.
  3. Take off heat and cool slightly.  While still warm, shape into tight balls (mixture may seem like it may not come together so the trick is to squeeze tightly into rounds with one hand).  Let set and enjoy (refrigerate for quicker setting)!

 

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

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September 21st, 2012 >> Desserts and Sweet Treats, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

This recipe for chocolate ganache frosting replaces the heavy cream traditionally used with a combination of unsweetened soymilk and coconut oil.  The coconut oil not only adds richness, but the subtle coconut flavor enhances the flavor of the chocolate, much like cinnamon and espresso do. Make sure to purchase a milk chocolate that is naturally sweetened.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 3 ounces milk chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil

Directions:

Warm soy milk.  Add to chocolate.  Stir to melt.  Add coconut oil.  Whip with hand held mixer until combined thoroughly and smooth.  Let cool to room temperature.  Frost and enjoy!

 

Pina Colada

Posted by: EatFree

August 3rd, 2012 >> Desserts and Sweet Treats, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pina coladas are quite simple to make in that they involve such few ingredients.  The issue often is finding a coconut cream that has no added sugars or preservatives.  This recipe solves that dilemma by using a combination of coconut milk and coconut butter.  This recipe makes 2 large drinks or 4 small.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 100% pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup regular coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 6-8 large ice cubes

Directions:

Blend all ingredients, pour into glasses, and enjoy!

 

Mini Raspberry Pies

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July 1st, 2012 >> Desserts and Sweet Treats, Vegetarian

These are individual pies filled with fruit-in this case I’ve used raspberries.  Blueberries or cherries (cut in thirds) would work equally well here! Using the fresh, unadulterated raspberries makes all the difference here!

Ingredients:

  • Pie dough
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 4 tablespoons raw turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Toss raspberries lightly with 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch (making sure not to puncture berries too much)
  3. Roll out pie dough to about 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut approximately 4 inch rounds.  Place about 3/4 to 1 tablespoon of raspberry filling onto round, fold over, and crimp edges.  Place on baking sheet.  Repeat for rest of berries.
  4. Puncture tops of pies with a fork lightly.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until crust is completely cooked.
  5. Meanwhile add 1 tablespoon of the remaining cornstarch and the 4 tablespoons of raw sugar into a food processor.  Pulse until well pulverized.
  6. Take out pies.  Let cool.
  7. Whisk together soymilk and cornstarch-turbinado mixture to form glaze.  Pour over pies and let cool to harden (or refrigerate to harden quickly).  Enjoy!