Decadent Date Bars

Date Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Crust and Crumble

Preheat oven to 350°f. Grease 9 x 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray or coconut oil.

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup Date Puree
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (sugar free)

In a large saucepan, add ingredients for date filling. Place over medium heat, cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until well combined and slightly thickened.

In large bowl, add oats, flours, date puree, cinnamon, and salt. Blend together. Add oil and vanilla, stir to combine, add egg and stir. In prepared dish, measure out 2 1/2 cups of mixed crust/crumble, and press evenly in bottom of dish. Spoon date filling on top of pressed crust and spread evenly. To remaining crumble add chocolate chips, mix to combine. Crumble evenly over top of date filling and press gently into filling. Bake until done, approx. 30 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

For detailed photos of the recipe go to Bake With Me, Date Bars

ENJOY☺

Light Rye Bread

This recipe makes 2 loaves and uses no rye flour. The ingredients listed will allow you to make up for not having rye flour and also provides the flavors that would come from using a sourdough starter. I found this recipe on ‘texaspuremilling.com’ if you are interested in seeing the original recipe. I have changed a few ingredients and made it sugar free.

Rye Bread
  • 1 Tbsp. dry active yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup shortening or coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice (one with garlic and no sugar)
  • 3 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 cup date puree
  • 1 Tbsp. caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 5-6 cups flour (can use white or whole wheat or both)

Combine yeast and water in mixing bowl and let sit to soften yeast for approx. 5 min. Mix together the rest of the ingredients except flour and cocoa powder. When yeast is ready add everything together starting with 5 cups of flour and adding more if needed. If kneading with mixer, knead 6-7 minutes until smooth. If kneading by hand double the time. Place the dough in lightly oiled bowl and let rise until doubled, (approx. 1 1/2 hrs.) and divide dough into two equal balls. I like to put one ball in a plastic bag and place in fridge for later use. Form ball into round loaf and place on parchment paper and cover with lightly oiled waxed paper and allow to rise approx. 1 hour.

When ready to bake place a cast iron or stone wear pan/pot in oven and pre heat to 400°F . Remove pan/pot and lift loaf with parchment and place in hot pan. Return to oven and bake for 30 min. Internal temp. should reach 190°F.

Almond Cupcakes

Amazingly Moist

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  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup Date Puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cupcake tin or use silicone liners. Makes 24. In one bowl add all dry ingredients and mix together. In another bowl or measuring cup and using an emulsion blender, mix eggs, milk and date puree. Melt coconut oil and blend into wet ingredients. Add wet to dry and mix. Scoop into cupcake tin using 1/4 cup scoop. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and Enjoy.

These are also great with fresh fruit topped with whipped cream or coconut cream.

Dairy and Sugar Free Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream

Dairy and sugar free berry ice cream
  • 1/2 cup strong decaf. coffee
  • 1/2 tsp. coffee extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Date Puree
  • 1 can coconut cream

Berry Ice Cream

  • 3/4 cup of pureed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Date Puree
  • 1 can coconut cream

Mix together using emulsion blender and pour into silicone molds. The best ones to use are long narrow popsicle shape. Freeze and Enjoy.

Gluten Free Muffins

Theses muffins can be made with lots of different fruits or none at all. They are dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, sweetened with dates, full of good fiber and taste amazing.

This recipe can be made with a variety of different fruits. I have used blueberries, raspberries, raisins, and apple with cinnamon, or try a combinations of your favorites. This recipe is also dairy free and gluten free but if you prefer some gluten in you diet replace the flax flour with wheat bran. Makes 12 muffins. This batter can be store in the fridge to bake later.

four different muffins one batter
  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cups flax flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup Date Puree
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup fruit

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together date puree, almond milk, eggs and vanilla. Slowly whisk in melted coconut oil. Pour wet over dry and mix then stir in fruit. Bake at 350°F for approx. 30 min. Enjoy!

Baked Pakora

This pakora recipe is a take off from an original recipe that I love. Normally I would just spend extra time frying these in oil about 1″ deep in a pan doing about 4 to 5 at a time. But I have decided to forgo the long process of frying them and press the whole works into a baking dish and bake. This is also a healthier method of cooking and allows for the flavor of the vegetables to intensify through the process of baking. This worked out great and I will never deep fry pakora again.

  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • approx. 1″ fresh ginger finely diced (optional)
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups water
  • approx. 8 cups of chopped vegetables. Use any kind you like. Some that I have used are onions, peppers, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, arugula, celery, kale, sweet potato, swiss chard etc.

Once you have all your vegetables prepared mix all other ingredients, except water, together in a large bowl. Add water and mix to get the consistency of pancake batter. Now add all your veggies. Mix well, using your hands, for this step will help get the veggie mix well coated with batter. Press mixture into a greased or parchment lined 9×13 pan and bake at 350°F for approx. 40 min. Pakora goes really well with Chutney. See my recipe for Apple Chutney. It is very easy to make and versatile.

Oat Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour (can use organic gluten free oats and grind to flour in food processor)
  • 1 Tbsp. date sugar or date puree
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 – 5 Tbsp. cold water

Put oats, sugar and salt in food processor. Grind oats into flour. While processor is running pour olive oil into flour. Gradually add cold water, starting with 4 Tbsp. water. Check dough for consistency and transfer to bowl. Add more water if dry. Working with hands, bring together into a ball and begin to press into a pie plate. This takes a bit of time to get pressed down and up the sides with no cracks or spaces. Bake in a 375°F for 10 min. Remove from oven.

Veggie Nuggets

These little nuggets are a great way to get your family to eat more vegetables. Serve them with a favorite dipping sauce (sugar free of course) or just the way they are.

This recipe is very versatile. Replace the vegetables with any kind you have on hand. Some I have tried include, sweet potato, zucchini, cauliflower, kale, corn, parsnip and squash. The seasonings can also be changed. Some other ones that I like to use are thyme, basil, oregano, coriander, curry and cayenne.

This recipe makes approx. 24, using 2 Tbsp. per. nugget.

  • 1 medium sized carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup onion, fine diced
  • 1/2 sweet bell pepper, fine dice
  • 3/4 cup chopped baby spinach
  • 1 can chick peas 15-19 oz. (drain and rinse)
  • 1 tsp. oil plus extra for frying
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. seasoning salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup oats ( I used certified gluten free)
  • salt and pepper to taste

In food processor or blender place oats and seasonings. Blend just long enough to make oats into a fine meal. Add veggies and oil and continue processing until veggies are mush. If your processor is large enough add rest of ingredients and process until chick peas are also mushy and well blended. (My processor will not hold everything so I remove the veggie mix and then put chick peas and egg in processor. Once they are of the right consistency I mix the two parts together in a bowl.) Heat pan add a bit of oil and fry. (Using a small scoop to portion works best. Flatten slightly.) Cook over medium heat until brown on one side and flip to brown other side. Sever immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving.

Peanut Butter Cookies

cookies topped with chocolate
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup Date Puree
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

In food processor grind oats into oat flour. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until well mixed. Using a small scoop (approx. 2 Tbsp.), scoop onto parchment lined baking sheet. Press down slightly with fork. Bake in a 350 F oven for 12 -15 min. After cookies are cooled they can be topped with a chocolate drizzle. For the chocolate drizzle use 1/4 cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips and 2 squares of Lindt 95% chocolate. Melt in microwave safe dish for 30 seconds, stir and melt at 10 second intervals till melted.