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Pumpkin Pie (grain free/ fruit sweetened/dairy free) May 13, 2013

pumpkin pie

Pumpkin doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie to me unless it’s a little sweet otherwise it just tastes like squash. So I did some research on the internet to try and figure out what fruit or fruit juice I could use to sweeten my pumpkin pie. Apple sauce sounded to grainy, apple juice sounded not quite right either…and then I came across the idea of using dates and I thought that it would be a good complement to the pumpkin flavor making it taste rich.

Kumquaty Pumpkin Pie

5 dates
1/2 cup hot water
1 can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs vanilla

Soak dates over nite in hot water (I did this in the food processor to save on cleaning up an extra bowl and it also gave me a chance to pulse the dates a few times to make sure they were fully submerged). The next day I added the can of pumpkin, 3 eggs, ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla and blended til well combined. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then pour the mixture into a greased pie dish and bake for 40 mins or until it’s not jiggly anymore.

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Kumquaty Coconut Porridge (grain free/dairy free/sweetener free) May 4, 2013

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coconut porridge

Mmmm. Something warm and comforting? and as white as a new born baby lamb? I was cleaning my pantry and found some coconut flakes and milk and had a sudden craving to try to make a coconut porridge. I saw recipes for flax porridge so why not. This is flavored with indian ingredient….you could just as easily sweeten it a little with a mashed banana, dates, or cut up fresh fruit

Coconut Porridge

2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups water
Seeds from 1 cardamom pod
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
Splash rose water
Sprinkle cinnamon

Put coconut into food processor and pulse until it is finely chopped. Put into a pot and add coconut milk, water and cardamom pod. Cook on medium. Once it comes to a bubble add the vanilla. Put the eggs into a bowl and scramble with a fork. Add 2 ladles of the hot coconut mixture to the eggs and stir in well to temper then pour the egg mixture into the pot (this is to avoid having scrambled eggs strings in your porridge). Stir for a few minutes until the egg is cooked thru then turn off the heat and add a splash of rose water. Serve with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

 

LaraBar Review Part III- Uber and Jocalat April 17, 2013

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Everyone needs a quick healthy snack that they can keep on hand when on the go and I’ve been seeing and hearing about LaraBars everywhere and wanted to give them a try. The company was nice enough to send me a few to review. I wanted to review one of each of their 4 types of bars

 

LaraBar-carrot cake
Alt- lemon pound cake
Jocalat-chocolate mint
Uber- apple turnover

 

I picked flavors I knew my husband would like because I will eat almost anything, even if it’s kind of gross, if it’s healthy. So he is a better candidate to review than I am 🙂 and I really like to see what healthy things I can get him to eat.

 

[sorry I forgot to take a picture of the Uber Apple Turnover …just imagine something chunky and sticky :)]

Uber Apple Turnover

*I liked it a little sticky and a little sour but yum yum. The texture of the dried apple was a bit spongy.

*My husband said *grossed out face* don’t like overall taste, sour, sticky, unpleasant texture, bad aftertaste, texture changes from crunchy to chewy

 

 

jocolat

Jocalat Chocolate Mint

*I could barely swallow my bite, very bitter tastes like dirt

*He said not good but kept eating more, a friend said smells like wine

So overall. We only like the original Larabar. But what they got right they really got right. Yum

 

I received these samples of Larabar from the company for free but the review is just because I found it to be yummy (or not)

 

Lara Bar Review Part II- ALT Lemon Pound Cake April 1, 2013

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Everyone needs a quick healthy snack that they can keep on hand when on the go and I’ve been seeing and hearing about LaraBars everywhere and wanted to give them a try. The company was nice enough to send me a few to review. I wanted to review one of each of their 4 types of bars

LaraBar-carrot cake
Alt- lemon pound cake
Jocalat-chocolate mint
Uber- apple turnover

I picked flavors I knew my husband would like because I will eat almost anything, even if it’s kind of gross, if it’s healthy. So he is a better candidate to review than I am 🙂 and I really like to see what healthy things I can get him to eat.
ULT Lemon Pound Cake

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*So like I said I will eat anything healthy even if it’s kinda gross, this fit into the cateogry…so would I buy it? No. WOuld I eat another one if some handed it to me….definately :). I like that it used pea protein instead of whey or soy but I didn’t like that it had brown rice flour in case you were avoiding grains 100%. It was really hard and didn’t taste much like lemon which is a shame since lemon is a pretty easy flavor to convey.

*My husband said it was tasteless and so hard it took him 2 tries to bite through it and hurt his tooth. He said he would not eat this again and would never guess that this was made by the same people that made the carrot cake larabar that he liked.

I definitely will not buy the ALT bar, I would rather avoid a dental bill from a broken tooth, it needs to be softer. Also I would suggest putting a lemon filling layer in the bar to up the lemon flavor.

I will be reviewing the remaining bars in the next few weeks but until then find out more about them for yourself maybe you will find a spot for them in your tummy to 🙂 num num. I received this sample of Larabar from the company for free but the review is just because I found it to be yummy (or not) I’ll let you know what me and my husband thought of the other ones and he can be a pretty harsh critic of food so I’m excited to see what he thinks.

 

Kumquaty Peanut Butter Muffins (Grain free/ Dairy free) February 6, 2013

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PB muffin

My absolute FAVORITE traditional muffin is Paula Deen’s Peanut Butter Muffin’s…..so good. SO needed to make a replacement…it smelled delicious baking mmmmm peanut butter.

Kumquaty Peanut Butter Muffins
makes 12 muffins

1 cup almond flour
1 cup ground flax seed
1 cup organic creamy peanut butter
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 mashed bananas

Preheat oven to 30 mins. Stir together eggs, vanilla, coconut milk and mashed bananas til smooth. Add the dry ingredients and stir together til you can’t see the dry ingredients anymore. Line muffin tins and fill with batter evenly in all cups. Bake for 30 mins. Eat with raw honey, organic no sugar added jam, or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Num! Tastes just like a regualr PB&J on wheat. smiles all around.

 

Pudding! – Almond Milk Chai Pudding (dairy free/low carb) January 30, 2013

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(somehow I managed to leave the almond milk out the picture. whoops!

My mom bought me almond milk. Which is nice, but the timing was a little bad so I decided to make pudding!

Kumquaty Almond Milk Chai Pudding (dairy free, low carb)

6 cups almond milk
3 packets of Knox gelatin
1/4 cup stevia
1/4 cup agave or honey ( you could use all stevia but it just tasted a little too artificial to me)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract (I don’t have any so I used hazelnut)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom

chai pudding 2

Add almond milk to cold pocket. Sprinkle gelatin overtop and leave until gelatin has softened (about 5 mins). Turn heat on low and add all flavorings. Stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Let cool and refrigerate. (I didn’t ready the directions thoroughly and couldn’t figure out why the stupid pudding wouldn’t thicken on the stove….duh …it’s like jello it doesn’t thicken until it’s cold…don’t be dumb like me)

 

Kumquaty Everything Veggie/Fruit Muffin January 29, 2013

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everything muffin

I was going to make carrot cake muffins and then I realized I only had 2 carrots…whoops. So I just made an odds and ends muffin. It turned out very moist. I think I’m going to start juicing again I found some coptcat Blueprint Cleanse recipes and I will be using the residual “fluff” to make some new cupcakes/muffins ….red velvet beet cupcakes!

Kumquaty Everything Veggie/ Fruit Muffin
makes 12

wet ingredients:
2 carrots grated
1 small zuchini grated
1 sweet apple grated
1 banana
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 avocado

dry ingredients:
1 1/2 cup almond flour
pinch salt
1 tbs chia seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbs cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350. Stir together all wet ingredients until combined and then add in all the dry ingredients and combine. Bake for 30 mins in lined cupcake tin. Enjoy!

These were very moist. hurray! and I get some veggies in this body.