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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Sunny of And Love It Too

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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Sunny of And Love It Too

11 Comments 31 July 2012

This summer has been all about keeping cool.  I seriously haven’t turned on my oven since last month’s Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger when I made Debbie’s Flourless Pumpkin Pie Cookies. And let me tell you, that was worth the heat! But for the most part, the summer has been about smoothies, salads, and other raw dishes.

This month, Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger is being hosted by Sunny of And Love It Too. And I had the honor of adopting the host!  I’m a big Sunny fan.  She was one of the recipients of my Sunshine Award.  As I explained on that post, “Sunny is a wife, mother of 5, and educator who somehow has time to spread sunshine around the blogosphere.  I love her blog, her recipes, and her sunny outlook on life.”  Sunny is awesome.

I instantly pinned her Strawberry Mojito Sorbet when she posted it because of her gorgeous dessert picture alone.  Then I read the ingredients and realized what a healthy treat it was. It’s dairy-free, sugar-free, and made with all raw ingredients.  Perfect as a snack or dessert during my Raw Foods on a Budget Bootcamp.

We love this sorbet!  We enjoyed some immediately and then froze the leftovers in individual scoops on a cookie sheet.

You can make this delicious sorbet in a blender.  No ice cream maker necessary.

Stop by And Love It Too for the recipe.  And make sure you follow this blog as Sunny has great things coming up. The Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger Roundup will be posted soon.  And Sunny is starting her annual Healthy Lunchbox Series on August 10th!  You won’t want to miss that!

Readers, dish!

  • What has been your favorite hot weather summer treat?
  • Have you ever made sorbet?


Late to the Pumpkin Party?  Shirley of gfe can help!

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Late to the Pumpkin Party? Shirley of gfe can help!

11 Comments 03 November 2011

Are you deep in pumpkin season?  It took me weeks of reading about amazing pumpkin recipes to finally dive in.  So if you’re a late-comer to the Pumpkin Party, don’t worry.  It’s cool to be fashionably late, and since you’re later that I was, I now have the most perfect pumpkin recipes for you to start with!

They’re easy to make, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and ultimately delicious!

And they’re the creations of one of my absolute favorite bloggers and gluten-free people on the planet — Shirley of gfe – gluten-free easily.

I was excited to finally have a chance to adopt Shirley of gfe for the monthly Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event.  I look forward to this event created by Sea of Book of Yum, because it introduces me to new bloggers, gives me a chance to try new recipes, and expands the gluten-free community one recipe at a time.  But this month I was able to adopt a friend and someone well known as the mom of the gluten-free bloggers.  There are some people who exude warmth, love, and encouragement.  That’s Shirley.  And she has a passion for helping others to see that living gluten-free isn’t as difficult as it sounds; it’s actually quite easy.  We are kindred spirits in this belief.  Shirley sums up the gfe approach perfectly at gfe.

“The truth is that most REAL food IS naturally gluten free … meat, seafood, fruit, and vegetables … and most dairy is gluten free. Naturally gluten free foods are ones that you’ve been enjoying all your life without realizing they were gluten free. However, the “Western” or Standard American Diet (SAD) has become almost entirely processed foods. Many processed foods contain gluten. If you want or need to go gluten free, I ask you to change your mindset and consider eating real food for the most part.”

Real foods.  Now that’s my kind of gluten-free living!  To read more about Shirley and to enjoy her insightful posts and delicious recipes, see her wonderful blog.

But now you must look at Shirley’s recipes that I tried.  I started off with her Pumpkin Butter.  Make this pumpkin butter!  Not only is it delicious for dipping apple slices and spreading on gluten-free toast, pancakes, and muffins, but once you’ve made it, you can incorporate it into other goodies.

Refined sugar-free, Shirley sweetens this Pumpkin Butter with honey from her very own bees!  While I don’t have that privilege, I did buy some local honey for this very special recipe.

Shirley uses her Pumpkin Butter to make these Pumpkin Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Bars that are so amazing that even the non-pumpkin-loving Husband had to declare them “really good”.  (That’s high praise!)  I love that these pumpkin bars are gluten-free, grain-free (using almond flour), and dairy-free.  They brown up beautifully, hold together, and have the perfect combination of nuttiness, pumpkin spice, and sweetness.

I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and those chips are huge!  You can see them oozing out of the cut bars.

And if that wasn’t enough, here’s another creative way to enjoy Shirley’s Pumpkin Butter.

This is Shirley’s Velvety Pumpkin Spice “Latte” made by whisking together warmed almond milk and her Pumpkin Butter.  I’ve enjoyed this as a hot drink, an iced latte, and I’ve substituted So Delicious Coconut Milk for a slightly thicker drink.  You just can’t go wrong if you used Shirley’s winning recipe.

And Shirley says that her Pumpkin Butter lasts up to six months in the refrigerator, but I can’t imagine the rest of my jar lasting through the week.  I can’t wait to try incorporating it into some of my favorite recipes.  I’m having visions of pumpkin cookies and pancakes!

Have I convinced you?  Are you joining the pumpkin party?  Let me know if you try any of these wonderful recipes.

This month, Lauren of As Good As Gluten is hosting Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger, so head over to her blog soon for the round up post!  Something tells me that pumpkin recipes will be taking center stage!

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Valerie of City Life Eats

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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Valerie of City Life Eats

6 Comments 07 October 2011

Most of you already know Valerie of City|Life|Eats, because you’ve read about how she has inspired me with delicious, healthy lunchbox ideas.  She has been a guest blogger at Gluten-Free Cat twice now.  Not only has she given great lunchbox tips and recipes, but she has also provided us with information about high protein meals that are vegan and even raw.

If you missed Valerie’s guest posts, you can go back and read them here:

This month I decided to adopt Valerie for Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger, because her recipes always intrigue me.  Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is a monthly event hosted by Sea of Book of Yum, and I always look forward to it, because it allows me to really get to know other bloggers and their recipes.  I already feel like I know Valerie well, but I wanted an excuse to try a few more of her recipes!

Recently, Valerie co-hosted a blog event that I completely intended to participate in.  It was a Zucchini Chocolate Blog Party!  I couldn’t stop thinking about zucchini chocolate smoothies, muffins, breads, and brownies.  But then there was school.  So I just lived vicariously through the mouthwatering recipes that Valerie featured in her round up.  I did get a wonderful flavor of the event though when I made Valerie’s Chocolate Zucchini Chia Pudding.

This is really good stuff.  I love that it tastes indulgent, but it’s made with simple, whole food ingredients.  This soft pudding filled with crunchy raw zucchini and cacoa nibs was exactly what I needed this week when I had a craving for something sweet.

Would you believe that these ingredients mixed with a little raw cacao, hemp seeds, water, and cinnamon would eventually make a chocolate pudding?

Neither could Max.

And what a lovely treat it was.  I’ve only made chia pudding a few times, and each time I do I don’t understand why I don’t make it more often.  It’s easy to make, easy to pack in a lunch, healthy, and wonderfully delicious.

Valerie is also a fellow hummus-lover.  When she recently posted {Today’s Lunchbox} A New Kind of Hummus, my cat ears perked up.  Valerie has high standards for hummus, and if she loved this hummus I was definitely going to try it.

I made Valerie’s Azuki-Edamame Hummus, which is gluten-free, vegan, sugar-conscious, and nut-free, and I’ve been eating it all week!

It’s simple to make, just throw everything in the blender, and pulse until you find the perfect texture for you.

I love the taste of the azuki-edamame combination.  Little crunches of edamame in the creamy base made this hummus unique and utterly enjoyable.

I thoroughly enjoyed adopting Valerie this month, and I hope you’ll stop by her blog for even more inspiration and deliciousness!

For other great hummus recipes by Valerie, check out:

And don’t forget to stop by Sea’s round up of adoption posts later this month at Book of Yum!

Have you ever made chia pudding?

What are your favorite flavors?

Please include a link to your favorite hummus recipes!

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger:  Alexa of Lexie’s Kitchen

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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Alexa of Lexie’s Kitchen

13 Comments 04 August 2011

July was a tasty month with our trip to San Miguel, the purchase of my dehydrator, making homemade pasta for the Daring Cooks’ Challenge, and the fact that summer produce just rocks.  But it was also tasty because of Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger!  I absolutely love this monthly event hosted by Sea of Book of Yum, because it allows us to really get to know another blogger and her recipes.  I’m excited that last month I was able to adopt Alexa of Lexie’s Kitchen!

Lexie’s beautiful blog isn’t just a place to find wonderful gluten and caesin-free recipes.  Yes, I know that her recipes are amazing!  But it’s also a place to follow the story of a mother’s love and the journey that her family is taking to find health.  You can read Lexie’s inspirational story here.

I was able to meet Lexie at the Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo in Chicago last Spring.  We didn’t have long to talk, but I was so impressed with her poise and her genuine concern for others.  I knew immediately that this was a girl that I wanted to know.

I’m thinking that you’d like to hear about her amazing recipes too, right?

Since I’m in love with raw foods, I had to make Lexie’s Raw Nacho Cheese Sauce.  It was incredibly easy to make.  I’ve made several nut cheeses before, but this is by far my favorite one.  When I put a spoonful of this cashew-based cheese in the Husband’s mouth, he was astounded that it wasn’t really “cheese”!

I’ve been eating it all week on veggie sticks, spread on raw bread, and even on huevos rancheros!

Lexie just recently wrote a post called “Hold the Cheese! Jalapeno Poppers Dairy-Free”. That title immediately grabbed my attention, because I’ve been on a pepper kick this month. (Check out my posts on Watermelon Jalapeno Love Salad and Poblano Soup.)  And this poppers recipe uses Lexie’s delicious Raw Nacho Cheese Sauce!

I did modify two tiny things.  Lexie’s Jalapeno Poppers recipe calls for pancetta or bacon bits, but I made a vegan version by omitting the meat.  Lexie also grills her poppers, but our grill is currently unavailable, so I popped these vegan poppers in the oven.

And they popped out cheesy, creamy, and delightfully spicy!

It was an honor to have a chance to adopt Lexie.  I hope you’ll head over to her blog and enjoy the recipes and the stories that she has to share.

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Iris of The Daily Dietribe

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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Iris of The Daily Dietribe

10 Comments 04 July 2011

This month for Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger I wanted to adopt a blogger whose recipes would make me feel good.  And finally, no one beat me to adopting Iris!  I’ve been reading Iris’ blog The Daily Dietribe for over a year now, and I love her posts.  Her perspective on food, life, and health is refreshingly honest and down to earth.  When I read them I wish I could just meet Iris for a cup of coffee and a good long chat.  But although I’ve admired her healthy recipes, I’ve never actually made any until now.

Last weekend I planned an Iris dinner.  First I made Iris’ Quinoa with Walnuts, Mushrooms and Raisins.  I’m a huge quinoa fan, and I knew it would compliment the raw salad that I would make next.  I wasn’t able to find the dried porcini mushrooms that the recipe suggested, so I substituted fresh shiitake mushrooms.

The dish turned out wonderfully.  The mushrooms and walnuts provided a deep, earthy flavor that was balanced with the sweetness of the raisins.  The Husband even said that this recipe was a keeper.

Next I made a raw salad.  Ever since April in the Raw, I’ve been thinking about Iris’ submission.  She did a wonderful post on a Raw Italian Artichoke Salad, and I just haven’t been able to get her salad out of my mind.  I absolutely love artichokes.  I put them on everything — pizza, salads, sandwiches, guacamole — but believe it or not, I’d never actually opened a real artichoke.  I always use canned artichokes.  Since I didn’t know how to cut open an artichoke, I never made Iris’ salad.  Until now.

I have to tell you that I wasn’t altogether successful.

I followed printed directions for cutting an artichoke, but I’m definitely a visual learner.  I really should have watched this tutorial first, but we were getting hungry.  So I dove right into the recipe, and before I knew it, I had leaves and choke fuzz all over the kitchen as well as a few pricked fingers.  And nothing that I was left with resembled the artichoke hearts that came in my cans.

This guy and I aren’t friends.

But I chopped up a little of what I thought might be the heart and tossed it into the salad.  It didn’t look like much, and we were really hungry by now.  That delicious quinoa salad was calling to us from the table.

Thankfully, I had a can of artichoke hearts in the panty that I chopped up and added to the raw salad.

Wow, what a flavorful salad!  The combination of rich sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and artichokes mixed together in a lemony, herbed red wine vinegar dressing was delicious.

And now that I’ve actually watched a video on how to cut an artichoke, I’ll be much more successful next time.

Or maybe I’ll stick with my cans.  We’ll see.

We loved both recipes, and they went well together for a cold, healthy summer dinner.

Thank you, Iris!

Super Cool People You Need to Know

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Super Cool People You Need to Know

22 Comments 10 May 2011

Last week I attended the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Chicago.  It was an incredible event where I learned about new products, cooking and baking techniques, and got to meet some amazing people.  I have a lot to share, but today I want to share about the really cool people I met.  Why?  Because if you aren’t already benefitting from their products, blogs, stories, or books, you need to start today!

Kim of Cook It Allergy Free

Kim has a great blog as well as an app that you can download which contains recipes that you can customize to meet your specific food allergies.

Brittany of Real Sustenance

Brittany has a beautiful blog with fresh, delicious recipes that are gluten and dairy-free.  She also hosts Seasonal Sundays where you can find a wealth of recipes based on seasonal ingredients.  I was so excited to meet Brittany and to turn an on-line friendship into a face-to-face friendship.  She is a doll!

Carol of Simply…Gluten-Free

Not only does Carol have a gorgeous blog that provides me with delicious dinner ideas, but she has a new book called Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts that you must get your hands on.  Just the cover shot takes my breath away.  I loved meeting Carol in person and to immediate realize that this Gluten-Free Rock Star is just as amazing in person as she is on her blog.  It just makes me love her even more!

Maggie of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery

How fun to meet someone that you’ve emailed about something as exciting as the BEST gluten-free bread on the market?

Maggie hooked me up with Rudi’s gluten-free bread last year which is why I could make this!

I’ve entered it in Rudi’s Unbelievably Good Gluten-Free Recipe Contest.  Please check out the delicious entries and vote here for your favorite by June 6th!

Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

Amy has a wonderful blog and has just published her first book!  She also hosts Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.  I was giddy about meeting her!

Pamela of Pamela’s Products

Need a go-to all-purpose gluten-free baking mix?  Bread mixes?  Muffins?  Cookies?  Scones?

You name it, Pamela has created it, and you can find her products everywhere!

Hallie of Daily Bites

I did my first adoption post on Hallie because of her delicious wholesome recipes.  Just look at these delicious skillet dishes!

Courtney of Gluten-Free Jesus Freak

Dear friend, wife of the Housemate, pastor, and gluten-free sister!

Check out her blog to see how gluten-free issues even affect life in the church.

Elana of Elana’s Pantry

I’ve been cooking and baking out of The Almond Flour Cookbook for years.  I just love these scones!  But I just bought Elana’s newest book Gluten-Free Cupcakes!  Can’t wait to dive into that one!

Stephanie O’Dea of A Year of Slow Cooking inspired me to dust off my slowcooker and let it work its magic!

Her original book Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and her newest More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow are filled with hundreds of naturally gluten-free recipes that will cook while you work or play!

Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily

I love this lady!  As Maggie from She Let Them Eat Cake posted on her latest adoption post, “Shirley’s the mother of the gluten-free blogging community.  She connects with everyone, encourages everyone, supports everyone, and makes us all feel better every time!”

Shirley has such a passion for helping the newly diagnosed and has wonderful resources on her blog.  See her list of 50+ Meals that are Gluten-Free.

(And how did I miss a picture with Maggie?)

Alexis of Lexie’s Kitchen

What a precious lady!  I just love her humility and her scrumptious recipes.  They’re gluten-free, casein-free, and allergen-friendly.  I can’t wait to get to know her better!

Andrea of Rockin’ Gluten-Free

She’s currently hosting an ABC Countdown for Celiac Awareness Month.

(I can’t wait to share my “O is for….” Can you guess what O stands for?)

Alissa of Alissa Cooks, and the author of Go Dairy Free, inspired me to give dairy-free living a serious go.

Angela of Angela’s Kitchen is a new blogger to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with her and checking out her site.

Debi of Hunter’s Lyonesse, I just love her down-to-earth writing, her beautiful smile, and her joyful spirit!

The energetic Celiac Diva herself – Lauren-Lucille!

Lauren blogs and hosts an online show every Monday all about issues that every Celiac needs to know about.  Check out her latest episodes!

And how did I not get a picture of Kelly of The Spunky Coconut?  I LOVE her new cookbook and had so much fun adopting her for the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger a few months ago.  (Check out this bread!)  It was so much fun to get to meet her in person!

And none of this would have been possible without the passion, dedication, and hard work of this amazing lady, Jen Cafferty.  Jen is the creator of the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo as well as a blogger at Gluten-Free Life.  Thank you, Jen, for putting on such an inspiring event!

And I must thank my photographer and the super coolest of them all.

Mom.  It was a great Gluten-Free Girls’ Weekend!  I enjoyed every moment of it with you!


Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger:  Leanne of Healthful Pursuit

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Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: Leanne of Healthful Pursuit

6 Comments 02 April 2011

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is a fun monthly event that gives me an opportunity to really get to know a blogger and her recipes well.  Since April in the Raw and My Raw Challenge were quickly approaching, I knew that Leanne of Healthful Pursuit was the perfect blogger for me to adopt.  I had admired several of her raw dessert recipes in the past, because they looked so delicious that it was hard to believe they were actually healthy (or raw, for that matter).  I had also made Leanne’s Runners’ Repair Cookies for the Husband for Valentine’s Day.  (Yes, in our house, recovery cookies are romantic.)

Leanne is a holistic nutritionist who writes a beautiful blog filled with healthy tips and recipes that make you feel good just reading them!  She just posted about her journey to health in honor of her upcoming 25th birthday, and I highly recommend that you check it out here.

Today I made Leanne’s Raw Cashew Lemon Drops.  Made with 4 simple ingredients, cashews, dates, coconut oil, and lemon, these tasty treats were a snap to make.

Sinking my teeth into these chewy, lemony delights was pure pleasure!  Raw cookies!  I never would have though it was possible!  So, of course, I couldn’t stop there.

Today became Raw Cookie Day.  (Although it looks like Donut Hole Day, doesn’t it?  I was having some serious flashbacks to my childhood.)

Then I “unbaked” Leanne’s No Bake Apricot Nut Fifteens.  It’s clear why she calls these Fifteens. They take no time at all to make…that is if you follow her simple directions.  Made with apricots, prunes, coconut, chia seeds, and walnuts, these little truffles should have been just as easy to make as the Raw Cashew Lemon Drops.

But I had a little brain freeze while preparing them.  Since I’ve been attempting to eat most of my meals and snacks raw during the month of April, I am constantly stopping at Whole Foods for fresh produce, nuts, and dried fruit.  I knew I had picked up dried apricots.  I just knew I had.  But I couldn’t find them anywhere.  I did remember getting distracted by the mangos in the dried fruit section.  Oh, the delicious snacks I could make with dried mangos! Maybe I hadn’t actually put the package of dried apricots in my cart.  Hmmmm.

So after tearing apart my refrigerator twice, I gave up searching for the elusive apricots and decided to put those mangos to good use instead.  I’d have to make No Bake Mango Nut Fifteens.  After putting all of the ingredients in the food processor (except for the apricots, of course), the bag of dried apricots suddenly appeared in my deli drawer. Who puts dried fruit in the meat and cheese drawer?  Apparently someone who isn’t eating meat or cheese for a month.  Ugh!

So I added some apricots to the mix.

I believe this recipe could actually be made in fifteen minutes if you have your wits about you.  And I believe they would stick together better if they didn’t contain hard mango pieces. I’d definitely stick with Leanne’s original recipe.  But the bright orange mango chunks sure were pretty.

Leanne has been an inspiration to me for a while now.  And today her raw cookie recipes inspired me to come up with my own version of raw truffles which I will share with you soon!

But for now, head over to Healthful Pursuit and find these incredible recipes and a whole lot of healthy inspiration

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: The Spunky Coconut

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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: The Spunky Coconut

20 Comments 05 March 2011

Stalkers are scary.  But I have to admit that I’ve been a blog stalker.  Every month, a different gluten-free blogger hosts Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger, and as soon as the host announces the sign up, famous bloggers are snatched up like buy-one-get-one loaves of Udi’s bread at Whole Foods (which I’ve NEVER seen).

So this month, I became a blog stalker.  I knew that Lexie from Lexie’s Kitchen was hosting February’s event, so I checked every day to see if the signup was posted.

Why did I need to stalk Lexie’s blog?

Because I HAD to be the first blogger to adopt Kelly, better known as The Spunky Coconut.

I have enjoyed reading Kelly’s blog for a year now, and I just ordered her new book called The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts.  This book is filled with inspirational recipes that are nutritious and easy to make, and I love that each one is gluten and dairy-free.

Adopting Kelly would give me the opportunity to try at least ten of her recipes in a month, right?

I seriously intended to make six of her grain-free recipes.  I really did.  I wanted to try Kelly’s:

Then I blinked, and suddenly the deadline for this post was…


So last night, I made two of Kelly’s recipes from her new book.  And I promise you.  Based on the results of my late night furious baking and the smiles of the taste testers, I will be making the other 4 recipes I’ve earmarked very, very soon.

Can you imagine making a grain-free bread that actually holds together?  I’ve made Elana Amsterdam’s Olive-Rosemary Bread with almond flour and almond butter as the primary ingredients, but this was the first time I’ve ever made a grain-free bread featuring coconut and…white beans.  Can you believe it?  White beans!

Yes, the base of this gorgeous Spunky Coconut Bread loaf is white beans.

It looks pretty in the ceramic pan (that clearly has been well-used),

but does it hold up and behave as bread should?

So incredibly well.

And did it pass the knife test without this kind of mishap?


This bread was delicious and moist, with a delicate flavor that blended hints of sweet and savory.

The texture was almost cake-like, but it didn’t crumble at all.

And all without a single grain.

(So the raspberry jam on the Spunky Coconut Bread looks homey and inviting, but as soon as I snapped this shot, I scraped off all of the preserves so I could enjoy the unique flavors of the bread. This bread doesn’t need a topping.  It’s scrumptious just as it is.)

Why isn’t there a link to Kelly’s site for this recipe?  Because you have to buy her book to have the joy of making it.

You need to by her book.

I also made Kelly’s Awesome Chocolate Raspberry Quinoa Bars. I first saw this recipe on Kelly’s blog as Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Bars.  This recipe has been bookmarked on my computer since April 10, 2010.  That’s almost 11 months ago!  When I saw Kelly’s slightly revised version in her cookbook, I knew I had to make it.

Last night.

Oh my.  I have no idea why I waited this long, because this grain-free dessert is delicious.

As you know, I love raspberry and chocolate, but this dessert is far less decadent than my Blogiversary Cake.  It’s made with wholesome ingredients like quinoa, almond flour, and coconut (coconut shreds, milk, sugar, and oil).

It’s a perfect dessert in that


kind of way.

It has the subtle flavor of chocolate that quiets the Chocolate Cravings Beast and leaves you feeling satisfied without the uncomfortable spike in your blood sugar.

Satisfying, nutritious, high in protein, and just plain beautiful.

I really chose two winners this month.

I’m off to try Kelly’s other four recipes.  If you beat me to it, let me know!

What are you favorite Spunky Coconut recipes?


Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Hallie of Daily Bites

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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Hallie of Daily Bites

10 Comments 26 January 2011

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is hosted by Sea of Book of Yum this month.  This is my first time participating, and I have chosen the perfect blogger to adopt, considering that I’ve been eating deliciously clean foods all month. I’ve adopted Hallie of Daily Bites, because her recipes are exactly what I need right now. They’re wholesome, gluten-free, dairy-free, and utterly delicious! Hallie is a certified Nutrition Educator who creates fresh, seasonal dishes as well as healthy alternatives to common comfort-foods.  If you haven’t visited Hallie’s blog, you must, but let me first give you a sample of the culinary delights that you’ll find once you’re there.

Hallie’s Roasted Squash and White Bean Skillet was first on my list of seasonal dishes to try. It was so delicious that I didn’t just make it once.  It was in such high demand that we needed a second round.  This butternut squash, kale, carrot, and cannellini bean dish is made in a skillet, so the naturally sweet vegetables, the caramelized onions, and the raisins all blend together to create a sweet, savory experience.  It’s satisfying enough to stand alone as a main entree, or you can serve it as a side dish with a simple piece of baked chicken.

We’ve been smoothie crazy this month, so I was excited to try Hallie’s Green “Creamsicle” Smoothie.  It was creamy, packed with nutrients, and jaw-droppingly delectable.  Was this really dinner, or did we skip right to dessert?  With spinach, avocado, mango, cucumber, and banana, it was a combination of the two, but even more than the incredible taste, I was impressed by two things.  The texture was like silk, and the satisfaction factor scored a ten out of ten.  Do you ever make a smoothie and then end up hungry a few hours later? If so, you know that you skimped on your nutrients, possibly your healthy fats.  With this “Creamsicle” you will definitely be satisfied until you next meal.


Hallie also introduced me to something that I didn’t even know existed.

I had never even heard of red rice until I made Hallie’s Red Rice, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad.  This is a cold salad with a light, crisp taste.  It would be perfect on a hot summer evening, but even in the winter it made a refreshing lunch.  The spicy red onions and the tangy lemon zest enhanced the flavors of the cucumbers and avocado, while the roasted pumpkin seeds and red rice gave the dish depth.

I still have several other recipes from Hallie that I’m dying to try.  (Remember those healthy versions of comfort food that I mentioned?)  Check out Hallie’s blog called Daily Bites and choose a few of your own!

You can find all of January’s Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger posts in early February on Sea’s blog Book of Yum.  It will be a wonderful round up that you won’t want to miss.


A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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