Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Almond-Poppy Seed Cake

This festive and hearty cake is not only delicious, but very fragrant. Its few ingredients and steps make for easy preparation, and it may be served plain or with Lemon Frosting. It uses no oil, and still bakes up moist without being greasy. Note: I have received some questions about millet, as it’s a lesser-used…

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Blueberry Muffins

Lemon zest and cardamom give these Blueberry Muffins their amazing flavor and aroma. Oat and millet flours produce a muffin that is hearty and filling, and dates and applesauce lend sweetness and moistness without the use of sugar and oil. Ingredients 12 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 1-1/2 cups or 8 ounces) 1 cup…

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Zucchini Bread

Traditional zucchini breads are rich and dense due to their refined oil and sugar, but these ingredients are not necessary, or health-promoting. This bread gets its moistness and heartiness from zucchini, apples, dates, and millet and oat flours. I have happy memories of my mom’s zucchini bread made from the squash in our garden. And…

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Blackberry–Peach Cobbler

Blackberries and peaches are now in season, and they make a perfect pair for a summertime cobbler. Traditional cobblers rely on refined sugar, butter, and cow’s milk, but these ingredients aren’t missed at all in this dish; instead we’ll use dates, non-dairy milk and banana. Enjoy! Print Blackberry–Peach Cobbler Prep time:  30 mins Cook time: …

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Carrot Cake Donuts

Anything “carrot cake” is O.K. by me, and if it looks like a donut, even better! Carrot cakes are typically loaded with oil, butter, sugar and eggs, all of which I avoid in my recipes; so coming up with a cake that is just as tasty (and moist but not too heavy), was a fun…

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Persimmon Bars

These bars are lighter than traditional fruit and nut bars, and make a great traveling or backpacking snack—or a dessert cake when a bit of frosting is added. Refined sugar is replaced by dates, which have a brown sugar flavor that complements the persimmon and spices. Clockwise from top: Creamy Cashew Frosting, Lemon-Tofu Frosting, no…

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Oatmeal-raisin Cookies

These delicious oatmeal-raisin cookies avoid eggs, dairy, oil and refined sugar in favor of flax seeds, pecans, banana and dates. Yum! 1 cup water 6 medjool dates, pitted ½ cup raw, unsalted pecans 2 cups rolled oats, ground into flour 3/4 cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds, then grind them 1 teaspoon baking…

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Oatmeal-Lemon Pancakes

I’ve had so many people say they like these pancakes even more than “regular” pancakes. They rise up nicely without being soggy in the middle, and fill your kitchen with a lemony aroma. Try easy-to-make fruit-flavored Date Syrup. Ingredients 2 cups non-dairy milk (plus extra to thin batter in between cooking pancakes) 3 dates, pitted…

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Orange-Berry Muffins

These muffins are so tasty, and make a great breakfast or midday snack! The flavor reminds me of Froot Loops, a boxed cereal that my sister and I rarely ate because my mom was vigilant about keeping sugary cereals out of our house. But luckily for us, we could find them at Grandma’s every so…

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Quinoa Cornbread

This healthy update on cornbread uses no butter, eggs, milk, salt, oil, or refined sugar or flour, instead getting its sweetness and texture from apple juice, bananas, oats, quinoa and flax seeds. 1 cup water 1/2 cup dry quinoa 1 cup cornmeal 1/3 cup rolled oats, ground into flour 1-1/2 tablespoons flax seeds, ground 2…

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