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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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Chunky Cranberry Sauce

I love foods that taste like dessert but are served with dinner, and cranberry sauce tops my list! Try this zipped up version with apples and pears, walnuts and raisins. Dates are used instead of refined sugar, and a few pomegranate seeds add a bit of whimsy. Ingredients 3-4 medjool dates, pitted and diced ½…

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Curry Vegetables & Rice

This sweet and mildly spicy curry sauce is great on vegetables and rice, as well as on baked potatoes. Instead of richness from oil, butter or coconut milk, this sauce calls for ground sesame seeds. While you can buy curry powders pre-made, for this recipe we will make our own. 1 cup water (for sautéing)…

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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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Cardamom-Raisin Rice Pudding

This date-sweetened rice pudding features cardamom, a strong, aromatic spice that is native to India. Cardamom is used in both savory and sweet recipes. Ingredients 1 cup brown rice (short, long, basmati, or jasmine) 2 cups water ½ teaspoon cardamom 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ cup raisins 1/3 cup almonds, chopped (optional) 2 cups non-dairy milk…

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Pear Tidbit

This easy-to-make pear dessert is sweet and light, uses no refined sugar and is topped with lemon zest. For an apple version of this dessert that is just slightly different, see “Raw Apple Crumble” recipe. Chunky pears: 3 pears, cored and diced 1 tablespoon lemon juice Pear sauce: 2 pears, cored and diced 2 tablespoons…

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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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Raw Apple Crumble

This dessert is easier and faster to make than an apple pie or crisp, and requires no baking. Instead of refined sugars, this recipe uses dates for sweetness, and lemon juice and nutmeg for that extra zing. Crumble topping: 1/2 cup walnuts 2 pitted dates Diced apples: 3 apples, peeled and diced 1 tablespoon lemon…

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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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Oatmeal Waffles

Making waffles without the use of oil is pretty unheard of, but oil-free waffles are indeed possible and completely delicious! This recipe works for both classic (small well) and Belgium (large well) waffle irons. While I have seen many no-oil waffle recipes, the “no-oil” usually applies to the batter, not the waffle iron. Most cooks…

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