Persimmon Bars

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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 […]

Chunky Cranberry Sauce

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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 […]

Curry Vegetables & Rice

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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) […]

Oatmeal-raisin Cookies

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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 […]

Cardamom-Raisin Rice Pudding

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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 […]