Oil-free Granola

Granola

Finding a granola that doesn’t contain oil is nearly impossible. This is another food that can be perfectly delicious (and still crunchy) without added oil. Making your own homemade granola is very easy, and you don’t even need a food dehydrator. Above: I use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so the granola doesn’t…

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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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Baked Oatmeal with Apples & Raisins

Baked Oatmeal is delicious for breakfast or as a snack bar (when cooled). Baking the oatmeal results in a spongy texture much like bread pudding. It’s easy to make and customize with your favorite non-dairy milk, fresh or dried fruits, and spices. Traditional baked oatmeal, an Amish creation, usually calls for eggs, butter, cow’s milk,…

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Polenta Pizza: Vegan, salt- and oil-free. Now you can have your pizza and feel good, too! (StraightUpFood.com)

Polenta Pizza

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food, and this pizza delivers! The herbed polenta crust is topped with easy-to-make sauce, as well as onions, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary. Now you can have your pizza and feel good, too! I hesitate to say that this pizza is “easy,” since you need to prepare three recipes:…

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Pumpkin Pie

It’s time for some good ol’ pumpkin pie! Serve this at any holiday table, and people will ask for more. The filling is sweetened with dates and thickened with a bit of oat flour. The pecan-date crust is like a sweet, crumbly cookie. Grab a fork and dig in! Pecan-Date Pie Crust See below for…

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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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Vinaigrette Salad Dressings

Summer is here, and it’s time to break out the fresh and fruity salad dressings! Making plant-based salad dressings free of oil, salt and sugar can be easy, especially with a template. Find one below as well as 5 vinaigrette dressing recipes. Vinaigrette dressings are beloved for their sweet, spicy and tangy combinations. They are…

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Portabella Mushrooms & Noodles

I love Asian-inspired dishes, but they are often drowning in salt, soy sauce and oils. I wanted to create a hearty noodle dish without these ingredients, but still full of flavor. Toward this, I include garlic, cilantro, ginger, curry and lime juice. And for those that like it a little spicy, some optional red pepper…

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BBQ Beans & Greens

If you miss the tangy, sweet flavor of BBQ sauce, but not all the salt and sugar, you will love this recipe. It’s easy to make and uses pineapple as its secret ingredient. This is a guest recipe by Katie Mae, whom I teach with at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. Katie Mae…

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Pumpkin Pie Squares

These easy-to-make squares are perfect as a dessert or snack. When served soon after baking, the texture resembles freshly baked pumpkin pie, but after cooling (especially overnight), they firm up considerably and can be eaten with your fingers. Ingredients: 12 medjool dates, pitted and diced (about 1-1/4 cups or 8 ounces) 1 cup non-dairy milk…

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