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Macaroni Salad

This summertime macaroni salad is egg- and oil-free. And while most macaroni salad recipes call for sugar in the dressing, in this recipe a couple of dates take its place, resulting in a dressing that is reminiscent of Thousand Island. Ingredients 2 cups dry whole-grain macaroni pasta (brown rice or quinoa are good) water for…

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Banana-Blueberry Bars

My friend and fellow cooking instructor, Katie Mae, came up with these delicious Banana-Blueberry Bars. They are moist and hearty, and contain no salt, oil or refined sugar. They make an ideal breakfast, traveling, or dessert snack. This is a guest recipe by Katie Mae, whom I teach with at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa…

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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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Apple-Pineapple Crisp

If you’re into quick and easy desserts with no oil, flour or sugar, this is the ticket! Baked pineapple has a wonderful texture and flavor, and the soft fruit contrasts well with the crispy topping. Vary the fruit according to your taste and the season. Pears and berries would be great! Filling: 2 cups diced…

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Persimmon Ice “Cream”

This dairy-free delicacy is for everyone who loves ice cream but doesn’t love all of the oil, sugar, salt, and artificial flavors and colors that are typically included in store-bought vegan (and non-vegan) ice creams. But make it quick, as persimmon season will soon come to a close. Enjoy! Ingredients 4 medium-large, very ripe hachiya…

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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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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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