Banana-Blueberry Bars

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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 […]

Carrot Cake Donuts

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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 […]

Apple-Pineapple Crisp

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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 […]

Persimmon Ice “Cream”

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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 […]

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 […]