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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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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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Zucchini Bread

Traditional zucchini breads are rich and dense due to their refined oil and sugar, but these ingredients are not necessary, or health-promoting. This bread gets its moistness and heartiness from zucchini, apples, dates, and millet and oat flours. I have happy memories of my mom’s zucchini bread made from the squash in our garden. And…

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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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Non-Dairy Milks

Why buy non-dairy milk from the store when you can easily and inexpensively make your own from nuts, seeds and grains? Below are four step-by-step recipes for making almond, pecan, oat and rice milks. Why non-dairy milk? Why would a person want to make their own non-dairy milk, you ask? Ah, there are many reasons….

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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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