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Mango Pudding

Ever buy a case of Mangoes and notice how they ripen all at once ?  I was looking for a recipe that non-dairy, not too sweet, quick and easy to make.  Many had Condensed Milk, lots of Sugar or Cornstarch.

This Mango Pudding has fresh Mango puree,  Coconut Milk, Gelatin, Water and Sugar.  Instead of 1/3 Cup Sugar I used 1/4 Cup Powdered Erythritol and 2 Tsp Honey.

I tasted the pudding and it didn’t seem to have enough Mango flavor.  I didn’t start with 2 whole Mangoes, so I wasn’t sure if the sliced Mango on hand was enough so I defrosted some frozen Mango and whirled it up and added a pinch of Sea Salt.  After I poured the into ramekins, I looked at the Spruce Eats recipe reviews.  The author suggested that 2 Mangoes would be about 2 Cups.  Drained canned Mango would work if you’re short too.

Hubby liked it so we’re all good.

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Blueberry Velvet Cheesecake

Luckily I printed this Knox recipe umpteen years ago.  Blueberry Velvet Cheesecake is no longer available on their website.

The hardest part is deciding what kind of gluten-free cookie to bake for the crust.  I’ve used a GF Graham Cracker base in the past, but my hubby loves anything with molasses so now I make a GF Gingerbread cookie and make sure I hide enough to make 1 Cup of Crumbs. There’s blanched Almond Flour in the recipe so I omit the Almond Extract from the crust.  To minimize calories without sacrificing gluttony, replace 1/4 Cup of the Sugar with Erythritol and use Low Fat Cream Cheese.

You can garnish each Cheesecake portion with fresh Strawberry, Mango or Kiwi slices and maybe some homemade fruit sauce on top or on the side.  In a rush, I’ll just use canned Blueberry Pie filling for the topping but I don’t bother swirling it into the Cheesecake as the recipe suggests.

Tip:  Make sure the Gelatin and Sugar is completely dissolved by the boiling Water.  If you’re slow to assemble the Cheesecake, the Gelatin can start setting up and even the food processor won’t get the lumps out.  If running behind, reheat the Gelatin mixture in the microwave before you add it to the Cheesecake mixture.

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Mango Coconut Frozen Yogurt

Ever buy a case of Mangoes and have them all ripen at the same time ? I process them to make Mango Custard, flavour my Kombucha or just freeze it.  When I have 3 Cups on hand, I make Mango Coconut Frozen Yogurt.  If you’re a bit short, some fresh Pineapple can pick up the slack.  This was the best of the 4 FroYos on the Buzzfeed Mexico page.

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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Strawberry Froyo

Many recipes use Bananas as a natural sweetener but I just find it overwhelms the flavour of any FroYo, especially the berry ones.

I was happy to find Gemma Stafford’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt recipe, no ice cream maker required. If you’re short on Strawberries, let Raspberries pick up the slack.

If you loved it, click on my Strawberry Frozen Yogurt PDF to see both single & double batch amounts.


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Nutella Frozen Yogurt

Who has time to roast Hazelnuts and rub the skins off ?!   Not me!  I chose Chocolate Covered Katie’s 2nd version of this frozen treat.  Just use Nutella or your Kirkland knock-off.

Tastes like a Fudgsicle.  Tried it with Hershey’s Cocoa first, then Dutch Cocoa the next time…didn’t notice any difference.

Hubby suggested I add Coffee to improve the flavour…so I filled up an ice cube tray with leftover Coffee.  Added 3-4 cubes…try Katie’s and Sean’s take on  Nutella Frozen Yogurt

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Jules Shepard's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes

You’ll die for these Red Velvet Cupcakes but you won’t use Red Dye in the process.

These babies are gluten freed and healthified.  I reduced the Sugar and the guilt by using Erythritol and Green Stevia.  Your family doesn’t need to know  that you snuck Veggies in their dessert nor do they care about the benefits of BEETs:  has anti-cancer properties, supports your brain & gut health and reduces chronic inflammation.

Thanks to Jules Shepard for her GF Flour blend and this recipe.

Beet Mixture

Beets and liquid ingredients for Red Velvet Cupcakes

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GF Chocolate Beer Cake

GF Chocolate Beer Cake

GF Chocolate Beer Cake

Unbelievable…this GF Chocolate Beer Cake is incredibly light…like Angel Food Cake. Just use Jule Shepard’s versatile GF Flour blend,  stir most of the ingredients in a pot and pour into a bundt pan.

To healthify, I replaced one of the two Cups of Sugar with 1/2 Cup NOW non-GMO Erythritol and 1/2 Tsp Green Stevia and no one was the wiser.  You can get Monk Fruit or Stevia Erythritol blends from the Bulk Barn.  Better deals can be had online from Swanson’s Vitamins.

What made me want to bake with beer ?    A helpful family member, “She, who cannot be named” accidentally put our GF Beer bottles in the upright freezer in the garage (we have a chest freezer too that added to the confusion). There were a few casualties but I just couldn’t bear chucking the rest.   I knew there was a Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe out there but I stumbled across this GF Knock-Off, thank you Jules!

I used a light GF Beer…now I need to track down a dark one and re-test this recipe.  Cheers !


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No-Bake Chocolate Crunch Brownie


Remember those “Munch Now, Munch Later” Nestle Crunch Chocolate Bars ?  The Food Network offers a sweet  healthy recipe using dates,  dark chocolate and crispy puffed rice and quinoa.  Pitting and softening the dates is the most time-consuming part but it’s worth the effort.  The No-Bake Chocolate Crunch Brownies recipe calls for Walnuts and Peanut Butter but you could substitute with other nuts and nut butters easily.

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Healthy Balls !

Healthy Balls

Healthy Balls rolled in toasted Coconut

Whose Balls are Better ?!

6 Pack Abs guy, Mike Geary,  referred his readers to Healthy Cookie Dough Balls by Danette May then he came up with a new and improved version, Healthy Balls !   Just reach into the freezer for a chocolatey, chewy treat to tide you over. Mike claims there’s enough to last you a week, NOT !

My Healthy Balls PDF includes theses substitutions:  Kaizen grass-fed chocolate stevia sweetened protein powder, Carob Powder, Hemp Hearts and toasted Coconut.