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Apple, Whipped Cream and Cinnamon Almond Parfait

This is a traditional Norwegian dish called “Tilslorte Brudepiker”. The literal translation is “veiled bridesmaids”. Sound lovely? It is! It is a beautiful dessert but surprisingly simple.. layers of apple sauce, cream and toasted almond meal with sugar and cinnamon. It’s one of those dishes you remember forever..

The recipe usually calls for toasted breadcrumbs or cookie crumbs but as mentioned I used almond meal, a little sugar and cinnamon, and it was perfect! Using different shaped glasses (flutes, punch, or even a large glass serving bowl), you can have a lot of fun with the presentation. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • Apple sauce, unsweetened)
  • Cream (you can whip it yourself with some vanilla and sugar or just get a can of whipping cream like I do for super short cut!)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1-tsps cinnamon

Directions

  • In a skillet melt butter on low and add almond meal and sugar and cinnamon, stir constantly and do not let burn or get too toasty! You just want slightly toasted almond meal and to melt and crystalize the sugar a bit so that you get a crunchy topping.
  • In clear glasses (for individual servings) or in a large glass bowl (for group serving) layer applesauce, whipped cream, and almond mixture two or three times.. ending with a topping of the almond mixture.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!

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Spiced Coffee

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except for mommy wrapping presents..!
And she needed some coffee!

Not really. But maybe. It certainly will be a good Christmas breakfast drink tomorrow morning. Coffee, spices, hot milk and some optional whipped cream on top. This is delicious. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 cups milk (cows, almond, coconut, or other)

Directions

  • In a coffee filter, add coffee, cardamom, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Mix gently to combine
  • Add water to coffeemaker and brew
  • Heat milk until just steaming
  • Pour coffee into mug and top with desired amount of milk
  • Optionally serve with some fresh whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick
  • Cheers and Merry Christmas, happy holidays!

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Chia Seed Pudding Cups

Chia Seed Pudding Cups are super easy to make and a tasty and healthy paleo snack! You mix chia seeds into a cup of coconut milk, add some flavor and toppings, refrigerate for a few hours and voila! 🙂 No baking, no cooking, no fuss!

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Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • Flavor/topping of choice (pick one or make up your own combo!) 🙂
    • 1/2 tsp almond essence + chopped almonds
    • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom or cardamom seeds (open the pod)
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence + fresh berries (I used red currants)
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + cinnamon sticks

Directions

  • Mix the coconut milk, chia seeds and flavor well
  • Pour into serving cup
  • Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or up to a couple of days
  • Serve and enjoy

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Coconut Rice Pudding with Mango

This is great as a chilled summer dessert! Creamy rice pudding, sweetened naturally by milk and cinnamon, topped with chopped mango – a delicious balance of tart and sweet. The dish draws on Indian and Scandinavian flavors, where both cardamom, cinnamon and rice are staple ingredients in a variety of dishes.

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups whole milk (or coconut milk if you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + more for garnish
  • 2 cups chopped peeled mango (about 2 large mangos)

Directions

  • Combine whole milk and rice in large saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat and gently boil for 40 minutes or until mixture thickens
  • Stir in coconut milk, cardamom and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly
  • Spoon~1/2 cup servings into dessert bowls (makes 8 servings)
  • Top with chopped mango and a sprinkle of cinnamon

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Paleo Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Paleo coffee cake? This is gluten and grain free and made with high protein almond meal. It turned out fluffy and perfect and the kids loved it as well. I am working on a version with apples that I will post later. 🙂

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The flowers shown are from my Dogwood tree. Not edible, but they are a gorgeous rosy pink.

 

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs

Topping

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or maple syrup again works great)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sliced almonds (optional)

Directions

  1. Grease a 9-inch round baking dish with coconut oil and dust with almond flour
  2. In a food processor , combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
  3. Pulse in coconut oil, honey, and eggs
  4. Spread the batter into prepared baking dish
  5. To make topping, combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and sliced almonds in a bowl
  6. Brush topping over cake batter
  7. Bake at 350° for 25 to 35 minutes
  8. Cool and serve

Thanks and inspired by Elana’s Pantry

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Baked Apples with Vanilla Sauce

Totally delicious melding of flavors: the tartness of baked apples, cinnamon, raisins and toasted almonds.. topped with a sweet and creamy vanilla sauce.. It’s a classic Scandinavian dessert. Comfort food for winter is what I call it! 🙂

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Baked apples

  • 4 apples (Granny Smith work great) – cored
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup raisins or dried currants
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • water

Directions

  • Core your apples carefully with a pairing knife
  • Toss raisins, almonds and cinnamon
  • Place apples upright in glass baking dish and fill each center with nut/raisin mixture
  • Any leftover nut/raisin mixture can be tossed into the bottom of the baking dish
  • Pour a little water into the baking dish
  • Cover with foil and bake @350 for 45 minutes or until knife inserts easily into apple

Vanilla Sauce

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp agave syrup or other sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca or other starch (whisked with some water)

Directions

  • Put all ingredients (including vanilla pod if you are using that, but excluding vanilla essence) in a pot and bring to light boil while stirring to avoid clumps
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla essence (if you are using that)
  • Cool a bit and ladle on to baked apples
  • Delicious hot or cold! 🙂

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Merry Merry Christmas everyone!

Feeling chilly? Need a drink after playing in the snow? This Mexican Hot Chocolate will warm you right up! A delicious blend of spices including ginger and cayenne make this a wonderful steamy drink for a cold winter day.

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Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 2 tsps cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • cayenne to taste (I use about 1/8 tsp, but I like it spicy!)
  • 1 Tbsp agave syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (or coconut milk)
  • Half ‘n’ half or cream to taste

Directions

  • Mix dry ingredients in a cup
  • Add agave and water
  • Microwave on high for 20 seconds
  • Stir till well blended, add milk and return to the microwave for another minute or until hot
  • Add some whipped cream (optional)

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