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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Coconut Topping

You know summer is just around the corner when rhubarb is ready for the picking! Love rhubarb? So do we! Check out the “Rhubarb Collection” of recipes below, in addition to my latest FAVORITE Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Coconut Topping ! 🙂

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Ingredients

Filling

  • 6 large stalks of rhubarb, cleaned and cut into 1/8″ slices (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder (this is a thickener)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Topping

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup golden flax meal
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Directions

  • Oven to 350
  • For filling: place rhubarb and strawberries in a large bowl
  • In a small bowl, mix orange juice and arrowroot powder until dissolved and then toss thoroughly with fruit
  • For topping: pulse together shredded coconut, flax, coconut flour in food processor
  • Add oil or butter and honey and pulse until dough forms
  • Sprinkle topping over fruit
  • Cover dish with tinfoil and bake 30-40 minutes until bubbling.. remove tinfoil and bake an additional 10 minutes until topping is crispy and golden
  • Serve warm!

I love making paleo dishes and then adding something totally non-paleo like ice-cream. 🙂 This crisp is on the tarter side, so vanilla ice-cream or simply some coconut milk actually adds a delicious balance! Without the ice-cream, this dish is paleo, gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, vegetarian, vegan.. you get the picture. Enjoy however it works best for you! 🙂

Thank you for the recipes and inspiration Elana’s Pantry.

Enjoy!

dit-elle-Esther

Coconut Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit

We’re excited for warm and dry season so we can eat all meals on our deck! Nothing says summer like Panna Cotta with fresh fruit or berries. Coconut Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit is a wonderful twist on the classic Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis.

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The number one challenge in photography is lighting! Too bright or too dark creates different challenges. This past week has been a rainy grey one in Seattle. To maximize lighting, I have been running outside between showers to try to get good shots! Welcome to my mini studio! 🙂

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 (7-gram) pouches gelatin (5 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups grass-fed whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used 1/3 cup coconut sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons shredded coconut + more for toasting and sprinkling on top
  • Sliced mango, pineapple, kiwi or banana, for serving

Directions

  • In a saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand for 1 minute. Place over medium heat and stir constantly until granules are dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add milk or cream, coconut milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into 6 ramekins; sprinkle coconut on top. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 3 hours.
  • Optionally (I did not do this step) to serve, dip each ramekin in boiling water for a moment to loosen panna cotta. Turn onto a serving plate. Arrange sliced fruit beside each panna cotta and serve.
  • Optionally (I added this step) toast some coconut and sprinkle on top.

Thanks for the inspiration PCC Natural Markets!

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Vanilla Ice Cream and Berries

This is a great go-to dessert year round, but especially in winter when fresh berries are no longer in season. Posting it now in case berries are not yet available in your region/stores, but this is equally good with fresh berries!

You can also serve plain Greek yogurt with berries, or for a totally yummy non-dairy and paleo version, try berries with coconut milk! Totally delish any season!

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Ingredients

  • Vanilla ice cream, plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Berries (frozen or fresh)

Directions

  • If using frozen berries, add 1/2 cup per person to a bowl and microwave on high for about a minute
  • Pour over ice cream or yogurt
  • Serve immediately and enjoy! Can you taste summer already? 🙂

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Honey Creme Brulee with Raspberries

This is a variation of the classic Crème Brulee. Instead of heavy cream, this recipe calls for milk and powdered milk. Honey also adds a nice flavor. Serve with raspberries or other seasonal berries.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup dry milk
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Topping: 3 Tbsp sugar and fresh raspberries

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300
  • Combine first 4 ingredients in large saucepan and heat until tiny bubbles form around the edge (do not let boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk egg yolks
  • Gradually add hot milk mixture to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk
  • Whisk in the vanilla
  • Divide the milk mixture evenly among 6 shallow (6-oz) custard dishes
  • Place in 13×9 inch baking pan, add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch around the custard dishes
  • Bake at 300 for 1 hour or until center barely moves when dish is touched (like jello)
  • Remove dishes from pan, cool completely on a wire rack
  • Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight
  • Make the hard sugar topping just before you serve by sifting the 3 Tbsp sugar evenly over custards. Use a kitchen blow torch held about 2″ from top of each custard to heat, melt, and caramelize sugar (about 1 minute each).
  • Top with raspberries and serve

A wonderful spring or summer dessert! Enjoy!

dit-elle-Esther

Avocado Brownies

Avocado brownies? Why? Because they are moist, soft, rich and delicious! Almost paleo (minus the sugar) and very rich, I would not give these to kids but they are a nice grown-up treat! Cut into squares and eat warm or store in the freezer for a cool dark chocolate treat!

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Ingredients

  • 2 large, ripe avocados, mashed until creamy (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or grease baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together mashed avocados, melted chocolate and coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Whisk in sugar. Mix in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add vanilla.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir dry mixture into avocado mixture until just combined — be careful not to overmix! Spread batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool and then cut into squares.

Modified slightly from the original and thanks PCC Natural Markets

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Carrot Cake with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Do you LOVE carrot cake? I do too! I love it for breakfast, a power snack, or dessert. And with all the carrot that goes in it, you’re getting at least a serving or two of veggies, right!? 🙂

Because of the oats and sugar I would not call this recipe paleo but it is gluten free, moist and pretty super delicious! Check out my Paleo Carrot Cake here, and if we haven’t convinced you yet, we’re all fans of carrot cake here on this blog. Check out Lauren’s Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cupcakes and her Carrot Cake Muffins!

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, coconut or other oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups grated carrot
  • handful of raisins

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Combine the dry ingredients (except sugar) in a food processor (first 5 ingredients)
  • Transfer to a large bowl
  • Combine eggs, oil, sugar, applesauce in food processor and mix until blended
  • Add liquid to flour mixture and stir just until moist
  • Stir in grated carrots and raisins
  • Bake @ 325 for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean
  • Cool on wire rack before frosting

Frosting

  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbps butter
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c unsweetened flaked coconut
  • Directions: combine cheese and butter and beat until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread over cake, sprinkle with coconut. Cover and chill.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Marzipan “Strawberries”

I made marzipan “strawberries” for Valentine’s Day this year. They are a fun and festive and really a super cute dessert to make any season! The kids made marzipan snakes, but those snakes were eaten faster than I could take a picture! Next time. 🙂

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Create a batch of marzipan by following the instructions here and substitute some beet juice for egg white. It really is that simply, but I realize that may seem a bit ambiguous. Here’s what I did. I cleaned and peeled some beets, put them in a pot of water to boil and when done set beets aside to cool and saved about 1/8 cup of the beet juice. Then when mixing the marzipan I added beet juice a tablespoon at a time to get the desired color pink. If your marzipan gets too runny, add some more almond meal and sugar and then work with the dough to get desired consistency and color. Note that marzipan will firm up overnight as well. So make a batch, wrap it in plastic, and then make your confections when you’re ready to do so! We are going to make marzipan “oranges” (and more snakes!) next, so stay tuned for that. 🙂

The stems are tomato vine stems! And after making these strawberries, dipped them in chocolate. Recipe included in instructions above.

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Pomegranate

Pomegranates.. what a sweet and juicy and beautiful fruit. Each seed is like a small sparkling ruby. Pomegranates are supposed to be a super food (remember the pomegranate juice craze?), but we think they are just delicious as is and love adding them to all sorts of recipes when the fruit is available.. usually winter season. I add the seeds to drinks (see my New Years Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail here), salads, yogurt, as garnish to oatmeal or cereal for the kids, in fruit salad, or just.. plain!

When I was in Barcelona a few months ago, a restaurant I visited one day served pomegranate seeds in a small oval bowl for dessert. I also learned from a friend that in Persia they sprinkle a little salt on the seeds before eating.. sound a little odd? Try it! Delicious!

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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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Marzipan Cookies

Marzipan Cookies are awesome because they are slightly less rich than pure marzipan, use only three ingredients, and are chewy and delicious!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 – 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • whole raw almonds (optional)

Directions

  • In food processor mix almond meal and sugar
  • Add egg whites until a stiff dough forms
  • Remove from food processor and knead with a little almond meal as needed so that a workable dough forms
  • Shape 1″ diameter balls and press down on cookie sheet with an almond in the middle if desired
  • Bake at 350 for ~12 minutes or until edges just start to turn golden
  • These store very well in an airtight container in freezer for a few weeks!

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