Buying condensed “milk” from the store can be quite tricky when you are dairy-free, which is why I have created this 2 ingredient simple version. The only ingredients that you will need are full fat coconut cream (the entire can) and organic cane sugar. Simply reduce the two together to get an amazing ingredient that you can use for baking, caramel, and other recipes!
Yields 8 oz
2/3 cup sugar
1 can full fat coconut cream (and liquid)
In a sauce pan, add all ingredients and set to medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
Once a summer begins, set your timer for 40-45 minutes and reduce heat to low. Allow to reduce and turn darker in color.
Transfer liquid to a mason jar or other container to cool.
Chef’s tip: Make sure not to stir this mixture during the cooking process at all or it will cause crystals to form.
With more people unable to eat acidic foods, I wanted to create this “tomato” sauce that everyone could enjoy on their pizza! This sauce uses red peppers and mushrooms which gives an almost tomato sauce flavor. Whether you are gluten-free or not, you can enjoy this sauce on a cauliflower pizza crust or a regular crust made from dough. Whichever you chose, you will be impressed.
On a baking sheet, place peppers on and place into the oven. Roast for 25-30 minutes. Once peppers are soft, turn them on their sides and turn oven to broil. Place peppers on top rack and allow to “burn” until the skin is black.Remove and set aside to cool.
Remove skins once peppers have cooled down.
In a blender, add your red pepper, mushrooms, onion, parsley, and garlic. Blend until mixture is well combined. Pour on to favorite pizza crust, or pasta dish.
Chef’s tip: This sauce is great for those who would like to enjoy pizza but can not have tomato sauce or vinegar.
Why go to the market to buy cheese when you can make it at home! Using a few probiotics, you can create a smooth and flavorful herb-crusted cheese wheel. This plant-based and dairy-free cheese is a great alternative and simple appetizer for any party. Your family or guests will surely be impressed when you pull this out of the fridge!
Did you know that you should normally eat and drink water within the first hour of waking up? This helps get your metabolism started for the day and gives you the fuel you need to begin your morning. With this quick and easy breakfast oat bowl, you will be eating in no time. Using organic and homemade ingredients, this bowl is packed with tons of nutrients! In a rush? Make these overnight and store in the refrigerator for a quick and easy grab-n-go meal!
Yields 1 serving
1-1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked
16 oz fresh coconut milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract, optional
1 tsp agave, optional
Sliced coconut meat to top
Sliced strawberries to top
In a mason jar mix vanilla, agave, and coconut milk and set aside.
In a bowl, pour in oats and top with coconut milk. Garnish with sliced strawberries and sliced coconut meat with a mint leaf.
Chef’s tip: Feel free to add almonds, walnuts, or granola for an extra crunch.
This is the perfect thick, creamy and rich soup that is packing a huge flavor punch. It is so simple that I created it when I was looking at a can of coconut cream and a fresh butternut squash, thinking to myself what can I do. Being able to create something from nothing is a super important quality to have. Its like the saying, “when life brings you lemons- make lemonade!” Only this time, when life gives you a handful of ingredients, create something delicious! With this simple and tasty way to use squash, it will be an a huge hit for your family or friends.
On a baking sheet, place the two butternut squash halves you cut length-wise, flesh side up, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and turn over so the skin is now facing up. Roast for 40-45 minutes until squash is tender. Set aside to cool.
Once squash has cooled (around 8-10 minutes), remove the squash flesh from the peel and discard or compost the remains.
In a skillet, turn to medium heat and add olive oil, onions, and shallots- sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
In a medium sized pot, on medium heat add the butternut squash, brown sugar, vegetable broth, onions and shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Using a hand held emersion blender, purée all ingredients until smooth. Then pour in the coconut cream and stir until combined. Cook for 5-10 minutes to allow flavors to meld on medium-low heat. Be sure to stir frequently so it does not burn.
Serve with parsley and coconut cream drizzled on top or freeze for up to 1 month.
Chef’s tip: To make soup more creamy, use 1-2 Tbsp. coconut cream more and blend.
Thinking back to this simple yet delicious dessert brings back memories of apple picking at Patterson’s Fruit Farms in Chesterland, Ohio. The warm apples mixed with cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg always pairs perfectly with a heaping scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. Pro Tip: For a crisp crunchy top, be sure to clump your oat mixture up in your hands before placing it on the apples. So get out to your local farm and pick up a bag of fresh apples so you can whip up this apple crisp!
To prepare your apples, first peel, decore, and slice all apples into wedges- slice again to make wedges more thin. Add the lemon juice and using your fingers, mix apples to coat evenly. Next, add the sugar and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a glass mixing bowl, combine oat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, salt, and walnuts. Mix until topping mixture has formed.
In a casserole dish, pour apple and evenly place the topping mixture over the apples.
Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly and top is brown.
Serve immediately with a side of ice cream or a whipped cream topping if you choose.
Chef’s tip: You can add 1/2 tsp. vanilla to the apples if you’d like before baking for added flavor.
These may look like any ordinary nachos you may get- but I advise you they are not. This plant-based nacho cheese will shock you once you know it is not made with any dairy or cheese. These nachos are simple enough where all you need is some drizzled sauce and sliced jalapeño peppers. You can always add your toppings of choice if you would like guacamole, salsa, corn, etc. Enjoy!
Looking to step up your french fry game? This awesome na-cho average cheese sauce is a great way to make your basic side dish into something new and tasty! Just top it off with some homemade mushroom bacon and green onions. Once you taste how cheesy these are without the dairy, you’ll be surprised and wanting more!
Don’t let its gourmet presentation trick you. This half-baked dessert is actually one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. Simply create the creamy base by blending soaked cashews with fresh, aromatic ingredients for a tangy, yet oh-so-sweet, treat. Full disclosure: the first time I made this pie was for a housewarming party and just moments after placing it down on the buffet table, it was devoured. Trust me, this light, guilt-free dessert is ideal for any occasion.