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Pear Hazelnut Crumble

By |September 5th, 2013|

This is a very healthy dessert filled with healthy pears, coconut oil, oats and the hazelnuts which go so well with the pears making it extra yummy.

In the fall I picked so many pears from a friends tree that I had to get creative and this is one very yummy result.

Base

Ingredients:
5 cups pears

Directions:
1.    Core and slice pears.
2.    Place pears in a baking dish.

Crumble Topping

Ingredients:

3/4 cup brown rice flour
2 1/2 cups oatmeal flakes*
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
1/2 tsp Stevia in 1/3 water
1/2 cup hazel nuts, chopped

Directions:

1.    Mix oil, sugar, salt and stevia/water together in a bowl.
2.    Add brown rice flour to wet mixture.
3.    Mix in well.
4.    Add oatmeal and mix in well.
5.    Mix thoroughly with fingers.
6.    Sprinkle on top of fruit.
7.    Sprinkle the chopped hazel nuts on top.
8.    Pat down firmly.
9.    Bake at 350º F. oven for approximately 40 minutes.

* Not all people who need to be gluten free have a problem with oats. For those that do there is an oatmeal that is considered gluten free.

P.S.   Pears are Powerfoods.  Read all about pears here:   Pears:  ‘Gift of the Gods”

P.S.S.  Make sure the stevia is the non bitter kind.  Stevia

More delicious crumble recipes:

strawberry crumble                                Strawberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Deluxe Mango Crumble

Strawberry Crumble

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Apple Cake with Cinnamon – Gluten Free – Vegan

By |October 1st, 2012|

Practice Makes Perfect!

It took me FIVE TIMES to get this recipe just right!

All my happy taste testers liked it right away but I knew it could be even better…and the following recipe is.

This is a deeply satisfying cake filled with healthy ingredients. Apples being one of them!

Apple Cake – Vegan Gluten Free (dairy & egg free)

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh apples + 1/2 cup sliced apples for top
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp stevia
4 Tbsp chick pea or soy flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup Potato flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water or 1/2 cup if you like a drier cake.
3 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375º F.

2. Oil and lightly flour 8” X 8”cake pan.

3. Chop 2 cups of apples into one inch pieces.

4. Sprinkle apples with 2 tsp of cinnamon.

5. Slice 1/2 cup apples into slices to decorate the top of the cake.

6. Blend vegetable oil, rice syrup, and water in blender.

7. Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.

8. Add chopped apples to dry flour mixture.

9. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients.

10. Mix quickly.

11. Immediately pour batter into cake pan.

12. Decorate top of cake with apples.

13. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of apples.

14. Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.

To top this cake off ice it with Coconut Butter Icing

What is the Healthiest Sweetener – Diana Compares 5 Sugars

By |March 30th, 2012|

Sugar! Yes – this is one big topic for many of us and certainly has been for me all of my adult life. I am a confirmed sugar addict.

In the following video, I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses, and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each. I also deal with specific questions.

For a more extensive list: 19 Different Sugars But Which are Healthy

Once you admit to an addiction; that is a good beginning.  An honest sugar addict sees that it is important to take practical steps; like not having cupboards full of candies, cookies or cakes made with sugar.  I have not bought white sugar for over 30 years.

I have spent a good part of my adult life figuring out how to have sweet yummies in my life without them being harmful to my well being.

The main one I use is a properly processed Stevia because I know that one is the best for my body as it has no calories and does not put my blood sugar into swings.  There are a few others I use occasionally.

This video is a snippet of what I have learned about a few of the sugars that I use and do not use.  There are other sugars I use occasionally but did not highlight them in this class as we were about to make uncooked sweets like Raw Apricot Coconut Balls and Peanut Butter Bliss Balls.

I had no idea that it was going to be filmed; Randy just showed up with his camera and started filming my class.

More Great Articles on Sugar: 

7 Tips to Reduce Sugar Cravings

Will the Real Food Sugar Please Stand Up!

Gingerbread Cake – Gluten free

By |December 3rd, 2011|

This cake is delicious! The heat of the ginger balances off the sweeter elements so it doesn’t feel heavy.

This was only recently perfected with some experimentation.

I must give special thanks to Randy for helping me ‘test’ the final cake creation.

He readily agreed….well actually begged to be part of the ‘testing process,’ and even bravely suggested we try seconds and thirds ‘just to be sure.’ He then creatively suggested that it would be ‘wise’ to repeat the whole process the next day on slightly older cake.

Ingredients:   

3/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup water
1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh ginger, grated (note this is lots of ginger, you can just put 1 or 2 Tbsp)
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. stevia (clear liquid Sunny Dew is best)
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

1.    Combine vegetable oil, rice syrup, molasses, flax meal and ginger in a bowl.
2.    Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl.
3.    Stir half of the flour mixture into the wet mixture.
4.    Mix well.
5.    Add water.
6.    When mixed well, stir in the remaining dry ingredients.
7.    Pour into an oiled, floured 8 inch square pan.
8.    Bake at 400º F. for 35 to 45 minutes.
9.    Serve with Sugar-free Apple sauce.

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19 Different Sugars but Which Are Healthy

By |June 10th, 2011|

Not all sugars are equal. Some are very good for you in small quantities, others are less healthy. Which sugars do you consider real foods?

Cranberry Sauce (sugar free)

By |December 7th, 2010|

The problem with cranberry sauce is that it is full of sugar. Here is my version of the popular Cranberry Sauce without any sugar which is no easy thing when is comes to cranberries as they are so tart. I use stevia and rice syrup.

Green means Lean E-book

By |September 24th, 2010|

7 Health Principles to Simplify & Balance Your Life! 'Eating Green, Clean and Lean' cuts through the confusion, by starting you in the right direction with clear, simple health PRINCIPLES.

Special Vegetarian Dinner

By |December 22nd, 2009|

This special occassion vegetarian dinner is easy to prepare and a balanced meal in terms of acid/alkaline and food combining.  The most time consuming is the nut loaf but it is so delicious that it is worth it and does not take as much time as cooking a turkey.  Also, it is full of protein from all of the nuts and seeds…even my non-vegetarian friends and family like it.  

NUT LOAF

Ingredients:
½ cup cashews
½ cup almonds
10 almonds for decoration
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup walnuts (chopped)
1 cup short grain brown rice
1/3 cup soya flour
4-6 tbsp soya sauce
1 onion
2 pieces of celery
¼ cup water
2 tsp basil
2 tsp. marjoram
2 tbsp flax meal

Directions:
1.    Lightly roast cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in the oven.
2.    Chop and sauté onion and celery.
3.    Chop all the nuts and seeds.
4.    Mix all the ingredients together and moistening with water.
5.    Pat mixture into a well-oiled bread tin.
6.    Decorate top with 10 almonds and line bottom of tin with grease proof paper.
7.    Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes.
Serve with mushroom or onion gravy.
   
Usually the problem with cranberry sauce is that it is full of sugar. Here is my version of the popular Cranberry Sauce without any sugar which is no easy thing when is comes to cranberries as they are so tart.

CRANBERRY SAUCE (sugar free)

Ingredients:
1 Package whole, organic cranberries (fresh, not frozen)
1 Organic Apple, cored and chopped
1 Cup Apple juice
1/4 Cup Organic, Brown Rice Syrup
1 tsp Stevia (Sunny Dew is best)
Pinch of salt

Directions:
1.    Put all ingredients into a sauce pan and let simmer for a few moments.
2.    Remove and let cool.
3.    Taste and add more Stevia or Brown Rice Syrup if you like it sweeter.

Nutritional Tips: Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.read all their healthy benefits here:  Cranberry Benefits

In clinical studies cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract and be especially beneficial to the eyes (significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy)

ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON JUICE

Ingredients:
1 pound asparagus, washed, trimmed, and cut diagonally into 2 inch lengths
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced
Dash of Spike seasoning

Directions:
1.    In a large frying pan over low heat, heat the olive oil
2.    Add Asparagus and cover and cook for 5 minutes.
3.    Add Spike and stir cook an additional 1 minute.
4.    Add lemon juice stir well and serve.

Nutritional Tips: […]

Healthy Party Beverages

By |December 14th, 2009|

Would you rather take something healthy to the party?  Here are a few recipes that taste great and are fast to prepare.

cider


HOT MULLED CIDER

Ingredients:
2 liters of apple juice
3 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
Juice of one lemon
Grated peel of 1 lemon
Pinch of nutmeg

Directions:
1.    Put all ingredients in a big pot, preferably stainless steel or pyrex.  Simmer for 15 minutes.
2.    Do not let it boil or get very hot.
3.    Serve hot.

CREAMY SUNRIDER CHAI

Ingredients:
4 cups hot water
4 cups almond milk or soya milk or rice milk, warmed
1 bag Calli Cinnamon
1 Fortune Delight – Cinnamon
1 squirt Liqud Stevia* (or to desired sweetness)
Fresh ginger, grated (optional)
¼ tsp ground cardamom or even better cardamom seed crushed.
Pinch of cloves
Cinnamon stick

Directions:
1.    Place Calli bag into hot water and remove bag after steeping approximately 10 minutes.
2.    Add Fortune Delight and Suncare Plus to Calli
3.    Add milk and keep hot.

Great on those cold winter days.

* Suncare from Sunrider is best

Copyright © Diana Herrington  www.RealFoodforLife.com  

Make Your Own Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salad Dressing

By |November 5th, 2009|

This is a simple salad dressing base recipe that you can make up different each time with a variety of herbs or types of salty flavors.