Fall where are you! It’s hitting the mid 90’s again this coming week (insert big eye roll here). I am yearning to wear my sweaters and boots! Soon…soon. Around these parts it starts to really feel like fall at end of October, early November, so we have a few weeks yet. But this hot weather is not stopping me from making some yummy fall inspired food. I made some absolutely out-of-this-world delicious whipped sweet potatoes on Saturday night for dinner. Seriously tasted like dessert. SO GOOD. My kids loved it! My daughter said, “Mommy, what’s in here…it tastes like pie.” I made the sweet potatoes with this pork dish (sans the applesauce) that is so easy and always a hit and the two went together like gangbustas. Anyway, if you are looking for a new way to eat sweet potatoes, try whipping them up. I am totally going to make these whipped sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and I’m so excited about it! They are seriously delicious. Look out fall…I’m coming for ya. Continue reading
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It’s warming up here in these parts. A heat wave is moving through right now and pushing temps into the 90s. Therefore cool, refreshing dishes are in demand. It will drop back down to cooler temps next week, and let’s hope May is nice and mild. May is usually our last month of decent weather before the searing summer heat blankets our region. But it’s all good. I love the summer and I’m no stranger to hot, dry heat. As a child I grew up in the desert near Death Valley (in Southern California) – so bring it on. I was at Costco the other day and found organic, fair-trade mini seedless watermelons. Awesome-sauce! They are super delicious and so sweet. I’m thinking this would be a great dish for any summer gathering.
Carob Banana Pudding:
-1 can room temperature coconut milk here or here
-1 1/2 cups very ripe banana
-3 tablespoons local honey or grade B maple syrup
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 teaspoons grass fed gelatin (see notes for vegan sub)
-1/4 cup carob powder
1. In a 1 cup glass Pyrex add 1/3 cup coconut milk and 2 teaspoons gelatin. Whisk together well and let “bloom”
2. In a sauce pan heat the remaining coconut milk until heated, not boiled (do not boil the milk).
3. Remove sauce pan from heat and whisk in the gelatin mixture.
4. Add all the coconut milk to a blender along with the other pudding ingredients and blend on high for 15 seconds.
5. Pour pudding mixture into a bowl or several little jars or glasses.
6. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to set up for at least 8 hours.
7. Top with maple coconut whipped cream or vanilla bean coconut whipped cream (recipe below).
Vanilla Bean Coconut Whipped Cream:
-1/2 cup soaked cashews (4 to 6 hours)*
-Coconut cream from 1 can of coconut milk here or here
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 vanilla bean, sliced in half and scraped out
-2 tablespoons local honey or grade B maple syrup
1. Drain the cashews and add to a blender (preferably high speed). Add in the coconut cream, vanilla, vanilla bean, and honey.
2. Using the tamper, move the mixture around and blend until everything is well incorporated, smooth and creamy.
3. Transfer to a glass container and store in fridge for 4 to 6 hours.
4. Remove from fridge and mix. Fill a pastry bag and top pudding.
*Omit cashews for AIP – just use the coconut cream
*Vegans add 3 tablespoons ground chia seeds in place of the gelatin. If you are a die hard chocolate lover and looking for a vegan chocolate recipe, please see my Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding. Or for a different flavor combination, try my Vegan Raw Persimmon Cranberry Pudding.
-3 ice cubes*
*AIP & SCD, omit hemp seeds – they are not permitted.