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Pumpkin Pie with Pears with Cranberries (vegan & gluten free)

This is my third Thanksgiving since I have been gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. The first year, I didn’t have any pie or dessert. It was so sad, and I swore I wouldn’t be deprived again!

Last year I played around with getting the pumpkin right. Making a pumpkin pie that is firm without eggs, took a bit of experimenting. This year, I was inspired by a bag of ripe pears that I had on my counter, so I decided to make a topping. The juicy pears add an extra natural sweetness to balance a tartness from the cranberries; both blend well with the spices and traditional pumpkin flavors.

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Pumpkin Pie with Pears and Cranberries

  • Servings: two 9-inch pies
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Pumpkin Pie has a pear and cranberry topping. The juicy pears add an extra natural sweetness to balance the tartness from the cranberries.

Tips: If you do not have a Wholly Gluten Free Pie Crust available near you, you can make a crust from scratch. Click here for a gluten-free and vegan recipe.

Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

Pie Filling

  • 4 cups puréed pumpkin (or 1 can of pumpkin purée)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon real salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

For pear and cranberry topping

  • 8 small pears peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Optional: 2 Gluten Free and Vegan pie shells (I used Wholly Gluten-Free)


Directions

  1. Take pie crusts out of the freezer.
  2. Heat oven to 375
  3. Add pumpkin, coconut milk, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and clove into the mixer. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add real salt and cornstarch to the pie and mix with mixer until fully combined
  5. Add filling to pie crust and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until the filling is set.
  6. Prepare the topping. Peel and slice pears.
  7. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Lightly spray the pan with olive oil or coconut oil. I used a non-stick Zyliss frying pan with olive oil.
  8. Sauté until slightly tender and place on top of the cooked pie.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  10. Serve warm or cold. If warm, let the pie cool for 30 minutes on the counter. If served cold, let the pie cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I found that it was a perfect firmness and texture after it remained in the refrigerator overnight.

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Acai Berry Smoothie

Acai is a healthy long reddish-purple fruit that has antioxidants, fiber, monounsaturated fats, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A, and anthocyanins. You can read about anthocyanins here. Honestly, if it weren’t for the health benefits of acai and the fact that I bought a bag of packets from Trader Joe’s, I probably would have given up. That would have been a shame because today I succeeded in creating a great flavor! Sometimes it takes me awhile to get a recipe just right.

Acai Berry Smoothie

  • Servings: 11 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This easy acai berry smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, is dairy-free, has ingredients from Trader Joe's, and a hint of cinnamon.


Credit: My Real Dish

Tips: (1) The Trader Joe’s frozen Organic Berry Blend has strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Feel free to find a similar berry blend if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you. (2) Using Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil brings a warm flavor to this smoothie that goes well with the almond butter. Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system. If you don’t have this oil, you can buy it here. Or, you can substitute 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon instead (taste to preference).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3.52 oz of acai ( I used 1 packet from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup Organic Berry Blend from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 drop Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil (see tips for alternatives)


Directions

  1. Run the acai packet under warm water to dethaw.
  2. Put all the ingredients in the Vitamix, purée and serve.

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Tropical Fruit “Nice Cream” (Vegan & Paleo)

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my husband’s family in rural upstate New York. The closest Trader Joe’s is over an hour away in Albany, and I stopped there before we got to the farm in order to pick up groceries for the week.

When my kids were begging for dessert, I made this simple “nice cream” with these three ingredients from Trader Joe’s: Organic Coconut Cream, Organic Tropical Fruit Blend, and Organic Blue Agave Sweetener. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, this frozen fruit blend has: pineapples, mangoes, strawberries, and bananas.

First, purée frozen fruit and coconut cream until smooth.

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Then, add the Organic Blue Agave Sweetener.

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Put into a freezable container and freeze. I made it at 11 am and served it after dinner at 7 pm. You can try it after 30 minutes – it shouldn’t take long to firm up.

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Scoop it out and serve.

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I served it with Enjoy Life Vegan Chocolate Chips and the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce.

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  • Servings: 1.1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 can Organic Coconut Cream
  • 16 oz of Organic Tropical Fruit Blend (1 frozen fruit bag)
  • 1/4 cup Organic Blue Agave Sweetener
  • Optional: dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • Optional: Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce. find the recipe here.


Directions

  1. First, purée frozen fruit and coconut cream until smooth.
  2. Add the Organic Blue Agave Sweetener and cream until combined.
  3. Put into a freezable container and freeze for at least 30 minutes. I let it freeze for 7 hours
  4. Serve! Feel free to top with Vegan Chocolate Chips and the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce.


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What is your favorite “nice cream”? Post about it in the comments! 

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How to Make Vegan Meringue With Chickpea Brine

How to Make Vegan Meringue with Chickpea Brine (otherwise known as Aqua Faba)

Since I’m highly sensitive to eggs and dairy, I have always used a lot of coconut cream in my recipes for a whipped topping (like with my Ice Box Cake and Dulce De Leche Chocolate Cashew Pie).  But when I was making a key lime pie recently, a friend mentioned using aqua faba (chickpea brine) to make a meringue instead. You cannot tell the difference between using this vegan chickpea brine meringue and a meringue made with eggs! I know this because I served the pie to my non-vegan friends, and they were shocked when I told them that it was made of chickpea brine! Plus, it’s easy too.

You just combine the ingredients and whip for 5 minutes.

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Vegan Meringue

How to Make Vegan Meringue with Chickpea Brine

  • Servings: 2 pies
  • Difficulty: easy
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This vegan meringue is an easy delicious allergy-free version of a meringue with eggs.


Credit: http://namelymarly.com/how-to-make-vegan-meringue-three-ways/

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup bean brine liquid (aqua faba) from one can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Xylitol Powdered Sugar depending on your desired sweetness (click here to see my recipe) or powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free xantham gum


Directions

  1. Drain the liquid from one can of chickpeas.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar and mix it for a minute in order to get a foamy mixture.
  3. Add Xylitol Powdered Sugar.
  4. Continue beating on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  5. Add to a pie, fresh fruit, or dessert.


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S’mores Cake (Gluten-free & Vegan)

A couple of weeks ago, I made Graham Crackers that were not only delicious, but vegan, oat-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. We ate them up! Then, my kids asked for S’mores, and we had to make more. So we decided to make a gluten-free and vegan S’mores Cake; really the “cake” is just baked s’mores. I purchased Dandies at Fresh Thyme; they are vegan with no corn syrup or gelatin. They do have cane sugar though, so I minimized the sugar in the rest of recipe. I believe in a 90% healthy philosophy! I try to be as healthy as possible, and then I can indulge in desserts.IMG_0196.jpg

I used Lily’s Premium Baking Bars that are sweetened with stevia. It was the perfect balance with the sweet DandiesIMG_0198.jpg

Layer the Graham Crackers in a 9 X 13 baking pan.

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Put 1 1/2 bags of Dandies on their side.IMG_0201

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Top with a layer of Graham Crackers.

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Slice Dandies in half.

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Place them on top of the Graham Crackers.

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Smash a bar of Lily’s Premium Baking Bar.

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Bake.

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S'mores Cake (Gluten-free & Vegan)

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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This gluten-free, oat-free, and vegan s'mores cake is a pan of yummy baked s'mores. It's an easy way to enjoy gooey chocolate s'mores without a bonfire.

Tips: This s’mores cake may be made with any graham crackers, chocolate bars, or marshmallows. Personally, I use the (1) Lily’s Baking Bars to reduce sugar, (2) the Dandies because they are vegan and healthier, and (3) my graham cracker recipe because of my daughter’s oat and wheat intolerance. Also, leftovers are best warmed for 30 seconds in a microwave before serving.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Layer the Graham Crackers in a 9 X 13 baking pan. Break when necessary to fit the plan.
  3. Evenly place marshmallows (~1 1/2 bags) of Dandies on their side.
  4. Layer the top with Lily’s Premium Baking Bars.
  5. Top with a layer of Graham Crackers.
  6. Slice Dandies in half.
  7. Place them on top of the Graham Crackers.
  8. Smash a bar of Lily’s Premium Baking Bar to pieces.
  9. Sprinkle evenly the pieces on top of the Dandies.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for ~9 – 11 minutes. The tops of the Dandies should be slightly brown.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

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Graham Crackers (Vegan, Oat-Free & Gluten-Free)

My daughter has a sensitivity to oats. When she was little she had reflux and would explode with eczema whenever she was exposed to them, but I didn’t know what was causing it until we had her blood tested. Before I was desperate enough to give her a blood test, I was slathering her with Aveno Baby Lotion and giving her oatmeal baths to sooth her eczema, only to make it worse. Recently, I tried to test the sensitivity with a couple servings of gluten-free oats, and she seemed to do okay. However, when she thought she was over the intolerance, she ate a bowl of oatmeal and a granola bar in one day; then, she got a huge tummy ache. I’m remaining positive. At least we are progressing beyond the eczema.

This oat intolerance, along with her sensitivity to wheat, makes it very difficult to find graham crackers at the store. Schar makes a wheat-free and oat-free graham cracker, but it has honey – so it’s not vegan. I’ve searched for vegan and gluten-free graham crackers, and I haven’t found any, so I decided to make my own. My daughter says that mine taste as good as the Schar ones! That’s a huge gluten-free vegan win, because mine are also refined sugar-free! Healthy and tasty!

Here’s what you do. Combine the dry ingredients…

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Slice the vegan butter into little chunks...IMG_0232.jpg

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Roll dough over parchment paper, score it, and decorate it with a fork…IMG_0236.jpg

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Make sure to save some graham crackers for s'mores or a pie crust. I'll post the recipe soon for this s'mores cake that I made with vegan marshmallows and dark chocolate (see below). It was delicious and easy!

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  • Servings: 20
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Easy gluten-free, oat-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan homemade graham crackers.

Tips: Make sure your gluten-free flour blend has xanthan gum, if not you will need to add 1/4 teaspoon. I really like the Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend, because I never have to add anything extra to the flour and it rises very well. It contains sweet brown rice flour, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, arrowroot powder, sorghum flour, and xanthan gum.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4  gluten-free flour (I used Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I used Redmond Real Salt)
  • 8 tablespoons vegan butter (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract


Directions

  1. Combine gluten-free flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and Redmond Real Salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Slice vegan butter into tablespoons (you can do even smaller pieces if you prefer).
  3. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut-in vegan butter one tablespoon at a time into the bowl until it resembles the texture of cornmeal. You also could do this easily with a food processor.
  4. Add cold water, maple syrup, and vanilla; continue to stir until dough starts to form large clumps. If dough is too dry, add more cold water one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Heat oven to 325.
  6. Lay out parchment paper.
  7. Spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Gather dough into a large ball and divide in half.
  9. Lightly flour the rolling-pin  (I used Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend because it was out already).
  10. Roll half of the dough into a rectangle to ~1/8″ thick.
  11. Score dough with a pizza cutter, knife, or multi-purpose scraper and chopper (I used this OXO Multi-purpose Scraper & Chopper) into desired shapes. I chose 2” x 2” squares, and used the OXO Multi-purpose Scraper & Chopper to measure easily with the measurements on the blade.
  12. Prick dough all over with a fork or toothpick.
  13. Repeat with the other half.
  14. Transfer the two parchment paper sheets to cookie sheets, and bake for 20 – 23 minutes or until golden brown.
  15. Let graham crackers cool for 5 minutes.
  16. Separate and eat.


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Asparagus and Artichoke Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Every time that I ate eggs, my gut would be distended. I heard of tofu scrambles, when I discovered my high sensitivity to eggs, but they never really appealed to me. I loved omelets, and nothing can replace the flavor of an egg. However, since starting a plant-based vegan diet a month ago, I have been making a different tofu scramble every weekend. It switches up my morning smoothie routine; you can see my smoothies if you follow me on instagram @myrealdish. So, I’ll be doing a series on tofu scrambles, and this is the 1st dish in the series. This Asparagus and Artichoke Scramble is a favorite for not only breakfast, but also dinner! I love easy ways to add veggies into my morning meals, and this gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan dish is easy and packed with flavor! It’s a win for everyone!

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  • Servings: 2-3
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This vegan and gluten-free tofu scramble has asparagus, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and shallots.


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Tips: (1) Snap the ends of the asparagus with two hands, and where the natural break occurs is how you know which part of the stalk needs to be discarded. (2) Drain the tofu before using it. (3) Extra firm tofu works best if you want chunks like a stir-fry, but the softer tofu, creates more of a soft scrambled egg consistency.However, the softer tofu has a tendency to stick to the pan, requires more oil, and is more wet.

Asparagus Tofu Scramble

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8.5 oz) of whole artichoke hearts
  • 12 oz asparagus
  • 2 large tablespoons of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 14 oz organic tofu
  • 1 – 2 large cups of spinach
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions

  1. Prepare your vegetables: break the asparagus in ~3 or 4 parts discarding the ends, chop the shallot,  and slice the whole artichokes in half.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat, with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Sauté the shallots and asparagus first for ~4 minutes.
  4. Drain the tofu, and slice it into chunks
  5. Add the tofu, spinach, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  6. Continue to sauté for ~4 more minutes or until you see the asparagus is crispy-tender, but not mushy. Add a little extra olive oil as needed to the pan.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


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What are your favorite vegetables to mix with tofu?

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