Salted Maple Caramel Corn with Crunchy Lentils, Dried Cherries, and Cashews – Lentil Recipe Revelations Contest [gluten, dairy, soy-free; vegan]

Well, I certainly wasn’t going to stop at a Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Pie for the Lentil Recipe Revelations Challenge. That was for the Dessert Category… and this one is totally for the Freestyle.


As mentioned in the previous post, the main criteria for this contest is to use at least 1/2 cup lentils. In the first recipe, I cooked and pureed them, but here? It’s all about the crunch.

I’ve made roasted chickpeas and soybeans in the past, so I modified the technique to add a bit more texture to some good ol’ fashioned caramel corn.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Pie with Brownie Crust – Lentil Recipe Revelations Contest [gluten, dairy, soy-free; vegan]

Let me break this down for you:

Creamy, smooth truffle-like chocolate peanut butter filling? Check.


A layer of salted peanut and chocolate crunch? Check.DSC_0606

Salty, sweet peanut butter and chocolate ganaches? Check. Check.


Rich, thick, moist-but-dense-in-just-the-right-way brownie crust? Check.


Yep, this pie’s got you covered.

Oh, and it uses lentils.

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Macadamia Blondies with Maple Balsamic Frosting [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

For the last two weeks, I’ve spent time in Walt Disney World with the world’s most awesome person (IE my mom), having so much fun, running a couple of races, and eating our faces off (will update that soon!)

It was much-needed and fantastic and really, really sunny.

I didn’t preset anything to post up on here, so it’s been a bit neglected, but I’ve dug through my drafts to find you something wonderful to make up for the hiatus. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

gluten-free vegan macadamia balsamic maple blondies

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Roasted Garlic and Parsnip Soup with Heart-Beet Crisps [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

Looking for a simple Valentine’s Day-inspired meal? This soup’ll do it.

Parsnip Soup

It’s lovely with the Sundried Tomato Foccacia with Shallots and Herbs or thick slices of the Multigrain Hempseed Bread from The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Breadalongside a quick salad. It’s totally not beet overkill to pair it with my Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and PistachiosContinue reading

Red Wine Fudge Pudding Cake [gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free]

So, you’ve got the kids covered with these Triple Chocolate Brownie Cones this Valentine’s Day (kids, of course, being the subjective term here).

But, if you’re hankering for sharing something with your lover, then make this and grab a couple spoons.


I mean, go big or go home, right?


This recipe was also created for Allergic Living for Valentine’s Day celebrations. You can check out the full recipe here: Red Wine Fudge Pudding Cake [gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free].

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cones [gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free]

Happy Valentine’s Day from my chocolate-loving-heart to yours.


These kid-friendly cones are a brainchild that emerged from my Two-Bite Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes from The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies.


Designed for Allergic LIving magazine, they’re Top 8 Allergen Free, loaded with chocolate goodness, and super kid friendly.

But if you don’t have kids, don’t worry. You’ll eat them all, too. (It wasn’t hard).


For the full recipe, visit Allergic Living‘s site here: Triple Chocolate Brownie Cones (gluten-free, allergy-friendly, completely vegan).

Oh, and if you need help with the assembly? Do this (these aren’t baked):


Maple Roasted Carrots with Dillon’s Bitter Orange (gluten-free, soy-free, vegan)

Ever been to Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers? Yes? Wonderful. No? You should.

Maple Roasted Carrots with Bitter Orange

In addition to their vodka, gin, rye, and whiskey (see more on this below) this Beamsville operation distills bitters, which were a newer-to-me product (having never tasted them in the past)… though have often been recommended to try out when my stomach isn’t in order.

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Curried Applesauce [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to post a recipe and then I come up with applesauce.

I know. I’m embarrassed, too.

But really, adding a little bit of curry flavor is the way to do this dinner side dish/ice cream topping/snack-on-its-own just right.

Curried Applesauce

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Gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free HUGE Disney dining review update!

I have finally updated my reviews, and I know a lot of you have been asking for them.

As always, one diner (myself) is celiac/gluten-free, as well as vegan.

The other (Mom) is gluten, dairy, egg, soy-free, though does eat meat.


Check them out here!

Maple Mustard Fingerlings [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

Today is National Maple Syrup Day. And, if you’ve read anything by me before, you know I love the stuff. The real stuff. And, preferably, the dark stuff.

In fact, if you search “maple” on my site, you’ll come up with a lot of options. More than I thought, actually.maple-mustard roasted fingerlings

A couple of years ago, I was featuring White Meadows Farms in an article. They’re a local maple syrup producer that is worth the drive through the country roads on really snowy and icy days (IE last week).

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