Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dairy Free Hollandaise Sauce

So being dairy free – do you remember the smooth, creamy, buttery taste of hollandaise sauce? Don’t worry, I won’t make your mouth water for nothing!

When I lived in Kelowna, I used to go on Sunday’s with friends to a place called the Jammery for Eggs Benny!   They would do English Muffins w/cream cheese, apricot jam, ham, eggs and hollandaise sauce – it was TO DIE FOR!!!! 

So I was thinking about that – mouth watering and decided to try out a recipe and see what happened?    Now it’s been a long time since I’ve tasted hollandaise – but I felt like it was close!

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This recipe is by no means good for you!

Dairy Free Hollandaise Sauce

1/4 cup dairy free margarine

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp turmeric ( I added more but I love turmeric!)

1 tsp lemon juice

Whisk together all ingredients over medium heat!   Add salt to taste.  Depending on the coconut milk you use, you may need to add some thickener to it – I added about 1 tsp sifted cornstarch.   Continue whisking together until everything is combined and warmed!

I served over a peice of dairy free toast (which I cut the corners off of to make it look pretty), sautéed kale  and of course with a perfectly poached egg!

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It was oozy and delicious and perfect for a lazy weekend treat!

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Sorry it took me awhile to post – but I hope you enjoy this recipe!!   Next time I will recreate the Jammery’s recipe with dairy free cream cheese and apricot jam!! Mmmm!!

xo Jessica

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Smore Pie w/Peanut Butter Chocolate Sauce

Howdy!!

Glad you guys enjoyed the last post!  Yum – gotta love ice cream that us dairy free folk can eat!!

So yesterday we cooked dinner for my parents and grandma!   We made some kebabs, some chicken, potatoe salad and grilled corn on the cob!  It was a tasty meal – but of course we needed something for dessert! 

With summer peaking it’s head out – I start craving all things smore – so I decided to test my hand at a smore pie!!  Oh yes!!

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Ok, I’m not going to lie – it’s not pretty – but what can you do!?

On the bottom I crumbled up graham crackers and then made this dairy free cake recipe and poured it over the graham crackers!  I baked it for about 15 mins and then added the marshmallows on top (If I was doing it again, I would cover the top with more marshmallows <maybe mini ones>) and baked for another 5-7 mins or until the marshmallows get brown!

Yum!!!  It was good – but it needed a little something – so I made some Peanut Butter Chocolate Sauce (which was AWESOME!)

Into the mix

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp vanilla

Whisk all ingredients together over low – medium heat until combined!   Once warmed – drizzle over the pie!!  *drool*

This peanut butter chocolate sauce would make an awesome fondue too!!

Sorry for lack of photos – but I was busy cooking getting ready for our guests!!  Hope you enjoy this recipe – it’s an easy recipe that will make your guests happy (just add those extra marshmallows)

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!!  They would be fun as cupcakes too!

Enjoy

xo Jess

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Delightful Double Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream (Guest Post)

Hello blog land!!  Another guest post for you all!  I hope you enjoy this delicious sounding ice cream recipe!!   This will be my last guest blog post for awhile, so I hope everyone enjoys!

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Hello, my name is Amber, and I’m the author of The Tasty Alternative . I’m thrilled to be guest posting today on Dairy Free Betty! The dairy free community is close to my heart, and I admire Jessica’s dedication to health, dairy-free information, and cuisine. Thank you Jessica for your beautiful blog and health-full recipes.

Eight years ago was I diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. You can read more about my health and healing journey here. I was young and very scared, but absolutely determined to heal and live a positive quality of life. In doing this, I began healing holistically and immediately changed my diet (gave up dairy, wheat, cane-sugar, and soy). I’ve learned a great deal of information along the way and while I was lenient with some foods, I’ve been 100% dairy free since 2004. It’s completely possible, and totally worth it. My greatest accomplishment from this lifestyle is learning how to create delicious alternative recipes. I’m a foodie and determined to make awesome food that both tastes great and heals.

When I gave up dairy, I mourned the loss of ice cream. Anyone with me on this?! As you might have noticed, we’ve come a long way just in the last ten years in the alternative ice cream department! When I went dairy free, soy ice cream was the dominant alternative (that and rice ice cream). Now, coconut milk dominates the field, and I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Coconut milk is a wonderfully healing food, and I have to say, with complete and utter honesty, it makes the most delicious ice cream. And did you know that it’s ridiculously easy to make? I use coconut milk as the base to all my ice creams (but you could also use a nut-milk based ice cream, I have several homemade nut-milk recipe son my blog). So with summer right around the corner, I wanted to share one of my favorite ice cream recipes with you today. My chocoholic husband goes insane for this recipe. If you haven’t tried making your own dairy free ice cream, please do give it a try. An ice cream maker isn’t necessary, but oh so worth it. See notes below.

Delightful Double Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream

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Ingredients

-2 cans coconut milk (this brand has BPA free lining)

-1/4 cup raw cacao

-1/3 cup grade B maple syrup

-1 tablespoon vanilla extract

-1 teaspoons coffee flavor

-1/2 cup shaved chocolate bar (this is my favorite chocolate, only sweetened with beet sugar, it does contain soy lecithin)

How To

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1. Mix above ingredients in a blender, high speed or otherwise.

2. Transfer to ice cream maker and churn

3. Just before you remove mixture from ice cream maker, add in your chocolate shavings, and churn for about 30 seconds

4. Transfer to glass storage and freeze at least 4 hours

6. Remove from freezer 20 minutes before serving

7. Garnish with additional chocolate shavings, shredded coconut, or coffee beans. Serves 6-8

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Notes:

*An ice cream maker aerates the mixture, creating a lovely creamy traditional texture. You could just blend then transfer to glass storage and freeze, but it gets icy and doesn’t mimic traditional ice cream. If you’re in the market for an ice cream maker, I LOVE this one.

Other dairy & cane-sugar free ice cream recipes from The Tasty Alternative

-Chocolate Pumpkin Ice Cream

-Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

-Pink Peppermint Ice Cream

-Strawberry Almond Ice Cream

Amber Husten is author of the alternative foods blog, The Tasty Alternative (TTA), which launched August 17, 2011. The Tasty Alternative features posts related to alternative cuisine, holistic healing, organic gardening, green living and organization. All recipes found on TTA are dairy free, gluten free, cane-sugar free, and peanut free, with an emphasis on allergy-free cooking with the omission of eggs, corn, and soy. Amber includes a special focus on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), with recipes free of grains, starches and sugars (expect honey), and provides additional information on Crohn's disease and eczema. Amber is also one of the seven hostesses of the weekly bog hop, Allergy-Free Wednesdays.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Stevia Winners

winner #1winner #2Winner #3winner #4

Are you ready!?

25 – Colleen

41-Voita

38- Kathi

12 - Char

Congrats guys – hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Please send me an email with your address (remember no PO BOXES) by Wednesday evening at the latest (Thursday morning I will draw again if I haven’t heard from you!)  and I will forward your info on and they will ship directly to you!!     Click here for email address.

Thanks for all your entries!

Jessica

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Stevia Giveaway

Ask and you shall receive my friends!

I recently won a giveaway at Everyday Foodie’s blog!  And was super excited when my package arrived – especially when Ron the “SUGAR-FREE POPPA” mentioned that he’d like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog – and not only one but FOUR!!   Can I get a “whoo whooo”?

As you may know, I don’t love stevia – I find it very bitter – and if you have a blog and you use stevia – you have probably had a comment from me such as;  “How much sugar do I use if I don’t use stevia?”  So it was bitter sweet (no pun intended) when I won the giveaway because I felt a little bit guilty taking a product I wasn’t so sure about but NuNaturals claims their stevia is not bitter – so I decided try! 

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When I opened the package it smelled like orange!  Real orange, not fake orange flavor – I quickly opened it up and dripped a few drops into my water/lemon juice hot drink mix and guess what? It wasn’t bitter!!  YAYA!

Unfortunately, I smashed the vanilla before getting to try it *sniffle* and I haven’t tried the lemon yet, but I’ll get to it shortly.

 

Anyways – enough chatter – you probably don’t care about those above details, you just want to get to the good stuff!

SUGAR FREE POPPA is offering up 4 different winners – 2 bottles of liquid stevia – one orange and one lemon!   Sound good!?

Liquid Lemon NuStevia Alcohol FreeLiquid Orange NuStevia Alcohol Free

I’m going to make this easy one everyone – please leave ONE comment for EACH entry.   Please note – this is open to US and Canadians – but THEY DO NOT SHIP TO PO BOXES

Here’s how to enter!!

  1. Leave a comment letting me know why you think you should have some stevia?  
  2. Like me on facebook  (and leave a comment here)
  3. Like NuNaturals too!  (and leave a comment here)
  4. Share a status on facebook that says something including – giveaway + Dairy Free Betty + NuNaturals!! (and leave a comment here!)

That’s all!  This is open to bloggers and non bloggers – so don’t be shy! 

Closes MONDAY  May 14th! 

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