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Dairy Free Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding

Dairy Free Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding

Soothing, easy to digest, helpful for kids who need to gain weight, or a low sugar treat for any occasion. Cook this longer to make it even more digestible and nourishing. In Chinese medical tradition, congee is a slow-cooked, white rice porridge used as a base for many ailments, and for weak digestion in particular. Medicinal herbs are often added to congee. This recipe emulates that tradition with ginger (anti-inflammatory), cinnamon (modulates blood sugar), cardamom (eases nausea and constipation), and adds easy-to-assimilate coconut fats. Raisins, though a higher FODMAPs food, become more digestible here also, with long slow cooking. For further sweetening, this recipe calls for maple syrup and coconut sugar in small amounts. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than cane sugar. It also adds inulin, a pre-biotic for healthy bacteria strains in the gut, along with some zinc, iron, and short chain fatty acids that benefit the large intestine. Organic stevia is always an option, for those unable to tolerate any sugars. In that case, use 2-5 drops for the entire recipe, or to your taste. Lastly: Brown rice is a suitable option here for those with no digestive issues; cook it even longer, up to 2 hours, and increase the liquid in the recipe. Otherwise, use a good quality organic white rice.

“But it’s not Paleo! It’s not GAPS! It’s not SCD!” True, it isn’t. But if there is one thing I’ve learned in my decades working with babies and kids, it’s that there is no dogma. Every child is different, every gut is different. Individualizing care for each child, each gut, each circumstance is what works best. Don’t forget to bend the rules, to find what works for your child.

Dairy Free Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding
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A slow cooked soother for tender digestion. Ready to eat after 45 minutes of cooking, but cooking longer is fine also, as long as you continue to add liquid to keep the porridge from drying or burning.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Dairy Free Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding
Print Recipe
A slow cooked soother for tender digestion. Ready to eat after 45 minutes of cooking, but cooking longer is fine also, as long as you continue to add liquid to keep the porridge from drying or burning.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Place a medium sized pot on stove. If you are using fresh minced rather than powdered ginger, soften this in the pot first, with a teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil, for 5 minutes, on low-medium heat. Then add coconut milk, almond milk, cinnamon, cardamom, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Stir and heat together on low-medium heat until well blended. Do not boil.
  2. If you are using powdered ginger, heat the milks gently. Blend in powdered spices, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Stir and heat to steaming but not boiling.
  3. Add the cooked rice and mix til evenly blended. Turn up heat to medium high until just boiling, then reduce heat to low simmer. Liquid should just cover rice. Add more coconut milk if needed to cover rice. Add raisins.
  4. Whisk the egg with a small amount of almond or coconut milk. Add to the pot, mix well.
  5. Cook on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. Add more liquid if needed, or if you would like a softer porridge: Use additional almond milk, coconut milk, plain coconut water, or water as needed. Serve warm.
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Honeydew Lime Creamsicle

Honeydew Lime Creamsicle

Make this as a creamsicle smoothie to enjoy right away, or freeze in freezer pop forms and enjoy on a hot day. Adjust to your desired of tartness or sweetness. Dairy free, soy free, and still creamier than can be. Full of healthy fats, without any added sugar.

Honeydew Lime Creamsicle
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Creamy, nourishing, and lip-smacking lime-y. Give your kids a replenishing alternative to junky corn syrup popsicles or shakes. Tastes best with ripe organic ingredients. Don't use processed coconut milk from a carton like So Delicious - it's the wrong animal for this recipe. Be sure to use a good full fat organic canned coconut milk, unsweetened, and blend it to even consistency before using it, if necessary.
Servings Prep Time
4 4 ounces servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 4 ounces servings 10 minutes
Honeydew Lime Creamsicle
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Creamy, nourishing, and lip-smacking lime-y. Give your kids a replenishing alternative to junky corn syrup popsicles or shakes. Tastes best with ripe organic ingredients. Don't use processed coconut milk from a carton like So Delicious - it's the wrong animal for this recipe. Be sure to use a good full fat organic canned coconut milk, unsweetened, and blend it to even consistency before using it, if necessary.
Servings Prep Time
4 4 ounces servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 4 ounces servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 4 ounces servings
Instructions
  1. Place crushed ice in bottom of blender, followed by remaining ingredients in order shown above, except the water. Blend til creamy. If this is thicker than you'd like, add water as needed and blend again. Pour into popsicle forms and freeze, or serve immediately as a smoothie or creamy thick treat to eat with a spoon.
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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie, Secretly Health-Packed For Kids

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie, Secretly Health-Packed For Kids

 

 

If you’ve seen this advertisement clip around Facebook, you know how most kids feel about dark chocolate (click image below to play):

Sad Chocolate Face

 

Dark chocolate is a healthy food. It’s rich in minerals (iron, zinc, copper, manganese), antioxidants, heart-healthy flavonoids, fiber, and mood-boosting phytochemicals. But, when you eat it the way most kids like it, loaded with milk and sugar, the health benefits fade:

• Milk proteins appear to bind those good antioxidants, leaving milk chocolate (or sugary chocolate milk) less advantageous. It’s unclear how much other foods eaten with chocolate can do that, but they may to some extent. Of milk proteins, whey may bind fewer antioxidants than casein or beta-lactoglobulin. I use whey in this recipe, but collagen or other protein powders can be used if you like.

• Processed hydrogenated fats or GMO oils (corn, soy) used in making chocolate diminish the health benefits of fats that occur naturally in cacao beans.

• Processing itself (roasting, high heat, alkali treatments) can lower the amounts of beneficial flavonoids. And the lower the total cocoa content, the lower the benefits.

• Most milk chocolate is less than half cocoa; meanwhile, the darker the chocolate, the more bitter it is, and the higher content of flavonols it has.

There is another “dark” side to chocolate. It is a highly phenolic food, so kids who are avoiding food colors, dyes, artificial flavors or phenols in general may not want to go here. Enzyme products like Phenol-Assist or No-Fenol may diminish symptoms (typically, hyperactivity), if eaten with the chocolate. Dark chocolate is also notable for its tyramine content, which may trigger migraines in some. And it’s a high oxalate food, so those following low oxalate diets may want to pass.

But, if you’re imbibing, enjoy the health benefits. For pure benefit, try a 99% Lindt Excellence bar. Or, for kids who don’t like bitter, make this yummy, chocolately, hidden-assets smoothie. Use organic, high quality, unsweetened, pure cocoa powder (not cocoa mix or sweetened milk chocolate powder) for the most nourishing, beneficial version. Sweeten it with stevia drops. Bonus: Blend in raw cacao nibs as a last touch. These unprocessed chocolately bits come from the center of raw cacao beans, retaining all their perks while adding a fun crunch.

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie, Secretly Health-Packed For Kids
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Chocolatey, creamy, and sweet without sugar. Use a good blender, or cut this recipe in half and use an immersion blender for a large single serving or two kid sized servings. Healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, minerals in this make it a strong snack or starter for before school. The sunflower butter is a hearty addition that fits in nicely while giving creaminess and staying power.
Servings Prep Time
4 4-6 ounces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 4-6 ounces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie, Secretly Health-Packed For Kids
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Chocolatey, creamy, and sweet without sugar. Use a good blender, or cut this recipe in half and use an immersion blender for a large single serving or two kid sized servings. Healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, minerals in this make it a strong snack or starter for before school. The sunflower butter is a hearty addition that fits in nicely while giving creaminess and staying power.
Servings Prep Time
4 4-6 ounces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 4-6 ounces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 4-6 ounces
Instructions
  1. Place crushed ice in blender first, followed by almond milk, sunflower butter, raspberries, stevia, and dry ingredients. Blend til smooth. Adjust thickness with extra almond milk or water if desired. Pour into cups and garnish each with a raspberry on top, with a few cacao nibs if desired. Blend the nibs in for added crunch.
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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Brownies

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Brownies

Brownies are easily made gluten free, whether you’re using a baking mix or your own flour blend from scratch (for a pure deep chocolate, pure scratch recipe, see Rebecca Reilly’s book Gluten Free Baking). This version uses a pre-blended gluten free baking mix (not a brownie mix), and gets its sweet from a change-up in the sugars: Instead of 1-2 cups of refined white sugar, here I let coconut sugar, raw honey and molasses do the trick, with help from cooked sweet potato. Tastes yummy, lowers the glycemic index, and throws in a few extra minerals and vitamins. Use leftover baked sweet potatoes or mash; canned pumpkin works well in place of sweet potato too.

We often use Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix in my house for recipes like this – the caveat is that it contains buttermilk and is not casein or dairy free. Dairy free option: Lose the butter, and use only coconut oil, ghee, or a mix of these (ghee contains no whey or casein). You’ll also need a different gluten free baking mix like Bob’s Red Mill. Mixes like this are convenient because they pre-blend the gluten free flours that work best in baked goods, and  they include gluten free baking powder, salt, and other usual dry ingredients that baked goods need.

 

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Brownies
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Dark, moist, yummy, less sugar, and more nutrients than standard brownie recipes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Gluten Free Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Brownies
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Dark, moist, yummy, less sugar, and more nutrients than standard brownie recipes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; prepare an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch baking pan by greasing lightly with butter or ghee. Dust with rice flour or any gluten free flour then line with baking parchment.
  2. Cream butter with coconut oil and sugar, blend on medium-high til smooth.
  3. Add stevia drops and honey, blend on high speed until smooth.
  4. Add egg and vanilla; blend again until smooth.
  5. Add canned pumpkin or sweet potato, blend slower speed til smooth.
  6. Stir in cocoa powder and blend til smooth. Then add the GF flour or baking mix blend. Still til evenly blended, then add nuts and chocolate chips; stir again to evenly distribute these.
  7. Spoon into your baking pan, pre-treated per step 1 above.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes and test for doneness with a knife. It should come out clean. If not continue in five minute increments til done. Note that melted chocolate chips will show on the knife too, so look for batter that is done but not dry.
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Pumpkin Pineapple Bundt Cake – Gluten Free, With Benefits

Pumpkin Pineapple Bundt Cake – Gluten Free, With Benefits

I’d like to show you a picture of this cake, but it was eaten before I could get that. I’ll have to be quicker next time. It went fast, with two teens in the house. It’s gluten free, and even with the benefit of reduced sugar, it vanished: Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than white sugar, but works well here with the natural sweet of the pumpkin and pineapple. Pecans and walnuts work well too, but those are allergenic in my house. Organic raw nuts in the filling are a healthful addition for minerals and clean fats. You can add a glaze or icing once this is out of the oven, but we deferred that and everyone thought it was plenty sweet.

Pumpkin Pineapple Bundt Cake - Gluten Free, With Benefits
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Servings Prep Time
8 small servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 small servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Pumpkin Pineapple Bundt Cake - Gluten Free, With Benefits
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Servings Prep Time
8 small servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 small servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Cake Batter
Filling
Servings: small servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a nine inch bundt pan.
  2. Mix together all ingredients for the filling and set aside.
  3. To prepare the batter, cream butter with sugar until pale and fluffy. Add egg, beat until smooth, then add vanilla. Stir in gluten free baking mix (Bob's Red Mill or Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix work well), then add canned pumpkin and mix til incorporated.
  4. Spoon half the batter into the greased Bundt pan. Then spread the filling mixture evenly over the batter. Then, add the remaining batter to cover the filling. Use a knife to make an up and down zig zag pattern into the cake batter. Don't smooth out the batter.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes. When cool enough, flip pan upside down onto a cake plate and enjoy with or without a glaze.
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