posts tagged "stevia"

Hot Cocoa

Posted on October 8, 2008

There was a distinct chill in the air last night which lead me to put on slippers and make a cup of gluten free, dairy free hot chocolate.  This quick and easy beverage can be simply made from scratch in a matter of minutes.

Hot Cocoa

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¼ cup (raw) cashews
1 cup water (room temperature)
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
20 drops stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Place cashews and (room temperature) water in a vitamix; puree on high ... read more →

Vanilla Plum Jam

Posted on September 16, 2008

As fall approaches, my attention is shifting to our fruit trees. A few years back we planted a peach and two apple trees along the perimeter of our packed yard; they are now bursting with fruit, as is our dwarf plum. While we eat the peaches and apples straight off the trees, each fall we make a habit of picking the tart little plums and making our own homemade jam from them.

During this last weekend, the boys commenced ... read more →

Green Goddess Dressing

Posted on July 25, 2008

I confess. I ate the photo shoot. I made a huge salad this afternoon, drizzled it with Green Goddess Dressing and proceeded to devour it. The food prepared for photographing was instead inhaled. As in, scarfed immediately.

Now normally, I’m a fairly disciplined person, so this was a bit odd. Maybe I exercised a little too hard this morning and worked up a bigger appetite than usual. Maybe the dressing is delicious on a hot summer’s day. Who ... read more →

Iced Tea

Posted on June 17, 2008

Baseball is indeed over. However, all-stars have begun and my son and several of his little cohorts are on the team. We are now therefore faced with practice daily from 5:30 to 7:30. Thank goodness I am not coaching!

I will however, be providing the team with lots of snacks and good beverages such as the one below. This scrumptious iced tea really hits the spot on a summer’s day. It is sweet, lemony and refreshing.

Rooibos tea ... read more →

Thai Iced Tea

Posted on June 3, 2008

We are in the middle of our little league baseball tourney (presently in quarterfinals) and play tonight to see if we can advance to the semis. My older son has been playing first base while the little one is bat boy.

We have had much fun, though it is getting quite competitive and the team we are playing tonight (the Nationals) is known as the meanest in the league. We have played them twice and lost both times so ... read more →

Rosemary Chocolate Truffles

Posted on May 27, 2008

Rich and decadent Rosemary Chocolate Truffles rolled in cocoa powder.

Last night was the conclusion of a “grand” Memorial Day weekend. My parents came in and took the boys down to the Boulder Creek Fest where they all had a blast. There was much spoiling –meals out, bowling, batting practice at the amusement park and overall non-stop fun. A perfect weekend with the grandparents.

After an exhausting weekend of keeping up with my seventy year old folks, I ... read more →

Power Bars

Posted on February 1, 2008

For the past few months, I have been playing around with power bar recipes. When I’m on the go, I want to grab something that is packed with nutrition, not too sweet and plenty tasty.

I’ve made this power bar recipe a bunch of times now and my taste testers (that would be my husband who is a very direct and rather stringent critic) have given it their official seal of approval (that would be eating an entire tray in two ... read more →

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Posted on August 7, 2007

I have been guzzling gallons of my favorite summer beverage during this hot spell. It’s another easy one, and better yet, has no sugar or artificial sweeteners.

How’s that possible? See for yourself…

Lemonade

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2 quarts water
¼ cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
4 dropper-fulls stevia

Fill a 2 quart mason jar with water, almost to the top, leaving 2 inches of space for other ingredients
Add lemon juice and 4 dropper-fulls of stevia
Serve cold, over ice, with a slice of lemon

Serves 4

This ... read more →