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Old 09-09-2006, 06:03 AM   #31
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Jeri, that sounds DELICIOUS. Yummy. . .I will let you know when I try it We play with our recipes too DH has some "secret" about our chocolate chip cookies that he won't tell me And often I sub earth balance for oil it really improves the buttery taste

Hmm. . . 8am and I already am craving cookies
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Old 09-09-2006, 09:55 AM   #32
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If we get strawberries that are not sweet, I will slice them, and add a little honey and stir. Not really a recipe, but I figure adding honey to them is better than regular sugar.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:33 PM   #33
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Thanks ladies! I don't have ANY tip, but will certainly try yours Bump!!!!
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:15 PM   #34
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Is there any way to make frosting without sugar? sounds impossible I found food dye free sprinkles but I want to make little cupcakes for dd's b-day
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:54 PM   #35
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Well, let's see...how do you feel about artificial sweeteners? honey? maple syrup? stevia? fruit concentrate?

You could cream whipped cream and cream cheese and add the sweetener of your choice - this might be really good with strawberry concentrate or other fruit concentrate. Just brainstorming here...
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:57 PM   #36
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absolutely no artificial sweeteners that wouldnt be naturally sweetened would it we do honey, and maple syrup, and we also use sucanat, but it wouldnt make a very pretty frosting I dont really know what fruit concentrate is yeah, i guess we can do whipped cream
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:18 PM   #37
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absolutely no artificial sweeteners that wouldnt be naturally sweetened would it
Doh! (can't find the forehead-smacking emoticon right now). I don't do artificial sweeteners either, but I forgot that was the title of the thread!

I think you can get fruit concentrates not just as frozen juice but bottled separately - anyone else ever used them? I am not sure. If you use honey or maple syrup, you could do a yummy maple cream using whipped cream and egg whites. Stevia might work well in this application too, as it does best in uncooked stuff in my experience. I love stevia for sweetening tea and such, but I am not familiar with it in baking.
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:04 AM   #38
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I don't like refined sugar free frosting except chocolate. I have tried several recipes but all of them have to be dairy free so I suppose you could have more flexibility with dairy

For chocolate frosting, I use one bag malt sweetened chocolate milk and 1 C dairy free milk. Melt together and let cool until it's spreadable. VERY VERY yummy but it does get crunchy when dry just FYI !
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Old 01-02-2007, 06:00 PM   #39
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I was looking through the cookbook my sister got me for Christmas - LLL's Whole Foods for the Whole Family - and it has at least one frosting recipe sweetened with honey. Do you want it?
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:15 PM   #40
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:18 PM   #41
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Actually, there are a bunch - they use various natural sweeteners - I will type all that I have time to!

GOlden Nugget Icing

1 cup crushed pineapple (unsweetened)
8 0z soft cream cheese
1/2 c. finely chopped nuts

Drain pineapple and save liquid; mix drained p-apple with c.cheese. Add enough of the juice to make it the consistency you like. Sprinkle with nuts after frosting.

Orange-Coconut Icing

1 TB arrowroot
6 oz. frozen oj concentrate (thawed)
1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut

Blend arrowroot and oj conc. in pan - cook until thickened. Stir constantly. Then take it off the heat and stir until it is slightly cool. Pour over cake or loaf then sprinkle with coconut. Dip cupcakes or muffins.
This is more of a glaze. And I bet you could leave off the coconut and it would still be yummy.

Honey Frosting

1/3 c honey
2-4 egg whites
pinch of cream of tartar
salt to taste
1 tsp vanilla or flavor of choice

Put everything in mixing bowl and combine. Beat at high speed until fluffy.


Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 c butter, soft
2-4 TB honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c chopped pecans

Cream butter and c-cheese until fluffy. Beat in honey according to your taste. Add vanilla and the pecans and mix.

Powdered Milk Frosting

1/4 c. soft butter (can increase amount for a smoother frosting)
1/4 c honey or maple syrup
2-3TB milk
1 TB vanilla or other flavor
2/3 to 1 c instant dry milk powder (finally! a recipe that calls for instant MP!!)

Beat butter and honey until creamed; add milk and vanilla, then milk powder. Continue beating until it is fluffy. Adjust consistency with milk and/or milk powder.

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Old 01-02-2007, 10:02 PM   #42
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wow! thank you SO much!!!
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Old 01-03-2007, 05:37 PM   #43
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You're welcome! I would like to try that last one, the powdered milk one. It sounds yummy. If you try any of them, let me know how they turn out!
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Default Re: Naturally Sweetened Desserts

my absolutely favorite "desserts" are either fruit salads or smoothies (the kids like the smoothies... anything with banana).

tonight I made a pineapple, strawberry, blueberry salad and it was divine. I sweetened it a little with saccharine, but you could use more pineapple juice (or another juice not from concentrate... most juices from concentrate have been adulterated with sugar... welch's grape juice is the only one I know that is ok... apple juice is the worst culprit).

Some yogurt (plain... i make mine) with this would be heavenly. I usually make fruit smoothies with yogurt, but tomorrow morning I'll probably just add the yogurt to my fruit and yum!
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:46 AM   #45
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Chocolate chip cookies - vegan

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, ground to a fine meal (optional)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate pieces
1/2 cup flavorless oil (I use butter or earth balance)
1/2-3/4 cup real maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla or almond extract

heat oven to 350. wisk together wet ingredients in a small bowl. In a large bowl, stir together thoroughly the dry ingredients including the chips. Make a well in the center and pour in the syrup mixture. Stir together until fully incorporated, but try not to overmix. Drop dough by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on rack.
I made these a couple days ago and they were so yummy! I used fresh ground soft white flour and I used canola oil and some palm oil shortening and I didn't use walnuts. They are all gone! Even the ones that I rolled the dough into balls and froze for a later time, um, yeah, the very next day! I figured there wasn't much more sugar than in a plate of pancakes. (whatever helps me to not feel guilty after eating four at a time! )
I am going to try Jeri's next, I just need some arrowroot.
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