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Old 03-18-2005, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Naturally Sweetened Desserts

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Old 03-19-2005, 10:46 AM   #2
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This poor thread was looking so lonely! I don't usually bake with just honey as the sweetener. In fact, the whole wheat bread I love is about the only thing I use with just honey. But, I'm searching for some recipes and will probably try them because they sound so much healthier!
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:17 PM   #4
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Default Recipes using stevia

I haven't tried any of these personally, but I may do so, as DH can't eat anything with much sugar in it...even if the sugar is from honey.
http://cookingwithstevia.com/cgi-bin...cious+Desserts
http://seedman.com/stevrecp.htm
http://www.healthy.net/nutrit/kitche...viarecipes.asp
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Chocolate thumbprint cookies

1 cup walnuts
1 cup unbleached white flour (I use pastry flour)
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil (I use butter)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 TB fruit sweetened raspberry or strawberry jam
Preheat oven to 350F. Finely grind the walnuts in a food processor. Add the flours, the cocoa powder, and the salt. Blend to combine well. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the canola oil and the maple syrup until completely emulsified and thick. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring to combine until all dry ingredients are incorporated. Form dough into walnut size balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Make a thumbprint in each cookie. Fill with about 1/4 tsp jam. Bake for 15 minutes. Cookies will not spread during baking. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

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Buttermilk chocolate cake we LOVE THIS even without frosting

2 C ww pastry flour
C cocoa
t salt
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 C buttermilk (or dairyfree milk with 1 T lemon juice let sit room temp for 10 minutes)
C oil (I use butter)
1 C maple syrup
1 T vanilla.

Preheat oven to 375. Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Combine and stir well. Pour into oiled or shorteninged cake pans. Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Chocolate frosting

1 bag chocolate chips grain sweetened or at least semi sweet with less sugar)
a little milk

melt chips. Add a splash of milk. Keep adding milk until desired consistently. Spread on cake while frosting is warm because it will harden as it cools.
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Old 03-23-2005, 07:38 AM   #7
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Carrot Cake with apricot glaze

1 C ww pastry flour
1 C unbleached white flour (Id use 1 C ww pastry flour cuz I dont use unbleached white)
1 T baking powder
1/8 t sea salt
1 t cinnamon
t nutmeg
C concentrated fruit sweetener or maple syrup
C vegetable oil (Id use butter)
C water
1 C apple or apricot juice
2 eggs
3 large carrots, finely grated
1 T grated lemon peel
1/3 C chopped walnuts
1/3 C raisens or currants

Glaze:
1 T kudzu, arrowroot powder or other thickener (corn starch, tapioca flour, potato flour)
1 C apricot juice or nectar
1 T lemon juice
1 T concentrated fruit sweetener or maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350. Oil a 10 inch pan or 2 round 8 inch cake pans. Stir together flours, baking powder, salt and spices. Whisk togehter sweetener, oil, water, juice and eggs. Add wet ingredients to dry mixture and mix well. Fold in carrots, lemon peel, nuts and raisens. Pour into pans making sure to tap on counter to release any air bubbles. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Remove and let cool

TO make glaze
Dissolve thickener in juice in small pan. Heat on medium stirring constantly until clear and thick (usually about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and add lemon juice and sweetener. Stir well. Spread over top of cake or between layers and on top of layer cake.

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White cake.

2 C ww pastry flour
1 T baking powder
pinch of salt
1 C milk or non dairy milk
C Maple syrup
C mashed banana (about 1 med or 2 small)
1/3 C canola oil
2 t vanilla
2 t apple cider vinegar.

Preheat over to 350. Lighly oil 2 9 inch round cake pans or 1 9 x 13. Place wet ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Stir together dry ingredients. Pour wet into dry and bean well using whire whisk or electric beater until batter is smooth. Pour into pans evenly. Tape pans on countertop to rid batter of any air bockets. Bake until toothpick comes out clean 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Turn out of pans and cool completely. Do not frost until completely cool.

Another white cake
2 C ww pastry flour
2 to 3 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
C corn oil (I use butter - can you see a pattern here :P)
C brown rice syrup or maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
to 2/3 C milk or non dairy milk.

Preheat oven to 350. Oil and flour 9 inch round cake pan or loaf pan. Stir dry ingredients into a boil. Whisk together wet ingredients. Stir wet into dry mixing until smooth do not overmix. The batter should be thick and spoonable not runny. Add more milk if needed. Spoon into pan. Bake on center rack 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Do not open oven door until cake has baked at least 20 minutes or cake may sink. Cook in pan 10 minutes before turning out onto wire rack to finish cooling.


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Old 04-06-2005, 08:49 PM   #9
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Default Re: Naturally Sweetened Desserts

You can do this with almost any recipe . . .

Peel and freeze ripe bananas. (If you don't have time, you can skip the freezing, but freezing makes them even more sweet). Puree them in a blender or food processor, adding a tablespoon or two of water, if necessary.

You can use the above mixture as a substitue (cup for cup) for sugar in almost any baked good--cakes, cookies, brownies, quick breads. For every cup of sugar that you replace with the banana mixture, add 5-6 tablespoons of flour.

Your recipe will have a banana flavor, but not overpowering. You can use half banana and half honey if you want to decrease the banana flavor. I made chocolate brownies with this mixture (no sugar at all) and my DH likes them better than the regular recipe! It makes everything very moist.
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Great tip! I'm going to try it!!
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Peel and freeze ripe bananas. (If you don't have time, you can skip the freezing, but freezing makes them even more sweet). Puree them in a blender or food processor, adding a tablespoon or two of water, if necessary.
If you use 2 or 3 frozen bananas, you end up with ice cream. We add a pinch of salt and a dash of vanilla to ours to make plain ice cream, or to use as a base. It doesn't even need any sweetener. From there, you can add strawberries or blueberries, or half an orange, or (our favorite) a little bit of pineapple. We've added a small single-serving can of pineapple tidbits in its own juice, and that was the best one we tried.

We've tried adding chocolate or carob, but it doesn't blend well with the taste of the banana. Almond butter (or almonds pulverized in a coffee grinder) or peanut butter blended in is really good. The nut flavor really complements the banana flavor. I guess that's why peanut butter and banana sandwiches are popular?
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Peanut butter brownies

1cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg

blend it all together. Spread in an 8x8 pan Bake at 325 until set (about 15-20 minutes). you don't want to over bake these! but they are delicious!
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granola chews

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1cup coarsly chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon salt

melt butter and stir in honey. Mix everything else in. Spread in an 8X8 pan and bake at 325 until set. (about 20-25 minutes). I like to let them cool a little while and then shape them into balls.
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I have a cookbook called Sweet and Natural Baking. All great recipes (cookies, cakes, breads, bars, muffins) sweetened only with fruit juice concentrate. VERY good. Also has some dairy-free and egg-free recipes.
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Thanks Sarahtar - I just got Sweet and Natural baking and I can't wait to try many of the recipes. They look so yummy I will more than likely start off by substituting maple syrup for the fruit sweetener because I don't have any fruit concentrate but I plan on buying some
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