Naturally Sweet #2

Naturally sweet #2

I feel so forgetful, I made a whole blog post on how to sweeten things naturally and I forgot some of the major players in fruits and veggies. I mentioned dried fruit and bananas and date paste but you’ll be super surprised that the following fruits and vegetables can be helpful in baking also.

https://momsorganicbohofoodfun.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/naturally-sweet/

I just love hiding things like beans, veggies and even special flavors into my cooking. Even if not all of these things may be sweet, they are nutritious and good to eat, so why not add them to your dessert.

It tastes incredible steamed with carrots and mashed into baking as you would applesauce.

http://www.vegancookingwithlove.com/2013/03/vegan-applesauce-cake/

red and yellow beets
red and yellow beets
steamed carrots and beets
steamed carrots and beets
  • Berries fruit and or natural flavors: blackberries and rosehips shown below both provide a naturally sweet taste to baking, and are great to find locally if you have some. Bake berries into baked goods folding in after mixing your dry and wet together. For rosehips dry powder use in the dry mix, for natural flavors such as lemon or vanilla use in the wet mix.
blackberries and fresh rose hips
blackberries and fresh rose hips
dried prunes raisins and oranges are all naturally sweet
dried prunes raisins and oranges are all naturally sweet

Chocolate prune cake recipes:

http://godfoodlifesplat.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-prune-cakecake-balls_20.html?m=1

http://theyogivegetarian.blogspot.com/2012/02/sticky-prune-cakevegan-no-added-sugar.html?m=1

http://www.food.com/recipe/raw-vegan-german-chocolate-cake-418169

http://forkbelly.com/veganchocolate-cake/

camu camu flavored gelatin candys
camu camu flavored gelatin candys
banana blueberry bread
banana blueberry bread
applesauce chia blueberry pie
applesauce chia blueberry pie
  • I recently made a rosehip and hibiscus flavored lemon meringue pie and it was really different and tasted extra fruity from the extra flavor, and even added some color. For berries and natural flavors do note that the color and taste of your baked goods will significantly change, the more you add.
rosehip and hibiscus lemon meringue pie
rosehip and hibiscus lemon meringue pie
apple pie and ice cream (great with cinnamon)
apple pie and ice cream (great with cinnamon)

here are some tips and recipes on rosehips if your interested.

http://gardening.about.com/od/rose1/f/RoseHips.htm

http://www.natureskills.com/wild-foods/rosehip-honey/

http://thevanillabeanblog.com/2013/05/meringues-with-rhubarb-curd-and-rosehip.html

http://www.essentialcuisine.com/recipes/elderflower-mousse-with-wareings-rosehip-meringue-violet-syrup-thyme-gel-little-town-dairy-yoghurt-sorbet-fresh-seasonal-lancashire-flowers/

Rhubarb and cranberries-

Rhubarb and cranberries are both naturally very sour, so you will have to cook them. cranberries are excellent in baking, but do remember to sweeten them up. Rhubarb is excellent to bake with check out my favorite step by step recipe for rhubarb cobbler here.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/rhubarb-cobbler/

close up Rhubarb
close up Rhubarb
lots of chopped Rhubarb
lots of chopped Rhubarb
cranberries and rhubarb
cranberries and rhubarb
carrot cake with cauliflower frosting
carrot cake with cauliflower frosting
  • Squash/butternut and zucchini steamed/roasted squash is great baked into muffins and bread.
deseeding butternut
deseeding butternut
butternut squash
butternut squash
yellow squash muffins, can also make with beet mash
yellow squash muffins, can also make with beet mash
pumpkin pie
pumpkin pie
squash blueberry muffin
squash blueberry muffin
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butternut squash salted biscuits
  • AvocadoI recently made the most fudgy amazing vegan chocolate brownies with avocado and date sugar.. recipe below.
avocado brownie
avocado brownie

And while you are there you better check out @chocolate covered katie cause she is Queen of blending veggies into desserts and my new baking idol.  http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

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Date Paste and Sugar

Date-Prune-Raisin Paste

If you didn’t already know, refined sugars are not that good for you. Even consuming syrups like maple, agave or simple sweeteners can take a toll when your trying to go sugar free. Most vegans rely on fruit sweeteners to keep things sweet and I am going to share my baking experience with dried fruit paste as a filling and a sweetener.

You can make your own date paste by blending dates up in a blender or food processor and adding things such as water or milk a dash of salt and maybe some vanilla or lemon juice to make it to your taste. I personally like to make my date paste stretched by also adding raisins, cut up prunes and prune juice instead of water or milk. Some people cook the dates down, like a dried fruit compote, or simply just jar it up after blending it. Date paste can last up to 3 weeks in the fridge.

Here are some great recipes for date paste; http://www.veggiesdontbite.com/2014/02/01/date-paste-goodbye-refined-sugar/

http://thehealthyfoodie.com/date-paste/

Dates raisins and prunes are excellent for bowels and elimination. We use our date paste at least once a week in cooking to ensure elimination for everyone in the family. We like to change up our recipes for how we use it and I like to have a jar in the fridge always.

If you don’t have sugar and or don’t want to use sugar in baking, you can eliminate the wet parts of the paste and grind up dried dates until you have a sugar like consistency and you can replace regular white sugar or even brown sugar with date sugar instead.

Here is how you can make date sugar:

http://www.thekitchenwhisperer.net/tag/make-your-own-date-sugar/

Date paste can also be used for cake and cookie making, when you go to cream the butter and sugar for batter replace sugar with date paste and or date sugar and whip up like you would regularly

Here are some examples of my different date-prune bars and how we have creatively used date paste.

prune date filled cookies
prune date filled cookies
date paste pinwheels
date paste pinwheels
applesauce date oat bars
applesauce date oat bars

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