Orange-Pineapple Coconut Milk Mousse ~ A Delicious ‘One Step’ Paleo Recipe

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Delicious Orange-Pineapple Coconut Milk Mousse

I’ve been on an active search for healthy recipes to satisfy my passion and addiction for sweets. I recently saw a recipe going around on Facebook for making Chocolate Mousse using cold Coconut Milk, instead of butter, eggs or cream. Even better – all you do is combine the ingredients & blend. What a terrific concept! But I’d been making a LOT of chocolate recipes for us lately, and was craving something different.

If you follow us, you know our “M.O.” by now. See what we have in the kitchen to use. I knew I already had organic coconut milk. I saw Bruce had bought a box of clementines, and there was a quarter of a pineapple in the fridge…

“Hmm,” I thought. “Orange and Pineapple go really well together, and balance wonderfully with Coconut Milk! Yes!” * This recipe is just one step, and is vegan, 100% natural, paleo, dairy free, and gluten free. One thing it is not free of – is flavor!

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Orange-Pineapple Mousse w/ Raspberry Sauce

It tastes like the best Orange Sherbet, ever. I Love Love Love it!

Okay, are you ready? Let’s Get Cooking!

Orange-Pineapple Coconut Milk Mousse

* Healthy Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

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Solid Cold Coconut Milk

16 oz can of Coconut Milk, *placed in refrigerator overnight, until it becomes thick (see photo – this step is important! If the milk is liquid, your mousse will be too!)

4 clementines or tangerines, or 2 large juice oranges – JUICE ONLY

3/4 cup diced fresh pineapple

2-3 Tablespoons raw honey

1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

1/3 tsp orange zest (optional)

Method:

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until fluffy. Test & add honey or juice to your taste, if needed.
  • If desired, top with ** Easy Raspberry or Strawberry Sauce (See below for recipe)

THAT’S IT! One Step! Yet it tastes AWESOME!

Eat it right away, or fridge /freeze to your liking.

I really loved this mouse, and can’t wait to make it again!

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Scrumptious Orange-Pineapple Coconut Milk Mousse

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

*** Easy Raspberry or Strawberry Sauce: Place 2 Tablespoons of Raspberry or Strawberry Spread or jam in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 10-15 seconds.  Stir. That’s it!

Apple & Yam Oat Crisp! ~ A Modern twist on a Classic Recipe

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Delicious Apple & Yam Oat Crisp

When I moved out of my parents house at age 19, one of the best things anyone gave me was a ring binder style Betty Crocker Cookbook. That was many, many years ago. I still have that cookbook, and there are still a few tried and true recipes I refer to as loose bases for my own recipes. The original Betty Crocker Warm Apple Crisp is one of those recipes. It was as yummy when I was 19 as it is now.

1980s Edition

Flash forward to this past Tuesday. We were at our Brand New Local Natural Food Co-op. As we walk in, I take note of some beautiful, gnarly little yams on a painted hutch. A few feet away are some big, firm perfect yellow-blush apples. Pennsylvania isn’t great at many things, but we do grow some awesome apples. I grabbed six of those right away – half for our son to eat;  the other half for us to cook with. Over in the organic bulk bins, I saw some great smelling rolled oats. It hit me all at once. Brown Sugar, Oat, Apple & Yam Crisp! Oh, Yummy!! I told Bruce my idea and he was all in! 🙂

You can eat this hearty, delicious crisp as a dessert, as a side dish with pork, or even for breakfast.

Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!

Apple & Yam Brown Sugar & Oat Crisp

* Ingredients: 

2 cups sliced Apples

2 cups sliced Yams

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Crunchy Oat Topping

1 cup of Water

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour

3/4 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oat

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

healthy pinch of cloves

– 9 x 12 baking dish [I like glass or Corningware best]

* Method:

  • Heat oven to 375º F. [190 c] Grease bottom and sides of baking pan with butter. (or coconut oil spray)
  • Arrange apples and yams alternately and evenly in pan. Do not worry about design – it will be covered. Carefully pour water into pan so it runs to the bottom. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl, cut in and stir remaining ingredients until well mixed; sprinkle evenly over apples and yams. Try to cover the yams and apples completely.
  • Bake about 45-50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling slightly through. The apples and yams should be tender when pierced with a fork.

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You can serve this right away, cool to room temperature, or make ahead and reheat.

It is amazing topped with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Apple & Yam Crisp with Cranberry Orange Sauce

Bruce served ours warm with home made Cranberry Orange Sauce. Y-U-M!

We hope you give this easy and tasty dish a try. We love it!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

How to Make… Peanut Butter!

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Home Made Natural Peanut Butter

I made fresh Peanut Butter again today!

Bruce is a huge PB fan. We eat it often for breakfast, spreading it with jam or honey on toasted Ezekiel Brand Breads or English Muffins.

One day about a year ago, I realized that I was buying A LOT of natural Peanut Butter. I decided that day I could make it just as good myself, for less. Ever since, Peanut Butter Grinding has become part of our cooking repertoire.

Pecan Coconut Butter & Peanut Butter

It is so easy, there’s almost no excuse not to do it. Plus, it tastes great, saves us $, contains NO added oils, sugars, flavors or preservatives, and does not separate! Sometimes, I go exotic and do Pecan Butter or Almond Butter instead, just to mix it up  little. ;).

Okay ~ are you ready? Let’s Get Cooking!

Home Made Peanut Butter

Grinding Peanuts

*Ingredients for 12 oz 

1.5 cups of unsalted peanuts

1/4 tsp salt (omit if peanuts are salted)

~ a small electric food processor

* Method:

Place peanuts in food processor. Grind for about a minute. Scrape down sides with a spatula. Taste. Add more salt if needed. Grind one to two more minutes.

At first, the mixture is crumbly, then forms a ball, and then will become smooth. It will get warm!

Place in container, but leave uncovered until cool. Enjoy!

CHEERS, and HAPPY EATING

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** It is AWESOME with our Pear, Ginger & Vanilla Bean Jam! Recipe HERE.

** For Our Almond Butter Recipe – Click Here

** For Our Pecan Coconut Butter Recipe – Click Here

Healthy Delish PB Brekky!

Easy Waffles Recipe ~ Everyone Loves Waffles!

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Tasty Waffles with Cherry Sauce
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The thought of making Waffles scares some people. I think because it takes a special piece of equipment. Never fear! You don’t need a fancy or expensive waffle iron – Bruce uses his mom’s 40 year old hand-me-down. After a little seasoning by use, it works great. So don’t be afraid to get one cheap, on ebay, or at a yard sale. 

We have Waffles for either breakfast or dinner nearly once a month, so it is worth owning a waffle iron. I have a friend who loves making both omelets and hashed brown potatoes in hers, so hers does triple duty – earning it’s keep. We haven’t tried either yet, but they sound good to me! 🙂

Our family loves when Bruce makes Waffles. Once you master the time & temp amounts, waffles are an easy, comforting go-to hard-day dinner, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. At the bottom of this page, please find a Healthy Waffle Recipe, and one for our yummy Warm Apple Compote. Alrighty then. You Ready? Let’s Get Cooking!

Easy Waffles

Servings: 4 Waffles

DRY Ingredients:

1 cup All Purpose flour

2 T baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 T corn starch or tapioca flour

 

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Easy Waffles with Poached Blueberries
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WET Ingredients:

1 cup milk

2 T melted unsalted butter

1 T sugar

2 eggs

Almond extract

Equipment:

Wire whip, 2 mixing bowls (approximately 2 quart size), waffle maker, 4 ounce ladle, spray oil

Method:

  1. Place all dry ingredients in one mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whip.
  2. Place all wet ingredients in the other mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Using the whip or fork, stir only until combined. Do not over mix. Batter must rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn on waffle maker to high temp. When waffle maker is at high temp, lightly spray the cooking surface.
  5. Ladle 4 ounces of the batter onto the cooking surface
  6. You will have to experiment with the temp and time, as each waffle maker varies in cooking time

Top with sliced fruit, toasted nuts, warm compote, honey, etc, – and enjoy!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

 

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Tasty Healthy Waffles

 

 

Sweet Breakfast Porridge

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Sweet Black Rice Porridge w/ Coconut Milk

Today in the Mmmtastethis.com Test Kitchen, we are discussing our

Delicious Sweet Red Rice Porridge and Coconut Quinoa Porridge Recipes.

Why? Good question! The answer is because, based on our total world wide views,

THE “Most Viewed Recipe” on our blog is…  Sweet Red Rice Porridge.

Are you surprised? So are we! 🙂

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Farro & Berry Porridge

Often times, our US friends (and our own kids!) scowl at the mere word “porridge”.

But sweet porridge is warm, comforting, and yummy in my tummy. Both of our porridge recipes get many views from around the world every week.

The two recipes are quite similar, to show that you can try any grain you like – such as steel cut oats, farro, wild rice, and so forth – using the same basic premise.

It also translates beautifully as a slow cooker recipe. Put your goodies in at bedtime, and have a cozy breakfast waiting for you in the morning! Try your own variations by stirring in toasted nuts, dried fruit, fresh berries, fruit preserves, chia or flax seeds, brown sugar, coconut nectar – the possibilities are endless!

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Quinoa & Coconut Porridge

 

To see our Original Tasty PORRIDGE Recipes,

CLICK HERE: Sweet Red Rice Porridge

 And HERE: Toasted Coconut Quinoa Porridge

 Cheers, and Happy Eating! 

How to Make Pecan Coconut Butter!

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I love to make my own Nut Butters, which we eat often for Breakfast.

This week, I made TWO flavors! 🙂

Pecan Coconut Butter on the Left, and good ole Peanut Butter on the Right.

All natural with no added oils or emulsifiers. And the cost? Literally, Peanuts!

Method:

~ Put any random quantity of nuts of your choice in small processor. For this recipe I used Chopped Pecans and Organic Unsweetened Coconut, in a roughly 50/50 ratio. To this, I added about 1/4 tsp of organic raw sugar. [May substitute honey, or omit altogether if you don’t use sugars. I did not add sugar to the Peanuts]. Add a pinch of sea salt. If you are using salted nuts, omit the salt.

 

~ Pulse till mixed. Grind for approx one minute. Mixture will get crumbly, then form a ball, then become smooth. Taste. Adjust salt, nuts or sweetness, Grind till sooth enough to spread. Mixture gets a little warm, so leave in container uncovered for at least one hour. Will keep in covered container for weeks.

Boom! That’s it! So easy!

Now you have Delicious Home Made Nut Butter!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!