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Creativity in the Kitchen

Living a life with food restrictions has been on of my greatest challenges, but it has also been great fun.  It has required not only stepping outside the box, but sometimes ripping that box to pieces.   I have learned to try things that just seem impossible, because they usually work — like flax seed “eggs” and chickpea brownies.

Major life changes, especially for health reasons can be overwhelming.  It’s not unusual to get stuck, afraid to move, feeling like food has suddenly become the enemy.  Bob and I spent the first 6 months of gluten free life eating a lot of stir fry.  We still love stir fry but I have become more adventurous in experimenting with new recipes.

Maybe your kitchen challenge isn’t related to allergies or other medical conditions.  Maybe you would just like to get your kids to eat more veggies.  This is a great reason to get creative in the kitchen.  Play with your food and have fun!

So, do I have a recipe?  This recipe is dairy free and naturally gluten free.  Adjusting to gluten free was easier for me than dairy free.  I do love my cheese and ice cream.  We are still working on cheese, but I gone way beyond plain “vanilla”  in creating my own dairy free, fruit based ice cream.  Bob calls it fruit cream.  This is one of my favorites

Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
 Carrot Cake Fruit Cream Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen mashed bananas
  • ½ cup coconut milk beverage (in the carton)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup finely grated carrots (about 1 small)
  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple (drained)
  • ⅛ cup finely chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Add bananas and coconut milk to blender container of a high-speed blender such as a Ninja or a Vita Mix. Pulse a few times then process on high until ingredients are well blended and look like ice cream. If your bananas are frozen very hard, you may have to stop a few times and scrape them down.
  2. Remove blade and stir in remaining ingredients. You may pour the ice cream into a bowl to do this if desired.
  3. The ice cream is now the consistency of soft serve. I suggest putting it in the freezer for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to blend.

Want more recipes like this one?  Frozen Fun:  25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes is available at the Espirational Bookshelf.

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It’s National Ice Cream Month!

Carrot Cake Fruit Cream Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

July is National Ice Cream Month by Presidential Proclamation 5219, signed by then President Reagan on July 9, 1984.  But did you know that today, July 17 is also National Ice Cream Day?  Ice cream is certainly one way I enjoy my journey through life.

Let’s think about ways we can celebrate ice cream.

  1. Try a new flavor.
  2. Give homemade a try.  There are many different ways and recipes to make homemade ice cream.  It is fun.  Homemade tastes better than store-bought.  Try it.
  3. Create a new recipe either for ice cream or using ice cream as an ingredient.
  4. Do you know the history of ice cream?
  5. Make kick the can ice cream with the kids.
  6. Love chocolate sauce?  Try my Dark Chocolate Sauce.
  7. Can’s eat dairy?  No problem!  There are non-dairy options made with alternative milks (such as alm0nd, rice or coconut).  Some are even made with frozen fruit such as bananas.  Try my Carrot Cake Fruit Cream.
  8. Set up a sundae bar.  Let the kids help.  Don’t forget to include healthy toppings such as fresh fruit and berries.
  9. Get social with your ice cream.  I’m not talking about social media here, invite people over for homemade ice cream or a sundae party.  Get the neighbors involved and have a block party.  It often seems that food divides us, but I believe it can still bring us together.
  10. Finally, be sure to check out the new recipes in my e-book Frozen Fun. We have added a section on smoothies.  Of course we still have the regular ice cream  and fruit cream recipes.   Frozen Fun is available from the Amazon Kindle Store or Espirational Books.

We’re celebrating with a little peach fruit cream I whipped up in the Ninja.  How are you celebrating?

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National Ice Cream Day (Dairy Free Version)

This being National Ice Cream Day I couldn’t resist celebrating with one of my favorite flavors of fruit cream.
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
 Carrot Cake Fruit Cream Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen mashed bananas
  • ½ cup coconut milk beverage (in the carton)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup finely grated carrots (about 1 small)
  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple (drained)
  • ⅛ cup finely chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Add bananas and coconut milk to blender container of a high-speed blender such as a Ninja or a Vita Mix. Pulse a few times then process on high until ingredients are well blended and look like ice cream. If your bananas are frozen very hard, you may have to stop a few times and scrape them down.
  2. Remove blade and stir in remaining ingredients. You may pour the ice cream into a bowl to do this if desired.
  3. The ice cream is now the consistency of soft serve. I suggest putting it in the freezer for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to blend.

Want more recipes like this one?  Frozen Fun:  25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes is available at Espirational Books and Gifts.

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Birthday Party Time!

Chocolate Cupcakes Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Chocolate Cupcakes
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Ice cream and cake for everybody!

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer dark cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange (approx. 1 T. zest and ½ cup juice)
1/3 cup water
¼ cup agave nectar or ½ cup sugar
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ – ¾ cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3.  In another bowl combine wet ingredients.
4.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet, stirring just to blend.
5.  Stir in chocolate chips.
6.  Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
7.  Divide batter among the cups.
8.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until the tip of a knife inserted into the top of a cupcake comes out clean.
9.  Remove from oven, take cupcakes out of the pan and allow to cool. 10. Frost with your favorite frosting recipe if you must, but these are great unfrosted, either naked for with a scoop of ice cream.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Now for the Ice Cream head on over to the Kindle Store for you free copy of my ice cream book Frozen Fun.  Don’t do dairy?  Don’t worry there are both dairy and non-dairy (banana based) versions available in lots of flavors.  Better hurry this is available today January 27 only.

But don’t be selfish.  Please share this blog post and the book giveaway with others.  Feel free to reblog if you like. 

This blog post is a part of the following:
Allergy Free Wednesdays

Gluten Free Wednesday

Gluten Free Fridays

Special Announcement

carrot cake cream 2 resizedI am introducing my new Carrot Cake Fruit Cream in a guest blog post at The Gluten Free HomemakerYes, I said carrot cake.  Doesn’t that sound good?  You’ll want to be sure to go get this recipe.

If you are living gluten free The Gluten Free Homemaker is a blog you will want to get to know.  Linda has some great ideas and recipes, especially about cooking for a family.  She also hosts Gluten Free Wednesdays which are a great source of gluten free recipes if you need a few.

This week I am also participating in Raw Foods Thursdays.

Looking for more dairy free ice cream recipes?  Check out my new Kindle eBook Frozen Fun! 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes

My First Blogiversary and You Get the Present!

English: Bulldog
English: Bulldog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One year ago today Espirational! began with our first post.  Time flies when you’re having fun!

We called Espirational a 10 Minute Vacation for the soul, because our souls needed a vacation.  Thank you to everyone who has come along with us.  Your follows, comments and general support mean more than you know.   If you are new to Espirational, please join us as we continue our journey.

Did somebody say there was a present?  You bet!  In celebration of my Blogiversary we’ve got ICE CREAM!  In my family, summer celebrations have to include ice cream.

Today, we are offering my latest eBook Frozen Fun! 25 Recipes for Dairy and Non Dairy Ice Cream FREE (yes I said free)!

I look forward to reading your reviews of Frozen Fun on its Amazon.com page.

T.R. at Nobody Like Crumbley Cookies is joining me in this celebration.  Please stop by his blog and say hello.

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #4

Ice cream sundae with strawberries
Ice cream sundae with strawberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Make your own homemade ice cream and have a sundae party.  Don’t forget to invite me.

Homemade ice cream is a vacation in a bowl!  Making your own gives you control over what goes in it.

Make ice cream and set out healthy toppings such as fresh berries and nuts and a few fun ones like mini chocolate chips.  Let everyone make their own sundae and DIG IN!