When a friend recently asked me what I use in place of sugar, I realized there is really no one answer. Bananas are great for frozen desserts, smoothies, breakfast crepes and other baked goods. Dates are amazingly sweet without too strong of a taste, and a good binder making them incredible for raw desserts like these power bars. Raw honey is my favorite natural sweetener, containing beneficial enzymes and immunity boosting compounds.
This recipe is as simple as they get and can turn breakfast into a real treat. For the parfait, I have layered cooked cream of buckwheat, chopped raw walnuts, homemade raw goat milk yogurt, and fresh strawberries and bananas, with this delicious syrup layered throughout. You can swap in other nuts or seeds, or even homemade granola, depending on your preferences. The syrup also goes well with coconut ice cream, waffles and pancakes.
Raw goat milk is tolerated by some who have food sensitivity to cow's milk. Fermenting it into yogurt or kefir adds natural probiotics that can aid in intestinal healing and digestion. Raw goat milk can be found in some natural health food stores or through local farms. To find one in your area go to Eat Wild or Real Milk. I make the yogurt myself in my Euro Cuisine yogurt maker using non-dairy starter from Custom Probiotics.
The syrup tastes best cold, losing some of its sweetness the more it is heated through. If you bring it to a boil, be sure to taste it before you serve it and adjust the sweetness by adding more apple juice concentrate or sweetener of your choice.
(Note: the ingredients need to be partially thawed in order to process)
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/3 cup apple juice concentrate (Organic Cascadian Farms is my favorite)
Place ingredients in a blender or food processor and let thaw partially. Blend until smooth. Source: www.foodsensitivityjournal.com
More gluten and sugar free recipes
Some of my favorite sources of gluten and refined sugar free cooking:
Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
Living Free of Gluten, Dairy and Sugar
Elana's Pantry (sugar free except the chocolate chips!)
30 Days to Easy Gluten-Free Living
My friend Diane Eblin over at the Whole Gang is on a mission. With the help of 29 other bloggers, she's going to show how easy it is to cook gluten free. Beginning May 2nd, she will launch "30 Days to Easy Gluten-Free Living." Each day will feature a new blogger with recipes and tips on how to live gluten free. I'll be sharing my no bake sugar free chocolate peanut butter pie on Mother's Day. I hope you'll join us for this fun and informative month of gluten free goodness!
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