Paradise Pizza:Healthy Alternative

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This Dessert Pizza is healthy, dairy free, and great for summer events. I always get great comments on this one because it’s different and not full of sugar so more than one piece is okay, plus I dare you to only eat one piece. 

Supplies/Ingredients:

  • 16″ pizza pan or smaller
  • rolling pin
  • wire strainer
  • med. bowl
  • 2 rolls of sugar cookie dough (organic if possible) *1 roll may be enough if your pan is less than 16″
  • 2-3 ripe kiwis
  • 1 container of strawberries (fresh)(organic if possible)
  • 1 container of blue blueberries(fresh) (organic if possible)
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 vanilla or banana flavor yogurt 16oz. total (I use so delicious non- dairy unsweetened vanilla) always use carrageenan free as well. 
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of coconut flakes, sweetened or unsweetened to preference. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and have the cookie dough already thawed out in the refrigerator. Then place the dough on top of the oven while it heats up for easy kneading  and rolling. You may use some flour to keep the dough from sticking to hands and rolling pin. Use rolling pin for even covering of pizza pan. You can cut off the extra dough around the edges and add to any weak spots. 

Place in oven 14-16 minutes long, you want to watch and make sure the edges do not burn but the dough is not raw either. 

Next wash off all fresh fruit. Dice strawberries on their side to make a dollar coin cut to mimic pepperoni, peel kiwi’s and cut in half long ways, then cut on angle to mimic green bell peppers. Blue berries can be tossed on as is. View picture above for reference. 

After crust is done cooking, let cool on rack. We want the dough cooled off enough to put the cold yogurt on. Next empty the can of pineapple into a wire strainer with a bowl underneath to catch juice. Once drained, put drained pineapple in med. mixing bowl. Add the yogurt and mix together. 

Once crust is completely cooled off, spoon yogurt mix over the crust as a pizza sauce. Place strawberries, blue berries, and kiwi slices all over. Keep the coconut on the side or sprinkle on Paradise Pizza. (for non coconut lovers) Finally slice into squares or into pizza slice and enjoy! Comment if you have any questions!

Here’s to keeping it real-Ms. Shawna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic dairy free fluffy hotcakes!

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Yum! Hot cakes! Pancakes! Fluffy golden discs! Most just get a box of bisquick but for us foodies its all natural baby and here’s the recipe I approve of that taste great too.

1 cup King Arthur self rising flour or organic flour

2 TBS cane sugar

1 TBS aluminum free baking powder

1 organic egg beaten

1 cup water

2 tsp organic vanilla extract

First mix the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, and baking powder into a medium size bowl with a pastery cutter if handy. Mix in the beaten egg with dry ingredients. Add the water and vanilla extract. Mix by hand with a large spoon until most clumps are gone.

Grease a fry pan with coconut oil or an organic GMO free oil of your choice. Pour slowly until desired shape of pancake on medium heat. You know the rest.

To keep it healthy you can add honey as syrup or make a fruit topping. For the strawberry topping use about 2 cups of strawberries and cut in half with 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup cane sugar in another fry pan. Keep stirring on medium heat till a nice strawberry like soup appears. Get creative with your topping in adding nuts or dairy free chocolate chips! This recipe makes about 8 small pancakes. It’s a keeper for me. Next I’m going to try and master pastries with coconut flour. Any ideas? Here’s to Keeping it Real!

Make your house smell like Apple Strudel from scratch!

There is this café’ that serves apple strudel that I’ve made a tradition of getting every time I visit, but I want to have this more than once a month, without the processed ingredients. So I put on some Mumford and Sons ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST59IaiCUdA ~ and did some late night baking. The best thing about late night baking is the joy of having your baked treat for breakfast the next morning with your coffee or tea.

This recipe uses healthier alternative ingredients and its Vegan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 min.

Ingredients for pastry:
1 cup all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur GMO free)

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons sugar (Use unrefined cane sugar)

1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, diced (I use Earth Balance Vegan butter)

4 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Ingredients for Apple filling:

1 1/4 pound apples (such as Granny Smith or Macintosh), peeled and sliced
(I used two organic red delicious & one green apple) *Note I had enough apples left over that another batch of dough was needed so just two apples is plenty.

1/3 cup sugar (Unrefined cane sugar of course)

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (organic)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour (K.A.)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (simple organic brand)

Use a medium size bowl to mix flour, sugar, and salt in. Use a pastry cutter to mixed chopped cold butter into the mixed until it clumps together. I like how these turned out but truthfully I wanted a more flaky texture. To do this I would just use the whole block of butter which is only two more Tablespoons than required in the recipe. The key is to just lay off the water if the dough is moist and gathered together already. You should have a nice rough ball of dough to set aside on a floured surface.

For the Apple filing just add diced apples to a smaller bowl with sugar, flour, and vanilla extract. I just sprinkled the cinnamon around all the apple pieces until I was satisfied. Mix with a wooden spoon until most of the flour is sticking to the apples.

Now comes the fun part of rolling out the dough and making your own pastry designs.

I made two rectangles and some circles from star like shapes.

Roll out the dough as thin as you can without it becoming too fragile and cut out a rectangle with added width for the top. On the extra side, slice out the tops of triangles to lap over the apple filling. Place some of the apple filling on the solid side and wrap the other side over pinching the dough together. Place on a cookie sheet with some type of oil (coconut oil) spread out. Another design is using a star shape to put a smaller amount of filling in. Just pull all the star points to the top pinching together. Lastly brush some butter on the tops of the dough, then place in the oven at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes. Keep on an eye on the Apple strudel until the tops start to turn brown but make sure the bottom doesn’t burn either. Finally enjoy! Comments of questions welcomed.

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Upgrade your Food Game!
~Love Miss Shawna~

Amazing organic banana bread from scratch

I know how time consuming and difficult it can be to bake from scratch but even more so with all new organic ingredients and not much experience with the thousands of recipes with ingredients most of the westernized world doesn’t use. This is why I’m sharing this gem with no preservatives or The rubber known as ADA which is almost every bread on the shelf. I had set my mind to making banana bread from scratch with my new organic unbleached flour, unrefined sugar, and organic bananas. Since organic ingredients cost more than you rather get the recipe right the first time. I love to experienment in the kitchen but the goal is to have eatable food in the end. This recipe is the one I will use from now on. Its  dairy free with no milk substitute needed but an alternative butter is needed. Since I’m only allergic to milk protein then I use Unsalted butter.  The recipe is on all about.com http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/breadsbakery/r/banabread.htm?utm_source=facebook_sp&utm_medium=sm&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons

This banana bread was banging! As my friend aka test taster says. image

This just turned out perfect and I followed the recipe exactly except using regular butter. I made muffins and mini loafs to take on the go instead of making a large loaf. One tip I’ll give you is when baking bread only grease the bottom of the pans you use. The reason is because greasing the sides will make the bread crave in instead of having the round muffin like risen top. Any person who works in a bakery will say that when selling their muffins the sides they cover up don’t matter compared to that risen top customers see. I use organic bananas for everything bc they taste sweeter and last longer than regular bananas so think it makes the bread taste even better. So your search for the perfect banana bread is over! Let me know how it turns out for you and follow the directions exactly like using a wooden spoon to fold the batter is what it’s all about.