Walnut Cardamom Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Talk about a fantastic fall time cake.  Though its delicious and delectable anytime, this one is especially autumn appropriate in terms of the flavors and spices.  Walnuts.  Cinnamon.  Cardamom.  Ginger.  Buttercream frosting.  Get excited for this cozy cake.

The best parts?  Gluten/grain free, and low in sugar.

This is a cake you can feel much better about eating than the usual flour and sugar laden recipes one finds in bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, and widely served up at celebrations.

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Sugar Free, Grain Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Hi all,

To me, autumn is synonymous with the explosion of all things pumpkin flavored.  This recipe has subtle spice, is creamy, easy to make, lightly sweet, and the best part?  Its free of any refined sugar (just honey), and with zero gluten/grains.  Yet, it tastes exactly like a slice you would sample at the Olive Garden or Cheesecake Factory.  Dont believe me?  Try it yourself.  You may never go back to the mass produced, processed stuff after.

Enjoy!

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Paleo Pumpkin Donuts

Tis the season.  With autumn well under way, all things pumpkin have arrived in explosion, showcased in abundance on any and many menus.  Pastas with pumpkin, quinoa bowls with chunks of pumpkin among other autumnal flavors and ingredients, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin muffins, and of course, pumpkin donuts.

There is something about the color, that warmth induced coziness via the brilliant orange shade.  As well as of course, the spiced flavor of pumpkin desserts.  Laced through with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, all manner of comforting, cold weather friendly spices.

These pumpkin donuts?  Get super excited, because not only are they moist, cakey, delicious, subtly spiced, and easy to make.  But.  They are also gluten/grain free, lactose free, and low in sugar.  No guilt in enjoying one of these babies.  Clocking in around 250 calories each, frosting included (not an exact count, a very close estimate), they aren’t heavy on the calorie end for a sweet treat of this size and satisfaction inducing either 😉

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It is my goal over the next few weeks to perfect the pumpkin donut (albeit, a gluten/grain free, low in sugar one.  My two stipulations).

In the meantime, this is a pretty darn good start.

Note: see bottom of the recipe for a cashew maple glaze frosting and how to make it.

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Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake.  One of those go-to, traditional, most loved desserts.  Certainly in my book, it is.  This chocolate cake though?  One of the best Ive ever sampled (up there with my sweet potato chocolate cake). This one however has zero grains/no gluten in it.  Its also lactose free.  And though it does contain some sugar, its with a far lower amount than usual cakes tend to have.

Dont be detoured by the ingredients list (this tends to be one of the first reasons I decide to forgo trying a recipe myself.  Too many ingredients or recipe steps).  I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this was to throw together.  And the moist, fudgy taste when finished baking?  Out of this world.  SO yummy.  Almost guaranteed to become one of your new favorite sweet recipes.

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Grain Free Decadent Chocolate Cake

Who doesnt love chocolate cake?  Well, certainly a few people 😉 but not many.  For a majority, chocolate cake is a quintessential classic yet routinely craved dessert.  Get excited for this decadent version, topped with a whipped chocolate cream.  Super easy to make, and the best part?  Grain/gluten free, and low in sugar!

Why should I care about not eating grains, you ask?  You can read about that in brief here.

So, this chocolate cake is sweet, satisfying, fudgy and delish, though without the grains and with way less sugar than usual.  To me, if you can eat something that’s far better for you yet tastes just as good as they significantly less healthy original, why not go with the version that’s better for your body?  This one is exactly that.  A sweet treat that’s better for you than the original version, though just as tasty.

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Healthy Strawberry Shortcakes In a Jar

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With sunshine, way more hours spent outdoors, and activities like beach and camping under way, both healthy as well as easily portable desserts are just the ticket.  Especially those loaded with fruit and cream, eh?  Because when is there ever a bad time for fruit laden, cream filled desserts?  Ill tell you when: never 😀

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(The perfect setting for enjoying tasty treats such as these!)

These shortcakes are light, lovely, and easy to make.  Heaped with any type of berries for which your heart yearns (and stomach craves), and a dollop of cream, these are just the thing.  They are lactose free, very low in sugar, and made with whole grains.

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Matcha Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Love banana bread?  And who doesnt, being one of those quintessential childhood treats, nostalgia inducing and super yummy, even for some who dont generally like bananas.  I have found still, they just might make an exception for banana bread.  This version is laced through with Matcha green tea, which is awesome for your health, boosting all sorts of benefits.  The best news about this banana bread though?  Its gluten free, lactose free, and low in sugar.  So you can enjoy, and without the guilt.

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Blondies

Happy Sunday, all!

Turns out, sometime blondes do have more fun.  At least, in the vein of these particular goodies they do.  This past weekend, I discovered a delightful new baking ingredient that’s changed my life over the last 24 hours.  Replacing flour in baking goods with ground up chickpeas.  I know, sounds somewhat sketchy.  I was hesitant myself.  How could ground up beans possibly result in that cakey, delightful texture I so adore in all things cake, pastry, and cookie?

Shockingly though, they rivaled precisely that.  The texture of these blondies are in fact: cakey, slightly nutty, sweet, decadent, absolutely delicious.  I couldnt stop at just one.  More like just…four 😉

I can assure you, trying this recipe (which is super easy and ready in minutes, might I add) will have you never turning back.  These are SO good.  I already made not one, but two batches of them this weekend alone.  That’s how awesome these babies are.

So, the blondies: gluten/grain free, dairy free, vegan, and low in sugar.

Dont take my word for it though.  Whip up a batch for your own sampling pleasure!

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6 Ingredient Pumpkin Bread

I know pumpkin tends to be a flavor typically attributed as being autumnal and/or of the Thanksgiving nature.  However, as someone who is passionate for pumpkin and eats it any chance I am able, I believe firmly that surely we can stretch the ingredient as being applicable and apt for baking well into the winter months as well.  Pumpkin is homey, comforting, healthy, and its great in both baked goods and savory dishes alike.

With the colder months making it far easier towards packing on a few extra pounds, I thought something desserty, comforting, but healthy and low in calories would be the perfect thing.  This pumpkin bread is gluten free, dairy free and without refined sugar.

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Pumpkin Spice Gingersnap Cheesecake

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone 😀

Its been about one year since I began Sweet. Raw. Free, so yippee to it being a year of delicious desserts and enticing entrees (at least, I hope so), provided for both your tasting and viewing pleasures.  I have certainly reveled in cooking, baking, and photographing up a storm in hopes that others will enjoy the fruits of my creativity and passion.

Additionally, also close to one year ago I posted a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake, as both cheesecake is one of my all-time favorite, most loved desserts, and pumpkin being an ever adored ingredient of mine (for both sweet and savory things).

That pumpkin cheesecake from a year past was pretty good.  The spices in it were especially awesome.  However, it wasn’t sweet enough.  I knew this back when I made it (and totally spaced on altering the recipe to reflect such!), and recently a close family friend reflected a similar sentiment, reminding me of this.  So with that said, I set out to create a new and improved version of my pumpkin cheesecake.  With Thanksgiving seeming like a fitting time for such a venture.  Here is the result: the new and improved Pumpkin Spice Gingersnap Cheesecake.

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