Sweets and Treats

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe (egg-free, wheat-free, dairy-free)

I made this cake for Bella’s birthday.  It was a hit with all the chocolate lovers.  It is dense and moist.  Bella enjoyed her cake with a side of coconut milk ice cream.

Chocolate Fudge Cake



  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Grease an 8X8 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and pour batter into pan.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool and ice with your favorite chocolate icing.

You may also enjoy Hot Fudge Cake swimming in chocolate sauce and Two Ingredient Pumpkin Bread with Apple Cider Glaze.

This post is part fo So Sweet Sundays and Allergy Friendly Friday

Dairy-Free Caramel Dip/Sauce

The kids and I met my nephew at the McDonald’s playplace today.  As my dairy eating kids devoured their apples and caramel dip, I decided I was going to make a version Bella can enjoy.  It turned out awesome!  The dairy eating kids said it was as good as McDonald’s.  I think the hint of maple syrup makes it even better than McDonald’s.  Don’t worry about the coconut milk.  You can’t taste it.  This caramel is good hot and cold.  It is delicious with apples and pears and it would be awesome on dairyfree ice cream.

3/4 cup canned coconut milk
3/4 cup sucanat/rapaduraor brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1Tbsp water
1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
2 Tbsp soy free earth balance
1 tsp vanilla


1. Whisk coconut milk, sucanat, and maple syrup in a small saucepan.

2. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally,  for 3 minutes.

3. Whisk water and arrowroot together in a small bowl.

4. Stir the arrowroot and water into the coconut milk mixture.

5. Cook and wisk another 3 minutes or so until the mixture thickens.

6.  Transfer caramel to an airtight jar and store in the refrigerator.

You may also enjoy egg-free, dairy-free Mayonnaise or dairy-free Chocolate Frosted Rice Krispie Treats.

Special thanks to Vegan Chef for this recipe!

This post is part of Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Just Another Meatless Monday, Meatless Mondays, My Meatless Mondays, Ultimate Recipe Swap.

Overnight Granola Recipe (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)

The first thing that resonated with me while reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon is that Americans eat junk for breakfast if they eat breakfast at all.  Even “healthy cereal” is highly processed and full of additives.  It is also very expensive.  This recipe is frugal and easy.  If you can make Rice Krispie treats, you can make this granola.  We eat it just as it is but it would be delicious with coconut, dried fruit and/or nuts if you can tolerate them.  It’s also good as a topping on yogurt or ice cream.  While we still enjoy an occasional bowl of store bought cereal, this recipe is a staple at our house.  I make a double batch of this several times a month.

½ cup palm shortening
½ cup honey
½ cup sucanat/rapadura or brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
7 cups rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)



1.  Preheat oven to 350 for slightly chewy granola or 375 for crunchy granola.  I prefer slightly chewy.

2.  In a small saucepan add shortening, honey and rapadura.  Cook on medium heat until shortening is melted and stir until ingredients are combined.  The rapadura will not melt and become one with the oil.  When you stop stirring the rapadura will settle to the bottom.  That’s ok.  Just give it a quick stir right before you add it to the oats.

3.  In a large bowl combine oats and melted goodness.

4.  Spread evenly on 2 parchment lined or very well greased 9 X 13 pans.

5.  Put the pans in the oven and turn the oven OFF.

6.  Go to bed.

7.  Wake up and enjoy some delicious additive-free granola cereal.  Granola will keep in an air tight container for weeks.

This recipe is included in Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday and Weekend Gourmet Blog Carnival.