Desserts

  • Black Onyx Brownies - The Clean Gourmet Black Onyx Brownies - These brownies are for grown ups.  They are not chewy and cloyingly sweet but, they are richly flavored of chocolate and their texture is velvety smooth.  If you’re a lover of super dark chocolate, these are the brownies you’ve been waiting for. Black onyx cocoa powder is ultra Dutch processed (a.k.a. alkalized), which neutralizes the bitterness and acidity … Read More
  • Pumpkin Hazelnut Espresso Muffins - The Clean Gourmet Pumpkin Hazelnut Espresso Muffins - Pumpkin is still going strong! Kefir is a cultured milk product similar to yogurt, except it has different, more potent strains of bacteria, and is thin enough to drink.  It’s a great alternative to buttermilk in baking and pancake recipes, thanks to its similar consistency and acidity to buttermilk.  Kefir is also a perfect base for smoothies! Maple … Read More
  • Tahini Apple Snack Cake - I have to share this adaptation of a recipe from one I saw on Thrive Market’s blog last year, as I get this requested at least once a month by clients and friends.  I’ve reduced the sugar, subbed buttermilk with grass fed yogurt, and I use apple instead of pear since pear ripeness is so unpredictable.  I … Read More
  • Mesquite Banana Bread - No, this is not barbecue flavored banana bread.  Mesquite powder (or “flour”) is what boosts this banana bread. Mesquite powder is made of dried and ground pods from the mesquite plant.  It has a toasty, sweet flavor, yet it’s extremely low on the glycemic index.  Renowned for its nutrition density, mesquite is high in protein, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.  Also, thanks … Read More
  • “Mocha” Oat Bran Pudding (Budino di Crusca d’Avena al Caffè d’Orzo) - While living in Italy, I discovered “caffè d’orzo”, a barley-based coffee substitute that is by default caffeine-free.  It’s a very common drink there, but virtually unheard of in the U.S.  After doing some research, I found that it does exist here under the name “grain coffee”.  While it’s more difficult to find here than in Europe, there are … Read More
  • Matcha Chia Pudding with Toasted Coconut - Matcha is green tea for people who think they don’t like green tea.  It’s bright, fruity and slightly grassy.  While, personally, I like it all- sencha, silver leaf, gunpowder, genmaicha, etc., matcha is special.  Matcha is a powdered form of green tea, which dissolves in water, milk or any other liquid, which means you get more … Read More
  • Vegan Pistachio-Coconut Ice Cream (Gelato Vegano di Pistacchio e Cocco) - This is a recipe I devised to satisfy a certain family member’s ice cream addiction without having to experience feelings of guilt for watching him eat such artery-clogging, acidifying food… Thus, while it requires full-fat coconut milk (light coconut milk will become icy when frozen), at least the fat is plant-based and is argued to … Read More
  • Fruity Chia Pudding (Budino di Semi di Cia alla Frutta) - Chia in many ways outdoes flax; first of all, chia does not need to be ground up in order to absorb all of its benefits, which include: as much protein as flax (but, unlike flax, is a complete source of protein), twice the phosphorous, more than double the calcium, and less fat.  Also, chia is … Read More