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Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Pie Mousse

Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Pie Mousse - vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, sugar free - Get the recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

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Gluten Free Orange Pumpkin Bread

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Gluten Free Mango Quinoa Halwa

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Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding

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Sugar Free & Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding

Get the recipe for Sugar Free & Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding made with stevia from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

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Saying goodbye to summer – Mixed Berry & Banana Sorbet {vegan friendly, sugar free}

Mixed Berry Sorbet The kids are back to school signaling the end of one of the craziest summers we’ve had in a long time. My husband was laid off in June and he’s spent the summer being a stay at home dad while job hunting. As the current bread winner, I’ve been busier than ever working here at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet (I hope you’ve noticed) and on other freelance work.

It may also be our last summer in Colorado, so we’re trying to savor every last bit of it, from dinners we make from locally caught trout to berries, vegetables and herbs we grow in our yard.

One of the things I wanted to do this summer was make homemade ice cream from our berries. I bought a Cuisinart 2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker last spring with plans to do so, but I didn’t have the time until last week.

Instead of cream, whole milk and sugar, I wanted to use Native Forest Organic Light Coconut Milk and liquid stevia so it would be dairy free and relatively guilt free, too. I did a search and found a recipe for Blackberry Ice Cream from Kristen at Passion 4 Eating. I liked that she used bananas in her recipe, which was perfect because I had a few overly ripe ones in the refrigerator. I substituted liquid stevia for the sugar Kristen used, and played around with ratios and amounts a bit.

The mixed berries I used were mostly raspberries and some blackberries from my garden. You can use any type of berries you like.

Mixed Berry Sorbet

Mixed Berry & Banana Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 2 small bananas
  • 2 - 13.5 ounce cans light coconut milk
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh or frozen berries, thawed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons liquid stevia, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Directions

  1. Peel bananas, and toss into a blender with the coconut milk. Blend until combined.
  2. Add the blackberries, 1 tablespoon of the liquid stevia, the vanilla extract and the lemon juice. Blend until the berries are completely pureed.
  3. Taste, add more stevia if too tart. Add a bit more stevia than you think you need as the flavor will change when the liquid sorbet is frozen.
  4. When you’re satisfied with the level of sweetness, make sorbet in a two quart ice cream maker according to manufacture’s directions.
  5. Serve immediately.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: 1 3/4 quarts or 20 scoops
  • Serving size: 1 scoop
  • Calories: 39
  • Calories from Fat: 19
  • Total Fat: 2.1g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Unsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 5.4g
  • Sugar: 2.2g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0g

Mixed Berry Sorbet

Should you buy an ice cream maker?

I thought my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker did a good job – the sorbet was creamy though a bit softer than regular ice cream.

However, the sorbet turned into a solid mass when put into the freezer. If you have leftover sorbet, you’ll need to thaw it out before serving. If you leave it out too long, it’ll turn into a milk shake. You can either put it back in the ice cream maker to turn it back into a sorbet. Or you can drink it as a shake – up to you!

I’ve also made traditional ice cream using whole milk and whipping cream in the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. I actually had better results with the sorbet as the ice cream was too runny! The recipe I used for the ice cream made a bit more than two quarts, so I feel my ice cream maker does better with smaller batches.

You can’t beat the price making your own ice cream, especially if you have berries or fruit growing in your backyard. What I really like is that you can control what goes into your ice cream or other frozen treats, so you can make sure your recipe fits any dietary needs, food sensitivities or allergies you may have.

You can also make grown up concoctions like frozen margaritas from better-for-you ingredients like fresh lime juice and berries, agave nectar, stevia and organic tequila. Sound like fun? Then go for it!

Looking for stevia in San Diego at BlogHer 2011 #blogher11

San Diego This year’s BlogHer conference was at the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina. I’ve been attending BlogHer since 2006 when there were only 600 women in attendance. This summer there were over 4,100 attendees!

Many told me they felt that this year’s conference was positive, fun and mellow. Maybe it was the gorgeous San Diego weather and the lovely breezes coming off San Diego Bay. It could have been the beautiful views of the Coronado Bridge. Or maybe we were just energized by working out with Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser, Quaker’s new spokesperson.

The hunt for stevia

This year, I was thrilled to be sponsored by the Global Stevia Institute to talk to other attendees about stevia and to find stevia-sweetened products at BlogHer 2011.

Sadly, there was no Pure Via presence at BlogHer 2011 even though PepsiCo has been a longtime sponsor of the conference. However, they did have a booth where attendees could sample Trop50, which is sweetened with stevia. They featured the Lemonade and the Raspberry Lemonade flavors, which are delicious. However, my favorite is still the Pomegranate Blueberry.

There was only one other stevia sweetened product on the expo floor – nimble by Balance Bar. It’s sweetened with stevia and brown rice syrup, and made especially for women and moms.

There were no stevia packets available at the coffee and tea service areas – just the usual pink, blue, yellow and white stuff. It was the same at the parties and in the local restaurants and coffee houses. This was surprising as the conference offered a variety of healthy, vegan and gluten free meals.

Let’s talk about stevia

While I’m beginning to find stevia packets here in Colorado at hotels, restaurants and coffee houses, I don’t see it in other places I visit. That’s why I always carry packets of stevia in my purse. It’s a great way to start a conversation about the benefits of stevia as a zero calorie, natural sweetener.

When talking with other attendees about stevia, many were very knowledgeable about it, loved using stevia in their coffee and cooking, and even told me their favorite brand. Usually they mentioned Truvia, as the company has done several campaigns with bloggers through various public relation and marketing agencies.

All in all, I can’t wait for BlogHer 2012 in NYC and have already bought my ticket. Hope to see you there! I'll be the one digging the stevia packets out of my purse.

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Disclosure: the Global Stevia Institute sponsored my time at the Blogher 2011 conference.

Sugar Free Mojito Lime Orange & Mint Popsicles

Sugar Free Lime Orange & Mint Popsicles from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com Lime is one of more popular flavors used in paletas – paletas de limón. I love lime too, especially in a mojito with mint leaves. So I used the combination, plus a little orange, and came up with a mojito flavored popsicle sans the rum.

The Mojito Popsicles are very tangy and strong, so you may want to add more water and back off on the juice unless you love lime as much as I do.

These are popsicles for grownups as well as any kiddos out there, like my daughter Lucie, who loves to chew on fresh lime pieces. This mix would also make great flavored ice cubes for mojitos and other rum drinks.

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Sugar Free Mojito Lime Orange & Mint Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup lime juice (from approximately 6 limes)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 teaspoons liquid stevia
  • 4 mint sprigs

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 5 popsicles
  • Serving size: 1 popsicle
  • Calories: 39
  • Calories from Fat: 1
  • Total Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated fat: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 10.7g
  • Sugar: 6.4g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Lime Orange & Mint Popsicles Lime is one of more popular flavors used in paletas – paletas de limón. I love lime too, especially in a mojito with mint leaves. So I used the combination, plus a little orange, and came up with a mojito flavored popsicle sans the rum.

The Mojito Popsicles are very tangy and strong, so you may want to add more water and back off on the juice unless you love lime as much as I do.

These are popsicles for grownups as well as any kiddos out there, like my daughter Lucie, who love to chew on fresh lime pieces. This mix would also make great flavored ice cubes for mojitos and other rum drinks.

Sugar Free Lime Orange & Mint Popsicles from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Sugar Free Mojito Lime Orange & Mint Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup lime juice (from approximately 6 limes)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 teaspoons liquid stevia
  • 4 mint sprigs

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 5 popsicles
  • Serving size: 1 popsicle
  • Calories: 39
  • Calories from Fat: 1
  • Total Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated fat: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 10.7g
  • Sugar: 6.4g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Sugar Free Watermelon and Kiwi Ice Pops (paletas de sandia y kiwi)

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Cappuccino Granitas, sugar free frozen treats with a buzz!

Sugar Free Cappuccino Granitas

Due to my food sensitivities to sugar and milk as well as a desire to make healthier snacks for my kids, I’m experimenting with various frozen treats this summer. While I do have a ice cream maker, I wanted to try out some simpler recipes for fruit popsicles, granitas and paletas first.

Granitas

Granitas is the Sicilian version of sorbet, but more course and crystalline. I liken it to shaved ice with grownup flavors. According to Wikipedia, it’s served in Italy more like an ICEE with a straw, unlike how I made it – more frozen and served in a bowl with a spoon.

Inspired by the Espresso Granita in the June 2011 issue of Bon Appetit, I came up with two healthier espresso-flavored granitas. Instead of milk I used coconut milk and I sweetened the drinks with stevia. To me, both versions taste like a delicious icy, iced coffee.

Just a note of warning! This is a highly caffeinated dessert, so be careful feeding it to the kids or treating yourself to a big bowl after dinner. Unless you all want to be bouncing off the walls that is.

Sugar Free Cappuccino Granita with Chocolate

This is the darker granita shown above on the left.

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Stir all ingredients into a medium bowl into well combined.
  2. Pour into a 9x9x2 metal baking pan.
  3. Freeze for 90 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from freezer and stir, mashing any frozen parts with the back of a fork.
  5. Cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours more.
  6. Remove pan from freezer. Using a fork, scrape granita vigorously to form ice flakes.
  7. Divide granita among bowls or glasses and serve.

Nutritional information

  • Calories 52
  • Calories from Fat 44
  • Total Fat 4.9g
  • Saturated Fat 4.3g
  • Trans Fat 0.0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 14mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 1.7g
  • Dietary Fiber 0.7g
  • Sugars 0.8g
  • Protein 0.7g

Nutrition Grade C- from CalorieCount 

Weight Watchers POINTS = 1.5

Sugar Free Cappuccino Granitas

Sugar Free Cappuccino Granita with Cinnamon

This is the lighter granita shown above on the right.

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups hot espresso
  • 1/2 cup Stevia Extract In the Raw 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Stir all ingredients into a medium bowl into well combined.
  2. Pour into a 9x9x2 metal baking pan.
  3. Freeze for 90 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from freezer and stir, mashing any frozen parts with the back of a fork.
  5. Cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours more.
  6. Remove pan from freezer. Using a fork, scrape granita vigorously to form ice flakes.
  7. Divide granita among bowls or glasses and serve.

Nutritional information

  • Calories 97
  • Calories from Fat 86
  • Total Fat 9.5g
  • Saturated Fat 8.5g
  • Trans Fat 0.0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 17mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 2.6g
  • Dietary Fiber 1.1g
  • Sugars 1.4g
  • Protein 1.0g

Nutrition Grade C- from CalorieCount 

Weight Watchers POINTS = 2.5

This Mama’s tips

  • If you forget to do the first stir and the granita has frozen solid, leave out for a while to soften up before scraping. Or you can break up the block of granita in your food processor. Return it to the pan and freeze for 30 minutes to firm up. Then scrape, flake and serve.
  • If you’re concerned about the amount of fat from the coconut milk, substitute low fat or skim cow’s milk.
  • Worried about the caffeine? Use decaf espresso.

Sugar Free Dairy Free Orange Coconut Popsicles

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Sugar Free & Dairy Free Chocolate Tofu Smoothie

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Answer my stevia survey for a chance to win $100!

42-17245001Part of my work as an Expert Panel member on the Global Stevia Institute board is finding out how people feel about stevia. That’s why I’m asking you to fill out this short online survey about stevia. It’ll take just a few minutes of your time.

Once you fill it out, you’re eligible for a chance to win one of two $100 American Express Gift cards. (You have to be over 18 to enter and be willing to send me your name and mailing address so we can send out your gift card.)

The survey will be up for two weeks and ends Monday, February 21, 2011. We’ll pick a winner at random the first week and another winner the second week.

Good luck and thanks in advance for filing out my stevia survey!

The survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who filled it out and congrats to winners Jane S. and Kathy G.