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Mascarpone-filled Strawberries

Here’s another dessert that is decadent, yet very low in sugar.  Mascarpone is a rich Italian cream cheese that is dense, lightly nutty, and slightly sweet.  It pairs beautifully with any kind of berry. I amped up the mascarpone with little bit of freshly-grated orange zest and a few drops of liquid stevia, then split […]

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Recipe Remix: Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups with Dried Blueberries

Before I started my sugar avoidance kick, I posted a recipe for these almond butter cups that included some powdered sugar.  They were most delicious, and I was pretty sure I could make a version with minimal sugar, and so I did.  The only refined sugar in these comes from the dark chocolate, and you […]

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Stone Fruit Tart with Almond Crust (sugar free and grain free)

As I continue to avoid sugar and gluten, I have been experimenting a lot with almond meal to come up with seasonal sweets.  Colorado peaches are at their peak right now, and I have been picking some up wherever I see them–roadside stands, the Farmers’ Market, or even in the parking lot of a local […]

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Little Apricot-Almond Cakes (Sugar Free and Grain Free)

While I have sworn off of sugar, I have not sworn off of dessert, so I have been experimenting with doing some baking with stevia.  Stevia is a non-caloric sweetener that is derived from a plant (I have one growing in the greenhouse right now), and it is available as a powder or a liquid.  […]

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Vanilla Rum Berry Tarts

Vanilla Rum Berry Tarts

In January you may recall that I gave up sugar.  Cold turkey, no looking back.  Still, I have not completely given up on dessert, and this represents a lovely little dessert that does actually contain some refined sugar (it’s in the rum), but it is minimal, and a serving of this weighs in at only […]

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Red Wine Poached Apples with Mascarpone and Pistachios

Red Wine Poached Apples with Mascarpone and Pistachios

Didn’t I just commit to “no sugar” in the new year?  Yes!  Yes, I did, and this genuinely luscious little dessert does not break that promise in any way.  There is no added sugar here, and trust that it will not be missed at all.  The wine–a limited-edition, Conservancy red from Concannon Vineyards— adds a […]

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