DeeYAMarammalicious Dessert! (No sugar)

This is an oldie but a goodie.

When I first graduated from Naturopathic Med School I loved teaching cooking workshops and my partner in teaching, Cathy Maniwa and I came up with this dessert's name one evening ... and it has stuck ... let us know if you agree with the name after giving it a taste. (-: 

 I had never used cardamon in a recipe before this and since have loved adding it to smoothies and stirfries --- this dish is where I still like it the best though ... you?

1. Preheat oven to 400 F

2. Grate 2 cups orange sweet potatoes (we're going to say these are 'yams' because of the dish's name and all)

3. Melt 1/3 cup ghee/coconut butter (ghee is our favourite by far for this one)

4. Add the grated yams to the pan of heated ghee, stirring to coat.

5. Transfer ghee and yam mix to a large casserole and stir in 1 cup rice/coconut/nut milk, 3/4 raisins and 1-2 tsp ground cardamom.

5 Bake at 400F approximately 30 min.

6. Remove from oven and stir in 1/2 cup ground almonds and 10 strands saffron.

7. Let everything in that casserole mingle for as long as you can take it before jumping in and enjoying the goodness. This does taste really good the next day too (apparently) but  yeah ... in our house we wouldn't know!  (-: Yummy x 100 folks ...



3 Gluten-free, Healthy Desserts to Enjoy (We Eat the First 2 for Breakfast!)

Tasty Berry Pie

Preheat oven to 375 F

Make Nut Crust (can use this crust for any pie)

  • 1 cup large flake rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup rice/barley/other flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup of  oil (grapeseed/organic Canola)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup


  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup agar flakes (at Nutters/Save-On - high on Calcium)
  • 2 cups blueberry juice or apple juice
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


1. Grind oats, almonds, salt and cinnamon in blender/food processor.
2. In a bowl, mix the flour with the oat mixture.
3. Add the oil and maple syrup and mix into a soft dough. Press into pie plate.
4. Bake at 375 F for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool while preparing the filling.
5. Mix arrowroot and maple syrup in a small bowl and set aside.  Heat the juice and agar and stir till agar is fully dissolved. Add the arrowroot-maple syrup mix and stir until slightly thick. Turn off heat.
6. Add the blueberries and mix well. Pour into baked crust and put in fridge for about 2 hours.

Pear Crisp

A delicious and easy recipe that can be served as a breakfast dish or dessert.


  • 5 cups bite size pear pieces

Flour Nut Mixture

  • 1 cup flour (rice, amaranth, millet, almond) 
  • ½ tsp. whole salt
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped cashews

Liquid Mixture

  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup 
  • 2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Add oil and sweetener; mix well. Stir in nuts and set aside. 
  3. In a small bowl combine water (2 Tbsp), maple syrup (2 Tbsp) and vanilla (2 tsp); set aside. 
  4. Slice fruit and place in a lightly oiled pie pan or an 8 by 8 inch baking dish. 
  5. Pour the liquid mixture over the fruit and toss gently. 
  6. Spoon the flour nut mixture evenly over the top of the fruit. 
  7. Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes more to crisp the topping.

Dream Cookies 

Ingredients (20-24 cookies)

  • 1 cup ground nuts (walnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc. Whatever makes your mouth water) 
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg 


  1. Mix ingredients. 
  2. Drop rounded half teaspoons of batter onto a cookie sheet lined with foil (shiny side up). 
  3. Bake at 300° F for 12-20 minutes. Keep an eye on to prevent burning. 
  4. Allow cookies to cool and then peel off carefully and ...  enjoy! (-: