dessert

Piña Colada Sorbet

Summer doesn’t end until September 22 this year, and even though we’ve had a few days of cooler weather here in the D.C. area, I want to savor every last bit of summer. We had a lot of pineapple on hand a few weeks ago, so I decided to freeze some of it to make Piña Coladas.

As it turned out, I haven’t been in the mood for drinking, even when we were visiting the beach with Brent’s family two weekends ago. So, instead of making an adult beverage with the frozen pineapple, I decided to make a family-friendly dessert in honor of the drink for which that iconic 1979 song, “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” was named. Cheers!

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Dairy-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

One of our dirty, little secrets is that we have always had a weakness for cheesecake. There’s something about it that helps us celebrate or cope with stressful situations. Despite our love, it does not love us back; congestion and an overall feeling of lethargy are common side-effects. This Thanksgiving, we decided to give this staple a shot with Kite Hill Cream Cheese. This stuff is awesome and it allowed us to celebrate with a great dessert to finish up a great meal.

This is definitely a special occasion treat, but it was too good not to share. With more holiday celebrations to come this month, we hope you’ll give this a try.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Heather didn’t add a lot of sweetener to the batter of this cheesecake. The cheesecake was perfectly savory with a hint of sweetness. If you prefer a slightly sweeter dessert, you could easily serve it with a sweet whipped cream of coconut milk (or real heavy cream, if you can tolerate it) or a light drizzle of maple syrup.

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Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding

It’s past key lime season, but we’ve had a few warm days in the past weeks that felt like late summer. This recipe was partially inspired by those days. Also, truth be told, we have a big bag of chia seeds that we rarely use and I randomly had the urge to make use of them.

While it might be more accurate to make this with key limes, I used a regular lime and the flavor was great. This recipe makes for a light, sweet dessert on a warm day. Or, make it on a gloomy and cold day to transport yourself to the golden days of summer. Either way, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Paleo Cherry-Watermelon-Kombucha “Jell-O” Shots (Adult and Kid Friendly)

While on Facebook this week, I came across the instructions for making “XXL Watermelon Jell-O Shots” and I would be lying if I didn’t click right on that link (here it is for those of you who are curious). It seemed like a lot of fun, but we weren’t exactly interested in the sugar-laden Jell-O packets. We’d had success previously with gelatin for a Halloween treat, so I decided we should give it a shot.

This was a ridiculously popular treat at the 4th of July paleo potluck we attended. We had fun with the hosts, Paleo Parents, and fellow bloggers The Domestic Man, Predominantly Paleo, and Merit + Fork, among others. We also made our Gurkensalat and used the flesh from the watermelon to make our Watermelon-Mint Salad. You’re going to love making these paleo “Jell-O” shots. They’re probiotic, powerful, and tasty.

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Chai Pumpkin Chia Pudding

I realize that pumpkin is not a spring vegetable, but I love it any time of year. This flavorful pudding came about as I was trying to bring some of my favorite flavors together for a filling but slightly sweet breakfast smoothy.

The first attempt was a total flop; but it seeded the idea of this recipe and I’m pleased with the outcome. I love that the banana adds subtle sweetness without overpowering the pumpkin flavor and that the chai spices give a warmth and brightness to each bite. Chia seeds add a bit of protein and fiber, making this a worthwhile mid-day snack as well as dessert. We hope you enjoy it!

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