Gluten-Free Miso Chocolate Brownies (GF, DF option)

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I read in a Wall Street Journal article (yes the WSJ of all places!) about miso making an appearance in desserts. Growing up in an Asian household, I had known miso as a Japanese flavoring, used as a sauce for fish (it’s DELICIOUS with Chilean sea bass) or as a base for soup, but had never thought of it outside of those parameters. But reading this article, it made sense! Miso paste has a thick consistency that would add a thick buttery texture to a dessert, and the flavor, although used mainly as a salty condiment, does have a hint of sweetness to it. I could see how it would make an awesome complement to chocolate, similar to sea salt + caramel.

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Valentine’s Day: Easy Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake (GF)

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Every holiday deserves its own cake! Even if you’re not so much of a baker, this cake, by Virtually Homemade, is easy to make and naturally gluten-free. It is so rich and decadent, it will satiate any chocolate cravings for months to come and leave you and your loved ones patting you on the back! Pour your heart into the baking of this cake and make it the perfect delightful gift or treat for that someone special – yourself! 

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8Safe Vegan Chocolate Chili

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This week we’ve entered into a special partnership with allergy-friendly blogger My Happy Belly. On the blog, Kelly provides yummy recipes and tips for those living with (and caring for people with) all 8 of the major food allergens in the US: wheat (and gluten), milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish & shellfish. Her recipes look amazing, so we wanted to share one of our favorites for vegan chocolate chili (you heard right, chocolate!) below. Sounds like a great recipe to try for Father’s Day! She’s also doing a giveaway for a Tasteful Pantry Treat Box, so check out her site to enter!

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You Are Loved Foods: Guilt-free Indulgence!

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After a lifetime of no sweets, a little boy with Type 1 diabetes tastes Jonathan Heine’s chocolate fudge for the first time. He turns to his mother and tells her he feels so loved. And so the name for You Are Loved Foods is born.

We at The Tasteful Pantry discovered You Are Loved Foods at Expowest last month and were so excited to learn they are also based here in Los Angeles! We were even more excited to taste their delicious treats with the knowledge that they were gluten-free, paleo, low glycemic and vegan. Actually, we had to taste them multiple times because we couldn’t believe how good they were at first. After all, chocolatey fudge like that usually at least contains dairy or sugar. We even tested You Are Loved Foods treats on some diabetic family and friends (thanks Dad!) and asked them to test their blood sugar levels after eating  them – they didn’t go up! Even Lea, The Tasteful Pantry’s Registered Dietitian (and diabetes expert) was impressed!

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How to Temper Chocolate the Easy Way

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With the big V-day coming up, yes we could impress our significant other by spending all day in the kitchen whipping up a romantic homemade dessert. If you want to do that, try our popular recipe for sacher torte. But if that’s not your thing, here’s an easy set of instructions for tempering chocolate, which sounds super fancy and sophisticated, but really is pretty simple. Once you’ve tempered your chocolate you can then do all sorts of fun things with it like dip strawberries or bananas in it, or make bon bons out of ice cream or cookies. Let us know below how you plan to use yours!

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Grain-Free Queen Mother’s Cake (GF)

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We love chocolate. And more chocolate. And more chocolate. Especially during the holidays. That’s why we couldn’t resist sharing this gluten-free, grain-free recipe for “Queen Mother’s Cake”. Now you may ask, why is it called Queen Mother’s Cake? There seems to be some debate about whether an actual British monarch was involved in the history of the cake (it is rumored to have been the favorite cake of Queen Elizabeth), but modern adaptations focus more on its modern origins as the most popular recipe of Maida Heatter, aka the Queen of Desserts…..ahhh the lightbulbs flash on!

We love it because it’s gluten-free (obviously) and relatively low carb – it definitely contains less sugar than the typical chocolate cake recipe, and the almond base adds that extra bit of protein and healthy fat. Super indulgent with health benefits? Sounds almost too good to be true!

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Turkish Delight Chocolate Tahini Bar (GF)

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Sometimes we just want to indulge…just a little bit. We found this mouth-watering gluten-free recipe from Good Food that combines two childhood favorites – chocolate and turkish delight (remember The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe?) – into one decadent, delicious sweet morsel. You’ll just want to take a few bites if you’re watching your waistline, but what a heavenly few bites those will be. Enjoy!

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