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Double Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 28, 2012
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Biscotti are delightful twice-baked biscuits with an oblong shape and a crunchy, satisfying texture. Biscotti (Italian for biscuits) are perfect with coffee or tea and a popular item at coffee bars and bookstore cafes.

Thick batter is shaped into a loaf and baked, cooled, sliced and returned to the oven to “toast.” This produces the characteristic not-too-sweet toasted biscuit consistency.

While traditional biscotti are made with almonds and oftentimes a touch of anise, it is not unusual to find biscotti made with everything from dried fruit and pecans, to macadamia nuts and chocolate chips.

My richly flavorful Double Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and make great “dunkers.” Like all my baked goods, these biscotti are made without any added fat and contain just two grams of fat per cookie. …read more of Double Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan! here

 
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Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Antioxidant Rich and so Delish!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 14, 2011
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Brownies are an all-American favorite treat, probably created at the beginning of the twentieth century in New England.  Brownie recipes traditionally call for lots of fat, as much as a full stick of butter (eight ounces) and squares of unsweetened baking chocolate.

As a fat conscious vegan, my baked goods are made without added fat, so unsweetened cocoa powder is a natural choice. Brownies in my kitchen are made with cocoa and are every bit as moist and rich tasting as any brownie aficionado would expect.

Research has shown that chocolate contains beneficial antioxidants, thought to help prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke.  Chocolate is derived from beans, which contain very high levels of natural antioxidants called flavonoids. …read more of Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Antioxidant Rich and so Delish! here

 
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Ginger Fruit Ring: Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 7, 2011
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Recipes, Vegan, Whole Grains

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Maintaining a healthy weight is certainly an important component of good health and being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other debilitating diseases.

Any dieter will tell you that there are some foods that are easier to give up than others and that avoiding the foods we love best is the hardest thing to do.

Desserts, in all their luscious sweet and crunchy glory are often at the top of the list. Traditional desserts are loaded with calories and fat, much of it heavily saturated.

The good news is that you can have your cake and eat it, too! …read more of Ginger Fruit Ring: Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan! here

 
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Scrumptious Fudge Glazed Almond Brownies: Dairy-free and Delectable

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 21, 2011
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Brownies are the easiest route to a quick dessert. Brownies have a deep chocolate flavor and can be either cake-like or fudgy depending on the density can include chocolate chips, nuts and sometimes frosting.

Richly flavored chocolate desserts tend to be notoriously high in fat, calories, and cholesterol. Generally made with butter and bakers chocolate, the fat and calories in traditional brownies can really add up.

There is a better way to produce rich tasting, delicious desserts. The key is in choosing wholesome, easy to use alternatives to replace eggs, refined sugar, butter and dairy.

…read more of Scrumptious Fudge Glazed Almond Brownies: Dairy-free and Delectable here

 
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Canning Preservation Methods Expanded: Two Ways To Use At Home

By Loretta White ecomii.com
October 7, 2009
File under: Dessert, Entertaining, Environmental Impact, Food Preservation, Fruit, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Local Farmers, Meal Planning, Natural Alternatives, Organic, Recipes

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You might ask why you would spend a weekend preserving food, it seems so time consuming and difficult. Well, the perks are unbeatable; Save money, eat healthier, impress your guests when entertaining while being less stressed to do so because you have pre-made gourmet items at hand, have great gifts to give, create memories and extend traditions to your children and grandchildren, shorten your preparation time for holiday meals and what’s best is that you made it yourself. You can even have a get together or canning party to make or swap items. The choices we make can change the world.

This article will give you an overall understanding of both methods; pressure cooker canning and water-bath canning.

For people with memories of Grandma’s pantry it is heartwarming seeing rows of homemade piccalilli, tomato sauce, soups and spreads in your cupboard. …read more of Canning Preservation Methods Expanded: Two Ways To Use At Home here

 
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