Sweet Tapioca Pudding

*tapioca pudding

I love this pudding, super creamy, super yummy and super comforting. Play with the flavors by adding chocolate or using coconut milk in place of or in addition to the cashew nut milk. You could use another non-dairy milk but I find the cashews to lend a creaminess and a fullness that another nut or even a soy or rice milk may not offer. SUPER FRICKEN YUM.

Sweet Tapioca Pudding

 3-1/2c cashew nut milk

¼c agave syrup or organic cane sugar

1/4c Organic Tapioca Pearls

1/4t pink salt

1t vanilla

In a smallish pot, place all of the ingredients except the vanilla and bring to a gentle boil, stirring often as to prevent the pearl from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until most of the milk has been absorbed, the pudding has thickened and gotten creamy and the pearls have lost their opaqueness. Stir in the vanilla and turn off the heat and let steam, covered for 10 minutes or so. Remove to a glass container or serving bowl and refrigerate until completely cooled.

*Use coconut milk in place or in addition to the cashew nut milk for a delicious variation


Gluten Free Nut Loaf

*gluten free nut loaf

This was DELICIOUS with the Basic Mushroom Gravy and some Smashed Potatoes. Would be equally delicious as a sandwich filling if there is any left over!

Gluten Free Nut Loaf

1c-cooked lentils or smashed chickpeas

1c pecans- to be ground

1 1/2c cooked brown rice

4-5 slices Gluten Free toast-completely cooled, to be made into breadcrumbs

or 1-1/2c loosely packed GF breadcrumbs

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

1 medium onion, minced

1/4c nutritional yeast

1/4c ketchup

2T extra virgin olive oil

1/2c walnuts, chopped *opt

1/8t-1/4t-cayenne pepper or chipotle powder (I LOVE Chipotle Powder)

1/4t ground black pepper

1/2t salt

Up to 1/4c water


3T ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a food processor, process the pecans- set aside.

In the same processor, process the bread into breadcrumbs…do not over process!

In a large bowl, combine the lentils or chickpeas, rice, breadcrumbs, onions, nutritional yeast, ketchup, oil, nuts*, salt, red and black pepper. Mix with a wooden spoon or clean hands until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour out the mixture into a lightly oiled loaf pan. With the back of a wooden spoon, fill out the pan. Top the loaf with the remaining ketchup.

Cover with foil and bake for 35-45 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Serve with smashed potatoes and sautéed greens; broccoli or kale.