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Hello! A friend of mine recently made a raw vegan caramel slice (it had avocado in it) - have you ever made something like this? 😋
Thanks for your recipes, Jose. I am really enjoying them. I am going down the low sugar/carbs route but deep in my heart, I remain a cake fanatic so thanks for giving me some options! I have shared your blog with my group :)
Thanks for your recipes, Jose. I am really enjoying them. I am going down the low sugar/carbs route but deep in my heart, I remain a cake fanatic so thanks for giving me some options! I have shared your blog with my group :)

Website/blog related to: dairy, gluten & sugar free recipes; raw/vegan/paleo; food workshops; food styling/photography; recipe development. www.swoonfood.com/about

Pesto was the dip I would always buy because it seemed too complicated to make, until one day I tried making my own and realized just how easy it is!
Making your own pesto also means less plastic going into the “recycling” system. It’s a lot more cost effective to make your own and you end up with a lot more pesto than you would if you were buying. You can control exactly what goes into it, and in particular use a good quality, extra virgin oil, and last but by no means least, you can get as creative as you like with the flavour combos!

This roasted red pepper & sundried tomato pesto is one of my favorites. It’s completely dairy, gluten & sugar free, plant based/vegan.

Add it to platters, salads or sandwiches, stir it into noodles for a quick pasta meal or just eat it by the spoonful 🙊
Find the full recipe via the #linkinbio ✨

It’s the weekend! Which means it’s the perfect time to bake these chocolate peanut butter SWOONUTS.
Seriously chocolately with a hint of peanut butter, these melt in your mouth, baked chocolate donuts just happen to be gluten free and vegan.
Get the recipe via the link in my bio 😘

Raw Cacao & Brazil Nut Hemp Seed Slice with Sour Cherries to sweeten up your Thursday 💫
Dark chocolate and sour cherries are truly a match made in heaven 😇 This chocolate slice is packed full of antioxidants thanks to raw cacao & cherries, has a healthy dose of plant based protein and healthy fats from Brazil nuts, hemp seeds & nut butter.
Get the full recipe via the link in my bio 😘

Caramelised sweet potatoes with crispy chickpeas and creamy cashew sauce...whole food, plant based goodness!!
When you bake a whole sweet potato for 2 hours in the oven it’s insides naturally caramelize and turn silky smooth 🤩 Cut them open and top with oven baked crispy chickpeas that are so moreish you’ll be eating them off the tray 🤭 A drizzle of creamy cashew sauce, sprinkle of fresh parsley and hemp seeds and you have yourself an amazing gluten/grain & sugar free, plant based meal.
Find the full recipe on my blog via the link in my bio 😘

WHAT to eat on a sugar free diet or sugar cleanse. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The simplest answer is: eat whole foods! Whole foods don’t contain any added sugar (obviously) because they’re in their original, whole, unprocessed state. If they do contain natural sugars (such as fruit or sweet vegetables), they invariably also contain fiber which slows down the absorption of any naturally occurring sugars and prevents spikes in blood sugar. Whole foods also contain all their original nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes (which aid in the digestion process) so are the best way to fuel and nourish your body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Does eating Whole Foods mean you can only eat carrots 🥕 and lettuce 🥬 leaves? Not at all!
You can get clever and combine whole foods to create some amazing recipes like these here hemp heart, nut & seed clusters. They’re a seriously moreish, wholesome snack made with whole nuts and seeds that are naturally dairy, gluten/grain & sugar free, and packed full of healthy plant based protein. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Find this recipe along with many other sugar free recipes via the link in my bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This recipe was originally created for @chantal_organics using their organic hemp seeds ✨

HOW do you do a sugar cleanse? The best way to cut sugar and processed foods is to do it cold turkey, especially if you’re a person who really struggles to go a day without any form of sweet treat. Sugar plays havoc with your biochemical pathways so going cold turkey gives your body the best chance to reset them and begin the detoxification process.
This means cutting all forms of sugar including any foods your body processed as sugar such a refined carbohydrates. Easy right?! 😉
These basil pesto noodles with roasted tomatoes are a great example of a completely sugar free dish. The combination of zoodles and black bean noodles creates a delicious contrasting texture, and is a great way to enjoy noodles gluten/grain free. And the homemade vegan basil pesto packs a flavour punch and brings it altogether. Find this recipe along with more free resources for going sugar free via the link in my bio. 😘

WHY do a sugar cleanse? 🌿 Everyone will have their own reason and motivation. It might be to lose weight, especially stubborn belly fat, so you can feel comfortable in your clothes again. It might be to improve your sleep and gain more energy so you can chase after your little ones or grandkids. It might be to get rid of brain fog, migraines or skin issues, or improve your health for fertility.
But at the core of it, sugar is one of the most inflammatory & addictive substances out there and chronic inflammation is the root cause of chronic illness and disease. So by quitting sugar and processed foods you give your body, mind and health a huge boost in the right direction!
This roasted Aubergine with Tomato, Pine Nut & Olive topping is another example of a sugar cleanse approved recipe. It’s a beautifully simple dish of warm Mediterranean flavours, fresh herbs & a creamy cashew sauce. Find this recipe via the in my bio, as well as more information about The 10 Day Sugar Cleanse 🌿

This Activated Buckwheat Hemp Seed Bread is gluten, grain, sugar & nut free, & vegan 🙌🏼
So what’s in this bread?! Buckwheat groats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, hemp seeds, basil seeds, psyllium, salt, coconut oil & water. That’s it!
The method is one of those simple throw together and bake affairs. Once you’ve soaked the buckwheat (so that it doesn’t break your teeth once cooked), all you need to do is mix everything together, press into a tin and bake. Your house will soon be filled with the aromas of freshly baked bread 🥖
Head to the link in my bio for the full recipe ✨

What to eat for breakfast on a sugar cleanse or sugar free diet can be the thing that stumps most people. If you’re a toast person then unfortunately regular bread is off the menu because flour and refined grains are processed as sugar in your body. That also means most spreads like jam and honey are out, packaged cereals are out as are granolas, oats, Bircher etc.
The good news is there are still a whole heap of delicious things you CAN eat! I’ve created a couple of bread recipes that are sugar & grain free and you can get clever and use grilled sweet potatoes as roasts too. Top them with avocado, nut butter, plant based cheese or grilled tomatoes.
Green smoothies made with minimal or no fruit like the one I shared yesterday are fantastic! Eggs, if you’re not plant based are a fantastic option, poached, scrambled or baked.
If you’re a savoury breakfast person then these sesame & red lentil patties topped with @forageandfermentnz wild kraut are perfect (made the night before), as are fritters such as pea & herb or zucchini & carrot. I’ve also created a couple of sugar & grain free pancake recipes which are delicious topped with coconut yoghurt.
I’ll share more of these recipe over the next few weeks but in the meantime, if you’d like the recipe for these vegan, gluten & sugar free sesame & lentil patties, head to the link in my bio 😘

I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about what exactly can you eat on a sugar cleanse or sugar free diet, so I’ve decided the best way to answer these is to show you!
So over the next couple of weeks I’m going to share exactly what you’d be eating in the 10 Day Sugar Cleanse program. I’ll also get into why you might want to consider doing this, the detox process and how to get through it, and what’s really driving those sugar cravings 🙈
So to start things off, here’s my favourite SUGAR FREE green smoothie: hemp seed & kale with a dash of coconut yoghurt. The only fruit it contains is lemon, yet it has a beautiful mellow flavour. It’s packed full of antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber and hydration that your skin and digestion will love, and which make it the perfect smoothie to sip while on a sugar cleanse!
You can find the full recipe for this smoothie via the link in my bio, and if you’re feeling inspired be sure to check out my 5 Day Green Smoothie Challenge while you’re there! 🌿 😘

✨New recipe✨ up on the blog for these Cashew Ricotta Black Bean Noodles 💫
This is one of those easy throw together meals you’ll come back to again and again. Simply cook up your favorite pasta or noodles - I love black bean noodles because they’re gluten free and cover the protein element. Then toss them with your favorite plant based cottage cheese - I love @savournz cottage style cashew ricotta, throw in some quick sautéed vegetables and you’ve got a delicious SUGAR FREE pasta dish!
Full recipe & post via the link in my bio 😘

Moroccan Carrot & Kale Salad with Preserved Lemon & Sumac Dressing is one of my favorite salads!! Inspired by @ripedeli who do THE most delicious salads.
This carrot & kale slaw is completely raw, plant based/vegan, dairy, gluten & sugar free - if you don’t include the dates which are optional.
It’s also super easy to make, throw all the dressing ingredients into a blender and you’re done. I’ve also included a substitute for preserved lemons if you can’t get your hands on any.
Get the recipe here: https://www.swoonfood.com/moroccan-carrot-kale-salad-with-preserved-lemon-sumac-dressing/

Green juices are one of the easiest ways to consume a lot of raw nutrients in one go, and they’re generally much lighter and easier to digest than smoothies due to the fiber being removed by a juicer.
But what do you do if you want to make your own green juice but don’t have a juicer? 🤔
Well if you have a blender it’s still possible! Albeit the result is not quite as refined as a juicer, but it’s a great starting point to see if juicing is for you, and from there you can decide if it’s worthwhile buying a juicer.
I wrote a post all about this topic, including the benefits of green juices vs smoothies, how to make a green juice in a blender and all the things you need to consider when doing so which you can check out here:


Cold weather is just calling for a batch of these sticky date chocolate brownies ☃️

They’re dairy, gluten, grain & refined sugar free and because they’re sweetened with dates, a whole food sweetener, they only require a little bit of extra rice syrup to get the flavour 👌🏼

Have you made them yet?

Get the recipe here: https://www.swoonfood.com/sticky-date-chocolate-brownies/

This was meant to be a picture of my new blog post, but when I went push publish yesterday my website had a meltdown and all the words I’d written disappeared 🤦🏼‍♀️ So while I try and remember what I’d written, here’s one of my favorite breakfast shots instead.
Sprouted buckwheat cereal by @littlebirdorganics , @raglanfoodco unsweetened coconut yoghurt, @littleislandnz coconut milk, @mistydayplantpotions bliss brew & fresh raspberries ✨
What was on your breakfast plate this morning?

Maple Pecan Cinnamon and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls to sweeten up your day ✨

They’re completely raw, gluten/grain, dairy & refined sugar free (and not sweetened with dates), plant based/vegan and made from almost entirely whole food ingredients - apart from the chocolate 🤭

But if you choose a refined sugar free and/or raw chocolate with minimal ingredients you’ll be getting all the benefits of raw cacao too.

Get both recipes here:



Corso Merivale

As winter draws in a glass of velvety Pinot & a delicious cheese board is calling our name...

Image: Swoon Food

Blue Sky Hemp Ventures

For when you're at home. And the shops are out of flour. And baking is the new global pastime. Check out this #Hemp and #Seed bread from Swoon Food.

If you have any other go-to hemp baking recipes - please share.

#paleo #glutenfree #plantbased #hempbaking

How do you like to eat your bread? Fresh or toasted? 🤔
This Activated Buckwheat Hemp Seed Bread can be eaten either way but I like it best fresh, spread with nut cheese or almond butter, and often topped with avocado. It’s VEGAN, gluten, grain, nut & SUGAR free 👏🏼
So what’s in this bread?! Buckwheat groats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, hemp seeds, basil seeds, psyllium, salt, coconut oil & water. That’s it!
The method is very simple. Once you’ve soaked the buckwheat for 2 to 4 hours, all you need to do is mix everything together, press into a tin and bake. Nice & easy.
Get the recipe here: https://www.swoonfood.com/activated-buckwheat-hemp-seed-bread-vegan-gf/

A pink smoothie to celebrate Friyay 🥳

It’s no longer berry season here but frozen berries are just as good, and it’s often much easier to find them organic.

If you want to turn your smoothie into a meal, add a spoonful of your favorite protein powder, nut butter or hemp seeds, and a sneaky handful of greens 🤩

✨R E C I P E✨
1 handful frozen raspberries
1 frozen banana
1 cup coconut milk
1 large handful ice
1 tsp vanilla (powder or extract)
=> blend until smooooth

What’s your favorite smoothie blend at the moment?

Basil pesto zoodles with roasted tomatoe are one of my favorite whole food plant based recipes. They're delicious warm or cold, and make the best leftovers 👏🏼
I use a combination of zucchini and black bean noodles because together they make the perfect texture and you get the best of both worlds - protein from black beans, a dose of greens from zucchini, & fibre from both.
Any leftover pesto is delicious on a platter or spread on a slice of hemp seed bread or your favorite crackers.

Get the recipe here:

Kris Carr

Drench your cells in alkalinity each morning with warm lemon water. It aids digestion, stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis, and boosts your immune system with lemon’s high vitamin C content.

While lemons are acidic in their natural form, lemon water is alkaline-forming in the body.

Here’s how to make warm lemon water:

Fill a mug halfway with room-temperature water and add the juice of a quarter of a lemon.

Fill the cup the rest of the way with boiling water.

Sip and listen to your cells cheer!

If you’re concerned about your tooth enamel, the way we recommend diluting the lemon juice can help protect your teeth, and drinking it through a reusable straw is also effective.

You can also brush your teeth 30 minutes after drinking the water (when your teeth aren’t as vulnerable) to protect them as well.


Milk Chocolate Caramel Fudge - Swoon Food Raw dessert

It’s Friyay!! To celebrate let’s drool over some milk chocolate caramel FUDGE...or you could go one better and make some 😉

This chocolate fudge is VEGAN, so perhaps it should be “mylk chocolate”, it’s sweetened with medjool dates which give it the caramel flavour, and is naturally gluten free.

Some people get worried when they see dates in a recipe because they have a high fructose content, but you have to remember that dates are a whole food. This means they’re in their whole, original state.

Dates are naturally packed full of FIBRE which slows the absorption of sugars, and of course is great for digestion. They’re also packed with nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, B6 and iron, not to mention a heap of antioxidants!

So as far as sweeteners go, dates are pretty great choice and are by far better than other high fructose liquid versions such as agave or corn syrup!

Need to whip yourself up a batch for the weekend? Get the recipe here:

swoonfood.com An easy recipe for milk chocolate caramel fudge using the goodness of coconut milk & medjool dates. A plant based/vegan, refined sugar & gluten free recipe.


Chickpea & Spinach Patties - Swoon Food

✨New Recipe✨up for these Chickpea & Spinach Patties 🌿
These little patties are made with wholefood plant based ingredients which means they’re also SUGAR FREE, gluten/grain free & vegan.

I’ve included my favorite inflammatories turmeric and ginger, as well as garlic, parsley, flaxseed, cayenne and cinnamon, and packed them full of veggies like carrot, zucchini & spinach.

Get the recipe here:

swoonfood.com A gluten & sugar free vegan recipe for chickpea & spinach patties using pantry & fridge staples! Flavoured with ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin & cinnamon.

Here’s some SUGAR FREE whole food plant based recipe INSPO for you Tuesday: Caramelised sweet potatoes with crispy chickpeas and creamy cashew sauce 🌿

When you bake a whole sweet potato for 2 hours in the oven it’s insides naturally caramelise and turn silky smooth. Cut them open and top with oven baked crispy chickpeas that are so good you’ll be eating them off the tray, and a drizzle of creamy cashew sauce brings it all together. Sprinkle with fresh parsley 🌿 and hemp seeds and you have yourself an amazing gluten/grain & sugar free, plant based meal.

Click here for the full recipe: https://www.swoonfood.com/caramelised-sweet-potatoes-with-crispy-chickpeas-creamy-cashew-sauce/

Swoon Food

Whole food plant based recipes + tips for a healthy happy life!

I’m José, a medical scientist turned pastry chef, turned food photographer, recipe developer and all round health enthusiast!

I believe prevention is the best kind of medicine and by nourishing your body with a plant-rich, nutrient dense, whole foods diet, you’re well on your way to a happy, healthy life!

Swoon Food is a recipe site dedicated to inspiring healthy eating.

All my recipes are dairy, gluten/grain and refined sugar free, many are also raw, plant based and completely sugar free.

Food that is truly swoon-worthy, is food that makes you feel amazing inside and out.

I created The 10 Day Sugar Cleanse program and the complimentary Sugar Cleanse Workshop video series which you can find more about here: https://www.swoonfood.com/sugarcleanse/

For food styling, photography, recipe development or consultant chef services: https://www.swoonfood.com/food-stylist-photographer-recipe-developer/

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