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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 :)

Swoon Food is a recipe website/blog dedicated to inspiring healthy eating & living, by focussing on whole food, plant based (vegan) recipes, which are gluten & refined sugar free; many are also raw & completely sugar free.

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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'm the creator of The 10 Day Sugar Cleanse program, find out more 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/ Swoon Food website: www.swoonfood.com

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Kumara Chickpea Cakes with Dukkah Avocado (Vegan/GF) - Swoon Food

Sweet Potato Chickpea Cakes with Dukkah Crusted Avocado ✨
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Essentially a fancy hash cake, these nutrient packed cakes are delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner, warm or cold, with and without the avo! Although if you haven’t tried dukkah crusted avo yet you’re missing out!
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Click the link below for the recipe:

swoonfood.com Baked vegan kumara chickpea cakes with dukkah avocado. This easy recipe is gluten & sugar free, & packed with plant based whole food goodness.

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Chocolate Oreo Swoonuts (Gluten Free & Vegan) - Swoon Food

Sweetening up your Tuesday with some melt in the mouth, Chocolate Oreo Swoonuts ✨
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These baked donuts are gluten & refined sugar free, and completely vegan with no egg replaces required👏🏼
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Of course, if you choose to top these donuts with store bought Oreos they won’t be totally gluten & refined sugar free. BUT I do have an alternative for you! Make a batch of my Oreo cookies (recipe linked) and you’ll then have a gf/df/rsf topping, plus a batch of Oreos to enjoy too 😋
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Click the link below for the recipe:

swoonfood.com A recipe for melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Oreo Swoonuts! Baked not fried, this easy recipe makes the best, gluten free & vegan cake donuts.

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Chocolate Oreo Swoonuts (Gluten Free & Vegan) - Swoon Food

New recipe up today for these melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Oreo Swoonuts!

These cake donuts are baked, not fried, like so many of the bought donuts out there. They're lower in sugar than regular donuts (and the sugar they do contain is unrefined), and they're completely gluten free & vegan.

Get the recipe at the link below:

swoonfood.com A recipe for melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Oreo Swoonuts! Baked not fried, this easy recipe makes the best, gluten free & vegan cake donuts.

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Pumpkin & Kumara Soup with Spiced Cauliflower & Lentils - Swoon Food

I wanted this pumpkin soup to be one of those super thick soups which you can almost stand your spoon up in - how did I do that?

It's much simpler than you might think, and didn't involve any thickening ingredients....and that's all I'll say here ;)

Check out the full recipe for this pumpkin & kumara soup topped with crunchy spiced cauliflower wings and popped lentils via the link below:

swoonfood.com A deliciously thick pumpkin & kumara soup topped with crunchy cauliflower wings and spiced popped lentils; a vegan, gluten/sugar free recipe.

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Low Sugar Dessert eBook

Need some fresh dessert inspo that won't send your blood sugars soaring?

Check out my brand new Inspired Desserts ebook - whole food sweeteners edition, which you can download fo FREE at the link below:

swoonfood.lpages.co A collection of 6 whole food sweetened, vegan, gluten & oil free dessert recipes I know you'll love. From raw snickers ice cream slice to pumpkin pie custard squares, this low sugar sweet treat eBook has something for everyone.

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Raw Snickers Ice Cream Slice (Gluten Free & Vegan) - Swoon Food

New post up for this Raw Snickers Ice Cream Slice!

It's made up of a dark chocolate biscuit base topped with a vanilla "nougat" creme, peanut butter caramel and roasted salted peanuts...who would you share it with?

Get the recipe via the link below:

swoonfood.com A whole food sweetened raw snickers ice cream slice recipe that's low in sugar, gluten free & vegan. Vanilla nougat & peanut caramel layers..

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Basil Pesto Zoodles with Roasted Tomatoes (Vegan/Gluten Free) - Swoon Food

These Basil Pesto Zoodles with Roasted Tomatoes are one of my all time favorite SUGAR FREE, plant based recipes .

They’re delicious eaten warm or cold, and make the best leftover/rollover meals 👏🏼

I often use a combination of zucchini and black bean noodles because together they make the perfect texture, plus you get the best of both worlds - protein from black beans, a dose of greens from zucchini, & fibre from both.

BUT I just discovered my favourite organic black bean noodles have been re-labeled as black SOY bean noodles - and here I thought I’d actually found some noodles made with black beans 🤦🏼‍♀️. Of course, totally fine if you eat soy as they’re packed with plant based protein, but not so great if you’re intolerant.

Find the recipe for the basil pesto & these zoodles via the link below:

swoonfood.com An easy recipe for basil pesto zoodles with roasted tomatoes - zucchini & black bean noodles make this healthy plant based/vegan recipe gluten & sugar free.

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raw banana cheesecake

This raw banana cheesecake is trying it hardest to make cheesecake legit breakfast food 🙊🙊🙊

The banana filling is made from soaked cashews, bananas, lemon, coconut milk & raw cacao butter... adding extra sweetener is optional, definitely not necessary.
The base is a fragrant combination of coconut, walnuts, dates and nutmeg, which all go dreamily with banana.

Click the link below for the full recipe:

swoonfood.com A dreamy raw banana cheesecake recipe, made with a cashew base and sweetened only with bananas! Dairy free, vegan, paleo, low in sugars...

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Raw Chocolate & Raspberry Mini Lamingtons - Swoon Food

To celebrate the first day of spring I'm making these Raw Chocolate & Raspberry Lamingtons and the recipe couldn't be easier!

The vanilla "cake" is simply blended cashews and coconut with a little sweetener. The jam centre is a fresh raspberry jam made with frozen raspberries and chia or basil seeds. And the chocolate icing is a very simple raw chocolate recipe.

Get the full recipe via the link below:

swoonfood.com These Raw Chocolate & Raspberry Mini Lamingtons are a Swoon Food remake of the nostalgic classic! A plant based/vegan, gluten/grain & refined sugar free recipe.

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Hemp, Flax & Basil Seed Porridge (Oat Free Porridge) - Swoon Food

New recipe up today for this Hemp, Flax & Basil Seed Porridge with roasted pear & raspberries.

This porridge is completely oat & grain free, plant based/vegan, and the only sugar is from the fruit on top!

Enjoy warm as "porridge" or chilled as you would a chia pudding, and if you don't have basil seeds simply swap them for chia.

Get the recipe via the link below:

swoonfood.com Super creamy, 10 minute oat free porridge recipe: hemp, flax & basil seed porridge with roasted pears & raspberries. Gluten/Sugar Free/Vegan.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Peanut Butter Fudge - Swoon Food

Sweetening up your Wednesday with this Pumpkin Pie Spice Peanut Butter Fudge.

It's super smooth and velvety, melt in your mouth not in your hands, with a caramelised pumpkin pie spiced flavour.

Best of all, no boiling hot sugar syrups required. The only cooking involved is to make the pumpkin puree, then all you need to do is blend all the ingredients together.

Click the link below to get the full recipe for this plant based/vegan, low sugar fudge:

swoonfood.com The easiest pumpkin pie spice peanut butter fudge you'll ever make! It's vegan, low in sugars, with a velvety texture & caramelised pumpkin pie spices.

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Honey & Cinnamon Almond Cake - Swoon Food - Vegan | Gluten Free

A little something to sweeten up your Thursday...

Honey & Cinnamon Almonds Butter Cake, topped with coconut yoghurt, fresh pears, pistachios & honey drizzle.

This fragrant cake is os lovely and moist, and just happens to be dairy, egg, gluten and refined sugar free. To make it full vegan simply swap the honey for pure maple syrup.

I created this cake for Chantal Organics using their new cinnamon spiced almond butter. You can find the recipe on their site or via the link below.

Let me know if you make it!

swoonfood.com The perfect afternoon tea cake, this honey & cinnamon spiced almond butter cake has a deliciously moist crumb & is vegan, gluten & refined sugar free!

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Basil & Pea Fritters with Hummus & Dukkah - Swoon Food

That time we got on a plane and went to Sydney for the weekend and ate some amazing pea fritters at a cafe in Bondi... sigh.
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Even though we won’t be doing that again anytime soon, we can still enjoy those fritters because here’s my version of the recipe 👏🏼
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These Basil & Green Pea Fritters are so simple to make, are dairy, gluten & SUGAR FREE, and are surprisingly filling! They’re delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner - the choice is up to you.
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Click the link below for the recipe:

swoonfood.com An easy recipe for basil & pea fritters with hummus & dukkah. Inspired by Porch and Parlour's famous green pea pancake, these fritters are dairy & grain free & perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Anti-Inflammatory Cauliflower, Coconut & Turmeric Dhal - Swoon Food

New recipe up today for this calming, anti-inflammatory cauliflower, coconut & red lentil dhal.

Because it's made with split red lentils, it's very quick and easy to make - simply toss everything into one pot!

It's packed FULL of vegetables which you can adapt to whatever you have in season or in your pantry/fridge....and it's completely plant based/vegan, gluten & SUGAR FREE.

Click the link below for the full recipe:

swoonfood.com An easy Cauliflower, Coconut & Turmeric Dhal recipe full of calming, anti-inflammatory herbs & spices; sugar free, gluten free, vegan recipe.

This one is for all the PB fans out there...Peanut Butter Coconut Cream Pie or in other words, Reece’s Pieces raw cheesecake 🤭

This super decadent pie has a dark chocolate base made from sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut & raw cacao, topped with a super smooth peanut butter & coconut cream. You will not regret making this one!

I created this recipe for @chantal_organics - you can find the full recipe on their site or via link in my bio
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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!
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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.
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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!!
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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.
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Find the full recipe on my blog via the link in my bio 😘

WHAT to eat on a sugar free diet or sugar cleanse. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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.
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This means cutting all forms of sugar including any foods your body processed as sugar such a refined carbohydrates. Easy right?! 😉
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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.
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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!
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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 🙌🏼
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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!
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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 🥖
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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 🙈
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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!
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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! 🌿 😘

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.

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