Gluten Free Nutty Dessert Recipe

This is a recipe by 11 year old Emma Barberi, aka Little Raw Vegan Girl.

I wanted to make something special. I imagined a cake with a lot of colorful fruit on it, topped with a sauce. I planned it all out and came up with this recipe. My dad tasted it and said, “That’s a whole lotta awesomeness!” I thought that was the perfect name for it.

Gluten Free Nutty Dessert RecipeWhole Lotta Awesomeness Recipe


  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried mulberries

Fruit Topping:

  • 6 strawberries
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup raspberries

Raspberry Sauce:

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons water

How To Make This Gluten Free Nutty Dessert Recipe

Process base ingredients in food processor until they are blended just enough to stick together. Don’t blend more than that, or you will have a big sticky mess. Shape into a circle on your plate and flatten it out a little. Put the fruit topping ingredients on top of the base.

For the raspberry sauce, blend sauce ingredients together in the blender and then spoon on top of the fruit. It’s beautiful and delicious!

Serves 1 or 2

Emma 150x142 pixelsEmma Barberi, Little Raw Vegan Girl, is eleven years old. Along with her parents and eleven brothers and sisters, she likes to help families raise healthy children. She hopes to be an inspiration to other kids to live a happy, healthy life.
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How To Make Kombucha Tea

Byline: Patsie Smith

how to make KombuchaKombucha is an ancient Chinese elixir and tonic, a fermented tea that you can easily make yourself. You will need to obtain a starter culture called SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast), sounds disgusting? Not really! Its actually quite a cute little guy :) You can buy a SCOBY from some health food stores, adopt it from a friend or google search for local kombucha makers. Often other kombucha makers are most willing to give away SCOBYS for free as each batch of kombucha produces a baby SCOBY.

Kombucha is a probiotic tea, excellent for strengthening your immune system, maintaining and healing your digestive system, restoring life energy, and tastes awesome!

How to make Kombucha

  1. Brew 2 liters of organic black tea (or any kind of favorite tea) with filtered/natural spring water in a tall glass bottle or jar.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of raw organic sugar (or rice malt if intolerant to sugar), stir gently. Leave to cool to room temperature.
  3. Pop in the SCOBY and some SCOBY liquid (from previous brew) and cover the top with a muslin cloth, secured with a tie.
  4. Sit it in a cool dark part of the kitchen or in your pantry for 7-10 days.
  5. After 7-10 days pour the tea out of the container. Don’t be concerned if there are white stringy bits in the tea, they’re the ‘good bugs’. And the tea will be slightly effervescent from the fermentation.
  6. Keep the mother SCOBY with a small residual amount of tea and you may share away the baby, or keep them both and make your next double batch of kombucha.
  7. Serve and drink anytime, or along with your Asian noodle meal.

The tea can be kept in a closed bottle in the fridge for freshness and consumed slowly. Please note: no metal or plastic utensils should be used in the whole SCOBY making process or it will taint the brew. Also, examine to ensure it does not grow mold, to prevent this you may spray some apple cider vinegar over the surface. In the rare event that it does get moldy (usually in humid environments) discard the batch and start afresh.

Please share your experiences in making kombucha in the comments section. Blessings to you…namaste.

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Patsie Smith is a spiritual author and guide, intuitive and energetic healer, meditation and yoga teacher. She helps facilitate healing on every level of one’s being. To connect with her weekly wisdom, meditation and guided healing journeys visit

Icy Pole Recipe

This is a guest post by Quigley Ashton.
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Nothing in the world is more refreshing than an icy pole on a hot humid day.

The weather this past week here in Australia has been so stifling and thick with humidity that even a dip in the sea wasn’t cooling down my internal thermostat.

After walking through the city streets, I went into a convenience store to buy a lemon icy pole.

Gluten?! In an icy pole? What?!!

Not to mention the lengthy words, explaining ingredients which are difficult on the tongue and very confusing on the brain. Especially a brain compromised by extreme heat.

That was it.

The moment that changed my world.

It is often said that wonderful learning comes from adversity.

Yes, we can all agree that finding gluten in my icy pole on a stifling hot day is not really an extreme adversity.
However, in that moment…
That one sweaty instance… I was not a happy chappess (is that a word?).

Bring back the homemade icy pole!

This recipe is so easy even I could make it (not to mention small children).

This recipe is so clever! Imagine how cool (ha ha) you will feel offering your friends a freshly made icy pole from your freezer.

And, most important, this recipe will free you from having to bring potato salad to a BBQ ever again (really, what more could you wish for!).

Icy Pole Recipe

  • Bits of sliced fruit
  • Juice of choice
  1. Slice bits of fruit and put them in your icy pole containers.
  2. I like to use anything we have on hand, really.
  3. Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, mango…we have even used lemon! Very refreshing, indeed.
  4. Pour the juice in on top of your fruit.
  5. Feel free to water down the juice, if you want or need to.
  6. Or, freshly juice some of your own with any leftover fruit you may have in the fridge (apples and oranges work quite well). Sometimes we even use a bit of coconut water…… yum yum!
  7. Put your lid on top.
  8. Smile.
  9. Stick in freezer.
  10. Feel clever and proud.

You have just created a gift of real food for yourself, your friends and loved ones that will be enjoyed and appreciated.

You have just created a gift of real food that is free from crazy chemicals and incomprehensible ingredients.

You have just created a gift of real food that is yummy, refreshing and full of love.


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Quigley Ashton has been making Happy ever since she can remember.
She spends her time homeschooling her four children whilst supporting others to find and love their own happy. When she’s not coaching, teaching or learning, she can often be found in the kitchen creating meaningful meals with real ingredients that are easy to make. But, she reckons that her truest talent is in eating. Which she does really well.
Quigley can be found at Happy Love Joy or posting regular love on Facebook or Instagram.