• Chocolate Soy Yogurt with Apples & Granola

     Good morning my gluten free friends! Doesn’t this gluten free, dairy free soy homemade yogurt look delish? It was. Totally.

    I am hooked on making homemade soy yogurt. After a lot of experimenting, I have it down to a science and it couldn’t be easier. Yes, it does take some time. But while it’s fermenting, you just go about your business. The only real effort on your part is the initial steps of mixing the soymilk with the other two ingredients. Yup. Three ingredients: soymilk, cashews, yogurt starter.

    NOTE: I’ve always set the Instant Pot on the Yogurt setting for 12 hours, except for the last time when I didn’t start it until 11:30 AM. And I just didn’t want to be awake 12 hours later to take it out, let it come to room temp and then put it in the frig. So I let it stay in the IP until I got up the next morning at 7 and thus, it stayed in the warmish environment for another almost 8 hours. Guess what? I liked it even better. It was a little thicker than the prior times I’ve made it.

    Is it as thick as Greek Yogurt? Well, not really. And I had gotten used to eating the thicker Greek Yogurt, when I was still eating dairy. But I’m VERY, VERY happy with this yogurt. It’s gluten free and dairy free. And when I turn it into the chocolate yumminess you see in the picture above, it’s a delicious breakfast!

    I used my Instant Pot which is my latest (and I’m sure will continue to be) favorite appliance. It’s replaced my slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker. You can even saute and make yogurt in the model I have. Click on the picture in the sidebar for more info. (I’m an affiliate and with good reason – it’s a fantastic appliance).

    For those of you who don’t have the Instant Pot (with the Yogurt option), I’m sure you could use a regular yogurt maker (like this one) – I used to, before I got my Instant Pot. Some people have even made yogurt in their slow cooker or their dehydrator or in their oven with the light on for warmth. There are lots of other good options.

    As for me, I’m really happy to have another gluten free, dairy free option for breakfast!

    Yogurt In Jars

    Homemade Soy Yogurt


    • 1 quart shelf stable Trader Joe's soymilk
    • 1/4 c. raw, unsalted cashews, boiled, drained, rinsed with cold water
    • 1 packet Bella & Bella dairy-free yogurt starter


    Pour 1 cup of soymilk into blender. (Vitamix is great for this)

    Add cashews and blend until thoroughly mixed.

    Add remaining soymilk and packet of yogurt starter. Blend briefly to avoid foaming.

    Pour into 4 pint-sized mason jars. Place in Instant Pot WITHOUT jar lids.

    Place Instant Pot lid on the Instant Pot. I leave the vent in the sealed position.

    Press the Yogurt button. Press the plus sign until it reads 12.

    Remove from Instant Pot. Allow to cool then refrigerate.

    NOTE: To make chocolate yogurt, put about 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder (I used Penzey's unprocessed Dutch cocoa powder) in a small bowl, add a very small amount of water, add sweetener of choice (I used liquid stevia and some coconut sugar), whisk, whisk into yogurt



    Soy Veg Chorizo & Nacho Cheeze final

    I love leftovers. They make my life easy and uncomplicated. I made this last night, had it again tonight, will most likely revisit it again tomorrow night. It was delicious and I love delicious. It was healthy and I love healthy.

    Recipe? You say you want a recipe? Except for the nacho cheeze sauce, I winged (wanged?!?) this one, but I’ll try my best to recreate it. In the spirit of improvisation (I’m a musician, after all), winging has become a normal occurrence in my kitchen. I’m kinda liking the freedom it gives me.

    Was I surprised at my annual physical last week? Well, not completely. This winter, with all the snow in the northeast, I packed on a few pounds. Though truth be told, I can’t completely blame it on the winter. I also discovered cocktails. Manhattans, to be exact. I don’t care for the cherry that’s usually added to this drink, but I love my Manhattan. However, I’m only drinking them on special occasions, at least for the time being. And I’m also venturing into cooking oil-free when I can. Bathing suit season will soon be upon us. [Click to continue…]


    Green Monster Smoothie 2014 What do gluten free and green smoothies have to do with each other? Everything. Why is this smoothie called the Green Monster Smoothie? Because I live near Boston and I’m a Red Sox fan and I have a secret wish to sit in the Green Monster section of Fenway. Since becoming the Gluten Free Diva Health Coach, part of my journey has included crowding out the foods that don’t contribute positively to good health with foods that have everything to do with supporting my desire to be healthy. And that’s where green smoothies come in. I have one of these green babies every single day. Of course, I change it up. They never taste the same because I’m constantly experimenting. Today’s yumminess included grapefruit juice which has a bitter sort of tastae, but by the time you add the rest of the ingredients, you really only taste a hint of the grapefruit. Get your greens on. It will make a HUGE difference in your health. I’m not talking about just having a salad every day. That doesn’t count. It’s not enough. If you want to start seeing a decrease in your inflammation, if you want to start seeing an increase in your energy as well as about a million other improvements, start incorporating one of these into your everyday food choices. And if you’re ready to join me on my Gluten Free Diva Healthy Habits Spring Detox, click HERE and register. The Early Bird has been extended.  
    Green Monster Smoothie


    • 1/2 c. red grapefruit juice (or OJ or coconut water)
    • 1 c. curly kale
    • 1 c. chopped cucumber
    • 1 fuji apple, cored and seeded (or apple of choice)
    • 1 medium stalk celery
    • 1/2 pear, cored and seeded
    • 1/2 frozen banana
    • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
    • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (or 1 tbsp Hemp Protein Powder)
    • 4 ice cubes
    • optional: doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil


    Place grapefruit juice and kale in blender. Blend until thoroughly combined.

    Add remaining ingredients to blender jar and blend until thoroughly combined.


    doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil is safe for ingesting. Please note that most essential oils are NOT safe for ingesting. Take precautions and make sure you only use essential oils that are safe for taking internally.



    Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

    April 20, 2014

      I’m all about loving my gluten free breakfast. You love your gluten free breakfasts, too, don’t you?!? I’ve posted on my blog about pancakes and waffles and smoothies for the last bunch of years. And I just never seem to tire of trying new recipes. This morning was no exception. My sister, Faye, who […]

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    GF Cookbook Review & Contest, Apple Pear Crisp, Gluten Free & Dairy Free

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    Would you like to win a copy of Carol Fenster‘s newest cookbook called Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking? Read on and learn how you can enter the contest. Gluten free Apple Pear Crisp for a mid-morning snack. Yup. Couldn’t help myself. It was delicious! While I usually opt for a […]

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    Gluten Free Figgy Oatmeal

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    What does the Gluten Free Diva do on a day when the snow is falling fast and furious and the weather report promises that this will be a historic snowstorm? She gears up in her bright yellow snow shoveling jacket, heavy fleece mittens and hats, and she shovels. Probably completely unnecessary to shovel, as there […]

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