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Classic Chocolate Donuts made Gluten-free and Vegan with So Delicious Dairy Free


Donuts are so fun!!

I like to enjoy amazing desserts when a craving calls for it! Yes, even donuts! That’s because these are amazing from the inside out ~ and made gluten-free and vegan is so much healthier!

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean you say goodbye to everything you used to love and enjoy ~ donuts are exactly that little something I’m happy to remake – but healthier, of course! And making desserts without wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugar really kicks up the nutrition value of a donut! Is that ever possible? Sure!! ;)

Donuts have been a true American favourite dessert since the early 1900′s. They quickly became so popular that they went into mass production and no longer ‘made from scratch’. It was 1921 when the first automated donut machine was invented and when America was quickly hooked on donuts made from premade mixes! And that went on and on for over 90 years! Donuts are still produced with too much refined sugar, artificial ingredients, artificial flavours, preservatives to prolong freshness and so on. If it’s a habit for you to grab a donut on the go all the time and you don’t pause to check what’s in it – chances are it’s loaded with terrible ingredients!

So when I say we like to eat donuts ~ that’s because not all donuts are created equal. These Chocolate Donuts are scrumptious and delicious and with great ingredients.


Classic Chocolate Donuts made Gluten-free and Vegan

Ingredients :
1 1/2 all purpose gluten-free flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon powdered chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup organic raw cane sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup grape seed oil or melted coconut oil
1/2 cup So Delicious Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate coating :
3/4 cups dark 72% – 85% chocolate squares or chips, melted
Directions :
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease and flour a donut pan for 6 donuts.
In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients and whisk to combine well.
In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients. In a small cup, mix the baking soda with apple cider vinegar, allow to bubble and pour into the rest of the ingredients.
Combine the wet with dry and mix with a wooden spoon to make a smooth batter. And set aside for 5 minutes.
Mix again gently just before pouring into individual donut wells.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 F degrees.
Insert toothpick to check for doneness. Remove promptly from the donut pan and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Melt the chocolate squares or chips and coat the tops for an even bigger chocolate experience.
Enjoy! Now you can enjoy a classic American donut ~ guilt free! You’re welcome!!


Wow, these donuts are going to change your life!

So good, fluffy chocolatey cake with a an extra rich layer of chocolate ~ SO good!!

How many times you’ve glanced at the donut section in your local bake shop only to be filled with guilty ‘oh I shouldn’t have’ thoughts…. well, you don’t have to say no to everything! You could just change up a few things to make them guilt-free and still enjoy this American favourite treat! You’re welcome!! ;)

Join the fun with So Delicious Dairy Free and Save Summer!! “Rewind” into the past and enjoy memories and goodies from the past! Join SDDF on Facebook and follow with hashtag #SaveMySummer ;)

What are your favourite desserts and activities from the past?

My faves from the past (and still are) Donuts of course! 
And remember a game of Elastic? Wow, that was some good jumping fun!! ;)

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Off to Meet my New Baby



If you’re reading this… it means it’s time for us to meet our new addition to the family… ♥

Yes, this post means that the time has come! I’m off to meet my new baby! 

Hey little ‘dumpling’, soon I will be able to see your beautiful face and little body parts… soon, I will be able to hold you in my arms.. and soon, I I will fall in love with all of YOU! I can’t wait to meet you!! ;)
Daddy and your big sister also can’t wait to get a glimpse of you… we’re just so excited you’ll finally be here ~ you are our wish that is about to come true… We already LOVE YOU to pieces little one ;) ♥ mama 

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Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding : 5 clean ingredients : sugar-free, gluten-free & vegan

Pure Ella Gluten free vegan Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

Cherries and chocolate! These two have been my most divine dessert combination for years…. and although my early days with Cherries and Chocolate may not have been on the ‘healthy’ side ~ I’m finally ready to embrace these decadent flavours guilt-free! 

You will not believe the rich incredible taste this Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding has! I don’t even know how to fit rich, decadent and healthy into the same sentence – but essentially this dessert is completely good-for-you!!! ;)

Yes, you could have it for breakfast. Yes, you could devour it as a late night snack. And yes, you can go back for seconds or thirds! Isn’t it great when you can eat delicious foods and not have any guilt attached? ;)


These Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding cups were recently enjoyed by my family…

~ a 6 1/2 year old who enjoys sweet things in any shape or form and doesn’t really understand the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sugar out there ~ she loved this pudding! Here exact words : “More Pleeease!!!” ;) (in the cutest little voice ever)

~ my husband who is really ‘difficult’ when I try to introduce healthy foods (this guy for years tried to persuade me that he was allergic to green food!) (I was onto him from day one though! ;)) Oh and he hates puddings in any shape or form! So I knew this would be almost impossible for him to try this Chia Pudding. But he did… and I couldn’t believe the first three letter word that came out of his mouth… “Wow!” followed by “this is actually good!!” ;) Ha! of course it’s good!!!! ;) It’s amazing!! ;)




Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

clean ingredients | healthy | gluten-free | vegan | paleo


1 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (almond/ coconut/ hemp are my favourites)
1/4 cup chia seeds (look for powdered chia seeds if you want a smooth texture)
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2-3 tablespoons organic agave nectar or other natural liquid sweetener
1/2 cup cherries, pitted and sliced + extra for plating

additional toppings : extra cherries, raw cacao nibs, dark chocolate shavings (use 70% dark chocolate or higher)

Directions :

In a bowl or large mug, stir together the first 4 ingredients: milk, chia seeds, raw cacao and agave and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Just before serving, separate into 4 serving dishes, top with sliced cherries and garnish with raw cacao chips, dark chocolate shavings and extra whole cherries and enjoy!



 Making Chia Pudding is so easy yet so incredibly healthy! And because you can really easily switch ingredients it becomes such a fun way to heave a healthy treat ~ without any guilt or hours spent in the kitchen.

These healthy pudding cups can be enjoyed as breakfast, or midday snack or really any time of the day… and they can even be a beautiful decadent dessert for an evening soiree with family or friends! You could top with even more dark chocolate shavings for a sweeter kick – and you have a stunning easy + healthy dessert! Win!!! ;)


 My girl keeps asking for more of this delicious Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding, even if she could bring it to school! I like that because I know she’s getting a healthy treat and we’re all happy. And because this is nut-free, it makes a perfect school treat too if you put it in a small air-tight kid-proof container.

Chia seeds are an amazing source of nutrition! They should really be right on top of the healthy food pyramid! They are packed with incredible vitamins and minerals – so if you’re new to chia seeds, it’s really time to join exciting world of healthy food – eating healthy does not have to be about eating rabbit food! ;) You can (and you should) treat yourself to delicious foods that are naturally refined sugar-free and nutritious but taste amazing!!!


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Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble Pie : Gluten free and Vegan


Spring is finally here! And the days are warm and perfect with gentle breezes and a rebirth of colour outside ~ pops of lush greens and flower buds so pretty…. each year I forget how beautiful this season is.

Of course, when there’s so much beauty outside… you can’t help it but to shift with the seasons and bring Spring to the table….

I love cooking with seasonal foods and when we finally get the first crops of the growing season and our Canadian soil bursts with fresh fruits and vegetables – me and my kitchen could not be happier;)


And of course, you can’t have Spring without a Strawberry and Rhubarb pie, can you?
Real Spring tastes were on my mind and I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel…. sticking to the classics is sometimes the best thing on earth!

The sweetness, the tartness in this pie is heavenly…. and it’s so easy to put together, just 6 ingredients and you’re baking from scratch an amazing Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble Pie that’s naturally gluten-free and vegan (dairy-free and egg-free) ~ and really healthy actually as all the ingredients are pure and organic.

And it’s Easy as pie! Promise ;)




My daughter was really excited about seeing rhubarb sticks ;)

I guess she’s never had fresh rhubarb and I quickly introduced her to the exact way I ate it as a child…

(maybe it’s not the healthiest thing to do…. but it was so good and so fun!)

When I was little, I would pick a fresh stalk of the rhubarb plant and bring that to the kitchen and I would find our sugar bowl…. dip the end in… and savour the sweet/ tart taste…. this was sooo good! And while I watched my daughter’s excitement in her wide eyes at every bite she took brought back those memories…. she of course loved it too! I have her a little ‘controlled portion’ of organic raw cane sugar (better than white sugar of course + besides we don’t even own white sugar anymore) and she enjoyed every bite! 

Now I’m looking for rhubarb plants to grow in my garden because this would be something wonderful to look forward to every spring…. ok, now back to the pie… ;)





Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble Pie : Gluten-free and Vegan

Ingredients :

1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 cup oats rolled or quick oats (not instant)
1/2 cup raw cane sugar (or 1/4 raw cane sugar + 1/4 coconut sugar)
3/4 cup organic vegan margarine
2 cups sliced organic strawberries
2 cups sliced rhubarb
+ 3 tablespoons of water

Directions :

Preheat oven to 350F and prep a baking pie dish with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine all the dried ingredients (first 3). Add in cold margarine and using a dough cutter or a knife keep slicing through the margarine to combine with the dry ingredients. The texture should start to look very crumbly and the size of the margarine bits should be very small. Once only crumbs remain, remove about 1 1/4 cup of the mixture onto a small bowl and set aside. 

Add 3 tablespoons of water into the large bowl with the crumbs and gently mix to for a dough. Do not overmix. Once the ingredients form into one piece, simply scoop out the dough onto the baking pie dish. Start pressing down the dough with your fingers to cover the full base. If the dough is too crumbly, wet the tips of your fingers with extra water and press down. If the mixture is too wet, simply dust the top with a little extra all-purpose flour and continue pressing. Don’t forget to go up onto the sides of the pie dish to form sides – this will prevent the juices from flowing out.

In another bowl, mix the sliced strawberries and rhubarb together with additional 3 tablespoons of raw cane sugar (up to 1/4 cup ~ depending on the sweetness desired).

Spread out the fruit on top of the pie crust and even out the top. 

Back to the ‘crumble’ that’s set aside, add 2 more tablespoons of raw cane sugar, mix to combine and sprinkle on top of the pie evenly.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes. Top should be nice and golden. (my baking time was exactly 35 minutes)

Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes minimum before serving.

This pie is lovely still warm from the oven, just as it’s great the next day straight from the fridge – you decide! ;)

Notes :

If serving for brunch and you don’t want it too sweet, you can omit the extra sugar in the crumble topping or in the fruit – but it definitely kicks up the ‘dessert’ level if you do include a little more sugar. Especially when working with the tartness of the rhubarb, it sort of needs it…. although I do like my desserts on the low sweet end. Essentially it’s up to you decide on the sweetness level. If making it as an evening after-dinner dessert, then the extra sweetness is lovely… unless you add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side – then that would certainly balance things out! I think you know what’s best to keep your taste buds happy ;)

Alternatively, you could mix in some Stevia also, this recipe however was not tested with Stevia, but instead of adding in the extra sugar, you could sub in for Stevia.

Also, when serving warm, do keep in mind that this pie will fall apart a little…. tossing extra sliced strawberries will work with the imperfect style… If you do chill the pie for at least 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator, it will firm up and each slice will stay together when slicing and serving. Just a few things to keep in mind ;)





I love making Crumble Pies…. they are so freeform, imperfect and easy.

I don’t care to take out my rolling pin and rolling out the dough, cutting it, trimming it and making sure things are perfect. Pie does not have to be perfect…. it tastes better when there’s more texture, more crumbs and a little oozing of juices flowing from the fruit filling… it’s all so good…. ;)


If you’re new to gluten-free and vegan baking, or just new to baking in general and want to create something delicious but easy ~ this crumble pie is for you!

You can’t go wrong with these 6 simple ingredients! And avoiding wheat, dairy, eggs has never been easier when making a classic dessert! I personally can’t wait to make this again soon ;)

This pie did not last long… it was devoured in a few hours by happy smiley faces ~ I think I need a bigger pie dish especially that this family is growing ;)



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Pure Happiness is…celebrating being a mom












Hello my friends!

I wanted to share a few photos and things on the personal side… oh you know ~ before the baby comes and I will cease existing on this blog for good (I think!) ;)

Lately….. my life is in *Pure Happiness* – I can’t complain so this post is easy to share with you…. 

Pure Happiness is…

~ amazing friends with sweet surprises

First and foremost, if you’ve visited last week, you may have seen the sweetest Baby Shower thrown by my blog friends!
That was one lovely party with lots of great food (that I wish I could have stuffed my face with!) and lots of warmth and friendship from ‘complete strangers’! 
I know this is silly, but I never thought of myself as a ‘cyber’ girl and yet here I was completely smitten (with people I have never met!) that I can call my friends for being so sweet and lovely! 
Hello, could I wish this was real-life and we all hang out and party! Yes, please!! ;) I mean, I was in tears when Meg wrote to me that first email that she wants to host this loveliness for me ;) 
Sweet I tell you! Super sweet! And I feel so grateful for every little thing this blogging thing has brought me… a creative outlet, sharing my passion, sharing great food and offering an easy transition to eat healthy, and also gaining some awesome friends along the way!!! ;) Thank you ladies!!! (If you want the full scoop of what went down, go visit the Virtual Baby Shower now! You can still ‘bring’ a dish if you like ;))

~ my growing belly and this sweet little baby

Wow! I am in my 38th week and huge! No, I’m not carrying twins! If one more lady stops me in a store to ask if it’s twins I will burst at the seams!! Luckily, I like perfect strangers and small chit chat about baby bumps ~ so go ahead ~ you can touch and poke – we might hug at the end though…. just warning you!! ;)

And no, it’s not twins! The baby is perfectly average in size even…. an estimated 6.4 lbs – I can handle that! For some reason, I just carry big ~ I was also huge with my daughter and she weight 6.7 lbs at birth… so it’s just that ~ a big belly that I can’t imagine getting bigger… I also can’t imagine meeting my sweet new baby… it could be any day now ~ wow!

~ finally a little spring!

We had a very long and very cold winter! Too long and too cold…. and we finally had a few days of warmth. Fresh grass and green buds are starting to pop up everywhere ~ I love this time of the year when the earth re-births itself…. I just wish we didn’t have to go back to such cold temperatures still… I can’t wait for sandal weather – besides, it’s tough to zip up my boots by now ;)

~ prepping for baby!

Aside from the usual stuff in my suitcase, baby clothes, all-natural diapers, swaddle blankets…. I am also cooking and baking and freezing good food for my hospital stay! I’ll be there 3 days and I know that even if I didn’t have a ‘special diet’ you couldn’t pay me to eat hospital food! So I’m baking things like these Superfood Chocolate Protein Bars that are packed in nutrition and are super filling without a sugar-overdose like most protein bars. I also made Wild Blueberry and Blackberry Crumble Squares (recipe not posted yet) for dessert! And I’m also thinking that a Lentil Shepherd’s Pie would be such great comfort food in those first days to dig into…. hopefully I still have some time to make it ;)

~ my little sister has moved away 

Ok, so this isn’t #PureHappiness! But I am actually so happy for this girl is following her heart and living her own life ~ and she is happy with a great guy and starting a new life only a few hundred kilometers away…. it could be worse – she could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, and she’s only 5 hours driving distance away. I will still miss lots of last-minute sister dates and hanging out whenever the time allows…. but I am thrilled she’s happy. And when you’re little sister is happy ~ you are happy for her!! ;)

~ dessert stops downtown 

We do a lot of trips to downtown TO and when it was still winter we couldn’t care to waste time and stop anywhere just because…. now we’re catching up with yummy lunches and visiting my favourite bakery ~ Bunner’s! I’ve enjoyed dessert from Bunner’s for years – the first time was years ago when my husband (googled) and surprised me with something yummy that I could eat!… then my sister would show up with amazing gluten-free and vegan baked goods! Finally, I stepped inside this tiny little delicious bakery a few days ago and oh my oh my…. I think I’ll move right next door! So good to the last crumb ~ I can’t wait for more…. ;)

~ mother’s day – the perfect day!

Last Sunday, Mother’s Day was the best day ever!! First, I can tell that Mother Nature is really a mom because she showed up with the most amazing hot spring day I could not even think was possible…. it was sunny and so hot – the perfect day to get my bare legs and arms out into the sunshine and put on a summer dress…. 

My day started with lots of hugs and kisses and hand-picked flowers from our garden from my sweet daughter… Little Miss Gabriella and daddy made an amazing brunch for me out in the backyard – I was served heart-shaped waffles with a handmade berry jam that my daughter actually made, lots of handmade artwork that she did, including a sweet coaster and a Rainbow Loom bracelet (this is way better than diamonds!) and she even set the table ~ so much love went into making mama happy that I could not stop pinching myself that this really was a day in my life…. so perfect, so full of Love! #Blessed!

Later that day we went out to the park for a little picnic with the rest of the fam. Our mom was there of course and my older sister with her son and husband…. we enjoyed a beautiful day in the sunshine with lots of ‘potluck’ dishes that we all brought…. at the end of the day we went for a walk by the river… just a beautiful end to my wonderful day…. Pure Happiness indeed! ;)

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and got to celebrate your mom or being a mom! ;) 
Wishing you a lovely rest of the week! 

Do tell, what is making you happy lately?


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