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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:



and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding (made with Aquafaba). A delicious low calorie, dairy-free dessert recipe made with melted dark chocolate and oat milk. Aquafaba is the water or brine found in canned chickpeas or white beans. It’s popular amongst vegan desserts due to its ability to mimic the function of egg whites in cooking. Aquafaba can also be used to make dairy-free meringue recipes, low-calorie macarons, delicious nougat, fluffy icing, dairy-free ice cream, low-fat fudge, and marshmallows.  

What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the seeds to the water during the cooking process. The combination of ingredients gives it a variety of blendingfrothingbinding, gelatinizing and thickening properties.

It is recommended to use 2 tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one medium egg white in a recipe, or 3 tablespoons for one medium whole egg.

Where to use it

Aquafaba works well in recipes where a direct substitution for egg whites is required for example; desserts as mentioned above or savory recipes like mayonnaisecheese substitutesbatters and cocktails cocktails.

In my opinion, the best aquafaba comes from chickpeas and white beans. You are able to use other legumes (peas, soy beans, lentils, kidney, and black beans) but they have slightly different compositions than chickpea and white bean aquafaba and may require you to play with the concentration to work well. 

I’ve been fascinated with the concept since learning about it. It’s interesting to learn ways to substitute traditional recipes for a healthier alternatives – it’s like a fun science experiment you get to eat afterwards. I truly love “geeking out” on these things and will continue to share more with you as I learn.

Here’s an easy, fun and delicious way to try cooking with aquafaba. But before I leave you with the recipe I have some fun announcements to share with you:

1. We added a 2 new section to the blog: “My Favorite Things” and “Events”

My Favorite Things: here you can shop some of our favorites from kitchen staples, to supplements and healthy ingredients.

Events: here you can find information on upcoming events like the Woman’s Summit (more on this below) and FlipBox Pop-Up Classes we are hosting throughout NYC and the Hamptons.

You can find both sections on the upper right-hand side of this page next to “recipes”.


2. If you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook you know I’m co-hosting a Woman’s Summit tomorrow (March 9th) at Hub Seventeen in NYC. It’s going to be an amazing event and I invite all you kick a** ladies to join us. We have experiences (essential oil consultations, chair massages, a braid bar, etc) guest speakers, healthy food, music, and other fun surprises. To learn more and to purchase tickets click here.



1 cup chickpea water

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted (I like this brand)

1/3 cup oat milk


1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).

2. Once ready set aside.

3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.

4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.

5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.

6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

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Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche).  A dairy-free spin on a popular Latin dessert recipe. Made with simple and natural ingredients, this easy dessert recipe is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

I grew up enjoying Rice Pudding as a kid. I remember scraping the sides of the pan after my mom was done making it and not waiting for it to cool before I enjoyed it.

Traditionally, Arroz con Leche is a mixture of white rice, sugar, cinnamon, evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk that as you can imagine, it’s very healthy. While I still love the traditional recipe and allow myself to enjoy it from time to time, I prefer making it with healthier ingredients for my family to enjoy – especially Carolina. For example, I use brown rice instead of white rice, unsweetened almond milk instead of cow milk and coconut sugar instead of refined sugar. This version has the same great taste and better ingredients.

It’s also a fun recipe to make with the kids. Caro loves to pour the ingredients into the pan and as she says “mix it, Mama”. I love including her in the process and let her scarp the sides for a taste like I did as a kid.

FlipTip: Adding lime peel to the hot mixture as it cooks it gives this recipe a zing and enhances the flavors. I encourage you to try it.

I shared this recipe with our friends at The – a wonderful community of women based in Miami, FL that I love to support and partnered with as food and nutrition blog contributor! Make sure to check them out and show them some love! 

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3 cups long grain brown rice, cooked

1/8 tsp sea salt

4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Lime peel, about 2 inches long

¼ cup raisins (optional)




1. In a saucepan over medium heat stir in the cooked rice, unsweetened dairy-free milk, maple syrup, lime peel, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

2. Cook uncovered, stirring often until the rice mixture starts to resemble oatmeal, approximately 20 to 35 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and add in the raisins (optional) let cool before serving and enjoy!

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Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce, a simple and delicious dessert recipe made with gluten-free brown rice flour, organic cocoa powder, and other clean, healthy ingredients. A must-try recipe! 😉  

The holidays are finally here and they’re filled with lots of fun activities, family get-together and, of course, food. I love sharing healthy dessert options like these muffins with dairy-free caramel sauce. They’re a delicious alternative to unhealthy holiday treats that help keep up with your healthy eating habits. Plus they’re:
Tender On The Inside
Perfectly Chocolaty
Not Too Sweet
I promise you everyone will love them! 
Are you guys baking for the holidays? What are some of your favorite holiday desserts? 


Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins


1/3 cup warm water

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup ghee, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cups coconut palm sugar

½ cup brown rice flour

½ cup tapioca flour

½  teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoons baking powder

¼  teaspoon ground coffee

Pinch of sea salt


Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Sauce


1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk

½ cup coconut palm sugar

½ teaspoon tapioca starch

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Muffin Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 mini paper liners and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add the warm water and cocoa powder to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, coffee, and salt.
  4. Add the melted ghee, egg and vanilla extract to the cocoa mix and whisk thoroughly to combine.
  5. Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and combine.
  6. Using a spoon, evenly distribute brownie batter among muffin tins and bake, 25-30min or until edges begin to crisp and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  7. Allow cooling completely then coat with a generous amount of caramel sauce.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Caramel Sauce Instructions:

  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Combine the coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, tapioca flour, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce turns a dark amber color, 30-40min.
  4. Remove from heat. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract and combine.
  5. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool.
  6. Drizzle over your favorite dessert.

The sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.

We can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Don’t forget to tag us on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK with the #OurFlipSideLife

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Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

I know Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas doesn’t go together but we’ve gotta get these kids away from so much junk – don’t you agree? One way to do it is by adding healthier alternatives to the mix. Stores like Whole Foods, Amazon and Trader Joes are making it easier to buy better-for-you options that are just as yummy and fun to eat. Here are My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas tested and approved by Carolina and Joe! We do the test tasting so you can focus on cute Halloween costumes. 🙂
Caro can’t decide what she’s wearing this year – it’s a toss-up between Winter Else (cape and all) and a fairy with wings. I’m loving every minute of her excitement this year. I hear her singing “Trick or Treat Smell My Feet!”! She’s just too cute and I’ll have to share photos with you guys but in the meantime, you can also follow us on INSTAGRAM to see live stories of us on Halloween.
What are your little ones dressing up as? I can’t wait to see all the pictures. Happy (healthy) Halloween, guys!!!
My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas
Caro and I made these cute Ghost Donuts with FlipBox. We skipped the sprinkles and added candy eyes for a SPOOKY and healthy way Halloween treat that is gluten-free and refined sugar-free!! Readers of OurFlipSideLife get 10% off all orders of FlipBox with promo code LOVE2BAKE 
I promise they taste just like traditional candy corn and gummy fruits + they’re gluten-free, allergy-friendly and made with clean ingredients!
A favorite in our house. Carolina loves her bunnies and these are just too cute! Made with Whole Grain and no artificial ingredients.
 Say no to high-fructose corn syrup! These yummy snacks are made with natural fruit flavors and other good-for-you ingredients.
Not pictured because I got them late last night but holy moly (!) these are sooo good! Real milk chocolate and colored with veggies! These are the perfect addition to our Healthy Halloween Candy Dish!
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Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins are here!

It’s incredible how fast the summer came and went, no? We had an action-packed summer. We took Caro to Sesame Place (bless your heart if you’ve gone more than once, btw), Philly, the Coney Island Aquarium, she was all over the place. She had so much fun you’d think she’d reward us with NO MORE TEMPER TANTRUMS, right? Nope…still happening!

Anyway, NYC Schools start classes today and we want to wish all the littles (and not so littles) a happy and successful year! GOOD LUCK!

Joe is dropping Caro off at school today. Unfortunately, I have to miss her first day and head to work. Huge *sigh* #thestrugglesofworkingparents – it’s days like today that I wish I had more flexibility in my schedule but those days will come!

Don’t worry this isn’t turning into a sad post, HA! It’s quite the opposite – it’s a happy post b/c I get to share this AMAZING recipe with you! 🙂

I made these DE-LICIOUS, Healthy and Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins over the weekend and froze them. Thawed them out yesterday and boom…they were fresher than fresh this AM! I packed one in Caro’s lunch box, Joe had a few and I took some to work – everybody wins!

They are the perfect amount of sweet without being too sweet, healthy and most importantly, easy to make! We hope you like them.

BTW – how did you guys like our last post? Were the recipes helpful? Have you made them? if so, don’t forget to share your thoughts, comments, and pictures if you have them by tagging us on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK 

Ok – here’s the recipe! Happy Baking, guys!


2 ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups gluten-free oat flour
1 cup fresh blueberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the mashed bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and applesauce and combine. Then mix in the baking powder and oat flour.
  3. Gently fold in blueberries, then scoop spoonfuls of the batter evenly into the prepared muffin liners.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes at 400°, then turn the heat down to 350° and bake for an additional 18 minutes.
  5. Let cool before serving.
  6. Enjoy!
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4 Breakfast Flips For Back to School

Raise your hand if you’re fresh out of ideas on what to make for breakfast before the littles head back to school next week! I totally hear you and came to help! Because let’s face it, we are all on the same boat!

Real TALK! Depending on Caro’s mood (she’s moody now, guys) she’ll either have an impressive bowl of lentils, veggies, and rice or dairy free chocolate chips and a yogurt…NOTHING ELSE! There’s no in between and because there is no in-between I need to make sure she has a healthy, hearty breakfast that keeps her full and alert just in case lunch isn’t as successful as I planned.

I rounded up four of her favorite breakfast recipes, recipes I know she loves and gets excited about and gave them a tweak! BOOM – one less thing to worry about during the most stressful week of the year!

These recipes are my go-to and I’m here to SHARE them with YOU!

Remember to plan ahead, and if time allows, get them excited to help you in the kitchen.

Good luck, guys! We GOT THIS!



1.Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Guys! This recipe is F (yup I dropped the F bomb) amazing. I always share it with my co-workers, my friends, my neighbors. People ask me for this recipe all the time. It’s GOOD and FILLING! Best part? It’s dairy FREE! Store leftovers in an airtight container and save them for afternoon snacks later in the week, or take some to work if you haven’t already inhaled ½ the batch! 🙂

You can also add nuts (if the school isn’t a NUT free school, super important) or ¼ cup hemp or chia seeds if your kids tolerate chia seeds. Use this recipe to sneak in some seeds or healthy fats!

2. Gluten Free Double Chocolate Pancakes

Holy Moly THESE pancakes are EVERYTHING! Light, fluffy, moist, not too sweet, PERFECTION! Not gonna lie, these take a little more time than the other recipes on this list but not by very much. I suggest making them on a Sunday and saving 1/2 the batter for Monday or saving this recipe for a morning when you have a little more time (if that’s even possible?)

These pancakes are the perfect example of how eating healthy CAN be delicious! Can’t wait for you to try!



3. Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

If it ain’t broke DON’T FIX IT. Aka – don’t spend hours searching new recipes when you can add fun ingredients to recipes you already know they love. I’ve shared a few versions of this recipe and each time I added a new ingredient. My goal is to get Carolina excited about a healthy breakfast that will give the energy she needs to go on with her business (whatever important business 3-year-olds have these days)

Ok, so here I added ¼ cup dye-free sprinkles to the mix before cooking, then a few more sprinkles before serving and done! You can also add dairy-free chocolate chips. Note: I tend to skip the maple syrup when I add chocolate chips or add fewer chocolate chips if they MUST have the syrup. Chopped berries? Hemp seeds? Anything goes. This recipe is almost impossible to mess up. Try it!

4. Dairy-Free Oatmeal Bars

This recipe is loosely adapted from Bob’s Red Mill (HEY, BOB!). I love it and share it with you because it’s a great breakfast idea for the entire family. It’s basically a bowl of oatmeal on-the-go because let’s face it, hot oatmeal is great and everything but gets boring, who’s with me?

Don’t care or like preserve? Skip it, we don’t judge! Drizzle a little honey instead. Here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup ghee, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup gluten-free oat flour
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1 tsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
2/3 cup naturally sweetened preserve (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine ghee and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, oats, sugar, arrowroot powder, baking powder, lemon zest and salt until combined. Press mixture into bottom of baking pan. Evenly spread homemade preserve on top and bake, 20-25 min. Let cool before cutting into bars and serving.

Note: Refrigerate for up to 2hrs for a firmer consistency.

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Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)

Do you prefer a Fudgy Brownie or a Light, Cakey Brownie? I choose cakey and Joe LOVES Fudgy with…wait for it….walnuts (if you follow me on Instagram I talk about Joe’s walnut obsession quite a bit).

Brownies are cool and all but sometimes it’s just too much – too dense and too much chocolate. I know, I know most people will think I’m crazy but it’s how I feel, mmk? 🙂
SOOO I developed the recipe for these Light and Cakey Brownies hoping Joe would change his mind and it worked. He said “these are delicious but you know what’s missing…WALNUTS!” *sigh! Noted for next time, Joe!
Made with natural ingredients like cassava flour (a gluten-free alternative to all-purpose flour) and coconut palm sugar, these little gems make the perfect dessert or snack. Plus they’re better-for-you and insanely delicious.


1 stick grass-fed unsalted butter

1 cup coconut palm sugar

3 eggs

½ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp instant coffee

½  tsp baking powder

½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips, melted

¾  cup cassava flour

¼  tsp xanthan gum

¼ tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF and grease a brownie pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until butter starts bubbling. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the melted butter with coconut palm sugar and mix using a hand mixer until well combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add cocoa powder, coffee, and baking powder to the egg mixture and combine. Add the melted chocolate and combine.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the egg mixture and combine until you get a smooth batter.
  6. Sift together the cassava flour, xanthan gum, and salt and fold into the batter.
  7. Transfer batter to brownie pan and bake, 20 -25min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
  9. Cut into squares and enjoy!

So now tell me, are you Fudgy? Or Cakey? 🙂

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Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

This is definitely one of my favorite recipes and a recipe I love making for others. Made with gluten-free flour, dairy-free milk, and other simple ingredients, it’s the perfect example of how something healthy and nutritious can also be delicious. It’s also a perfectly quick and easy recipe to make with your little ones – because who doesn’t love mashing bananas and playing with chocolate chips 🙂 We hope you like it!


3 ripe bananas

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

3/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar

2 cups gluten-free oat flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan using coconut oil cooking spray
  2. In a large mixing bowl mash the bananas. Add vanilla extract, milk, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil and combine
  3. In another large mixing bowl combine the coconut palm sugar, oat flour, baking soda and salt
  4. Add the flour blend to the wet ingredients and combine
  5. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the baking pan
  6. Bake 40-50min or until edges are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean
  7. All to cool 10-15min before serving
  8. Cut into squares, serve and enjoy!
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Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake With Chocolate Frosting

Are you searching for a perfectly fluffy, tender, and sweet vanilla cake that’s gluten-free and healthy? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve worked long and hard to perfect this recipe and I can guarantee you will love it.

This recipe works great as the base for other cake recipes too. Add 1 cup fresh, sliced strawberries for a Light Strawberry Cake, or 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips for a Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake (make sure to reduce the amount of coconut palm sugar in the recipe so it’s not too sweet), or 1-2 ripe bananas for a Sweet Banana Cake. Honestly, the recipe is fool-proof and anything goes.

Oh, and this Chocolate Frosting made with ghee (YUM!) is just the icing on the cake, literally! Now, let’s BAKE!

Vanilla Cake

Dry Ingredients

2/3 cup coconut flour

2/3 cup arrowroot powder

2/3 cup gluten-free oat flour

¾ cup coconut palm sugar

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp fine sea salt


Wet Ingredients

5 eggs at room temperature

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract


Chocolate Frosting

1 cup Spectrum Organic non-hydrogenated palm shortening

½ cup ghee

1 cup organic coconut palm sugar

¼ cup unsweetened coco powder

Frosting Instructions – In a mixing bowl combine all of the frosting ingredients with a handheld mixer.

Cake Instructions – Preheat the oven to 325°F. Add the dry ingredients to a medium-size mixing bowl and combine. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs then add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine using a spatula being careful not to overmix the batter. Pour the batter into a greased cake pan and bake, 30-35 minutes (depending on the depth of pan) or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool, then transfer to a plate. Cover with chocolate frosting and decorate with dairy-free chocolate chips (optional).

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