Recipe List

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Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes are laden with all the luscious decadence of the Almond Joy candy bar. However, all the ingredients are au naturel. No chemicals. So, smile. Enjoy the lush mingling of chocolate, coconut and almonds!

This recipe yields 14 cupcakes and is adapted from a Hold the Grain post. (The frosting recipe is a Ninja Baker original.)

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ABC Glutino Snack Pack

My ABC Glutino Snack Pack Bento is one smart way to approach snack time. Your child will give you an A+ for yumminess. (Shhh, don’t tell him/her the treats are actually healthy!)


Gluten-Free Strawberry Pop Tart Sandwich Bento

This Gluten-Free Strawberry Pop Tart Sandwich Bento is a twist on a childhood lunch. Cream cheese and jam sandwiches were introduced to me in Tokyo by my stepmother. Apparently it was a ‘50s classic.

Go with red apples for an all red theme. Go for green apples if you prefer a bit of tart to balance sweet pastry.


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Bunny Love Bento

A scrumptious scoop of animal crackers stars in this gluten-free bento lunch. The bento is chock full of veggies, nuts and fruits that a bunny would love. But Bunny Love Bentos are not just for “wabbits.” (Remember the Trix cereal commercial?)

You’ll need:
A Japanese bento box 
Bunny rabbit cookie cutters

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Japanese Moon Gazing Potatoes

East meets West. Sake wine puts an edge on sugar. American potatoes take on a Japanese twist. Japanese Moon Gazing Potatoes are perfect party appetizers. And spectacular served as a side dish when temperatures soar.

Ninja Note: Here’s a simple Japanese dashi soup stock recipe. Premade powdered dashi is also available at Asian markets and online.

Adapted from The Poetical Pursuit of Food by Sonoko Kondo, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc./Publishers

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Cherry Blossom Brownies

Snaps of spiced cherry blossom tea in a brownie. Specks of sweet cherry baking chips also flirt with the fudgy treat.

Gluten-free, kid-friendly and easy-to-make home run brownies!

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Bananas Foster Pocky Ice Cream

In a sea of Kahlua and banana flavors, Chocolate Banana Pocky bits bob up and delight the palate. The alcohol accent is strong. This ice cream is best reserved for grownups. 

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Dark Chocolate Truffles

Betsy Cohen of Desserts Required’s Brownie Batter Truffle recipe inspires this Ninja Baker’s Dark Chocolate Truffles. Luxurious and easy-to-make (thank you Betsy!) truffles serve as a splendid canvas for Pocky crumbles.  Crunchy Chocolate Banana Pocky, Cookies and Cream Pocky and Matcha Pocky crumbles are some of my favorite garnishes. Please do let me know which Pocky crumble you prefer.

Japanese, Yuzu, Lemon, Custard, Cakes

Lemon and Japanese Yuzu Custard Cakes

The delicate Japanese yuzu citrus custard compliments its bold lemon cousin. Although the dessert is not uber sweet, if you like more of a pucker, reduce the sugar and add more lemon zest. If you are lucky enough to live in Japan, I highly recommend substituting fresh yuzu for the lemon.

This recipe is adapted from the Key Lime Icebox Cake found on page 108 of The Southern Cake Book.

Land of Milk and Honey Muffins

Bite into the tender crumb of a Land of Milk and Honey Muffin and the promise of a sublime mini coffee cake is delivered.

Land of Milk and Honey Muffins are best made with high-quality ingredients and a lot of love.

Adapted from a recipe at

Yields 12 muffins.