Roasted Red Pepper Chickpea Curry (Instant Pot Friendly!)

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Your new favorite Instant Pot meal has entered the chat! Is that what the kids are saying these days? That trend might be fleeting, but this delicious dish is here to stay! Inspired by the coconut curry from Tarka, it’s rich, comforting, and packed with plant-based flavor. 

Roasted red peppers (DIY or easy peasy from a jar) get blended with tangy tomatoes, creamy coconut milk, and warming spices to create the perfect sauce to match tender sweet potatoes and hearty chickpeas. Throw in some spinach and you’ve got yourself a nutritious and satisfying dish that’s perfect for weeknights, meal prep, or feeding a crowd! Even better? Just 10 ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!

How to Make Roasted Red Pepper Curry

This curry starts with the SAUCE! Sweet and smoky roasted red peppers blend with diced tomatoes, coconut milk, curry powder, salt, and (optional) black pepper for a rich, creamy, vibrant, and balanced base.

You can use store-bought curry powder for a shortcut, but we love using our go-to DIY curry powder in this recipe and always have it on hand for seasoning everything from parsnip fries to cabbage to golden curry lentil soup and beyond. It’s so versatile and requires just 5 minutes and basic pantry spices to make!

With the sauce ready, we transition to the veggies and chickpeas with our favorite kitchen tool for a speedy, hands-off meal: the Instant Pot! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t worry — we also included stovetop instructions.

With either method, sauté the onion, sweet potatoes, garlic, and ginger, then add the chickpeas and roasted red pepper sauce. After sealing the Instant Pot lid, the curry pressure cooks for just 2 minutes. Yes, we mean TWO. That’s not an error, friends. We told you the Instant Pot was speedy!

Let the pressure release, then stir in your favorite greens for a pop of color and nutrition!

We hope you LOVE this red pepper curry! It’s:

Rich
Creamy
Comforting
Naturally sweet
Versatile
& SO delicious!

We love serving it with coconut rice, brown rice, or white rice and topping with garnishes of cilantro, lime, and jalapeño. It would also pair beautifully with our Easy Vegan Naan or Fluffy Gluten-Free Naan (Yeast-Free, 20 Minutes!).

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Roasted Red Pepper Chickpea Curry (Instant Pot Friendly!)

Rich and creamy roasted red pepper curry sauce with hearty sweet potatoes and chickpeas. Plant-based, Instant Pot friendly, and just 10 ingredients required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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4.86 from 28 votes
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 25minutes
Total Time 45minutes
Servings 5(Servings)
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Oil-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE

  • 1cuproasted red peppers (from a jar or sub homemade // 2-3 peppers yield ~1 cup)
  • 1(14.5-oz.)can diced tomatoes
  • 1(14-oz.)can full-fat coconut milk(or for a less rich curry, sub light coconut milk)
  • 1 ½TbspDIY curry powder(or store-bought)
  • 1tspsea salt
  • 1/4tspblack pepper(optional)

CURRY

  • 1/4cupwater(or use 1 tablespoon or 15 ml avocado, coconut, or olive oil)
  • 1largewhite onion, diced(1 onion yields ~2 ½ cups or 300g diced)
  • 5cupscubed sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3-4large clovesgarlic, minced
  • 2Tbspfinely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1(15-oz.)can chickpeas, drained and rinsed(1 can yields ~1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1-2large handfulsbaby spinach (optional)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS

  • If making homemade roasted red peppers, prepare them at this time using this recipe. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
  • To a high-speed blender, add roasted red peppers, diced tomatoes, coconut milk, curry powder, salt, and pepper (optional). Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Turn on the sauté function on your Instant Pot (to the default "Normal" — not high or low). Add the water (or oil) and onion and sauté until softened — about 4-5 minutes. Add the cubed sweet potatoes and sauté another 3-4 minutes. Then add garlic and ginger and sauté 1 more minute or until fragrant. Turn off the sauté function by pressing "Cancel."
  • Add the roasted red pepper sauce and chickpeas and stir to combine. Seal the lid and pressure cook on normal for 2 minutes. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid, add the spinach, and stir until it’s wilted — about 1-2 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust as needed, adding more salt for overall flavor or curry powder for warmth and spice.
  • Optionally, serve with rice of choice (coconut rice, brown rice, or white rice), cilantro, lime wedges, and sliced jalapeño.
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for 1 month.

STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS

  • If making homemade roasted red peppers, prepare them at this time using this recipe. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
  • To a high-speed blender, add roasted red peppers, diced tomatoes, coconut milk, curry powder, salt, and pepper (optional). Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • To a large pot over medium heat, add the water (or oil) and onion and sauté until softened — about 4-5 minutes. Add cubed sweet potatoes and sauté another 3-4 minutes. Then add garlic and ginger and sauté 1 more minute or until fragrant.
  • Add the roasted red pepper sauce and chickpeas and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil, then lower to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat or cover if it’s splattering. When the potatoes are tender, add in the spinach, stir, and cook until it’s wilted — about 1-2 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust as needed, adding more salt for overall flavor or curry powder for warmth and spice.
  • Optionally, serve with rice of choice (coconut rice, brown rice, or white rice), cilantro, lime wedges, and sliced jalapeño.
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for 1 month.

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Notes

*Prep time does not include roasting the red peppers (because store-bought work just as well).
*Cook time listed is for cooking in the Instant Pot.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 5 servings)

Serving: 1servingCalories: 277Carbohydrates: 48.5gProtein: 6.8gFat: 6.6gSaturated Fat: 4.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 894mgPotassium: 762mgFiber: 9.1gSugar: 12.6gVitamin A: 18462IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 2.4mg

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  1. Laurensays

    Another absolutely stunning recipe. Tasted so different to other curries and was exactly what I was looking for. I used normal potatoes instead of sweet, and it made for a really cosy and comforting meal! Thank you so much.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yay! Thanks for the great review and for sharing your modifications, Lauren!

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    • Britsays

      This is delicious! But it upset my stomach. I’m a bit sensitive to tomatoes but I thought I might be okay with this recipe sadly no but I’d still love to make it again.

      What can I replace the tomatoes with? I read somewhere I could use red bell peppers. How many extra roasted bell peppers would you recommend?

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      • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

        Hi Brit, that could work – we’d probably say double the peppers. And maybe some lemon juice at the end for acidity? Hope that helps!

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  2. Clare Bsays

    This was a lovely change from my curries! very tomatoey and smokey. It was delicious. Love the homemade curry powder btw. Hubby doesn’t like sweet potato so we did it with mushrooms… it was incredible… I pre-cooked the chickpeas earlier that day … really recommend doing the chickpeas in the instant pot yourself if you have the time!
    Next time I’d throw some coriander in there. Served with fresh squeezed lime and basmati. Sooooooo good :)

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  3. KAMsays

    I must say, this is one of thee best vegan recipes I’ve ever made!!! I didn’t sub any ingredients. The flavor, aroma, & combination of all of the ingredients was superb. A chose to use Basmati rice to eat with the curry. Squeezing the lime juice over the rice, and adding chopped fresh jalapenos and cilantro over the curry added that extra yumminess. Thank you, thank you for sharing this. This will be in regular rotation of my Autumn and Winter meal plans.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Woohoo! So glad you enjoy this recipe, Kam. Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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  4. Camsays

    I made this for my partner and she said that it was “everything I’ve ever wanted out of a curry. Perfect balance of flavours. Actually one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.” I reduced the amount of sweet potato and added squash, broccoli, and green beans. Really excellent recipe.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Such high praise! Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Cam. So glad you both enjoyed!

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  5. Heidisays

    This was amazing. I made a few modifications due to not having certain ingredients and it still was so good. I didn’t use any oil, just kept adding water to my onions and sweet potato if it needed more for sautéing. I sliced my onion instead of diced. I liked the chunkiness the strips added. I omitted the red pepper completely and instead put (2) undrained 10 oz. cans of fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles. I only had one Japanese sweet potato and I don’t know if it equaled 5 cups when I cubed it, probably not though. I used light unsweetened almond milk instead of coconut. I used the dry amount equivalent to the fresh ginger and garlic. I believe I added 1/2 teaspoon of both ginger and garlic. My sauce was thin and I was worried that it wouldn’t thicken but after 25 minutes, it had thickened beautifully. I served this with diced cilantro and white rice, plus a stoneground wheat pita bread/flatbread. It’s one of the best things I’ve had to eat in a long time!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yay! Thanks so much for the great review and for sharing your modifications, Heidi!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Kelli! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

      Reply
  6. Jennifersays

    This was really good. More oil is needed for saute. I sauteed sweet potatoes for
    ten minutes and they still were not cooked all the way. I added 2 cups of frozen spinach at the end. Line juice and jalapeño were excellent additions.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Jennifer! We’re glad you enjoyed the result!

      Reply
  7. Nicsays

    I followed the directions but keep getting the “burn” warning on my instant pot. Any idea why? Everything is the same as your recipe so it’s rather frustrating

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Nic, sorry to hear it’s causing you trouble! You can try adding some water and giving it a good stir. If the onion, garlic, or ginger got a little too browned and stuck to the bottom, it can cause the burn message to go off even when it’s not burning.

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  8. Danasays

    This recipe is delicious!! Surprisingly super easy to make and so many flavours. Have already purchased more roasted red peppers to make it again!

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  9. melissa atchesonsays

    This is the 3rd recipe I’ve tried from your blog – my daughter is newly vegetarian and we are experimenting with new recipes. I used the instant pot but some of the sweet potatoes were undercooked – maybe I did not cube them small enough.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We love that you’re trying so many of your recipes, Melissa! Sautéing longer, cutting into smaller cubes, or pressure cooking for a minute longer would all help them be more tender next time. Hope that helps!

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  10. Annasays

    This was a delicious and comforting recipe! I kept the skin and everything else on the roasted red bell peppers when I threw them into the blender – made the process easier and kept that rich char flavor. Also used fire roasted diced tomatoes for the same reason. I also threw in a TON of baby spinach for nutrition/texture/color and 2x the garlic for flavor. Planning to try this with some added tofu and/or cashews next time! Yum!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Ooo, yum! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Anna!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hm, we’re not sure! We think it would be more smoky vs. sweet. Let us know if you try it!

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  11. Beverleysays

    I will be in hospital accomodation for 5 days while doing radio therapy and plan to take some pre cooked food with me and this looks perfect as I love Indian cuisine..
    Thank you for sharing

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Wonderful! We’re so glad to hear that the recipe will be useful to you, Beverley! Best of luck!

      Reply
  12. The Vegan Godesssays

    Yum, I made this tonight for dinner and enjoyed the flavors. I am not a huge fan of Indian cuisine but you could change that.

    I had it in a bowl soup-like but your photos don’t look like soup. I guess when you add a lot of toppings and serve it with rice, it isn’t as soupy. I just ate it plain without anything else this time.

    You’re turning me into a good cook.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      So kind! You’re doing the hard work =) We’re so glad you gave it a try and enjoyed the result! Ours was pretty thick – you can add more sweet potato or use a richer coconut milk for a thicker curry next time.

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      • TheVeganGoddesssays

        Actually, mine is pretty rich, thick and creamy as well. I even snacked on it a bit last night — couldn’t stop myself — and enjoyed it over brown rice for lunch today and will look forward to having more tomorrow. : )

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  13. Chantal Ladouceursays

    This was amazing. I will be making it again for sure!
    Thank you for another fantastic recipe.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Wonderful! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Chantal! Thank you for sharing! xo

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  14. Debrasays

    Thank you so much for yet another delicious recipe! I did decide to roast peppers I had in the fridge, which was my first time and they turned out great following your link provided. My whole family was amazed at the delicious flavours. I do have a few kids who have not been fond of anything with ginger, and even they loved it! amazing!
    The only thing I changed is that -I didn’t have enough sweet potato-, I subbed half of it for cauliflower, which I added when there was about 10 minutes left for cooking on the stove. I also used fresh garden tomatoes for the puree and it worked well.
    thank you again! yum yum yum <3

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yum! Love the addition of the cauliflower, and fresh tomatoes sound so delish! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Debra, we’re so glad everyone enjoyed the curry!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yep! There are stovetop instructions right below the instant pot instructions!

      Reply
  15. Marysays

    This was really good, but a little on the sweet side. I used your curry powder recipe which was a lifesaver because it’s hard to find curry where I live. Next time I think I’ll cut the sweet potatoes down by half and replace them with extra chickpeas. I might add more red pepper to the curry powder too. My family liked this dish with pepper flakes added on their individual bowls. The leftovers still taste good 2 days later.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yum! Added red pepper flakes sound SO delish. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your experience, Mary! So glad everyone enjoyed!

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  16. Leesays

    Tasty and nutritious, but a bit too tomato-ey for my taste. I’ll make it again, but with half of the amount of tomatoes.

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  17. Mariasays

    This turned out amazing! I added a bit less curry because my mum does not like heat. I had a lot of red peppers laying in the fridge and I decided to “roast” them. Electricity is extremely expensive at the moment in my country so turning the oven didn’t make sense. So, I roasted them in the microwave. I put several halved and deseeded peppers in a bowl. I added a bit of water, so it covered the bottom and I drizzled a bit of oil. Finally, I sprinkled a pinch of salt. I cooked in 15 minutes, in 5-minute batches. They might not have the smokey flavour that normal roasted peppers have but they turned out delish! thanks for this easy and quick recipe :D

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Love the creativity, Maria! And we’re so glad you enjoyed the result! Thank you for sharing! xo

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  18. Jennifersays

    This tasted amazing. However I could never get my instant pot to come to pressure. Next time I will do this one on the stove to avoid numerous “Burned Food” alarms. But I promise you, we will make this again!! Fantastic served over basmati rice and along side Naan.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, but sorry to hear it gave you trouble with pressurizing, Jennifer! That usually means it needs more liquid – did you make any modifications? One idea is if using coconut cream vs. milk, it could be too thick.

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  19. Marie Biddixsays

    Soooo good! Our 8 year old had seconds and said he loved it! I made the coconut rice and roasted my red peppers. The flavors were amazing and anything I can use the instant pot for is perfect for me! I didn’t have fresh ginger so I subbed 1/2 tsp and it worked great! Once again, you all did FANTASTIC! Thanks MB.

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  20. Diannesays

    This was a huge hit with my omnivore husband and son, and vegan me! I made it on the stove rather than in an IP. After adding the sauce and chickpeas, I set it to simmer and covered it. It took about 20 minutes for the sweet potatoes to get soft. I added cayenne pepper to suit our taste, but it was perfect otherwise!

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  21. Kim Chapmansays

    Cooked this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! I followed the recipe exactly. It was lovely and creamy, with a rich taste and not too spicy. Once it had simmered (uncovered!) and I added the spinach, the amount and thickness of the sauce was perfect. Don’t skip out on the cilantro/jalapeños/limes – they really complete it at the end! Another keeper recipe for the books!

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  22. Emmasays

    So yummy! Made a batch of this to eat for lunch this week and it is delicious! Super quick and easy to make. I doubled the chickpeas for more substance and it turned out great

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  23. Julie Clarrysays

    Hi, I would like to try this recipe but am not a big fan of curry. Can you suggest something else to use in place of the curry?
    Thanks.

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  24. Dinasays

    I made this exactly as directed, except that I added a pound of cubed firm tofu towards the end of cooking. This recipe was really, really good and so easy to make. There is a lot of sauce in this, so you can choose to add only some of the sauce and save the rest for another day, like for those leftover steamed veggies. Yum. Adding this one to my regular rotation.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Dina! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications!

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  25. Chandlersays

    I had no idea what I was going to make this week for work lunches and suddenly this recipe shows up in my feed and it couldn’t have been more perfect timing! Made it today and it’s so good! And best yet, I usually have all of these ingredients on hand. And I used the DIY curry spice mix and it’s delicious! Super easy, versatile, and tasty!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yay! We’re so glad you gave it a try and enjoyed it, Chandler! Thank you for sharing! xoxo

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  26. Dinasays

    After making the sauce, can this be made in the slow cooker? I’ve never used coconut milk in my crockpot. Thanks!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We haven’t tried that, but we think it would work well! Let us know if you try it!

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  27. Siennasays

    I made this today and it was so delicious! I used Yukon potatoes and added Paneer.
    Absolutely amazing! Thank you for another fantastic recipe.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Sienna! Love your modifications too! Thank you for sharing! xo

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  28. Johnnysays

    Quick question….how much liquid should the red peppers make once you process them? 1 cup? I just roasted a bunch before seeing this recipe and it would be very hard to figure out how many pieces I need to get the required liquid.

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  29. Andy M.says

    If you put a whole can of coconut milk (full fat or not) into any recipe, does it really matter at that point if it is oil free? I think not. The major problem with oil is the fat content, so if you substitute oil with another high fat ingredient, how have you gained? The answer is, you haven’t.

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    • Marie Biddixsays

      As someone who visits this blog daily (multiple times each day sometimes) I can tell you that I have a health condition where I stay away from oil as much as possible, however I easily tolerate coconut milk. It may seem strange but I appreciate that this website in particular offers options for people that are oil free. My healing has happened since changing my food, and I owe much of that credit to easy, flavorful recipes I can make and many of them come from Minimalist Baker. It may not be a scientific answer or black and white to the “food chemist” but to my body, it works and I am forever thankful!

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