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July 4, 2015

Rawfully Tempting Raw Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark

Picture = not so great...but it was gone gone gone before I could get another photo. Tempering raw chocolate is possible, but challenging. I'm not a great chocolatier as I don't have the patience or the equipment, however, I try to attempt manually tempering whenever possible. For a quick..."I don't care about fussing" treat...DO NOT temper. Throw this tastiness together, and store in the refrigerator or freezer. WARNING: It will melt in your hands..so EAT it quickly, or break into smaller, bite-sized pieces. This will cure any junk food craving for sweets!  There are several optional ingredients. I hope you use this blog for educational purposes, so even if you don't choose to use all of the suggested ingredients, you may at least become aware they exist.

June 28, 2015

"Root Beer Float" Smoothie


As a little girl, I'd get utterly giddy at the thought of a Root Beer Float, and to this day, it's strongly connected with many pleasant childhood memories. One of my goals as a recipe developer is to recreate comfort foods, replacing processed ingredients with healthy ingredients. While visiting a local spice shop the other day, I picked up a natural Root Beer Extract. The smell alone sent me straight down memory lane. I arrived home inspired to create. While not an actual "soda," the flavor is quite reminiscent of Root Beer floats. When I obtain my dream ice cream maker, I will most certainly create a more authentic, but healthy Root Beer Float/ Ice Cream Soda. For now, however, this smoothie...inspired by childhood memories, pleased this little girls' taste buds. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

June 7, 2015

Living Tree Smoothie Spectacular

One of my favorite online stores, Living Tree Community sent me a lovely sample pack of their vibrant living butters. Yesteday, although it's really easy, I wasn't in the mood to cut open a coconut, and opted to create a spectacular blend of these delicious ingredients without having to make a nut milk or coconut milk base. I have to say, everything from this store vibrates with LOVE...and this smoothie, was indeed SPECTACULAR. Turmeric Butter, Mesquite, Maca and extracts are always optional, but take some time to read about them. The added flavors are great, but they are also super nutritious!  I suggest you try some of these products...but if you don't have them available, improvise with almond butter, or any combination of nut butters that seem to go well together. This is one of my quick and easy smoothies..sort of a "cheater" smoothie..making nut milk using butters and water..no straining, no mess.

April 8, 2015

Dairy-Free, Raw Ice Cream


Ok! Bad picture! It was evening, and it was metling. I had very little lighting, but wanted to capture it. You'll have to trust me..It was GREAT! Some time back, I did a post on  how to prepare ice cream using a juicer and blank plate. It's been awhile since I pulled out the old Champion...but I'm sooooo glad I did. Last night I literally threw together some Blueberry Banana Coconut Ice Cream. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

March 27, 2015

Blueberry Muffin Tops (Gluten-Free)

Blueberry Muffins have always been a big comfort food in my life. These no-bake, raw vegan treats are well worth the effort. The taste and mouth-feel are outstanding! Now you can have them too! 


March 6, 2015

Water Kefir Lab/Workshop - 3-22-15

Learn how to prepare this refreshing, effervescent "soda" for pennies a bottle. Water kefir contains over 40 strains of probiotics. Fermenting this mildly sweet liquid into a healthy, hydrating beverage is tons of fun...easy to do, and good for your gut.

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February 17, 2015

Sesame-Almond Milk (Dairy Free)

 There is practically nothing on this Earth as yummy as fresh Almond Milk...(okay, well maybe Coconut Milk). Once you realize how easy this is to prepare, you can begin creating variations, adding even more nutrients and flavor to this remarkable beverage!  Today I prepared Sesame Almond Milk and it is delicious! Don't forget to LIKE us on FACEBOOK.

February 12, 2015

Apple Walnut Muffins - Gluten-Free

Served warm from the dehydrator, these muffins are very reminiscent of the SAD (Standard American Diet - aka BAKED) version. I didn't make them too sweet, and sunflower seeds can have a little bite, so sweeten according to your taste. I love the "Autumn Spiciness." Drizzle with raw honey, cashew cream, or your favorite fruit "syrup"...oh, and some raw ice cream - HEAVEN!

January 26, 2015

Muesli Breakfast Mix - "Cream of NO-Wheat"

I'm in LOVE with this delicious blend. Just so you know, some of these ingredients are not raw. Feel free to substitute with a sprouted/dehydrated version. It's Winter on the East Coast, and popped Amaranth and toasted sesame seeds bring out the flavor in this mix! This is one of the tastiest mixes I've made and a favorite in our home.

January 1, 2015

Fig Halvah (Sesame) Smoothie


"Open sesame"—the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights—reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity. 

Growing up, Halvah, (a ground sesame paste, fudge-like snack), was a huge treat in our household, and I've always loved the flavor and consistency. This smoothie is very reminiscent of  my favorite childhood treat.

November 29, 2014

Pecan-Carob Maca Milkshake

Oh Yum! Thank you Living Tree Community for another fantastic product. Of course this is lick-off-the-spoon-fantastic, but I was in a hurry and wanted to toss together a quick, satisfying beverage. I didn't quite measure everything, so amounts are approximate, but this is so reminiscent of a frothy milkshake. Feel free to adjust as needed.

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