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Breakfast Ice-cream

Breakfast Ice-cream

Ice-cream for breakfast? You can eat it all day long on a high raw, plant based diet

For the base blend: 3 frozen and 1 fresh banana with 1 tablespoon of almond butter and a heaped teaspoon of cacao powder

On the top blend 2 frozen bananas, 3 soft dates and 1 vanilla pod.

And for an extra health kick, drizzle some black strap molasses.

Black strap molasses will give you b vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, and great hair 🙂

Eat it guilt free 🙂

Note: Always make sure you use really ripe bananas (spotty skins) to ensure sweetness and optimal digestion.

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Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowl

Move over green smoothies, smoothie bowls are the new black. You’ll need your blender, large bowl, spoon and…

1 tablespoon of Maqui Berry Powder
1 handful of organic baby spinach
1 cup of raspberries
3 frozen bananas
Some water or coconut water for desired consistency
Blend well and top it off with hemp seeds, cacao nibs and raspberries.

We use maqui berry powder in our smoothies often. Whilst you may of seen goji berries or acai berry powder used in many recipes, maqui berries are less known.

Maqui berries grow wild in Chile and Argentina and are one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the berry family. They are a beautiful vibrant purple colour, which comes from a pigment called anthocyanin.

Research indicates that consuming anthocyanin rich foods may protect against high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and have anti-cancer properties.

 

 

Homemade Almond Butter

Homemade Almond Butter

Not to be attempted when you are in a hurry.
You’ll need natural almonds, a little salt, a food processor, and time. It is a much longer process than making cashew nut or macadamia nut butters but well worth the amount of patience required. It’s cheaper than buying it so winning.

To begin:
Add 3 cups of almonds to your food processor with the S blade fitted.

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Start your processor and let it run for a couple of minutes at a time.  As it processes  the nuts will build up around the top, so be sure to keep pushing them down.

Your machine will start to get hot so you may want to rest it periodically – which in turn will add to your processing time.

At about the 15 minute mark you should start to see some changes.

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The almond mixture will start to form a ball and get quite warm, rest your machine if you like. Give it a mix up and keep going.

 

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By now it is starting to look like the real deal – but it’s not 🙂 Keep going. It was at this point I added a couple of pinches of sea salt.

Once it starts to look grainy, don’t stop.  Push through until it is soft and oily.  The first time I made this I stopped a few minutes short of perfection.  It is really worth going the extra mile.

 

At the 30-35 minute mark (not including the time it took to stop and mind children etc we had beautiful almond butter.

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Store in an glass jar and keep refrigerated for up to a month.  You can use it in raw treats, as a spread, in smoothies or as a dip. It is sensational spread on apple slices 🙂

Green Smoothie – Protein Packed

Green Smoothie - Protein Packed

I finally purchased some Sun Warrior protein powder. I’ve never really been into protein powders but I needed the vanilla flavour for a chocolate recipe that I am making. In the past most of the powders I had used were soy based and left a really strong after taste.
Sun Warrior is raw whole grain brown rice protein powder. It is gluten free, soya free, dairy free and 80% protein.
The vanilla flavour is really lovely and makes for a filling smoothie.

For this smoothie:

Blend
1 scoop of protein powder
At least 1 cup of water
Baby spinach
1 tablespoon of grounded chia seeds
Bananas (frozen or unfrozen and as many as you care for)
1 probiotic capsule  (I used Truflora).

It helps to blend the water, protein powder and spinach until smooth and then slowly add the rest.

Don’t forget to share with any little people in the house. Kids love green smoothies and the sooner you can make them a regular part of their lives, the better 🙂

 

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Caramel Chocolate Bites

 

The base:

Chocolate Fudge

1/2 cup coconut butter (Different to coconut oil and often used in raw treats).
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup of coconut nectar
1 tsp vanilla

The top:

Almond Fudge

1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup coconut nectar
1 tsp vanilla

Line a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan with baking paper. Allow for excess baking paper to hang over the edge.

In a food processor blend together all the ingredients for the chocolate fudge until it is fully blended and has a thick consistency. Pour into the prepared pan, smooth out and set aside.

In a clean food processor blend together the ingredients for the almond fudge until well blended. Spread smoothly over the chocolate base.

Place fudge the freezer to set up. Once solid, remove from pan by lifting up the baking paper. Peel off paper and cut into equal pieces.

Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

 

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Caramel Slice

This is so addictive – you have been warned 🙂

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For the crust
1 cup almonds
1 cup dates
Pinch of salt

Caramel:

½ cup cashew butter
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup dates

Chocolate cream:
1/3 cup coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons cacao powder
¼ cup maple syrup

To make the crust: process the almonds into flour in your food processor, then add the dates and process until it all begins to stick together. Press into the bottom of a lined baking pan (I used a small bread pan) and refrigerate.

To make both the caramel and chocolate layers: just blend the ingredients in each list until smooth. Spread the caramel onto your crust, followed by the chocolate cream. Refrigerate until completely set; this will take a couple hours.

The Highlander

The Highlander

Being a proud Otago Highlander from Dunedin (based on it’s sister city, Edinburgh) I thought it was appropriate to make a raw vegan, green smoothie in it’s honour.

To make this smoothie you need some homemade almond milk. Make the basic milk with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.

300 mls of almond milk
1 teaspoon of acai berry powder
2 large handfuls of organic scottish kale
1 teaspoon of spirulina (Hawaiian Pacifica is the best)
4 frozen bananas.

Blend and sprinkle with hemp seeds and a few almonds.

Triple Berry Smoothie

Triple Berry Smoothie

1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of frozen boysenberries
1 small handful of goji berries
2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
1 teaspoon of macca powder
2 bananas
400 mls of almond milk

Blend and sprinkle with some organic shredded coconut.
This will make at least 3 hungry people happy 🙂

Raw Vegan Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes

Raw Vegan Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes

I made these for the first time today. I made 10 but in hindsight, I should of made less in order to have a thicker base. I used paper cupcake cups and put them in a muffin tin to help keep the shape.

For the Crust

1 cup almonds

1 cup pitted, organic medjool dates

For the Filling

3 cups blueberries

2 teaspoons of acai berry powder (optional)

1 1/2 cups cashews

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons fresh organic apple juice

2 teaspoons ground organic cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of celtic salt

6 tablespoons melted cacao butter

Instructions: For the Crust
1. Grind both ingredients together in a food processor.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of water if the mixture is too crumbly.
3. Press the crust into your cups. Set aside…

Instructions: For the Filling
1. Combine all the ingredients except the cacao butter,and blend really well – until completely smooth.
2. Add the butter and blend again.
3. Pour the mixture over the crust(s)
4. Chill in the freezer until firm.
5. Garnish with blueberries, nibs or something you love.