Almond Butter Cups – Raw & Vegan!

Happy Halloween! I hope you and yours had a safe, somewhat healthy and Happy Halloween! Last night I stayed up late making sweet treats so we could enjoy some candy that wasn’t loaded with ingredients we didn’t want. We started the day with Raw Cinnamon Rolls!

Raw Cinnamon Rolls

I made two of our favorite candies Raw Almond Butter Cups to mimic a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Almond Butter Cupz

and Raw Snickers Bars.

Raw Snickers

My personal favorite were the Almond Butter Cups – Elvis Style with a banana at the base.

Almond Butter Cups R&V

These are raw, vegan and absolutely delicious!

Almond Butter Cups

I already had my share today and let me tell you it is SO hard sharing this blog with you looking at all of these pictures knowing I have more in the freezer! I felt compelled to share so you could have some in YOUR freezer!!

Elivs Almond Butter Cups

This recipe is SIMPLE  –  FAST  –  IMPRESSIVE  and reminds me of the real thing! As much as I would love to boast about how I came up with this genius recipe it would be far from the truth. I am quite new to candy making but I can’t wait to experiment with more! The Snickers Bar and Cinnamon Rolls were created from @lilsipper’s Health-e-CookBook, both of her e-books have very creative recipes.

The Almond Butter Cups came from the Detoxinista! It was my first time to her blog and I have a good feeling I’ll be back. I used silicone cupcake liners and it worked sensationally.  The best part? You can be eating these in 30 minutes or less. I did opt to freeze ours overnight…it was worth it!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! This will be a new special treat we enjoy and share with others. We try to eat oil-free but sometimes you gotta let your hair down! :)

Almond Butter Cups Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to you and yours!

Christa

 

Almond Butter Banana Smoothies

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl

Almonds are chopped, pulsed and spun into a creamy delicious almond butter. Coconut, olive or other vegetable oils can be added to enhance to creaminess and speed the process along. You can also opt for an oil-free batch as the almonds will naturally release their oil as the almond butter ages. It does take a little patience to make homemade almond butter but I believe it pays off. It is much more cost efficient ($5-8/lb for almonds = many batches of almond butter vs. $8-12 for a jar of almond butter), I can mix up the ingredients and make a sweeter, saltier or oil free version and there is something very special about making a product such as almond butter out of just raw almonds.

Almond Butter

I saw a recipe on instagram from @papaya_sunshine for an Almond Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl! It looked and sounded amazing and she raved about how much her husband loved it. When I hear those words “husband loved it” or loves it I perk up and look at the ingredients to see if perhaps my husband would love it too! :) I was certain he’d love this smoothie and boy did he!!

Almond Butter Banana Smoothies

 

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie Ingredients

Place in a blender and blend until smooth. I added a tsp of reishi powder for our immune system. Opt to use whatever dairy free milk, nut butter and sweetener you have on hand and enjoy!

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie Nutrition

We topped ours with extra goodies! Banana coins, cashews, raisins, almonds, a prune, cranberries and a light dusting of coconut flakes over the bananas. I licked the bowl clean before Gerald, it’s safe to say it is very good.

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

This is a new favorite in our house! May you enjoy this smoothie and many more!!!

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl

Sweet love,

Christa

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Yesterday I was gardening outside and our friend honked the horn and gave us some fresh cut roses! That small act of kindness brought such joy to our home. It was the perfect reason to make homemade cookies as a token of gratitude.

Pina Banana Cream with Cookies

I had recently made homemade pumpkin puree and eagerly wanted to use it. We love oatmeal raisin cookies, we also love my Almond Raisin Pecan Cookies so I did a cross between the two with pumpkin puree to make them over the top delicious. It worked!

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The smell is amazing, the texture just right and they taste delicious. We shared with our friends and they willingly taste tested them for us all with rave reviews “excellent” “very good” – with wide eyes and smiles! :) My husband absolutely loved them and I think was a little sad I shared so many haha. Fortunately one batch makes 24 cookies so you have plenty to eat, share and perhaps save them in the fridge or freezer if they last that long!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

The best part? They are unbelievably healthy so you can help yourself to some in the morning for breakfast with banana nice cream, you can enjoy them as a sweet treat midday or you can enjoy them for dessert. We tried and tested all methods and it’s safe to say they’re all delicious! I think the yummiest is fresh out of the oven or with banana nice cream.

Pina Banana Cookie Breakfast

Would you like to enjoy a batch of these delicious cookies? I sure hope so! They are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and full of love and healthy ingredients. Let’s make some cookies!

Pumpkin Spice Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the almond flour (raw almonds ground into a flour), baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl.
  3. Place the dates and 2 tbsp of hot water in a food processor and pulse until it creates a paste.
  4. Take 1.5 tbsp of chia meal (chia seeds ground in a coffee grinder or blender until it creates a meal) and combine it with 4 tbsp of warm water. Whisk together with a fork and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl mix together wet ingredients until well combined.
  6. Add the wet to the dry, combine. Slowly add in the oats, raisins and pecans and mix until well combined.
  7. Place a ball of cookie dough on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper, flatten with a fork and bake for about 20 minutes +/- until done. Once cool enough to touch – dig in!!! :)

Pumpkin Spice Cookies - Nutritional Information

To take the cookie experience to the next level – vegan ice cream is highly recommended. We chose nice cream!

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • Opt: .5 cup frozen pineapple
  • Opt: 1 tsp Reishi powder

Blend and serve with pecans, raisins and a cookie on top!

Pina Banana NiceCream with Homemade Cookies

I hope you and yours enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

With so much love and a full belly ;)

Christa

Homemade Pizza - Oil Free

One Bowl GF Oil-Free Flax Meal Pizza Crust

On Monday we made a flax meal pizza crust infused with herbs. I had leftover carrot mash from carrot juice and was unsure how to use it when I had a brilliant idea, to use it in the pizza as an oil replacement. I tried it and had glorious success. The idea was inspired from the baking gods and goddesses and I am thankful!

Homemade Pizza - Oil Free

The dough was light, airy and easy to work with. I kneaded it with love so it would turn out very good for my husband. He had worked hard spreading his homemade compost around our new plants! I wanted to show my appreciation so I tried very hard to make this pizza to his liking!

Pizza Pizzza

Once kneaded I rolled the dough into a big plump ball that made my heart smile. It looked just right! I placed it on a pre-greased cookie sheet and pressed it into the shape of a pizza pie with a hearty crust. I baked the pizza for about 30 + minutes as I prepared homemade pizza sauce and toppings. My personal preference is to get the pizza crust brown around the edges and almost completely done to where the center pops back up vs. sinks. Then I add the sauce and toppings and bake for another 15 minutes give or take until done, slice and serve! I used to only bake it for 15 minutes but then had to bake the pizza for sometimes 40 + minutes waiting for the center to be done and not be soggy! This works for me and I hope it works for you!

This crust was dare I say almost perfect. It even formed a big bubble in the center as if it were from a pizza shop! There is no yeast, oil, sugar or refined flours here only really healthy ingredients so you can enjoy more than one slice and still feel great! :)

To make this delicious pizza pie you will need:

  • 2 cups flax meal
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup carrot pulp (from carrot juice)
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash: Red pepper flakes, oregano, rosemary, basil, sage and pepper.
  • Opt: I used a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Dukkah Blend which is a mixture of almonds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander, anise seeds and salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat a pan with olive oil (or line with parchment paper)
  3. Combine the flax meal and warm water in a large bowl, mix well. Add the balance of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Roll up your sleeves and begin working the dough, kneading for 1-2 minutes until completely worked together. I find getting my hands wet first and along the way helps.
  5. Roll the dough into a ball, place it in the center of your pan and begin to form your pizza. I like to leave a high edge for a thick crust!
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until it is almost completely done. While it is baking prepare your sauce and toppings.
  7. Pull it out of the oven, top with sauce and your favorite toppings and bake for another 10-15+ minutes until done. Serve hot and enjoy!!!

CC’s Homemade Pizza Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp oregano and 2 tbsp basil

Directions:

  1. Saute the onions, garlic and jalapenos in 1-2 tbsp of water until soft.
  2. Add the balance of the ingredients and simmer on low, heating throughout, while the pizza is cooking.

Pizza!!

I hope you enjoy this pizza as much as we did!!!

May you have a beautiful and blessed weekend!

Christa

Our Little Garden

Gardening is therapy for my heart and soul. First hard work is done to prepare the space, sweat, blisters, bug bites persist yet glorious hard work overcomes all bringing a great sense of joy and inner peace. As the weeds come out of the ground they also come out of my soul.

Mung Beans

Then come the rows, carefully prepared with love hoping the hard work has paid off. Seeds are picked out, planted, covered and blessed.

Then the 3 w’s:

  1. Watering
  2. Waiting
  3. Weeding

I wonder will the seeds take…will they grow. When I don’t see anything I doubt for a moment and am overjoyed to find growth on a new day.

Tomatoes

Gardening is like anything else, if you don’t succeed the first time try again! I’ve already re-seeded a few areas and thankfully I did because now new growth is coming up. I have a few more to tend to. ;)

Garden - Pepper

We planned our rows out this time.

Garden Plot A

Can you tell I am married to an engineer? He helped organize us and I learned quickly documenting it on an excel spreadsheet. Fun!

Garden Plot B

Fingers crossed what we planned actually comes to fruition!

Garden Plot C

Garden Plot D

I am hoping the garden produces so much we have plenty to share!!!

Sweet Basil

Here are some of the beauties coming up!

Melon

Do you have a garden? We hope to have a big piece of property someday, an earth ship home and a permanent garden spot but for now we are so happy to have the go-ahead to plant where we are. We’ve done container gardening in San Diego on our patio and it was fun to see how much we could grow. Whether big or small in a kitchen window seal or a patio growing plants brings much joy!

Urban Gardening San Diego CA 2012

With love and dirt under my thumb,

Christa

“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

 

Dehydrated Beet Powder

Homemade Beet Powder for Beet Juice, Smoothies, Natural Make-Up and More

Beets are a nutritional powerhouse loaded with immune boosting qualities!

Benefits of Beets

Once I learned how good they were for us I couldn’t help but keep some around for our smoothies. We even planted seeds for some fresh organic heirloom beets (hopefully!)

Did you know 1 tsp of beet powder is equivalent to the nutrition of 1 whole beet???!!! I didn’t! I learned about it on Instagram from @rawgrandma.  Dehydrated beets, ground into a powder can be used in smoothies, sauces, soups, treats and more adding a gorgeous color and an instant shot of health.  To make some for yourself wash and peel some beets…

Beets- Fresh

Slice thin with a knife or mandolin…

Beets

Place on a dehydrator rack. I love our Excalibur!Dehydrated Beets

Dehydrate overnight at 104-105 degrees until completely dehydrated. I let ours continue until mid-day.

Dehyrdated Beetz

Remove and grind into a fine powder. I ground ours in our coffee grinder. I will try our food processor or blender next time for a more refined powder. You can also purchase beet root powder online. :0)

Dehydrated Beet Powder

I even used the beet powder as a 100% organic and raw blush and lip-gloss! Place the beet powder in a clean make-up container for powders or tap some in the lid of a jar (I chose this option) dab your brush in the powder, tap it to remove any excess chunks and apply, adding additional layers as preferred to reach a beautiful glow! For lip-gloss use a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil and apply to lips, rub in. Dab your finger in the powder and rub your lips together or use your finger to rub in. The moisture in the oil will unleash the color for beautiful kiss-worthy lips. Simple and pretty! I found an awesome lipgloss recipe here that I can’t wait to try: http://yumuniverse.com/easy-diy-beet-powder-cream-blush/!

I hope you enjoy the health benefits of beets or even beet powder.

With love,

Christa

 

Burrito Bowlz

Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls offer a complete balanced meal that’s easy to make, attractive to your eye, nourishing to your body and super delicious! For a vegan or non-vegan this meal is sure to please! It is a great meal to kick off National Vegetarian Awareness Month.

Burrito Bowl - Vegetairan awareness mo

I honestly didn’t know it existed! It was established by North American Vegetarian Society in 1977! FIX.com is spreading the awareness about the benefits of vegetarian lifestyle. Read all about it here. They even created the beautiful image below.

vegetarian-month-final

Simple.

Satisfying.

Nourishing.

Burrito Bowls!

Burrito Bowlz

 

To make this bowl start 1 cup of cooked brown rice in the center of a bowl. Surround with a layer of guacamole.

 

Burrito Bowls for 2

Cover the guacamole with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”! Opt to add “refried” beans. We took soaked and boiled beans, added a dash of oil, seasoning and placed it in the food processor for a homemade version. (Props to my hubs!) Then surround the plate with your favorite leafy green, we used amaranth leaves. :0) Opt to top with a heart of Sriracha sauce!

 

Burrito Bowl - Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 Batch Guacamole
  • Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”
  • Homemade or purchased beans (your fav – whole or blended)
  • 1-2 cups fresh leafy greens
  • Dash of Sriracha sauce
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes and cilantro.

Directions:

  1. Pre-cook the rice on the stove or in a rice cooker. Place 1 cup each in a bowl for 2 servings.
  2. Create a fresh batch of guacamole, surround the rice. Rinse and whip up some raw walnut taco “meat” and place on top of the guacamole.
  3. Place beans around the base of the rice and fresh greens around the bowl. Serve with a heart of Sriracha on top and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and cilantro, dig in! Serve as is or with tortillas or chips.

Burrito Bowls

 

Healthy and Delicious!

Burrito Bowl

EnJoY!

Christa

xox

Raw Tacos - Taco Tuesday

100% Raw, Gluten-Free Tacos with Walnut Taco “Meat”

100% Raw, Gluten-Free Tacos! The “meat” is made from a walnut base and is absolutely incredible. We both were blown away at how it tasted like the “real thing.” We loved it so much we had it for dinner two nights in a row. The first night we enjoyed it in cabbage wraps with fresh fruit on the side.

Raw Tacooos

Tonight for Taco Tuesday we had it on a corn crisp with all the fixings.

Raw Taco Tuesday

I served it with a big platter of food, sometimes it is more fun to make it yourself!

Raw Taco Tuesday Platter

Homemade Guacamole

Raw Tacos - Guacomole

Homemade Salsa

Raw Tacos - Salsa

With walnut taco “meat” that is out of this world! The recipe was inspired from The Rawtarian who I’m just beginning to follow and love!

Raw Taco Meat

Stack it, stuff it, sprinkle it, scoop it, enjoy it any way you please!

Raw Tacos Tuesday

To make the Walnut Taco “Meat”  all you will need is a food processor and the ingredients below. Combine all of the ingredients and process until desired consistency. I displayed the recipe as 2 servings but it could be 4 small serving as well, each time we had enough left for a late night snack. :)

Raw Walnut Taco Meat Ingredients

Raw Tacos Nutrition

Raw Tacos - Taco Tuesday

I thought it would be fun to end Vegan Month of Food and September off with a bang! A new raw, vegan and gluten-free recipe that is sure to please. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

With love,

Christa

xo

Hummus Turtle Bowl

Garlic Hummus

Today for lunch we enjoyed homemade hummus dip! I started playing with it shaping it in a round shape and then Gerald started shaving a carrot. Before we knew it we had a Hummus Turtle! :0)

Hummus Turtle

It was a fun way to enjoy a delicious dip! We both LOVE hummus and it’s been way too many moons since we last enjoyed some. We recently soaked and boiled chickpeas so it was the perfect occasion for a fresh batch of hummus. We couldn’t help but enjoy every last bite.

Hummus Turtle Bowl

The recipe hails from our Blendtec Cookbook with modifications for a garlic, herb and seed blend with red pepper flakes for a pinch of spice. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

Hummus Ingredients

Hummus Nutrition

Hummus Turtles

In Joy!

Christa

xox

 

Raw collage

100% Raw – Vegan – Gluten-Free Recipes – Week 4 Vegan Mofo!

This week was all about Raw & Vegan creations!

Raw collage

It was really fun to try and learn new things. Enjoying raw vibrant food really makes me feel great. I hope you enjoy one or more so you can feel the transformational effects yourself!

Healthy Glow Smoothie

Healthy Glow Smoothiez

Raw Gluten-Free Vegan Sandwich Bread

Raw GF Sandwich Bread

Granola Girl Smoothie

Granola Girl Smoothsation

Chocolate Raspberry Delight

Cholate Raspberry Delight

Fully Raw Lasagna

FRLasagna

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco Dream for Longevity!

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco Dream

Today we foraged vs. cooked!!! We washed, de-seeded and prepped each and every date with care and they are now dehydrating. I can’t wait! :)

Fresh Dates

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

Lots of love,

Christa

 

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