I love chocolate with a passion! It has the right alchemical ingredients to turn my frown upside down. I love how rich it tastes, how creamy it is, how satisfying it is. Sometimes, you have to scratch the itch. The nice part is, you can enjoy the benefits with out it affecting your waste line.
Once I became vegan I discovered raw cocoa also known as cacao.
Cacao refers to the tree and unfermented bean in the very fist stage of chocolate making, raw with all of it's glorious enzymes and antioxidants in tact. Cacao is considered a SUPER-ANTIOXIDENT which helps protect our hearts, prevent cellular damage and help us to continue feeling and looking young!
Cacao contains iron, copper, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and oleic acid which has been linked with lowering cholesterol. Some actually use it as prevention for diabetes, PMS, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and more!
Why is it we feel better after consuming cacao? Studies show that cacao contains the amino acid tryptophan, which helps produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes feeling of happiness, joy and may even help alleviate minor depression.
After my husband and I watched Kathy Patalsky with Healthy.Happy.Life's first interview, I was inspired and we both wanted chocolate! Her chocolate smoothie had our eye, so we whipped one up with a slight modification, a Chocolate Passion Smoothie!
May your day and health be lifted to new heights!
Here are some other ways to use cacao!
I decided to make something a little nicer than usual for lunch and came up something I'm sure you'll love! A Vegan Omelette! My husbands absolute favorite! I made it as a surprise and he smiled and said "Yummy honey!"
When we shifted to a vegan lifestyle, it was hard letting go of staples that we grew up on such as cheese and eggs, but not when you have creative solutions such as these! The results are better than hoped for, creating a rich creamy vegan omelette sure to please!
How is this possible? This recipe was made possible by this blog, so I have all of you to thank! Last year the creator of The Vegg reached out to me asking if I'd like to try a sample of their vegan egg substitute. I was so excited after looking at their website I eagerly said yes and was thrilled with the results. My first attempt can be found here. This time I tried a new recipe, modified it and am sharing it below!
The product creates an egg substitute that is out of this world, it can be made into many wonderful creations including a fried egg, a poached egg, scrambled eggs, omelettes and so much more! The basis of the ingredients are nutritional yeast so it is my sneaking suspicion that one could try to use nutritional yeast in lieu of The Vegg Egg, however I have yet to test this theory as I've been so pleased with their product. If you'd like to make your very own, you will need the following...
Sauteed red onion, green onions, 1 sorrano pepper, 1/2 tomato, spinach and garlic clove (etc. your favorites)
I hope you enjoy many vegan meals to come! Thank you all for your support!!! Best wishes for an incredible week!
Summertime has many blissful moments. The sun on your skin, the gentle warm breeze that kisses your face as it blows by, the birds chirping in the distance, water to retreat to and enjoy, fantastic sunrises and mesmerizing sunsets to name a few. I have one more to add to your list, Summer Bliss Pecan Carrot Cake.
This is by far one of my best creations and masterpieces. Combining a variety of flavors that make your taste buds dance in delight. With each bite I tried to describe the taste and the words spring and summer come to mind, refreshing, rich, scrumptious, fantastic! My husband even said "I can't believe you made this!" and quite frankly neither could I!
There are magical moments in the kitchen when the creative force takes over and new creations are born. The best part about this cake is you can eat a piece and not feel terrible about it later, mentally or physically.
It's made with wholesome ingredients that are vegan, raw, gluten-free, oil-free and kosher. The ingredients come together in an unbelievable manner making a sensational recipe for loved ones, kids, carnivore, herbivores, individuals on a raw or paleo diet or anyone wanting a sensational dessert! This recipe would be great at an event and would be sure to please your friends and family!
This cake lasted the two of us about a week or more in the freezer. It makes such a large amount that you can split a piece and be more than satisfied! So lift up your sleeves, and lets make a beautiful cake!
Blissful Pie Crust:
Slice and serve!
I have a feeling my husband and I will enjoy this recipe many times in the future, it is a definite keeper. One of my best, enjoy!
Have a blissful weekend,
Coconut oil and coconut milk make this one dreamy creamy frosting! We enjoyed it on top of the Summer Bliss Pecan Carrot Cake. I can envision it on a number of delicious desserts.
Coco Cream Frosting:
There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven. It smells like you've just walked by a bakery, yet you're in the comfort of your own home. The warm bread baking sets your salivary glands on fire and one is so thankful this recipe is ready within 35 minutes.
Before you know it, a loaf of fresh bread is being pulled out of the oven. Nearby loved ones come by to see when they can partake of it's tastiness. After one can bear it no more, cut a slice or two, drizzle with olive oil and your favorite nut, seed and herb blend and enter heaven on earth. Warm, comforting, light, delicious bread great for sides, sandwiches or spreads made from wholesome ingredients not bound to stick to unwanted places.
What do you need to create your homemade vegan comfort food?
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my hubby and I did! We enjoyed each and every piece. It leaves such a delicious flavor in your mouth and is neutral enough to be enjoyed with a variety of meals. I think I'll make a new batch now! Let me know how much you enjoy it!
Love and light,
PS - If you haven't already, check out my husband's latest interview with James Swagger of Capricorn Radio, hosted out of Ireland. Show your love and share it with your friends and loved ones. This is the first interview we edited and added multimedia!
Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share with you all my very fist interview and video expressing concern for the Western Diet and sharing the benefits of a plant based whole foods Vegan Diet!
My husband and soul mate, Gerald Clark, decided to switch roles and interview me! He's usually the man behind the mic being interviewed on his best-selling book:
Please take a moment to watch this short (under 20 minutes) but very informative interview on YouTube and subscribe for more videos to come!
For Anunnaki fans or others who are curious, please check out our last interview where I interviewed Gerald on fascinating topics!
Thank you all for your continued support!
With love and light,
Summer time brings forth big ripe delicious avocados. I go to a special store to pick out my avocados as I swear, they are extra creamy, extra large, and so flavorful you can eat them plain.
Here is a picture I took of one the other day, it fills my palm! I have a seed growing in jar right now as I dream of it becoming a tree.
These are so large you could probably opt just for the avocado for lunch but I decided to spice it up a bit and add a crisp!
I took a rice crisp, topped it with creamy avocado slices, a few slices of red onion, a slice or two of tomato, a drizzle of mustard, a dash of salt and sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Lunch was made and consumed within 10 minutes and we were back to work. :)
These make a quick and easy treat that is sure to please your taste buds!
What will you need?
Enjoy this effortless vegan snack for two!
Creamy frosting infused with lime to give you a sweet and tangy infusion for your sweet tooth. We enjoyed the frosting on top of pecan carrot cake cookies that are raw, dehydrated at a low temperature. Healthy and fantastic!
Creamy Limón Frosting:
I hope you all had a bright and fabulous weekend and are enjoying your summer wherever you may be. This past week we decided to do some upgrades to our home. Sanding, painting, sealing, applying and so forth. In order to get us through the hard work I decided to make us a treat.
Homemade raw cookies with frosting! Not any cookies either. Pecan carrot cake cookies with a creamy limón frosting!
I dehydrated the cookies outside while we worked away inside. The smell of paint indoors and the smell of carrot cake and sweet spices outside. When they were done we could hardly wait for them to cool to apply the frosting so certainly helped ourselves to one or two. They were mouthwatering delicious! Sweet from the carrots and raisins with just the right amount of spice. Plus, a delight to know they are gluten free, raw and vegan! the next morning I frosted the cookies and we enjoyed one with our coffee. We placed them in the freezer, as we prefer most of our treats frozen, and hours later in the heat of the day enjoyed a nice cool cookie!
At the end of the week, our home looked completely different. Brand new and refreshing! The hard work paid off and the cookies got us through!
These cookies are great for guests, parties, your loved ones, or yourself! They are incredibly delicious, healthy and simple to make! The frosting is made from pecans so feel free to dab a little extra on top!
Pecan Carrot "Cake" Cookies:
Creamy Limón Frosting:
Wishing you a great new week!
Adapted from Healthy Blender Recipes!
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a happy, healthy and fun holiday weekend! What did you do? We did projects around the home, shared some of our amazing structural integration with one another, ate some good food, read some good books, did some yoga and watched one crappy movie haha.
It can be hard to get back into the swing of things and sometimes you just want to make a simple dinner. I have just the solution for tonight! It will take minimal effort and hopefully hit the spot.
Grab some rice and place it in your rice cooker, add homemade beans, or canned. Top with homemade guacamole and surround by chips. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top and wallah! Dinner is done. I love a bowl filled with healthy, delicious ingredients and chips to dip them out with! Yummy!
Easy as 1, 2, 3!
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