Wednesday, April 27, 2011

~ Coconut Almond Cookies ~

Wheat free, egg free and low sugar cookies packed full of NUTRITION !!

As most of you know who have been keeping up with my blog I have made some changes. I eat a lot of raw foods, but also looking into whole foods as well. I admit I have a sweet tooth and my family does as well. I have been searching for healthy alternatives that are still nutrient dense and low glycemic ( sugar). Wheat and gluten is an issue for most people and for our family we need to stay away from it. Wheat is overused and is and it causes many unwanted symptoms. Some of them are headaches, bloating, fatigue, leaching of minerals.

I found a site I absolutely love called, The Spunky Coconut and Kelly V. Brozyna who has created this site has so many marvelous recipes, a couple of books I love and also other things she sells like t- shirts and tote bags. Check her site out at :

As you can see this recipe is not raw, but cooked and still has all clean organic nutritious ingredients. I have no regret feeding my family these cookies. Honestly if I don't make something like this inevitably they will be off to the store eventually eating junk that just keeps them feeling sick and tired.

I adjusted the recipe a little to my oun taste...

Recipe :
Wet Ingredients
1/2 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
1 T chia meal
15 drops of stevia vanilla cream
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 tsp almond extract

Dry Ingredients
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 almond meal
3/4 shredded coconut
2 T cacao nibs

Bake at 350 degrees for 10- 12 min

I think next time I make these I will be adding half the coconut oil so it has less fat.

Enjoy !!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

~ Not Tuna on Raw Bread ~

Tuna has always been a staple meal I grew up on. I loved it and never thought of it as fish. It was just a filling sandwich that I loved and everyone I knew loved it as well. Today there is an awareness that tuna is not safe due to the mercury. People still eat it, but have it a lot less or go and buy a very expensive can of wild tuna.

Now I have figured out how to make a raw/vegan sandwich free of mercury, dairy and wheat. It still has the benefits from the essential oils, but it's made organic, soaked nuts instead of real tuna.

It is very important to pre-soak your nuts to remove the enzyme inhibitors to cause the raw nuts to become alive.

Recipe :
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4-1/2 cup filtered water
juice of one lemon
sea salt
1 tbs dill
1/8 tbs black pepper
Process these ingredients until it has the same consistency of tuna fish then place in a bowl and add....
2 tbs minced celery
2 tbs white onion
Let stand in the fridge overnight then serve on your choice of raw bread.

Enjoy !!

I just love to have avocado and sprouts with my sandwhich or it seems to plain. I like it very juicy so the more green veggies the better.

Friday, April 8, 2011

~ Real Chocolate Pie ~

For my birthday I got a shipment of things I love like RAW Chocolate. For the first time I tried the nibs which are just broken up pieces of the cacao bean. I must say I can't believe how it satisfies that craving for chocolate. It is a little bitter, but added to a raw pie it was a hit.

I tried a number of new things which I was excited about. The other new item was Sweetleaf Vanilla Cream Stevia. It smells and tastes a lot like a liqueur. Wow I am impressed with how it enhances the taste of the pie. I also have added it to a cup of coffee and it tastes terrific.

I don't have a picture here, but I also added to ground Chia in the nut crust. The avocados were real large and perfect. It made a lot of filling for the pie.
Here I combined all the wet ingredients. My husband came around the corner and asked, "are you making a lime pie ??"

As I was making this pie it really was an experiment adding new things. I decided to add some real cacao nibs after it was all mixed. I just pulsed for five seconds to mix them throughout.


Filling :

1/4 cup honey

6 drops of liquid stevia

11 honey dates

1 cup coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 large avocados

1/3 cup cacao

1/4 cup cacao nibs

Nut Crust :

1 1/2 cups ground walnuts

12 honey dates

1/4 cup ground chia

pinch of sea salt

1 cup shredded coconut

Enjoy !! :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

~ Frozen Bananas dipped in Raw Chocolate and Goji Berries ~

Goji berries at first if your not used to them taste a little bitter. I wan't sure if I like them, but now I just love them. They are one of the top ten super foods.

I think I like these dipped bananas better than the last ones which were garnished with shredded coconut. My chocolate is a a variation from Ani Phyo's recipe.

~ Raw Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas ~

I found a wonderful recipe for liquid raw chocolate. I have been wanting to make a chocolate that would harden. I did however find this recipe bitter for my taste. My goal eventually is to make raw chocolate truffles.

Anyhow Ani Phyo has a recipe for raw chocolate. You can find that recipe in her new fabulous book, Ani's Raw Food Desserts
I noticed she has her recipe published on her site for anyone to try so here it is......

Liquid Chocolate, page 74

1 cup cacao butter, melted
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 Tablespoon mesquite powder
1 teaspoon maca powder

I used agave instead of maca...

I was surprised how fast the chocolate hardened. I had to put it in our little crock pot to keep in a liquid form long enough to dip my bananas.I dipped them twice in the chocolate. The first time I dipped then put them in the freezer for ten minutes then dipped again to give them a good coating then added some organic shredded coconut on top.

Bananas were half price this week so we bought lots of them for this recipe.

It is very difficult to find fresh coconut here so I ended up stocking up on organic coconut from Planet Organic health food store.

I find that eating these before they get too frozen is much better. Left overnight they become solid and it is hard to taste the chocolate. The other option is to take them out for about ten minutes before you plan to eat them.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Wheat Grass, Sunflower and Buckwheat Sprouts

I had my teacher come over to my place to give me some instruction on how to grow some of the most popular sprouts to the raw food world. I was very thankful she came over to my place to give me a lesson on how to get these started.

Below here I am growing one of my favorite sprouts, Clover sprouts. They are very mild and taste good with everything. I love them not only because of their taste, but because they are good for your hormone balance.

She brought over some wheat grass , sunflower sprouts and buckwheat. They are so beautiful and I tried them and was amazed at how sweet they tasted and nourishing they felt.

In this picture they have been growing for at least a week. I loved to watch them grow. You could see a noticeable difference each day in the height.

Here is a close up of sunflower sprouts.

I had some wheat grass growing as well. I tasted it and it was so sweet it almost tasted like stevia.

Here is what buckwheat looks like. I had no idea they could grow into a green. I used to sprout them and tun them into just shoots for making all my bread recipes.

My son said he favorite was the sunflower sprout. I would agree with him. I can't wait to grow some more. we have ordered a bunch of the sprouting seeds. Lets see what kind of creations I can come up with this spring and summer.

I must have taken at least a couple hundred pictures of these sprouts as they were growing. I must admit I am very rusty with the camera. Feel like I am going to have to start over again. I have a mission, but it will take some time. I want to find answers as to how someone can reclaim their lives whether they are in a total mess or just could use some improvement in their lives and feel a little better.

I used scissors to cut the grass and because I didn't have a wheat grass juicer I just put it in the blender with some filtered water. I strained it and drank it. It was very sweet wow it was strong tasting.

The darker the wheat grass the better. I could see it was fading in colour which tells me it was losing its chlorophyll.