Desserts & Snacks

Party Favorite: Green Sauce

Party Favorite: Green Sauce

Imagine seeing a bowl of green looking sauce at a potluck. Your first thought might be "guacamole", but further investigation with a chip would convince you otherwise. "What IS this?" you would exclaim in sheer delight as your taste buds explode like exhilarating fireworks in your mouth. Before long, as everyone tries (and devours) this mysterious, delicious green sauce, it would be gone, with only the teasing remnants of it's flavor resting on your tongue. The sadness at the disappearance of this green sauce would be immense...

Ginger Bread and a Salad

Here is another of my favorites: greens and ginger bread. So yummy.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup organic butter OR 1/2 olive oil OR 1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup sweetener (honey, sucanant, maple syrup, etc)
1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
2 organic eggs
1 cup applesauce
2 cups all-purpose flour or spelt, brown rice flour, etc
2 teaspoons baking soda
6 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup finely chopped greens such as kale, collards, arugula, etc

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9- by 13- inch baking dish.

2. Mix all wet ingredients together.

3.. Sift the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon into the applesauce mixture and stir well to combine thoroughly.

4. Spoon into the baking dish and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack; cool completely

Phoebe's Gone Crackers!

Homemade Crackers! How absolutely exciting! I love snack crackers (especially with some good organic cheeses and hummus, mmm) and these homemade crackers are a perfect, easy way to have both health and movie-night indulgence.

  In this photo, I have 3 different kinds of crackers: "cheez its" made with grated cheese and wheat flour. Almond olive crackers, with lots of almond flour and extra olive oil, and a third variety with extra seeds (I've got 3 kinds in there!). See the recipe below and play around with making your own varieties. 

In this photo, I have 3 different kinds of crackers: "cheez its" made with grated cheese and wheat flour. Almond olive crackers, with lots of almond flour and extra olive oil, and a third variety with extra seeds (I've got 3 kinds in there!). See the recipe below and play around with making your own varieties. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour or other flour (whole wheat, spelt, quinoa, etc)
  • 3/4 cup almond flour or other flour (whole wheat, spelt, quinoa, etc)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax (if you don't have it, use some ground oats or add 1 egg)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (or if you eat dairy, add 1/2 cup grated cheese)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or other spice of your choice
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary or other spice of your choice
  • scant 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds or other seed (hemp seeds, flax seeds, poppy seeds...)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment or put a little oil down.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well with spoon. Knead dough with hands until it comes together. Shape into a ball.

3. Place ball of dough on the cooking tray. Roll out dough until it’s about 1/8th inch thick, or as thin as you can get it without ripping. With a knife or pizza slicer, slice into cracker shapes.

4. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes until slightly golden in color. Check them often- they burn quick!

5. Cool on baking sheet for 10 mins. Store in air-tight container once fully cool.

Chocolate Balls (Vegan, gluten free, sugar free, AND raw!)

f you like to eat, you must try these. These are a favorite of myself and the majority of my clients. They are like chocolate truffles, only they're healthy. Really! It's amazing how yummy they are and how healthy at the same time. Even better, they're easy to make and can be made in excess to be stored in the freezer to satisfy any pesky sugar craving or to serve to guests.

Homemade Kale Chips: An excellent substitute for potato chips!

Homemade Kale Chips: An excellent substitute for potato chips!

Ever heard of kale chips? Believe it or not, they're actually quite delicious and can satisfy a craving for crunchy potato chips like a champ. When I was first experimenting with my diet, I didn't believe they were good until I tried them, but now I love them! I provided a recipe for you below. It only takes 15 minutes and is very easy so now's your chance to stop thinking about eliminating junk food snacks (like potato chips) from your diet and to really do it.

How to Make Your Own Yogurt

Making your own yogurt is fun and easy and it saves you money in the long run. Plus, it's a great way to impress people! :] Not that that's what I'm trying to help you achieve with this blog, but there is something fun and satisfying in saying "oh yes, I make my own yogurt!" So talented!

Here's How in detail:

You will need:
2 quarts fresh whole milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt containing live cultures
Kitchen thermometer (optional-Can be found in the baking section of every grocery store chain in North America I think. But I'll tell you what to do if you haven't got one too. Yogurt makers have been going by feel for centuries.)

Warm your milk in large saucepan over gentle heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches 180 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit, and hold it at this temperature for a few minutes. If you don't have a thermometer, bring the milk just to a boil, then immediately turn down the heat until it's barely simmering. The milk burns easy so be sure to stand over it and watch until the outside edges are bubbling vigorously and there is a lot of steam coming off the milk (don't let it get hotter than this). Allow it to simmer for a few minutes.

Remove the milk from the heat and cover it. Cool the milk to the point where you can put a clean finger in the milk for a count of 10 before it becomes uncomfortably hot.

Whisk one-half cup plain yogurt into the hot milk until completely combined. Choose a yogurt with live cultures and a taste you enjoy.

Transfer milk to a large glass bowl or jar and cover it. Plastic wrap can work if your bowl/jar doesn't have its own cover. Place this mixture in a warm environment of approximately 115 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a food dehydrator, place the bowl in the dehydrator at 115 degrees. If not, you have more options: place your bowl of milk in a sink full of 115-degree water, adding warm water as needed to maintain 115 degrees, using your thermometer or the finger test to gauge heat. You can also turn on your oven briefly to the lowest heat setting, turn it off, and let it sit with the oven door open for a few minutes. If you have an oven thermometer, wait until the oven reaches 115 degrees. If not, use your best judgment. Place the bowl of milk, wrapped in a towel or blanket, into the oven and close the door. Or wrap the bowl of milk in a wool blanket or shawl and leave it in a warm place. If you live in Florida like me, this shouldn't be a problem.

Let this milk mixture sit undisturbed for four to eight hours. After four hours, check to see if the mixture is thick, creamy and slightly sour. If not, check again every hour until it reaches the desired consistency. The yogurt will grow more acidic over time; let it culture longer for a tangier end result.

Chill your freshly made yogurt in the refrigerator for several hours. It will continue to firm up as it gets cold. Your finished yogurt may produce some whey, a thin yellowish liquid. I encourage you to drink it as it's full of beneficial yogurt cultures and protein. Oh and be sure to save a little bit of this batch of yogurt to use for starting your next batch. That way you won't have to keep buying conventional yogurt!

Here's how for the people who want a quick list:
Preheat oven to 110F. Or just set it on the lowest possible setting just when the light comes on, no more. Heat milk to 180F. Remove immediately from heat. Allow to cool to between 110-115F. (Or if you have no thermometer, until you can hold your pinkie finger in the milk for a full 10 seconds without it burning.) Skim the skin off the top if you'd life. Add the yogurt. Stir together. Pour into storage containers. Place storage containers in the warmed oven. Turn the oven off. Wait 4 to 8 hours before opening. When the milk stays firm when the container is tilted remove from oven and place in fridge.


Raw Chocolate Strawberry Cheezecake (orgasmic)

One word: YUM.
Heaven in my mouth. Never again will real cheesecake satisfy me. If you like dessert, you've got to try this.

Raw Chocolate Strawberry Cheezecake

 Crust
1 cup walnuts
½ cup brazil nuts
½ cup almonds
½ cup chopped dates
1 tbsp raw agave
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
To Prepare:
Chop the nuts in a food processor then add the dates, agave, cinnamon and salt and process until this dough forms a ball. Remove from processor and press the dough into a pie pan or spring form pan. Make sure to get the sides and to press it so it has even thickness.

Cheeze Filling
½ cup cacao
1/3 cup raw agave
1/3 to ½ cup water
Seeds from vanilla bean or use a splash of vanilla extract
2 cups cashews (pre-soaked in water for 2 hours then rinsed and drained)
To prepare:
Put agave, water, vanilla in a blender and blend. Slowly add the cashews and continue to blend until smooth.

Strawberry filling
1 pint strawberries or other berry (about 2 cups)
½ cup raw agave
1 tsp Lemon juice
pinch of sea salt
To prepare:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Topping
Get creative! Sprinkle on more raw cacao, some coconut, a cup of raw berries, fruit, nuts, etc.

To put the cake together...

Layer 1/3 of the cashew cheeze mixture over the crust, spreading it evenly. Next layer about ¼ of the strawberry sauce mixture over that. Add a sprinkle of raw cacao powder here if you wish. Repeat, making a second layering. Add some chopped fruit/berries here if you wish. Repeat the layering until you run out of stuff, ending with a layer of cashew cheeze then strawberry sauce. Top with your desired toppings. Place in the freezer to chill and solidify then serve.

Raw Chocolate Coconut Puddin'

Minutes of Prep time? five...

Devourer time? two...

Recipe:

1 ripe avocado
1 coconut meat and water
(if you don't have a cooconut, use some coconut water and dried coconut shreds) 
1/4 cup cacao powder or carob powder
1/4 agave nectar, honey or maple syrup
6 medjool dates
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Blend everything together except the coconut water. Then slowly add the coconut water until the desired consistency is achieved.

*Note: I found that mashed, plain black beans (cooked) could be added if this pudding is too sweet for your taste buds. I also added ground expresso beans to mine for an extra kick.

Recipe is from "Rapid Raw" by Mark Johnson. One of my favorite cookbooks!

 

 

Coconut Almond Pumpkin Cookies

Coconut Almond Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies were a creation from pumpkin left-overs and I must say they turned out great. They took about 10 minutes to mix up and only 10 more to bake. They are incredibly moist and soft and have the perfect amount of delicate sweetness, while still being amazingly good for you! Even if you’re not comfortable in the kitchen or used to baking, these are incredibly easy. Getting active in the kitchen is a number one step to improving one’s health!

Almond Cherry Chocolate Pudding

Prep time: 

5 minutes

Cooking time: 

5 minutes

Yields: 

4 people

Ingredients: 

2 cups chocolate amazake
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon kuzu root mixed with1/4 cup water
1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted
16 cherries, seeded and chopped

Directions: 

  1. Heat the amazake to just under boiling.
  2. Lower the heat, add vanilla, and stir in kuzu root. The amazake should thicken to the consistency of pudding.
  3. Pour the amazake into 4 pudding cups or small bowls.
  4. Sprinkle chopped nuts and cherries on top of each cup.
  5. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes: 

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