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Vegan Chocolate Protein Truffles

19 Jan

I recently decided to go on a SLOW CARB HIGH PROTEIN VEG regimen in hopes of gaining some muscles and increasing my athleticism. I’m only on my second week and have already seen amazing results. I thought I was eating enough protein on my 80:10:10 Vegan Diet, but maybe not. These last few days have shown me how favorably my body is responding to my new diet changes and it is making me think that my individual constitution may just require more than 10% protein. In short, I am loving what these new Slow Carb High Protein meals are doing for me.

Chocolate Protein Truffles (Makes around 12 pieces)

Today, I missed chocolate. I wanted to make sure my snack was high in protein too and, thus, Chocolate Protein Truffles. These have almonds, cashews, coconut, cacao, maca, flax, pea protein, chicory root fiber, chia seeds, and stevia. Enjoy!

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Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl:

  • 1 scoop Bob’s Red Mill Chocolate Protein Powder Nutritional Booster
  • 1 1/2 T flax seed meal
  • 1/2 T maca
  • 1 T cacao powder
  • 1 T stevia powder

Mix into the dry ingredients by hand:

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 – 5 oz (or 8 – 10 T) nut butter, depending on consistency add more if needed so that your truffle balls are just moist enough (I used my homemade almond-cashew -coconut butter)

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Mix well until crumbly. Test by rolling one into a ball. Is it too dry? If so, add a little more nut butter. You don’t want it too moist so that it is too soft. Roll into 12 balls. Sift some cacao powder into a bowl and roll the balls in the powder.

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Refrigerate and enjoy.

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DIY Raw Anti-Aging Face Mask and Moisturizer

6 Sep

DIY Face Mask

This Face Mask is so delicious… I was eating it before, during and after applying it on my face! I adapted PeggyKotsopoulos’ Anti-Aging Homemade Natural Skin Face Mask recipe into a Raw Vegan one.

Simple Face Mask Ingredients

Raw Vegan Face Mask

Puree all together:

  • 1 banana (potassium revitalizes the skin)
  • 1 avocado (for vitamins A and E to soften the skin)
  • 1/2 orange, juiced (vitamin C)
  • 1 big spoonful raw almond butter (more vitamin E and protects skin from pollutants)
  • 1 big spoonful raw honey (for blemishes and zits, and anti-aging properties) (if you don’t use honey, try olive oil or a few drops of sea buckthorn oil instead)

Step 1: Apply generously to your face. Leave it on for 10 – 20 minutes. It will begin feeling firm and tight.

Step 2: Wipe off. My face felt kind of ‘matte’. Then rinse.

Step 3: Apply just enough DIY Anti-Aging Moisturizer and feel your face loving it. Notice my cheeks are a little rosy and glowing.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer

In a small tub, mix together:

Peggy’s book Must Have Been Something I Ate also contains other very easy and simple homemade beauty products, suck as natural skin exfoliators, toners, lip balm, lip gloss, body moisturizer, cellulite treatment, acne zapper, age-spot remover, teeth whitener and breath freshener.

Step 4: Allow your face to soak it all in.

I was surprised that extra-virgin olive oil is not at all greasy. The skin soaks it all in and my skin feels wonderful!

Holiday Thick, Creamy and Frothy Raw Vegan Chocolate Milk

17 Dec

Holiday Thick Raw Chocolate Milk

We have been loving our DIY Raw Almond Butter with lots of holiday chocolate milk!  I don’t mean the thin liquid-y kind of chocolate milk!  I mean the thick, creamy and frothy kind that reminds me of wintry Frosty-the-Snowman days and the scents from our Christmas tree.  I love this!

Puree together very well and until frothy in a high speed blender:

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (non-alcohol)

1 tsp cinnamon (my son prefers peppermint chocolate milk, so we substitute this sometimes with a drop of doTerra peppermint oil)

1 – 2 tbspns raw cacao powder (my hubby and son prefer less, I love more)

2 tbspns homemade raw almond butter

5 big pieces of pitted dates

2 cups water

Enjoy!

DIY Raw Almond Butter

17 Dec

Raw Almond Milk

Although I have made Raw Almond Milk from scratch many times before, throwing a tablespoon of store bought raw almond butter, a tablespoon of sweetener and a cup of water in my blender and pureeing the mix was just easier and faster for this busy Mama.  Well, until recently, I didn’t know what kind of Almond Milk I was missing by not making my own Almond Butter first!  I have one of my readers, Heinz, to thank!

Recently, Heinz asked me how to make Raw Almond Butter.  Frankly, I never had, so I researched and found an amazing post on it instead.  I would like to thank the writer of A Bowl of Plenty because the photographs are amazing, as well as the instructions.  Note: I would first soak the raw almonds overnight, drain, rinse and dehydrate them.  Although I blended mine in my Vitamix, the process is basically the same as in a food processor.  I think it just takes much less time.  By the way, I also added a little extra virgin olive oil to my almond mix… I guess I was afraid my expensive Vitamix would die on me.  And, as they say in the A Bowl of Plenty, the machine and the almonds do get hot if you don’t take a break.  So, please do.  The result is a wonderfully smooth and delicious raw almond butter.

Like me, if you always seem to need Raw Almond Milk NOW instead of tomorrow, just throw a tablespoon of homemade raw homemade almond butter, a tablespoon of sweetener and a cup of water in the blender and puree away.  As you see in the photo above, you’ll get the richest and creamiest Raw Almond Milk ever… and you don’t have to strain it either, which I used to do with store bought Almond Butter.

So, A Bowl of Plenty, thanks for converting me to a DIY Almond Butter Mama!  I used to buy it to make my life so much easier… but doing it yourself is worth it!

Easy Raw Pizza

29 Aug

Easy Raw Pizza

 

The last time we visited my mother-in-law, she ordered delicious Raw Pizza for me which I just devoured.  As soon as I got home, I needed to make my own – one that required the least amount of time, the least amount of ingredients and still be yummy.  This week, I have been indulging in a very simple Cheeze Pizza and my husband, a California Pizza Kitchen Thai Pizza Lover, inspired me to create this Raw Thai Pizza.  After eating one large pizza pie to himself, he exclaimed: “That is a yummy raw pizza!”

Ummm, need I say more?

Enjoy!

Sprouted Buckwheat Pizza Crust

Soak in water overnight:

2 cups buckwheat groats

Rinse and drain buckwheat well.  Add to food processor with:

1 garlic clove, chopped

2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup flax seed meal

2 medium zucchinis, chopped

Dehydrating Pizza Crust

Spread on Texflex sheets, makes 3 large ones or 6 small pizzas.  Dehydrate 8 – 12 hours, then turn out onto mesh screens and dehydrate another 1 – 2 hours at 105F.  Alternatively, dehydrate on full at 150F for 1 – 2 hours, decrease to 105F and dehydrate until dry but still soft, 2 – 4 hours.

Raw Cheeze Pizza

For A Cheeze Pizza

Makes enough for 2 large raw pizzas.

Blend ‘Cashew Cheeze’ well in a high speed blender:

1 tsp sea salt

1 tbspn nutritional yeast

1 cup water

1 1/2 cups cashews, soaked for a few hours

Spread this cheeze on the pizza crust.  Top with vegetables:

marinated cherry tomatoes (2 cups quartered and mixed with 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tbspn extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp sea salt)

mushrooms, sliced

olives, pitted and sliced

basil, sliced thinly

Sprinkle top with:

nutritional yeast

sea salt

Dehydrate at 105F for an hour, if desired, and serve.

 

Raw Thai Pizza

For A Thai Pizza

Makes enough for 2 large raw pizzas.

Blend together well in a high speed blender:

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 inch ginger root, skinned and chopped

1 scallion, chopped

1 tbspn unrefined sesame oil

1 tbspn brown rice vinegar

2 tbspns maple syrup

2 tbspns water

3 tbspns Nama Shoyu

4 tbspns raw almond butter (or peanut butter for those transitioning)

Spread sauce on dehydrated pizza crust.  Top with your choice to toppings:

Shredded carrots

Sliced mushrooms

Tomatoes, sliced or cherry tomatoes, quartered

Scallions, sliced

Bean sprouts

Cilantro

Dehydrate at 105 F for an hour, if desired, and serve.

Help This Mama Be a Hot Raw Chef! Please Vote For Me!

2 Jul

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Simply register to vote for the next Hot Raw Chef on HotRawChef.com till the 15th of July. Watch the 5 in 5 Video Recipe Contest Entries, scroll down to input your information and vote for Carissa Leventis-Cox’s Raw Coconut Gazpacho! That’s Contestant Lucky #13! Feel free to pass this great opportunity to your co-workers, friends, and family so they can vote, have their name entering into the drawing, and receive their very own copy of the Next Hot Raw Chef eBook.

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Raw Coconut Gazpacho

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

20 May

Cream of Mushroom Soup

This savory Cream of Mushroom Soup is so easy, simple and delicious.  What’s better is you can make last night’s leftover veggies into cream soup today.  A keeper for any busy Mama’s recipe file!

The Mushrooms

Crimini mushrooms are available all year round.  Although mushrooms in general are considered unclean in Ayurveda, they have some anti-carcinogenic properties and are beneficial for the immune and cardiovascular systems.

Marinate for at least 15 minutes or overnight:

2 tsps sea salt

2 tbspns balsamic vinegar

2 tbspns extra virgin olive oil

2 pounds crimini mushrooms (or portabello), sliced thinly or chopped into bite size pieces

The Cream Soup

Puree in a blender:

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp onion powder

2 tbspns nutritional yeast

2 tbspns Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce)

1/4 cup raw almond butter (you can also use raw tahini or raw cashew butter)

2 cups water

To Serve

Place marinated mushrooms in a bowl and top with soup.  Garnish with sliced scallions or cilantro or other herbs.

Raw ‘Hot’ Chocolate

8 May

Raw 'Hot' Chocolate

When I woke up today , I craved for Hot Chocolate!  My homebirth success story was published late last night on Mother’s Day Asian time, so I have been reminiscing about how the little girl inside me became a Mama on a cold November morning.  And on this Spring day, Hot Chocolate is what I wanted!

This quick raw version was just what I wanted on Mother’s Day!

Mix together in a blender:

1 tbspn raw cacao powder

1 tbspn raw local honey (or your preferred sweetener like agave syrup or maple syrup)

1 tbspn raw almond butter

1 cup water

spices (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, other), optional

Strain.  Enjoy!

Raw Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwiches

7 Apr

Raw Almond Butter Honey Spread and Banana over Raw Buckwheat Bread

Peanut Butter Sandwiches are still very popular with kids, despite peanut allergies for many.   I was craving a raw version, so here is a raw Almond Butter and Banana Sandwich that is just as delicious.  Almonds are one of the best tonic foods to increase immunity and rejuvenate the body after illness.

Assemble the open sandwich, start with:

raw flat buckwheat bread (recipe below)

top with the Almond Butter Spread, mix together equal amounts of:

raw almond butter

raw local honey

and top with:

slices of bananas

Enjoy!

Flat Buckwheat Bread

Buckwheat is gluten-free and contains all 8 essential amino acids.  It is light and yet makes a great alternative to wheat, oats, rye or barley.  Although this started as a granola recipe, I discovered it is better as a good basic sweet bread best with a topping.

Soak overnight:

1/2 cup flax seed with 1/2 cup water in one bowl

1 cup buckwheat with a lot of water, drain and rinse the next day

In a food processor, chop together:

1 cup almonds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup dried fruit, your choice of dates, figs, raisins or other you have on hand

Add all ingredients above into the food processor with the addition of:

pinch sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tbspn cinnamon

1 tbspn raw local honey

additional water if needed

Pulse until well combined.  Spread batter onto 2 or 3 Teflex sheets around 1/2 inch thick on mesh screens and place in a dehydrator.  Dehydrate at 150F for the first 2 – 3 hours.  Take off Teflex sheets, turn the bread over onto mesh screens and continue to dehydrate for another few hours at 110F until bread is firm but still soft and very pliable.  Store in the refrigerator in airtight containers.

Can I Have More of those Raw Oatmeal Cookies Mama?

4 Apr

The Yummiest and Easiest Raw Oatmeal Cookies

“Mama!” my son’s eyes widened as he exclaimed, “Daddy put one whole raw oatmeal cookie in his mouth and ate it in one gulp!”

Pause.

“So, can I have more of those raw oatmeal cookies?” he smiled.

Yes, these raw oatmeal cookies are delicious and they will have the kids and daddies wanting more! They are so very simple to make and highly nutritious. Cookies made of sprouted oats, coconut oil and almond butter… hmmm… I have no qualms serving it to my family anytime of day. We hardly enjoy dehydrated food anymore preferring fresh instead but this recipe may change all that.

Soak overnight. Next day, drain and rinse. Sprout for a day, if you wish:

1 cup organic oat groats

Place in a food processor and process until you have a nice thick batter:

pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbspns raw almond butter
2 tbspns extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup raw local honey
2 cups sprouted oat groats

Place by a spoonful on a Texflex sheet on dehydrator trays. Dehydrate at 110F until desired hardness, turning cookies over once and placing them directly on trays to dry quicker.

Note: my friend Bonnie reminded me that if you set your machine to 150F for the first 2 to 3 hours, the food being dehydrated will not reach a temperature of more than 110F and it will speed up the process of dehydration by at least half the time. After 2 to 3 hours at 150F, you can decrease the temperature to 110F for the remainder of the process. In doing so, these cookies will be done in about 6 hours.

Top 12 Kid-Friendly Year-Round Raw Superfoods

7 Mar

After discussing the top 5 reasons to feed our children more raw vegan foods, I thought it would be good to list the most kid-friendly raw foods that are in-season all year round and/or available all year round.  It is best to find organic, local and in-season foods, but sometimes it is just not possible for many reasons (one being I have a monkey who loves bananas and we don’t grow bananas where we live).

So, here is a list of 12 superfoods that are full of, as my son says, “En-zines! En-zines!”

Hope your kids enjoy these living and enzyme rich foods!

FRESH FRUITS

1. bananas – all kids love bananas.  They are rich in enzymes, best eaten just ripe when there are brown spots on the skin.  Many kids are monkey bananas for them in

  • breakfast – cereals, granola, porridge, pudding
  • green smoothies – a must in any
  • ice cream – with the texture of real ice cream, you can add different ingredients to change its flavor
  • lollipops – name me a kid who doesn’t like them!

2. apples – sweet and crunchy!  Full of phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants, what’s there not to love in

  • breakfast – in our favorite Raw Muesli and a yummy accompaniment to Almond Yogurt.
  • easy snacks – simply slice one up and serve with or without a dip, or create Apple Sandwiches
  • raw Applesauce
  • immune booster ‘tea’: mix together equal parts of apple cider vinegar and honey, add water to taste
  • veggie juices – to make it more palatable for kids. I know my son prefers apple green juices over carrot ones.

3. lemons – rich in raw vitamin C and bioflavanoids.  Enjoy in

  • salad dressings: 1 tbspn lemon juice, 2-4 tbspns extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt, spices and herbs
  • raw lemonade

4. avocado – rich in protein, enzymes, fiber, potassium, vitamin E and healthy fats.  Avocados add a richness and creaminess in

  • dips – Guacamole
  • soups
  • a simple side – sliced with a little sea salt and extra virgin olive oil
  • desserts – creamy chocolate Sundae

5. papaya – loaded with living enzymes, papaya contains papain, a digestive enzyme which helps break down protein and soothes the stomach.  Enjoy in

FRESH VEGGIES

6. romaine lettuce – rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, manganese, and chromium, it is also a very good source of dietary fiber.  It is the mildest of all leafy greens and the easiest for kids to learn to love.  Enjoy in

  • easy salads – Kid’s Only Salad and South Asian Salad
  • smoothies – in any smoothie, this is the easiest way to get kids to eat them
  • as wraps – simply place a banana in a leaf, topped with almond butter and honey or dates or nama shoyu, or other filling

SPROUTED GRAINS

7. sprouted oat groats: a good source of dietary fiber, significant amount of vitamin B1, potassium, iron, phosphorous, selenium, zinc, manganese and magnesium.  Enjoy in

RAW NUTS and SEEDS

8. almonds – higher in fiber than other nuts, contains healthy omega-9 oleic fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Enjoy in

  • Almond Butter – use it instead of peanut butter on bananas with honey, or in lettuce wraps
  • Almond Orange Salad Dressing
  • Raw Almond Milk – soak 1 cup of almonds overnight, rinse and drain the next day, process in a high speed blender with 4 cups of water and your choices of sweetener (honey, dates, to taste) and flavor (cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom)
  • Raw Almond Yogurt

9. coconut – besides being anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal (Coconut Research Center), coconuts are highly nutritious, rich in fiber (4x as much as oat bran and 2x as much as wheat bran or flaxseed meal), vitamins and minerals.  We have a tub of coconut oil in my son’s bathroom and he enjoys eating the butter as I lather moisturize his skin with it. Enjoy in

  • breakfast – granola
  • coconut oil – in desserts, pit a date and place a little coconut oil inside, close and enjoy
  • creamy milk – simply blend together fresh raw coconut water and meat from one coconut.
  • Pina Colada smoothie – blend together water and meat from 1 coconut, 1 banana, 1 cup pineapple, 1 tbspn honey.
  • soups – we love my Coconut Gazpacho, but you can make a simple Avocado Coconut Soup by blending 1 avocado and water and meat from 1 coconut and your choice of flavours (curry, vanilla, sea salt or honey)

10. sunflower seeds – excellent source of vitamin E, as well as vitamin B1, manganese, magnesium, copper, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B5 and folate.  We enjoy this is our son’s fave salad

11. flax seeds – great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, good source of dietary fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and lignan phytonutrients.  Enjoy as

SWEETENER

12. raw local honey – not only will this help with seasonal allergies, but this is an unprocessed sweetener that kids just love.  Since finding out more about the negatives of agave syrup, honey is now our favorite liquid sweetener.  Enjoy in

  • breakfast
  • chocolate syrup with raw cacao or carob powder
  • desserts
  • toppings or dips for cut fruit

Almond Butter for Kids

28 Apr

After tasting some raw almond butter on bread, I overheard a little 2 year old say, “Mama!  I don’t like this!”  My own son says in dismay (when I try to substitute raw almond butter for peanut butter): “I don’t think this is peanut butter!” No fooling them!  Kids who have tasted PBJs know their PBJs and know when peanut butter isn’t used. So, how about trying something else?
For a snack, I have been very successful at serving these Apple Sandwiches.  Nothing to it:
Simply slice apples thinly. Spread a thin layer of raw organic almond butter between two apple slices to make a sandwich.