Red Fruit Salad with Cacao Chips for Breakfast

I believe food is Beautiful Healing Art. Okay, I am busted that’s the title of my new cookbook. Hee Hee. 🙂 Today I woke up and wanted to have a fruit salad for breakfast,but not any old fruit salad, something special. I am so happy it’s cherry season, because this girl love her some cherries. LOL. Beside, cherries are very healing for the body. I decided I wanted a monochromatic salad. Yes I am one of those people who likes to eat in color and today I chose red. Red fruits are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, ellagic acid ( a potent anticancer agent), Vitamin A and C and high in potassium. So why not eat red today. This salad is super simple and you go with what you love. I added, cherries, strawberries, goji berries and cranberries. But you can try raspberries, even little pieces of cut watermelon in here would be very refreshing. I also added a little coconut whipped cream, cut up some of my leftover granola I had in the freezer and a few cacao chips sprinkled over the whole salad. That is all to it. This is a vegan version, but you can add greek yogurt to this as well.

Let your mind run wild. Instead of red fruit, do purple and blue fruit. It is a easy way to incorporated more raw foods into your diet,  and a fun experience for your whole family.

This is a rough recipe, because it just putting your favorite fruit together in an artistic way and top it with coconut cream, honey and cacao chips. Enjoy!  Remember to Set the Table with Love.

 

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Dark Chocolate and Cherry Fruit Salad
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Dark  Chocolate and Cherry Fruit Salad with homemade Granola Bites topped with coconut whipped cream and cacao chips

Ingredients:

Handful of cherries and strawberries

1/4 cup cranberries and 1/4 goji berries

1/2 cup coconut cream and honey to taste

1/4 cup of cacao chips

Directions:

Cut the fruit in half and position on a plate that suits your fancy. Add coconut cream and honey. Garnish with cacao chips.

*The coconut cream is just the top of the cream a can of coconut milk with a tsp of honey, gently stir and top on your fruit salad.

 

 

 

 

Raw Double Cacao Smoothie with Go Raw Super Raw Chocolate Shavings

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What doesn’t love chocolate?   This week Go Raw Junk free foods is focusing on smoothies. So, I decided to make this decadent raw chocolate smoothie for my friends. They loved it!! It is a chocolate lovers dream and it’s amazing for your skin and your body. I used Raw organic cacao powder and Go Raw Super Chocolate.  Cacao is high in antioxidants, which  prevents cell damage, amazing for anti aging. Antioxidants, also help decrease inflammation that can contribute to arthritis and other diseases. Cacao is a great source of magnesium which helps ease muscles tension, support bone health and regulates cholesterol.

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Happy Alert:

Magnesium also,  helps to balance brain chemistry and tryptophan, an essential amino acid, plays an important role in the synthesis of serotonin, which also helps regulate mood and sleep patterns.

My buddy Keegan, professional model and actor and Kristina, Creative Marketing Director of B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies ( in the picture above),  loved these benefits and loved the taste of this rich and chocolatey smoothie. The Go Raw Super Raw Chocolate shavings made this smoothie, very elegant and gourmet. You can serve it for breakfast or dessert.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cacao powder

1 1/2  cup non dairy milk, more if you like it thinner

1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

1 medium avocado, pitted and peeled

1/2 cup organic blueberries ( frozen)

shaved Go  Raw Super Raw Chocolate

pinch of fleur de sel

drizzle of maple syrup

Directions~ 

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Add to glasses and top with shaved Go Raw Chocolate shavings,  fleur de sel ( optional) and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Chocolate Torte with a RAW Chocolate Coconut Truffle

RAW Chocolate Torte with a RAW Chocolate Coconut Truffle

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This is probably one of my favorite Raw food desserts I have ever made. It is so beautiful and decadent. You will hear that word throughout this blog post. My best friend loves chocolate. She is a true purist, when it comes to her chocolate. No raspberry sauce, just chocolate. So when Go Raw junk free foods, sent me some amazing chocolate, I had to do something really special for her.

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aw Chocolate Torte with Go Raw Super Raw Chocolate Shavings and a Raw Chocolate Coconut Truffle

She is an OB/GYN, she is a mother of 4 beautiful kids and she is also very health conscious and a huge FOODIE.  This dessert fit the ticket. The Raw Chocolate tart is nut free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan and ALL RAW!! I am so excited to share this recipe, because the base of the pie is made from sprouted raw seeds, courtesy of GoRAW junk free foods. I have had such a fun time creating recipes from using their yummy snack foods. This is how I feel about Go Raw foods: You will fall in love with the snack and it will inspire you to make it a staple in your every day recipes. The sprouted seeds made this crust crunchy, a little salty and gave it a nice chewy textures as well. I took some of the remaining crust and rolled it in my hands and made a Raw Truffle Ball, dusted it with some organic dehydrated coconut and there you have it, my garnish for this beautiful, decadent and oh so yummy Raw Chocolate tart.  The chocolate dessert is everything it should be and it’s a Super Food dessert.  I must confess the best part and you can not skip this part, if you make this recipe, is the Go Raw Super raw chocolate. It has just two ingredients raw cacao and raw agave nectar. It made this torte silky and velvety. It literally melts in your mouth. I took a few pieces and shaved them with a grater. Magic!!

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My best friend was so happy. She is sharing this with her kids as a healthy delicious dessert. I hope you enjoy this dessert. Go Raw junk free food is not just for snacking, it is also for creating amazing delicious recipes.

Ingredients:

Crust :

1 1/2  cups Go Raw Sprouted Super Simple seeds

1/2  cup unsweetened organic cacao powder

1  cup dried cranberries, or raisin, or pitted dates ( I used cranberries)  soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and drained

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

pinch of sea salt

Filling:

3 small avocados, pitted and scooped out

1/3 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

3/4 cup organic cacao powder, sifted

2/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt to taste

Topping : 2 or more pieces of the Go Raw Super Raw Chocolate ( shaved over the top of the

pie) 

Crust:

Rub some coconut oil in a tart pan and line it with a circle of parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse the seed and the cacao powder until crumbly. Be careful not to over process them as you still want them to have small bits of seed chunks. Now add in the rest of the crust ingredients and pulse until just mixed.

NOTE :SET A SIDE A TBSP OF CRUST FOR YOUR RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE GARNISH, MAKE SURE TO PUT THIS IN THE REFRIGERATOR, SO YOU CAN FORM THE TART. 🙂

Scoop mixture onto prepared tart pan, press down firmly and evenly with slightly wet fingers or a spatula. Put the crust in the freezer to set. Start on your filing.

Filling:

Place all filling ingredients into food processor. Process until smooth. In a small bowl. Process until smooth. If the filling is too thick you can add more raw almond milk, or any non dairy milk. If the filling is not thick enough add more cacao powder, a little at a time.

Remove crust from freezer and scoop the chocolate filling on top of crust. Smooth out as much as possible and then place in the freezer for 2 hours to firm. NOTE: IF YOU LIKE TO ADD A GARNISH:  Before adding back to the freezer, you can make your Raw Truffle; take the tbsp of raw crust you set aside and roll it in your hands until you form a ball, dust it with dehydrated coconut. Add it to the middle of your torte.

Here’s the velvety-smooth melt in your mouth bliss:

Shave two Super Raw Chocolate bars over the whole entire pie ( you can use a sharp knife or a cheese grater), but hey shave as many pieces as you would like. Place the torte back into the freezer for 2 hours to firm. 

When the torte is firm, remove from freezer and allow to sit on the counter for about 5-10 minutes before serving chilled. Place leftover torte in the freezer wrapped and placed in a seal container.

Organic Sunbutter dark chocolate coconut cranberry balls

So like most people nuts do not always agree with me and my son has a nut allergy, specifically to peanuts. The great thing is I can do most seeds. So today one of my girlfriends called me asking for RAW snack recipes. I have a few but did a spend on this one because I needed to leave Mr. Peanut alone today.  What makes these little bits of yumminess awesome is that they are loaded with vegan protein, high in antioxidants, hence, the 90% dark chocolate. lol. They are also a great pre and post workout snack you and pop in your mouth and go.

This recipe is super versatile and you and make all kinds of high protein good carb balls with it.

Enjoy! Oh yeah! Remember to Set the Table with LOVE!

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Sunbutter dark chocolate coconut cranberry balls

In a large bowl combine

3/4 cup of Sunbutter ( this is just grounded sunflower seeds) I bought Natural Sunbutter but you can ground your own if you like

1 cup of Dehydrated Organic Coconut ( unsweetened) I am big coconut fan! 🙂 

1 cup of rolled oats  ( in this recipe I used oat groats, I blended them some and poured them in the mixture it gave the balls a nice crunch. 

1/2 cup of  chopped dark chocolate chunks , you can also use dark, semi sweet or milk  chocolate chips.

1/2 cup of dried cranberries 

1 tsp of chia seeds

Blend all the ingredients. You want the balls to have a nice texture that will bind easily into a ball. If they are dry use more Sunbutter, if they are too wet use more oats or coconut flakes.

Tip ~ Wet your hand some to create the balls more easily.

After the balls are created you can put them in the fridge to harden some or you can enjoy them immediately.

I like to dip them in cacao powder or even coconut flakes

Enjoy!