Tuesday is my day to get refueled from the weekend and a super busy Monday. Mondays are one of my busiest times of the week, very rejuvenating but I am moving from one thing to the next.
I have an early morning Life coaching and Reiki session and right after, I teach my yoga class and then I am off to do B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies work, plus other things that my Creative Marketing Director, Kristina Millsaps has on the agenda. So, let me tell you when Tuesday rolls around I am ready to go and set in my yoga teacher’s studio and her peaceful presence, for 1 hour and 30 minutes and receive my healing and bliss. Tuesdays, also calls for a little work. I really don’t consider this a work day, because I get to make raw food and let out some creative energy. I love making raw foods for my clients, because it sends healing to them and I always make enough for leftovers for me. 🙂
Today was all about the carrots. I juiced carrots for a yummy raw carrot and ginger soup, this juice also was used to make a raw carrot and ginger dressing for a beautiful cruciferous salad. Cruciferous salad?
Cruciferous vegetables have risen in popularity recently due to their apparent cancer-fighting properties. This large group of plants is diverse, each providing strong, unique flavors. It is named after the Latin word for crucifix because the blossoms of these plants resemble a cross.
Cruciferous vegetables include:
Cruciferous vegetables are low-calorie, and rich in folate, vitamins C, E, and K, and fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient to incorporate if weight loss is the goal, as it helps keep you fuller longer.
But, hmm… what to do with the all the carrot pulp. I decided to make these yummy Raw Carrot Cake bites. I shaped them like Easter eggs, because I thought these would be so pretty on the table at Easter. Raw vegan or not, you will love these little bites. They are very versatile, you can use your favorite nut, add your favorite spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of clove. Also raisins or dates will work just find in this recipe. I did not use nuts for this recipe. I love nuts, but sometimes we can have a love hate relationship and today my body said, NO NUTS! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this recipe and maybe add it on your table for Easter or any day of the week. Happy Easter Everyone! Enjoy setting your table with love.
1 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 shredded unsweetened coconut, set aside 2 tbsp for garnish
3/4 cup dried raisins
1/2 cup carrot pulp
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
¼ cup water or more if needed
Blend oats, sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup coconut in vitamix (food processor should work too) until you get a fine consistency like flour.
Add in dried raisins, pulse a few times to break them up then add carrots pulp, maple syrup, vanilla and spices.
Slowly add in water. You looking for a consistency of nice slightly wet cookie dough
Roll dough into balls, like the shape of Easter eggs and cover in shredded coconut if you want.
Some encounters bring you back home to what your soul is yearning for. This year has done that for me and my family. I have been around people and places that have made me feel like, I was coming home. One of those encounters inspired me to move my culinary creative juices back to Raw Foods. Raw foodism is the dietary practice of eating only uncooked, unprocessed foods. It only includes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Now I AM NOT A RAW FOODIST, VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN, but my diet is about 80% plant based. I believe eating whole foods is better for my body, mind and spirit. So, how did I come back home to raw foods? My best friend. She wanted to take a yoga class one morning and I did have the time, I had so much work to do. I was behind schedule on several projects, I felt run down and just wanted to work and maybe catch a nap in. However, inside of me, my spirit was calling from some release, so I went.
The funny thing is, as we were driving to the studio, it hit me where we were going, to my old yoga studio. The place I learned about the healing beauty of yoga and meditation, ironically another one of my best friends introduced me to this studio, 13 years prior. I got some teacher training here from some the best yoga teachers in the United States. I was very ill during that time, fighting kidney disease and trying to take care of a toddler.
The yoga studio was a place of love and great healing for me. As we walked into the yoga studio, there on her mat was the owner and one of my first yoga teachers. My heart felt so much joy. I felt like I was back HOME. The class was amazing and I felt more energy in my body and spirit, plus so much peace.
My yoga teacher and I caught up and we talked about health issues. She shared with me her journey of healing and it hit me why I was there. Food has been a healing art for me. So of course, my best friend and Creative Marketing Director of my wellness company, mentioned what I had been up to lately with food. My yoga teacher was excited, she had been eating raw to heal, but she runs three businesses and doesn’t have time to prepare the food. She asked me to help her and of course it was my pleasure to say, YES. The yoga studio and her classes brought me so much healing and now I could give back. Life is always trying to bring us home, if we just take the time out to slow down and listen.
Here are three ways you can use my Raw Chocolate Ganache.
Raw Chocolate Ganache: You can use this for many other desserts
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil, pinch of sea salt
Using your blender, mix together syrup and coconut oil until well combined. Add in your cacao powder and a pinch of sea salt, and process until smooth – scraping down the sides as needed. Use immediately, or keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a couple weeks. If using the ganache after being refrigerated, simply place the container in warm water for a few minutes to let it soften up a bit, or roll out ganache truffles using a melon scoop. 🙂
Raw Chocolate Ganache Torte with Pistachio Dust and Black Berries
1/2 cup black cherries, thawed out frozen cherries
3/4 cup Raw Chocolate Ganache
1 tbsp maple syrup
crushed pistachios and a black cherry
Using a blender Blend everything together, using a biscuit cutter, place on a sheet pan with parchment paper . Pour the ganache mixture into the biscuit cutter, almost to the top, leave room to add the pistachios. Add the pistachios and top with a black cherry. Put into the freeze and allow to set over night or for at least 2 hours to get it very firm. When ready to serve, allow to set room temperature for about 2-3 minutes, this will make it easier for you to push the torte out of the biscuit cutter. Gently remove, by pushing up from the bottom with a frosting spreader or the back of a spoon.
Serve and enjoy immediately because the base is made of coconut oil, it must be eaten immediately or kept frozen.
Pears Dipped in Spicy Raw Chocolate Ganache topped with walnuts and cardamom with a side of cardamom coconut cream
1 pear cut in half and seeds removed
Raw Chocolate Ganache, in it’s liquid form. if using the ganache after being refrigerated, simply place the container in warm water for a few minutes to let it soften up a bit.
whole coconut milk
1 tsp cardamom and a little more to dust over the pears
1 tbs maple syrup
Super simple. I add a little lemon juice to the pears, so they would not brown. Dipped them into the ganache. I dipped half of the pears here, added crusted walnuts, sprinkled with cardamom, you can also drizzle maple syrup, honey or agave over them for more sweetness. Put the pears into the fridge for an hour or overnight so the ganache can harden on the pears properly. The coconut cream is also super simple.
Open up a can of coconut milk and remove the creamy top part and add to a bowl. Using an electric hand mixer whisk attachment, beat the cream until fluffy and smooth. Add in maple syrup and cardamom. Put whipped cream in the fridge to harden a bit, about 10 minutes. Remove the pears and whipped cream from the fridge. Add whipped cream to the pears and serve immediatley.
NOTE: This ganache has a coconut oil base so it will melt fast, so keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.
Pears Dipped in Spicy Raw Chocolate Ganache topped with walnuts and cardamom with a side of cardamom coconut cream
Last one, but oh so good. My grandson helped me make these, notice the heavy handed areas of pistachios. Love it.
Raw Chocolate Ganache Bark with Peppermint and Pistachios
3 tbsp cacao
2½ tbsp raw virgin coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
small pinch sea salt
2 tbsp crushed pistachios
1 crushed soft peppermint stick
Whisk together melted coconut oil, raw cacao and maple syrup in a small bowl until completely smooth.
Add a pinch of sea salt and combine well.
Add nuts and peppermint
Line a cookie sheet with non stick parchment paper.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the lined cookie sheet and spread out evenly using the back of a spoon, spread it thick so you bark doesn’t melt so quickly when eating it. 🙂 Add the goodies on top.
Place the container in the freezer for 30 minutes until the chocolate is completely hard.
Break up the pieces and serve immediately.
Store in the freezer. PSA
Since the base of this bark is coconut oil it will melt at room temperature, so please keep it in the freezer, until ready to serve. Eat immediately.
Butternut squash, pumpkins, cinnamon, crumble, Fall, Autumn! This is me screaming all the things I love about this time of the year and cooking. My favorite things baking for my friends and family. I feel like cooking and baking for those you love is one of my most rewarding things I can do for someone.
I got to bake these yummy muffins for one of my friends and fellow yogi, Amanda, because it was her birthday. Amanda is the manager and one of the amazing yoga teachers at the studio I teach at in our community. The studio is incredible, owned by the cutest and coolest couple, Kevin and Megan Kearney, you have to check it out, Ebb and Flow Yoga and Surf.
Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin spice muffins with a pumpkin seed and walnut crumble
Okay back to these muffins. I usually make my own gluten free flour, but this morning I decided to use one of my back up flours when I am in a hurry. I found that, this Pillsbury Gluten Free flour works great, when making muffins. When you are making gluten free baked goods, not every flour blend is going to work. So make sure the flour blend you are using, works well with what you are making. I will talk about this more soon, but check out on the blog my recipes for gluten free flours to make cakes, cookies, pancakes and muffins.
This recipe definitely will remind you of the upcoming holidays, it is packed out with those delicious spices we love during this time of the year, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. I you will not be able to eat just one, I bet ya! 🙂
Enjoy and remember to Set the Table with Love.
Make flax eggs ~ 2 tbsp flax seed ground meal, plus 1/2 cup water
1 can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup organic cane sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp clove
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend
3/4 cup almond milk
3 tbsp organic brown sugar
3 1/2 tbsp gluten free flour
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 2 tbsp of chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cup tbsp olive oil
pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease muffin tin. Dust with gluten free flour and shake off excess.
Add flax and water together into a large bowl( this is your egg substitute). Let set for 5 minutes. Next, add pumpkin purée, organic cane sugar, maple syrup, olive oil, and vanilla extract and whisk for one minute.
Stir in baking soda, salt, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and mix. Add milk and whisk. Add the gluten free flour and stir until just combined. The batter should be thick and slightly wet, but with form and it able to be scoop into the muffin tins, easily. You do not want dry batter, dry batter will make very dense muffins.
Divide batter into the muffin tins. You will need to fill them to the top, they will not rise very much.
FOR THE CRUMBLE
In a mixing bowl, add crumble ingredients. Use your hand to mash the ingredients together, until crumbly like wet sand. Generously top muffins with streusel.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick or knife comes out completely clean.
Let cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin, then gently remove and cool completely on a cooling rack, before serving. Enjoy and Share. 🙂
No dessert. No problem. So I am doing a spiritual cleanse. You know the first thing I crave is something sweet. I make my own sweet treats and they are usually made with organic sugar, maple syrup or honey. Lately maple syrup, because of some disturbing things I heard about bee farms. :(.
So I am super craving something yummy and says, Dessert!! Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I made these yummy and sweet purple sweet potatoes and added some pineapples on top after they baked with a little ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. They are so delicious. Sweet craving conquered.
Baked Purple Japanese Sweet Potatoes
2 small to medium sweet potatoes
1 tsp olive oil, or not
2 sheets of parchment paper
1/2 cup pineapples, diced
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
pinch of sea salt
Heat oven to 400° F. Pierce each sweet potato several times with the tines of a fork. Place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drizzle with oil if you like. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Make a slit in the top of each sweet potato. In a bowl add the pineapples and the spices together. Add the pineapples in the middle of the slit of each potatoes. I removed parchment paper from the cookie sheet and put the potatoes back onto the cookie sheet (because the paper will burn under a broiler, so please remove it.)
I drizzled a little coconut oil over the potatoes and put them under the broiler until the tips got a little caramelized, keep an eye on them, because they will burn. Remove from the broiler and carefully plate. Enjoy your Nature’s Sugar.
I made these donuts yesterday for my son, since he was out of school, because of all the Georgia ice we are getting. I was surprised how much he loved them, since they were Vegan. He ate three donuts in one sitting. My biggest surprise was how much my husband loved these donuts. He even asked, when he got home after work, Are all the donuts gone? Yes!! Victory!! He is my picky eater when he comes down to vegan and gluten free foods, but he loved these. I hope your family will enjoy this recipe as much as my family has.
For the Gluten-Free Donuts
3 /4 cup white rice or brown rice flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
¼ cup potato starch
¼ cup tapioca starch
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup organic raw cane sugar
½ cup Almond Vanilla Milk
⅓ cup coconut oil + extra for pan
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon almond milk (add a little more if you want it thinner, add more sugar if you like your glaze thick)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla
*YOU CAN ADD MORE SPICES TO THIS GLAZE, IF YOU LOVE THESE SPICES. I NORMALLY DO. 🙂
To make the doughnuts. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your doughnut pan. Combine the flours and starches, organic cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl, mixing well. In another bowl add applesauce. In a sauté pan add milk and coconut oil, on low heat. You want to just melt the oil. Whisk the oil and milk until the coconut oil is melted. Add the warm mixture to the bowl of applesauce. Add vanilla extract and whisk. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a large wooden spoon until just combined, being careful not to over mix. You just want to mix until the flour is incorporated completely.
Spoon the batter into the doughnut molds, filling to just below the top of each mold, 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the top. Bake for about 20 minutes ( depending on your stove it may take less time or more) until lightly golden brown around the edges. Use a toothpick to insert in the center of the donuts, the toothpick should come out clean.
Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a thin spatula or butter knife around the edges of the doughnuts to help loosen them out. After donuts have cooled, place on a cooling rack and allow to cool fully before topping.
To make the glaze. Mix the ingredients together until smooth. Invert doughnuts into the coating, letting the excess drip off on a cool rack or drizzle over the doughnuts. I also made a Cinnamon Sugar to sprinkle on the donuts after the glaze has been applied. Very optional, but delicious.