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JOY

15 Dec

I just finished all of my finals, what a relief! Can’t believe first semester is over already, it literally flew by. Now, time to not study, not stress, and go home to celebrate Christmas with joy! I have been so so lazy about updating the blog, studying for the past week straight. But now I have all the time I want to cook and bake and be so productive in a non-school way (:

Here is an end of the semester treat,  brownie batter dessert with carob chips, adapted from here.

Made with chickpeas and dark cocoa, this is one health(ier) dessert!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cute "mugs" right? They are from Anthropology!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are actually….measuring cups! Cute enough to keep out on the counter for decoration & convenience. I love their vintage-look!

These would make excellent Christmas gifts.

 

 

Christmas cookies coming soon!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indulge

26 Sep

So I make my own nut butters on a weekly basis. Most of the time I do go through a whole jar in 1-2 weeks! I rotate between almond, cashew, peanut, walnut, pecan. But I have to say I make cashew the most. I would love to expand my horizons to make pumpkin seed butter, sunflower seed butter, and brazil nut butter soon.

Roasted raw peanuts = delicious peanut butter. I make all raw nut butters except for peanut.

This is so much better than any organic peanut butter you’ll buy in a jar. This is much more fresh with such a better flavor-like most things you make on your own. Make sure you always get any peanuts organic! Peanuts are more prone to mold-especially raw-so they are sprayed so much more than other nuts, as well as packed with preservatives after harvested. If you want to make it a little more exciting, add some cinnamon, agave, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla or almond extract, or mix with other nuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this crunchy by first putting in a couple of handfuls into the vitamix and just pulsing to break them up. Then take them out and blend the rest of the peanuts until completely creamy. Dump the crush peanuts into the vitamix with the creamy-and just blend a couple of second to combine. You get perfectly crunchy peanut butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade nutella!? I think yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw hazelnuts (also known as filberts) + dark unsweetened (preferably organic) cocoa powder + couple of dates + splash of vanilla + squeeze of agave.

This was beyond amazing.

Cashew icecream from Eats = new obsession. So apparently the store’s freezers were not working properly, so all of the icreams were on sale. Meaning I ended up getting $6 or $7 ice creams for about $2.25 a piece. It was a good day. I walked out with enough cashew ice cream to last me a year. Well maybe a couple of months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are raw, vegan, completely dairy free and all real ingredients. Not only are the ingredients not horrible for you, but they are full of nutrients! Look at the label!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirulina is an amazing super food. Known as the best plant food you could possibly eat. It is an aquatic plant=algae. Just 1 teaspoon has 100% vitamin A, 20% vitamin K, 45% B-12. It is especially powerful against oxidant stress, meaning neutralizing free radicals from oxidation caused by stress. I will have to dedicate a whole post to spirulina one time. Get exited.

Maca is a root vegetable, in the same family as radishes. You can buy it in powder form, and it helps with hormonal function, adrenal regulation an is loaded with a ton of essential amino acids. They have around 55 phytochemicals which is how it helps boost energy.

Lucuma is a fruit from the lacuma tree. It resembles a persimmon and is a popular flavor used in icecreams and yogurts in South America. It has beta-carotene, niacin, and iron! It has a maple like flavor. Here is a quick recipe I found and really want to try for ice cream!

1/2 cup LUCUMA POWDER
1 cup CASHEWS
1 Tablespoon VANILLA POWDER
1/4 cup YACON SYRUP
1 cup filtered water

Locust Bean gum and guar gum are natural thickening agents. Guar gum comes from a guar tree, and it hydrates well in cold water. Locust bean gum comes from the carob tree (carob powder is a raw cocoa substitute).

It is so worth indulging in some organic, raw cashew icecream. You will never want to go back to dairy icream. There is no comparison in my mind.

 

 

P.S. I just did this whole post in my sociology class, instead of watching a documentary on tattoos (: I think I used my time very wisely.

granola bars to-go

18 Sep

I have desperately appreciated having a nice granola bar I can take on my way out the door, that is not processed or packaged, but made with all real ingredients, by me. I just threw in a TON of ingredients, wrapped them up individually, and popped them in the freezer! Now I did not measure any of the ingredients, so I will do my best to guestimate how much of everything I used…

Almond-Everything-Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats

1/3 ish a cup of raw almond butter

quinoa flakes

unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

couple Tablespoons ground flax

couple Tablespoons of hemp seed

2-3 Tbs coconut oil

A splash vanilla extract

1 VERY ripe banana

1/8 cup unsweetened vegan carob chips

1/8 cup chopped dates

cinnamon & nutmeg

+Anything else you would like

(You can use any type of nut butter, different kinds of dried fruits for sweetness, and other spices like ginger or pumpkin pie spice)

Combine and spread into a glass baking sheet lined with wax paper and chill in fridge. After they are firm, cut into squares and wrap individually in plastic wrap and keep them into the freezer-and they are ready to take on the go. They defrost great once they’ve been out  for a little. These are full of protein with such a huge variety of amino acids from 5 different types of seeds, almond butter, and quinoa flakes. When aiming to get a lot of protein variety is key, because if you constantly eat the same source of plant protein you will always lack those amino acids that other foods contain, so to eat true complete plant protein sources, you must eat a vast variety. Our body is constantly craving variety to acquire all our essential vitamins and minerals anyways!