Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie
I have been meaning to post this smoothie recipe for ages! This is a simple recipe for those who are trying to get on the smoothie bandwagon but not sure where to start… or what a good combination is! Nothing worse then throwing a bunch of stuff in a blender and forcing your self to drink it… we have all been there. I find this combo is also great for kids who might not be adventurous enough to drink green smoothies.

I personally drink a smoothie practically everyday. I find that my body prefers that over solid food first thing in the morning. Now, I enjoy all sorts of veggie concoctions. I don’t necessarily need a sweet smoothie anymore. My taste buds have adapted. However, when I started drinking smoothies on a regular basis I started simple.

Banana Berry Smoothie

I will be posting more smoothies on my blog to give you an idea of the diversity of combinations you can have and  I encourage you to be adventurous and give them a go! They are such a tremendous way to get in veggies, fruit and water in to your diet.
Who knows, maybe you will not need your daily cup of Joe to wake yourself up in the morning. You would be surprised the healing and energizing powers that fruits and vegetables have on the body.
So, try this recipe out and see if you are ready to add more simple raw breakfasts into your daily regime!
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Banana Berry Smoothie 
Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen Bananas**
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 11/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
Directions
BLEND :)
**Note: Instead of freezing the whole banana with the peel; try chopping the banana into small rounds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the banana slices on the baking sheet. Pop it in the freezer to freeze overnight. I do a whole bunch at once and then store in a ziplock freezer bag for when I need it!

 

Amazing Green Hummus

Amazing Green Hummus

I hate reading… well, I actually love reading. Once I start, I can’t stop. I usually don’t like beginning a book because I know once I get into a good story I will not stop until I read the entire book… or series. My favourite kind of novel is good fiction with some sort of dystopia. A novel where someone is stickin’ it to “The Man”!

Reading also makes me want to write a book. I don’t know where I would start, but I think it would be fun. I went to university for acting about 3 years ago and got kicked out. (That’s another story for another day.) However, right before they gave me the boot, one of my instructors told me I should try writing. That way I could still tell a story but no one would have to see me. (She was a real gem.)

I haven’t thought about that conversation in ages. I didn’t even want to pick up a pen for a long time after. I felt that if I wrote anything I would be proving her right. So, I can’t be a performer and a writer? That’s just silly! Who says I can only do one thing? Well she does… but what does she know!

I think part of starting this blog was to see if I could form coherent thoughts in some sort of structure that someone would want to read. Or, you know, I could read them back to myself. I mean, I am no Lois Lowry or C. S. Lewis, but hey, who knows, one day people might be interested in what I have to say!

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Well, now that I’ve rambled about something that has nothing to do with food, let’s get back to this delicious recipe! I use hummus in all kinds of ways. It’s not just for dipping veggies in. I put it in my rice dishes, I use it in pasta salads and stir-frys, buddha bowls… the possibilities are endless. This hummus has a wonderful taste and once you let it sit in the fridge overnight the flavours really pop!

You gotta love parsley to fully appreciate this recipe. I mean, wow! The parsley really hits you, especially when it is freshly made. I really like that, but we are all different, so if you think you would prefer less or no parsley at all, that’s fine. It will still taste amazing and will be bright green!

Amazing Green Hummus
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I find that it is best eaten the day after it is made. It allows time for all the flavours to blend. Make it the night before for a great snack!
Prep Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Amazing Green Hummus
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I find that it is best eaten the day after it is made. It allows time for all the flavours to blend. Make it the night before for a great snack!
Prep Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Recipe Notes
  1. In your food processor, put in lemon juice, tahini, onion and garlic. Blend on high until well combined.
  2. Then add everything else except the chickpeas. Process the ingredients making sure the mixture is smooth.
  3. Lastly, add the chickpeas and process one more time. Add a tablespoon of water or oil until you have reached you desired consistency. I like mine really smooth.
  4. Store in an airtight container. It is best served the next day when the spices have had a chance to really show their flavour.
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Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls

Raw Chocolate Bliss Balls

In the summer I tend to cook and bake less. I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for hours with no air conditioning to cool me down. Plus, I want to enjoy that beautiful sunshine! Living on  a coast, we get a lot of rain. I mean a lot. So, when that pretty little sun peaks through the clouds all I want to do is stay outside all day!

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Which brings be to these delicious and incredibly filling bliss balls. I want to say I love stuffing my face with them, but honestly, they are so filling I can only handle eating one in a sitting. They are packed with natural protein from nuts and seeds. I would choose these blissful bites over a slab of meat any day

My favourite time to eat them is after a morning workout. When I go to the gym early in the morning I usually don’t eat before hand. I always listen to my body. Somedays I wake up ravenous and I just feel like I need to eat immediately. But, usually my body needs a little time to wakeup before ingesting solid foods. Well, what better way to wake it up than with plenty of water and exercise?

Chocolate Bliss Balls! Perfect for a post workout snack :)

That being said, after a workout it is easy to grab the first thing that is around. It can lead to making bad eating choices after putting in all that effort at the gym. That is why these little guys are so handy. You can just pop one in your purse or backpack. When you get a craving have a guilt-free snack that is actually satisfying and keeps you full!

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Raw Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls
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Don't have all the ingredients? No need to fret! One of the many wonderful things about raw treats is that ingredients can easily be changed. Nut allergy? Use all seeds instead of nuts. Experiment with that you have on hand. Medjool dates are often expensive. Try using cooking dates. Just soak them in water overnight before using them, you might need to use a little coconut oil for binding though.
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Raw Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls
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Don't have all the ingredients? No need to fret! One of the many wonderful things about raw treats is that ingredients can easily be changed. Nut allergy? Use all seeds instead of nuts. Experiment with that you have on hand. Medjool dates are often expensive. Try using cooking dates. Just soak them in water overnight before using them, you might need to use a little coconut oil for binding though.
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Balls
Recipe Notes
  1. Soak your buckwheat groats for about a half hour before making balls. This will soften them slightly and then rinse.
  2. Put all ingredients (excluding those for coating) into you food processor.
  3. Blend until a dough-like consistency. You should be able to pack to dough to form balls easily. Use more dates or 1 tbsp of coconut if needed.
  4. Form balls and dip to coat them with whatever you like. My favourite is cinnamon! Leave in the fridge for up to a week. Makes about 13 balls depending on size.

*Idea: You can also make them into the shape of granola bars if you prefer. Leave in the freezer to set overnight.

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Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

Holy cow! Well, actually no cow just bananas. I am eating this as I write a post about it. It’s just so good! My new favourite ice cream.

My favourite ice cream as a kid was mint chocolate chip… well, that, and pistachio gelato. (spoiler alert for another recipe) Funny thing is I didn’t like chocolate. I use to eat the ice cream and spit out the chocolate chips! I found it incredibly amusing. I thought that is what baseball players or hockey players were spitting out during their games… not that I am really into sports but it made me feel cool.
Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

I can promise you that I am not spitting out these delicious cacao nibs. They add the perfect amount of crunch to this creamy ‘ice cream’.

And it is so incredibly healthy! Only 5 ingredients! Yup, AND no artificial dyes to make it green. The green colour comes from my trusty little friend spirulina powder. It is an algae that is an incredibly potent source of nutrients including: protein, antioxidants and B-vitamins. Look it up it is really interesting stuff!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream!

serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen banana
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 2 drops peppermint extract
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  •  Preferred non-dairy milk, as needed

Directions

  1. Blend everything, excluding the cacao nibs, in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Be patient, if you are not working with a really good quality blender it can take a little longer. Add as little milk as possible for a thicker consistency.
  2. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle cacao nibs on top!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

The Best Peanut Butter Bars

The Best Peanut Butter Bars! No-bake, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free

Time management is so hard! You would think that you would have a mandatory class in grade school dedicated to wrapping your head around the concept. Currently, I work four jobs. On top of that, I want to: eat three, non- processed meals a day, and keep up with my acting studies, and go to the gym, and create new recipes, etc. The list goes on and on…

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It is so important that I exercise and eat right. There are no cutting corners. The only one who suffers when I don’t balance my day, is me. A little over a year ago, I had to stop working for six months. I was constantly fainting. I had memory loss and could not remember who I was or where I was going half the time. I was dissociating. Anyone who has experienced this knows how frightening it can be.

At first, I thought six months without work was torture. And, for the first little while, it was, until I changed my mindset. I had been given this time to figure out what my body needed. Go figure, it wasn’t as complicated as I thought it was. Food was the first step. Whole, plant-based foods have given me a clarity of mind I did not think possible. When I began to commit to exercise, that’s when everything fell into place. It gave me back my confidence, it gave me something obtainable to strive for and it gave me the physical energy I had lost.

The Best Peanut Butter Balls! So tasty and easy. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, no-bake, soy-free.

It all started making sense. I have been so blessed to have been forced to take half a year to discover my limitations, but also to find my talents and passions. Now, I juggle a hectic schedule, which I love. I do things that I enjoy, daily. I am inspired almost every single day.

Today’s inspirations were these beautiful flowers. It was a sad and dreary day today, but I was walking by a flower stand and I saw these lonely flowers for half off. I just had to take pictures of the beautiful colours that reminded me that spring is here and summer is on its way!

No-bake peanut butter granola bars! Vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

I made these to have on-the-go when I don’t have time to stop and make a meal. I also have been craving something sweet and I feel far less guilty having one of these bad boys than going to the store and buying a candy bar! I find I only need a small portion to feel satisfied and full.

Have fun making these and, if they are for your kids, let them help out! Adjust flavours to taste and don’t feel like you can’t throw other dried fruit or a different nut butter in the mix. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
  • 4 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 10 large, moist Medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor. Mix until the mixture has a sticky consistency.
  2. Pour out onto parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin to shape into granola bars. If making balls/truffles, simply roll a small portion of the mixture in your hand.
  3. Place in the fridge or freezer to set for about an hour.
  4. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and grab on-the-go! They should keep for over a week.

Note: If you don’t find the mixture binding together well, simply add more dates! Make sure they’re gooey and sticky dates. If they’re not, soak them for about an hour.

The Best Peanut Butter Balls! So tasty and easy. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, no-bake, soy-free.

Orange and Pineapple Smoothie

Pinapple and Orange Smoothie! Soooo good!

This is one of the biggest pineapples I have ever bought. I was sceptical when buying it. I thought maybe the smaller ones would be juicier, but it was so delicious!

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Making fruit into a bowl is so much fun! It’s a great idea for a centrepiece at a party, or something healthy to bring to a potluck. To make your pineapple into a bowl: trace where you want the hole to be with a sharp knife and cut diagonally downward. Scooping out a watermelon works as a great bowl too!

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Orange and Pineapple Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 large navel orange, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 cup carrot juice/coconut water/water

Directions

Blend.

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Superfood Berry Smoothie

Berry Superfood Smoothie. Maca powder is so versatile. So easy!

I will keep this post sweet and simple. Just like this delicious recipe. I love adding superfoods to my recipes. They are fun, exciting and they add a new twist to my traditional smoothie recipes. Today’s superfood is maca powder. This stuff tastes so good and is goooood for you! It has a caramel taste to it and smells like pancake mix… well at least think it does. It is a root that is ground into a fine powder. It can come in a pill form as well if you are looking for the benefits without the taste. Maca will aid in the regulation of hormones for male and females. It can increase fertility in both sexes with no side effects! (Well, other than the obvious one…*wink wink*) It can also help with female cramping during “that time of the month” and during menopause. It also is well known for clearing acne and balancing mood. But hey, don’t take my word for it! Try it yourself and see if it helps you. Now onto the smoothie…

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Superfood Berry Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2  medium frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

Directions

Blend, slurp and be merry!

Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

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I love Easter! It always reminds me that warm weather is coming. Spring has sprung and the grass starts to grow after a seemingly endless winter. Well this year… winter still seems to be dragging on. Another snowfall today. Tomorrow we will be hit again. My patience is wearing thin…

So, to encourage Mother Nature to get in the mood of spring, I made a lemon and raspberry cheesecake! The flavours remind me of picking wild berries and drinking fresh lemon water. These are some of my favourite things about the warmer months of the year.

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I usually don’t make big cakes because I don’t want to eat them all by myself. (Although, they are tasty enough not to share.) My favourite part of making raw cake is sharing the recipes with my family and friends, because I get so excited to watch them lick their plates clean! It really is that good. This cake is the perfect consistency: creamy and rich with a crunchy chocolate drizzle. I am drooling just writing about it.

This recipe will make a 20-inch cake in a springform pan. However, feel free to make a smaller version of this recipe. Use a 9 or 10-inch pan and cut the recipe in half. This will make it more affordable.

Wow your friends with a raw cake at your next get-together! If they are anything like my friends it will be love at first bite. They will be begging you for more!

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Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Makes a 20-inch cake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 heaping tbsp coconut oil, liquid form
  • 1 1/2 cups dates
Lemon Cheesecake Layer
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups soaked cashews
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)

Raspberry Cheesecake Layer

  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • a dash of salt

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, liquid form

Directions

  1. To make crust, put almonds in the food processor and grind until they are coarsely ground. Add oats, dates and coconut oil. Blend until the ingredients make a sticky mixture that you can evenly pat down on the bottom of your springform pan. Put in fridge.
  2. Lemon layer: using a high-speed blender or food processor, blend all ingredients together until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. Evenly spread onto the crust and put back in the fridge.
  3. Raspberry layer: same as the lemon layer. Blend all ingredients together until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. Evenly spread onto lemon layer and put in the freezer overnight.
  4. Bring it out of the freezer at least 20 minutes before serving to defrost.
  5. Chocolate drizzle: whisk ingredients together.
  6. Drizzle chocolate sauce and/or raw honey on cake right before serving. Enjoy!

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Rawsome Nutella Cheesecake

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Raw desserts were what got me interested in veganism. I thought is was radical and, I have to admit, I judged without doing any research. However, I was very curious. I went to the farmers market one day and tried a raw pecan pie from this place called Fruition. I couldn’t believe what I was eating! It tasted AMAZING. Truthfully, I’d never had much of a sweet tooth. Chocolate was fine, but I would never had craved it and most sweets were just too rich. But this was a whole new experience for my taste buds! I didn’t feel sick or guilty eating it. The only thing I didn’t like was that I hadn’t tried it sooner! A new world of possibilities opened for me in that moment. I needed to buy a food processor and start a raw adventure of my own. So, here we are six months later and I can’t stop coming up with new ideas for raw desserts. If you have never tried one before, I urge you to give it a go. Find a raw dessert venue near you or try and make this recipe! Who knows! It might change your life… it certainly changed mine for the better!


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Raw Mini Nutella Cheesecakes

Makes 7 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 6 large medjool dates
Strawberry Filling
  • Your favourite strawberry jam OR my Berry Chia Jam
Nutella Cream
  • 1 cup soaked cashews (at least two hours)
  • 1/2 cup of rawtella or my homemade chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • extra maple syrup and/or cacao to taste

Directions

  1. Make the crust by putting your walnuts into your food processor and grinding them into a course flour. Add the dates. Don’t forget to take the pits out!
  2. After a minute or so of blending, the crust should be malleable. Press crust into 7 moulds of a 12-cupcake tray about 1/4 of the way up.
  3. Top the crust with a thick layer of jam and place flat in the freezer.
  4. To make the “Nutella” cream, blend soaked cashews in your high-speed blender or food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and sweeten to taste. You might want to add a bit more cacao if you like things extra chocolaty!
  5. Fill the remaining space in the 7 cupcake moulds with the cream and allow to freeze for at least two hours. Before serving, allow them to defrost on the counter or in the fridge.

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