Carob Mint Superfood Smoothie

Carob Mint Superfood Smoothie

This carob superfood smoothie has become my latest addiction. They are so good I sometimes have them twice a day. And I don't mean, have a glassful, I'm talking the whole blenderful! Kids would love this smoothie! They are great cold, like a thick non-dairy milkshake, if you use frozen bananas and let the mint tea cool before making the smoothie. But they are equally nice if you use fresh (not frozen) bananas and make it while the mint tea is still warm (not too hot though). It's winter here in New Zealand, and it's just turned really cold. I always find it hard to stick to a predominantly raw food diet when the weather turns cold, and amazingly just having these warm smoothies in the morning, and warm tea at night is making it really easy. Read more »

Best Raw Food Granola

This is the best raw granola I've made yet. The nuts and seeds need to soak, so usually I start soaking the almonds at night, then in the morning I put the pumpkin and sunflower seeds on to soak and start making the granola in the evening. So it's in the dehydrator overnight and usually ready by the next morning. Sprouted buckwheat groats are optional, but make a really nice, extra-crunchy addition. I usually have them on hand, I make them up by themselves and just sprinkle some into the finished granola. This raw granola is great with kefir. I've not tried it with nut milk yet but I bet it would be delicious with either almond milk or cashew milk. I love it just for a snack too, I eat it by the handful. It would store and travel really well if you go hiking too. Read more »

Raw Vegan Carob Mousse

This rich, creamy, raw vegan carob mousse only takes about 10 minutes to make. It's hard to believe it doesn't contain sugar. But between the sweetness of the stevia, and the natural sweetness of carob, it's a totally satisfying dessert. It's very easy to make this a raw vegan dessert, you just need to use truly raw carob, but I can show you where to get that at the end of the recipe. If you're not familiar with carob, it has a chocolate-like taste, but no caffeine or theobromine, so you don't get that hyper, jittery feeling that raw cacao (chocolate) can produce. After finding it at my new local bulk food shop I've been using it a lot. You can add it to smoothies, substitute it for raw cacao in all my recipes that call for raw cacao powder, make ‘chocolate' milk, either with nut milk or dairy milk. I actually prefer it to raw cacao now. Read more »

Basil Cashew Pesto

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to find fresh basil at a local gardeners market for a great price. I bought lots so that I could make basil pesto, for the first time ever. It was so easy and it turned out pretty well. Fresh herbs are always magical to work with, but here's what's special about basil. A study done in Russia a few decades ago showed that basil alleviates depression. They put a basil plant on the nightstand of people who had been diagnosed with depression and that was enough to alleviate it. I remember reading about that as a teenager. I think it was my first exposure to the concept of aromatherapy. Since then I can't smell fresh basil without being reminded of that study, and noticing how happy I feel. Making your own basil pesto has the double advantage of that beautiful ‘happy' aroma and lots of tasty, creamy basil pesto as a result. Read more »

Raw Chocolate Sesame Almond Halva Balls

Since seeing how popular my first Raw Sesame Halva recipe has become I have been intending to make a chocolate version. But there's nothing like a food craving to actually propel me into action. I didn't have enough sesame seeds on hand to make a worthwhile batch, so I used almonds to make up the difference. I also added maca powder for even more superfood goodness and a bit of finely ground coffee beans for an extra kick which sent the taste over the top into the heavenly realm. The base of this recipe is quite simple – sesame seeds, almonds and honey. Around that you can be a bit flexible with the ingredients. If you don't have raw cacao powder (raw chocolate) you can use unsweetened cocoa powder instead. The coffee and maca, or other superfood powder can be left out and it's still delicious. I'd also like to try this using spirulina as the superfood powder ingredient, though I […] Read more »

How to make sauerkraut

I love sauerkraut (well I love cabbage in general, but that's another story), and I know that ‘real sauerkraut', i.e. homemade sauerkraut, is full of not only all the nutrients and phytochemicals that make cabbage a superfood but it contains probiotics as well. It tastes great and it helps with digestion too, well that's what I notice anyway. The store-bought variety may in some cases taste good, but it's not that healthy for you, and it's expensive. It usually has way too much salt, not necessarily good salt at that. And in most cases it's pasteurized, which means all the healthy probiotic bacteria that make sauerkraut so much more awesome and easily digestible than just plain cabbage have been killed off. Along with most of the nutrients I imagine. Mind you, you could do far worse as far as food choices go. But why settle for mediocre? Why not choose awesome? You're worth it. Read more »

Thick & Creamy Vegan Vanilla Shake

I wasn't sure whether to call this a shake or a smoothie, because it reminded me so much of a vanilla milkshake so I opted for calling it both. This is one of the best smoothie (shake) recipes I've come up with so far. I was actually going to call this a breakfast smoothie until I decided to have it for dinner too because I enjoyed it so much. This is one of those quick and easy smoothie recipes that is just so delicious and nutritious that there's no excuse not to make it any time you need a quick meal or pick-me-up. Vanilla, honey, maca and lucuma are all superfoods. Sesame seeds have more protein than any other seed or nut, are loaded with calcium, iron, and magnesium. Plus they contain lignans that can help burn fat. Flaxseed (also called linseed), is high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber. Oats are the king of the grains, they help […] Read more »