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Hemp Goji Bars

Hemp Goji Bars

Hemp Goji Bars

Its been awhile since my last post.   I have been pretty busy and haven’t had much time to make any goodies lately. I made these Hemp Goji Bars yesterday and they are so good! And of course healthy 🙂 Stay tuned for more recipes cause I am feeling inspired in the kitchen this weekend.

I hope you enjoy these!

  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp maca
  • 1 tsp vanilla power
  • 1/4 tsp himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  1. Mix all ingredients in your food processor except goji berries.  Mix until everything forms into a sticky ball.
  2. Once mixed, press into a square pan.
  3. Grind goji berries in a spice or coffee grinder until they are a fine powder.  Sprinkle goji powder onto squares and press everything down.
  4. Place in fridge for about one hour, then cut into bars and eat.

 

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Fudge Cake

Raspberries

I recently made Ani Phyo’s Raspberry Ganache Fudge Cake, and I have to share! It was SO yummy, and so easy to make, and best of all not full of refined sugars, so kinda healthy 🙂

 
Fudge Cake

  • 3 cups dry walnuts
  • 2⁄3 cup unsweetened cacao powder or carob powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates

Frosting

  • 1⁄3 cup semi-soft pitted Medjool dates
  • 1⁄4 cup agave syrup
  • 1⁄2 cup ripe avocado flesh (from about 1 medium avocado)
  • 1⁄3 cup cacao powder

Filling

  • 1⁄2 cup raspberries
  1. To make the cake, combine the walnuts, cacao powder and salt in the food processor and pulse until coarsely mixed.  Add the dates and pulse until mixed well. Shape into two  same sized cakes of desired shape and set aside.
  2. To make the frosting, combine the dates and agave syrup in the food processor and process until smooth. Add the avocado and process until smooth. Add the cacao powder and process until smooth.
  3. To serve, frost the top of one of the cakes with half the frosting and top with the raspberries. (I like to mashed the raspberries a bit).  Stack the second cake on top and frost the top and sides of the cake.
  4. Add some more raspberry’s on top if you like, to make it look even prettier.
  5. Serve immediately, or place in the refrigerator for a couple hours to firm up.

I divided the dough into six balls and made three mini cakes, which can be handed out as gifts, which is a nice healthy treat for the holidays.

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

Almond Cookies

I have so much almond pulp building up from all the almond milk I have made in the last month, so I decided to make something with it, so why not make a delicious cookie.  Mmmmm…

These are so simple to make, and you do not need any equipment for this one, just a bowl to mix everything up in.  Almond flour or meal can be made using your left over dehydrated pulp from almond milk or by crushing up almonds in a food processor.  The mesquite powder gives this cookie a slightly caramel flavour, while the cacao nibs give it a bit of a crunch.

  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp of agave
  • 1/4 cup of cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp of almond butter
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of mesquite powder
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Shape cookies, by rolling into a ball, then flattening them slightly. 
  3. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes, so they can harden up.  Makes about 8-10 cookies.

Unfortunately my camera is broken so I wasn’t able to take an amazing picture for you, but come 2012, you just wait for the amazing photos that will be posted on this blog!

Hurraw!

Okay, so I have recently discovered the best lip balm EVER, and I have to share!!

I have been a lip balm connoisseur since the first time I went to the Body Shop in grade 6, and I feel like I have tried all lip balms out there.  I have found ones that I like, and others that made my lips chapped (?!), and now I have found my very fave.  It’s Hurraw!

Hurraw!

HURRAW!

Hurraw is a all natural organic vegan/raw lip balm company, which uses the finest ingredients in their products.  Their flavours are so much fun, I need to try them all 🙂  Right now I am using their cinnamon flavour, and have also ordered the lime, vanilla and chocolate! Yum! These lip balms glide on your lips like silk, you really don’t wanna stop the application it feels so good! lol Not only are their flavours fun and exciting, the tube is oval shape, which fits the lip better.

If you are looking for an all natural lip balm, or a nice stocking stuffer for x-mas, these will be a real treat for anyone’s lip!

Natural News Store

Welcome to December 🙂

Check out the sale right now at the Natural News Store!

They have those pink Himalayan crystal lamps for only $11.95, a price I have never seen before.  Not to mention the great prices on chia seed, goji berries and more fabulous products to add to your pantry!

Have a great night 🙂

Almond Milk

With the growing concern over all the GMO‘s in our soybeans these days, a while back I decided to switch to other milk alternatives (as I have never been a fan of the dairy version).   Moving into a high raw diet this year has been an interesting journey, and a great learning experience for me.  So a few months back, after putting this off because I thought it would be too much work, I finally bit the bullet and made my own almond milk.  And can I just say, I will never go back to the store-bought stuff after this, this is SOO easy to make!

Shelled almonds (Prunus dulcis)

Almonds

  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 3 1/2 cups of filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of agave (optional)
  1. Soak the almonds in filtered water for about 12 hours or overnight.
  2. Rinse the almonds well, then add all ingredients into your blender and blend very well, until everything is looking kinda like milk.  Taste your milk and add agave or another sweetener of your choice if you desire your almond milk to be a little sweeter.
  3. Next, either strain your milk into a bowl using a nut milk bag or by lying a piece of cheese clothe over a mesh strainer over a glass bowl.  Let all the milk drain into the bowl then squeeze the bag or cheesecloth tight, until all your milk is drained, and you are left with the almond pulp.
  4. Pour your almond milk into a glass jar and seal tight.  It will be good for about 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

I usually cut this recipe in half, because I don’t go through that much milk at a time.  But if I still have some milk left at day five, I just dump it all into my morning smoothie 🙂

Also the almond pulp can be used in a nice bread, cracker or throw it into your morning smoothie, for a little extra protein.

Raw Apple Cinnamon Crackers

Granny smith apple

Granny Smith Apple

Lately I have felt like I have been consuming too many nuts in my diet, and have been craving a cracker, that is both nut and flax free.  So today, I am experimenting with a chia version, and since I have a ton of apples sitting on my counter, I was inspired to make this wonderful treat 🙂

  • 3 apples
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 cup of chia seed
  • 1 tbsp of agave syrup
  • 1/2 lemon – juiced
  • 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/16 tsp of cayenne powder
  1. Grate three organic apples by hand or by using a food processor.  I used what I had on hand, which were two Macintosh and one Granny Smith apple .  Use whatever type of apple you like for this recipe.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 
  3. Spread onto two dehydrator trays and dehydrate for four hours.  Then flip, and dehydrate for another four hours, or until nice a crisp.

I personally love to put avocado on absolutely everything, so my first choice for topping for this cracker is avocado, but feel free to spread a nice cashew butter, berry spread, or anything else of your choosing on these crackers. 

Chia seed is one of the richest sources of Omega-3 and dietary fibre. Omega-3 fatty acids can normalize blood pressure and bad cholesterol and assist with a healthy heart and blood vessels.   It also contains high-quality protein, so if you think that you need eat meat to get your protein, then think again! Chia also helps strengthen muscle and bones, and is a super source of calcium, it contains more calcium than milk!

Chia can absorb about 12 times its weight in water.  You will notice that if you mix these lovely little seeds in water or any other liquids, it starts soaking up the liquid and starts to form a kind of gelatinous gel around the seed It’s really quite cool, check it out sometime.  Chia’s high fibre content  will make you feel full faster and longer, which is great if you are trying to lose weight or are on the go.  I throw some in my smoothie in the mornings, which will usually fill me up and take me through until lunch time!

Note: My camera has had better days, so unfortunately I haven’t been able to take pictures lately, but I promise that in the new year, you will be viewing some fine pictures of my dishes 😀