2 years ago
Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie

Blackstrap molasses isn’t raw, but it’s such a good source of iron it may be worth making an exception. From Oh She Glows.

Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie

As women, we’re about twice as likely to suffer from iron deficiency as compared to men. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you’re even more likely to suffer from an iron deficiency at some point in your life, especially because plant-based sources of iron are more difficult to absorb than animal-based sources. This gingerbread smoothie is packed with blackstrap molasses which is a wonderful vegan source of iron. One tablespoon has 3.5 mg of iron and I like to sneak in two tablespoons into this smoothie. Add in some chia seeds and you will up your iron even more. Just be sure to take iron-rich foods with Vitamin C to help increase the iron’s absorption.

Adapted from my Gingerbread Vegan Overnight Oats.


  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I use Vanilla Almond Milk)
  • 1-2 tbsp blackstrap molasses (I use 2, but add to taste as it’s strong)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (also high in iron!)
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Peanut Butter Graham crackers + coconut, for garnish (optional)

Place all ingredients except for molasses into the blender and blend until smooth. Now add the molasses, a bit at a time, to taste. You may find that you only want 1 tbsp of molasses or maybe 2 tbsp if you like the flavour like I do. Serves 1.



3 years ago
Raw Sweet Potato and Greens Slaw

From Diet Dessert & Dogs.

Raw Sweet Potato and Greens Slaw (suitable for ACD all stages)

liberally adapted from VegKitchen

The minute I saw the recipe for Raw Sweet Potato and Cabbage Salad on Nava Atlas’s VegKitchen, I knew I had to try it.  Grated raw sweet potato is perfect alongside these hearty shredded greens.  I recombined Nava’s original ingredients in the blender for a creamy version of her dressing.

1/2 large sweet potato, peeled and grated

2 cups (480 ml) very thinly sliced dark leafy greens (I used a mix of chard and kale)

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup (120 ml) fresh cilantro

heaping 1/4 cup (70 ml) raw cashews

1 Tbsp (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, preferably organic

2 tsp (10 ml) Nutra-Vege Omega 3 oil (or use more olive/avocado oil)

juice of one large lime, or more, to your taste

20 drops plain stevia liquid (or 2 tsp/10 ml agave nectar)

fine sea salt, to taste

1/2-1 tsp (2.5-5 ml) dried chili flakes, to your taste

Place the sweet potato, greens and green onion in a salad bowl and toss to distribute evenly.  Set aside.

In a blender, combine the remaining ingredients.  Blend until smooth (you may need to add 1-2 Tbsp/15-30 ml water to achieve a pourable consistency).

Pour the dressing over the salad in the bowl and toss to coat well.  Allow to sit for 20-30 minutes to allow the greens to soften a bit and for the flavors to blend. Makes 4-6 servings.  Keep, covered in the refrigerator, up to 2 days.

(Source: dietdessertndogs.com)



3 years ago
Raw Mini Coconut-Mulberry Cupcakes with Blueberry Frosting

From A Dash of Compassion.

I recently experienced my first bite of a sun-dried mulberry when creating cake pops with Lisa back in April, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Chewy and soft with a fig-like crunch, sun-dried mulberries are nature’s version of candy. A delightful alternative to raisins, it’s difficult to not eat them straight from the bag.

Better still, mulberries are also considered a superfood. They’re one of the few fruits to be considered a protein source; they’re an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C and fibre; and they also contain a high concentration of Resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that combats free radical damage.

So why not combine these two superfruits into one sweet, super-power cupcake? Coconut is the dominant flavour in these tiny treats but the mulberries provide a fruity sweetness like no other. The quick and easy blueberry frosting rivals any sugar-loaded frosting I’ve made before. Enjoy!

Raw, mini mulberry-coconut cupcakes
1 cup coconut flour (grind coconut flakes to a fine powder)
1 cup almond flour (grind raw almonds or dehydrated almond pulp to a fine powder)
1/2 cup ground, dried mulberries (grind dried mulberries using a spice grinder or blender)
1/3 cup date paste (blend 1 cup soaked dates with 1/4 cup water until smooth)
2 tbsp almond milk
pinch of salt
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp flax meal

1. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the coconut flour, almond flour and ground mulberries.
2. Add the date paste, almond milk and salt and mix until combined.
3. Finally, add the coconut oil and flax meal and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. It should look like thick cake batter.
4. Line a mini muffin tray with mini muffin or candy cups. Scoop a 1/2 tablespoon of the cupcake mixture and mold it into a ball or cupcake shape and gently press it into the muffin cup. Repeat with remaining mixture. Place the tray in the fridge or freezer while you make the frosting (recipe below).

Blueberry frosting
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup raw cashew butter
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
6 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1. Using a high-speed blender, blend the blueberries, cashew butter and agave nectar until well combined and smooth. Add the coconut oil and blend just to combine.
2. Scoop the mixture into a piping bag and attach a small tip. Decorate each cupcake and return the cupcakes to the fridge until ready to serve.



Blueberry Dream Cream Pops

From Vegan Culinary Crusade.

Blueberry Dream Cream Pops
(makes 4 large pops)

Cream layer:

1 cup cashews, soaked and drained
1/2 cup water
3 dates, pitted
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt

Blueberry layer:

1 cup blueberries
2 tsp cardamom
2 tsp agave
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla seed powder
pinch salt

In a blender combine all of the ingredients for the cream layer and blend until smooth. Remove a 1/2 cup of the cream layer and place in the refrigerator to chill. Add the ingredients for the blueberry layer to the blender with the remaining amount of the cream layer. Blend until smooth.

Scoop 1 tbsp of the blueberry mixture into four silicon muffin cups (or any mold you have). Set in the freezer until firm (at least an hour). Scoop 1 tbsp from the reserved cream layer into each muffin cup and return to the freezer. Once the cream layer is firm divide the remaining blueberry cream between the muffin cups. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of each muffin cup. Return the muffin cups to the freezer to set.

(Source: veganculinarycrusade.com)



3 years ago
Fresh Corn-Avocado Chowder

From Veggie 101.

Chowder isn’t typically served in warmer seasons. It’s thought of as a winter dish, served piping hot, rich, and thick to warm your body up on cold nights. This recipe, however, takes a different approach: it’s light, dairy-free, and uses only the best summertime produce.

It’s also ridiculously easy to make. There’s no cooking involved, so it’s ready to serve as fast as it takes you to dice an avocado and whirl everything in a blender. Simply puree almond milk, corn (fresh or frozen and thawed), avocado, and salt. To serve, garnish with a few corn kernels, a few avocado cubes, and freshly ground black pepper. It couldn’t be easier!

Fresh Corn Chowder

If your almond milk has been refrigerated, this is pretty much all the chill factor you need. I used thawed frozen corn, so that added a bit more chill, but you wouldn’t want to serve this any warmer or colder.

The texture is thick and rich, yet the flavors are light. The avocado makes this chowder creamy and velvety, and adds a delicious buttery flavor. Almond milk gives it just a hint of nuttiness, and the corn adds the perfect amount of sweetness (just enough to keep this a savory dish). To get this chowder REALLY smooth, use a super high-powered blender (like Vitamix). Otherwise, there may be bits of corn kernel “skin” throughout, but it just adds to the texture.

This surprisingly filling chowder would be great for brunch, or for lunch paired with a salad or sandwich. It’s best served the same day, as chilled leftovers get a little…weird, in both flavor and smell. It’s still edible, just not as good as when it’s fresh.

(Source: veggie101.com)



3 years ago
Berry and Rose Geranium Smoothie

I imagine it would be possible to make a rose geranium syrup by infusing the leaves (chopped, probably) in agave syrup or something like that, possibly in the dehydrator to help it along.

From the New York Times.

Berry and Rose Geranium Smoothie

Fragrant rose geranium is very easy to grow in pots, and a little goes a long way. I use it to make a syrup that I add to just about anything I make with berries.

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup raspberries

3/4 cup hulled strawberries

2 to 3 tablespoons rose geranium syrup (see below)

4 ice cubes

1. Place all of the ingredients in the blender. Blend until frothy, about one minute. Serve at once.

Yield: One serving.

Rose Geranium Syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2 sprigs rose geranium

Combine the sugar and water, and bring a to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer three to five minutes until slightly thick. Add the rose geranium sprigs to the pot, turn off the heat and cover tightly. Allow the rose geranium to steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a jar, and place in the refrigerator. The syrup will keep for about a week.

Yield: A little less than 1 cup.

(Source: The New York Times)



3 years ago
Plum, Red Grape, and Almond Smoothie

From the New York Times.

I decided to combine red grapes and plums here because of how well plums and wine go together in desserts. (I wasn’t about to attempt a red wine smoothie, but I hope this recipe inspires some daring mixologists.)

2 1/2 small or 2 large plums, pitted and sliced (about 3/4 cup sliced)

1/2 cup red grapes, rinsed

1 to 2 teaspoons rose geranium syrup

1 tablespoon almond meal

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup almond beverage

3 to 4 ice cubes

1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until frothy, about one minute.



Fresh Fig and Date Smoothie

From the New York Times.

Many of us who frequent farmers’ markets this time of year bring home far more figs than we need. This thick, date-sweetened smoothie is a great way to get rid of the extras.

4 fresh ripe figs (about 4 ounces)

2 moist, plump Medjool dates (about 1 1/2 ounces)

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

4 ice cubes

A few fig slices for the glass

1. Place all of the ingredients except the sliced fig in the blender. Blend until frothy, about one minute. Pour into a glass, garnish with fig slices, and serve at once.

(Source: The New York Times)



Peach Vanilla Smoothie

Use your favorite granola.

From the New York Times.

I was thinking of peaches and almonds when I began working on this granola-thickened smoothie, but it ended up tasting more like peach ice cream with a hint of vanilla.

1 large or 1 1/2 medium ripe peaches, white or yellow, pitted (about 6 ounces)

1/3 cup granola

2/3 cup almond milk

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (to taste)

2 teaspoons rose geranium syrup

A few drops of fresh lemon juice (to taste)

3 ice cubes

1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until frothy, about one minute.



3 years ago
Strawberry Chia Fluff

Canned coconut milk is not raw, but it’s possible to make your own.

From Diet, Dessert and Dogs.

A little taste of impending spring, this is a variation on the classic chia pudding, or a much fruitier, lighter version of Crimson Mousse I made with strawberries from our organic produce delivery last week.  (But calling it “Fluff” makes it sound much more appealing, doesn’t it?)  ;)   Feel free to use another berry if you prefer.

Strawberry Chia Fluff for Spring

The coconut milk adds richness and creaminess, yet this still tastes like a light dessert, and one that is both cool and refreshing because of the strawberries.  One spoonful and you’ll know that warmer weather is on the way.

2/3 cup (160 ml) full-fat coconut milk (the kind in the can)
2 cups (480 ml) sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
2 Tbsp (30 ml) whole chia seeds*
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) pure almond extract (omit if sensitive)
1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
15-25 drops plain or vanilla stevia, to taste

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender* (such as a VitaMix) and blend until perfectly smooth.  Pour into glasses and refrigerate until cold, 1-2 hours (or just eat it right away if you can’t wait–thinner, but still good).

*NOTE: If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you can still make this, but grind the chia seeds first in a coffee grinder until they form a fine powder; pour the powder into the blender along with the other ingredients.



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