3 years ago
Coffee Cake Breakfast-power Bars (plain or fancy)

I keep clicking through the Addicted to Veggies archive. Which is a little frustrating because I’ve been having trouble getting raw macadamias lately. Bah. :-(

Coffee Cake Breakfast-power Bars (plain or fancy)

 I did a lot of daydreaming over this last weekend…particularly in the area of desserts.

One of my favorite breakfast foods and snacks has to be without a doubt the power/breakfast bar.They’re easy to make (you can make them in bulk too), they’re perfect for on the go people, and can easily be dressed up as a fancy treat for unexpected company! I tend to do my high intensity cardio workouts in the mornings - and a protein rich breakfast bar paired with fresh fruit or a smoothie is my favorite pick-me-up!

Today’s Breakfast bar is inspired by and old vice of mine: Coffee Cake! I hope you won’t be intimidated by the high amount of nuts used in this recipe. These bars are meant to be eaten in a small portion. They are very rich in healthy fats/oils, protein and fiber, so don’t be scared - be healthy!

Coffee Cake Breakfast-power Bars

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Step 1. Prepping/Grinding your nuts:

1 & 1/2 c Macadamia Nuts - ground up in food processor

Transfer your ground Macadamia nuts to a mixing bowl and set aside

1 & 1/2 c Cashews - ground up in your food processor 

Add your ground Macadamia nuts back into your food processor WITH your already ground Cashews and move on to step 2.

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Step 2. Sweetener & Wet ingredients:

With your nuts from Step 1 still in your food processor add the following:

1/2 c Coconut Sugar Crystals (also known as Coconut Palm Sugar)
4 heaping Tbsp Date Paste
2 heaping Tbsp AtV Sour Cream //OR// 3 Tbsp Water
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Puree all of the above ingredients together until it becomes a thick heavy paste. You may have to stop to scrape down the sides of your processor once or twice - this is normal! 

Once your batter begins to ball up and move around in your processor it’s done. Move on to step 3...-

Step 3. Finishing your Batter

Transfer your Batter into a mixing bowl and add:

1 & 1/2 c Coconut Flour //OR// Almond Flour

Mix it all together!

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Assembling your Bars:

Place your batter in a big ol’ lump onto a sheet of parchment paper…

The best way to flatten out your batter is to sandwich it between two sheets or parchment paper and roll it out. Try to keep your bars no more than 1/2” thick. My bar dimensions were roughly 1 & 1/2” width, by 2 & 1/2” length.

Slice them up, dust them with Coconut or Almond flour (this way they won’t stick together)  and store them in an air tight container in your fridge!

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Unexpected guests coming over for tea and Perry Como?Grab a 10oz bag of your favorite frozen fruit from your freezer - in my case I had frozen Peaches, but Berries will do. Even fresh Apple would be great!Chop up your 10oz of fruit:

Toss your fruit with 3 tsp of Date Paste and a dash of ground Cinnamon…

Place a lid or cover on top of your sweetened fruit and let it sit in the fridge for a little while (15-30 minutes). This will release the fruits natural juices, basically making a syrup.Top your Coffee Cake Bar into your fruit and enjoy!

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3 years ago
Raw Butter Crackers

From Addicted to Veggies.

Every once in a while you find a new food that is so tasty, so decadent, it makes you want to hide in a corner and do nothing but eat it quietly and peacefully without any interruption or distraction. I like to call this kind of food: Dangerously Tasty.

I know it might seem silly that a Cracker would be included in this catagory of food, but this isn’t just any cracker. This is THE cracker of all crackers. It’s buttery, it’s salty, it’s crumbly, it’s melt in your mouth amazing, and it’s yours to make. Just be prepared to eat an entire batch all to yourself…because these little buggers are dangerously tasty. Special Thanks goes out to Nikki who mentioned (via Addicted to Veggies facebook page) that she was looking for a Cracker similar to the famous Saltine, to crumble into her Mushroom soup. Thanks for the inspiration Nikki!

Gourmet Butter Crackers

This recipe makes about 3 dozen crackers (maybe more). Make sure pay close attention to to the thickness noted in the recipe - and have a measuring tape on hand!

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Step 1. Cracker Batter:

2 c Macadamia Nuts

Grind your Macadamia Nuts in your food Processor first! This ensures that they break down evenly when combining the rest of the ingredients. 

With your ground Macadamia Nuts still in the Food Processor add the following:

1/2 c AtV Sour Cream
1/4 tsp Celery seed - ground
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 c warm water & 4 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal - whisk together and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes so the flaxmeal can thicken

Puree all of the above together until it becomes a thick and creamy texture like so:

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Step 2. Assembling your Crackers:

Now I’m gonna warn you - the batter alone for these crackers is so gosh darn tasty, you might be tempted to start spooning it into your mouth and forgo the cracker making process. I won’t blame you if you decide to do this, but I promise the next steps are worth it! Don’t forget to have a measuring tape on hand for these steps!

Place your Dough onto a large 12”x12” sheet of Parchment Paper:

-Spread your Cracker dough into a 1 inch thick Circle or Square. I recommend shaping it into a Square contrary to what my photos suggest (I was in a bit of a hurry when making these):

Place your Dough (seen above) into the Freezer (yes - the freezer) so it can firm up. This is very important because the dough will roll out better once it’s cold and firm. Leave your dough in the freezer for 1 hour.

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Remove your chilled Dough from the freezer after 1 hour, place it (along with the Parchment Paper it’s sitting on) onto your counter.

-Place another 12” x 12” sheet of Parchment Paper on top of your chilled dough:

- Proceed to roll out your dough (that should now be sandwiched in between to sheets of Parchment Paper)

IMPORTANT: You do not want your cracker dough to be any thicker than 1/8” thick (that’s a half of a quarter inch) The thinner your cracker the better - and the faster it will dehydrate.

-Leave the Parchment Paper on top of your Cracker dough and place it back into the freezer to chill for another 20 to 30 minutes (this is very important! I promise!)

-Remove your Cracker dough one last time from the freezer and proceed to peel off the top layer of Parchment Paper! Your cracker dough should not stick to the top layer of Parchment you are removing because it is chilled. If the dough sticks then place it back into the freezer for another 20 minutes or so. Score your Crackers into desired shape like so:

Leaving your cracker dough on the Parchment paper trim off any access paper and transfer the dough into your Dehydrator.

-Dehydrate your Crackers for 5 to 6 hours.

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Very carefully flip the Crackers after 5 to 6 hours in the dehydrator and slowly peel off the Parchment Paper (The paper should come off fairly easily - if not leave the crackers upside down with the Paper still on, checking every so often to see if the paper will peel off easily)

They are also a fairly crumbly cracker - so don’t be sad if they break a little. They’ll still taste wonderful!

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Once your Crackers have been flipped Dehydrate them for another 2 to 3 hours.

-The crackers should firm after sitting and cooling for 30 minutes or so. Don’t be discouraged if they still seem a little soft right out of the warm dehydrator.

-Conventional Oven Directions - **If you don’t have a dehydrator**:

- Set your Oven to it’s lowest heat

- Place your Scored Crackers (and Parchment Paper) onto a wire cooling rack

- Place the cooling rack onto a backing sheet

- Place all of the above into your oven

- Leave the oven door cracked open about 6 or 7 inches

- Proceed to dry your crackers in the oven for roughly 4 hours, checking them ever so often. —-

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3 years ago
Creamy Dill Dip

Tip: the simpler way to express “1 Tbsp & 1 tsp Onion powder” (which doesn’t count on people noticing the bold type or the ampersand) is “4 tsp onion powder”.

The sour cream recipe can be found here.

From Addicted to Veggies.

One of my favorite things about Holiday parties is the finger food I get to make (and eat). There’s no question that I have an affinity for appetizers, but for someone who loves dips as much as I do I definitely have a very discriminating palate. I like my dips to taste like they’re loaded with all kinds of flavor - in short, I like my dips to taste like they’re NOT raw/vegan.

I’m happy to say that this Holiday season I have successfully fooled my non raw vegan friends with some amazingly tasty dips…and I’m going to share one of them with you right now!

AtV Creamy Dill Dip

Step 1.

 Before-hand Prep
Make a batch of AtV Sour Cream (you will need to use half of 1 batch)

Step 2.
Making your Dip
*** In a medium mixing bowl combine:
1 & 1/2 cups AtV Sour Cream
1 tsp Date Paste //or// Coconut Nectar

Mix evenly and set aside-

*** In a small mixing bowl combine the following dry ingredients:

2 heaping Tbsp Dillweed - dried
1 Tbsp & 1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garlic Granules
1/4 tsp ground Celery Seed
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Using a fork, mix together your dry ingredients evenly. Slowly add your dry ingredients into your Sour Cream. Once you’ve mixed your dip let it chill in the fridge for about an hour - this will let the flavor of the dried Dillweed develop.

—-My favorite way to serve this dip for parties is with a HUGE bowl of thinly sliced Cucumber rounds. You can pair it with chips, bread wedges, sliced apple…and probably many more things. Either way you can’t go wrong!

In the photo above I paired the Dill dip with fresh cucumber, apple, and a dash of lemon pepper - all piled onto flax/rye ‘bread’ (recipe for bread will be coming soon). This is probably my favorite way to eat the dip as a meal or snack.

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3 years ago
Curried Fruit Slaw

Substitution possibilities for this one include the Addicted to Veggies raw vegan sour cream and Renegade Health’s raw no-nut mayonnaise. And if you’ve got a sharp chef’s knife or a mandoline and a cabbage (or some broccoli stalks), no need for the “slaw mix”.

From Cooking Light.

Fruit Slaw

Ingredients:
Dressing:
1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons grated lime rind
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon curry powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Slaw:
2 cups diced pineapple
2 cups sliced peeled peaches (about 4 peaches)
1 cup sliced peeled mango (about 1 mango)
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 (16-ounce) package coleslaw

Directions:

1. For the dressing, combine first 9 ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Combine pineapple and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add mayonnaise mixture to coleslaw mixture; toss well. Serve immediately.
NOTE: Prepare and refrigerate the dressing up to a day ahead and toss it with the other ingredients just before serving.

(Source: mixingbowl.com)

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3 years ago
Celery Root and Fennel Rémoulade

I think I’ll try this with the Addicted to Veggies raw vegan sour cream recipe I posted earlier.

When peeling celery root, skip the peeler entirely. Use a good sharp knife and just carve away the outside 1/2-inch of the root. It’s so deeply creased that trying to peel it is an exercise in frustration. Sacrifice the small amount that’s lost by using a knife and save your time and sanity. :-)

From Cooking Light.

Celery Root and Fennel Rémoulade

Use the grater attachment of the food processor to quickly shred celeriac and fennel for this slawlike side.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Ingredients
  • 4  cups  shredded peeled celeriac (celery root)
  • 2  cups  shredded fennel bulb
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  cup  reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2  tablespoons  Creole mustard
  • 2  teaspoons  canola oil
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2  cup  chopped green onions
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh parsley
Preparation

Combine celeriac, fennel, and juice in a large bowl. Combine sour cream and next 4 ingredients (through pepper), stirring with a whisk. Add sour cream mixture, onions, and parsley to celeriac mixture; toss well. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.

(Source: find.myrecipes.com)

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3 years ago
Raw Vegan Sour Cream

I have a half-recipe of this chilling in the fridge right now. My thought upon first tasting it was that the apple cider vinegar makes it just a little too fruity — white wine vinegar might work better. Will have to see how it does with a little time for the flavor to mellow.

From Addicted to Veggies.

AtV Sour Cream

Please pay special attention to the amount of water used as you will need to adjust depending on whether of not you use a food processor or high speed blender

2 & 1/3 c Cashews - soaked over night
Water: High Speed Blender - 2 cups // Food Processor - 1 & 3/4 cups
3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Date Paste //or// Coconut Nectar
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Puree all of the above ingredients for 3 to 5 minutes until very smooth and creamy. Chill for 1 hour, and Cream will thicken. Makes roughly 3 cups. Store in an air tight container in your fridge, or divide amount in half and store in freezer.

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3 years ago
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