3 years ago
Butterscotch Tahini Bars

I’d be inclined to replace some (all?) of the coconut oil with coconut butter — I like Artisana brand, but there are other good ones available too.

Originally from Sketch-Free Vegan Eating, by way of The Copycat Cook.

Sesame seeds, which are ground into a paste called tahini, offer more than 1,000mg of calcium per 100-gram serving. Of course, 100 grams is a lot of sesame seeds – about ¾ cup – which is more than I would eat in a single serving, as they are also rich in calories and fat. But they are very nutrient dense, and also contain things like magnesium (nature’s relaxant), iron, zinc, fibre and tryptophan, which induces sleep and boosts mood.

I quite enjoyed these bars; they were mellow and satisfying. I’d use less coconut oil next time, maybe ¼ cup or so, as the bars melted quickly in my hand as I was eating them. And then add in some more tahini or almond butter to make up the difference.

How do you make sure you get enough calcium?

Butterscotch Tahini Bars
From Sketch-free Vegan Eating 

1/3 cup coconut oil
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup lucuma powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar, or 20 drops of stevia
pinch salt
¼ tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder
Sesame seeds, for topping

Melt coconut oil, then combine with tahini, lucuma, vanilla, coconut sugar and salt. Stir until combined. Pour into mold of choice (I used a loaf pan lined with parchment). Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Freeze and then cut into bars.

(Source: thecopycatcook.wordpress.com)

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3 years ago
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)

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3 years ago
Jeweled Caribbean-ish Smoothie

We have almost, but not quite, all the ingredients needed for this smoothie on hand. Darn.

From Kristen Suzanne.

Jeweled Caribbean-ish Smoothie
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 quart

1 cup young Thai coconut water
2 bananas, peeled
2 cups pineapple, diced (I include the core)
2 handfuls romaine lettuce
2 heaping tablespoons hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons goji berries
knob of ginger
1/4 teaspoon pure raw vanilla powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Blend all of the ingredients and enjoy!

(Source: kristensraw.blogspot.com)

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3 years ago
Raw Spicy Mexican Chocolate Mousse

Ooh — this sounds like raw Ibarra pudding. Gotta try this one.

From Renegade Health.

Spicy Mexican Chocolate Mousse

- .5 Ounces dried, Irish Moss (note: rinse really well in cold water and let soak for at least 20 min in warm water, will yield 3.15 wet moss)
- 1 Cup Hemp Seed Milk (note to make hemp milk: 1 Cup Hemp Seeds to 3 cups water and blend, no need to strain)

In a high speed blender, blend well, stopping to scrape down the sides. Blend well.

Add to the blender:

- 1 Cup Hemp Seed Milk
- 1/8 Cup Hemp Seeds (Optional to make it extra creamy, not needed though)
- 3/4 Cup Honey or Pure Maple Syrup
- 3/4 cup Cacao Powder
- 1 TBSP Vanilla Powder
- 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 TBSP Kev?s Ceylon Cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Allspice
- pinch of cayenne

Blend well, stopping to scrape down sides of blender.

Finally Add:

- 1/2 Cup slightly warmed Coconut Oil
- 2 TBSP Lecithin (we prefer Healthforce Nutritionals)

Let set up in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Serve as a parfait, pie or tart. Garnish with a few Cacao nibs, goji berries, chopped almonds, a bash of cinnamon or a drizzle of raw chocolate sauce.

(Source: renegadehealth.com)

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