Vegan (awesome) Choco-chip Blondies

1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup all natural almond butter or peanut butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life)
*Optional: one pastured egg for a more cakey consistency
*Optional add-ins: chopped nuts, coconut flakes, dried fruit
 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and line an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking parchment (or spray with nonstick cooking spray).

In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips (and optional add-ins) and process until batter is smooth.

Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown.

Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack.

Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares. Makes about 16 blondies.

Raw Vegan Cashew Cheesecake

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Ingredients:

Crust:

1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts (or combo macadamia and walnuts)
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 pinch salt

Filling:

3 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours (or overnight)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 tbs. pure vanilla extract (get the non-alcoholic version if possible)
*a few tbs. filtered water or orange juice
*optional: a few drops doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil

*Optional topping:
1/2 cup fresh/frozen berries of choice
1 tbs. maple syrup
Juice of 1/2 orange
Zest of 1/2 orange

 

Method:

Crust:

Place the shredded coconut in the bottom of a pie pan and spread evenly (this will help the pie not to stick).

Place the rest of the crust ingredients in a food processor and process until crumbly and well-combined (but still airy).

Press the crust ingredients into the pie pan and form an even crust. Put this in the fridge/freezer until ready to fill.

Filling:

Place all of your filling ingredients into your food processor and process until creamy. Add the water or orange juice, but don't add too much! Just enough to get it a soft "yogurty" texture.

Pour mixture on top of your crust and spread evenly.
*NOTE: You can pour 2/3 of the mixture, then add 1/2 cup of thawed berries (then blend), then pour on top of your base cheesecake layer for even cooler presentation.

*Optional topping:

Wash the bowl of your food processor.

Place all topping ingredients into food processor and pulse until well-combined (but not soupy). Sprinkle evenly on top of the cheesecake base.

Freeze your cheesecake for at least a few hours, then thaw in the fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Watermelon Hibiscus Cooler

Ingredients:

2 cups freshly brewed hibiscus tea, cooled
*optional: add a bag of rose tea while it's brewing for added depth of flavor and a boost to your heart chakra.
4-6 squares of frozen watermelon
1-2 drops liquid stevia
*optional: 1 drop doTERRA Citrus Bliss essential oil
1 spring of fresh mint for garnish

*This recipe can be quadrupled for an amazing party drink on these HOT summer afternoons!

Method:

Allow the tea to cool fully.

Mix the stevia and essential oil in the bottom of a drinking glass/jar.

Add a splash of the tea and mix thoroughly.

Add your watermelon chunks and sprig of mint, then pour the remaining tea in. Give it a quick stir and enjoy!

Cell Reboot Green Juice

Ingredients:

1 cucumber, skinned
1 head red-leaf lettuce
4 stalks celery, de-stringed
1/2 lemon, de-rinded
1" hunk of ginger, skinned

Splash coconut water
Dash of spirulina

Method:

Juice the first five ingredients.

Place them in a jar or glass. Then add the coconut water and spirulina. Mix thoroughly and enjoy!

*If you don't have a juicer, then mix the first five ingredients in a blender with one cup filtered water. Then strain into a glass add the coconut water and spirulina and enjoy!

 

Mellow Green Juice

Even Little B likes this one. He chugged one and a half shot glasses of full of this power-packed, anti-inflammatory elixir. Yum!

Even Little B likes this one. He chugged one and a half shot glasses of full of this power-packed, anti-inflammatory elixir. Yum!

Mellow Green Juice

1 cucumber, skinned
5 romaine lettuce leaves
Handful of fresh spinach
1 peeled grapefruit
1 peeled orange
1-2 inches (thinner piece) fresh turmeric root

Method:

Juice all ingredients, pour the juice into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Or, if you don't have a juicer, place all ingredients into a high-speed blender, add a cup of purified water. Blend to smithereens, strain, and enjoy! Not the same effect, but at least you're getting some really great nutrients!

Also, you could just add some protein powder and a splash of coconut water and make this a smoothie! Yum.

Creamy Cauliflower Dip

This dip makes a great appetizer or sharable party dish. Packed with fiber and low in carbsmakes it ideal for snacking without packing on the pounds. Enjoy!

This dip makes a great appetizer or sharable party dish. Packed with fiber and low in carbsmakes it ideal for snacking without packing on the pounds. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
1-2 cloves garlic
1 tbs. tahini
2 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
*optional: 1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil
sea salt and ground pepper to taste

*Other great add-ins: chopped fresh thyme, chopped fresh rosemary, a pinch of lemon zest, or all of the above!

Method:

Steam the cauliflower and garlic until soft (about 10 minutes)

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy

Put the mixture in a bowl and allow to cool

Sprinkle with smoked paprika and a drizzle of olive oil

Serve with crackers, chips, or veggies (like cucumber, celery, peppers, zucchini, carrots, whateva!)

Quickie Pickles

Want pickles instantly sans the mess and time required for canning? Then toss these ingredients in a jar, shake, and voilá! Quickie pickles!

Want pickles instantly sans the mess and time required for canning? Then toss these ingredients in a jar, shake, and voilá! Quickie pickles!

Ingredients:

1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced into rounds
*optional other veggie ideas: 1/4 purple onion, sliced carrots, cauliflower florets, peppers
Juice of one medium lime
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2-1 tsp. chile powder
1/4 tsp. ground fenugreek seed
1/4 tsp. onion powder (or just use a couple slices of fresh onion/garlic)
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
3 drops organic stevia or 1/4 tsp. coconut sugar

Method:

Place all ingredients in a large mason jar and shake shake shake until well-combined.

Enjoy immediately, or will last in the fridge for up to a week.

 


 

Heart Chakra Smoothie

The colors for the heart chakra are green and pink, both featured in this delicious smoothie. Greens and cruciferous veggies support the heart on the physical level, while the colors green and pink vibrate at the same frequency as the heart chakra giving it added strength and vibrancy. Enjoy!

The colors for the heart chakra are green and pink, both featured in this delicious smoothie. Greens and cruciferous veggies support the heart on the physical level, while the colors green and pink vibrate at the same frequency as the heart chakra giving it added strength and vibrancy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen spinach
1/2 cup peeled cucumber chunks
1 cup strawberries, stemmed and chopped
Plus one strawberry chopped in half to garnish
3 tbs. hemp hearts, plus a few more for garnish
1 teaspoon Spirulina
1 cup nut/seed milk of choice (preferably homemade...I like Brazil nut milk in this recipe)
1/2 cup coconut water
*optional: 1/2 cup Rose tea or one more 1/2 cup coconut water
*if you want it sweeter add one pre-soaked date...I'm just trying to cut down on sugar

Method:

Place all ingredients, except for garnish berry and hemp hearts, into a blender and blend on high speed until smooth (about 1 minute).

Then pour into your favorite glass and garnish with remaining ingredients.

Sip and enjoy!

 

3-ingredient Paleo Naan Bread

I made this to go along with some seriously yummy chicken curry for a party we had recently. They were a big hit! Thank you,  MyHeartBeets.com  for the inspiration!

I made this to go along with some seriously yummy chicken curry for a party we had recently. They were a big hit! Thank you, MyHeartBeets.com for the inspiration!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup full-fat coconut milk (make sure it's soft or well-blended before mixing)
*Optional: 1 pinch salt and/or ghee for frying

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

*NOTE: if they battler is too think you can add a little water to reach desired consistency.

Heat a medium sized non-stick skillet to medium heat.

Depending on how large your want your naans, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour little naans, or 1 cup for larger. You can pour half the batter in the pan for a really large naan, but it'll take a while to cook, and/or be pretty tricky to flip (unless you're a pro!). So be patient. :)

Flip when side one looks fluffy and firm, and allow the other side to cook for a couple minutes.

You can enjoy these with any Indian dish, make them as makeshift pancakes, or even use them as a base for flatbreads.

WARNING: These are addictive!

Vegan Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thank you Deb, the  amazing artist and photographer , for the wonderful recipe! Made a batch for our friend's dinner and they were devoured in a matter of minutes. 

Thank you Deb, the amazing artist and photographer, for the wonderful recipe! Made a batch for our friend's dinner and they were devoured in a matter of minutes. 

Ingredients:

2 cups almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

1/3-1/2 cup melted coconut oil
3 tbs. grade B maple syrup
1 tbs. vanilla extract

1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or carob chips if you're not into caffeine)...I prefer dark chocolate mini chips myself...

Method:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with cooking parchment.

Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl (the first four).

Mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl (the next three).

Then add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined.  

Then add the chocolate chips and walnuts and mix until evenly distributed. 

Form the cookies into little patties (you can use a tablespoon to get exactly the same amount of dough for each if you're a stickler for evenly sized cookies) and place them onto the parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for about 13 minutes or until they're just browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before eating (yeah right! good luck with that!). Enjoy!

Summer Water

Have a hard time hydrating during the summer months? Just add some fruit, herbs, and a drop of essential oil, and voila! You've got yourself a delectable thirst quenching treat!
Have a hard time hydrating during the summer months? Just add some fruit, herbs, and a drop of essential oil, and voila! You've got yourself a delectable thirst quenching treat!

Ingredients:

1/2 gallon purified water
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1-3 sprigs fresh mint
1-2 drops doTERRA peppermint essential oil

Other variations:

1/2 gallon purified water
5 fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 lime, sliced
Juice form 1/2 lime
1-3 drops doTERRA lime essential oil

or

1/2 gallon purified water
1/2 orange, sliced
Juice from 1/2 orange
3 drops doTERRA wild orange essential oil

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a 1/2 gallon mason jar (or divide between a couple containers). Shake to combine. Allow to chill for at least a few hours. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Raw Stone Fruit Pudding

This recipe is too easy and tasty not to share! Peel the fruit for creamier texture, but it's just as tasty with the skin on!
This recipe is too easy and tasty not to share! Peel the fruit for creamier texture, but it's just as tasty with the skin on!

Ingredients:

Flesh from one ripe avocado
1 large, or 2 medium (ripe!) peaches, pit(s) removed
2 ripe apricots, pits removed
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
*8 drops liquid stevia or 1 soaked date if you want sweeter pudding
*Splash coconut water for thinner consistency (optional)

Method:

Place all ingredients, but 1/2 of your apricot (sliced), into a food processor/blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour into your serving dish and adorn with your reserved apricot slices.

Allow to chill for at least 15 minutes (or if you're super hungry, eat immediately!) Serve and enjoy!

Raspberry Rose Smoothie

Yum. A whisper of doTERRA's Geranium essential oil is the secret ingredient in this delectable smoothie!
Yum. A whisper of doTERRA's Geranium essential oil is the secret ingredient in this delectable smoothie!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen spinach
1 cup coconut milk
1/2-1 cup filtered water
1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder
6-8 drops liquid stevia (or a date if you'd rather use fruit to sweeten)
1 drop doTERRA geranium essential oil
1 teaspoon Solay Superfoods SuperFruit C Powder
2 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder (I like Solay's Superfood Strength)

Method:

Put all ingredients into your high speed blender and blend to smithereens!

Pour into your favorite mason jar and enjoy!

*A nice touch is to garnish your smoothie with dried rose petals, available at most health food stores in the bulk aisle.

Ginger Peach Smoothie Redux

Sweet, creamy, and a hint of tang! This is a delicious way to start a summer day.
Sweet, creamy, and a hint of tang! This is a delicious way to start a summer day.

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen spinach
1 large, or 2 medium (ripe!) peaches
1 heaping tablespoon cashew butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 inch-long hunk of fresh ginger, peeled
1 pinch ground turmeric
1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 cups pure water

Method:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend to smithereens.

Pour into your favorite mason jar and enjoy!

*If you want to make your smoothie a little juicier, leave out 1/4-1 of one of your peaches before blending, chop it up and add it to the smoothie once your other ingredients have been smoothified. Just a tasty little variation!