Blueberry Macqui Acai Berry Power Smoothie

Blueberry Maqui Acai Berry Power Smoothie

Blueberry Macqui Acai Berry Power Smoothie

vegan, RAW, awesome

1c nut milk

1T hemp seed

1t raw agave or raw local honey

1T coconut oil

1/2c BLUEBERRIES (fresh or frozen)

1t MAQUI BERRY POWDER

1T Acai Berry Powder

1T chia seeds

1t vanilla

1scoop protein powder

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1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.

The City’s Gone Nuts Granola

*Granola

I first made this recipe while I was living in NYC for my blog Slow Food In A Fast City, in a teeny tiny kitchen; I made it in my toaster oven. It is a super straight forward awesome granola recipe that is easy to modify by varying the nuts, adding dried fruits, and spices. This is my favorite taste combination, something about the almonds, cinnamon and vanilla that keeps me coming back to the original. I used black sesame seeds to add color contrast.

City’s Gone Nuts Granola

4 c GF rolled oats

1/3c coconut oil

1/3c maple syrup

1T ground cinnamon

1/2t sea salt (or less if desired)

1c almonds, coarsely chopped

2T black or white sesame seeds

2t vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir until well incorporated and the oats are coated.

Pour out onto a baking sheet (I had a super small convection oven so I did this in two batches- you could either do what I did, or ½ the recipe- unless of course you have an oven!)

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and aromatic. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. The granola will crisp up as it cools. Store in a cool dry place. DELICIOUS served with cashew nut milk as a cereal with fresh berries.

Gluten Free Jam Dots

*GLUTEN FREE JAM DOTS

These are INSANE-IN-THE-MEMBRANE. SO FRICKEN delicious…Nutty, rich, crunchy…NOT MISSING or wanting for ANYthing. I used an all fruit jam, apricot and also a mixed berry made by Bionaturae which is fruit juice sweetened. The sugar based jams will have a glossier look to them but choosing your favorite jam will be what produces the best cookie for you!

Gluten Free Jam dots
makes 20 cookies
1c All Purpose Gluten Free flour Mix
1c roasted almonds
1c Gluten Free oats- to be ground
1t cinnamon
1/2t salt
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1/2c maple syrup
1/2c safflower oil
1t vanilla

3T jam
preheat oven to 350Âş
If you are starting with raw almonds, roast them on a cookie sheet @ 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, careful not to let them burn. Cool thoroughly before running through the food processor.
In a small bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients together, the maple syrup, oil, and vanilla.
Put all of the dry ingredients into the food processor individually; the roasted almonds (make sure they are cooled completely), gluten free. Place all dry ingredients; oats, almond meal, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a spatula until everything is well incorporated.
With a one ounce ice cream scoop or two spoons, place batter balls onto a *parchment lined cookie sheets. With a one-cup measuring cup, slightly flatten each cookie-This process is a little easier when the cup is dipped into warm water between each cookie. Using a one-teaspoon measure, press the dome side into each cookie, this is where the jam goes. This process is a little easier when the teaspoon is dipped into warm water between each cookie.
Using a 1/2 teaspoon measure, scoop your choice of jam or fruit preserves into the center of each cookie.
Bake for 12 minutes and then rotate the pans in the oven (to insure even baking) and continue to bake for another 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool on the pans for another 5-6 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.

*At Simple Treats, we use Silpats, non-stick silicone cookie sheet liners which are reusable up to 400 times even at high temperatures. You can find them through mail order or in any kitchen supply store. They are VERY convenient and easy to clean up, plus you don’t have to use any added
oil.

Chocolate Coconut Milk Moose

*gluten free chocolate coconut moose

This seriously takes like the inside of a Milky Way Candy Bar…..FRICKEN delicious.

Chocolate Coconut Moose

13.5 oz coconut milk (1 can)

1/3c water


1c chocolate chips

1T maple syrup

1/4t salt

1 1/2t agar

1t vanilla

Measure out all of the other ingredients and have them ready.

In a saucepan on the stove over a low to medium flame, combine the milk, chocolate chips, maple syrup, agar and salt, stirring frequently. Continue cooking over a low flame until the chocolate chips melt, about 10-15 minutes. The mixture should look like hot chocolate, creamy and full- bodied.

Place the contents of the saucepan into a blender. Caution, hot liquids in a blender can be extremely dangerous. Fill only half way to the top of the blender and proceed in batches if necessary. *
Add the vanilla and taste the mixture. Adjust the seasonings to your tastes. Make sure all of the adjustments happen before you pour it to set.

Pour the mixture out of the blender through a sieve, lined with cheesecloth, or through a very fine mesh strainer, into a large serving bowl. The straining will catch any lumps, clumps and/ or impurities (like uncooked agar).

To make individual servings, pour mixture directly into several, small, serving bowls
Allow this to cool and set for at least 5-6 hours, best overnight.

Serve with a nut crème and fresh berries.

Gluten Free Double Fudge Brownies

*GF brownie

These are INCREDIBLE….I used pecans, could totally use any other nut or omit it entirely. Really delicious cold from the fridge.  I don’t miss the wheat AT ALL.

Y U M.

Gluten Free Double Fudge Brownies with Pecans 2013

makes 6 large squares or 12 small
3/4c all purpose GF flour
1/2c cocoa powder
3/4c sucanat
1/4c chocolate chips
1/2c pecans or walnuts *optional
1/2t baking powder
1/2t salt
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1/4c maple syrup
1/4c coconut oil
1/4c+1T cooked puree of sweet potato*
1t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350Âş

In a small bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients together, the sweet potato puree*, the maple syrup, canola oil, and vanilla.
In a separate, larger bowl, place all of the dry ingredients; sucanat, chocolate chips, and 1/2 of the nuts if you are using them, and in the same bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Sifting isn’t absolutely necessary but it insures there won’t be clumps of flour or worse, chunks of salt, in the batter.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and with a spatula mix until everything is well incorporated.
Pour into a greased baking pan; sprinkle the remaining nuts on top.
Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the pan and continue to bake for another 10-13 minutes or until done in the center. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before attempting to cut.

*To make sweet potato puree:
Begin by boiling, steaming or roasting one medium size sweet potato, peeled and cut into pieces. When the sweet potatoes are soft, tender and cooked, place them into the food processor, reserving and using any cooking liquid if the blade is unable to move through the puree smoothly. The end result is a beautiful, smooth, orange puree. Of course you could skip this process entirely and buy organic, canned sweet potatoes.

With a dry measuring cup measure the 1/2c of the puree.

Variations
1) Use carob powder and vegan carob chips in place of the cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
2) Use a teaspoon of peppermint extract in addition to vanilla for a refreshing change. They are delicious!

3) Swirl in Peanut Butter or almond butter!

RAW Vegan “Egg” Nog / Cashew Love Drink

*RAW VEGAN EGG NOG

RAW Vegan “Egg” Nog

1/2c cashews soaked for an hour

2c water

10 deglet dates-more or less for desired sweetness (could be replaced with 1/4c raw agave or maple syrup)

1/4t nutmeg

1t vanilla

1/2T coconut oil

1t maca powder

1/2t cinnamon + additional for dusting

In a blender, combine all ingredients and process until smooth.

Pour into serving glasses and dust with cinnamon. Can serve over ice or blended with ice for a thicker smoothie style beverage.

I have to say this spiked with a spiced rum is the OPPOSITE of not good.

SO. FRICKEN.FESTIVE.

Sweet Tapioca Pudding

*tapioca pudding

I love this pudding, super creamy, super yummy and super comforting. Play with the flavors by adding chocolate or using coconut milk in place of or in addition to the cashew nut milk. You could use another non-dairy milk but I find the cashews to lend a creaminess and a fullness that another nut or even a soy or rice milk may not offer. SUPER FRICKEN YUM.

Sweet Tapioca Pudding

 3-1/2c cashew nut milk

ÂĽc agave syrup or organic cane sugar

1/4c Organic Tapioca Pearls

1/4t pink salt

1t vanilla

In a smallish pot, place all of the ingredients except the vanilla and bring to a gentle boil, stirring often as to prevent the pearl from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until most of the milk has been absorbed, the pudding has thickened and gotten creamy and the pearls have lost their opaqueness. Stir in the vanilla and turn off the heat and let steam, covered for 10 minutes or so. Remove to a glass container or serving bowl and refrigerate until completely cooled.

*Use coconut milk in place or in addition to the cashew nut milk for a delicious variation

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Almond Crunch Cookies

*GF chocolate chip almond crunch cookies

FRICKEN AWESOME. These cookies aren’t missing a thing. I think my most favorite cookie to date.Whipped them up in less than 25 minutes from start to finish—> #almostinstantgratification

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies
makes 23 cookies

1c Gluten-Free flour
1c rolled oats
1c roasted almonds, to be coarsely ground

1c dark chocolate chips

1t cinnamon

1/4t baking soda
1/4t baking powder
1/2t salt

1/2c maple syrup
1/2c coconut oil
1/2t vanilla

preheat oven to 350Âş

In a food processor, put the oats in and grind them until they become flour-like.

In the same processor, coarsely grind the almonds.
In a bowl, mix all of dry ingredients together, the flour, ground oats, almonds, chocolate chips, cinnamon, salt and baking powder/soda.

Pour the wet ingredients, the coconut oil and maple syrup into the dry and mix with a spatula until everything is well incorporated.

Scoop or spoon out onto baking sheet with space in between.
Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the pan (s) and continue to bake for another 5 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool for at least 5 minutes and then remove them to a cooling rack.

CRAZYTOWNGOOD Chocolate Moose

chocolate moose

This dessert is OFF THE CHAIN……One of the very first dessert recipes that I created at the Natural Gourmet…they even asked for it to be included in their repertoire of vegan dessert recipes…It is CRAZY good on its’ own or paired with a vegan whipped cream, or a cashew nut cream and fresh berries. I have also used this to fill an extremely decadent chocolate layer cake…I promise you, this is FAIL proof and unbelievably AWESOME. It is light and airy just like a dairy, egg based mousse.

Chocolate Moose

2c cashew nut milk, or soy milk or other dairy free milk
1c chocolate chips
1T maple syrup
1/4t salt

1 1/2t agar

1t vanilla

Measure out all of the other ingredients and have them ready.

In a saucepan on the stove over a low to medium flame, combine the milk, chocolate chips, maple syrup, agar and salt, stirring frequently. Continue cooking over a low flame until the chocolate chips melt, about 10-15 minutes. The mixture should look like hot chocolate, creamy and full- bodied.
Place the contents of the saucepan into a blender. Caution, hot liquids in a blender can be extremely dangerous. Fill only half way to the top of the blender and proceed in batches if necessary. *
Add the vanilla and taste the mixture. Adjust the seasonings to your tastes. Make sure all of the adjustments happen before you pour it to set.

Pour the mixture out of the blender through a sieve, lined with cheesecloth, or through a very fine mesh strainer, into a large serving bowl. The straining will catch any lumps, clumps and/ or impurities (like uncooked agar).

To make individual servings, pour mixture directly into several, small, serving bowls
Allow this to cool and set for at least 5-6 hours, best overnight.

Serve with a nut crème and fresh berries.

RAW Lime Cashew Cheesecake with Local Blackberries (crustless)

*lime cheesecake with blackberries

I was just in the mood for the lime cheesy part so I chose to forgo the crust and pile fresh/ frozen blackberries from this summer on top instead. I have given the nut crust which really makes it SUPER awesome but is really not always necessary!

RAW Lime Cashew Cheesecake

1 1/2c raw cashews

1/4c raw honey or raw agave

1/4c coconut oil

1/4-1/3c water

2T cocoa butter

1/4t salt

Juice and zest of two limes

1t vanilla

Optional Nut crust

½c dehydrated raw almonds

2T raw agave

1T coconut oil

1/4t cinnamon

Prepare the Nut crust:

In a dry food processor or blender, whizz the nuts until a fine meal, turn out into a bowl and mix the other ingredients in. The mix should be moist, and hold it’s shape when pinched. In your serving dish, press the nut mix into the bottom and up the sides of the dish/pan. Set aside.

Prepare the filling:

In the same blender, add all of the ingredients for the filling and process until very smooth. Add 1/4c of water to start, more if you need to make it run smoothly. *If you’re mix is not entirely smooth, pass through a fine mesh sieve to remove any bits of nut.*optional

FRUIT TOPPING:

ANY fresh fruit slices!

Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries ETC

Pour the mixture into the prepared crust/dish/pan. If layering with fresh fruit, have the fruit ready to be arranged on top. Can also be served with fresh fruit at the time of serving.

Macerated berries- top the cake and swirl in before the set up.

Blackberries for Raw Cheesecake

1c frozen blackberries

1T Agave syrup

½ lemon, juiced

pinch salt

1/4t vanilla

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and let sit. Slightly mash with the back of a spoon.

Let stand and macerate for at least one 1/2 hour.

For a smoother finish, this can be placed in the blender or even partially blended.