Decadent Raw Chocolate Bars

July 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Who does not love chocolate?! This recipe kind of just materialized during its making, just simply starting with the coconut oil, agave and the cacao powder, adding ingredients along the way… It is really decadent, and not for the faint-hearted, as the amount of both Coconut Oil and Agave is fairly high, but I have also added a rather good range of nutrient-dense Superpower-Powders to sort of make up for the calorie content and the general richness of the chocolate bars, so you should not feel too guilty indulging in one (or more!) of these:) And; it´s also ingredients for a fairly large batch of chocolate:)!

Raw Chocolate Bars (of the very decadent, full-fat kind)

    • 12 T Coconut Oil
    • 8 T Agave Nectar
    • 8 T Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Powder
    • 2 T Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Lucuma Powder
    • 2 tsp Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Maca Powder
    • 2 tsp. Organic Raw Peruvian Carob (I used RawLiving by Kate Magic)
    • 2 tsp.Cayenne Powder
    • 2 T Navitas Naturals Organic Raw White Mulberries
    • 2 T Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Goji Berries
    • 3 tsp Vanilla Powder
    • approx.1 tsp.Himalayan Salt
    • 1 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon (or Cassia if you don´t have Ceylon)
    • 50 g.Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cashew Nuts, roughly chopped
    • 50 g.raw unsalted Almonds, roughly chopped
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, and spread evenly onto a baking sheet in a baking pan, and place the pan in the freezer to let the coconut oil do its job of solidifying the mixture into firm chocolate bars. When firm, cut the chocolate dough into pieces of your desired size, and enjoy together with a glass of cold Almond or Hemp Milk!
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Organic London & a Raw Phad Thai

July 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Long time no blogging…Iiiih, I have to do better on that front…But yes, I just spent a weekend with my mum in London a few days ago, and got very much foodie-inspired during our stay…(which perhaps is what has pushed me to; at last!!; create another post on my blog). After our first 2 minute stroll since arriving at our hotel in Kensington Gardens, we stumbled upon the lovely-lovely Planet Organic; the UK’s largest fully certified organic supermarket and thereby heaven on earth for a raw foodie and a organic-produce-interested person like myself…And; hah; Hugh Grant was also there to (most especially) my mums true delight; looking very much like himself, only a wee bit advanced in years…But he is definitely a man to age well, I would say…Very ripe. Ceaselessly in season.

But enough of that, and back to my Planet Organic experience, which, for a raw foodie situated in Scandinavia where organic supermarkets with a decent stock of organic and raw goods are rarely to be found, is something quite special…To sum it up, it all resulted in a serious shopping spree of powdered super foods (Maca, Peruvian Carob, Lucuma, Hemp and more powdered, raw love!) and delicious raw treats from Raw Living (Love these products! Yeey Kate Magic!!!), rather than, what I would presume would often be a more common girls-only-weekend-in-London-with-your-mum– result; Oxford Street clothing and shoe shoppin´till´you´re droppin´; leaving both my own and not to mention my mother´s suitcases literally bursting with raw living and loving foods! My mum described the scene as letting a child loose in the playground…I think she was right; I was definitely in my (raw) zone:)

Another raw food & organic produce-heaven run-in came the next day with the discovering of the epicurean vegan/raw food restaurant SAF at Whole Foods in Kensington High Street. What an experience that was…Every bit(e) of it tasted delicious, and the execution was indeed flawless…

Apropos the food at SAF; I got so tremendously inspired by both SAF and my many visits to Planet Organic, that I have been spending HOURS! in the kitchen ever since, with the latest creation; a Raw Phad Thai for myself and my mum this afternoon:) The sauce is adapted from Ani Phyo´s recipe here:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93LQW4XedfA

with a little tweaking and turning…My mum really liked it, and she has previously been a bit of a skeptic to the whole idea of raw food, so I think that this dish might be one of those “safe dishes” to invite non-raw foodies over for, maybe only minus the Nori sheets, which, from my experience does not become everyone. More Nori for me:)!

Raw Phad Thai

makes 2 servings

For the pasta:

  • 4 carrots, julienned
  • 1/2 zucchini, julienned
  • 1/2 (or more!) fresh chilies, sliced thinly
  • 1/2- 1 spring onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • fresh coriander, approx.  a handful, roughly chopped
  • approx.1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Himalayan Salt to taste

For the sauce:

  • 1 heaping T raw cashew butter
  • 1 T Tamari Sauce
  • 1 T melted Coconut Oil
  • the juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, and; after you´ve made the coconut-cashew sauce; mix that in as well. Add roughly chopped cashew nuts,coriander leafs, sliced chili and lime to finish off the presentation. I also laid the Phad Thai on a layer of Nori Sheets, and accompanied the dish with my first attempt at making raw bread, the recipe coming here!;

Bee(a)t that Bread!

  • Almond pulp from 1 1/2 dl.soaked almonds from a batch of Almond Milk
  • 200 grams golden flax seeds ground into flax meal
  • approx.3-4 dl beetroot juice
  • 2 T Tamari
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • Himalayan Salt to taste
  • Sprinkle with white Sesame Seeds (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and spread onto to a baking sheet (as I did, as I do not yet own a dehydrator), or on a Texflex sheet if you´re to use a dehydrator. Dehydrate until crisp!

RAW Brownie On Royal Grounds

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

In response to the last few weeks´famed “Buttercrisis!” in Norway (..Is that even a word?!..), this could be a RAW, and in my view, healthier, and let alone tastier alternative to the low-carb/high-fat diet that so many Norwegians have gotten themselves in on, and one of the reasons to the current shortage of butter from animal origin in the country; a RAW Brownie With Lucuma -“Caramel”- Icing and Shredded Coconut–concoction. No butter needed!

It may not be all that low in carbohydrates, as the cake is loaded with dates and coconut oil, but then these are natural sweeteners, not refined…Which is always a good thing…:) And yes; loaded with good fatty acids from Cashews, Almonds and Coconut Oil. High fat or low fat, high in carbs or low in carbs, good or bad; it´s just cake..! And it tastes good…Endulge yourself. Meet. Cake.

(Published through Navitas Naturals at http://www.navitasnaturals.com/recipes/raw/raw-lucuma-caramel-brownie.html

For the cake:

  • 2 cups of RAW, unsalted almonds, roughly chopped in a blender (or by hand)
  • approx. 5 cups pitted dates
  • 2 cups Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Powder
  • 2 dl.Coconut Oil
  • some cold water (if you´re not using Medjool Dates)
  • a good pinch of Sea Salt

Put all the ingredients except for the chopped almonds in a good blender, and blend until you have a fairly smooth Cocoa-Date-paste (should be sticky and real heavy). Then remove the paste from the container and over into a bowl, toss the almonds in as well, and use you´re hands to blend it all well together. “Pour” the paste for the cake over into a plastic-wrapped brownie form, and use your hands to distribute the paste evenly across the form.

For the Lucuma-Caramel Frosting:
(adapted from Caroline Fibæk´s “Raw Kager” Cookbook)
  • 2 large tablespoons of Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Lucuma Powder
  • 4 dl.of RAW, unsalted cashews (soaked over night)
  • approx. 2 dl.water
  • 4 dl. pitted dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon of good-quality vanilla powder (optional)
  • a good pinch of Sea Salt

Put all the ingredients into a good blender, and blend until completely smooth. Pour the frosting over the brownie-paste, and sprinkle with plenty of shredded coconut.

C-Vit Power Bullets

November 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

(Pictures coming shortly!)
Being an early bird as I am, taking a nice, long walk before dawn has become one of my favorite morning rituals before breakfast. I rarely set-off walking without having eaten something, as I am usually rather hungry after sleeping for the last 7-8 hours. I´ve often struggled to decide exactly what to eat at this hour though, as I do not want to spoil my appetite for a hearty breakfast-to-come, and I don´t really like the feeling of being too full either, as the pace I am walking in is rather brisk.
I really want this before-walking-foodstuff to be easy to put away, and to be something I can grab on my way out the door, at the same time as I want it to provide my body with good-sourced energy. Temperatures here in Scandinavia are getting lower and lower at this time of year, and for the last couple of the days the temperature at the time I am out walking is around 4 degrees Celsius, so it wouldn´t hurt if what I eat at this time of day contains a good portion of C-Vitamins to boost my immune system. So today I made these C-Vitamin Power Bullets, loaded with C´s from pressed Rosehip Powder and Goji Berries, and beneficial fats from coconut oil. I think, at least for me, that one or two of these will give me a good start of the day.
As for the recipe:
  • 2 deciliter pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 large tablespoons of Rosehip Powder
  • 1 deciliter Goji Berries
  • a pinch of Sea Salt
Put all the ingredients except for the Goji Berries in a good blender, and blend until you have a fairly smooth date-paste. Then remove this paste from the container, toss the Goji Berries in instead, and grind them finely. Mix the Goji Berry `flour´ in with the date-paste, and make small bullets using both your hands.

Winter Bullets

November 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

As temperatures are getting lower, and the Christmas season is yet again nearing, I tend to crave foods and beverages that taste heavily of the present time of year. Ginger, cinnamon and carnations are all spices that I associate with the colder seasons, as they, at least to me, bring back childhood memories of hearty family gatherings around some fireplace, or the simple joy I found in making gingerbread-cookies with my two brothers. So it was in the same spirit that I suddenly felt the urge to make a RAW alternative (I`ve been quite in a RAW-kind-of-mood lately) to the gingerbread-cookies I made (and consumed(!); although more dough than the actual cookies went down my throat) as a child.

Next time, I think I will try alternating the recipe a bit, and include Orange Oil and/or some ground chili to the mixture, to give it that extra Wintery flair…

And to the recipe:

  • 2 dl.pitted dates
  • 2.5 dl.almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 4 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 good teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 equally as good teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 0.5 teaspoons of ground carnations
Put the pitted dates, all the fluid and the dried spices into a blender, and blend them all well together. Remove from the container, and grind the almonds into an almost flour-like texture. Then mix the almonds in with the rest of the date-mixture, and use your hands to make small bullets. You might want to roll the bullets in coconut flour, again to add to the general wintery feel.

RAW Choco Deluxe Smoothie

September 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

I woke up this morning feeling like I needed some extra sweetness to my usual, oatmeal breakfast, and made this RAW Choco Deluxe Smoothie. It is such a good, and, hold on: surprisingly healthy way to start the day, especially at days when you feel like you need the additional “sugar” to get yourself going, without turning to the more conventional sources that destabilizes your blood sugar levels and send them racing.

The recipe goes a little something like this:

  • 1 deep-frozen banana (peeled and cut into smaller pieces before freezing)
  • 1.5-1.75 deciliter Almond Milk (or any other nut milk)
  • 3 teaspoons of RAW Cocoa Powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon Lucuma Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Chia Seeds (soak for approximately 20-30 mins) or 1 large teaspoon Lecithin Powder

Blend all the ingredients well together in a blender, and serve in a tall glass. Add more fluids if you find it too thick. I personally like a little bit of thickness to it, without it going all pudding-like. If you feel like adding the additional flare to it, you could sprinkle it with Gojis, Bee Pollen and RAW Cocoa nibs, as I have done here. You might not get all the sprinkle through your straw, but that will just give you a wonderful surprise in the end, and can easily be solved with the help of a spoon!

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