Raw Licorice Caramel Latte

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

So, it`s day 8 of Cleanse America here in Denmark, and although my spirit is strong as ever after 8 days of cleansing, I´ve seriously been in need of something sweet today:) This “Latte” completely cures my sweet-cravings, so if you´re in for something sweet for that sweet tooth of yours today, maybe this´ll do the trick?;)

The recipe yields one large portion, although I think some of you might find the sweetness and fullness of it generous enough for two:) My sweet tooth is at least sufficiently satisfied after about 1/3-1/2 cup!

The recipe is adapted from the Christmas Recipe E-book of raw food chef and naturopath Ida Kirk Foged of http://www.rawfood-livsstil.dk/, but reworked with Raw Licorice, Cinnamon and Ginger; three spices very dear to my heart:)

As for the recipe:

  • 3.5 dl Almond Milk
  • 2.5 T Lucuma Powder
  • 1 T Raw Mulberries
  • 2 small dates or 1 Medjool
  • 1 T Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Raw Licorice Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 pinch Vanilla Powder
  • 1 pinch Himalayan Salt

Blend all ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass, and let it rest for 10-15 min, allowing the Chia Seeds to soak and the latte to thicken. Enjoy!

Superfood Goji-Berry Cacao Concoction

April 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

So, as a part of me joining in on the Cleanse America Event (will make a post about Cleanse America shortly!), my poor low-tech blender has really been put to the test these last few days since the cleanse started on Monday the 10th of April. I have found myself being slightly hooked on, and more or less in craving over smoothies all the time now, and as I do not yet own a juicer, or a Vitamix (ranks no.1 on my wish list!), I have chosen to turn to smoothie-heaven for my daily liquid-love:)!

This particular smoothie has the last couple of weeks become my go-to-smoothie in the mornings, as it is very dense in nutrients, giving my body some powerful fuel to get-up-and-going, as well as it fills me good and well up (buttercup!), making my energy levels last long up until mid-day when it´s time for lunch (and possible yet another smoothie, I should add;).

The recipe could be made without some of the ingredients, without loosing the majority of its taste and lushness (banana, strawberry, goji-berries and cacao excepted), but I find that I like to know that I am putting many vital nutrients into my body, doing it good, at same time as my taste buds gets that sweet taste of, oh; something sweet. Desserts always taste even better when they´re a bit healthy too, or what?;)

Anyways;

Here is the recipe;

For the Smoothie

  • 100 grams banana, frozen
  • 100 grams strawberries, frozen
  • 40 grams Goji Berries
  • 2 tsp Lucuma
  • 2 tsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp Bee Pollen
  • 1 tsp home-made High-Protein Concoction*(freely adapted from Paul Risse´s Rockin´Wellness Powder, that you could get here http://www.rockinwellness.com/products/the-original-recipe )
  • 1/3 tsp Chlorella Powder
  • 2 dl Almond Milk
  • 1-1.5 dl Hemp Milk
  • 2 dates (or 1 Medjool Date)

 

For the High-Protein Concoction*

  • Equal amounts* of (I took large scoop of each);
  • Raw Cacao Powder* (double amount)
  • Raw Lucuma Powder
  • Organic Matcha Powder
  • Golden Flax Seeds
  • Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Probiotics

 

For the Garnish

  • Goji Berries
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Coconut
  • Bee Pollen
  • White Mulberries

 

Directions

Throw all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve with garnish of choice, and don´t forget to enjoy:)!

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.

RAW Christmas

December 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

As a first, I tried out raw food for this year´s Christmas. In the last few weeks up to Christmas, I´ve been looking around a bit for raw holiday recipes that wouldn´t leave me to feel that my food was any less christmas-y than my family´s Christmas dinner.

I landed on Ida Kirk Foged & Ida Hjorth Sørensen´s “Ida & Ida´s Raw Jule E-bog”, a pamphlet containing 53 recipes, ranging from starters, beverages, mains, desserts, cakes and snacks. I found it really hard to decide on what to make, as choices were plenty, but ended up on making a Pumpkin-Hazel-Cranberry salad, and Nut-paté with Portobello´s, nuts, nutmeg and fresh spices, Cashew-Creme, and a raw adaptation of the (very!) Scandinavian Christmas dessert; riskrem or Ris al Amánde. The result came out like this:

And it tasted really good:)

The recipe pamphlet, “Ida & Ida´s Raw Jule E-bog”, can be bought from Ida Kirk Foged´s website

http://www.rawfood-livsstil.dk/

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.

Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce

November 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

(Pictures coming soon!)

The recipe goes like this:

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 small handful of Date Tomatoes
  • 1 date
  • 0.5 dl.Almond Milk
  • 1 good teaspoon of Lecithin powder (adds thickness)
  • 3 teaspoons of dried chili flakes
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground paprika powder
  • Sea salt to taste
Simply blend all ingredients well together so it´s all nice and smooth, and serve this burning, red-delight with e.g RAW Rice Paper Wraps, RAW Pasta dishes, or RAW Lasagna.

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