RAW Happy-Go-Lucky-Smoothie! and Almond Milk Kefir

October 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Just popped in to show you how I started my morning today, AND advice you all to do the same!

For the Happy-Go-Lucky-Smoothie:

  • 150 grams frozen organic bananas
  • 50 grams frozen organic blueberries
  • approx.3 dl of Almond Milk Kefir*
  • a drop of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 heaping(!) teaspoons of organic licorice powder
  • 1 teaspoon of RAW Cacao Powder (to get most out of the antioxidants in the blueberries and the cacao; they´re a powerful duo!)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of RAW hemp seeds
  • 1 T Chia Seeds
  • a pinch of Himalayan Salt

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until perfectly smooth, and enjoy immediately in your favorite jar, sprinkled with plenty of Superpower toppings of your choice! I struggled deciding, and went for a total rainbow cocktail consisting of;

  • Maca
  • Licorice
  • Rosehip
  • Açai
  • Matcha
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Bee Pollen

* Almond Milk Kefir; As of lately I have been really obsessed with making almond milk kefir. The high level of the extremely-good-for you probiotics, makes Almond Milk Kefir (or any other nut milk kefir) a good addition to your superpower smoothies, as it aids in boosting your immune system, your metabolism and gives you a real energy kick! I´m hooked:)! And hey; it is also very good for your skin!

To make Almond Milk Kefir, I just empty 2-3 caps of probiotics into a bottle of Almond Milk, gently stir the probiotics in with the milk, fasten the lid of the bottle tightly, and let it magically turn into Kefir by leaving it on my kitchen counter in room temperature for 12 hours or overnight. Et voilá; Almond Milk Kefir! The next batch I will make, I´ll use so of the last batch´s living culture as a base for the new; approx.1 deciliter, which will produce an even more active culture!

For more on the topic of Kefir and its benefits, be sure to check out Health Coach Linda Wagner´s blog at; http://lindawagner.net/blog/2012/03/how-to-make-almond-milk-kefir/

BTW: If you did check out Linda Wagner´s blog on the topic; I like to make my kefir like the kefir I´m used to here in Scandinavia, which is really thick as full-fat milk! If you´re making the smoothie with Linda´s Kefir recipe, you might have to adjust the amount of liquid you put into it:)!

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RAW Cheery-Cherry-(n)Ice Cream!

October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

The coming Friday there is to be a big student party hosted by the School of Architecture at a venue here in town. The bar is called “Elephant-bar”, which, here in Denmark basically means that the students down lots of the infamous Elephant Beer, which is a type of beer with almost twice the alcohol amount as regular; same bottle size as your average beer bottle, just more of the hooch! Needless to say, the “Elephant-bar” quickly turns into a rather boozy experience for all participants! Luckily for me, I guess, with my PVFS and intolerance to gluten, I´m off the (elephant)-hook, as beer in general does not go too well over with my body;) Meaning, I am also off the hook with having the inevitable massive elephant-hangover the next morning! Hah! I plan on having a blast anyways, elephants or no elephants:)

As some sort of a soft pre-party for the event, me and my friend Kristian will be cooking and eating together at my place, indulging in some (very!)dry organic wine and lovely raw cuisine. I am thinking of whipping up some RAW Phad Thai, and a RAW chocolate mousse to go together with the following recipe, which I hope will be well received by my friend here. I guess I am rather positive it will be, actually, as Kristian is the most grateful and uncomplicated of dinner guests:) In preparation for friday, I, having a day off school today, thought I might try to make a part of the dessert before-hand, so as not having to do all the “un-cooking” AND getting elephant-ready friday afternoon! With a bit of free-styling, I ended up with this cheerful RAW Cherry (n)Ice Cream, and I am loving it! I am hoping the slightly sourly taste of the cherries would help balancing off the richness and sweetness of the chocolate mousse (I´ll post the end result saturday!)! Wish me luck!

(If you don´t have organic ingredients, do not worry about it, I am just slightly organic-fanatic:)!)

For the RAW Cheery-Cherry-(n)Ice Cream:

  • 1 dl juice from organic, cheerful cherries (preferably freshly squeezed, and all the more cheerful)
  • 1 dl full-fat organic coconut milk (preferably raw, if you can get that)
  • 265 grams of frozen bananas (odd number, I know, but that was what I had stored in my fridge!)
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla powder or approx. half a vanilla pod
  • a pinch of Himalayan Salt

Just blend all ingredients well together in a blender, and store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Enjoy!

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!

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:)!

Cacao Licorice Delight!

April 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

For the smoothie:
150 grams banana, frozen
2-2.5 deciliter Almond or Hemp Milk
3 tsp Cacao Powder
1 tsp Lucuma Powder
1/2 tsp Raw Licorice Powder

For the smoothie garnish:

Raw mulberries
Cacao Nibs
Hemp Seeds
Raw Licorice Powder
Coconut-Matcha Drizzle

Blend all ingredients together in a blender, drizzle garnish over the top, and 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.

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