Raw Fudge Brownies with frosting

The fudge brownies are delicious! The frosting on top really added to how yummy they were. It gave the brownies 2 different textures, awesome! I love how amazing raw desserts can be. Make a batch of these and keep them in the fridge. All you need is little slices, just a taste is enough. These will stay great for over a week.

Raw Fudge Brownies
adapted from Raw Lou Lou

1 Tablespoon melted cacao butter
2 Tablespoons cacao nibs
2 Tablespoons cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon hemp protein powder
1 Tablespoon carob powder
1 cup soaked macadamia nuts
2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 handful goji berries
2 Tablespoons almond nut butter
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1  1/2 Tablespoons agave
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend all of the above in a Vitamix or a food processor. Press into a loaf baking  pan and set in fridge.
Chocolate Frosting
1 avocado
1 Tablespoon agave
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon cacao powder
Blend all of the above together and spread on top of the fudge brownie mix and leave to set in the fridge. Enjoy!

Before Frosting

with the yummy frosting!

Raw Sweet Summer Creamed Corn

Summer Corn is Back!! Yeah!! I love Corn Chowder but I decided to make creamed corn tonight! YUM!!! It was really good, although I think I overdid it a little on the cayenne, so that is why I am recommending a pinch not a few shakes like I did. You could also make this creamier by adding soaked cashews into the base before blending. This could also be made sweeter by blending in some dates as well, depending on how you like it. Enjoy!

To see more recipes for Summer Corn check out all of these! Raw Corny Soup, Succotash of Fresh Corn, Lima Beans, Tomatoes and Onions, Cashew “Mock Chicken” Salad and Corn Stuffing, Super Amazing Raw Jalapeno Corn Chips, Summer Quinoa with Corn, Corn & Red Pepper Chips, Raw Corn Chowder, Sweet Corn and Snap Pea Summer Side, Cornbread Bruschetta with White Truffle “Sour Cream” and Spiced Tomatoes, Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad, Raw Spicy Corn Chips, Peach, Avocado & Corn Salad, Toasted Corn Salsa, Raw Just Corn Chips, Raw Corn Cakes, and Raw Corn Chowder II. Can you tell that I LOVE LOVE LOVE gorgeous fresh summer corn!!??!!

Raw Sweet Summer Creamed Corn

5 ears raw sweet corn
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and diced
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 Tablespoon flax seed oil/cold-pressed olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregeno
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
tiny, pinch of cayenne pepper

  1. Cut corn off cobs, setting aside the kernels from 3 of the cobs
  2. Blend the remaining corn and the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour puree into bowls and stir in the reserved corn.

Cranberry, Cabbage & Almond Chopped Salad

Tomorrow we are starting the Juice Cleanse portion of the July Cleanse, so this was the perfect last meal before a week of Super Cleansing!!

One of my pet peeves is when a salad is full of huge pieces of lettuce that make it difficult and sloppy to eat. Here is one of my versions of the chopped salad. Super easy, tasty, nutritious, colorful and you will even look pretty eating it. 😉 Perfection!

Cranberry, Cabbage & Almond Chopped Salad

1/4 of a green cabbage, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1/4 cup almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tablespoons flax oil
2 Tablespoons agave nectar
1/3 cup red onion, minced
1 large avocado, chopped

Place all ingredients into a large food processor and pulse-chop until chopped. ENJOY!!

Buckwheat Apple Cinnamon Cookies

More Apple Cookies 🙂 I am on a kick here. These were great! They had a bunch of ingredients and made a little more than I wanted, but since when do I complain about too much of a good thing?!?! It was a little hard to work with all these ingredients in the food processor. I would suggest processing all the dry ingredients and then pouring that mixture into a large bowl. Then adding the wet ingredients to the processor and then combining dy and wet together…that would simplify matters. But either way I am sure you would be happy with the results. These are good!

Buckwheat Apple Cinnamon Cookies
Recipe from The Sunny Raw Kitchen
makes a big batch of cookies

1 1/2 cups soaked almonds
1 1 /2 cups soaked buckwheat
2 cups apples, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup dates, soaked
3/4 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup agave nectar (or to taste)
1/4 cup liquid vanilla
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup ground oats
1/4 cup ground flax
1 tbs cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup oat flakes

Mix all ingredients except oat flakes in a food processor until well incorporated. (You may need to do this in more than one batch!)

Transfer batter to a large bowl and mix in the oat flakes by hand.

Drop by the spoonful directly onto a dehydrator mesh and flatten with a spatula or a glass. (Mine were about 1/3″ thick.)

Dehydrate overnight at 110.

Halva Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

AMAZING!!!!!!!! Michael and I loved these!!! Growing up in a Jewish household halvah was always one of our go-to desserts and this is a fabulous raw substitute 🙂  I know when I make these for my family they are going to freak! These were (as in they are already gone haha) one of the best cookies ever! I used frozen raspberries and the raspberry sauce tasted sooo fresh and soo BRIGHT! YUMM!!! Plus how cute are they !?!??! Try these asap and let me know what you think.

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Halva Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
These were thankfully inspired by Ani Phyo’s Halva Chia Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Sauce:
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1/3 cup pitted semi-soft Medjool dates
1/8 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup water

Combine well in blender. Chill till ready for use.

Cookies:
3/4 cup flax seed powder
1/2 cup tahini
3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pitted semi-soft Medjool dates
Recipe for Raspberry Sauce

Combine dry ingredients with tahini in a food processor and mix well. Add in dates and mix till combined. Roll dough into 10-15 balls. Place on sheet preferably lined with parchment paper. Use your thumb to make an indentation into the center of each cookie. Fill each with generous amount of sauce. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 min. or more to firm up. Will keep for several days or many weeks stored separately from jam if you can keep them that long haha 🙂 Enjoy!!!

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These are the cookies up close, so easy to make!

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a close-up of these little gems! mmmmmm

Raw Onion Bread

They should call this OMG Raw Onion Bread! I am totally loving it. It helps that I love all things onion, but this is super tasty! This is double the recipe from Cafe Gratitude’s book but you will want to make a big batch as it is so good it will disappear quick.

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Raw Onion Bread

3 lbs Sweet Onions chopped
1 cup ground sunflower seeds
1 cup ground golden flax seeds
1/2 cup olive oil
3 oz Tamari
Agave to taste

  1. Process the onions in a food processor until chopped but not mush.
  2. Pour into a mixing bowl and mix well with the other ingredients.
  3. Spread out evenly over Teflex sheet, will make two and a half  trays and dehydrate for 1 hour at 145 degrees and then 10 or more (until dry) hours at 115 degrees.
  4. Break into small pieces and store in an airtight container. ENJOY 🙂

Thanks to Cafe Gratitude!

Raw Spicy Corn Chips

These were really great with my Cheddar Cheeze Dip. They are also yummy with salsa or just by themselves. They really have a kick, so they make for a great snack! These make a lot of chips, so if you want fewer, just halve the recipe.

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Raw Spicy Corn Chips

5 cups golden flax seeds
2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1/2 ripe avocado
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked beforehand
4 tsp. white sesame seeds
1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cayenne powder (depending how spicy you want them)
2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1 pinch of white pepper
water

  1. Blend everything together till smooth.
  2. Add a little water if mixture is dry.
  3. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Spread onto teflex sheets and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4 hours.
  5. Flip onto a mesh dehydrator sheet and score into chips. Dehydrate for 6-8 more hours.
  6. Enjoy 🙂

Cinnamon Raisin Flax Crackers

I use flax seeds all the time to make dehydrated snacks and breads. When the people over at FlaxMatters offered to send me some of their fabulous Organic Whole Golden Flax Seeds I jumped at the chance to try them out. They were gorgeous in color and ended up tasting great! Thank you so much FlaxMatters!!

I knew when I saw the flax seeds that I wanted to make something special. These Cinnamon Raisin Flax Crackers were delicious, chewy and really amazing! I have always loved raisin bread and these were the raw version of that. The bananas in the mixture made them chewy and the raisins made them so sweet, so good! When I soaked the flax seeds they became gelatinous, very similar to chia seeds. I love the gels that these seeds make!

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Look at that golden gorgeous color!

Look at that golden gorgeous color!

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Cinnamon Raisin Flax Crackers

Recipe adapted from Brigitte Mars
Makes about 2 -3 dozen crackers

Ingredients:
2 C flax seeds
4 C water
1 1/2 C raisins + 1 1/2 C raisins
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 bananas, peeled
1 tsp. sea salt

Preparation:
Soak the seeds in the water for about 2 hours, and do not strain. Set aside 1/4 of the flax seeds and then combine the rest of the flax seeds and all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stirring in the additional 1 1/2 C raisins and the set aside flax seeds by hand. Spread the mixture onto three solid dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate for 4 hours at 110 degrees. Remove the dehydrator sheets and flip the crackers onto mesh sheets.  Score the crackers and continue dehydrating until that side is dry around 6-10 more hours.  When dry, the crackers will keep for several weeks in an air-tight container.

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Raw Food Dinner Party part 2

We were already a little full from the delicious Cornbread Bruschetta with White Truffle “Sour Cream” and Spiced Tomatoes appetizer but of course I was excited to serve such a fun entree! Spinach and Wild Mushroom Quiche is such a great dish, but be advised it requires a lot of advance prep time 🙂 I also wish I had more of the tart base dough while I was making them, so that they would have come out thicker, but I was still very happy with these and they were great! The Raw Chef Russel James makes the most gorgeous raw food items, I was so excited to finally try one of his recipes. This recipe will require you to make the bases ahead of time so make sure to plan with enough time.

Fresh summer corn is one of my favorite things! I love the fresh sweet taste and pairing it with avocado and red onion is beyond delightful. I have made a variation on this many times and every time my husband and I love it so much. This was a fun dish to share with our friends as well. It is really quick and easy to prepare and then even easier to enjoy!

Spinach & Wild Mushroom Quiche served with Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad

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Spinach & Wild Mushroom Quiche
Recipe from The Raw Chef Russel James
Makes 4, 11cm quiche

For the base
1c cashew
1/4c macadamia nuts
2T flax meal (ground flax seed)
1 clove crushed garlic
1T nutritional yeast
2t olive oil
1/4t salt
3T water
1T lemon juice

• Grind all ingredients in a food processor until thoroughly mixed, leaving some texture to the nuts.
• Press into plastic film lined individual tart cases *so you have a thin crust. You will find that regularly dipping your fingers in a bowl of water helps with this.
• Place bases onto a mesh dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 115 degrees F for 2 hours. They should now be firm enough to remove from the tart cases so you can continue to dehydrate them for a further 6 hours.

*Tart cases should be approx 11cm wide and no than about 1cm high, to allow the mixture (details to follow) to dehydrate inside.

For the filling
2c wild mushrooms (or substitute for any type of available mushroom)
1/2t salt
1T lemon juice

• Wash and roughly chop the mushrooms, then marinate them in the salt and lemon juice and set aside.

2c  zucchini
1/4c water
1 1/2c cashews
1/4c white miso
2t lemon juice
1/2 medium white onion
3T nutritional yeast
1/2t salt

• Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth.

2c tightly-packed spinach
2T olive oil
1/4t salt

• Pulse spinach, olive oil and salt in a food processor for 10 to 20 seconds until broken down.
• Drain the mushrooms from earlier and transfer them to a large bowl, along with the blended courgette (zucchini) mixture, and spinach. Then also mix in the following ingredients:

1/4c finely sliced spring onions
1c diced tomatoes
1T minced basil

• Once thoroughly mixed, pour this mixture into the bases. You’ll need to slightly overfill the bases as the filling will reduce slightly in the dehydrator.
• Dehydrate overnight and during the day, for anything up to 24 hours.
• Remove from the dehydrator and decorate with slices of tomato and fresh basil sprigs. It’s also a good idea to brush the top of the quiche with a small amount of olive oil, to make them more appealing in their appearance.

Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad

4 ears of fresh corn, husked and cut from cob
3/4 cup red onion, diced
1 1/2 avocados, diced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons of minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Enjoy the fresh taste of summer! 🙂

Raw Food Dinner Party part 1

I have always loved cooking food and giving to others. It is definitely one of my favorite things to do. But I have not had the chance to have a full blown Raw Dinner Party till now. I am so happy that we were able to this. There is not much better than good company and good food!

Here is our appetizer, which could easily be a meal on its own. It was amazing! While I was making the “sour cream” I had to make sure to put it in the fridge so that I didn’t eat it all before our friends came over! If you love truffles or bruschetta at all, you will go mad for this dish!

If you want a sneak peek for the upcoming recipes check out my menu in the picture below 🙂

Cornbread Bruschetta with White Truffle “Sour Cream” and Spiced Tomatoes

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Cornbread Bruschetta with White Truffle “Sour Cream” and Spiced Tomatoes
Recipe from Entertaining in the Raw by Matthew Kenney
Serves 4-6
Bruschetta
1 cup flax meal
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 1/3 cups walnuts, soaked 8-10 hours
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 tablespoon raw agave nectar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder

“Sour Cream”
1 cup cashews, soaked 1-2hours
1/2 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons white truffle oil

Tomato
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon nama shoyu
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle peppers, soaked 1 hour
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons julienned basil

Assembly
1/4 cup basil leaves
fresh black pepper

Bruschetta
Place flax meal in a medium-sized bowl; set aside. Process remaining ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add the bowl with flax meal and stir until well combined. Spread on Teflex sheets in desired shape to 1/2inch thickness. Dehydrate at 115 degrees F for 24-36 hours until almost completely dry but still a bit pliable

“Sour Cream”
Blend all the ingredients in a Vita-Mix until completely smooth. Refrigerate until firm.

Tomato
Toss all ingredients together and season to taste

Assembly
Spread a think layer of “sour cream” on each piece of bruschetta and top with a generous amount of tomatoes. Garnish with basil and black pepper.

my notes:

For the “Sour Cream” I used black truffle oil instead of white, but if you saw my note above, you would know that I am sure it does not matter. It was absurdly deelish!

For the Tomatoes, I did not use cilantro and I am not a fan and I did not use the peppers. Instead of the cilantro I used more basil. Instead of the peppers, I substituted jalapeno peppers and some chili powder.


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