Oats and Chia

More oats and chia ūüôā This was great because it was raw and still included oats. Having the oats become saturated by the almond milk overnight really worked! I added a few drops of stevia for some sweetness and raspberries because they are my fave. Yum!

Oats and Chia
serves 2-3

1 cups thick rolled oats (raw if you can find them)
1 cup almond milk, plus more for serving
1 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
pinch of cinnamon
berries
stevia and/or agave to taste

I am medium bowl place the oats, chia and connamon. Add the almond milk and stir well. Let sit for 10 minutes and stir well again. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning stir again and then top with berries, stevia and/or agave for some sweetness.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

I love Oatmeal!! But sometimes I want more per serving and don’t want to up the carb & calorie stats. I know many people have the same feeling with cereal servings. What we would consider a normal serving is twice what the stats are giving us ūüė¶ So this time around I added canned pure pumpkin. It added a deelish pumpkin taste and fiber, giving me more oatmeal for a tiny bit more calories. A 1/2 cup serving has just 40 calories, .5 gram of fat, 9 carbs, and 5 grams of fiber (and I only used 8 tablespoons for the whole recipe!) I loved this recipe and it was husband approved ūüôā Success!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal
4 servings

1 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 1/2 cups water
8 tbsp canned pure pumpkin
4 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground dry ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
12 drops of stevia
3/4 tsp Celtic sea salt

Boil water and oatmeal together for about 8-10 minutes. Turn down the heat and add the pumpkin, maple syrup, spices, stevia and salt. Stir over heat until well combined and it has reached the desired consistency. Enjoy!

Per Serving: 240 calories, 3 fat, 44g carbs, 7g fiber, 15g sugars, 7g protein

Sweet Double Coconut Chia Pudding

I love all things Chia these days. I just cannot get enough of it. It is so delicious and nutritious, I feel amazing eating it. Plus the fact that is sublimely deelish doesn’t hurt either ūüėČ Here is a¬†great recipe for another Chia Pudding, this one with the beloved young coconut. It is not the prettiest of puddings but it is really tasty. To see my original Chia Pudding click here. To see why Chia is so fabulous for you click here.

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Sweet Double Coconut Chia Pudding
Makes 1-2 servings
Recipe from Casey’s Lifestyle Raw blog

1 young coconut, flesh and water
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2/3 cup chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch cloves
8 drops vanilla stevia (you could also use plain stevia and add some vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder)

Blend together the young coconut flesh and water, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and stevia until well mixed. Place the chia seeds and coconut flakes in a owl and pour the coconut mixture from the blender over the top of the dry seeds and coconut flakes. Mix well and put in the fridge to set for ten minutes-overnight. Enjoy!

Chia Seed Pudding

Ahhh Chia Seed Pudding!! So good!! Chia seeds have so many wonderful properties that I want to incorporate them into our daily lives. See my post on Chia Seeds: Superfoods.

This recipe was so amazing!! I know I am always making new recipes but this needs to become a staple in my house! We normally just have a juice, smoothies or fruit for breakfast, but on the weekends we like to enjoy a little more. Last weekend we  feasted on the Blueberry Flax Pancakes which were amazing. This was a little less decadent but still so divine!! This can be a dessert, breakast, lunch or dinner. It is pretty much a perfect food!

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Chia Pudding
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours – overnight
3 pitted, jumbo Medjool dates soaked for 1 hour in 2 cups of filtered water (Keep soak water for the recipe)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2-1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Several drops of liquid stevia to taste

Soak the cashews for at least 4 hours and rinse. In a Vita-mix or blender combine cashews, dates, their 2 cups of soak water, vanilla, and cinnamon and blend until smooth. In a medium bowl combine this mixture with the chia seeds. Whisk for 1-2 minutes. Let stand in the fridge for 10 minutes and whisk again to prevent clumps. Add the stevia to taste. You can either begin to eat it then or put back in the fridge, covered for 6-8 hours (overnight) and even more of the nutrients will be accessible then.

Raw Sweet & Spicy Sesame Noodles

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I obviously have a thing for Zucchini Noodles. I would say my go to SAD comfort food would be Long Pasta, so having these as a raw and much more beneficial alternative has been amazing!!

I grew up eating Cold Sesame Noodles from Chinese Restaurants and still think about that sweet, nutty taste! So although I don’t want to eat that any more, it is nice to come up with something similar while keeping it all Raw. This sauce is not as sweet and nutty as the Chinese Restaurant sauce but it was really great!! I want to keep experimenting maybe with more sweeteners and almond butter next time.

Enjoy ūüôā

Raw Sweet & Spicy Sesame Noodles

Serves 3-4

  • 4¬†medium zucchini (peeled if NOT organic)
  • 1/4 ‚Äď 1/3 cup¬†raw sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed oil
  • 1/4 ‚Äď 1/3 cup Nama Shoyu
  • 1 ‚Äď 1 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup raw tahini
  • Couple drops of Stevia &/or 1-2 Tablespoons of Agave
  • 4 scallions, finely sliced
  • Hot Pepper/Chili Sauce (optional)
  1. In a bowl whisk the sesame oil, Nama Shoyu, rice vinegar, red pepper, agave &/or stevia drops and tahini, set aside.
  2. Spiralize the zucchini and then place the noodles on a paper towel to draw out some of the moisture.
  3. Divide the noodles into bowls and mix together with the Sesame sauce.
  4. Garnish with the scallions and the hot pepper sauce.pasta 2pasta 3

Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl Revisited by Natalia Rose

More from Natalia Rose! In her book Raw Food Life Force Energy  she has a great recipe called Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl. In her new book Detox for Women  which concentrates on limiting the intake of sweets to starve out Candida, which can wreak havoc all over your body if not properly handled! So she updates her recipe and calls it Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl Revisited. The basic difference is that in the original you use 4 dates* and in the revisited recipe you use stevia. If you are not familiar with stevia it is something great to check out. It is a natural plant that has sweet leaves. It has been used in the health and diabetic communities for years. My favorite brand (courtesy of Natalia Rose!) is NuNaturals.

I would not suggest this recipe if you are not a carrot fan or like carrot juice. But since I love both carrots and their juice this was a great one for me. Plus the gorgeous bright color is so appealing!!

Blended foods are so great for you and digestion. It is a perfect way to receive optimum nutrition that is¬†simple for your body to digest. The¬†most recognizable¬†blended food item to picture¬†is a smoothie. When we make smoothies in my house we always add greens to them to make sure we are getting the most nutritious meal we can. This soup is very similar, raw soups generally are just vegetable smoothies. They can be delicious and are really great for your body! I even drank my soup last night in a glass, so fun! You can make all sorts of recipes or try things out on your own. Blended foods are so incredibly easy! Take veggies, put in blender, enjoy! I don’t think it gets any easier!

* Dates are such a perfect food and nature’s sugar, but when trying to starve out Candida they should be avoided.

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Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl Revisited

  • 32 ounce carrot juice
  • 1 cup sweet potato peeled cubed (I used 2¬†small sweet potatoes)
  • ¬†1 or 2 packet stevia or drops
  • 1/2¬†Avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†pumpkin pie spice

Blend to perfection ūüôā

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