Saturday, October 25, 2014

Golden Apple Smoothie Bowl

I have been enjoying apples lately...tis the season!  Especially the local honey crisps, they are so tasty!  I have been eating them just as is mostly, but I love them in desserts, savory items and smoothies too.  I made this smoothie last weekend, and it was so good I thought I would share the recipe with you all.  I call it the golden apple smoothie bowl because of the lovely golden color it has.  

What makes it golden?  Turmeric!  I added in a bit of turmeric and ginger along with the other spices for their anti-inflammatory properties.  This tasted like apple pie in smoothie form, and I topped it off with more dried apples, walnuts, golden raisins and chia and hemp seeds for healthy omega 3s.  It was wonderful. Perfect for refueling after my workout! I don't think I will ever tire of smoothie bowls, the possibilities are endless!

Golden Apple Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

2 large sweet apples, chopped
1 1/2 cups frozen bananas, cut into pieces (about 2 bananas)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 small chunk fresh ginger
1 scoop raw vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Blend)
1/4-1/2 cup raw hemp milk or your choice raw milk (depending on how liquidy you like it, I like mine thick so I add less)
stevia to taste (optional, or your choice liquid raw sweetener)

Toppings (feel free to be creative and add your own):
dried apples
chia seeds
shelled raw hemp seeds
large flake coconut
raw walnut pieces
golden raisins

For the smoothie, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, using the tamper to press the mixture into the blades.  Pour into a bowl, top with toppings.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Raw Pumpkin Spice Coconut Macaroons

One of my readers suggested a while back when I posted an Raw Apple Cinnamon Macaroon  recipe that I make some pumpkin spice ones.  I loved the idea, and I finally got around to making them last week!  I love coconut macaroons, as does my Mom, so I know if I make some I will be able to share them with her because they are one of her favorites. If I haven't made them in a while, she often asks for them in fact.  For the pumpkin spice macaroons, I made my classic coconut macaroon recipe with the addition of raw pumpkin, and my favorite pumpkin pie spices which includes ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

I thought I would make them appear like little pumpkins as well, sticking a clove in the top as a stem.  They had to be dehydrated because the pumpkin was moist, which was a bummer because I wanted to try one right away...but the leftover bits of macaroon dough were amazing so it was ok.  Once they were firmed up in the dehydrator, I decided that they needed to be dipped in chocolate as well, because that is how I like my macaroons.  They were little bites of deliciousness, like pumpkin pie and coconut macaroons had a baby!

Raw Pumpkin Spice Macaroons
Makes 12

3/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1 Tbsp raw coconut butter, warmed to liquid
1 large shredded raw pumpkin*
2 tsp cinnamon
small chunk fresh ginger (about 1 tsp)
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
a pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup raw coconut nectar (or maple syrup or your choice liquid raw sweetener)
2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut

12 cloves

Raw Chocolate:
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw coconut oil warmed to liquid
2 Tbsp raw coconut nectar or maple syrup
pinch sea salt

Place 3/4 cup coconut, carrot, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and sea salt in the food processor and process until well combined. Add the nectar and process until the mixture holds together. Add coconut and pulse until the mixture holds together. Form mixture into 12 balls (they will be fragile before dehydrating, so be careful) and stick a clove into the top of each. Place on a dehydrator sheet. Dehydrate for 6 hours or so until firm.
To make the chocolate, whisk together all ingredients until smooth, in a small bowl.  Lay out a piece of foil, and dip the bottom of each macaroon into the chocolate, then set it on the foil.  Allow the chocolate to set (which will happen faster if you place them in the freezer for about 5 minutes).  Store extra macaroons in the fridge.

*You can also use raw sweet potato, squash, or carrot in this recipe and it will taste the same.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Raw Sweet Potato Ginger Lime Tart with Pomegranate Seeds

Sweet potatoes with lime are simply divine.  If you haven't tried this combo, you are missing out!  It is sooo heavenly! I first experienced it when I was in college and I saw a recipe for mashed roasted sweet potatoes with lime.  It was foreign to me at the time, but I tried it and I was hooked!  Just simply the potatoes roasted until tender, then combined with a touch of lime and sea salt.  Nothing else.  They were so sweet and so crave worthy!  

I have since made other recipes using the combo.  Including this one I made last week, Raw Sweet Potato Ginger Lime Tart with Pomegranate Seeds. I had a sweet potato on the counter and I could not resist making it into some sort of delectable dessert.  That is why I made it.  The filling was actually simple to make.  No cracking of thai coconuts involved, just blending.  Coconut butter made it nice and silky creamy, and it was pure deliciousness before I even poured it into the crust.

I happened to have a pomegranate on hand as well, and I thought I would use it to decorate the tart.  The tartness would be a nice contrast to the sweetness of the tart, and the seeds a nice crunch.  I had some finger limes as well, which I used as part of the garnish on top.  If you have never seen them, they are little tiny long limes which have flesh inside that looks like caviar,but tastes like the most intense key lime.

The tart turned out fabulous!  Sweet, and a little tart, kind of like a sweet potato pie had a baby with a key lime pie.  Super silky and creamy, with a little kick from the ginger.  I can imagine this being served as part of a holiday feast as the finale, maybe in place of pumpkin pie if you wanted something a little different for a change.

Raw Sweet Potato Ginger Lime Tart with Pomegranate Seeds
Makes 2

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1 1/2 cups finely shredded, dried coconut
1 cup sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat (or additional coconut)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup soft medjool dates, pitted and chopped

3 cups raw sweet potatoes or yams, cubed
1/3 cup lime juice
2 Tbsp lime zest
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp raw coconut nectar, or maple syrup or raw local honey
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract and seeds from half a vanilla bean (other half reserved for topping)
1 inch piece fresh ginger
3/4 cup raw coconut butter (warmed to liquid)

1 cup pomegranate arils
Lime slices, or finger lime flesh

Spray one 8 inch  tart pan, lined with plastic wrap to make removal easier. To prepare the crust, process flax, coconut, buckwheat and sea salt in a food processor until fine crumbs, then add the dates and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed between your fingers (if it doesn't, add a little filtered water 1 tsp at a time while processing until it does). Firmly press crust into the bottoms of the pan, and set aside in the freezer to firm up.

To make the filling, in a high speed blender or food processor, combine the sweet potatoes, lime juice, nectar, sea salt, vanilla, ginger and coconut butter and blend until smooth and creamy. (If you are not using a high speed blender, you may want to add the coconut butter through the feed tube with the motor running after already blending all the other ingredients to evenly distribute it.  Also, once blended, if you are not using a high speed blender, and you have little sweet potato bits, press the filling mixture through a fine meshed strainer to remove them if you wish, or you can skip this but the filling may not be as smooth.) Pour the filling into four the four prepared crust. Place in the freezer until it is set,about 2 hours.

Once tart has set, arrange the pomegranate arils and limes decoratively on top of them.  Serve!  Store extra in the fridge.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Raw Mini 3 Musketeers Bars

I was all about the chocolate when I dumped out my stash of Halloween candy to see what I had received as a child after trick or treating.  As far as I was concerned, anything not actual chocolate I could care less about and I would either trade it or give it to my parents.  The Snickers, Milky Ways, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Twix, and 3 Musketeers were my favorite.  I have already rawified the first 4 I just mentioned, but somehow the 3 Musketeers had gotten left out.  So, I decided that I needed to make some this year.  I always love the challenge of making a healthier raw version of anything! 

Funny though, I told Eric what I was making and he said to me "They sound exciting, but what are they?" I guess he didn't grow up with them in Arizona.  I assumed that they were a nationwide thing, since they are very popular here in Minnesota but I guess not. In case you do not know what they are, they are a chocolate covered fluffy whipped chocolate bar.  Almost like chocolate mousse in chocolate bar form.

They were pretty easy to recreate, I just used a raw cacao and coconut butter base with enough liquids added in to keep it soft when the coconut butter firmed up.  It was a delicious mixture that tasted like chocolate mousse, so I knew it would be perfect in the bars. Once they had firmed up, I cut them, dipped them, and voila!  3 Musketeers deliciousness!  I actually enjoy these way more than the original!

Raw Mini 3 Musketeers Bars
Makes about 12

1/2 cup raw coconut nectar
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup raw coconut butter, warmed to liquid
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder

Raw Chocolate Coating:
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
3/4 cup raw coconut oil
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp raw coconut nectar or maple syrup
a pinch sea salt

In a high speed blender, combine all the filling ingredients and process until very smooth.  Remove from the blender and scoop into a bowl.  Place in the freezer, and allow to chill until it thickens to the consistency of thick whipped cream (it will take about 30-45 minutes depending on how warm it was).  You want to whisk it every 15 minutes or so until it is chilled.  Once chilled, scoop out onto a foil lined sheet, then spread out into a 1 inch thick square using an offset spatula into a square.  Place in the freezer for an hour.
Meanwhile, whisk together the chocolate ingredients in a small bowl.  Once the filling has firmed up, cut into 12 squares.  To dip, set on a fork and dip into the chocolate, let the excess drain off, then place back on the foil.  Repeat with remaining candies. Then place the remaining chocolate in a pastry bag and drizzle it over the chocolates if desired to make them pretty.  Once they are all done, place them all in the freezer for 5 minutes to set the chocolate.  Store extra in the fridge.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Raw Pine Nut Butter Rosemary Lemon Cookies

 I got a good deal on pine nuts recently, which almost never happens.  I love them, they are so silky, buttery, and delicious and they make the perfect raw nut cheese.  I used some of them to make a raw pine nut butter and was the most heavenly stuff you can think of.  Right up there with raw macadamia coconut butter. I consider both of these items a treat, and I savor every last smudge of them let me tell you...since pine nuts and macadamia nuts are a luxury and I am not made of money.
I could have just eaten that whole jar of pine nut butter as it was, but since I am not a pig, and since I like to get some use out of things that are a little spendy, I decided to make a few recipes with it.

The first of which was Raw Pine Nut Butter Rosemary Lemon Cookies.  How I came up with that?  Well I wanted some pine nut cookies in the fashion that peanut butter cookies were made.  Soft, crave worthy cookies. But I wanted something a little more interesting than just plain pine nut butter cookies, so that is where the lemon and rosemary came in. Two of my favorite ingredients to use with pine nuts are lemon and rosemary, so voila!  A delicious combination!

The dough was wonderful.  Something that could have been eaten just as it was.  I decided to stir in some golden raisins and more pine nuts for pops of sweetness and texture.  I dehydrated them overnight to get more of a "baked" cookie texture, then decided they needed to be a little prettier, so I added a lemon glaze.  They were simply heavenly!  The texture was wonderful, soft, and buttery.  They had a hint of tart lemon, the scent of rosemary and the flavor of pine nut.  If you make raw pine nut butter, these are a must try.  Sooo good!  I don't want to keep anyone from making them though because of the price of pine if you must, you may substitute raw cashew butter.  They will not have the flavor of pine nuts of course, but you will still be able to enjoy the heavenly rosemary and lemon in the cookies.

Raw Pine Nut Butter Rosemary Lemon Cookies
Makes 18

3 1/2 cups raw coconut flour (home made is preferred*)
2 1/2 cup sprouted oat flour
3/4 cup ground flax seed
1 Tbsp ground psyllium husk
1 cup soft medjool dates, pitted
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 cup raw coconut nectar (or your choice liquid raw sweetener)
3/4 cup raw pine nut butter (recipe follows)
1/3 cup raw coconut butter (NOT oil), warmed to liquid
3 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup raw pine nuts

1/4 cup raw coconut butter, warmed to liquid
2 tsp raw coconut nectar (or your choice liquid raw sweetener)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
filtered water as needed

For the dough, in a food processor, combine the coconut flour, oat flour, flax seed, psyllium husk, dates and salt, and process until the dates are very finely chopped and it is all well combined.  Add the vanilla, lemon juice and zest, coconut nectar, pine nut butter, and coconut butter and process until smooth like dough.  Add the rosemary and pulse until mixed in.  Mix in the golden raisins and pine nuts. Roll into 18 balls, and place on a lined dehydrator sheet.  Dehydrate at 115F for about 12 hours, or more firm, but still soft.
To make the glaze, whisk together all ingredients until smooth, adding a little filtered water as needed (it may seem clumpy at first, but it will smooth out, add water until it is a thick, but pourable glaze) and drizzle over the cookies (I like to put mine in a ziplock bag with the corner cut off and squeeze it out).  Let the glaze set (it will happen faster if you pop them in the freezer for about 5 minutes).  Store leftover cookies in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

*I prefer not to use store bought coconut flour because I find that it makes for drier not as tasty cookies.  You can use it if you wish, but I can not guarantee you will end up with the same delicious result.  To make your own coconut flour, simply buzz finely shredded dried coconut in a high speed blender for about 30 seconds until fine (but not too long or it will start to become butter). 

Raw Pine Nut Butter
Makes about 1 ½-2 cups

3 ½ cups raw pine peanuts
½ tsp sea salt or to taste

In a high speed blender, combine pine nuts and sea salt and blend until very smooth, using the tamper to push the mixture down into the blade.  It will take about 2-3 minutes.  If you do not have a high speed blender, you can make this in the food processor as well, but keep in mind it could take 10-12 minutes to get a smooth butter so be patient.  Store in a jar in the fridge.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Raw Maple Walnut Cheesecake

The aroma of maple syrup is simply heavenly.  I happen to work next to the cooling rack at work (I work in a health food store deli) and one day last week my coworker had baked off some scones that contained maple syrup.  OMG...the smell was making me so happy and hungry at the same time.  Kind of torture since it was not time for lunch break yet.  I decided then and there that I needed to make something maple based the next time I made a dessert.  

It ended up being a raw maple walnut cheesecake.  Simple really, compared to most of the cheesecakes I make.  Just maple and walnuts as the main stars.  But that is how I wanted it.  Creamy walnut laced coconut based cheesecake with a hint of maple and maple syrup, plus crunchy walnuts in the cake and on top of the cake, and a maple swirl.

It was difficult to wait while it set, but once it was ready to devour, it was so good.  I shared some with my boyfriend Eric, because desserts are best when shared with the ones you love, and he greatly approved!  Trust me, if you love maple as much as I do, you need this in your life.

Raw Maple Walnut Cheesecake
Makes one 6 inch cake

Glazed walnuts:
2 cups walnuts
2 Tbsp maple syrup (not raw, but if you prefer your choice of raw liquid sweetener may be used*)

1/2 cup raw sprouted buckwheat groats, dried in the dehydrator
3/4 cup dried finely shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup soft medjool dates, pitted and chopped

3 cups young coconut meat**
2 cups raw walnuts, soaked for 4 hours and drained
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup maple syrup (not raw, but if you prefer your choice of raw liquid sweetener may be used*)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract and seeds from half a vanilla bean
2 tsp maple extract
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp raw coconut butter (warmed to liquid) 

Maple Swirl:2 Tbsp maple syrup (not raw, but if you prefer your choice of raw liquid sweetener may be used*)
3 Tbsp raw coconut butter, warmed to liquid

1/4 tsp cinnamon

To make the glazed walnuts, toss the walnuts with the maple syrup and Spread out on a lined dehydrator tray.  Dry overnight at 115F until not sticky.  
Lightly coat a 6 inch spring form removable bottom pan with coconut oil. To prepare the crust, process buckwheat, coconut, walnuts and sea salt in a food processor until it is fine crumbs, then add the dates and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed between your fingers (if not holding together, add more dates). Firmly press crust into the bottom of the prepared pan, and set aside. 
To make the filling, in a food processor combine coconut, walnuts, coconut water, coconut nectar, sea salt vanilla, maple, and blend until smooth and creamy. With the processor running, add the coconut butter, and process for a minute until blended. Remove the filling from the food processor and place in a bowl). 
To make the maple swirl, combine the maple syrup and coconut butter and cinnamon and whisk together until smooth.  If too runny, add a little more coconut butter (you want to be able to use it as a swirl on top of and inside the cake).
To assemble the cheesecake, chop 1 1/2 cups of the walnuts coursely.  Scatter 1/2 of them over the crust, then pour half the cheesecake filling over.  Drop teaspoonfuls of the maple swirl mixture over that, then scatter the other half of the chopped walnuts over.  Pour the rest of the filling over that, then drop more of the maple syrup swirl by the tspful over that.  Swirl with a knife.  Place in the freezer for about 4-6 hours or until set.  Store in the fridge.
*Maple syrup is not raw, but if you wish you can use a sweetener that is like raw coconut nectar instead.
**If you do not have access to young coconut meat, you can substitute 3 cups raw cashews soaked for 4 hours and drained for the coconut and filtered water for the coconut water.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Raw Apple Thyme Crumble Tart

Sundays are my favorite day to go for a run. Partly because I am not getting up at some ungodly hour and running in the dark, but mostly because it is so serene and quiet out.  Sundays in the fall, even better. Last Sunday was glorious!  45 degrees and sunny, crunchy leaves beneath my feet, and painted trees.  Hardly any traffic out, just a few people out for morning walks with their dogs.  It was wonderful.  I was in such a good mood when I got home, I decided to continue having the perfect day and make apple pie.  Well, tart.  I was going to make a pie, but my pie plates are all too big so I made a tart instead.

I wanted a crumble topped pie.  Don't get me wrong, I love pies that have lattice as well, but it just seemed like too much work.  Plus that crunchy goodness on top of the jammy apples just gets me going.  Of course this tart with contain a bit of cinnamon, but I wanted to add in an herb as well.  I chose thyme.  Because the flavor of thyme with sweet apples is a perfect marriage.

This tart required a bit of dehydrating time, but that was ok because I had time to watch the football game and go for a walk with Eric while I waited for it to be dehydrated to perfection!  It was delicious, and trust me you want this warm with a scoop of raw coconut ice cream if you happen to have some on hand!

Raw Apple Thyme Crumble Tart
Makes one 9 inch tart

2 cups finely shredded dried coconut
2 cups buckwheat groats, sprouted and dehydrated (or additional coconut)
1 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups soft medjool dates, pitted (if not soft, soak them until they are and drain them)
1/3 cup raw coconut sugar
2 Tbsp chopped apple

2 cups dried apples
2 large fresh sweet apples, sliced
1 cup medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup raw coconut nectar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
juice of one large lemon
2 tsp maple extract (optional)
2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
5 cups sweet apples, sliced (such as honeycrisp, sweet tango, or pink lady)

For the crust, combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until fine crumbs and starting to hold together when squeezed (if it doesn't, add a little more apple).  Grease hands with coconut oil ( the mixture may be a little sticky) and press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch removable bottom tart pan lined at the bottom with parchment, and place in the dehydrator.  Place the remaining crust on a lined dehydrator tray and crumble into small pieces (this will be the topping it may be a little sticky but it will dry).  Place in the dehydrator and dehydrate both the crumble and the crust for 4 hours (then you can remove the topping and refrigerate once crunchy), then carefully remove the crust from the pan (it is fragile at this point so use a spatula to help slide off the removable bottom of the pan) and slide the parchment onto the dehydrator tray drying for about another hour or two until crunchy. 
Meanwhile, to make the filling, combine the dried apples, 2 large fresh apple, dates, nectar, sea salt, cinnamon, lemon juice, and maple extract, in the food processor and process until smooth.  Add the thyme and sliced apple and pulse, until chopped a little, but still very chunky. Place the mixture in a shallow glass dish or pie plate and place in the dehydrator.  Warm for about an hour to an hour and a half at 115F, Once finished, spoon into the crust, smooth out, and top with the crumble.  Serve warm or at room temperature.