Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Raw-Vegan Raspberry- Chia Bars!

I made a delicious batch of Raw-Vegan Raspberry, Chia Bars! 

I have only recently discovered the ease and joy of using chia seeds with mashed, raw fruit to make jam! It is easy and just perfect for the consistancy you are looking for in recipes that call for jam or jelly. This recipe was a creation based on the pecan and date crust that I use for my raw cheesecakes. I added some chia raspberry jam and BAM! healthy, raw-vegan bars that are to die for when warmed in the dehydrator! 


  • Crust:
  • 1½ C raw pecans
    3 dates, pitted
  • ¾ C unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup or raw agave
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
  • pinch sea salt
    For the Raspberry Topping:
  • 1 C fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds(any color will work)
  • extra coconut, almonds and cacao nibs for topping, if desired
  1. Prepare a standard sized loaf pan by lining with wax or parchment paper or even plastic wrap. Set aside.
  2. For the crust, place the pecans, coconut, maple syrup vanilla and salt and dates in a food processor. Process just until no large pieces remain and the nuts and coconut are evenly ground and mixed. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and spread out evenly and press down firmly.
  3. Prepare the raspberry filling by lightly mashing the berries with a fork. If using frozen berries, thaw before using and drain out any extra liquid sitting on top of the berries before lightly mashing. Stir in the maple syrup or agave and chia seeds and pour over the crust.
  4. Cover the bars with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. To remove, lift out the bars with the paper or plastic used to line the pan. Cut into equal sized bars .

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Bliss: Cacao Crepes with Cashew Creme and Fresh Berries!

Today, was Valentine's Day! It just so happens that it is my favorite holiday all year! Why? Because it is all about LOVE!!
Making memories for my children is one of my priorities, so holidays are a time to create fun, and delicious, special food that everyone will love. Being high-raw vegan means that keeping food in it's most natural state possible, with all the living enzymes in tact is important to us! Just because we live this way, doesn't mean that we sacrifice flavor. 

These raw cacao wraps are delicious and oh, so chocolaty!

Raw Cacao Crepes
4 bananas-mashed
1/4 cup flax seed flour
4 Tbs raw cacao powder
1/4 cup water
1/4 real maple syrup
1Tbs. real vanilla

Mix by hand and spread on Teflex sheets. Dehydrate for 8 hours, flip and dehydrate for 2 more hours.

Cashew Creme
2 cups raw cashews
beans from one whole vanilla pod, scrapes
1/2 real maple syrup or raw honey
1/4 cup water (Start with ¼ cup of water, and then gradually thin it out in order to achieve the desired thickness.)

Blend ingredients with a Vitamix. Use tamper to push ingredients to the blade. Scrap sides of blender if needed and continue blending.

Mixed Berry Topping

Use whatever fresh berries you like and add 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw agave. Let berries sit for 30 minutes.
To assemble: Add cashew creme to the center of the crepes. Add mixed berries and wrap! Enjoy this delicious brunch for Valentine's Day, or any day you want to celebrate something special!

I hope you had a day filled with LOVE!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Raw-Vegan, Chocolate, Mint Smoothie!

This is a recipe that I created after seeing massive amounts of fresh mint growing in my herb garden! It is delicious and so refreshing! You won't believe this is good for you when you taste it!

Cha-Cha, CHIA!

Hey guys! I wanted to share this easy, and healthy breakfast with you all!! Chia seeds are so versatile. They are easy to work with and can be used in so many recipes. My favorite way to use them is in Chia Pudding! It is easy to make and is the BEST detoxifier around! Whenever I return from a trip, I eat a big bowl of chia-goodness and I know I am cleaning out my system in the best way possible.

Chia Pudding

1 cup raw chia seeds
1 tsp. real vanilla
2 cups almond milk
(Mix ingredients and let sit for 20 minutes, until thickened)

Once done setting, add cinnamon and raw fruits, berries, or my favorite.. raw cacao nibs!
This is a beautifully, easy and healthy way to start your day! My kids love it!
Pure Deliciousness!