Crazy for pumpkin?

Lately I’ve been craving pumpkin!!! Anyone else need a slice of pumpkin pie fix?

Being on a mostly raw lifestyle I came up with this yummy smoothie recipe today!!!

Pumpkin Nut Smoothie

Pumpkin Nut Smoothie

1 C Almond milk (homemade, do not strain)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C canned pumpkin
Sweetener (optional) you could use 3 dates or 1 T Honey or Maple syrup.

Instructions:

To make almond milk

Soak about 14 natural raw almonds for about an hour.

Dump the ‘soak’ water and add 1 cup fresh water.

Blend for about a minute. Do not strain.

For smoothie

Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and sweetener of choice.

Blend, serve chilled

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Ta Die For! Almond Butter Stuffed Dates!

While checking out my “reader” on WordPress and came across The Juicy Pineapple‘s post!  I’m into raw foods and I use dates as a sweetener and add almond butter in my smoothies for protein.  She posted such a great snack idea I had to try it!  Thank you for sharing!

Besides being a tasty, protein packed treat almond butter is packed with healthy fats and protein while dates can help get things moving…in the intestinal tract…of course if your watching calories, moderation is key.

Almond Butter Dates

Almond Butter Dates

 

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Need your chocolate fix?  Do you like coconut?  This is the best!  I recently bought a Lara Bar for the first time when I was away from home and wanted something relatively healthy to eat until I could get home.

I decided to give it a ‘google’ for homemade recipes and stumbled upon Mom’s Kitchen Handbook blog and found a recipe that I modified just a little to make it totally raw!  I also wondered what the nutritional content was so I used Sparkpeople.com’s Recipe Calculator!

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

(Makes 8)

10 Dates (Pitted)

1/3 C + 1 T Shredded Coconut (Fresh for Raw)

1 T Chia Seed

3 T Cocoa Powder (Raw/Unsweetened)

1/3 C Almonds

1/2 C Pecans or Walnuts

Directions:

Soak dates for about 3 hours & remove pits.

In food chopper or food processor, chop all nuts then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor

Add remaining ingredients except for 1 T Coconut.

Process together until ingredients are well mixed and are sticking together.

Line a 6 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 8 equal sized balls.

For bars: Sprinkle 1 T coconut on top and press down til it sticks

For balls:  Roll balls in coconut

Nutrition Facts

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bars
  8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 109.4
  Total Fat 2.0 g
  Saturated Fat 1.4 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 1.5 mg
  Potassium 261.4 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
  Sugars 20.2 g
  Protein 1.4 g
  Vitamin A 0.9 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 4.0 %
  Vitamin C 0.2 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 0.2 %
  Calcium 3.2 %
  Copper 10.1 %
  Folate 1.5 %
  Iron 4.3 %
  Magnesium 8.1 %
  Manganese 11.3 %
  Niacin 2.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     2.6 %
  Phosphorus     3.8 %
  Riboflavin 1.4 %
  Selenium 1.0 %
  Thiamin 1.3 %
  Zinc 2.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

(Sparkpeople.com’s Recipe Calculator)