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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Chunks-O-Protein (Almond Oat Balls)

Get ready, set, go!

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Chunks-O-Protein (Almond Oat Balls)

Ingredients:

1 C (Gluten Free) Rolled Oats

2/3 C Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1/3 C Ground Flax

1/2 C Chocolate Chips (use raw cacao chips for raw version)

Pinch of Sea Salt

1/3 C Maple Syrup (or honey)

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 C Almond Butter

Directions:

Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl.

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Add ‘wet’ ingredients and mix well.

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Roll into 24 equal sized balls.

Refrigerated for one hour.

Enjoy!

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Yummy-licious! Homemade Raw Pesto

Homemade Raw Pesto

Yummy-licious!

Simple and tasty!  We use this pesto on Ezekiel Wraps to make quesadillas and on Ezekiel english muffins with tomato, mozzarella, and avocado!

Ingredients:

Garlic, Basil, Olive Oil, and I added some homemade chili powder!

Fresh Garlic

Fresh Garlic

Fresh Basil

Fresh Basil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Be brave and add a dash of chili powder!

Be brave and add a dash of chili powder!

Directions: Toss into food chopper/processor, pour into container, and mix well!

Viola!

Viola!

Not Just Any Raw Energy Bar

Today I made a couple batches of some very special raw energy bars.  These were developed for my two youngest children with their input of ingredients!

I asked them if they wanted a smoothie for snack, but they decided they wanted other superfoods!

What parent in their right mind would say no to a healthy, packed with omega’s,  fiber rich, snack?

It was so easy, even kids could make this (with supervision using processor of course!)

Raw Z-Bar

Raw Z-Bar

Z-Bar a.k.a. Raw Energy Bar (made especially for my lil guy, Zac) 

Ingredients:
1/2 C Organic Oats (not the quick oats)
1/8 – 1/4 C Raw Almonds
1/8 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds
4 Dates
1 T (Heaping) of Almond Butter

Directions:
1. Process nuts and oats til crumbly, then put into a bowl and set aside
2. Soak dates for about 15 minutes & remove pits
3. Process dates
4. After you process the dates, add almond butter and dry ingredients and process til mixture begins to stick together. You can add a couple T of water if mixture is too dry.
5. In a small pan (6 x 9) or smaller for thicker bars, press mixture down firmly.
6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then cut into squares or bars & enjoy!

Raw J-Bar

Raw J-Bar

J-Bar (made for my other lil guy, Jake)

Follow Z-Bar Recipe above and add:

1/2 C of raisins

1/4 Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

*Follow Z-Bar instructions, and process *raisins with the dates and add *coconut with the other dry ingredients

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

 

Breakfast for two

I’ve put several miles on the ‘ol Vitamix lately!  Grateful to own one and my body has been thankful I’m putting it to good use!

I’ve been on this spinach craze lately.  I joined a 30 day green smoothie challenge and have my own “raw” group that I share info with almost daily .  Since I had already been increasing raw food in my diet, I decided to go along with the green!  I’ve made some very tasty smoothies and one lately that wasn’t so tasty. I won’t bother to share that one, yeah, it was THAT bad!

This was what we had for breakfast a couple of days ago!

Breakfast for two

Breakfast for two

Well, not quite like that, of course.  Tossed it in the Vitamix first!

Viola!

Viola!

Got my spinach ‘fix’ and a healthy breakfast!

If your interested in joining a raw food group, totally free, very informational, all levels welcome!

Click here!  ♥ Raw for the Health of it ♥

Cherry Mango Green Smoothie

Do you want to add more greens to your diet for variation and better health?

How about getting your kids to eat more veggies?  Here’s a recipe you will all love!

Cherry Mango Green Smoothie

Cherry Mango Green Smoothie

 

Ingredients

2 Stalks Celery

Large handful of Spinach

2 Cup Celery

1 Large Mango

Coconut Water (About 2 cups)

Blend & drink up!

Cherry Mango Green

Cherry Mango Green