Posts Tagged ‘cacao nibs’

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RAW VEGAN COCONUT BERRIES CHIA PUDDING

September 17, 2013

 Dear One,

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Chia seeds pudding is definitely my favourite breakfast : virtually no carbs, loaded with healthy fats, fibre and slow release energy, chia seeds are one of nature’s near perfect foods. It is believed that just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds could sustain an Aztec warrior for 24 hours !

Although I am no Aztec warrior, chia seeds definitely do work for me : they give me the energy I need to work and play all morning, leaving me with a moderate appetite when come lunch time. In other words, the ultimate breakfast food.

Raw vegan coconut berries chia pudding

Serves 2 to 4 :

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

2 cups fresh pure water

a small punnet raspberries

a small punnet strawberries, halved

Put the chia seeds and half the water (1 cup) in a mixing bowl.

Prepare a creamy coconut milk by blending the desiccated coconut with the other cup of water. Strain, pour on the chia mixture and give it a good mix using a fork.

Allow to stand for at least half and hour to allow the chia seeds to soak up the coconut mylk.

Serve with the berries, adding toppings of your choice : ground flax, sesame and pumpkin seeds, goji berries, bee pollen (not technically vegan) and cacao nibs are my current favourites.

Also easy to eat on the move, just put everything in a recycled glass jar :

Coconut berries chia pudding in glass jar

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RAW OPTIMUM NUTRITION SALAD RECIPE

September 23, 2012

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I do enjoy Gourmet raw dishes, but nothing beats salads for everyday nutrition. This one is highly nutritious, yet exciting and bursting with flavour and interesting textures !

For 2 hungry people :

2 small baby gem lettuces (or your favourite salad, 2 if you are using small ones), washed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces

1 cup home-made or store-bought fermented vegetables (Home-made fermented vegetables recipe)

1 ripe avocado, diced

1 big handful green mung bean sprouts (or any sprouts you have at hand)

about 12 ripe cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (just leave out if you don’t do tomatoes, or replace with red bell peppers)

about 12 plain black olives (the green ones are unripe)

2 tbsp cold pressed walnut oil

2 tbsp walnuts, broken into small pieces

2 tbsp soy lecithin* (soy lecithin is not raw)

2 tbsp buckwheaties (sprouted, then dehydrated shelled buckwheat groats)

2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds

2 tbsp raw cacao nibs

1 tbsp dried cranberries or goji berries

1 tbsp baobab fruit powder (Vitamin C loaded superfood)

about 10g nori sprinkles

1/4 tsp red chili flakes

Mix. Enjoy 🙂

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RAW VEGAN ICE CREAM AND PUDDING FOR BREAKFAST

September 4, 2012

Dear One,

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Question : Is eating ice cream and pudding for breakfast good for you ?

Answer : Yes, eating this breakfast of raw vegan banana ice cream with raw chia pudding is good for you. It has no added sugar, but it is pleasantly sweetened by the banana and the raspberries.

CHIA is a wonderful food. It is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. An even better source of Omega 3s than my other love, flax seeds. It is a complete source of protein, as it provides all essential amino acids. And due to its very high fibre content (mainly soluble fibre), it absorbs several times its volume in water, and is very filling. It is really, perfect breakfast food, especially for those active days, as it is easy to digest and gives enough energy to keep one going for a long time.

For 4 :

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup water

1 cup almond milk (or your favourite raw vegan milk)

2 bananas, frozen

1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1tbs bee pollen*

1tbsp raw cacao nibs

1 tbsp goji berries

*bee pollen is not vegan

The night before, soak the chia seeds in 1 cup water. You can use a jar with a lid to do this, as it is easier to shake the seeds around. Alternatively, you will have to use a fork to separate the seeds and prevent them from clumping together.

To make the almond milk, soak a handful of almonds (about 20) overnight. The next morning, blend the almonds with 1 cup water. Strain to retain the pulp, which can be saved for other recipes. This is a concentrated almond milk. Alternatively, you can blend the almonds with 2 cups of water and add the chia seeds.  The proportion to keep is 1 tablespoon chia seeds to 1 cup liquid.

To make the banana ice cream, simply blend the frozen bananas in a powerful blender until smooth. Or process the frozen bananas into a slow juicer (Champion or Green star like), using the blank screen.

Assemble by layering the banana ice cream, then the raspberries, and finally the chia pudding. Top with bee pollen, cacao nibs and goji berries.

Enjoy.

Keep smiling

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RAW KALE AND AVOCADO GUACAMOLE SALAD

August 28, 2012

Dear One,

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KALE and AVOCADO are 2 of my favourite foods. Not only do they taste great, they both are amazingly nutritious. This is a salad in which the kale is wilted, then mixed with a guacamole dressing. Use 2 varieties of kale if possible, as the salad will look even prettier.

For 2 hungry people :

200g red kale

200g black kale (Cavalo Nero)

1/2 tsp crystal salt (I use pink Himalayan salt) or sea salt

1 lemon, juiced

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 avocado

1 red chilli (optional, halve for less heat)

1/2 tsp mexican chili spice mix (homemade or store-bought)

2 spring onions, chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

a dozen cherry tomatoes, sliced

1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds (optional)

1 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)

Wash and drain the kale, removing the hard stems. Using your hands, cut the kale into small bite-size pieces and put it into a bowl. Add the salt, the lemon juice and the olive oil. Massage the kale with your two hands until it wilts.

Blend the avocado, the chilli, the mexican chili spice mix and just enough water. You don’t necessarily need a high speed blender for this.

Add the avocado guacamole, the chopped spring onions, the crushed garlic, the sliced cherry tomatoes, the hemp seeds and the cacao nibs to the wilted kale. Massage again by hand.

Serve with an extra sprinkling of hemp seeds.

Keep smiling

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