Banana Chocolate Dream Bars

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I decided to invent these bad boys today. Yes, invent. I am ALWAYS looking for a way to eat healthy, delicious treats. Why? So I can eat double the amount that I would normally eat. Hopefully I’m not the only person who will “accidentally” eat dessert items for breakfast. I know myself, and I know that pre-damage control is always the best plan. You could totally eat one of these for breakfast ON PURPOSE and it would be fine. Seriously. You’re welcome.

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix (I used Bob’s Redmill)
1 tsp. baking soda
3 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 cup dates
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup pure unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup almond milk
3 large, ripe bananas
2/3 cup raw cacao
1 tspn. Vanilla
Pinch of salt

TOPPING:
Shredded, unsweetened coconut for garnish
Chocolate Chips for garnish (approx. 1/3 cup)

STEP 1:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Blend all ingredients, except for toppings. Grease a large baking dish with coconut or olive oil and pour mixture in.

STEP 2:
Top with shredded coconut and then chocolate chips and bake for about 15 minutes or until coconut becomes a bit toasted.

Raw Vegan Tiramisu

Alright folks! Here it is; the holy grail of raw vegan desserts! Introducing *drum roll* the raw, vegan TIRAMISU!

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So, Tiramisu has always been one of my all-time favourite desserts. Making it at home can be a bit of a daunting task (for me anyways), so I normally grab a slice whenever I frequent a great Italian spot. When is the last time that I’ve had a nice piece of tiramisu? Hmmmmm… Well it’s been a while, because ever since I realized that processed foods were upsetting my stomach, I’ve really tried to stay away from them as much as possible. That being said, I do know that the last time I had Tiramisu was at a less than authentic Italian restaurant and it left me feeling pretty blah.

Anyways, am I the only person who LOVES Tiramisu? Does anyone else mildly obsess over it?

Let me know, and also, please let me know how you feel abut this guilt-free, delicious remake!

xox

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INGREDIENTS:
CAKE FILLING:
1/2 cup dates (soaked for min. 1 hour)
1 cup of cashews (soaked for min. 1 hour)
1 1/2 tsp. coffee extract (or 1 tbsp. of instant coffee mixed with 2 tspn. warm water to make your own).
2 1/2 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1/2 tbsp. raw honey (not vegan) or maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

CREAM LAYER:
1 cup of almond milk
1/4 cup dates
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup cashews
1 1/2 tsp. raw honey
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

TOPPING:
3 tbsp. raw cacao, sifted

Step 1:
Blend cake layer and cream layer separately and place in separate bowls. Taste cake layer, and if you feel that it needs a bit more coffee extract, add a small amount in and stir.

Step 2:
Place a layer of cake (about half of mixture) at the bottom of a small baking dish, then place in freezer until stiff. Then, apply a layer of icing and freeze until stiff. Repeat for a total of four layers.

Step 3:
Top with raw cacao. (Use a sifter or fork,mid unavailable.)

Step 4:
Enjoy; and try not to knock anything over while doing an epic happy dance! 😀

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Deliciously Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free, vegan, sugar and oil free) Healthy

Alright, so here’s the thing… Despite what my close friends may think, I don’t actually have a huge sweet tooth… Unless I haven’t been eating very much fruit. I used to basically never crave anything sweet, until I became a raw vegan. As a raw vegan, I ate huge amounts of fruit per day and I have never felt better! Well, those days are gone and I do fall short of eating as much fresh fruit as I would like to on most days.

Alas, I am left with random cookie cravings. Yes, a jump from fresh fruit to cookies; don’t judge me please!

Any-who, I really don’t like processed cookies very much… Unless I’m extremely hungry, then I’ll eat anything. So why eat something terrible if I don’t even truly enjoy it? And that my friends is why I make healthy cookies.

At the end of the day, I am one with the fact that cookies will get eaten. I just try to make sure that they are the right ones!

Please give these a try and let me know how it went! Your tummy and body will thank me later; I promise!

(As a side-note; most gluten free or vegan cookies still contain large amounts of sugar. So even though you’re avoiding gluten and dairy, you’re still really not eliminating the worst of it.)

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INGREDIENTS:
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup natural, unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups gluten free oats
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 pure, unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients with a fork and place on baking sheet in desired sizes. Bake for 20 mins. DONE!

Wasn’t that easy? Just wait until you try them!

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Creamy, Vegetable, Coconut Curry Lime Soup! (Gluten free, super healthy and vegan!)

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(Meet my kitchen helper; Buddy! He LOVES sweet potatoes!)

Alright, so for the first time since I have arrived here in California, it has rained! Apparently, it like never rains here. Well, anyways, I love the rain! I voluntarily rode my bike around and picked up a few things from the store. People definitely thought that there was something wrong with me… The joke was on them though! 😀

I signed up for a farm fresh delivery service and my order came today! YUM! Basically, farms will deliver organic, GMO free fruits and vegetables right to your door. It’s very well priced and since I’m on vacation, I don’t actually have a car at the moment. This makes for a very happy customer! Since everything is seasonal and grown within the area, you start using vegetables and eating fruits you may not normally grab at the store. It’s very cool!

Anyways, today my box of love came full of delicate winter squash and carrots. Since it was cold and wet outside, I decided that this was a sign to make some heart-warming soul-rejuvenating soup. On a cold day, grab a bowl of this extremely healthy soup and ward off any sign of sniffles!

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Serves about 4-6 depending
INGREDIENTS:
5 cups of vegetable broth
1 Can of coconut milk
1 Sweet potato/Yam, chopped
2 Potatoes, diced
4 Carrots, chopped
1 Large onion, diced
2 small winter squash seeded, peeled and chopped (or one medium squash)
A bunch of asparagus, chopped into medium sized pieces (about 2cm) (optional but recommended ingredient)
1 Tomato, chopped
Juice from 1 lime
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, minced
3 teaspoons of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
2 sprigs of thyme
Pinch of cayenne (this adds spice so use to your liking)
Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1:
Cook all of the vegetables (EXCEPT TOMATO AND ASPARAGUS), along with garlic and ginger, on medium heat for about five minutes.

Step 2:
Add remaining ingredients (except for coconut milk and lime juice) and simmer on low-medium heat for about 45 minutes.

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Step 3:
Check to make sure vegetables are cooked through, then add coconut milk and lime juice. Salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY!

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