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Vegan Gluten-free Raw Cherry Cashew Yoghurt! :)

Yesterday afternoon, I invented this glorious cherry cashew yoghurt!! ooh yes! I sweetened it a bit with pitted dates & a bit of raw maple syrup! Check it all out!

RAW, VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE CHERRY CASHEW YOGHURT!

RAW, VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE CHERRY CASHEW YOGHURT!

Yum,…Yum,…I hear you thinking! I made it pretty simple,….Let’s check it out again!

Before going into the fridge to stiff up a bit! :)

Before going into the fridge to stiff up a bit! :)

I used a combo of soaked cashews & not-soaked cashews, pitted dates, fresh pitted cherries, 1 teaspoon pure raw maple syrup & clean water. That is it! :) Simple yet so delicious! This cherry cashew yoghurt is a bit sweet but not too sweet!! You could drink it straight away, like a pouring yoghurt or eat it instantly, but I put a fitted lid on & placed it in the fridge, for at least 5 hours, to stiff up a bit,…Yum yum yummy! :)

Recipe: For about 5 cups = 1250 ml cherry cashew yoghurt

Ingredients:

1 cup soaked cashews, rinsed & well-drained, soak water discarded

1/2 cup of not-soaked raw cashews

2 cups of clean water ( or less to make a thicker yoghurt )

1 + 1/2 cup of pitted cherries

7 pitted normal dates, not Medjool! If you have Medjool dates, you need a lot less dates, they are sweeter & larger!!!!

1 teaspoon raw maple syrup

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add water, soaked & not-soaked cashews, pitted dates & pitted cherries. Place fitted lid in with the tamper. Blend on high & on full-speed until it is fully joined by using the tamper to push ingredients into the running blades. My yoghurt was ready after 15 to 30 seconds of blending. Taste! You must taste the sweeter cherries & the cashew yoghurt. Pour into a big container with fitted lid. Place into the fridge for at least 5 hours to stiff up a bit. This is a more pourable yoghurt, not too thick! Maybe next time, I will make a more stiffer cashew yoghurt by using less water! ;)

It must look something like this:

Yummm!

Yummm!

Enjoy! :)

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Home-made cinnamon cashew milk! Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free! Only 4 ingredients! :)

It looks like a vegan café latte, hey?

It looks like a vegan café latte, hey?

Because it was raining this morning, I needed something comforting & tasty with cinnamon in it. So, I made this tasty date sweetened cinnamon cashew milk! Ooh yes! :) The milk is Vegan, Raw & Gluten-free too! ;) MMMMMMM! 

Look at those nice spots of cinnamon!

Look at those nice spots of cinnamon!

Recipe: For about 1150 ml = 4.5 cups of date sweetened cinnamon cashew milk!

Ingredients:

1 cup raw soaked, rinsed & well-drained cashews / How to soak your cashews nuts?  Put them into a larger bowl & add water until they are all submerged. Place a fitted lid on & place into the  fridge for at least 8 hours. The next day, I rinsed & drained them well with clean water. Throw away the drained water. Your nuts are now swollen & softer to digest for your body & more creamier too!

3 cups fresh clean water

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

6 pitted normal dates or less or none if you want a non-sweetened cinnamon milk! ;)

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add  all ingredients in this order into your Vitamix. Put tamper & fitted lid on. Blend on high-power until fully joined by using the tamper to push ingredients into the running blades. Taste! It must be a bit creamy & you must taste the cinnamon here! ;) I do not filter/ strain my cashew milk because everything is fully mixed in my beloved Vitamix & it is healthier that way! Pour into a clean bottle with fitted lid & place into the fridge or enjoy straight away, like I did! :) Yum Yum Yum! This would be lovely enjoyed in a good vegan café latte! Yum! I did that straight away & you can really taste the cinnamon & creamy cashew milk in your latte! :) xxx

2. After being in the fridge for a while, the milk & nuts will separate. So, shake your bottle up & down until the cinnamon & cashew milk again become one! ;) xxx Enjoy!

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Do you want a CCC Smoothy? Vegan, Raw & Gluten-free!

Yum yum yummm!

Yum yum yum!

I received some tasty cherries from my parents! So, I had to create these CCC smoothies! CCC stands for Cashew Cherry Carob smoothies! ;)

They are refreshing & delicious too! They are also Vegan & Gluten-free! :)

Recipe: For 750 ml liquid = 3 dessert cups

Ingredients:

500 ml of home-made unstrained cashew milk

15 big, fat juicy pitted cherries

1 tablespoon of raw carob powder

1 tablespoon of coconut sugar / You can omit this, if you use date sweetened cashew milk. But I added it !

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add ingredients in this order into your Vitamix & place tamper into the fitted lid. Blend for about 15 to 30 seconds or until well mixed. Taste! It has to taste fab! You must taste the cherries & carob too! Enjoy, my lovely ones! ;)

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Raw dreamy creamy strawberry smoothies!

Since a few days, the 1st ripe juicy strawberries are here in Belgium! Yep, it is strawberry season! ;) Yeahhh! And what better way, to use them for, in all of their glory,… Raw dreamy creamy strawberry smoothies,…yes! :) These breakfast or dessert smoothies are completely RAW, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE !!! Just look at these beauties! :)

Raw Dreamy Creamy Strawberry deliciousness!

Raw Dreamy Creamy Strawberry deliciousness!

The 1st really good strawberries are from Hoogstraten. Just look at these wonderful jewels:

Yummy Strawberries!

Yummy Strawberries!

Recipe: For 2 larger smoothies = 5 cups = 1250 ml!

Ingredients:

400 ml home-made unsweetened almond milk

1/2 heaped cup of soaked raw almonds, for at least 8 hours, rinsed & well-drained

1 large very ripe banana

3 tablespoons raw maca powder

16 ripe, fresh juicy strawberries, each one hulled & cut into 2

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & place your ingredients in this order in it. Place tamper into the fitted lid. Blend on full & high-speed until fully joined, using the tamper to push ingredients into the running blades. Blend for about 15 to 30 seconds max. Taste! It will be dreamy, creamy & pink! You must taste the strawberries, a hint of the maca & creamy because of the soaked almonds & banana. If not, add a bit more maca. Pour into lovely larger smoothy glasses & enjoy instantly with a thicker straw! MMM,…We drank it as a lovely filling breakfast! Enjoy!

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Raw chocolate chia mousses!

Today, I made these tasty easy to make Raw Vegan Gluten-free chocolate chia mousses, Ooh yes! I had raw cacao nibs in my pantry & wanted to use them in these tasty chocolate chia puddings! A while ago, I made these other vegan carob chia puddings with a special ingredient, you can read all about it: here!

MMM,..Raw Vegan Deliciousness! A real mousse!

MMM,..Raw Vegan Deliciousness! A real mousse!

A real vegan raw GF mousse!

All stiffen up, you see?

Recipe: For 3 desserts!

Ingredients:

1 cup home-made unsweetened almond milk

2 pitted medjool dates, torn up with your hands

1/3 cup raw cacao nibs

1 ripe banana, peeled & cut up into 2

1/2 cup black chia seeds ( do not add this into your Vitamix!!! )

To serve: scattered white almond flakes over the top middle of each pudding!

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & place almond milk, banana, cacao nibs & 2 dates into it. DO NOT ADD THE BLACK CHIA SEEDS!!!!

Place fitted lid & tamper too. Blend on high-speed until everything is fully joined. This will only take about 10 to 20 seconds. Use the tamper by pushing the ingredients in the running blades. Taste! You must taste the almond & the chocolate, of course! ;)

2. Pour this mix into a bigger bowl. Now, add 1/2 cup of chia seeds to it & mix well with a wooden spoon. After a few minutes, the brown mix will thicken a bit. Stir well. After 15 minutes, the desserts have thickened a lot. Now, mix through again with the wooden spoon & place dollops of the pudding into 3 lovely see through fancy dessert glasses. Scatter some white almond flakes over the middle top of each dessert & place into the fridge to get cold & to stiffen up alot more. After 3 to 3.5 hours, your mousses will be very stiff & ready to devour!!!  ;) Enjoy with loved one’s!!

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Raw, vegan, Gluten-free power desserts, ready to pop into the fridge!

Raw, vegan, Gluten-free power desserts, ready to pop into the fridge!

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Home-made sunflower seeds milk! Yeah! :) Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free!!

Today, I made this Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free Home-made sunflower seeds milk!  I never made plant-based seeds milk before,…This is great for people who are allergic to nut milks! ;) Check it al out below:

A Tasty Food Gift! :)

A Tasty Food Gift! :)

What is sunflower seeds milk?

This is a non-dairy, gluten-free & vegan milk, often raw, obtained from raw or soaked sunflower seeds, drained & well rinsed too, 3 to 4 cups of water are added. You can add whatever you want with it. You can add vanilla extract, cacao powder or another sweetener like pitted dates or maple syrup, if you prefer that. 

Mostly, people on the internet use 1 cup of seeds & 3 to 4 cups of filtered water. You can add more or less water if you like, but I love using 3 cups of water because you will end up with a lovely darker richer sunflower seed milk, creamy yet yummy!

Most of the time, they tell you to soak your seeds , just add water until the seeds are all completely covered by the water, soak them for at least at night or at least for 8 to 72 hours in water in the fridge. Why? The seeds become less raw & they are easily digested in the stomach. When these seeds are soaked, then well-drained & rinsed, they become more useful to use in raw vegan cheesecakes, in baked desserts, in muffins or in bread.

What do you need?

a good power blender, food processor or mixer

a large bowl to keep the strained milk in when you are using your nut milk bag

a fine nut milk bag or a cheesecloth

a clean bottle with a fitting lid

How to enjoy?

1. This is a fine drink on its own

2. Pour over cereals or muesli

3. Add a bit of it to your yoghurt : lovely!

4. Make a dessert with it.

5. Make smoothies with it

6. Use it in tea or coffee

7. This is also great used in cakes, muffins & in breads for a more added seeds flavour

8. You can use the sweetened or not-sweetened pulp in muffins, cakes, into breads like in banana breads / More recipes on this later/ I am testing recipes on the moment.

 Recipe: For about 750 ml = 3 cups of strained sunflower seed milk!

Ingredients:

3 cups of fresh water

How to soak your seeds?

1 cup of soaked raw sunflower seeds ( soaked in water for about 8 to 72 hours ) : When you soak your seeds, place them in a bowl & pour water all over it, until they are all covered up. Place a lid on & place into the fridge for at least 1 night or at least 8 hours. You will see that your seeds will get swollen & are puffed up.  ( I made sunflower seeds milk with seeds that were soaked for 2 nights & they tasted much better then soaking for 3 nights! ), this will look something like this:

1 cup of soaked, rinsed & drianed off sunflower seeds!

1 cup of soaked, rinsed & drained off sunflower seeds!

Method:

1. Put your 3 cups of water & soaked sunflower seeds in this order in your Vitamix. Blend on full power, using the tamper to push ingredients into the running blades. Blend on full power for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Scrape the sides of your blender if you need to & blend on full power again for max 1 minute. Now, you will end up with about 4.5 cups of fresh home-made sunflower seeds milk, but not strained. This means with the pulp still in it. You can drink it like this but this time, I strained it by using my clean nut milk bag. I did it like this:

2. I placed my nut bag into a larger bowl. Then, poured the liquid mix into the bag. Close the bag with the added string & squeeze & squeeze until all the juice is out of your nut milk bag & you end up with only the pulp in the bag & all the liquid into the pot. This will take only a few minutes. I had about 3 cups = 750 ml of milk. Pour milk in a clean bottle with fitting lid & enjoy instantly or place into the fridge. After being in the fridge, you will see separation of the liquid into the bottle. Just shake the bottle well, before using the milk. This tasty sunflower seed milk will keep in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days. Place the leftover nut pulp in a pot with fitting lid & place into the fridge for later use in cookies, smoothies, banana breads & muffins! Enjoy!

I prefer to keep my home-made nut & seeds milks plain & add vanilla, cinnamon, maca powder, cacao or carob later to it when I make smoothies or hot drinks with it. Recipes will be following shortly! ;)

Just before blending the soaked seeds & water!

1/ Just before blending the soaked seeds & water!

2/ The blended water + soaked sunflower seeds with pulp!

2/ The blended water + soaked sunflower seeds with pulp!

3/ Pouring the sunflower seed milk through the milk bag with the pulp in it!

3/ Pouring the sunflower seed milk through the milk bag with the pulp in it!

4/ Closing the nut milk bag with the attached string!

4/ Closing the nut milk bag with the attached string!

6/ Straining the milk, even more!

5/ Straining the milk, more & more!

6/ Straining the seed milk in the bag, more & more!

6/ Straining the seed milk in the bag, more & more!

7/ The strained sunflower seed milk!

7/ The strained sunflower seed milk!

8/ Pouring the strained sunflower seed milk in a lovely clean bottle!

8/ Pouring the strained sunflower seed milk in a lovely clean bottle!

So, you see, it is so easy to make home-made sunflower seed milk! Go on, go & soak those seeds & make this beautiful creamy sunflower seed milk tomorrow! If I can do it, you surely can! ;) Enjoy, my lovely one’s! xxx

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Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw cacao nibs, banana vanilla almond smoothies!

The lovely breakfast smoothies before adding the Raw cacao nibs!
The lovely breakfast smoothies before adding the Raw cacao nibs!

Today, I made Vegan, Gluten-Free Raw cacao nibs, banana, vanilla almond smoothies! These are very filling too! :) We drank them as a nice filling breakfast before going, on a long walk! :)

Recipe: For 1750 ml = 7 cups of liquid

Ingredients:

1000 ml of home-made unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 ripe large banana, peeled & each cut up into 2

1/2 cup + 1/3 cup raw cacao nibs

3 pitted dates ( or a few more, if you like it to be a bit more sweet! ;) )

1 cup + 1/2 cup larger full oat flakes

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix. Put all your ingredients in this order in it. Blend on full & high-speed until fully joined, using the tamper to push ingredients into the running blades. Blend for about 15 to 30 seconds max. Taste! It has to taste yummy & you must taste the richer chocolate flavour of the raw cacao nibs & the vanilla almond flavour!!! Enjoy!

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We want RAW Vegan Gluten-free Green mean smoothies!! Yes!

We want Raw Green mean Smoothies!

We want Raw Green mean Smoothies!

I made these smoothies after my morning work-out! This is my 4th invented Green smoothy! This smoothy is a bit more sweet because of the sweeter apples! They were super easy to make, refreshing & very healthy too!  This was our drinkable breakfast! ;)

What the heck is coconut water, I hear you say? 

Lovely Organic Coconut water!

Lovely Organic Coconut water!

Coconut water has many health benefits. It is the clear liquid inside young coconuts. Coconut water is a natural energy or sport’s drink due to its high potassium & mineral content. It also can help you lose weight, it is low-fat, all-natural, super-hydrating, fat-free, it is good for your skin, cholesterol-free, it is nutrient-packed, potassium-stacked & has mega-electrolytes. It is really energizing!! So it is good for you! The only downside is, that it is costly. I buy my organic coconut water, from the brand Dr. Antonio Martins, bottled in cool 500 ml cartons, in my local Bio-planet & it costs me: 2.99 €. So, I drink it only 2x/week!

Read all of the good stuff in here!

Read all of the good stuff in here!

Recipe for 1000 ml = 4 cups

Ingredients:

500 ml organic coconut water

2 ripe organic sweeter apples, Unpeeled, cored, cut into chunks

2 teaspoons raw barley grass powder

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1/2 tablespoon broken flaxseed

4 heaped tablespoons oat bran

Method:

1. Place every ingredient in this order into your Vitamix container & put the fitted lid on.  Use the tamper to push the ingredients into the running blades. Blend on high & on full-power until it is fully mixed. This can take between 15 to 30 seconds. Turn all power off & taste! You must taste the sweeter apples, the coconut & the barley grass at the end!

Yum Yum Yummmmmm! :) Enjoy with a loved one!

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My favourite RAW juice of the moment! :)

This morning, I made this tasty easy peasy Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free juices! I had it after a cardio work-out! It is my favourite fresh juice of the moment, in the morning! :)
Yum Yum Yummm!

Yum Yum Yummm!

For 2 big glasses

Ingredients:
2 big juice oranges, cut into 2
5 cm of fresh ginger, peeled & cut into 2
6 big large carrots, UNpeeled & each cut into 2
Method:
1. Take yourjuicer & place 2 glasses under it. Juice your carrots & ginger, so that each glass has exactly the same amounts of carrots & ginger in it. Now, juice your oranges too, equally divided, like above. Into each glass, add some of the orange pulp. Mix well with a spoon & enjoy instantly with a loved one! ;) MMM,…This juice is very good for you & energizing too! ;) xxx

MMM,...Raw carrot, orange & ginger juice!

MMM,…Raw carrot, orange & ginger juice!

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RAW Bite Bars: Review! :)

Today, I finally found some Raw Bite bars from Denmark! I saw these bars a year ago when I was visiting Veganz, the Vegan supermarket in Berlin! I took pics from these lovely coloured packaged bars & wanted to take them with me but unfortunately, I already bought other great vegan edibles. So, when I visited my old food health shop in Brussels today , I could finally buy them & test them out! They look super cool, don’t they?

Colourful packaged Raw Bite bars!

Colourful packaged Raw Bite bars!

I bought these 4 different bars:

1. Raw Bite: Raw cacao, 2. Raw Bite: Spicy Lime, 3. Raw Bite: Vanilla Berries & 4. Raw Bite: Raw Protein

All of these bars are mostly raw bars, that are Vegan, Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free too! :) These bars are only sweetened with the natural sugars of the fruits that are used! Yes, please! :)

All these bars are each 50 gr. In my food health shop, they came, each 1.89€. I saw them online for a lot more!

I found this stated on their own Raw-Bite website: RAWBITE, A COMPANY BUILT ON A RAW PHILOSOPHY

Rawbite was founded in Denmark by Morten, Nikolaj and Rolf.

The idea behind Rawbite was to create a simple, honest and healthy product easy to bring along and enjoy anywhere. This idea resulted in the organic fruit and nut bite, Rawbite.

Since the first Rawbite was created on the kitchen table, the interest for the product has not stopped growing in Denmark, as well as in the other 24 countries where Rawbites are now available. Everything in Rawbite is driven by simplicity, joy and enthusiasm for the product. Even though the kitchen table can no longer fit the production, recipes are still developed here and no one stops until the taste is amazing. The product itself is created with the utmost respect for the natural ingredients which are processed carefully with no use of heat at all.

 1. Raw Bite: Raw Cacao:
It has dates (54% ), a combo of almonds & cashews (36% ) & cacao (10%.) These ingredients are all organic!
A mild chocolate flavour with almonds & dates!

A mild chocolate flavour with pieces of almonds, cashews & dates!

Normally, I don’t dig dates as much but in here you didn’t taste them, I thought! The bar was mildly chocolately with added pieces of almonds & cashews. I liked this cacao snack a lot! A fruity flavour with cacao & mixed nuts! This bar was a great healthy snack & it was just what I needed. I ate it with my daily café soy latte. Yum yum,….:) I will surely buy this one again!

2 .Raw Bite: Spicy Lime:

Very Cool packaging! :)

Very Cool packaging! :)

It has dates ( 55% ), lime juice ( 4% ),  cashews, almonds & coconut (45% ), ginger, chili & lemon oil in it. These ingredients are all organic!

The spiced lime bar!

The spiced lime bar!

I loved this tasty bar a lot because you can really taste the lime in here with a hint of chili, ginger & lovely mixed nuts!! :) MMM,…!

3. Raw Bite: Vanilla Berries:

Raw bar Vanilla Berries!

Raw bar Vanilla Berries!

It has dates ( 48% ), almonds ( 40% ), berries like cherry, cranberry & mulberry (12% ) & vanilla in it. These ingredients are all organic!

I love this tasty bar a lot! You can really taste the vanilla, mulberries, cherries in here & also the cranberries! ;) Yummm! The almonds in here are very crunchy & yummy too! A great bar!

4. Raw Bite: Protein:

The inside of the protein bar!

The inside of the protein bar!

It has dates  (28 % ) , almonds (25 % ), 10 gr of organic rice protein, pumpkin seeds & raw organic cacao in it! These ingredients are all organic!

It has a mild chocolate almond flavour with 10 gr rice protein per bar!!!! You can also see the pumpkin seeds but you can’t taste them! :( You Can taste the rice, dates, cacao & almonds in here. I don’t like the general flavour in this bar at all! :( It is too bitter for me!

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My 3rd RAW, Vegan, Gluten-free Green Smoothies!

This morning, I made my 3rd Vegan, Gluten-Free Green Smoothies! You can read about my 1st Vegan, Gf Green smoothies here & about my second V, GF Green Smoothies: here!! A few days ago, I was playing with my ingredients but the end result was not quite right, but Today it came out perfectly, I added to my ingredient list, 2 things extra, ginger & ice cubes,…Don’t you want to drink 2 smoothies, as a nice breakfast or a good snack, straight away?

RAW, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green Smoothies!

RAW, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green Smoothies!

Recently, I discovered a new Raw superfood powder called Organic Raw Barley Grass Powder! What is it, I hear you say, well,…Barley grass is one of the rare superfoods originating from Europe. Young leaves that sprout from barley seeds are harvested, dried and ground into powder in the process of lyophilisation.

Organic Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Barley Grass Powder!!!

Organic Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Barley Grass Powder!!!

RAW Organic Barley Grass Powder!

RAW Organic Barley Grass Powder!

Barley grass powder is a rich source of chlorophyll which importantly detoxifies the body.

It also has many vitamins and over 50 different minerals: 30 times more vitamin B1, 43 times more vitamin B6 than in a banana, and 11 times more calcium than in cow’s milk, 7 times more carotene and 5 times more iron than spinach, and 8 times more vitamin C than oranges. It also has 37 times more calcium than in cereals, 16 times more protein than in cow’s milk, 128 times more folic acid then in a tomato & 260 times more natural vitamin A ( betacarogene) as in leafy greens!

It also improves digestion, lowers bad cholesterol levels, treats anaemia, sooth arthritis problems & works as an alkalizer. So it so good for you & your health. It tastes a bit bitter & that is why I begin with 1 teaspoon per person, per smoothy. This way, you don’t taste it that much, I also added 1 tablespoon maca powder to my smoothy because I like the more malty flavour it gives & to hide the barley flavour a bit more! ;)

** Recipe: For 6 cups of green smoothies= 1500 ml

You need to drink 2 smoothies for a nice filling healthy breakfast! :)

Ingredients:

3 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 cup of ice cubes

2 teaspoons raw barley grass powder

2 juicy oranges, peeled & each cut into 2

1 tablespoon raw maca powder

1 tablespoons of black chia seeds

1 very large ripe banana, peeled & cut into 2

1 piece of 3 cm ginger, peeled & cut up

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add every ingredient in this order in it. Place fitted lid & the tamper in it. Blend on full power & on high-speed until fully mixed. This takes me about 15 to 30 seconds. Check if the smoothies are to your liking! You must taste the ginger & almond & a bit of the green barley grass. I like my smoothies this way, not too strong with the raw barley grass powder!! Pour into lovely smoothy glasses & enjoy 2 drinks straight away as a nice filling breakfast, not to mention: healthy, healthy, top! ;) MMM,…!!!

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Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free Green smoothies!

This morning, I made these wonderful Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green smoothies! This is my second home-made invented Green smoothy! We drank them as lovely filling breakfast smoothies! Ooh yeahhh,…Check these beauties out! :)

Yummy Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green monsters!

Yummy Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green monsters!

Recipe: For 2 large breakfast smoothies! = 1000 ml = 4 cups!

Ingredients:

500 ml water

3 handfuls fresh rocket leaves ( arugula )

2 large frozen bananas

1 tablespoon of raw maca powder

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add all ingredients in this order in it, blend on high & full speed for at least 15 to 30 seconds, using your tamper to push the ingredients into the running blades. Taste! It will taste a bit peppery strong because of the rocket leaves & a bit sweet & smooth because of the frozen bananas. The added maca powder adds a touch of malty flavour!  Pour into lovely smoothy glasses & drink straight away with a big colourful straw! Best enjoyed with a loved one! ;)

These are very nutritious smoothies too! Enjoy them, my beloved friends! ;) xxx

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Yummy Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green smoothies-Mix!

Yummy Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green smoothies-Mix!

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Vegan, Gluten-Free home-made brazil nut milk & a brasil nut milk recipe!

Home-made Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free Brazil nut milk!

Home-made Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free Brazil nut milk!

I just made home-made raw brazil nut milk. This is how I made it! Easy peasy with My Vitamix & then, I strained it through my nut milk bag! I didn’t sweeten my milk because I like the soft creamy taste of home-made brazil nut milk! You always can sweeten it later in other recipes!

Yummy Raw brazil nut milk!

Yummy Raw brazil nut milk!

Recipe: For 5 cups home-made brazil nut milk

What is brazil nut milk?

This is a non-dairy, gluten-free milk, obtained from raw or soaked brazil nuts, drained & well-rinsed too, 3 or 4 cups water added. You can add whatever you want with it. You can add vanilla extract, cacao powder or another sweetener like pitted dates, to keep it raw or maple syrup or agave syrup. 

Mostly, people on the internet use 1 cup of nuts & 4 cups of filtered water. You choose what you like! You can add more water if you like but I love using 4 cups of water because you will end up with a lovely white nut milk, just like a milk consistency.

Most of the time, they tell you to soak your nuts at night or at least 8 to 12 hours in water in the fridge. Why? The nuts become less raw & they are easily digested in the stomach. When these nuts are soaked, then well-drained & rinsed, they become more useful to use in raw vegan cheesecakes, in dressings or in salads, in baked desserts, in muffins or in bread. Or you can make your own vegan cheese or spread.

You can make nut milk from every nut or a mix of nuts that you like & love. I am experimenting with them now. More recipes to come!
Ingredients:

1 cup of raw brazil nuts, soaked in water for about 8 to 72 hours/ Mine were soaked 1 night/How to soak your nuts or seeds?  When you soak your nuts, place them in a bowl & pour water all over it, until they are all covered up. Place a lid on & place into the fridge for at least 1 night or at least 8 hours. You will see that your nuts will be swollen & are puffed up.  (I made all my nut milks with nuts that soaked for 1 night & they tasted much better then soaking for 3 nights! )

4 cups of filtered water

Method:

1. First, drain your soaked brazil nuts well & rinse them too. Discard the water.

2. Take a good power blender, aka Vitamix or Blendtech & add soaked nuts & 4 cups of water. Using the Tamper, push the liquid & soaked nuts into the running blades to make everything completely smooth. Blend on full speed on high power!!!You can pour this tasty brazil nut milk into a glass container & enjoy it straight away  but I chose to drain the nut milk, by using my beloved nut milk bag!

3. Place a nut milk bag over a large fitting pot & pour the thicker nut milk into it & directly close the bag with the string. Squeeze & squeeze until all the liquid is out of the nut milk bag. Strain again & you will end up with a beautiful white unsweetened home-made brazil nut  milk: a thing of beauty!!!

4. Pour the milk into a clean bottle & put the lid on. Now, it is ready. Keep the brazil nut pulp & place it into a fitting pot with lid. Place into the fridge for later use.

Home-made nut milk will keep in the fridge for about 3 to 5 days. When your bottle has been a while in the fridge, you will see separation of the finer brazil parts & the milk. Just shake the bottle well before using it! Enjoy! :)

Placing the nut milk bag in place in a fitting bowl & pouring the brazil nut milk mix into it!

Placing the nut milk bag in place in a fitting bowl & pouring the brazil nut milk mix into it!

Squeezing & straining more!

Squeezing & straining more!

Straining more & more!

Straining more & more!

The leftover brazil nut pulp! Use up in msoothies, on top of cereals, in banana breads, etc!

The leftover brazil nut pulp! Use up in smoothies, on top of cereals, in banana breads, etc!

How to enjoy?

1. This is a fine drink on its own

2. Pour over cereals or muesli, for added nut flavour & added nut goodness, for added nutrition! ;)

3. Add a bit of it to your yoghurt : lovely!

4. Make a dessert with it.

5. Make smoothies with it.

6. Use it in tea or coffee.

7. This is also great used in cakes, muffins & in breads for a more added nut flavour

8. You can use the pulp in banana breads, cakes or muffins like these Yummy Healthy Vegan pear & cashew nut pulp muffins! Just use the brazil nut pulp instead of the cashew nut pulp!

A tasty recipe using home-made brazil nut milk! :) Vegan, Gluten-Free Almond butter maca brazil nut milk chia smoothies!!!!

Yummmm! Vegan, Gluten-Free!

Yummmm! Vegan, Gluten-Free!

Recipe: For 2 persons or for 1 hungry person = 800 ml

Ingredients:

500 ml of your favourite plant-based milk, I used unsweetened home-made brazil nut milk!!!

6 tablespoons pure salted roasted almond butter = 3/8 cup

1 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon maca powder = Raw Maca Power is a superfood. Maca is a herbaceous plant native to the high Andean Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. It is one of the only food plants in the world able to thrive at such a high altitude. Maca, and more specifically the root of the plant, has a long history as a superfood. The maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it 1/ to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, 2/ and to help cope with stress. 3/ It also energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine, 4/ and it can aid in reproductive function, 5/ helping to balance hormones and 6/ increase fertility. 7/ It is good for your libido. 8/ It also has a lot of vitamins in it, like vitamines B1, B2 & C.

So, start using it & add it to your daily smoothies or vegetable smoothies. I add 1 tablespoon per time. You don’t taste it in my smoothy,…. :)

Method:

1. Place every ingredient in this order in your Vitamix or blender. Put the tamper in your fitted lid & blend on full power for at least 30 to 60 seconds, while pushing the  ingredients into the running blades. Pour into a lovely tall smoothy glass or glasses & enjoy instantly alone or with a loved one! :) Enjoy, my lovely friends! :)

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RAW Vegan Gluten-free green smoothies :)

A tasty Vegan Gluten-Free green smoothy!

A tasty Vegan Gluten-Free green smoothy!

Today, my husband made our 1st lovely drinkable green smoothies. I tried fresh green smoothies in the past but didn’t like them at all! :(

I know that they are great for your body so we had some leftover uncooked spinach & wanted to make green smoothies out or them! These are energizing smoothies! They taste green & a bit sweet too! ;) This is how we did it!

MMM! :)

MMM! :)

For 2 smoothies = 500 ml!

Ingredients:

75 ml water

juice of 1 orange

125 gr young spinach leaves, washed & spun dry

1 juicy apple, peel washed, but not peeled, cored & cut into smaller chunks

To serve: 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds per smoothy, for on top of each smoothy!

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix-container & place all your ingredients in this order in it. Also place the tamper in your fitted lid. On high full speed, mix everything untill fully blended for 30 seconds to 1 minute! Add extra water, if you want a more liquid smoothy! ;) Pour into lovely smoothy glasses & top with 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds on top of each smoothy! Enjoy instantly with a loved one! :) Yum Yum!

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