While all of the vegan milk alternatives on super market shelves are great news for those looking to avoid dairy, a quick skim of the ingredient list will often reveal not so lovely additives like carrageenan, "natural flavors", salt, and added sugar. Plus, if you're using milk as a staple in your or your families diet the dollars can really add up! Solution? Make your own with soaked almonds, purified water, a blender, and a simple kitchen tool you'll be so thankful to own: a nut milk bag.
Try this recipe by Jessica Petrovic of Inner City Hippie! It's ideal for smoothies, cereals, chia puddings, and works great as a base for a variety of different flavored milks. Enjoy!
If ever there was a treat to say farewell to summer it is this one here by Lisa Viger of Raw on $10 a Day or Less. Banana Watermelon Ice Cream with chewy Watermelon Chips for a super fun variation of texture! This is a great treat for kids too - make a big batch the next time there are friends over to play!
Besides an explosion of colorful leaves, cooler days and darker nights, cute boots and sweaters coming out to play once more, and all things pumpkin, fall time is also about cozy mornings spent with a warm mug of tea (or cold-pressed coffee), and a (raw) pastry. This cinnamon roll recipe by Iselin Stoylen of Vegetarian Taste is really very easy to make and doesn't even require a dehydrator. They turn out gooey, cinnamon-ey and delicious and don't have a stitch of sugar or gluten in them. Enjoy!
Attention fruit bats: We have a smoothie recipe you are absolutely going to flip for! Presenting Stefania D'Alessandro of La Tortoise's Mango Peach Orange Smoothie complete with a spritz of lemon and lime, a pinch of mint and a hint of ginger. ENJOY and have a fruitful day!
If you've yet to really master your raw cheesecake creations Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake will help guide you along with her perfected recipes such as this one. A creamy and dense coconut cheesecake filling infused with lemon zest, vanilla and thyme combines perfectly with an all raw sprouted buckwheat crust and sweet pluot puree. This cheesecake is like a homage to summers fruity abundance.
Make these snack bites by Stefania D'Alessandro of La Tortoise if you like a little zest and spice in your life. Sticky sweet dates combine with raw almonds, cashews, coconut oil, ginger, lime juice and zest and a dash of heat from chili pepper. Wake up those taste buds while giving the ol' blood sugar a boost. Enjoy!
Prepare yourself for autumn ahead with a boost to your immune system courtesy of this delicious and sunshiney smoothie by Marquis Matson of Real Raw Kitchen. What's not to love about citrusy fresh orange juice, creamy sweet bananas, enzyme and Vitamin C-rich pineapple and immune-boosting ginseng. Make this one a staple for the weeks to come and help stave off any change-of-the-season ickies.
Many kale chip recipes rely heavily on nuts to get that addictive flavor and crunchy texture, however not this recipe by Amy Lyons! She's combined carrots and coconut flakes as the base, added nutritional yeast for an extra dose of "cheese", acv for a little tang, and garlic, cloves and jalapeno to turn up the flavor and heat. We could all benefit from consuming more kale on a regular basis; after-all it's high in protein and loaded with minerals such a magnesium, calcium and iron and critical vitamins such a Vitamin A, K and C. With so many tasty options it's easier than ever to add more kale into your diet. Enjoy!
When it comes to this masterpiece of a cake by Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life the magic is in the frosting. Raw cashews (or coconut meat), lemon, ginger, vanilla bean, coconut nectar and a few other tasties combine to form creamy ambrosia in your blender mug. YUM! You will be tempted to eat it all up right out of the blender!
Bring out your inner child with this guilt-free yum in the tum recipe by Jessica Petrovic of Inner City Hippie! Nothing satisfies a sweet tooth better than a piece of soft, rich, sweet, velvety fudge. Try this quick and easy treat the next time your tempted to go for something processed and full of refined sugar. Enjoy!
If you're looking for a raw dessert recipe absolutely guaranteed to impress anyone and everyone around you than behold your answer here! This Raw Lemon Caramel Coconut Yogurt Cake by Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake is perfection. She utilizes probiotic powder in the coconut yogurt to give the recipe an extra boost of authentic yogurt flavor AND immune boosting friendly flora. Creamy tangy-sweet coconut yogurt and zesty lemon merge with gooey ribbons of sweet caramel atop a nut-free/gluten-free crust. Swoon.
If you feel yourself falling under the weather halt those ickies right in their tracks with this immune system boosting smoothie by Emma Potts of Coconut and Berries. Medicinal ingredients like goji berries, turmeric, and ginger combine with fresh oranges, coconut water (or almond milk), a splash of coconut nectar (or maple syrup), and plenty of ice to create a cooling, soothing, perfectly sweet and antioxidant loaded super-smoothie!
Check out Emma's dissertation on each key ingredient:
Goji berries: Touted as a “superfood”. Gram for gram, goji berries contain more vitamin C than oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots. Beta-carotene is important for healthy skin and eyes.
Turmeric: High in curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Ginger: Boosts immunity, eases digestion, improves circulation and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Oranges: Very high in vitamin C, vital for a healthy immune system.
If you love that thick, hearty, and filling feel of porridge in the morning this recipe by Lauren Glucina of Ascension Kitchen is a must-try! Chia seeds will naturally swell with water and become quite gelatinous once soaked, making them the perfect substitute for grains in porridge. They are also far superior nutritionally with plenty of calcium, antioxidants, gentle soluble fibers, complete protein profile and loads of brain-boosting and inflammation fighting omega 3 fatty acids. This is a true breakfast treat - sweet vanilla chia porridge with a layer of cherries, pistachios and cacao nibs at the bottom of the glass waiting to be devoured. Enjoy!
Is a healthy treat or quick afternoon pick me up in order? Try these delectable Vanilla Goji Bliss Balls by Jessica Petrovic of Inner City Hippie! The combination of coconut, vanilla bean, goji berry and lemon proves to be an absolutely irresistible trifecta of yumminess and they also happen to be low glycemic too! Enjoy!
This recipe by Koko Brill of Kokos Kitchen was just too gorgeous not to share! Fresh rice paper hand rolls with sliced mango, mint, avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, and green onion fixings paired with a delectable Thai-inspired peanut sauce.
This recipe was originally shared on the blog Drop Dead.
*The rice paper, while vegan and gluten-free, is not 100% raw. You can always substitute nori seaweed for the rice paper if you wish.
September is here and you know what that means....the end of watermelon season as we know it. Indulge fully in nature's most juicy and hydrating fruit with this refreshing Watermelon and Strawberry Smoothie by Charmaine San Pedro of Not Another Models Blog. She's even given us a green version for those of us addicted to chlorophyll. Enjoy these final days of summer to the max!
Four words: Healthy. Nutella. Freezer. Fudge. Now that we have your attention scroll below and discover how you can whip up a batch of this Raw Coconut Nutella Freezer Fudge by Chris Anca of Tales of a Kitchen! If you're not in the mood to share your chocolate we recommend storing these in the back of the freezer, hidden behind the frozen peas; otherwise they will go quick!
Just because you want something crunchy and salty doesn’t mean it can’t be good for you! Kale chips are the junk food darling of the raw world and they’re a cinch to make. Learn how with this simple, tasty, and extra cheesy recipe by Kerry Ogden!
This makes a great mock cheese sauce. Be sure to save some for spiralized noodles or for a dipping sauce paired with your favorite veggies.