To me, this Autumn Elixir Smoothie combines so many wondrous elements of fall; the warming notes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, with the creamy combines of banana, freshly made almond mylk, and cooling fruits like pear.
Chef Marlie Centawer describes her amazing banana cacao soft serve recipe- "This recipe uses bananas, cacao powder, a dash of cinnamon and vanilla, and some fresh mint to create a luscious palette of cooling flavours that will kick those taste buds into simple dessert heaven."
Banana soft serve will forever be a favorite amongst raw foodies as it is so easy to prepare and always hits the spot! Enjoy at breakfast time or as a dessert and feel no shame as it's completely healthy for you. It's the perfect recipe to share with friends as they will be shocked at how decadent, creamy and sweet frozen bananas can be when processed into a smooth soft serve consistency.
You may be thinking, "broccoli and banana?!" Yes we know its an unlikely pair, however, this smoothie works out very nicely. The sweet creaminess of frozen bananas helps to smooth over any overly green flavor of broccoli. The spinach and spirulina are hardly even detectable, however they do contribute to the creaminess of texture. Maca and lucuma add a subtle maltiness that is quite delicious. The result is a thick, creamy smoothie packed to the brim with green nutrition! Top with bee pollen for an immune system boost as well as extra protein and B vitamins.
We admit, sometimes it's nice this time of year to have a hearty breakfast in your belly before you head out the door into the cold weather! Enter buckwheat groat porridge with chia pudding, fresh almond milk, dried mulberries, seasonal fruit and maple to sweeten! This recipe will leave you feeling nourished for hours.
While rich and decadent, the dark chocolatey flavor of these fudge cake pops is just perfect and not overwhelmingly strong. The base of ground walnuts and dates makes for dense, moist consistency similar to a fudge brownie. This recipe also features maca and goji berry powder for super food nutrients. Be sure to check out Marlie's other versions of cake pops too: Luverly Vanilla and Mulberry Maven.
Marlie Centawer declares this recipe "simply and sinfully sumptuous" and we agree! The rich and deep flavors of cacao and coconut blend with creamy frozen bananas for an especially indulgent treat perfect for a filling and sustaining breakfast or for a post yoga class energizer. The flavors of this recipe mimic the rich robustness of espresso, and the topping of cacao nibs will remind you of crushed coffee beans. Delish!
This frothy, creamy, warming latte elixir recipe starts with a base of medicinal chaga tea and becomes a rich sensory experience with the addition of fresh sesame mylk, vanilla bean, raw cacao, cinnamon, nutmeg and mesquite pod meal. Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that is revered in Chinese medicine for it's ability to enhance the immune system and provide the body with powerful antioxidants. It is one of the most ultimate superfoods and works perfectly as a base for lattes like this one. Feel free to add your sweetener of choice if desired.
In this recipe Marlie Centawer combines creamy frozen bananas with fresh young Thai coconut meat, blueberries, lucuma, vanilla, stevia, goji berries and bee pollen to create a smoothie that's fit for the God's! Yummm! Drink this ambrosia smoothie and pay homage to the beautiful divine being that you are, inside and out!
If you want to take veggie noodles to the next level, you may come into contact with kelp noodles. This recipe for Creamy Kelp Noodles is a variation on my all-time favourite recipe for raw vegan pad thai. Instead of using an assortment of veggies, I opted for some sliced chard and cucumber.
Beets and beet greens have amazing liver cleansing abilities and these days it's a good idea to give the liver a little extra support and love. We recommended making and enjoying this juice at least a few times per week. Beyond being extremely detoxifying it is also super hydrating and delicious. The lemon, ginger, cucumber and apple help balance out the root vegetables and create a very well rounded flavor.
Chef Marlie educates us about the benefits of beets:
"Nutritional powerhouses, beets are an excellent source of antioxidants, help to regulate digestion, cleanse the liver and detoxify our cells. The leaves are also edible, and are chocked full of beta-carotene. What better way to alkalize the bod than with beets?"
This green juice is packed with chlorophyll and minerals like silica and calcium, and will nourish your body and spirit! The secret to making a palatable green juice is to balance out the strong flavor of the concentrated greens with mild flavored water rich ones like celery and cucumber. Also adding lemon and a touch of sweet fruit is always helpful. This recipe uses green apple which is lower sugar and adds a nice element of tartness. Consume this juice while absorbing warm rays of sunshine on your face and focusing on all that you are grateful for. Raise your glass, take a sip, and radiate your beauty to the world!
This is one of Marlie Centawer's amazing "Smoothie Saturday" recipes. It's a gorgeous blend of fresh fruits and superfoods such as spinach, chia seeds, hemp protein, spirulina, and maca and will surely start your day, and weekend, off on the right foot with powerful nutrients, greens, essential fatty acids, and protein!
This green juice nourishes and cleanses through a bounty of natural (albeit leftover) goodness from dear mamma Earth; green apples, lemon, ginger, cucumber, with an abundance of extra broccoli and kale stems I saved from other culinary efforts. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Fresh cashews and rich fragrant coconut merge with sweet nectar-like maple syrup, blissful vanilla and hint of caramel from lucuma to form the base of these decadent gourmet raw desserts. But that's not all, everything is then dipped in a rich dark cacao coating to create what may just be the perfect (and creative!) raw vegan dessert to date. You must try this recipe! Be sure to check out Marlie's other versions too: Cacao Fudge and Mulberry Maven.
This recipe is the sweetest of the the 3 cake pop versions. Flavonoid and antioxidant rich mulberries add a sweet chewiness to this recipe. One option for this version is to add a few pinches of ground lavender flowers to the cake batter for a very unique and unexpected flavor experience. Be sure to check out Marlie's other versions of cake pops too: Cacao Fudge and Luverly Vanilla.
A low glycemic, super-food infused, healing and alkalinizing smoothie recipe perfect for all the green smoothie drinking green goddesses out there! Added to the green power of cucumber and romaine there is the addition of spirulina and barley greens powder, as well as a hit of herbal medicine from maca and the Chinese herb he shou wu. Top with goji berries or bee pollen. This recipe is perfect for those with blood sugar imbalances and the sweetness can be adjusted by adding more or less stevia.
When it comes to using food for artistic spiritual expression, nothing beats raw dessert creation. Marlie Centawer says, "to me, this raw creation is a living mandala, an Organic Blueberry Soul Mandala Pie to be shared with those you love most." Don't forget to put some soul into your recipes, it's the most important ingredient.
These little chocolate drizzled almond vanilla cookies are sure to disappear quite quickly once they come out of the dehydrator. Be prepared to walk away and come back to nothing more than a trail of crumbs. The light texture of coconut flour and leftover pulp from making almond milk create a very authentic crumbly cookie consistency, while the cacao butter and fresh vanilla bean lend a superbly rich sweet flavor. Use dates alone to sweeten or step it up with a few drops of vanilla stevia.
On a side note, it is highly recommended that you hum along to Beck's "Paper Tiger" while making these scrumptious little almond vanilla cookies!
Something about the combination of cashews, coconut, goji berries and peppermint oil really does taste like candy cane! The red bits of goji berry with white coconut and cashew even gives the truffles an appearance that is reminiscent of this classic Holiday candy. Even though this recipe was inspired by the Holidays it can be made any time of the year and is absolutely delightful frozen too as a cooling summer treat. Truffles are so easy to make, look completely gourmet, and are fun because you can roll them in all sorts of toppings to vary both the appearance and flavor. And they're so cute!
Sugar free Radiant Almond-Coconut Orbs by Marlie Centawer of Barefoot and Frolicking sweetened with only natural stevia. Let yourself experience an active meditation while you create this healthy and delicious recipe, shaping each bite sized morsel into a perfect orb. Embrace the cyclic, circular nature of life and make art out of your food with Marlie's fantastic recipe!