Raw Chocolate Macaroons

I’m always so busy making Bliss Balls for the farmers markets that I forgot how amazing this simple recipe is!  You don’t even need a food processor, just melt, mix and off you go!images-1

  • 3 cups Coconut
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  1. Melt coconut oil over low heat.
  2. In a bowl combine all ingredients.
  3. Use a trigger handled cookie scoop (see image below, this is your best friend for making cookies, bliss balls and macaroons!) to make nice little balls, press the mix into the scoop firmly, then place balls into a plate. Refrigerate until firm and enjoy!

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Last week I made my first gluten free bread, I’ve made tons of gluten free treats in the past but bread had be a bit intimidated! So many flours and gums and new ingredients! So much bad gf bread at the store! But I’ve looked at a lot of bread recipes and tips and tricks to gf bread baking and decided to give it a go! Well to my great surprise and pleasure my first try was a success! I liked it so much I baked 6 more loaves to sell at the farmers market! Here is the recipe: Unknown

  • 1/2 cup Quinoa Flour
  • 1 cup Buckwheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sorghum Flour
  • 1 cup Potato Starch
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Flax
  • 1 Tbsp Yeast or Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh Basil
  • 1 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 2 Large Eggs, whisked

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
2. Mix dry and wet ingredients together and stir for 1-2 minutes.
3. Scrape into a lined bread pan and let rise 30 min.
4. Place bread in a cold oven, then turn on the oven to 350. Bake for 40-45 min or until when turned out the bottom is browned, let cool completely on a wire rack.

Gluten Free Herb Bread

Last week I made my first gluten free bread, I’ve made tons of gluten free treats in the past but bread had be a bit intimidated! So many flours and gums and new ingredients! So much bad gf bread at the store! But I’ve looked at a lot of bread recipes and tips and tricks to gf bread baking and decided to give it a go! Well to my great surprise and pleasure my first try was a success! I liked it so much I baked 6 more loaves to sell at the farmers market! Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup Quinoa Flour
1 cup Buckwheat Flour
1/2 cup Sorghum Flour
1 cup Potato Starch
2 Tbsp Ground Flax
1 Tbsp Yeast or Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Xanthan Gum
1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp chopped fresh Rosemary
1 Tbsp minced fresh Parsley
1 Tbsp minced fresh Basil

1 1/3 cup Water
1/4 cup Oil
1/4 cup Honey
2 Large Eggs, whisked

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
2. Mix dry and wet ingredients together and stir for 1-2 minutes.
3. Scrape into a lined bread pan and let rise 30 min.
4. Place bread in a cold oven, then turn on the oven to 350. Bake for 40-45 min or until when turned out the bottom is browned, let cool completely on a wire rack.

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Raw Thai Avocado Soup

It has been killer hot this week in BC, a little bit of summer at the start of May is always appreciated!  I’ve been loving getting some sun on this pasty body of mine and getting into making some raw recipes as it is too hot to even think about turning on the oven.  Here is a quick and easy raw soup that is great on a hot day:

Raw Thai Avocado Soup

  • 2 cups Shredded Coconut (soaked in 2 cups hot water 30 min) or young coconut meat if you can find it!
  • 1 AvocadoUnknown-3
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, minced or finely grated
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 Lime
  • 1-2 large Dates
  • 1 tbsp Miso
  • 1 tbsp Braggs
  • 2 tsp Thai Green Curry Paste
  • 2 1/2 cups Water

Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup Tomato, small dice
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, minced
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until very smooth.
  2. Pour into bowls and garnish with diced tomato and minced cilantro, enjoy!

Hemp Caesar Salad Dressing

This is one of my favorite dressing recipes and superfood-a-licious!  I’ve added nutrient packed hemp seeds to transform this family favorite into a protein packed superfood salad!  Hemp seeds are perhaps the most nutritious seed in the world!  They are a complete protein (just like meat!) and have a concentrated balance of proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats!  Hemp Seeds are one of nature’s perfect foods! 

Hemp Caesar Salad Dressing:Caesar (1)

  • 1-2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sea  Salt
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Cold Pressed Vegetable Oil (safflower/grapeseed/sunflower)
  • 1/2 cup Filtered Water
  • 2 tsp Nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp Capers
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan (Optional)

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Stir in grated parmesan if desired.

2. Toss with chopped romaine and Homemade Croutons: Cut a nice multi-grain or gluten-free bread into cubes.  Heat a few tbsps olive or coconut oil in a pan over medium, add bread cubes tossing to coat with the oil.  Sprinkle with: 1 tsp dry basil, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, sea salt & black pepper.  Fry until golden and crisp all over.

How to Liver Flush & Break a Fast

So after 5 days I’ve decided to end my juice fast.  Tonight I will do a liver flush and tomorrow I’ll get to EAT!  You don’t realize just how much you love food until you can’t have it, today I was day-dreaming about smoked salmon and goat cheese…mmmm….  BUT when you come off a juice fast you need to take it easy with your food choices for the first few days so no indulging quite yet!  First though is the liver flush:

A liver or gallbladder flush, as it is also called, is best done while juice fasting.  It is performed by abstaining from juices after 2 pm (tea or lemon water is encouraged,)  then as you go to bed you drink a 1/2 cup of olive oil (or I used melted coconut oil) mixed with a 1/2 cup of grapefruit or lemon juice.  This large dose of oil along with the citrus causes the gallbladder to release tiny gallstones that get trapped in there, which you excrete easily the next morning.  Sounds like fun eh!  But if I’ve come this far with the juice fast, might as well go for a thorough cleanse.  (Some resources will instruct you to drink epsom salt water a few times before the olive oil mix, I’ve found if you’ve been fasting for a few days this is unnecessary and can be harmful to organs.)

Breaking a juice fast:  When it comes to breaking a juice fast you want to plan ahead a bit for what you’re going to eat, otherwise along with the freedom to eat comes the rampant temptation to eat EVERYTHING!!! (Trust me I’ve been there!)  It’s best to take 1-2 days to return to your “normal” diet.  images-1

  • Start out with either fresh fruit, papaya is great as it is loaded with digestive enzymes, or a smoothie made with just fruit and water.  Feel free to add leafy greens to your smoothie if you wish, but avoid almond milk or adding any fat or protein just yet.
  • For lunch a raw salad with a simple homemade dressing is great.  You could also have a raw soup or a puréed cooked soup like carrot ginger.
  • For dinner you can add brown rice or quinoa and either have another salad or  steamed veggies.
  • By the second day you can have a solid breakfast just remember to keep things on the healthy side, no eggs benny just yet!
  • Incorporate lots of raw fruits and veggies over the next few days and keep having fresh juice at least once a day.