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Raw Chocolate Pudding

Raw Chocolate Pudding

Where I live I don’t get to find young coconuts very often so when I go into the big city (lol) and find them especially on sale I am in heaven.

If you haven’t tried one I highly recommend it.  Young coconuts, both the liquid and the meat is not only tasty but very nutritious and you can do lots with them.  I look so forward to being able to make smoothies out of them for my morning shakes.

Here is a simple, quick,healthy and oh so tasty treat.  Good when you are craving that sugar.

 

For a good serving you will need to coconuts for this recipe. You will need to take the top off the coconut, which you can find in an early post here on how to do that.  Be careful as the liquid will start to come out, so I don’t take the top fully off until after I drain the water.

 

Once drained, take the top off and then with a bigger spoon, scoop out the white meat.  There won’t be a lot and it’s not hard like a coconut you are used to seeing.

Put it into your Vitamix or blender.

Add in

2 tbsp Organic Cocoa Powder

2 tbsp Maple syrup (not raw) or Honey (not vegan) or Agave –  I tired using Stevia with this recipe and it just didn’t taste good I much prefer one of the others.

1/4 cup of the coconut water (approx) depending on how creamy or thick you ike it

vanilla  optional I like to throw in a little of the vanilla bean itself

Process until smooth

Some variations after processing it are adding in some Chia seed and  / or sliced up bananas or other fruit.

It’s yummy and takes care of those sweet cravings!!

Enjoy and please share this if you like it!!

Thank you

JB

 

 

 

Raw / Vegan Green Soup

If after the holidays you are left feeling sluggish, a little heavy feeling, maybe a few extra pounds on as well, then this you may like.
I also know after the holidays of some over indulgents this may also seem boring, but you and your body will love you for it!!
It’s easy to make, quick, simple, healthy, tasty, nutritious , full of enzymes, vitamins and nutrients, and will help you lose that sluggish, tired and feeling a little full feeling!!

Great for lunches, light dinners or even a snack.

Green Soup

–  Big Handful of Organic (if possible) Spinach

–  1 chopped up Carrot

–  1 chopped up Celery stick

– 1 clove of Garlic

–  juice of 1/2 Lime (or Lemon)

– 1/2 cup Parsley

– sea salt to taste

–  1/2 Avocado

–  3/4 cup Water

Throw all ingredients into your Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth.  For more of a creaminess you can add the whole Avocado or cut back a little on the water, if you want it thinner add a little more water.

This is a guideline, but you can throw any vegetable in, but you want lots of greens….spinach , kale, collards etc and herbs….use any that you like.  Garlic and salt adjust to your liking……just don’t use table salt!!

If you want it warm, you can slight warm it on the stove, BUT do NOT heat it or boil it as it will kill all the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  We are programmed to eat HOT foods or think we need them and I know at times living in the rainforest here that I want warming foods……add spices like cumin, chili peppers etc to warm you up inside.

Experiment with the flavors and if you are needing to chew, when you’ve got the soup to how you like it, throw in a few veggies and just pulse for a min or two so you will have a chunky soup or have some crackers with it.

Enjoy!!

JB

Blenders

I just wanted to touch a bit on blenders.

Not everyone can afford or wants to invest in a high price blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, so what are some hints and those are not any affiliate links there!! 🙂

Here is a photo of the blender I have used and has worked great for me.  It is a Cusinart, not that I am into names but in case anyone wants to know.

You want to invest in a blender that has a fairly good horse power, not one that just to whip up a nut mylk and fruit will struggle.  Horse power is important, the two above have a very high horse power, so for things like cheesecakes, nut cheeses etc they are better, but how often will you be making those?

The base of the blender, the wider the better.  If it is fairly narrow, it will take even longer to blend up or it will be harder.

I also prefer to use glass, yes it is heavier but I try and stay away from plastic as much as possible.

A few or couple of speeds are also good.  Low, medium and high or even pulse.  If it only has one maybe two speeds, I wouldn’t waste your money.

Really think of how often you will be using it and what you plan on making with it.  This blender of mine, got me started and has worked very well for a good 4 years.  The investment, I don’t really know since it was a gift, but I do know it was somewhere between $100 and $200.  That may be a good place to start instead of $400 and up.

Hope that helps and making more smoothies and going raw!!!

Have a great day!!

JB