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Chocolate Chia Pudding

I was craving chocolate, so this happened…

Chocolate Chia Pudding (serves 3-4)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • sweetener of choice, to taste (I used 3 packets of stevia)
  • 6 tablespoons chia seeds
Directions:
Place the milk, vanilla, and cocoa into the blender and add sweetener to taste (about 2 servings worth). Blend until cocoa is completely incorporated.
Pour milk mixture into a bowl and add the chia seeds. Stir well, making sure that all the seeds are moistened. Leave out on the counter and stir periodically (about every 15 minutes or so), breaking up any clusters that form. Allow it to stand until the pudding has thickened and all liquid has been absorbed, at least an hour.
Refrigerate. Just before serving, stir in fruit. Serve topped with additional fruit.

Nutrition (per serving): 123 calories, 52 calories from fat, 6.2g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 17.9mg sodium, 243.3mg potassium, 12.2g carbohydrates, 8.8g fiber, 2g sugar, 7g protein, 3.8 points.

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Raw Vegan Class!

This post is long overdue, but I’ve semi-recently attended a raw vegan cooking class with my parents. Basically it was truly delicious and if you’re in the Bay Area of California, I recommend her class whole heartedly! (sorry for the terrible quality, taken on my mom’s iphone!)

Here are some pictures of what we made 🙂

Lasagna – This was SO yummy. It includes an olive tapenade and a hemp pesto with a lot of dehydrated vegetables, a lot of rich flavors and with even more time in the fridge or sitting, the flavors would be even better.

Minestrone – This was interesting. It was thicker than a typical minestrone but does truly capture the tomato feel needed for a good minestrone. The chopped vegetables were softened by dehydration, could have used more dehydration but we were crunched for time!

Creamy dressing salad – I didn’t think this was even possible to be vegan, but I was proved wrong! This was also super good, I plan to make for myself and post the recipe then.

Tiramisu – This was by far my favorite part of the entire class. It was that good. I will make these one day, and post the recipe then. It was literally amazing and I feel as if I could eat this all day, every day.  SO GOOD! Plus since I hate coffee, I left out the expresso so it wasn’t really a tiramisu for me but it was sooo good.

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Raw Cookie Dough

Since my friend has decided to become vegan, we’re depending more and more on Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipes. As we were cooking our way through, we came across these little balls of joy, seriously, you have to try these!

Raw Cookie Dough (makes about 5-6 balls)

Ingredients:

  • 80g pitted dates (scant 2/3 cup)
  • handful of chocolate chips
  • 30g cashews (1/4 cup) (Or another nut. Try almonds!)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • tiny pinch of salt (can be omitted)

Directions:

Blend the dates, cashews, salt, and vanilla. (CCK likes SunMaid dates, I used some from Trader Joes)  You can either blend the chocolate with the other ingredients or chop it separately, then mix the pieces into the dough. Make bars, balls, or shapes of whatever size you feel.

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Mint Chocolate Raw Brownies

After receiving this recipe a few days ago via email from my love, Chocolate Covered Katie, I knew I had to make them! I gave up baked goods (desserty type) for lent (don’t have to be catholic to follow it religiously 😉 ) so I knew brownies, which I love, with mint, which I adore, that are raw, was a match made in heaven. Anyway, I rolled them into little balls instead of brownie-ing them since I was traveling with a few. By the way, there isn’t really a way to take a picture of them without them looking like poop. Sorry. BUT THEY TASTE SO GOOD!

Mint Chocolate Raw Brownies (makes 17-18 balls)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 and 1/3 cups pitted dates (230 grams)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • A few drops pure peppermint extract (depending on how minty you want them. Start with less; you can always add more.)
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • a tiny dash of salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, using a food processor. Form into brownies or balls or bars or whatever you feel!

Original Recipe (the main difference is I put less walnuts)

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