Raw Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Sauce

PUMPKIN SPICED PIE with CARAMEL SAUCE

(Note: this pumpkin pie is also delicious on it’s own, the caramel sauce is optional but it makes it THAT much more yummy!)

Crust:
¾ Cup Almonds
¾ Cup Pecans
6-8 Medjool Dates (or enough to make the crust stick), pitted and chopped
Pinch Salt

In a food processor, process the nuts and salt first. Add the dates and process until your crust sticks together. Pat the crust into a 8-9 inch pie pan.

Filling:
1 Cup Cashews, soaked overnight
15 Medjool Dates, soaked overnight
1 Large Yam, peeled and diced
3 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
¼ Cup Coconut Oil, melted

First, process the chopped yam into a food processor then transfer to a vitamix. Drain dates, reserve soak water and remove pits. Add your dates, 3 tablespoons of the soak water, cashews, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and maple syrup, and blend well. Add your melted coconut oil and blend really well. You may need to a little more water from your soaked dates to help blending, but you want to keep your mixture quite thick.
Pour the filling onto your crust and set in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until it sets.

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Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Leather

This is one of the easiest raw food snack to make and the kids love them! Also great for on-the-go snack and performance snack. I bring some with me when I go mountain biking, snowboarding and hiking. Awesome for traveling too!

4-5 Apples (skin included)
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix until really smooth.

Spread about 1/8 inch of the mixture onto a tray lined with teflex sheet and dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours.

Keep an eye on it and make sure you don’t let it get too dry and not pliable.

Tip: You can also cut them in strips, spread some almond butter and roll them up.
 

Quick Fuel Snack

I often find myself running around with no time to prepare healthy meals in advance. So I always make sure to keep certain Superfoods in my cupboards such as Chia Seeds and Goji Berries. Here’s an example of a quick snack I make for myself; I simply put chia seeds and goji berries in water and let it sit for about 15 minutes or until the seeds and berries absorbs the water and becomes soft and gelatinous. If you happen to have coconut water – even better!! [Read more...]

 

Brazil Nut – Vanilla Ice Cream

This is my favorite ice cream! LOVE the taste of brazil nut milk. This recipe is from “Raw For Dessert” of Jennifer Cornbleet.

Ingredients:
2 Cups Brazil Nut Milk (see below)
1/2 Cup Cashews, soaked for 8 to 12 hours
1/2 Cup Agave
2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Vanilla Beans
1/8 Teaspoon Salt

Pour 1/2 cup of the brazil nut milk and all the cashews in a blender and process until very smooth. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups brazil nut milk and all of the agave, vanilla extract, vanilla beans, and salt and process until blended. Transfer to a jar and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Put the mixture in a ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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Scott Jurek excels on plant-based diet

Scott Jurek on a run

 

(Photo from ScottJurek.com)

Believe it or not there are a ton of athletes who thrive on a plant based diet and think it’s important to highlight these people and their accomplishments.  Ill be featuring these individuals from time to time, hoping to inspire and break down any misconceptions about plant based diets and performance. – Priscilla

Words like “ultra” should not be used frivolously, but ultra runner Scott Jurek fully deserves the descriptor. His resume of races is crazy, including 24-hour runs and over-100 miles in length. In 2010, he set a U.S. all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles. He was named Ultra-Runner of the Year three times by Ultrarunning Magazine. With the publishing of his acclaimed book “Eat and Run,” Jurek extends his accomplishments off the trail.

What could fuel such feats? For Jurek, a big source of his success has been a wholesome plant-based diet. As a graduate student, Jurek noticed how a diet in high-quality food benefited those living active lifestyles. Adopting a plant-based diet in 1999 was the needed element to spark his astounding career. [Read more...]

 

Raw Food for your Kids Lunchbox!

Come learn how to make raw food for your kids lunch box!
Easy, fun, and YUMMY!!

 

 

How to make Home-Made Almond Milk

 

OAT GROAT BREAKFAST – Better than Oatmeal!

This one is my ultimate favorite for breakfast! I love the texture and the taste is similar to oatmeal but even better! Oat groats are high in protein and fiber which makes it an excellent breakfast before going for any physical activities. You can replace the water for nut milk and add your favorite fruits. I sometimes use almond milk, chopped apples and raisins for a traditional taste. [Read more...]

 

LEAFY GREEN SMOOTHIE

Leafy greens are essential to human health, and a great way to consume them is in green smoothies. You can variate the amount of fruit to make it sweeter, and I find that adding frozen bananas to it makes the texture even creamier..  [Read more...]

 

RAW TASTY CHILI – WITH CASHEW SOUR CREAM

This tastes unbelievably similar to the traditional chili! On cold winter days you can warm it up a little, it will put a smile on your face :)   (Recipe from “Everyday Raw” by Matthew Kenney. [Read more...]

 
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