Friday, December 18, 2009

Coconut Peanut Butter Granola

I have been so in the mood for peanut butter lately. I go in phases with my nut butters. After a long winded love affair with macadamia butter, I think I am ready to move on to another one of my favorites....PEANUT BUTTER!! Just got home from the health food store with some organic peanut butter so I can make some super delicious Coconut Peanut Butter Granola! You have to try this!

Coconut Peanut Butter Granola
2 cups oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup agave
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut butter
3/4 cup coconut flakes
sea salt

1. To keep it RAW: Mix everything together in bowl and enjoy OR
2. Preheat oven to 275
3. Heat all ingredients in saucepan until melted except oats and coconut flakes
4. Then add oats and coconut flakes and mix together
5. Spread on cookie sheet, cook for 10 min. Remove and spread around, place back in oven and cook for another 10 min. Let cool and YUMMY!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Banana Coconut Ice Cream

I made this for my husband tonight and he loved it! I have been playing around with different frozen banana ice cream recipes and this one takes the cake! Try changing up the dried fruit or using cocoa nibs instead! If you love ice cream, you'll love this!

3 frozen bananas
1/4 cup dried coconut
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp coconut butter
2 tbsp water

1. throw everything in either the blender or food processor and process until smooth

Monday, December 7, 2009

What Should I Do With My Juice Pulp?

There are so many uses for juice pulp, like using it in raw pies, breads, and mock salads. But here is just another use if you still have a ton left over after all of your cooking or uncooking is done and you don't want to put it in your compost just yet! Skin Care Product!!! Depending on your skin type, use these masks accordingly. Mix 1 tbsp of pulp with any base mask of your choice. I just started using this French Green Clay and I LOVE IT! So now all there is to do is add a little pulp to my clay paste and apply to my skin : ) Have fun with a day at the SPA in your very own bathroom!

Apple Pulp: Slightly acidic. Soothes and gently exfoliates

Asparagus Pulp: Stimulating. Dries up pimples

Carrot Pulp: Antiseptic. Heals pimples

Fresh Fig Pulp: Softens and soothes. Used for cleansing

Pear Pulp: Cools and soothes hot, sunburnt skin

Pineapple Pulp: An astringent wash for oily skin

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Radish Apple Onion Salad w. Dill Dressing

I found a similar recipe to this about a year ago from one of the handouts at my local farmer's market. Since then, I have taken out some of their ingredients, added my own, and put a twist on the dressing. This has to be one of my favorites for salads or at least on the top of the list. It's super easy, satisfies both my salty and sweet tooth, and loads me up with nutrition for the afternoon. This is great in the Spring but I love it any time of the year really.

Radish Apple Onion Salad w. Dill Dressing
6 radishes thinly sliced
2 apples, cored, seeded, thinly sliced (toss them in juiced lemon to prevent browning)
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of stevia or other sweetener
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried dill (or 2 tbsp chopped fresh)

1. Combine all vegetables in bowl
2. Combine all dressing ingredients and whisk
3. Add dressing to veggies, mix, serve. That's it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Autumn Sweet Potato Soup (Dairy/Soy Free)

My family had three Thanksgivings this year! Thanksgiving day at my Mom's, day after at my Aunt Gail's, day after that Aunt Susan's. On day two, my aunt made a delicious and nutritious Sweet Potato Soup that was so good that I decided to recreate it using my own creative twist and whatever else I had to use up in my fridge. I only had about one celery stalk but had a huge broccoli stalk headed towards its death in the crisper so I chopped that up and used it instead of the additional celery. I left the skin on the potatoes and the apple for the added fiber. This soup is excellent when it's cold outside and there is nothing better then a hot bowl of soup. Really warming, extremely grounding, and full of LOVE!
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
3 lbs sweet potatoes, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 apple, chopped
6-7 cups water
2 tsp sea salt
ginger to taste (optional)

1. Roast potatoes in oven on 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes (until cooked)
2. Heat olive oil on medium high and add onions, apples, and celery. Let saute for about 15 minutes or until cooked through
3. Add cooked potatoes, water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add soup to your blender and blend or use an immersion blender to mix up and say YUMM!!