Smiley Coconut Snowballs

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While I was researching the famous phrase: ‘You are what you eat’, to find out who said it, I stumbled upon a very funny comment in one of the sites. Someone said it was his mom who said it first… ūüôā I’m sure she is not the first mom telling it to her kids, wanting them to eat healthy. As a mother, a big part of my life is worrying about what my daughter eats and I know I’m not alone in the ‘Picky Eaters Parents Club’. ¬†So I have to be creative and “sneak-in” the ‘good stuff’ into the food I make for her. It makes me happy to see her eating something healthy in disguise. For her it’s a dessert and all I see is the chia seeds.

Easy and quick, no baking involved so even the kids can help make it. Everyone loves them, including the grown ups! Back to ‘You are what you eat’, even though I don’t have scientific evidence, I’m pretty sure you can become a smiley (and healthy) snowball after eating these cute & delicious munchkins ūüėČ

(makes about 25-35 Balls)

Ingredients

2 Cups Raw Almond Flour/Meal (Ground Almonds)

2 Cups Unsweetened Shredded dry Coconut Flakes

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds, Soaked in¬†¬ľ Cup Almond Milk (it will expand into 3 Tbsp. after soaking for 15-20 minutes)

¬Ĺ Cup Maple Syrup

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

Pinch of Salt

Options: Add Teaspoon Raw Almond Butter, Cashew Butter or Cinnamon

(If you want Chocolate balls, just add 1 1/2 Tbsp. of Cocoa Powder)

For the Decoration:

Shredded dry Coconut to cover

Vegan Chocolate Chips (for the eyes)

Goji Berries (for the mouth)

Pine Nuts (for nose)

Preparation

Mix everything well, don’t add the liquid all at once (Almond milk with soaked chia seeds), try to play with the amounts to the desirable consistency. The coconut oil melts in room temperature so after you’re done mixing, place in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to harden, so its easy to work with. Take it out of the fridge and form balls. Dip in the shredded dry Coconut, decorate and serve, or keep in fridge¬†for later. Smile & Enjoy!

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Raw Coconut Cherry Pie with Cashew Cream

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Who doesn’t love cherries?! ¬†They’re so beautiful and flavorful. They are rich in vitamin C and¬†are considered a super-fruit. Their season is short so I knew I had to do something quick with the bag of sweet cherries I got. The first thing I thought about is the color. That’s the real “food coloring” of nature, without the chemicals! ¬†Mixing the cherries with the coconut cream makes a pretty purple, then topping the pie with fresh cherries over the white cashew cream and I got two colors for the price of one… ¬†There is no baking here, just a lot of blending and cherry pitting.

For the look of¬†clean lines of the pie layers, you can put it in the freezer for a few minutes between each layer of cream to allow it to set and prevent the layers from mixing. This decadent¬†pie is so rich and full of nutrients, it is hard to eat more than one piece, which makes it almost a guilt-free dessert ūüôā

Before you start, remember to soak the cashew in filtered water for at least 4 hours (preferably in the fridge).

 

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Ingredients

Crust:

1¬Ĺ Cup Walnuts

1 Cup Pecans (I used small American Native Pecans)

2 Tbsp Water (more if needed)

1¬Ĺ Cups Pitted Medjool Dates

¬Ĺ Cup Shredded Coconut

1¬Ĺ tsp Coconut Oil

¬Ĺ tsp Cinnamon

Pinch of Salt

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Cashew Cream:

2 Cups Soaked Raw Organic Cashews

¬Ĺ Cup Maple Syrup

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Pinch of Salt

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Cherry Coconut Cream:

2 Cups Pitted Cherries

¬Ĺ Cup Coconut Cream (Cream = Not the coconut milk)

¬Ĺ Cup Coconut “Meat”

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

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Preparation

Crust:

Put all ingredients for the crust into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Note that sometimes the dates are a bit dry and need more water to help bind it all together. Add water only if needed.

Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a pie pan. You will need to do some patch work to spread evenly.

Place the crust in the fridge to set and harden.

Cashew Cream:

Soak the cashews for a minimum of four hours. Wash and drain.

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender (A good high-speed blender is important, you want the cashew cream to be super smooth with no pieces)

Place cream over the crust and put in the freezer to set.

Cherry Coconut Cream:

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Add this layer of cream onto the pie and freeze to set.

Finally, top the pie with a layer of cherry halves and serve.

 

* You can freeze the pie. If you do, don’t forget to thaw it ten minutes before serving.

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Vegan Sesame Halva “Milk”

Halva Sesame Milk

The first time I took a sip of this amazing “milk” was at a Vegan cooking class. The chef teaching was Adam Sobel, the awesome owner of¬†the famous Vegan Food Truck: “The Cinnamon Snail”.

Immediately, it reminded me of the taste of Halva, which is a Mediterranean sesame sweet treat. I think it really should be called liquid Halva. It could be a base for shakes, ice creams and other desserts. So easy to make and you will not believe how good it tastes!

If you’re in New York City go see the Cinnamon Snail, there is nothing like it, they are very friendly and the food is amazing!

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Ingredients

1 Cup Unroasted Sesame Seeds

3 ¬Ĺ¬†Cups of Cold Water (1 Cup for soaking + 2¬Ĺ Cups to add later)

5 Tbs. Maple Syrup

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbs Coconut Butter (Oil)

1tsp. Sea Salt

Pinch of Cinnamon for serving (optional)

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Preparation

Soak the sesame seeds in 1 cup water for 30 minutes.

1. Blend The soaked sesame seeds with the water in a high power blender.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again.

3. Strain through a fine mesh bag like this one. (If you don’t care for smoothness than this step is optional)

Enjoy!

 

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Go Bananas Smoothie

 

IMG_2742My morning smoothie helped me kick my addiction to coffee. I still love coffee but I don’t have to drink it everyday, three times a day. Smoothies are very filling and could be breakfast in itself. My base is always bananas, some kind of dried fruit (dates, apricots, figs) and a bunch of leafy greens (my favorite is arugula but I also use kale or spinach). To that I add hemp seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, almond butter or whatever I feel like adding that day. Don’t be deceived, it looks like “alien slime”¬†as my daughter calls it… ¬†but is surprisingly yummy.

Makes 3-4 drinks.

Ingredients

3-4 Ripe Bananas (the ones with brown spots)

3-4 Cups Leafy Greens (Arugula, Kale, Spinach or other  lettuce)

3-5 Dates (don’t forget to take the pits out)

¬Ĺ to 1 tsp Cinnamon (I heard it’s good for suppressing appetite :-))

1 tsp “Superfood” (I add my favorite hemp seeds, chia seeds, or both)

¬Ĺ Tbsp Nut butter (optional, I like cashew butter)

3 Cups Water or Coconut Water or Almond Milk (more or less, depending on how thick you like it)

Preparation

Blend well in a high-speed blender and Enjoy!

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