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Rawmesan Crusted Zucchini Chips

I love me some zucchini and it’s in full force here in Santa Barbara right now. These zucchini chips are to die for. I just decided to throw them together, so the measurements may not be exact, so feel free to play with what you add to them. You will need a dehydrator for best results, otherwise bake in the oven at 450 degrees for about 25-30 minutes until crisp. Be warned, they will shrink!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large zucchini, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Place sliced zucchini in a large bowl and toss with olive oil to coat. Place remaining ingredients in a blender or coffee grinder and process into a powder. Sprinkle “cheese” powder over zucchini and toss around to coat slices evenly. Place on dehydrator screens in a single layer. Dehydrate overnight at 113 degrees or until crisp.

Karma Shamrock Shake

Looking for a healthier alternative to that kid-favorite Shamrock Shake? Check out this delicious, vegan version I whipped up using fresh mint, your favorite vanilla protein powder and raw cashews for creaminess. You won’t even know the difference!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup cashews (I store them in the freezer, so they replace ice)
  • 1 scoop Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 8 fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp. mint extract
  • large handful fresh baby spinach or kale

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy, green and smooth!

Raw Vegan Black Forest Cheesecake

Cherries and Chocolate are one of my all-time favorite combinations. Juicy, ripe, sweet cherries paired with creamy chocolate will make this amazing raw cheesecake a go-to recipe anytime you need to make a special treat. It’s perfect to take to a V-day party or make for your sweetie.

 

CRUST INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup brazil nuts or macadamia nuts
  • 2/3 cup raw, unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs

Process the nuts, coconut, cacao powder and sea salt together in a food processor into crumbs. Add maple syrup, vanilla and cacao nibs and process until mixture begins to stick together. If not sticky enough add extra maple syrup (start with 2 tablespoons.) Scrape out mixture into a 9″ spring form pan and press evenly and firmly into the bottom of the pan using your fingers. Set aside

 

FILLING INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 4 hours
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked 4 hours
  • 1/4 cup melted cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon tamari or Bragg’s aminos
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 – 10 oz. bag frozen cherries, thawed

 

Delicious Creamy Golden Milk

Golden Milk, made with turmeric and ginger, is used as an anti-inflammatory in the Ayurvedic tradition. Usually made with cow’s milk, I make mine with almond or coconut milk, so it’s vegan. It’s great to curb sugar cravings at night and awesome for digestion.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp powdered turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 10 oz. of almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
  • Raw honey or grade B maple syrup, to taste
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (regular is fine too)

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil until melted and sizzle the turmeric and ginger in the coconut oil for 20 seconds, stirring to prevent burning. Add almond milk to saucepan and heat just before boiling. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup and top with a dash of nutmeg.

Chocomole’ Black Bean Chili

Chocolate in chili? You betcha!!! I love mole’ sauce, so I figured, why not make a mole’ chili! This delicious one-pot meal contains tons of fiber, complex carbs and protein. Throw it over some brown rice or quinoa for even more nutrition. And it will satisfy your chocolate cravings too! Double win!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder (I like a blend)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch red pepper flakes (leave out if you don’t want it too spicy)
  • 1 large garnet yam, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1- 28 oz can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water or tomato sauce
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • Diced avocado, for garnish

In a large pot over medium heat, saute onion, garlic and red bell pepper until soft. Add all spices and stir to incorporate the flavors. Cook for another 3 minutes. Add garnet yam and carrots. Stir to combine with spices. Cook for another 5-7 minutes. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, if mixture starts to stick. Now add beans, tomatoes and water or tomato sauce. Stir well to combine. Turn heat to low, cover pot and let cook for about 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Add lime juice and zest. Top with avocado before serving.

Buffalo Cauli “wings”

What? Cauliflower Buffalo Wings? You bet! I got inspired by a few other recipes I saw online, so I came up with my own. Who knew there were so many vegan “wing” recipes out there!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into medium florets

Batter

 

 

 

Nacho “Cheese” Dip

You will never know this creamy, spicy nacho cheese dip is healthy AND vegan. Go ahead and indulge. Great for game day, or to take to a party and share with your friends.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed from half
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 of red onion
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • Water

 

 

Spiced Almond Milk

This healthy, creamy treat is perfect to satisfy those nighttime sugar cravings. And it will comfort you and lull you off to sleep!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 oz. almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons Grade B maple syrup
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash cloves

Heat gently in a saucepan over low heat until warm.

Split Pea & Parsnip Soup

The weather has cooled off and that makes me crave one thing…SOUP! I scrounged around in my cabinet and my fridge to see what was lurking. I found 2 jars of split peas, and I thought…hmmm, Split Pea Soup!

I had a parsnip on hand so I threw that into the mix, but this soup would also be awesome with a garnet or Japanese yam. I love to cook with yams, as I love their sweetness and heartiness, but I decided to give them a little break this time around.
Most split pea soup is made with ham, but this vegan version is tasty AND good for you!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and diced into 1/4″ cubes
  • 2 cups split peas
  • 6-7 cups veggie broth
  • 3 dashes liquid smoke (optional)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Melt coconut oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic and celery until soft. Add herbs and paprika and saute for another few minutes to release flavor of herbs. Add carrots, parsnips, split peas and veggie broth. Stir well to combine. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower heat to simmer, cover pot and simmer for about 50-60 minutes or until split peas are soft and mushy, stirring occasionally. Add liquid smoke, if using and season with salt and pepper.

Banana Chia Pancakes; Gluten Free & Vegan

Chia seeds are loaded with Omega-3’s, fiber and protein. They’re an awesome source of brain food and are super high in nutrients.

These delectable pancakes are perfect for a Sunday morning with the kids and they’re healthy too! Top with my rich and delicious coconut creme sauce and you will be in pancake heaven!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons grade b maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil for cooking pancakes

Place the flour, chia seeds, baking soda, and baking powder into a bowl and stir together. In a separate bowl, mash the peeled bananas into a paste. Add the mashed banana, agave, and coconut milk into a bowl with the flour mixture and stir well to combine the batter. Heat a dollop of coconut oil on a non-stick skillet or griddle and pour the batter on by ¼ cups. Let the pancakes cook until bubbly and edges are somewhat dry, and then flip over and brown on the other side.

 

CREME SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (from a can)
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until creamy smooth