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Raw Foods Thursdays 4/17/14

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Raw Foods Thursdays 4/17/14

6 Comments 16 April 2014

Happy Raw Foods Thursday! And this Thursday is sure does feel good to be alive! Thanks for participating last week despite my fight with the flu. That was one nasty bug that I’m happy to be done with. There wasn’t much raw foods creating or eating around here, unless you count raw cereal. But I sure did enjoy looking at your entries!

Last week we had a lot of incredible raw desserts. Here are a few highlights.

Raw Pepperminty Nutty-Roons by Amber of The Tasty Alternative

Roons_AmberRaw Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Jam Thumbprints by Emma of Coconut & Berries 

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Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Bars by Sonja of Practical Stewardship

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Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts by Karen Luvs Life

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Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?

Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/10/14

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/10/14

11 Comments 09 April 2014

This will be the shortest Raw Foods Thursdays post ever. I have the flu and can barely see the screen through my watery eyes. Everything hurts. My mouse finger hurts. So no highlights this week. But please do link up and check out the raw creations our friends have dreamed up.

And if you haven’t had a chance to go back to last week’s edition, please do. There were some lovely entries.

Off to curl up in a ball.


Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/3/14

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Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/3/14

9 Comments 02 April 2014

Welcome to Raw Foods Thursdays! It’s my favorite day of the week, because I know that by the end of the day I’ll have new delicious raw recipes to try! Thanks so much for your participation in this event. I hope you get as much joy out of it as I do!

This week I’m highlighting some recipes that were unique in some way.

A New Raw Bread Recipe

Raw Tomato Garlic Bread by Blissful Yoga Journey

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A Great Article on Coconut Butter (and a delicious bonus smoothie)

6 Ways to Enjoy Coconut Butter by Organic 4 Green Livings

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A Raw Soup with Red Peppers

Kreamy Red Pepper Soup by The Gluten-Free TreadmillKreamy_GFT

A Raw Salad with a Raw Pate

Sunflower Pate Caesar Salad by Kimmy of Rock My Vegan Socks

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A Raw Carob Bar!

Raw Carob Bar by Organic Talks

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This week I’m sharing my Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie.

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What do you have to share?

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

Thanks for participating!


Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie (Raw, Vegan, GF)

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie (Raw, Vegan, GF)

5 Comments 31 March 2014

Where is Spring? There has been a lot of complaining about this winter. A lot. When New Yorkers hear that this is my first winter in the City, they make sure that I know that this has been the hardest winter in years. “You picked the worst year to come,” they encourage. “The winters are not always like this.”

But I haven’t complained one bit. Well, I haven’t complained much. I did complain that school wasn’t canceled on the days that it snowed between 8 and 12 inches, but even on those days it was kind of exciting to strap on winter boots and tromp through the snow to work. In general, I have loved this winter. This Southern girl loves the snow! And dealing with the cold hasn’t been too terrible either. While this is a walking community, ducking into warm places like shops, train stations, or cabs means you really don’t have to be out in the cold for too long.

Plus, I think I finally figured out the whole layering clothing concept.

But March is coming to an end, and Spring just has to be around the corner, right? If not, I just may need a visit to a tropical island.

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Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie

by Heather 

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place nut milk, quinoa flakes, and protein powder in the Vitamix or high powered blender. Blend for 5 seconds and let it sit while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

2. Add remaining ingredients to the Vitamix and blend until creamy.

3. Pour and sprinkle with orange zest.

Serves 1

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Another favorite zucchini smoothie:

Chocolate Zucchini Wake Up Smoothie

Readers, dish!

  • Has spring sprung for you?
  • What are some of your favorite tropical fruits?
Raw Foods Thursdays: March 27, 2014

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Raw Foods Thursdays: March 27, 2014

10 Comments 26 March 2014

Happy Raw Foods Thursday! I hope you’re having a great week and that you’re gearing up for a wonderful weekend ahead. I spend time meal planning over the weekend, and this event is always the first place I look for recipes. Hopefully you’ll find something here that you’d like to try too! I loved last week’s submissions and can’t wait to try them out! Here are a few highlights.

Favorite Appetizer

Raw Dolmas with Cilantro Tahini Sauce by Janet of The Taste Space

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Favorite Juice

The Beet is On by Juicing With G

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Favorite Dinner

Zucchini Noodles with Pea and Avocado Sauce by Karen of Karen Luvs Life

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Favorite Dessert

Choco-Banana Rolls by Mini of Quick’n'Healthy 

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This week I’ve started each day with a Green Protein Breakfast Bowl. This is my submission to Raw Foods Thursdays.

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What do you have to share?

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

Thanks for participating!


Green Protein Breakfast Bowl and a Growing Naturals Review

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Green Protein Breakfast Bowl and a Growing Naturals Review

11 Comments 24 March 2014

Many vegans claim that they can get all of the protein that they need from plants, nuts, and seeds. I think my body needs a bit more than most, so I supplement with high quality protein powders. I’m extremely picky about my protein powders. Not only must they consist of raw vegan ingredients, they have to taste good and have a smooth texture.

I receive a lot of requests to review products, and I turn most of them down after a quick Google search. But when Growing Naturals contacted me about reviewing their protein powders I had a feeling that this would be a product that you and I might like.

I tried all 5 of their protein powders, two brown rice proteins and two yellow pea proteins. Of course the first one I tried was the Chocolate Power Organic Rice Protein, because my go-to smoothie ingredient is usually chocolate protein powder. Chocolate Power has a rich, deep cocoa flavor that enhances many of my morning smoothies.

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It mixes well and the texture is smooth. You can tell from this picture that it isn’t at all grainy. It has 24 grams of protein and only 2 grams of sugar.

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I suggest trying this powder with any berry or banana-based smoothie like these:

The Original Organic Rice Protein is perfect for boosting the protein content of a food or drink without changing the flavor. It was perfect with my Sunshine Juice which has a powerful flavor of its own.

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This is another smooth powder that mixes well and contains 24 grams of protein yet no sugar.

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The Vanilla Blast Organic Rice Protein has a delicious vanilla flavor that I use in many of my green smoothies.

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I highly recommend using a scoop of Vanilla Blast with any of these smoothies:

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Again you can see the velvety texture that has absolutely no graininess.

I didn’t expect to love the yellow pea protein powders. As you may recall, I’m not a pea fan. But I LOVE these products! They have 15 grams of protein, and the Original flavor has 1 gram of sugar while the Vanilla Blast has 3 grams.

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I love the Original Yellow Pea Protein in my green juices. It doesn’t change the flavor of the juice yet provides enough protein to fuel my late afternoon workout.

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The Original has a slightly earthy taste on its own which can’t be tasted at all when mixed with these juices:

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I’ve saved the best for last. I bet you thought that my favorite was going to be the Chocolate Power. That’s my second favorite. But my favorite of all of these wonderful powders is the Vanilla Blast Yellow Pea Protein. Are you as shocked as I am?

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I used this delicious powder to create my new favorite breakfast cereal which is packed with protein and superfoods. Just make sure to brush your teeth before heading out for the day!

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Green Protein Breakfast Bowl

by Heather

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Pour in nut milk while stirring. Stir to mix well.

3. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least an hour.

Serves 1

The subtle sweetness of the Vanilla Blast compliments the natural flavors of these ingredients making every spoonful a delight.

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This will be my contribution to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up, Raw Foods Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Friday, Wellness Weekends, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

Bottom line? Growing Naturals gets two paws up from the Gluten-Free Cat. Their products help supplement my protein needs in a variety of tasty ways. Give them a try!

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Growing Naturals protein powders yet?
  • What is your favorite raw vegan protein powder?
  • How do you make sure you get enough protein?

(Note:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by Growing NaturalsI did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion. Many links are affiliate links that help support Gluten-Free Cat.)

Raw Foods Thursdays: 3/20/14

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Raw Foods Thursdays: 3/20/14

8 Comments 19 March 2014

Welcome to Raw Foods Thursdays! We had an incredible turn out last week with 18 deliciously raw entries. I haven’t had a chance to share them all on Facebook and Pinterest yet, but I will share them along with this week’s entries. I’ve had a crazy week at school and have been lesson planning like a mad woman. My leisurely days in the city are quickly coming to an end as I prepare to take over a classroom for a very pregnant teacher. Isn’t that exciting?

On to the highlights! Over half of last week’s submissions were desserts. So, if you’re hankering for a plant-based treat, you must spend some time browsing. You’ll find these and many more.

Favorite Raw Breakfast Treat

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Raw Grasshopper Crepes by Janet of The Taste Space

Favorite Raw Cookie

Rawtmeal Cookies by Laura of The Gluten-Free Treadmill

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Favorite Raw Tart

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Chocolate Avocado Tart by Karen of Karen Luvs Life

Favorite Raw Cake

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Raw Thin Mint Green Tea Ice Cream Cake by Gabby of The Veggie Nook

And here is a non-dessert favorite that would be great for an appetizer.

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Mini Cucumber Bowls with Almond Pate by Mini of Quick’n'Healthy

I have absolutely nothing to share this week, so I’ll be living vicariously through you!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?


Raw Foods Thursdays: 3/13/14

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Raw Foods Thursdays: 3/13/14

14 Comments 12 March 2014

There’s something magical about chocolate and avocado. The creaminess of the avocado gives chocolate a place to shine, and what a great way to get some heart-healthy fats as well.

Last week I shared my very simple Chocolate Avocado Monkey Pudding, but a few of our Raw Foods Thursdays participants took this magical combination to a whole new level. If you’re thinking of serving something green for St. Patrick’s Day, you might want to consider a few of these!

Coconut and Avocado Grasshopper Bars by Raia of Raia’s Recipes

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Raw Brownie Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting by Janet of The Taste Space

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Chocolate Avocado Banana Trifle by Laura of Petite Allergy Treats

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The trifle uses these baked chocolate brownie cookies. Yum! But if you wanted to go 100% raw, try using my Raw Chocolate Crunch Cookies or Raw Chocolate Walnut Cookies for the cookie layers.

Time to link up and browse the raw goodness of the week!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?


Chocolate Almond Butter Buckeyes (Raw, Vegan, GF) and Nuts.com

GF Product Reviews, GF Recipes, GF Resources, Raw Foods, Vegan

Chocolate Almond Butter Buckeyes (Raw, Vegan, GF) and Nuts.com

13 Comments 10 March 2014

Are you a Nuts.com fan yet? If not, I’m sure you will be by the time you’re done reading this. First, note that I’m not receiving any payment or affiliate kickbacks for this post. I am a die-hard fan of Nuts.com for many reasons and want to spread the word. I contacted them to let them know how much I love the company, and they asked if I’d like to do a review of two of their products. I did receive those two products free. Before I tell you about them, let me explain why I’m a nut for Nuts. com.

I was first turned on to this company by friend and blogger Valerie of City|Life|Eats. She showed up to a blogging retreat with bags of happiness. How can you not smile when you reach into a bag that looks like this?

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Since then, Nuts.com has been my go-to place to order raw vegan recipe ingredients and snacks. Why do I love this company?

  • While everything that I order is naturally gluten free, I have an extra measure of confidence because they are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization and use dedicated lines for their gluten-free products to avoid cross contamination.
  • The people who work at Nuts.com are ridiculously nutty. And by nutty I mean corny and silly. I love the emails that I get letting me know that my order is on its way, or that it has been delivered, as well as the cute nut characters on the delivery boxes.
  • And if you’re worried about delivery, fear not. Every time I place an order, my package arrives before it was promised. Sometimes it’s even the very next day.
  • Their products are high quality and reasonably priced.
  • Every order comes with a free sample of something that I’ve never ordered before. They know how to get me, because I usually end up adding that item to my next order!

I’ve tried many of their products:

  • Nuts: cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts
  • Seeds: sunflower, hemp, chia, black sesame, flaxseed, flax meal
  • Powders: spirulina, raw cacao, cacao nibs, maca
  • Grains: quinoa, buckwheat (Note, the buckwheat is great for cooking, but not suitable for soaking and sprouting.)
  • Beans: chickpeas
  • Dried Fruit: Goji berries, dates

But until recently I hadn’t tried any of their flours. I don’t do much baking anymore, so when I received a bag of almond flour and coconut flour to review, I almost didn’t know what to do with them!

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So I decided to do what I do best. Stay away from the oven and make raw treats!

For Thanksgiving, I made these Raw Caramel Nut Frosted Fudge that I shared at The Balanced Platter. The almond flour and coconut flour give these raw treats the structure they need as well as a delicious nutty taste.

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For Christmas, I made these Christmas No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies for Sandra’s cookie event.

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This is a great recipe with so much versatility. Make a thumbprint cookie or a bite rolled in your favorite chopped nuts.

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The coconut and almond flour give a delicious taste, structure, and smoothness to these healthy treats.

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And for Valentine’s Day, I made these Chocolate Almond Butter Bites. The Husband loves Buckeyes, so I created a similar treat for him using all raw vegan ingredients.

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Chocolate Almond Butter Buckeyes

by Heather

Almond Butter Ball Ingredients:

Chocolate Coating Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place all Almond Butter Ball Ingredients in the food processor and process until a dry batter forms.

2. Roll batter into 20 balls and place them in the freezer on parchment paper while you prepare the chocolate coating.

3. Melt coconut oil by placing it in a measuring cup in a bowl of hot tap water.

4. Pour cacao and syrup into a small bowl.

5. When the coconut oil melts, pour into the small bowl and stir to make the chocolate coating.

6. Roll Almond Butter Balls in the chocolate coating until well coated. Feel free to dig in and use your hands.

7. Place coated balls in the refrigerator on parchment paper to set.

Yields 20 buckeyes

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If you haven’t tried Nuts.com I encourage you to browse their site and look for your favorite products. You’ll be glad you did!

Readers, dish!

  • Where do you find your nut flours?
  • Have you ever tried Nuts.com?

This recipe was shared with Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Plant Based Potluck Party Link UpRaw Foods Thursdays, Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Fridays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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