Raw Vegan Mini Peanut Butter Caramel Pies

I absolutely love making raw vegan desserts! When I first began creating my own recipes I had many, MANY failures. In fact for every recipe I loved there were at least 2-3 failed attempts (just ask my husband and appointed “taste tester”, poor guy). Over the past year of using these ingredients I’ve come to learn more about combining them – what works, what doesn’t, what’s too sweet, what’s bland etc. Now it’s fairly easy for me to get in my kitchen, see what we have one hand, and create something pretty delightful. Trust me when I tell you, these bad boys are pretty delightful!

You could easily make this recipe one larger pie, but I like to make things mini size for my daughter. It’s just easier to portion things out that way, plus she thinks they’re cute! This particular recipe is so forgiving. In all honesty, I usually don’t ever measure out my recipes. I eyeball everything and taste test as I go. I think one of the best things about raw vegan desserts is you can munch on it as you make it – no raw eggs to worry about and it doesn’t have to be baked! So I encourage you to taste test along the way and make adjustments as you go. That’s the easiest way to ensure a recipe turns out the way YOU like it. Speaking of recipe, let’s get to it..

 

 

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Ingredients:

CRUST
1 cup ground gluten free oat flour
10 pitted medjool dates
2 tbsp raw cacao
2 tsp raw maple (add more as needed for blending)

Blend all in your food processor until well combined. Press in the bottom of your lightly oiled cupcake pan.
(I dabbed my finger in a bit of coconut oil and lined the bottom/sides).
Freeze for 20 minutes.

FILLING
1 1/2 cup soaked gooey pitted medjool dates
(very important that they are juicy and soft – using quality dates make all the difference!
Soak them in warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften even further then drain before using.)
2 tbsp raw peanut butter
1-2 tsp almond milk
1 tsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp raw maple
2 squirts vanilla creme stevia (or 1 tsp of pure vanilla)

Top with cacao nibs

Blend all together until creamy, adding almond milk as needed to help blend.
Fill tins and top with Vitacost cacao nibs. Freeze for 2 hours.

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I use a butter knife to loosen the sides and they pop right out. Let them set at room temp for 10 minutes and then enjoy!

After they’ve been frozen and removed from their tins they can be stored in the fridge.

I hope you all are having a great day!!
xo Sarah

Vegan Butternut Barley Risotto || Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Fat-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan

One grain I don’t see used too often is barley. I think it’s one of my very favorites and it’s really so easy to make. You can use barley in soups, salads, in place of rice or meat in just about any dish, or just by itself it is so nutty and delicious! Barley is high in fiber, and has been proven to help prevent type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and gallstones. It’s among the list of the world’s healthiest foods.

I came up with this recipe the other day playing around with a few of my favorite vegetables and flavors, creating a super creamy, savory, satisfying sauce to coat my cooked barley creating a “risotto”.

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Ingredients:

1 cup hulled barley
3 cups low sodium vegetable stock
1/4 cup steamed butternut squash
4-5 steamed baby carrots
1/4 cup drained rinsed chickpeas
3-4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1 clove mined garlic
1-2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup chopped steamed broccoli
parsley flakes (optional)

Instructions:

To cook your hulled barley, add 3 cups of stock to 1 cup barley in a large pot with a pinch of salt and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiling stir well and turn the heat down to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take off heat and cover for 10 minutes, then “fluff” well.

To make your sauce, add all ingredients to your high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour sauce over your barley and stir well.

Add in your chopped broccoli and mix well. Salt and pepper as desired!

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I also added parsley flakes on top. It would be great with fresh parsley mixed in! My husband enjoyed this so much, I think it will now be part of our Christmas meal.

I hope you all are able to enjoy this week and the holidays with the ones you love! I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

xo Sarah

Roasted Garlic & Smoked Paprika Okra

Any time I eat okra, I can’t help but think of my sweet Nana. I remember vividly as a child, watching her cook in her little kitchen – a small framed woman bursting with this warm gentle spirit. She made everything from scratch, and without measuring a single ingredient, her recipes came out perfect every time. A good motto for us in our kitchen is “WWND” (what would Nana do). She’s not with us anymore, but she is missed greatly by all the people she left behind here – that precious woman left her mark in many hearts.

One of my favorite things she use to make was her homemade crunchy fried okra. I can’t promise that her recipe was healthy, low fat, or low calorie – but it was delicious. Like, eat 3 plates full and crawl to the living room for a 5 hour nap/coma kind of delicious. My diet has evolved pretty drastically over the years, but my love for okra stays the same. My recipe is different though – I bake instead of fry, and use fresh seasonings instead of breading. It brings out the true taste of the vegetable that I love so much, and allows me to still enjoy a meal that brings back such sweet memories.

Take a bowl full of fresh okra and cut into large piece

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Add 2-3 tbsp vegetable broth to coat, so the seasoning sticks.

Sprinkle of garlic powder, smoked paprika, and natural pink salt.

Bake on non-stick foil at 375F for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through.

 

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Easy as that – delicious, oil-free, baked seasoned okra. I hope you enjoy, friends!

 

Have a beautiful day!

xo Sarah