Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

How Raw Are Raw Almonds Really? My Raw Almond Saga

by Kristen Suzanne in almond milk, almonds

As you may know, it’s hard to find raw almonds these days due to the pasteurization requirements that are now in effect.

So, you can imagine my delight when I found raw almonds available from Blue Mountain Organics. According to the company’s website, the almonds are from Italy and they’re whole, raw, and organic. Completely unpasteurized. I bought a lot of them because the website offers quantity discounts. I was very happy with these almonds. The flavor is intensely almond-y. Apparently it’s due to a higher concentration of almond oil. Whatever the reason… I love them.

I blogged about these amazing almonds and the delicious homemade raw organic almond milk I make from them weekly. I mentioned in the post that I have a weird addiction to taking the skins off the almonds (although I never have time to so I usually don’t do it).

A while later, I received an email from a reader who questioned the “rawness” of the almonds because I was able to take the skins off. Apparently, there are a couple of bloggers who have written about a raw almond “test” where if the skins are able to come off easily, they are not truly raw.

“Crap.” – I thought to myself. Hmmm… what the heck… here I thought I was drinking raw almond milk and it turns out that I might not be. Read More »

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Friday, March 25th, 2011

Party Dessert Movie Trail Mix

by Kristen Suzanne in almonds, cacao nibs, coconut, hemp seeds, kamea

I just threw together a delicious combo of ingredients that basically make up a trail mix… all vegan, all organic, part raw. I couldn’t decide on a name because the mixture seemed ideal for serving at a party, as dessert, during a movie, or on the trail. So, I put those all in the name. I like making things in BIG batches so I only have to do it once in a while. No amounts given, I didn’t measure… that makes it part of the fun! Here are the ingredients…

Party Dessert Movie Trail Mix
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield approximately 2 quarts

Hemp Seeds (raw)
Chocolate Chips (not raw)
Cacao Nibs (raw)
Raisins (raw)
Goji Berries (raw)
Pecans, soaked, dehydrated, and chopped (raw)
Almonds, soaked, dehydrated, and chopped (raw)
Dried Coconut, unsweetened (raw)
Granola (not raw, I bought it at the store in the cereal section although you could easily put raw granola in this, perhaps Kookie Karma’s Goji Lime Coconut would be fun or Go Raw’s Chocolate or Kaia Foods Cocoa Bliss)
Himalayan crystal salt
Cinnamon Read More »

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Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Raw Vegan Recipe: Kristen’s Cacao Cookie Crumble

by Kristen Suzanne in almonds, cashews, raw chocolate

EASY RAW VEGAN RECIPE TIME! 
Here is a simple and satisfying little recipe that can be put together in minutes. Yum Yum! I hope you like it as much as I do. But, how could you not? It has raw chocolate in it. Many of you have let me know that you’ve been loving up my Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake recipe, and I suspect you same peeps will like this raw vegan recipe, too!


I think it’s important to have an arsenal of EASY Raw Vegan recipes available that only use a handful of ingredients. It’s one of the keys for succeeding with this wonderful lifestyle. I’m going to be relying on them even more in the near future as my family grows. When my little bundle of joy arrives I will be more than grateful to have quick, healthy recipes for my family to thrive on and enjoy.


So, back to this fun recipe, Kristen’s Cacao Cookie Crumble. There are many ways to enjoy this delectable treat. I eat it plain, in a little cup (as pictured). My husband LOVES it all by itself, too. We also like to slice organic bananas and sprinkle it on top. Adding it on top of raw ice cream or mousse is awesome -> oh boy! My mom loves it by itself alongside a cup of organic decaf coffee. It’s versatile, as most Raw Vegan foods are, so it can be enjoyed as part of a breakfast, lunch, dessert, or snack! :)



I made a big batch a couple weeks ago and we just polished it off Tuesday night. I think we’re going to enjoy this as our dessert on Valentine’s Day… I better make some more! 


Kristen’s Cacao Cookie Crumble
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield approximately 10 servings

1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup raw chocolate powder
1 vanilla bean, seeds only
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
14 medjool dates, pitted and chopped


Using a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, process the nuts until they are a coarse ground consistency. Add the chocolate powder, vanilla bean, chocolate extract, and salt, and pulse briefly to mix. Add the chopped dates and process until thoroughly combined like a chunky crumble. Note: The longer you process it, the more oils get released from the nuts making it stick together more.

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