Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Recipes: Turmeric Almond Milk and Pumpkin Spice Curcumin Chia Pudding (Raw Vegan)

Curcumin Almond Milk - Anti-inflammatory goodness

Turmeric Almond Milk – Anti-inflammatory goodness

I recently shared a popular almond milk I made using lavender and rose. Check it out.

I was inspired to take my raw almond milk in another direction…

Turmeric Almond Milk.

Turmeric has some amazing health benefits from being anti-inflammatory to boosting your overall health. (My husband has an injured shoulder and I’ve been giving him a decently high dosage of curcumin (in supplement form), plus all the turmeric I douse our food with… and it’s helping immensely.)

Turmeric Almond Milk is easy to make and delicious. I like to drink it by the glass usually, but I also use it in soups, smoothies, and chia pudding (see picture below for that recipe).

And, let’s be real… I make fresh homemade almond milk because it doesn’t have any of the risky preservatives or emulsifiers. (<– yuck.) So, remember, natural almond milk will separate and you need to simply give it a shake before using.

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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Recipe: Lavender Rose Almond Milk (Raw Vegan)

Lavender Rose Almond Milk

Lavender Rose Almond Milk

I was inspired to make this beautiful floral almond milk.

It was so simple… I had some almonds soaking to make a raw vegan almond milk. I grabbed my jars of organic dried lavender and rose petals. (I bought the lavender and rose from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

It was really easy.

I soaked the raw organic almonds overnight, and then let them sprout a bit the next day.

A lovely, calming almond milk.

A lovely, calming almond milk.

I put them in my Vita-Mix high-speed blender with a bunch of my favorite spring water, Castle Rock Water. It was my first time using spring water in my nut milk. I also added a pinch of sea salt.

At this point I added a couple hefty 3-finger pinches of the lavender and then of the rose petals.

I blended this beautiful concoction for about a minute.

I strained out the milk.

Now… I’m enjoying it.

Where's my coffee and gluten free granola?

Where’s my coffee and gluten free granola?


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Saturday, August 1st, 2015

(Recipe) Chocolate Coconut Cookies (almost paleo, gluten-free, oat-free)

Chocolate Protein Cookies (almost paleo)

Chocolate Protein Cookies (almost paleo)

One of my favorite cookies from childhood is a no-bake cookie. Over the years I’ve tried to make a Kristen-approved version that I can enjoy without a second thought, but honestly… I always fail.

Sure my cookies meet my high health standards, but do they remotely resemble no-bake cookies? Nope. I don’t even try anymore. They really need peanut butter to make that ol’ no-bake cookie flavor, but I can’t bring myself to buy peanut butter.

That said, my Chocolate Coconut Cookies are so good(!) and they don’t need to be baked. They have vitamin E rich sunflower seeds, they’re full of texture and flavor, and they have ample protein and fat. They’re pretty much paleo if you don’t mind a bit of butter (you could substitute some delicious grass-fed ghee if you wanted, or coconut oil).

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Delicious Almond Butter Dip for Lunch – Kid Friendly

by Kristen Suzanne in almonds, food journal, kamea, recipe
Quick Kid Friendly Lunch

Quick Kid Friendly Lunch – Kamea was dying to get in the picture.

I have a very special place in my heart for lunches that are quickly put together. If I don’t get breaks in my day, for myself, then I’ll pull my hair out and scream. I’m no wonder woman or super mom. :) I do have some red boots, though, so I can pretend.

I’ve become quite comfortable putting quick meals together. This easy lunch is no exception, and it’s great for kids. Here’s a post I wrote with a bunch of other Real Food Fast Food ideas.

I find, more often than not, that I don’t worry about getting a fabulous lunch put together for my family. I usually spend more attention on breakfast and dinner. I let lunch be a little more flexible, cuz I just need to. Of course, that doesn’t mean I feed junk. It means having things that are easy to grab and put on a plate without much fuss. Okay, I admit, I fussed with the almond butter a tiny bit, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Don’t expect that of me every time though!

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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
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
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Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Raw Vegan Recipe: Kristen’s Cacao Cookie Crumble

by Kristen Suzanne in almonds, cashews, raw chocolate

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
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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