Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Pudding

by Kristen Suzanne in chia, chia seeds, coconut oil, honey, recipe

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Pudding is a winner.

Today I was inspired by my lack of coconut milk to get creative in making chia pudding.

I had some organic peanut butter on hand…. hmmm… can I make a nut milk from that? Sure, why not? Ok, so now I have a liquid base of peanut butter milk. 

I started to work on the other basics I always include: 

But… wait… what if I use a multi-berry organic juice I have in my fridge as part of the liquid? 

YES! 

That’ll make it like peanut and butter. (Or just add jelly but I wanted to use up the juice.)

This was a fun and successful kitchen experiment. You should try it. 

Here’s the general idea of the recipe to yield one quart (I don’t use specific quantities when making chia pudding because it’s so forgiving.)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Pudding Recipe

  • 6 to 8 tablespoons chia seeds
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (or more) organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup berry juice (or 1/2 cup jelly)
  • small spoonful of raw honey (not much needed because juice is sweet)
  • 1 cup (or a bit more) warm water (this helps soften peanut butter, honey, etc)
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil or cacao butter or combination (melted)
  1. Put the chia seeds in a glass mason jar.
  2. In a blender, combine the remaining ingredients. Blend.
  3. Pour the mixture into the jar with chia seeds. Put a secure lid on the jar. 
  4. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE
  5. If there’s room in the jar for more liquid, add more juice or water until it’s almost filled.
  6. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE
  7. Wait a few minutes
  8. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE
  9. Refrigerate for a few hours to get firmed up a bit.

 * I chose refined coconut oil so the flavor was neutral.

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Friday, April 7th, 2017

Golden Chia Pudding For Breakfast or Dessert

by Kristen Suzanne in chia, chia seeds, coconut, honey, longevity, recipe

Golden Chia Pudding – Come to mama.

Chia pudding is a staple these days in our house. It can be both a tasty breakfast or dessert. 

Sweetened with raw honey. Satisfying chewy – almost crunchy texture from the chia seeds and big chunks of shredded coconut. Thick and creamy deliciousness from coconut cream. Yum, right?

Oh and of course turmeric for all over body benefits. (I wrote a whole ebook of turmeric recipes.)

This recipe yields 2 to 4 servings.

Golden Chia Pudding Recipe

  • 6 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup large shredded, unsweetened dried coconut
  • Pinch salt
  • Can coconut cream
  • .5 ounce melted cacao butter/oil, optional (or coconut oil)
  • Big glob of raw honey
  • 1 cup warm water (about 120 degrees F)*
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • Few grinds of fresh black pepper**

Put the chia seeds and shredded coconut in a quart size glass mason jar. 

In a blender put the coconut cream, cacao butter (if using), honey, warm water, turmeric, and black pepper. Blend on high until mixed well. 

Pour this mixture into the glass mason jar with the chia seeds and coconut. If the jar isn’t filled almost to the top, you can add more of anything before shaking. For example, some more water or chia seeds or both. 

Put a lid on the jar and shake shake shake. Wait a few minutes and shake shake shake again. Wait a few minutes more and shake shake shake again. Do this a few times. 

Put the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for up to four hours before eating.

* Warm water helps the honey melt a bit to blend better with the coconut cream.

** Black pepper helps you assimilate the turmeric.

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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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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The LAZY Food and HELPFUL Stuff I Pack For Camping (Gluten-Free Mostly Paleo)

A family who camps together stays together.

A family who camps together stays together.

We’d like to call ourselves a camping family, but I’m not quite there yet.

Greg has a history of camping since he was a kid. (He’s slept on pyramids in the jungle in Guatemala, so a Coleman tent is a bit Four Seasons to him.) I, on the other hand, only have a few trips under my belt so I’m still working on my camping legs. We’re really enjoying ourselves though, in spite of the uncomfortable sleeping, cold weather, dirty everything, yadda yadda yadda… cuz… it’s NATURE! Feels so good.

Check out our sleeping quarters in the picture below. Air mattresses supposedly make it more comfy. Our 8-person instant tent is not really instant… or for eight people. I’d like to see that happen. Wait, no I wouldn’t.

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Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Kristen’s Raw 14th Awesome Giveaway – FREE CHIA SEEDS!

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway, chia, chia seeds, holidays


It’s time for another awesome giveaway (here was last month’s). The prize for September? CHIA SEEDS!!!!!! WHOOHOO!!!!! I will be drawing the names of 2 winners, and each winner will receive a 3 pound bag of chia seeds (courtesy of Chia Seeds Direct). Cool, huh?


Chia rocks the house. Most of you know I’m a big fan of these cute lil guys. Read my post about chia here, the “Dieter’s Dream Food.” There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy them:

  • Plain, by the spoonful (be sure to carry dental floss, speaking from experience here)
  • Roll a peeled banana in them
  • Add them to smoothies and Raw vegan nut/seed milks
  • Make chia crackers (like here) or chia bread (like here, this recipe doesn’t call for chia seeds specifically, but you can substitute the “twister” blend for ground chia)
  • Make raw jelly
  • And… drumroll please…. chia pudding (like Holiday Chia Pudding!!!) This stuff is the best!

Want the chance to win? It’s simple to participate! All you have to do is answer the following question (be sure to answer both parts) in this post’s comment section. The contest will end Wednesday night, September 9th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Thursday, September 10th. *Please note: this month’s contest is only open to people living in the United States and Canada.

Question: If you could donate one million dollars to charity, which would you choose AND WHY?

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Raw Vegan Recipe Book – CHOCOLATE – Now Available

by Kristen Suzanne in books, chia, raw chocolate

Announcement time! My latest book is now available, Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipes. (The ebook is not available yet; it should be this week.) If you’d like to view some pictures of featured recipes in the book, go here. As with all of my books, the pictures are not in the book. To keep the cost of the books as low as possible, I have pictures posted on my website.

This book is the ultimate introduction to chocolate in its most pure, natural form by using raw, dark chocolate (also called “raw cacao nibs”), raw chocolate powder, raw cacao butter, and raw cacao liquor. These are my favorite chocolate-based recipes — both sweet and savory.

This Raw food vegan recipe book is filled with delicious recipes, including:

30 Chocolate Desserts
11 Chocolate Beverages

11 Chocolate Snacks, Soup, Salad Dressing, Crackers & Breakfast

A “Raw Basics” introduction to Raw food (with 6 basic “must have” recipes) for people who are new to the subject.

Want to try a recipe from the book? Here you go!

Chocolate Chia Crackers
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 tray (quantity depends on size you cut)

1 cup chia seeds
2 cups water

Juice of 1 orange

1 apple, cored & chopped

1/4 cup
raw chocolate powder
2 tablespoons raw agave nectar

6 dates, pitted

dash
Himalayan crystal salt

Soak your chia seeds for 30 minutes in a large bowl with 1 1/2 cups of the water. Blend the remaining ingredients (including the remaining 1/2 cup of water) together. Add the blended mixture to the bowl with soaked chia seeds and stir to mix. Break up any chia seed clumps with your rubber spatula or spoon. Let the mixture sit (as is) for 15-30 minutes.

Spread the mixture on a dehydrator tray lined with a non-stick Paraflexx sheet and score to desired size. (For a thinner cracker, divide between two trays.) Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 60 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate another 6-8 hours. Flip crackers onto another tray without a Paraflexx sheet and peel off the Paraflexx sheet being used. Dehydrate another 6-10 hours, or until you reach your desired dryness.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Raw Food Diet – Is There A Right Way?!

by Kristen Suzanne in avocado, chia, hemp seeds, kale, Kristen Suzanne

I recently saw someone writing into one of the Facebook groups questioning what is the right way with the Raw vegan diet. She was confused because she said there was conflicting information out there and just didn’t know what to believe or which way to go.

My response to this is:
YAY! Rejoice! Hallelujah! This is the beauty of the Raw vegan diet. There are so many options and one size does not have to fit all. It can change by the person. In my humble opinion, this is exciting because it means variety. I love the idea that during one season I can follow some low fat Raw vegan principles and in another season I can nourish my glorious body with avocados, nuts, seeds, and divine Raw vegan desserts. In my life, I have spent time as 100% Raw vegan, and other times (like now) where I’m HRAV (High Raw, All Vegan). I’ve had expanses of time where certain nuts didn’t sit well with me. And, I’ve had other times where I thrived with them in my diet.
Sometimes my level of Raw changes as I travel and sometimes I vary it with the changing moon.

I love this flexibility! I love this versatility! I love the options. You can be a sproutarian! You can love the fruitarian way of life! You can hug a life with green smoothies and juices and all things liquid! You can dive into decadence and nourish your body with loads of essential fatty acids and healthy fats from whole nuts, avocado, coconut, etc. You can tango with a natural hygiene approach (much like fruitarian) and eschew things like oils, garlic, and fermented foods. And, of course, if you’re not currently following a Raw vegan diet, you can choose to follow one of the aforementioned plans for a week, here and there, just to add more nourishment to the lifestyle you live now.

Congratulate yourself for taking your health into your own hands and trying this wonderful diet and lifestyle, no matter which path you pursue on the journey with Raw food. Be confident you’re feeding your body wonderful nutrient dense Raw vegan foods whether it’s avocado, hemp seeds, pineapple, kale salad, Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce (chuckling here, those of you who regularly follow my blog know of my addiction to this last month), a plate of gourmet Raw food, or a serving of Holiday Chia Pudding (munch munch… eating this as I write this post). Be excited and happy to know that there are many choices for you. There is no need to stress about it or feel pressed to subscribe to one plan.

You can change it by the month, or the week, if your heart and body desires. It’s all up to you… and you alone. Try on one of the plans for size and see how it fits. Or, heck, don’t subscribe to any of them and just mix it up meal by meal. :)

The bottom line is that you LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY! Pay attention to the inner god or goddess inside of you. Follow your intuition. Be patient. Feel excited. Recognize that we are all different… different ages, from different toxic (or non toxic) backgrounds, live in different parts of the world, experience different environmental toxins, have different levels of stress, pursue different levels of physical exercise, etc. What we all have in common is that we can all use some organic, Raw vegan whole foods in our lives no matter where we are on the diet spectrum.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Holiday Chia Pudding Recipe: Raw, Vegan & AWESOME!

by Kristen Suzanne in cashews, chia, chia seeds, coconut, Kristen Suzanne

I made a new chia pudding recipe that I was going to feature later in the year. But, holy sh*t! It’s so good, that I’m posting about it now… while I’m eating giant spoonful after spoonful. The texture is especially fun because of the shredded coconut, and even though the flavors are for the holidays (my inspiration when creating it), CLEARLY, you can make and enjoy this any time of the year… like NOW!


{Update: I just added the photo to this post January 11, 2010. And, I thought I’d let you know that many people have made this recipe since I posted it. The verdict? They all LOVE it!}

Holiday Chia Pudding
By Kristen Suzanne of
KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 1/4 cups

1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup dried coconut, shredded & unsweetened

1 cup water
1/4 cup
raw cashews
(soaked 1 hour, drained and rinsed)
4 soft
medjool dates, pitted

2 cloves

1 teaspoon
lucuma powder*

1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Place the chia seeds and coconut in a small bowl, briefly stir to mix, and set aside. Blend the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour the blended cashew mixture into the bowl with the chia seeds and coconut and stir. Wait a few minutes and stir again. (You’ll notice the chia seeds beginning to take on a gelatinous texture.) Wait a few minutes, again, and stir. Do the “wait and stir” once more, and then place the Holiday Chia Pudding in the refrigerator for about 15 – 20 minutes (or longer, if desired). Then, enjoy.

Personally, I especially love this recipe when it’s closer to room temperature, because it’s like comfort food. So, after it gels in the refrigerator briefly, I like eating it before it gets too cold. However, this recipe will stay fresh when stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days, so feel free to nibble a spoonful here and there – cold or not! It’s all good!


*If you don’t have lucuma, then you can make this recipe without it… still delicious. That being said, I love having a jar of lucuma in my pantry for various recipes, so I recommend getting some.

For those of you new to chia seeds… you can read more about them here.

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Friday, March 20th, 2009

Raw Vegan Recipe: Pillowy Vanilla Cashew Milk

This is the perfect comfort beverage for those times you want something sweet and satiating, and to prevent you from gorging on something not-so-good for you. It’s easy to make, Raw, vegan, nutritious, and delicious. I use the word “pillowy” in the title because every sip is soft, smooth, and comfy… just like the perfect pillow.

Pillowy Vanilla Cashew Milk
By Kristen Suzanne of
KristensRaw.com
Yield 2 cups

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked 1 hour, drained, and rinsed
1 – 1 1/4 cups water

2 soft medjool dates, pitted

2 teaspoons
chia seeds
1 teaspoon
lucuma powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend everything together until wonderfully smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

PS… I’ve been trying some new hair products and OMG – Love them!!! My hair is so super duper soft and shiny! I’ll report the details to you soon…

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