I asked my husband, who has a birthday around the holidays, what he wanted to eat for his birthday dessert. He said without thinking twice, Rudolph Cherry Cobbler. It’s a raw vegan, paleo, and gluten free recipe from my Holidays Recipe Book that he’s been a raving fan of for the past five or so years. I said to him, “Really? That’s what you want for your birthday?” He said, “YES! It’s the best and I can’t eat just one serving, I keep going back for more.” I can’t say I blame him… it is friggin’ delish. The squishy and delicious cherries explode with flavor in your mouth.
Happy New Year! It’s been a week or so since I shared My 90-Day Clean Raw Food Mission (let me say… I have LOOOVED all of your awesome comments and feedback. It seems like some of you are on board and wanting the same for yourselves, so I welcome an ongoing dialogue via these posts where you can share your journey), and I’m feeling fantastically awesome. I am flying high and everything I wanted is falling into place. It’s working! I’m going to shine brighter than ever… I can just feeeeeeeeel it. My body has a lightness to it and those dry and sluggish feelings are dissipating.
So, here are some juicy details…
- My 90-Day Clean Raw Food Mission – Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Reboot™ – Update #8
- My 90-Day Clean Raw Food Mission – Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Reboot™ – Update #7
- High Raw Food Intake – Weekend Eats – Pregnancy Food Journal
- My 90-Day Clean Raw Food Mission – Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Reboot™ – Update #3
- Food Journal – High Raw
Whoo-Whee!!! I’m so happy! My 5th book is now available in print – Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Entrees! I’m extremely proud of this baby. It’s filled with scrumptiously delicious, fun, and satisfying Raw vegan entree recipes!
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Calling all Raw Vegan Chocolate lovers! Are you ready for a super fun trio of recipes? Get out your dehydrator because my Chocolate Chia Crackers are BIG fun. Need a snack for your kid’s lunch box? Want something super healthy to munch on while watching this week’s VP debates? Then, look no further because this is it! I wrote in a past post that Chia is a dieter’s dream food. And, raw chocolate mixed in… HELLO! YUM!
What? Don’t have a dehydrator yet? Why not??? Having a dehydrator is such a fun addition to your Raw Vegan kitchen because it adds tremendous variety to your diet as well as shelf life to some of your food. Now you can have crunchy foods, warm foods, marinated foods with a texture reminiscent of cooked food, and foods that can last a long time in your refrigerator or freezer. Need I say more? Or, maybe you have a dehydrator but want some delicious dehydrated recipes, then check out my ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Dehydrating.
Okay, back to this wonderful trio of Raw Vegan recipes. Here you go! Enjoy!!!
Chocolate Chia Crackers
Yield 1 tray (quantity depends on size you cut)
1 cup chia seeds (get them here)
2 cups water
Juice of 1 orange
1 apple, cored & chopped
1/4 cup raw chocolate powder (Navitas is my all-time favorite brand)
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 paraflex 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 paraflex sheet and peel off the paraflex sheet being used. Dehydrate another 6-10 hours, or until you reach your desired dryness.
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Spread
Yield 1 1/4 cups
1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
3 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 cup cashews
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
Process all of the ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until creamy. That’s it! Easy!
Sweet Southern Peach Jam
Yield 1 cup
1 cup frozen peaches, thawed
3 dates, pitted, soaked 20 minutes, drained
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar
Blend all of the ingredients together. Voila, Sweet Southern Peach Jam!
1) Keep is simple!
Don’t make a bunch of different recipes with different sides and different desserts, etc. Simply pick out 3-5 recipes you’ll make for the week. For example, this week I’m making zucchini pasta with my famous marinara. This will be our dinner for 2-3 nights. When I went food shopping today, I also bought ingredients for my Harvest Soup so we’ll have this for 2-3 days (lunch) served alongside a fresh salad. I’ll make a quick and easy salad dressing (like this, Fat Free Strawberry Ginger or Olive Vinaigrette or Deviled Mango), which will last for about 3 days worth of lunch salads. Making and eating Raw Vegan food in this fashion saves you so much time!
Salads are easy…get the prewashed lettuce (give it a quick rinse anyway), dice up cucumbers and carrots (use different veggies next week to get balanced variety), toss some raisins or dried cranberries in and top with delicious dressing.
Go shopping twice a week to make life easy and have the freshest food on hand.
Don’t worry about eating the same thing for a few days in a row, it’s so delicious, you’ll look forward to the third meal of zucchini pasta marinara, for example, as much as you did for the first meal. By having a few different recipes for the second half of the week, you’ll get plenty of variety.
2) Keep things on hand!
I always have raw crackers, desserts (cookies, ice cream, mousse, cheesecake), milks, cheese dip and pate in the freezer. So, all I have to do the night before we’re going to eat it is take it out and thaw. Pick one or two days a month to make these recipes and freeze them. Think you don’t have room in your freezer? Think again…use a Food Saver and maximize your use of the space.
Keep some bags of frozen fruit on hand for those times you run out of fresh produce.
3) Liquids are high energy and easy!
I can’t say enough about how healthy, easy and high energy liquids can be in your diet. I start every single day with either Plant Blood or a smoothie (it’s usually green). Often (and very often) I stick with liquids for most of the day. This ensures I have extra energy and it’s so healthy because it gives your digestive system a break. So, one of the best tips for making the Raw Vegan lifestyle easy and extra healthy, drink many of your meals. Smoothies only take minutes to make. Depending on your juicer, Plant Blood can take a little longer, but still, it’s quite fast. Want a meal to keep you filled up for hours that is still smoothie style? You should try this great stuff, The Ultimate Meal.
4) Eat good ol’ deliciously ripe fruit (sweet and non-sweet)!
Another smart and extra easy plan is to have plain fruit for a whole meal or even just a snack, sweet and/or non sweet. You all know I love my summer time watermelon, and could eat it all day long. Other examples: I often nosh on just cucumbers for a light lunch (sometimes I sprinkle a little Himalayan crystal salt and/or dried herbs – so refreshing) and to make it more substantial, I’ll add 1/2 a diced avocado. Or, for more richness, I’ll dive into a phytonutrient, tropical bounty of mango, bananas, and pineapple. It truly doesn’t get easier than that.
For other great tips on living the Raw Vegan lifestyle with ease, check out my ebook, Kristen’s Raw: The EASY Way to Get Started & Succeed With Raw Food.
This delicious cobbler recipe is available in both my print book and ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Desserts (but I’m also sharing it with you here). It’s a delightful recipe with a punch of flavors that keep playing in your mouth, well after you’ve swallowed a bite. *I’ve edited the recipe online to use raw honey vs agave because we don’t eat agave anymore.
I chose strawberries for this cobbler because it’s summer and they’re in season. And, buying organic food in season is just one of many ways to buy organic on a budget.
Strawberries have som nice health benefits:
- Help protect against a variety of cancers
- Rich in folate, fiber, vitamin C and potassium
- Heart-disease fighting phytonutrients
- Compounds may help strengthen short term memory (nice!)
You’ll also see that I’ve included prunes in the recipe. I like using prunes because they have a wonderful, soft texture and they’re not as sweet as most other dried fruits. And, they’re full of antioxidants.
Summer Strawberry Cobbler
Kristen Suzanne of Kristen’s Raw
Yield one 8×8 glass-baking dish
2 cups raw pecans or walnuts
3/4 cup dried coconut, shredded & unsweetened
1 teaspoon fresh organic orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup currants
1/3 cup pitted prunes, chopped
The Strawberry Filling
25 oz fresh organic strawberries, destemmed (or use frozen and thaw them)
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
8 soft dates, pitted
2 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
Place the nuts, coconut, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor, fitted with the S-blade, and process until coarsely ground. Add the currants and prunes, and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and holds together when gently pressed between two fingers. Set aside.
Take about 15-16 ounces (approximately two-thirds) of the strawberries, chop them and set aside in a large bowl. Then, place the rest of the strawberries along with the orange juice, dates, and agave in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into the bowl with the chopped strawberries and stir.
Pour half of the crumble in the bottom of the glass-baking dish and give it a firm but gentle press. Spread the strawberry filling on top. Sprinkle the remaining cobbler crumble on top of the strawberry filling, allowing some of the beautiful strawberry filling to show through. Serve at room temperature, or warm in a dehydrator for up to an hour at 130 degrees for extra deliciousness. Covered, Summer Strawberry Cobbler will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator.