July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

ALOHA! Today, just in time for the July 4th celebrations I have some Cool Summer fresh healthy treats for you! Having grown up in the Washington D. C. Metro area, I’ve seen my fair share of July 4th festivities.  My family would drive down to The Mall, early in the afternoon so we could get a spot on the grass near the Washington Monument with a good view of the fireworks and music most years.  Some years, were better than others as I remember.  Some years, the weather would be unbearably hot and humid.  In the late 60’s, there were Hippies, Police scuffles and things were a little less family friendly….  But they all had that swelling of patriotism,  family groups from all Nationalities, hot summer sun and plenty of food and drinks.   Now that I’m still in D. C. but have a little less tolerance for heat and crowds, I prefer to enjoy just as much food and fun but most likely it’s from right in our own back yard.  The music is traditional, the food… a lot more healthy, and the drinks are now less sugary and fresh from the farmer’s market.    “July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails” …

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Sunflower Sprout Pasta with Spiced Up Marinara – Raw Options

Sunflower Sprout Pasta with Spiced Up Marinara – Raw Options

I’ve had some luck in the kitchen this month and thought I’d pass on the tricks and tastes today.  First, I had some 3 year old Sunflower Seeds grow into beautiful, nutritious sprouts last week…without using any soil for the roots.   I love this merely because A: it’s less expensive and B: it’s less mess to deal with. So here’s how I did it in simplified steps:  Soak about a 1/2 cup of  black sunflower seeds in filtered water for at least 24 hours.  You’ll see the first sign of them growing with a tiny white tip showing at the pointed end of each seed.  Next, drain off the water (you can use it for your plants if you’d like) and spread out all your seeds in a shallow dish on top of wet paper towels.  I used a glass pie plate and they were slightly crowded but still grew up fine.  You’ll need to cover them with some kind of slight weight at this point.  The seeds need to think that they are underground.  I used a second pie plate, placed on top of the first so that it presses down on the seeds with some slight weight.…

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Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam Cookies with Sugar Free & Raw Options

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam Cookies with Sugar Free & Raw Options

 What’s better than a chewy peanut butter cookie? Let’s see… Whether you choose a ‘Raw’ cookie …  Or Baked and Toasted….      These are a tasty, healthy way to get your sweet in without all the fat, sugars or gluten of most cookies. Have a great week everyone! Thinkin’ Jack had one too many cookies…………Shhhhhh !

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Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

With 101 Juice recipes and ideas, Danielle Omar’s ‘Skinny Juices’ is a must for anyone concerned for their health. Danielle Omar knows Juicing.  She’s written a reference guide for those who’ve never juiced, want to juice more or even those who’ve juiced for years and want to perk up their regular recipes for juicing.  She know’s her fruits and veggies. Danielle’s writing style isn’t flamboyant.  She writes for the health concerns of others and includes all the science and techniques to back up her instructions and concerns.  She has a clear and uncluttered way of getting her information to us without being boring or repetative as well.  Her recipes are simple, easy to make and fun to drink most of all.  She explains the how’s and why’s of juicing, the differences between juicing and just blending, and how each combination will help and effect your body. ‘Skinny Juices’ is a fabulous reference to start any Detoxification program as well.  Danielle goes through step-by-step instructions for detox.  She explains benefits, concerns and methods for your plan.  And she does it all with simplicity and common sense instructions to get you started.  I made several of her drink combinations on the first…

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My perfect ‘lunch-on-the-go’ = Raw – Kale Mango Pepitas Seed Tacos

My perfect ‘lunch-on-the-go’ = Raw – Kale Mango Pepitas Seed Tacos

 This past month I’ve been concentrating much more on finding unprocessed foods to take on my workday.  It’s challenging to say the least being in a car, sometimes a hot car, all day and trying to eat a healthy fresh meal that will keep me going as well as satisfy my taste buds.  I’ve had a lot of success with homemade bars and balls.  A new favorite is a Chocolate Peanut Protein ball.    They’re so quick and inexpensive…and tasty.  This week, I discovered what will seem like much to simple a meal to share in a post to most.  A kale leaf wrap that I fill with fresh mango, pepitas seeds, a little Justin’s Almond butter (yum) and a couple dates.  This one packs well if nothing else.  And the flavor combination was so delicious I just had to mention my find.    Speaking of finding, on Tuesday I found myself and about 40 other fans of Choosing Raw at a juice bar in D. C. celebrating Gena Hamshaw’s new book, “Choosing Raw, making raw foods part of the way you eat”  If you missed my review of Gena’s book Friday,  please be sure to click back to it…

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Fresh Fruit Fast is on!

Fresh Fruit Fast is on!

  So, we’re off to Alaska in August and I have just a few winter comfort meals left on my hips right now.  I’ve started a fresh fruit and vegetable fast of sorts in the past weeks to get myself into tip top shape for our trip at the end of the summer.  This winter’s sub-zero temperatures were anything but comfortable working outside.  And now I’m paying the price of warming my belly with hot baked goods to keep out the cold.   I’ve already dropped 20 but I’d love to fit into some summer favorites for the trip.  Another 15 to go I’m afraid.   My ‘Raw Foods’ mentors:  Gena, Julie and Kristina have all got me convinced that fresh foods are the way to go for maximum nutrition while dropping this extra weight.  I’ve always known the fresh, local produce tastes the best.  But for now, it’s helping to trim down the fat as well as giving me full flavored meals.   I try not to eat much after 2pm.  A salad or bowl of soup is enough to fill me up before bed.  And all the fiber from fresh fruits and veggies is actually making me feel more…

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Raw Fruit Cereal with Fresh “Banana” Milk

Raw Fruit Cereal with Fresh “Banana” Milk

You know those mornings when you’d love to have a great big breakfast?  You don’t have time.   You don’t want to spend a lot.   And you don’t need to add hundreds of calories to your day?  Well, when I saw another fabulous video from Fully Raw Kristina I knew this idea would rock my breakfast world. As far from Captain Crunch as you could be……   Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email below.

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Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

   From Julie’s Lifestyle.com Easter treats can be fun and healthy with these quick, kid-friendly balls of chocolate flavors.  You’ll want to make them year round too but they sure can make a perfect substitute for popular Easter, sugar laden candies and eggs.  These Cacao Nib coated treats will give kids and adults the healthiest option for a sweet and chocolate treat this Easter.  Plus, once you’ve got this recipe down, the sky’s the limit for new versions, flavors and shapes.   Raw Cacao Nibs are just so yummy on their own.  But when you add them to these healthy truffles, they’re just heavenly. If you can’t find cacao nibs in your area, these are certainly delicious treats with cocoa powder coating instead.  But I urge you to give the nibs a try when you can.  I used NuNaturals Orange and Peppermint Liquid Stevia to make up two different flavor backgrounds for these little balls of fun.  The Cacao nibs rolled on top at the end just add to their chocolate background and make them positively super good for you. Have you ever eaten a whole plate full of candy and not been sinking with guilt and a stomach ache? Okay,…

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Luscious Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This weekend I was trying to mix up a nice, simple chocolate sauce to drizzle over some fresh pears.  Something just went awry when I tried to thicken up the melted chocolate with a bit of ripe Avocado…. the end result was a wonderfully creamy chocolate mousse.  A luscious dessert.   Print Luscious Vegan Chocolate Mousse Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Healthy Dessert   Ingredients 1 Avocado 1 Cup Nut Milk of choice ½ Cup Melted Non Dairy Chocolate 1 dropper of Vanilla Liquid Stevia (I used NuNaturals brand) 1 dropper of Lo Han Liquid Sweetener (I used NuNaturals brand) 2 Tbs. Cocoa Powder pinch of salt Instructions Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pour mix into small bowls. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour to set up the mousse. Makes 2 – 3 servings. 3.2.1251  Just 2 days left to enter the NuNaturals Giveaway happening on 4 blogs with 16 winners….plus a $125 Grand Prize. Have you entered today?  Enter on all 4 blogs to increase your odds.  Contest ends July 11th at midnight.

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Sugar Free Apricot Jam ♥ & a Giveaway!

Sugar Free Apricot Jam ♥  & a Giveaway!

The Contest is now closed. I’ve been using NuNaturals healthy natural sweeteners in my recipes for years now.   I recently received a new sweetening product from NuNaturals called Lo Han made from fruit and thought it would be perfect to replace the sugar in some Apricot Jam I cooked up last week.  The Lo Han worked beautifully and the jam is just wonderfully fresh and delicious ♥ NuNaturals is now offering a giveaway on 4 different blogs for 2 Lo Han products to 16 winners and then will enter the 16 into a Grand Prize drawing for over $125 worth of NuNatural’s products…awesome!  The giveaway is now live on Canned-Time, An Unrefined Vegan, Keepin’ It Kind and Gazing In.  4 winners for each blog!! Plus you can enter to win on all 4 blogs to increase your odds of winning… WHOO HOOO!!  For my apricot jam, I cooked 2 cups of apricots with 2 Tbs. of powdered NuNatural’s Lo Han over medium heat for about 20 minutes until the fruit was cooked down and beginning to turn syrupy.  Then I added in 1 tsp. of Agar flakes and stirred the fruit for another 5 minutes.  I transferred the jam to…

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It’s a Lemonade kinda day

It’s HOT! Time for a cool drink………. It got hot here in the East way too quickly this year.  I had such a craving today for a lemon drink that I grew up with.   I had to pick up a few choice lemons and stir up a batch of the best lemon drink you’ll ever taste. This drink is a twist on Ice Tea and Lemonade.  You’ll need a jar of Coffee substitute like Cafix Brand.  These coffee substitutes are made from grains, usually barley roasted and sweetened with some molasses. Cafix is delicious hot or cold.  I usually mix some in with my heated Soy milk in the morning.  Just mix up a pitcher of your favorite lemonade.  Then pour in enough Cafix syrup to turn the lemon aide a deep brown.  Some in my family like to add just a little, I like a lot………   To make the coffee / Cafix syrup:  heat about 2 cups of water to a boil and then stir in 1/4 cup or so of Cafix.  Stir until the powder dissolves.   You can keep the syrup in the fridge to use for future batches.  Each time you make up some lemonade, just pour in a…

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Healthier Iced “Coffee” Beverage – Dairy, Caffeine and Sugar Free

Healthier Iced “Coffee” Beverage – Dairy, Caffeine and Sugar Free

Reposting a popular drink recipe from last year.  Still one of my all time favorite things to gulp sip on anytime of day…. This is my daily, sometimes bi-daily …..tri-daily? ….drink this summer. It’s so refreshing, mildly sweet, and easy to make. The ingredients can be adjusted to your own liking. Substitutions in Nut Milks and coffee can be made. I like it just as it is though……………no sugar, no dairy, no fuss! I drink the same thing when it’s cold too………just warm it all up instead of adding Ice. The proportions I’ve worked out are: Cafix is available at iHerb and most health food stores. For the syrup: Boil 2 cups of water. Dissolve 2/3 cups of Cafix Coffee Substitute (or instant Coffee)  into the hot water. Add in a few Tbs. of Cocoa Powder for a MOCHA flavor. Add in sweetener of choice. (I add about 1 tsp. of Liquid Vanilla Stevia in mine) Store your syrup in a sealed container in the fridge.  Or pour syrup into ice-cube trays. For the Drink:                                                                                          …

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Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

A delicious & hearty sweet way to get your grains, Buckwheat Pancakes! A healthier version of an old classic. The fluffy flavorful pancakes are refined sugar free, very low Gluten and Vegan.  Mix some up in minutes and WOW your guest with nutrition and earthy flavor in each bite.

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December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

Our first icy snow of the season today.   So glad I’m home enjoying the view from a warm cozy spot                                                                                                                                         and don’t have to work 🙂 Winter weather around Washington D.C. is usually beautiful, and always a nightmare to get around town in. Here’s what my view out the windshield looked like this morning as my husband was scraping the ice off. Ahhh, I so love D.C. in the winter………… So let’s look forward to the spring and all the wonderful fresh foods that will be in the stores when it gets warmer.  Right now I feel like hibernating until the thaw. My first priority of the new year is to reduce my sugars to be completely unrefined. Glycemic Index of Sugars and Other Sweeteners: Source: http://www.puregoodness.net/nutrition/sweeteners-decoded/ For more information about the…

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Ornament Cake Balls – Vegan, Gluten Free w/ Raw Options

Ornament Cake Balls – Vegan, Gluten Free w/ Raw Options

I saw these adorable little ornaments while searching for some ‘cake pop’ ideas and had to give them a try.  I picked up some clearance ornaments at Michael’s Crafts for a $1, removed the top metal hooks from them and got to work making up a ‘raw’ batter for my pops. My quick and easy – delicious raw recipe came from Cara over at ‘Fork and Beans’.  Leave it to Cara to come up with a wonderfully nutritious version that tastes as good as it looks!  Check out her Raw Chocolate Cake Pops. After the dough balls firmed up in the freezer, I rolled a few in some sugar crystals and dipped others in melted chocolate. These cute little balls of sweet goodness would be perfect for a party tray or dessert centerpiece for holiday tables.  With all the sweet stuff around this month, you can pop one of these bites without much thought to it ending up on your hips. Store them in a sealed container in the freezer until you’re ready to decorate the tree! Definitely healthy fun food……… Enjoy 🙂

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Giving “Thanks” for Liquid Stevia – NuNaturals Peppermint and Chocolate Stevia Giveaway!

Giving “Thanks” for Liquid Stevia – NuNaturals Peppermint and Chocolate Stevia Giveaway!

This contest is now closed I recently received a couple new liquid stevia flavors from NuNaturals to try out….they are both wonderful. Just in time for holiday favorites with a healthier twist……….Chocolate and Peppermint!  YES!  If you follow Canned Time at all, you’ll notice I use stevia in quite a few of my recipes to convert them to be sugar free.  And from my experience, NuNaturals liquid stevia is that best I can buy. I’ve tried mixing the Chocolate with liquid Orange Stevia to make orange chocolate bars.  I’ve dropped a few drops into warmed Almond milk………..oh, my! And my latest experiment with NuNatural’s liquid stevia was one of my favorites: Vegan Sugar Free Whipped Cream with a touch of Peppermint This stuff is good enough to BE dessert as well as top your desserts! Check out the recipe for the Coconut Whipped Cream at “Oh She Glows“ and then enter to win your own Peppermint & Chocolate NuNaturals Liquid Stevia! You can also check out the full line of NuNaturals products here:  www.nunaturals.com and at the check out page use the DISCOUNT CODE OF  BLG1212 to receive -15% discount on their orders effective until December 31, 2012. 4 lucky readers will…

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Vegan Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge

Vegan Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge

The flavors of chocolate, a touch of orange and a tangy sour bite of the Pomegranate make this ‘good for you’ fudge my new favorite. The contrasting textures of the Pomegranate and the Cocoa Powder leave your tongue wondering ‘Wow, what’s next?” Then you taste the creamy dates and chia seed filled fudge and the whole thing kind of melds together in your mouth…………. This fudge is not too sweet, not to sour, and definitely a healthy choice for snacking!      Click here for how to remove pomegranate seeds   The Cocoa & Pomegranate are a wonderful contrast of  flavors. First you taste the mildly sweet cocoa, then a burst of tart fresh Pomegranate. A perfect bite. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar-Free Drink & Dessert Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Sugar-Free Drink & Dessert Syrup

I haven’t ever tried the famous Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte that everyone raves about each fall…but it sure sounds yummy! With 49 Grams of Sugar for the Starbuck’s  ‘Grande’ size……..and 380 calories for a 16oz. drink……….no thank you. But when I saw the picture on Pinterest from Savvy Eats for a ‘Coffee Shop Pumpkin Syrup‘, I knew that I had to try out a sugar-free version that I could use with Nut Milk or Cider.  After making this into my own version, sugar-free, I’m sure it will be perfect topping for ice cream or pies as well. Pumpkin Spice  Sugar-Free Drink and Dessert Syrup Recipe from SavvyEat.com Spoon in 1 – 2 Tbs. of syrup into hot drinks or drizzle over desserts. 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree 2 Tbs. Liquid Vanilla Stevia (I used NuNatural’s Brand) or 1/2 cup Agave 1 cup water or apple juice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves Heat all ingredients in a non-stick saucepan over low heat.  Simmer until the Pumpkin has reduced down and the sweetner has thickened into a syrup.  If using Agave, you’ll need to stir more frequently. I used liquid Stevia and it reduced on low after…

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Featured On: My Mr. Floydy has been cooking up a storm today………….. This pie is creamy like chocolate pudding with a hint of peanut butter.  The raspberry topping adds a perfect sour bite that cuts through the sweet and balances each bite.  Sugar, Dairy and Gluten Free.  It freezes well and is a great breakfast or dessert idea. Mr. Floydy was oh so helpful getting the shots for this one today.  He doesn’t like when something else, even Pie, gets more attention than he does……….. Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Crust: 10 Medjool Dates, pitted and soaked for 15 minutes 1 cup Filtered Water (you can use this to soak the dates in) 2 Tbs. Ground Flax Seed 1/4 Cup Powdered Stevia Baking Blend 1 Cup Gluten Free Cereal 1 Tbs. Cinnamon   Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender, pulsing until a rough dough is formed.  Press dough with fingers into a pie pan or iron skillet just onto the bottom. Chill crust while making the pie filling.       Pie Filling: 1 Cup Smooth Natural Peanut Butter, microwave for about 30 seconds to soften 1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/3 Cup Raisins 1/3 Cup Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips…

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Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette – Sugar Free

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette – Sugar Free

Featured on: I’ve had an abundance of Red Wine Vinegar, like 10 bottles, for a year now and had to get them used up somehow.  I use it a lot to make my Spicy Brown Honey Mustard Dips.    But I needed something more….Ah, Ha! …….Raspberries! All the fresh fruit in the stores right now makes me crazy that I can’t buy it all up at once!  And when it see it spoiling, mostly because it’s over priced ….. It really makes me mad!!! Anyway, this recipe could not be any easier.  The basic combination is only 3 ingredients:  Raspberries, Vinegar  and sweetener. Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette w/ Sugar Free Options Combine 2 Cups of Red Wine Vinegar or Balsamic Vinegar with 1 Cup of Fresh Raspberries in a glass container.  Seal and let it sit for 2 days at room temperature out of direct sunlight Puree the mixture and then add in any of the following: 1 Tbs. Stevia, 4 Tbs. Agave,  4 Tbs. Maple Syrup or other sweetener to taste. Plus 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil. Other add-ins could be:  Red Pepper flakes, salt & pepper, Italian Seasonings, Garlic Powder (about 1 tsp.) Store your Raspberry Vinaigrette in a sealed container in the…

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Sugar Free Plum Preserves

Sugar Free Plum Preserves

I love plums (ripe ones that is, hate the rock hard ones from the grocery store) So I put a couple in a clear box and set them near a window to ripen up some. When they finally got a little soft, I decided to try another Sugar Free jam like I had made out of my Bing Cherries a few weeks ago. Bing Cherry Jam I’m not sure I like this one better but it’s a nice sour jam that is still sugar free and goes great with a hearty bread with lots of taste of it’s own. Or a good cracker.  I tried this jam out first on a Quinoa and Chia Seed Gluten Free Waffle I’ve been wanting to try. They both worked well together. Sugar Free Plum Preserves: 4 – 5 RIPE Plums, washed, pitted and sliced into bite size chunks 1/3 Cup Powdered Stevia or Agave for sweetening 3 Tbs. Lemon Juice 1 Package of Low/ No Sugar Powdered Pectin 1/4 Cup of water (just to keep the Plums from burning when they are first put into the pot to boil.  All the water will evaporate. Heat all the ingredients except the pectin in a medium…

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Bing Cherry Jam – Sugar Free

Bing Cherry Jam – Sugar Free

 Big beautiful Bing Cherries are everywhere here right now.  They are slightly pricey in my mind so instead of devouring the whole bag……….. I decided to have a little discipline and make some jam so I can enjoy them all year………well at least until I use up this stuff which might not make it to the end of the season!  This is some great jam, and sugar-free?  Love it. I have never used the Pectin for Sugar Free jams until now and I was really happy with both the taste from the Stevia Powder and the thickness from the sugar-free Pectin.  I’ll try this again with a lot of different fruits now that I know is works so well. Sugar Free Bing Cherry Jam Four Cups of Fresh Bing Cherries: Pitted and Sliced 1/4 Cup Stevia Powder 1/4 Cup Water 2 Pectin Packages for Sugar or Low Sugar Jam 3 1/2 Pint Canning Jars Boil the pitted Cherries, water and Stevia for about 45 minutes at a light boil. When the fruit is softened, add in the pectin and boil another 2-3 minutes until you notice the syrup is thickening up.  Remove from heat . Pour jam into sterilized 1/2 Pint…

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Chocolate Banana Cashew Butter

Chocolate Banana Cashew Butter

Featured On: This nut butter turned out just perfect for me. It’s creamy like pudding on your tongue…just sweet enough to satisfy that  afternoon ‘gotta have chocolate‘ craving. And it’s Healthy?  You bet it is.  Very.  Very little sugar, no gluten, no dairy. And it tastes good?  No way. Yup, tastes delicious actually. Chocolate Banana Cashew Butter 16 oz jar of Cashew Butter (Organic or make your own) 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Stevia 1/4 Cup Honey or Agave 1 tsp. Cinnamon 2 Ripe Bananas 3 Tbs. Water 3 Tbs. Olive Oil or other 1/2 Cup Non Dairy Milk, I used unsweetened Soy for this Blend all ingredients in a food processor, slowly, scrapping down sides until smooth butter is formed. (I thought I killed my Ninja blender doing this one, luckily it worked again after the motor cooled so pulse the butter a lot so you don’t burn out your blender) Store in a sealed container, may be frozen in smaller batches.  Refrigerate up to 1 month. You can almost taste how good this is……….for you. I am already planning to use it as a filling for  some other desserts, coming soon! Have you ever made any nut butters…

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Vegan Chocolate or Vanilla Oat Bran Milk

Vegan Chocolate or Vanilla Oat Bran Milk

    Oat Bran Milk Add 1 cup of water to 1/4 Cup Oat Bran Cereal.  (Substitutions include:  Oats, Steel cut Oats, Bran, Barley, Wheatgerm etc.) Heat for 2 minutes in the microwave or on stove top until oats have softened. Pour the Oat / Water mixture into 2 Cups water.  Add in flavors:  1 tsp. Stevia Powder 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract And 1 Tbs. of Cocoa powder for Chocolate Milk. Pinch of Sea Salt. Blend or Food Process for 2 minutes on high. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a glass container. Refrigerate up to 5 days.  Use in smoothies, cooking, baking or heat a cup for a morning drink. The oat bran left in the strainer can be frozen and used in cookies, cakes or breakfast bars for added nutrition. Oat Bran leftovers strained out of liquid can be frozen and used in future cookies, pie crusts, etc. Great substitute for Soy, Nut or Coconut Milk and at about .20 per 8oz. glass?  Great savings as well. Leave out the sweetener and you’ve got a milk for cooking savory sides with added nutrition. Other Diary Alternative posting: Coconut Flax Seed Milk   Soy Milk and Flour  …

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Raw Vegan Caramels with Chocolate Nut Butter

Raw Vegan Caramels with Chocolate Nut Butter

These Raw Vegan Caramels are adapted from a recipe at Averie Cooks       These are beautiful little bites of chewy, sweet goodness.     I took Averie’s advise and added some homemade chocolate butter on top just to make them even more perfect. I made a chocolate sauce by blending sugar free peanut butter with cocoa powder and NuNaturals Liquid Vanilla Stevia The main sweetness comes from ground up dates. Make sure if you’re using whole dates to remove the pits. Thanks to NuNaturals, they are sugar free except for the date sugar. When you have the ‘caramel’ dough, flatten it out on a stick free surface to about 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate to firm the caramel.  I combined the dates with sunflower seeds.  Blend the Sunflower Seeds first and then add in the other caramel ingredients.  I had better success pulsing the blender much of the time until a paste formed. The original recipe calls for pine nuts, but I’m saving money using sunflower seeds but I’m sure that these would be even better using Pine Nuts. Raw Vegan Caramels with Chocolate Nut Butter Frosting Caramels 1 Cup Raw Unsalted Sunflower Seeds (or Pine Nuts) 15 Pitted Medjool…

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Vegan Southern Style Banana Pudding

Vegan Southern Style Banana Pudding

  This is a pretty good substitute for the real thing and much healthier than the average banana pudding.                                                                                                                                                         I picked up these gorgeous little bowls this weekend at a little Antique shop and had to come up with a special dessert to show them off.  The bananas (and the chocolate cookies) really brought out the golden glass. I did spice it up some today with the chocolate dipped cookies I used but other than that it’s awefully good for you, body and soul……….   I placed the extra bananas and cookies into bowls and then poured the cooked pudding right on top.       I think this dairy and processed sugar free version will make anyone crave a big spoonful!   It’s a childhood favorite and my Mom always made it so good………..  It was tempting to just make it the old fashioned way.                            But this one will definitely do for flavor and texture                              Make sure that your bananas are ripe to past ripe so they are sweet enough. Enjoy! Thanks for the Holiday LEDS Giveaway entries.  Winner will be announced Tuesday.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Truffles

Peanut Butter and Jelly Truffles

Peanut Butter and Jelly Truffles  – Sugar & Dairy Free   The inspiration for these truffles started out to be this wonderful recipe for Creamy Mixed Berry White Chocolate Crumble Bars. From Averi Cooks     Well…………they didn’t quite work out when I tried to adjust them to Dairy and Sugar Free…Oh well. Try Averie’s recipe to try those beauties.  But my Peanut Butter and Jelly version is darn good too.  Here’s what mine turned out to be in the end: Peanut Butter & Jelly Truffles 1 2/3 Cup Coconut Flour 1 Cup Old Fashioned Steel Cut Oatmeal (you could use either quick oats or regular) 4 Oz. Softened Organic Vegetable Spread like Earth Balance Mix dry ingredients and then add in: 1 tsp. Liquid Vanilla Stevia ( I used NuNaturals brand) 1 Cup of Nut Milk Creamer ( I used an almond / cashew creamer this time, Coconut would be fine) 1 Cup unsweetened Peanut Butter softened in the microwave but not melted 1 Cup of shredded Coconut When all this is stirred in together,  fold in 2 Cups of frozen mixed berries. I used my hands to blend everything together evenly, sometimes fingers just work better than spoons……add more…

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