Raw Vegan Baklava

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Crust (3 layers):

– ripe bananas
– coconut oil
– vanilla extract or powder
– cinnamon

Filling:

– walnuts, soaked
– dates, soaked (keep date water for the syrup) or date paste
– cinnamon
– clove (optional)
-sea salt

Pour-over Syrup:

– lemon juice
– date water or date paste dissolved in water

Blend bananas, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla together and pour the batter on dehydrator sheets.

Shape the batter into a desired shape making sure that it is not too thin. Make three shapes for three baklava layers.

Dehydrate the layers at 113F for about 10 hours or until the layers are easily peeled off.

To make the filling, combine soaked walnuts with soaked dates (or date paste) and cinnamon (use twice as much walnuts as dates by volume) and pulse in a blender or food processor until the walnuts are finely chopped.

Place the first baklava layer on the bottom of a pie pan.

Add half of the filling you made and spread evenly.

Place the second layer on top and add rest of the filling.

Cover the filling with the last layer.

Cut the baklava into smaller pieces resembling diamonds.

Make the pour-over syrup by combining lemon juice with date water (or dissolve date paste in lemon juice and water). Pour the syrup over the pre-cut baklava.
Pour as much of the syrup as the baklava can absorb.

Enjoy at room temperature or chilled in the fridge. The longer the baklava stays in the fridge, the more its flavors will develop.

This is my parents’s favorite raw vegan dessert recipe! I don’t blame them – it’s yummy, richly sweet, and extremely satisfying. πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‹πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Raw Vegan Mango Lassi

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Ingredients:

– ripe mango
– coconut milk
– soaked dates or date paste
– lemon juice
– cinnamon powder
– clove powder
– cardamom seeds

Blend dates, coconut milk, lemon juice, and spices until the dates are dissolved.

Add mango chunks and blend until smooth.

This drink is such a fragrant, uplifting treat – you have to try it! πŸ˜‹πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’›

Heal Your Skin Inside Out

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If you are suffering from any skin condition, raw food (especially fruit) and herbs can help immensely. They will help you detox corrosive acids (toxins, metabolic waste,…) that have accumulated in your body due to a stagnant lymph system, under- or over- functioning glands, and malfunctioning channels of elimination (kidneys, bowels, lungs, skin). These effects stem from factors such as your genetics and/or toxic environment, food choices, stress, suppressed creativity and emotions, and negative thoughts. Incorporating more raw food into your diet and using herbs is an excellent start to holistic healing.

One herbal skin remedy I’ve found very effective for any skin condition is a combination of chickweed (Stellaria media), plantain (Plantago major), and violet (Viola sororia or Viola tricolor) infused in olive oil. These herbs can be harvested fresh from most back yards or can be purchased in their dry form online. I use equal parts of each herb.

When working with fresh herbs, use scissors to cut them up finely and cover them with olive oil so that there is a small amount of space between the top of the oil and herbs. Next, use a mortar and pestle to crush the herbs and to release healing compounds into the oil. Strain the oil infusion with cheese cloth and store it in a glass dropper bottle. I make small batches that can last for two weeks or more (the water content in the herbs may cause the oil to go rancid or moldy if it is stored for too long).

Another option is to buy dry, cut and sifted herbs and infuse them in olive oil for at least one month, making sure to shake the glass bottle daily. If you need this infusion immediately, while you wait for your oil to infuse, there are similar oil infusions and salves that you can purchase online (make sure that they are pure and without synthetic chemicals).

It’s a good idea to use this oil infusion in salad dressings so you can heal from inside out. You can also make tea with these three herbs and drink it often throughout the day for internal healing.

You can make your healing journey creative and fun! πŸ’œπŸŒ±πŸ™πŸŒ±πŸ’œ

Raw Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Spicy Red Pepper and Eggplant (Ajvar) Sauce

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Stuffing:

– eggplant
– red bell pepper
– apple cider vinegar
– lemon juice
– fresh parsley
– garlic
– fresh jalapeno pepper and/or cayenne powder
– paprika
– sea salt
– onions or onion greens (optional)
– olive oil

Other Ingredients:

– mini portobello mushrooms (or any other kind and size you like)

– garnish such as olives, oregano, rosemary, and thyme

 

Cut eggplant into circles of medium thickness and soak in water with sea salt for about 1 hour.

Dehydrate the eggplant, red bell peppers, and whole mushrooms (peppers and mushrooms can also be used fresh) for 3 – 4 hours at 113F in the dehydrator.

Once dehydrated, cut up the eggplant and red bell peppers into smaller pieces and combine with all the other ingredients in a blender.

Blend until you reach a creamy consistency.

Remove stems from the mushrooms and stuff them with the Ajvar sauce.

That’s it – a filling meal on its own! πŸ˜‹πŸŒ·πŸŒžπŸ’šπŸžπŸŒ±

Raw Vegan Grandma’s Apple Pie

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Crust:

– walnuts, soaked and finely crushed

– dates

– coconut oil (optional)

– vanilla extract or powder (optional)

Filling:

– apples (your favorite kind), shredded

– dates

– apple cider vinegar

– lemon juice

– sea salt

– cinnamon

 

Combine coconut oil, walnuts, dates, and vanilla together and pulse the mixture in your blender or food processor. When you are satisfied with the consistency, cover the bottom of a pie pan with the mixture and press down with a spoon or your fingers (about half a thumbnail thickness). Set aside.

Process dates with apple cider vinegar, lemon, sea salt, and cinnamon until you have a dough-like paste.

Add finely chopped or shredded apples to the date paste and mix well.

Pour the apple/date mixture over the crust and spread to desired thickness.

Garnish with raisins or any other dried fruit.

Serve right away, freeze for 1 hour, or dehydrate at 113F for 1-2 hours if you prefer the pie warm.

Easy breezy raw vegan comfort food! πŸ‘ŒπŸŽπŸ’šπŸŒ»πŸ’πŸ’žπŸπŸŒˆπŸ‘’πŸŽΆ

 

Raw Vegan Heart-Opening Coconut Cookies

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Something to cheer you up for today! πŸ™ŒπŸŽ€πŸŽͺπŸŽ·πŸ’›

Ingredients:

– coconut pulp
– dates
– coconut oil

Flavors:

– cacao powder
– cinnamon
– vanilla powder or extract
– lime juice

Preparation:

Soak dried coconut flakes in water overnight.

Blend the soaked flakes and take out the coconut milk (you can use the milk for tea, chia pudding, coffee, and in many other ways).

Mix the coconut pulp with coconut oil and soaked processed dates until the mixture has a dough consistency.

Add cacao powder, or cinnamon, or vanilla, or lime juice and mix it in well.

Shape the mixture in the form of a heart.

You can eat the cookies right away or you can freeze them to solidify them more or you can dehydrate them for about 7 hours at 113F. I prefer to dehydrate them because they have the perfect consistency and are solid at room temperature.

So simple but so tasty! πŸ˜†πŸŒŸπŸŽ‰

Raw Vegan Mango Sticky Chia Dessert

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Thai Mango Sticky Rice dessert is one of my favorites and I decided to create a raw vegan version of it that is as delicious and easy to make too! πŸ‘ŒπŸ’•

Ingredients:

– chia seeds
– coconut milk (preferably home-made)
– dates
– cinnamon (optional)
– vanilla powder or extract (optional)
– ripe mango

Preparation:

Blend or dissolve dates in coconut milk to sweeten it.

Soak chia seeds for 2-4 hours in sweetened coconut milk with cinnamon and vanilla.

Place a desired amount of sticky chia on a plate and add ripe mango slices on top.

Garnish with fresh mint, sesame seeds, cinnamon or any other garnish of your choice.

This delightful dessert is such a treat! πŸ’œ

Mother’s Day Raw Vegan Key Lime Pie

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Filling:

– soaked coconut flakes
– small avocado
– coconut oil
– bananas
– lime juice
– raw coconut nectar or date juice (optional)

Blend all ingredients together until you have a desired consistency (you can add water if necessary). Add more bananas, coconut oil, and lime juice to taste.

Crust:

– soaked pecans
– dates
– cinnamon
– vanilla powder or extract

Blend or process all ingredients together until you are satisfied with the taste and crunchiness.

Assembly:

Line a pie pan with the crust. Pour in the filling and decorate the pie with toppings of your choice. I used figs to decorate my pie. Yum! Freeze the pie for about 4 hours and garnish. I garnished my pie with fresh mint and raw coconut nectar. Enjoy!

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Finger-licking Raw Vegan Chili

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Here is the delicious rawΒ veganΒ chiliΒ recipeΒ from a feast we had for Cinco de Mayo!

Filling

Chop up mushrooms, tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots (you can also grate them) and any other veggie you like.

Sauce

Blend together tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, carrots, onion, garlic, miso, sea salt, cayenne, paprika, cumin, curry powder, basil, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, and lime juice.

Mix the sauce with the filling and add toppings if you like.

Topping

Add any herb you like, preferably fresh (I added lemon balm and marjoram).

Enjoy!

Letting Go of Heartbreak Potion

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Heartbreak is almost guaranteed in this life and it can be a painful but much-needed life experience. I am always thinking of how to make people feel better in these tough situations. Luckily, there are fun and healthy ways to alleviate this seemingly never-ending process. I recently came up with a potion that is soothing to the senses and it is absolutely delicious – it works like a charm too!

Letting Go of Heartbreak Potion

-home-made coconut milkΒ infused with:

-cardamom

-cinnamon

-anise

-clove

-lavender

-rose petals

 

Mix the ingredients well and let them infuse for one or two days in the fridge.

Before drinking, make an intention to let go of sadness and grief (warming properties of cinnamon, clove, anise, and cardamom) as well as anger and regret (cooling properties of lavender and rose) so that your heart can become whole again. Drink for as many days as you feel you need to.

This is one of the best remedies for moving on physically and emotionally from heartbreak and getting into a mindset to attract what is best for you.

Enjoy your new freedom and openness of heart!