Apple Pie Chia Pudding Parfait

Apple Chia Pudding Parfait

Breakfast, Desserts, Snacks | October 14, 2016 | By

The only thing I like about summer ending is fall recipes start taking over! This recipe has fall written all over it; made with organic gala apples and walnuts yum!! I love the combination of apples and walnuts, last year around this time I made this amazing raw vegan Deep Dish Apple Torte with Walnut Crumble.

I love Chia Pudding, probably because when I eat it I know I’m feeding my body super nutrition!  Chia Seeds are actually a COMPLETE PROTEIN, which means it contains all essential protein-forming amino acids!

1 ounce of chia seeds contain the following nutrition:

  • Dietary fiber (11g – 42% recommended daily value)
  • Protein (4.4g – 9% RDV)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (4915 mg)
  • Omega-6 fatty acids (1620 mg)
  • Calcium (77 mg – 18% RDV)
  • Copper (0.1 mg – 3% RDV)
  • Phosphorus (265 mg – 27% RDV)
  • Potassium (44.8 mg – 1% RDV)
  • Zinc (1.0 mg – 7% RDV)

Read more about health benefits of Chia Seeds here. 

This is one my favorite chia pudding recipes I have made; the combination of apple spice in the chia seed pudding paired with apple sauce is the perfect combination! You can also eat the extra apple sauce on it’s own or as a topping on fruit salad, yum! Enjoy this recipe and Happy Fall!

Apple Pie Chia Pudding Parfait
Chia pudding parfait with a raw apple sauce.
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Chia Pudding
  1. ¼ cup black chia seeds
  2. 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  3. 2 tablespoons coconut nectar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  5. 1 teaspoon apple pie spice (see how to make your own below)
  6. Dash of Himalayan salt
Apple Sauce
  1. 5 medjool dates, soaked and pitted
  2. 2 small gala apples, cored and chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/3 cup water
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. Dash of Himalayan salt
  8. Walnuts, chopped (garnish)
Chia Pudding
  1. Whisk together almond milk, coconut nectar, vanilla bean powder and apple spice in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Add chia seeds and mix well.
  3. Let sit in the fridge uncovered overnight.
Apple Sauce
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Only add as much water as required for blending.
  2. Layer a parfait glass with chia pudding, apple sauce and top with chopped pecans.
Make your own apple pie spice
  1. 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon.
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg.
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice.
  4. 1 teaspoon ground ginger.
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom.
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25 Raw Vegan Fall Recipes

25 Raw Vegan Fall Recipes

Hello Friends! Well there is no mistaking that fall is here and for some winter is coming soon. As soon the leaves start turning color and falling, right away I think of apples and pumpkin; two of my favorite foods! I start to crave comfort foods when the air gets a chill and these 25 raw vegan fall recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings! 

With Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, these recipes are perfect for your celebration!  There is everything from Breakfast, Salads, Desserts and even smoothies; so many unique recipes! Who knew you could make Pumpkin Twizzlers raw? and the Cinnamon Apple Detox Water looks so refreshing! And of course there is lots of Pumpkin dessert recipes including a Candy Corn Cheesecake… WHAT??! I’m super excited about this post because I have included recipes from some of my FAVORITE bloggers! Who know there could be so many raw vegan options for fall?

Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! Click on the links above the pictures to access the recipe.

Breakfast:

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Pumpkin Apple Parfaits

Baked Apples

Salads:

Cranberry Kale Crunch

Raw Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad

Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Dessert:

Mini Raw Apple Caramel Cheesecakes

Raw Vegan Caramel Cheesecake

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie

Rustic Raw Apple Cream Tartlets

Raw Caramel Apple (without any apple)

Raw Apple Cinnamon Macaroons

Carrot Cake Squares

Raw Carrot Cake

Raw Candy Corn Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Soft Serve

Pumpkin Twizzlers

Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Bars

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies (No-Bake)

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

The Fall Flavors Raw Brownie

Vegan Fig Chocolate Mousse

Drinks/Smoothies

Pumpkin Spice Shake

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Cinnamon Detox Water

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Pink Beet Smoothie

Pink Beet Smoothie

Breakfast, Desserts, Super Smoothies | September 23, 2016 | By

Hi Everyone! I am writing this post late on a Friday night after a crazy, exhausting week. I have a problem of taking on too many projects at once and running myself into the ground until I’m super run down. Why do us women do this to ourselves!!?? I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect, and do everything perfect, and then when I realize I can’t DO EVERYTHING I feel like I have failed and I’m so hard on myself. I’m sure SO MANY of you can relate! I need to stop this asap! Okay, enough of my rant, let’s get to this delicious pink smoothie which helps me get through my day!

It’s no secret I LOVE Beets, I probably eat at least one a day, in the form of a smoothie, juice or in a salad. I have heard a lot lately that most people don’t generally like beet smoothies because they taste too much like dirt. When you are adding beet to a smoothie it can be an acquired taste and texture if you don’t use the right ingredients to make it more palatable. I found the secret is to make a creamy beet smoothie and add extra sweetness; in this case, I added hemp seeds to create a wonderfully creamy texture and dates for extra sweetness.

I recently visited the doctor for an annual physical, and we reviewed my blood test results. My doctor was shocked to see my perfect iron levels (he said, any higher and I would have toxicity), which I contribute to all the beets I eat since they are high in iron and an awesome blood builder!

Why you should be eating more beets:

  • One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.
  • Those who drank beet juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16 percent longer.
  • Unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress.
  • The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body.

Lear more about the health benefits here.

Goodnight, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Pink Beet Smoothie
Delicious vegan creamy beet smoothie for energy and detox.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 small beet, chopped and peeled
  2. 1 cup frozen strawberries
  3. 1 small piece of ginger
  4. 2 dates, pitted
  5. 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  6. 1 tablespoon maca root powder (optional)
  7. 1 cup almond milk (or any vegan mylk)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Notes
  1. If the beet is large only use 1/4.
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Falafel Buddha Bowls

Falafel Buddha Bowls

Mains, Salads | September 16, 2016 | By

I was so excited for this post because I sprouted chickpeas for the first time and they turned out awesome! I don’t know why I waited so long!  One dish I love is falafels, so I decided to make a raw vegan falafel in a buddha bowl and they turned out amazing!

Sprouting legumes is very important because they are coated in phytic acid and when consumed do not allow your body to absorb nutrients and cause digestion problems.  Sprouting not only neutralizes phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors but also changes the composition so nutrient levels are increased.  Sprouting is super easy; here is an awesome instructional video from YumUniverse on how to sprout your own chickpeas.

Chickpeas are also very nutritious. Although they are high in protein (15 grams per cup!) they do not contain all essential amino acids for a complete protein but this can be easily supplemented by adding a rice or grain.  Chickpeas contain a high amount of vitamins and minerals, just one cup contains (RDI):

  • 15 grams protein
  • 12 grams fiber
  • 84% Manganese!!
  • 71% Folate
  • 29% Copper
  • 28% Phosphorous
  • 26% Iron
  • 17% Zinc

To keep the falafels raw I dehydrated them for 6 hours, but you can also cook them if you do not have a dehydrator.   I decided to add red cabbage, carrots, kale and sprouts to my buddha bowl; a traditional buddha bowl will have a grain so I could also add quinoa or to keep it raw, cauliflower rice!  The sesame dressing I included in this recipe pairs so well with the falafels, and would also work well as a salad dressing.  Enjoy! 

Falafel Buddha Bowl
Sprouted chickpea raw vegan falafel buddha bowl.
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Falafel
  1. 2 1/2 cups sprouted chickpeas
  2. 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 20 minutes
  3. 3/4 white onion onion, chopped
  4. 1/2 cup white sesame seeds
  5. 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  6. 1/4 cup flax meal
  7. 2 cloves garlic
  8. 3 teaspoons cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon coriander
  10. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. pepper to taste
Bowl
  1. Kale, chiffonade
  2. Carrots, shredded
  3. Red Cabbage, shredded
  4. Sprouts of choice
Sesame Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
  2. 1/2 zucchini, peeled
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 2 tablespoons coconut nectar
  5. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  6. dash of salt
  7. pepper to taste
Falafel
  1. Place sprouted chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 white onion, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper in the food processor and process until combined. Add a little water if needed.
  2. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add parsley, flax meal and the rest of the onion and mix well.
  3. Take a golf ball size of the falafel mixture and form into small patties with your hands. Coat each patty in white sesame seeds and place on a dehydrator tray.
  4. Dehydrate for 6 hours at 115 F.
Sesame Dressing
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Bowl
  1. Place veggies in a bowl with two falafel patties on top and drizzle with sesame dressing.
Notes
  1. Falafel recipe makes 18 - 20 patties, they will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
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Tropical Vanilla Ginger Smoothie with Vega One

Tropical Vanilla Zinger Smoothie

Breakfast, Snacks, Super Smoothies | September 10, 2016 | By

I was so excited to hear that Vega was running a campaign on how to build a better smoothie using less ingredients! Vega graciously sent me over a box full of their product Vega One in different flavors and a box of Silk unsweetened almond milk and I was dreaming up recipe ideas!

It was just not long ago, I was visiting my sister in Victoria, BC where she was explaining to me she never makes smoothies in her Vitamix anymore because they taste gross. This was an excellent opportunity to show her how to make a proper smoothie! Rule #1: do not add too many ingredients! This is the most common mistake people make; of course it will taste gross if you add too many superfood powders and ingredients that all have different flavor profiles. Thank goodness she loved the smoothies I made her and she was excited to make them again!

Too be honest, I have not used Vega protein powders in a long time, but my other sister swears by them. When I received my package and researched Vega One a little more I was shocked to see it contained so many awesome ingredients! Wow, I have been missing out; this is not just a protein powder but a whole food nutritional shake. Here is just a little synopsis on why Vega One is so awesome:

  • An all-in-one shake to help meet your daily nutritional needs
  • 20 grams of VEGAN protein
  • 160 calories per serving
  • Vibrant greens blend
  • Vitamins and minerals from real plant-based ingredients
  • 25% RDI fiber
  • Omega-3s ALA, antioxidants and 1 billion CFU probiotics
  • No added sugar, dairy or soy ingredients
  • Non-GMO project verified

You can find a full list of ingredients here.

One of my favorite flavor combinations is Vanilla and Ginger. Trust me, this combination is the bomb! I added French Vanilla Vega One with some ginger, banana, mango and almond milk and OMG, heaven in a glass! The color is green because of the vibrant greens blend in Vega One so you know you are feeding your body the good stuff!

Enjoy this recipe, and remember smoothies do not need to be complicated!

Tropical Vanilla Ginger Smoothie with Vega One
Tropical smoothie with banana, ginger, mango, vega one and almond milk.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 fresh banana
  2. 1/2 cup frozen mango
  3. 3 ice cubes
  4. 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk
  5. 1 scoop French Vanilla Vega One
  6. 1/2 thumb of ginger
  7. shredded coconut for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with coconut ribbons or shredded coconut.
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