Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Inspired by the Detoxinista!

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You can make these AMAZING, decadent Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars (which taste like a peanut buttery cookie cake/brownie) with raw honey, rice malt syrup and coconut nectar. It’s your choice all 3 are Optimal Beauty approved; however, I recommend coconut nectar. It tastes the best and has more nutrients than rice malt syrup (second favorite).

It’s super easy to whip up, too! They’re so moist and definitely don’t taste healthy. ūüėČ

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all natural, organic peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar (or raw honey/rice malt syrup)
  • 1 organic, free range egg
  • 1/4 tsp. Celtic/Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dark, vegan chocolate chips (or homemade chocolate chunks)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 176 C
  2. Mix everything together except chocolate chips
  3. Once everything is smooth and mixed well, fold in chocolate chips
  4. Pour batter into an 8″ greased (with coconut oil) pan
  5. Smooth the top with a spatula
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden
  7. Let cool, cut and enjoy!

xoxo, Danielle

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Homemade, Healthy Frozen Yogurt- no special equipment needed

This is one of my favorite recipes to make! All of the sweet flavoring comes from a WHOLE food and the main ingredient: banana. Flavor it any way you want, but I love:

  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla
  • Nutmeg and peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Peanut butter and 1 Tbsp. cashew butter.
  • You can also add raw cacao powder for a chcolate version.

The best part is you can just use whatever you have on hand; a little cinnamon, a little vanilla- it will always be delicious.

Chop up 2-4 bananas and freeze overnight. I like to keep a big bag of frozen bananas in the freezer so I don’t have to worry about prepping.

Place desired amount of bananas in food processor and blend- adding either water or unsweetened almond/other nut milk throughout since the bananas usually need a little loosening up.

You may have to stop and push the banana down around the edges a few times.

Add flavoring and once smooth- enjoy!

That’s it! It’s so delicious, nutritious and easy to make. xoxo

Raw Cheesecake Bars

Inspired by, The Detoxinista! She is so fabulous and has hundreds of amazing recipes. You can check out her website here.

I could not believe how delicious this cheesecake is. My fianc√© and I were swooning the whole way through. It’s so similar to regular cheesecake (better I think), easy to make and doesn’t leave you feeling sluggish and gross after eating it. However, it is still super rich and you probably won’t be able to eat more than a couple pieces.

First, we need to make the crust.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 2 tablespoons organic, natural maple syrup (or you can use organic stevia, to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • ¬ľ teaspoon himalayan/celtic sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil

Method:

  1. Grind up your pecans (preferably soaked for 8 hours or overnight in a bowl of filtered water) in a food processor until crumbly. Be careful you don’t over-do it, or the oils will be release from the nuts, leaving you with a more glossy, oily crust.
  2. Next, add the rest of your ingredients and blend away. Once it all sticks together press the dough into a greased or lined pan and place into the freezer to set!

Cheesecake time!

Ingredients:

  • ¬Ĺ cup zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • ¬Ĺ cup raw cashew butter
  • 2¬Ĺ Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2¬Ĺ Tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 medjool dates
  • ¬Ĺ tsp. natural vanilla extract
  • ¬ľ tsp. celtic/himalayan sea salt

Method:

  • In a mini food processor, blend zucchini until finely processed.
  • Add the lemon juice, raw honey, medjool dates (these may need to soak for 15-25 minutes before they will blend easily), natural vanilla, sea salt and blend until smooth.
  • Next, add in the cashew butter and blend until well combined.
  • Pour into a baking pan, over your raw graham cracker crust and freeze overnight or until set.
  • Serve frozen for an authentic cheesecake texture.
  • Optional: Add strawberries, blueberries or raspberries on top for an added juicy burst of flavor!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I always do!

xoxo, Danielle

Introducing: Felicia from A Simply Raw Life + Vanilla Milkshake Recipe

Today, I am sharing an exclusive interview with Felicia from A Simply Raw Life! This woman is so inspiring and her recipes are so delicious and creative. I first stumbled upon A Simply Raw Life when I discovered her Banana Cream Vanilla Smoothie. It is one of the most delicious, simple and healthy smoothies you will ever make. Not to mention, it tastes positively sinful. Once I tried this smoothie I knew I just had to connect with the person who was genius enough to create it. Read below to get a better idea of who Felicia is, what makes her tick and what A Simply Raw Life is all about-you won’t want to miss it. The Banana Cream Vanilla Smoothie is included as well.

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Felicia and I am designer whose real passion is cooking.  My life is surrounded by wonderful friends and family, many who have the same passions, loves and desires as I do. One of them being to feed our families with healthy foods and treats. Over the past year this passion has evolved into really trying to make over our meals, creating our old favorites into healthier natural versions. Thus,  A Simply Raw Life was born. This blog is about sharing healthy recipes, fun things revolving around food and the kitchen and maybe some other fabulous things we come across living in Los Angeles. But mostly, this blog was created help people like me and many of my friends, to transition into incorporating a more plant based diet into their lives, to eat more raw foods in their natural state and see the benefits from doing so.  I hope you come and join this journey with us.

When did you start your journey to a healthier lifestyle?

I started 7 years ago thinking a vegetarian lifestyle was the healthiest change I could make. ¬†I didn’t know anything about raw food and I didn’t think I could be a vegan and give up cheese. ¬†Only 10 months ago did I learn about raw foods and made the changes and adjustments to be raw most of the time and vegan the rest. I haven’t looked back.

What led you there?

What led me there was were two things, one of them being the realization that as I grew older my body did not digest proteins well at all.  The change to vegetarian was to cut out all animal meat protein thinking it would help and solve the problem.  I realized that even with that, my body was not functioning correctly. Very painful at times.  I did my usual yearly cleanse last June and finally made the transition to raw foods.  The other was the cancer diagnosis a close friend received last year.  She had a very aggressive form of cancer and she needed to act fast and fight it.  She consulted a nutritionist and immediately when raw.  The doctors were amazed the results of her blood work only after a week.  She was able to help suppress her cancer with the raw diet and ended up only needing radiation and not chemotherapy.  I joined the raw food journey to support her and it changed my life.  She is an inspiration.

What are some of the daily rituals you practice (besides making all of your amazing recipes!)?

I try to have one fresh green juice or green smoothie every day.  I drink lots of water.  I pack our families lunches every day and when we get home from work we have family time and try to get outdoors as much as we can. This year we are working on a fruit and vegetable garden.  I hope we can do it.  The best times are spent with my husband and son.

A lot of people have a hard time staying healthy when they aren’t in the comfort of their own home. How do you keep your balance when traveling or eating out?

I try to find eateries that offer heathly foods I can eat. ¬†Part of it is doing research before you go out. ¬†Check out the options in the area and checking out the menus. If I am traveling for work, I try to also find a juice bar in the area and drink at least one or two fresh juices. ¬†Also, I try to remind myself of how good I feel when I do eat healthy and how I usually regret it afterwards. ¬†However, I do allow for splurges every now and then. ¬†It’s only natural. ¬†But I try to make sure it doesn’t become a prolonged splurge. ūüôā

What did your life used to look like before your journey began (in a nut shell) and what’s the difference now?

I’ve always been a foodie, I love food, but before I didn’t meal plan as carefully, and I really let my guard down in regards to food and was carefree about what I put into my body. ¬†I can say I paid the price for doing that. ¬†I was tired a lot and bloated. ¬†I enjoyed my family as always, but now I feel good about being able to give my family even healthier options. ¬†Now, I have way more energy, I’ve lost weight without really trying, my skin is clear, I have mental clarity and no more bloating… I could keep going…

What is your number one tip for clean eating and healthy living?

Meal plan and prepare. ¬†Make over your pantry and refrigerator. If you have the ingredients on hand you are more likely to eat clean because the ingredients are there at your fingertips. ¬†Give your body a chance to reap the benefits of clean eating… your body will end up craving it once it use to it.

Recipe:

BANANA CREAM VANILLA SMOOTHIE

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 to 1-1/2 banana, frozen chunks

2 dates

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Yes, that’s it! ¬†¬†Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender. Note: I like my smoothies to be thick and creamy, especially this one. Start off with 1 frozen banana and then if it looks too thin, slowly add more frozen banana, piece by piece, until you get the desired thickness. Top your smoothie with chia seeds and raw cacao powder, or whatever your heart desires! Yum!

Enjoy!

For more amazing recipes and inspiration A Simply Raw Life can be found here:

xoxo, Danielle

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Banana-Spice Green Smoothie…Complete with a Superfood Protein

What you will need:

* 1 Cup of nut milk. Can find my recipe for Homemade Almond Milk here.

* 1 Banana

* BIG handful of romaine lettuce

* Handful of spinach

* 1/2 Cup of cucumber, chopped

* 1 Tbsp. raw honey

* 2 tsp. of cinnamon OR 3 depending on your taste buds

* 2 tsp. of nutmeg OR 3 depending on your taste buds

**Optional and highly suggested: 1 tsp./dessert spoonful¬†of bee pollen–> See below for the many benefits!

Bee Pollen: It is known as a ‚Äúperfect food‚ÄĚ. It is a great source of protein and has multiple benefits. It boosts the immune system, fights allergies and gives you an extra dose of energy- without the slum afterwards (like sugar). It is loaded with anti-oxidants and Vitamins B, C, D, E. Bee pollen can even assist with infertility problems because it stimulates ovarian function! ¬†If that wasn‚Äôt all reason enough to consume this brilliant superfood; it contains over 96 nutrients (wow!). ¬†When you add it to smoothies you can‚Äôt taste it. Sometimes I sprinkle it on top of my salads as well- the taste is so pleasant and mild. Recommend taking one dessert spoonful/tsp. per day. It should be stored in a shaded area- away from direct light.

Sprinkle a little extra spice and/or bee pollen on top, and voila! Your delicious (and versatile), refreshing, tasty treat, snack, dessert or breakfast is ready to go! Bonus: you’re getting some amazing nutritious, natural¬†protein in as well!

xoxo, Danielle

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Tuity Fruity

This is such a delight! It feels sinful and absolutely isn’t. It consists of apple and banana lightly sautéed in organic extra virgin coconut oil with cinnamon sprinkled on top. Perfect on its own, in the morning as a side dish with your green smoothie, on top of your oatmeal or as a simply delicious snack.

What you will need:
1 Apple
1 Ripe banana
Coconut oil (organic and extra virgin is best)
Cinnamon (optional, but highly recommended!)

Method: (serves 2)
Chop up the apple and banana small enough so they are bite-sized
Turn your frying pan on low and let it heat up for a minute or two
Place 2-3 Tbsp. of coconut oil on the pan and place apple in the pan with it
Wait 30 seconds or 1 minute until you place the banana in pan (they don’t take as long to cook)
Make sure to flip the apples and banana over at least once
Sprinkle with cinnamon while fruit is in the pan.

Enjoy!

xoxo, Danielle

For personalized guidance with your health, wellness and fun recipes I invite you to contact me today so we can schedule your complimentary consultation.