8 oz chocolate chip morsels (I like Whole Foods 365 vegan (dairy-free) brand)
6 Popsicle sticks
2 large yellow bananas, peeled and each banana cut into 3 pieces (this will net 6 small banana pieces)
any nut you like (crushed)
Prepare your nuts. I ended up using 6 different kinds (unsalted slivered almonds, unsalted cashew pieces, raw pecan pieces, unsalted macadamias, salted marcona almonds, and pistachio nutmeats) since I couldn’t make up my mind. I put a tiny amount of each nut in its own zip-lock bag and used a rolling pin to crush the nuts. Each dipped banana has a different nut coating.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper to lay completed banana pieces on. Insert a popsicle stick in each banana piece.
Melt the chocolate. Place chocolate chip morsels in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat for another 30 seconds and stir until melted and the chocolate is smooth. Dip banana pieces, one at a time, in the melted chocolate. Spoon on chocolate where needed to cover the banana. Dip one banana piece and then cover it in nuts at a time. After doing 3 pieces, you may need to reheat the chocolate for only 10 seconds and stir to finish covering bananas. In the end, each banana piece will be dipped and sprinkled with nuts, unless you prefer a few nut-free.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes so that chocolate can set. Stays in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
This is a safe and fun recipe for kids. It’s quick and easy to make, and the cleanup is minimal. Grandparents will love making this with their grandchildren too!
Brazil Nuts (raw)
Macadamia Nuts (dry roasted unsalted)
Marcona Almonds (roasted and salted, can use other almonds, but these are my favorite)
Cashew Pieces (roasted and unsalted)
Walnuts (raw pieces)
Pecans (raw and unsalted pieces)
Sunflower Seeds (raw and unsalted)
Pumpkin Seeds (raw and unsalted)
In a medium size bowl, mix together all nuts and seeds, using 1/4 cup each. You can always add in a little more of what you enjoy most. Eat a handful as a snack for a quick protein energy boost.
You can also add in raw pepitas and pistachio nutmeats (dry roasted, unsalted halves & pieces).
Trader Joe’s has a wide variety of nuts and seeds at reasonable prices. I get my pumpkin seeds at Whole Foods.
The Story of Nuts:
Many people avoid nuts because they are high in calories and fat. Nuts are a great source of protein and do contain fat, but this is the type of fat you want in your diet. Nuts provide unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), delivering omega-3. Eating nuts can help lower the risk of heart disease. Nuts provide many vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. They contain fiber, vitamin E, selenium, folic acid, copper, magnesium, boron and the amino acid arginine, which boosts the immune system and lowers elevated blood pressure levels. The plant sterols in nuts help to reduce cholesterol absorption from fatty foods. Some nuts, like pecans, walnuts and almonds, contain tryptophan, an amino acid that stimulates the production of serotonin, the happy feel-good hormone, which can help against depression. Here are a few of my favorites:
Almonds – this nut comes in many varieties and can be used in all sorts of recipes. Almonds are probably the most nutritious of nuts, delivering magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, vitamin E, zinc, and lots of protein.
Brazil Nuts – a provider of selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals that can attack healthy cells and increase the risk of heart disease and various forms of cancers, like breast, lung, bowel, and prostate. Rich in zinc and magnesium, Brazil Nuts are great for anti-aging.
Cashews – provider of a high iron content, as well as zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and are rich in protein and carbohydrates.
Macadamia Nuts – this nut has the highest level of monounsaturated fat (the good fat) over any other nut, but can lower harmful blood cholesterol.
Pistachios – you can buy the ‘nutmeats’ already removed from the shells, or in a shell, but then you have to work for the nut. Pistachios are high in iron, protein, fiber, and magnesium and make a delicious topping on roasted butternut squash.
Walnuts – this is the only nut high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid, so eating these after you consume fatty foods help disperse the saturated fats and lower triglycerides. Saturated fats come from animal protein and dairy products, so cut these out of your diet to be a true vegan.
You can consume from 1-2 oz of nuts per day. It is best to mix so you consume a variety and take advantage of the benefits each nut provides. Always look for nuts that are raw and unsalted. Store nuts in the refrigerator to keep fresh.
Buy nut butters and seed butters (my favorite is Sunflower Seed Butter Trader Joe’s), but read ingredients to make sure you are buying unsaturated fats (mono and poly). The butters will have the oil separated, so you will need to stir to combine before each use. Some need to be refrigerated, so read the container.
Allergies can be an issue for some, so know what you cannot eat if you do have allergies. An allergy from nuts can result in a skin rash or hoarseness in the throat.
A mix of nuts makes a delicious and satisfying movie-going snack. For sweet and salty, I like to add in a few chocolate chip vegan morsels along with a couple of pretzels broken into pieces. Get creative!
1/2 cup of brazil nuts, soak in water for at least 4 hours, then drain
1 1/3 cups of water
In blender, add nuts and water. Use the chop, puree, and liquefy settings to blend until smooth (several minutes). Strain mixture through a cheesecloth into a bowl. Save the nut milk in the bowl to use in hot cocoa or creamer in your coffee or tea. Scrape off the ricotta-like cheese in the cheesecloth and store in a sealed container until ready to use. Keep refrigerated. Mix in with a red pasta sauce for a rich and creamy texture, or in hot cocoa for a rich and satisfying drink.
Makes 3/4 cup ricotta-like cheese and 1 1/4 cups of nut milk
Veggie Bouquets is a fantastic, must-have e-book that details how to make your own veggie bouquets that are 100% edible.
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What I did not like about the book was the recommendation of whey protein and omega-3 fish oil (derived from sardines, anchovies, mackerel, etc.). Being vegan, I do not consume any animal ingredients. There is a liquid omega-3 that has no animal derivatives. However, he did offer up hemp protein as an alternative to whey protein. And, he did suggest reducing and eliminating meat and dairy from your diet altogether! So, I am still a strong believer in this e-book.
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Amazing Meal is a powder that you blend with water (approx 10 oz) and enjoy. It is organic, raw, gluten free, vegan, soy free and dairy free. It is a superfood drink that provides greens, protein, and fruits & vegetables for optimum energy while delivering tremendous health benefits.
I sampled all 3 flavors. Pomegranate Mango Infusion was my favorite. I blended this with 8oz cold water and 2 oz of Naked OJ. It was simply delicious. I would even have this as a dessert it tastes that good! The powder is only 110 calories with 10 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. Fat is only 1 gram and sugar 6 grams. The blend provides 80% of vitamin A, 40% each of vitamins C & K as well as 20% of B12. There are additional vitamin and mineral benefits, but these are the substantial ones. The powder is a blend of wheat grass, kale, barley grass and alfalfa, with rice and hemp protein and a blend of antioxidant fruits and vegetables, such as acai, carrot, blueberry, goji, rose hips, maca and banana which are all organic. Flax seed powder is also incorporated as well as digestive enzymes and active culture probiotics for an alkaline drink and a pH health benefit!
I am a chocoholic, so I was surprised to find I loved the Chocolate Infusion second. It is also extremely yummy to drink. You don’t feel like you have to suffer drinking a ‘green’ drink. The Original Blend is a vanilla flavor and looks and tastes more green. It is still very delicious. I added in 1 banana to give it more flavor. They are all great tasting and deliver tremendous health benefits. Buy them in individual packets so you can take with you, especially if you travel.
“Amazing and delicious Raw vegan recipes for desserts, entrees, soups, salads, sides, snacks, smoothies, juicing, holidays, dehydrating, hemp, and tips for adopting the vegan Raw Food lifestyle. Recipe books include introduction to Raw food for beginners.
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Three bonus sections:
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3. Instructions for Soaking & Dehydrating
I scream, you scream, we all scream for KindKreme!
I was thrilled to hear there was an ice cream shop that offered raw and vegan ice cream. KindKreme serves up gourmet and organic dairy-free delights in many flavors. They also serve cold-pressed coffee, fresh juice, smoothies and shakes.
I took my husband to the Studio City, CA location where we sampled many unique flavor combinations. It was such a difficult choice deciding what to get since everything tasted fresh and delicious. I was thinking strongly about getting the ginger basil, which is to die for. However, since I am a chocoholic, I opted for the salted carmel chocolate. It was the perfect balance of goodness! My husband decided to go with a shake made with coconut KindKreme and topped it off with a refreshing passion fruit flavor.
Owner Mimi Moss and Reid served up some delicious delights that is worth the trip. Easy access off the 101 freeway. Check out the refrigerator section. They sell vegan nacho cheese dip. Go there today!
KindKreme is easy to find. It’s on Cahuenga Blvd at Regal in the corner strip mall by Poquito Mas and The Good Neighbors Restaurant. If you can’t find a parking spot in the lot, then drive up Regal and park on the street and walk down while enjoying the stroll to vegan heaven.
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If you’re in the Costa Mesa, CA area, visit 118 Degrees for fresh gourmet living cuisine. The restaurant has as extensive menu, so there is something for everyone. When I visited, I started with the fried avocado mini tostado, a buckwheat shell with spicy peppita cheese, chopped spinach, cilantro, corn, and topped with fried avocado. It was absolutely delicious! I sampled the tortilla soup which was also outstanding! But I couldn’t wait to try my main course, which was the lemon pesto pasta. Imagine thin strips of zucchini (the pasta) with lemon pesto sauce, marinated portobello mushrooms, grape tomatoes topped off with fresh basil. Delicious! I took my sister there for her birthday, and she had the mole enchiladas, which she raved about. To end our visit, we had a trio sampler for dessert, which were small bites and all highly delicious.
The restaurant serves up cuisine made entirely from plant-based ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains. The nut cheese is made by blending fresh herbs with sprouted nuts and seeds. The restaurant can accommodate nut-free dishes and is dairy-free, soy-free, wheat-free and high in enzymes, vitamins and minerals!
The name, 118 Degrees, refers to the commonly accepted temperature at which the natural enzyme value and nutritional contents of raw plant foods begin to break down and become useless for the body. One benefit of eating raw food is the energy derived from the enzymes and phyto nutrients available in foods that are still living.
The prices are reasonable and the experience was wonderful. Menu and location can be found at
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