a RAWky road

Food, health and fitness advice while vegan in a sad, S.A.D world.


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English Toffee Smoothie

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 1 tablespoon cacao powder (you can always substitute with carob powder), 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops English Toffee, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender (surprise!)

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pack them into your blender. Follow with the cacao powder and the english toffee drops.

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 Step 2:

Add ice and water to your liking. I used to like my smoothies really thick so I would use less water, but nowadays I like them quite “liquidy” so I use more water; it’s a matter of preference. 

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Step 3:

Blend until completely smooth in texture.

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Step 4:

Tuck in!

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Peach Cobbler Smoothie

So far, this recipe is my favorite and I made a massive batch of it. However, if you’re getting tired of me posting these high-carb, low-fat, raw vegan dessert smoothies, then I’ve got some bad news for you… there are more to come. But, if you’re digging the healthy smoothie inspiration then I’ve got good news for you… there are more to come!

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 5 yellow peaches, 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender (as usual)

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pit the yellow peaches. Jam ’em into your blender. along with the cinnamon and the vanilla drops.

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 Step 2:

Add ice and water to your liking. I used to like my smoothies really thick so I would use less water, but nowadays I like them quite “liquidy” so I use more water; it’s a matter of preference. 

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Step 3:

Blend! As you can see, even after quite literally jamming all of this fruit into the blender, this bad boy is overflowing. If you’re doing to same (and haven’t scaled down) be very careful while blending.

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Step 4:

Pour into many of your favorite glasses (cuz damn this is a lot of smoothie!) and enjoy! 

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Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie

And the series of dessert smoothies continues…

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 2 tablespoons coconut extract, 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme, 7 medjool dates, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pit the medjool dates. Toss into your blender. along with the coconut extract and the vanilla drops.

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This would have preferred to use dried (shredded) coconut, but that would have made it more fatty and all I had at the time was these coconut drops. I think it would have also provided an added texture, similar to the coconut shavings that often garnish Coconut Cream Pie. Feel free to experiment with this ingredient, I would.

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 Step 2:

Add ice and water to your liking. I used to like my smoothies really thick so I would use less water, but nowadays I like them quite “liquidy” so I use more water; it’s a matter of preference.

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Step 3:

Blend! I made sure not to blend for too long so that the dates would remain a little chunky, mimicking the texture of a slice of Coconut Cream Pie.

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Step 4:

Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy! 

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Honestly, this would have been better with shredded coconut, or even coconut milk, but that would have upped the fat content significantly. It was still a very tasty smoothie, hope you enjoy!

 


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German Chocolate Cake Smoothie

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 1 tablespoon cacao powder (you can always substitute with carob powder), 1 tablespoon coconut extract, 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme, 7 medjool dates, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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 Equipment: Blender

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pit the medjool dates. Toss into your blender. along with the vanilla drops and cacao powder and the coconut extract.

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 This would have been better with dried (shredded) coconut, but that would have made it more fatty. I think it would have also provided an added texture, similar to German Chocolate Cake, that would have been pleasant. Feel free to experiment with this ingredient, I would.

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Step 2:

Add ice and water to your liking. I used to like my smoothies really thick so I would use less water, but nowadays I like them quite “liquidy” so I use more water; it’s a matter of preference.

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Step 3:

Blend! I made sure not to blend for too long so that the dates would remain a little chunky, mimicking the texture of a slice of German Chocolate Cake.

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Step 4:

Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy! I think this would make an awesome “ice cream” too. Just use frozen bananas, omit the water and ice and use a food processor instead, dessert is served!

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Mochaccino Smoothie

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 1 tablespoon cacao powder (you can always substitute with carob powder), 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme, 1/4 tsp coffee extract, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and toss into your blender, along with the vanilla drops and cacao powder and the coffee extract.

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Step 2:

Add ice and water to your liking. I used to like my smoothies really thick so I would use less water, but nowadays I like them quite “liquidy” so I use more water; it’s a matter of preference.

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Step 3:

Blend!

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Step 4:

Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy! However, you could always just chug it out of the blender.

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Red Velvet Cake Smoothie

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 1 tablespoon cacao powder (you can always substitute with carob powder), 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme, 2 cups fresh cherries, 2 cups ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pit the cherries. I you can pit the cherries with your fingers, a knife or a cherry pitter, but I like to pit them in my mouth (do not attempt when serving others). Toss the fruit into your blender, along with the vanilla drops and cacao powder.

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Step 2:

Add ice and water to your liking. I used to like my smoothies really thick so I would use less water, but nowadays I like them quite “liquidy” so I use more water; it’s a matter of preference.

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Step 3:

Blend!

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Step 4:

Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy! However, you could always just chug it out of the blender.

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What’s In My Microwave?

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I’m sure stranger questions have been asked, but I can see why this may cause some confusion. The microwave is a wonderful tool, but it’s a fact of life that any type of cooking changes the chemistry of food. It can reduce the levels of some nutrients, just as it can increase the levels of others (e.g. lycopenes), or make them more or less available to the body for use. I’m not the biggest fan of the microwave as a cooking tool as I was a Chef for many years and simply prefer traditional cooking techniques.

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Consequently, our microwave is used for storage. I can’t tell you how wonderful the reactions are of friends and family when they first see this, I get a kick out of it every time.

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Steven Smith Teamaker Peppermint Leaves Tea

Steven Smith Teamaker is a local tea making company here in Portland, Oregon and they are the bomb! If you’re tired of sachets of flavorless herb dust then look no further because this tea is sure to please.

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Measuring spoons and a mini wooden spoon

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Dagoba Organic Cacao Powder

We usually get carob powder, but one day (several months ago) we decided on cacao. We don’t really use carob or cacao powder all that often anyways, so this canister is still half full.

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Chia Seeds

We’ve had these for a while now and we don’t really ever think about them. We bought chia seeds after reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, as I’m sure most people did upon completion. We never really go into them and so here they are… waiting to be consumed.

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Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops in Vanilla Creme and English Toffee

I’m still on the fence about these, mostly because of a certain sensation I get on my tongue from them. However, they are tasty and add variety to smoothies.

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Flavorganics Organic Extract in Peppermint, Coffee and Coconut

These extracts are also to provide variety in smoothies. I love the peppermint one, the coconut is a little subtle and tastes more like coconut water than coconut milk and the coffee is super strong. Out of the bunch the coffee is my least favorite, but if you dig coffee and enjoy that lingering flavor then go for it!

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Cardamom, Nutmeg and Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices, I adore it in both sweet and savory dishes. Cardamom is amazing in mango smoothies and nutmeg is great around the holiday season (banana nog!).

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Vegan Cane Sugar

If you aren’t on a vegan diet, chances are you didn’t know that all sugar isn’t considered vegan. It doesn’t come from an animal so what’s the issue? Bone char, usually made from the bones of cows, is used in the decolorization process for sugar – meaning it whitens the sugar through a filtration process. I’m not down with this process so I get vegan sugar for our smoothies when fruit isn’t optimal.

What’s in your microwave?