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Basics of Raw/ Rawfood Cousine

Raw vegan Pad Thai with activated Almond&Ginger Sauce

This is definitely one of my most favourite raw vegan recipes. It is simple, fresh, crunchy, fun to prepare, colorfull and most of all….tastyyyy! Base is gonna be your julienned veggies but the sauce that comes with it is gonna level it up pretty much! When I´m teaching rawfood cooking classes I encourage people to be creative with flavours so you can also play around with this one. Use home made coconut milk instead of water, add different herbs, use different spices, all up to you. I am here just to spark thirst for healthy living food!

 

WHAT DOES THE WORD “ACTIVATED” MEAN, WHY AND HOW TO DO IT.

Idea behind activation=soaking (10-12 hours in filtered water) of nuts, seeds&grains is minimalization/elimination of it´s enzyme inhibitors, phytates  (phytic acid), polyphenols&goitrogens.

Enzyme inhibitor will clog, warp or denature an active site of an enzyme (enzyme is meant to help break down food/help every biological process the body does). Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron&zinc in the intestinal tract&block their absorbtion which can lead to mineral deficiencies and bone loss.

By soaking nuts, seeds&grains you will rise absorbtion of proteins and minerals and you will overall help your body to digest all the nutrients of the nuts&seeds properly.

 

This doesn´t mean that if you will not gonna do this, you are gonna die ;D. Almost anybody knows about this except of health addicts and we all live, right. You can still enjoy tasty meal without thinking about soaking every nut&seed 12 hours before consumption. But if you are someone who is eating nuts, seeds&grains regularly or on daily basis, I would definitelly suggested to you to start with this “procedure”.

 

 

 

Pad Thai with activated Almond&Ginger Sauce

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By Not So Guilty Pleasures Serves: 2
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots (julienne)
  • 1 sweet potato (julienne)
  • 2 courgettes (julienne)
  • 1 bell pepper (cut thinly)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 handull of coriander (options: parsley, basil, mint,..)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
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  • SAUCE
  • up to 4 portions
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  • 1 cup activated almonds (soaked for 12 hours)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tbsp tamari (glutenfree soy sauce)
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger juice or grinded thumb sized ginger
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

1

1. For activation of almonds you should start to soaking them night or 12 hours before. Best option is to have a big jar of activated&dehydrated almonds ready for any occasion.

2

2. Prepare your veggies for Pad Thai. Wash courgettes&bell pepper and peel carrots &sweet potato. This Pad Thai looks amazing when all the veggies exept red bell pepper are peeled with "julienne peeler", if you don´t have it at home, just slice all your veggies really thinly or use basic peeler.

3

3. Put all your julienned veggies in a big bowl, add lemon juice, chopped handfull of herbs of your choice, sesame oil, white&black sesame seeds and pink salt. Mix everything together nicely and set aside.

4

4. For the sauce mix all ingredients together in blender untill smooth. You can use juice from ginger or simple whole peeled ginger root.

Basics of Raw/ Sweet

Spicy Green Smoothie Bowl

I haven´t found better way how to break fast. Either if it´s just directly after I wake up or after intermittent fasting, this smoothie bowl works wonders for me! And if I add my Hazelnutt Chocolate Buckwheat Granola, haleluuuuyaaaah, I´m in heaven! ;D But, maybe I´m the only one who goes this far with spiciness ;D. Cause there´s a proper mix of hot hot hot ingredients. So this one is for sure not for everyone, I´m pretty aware of that :D. So if you are not a fan of chilli, kurkuma&pepper in the smoothies (actually, who really is? :D) you can just drop that and leave it only with ginger, aaand that´s pretty safe I guess ;).

But why I actually incorporated more spices into my meals is, and now the girly talk, it´s supposed to boost your metabolism. And who doesn´t wanna boost their metabolism, right ;D. So especially after you are fasting and you are lowering down the pace of it, this comes pretty handy ;). So cheers and give it a try!

What I also love about this smoothie is it´s exotic taste. And that´s because of the combination of kardamon, kurkuma and ginger. So if you are into asian, indian cousine and spices, this could suit you :).

You can check out my favourite YT videos from Markus Rothkranz about weightloss here: (I looooove the first 7 videos, how cute are the animations of it ;D)

 

 

Spicy Green Smoothie Bowl

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By Not So Guilty Pleasures Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 330g bananas (3)
  • 225g apple (1)
  • 175g orange (1)
  • 80g lemon (1)
  • 85g frozen spinach
  • 30g ginger
  • 750g water
  • 3g kurkuma
  • 1/2ts pepper - optional
  • 2g kardamon
  • 4g fresh red chilli pepper or cayen/chilli powder - optional

Instructions

1

Well, you know the deal with smoothies, right? 😀 Throw everything in a mixer and blend blend untill is everything nicely smooth.

2

Just peal the orange, lemon and bananas ;D. Althooough, you can put in few grams of lemon&orange zest if you have organic ones ;).

Decorations & Toppings/ Rawfood Cousine/ Superfoods & Sprouts/ Sweet

Hazelnutt Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

So! Hello! Let´s up this rawfood game together, shall we? Granola is usually made from oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. For me, granola is just something crunchy on my smoothie. I always loved to add plain dehydrated&sprouted buckwheat on top of my smoothie bowls. But for you I leveled this up a bit! 😉 Aaaaand it means hazelnutt&chocolate flavour!

This can be a new thing for those of you who never tried to sprout buckwheat. Or to those who actually never tried to sprout anything ;D. No worries, I got you. I will soon post an article for beginners with sprouting, for people who are kinda into the idea of trying a sprouting but totally haven´t a clue how to do it. It´s easy! And I will guide you through it.

With this recipe though, I will act like you already know how to generate your own buckwheat sprouts – so I would say it´s for more advanced rawfood enthusiasts! 🙂

 

Well, ok, little hint:

1. you soak buckwheat overnight,

2. after a soaking it for at least 6-8 hours you will drain it, put it into a sip where it can breathe and you will wash it tree times a day,

3. and tadaaaaa, after 2 days you will have a fresh home-selfgrown-sprouts!)

 

For it to be raw you also need a dehydrator. I´ve never tried raw vegan recipes in the oven or drying it under the Sun, but those people exist and they have succes with it :D. So again, no worries if you don´t own one, oven/Sun could be enough. Especially if you don´t care if it is gonna stay raw or not!

Again, this is what I like and I encourage you to do it your own creative way. If you don´t like hazelnutt-chocolate flavour, do your own thing, honey ;D. You can make it fruity, with nuts and seeds, levander, orange, whatever you can imagine ;). So let the buckwheat sprouts be the base and then you do whatever you like ;).

Hezelnutt Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

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By Not So Guilty Pleasures Serves: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 12 hours

Ingredients

  • 500g fresh buckwheat sprouts
  • 35g hazelnutt oil
  • 100g coconut sugar
  • 10g gingerbread spice (cinnamon, anyz, kardamon, muscat nut, ginger, ..)
  • 40g raw cacao powder

Instructions

1

Put the sprouts into a big bowl and first add oil and combine all perfectly.

2

Add coconut sugar and mix all together well.

3

Add gingerbread spice, mix, add cacao powder and mix again.

4

Spread it all onto a dehydrator sheet and let it in the dehydrator overnight. Or watch it during the day and take it out once you think it´s fully dehydrated so it can last forever ;D. It will not, trust me.

Basics of Raw/ Rawfood Cousine/ Sweet

Chocolate Peppermint Mousse

Another day, another raw vegan chocolate recipe! ;D Well. We love chocolate, don´t we? I love basic recipes, cause it shows people that they don´t need to go crazy with equipment and ingredients. You can leave this totally plain or add different ess. oil. What I can deffinitelly recommend is orange essential oil. In combination with chocolate it´s totally devine!

For this recipe you just need a mixer. And it can be the basic one. I also love this recipe cause it´s super quick and it can be easily made just for 4 people or for 30 in a few minutes. So if you are home cook hosting dinner party or chef in a busy restaurant or hotel, you can all benefit from this easy deliciousness!

When I say basic, it´s really basic. There are so many variations and how to make chocolate mousse. Avocado-raw cacao-coconut oil and agave is also an option. Some people like to use aquafaba = legumes tinned water. Well. Your mousse, your choice ;D. But I would say that for people with liquid sugar sensitivity – dates are gonna be good option. But! I like it really sweet, so if you will make it and you will be like: „Wooooah, what is this!“ ;D (it can happen, I´m a sweet girl!) – Next time use avocado instead of part of dates. Or you can still fix it with adding more water and avocado (and cacao if needed). It needs to be creamy and fluffy, not watery, not super stiff. Perfectly in balance.

If you would like to go all-in, use few decagrams of both melted cacao butter and 100% chocolate. I would say, 20-30g of each plus a bit more water. It´s gonna taste like chocolate truffles!

Chocolate Peppermint Mousse

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By Not So Guilty Pleasures Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g water
  • 200g dates
  • 45g coconut oil
  • 50g raw cacao powder
  • 3-4 drops of peppermint essencial oil

Instructions

1

First mix dates, water, essential oil untill is everything perfectly smooth.

2

Add coconut oil and mix again.

3

Add cacao powder and mix untill you have no pieces of powder inside.

4

Transfer the cream in individuall glasses and let it sit in a fridge for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

5

Decorate as you like. I used cocoa nibs and soaked, sprouted&dehydrated buckwheat and mint.

Artisan/ Party!/ Rawfood Cousine/ Sweet

Sesame chocolate bonbons

This raw vegan “Sesame chocolate bonbons” recipe brings me back to Malta on Amchara retreat centre where I´ve created it for my food demos there. I had to always come up with something quick and easy. First to encourage people who never heard about rawfoods that raw vegan treats could be easily made at home with almost zero equipment. Secondly. It had to be yummyyyyy.

And I think I made it with these little sasame chocolate bonbons. Plus, you can swirl in some superfoods that you like and here you are! With totally healthy and guilt free ;D chocolate treats (read it with bit of sarcasm and 60´s television advertisement voice! ;D. Giiiirl.., just don´t overeat on them, alright? :D).

I used yacon sirup in these cause it has GI 1 (glycemic index), which is amazing when you are combining fats and sugars. You can also use stevia if you are conciouss and cautiouss about sugar. Or go wild and use high sugar sweetener. Who cares that much when it comes to chocolate, right? 😀 Although each sweetener will give you a different result. So if I personally went purely for the taste, I would use maple syrup or agave cause they are neutral. Yacon, coconut sirup and date sirup will give you a bit sour-fruity taste.

TIP: For Nutella taste exchange coconut oil for hazelnutt one!

What is important – because this is simple&quickest way of homemade chocolates – making process of these bonbons doesn´t involve tempering of chocolate, so they will melt in the room temperature. So keep these yummies in the fridge or freezer. 

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut or hazelnutt oil
  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup yacon sirup or sweetener of choice
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp maca or superfood of choice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

1

Slightly heat your coconut oil and cocoa butter in pot (not boil). Use double pan technique if you are not so good with not boiling it ;D. That means that you take one bigger pot, pour water in, place smaller pot with coconut oil&cacao butter inside on the warming up water in the bigger pot and wait and stir it untill are those 2 ingredients totally melted down.

2

Put melted coconut oil and cacao butter in a bowl and first add and mix all your liquids and then the other ingredients in.

3

Mix all together well. I mean, no chunks of cacao powder or your superfoods ;D. And use a silicon praline form for your chocolate bites. 

4

Decorate as you like and put everything in a freezer to let it sit.

Notes

For decoration use your creativity and imagination. I used pumpkin seeds, coconut chips and sesame seeds. But rose or levander petals would be also beautifull. Or any other chopped nuts and dried fruits. These chocolates are super versatile. You can also use essential oils and totally level these up! My favourite would be orange I guess. And levander ess. oil with levander petals as a deco! Wuaaaah! ;D