amazing raw yummy-ness

In a recent issue of delicious living magazine, Ani Phyo did a section about raw yummy goodies for summer; I have made two already and I am totally in love.  Ani’s website is now part of my regular blog reading (although it doesn’t seem to be updated all too often).  The recipes I tried are the cilantro cashew cheeze and the brownie energy bites.  The original article and recipes can be found here.

Cashew-Cilantro “Cheeze” (makes 1 cup) (vegan, wheat-free, soy-free, raw)

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, about 2 cloves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup raw cashews
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon) (I used about 4 calamansi)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, packed (MA’O organics of course!)
1/4 cup filtered water

Toss all ingredients into the food processor and blend until creamy, but not a paste.  It should still be a bit chunky.

I have been using this as a dressing for everything.  I mixed some leftover ‘cheeze’ with tahini, hempseed butter, miso, a bit o’ vinegar and some other stuff to make an amazing creamy tahini-cashew-cilantro dressing.

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nutty energy bites (vegan, wheat-free, soy-free, raw)

1 cup raw almond meal (just toss the almonds in the food processor first)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates, packed
2 tablespoons honey (I think I used a bit more)
1/4 cup raw walnuts, crushed

The original recipe says to just mix in a bowl, but I put it all in the processor and made a very soft bar, which I pressed into a 9 x 9 glass pan lined with wax paper.  I keep mine in the fridge since it’s so hot in my little kitchen.

The above recipe is the initial mix I made, which turned out great.  Once I realized how yummy it is I splurged on some Navitas Naturals Twister Power powder and added that plus about 2 tbsp of chia seeds to the second batch.  This mix was also good, though the chia seeds made it taste a bit flax-y.  Not bad, just hearty tasting.  Next I splurged on Navitas raw cacao powder and only vaguely followed the original recipe.  To this third batch I added the raw cacao, shredded coconut, peanuts, maple syrup, and coconut oil.  The result was a creamy super-chocolately goodness.

I eat this all day- it has proven to be a great before-surf/yoga snack, also good in the late afternoon instead of the pastries that I am surrounded by at work!

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