Category Archives: Raw

PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Food makes us happy. Food gives us energy. Feeding our hungry bellies will determine how our mood will be for the rest of the day. Give me food or die that’s my motto. Living in Los Angeles can get a bit hectic and time will be your worst enemy. To maintain a lifestyle of good health and happiness, fueling your body with nourishing foods is key. If you have a slight (slight is an understatement) obsession over peanut butter, these quick and simple energy balls will not only give you life but will forever be your best friend. They are packed with protein, healthy fats and a great post-workout recovery snack.

Superfoods all jam packed into one bite size ball to take on the go for the more busy days. No excuses, just results!

Peanut buttery, chocolate and crunchy goodness all in one little bite size piece of heaven. YOU ARE WELCOME. Recipe inspired by my friend Ariana (Grande) Taylor;)

Peanut butter energy balls

Peanut butter energy balls

Peanut butter energy balls

(Recipe makes about 10-12 peanut butter energy balls)

Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup golden raisins (or dried fruit of choice)
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut flakes, finely shredded
1/2 heaping cup peanut butter, unsalted and room temperature
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp agave
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt, optional

Steps:
Mix ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined with a spatula.

Prep a large plate and cover with parchment paper. Roll mixture into desired bite sized balls and coat with extra coconut shredding. You may always leave them as is or coat with more dried fruits, nuts or any other toppings of your choice.

Let the prepared peanut butter balls sit in the refrigerator for about 12-15 minutes to set.

Enjoy! also remember to #ahnestveggie so I can see all of your wonderful creations on social media!

xoxo Sarah

MINT SHAMROCK SHAKE (v+gf)

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No need for green eggs and spam when you can have a much healthier and naturally sweetened dessert like this shake to boost your St. Patrick’s Day. While everyone is out celebrating filling their bellies with stout and thing…, you can make your day a much healthier and fun greens day with this simple and delicious recipe. Also, just if someone tries to pinch you for not having your “green” on, well you’re covered since you DRANK all your greens for the day!

Mint Shamrock Shake

Mint Shamrock Shake

Mint Shamrock Shake

Ingredients:
2 large bananas, cut and frozen
1 heaping handful spinach
2 dates, pitted and softened
1+1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
6-7 fresh mint leaves
Garnish: dark chocolate bark, chopped

Steps:
Blend ingredients together until smooth and well combined. Adjust sweetness by adding more dates to your liking. Sprinkle a few chopped dark chocolate and serve with fresh mint on top.

Enjoy immediately and have a safe St. Patrick’s Day!

xoxo Sarah

 

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE FOR TWO (v+r)

Strawberry Cheesecake

Because on Valentine’s Day we should all eat our weight in chocolate right? Wrong… This Raw, Gluten-Free and Vegan “cheesecake” is not only low-fat, healthy and high in fiber, but very simple to make for your loved ones. Sit back, relax and take a bite into this strawberry cheesecake heaven. Maybe with a glass or Cabernet would be nice after you’ve recovered from swooning over Mr. Gray 😉

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Crust Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 tsp salt
6 Medjool dates, pitted+1 tbsp date water
1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

Steps:
Soak dates in warm water for about 5 minutes. In a food processor, pulse almonds until crumbly and slightly flour like. Add salt, soft dates and coconut and pulse until well incorporated. Mixture should be sticky. Add 1 tbsp reserved date water to help loosen mixture.

Firmly press down crust mixture onto the bottom of a mini spring pan to form a crust.

Cheesecake Filling:
1 cup raw cashews , soaked overnight
1 tbsp agave
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 fresh strawberries

In a clean food processor or blender, mix ingredients until smooth and fluffy. Add more strawberries as needed for flavor or color preference. Pour  mixture over crust and freeze for about 2-3 hours. Leave out at room temperature before serving. Best served chilled.

Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah

 

 

FALL HARVEST SALAD

Fall Harvest Salad

Thanksgiving is almost here and to balance all the heavy starchy yummy food that are bound to fill your tummies, how about you dive right into this Fall Harvest Salad dressed in a tart, slightly sweet dijon tahini dressing.

Taste the rainbow!

Fall Harvest Salad

I really love the slight crunch and sweetness from the pomegranate seeds. The bright ruby color also compliments the orange from the butternut squash, for all of you that are highly into making sure the Thanksgiving dinner buffet table looks very festive.

Fall Harvest Salad

Ingredients:
1/2 Butternut Squash, peeled and cut into cubes
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup packed spinach
1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
1/4 cup candied walnuts*
handful sunflower seeds, optional
1/4 tsp cumin
salt and pepper, to taste

Steps:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly toss butternut squash with sunflower oil, season with salt, pepper and cumin and transfer to a baking pan. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until tender. Cool completely before plating.

Begin to plate spinach, lettuce and top with pomegranate seeds, roasted butternut squash, candied walnuts*, sunflower seeds and top with Dijon Tahini Dressing (recipe below).

Dijon Tahini Dressing:
2 tbsp Sunflower oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 Dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp tahini
1/2 tbsp agave
juice of half lemon
salt and pepper, to taste

Vigorously whisk ingredients together until mixture thickens. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve with the salad.

*Candied Walnuts
1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 tbsp Earth Balance butter
1/2 tbsp agave

Heat pan on medium high and melt the butter. Add walnuts and toast for about 2 minutes. Slowly add agave and stir until for another minute or two to caramelize the walnuts.

Happy Harvest, EnJoy!

xoxo Sarah