Raw Vegan Brownies – Beware – lots of sugar.. But soooo goood!

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YES!

AMAZING!

SUGAR!

That’s how I feel right now.  I am amazed.  I just made the no-bake raw vegan brownies from minimalist baker, which you can find here.

As always, I did things a bit differently, but they still turned out fantastic!!

I always use my Ninja blender, because that’s all I have for mixing.

I used ALL the dates, and I didn’t put them in the blender a few at a time.  I just threw half in, blended, and then the other half right after.  No time for single dates!

I used only half the coconut oil since I don’t like it that much.

I used a little less sugar, and a finely granulated sugar not a powdered sugar, so my frosting came out more dense and less fluffy.

I didn’t have any baking pans available today and I didn’t want to wash them, so I shaped my brownies into a heart to surprise bf when he gets home.  Hooray!

 

Here are some snapshots along the way:

No Bake Vegan Brownies Progression Photos

Smoothies Are My Life

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I am assuming this is what all vegans say.  Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get a LOT of fruit in one serving (or five servings depending on how you look at it).  I love my new Ninja blender that I have been using since Christmas.  For the most part it gets everything blended really smooth.  It works better if you do the thicker items first before adding in the liquid, or else it doesn’t get those little pieces small enough.

Smoothies really are my life now.  I have them multiple times a week.  That and nicecream.  The one in the picture was a banana pummelo smoothie, which came out pretty good, but next time I will use less pummelo, which has a bitter grapefruit like taste, and put a few sweeter ingredients in.

Avocado Cucumber Rainbow Rolls

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So I saw this awesome looking video over at FullyRaw Kristina’s youtube page for avocado cucumber rainbow rolls.  I love watching her videos because they are inspiring and she uses all raw ingredients.  I decided to make these rainbow rolls, and even though her video was only 6 minutes long, it took me closer to 15 to prepare and make them.

I also didn’t have toothpicks so I had to use chopsticks to hold my rolls together.  I used a mandolin to slice the cucumbers, but I used the biggest setting, and probably should have used a slightly thinner setting for easier rolling.  I also got my peppers pre-cut from the store, and I used a mixed bag of lettuce type materials, that had a little lettuce, cabbage, and even some broccoli in it to use as filling.  Luckily I didn’t choose each thing individually or I would have been in my kitchen the entire day.  I am not the quickest slicer and dicer!

So after making 8 rolls, I devoured them.  It actually took me longer to eat than I would have thought.  The delicious avocado sauce came out the sides a bit, but it was still good.  Also I think since there is a lot of water, and a lot of crunchy goodness, I actually had to chew and enjoy my food.  After eating all 8 I was successfully stuffed, but I was hungry again just 2 hours later, so it didn’t have enough substance to hold me over.  As for an awesome, refreshing, mid afternoon snack – I’d recommend them.

 

I am going Bananas!!

I have a love hate relationship with bananas.  I like bananas whole as a snack, but when I blend them into things and mix them with other foods there is something about the taste or smell that puts me off.  I am trying to overcome that.  I am trying to be inspired by people like Freelee the banana girl and Fully Raw Kristina who just love bananas!  They are so good for you – and I want to eat more of them!

So.. A recommendation from so many instagrammers, as well as fromIMG_20150118_185839 my cousin, was the banana ice cream!  All you have to do is freeze a ripe banana, and when you are ready for ice cream, you blend it with your other vegan ingredients to whatever flavor you want.

I tried a chocolate one.  I used 1 frozen banana, a splash of soy milk for easier blending, and 1 spoon of cocoa powder.  It came out surprisingly well, barely tasting like bananas.  I am looking forward to adding more types of strong flavored fruits to see if I can have a less banana taste and other flavors as well!