Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chocolate Chips - that are Actually Good For You!

Here's the one you've all been waiting for - Chocolate Chips!!!

Let's get to it, shall we.

Ingredients:
12 Large Medjool Dates - pitted
1 Cup Water
1/2-3/4 cup Truly Raw Cocoa Powder
1/2-3/4 cup Truly Raw Cocoa Butter
1 Dash of quality Salt (I prefer Himalayan Crystal Salt)
1 tsp Raw Vanilla Powder (or Vanilla Extract if you prefer)

Instructions:
Put Cocoa Butter in bowl or container and warm in dehydrator while combining other ingredients.

Pit the 12 Large Medjool Dates and put in High-speed Blender (such as a Vitamix or Blendtec) with 1 Cup Water. Blend starting at lowest speed and gradually increasing to high speed until you have a smooth date paste.

Add Salt, Vanilla & Cocoa Powder and blend briefly until smooth.

Add melted Cocoa Butter and blend briefly going from low to highest speed to create a smooth paste.

Scrape paste into a pastry bag or plastic bag (I like to use Natural Value Recloseable Sandwich Bags - they are Free of PVCs and plasticizers - and they keep the ingredients from spilling out with the "zipper" closed).

If using a pastry bag, you can use any tip you desire. If using a plastic bag, cup a small opening in one corner.

On a piece of natural wax paper or other non-stick surface squeeze gently to form chocolate chips. Repeat until you have used up all the paste.



Place chips in freezer until firm.

Amazing Enchiladas - Step 1 - Tortillas

I made some really amazing enchiladas a couple nights ago and wanted to share the recipe. Please comment and let me know what you think.

Step 1 - Tortillas

Ingredients:
4 Medium Zucchini
couple of dashes of Salt (I prefer Himalayan Crystal Salt)
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 cup flax seed meal (freshly ground in coffee mill)

Instructions:
Grate Zucchini into a large bowl.
Stir in Salt, Cumin, and Freshly ground Flax Meal.
Combine all ingredients with your hands until they hold together.
Be sure to think loving thoughts while you do this to add positive
energy to your food.
Divide into 4 or 5 equal size balls.
Press out balls on waxed paper or non-stick dehydrator sheet into thin tortilla.
You can shape and smooth these with a spatula after initial pressing to get them round and even.
Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 1 hour (until dry on top).
Flip over onto mesh sheet and peel off waxed paper or non-stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for another hour.
These should be dry on both sides, but still soft and pliable.



PS If you prefer your tortillas a lighter color, you can peel your zucchini before you grate it and use golden flax seeds rather than brown.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Recipe for a Delicious Cookie


My husband was craving Chocolate Chip Cookies the other day, so here's what I threw together.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Sprouted/Dried Buckwheat
1 Cup Pecans Soaked/Rinsed/Dried in dehydrator
A couple of dashes of Salt (I use Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt)
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Powder (or 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract)
6 Large Medjool Dates
Water - just a few drops, if not using Vanilla Extract

Instruction:

Process the 1 Cup Buckwheat (Sprouted/Dried) into flour in Food Processor and set aside.
Chop the 1 Cup Pecans (Soaked/Rinsed/Dried in dehydrator) in Food Processor.

Add back in the Buckwheat, A couple of shakes of quality Salt, 1 tsp. Vanilla Bean Powder, and mix together. (NOTE: if you use Vanilla Extract instead of Vanilla Powder, wait until the end to add it)

Add 6 Large Medjool Dates (pitted) and Process until mixture Sticks together.

Add the Vanilla Extract now if you are using it, or add a few drops of water to help the dough hold together better.

Form into desired cookie shape and press Chocolate Chips (recipe coming soon) on top.



If you don't want to make your own chocolate chips, you can buy Raw Cacao Paste chop it up and add it to your dough before or after forming the cookies.

These are good as is, or dehydrated at a low temperature, or frozen.

Hope you enjoy them!

Some pics I posted on Twitter Lately including, Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies & Fresh Almond Milk




Twitter Fun

I've been having fun on Twitter.com lately. So, unfortunately, I've been neglecting this blog. My twitter is jabird1012 right now, if you want to follow me. I mostly post what I'm currently making or eating, sometimes with a picture. I guess I should get busy posting additional photos & recipes in here. So maybe I will. Hope you all have a Rawsome day & come see me on twitter. jabird1012
Thanks!