Hmmmmm……Thick, creamy, sweet strawberry milkshake with rich, dark chocolate swirl…..All overt fat free, cholesterol free and packed with fibre and vitamins. All around, you are doing your body a favour by drinking this…..In fact, by making this right now, you would actually be demonstrating what a responsible individual you are…..I’m just saying…
Let’s be honest, I’m sure you don’t need any encouragement;)
- 3 very ripe large, frozen bananas, broken into thirds
- 1 ripe, fresh banana
- 1/2 cup – 1 cup frozen strawberies
- stevia if additional sweetness is desired
- a bit of water to blend
- maple syrup or agave
- raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
Pour a little bit of water in the base of your blender – maybe 2 tablespoons to start with. Add your fresh banana on top of this. Now add the frozen banana and berries. Blend into a smooth milkshake, cautiously adding bits of water as needed to achieve the right consistency. Do not add too much water as you end up with a runny milkshake – and who likes that! Taste….if more sweetness is needed, add a touch of stevia, agave or maple syrup to taste.
To make the chocolate sauce, start with 1 tablespoon each of maple syrup, cacao and water and add it all to a small glass. Whisk this together with a mini whisk or a teaspoon. Taste and adjust to your palate. If you want it more chocolatey, add more cacao (I use WAY more cacao than 1 tablespoon), if you want it sweeter, add more syrup. If you like the taste but want it runnier, add a touch more water. When it is smooth and tastes good, pour teaspoons of this sauce down the sides of an empty jar. Then pour some milkshake into the jar. Stop and layer the milkshake with layers of sauce. Keep doing this until the jar is full. Pour all leftover sauce on top and give a little swirl…I added some of my raw brownie bits and raw cacao nibs on top for extra crunch. I will post the recipe for my raw brownie bits at some point too:)
Whether you are living a “normal”/ Standard American Diet, a vegetarian diet, a vegan diet, a high raw vegan diet or a fully raw vegan diet – either way – incorporating more raw fruit and veggies into your diet can only do you good. The beauty of thriving on raw fruit and veggies lies in their pure simplicity – no labels to read to decide if they’re good for you or not, no worrying about nasty additives/colourants and preservatives and no fretting about the nutritional quality of the meal – its fruit and veg! You can’t go wrong! A patient was asking me for advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle the other day and I told her to focus more on eating a healthy diet as she is very overweight. She said that she would like to improve her diet, but can not face the prospect of having to read food labels on everything she eats before deciding whether it is acceptable or not. I told her I never read food labels at all! She was shocked, but the reason is simple – I live on wholefoods…whole, unprocessed fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and occasionally some grains. None of these foods need labels – they are full of pure, cleansing, energising goodness….
Ok – enough rambling on and let’s get to business. This is my raw vegan take on a regular cereal. The banana slices and fruit bits substitute the cereal bites and the smoothie liquid takes the place of regular milk. You could use a nut milk or rice milk instead of smoothie liquid, but I like to use smoothie liquid as it adds more vitamins and tastes deliciously sweet at the same time.
Please note that this is not a recipe as such, but rather guidelines to give you some inspiration and ideas.
- ripe banana slices
- frozen berries of any kind (small round ones like blueberries or currants are particularly nice)
- Dried white mulberries
There are several options here:
- Banana milk Place a few frozen bananas in your blender and slowly add water until you reach a runny/milky consistency. Taste and add sweetener (like stevia or maple syrup) if needed.
- Spiced up Banana milk You could add cinnamon, vanilla, chai spice, maca….whatever flavour you would like.
- Chocolate milk Make banana milk and add raw cacao or cocoa powder to taste. I like to add a bit of maca to this too as I like the malty flavour that maca provides along with the cacao.
- Berry milk Add some frozen or fresh berries to your banana milk.
- Mango Date milk Add frozen mango and fresh dates to the banana milk and blend until smooth. The mango adds a sour/tart tang while the dates provide extra sweetness. My husband loves this combination. (I’m all for the chocolate milk…)
- Date milk If you want something really sweet, you can soak dates in water overnight. You can even chop up some brick dates and soak them in water. Brick dates don’t provide the same caramelly flavour of fresh medjool dates but they are still delicious and much cheaper, plus they are available all year round. Add the soaked dates, their soaking water and as much extra water as needed while blending until you have a nice smooth milk. I LOVE to add tons of raw cacao, a bit of vanilla and maca to my date milk to make a very rich, luxurious chocolate milk packed with calories:)
- Any seeds you have on hand – chia, pumpkin, sunflower…
- nuts – cashews especially
- goji berries
- dried cranberries
- raw cacao nibs
- chopped up cacao paste or dark chocolate
- chopped up raw brownie bites
- dessicated coconut
- chocolate sauce:D
- Little balls of peanut butter (really good in chocolate milk)…..etc etc etc
Slice your ripe bananas into little rings and put into a cereal bowl. Make your milk and pour it on top. Add any desired toppings.Enjoy in bed:)
This is so ridiculously easy to make it shouldn’t even be called a recipe:) It does, however, taste amazing! Unfortunately you do need a dehydrator to make these though. I guess you could try making these in the oven at a very low temperature, but I haven’t done that before so I can not give advice in that regard….
You can make these using any tomatoes, but I recommend sweet baby tomatoes of some sort. I like baby rosa or roma tomatoes or if I am feeling fancy – baby vine tomatoes:o
- dried basil or oregano
- black pepper, freshly ground
- fine salt
Slice the tomatoes into thin slices. The first time you make these, slice them in different “thicknesses” to see how you prefer them. Personally I usually slice them roughly 1/2 cm thick – no need to be accurate though. Sprinkle generously with the herb of your choice and black pepper, then sprinkle VERY CAUTIOUSLY with salt. The tomatoes are going to dehydrate and shrink considerably so the salt is going to end up being very concentrated. Rather under salt….
Dehydrate at a high setting for 2 hours and then reduce to a low setting for 12-24 hours or as long as needed for them to crisp up nicely. They have an amazing crunch and make a fabulous chip substitute:) You can store them for ages in an airtight container.
Excuse the sad little ribbon, but I thought it was cute at the time:D
This is one of my favourite smoothies. I’ve been making it for a while, but keep forgetting to blog it…..So finally – Ta-dah! It is a super simple recipe and tastes so sweet and creamy – I’m always so sad when it’s up:) The three bananas ensure that it is very filling. A jar like this lasts me all the way until lunch.
- 2 very ripe frozen bananas
- 1 very ripe fresh banana
- About 1.5 cups of ripe frozen mango
- 2-4 medjool dates, pitted
- Optional: Sweetener to taste (I like to add a touch of stevia)
Blend the ingredients together, adding just enough water, until smooth and creamy.