Experimenting with Endless Flavor Combinations!

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

What happens in your kitchen when you bring together ingredients that include strawberries, homemade almond butter, cacao paste, and OMG Vanilla Fig Balsamic vinegar? In ours, the end result is incredibly delicious vegan truffles!!

Some other flavor combinations we love include Coffee Cardamom, Orange Ginger, Chocolate Mint, Salted Caramel, Cherry Almond, & Strawberry Pepper!

You too can learn to make these scrumptious truffles by following the simple base recipe offered in Raw Chocolate Level 1, and experimenting with your own flavor combinations. Let us know what your favorites are!

“You Fill up my Senses”

(With a tip of the hat to John Denver!)

When we think about eating really good food our focus is most often about taste, then maybe appearance, and also about what it smells like. Our sense of smell is an ancient and guiding part of our brain, alerting us to danger or serving to attract us to good things in life. But it turns out that this basic sense is often now being used against us in ways that are harmful to our health.

While this article isn’t about food, it is about becoming aware of what we are taking into our bodies – both health-ful and harmful – and that’s a major focus of RAWareness.

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Treat for the Holidays!

This time of year can become something of a sensory overload. Rather than becoming overwhelmed, I believe we can choose how we want to engage with the spirit of the season. These holidays speak to us through all our senses, regardless of the traditions we were brought up within. We are touched by the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the sights, and even the feel of these special times.  We experience them through memories, and we recreate them in the present.

As we move away from the old recipes of our parents and grandparents, with ingredients we no longer include in our diets, the celebrations can become something of a puzzle. I love making most anything from scratch, and over the years I’ve experimented with creating so many raw vegan versions of “the classics” including this delicious nog-like drink. In truth, I’ve never particularly liked the idea of eggnog, but I do love the combo of spices and Judy goes into rapture over it. We used to drink the soy alternative that “traditionally” showed up on grocery store shelves. And she was excited to have that option! Now, the grocery store choices have multiplied, but we have our own version that we want to share with you.

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Delicious Vegan Eggnog
  • *3 cups of almond milk (homemade is best!)
  • *½ cup coconut milk (homemade is best!)
  • **6-8 medjool dates (or 4 Tbsp of maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice (optional)
  • Pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in blender and blend! If you like your nog chilled, place mixture in fridge to cool (be sure to shake before serving). If you prefer it hot (well, warm), blend on high until mixture warms. Serve and enjoy! If you’re looking for a thicker nog, simply add half a banana 🙂 .

*To make homemade almond milk, soak 1 cup of almonds overnight. Rinse and drain well. Place in blender along with 3 cups of water. Blend on high for a couple of minutes. Strain through nut milk bag (very fine mesh bag) or cheesecloth (or some other creative straining technique you figure out!). Pour into a jar and put in fridge. (If you’d like, you can also add a date and a bit of coconut oil, but these are optional!) Similarly, for homemade coconut milk place 1 cup of shredded coconut into blender with 2 cups of warm water. Blend on high. Strain, and put pulp back into the blender with 2 more cups of warm water. Blend again, strain, pour it all into a jar and place in fridge.

**Sweeten to your taste. If you want the drink to be fully raw, then I suggest using dates. Personally, I like the taste a bit better with maple syrup though obviously it’s not raw!

Enjoy!! 🙂

Looking for a last minute gift idea for a vegan or dairy-free foodie family member or friend?

Take a look at these RAWareness online courses!

 

 

Online Raw Chocolate Level 1 Class is Launched!

We’ve launched Raw Chocolate Level 1 online, and just in time for the holidays! Learn to make simple Raw Chocolates and turn eating (and sharing!) chocolate into something delicious and nutritious rather than merely consuming empty calories. Or gift the class itself to someone you know would love to learn how to create healthy and delicious chocolate at home. Sign up now for our Special Launch price of $49.95! (Remember that once registered for the class, you have lifetime access — you can start and return to the course content whenever you want, so why not take advantage of this great launch price?!)

The Journey Alive Cleanse

Coralie Murphy offers an 8 week long community supported cleanse here in Cape Breton, NS, along with incredibly rich weekly info meetings. The video below is of the initial gathering for this Fall’s cleanse and is jam packed full of great info about nutrition and our health. It’s worth the time to watch!

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Coralie Murphy & the Journey Alive Cleanse Experience.

 

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Top Ten (+1) Things to Consider When Buying Probiotic Powder

Probiotics & Prebiotics

Eating fermented foods is a great way to introduce probiotics into our digestive systems and help our systems regain balance for overall health. Probiotics have been shown to help slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion, and improve immunity. Recent research indicates that the health of our gut leads to whole body wellness as well as to improved mental health, memory, and many other benefits!

In launching my online Fermented Nut Cheeze class, I’m realizing that purchasing probiotic powders, a key ingredient which provides a simple way to enable the fermentation process, may be a bit intimidating. There are so many options, potencies, and added ingredients that it can become confusing and a “stopping point” to making your own delicious nut cheezes. Here are some hints from my own experience to help you through this. Continue reading “Top Ten (+1) Things to Consider When Buying Probiotic Powder”

Online Fermented Nut Cheeze Class

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Olive & Sundried Tomato Macadamia Cheeze

After several years of offering face to face raw food workshops, we’ve decided to go online too! We’ve just launched a class focused on helping you to make gourmet fermented nut cheeze in your own kitchen.

The hardest part of shifting from being vegetarian to vegan for me was cheese. I’d let go of all other dairy 10 years prior but every once in a while I’d still have a craving for really old cheddar. Since I’ve discovered how to make fermented nut cheeze, that pull to eat dairy cheese doesn’t really happen for me anymore. I’m really excited to be able to share my journey with you, bringing 30 years of delivering educational experiences to this new venue so that you can craft satisfying artisanal nut cheeze in your own kitchen.

And you can choose to fit your budget: Lifelong access or just 30 day access.