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Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies

Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies

Rich HEALTHY Chocolate Brownies

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I was going to wait and share this recipe with you on Friday, but then I thought “Hell,no!  I am doing it TODAY!”  You lovely souls NEED this decadent, gluten-free, healthy, AMAZING chocolate brownie recipe NOW.  Recipe adapted here from the Detoxinista

I am offering a healthy cooking class this coming Saturday, May 18th and it is focusing on ALMONDS and the many ways to use them in a plant-based diet.  From making your own almond milk, raw almond butter, Chocolate Basil Smoothie, Butternut Squash bisque, Thai Almond Dipping Sauce, coconut macaroons and a special add-on recipe for all attendees of class.  This class focuses on using every aspect of the almond – the nut and the left-over almond pulp – in the recipes.  It’s going to be great!  The class is already almost full.  :)

This fantastic brownie recipe caters to the very aspect of using “left-over” almond pulp.  The brownie came out light, moist and fluffy in texture but deep and intense with the chocolate flavor.  As you know, I love adapting recipes to make them BETTER and HEALTHIER (which the original is), but also to throw in some easy tricks and tips. Oh, are you excited or what right now?! 

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Tip #1 – When a recipe calls for applesauce – which contributes to a more moist final product and lends a natural sweetness factor – use an organic apple (skin is full of fiber and pectin),  cut into slices (don’t use core), put into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree for a few seconds – Voila – homemade applesauce that is raw, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and MORE that a store-bought, processed, “hidden ingredients” apple sauce will NOT have.  If you don’t have an organic apple, peel the skin off and you are still doing WAY BETTER than store-bought jars. 

Tip #2 – Coconut sugar is a much healthier alternative to Sucanat sugar, but I still like to use LESS in my recipes.  So, I like to do half sugar and half stevia if a recipe does require some sort of granular sugar for the recipe to come out right, but I still want the sweetness without all the SUGAR.  I highly recommend using NuNaturals stevia – it does not have the bitter after-taste that most processed stevia products have.   I use that Shit in everything! – From sweet to savory recipes.    Stevia is great for people trying to lose weight, have blood sugar issues or candida. I LOVE IT! 

Tip #3 – After making your almond nut milk, simply use the remaining pulp to create a healthy treat.  Please don’t throw it in the trash!   Left over almond pulp is a great substitute for flour in many recipes.  Two versions for drying:

  1.  Dehydrator –  spread your almond pulp out on a tray lined with a Teflex sheet (if not, the pulp will fall through the cracks) and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4 to 8 hours (longer depending on type of dehydrator used and moisture in environment).  I use an Excalibur 9 tray with timer and LOVE it!  Once the almond pulp is completely dry, Transfer dry pulp to a high-speed blender or food processor and buzz till a flour like consistency is achieved.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  That’s it!  I store the almond flour in a glass mason jar in my fridge, and use it as I bake. One cup of almonds used in almond milk will yield about 1/2 cup of almond flour.
  2. Oven – spread your almond pulp out on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in oven set at lowest temperature setting – 200 degrees and “dry out” for 2 – 3 hours.  Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t toast too much.  Transfer dry pulp to a blender or food processor and buzz till a flour like consistency is achieved.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  

 

Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies
This fantastic brownie recipe caters to the very aspect of using "left-over" almond pulp. The brownie came out light, moist and fluffy in texture but deep and intense with the chocolate flavor. Serves an 8″x8″ pan.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  2. 1 small organic apple* (see tips below) or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  4. 7 drops of NuNaturals Liquid Stevia
  5. 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 large organic free-range eggs
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 1/2 cup ground almond pulp*
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F, and line an 8″x8″ glass dish with parchment paper.
  2. Make your applesauce.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and stir well to combine into a thick batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the parchment-lined dish, and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are pulling away from the sides of the pan and the center is firm.
  5. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.
  6. The brownies are so rich and fudgy, you may find that they are difficult to slice without some of the fudgy middles sticking to the knife - I did.
  7. I recommend chilling the brownies in the fridge or freezer to make the cutting process go more smoothly, then allow to thaw to room temperature, if you like.
Notes
  1. Tip #1 - When a recipe calls for applesauce - which helps out with a more moist final product and lends a natural sweetness factor - use an organic apple (skin is full of fiber and pectin), cut into slices (don't use core), put into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree for a few seconds - Voila - homemade applesauce that is raw, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and MORE that a store-bought, processed, "hidden ingredients" apple sauce will NOT have. If you don't have an organic apple, peel the skin off and you are still doing WAY BETTER than store-bought jars.
  2. Tip #2 - After making your almond nut milk, simply use the remaining pulp to create a healthy treat. Please don’t throw it in the trash! Left over almond pulp is a great substitute for flour in many recipes. To prepare the almond pulp, you must dry it completely after making your almond milk. You can do this in an low-temperature oven, or dehydrator, then transfer the dried almond pulp to a blender or food processor, and process it into a light and fluffy “flour” texture.
Adapted from Detoxinista
Adapted from Detoxinista
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My Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars – NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU!

My Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars – NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU!

Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars

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 I have been making these Amazing, Great-Tasting, Nutrient-Dense Protein Bars for years for myself and my family. I am now happy to announce that I am making them available to YOU!

Each bar is hand-made with quality, organic and natural ingredients and superfoods.  Only the BEST for my family and YOU!

What makes these bars so nutritious is that the ingredients are raw foods, so they retain their vitamins and minerals, unlike many cooked and processed foods. And because they are blended they are easy to digest. The balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in these bars makes them perfect after a workout, as a quick snack, a meal replacement, while hiking or playing hard, for days out with your kids, or for a natural energy boost. 

They are a Super-premium “Meal in a Bar“.

* Raw *

* Gluten-Free *

* Dairy Free *

* Soy Free *

 * Hand-Made With Love for Extraordinary Health *

* Made Fresh to Order *

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For these bars, I use Organic Superfoods for Nutrient Density and Energy along with tonic Herbs for Adaptability & Muscle Repair. 

INGREDIENTS:

Dates, Almonds*, coconut flakes*, Walnuts, Raw Cacao Powder*, Dandy Blend™, Sunwarrior™Blend Protein Powder*, lime juice*, coconut oil*, Maca powder*, cinnamon and sea salt. (* denotes ORGANIC).

Each bar is approximately 2.8 oz and 2″ X 3″ X 5/8″ in size. Because they are handmade, some variation in size and weight can occur.

Dates have a natural balance of many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and potassium. They are high in fiber and a great source of energy.   Dates are rich in Polyphenols, a plant antioxidant that has a high capacity for reducing oxidative stress.

Almonds are a unique package of nutrients – a great source of highly absorbable protein (6 grams per ounce) along with dietary fiber, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and vitamin E.

Coconut Flakes are rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal, as well as boosting the immune system.   It’s also a great source of healthy fats.

Walnuts pack a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids! They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E.  Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein!

Raw Cacao powder (Navitas Naturals) is one of the richest sources of immune-boosting antioxidants found in nature. It provides important minerals including magnesium and iron. Raw Cacao is also a concentrated form of healthy dietary fiber. All raw cacao products contain the unique alkaloid chemicals theobromine, phenylethylamine and anandamine that help you feel happy.  Raw cacao is energizing, adaptogenic, mood enhancing and simply great tasting.

Dandy Blend™  is a delicious herbal beverage with the taste, body, and texture of coffee. Dandelion root is what makes Dandy Blend unique as it contains over 50 trace minerals. Certified gluten-free due to a special extraction process.

Sunwarrior™ Blend Protein Powder is a unique, raw, plant-based protein with a complete amino acid profile exceptionally high in Arginine, Lysine, Leucine, and branched chain amino acids.  Warrior Blend is an easily digestible, nutrient filled superfood perfect for anyone who wants to amplify their health and fitness levels. Best of all, it tastes phenomenal.  

Lime Juice is valued for culinary purposes as a preservative and flavoring, as well as for its nutritional value.  A good source of vitamin C and Dietary fiber, it helps facilitate digestion and may prevent constipation.

Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid that supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties.

Maca (Navitas Naturals) Due to its extremely rich nutritional value, this root not only aids recovery but also promotes rapid healing and eliminates different kinds of stress related problems.  Peruvians believe that even a small amount of maca can sustain performance and energy for hours.

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a potent anti-inflammatory phytonutrient. Plus, it’s anti-microbial, a great source of chromium which helps control blood sugar and boosts brain function. It also contains manganese, calcium, iron and fiber.

Sea salt contains trace elements and minerals.

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My Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars are handmade fresh to order by me in small, individual batches with love and positive energy. Each order will take several days to handcraft, wrap, and travel to you. Please place your orders with this in mind.

**  Please store the bars in the refrigerator upon arrival for they are perishable and this ensures a longer shelf life. They will last several weeks sealed in the fridge.  Bars can be frozen for longer life – thaw before eating. **

Indulge your friends, family, and colleagues with my Raw Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars for
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“The superfood protein bars are incredible….better than anything you can buy in the store and so much healthier. My husband has eaten 2 today so far and I am trying to use control and not keep up with his count. I will definitely be reordering the protein bars.”   ~Serena A., Kansas, USA

“I love the bars! In fact my daughter whom can be picky about flavor and texture loves them. I am impressed with the quality of the ingredients they are superior bars to anything you can buy at your local health food store.”  ~Christine O., GA, USA

“Hi. Just wanted to drop you a quick note… I LOVED those chocolate protein bars. They kept me energized throughout my weekend workshop.”  ~Ilke, GA, USA

“These bars are unlike any bars I have ever had, and I have had a lot of bars!  I am very active and am on my feet all day.  They give me the energy I need to get me to dinner or to endure a tough workout.  The ingredients meld together so nicely.  They are not too sweet but sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.  I will definitely buy more!”  ~ Stephanie W., GA, USA

  “Just a quick note to let you know the protein bars arrived yesterday and they are FANTASTIC! Thank you so very much. I love them.  I tell you they are better than any protein bar I have ever had and better than any brownie as well.  They are fresh, moist, delicious, chocolatey goodness and everyone deserves to try these.  They are the BEST!”   ~ Victoria, TN, USA

 
I was hesitant to spend the money not knowing how they would taste.  I love Larabars and I was very excited to bite into your bars and feel like I was eating a Larabar, except with a fresher and even better taste.  Absolutely love your bars!!!  They are the perfect size and half of one is good enough to satisfy my craving of chocolate for the day and it feels good to be eating something healthy.  Thanks!”  ~ Vernice, TN, USA

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HOW TO ORDER YOURS NOW!

* To Place An Order:  Email me @ kibbymiller@tds.net with your name, shipping address and the quantity you wish to purchase.  The bars are $5.00 each.

* Payment:   I accept PayPal.  Upon receiving your email with order details, I will send you a Paypal invoice.  Once payment is received, I will prepare your order from scratch and notify you when package is shipped.

* Shipping:  All items are handmade in very small batches by me. ** Please allow up to 1 week from purchase date for me to have them ready for shipment .** Thank you for your patience as I lovingly hand-make your bars.   I ship using USPS Priority Mail.  I can ship up to 12 bars for $6.50.  Over that amount, email me for a shipping price quote.

MY SHIPPING COST ALSO INCLUDES HANDLING:
This includes boxes, packing materials, trips to post office, printer ink, and the time to lovingly pack and label each order.

 *** I have no control over your package once it is in the hands of USPS so we can not issue refunds for undelivered or lost packages. You will need to contact USPS if they make a mistake with your delivery. If you are concerned about this please request that I add shipping insurance to your order. ***

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS
Customers are responsible for any local fees, duties, taxes or brokerage charges that may be incurred on your package upon its arrival in your country. Please inquire with your local post office to find out the fees associated with your order prior to purchasing from me. If for any reason you do not claim or are unable to claim your package from Customs, I will not issue a refund. I ship Priority Mail International, and send tracking information with delivery notification. I can email proof of mailing to international customers and I am not able to offer refunds to international customers for undelivered packages.

RETURNS

I want you to be very happy with your purchase. However, due to the nature of the product, I am not able to accept returns.

I look forward to hearing from you and to be able to provide these AMAZING, nutritious, superfood protein bars to you, your family and friends.

Contact me @ kibbymiller@tds.net to place your order NOW!

 

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Kibby

DIY Homemade Almond Nut Butter

DIY Homemade Almond Nut Butter

Homemade Almond Nut Butter

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I LOVE almond nut butter!  It is great to use in so many ways.  It is great spread on gluten-free bread, on bananas, ANYTHING chocolate, thickens up a tonic or smoothie, wonderful in oatmeal, makes a wonderful, quick and easy almond milk, and is scrumptious stuffed inside a date (see picture at bottom).  Oh, the ideas and various ways are endless.  Do you detect infatuation? Just a bit.  :)

I’ve seen LOTS of recipes showing you how to make your own almond butter and even gave it a crack several times.  However, no matter how long I let the food processor run, I could never get the right consistency or that “when the magic happens” moment people talk about when making your own nut butter.   So, I gave up for a long time and just bought Trader Joe’s raw almond butter.  I noticed, not long ago, the consistency and flavor changed to “OKAY” but not great.  It was the best I could get for the price and made do with it.  I’ve been getting low on my last jar in the house and was wanting to give it “one more try” with making my own because I won’t be going to Trader Joe’s anytime soon and to save some money.

Back in the Fall last year, I was introduced to the Briden Wilsom Farms by my friend, Ginger. I looked into it and even called them and talked with the owner, Tom for 20 minutes asking him LOTS of questions.  Some of the information he told me about most “raw” almonds BLEW my mind and changed it from buying “raw” almonds from Costco, Sam’s, wholesale suppliers, and even in the bulk bin at local grocery store. If you are purchasing ORGANIC RAW almonds, you’re probably OK, but always check out your source and stay with quality, local farms.

Here’s what I found out:  Most bulk almonds are pasteurized with Propylene oxide. What the hell!!?  Propylene oxide is a highly toxic flammable chemical compound, once used as a racing fuel before it became prohibited for safety reasons. It is also used in thermobaric weapons. It is an epoxide, which is not GRAS (generally recognized as safe for human ingestion). Duh!!! (source)

So, upon talking with Tom, I was willing to give his almonds a try and MAN!  am I glad I did!  I have been using them to make homemade granola and homemade almond milk.  Almond milk never tasted better!  NOW I know why!  So, with my last 3 cups of these almonds, I decided to make almond nut butter.

Most recipes say that it will take 15 – 20 minutes in a food processor to whip into a creamy, gorgeous nut butter.  So, I tossed my almonds (NO SOAKING or ROASTING required with Briden Wilson Farms almonds) into the food processor, locked the lid  and hit the ON button and let it rip for several minutes.  I could tell the consistency was changing much faster than the other posts I had read.  Wow!  Could it REALLY be the quality of the nuts?  “Keep it going and we’ll see”, I said.   I’ve  never had such excitement watching nuts whirl around in a machine than those 8 minutes.  Food-geek, and PROUD of it!  :)   Then, all of the sudden, “the magic happened” and I squealed in delight. 

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The butter took on a different texture and became creamy, smooth and oily.  I was so excited!  Scott just laughed at me.  The dogs thought they were getting treats or something with my excited energy.  We ALL tested it and gave it a 2 thumbs up (the dogs just licked it up and wanted more – good sign!)

Ingredients:

3 cups raw almonds ( I used these from Briden Wilson Farms)

That’s it!  No soaking, dehydrating, or roasting.  Just pure quality almonds!

Directions:

  • Place the 3 cups of almonds in a food processor ( I use a KitchenAid 12 cupper), lock on lid and hit the “ON” button and let it whirl for several minutes
  • Stop the machine periodically scraping down the sides. No biggie. Do it and keep it moving…
  • After  8 -10 minutes if using a QUALITY almond or 15 minutes or so with other almonds, the “magic will happen” and it’ll turn into this smooth and creamy almond butter!!
  • That’s it!   Magical, right?!
  • You can add a touch of salt for flavor if you want or leave it plain (your choice!)
  • Various and sundry FUN options:  add raw cacao powder, honey, stevia, vanilla bean powder, touch of cayenne, etc. –  OOOHH!  the possibilities.
  • Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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 After making this nut butter, I immediately went to the computer to Briden Wilson Farms site and ordered another 10 lbs. of these glorious almonds.  Almonds are shipped Priority Mail and shipping is included in the price – what a deal!!

Another favorite thing I like to do with my almond butter as a great snack or pre-workout treat (rebounding or yoga) are medjool dates split in half with almond butter and some chlorella tablets sprinkled on top.  These make outstanding dog treats too!  My dogs LOVE these.

Go give it a whirl yourself and have fun!

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Kibby’s “SHAZAAM” Raw Brownies + Video (Weekend Treats)

Kibby’s “SHAZAAM” Raw Brownies + Video (Weekend Treats)

Weekend Treats – Kibby’s “Shazaam” RAW Brownies

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Oh, how I love some raw brownies!!  They are so quick and easy to make and you can add anything into it and make them sparkle like yourself.  So come join me in the kitchen and I’ll show you how EASY and FUN it is to make.  You never know what’s going to happen in my kitchen. :)  ( **Sorry it’s a bit rushed b/c I only have 15 minutes of play time on Youtube.**)    ENJOY!!

“SHAZAAM” Raw Brownies

Ingredients:

(other optional ingredients: Maqui powder, Acai powder, Lucuma powder, spirulina, hazelnuts instead of almonds, whatever you come up with) – Look at my PRODUCTS page for sources.

**(BTW,  I just LOVE Mum’s Original products!  I boasted about them in a post here: Creamy Raw Broccoli Soup, but go check them out for yourself.  TOP QUALITY!!)**

1)  Blend walnuts in food processor until ground FINE.

2) Add cacao powder, Dandy Blend, salt, (other ingredients of choice) and pulse till incorporated.

3) Add 1/2 of the dates and pulse/blend, then add the remaining dates and pulse/ blend till your mixture begins to meld and stick together.  Done!

4) Empty walnut mixture into pan of choice (I used an 8 X 8 glass dish for thicker brownies – which gave me a yield of 16 small brownies), distribute evenly and on top of this mixture sprinkle some chia seeds, cayenne pepper, cacao nibs, chopped almonds, (coconut flakes would be amazing too!) and using the backside of measuring cup – PRESS evenly and distribute the mixture into a well-packed brownie.  Use fingers to tuck in edges for a cleaner look.  Freeze for at least 2 hours.  Cut into desired sizes/shapes and store or EAT!  These keep well in the refrigerator for awhile.  However, I don’t see them lasting very long in your household – if it is the same in mine. :)   Enjoy!  Have fun with them and let me know what concoctions you come up with. 

 

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Time to go enjoy one of these little lovelies with a nice cup of tea (gynostemma tea plus astragalus root, and a cider mate blend) with a few drops of NuNaturals Orange stevia. HEAVEN!!

Have a beautiful and fun-filled weekend! 

 

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Kibby’s Blended Nut/Seed Milk – video + recipe!

Kibby’s Blended Nut/Seed Milk – video + recipe!

Creamy Nut/ Seed Blend Milk

*A special intro for all my lovely, true readers and viewers!  This one is for you!*

(Lolita, Ginger, Debbie, Lisa, Stephanie, Tara, Marcy, Patty and sorry if I missed anyone else – but you know who you are!)

This lovely, non-dairy milk is perfect to blend up for a menagerie of recipes.  I usually make an almond milk or a hemp seed milk, etc. but thought “why not put the two together with some other nuts and seeds and make it super special with LOTS of nutrition.”  So, a love affair was created and I had to share with you!

Nuts:  I am using almonds, which are highly alkaline in the NUT world and with a full spectrum nutritional profile.  Walnuts are chock-full of antioxidants, VitaminE,  including ellagic acid, which helps prevent cancer and boost your immune system; L-arginine, which supports blood vessel health by converting nitric acid; and melatonin, which regulates your sleep cycle and helps prevent radical damage.   Due to their high levels of omega-3s and mono-saturated fats, walnuts help the cardiovascular system in myriad ways, including preventing blood clots, erratic heart rhythms and inflammation. Eating walnuts has also been shown to lower your cholesterol while keeping a healthy ratio of HDL and LDL, add elasticity to your arteries, and even lower your blood pressure. (source)  Feel free to substitute any nuts that you have on hand in place of what I have used:  hazel nuts, brazil nuts, pecans, macadamia, cashew, etc.

Seeds:  I love healthy seeds!  I am using pumpkin seeds which contain high levels of omega-3 fats, zinc and carotenoids compounds, which are all beneficial for prostrate health.  They are also known to help rid the body of intestinal worms.   At the core of chia seeds’ medicinal properties are their high levels of heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and their unique ability to absorb roughly seven times their weight in water.   Chia is particularly rich in alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, which research indicates is supportive of cardiovascular health.  Poppy seeds contain iron, phosphorus and fiber. They also contain thiamine and riboflavin as well as B vitamins.   My beloved hemp seed is also rich in omega-3 fats and an incredible vegan source of biologically available and easily digested protein.  And did you know 3 Tablespoons of Hemp Seeds = 11 grams of protein?  Pretty cool, huh!?

Recipe for nut/seed milk:

  • 4 cups fresh water
  • 1/2 cup soaked/rinsed raw almonds (soak from 8 – 12 hrs.)
  • 1/2 cup soaked/rinsed raw pumpkins seeds (soaked 1 -2 hrs.)
  • 1/2 cup soaked/rinsed raw walnuts (soaked 1 -2 hrs.)
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • 1 TB. hemp seeds
  • 1 TB. poppy seeds

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) or regular blender and blend for about 30 seconds.  This recipe yields about 3.5 to 4 cups milk.   Pour mixture into a nut milk bag or paint strainer’s bag over a bowl and gently squeeze till all the liquid is in your bowl and you are left with a bag of pulp (to be used later for crackers or pizza crust).  See recipe Raw or Baked CHEESY Almond Pulp Crackers.  I made the pulp into a pizza crust tonight and it turned out wonderful!  Just follow the recipe link for crackers above and press into a small round crust, bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, top with desired toppings (I used some roasted veggies I had in fridge, homemade marinara, and raw goat cheese), pop back in oven for about 10 minutes and enjoy!  We loved it!

At this point, you can leave the milk as is for recipes or go ahead and enhance with a pinch of sea salt, 1 – 2 tsp. of cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, or vanilla extract for a lovely creamer for your coffee, latte’s, herbal teas, tonics, smoothies and other recipes where milk is used.   I LOVE this blend!   Store in a glass mason jar or drink immediately – I did!   In the video, I mentioned adding Dandy Blend to it – I did this afterwards with a bit extra stevia, and 1/4 tsp. shilajit (optional) and it was FANTASTIC!  Have fun with it!

 

Come share your thoughts about this recipe, variations you tried and LOVED, or what videos you might like to see next and I could possibly work on (nothing too involved though).  I only have 15 minutes to work with on these videos. :)

 

MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL!

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RAW Acai Spirulina Buckwheat GRANOLA

RAW Acai Spirulina Buckwheat GRANOLA

Acai Spirulina Buckwheat Nut Granola

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I LOVE making this granola!  Scott and I both love eating it just as much!  Raw granola is expensive if you buy it at the market and specialty stores (it can be $9 for a small bag – I DON’T THINK SO!).  Making your own is so much cheaper and healthier because you have the ability to put in it what you want. This granola is full of healthy fats (omega 3’s!), Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin E, and a good amount of protein. It’s perfect with almond milk, or on its own. 

Buckwheat is gluten free, contains all eight essential amino acids, and is said to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. Soaking the buckwheat activates food enzymes, increases the vitamin content, and neutralizes anti-nutrients like phytic acid which binds up minerals and prevent you from fully absorbing them. ** Buckwheat groats create the starchiest water on Earth – it is amazingly thick! They won’t sprout too well unless you get rid of it – so Rinse and Rinse and Rinse until the water runs clear. It can take a little while – but don’t skimp.**

I change the wet mixture formula up almost every time by adding what I have available or if I purchased something new that I think would be cool to add for nutritional or taste value.  A few weeks ago, I added some spirulina to the mix and was pleasantly surprised at the color (GREENISH :)) and the flavor.   It paired real well with all the other flavors.  I have found thru experimentation that orange flavor is wonderful in this formula.  I like adding orange juice and orange zest to make it pop! 

I make this granola in my Excalibur dehydrator.  I love this piece of equipment and highly recommend it if you are seriously considering purchasing a dehydrator.  It is top notch and I have been thoroughly pleased with it and its performance.  If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can still make this recipe in the oven.  So, no worries!


Dry Mixture:

  • 2 cups raw almonds (soaked at least 8 hrs. or overnight and rinsed)
  • 3 cups buckwheat groats (soaked at least 8 hrs. or overnight and rinsed WELL)
  • 2 cups walnuts or pecans (soaked 2 hrs. and rinsed)
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (soaked 2 hrs. and rinsed)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked 2 hrs. and rinsed)

I soak almonds and buckwheat groats overnight.  Then other nuts/seeds (in the same bowl) the next morning for a few hours.

Wet mixture:

  • 1 frozen packet of Acai (available at WholeFoods or other specialty stores) or 1/4 cup Acai powder
  • 1 TB. spirulina
  • 1 cup organic Thompson raisins
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice and orange zest
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Stevia – to taste (optional)

I’ll sometimes add Maca, Maqui, stevia instead of banana, or substitute dried figs for the raisins. 

Directions:

1.  In a blender (I use a Vitamix), blend the wet ingredients until smooth.  Add a touch of water, if needed, to facilitate blending.

2.  Chop almonds in food processor (keeping as chunky as you like your granola) and transfer to a large bowl.  Pulse the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and walnuts (pecans) in food processor till desired size and transfer to bowl with almonds.  Transfer rinsed buckwheat groats to large bowl with other nuts/seeds (no need to process them!)
3.  Pour the wet mixture on top of nuts/ seeds/ groats and mix well.

4.  Spread the granola on teflex sheets on dehydrator tray (I usually get 4 trays out of this recipe) and dehydrate at 115 degrees for about 6 hours.  Flip the granola off the teflex sheets onto mesh tray and put back in to dehydrate for another 8-10 hours (depending on humidity and temperature in house) until granola is crunchy.  (*Granola will get crunchier once in fridge.*)

  • If using oven version (not raw) –   Bake on a parchment covered baking sheet at 250 degrees for 45 minutes-1hour.  Every 15 minutes, flip the mixture.  Watch carefully towards end not to let it burn!  Let cool 15 minutes before breaking apart into pieces.

5.  Break into pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge.  The granola will harden in the fridge. 

This granola is FABULOUS with homemade almond milk (or any nut/ seed milk),  as a topping for green smoothiesAvocado Honey ice creamCherry Vanilla pudding, salads, or just by itself.  It RAWKS!!

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Nuts & seeds soaking overnight

 

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Almonds processed in food processor

 

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Processed almonds, pumpkins seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and rinsed off buckwheat groats in large bowl ready for wet mixture to be poured on and stirred in.

 

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Granola with wet mixture stirred in and on teflex sheets ready to go in dehydrator.

 

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Granola stored in glass jars (re-usable) and ready to go in fridge for storage.

 

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Green smoothie topped with local bee pollen and granola – YUM!!

 

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RAW Acai Spirulina Buckwheat Nut GRANOLA
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Kibby’s Blended Life
I LOVE making this granola! Scott and I both love eating it just as much! Raw granola is expensive if you buy it at the market and specialty stores (it can be $9 for a small bag – I DON”T THINK SO!). Making your own is so much cheaper and healthier because you have the ability to put in it what you want. This granola is full of healthy fats (omega 3’s!), Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin E, and a good amount of protein. It’s perfect with almond milk, or on its own.
Ingredients
  • Dry Mixture:
  • 2 cups raw almonds (soaked at least 8 hrs. or overnight and rinsed)
  • 3 cups buckwheat groats (soaked at least 8 hrs. or overnight and rinsed WELL)
  • 2 cups walnuts or pecans (soaked 2 hrs. and rinsed)
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (soaked 2 hrs. and rinsed)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked 2 hrs. and rinsed)
  • I soak almonds and buckwheat groats overnight and other nuts/seeds (in the same bowl) the next morning for a few hours.
  • Wet mixture:
  • 1 frozen packet of Acai (available at WholeFoods or other specialty stores) or 1/4 cup Acai powder
  • 1 TB. spirulina
  • 1 cup organic Thompson raisins
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice and orange zest
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Stevia – to taste (optional)
  • I’ll sometimes add Maca, Maqui, stevia instead of banana, or substitute dried figs for the raisins.
Instructions
  1. In a blender (I use a Vitamix), blend the wet ingredients until smooth. Add a touch of water, if needed, to facilitate blending – but not too much!
  2. Chop almonds in food processor (keeping as chunky as you like your granola) and transfer to a large bowl. Pulse the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and walnuts (pecans) in food processor till desired size and transfer to bowl with almonds. Transfer rinsed buckwheat groats to large bowl with other nuts/seeds (no need to process them!)
  3. Pour the wet mixture on top of nuts/ seeds/ groats and mix well.
  4. Spread the granola on teflex sheets on dehydrator tray (I usually get 4 trays out of this recipe) and dehydrate at 115 degrees for about 6 hours. Flip the granola off the teflex sheets onto mesh tray and put back in to dehydrate for another 8-10 hours (depending on humidity and temperature in house) until granola is crunchy. (*Granola will get crunchier once in fridge.*)
  5. If using oven version (not raw) – Bake on a parchment covered baking sheet at 250 degrees for 45 minutes-1hour. Every 15 minutes, flip the mixture. Watch carefully towards end not to let it burn! Let cool 15 minutes before breaking apart into pieces.
  6. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge. The granola will harden in the fridge.
  7. This granola is FABULOUS with homemade almond milk (or any nut/ seed milk), as a topping for green smoothies, Avocao Honey ice cream, Cherry Vanilla pudding, salads, or just by itself. It RAWKS!!
Notes

** Buckwheat groats create the starchiest water on Earth – it is amazingly thick! They won’t sprout too well unless you get rid of it – so Rinse and Rinse and Rinse until the water runs clear. It can take a little while – but don’t skimp.**

 

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Kibby