Energy Truffles are a great way to power a long hike, bike ride, and even a car ride. These truffles travel easily, and are packed full of delicious organic goodness. I took this batch on a 4-hour hike in the Santa Monica Mountains this past weekend with my personal trainer. Each time our energy would get low, we’d pop one of these truffles to boost our endurance and stamina. They are made with omega-3 rich walnuts, antioxidant filled cranberry and raisins, and superfood cacao and maca. Flavored with a hint of vanilla, and rolled in coconut. Delicious!
I whipped up this Protein Pudding at my client’s home by using what he had on hand in his fridge and cabinets. Since he had no vanilla extract and no cacao powder, I used his flavored vegan protein powders instead. He did have half of a banana, 2 avocados, coconut water, and stevia powder.
So, I made this Protein Pudding by blending together sweet banana, creamy avocado, chocolate and also vanilla protein powders, electrolyte coconut water, and non-caloric stevia powder. And it was delicious!
Though I’ve personally stopped using all protein powders (instead I’m using only whole foods), this gluten-free, vegan pudding is an easy way to up your protein intake today.
Happy Meatless Monday!
Mango Sorbet-Macaroon Tartlets
Makes 4 tartlets
•2 cups shredded coconut
•1/2 cup cashews
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 cup agave syrup
•2 cups chopped frozen mangoes
•1 cup filtered water
•1/3 cup agave syrup
To make the crust, combine the coconut, cashews, and salt in a food processor and process to fine powder. Add the agave syrup and process to mix well.
To make the tartlet shells, line 4 small tartlet or brioche cups with plastic wrap. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the crust into each. Using your fingertips, firmly press the crust into the tartlet cup, leaving a cavity in the center to hold the sorbet. Place in the freezer to firm up for at least 30 minutes or more.
To make the mango sorbet, combine the mangoes, water, and agave syrup in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Or, for an icier, more solid texture, scoop into a container and place in the freezer for an hour or more.
To make the mango sorbet in an ice cream maker: Chill the mixture in the freezer for an hour or so, then scoop into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
To serve, scoop 1 tablespoon mango sorbet into each tartlet shell and serve immediately.
The tartlet shells will keep in the freezer for many weeks. The assembled tartlets are best enjoyed immediately, but will keep in the freezer for several weeks. Thaw for 5 to 10 minutes before eating.
– Recipe from Ani’s Raw Food Desserts
Mango Breakfast Cobbler
adapted from p 215 of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen
1 1/4 cup almonds
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup pitted and packed medjool dates
2 Tablespoons coconut oil or butter
4 cups Mango, pitted and diced
1/4 cup agave syrup
To make crust, place almonds, vanilla, and salt into food processor. Lightly process into small pieces. Add dates and coconut butter, process to mix well.
Sprinkle half of the crust onto bottom of a loaf pan.
To make filling, toss together all ingredients. Scoop onto crust. Top with remaining crust.
My recipes for Cobbler Crumble Topping and also my Fresh Taco Wraps ranked numbers 4 & 5 for Delicious Living Magazine’s Top 10 Gluten-free Recipes of 2009.
Read more about the 2009 Top 10 at Delicious Living.
Read my original article Classy Raw Cuisine with 7 recipes in the July 2009 issue of Delicious Living Magazine.