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Superfood Dessert for Giving Thanks

Getting ready for my Raw Food, Vegan, and Gluten-free Thanksgiving on Thursday, using all whole food and superfood ingredients.

Here’s a new recipe made with Cashew Kream that is topped with persimmon off a friend’s tree. It’s then finished with mesquite-lucuma sauce and cacao that’s been candied with coconut sugar. This is one of my new favorite desserts, and I’m feeling grateful.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe?

Ani’s Raw Food Certification Courses

I’m offering my final 2013 series of Ani’s Raw Food Certification Courses in September in Santa Monica, CA.

Level 1: September 20, 21, 22. Friday 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Level 2: September 27.28.29. Friday 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Level 3, Teacher Training: September 29, 30, October 1st. Sunday 4pm to 6pm. Monday 10am to 4pm. Tuesday 10am to 2pm.

My inspiration for creating these courses is to help people learn how simple, quick, and easy raw food preparation can be! It’s all about delicious and nutritious recipes made using a handful of easy to find ingredients. Complexity is added with sauces and plating.

To support a healthy diet and lifestyle, we need to know how to make our own food, quickly! In my courses, I also discuss lifestyle topics including fitness, natural beauty, organic and eco-green living, healthy detox, weight loss, and much more. And for those interested in launching their own business, writing a book, and or creating a show, I talk about business strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing strategy, and keys to building your brand.

I hope you can join me in September for one or all 3 of my courses! It’s a really fun course, and a great way to detox feasting on the best raw food ever!!

For more information, please visit my course page.

 

 

Superfood Cacao Avocado Tartlets

I whipped up some Superfood Cacao Avocado Tartlets for a dinner party tonight.

They are made with avocado for creaminess, and sweetened with superfoods: lucuma, carob, stevia since I’m watching my sugars (no syrups and need low-glycemic). Added in spirulina, which is why the pudding’s a bit green.

The crust is made with raisins, cacao, pink sea salt, and cashews.

Topped with goji berries and vanilla sauce.

Delicious way to detox in the summertime with whole, unprocessed, local, seasonal, nutritious, rawfood goodness!

Superfood Energy Truffles

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!

Vegan Protein Pudding

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

Mango Sorbet-Macaroon Tartlets

Makes 4 tartlets

Crust

•2 cups shredded coconut
•1/2 cup cashews
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 cup agave syrup

Mango Sorbet

•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

Delicious Living Magazine, Ani’s Raw Asian Power

Grab a copy of the April 2011 issue of Delicious Living Magazine - Raw Power with 6 raw food East West Fusion recipes for a taste of "Ani's Raw Food Asia", available everywhere May 10, 2011.

Mexican Style Jicama ‘Rice’ & Kanga’s Birthday Cake:

It was Kanga's 8th birthday, so I hosted a ladies' luncheon and made her a special cake....

SF View from the Bay – 2 Recipes

Recipes for my Jap Chae Kelp Noodles and Custard Tartlets from my TV appearance in San Francisco, CA last monday with Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang

Ani’s Raw Food Essentials

My new book, Ani's Raw Food Essentials, will be available everywhere May 3rd! I was dropped shipped an early copy fresh off the presses, and this is a huge book. With over 250 recipes, it's my first hard cover. It's always amazing to hold the finished book in my hands. And, it takes 9 months for the book to be designed, printed, and distributed before it shows up in bookstores. A long journey.