Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Raw Foods

After reading a ton about nutrition, I've decided to dabble a little in the raw foods world. Tonight I made a batch of raw vanilla cupcakes with lime frosting - and they are absolutely delish!! 

Following fun blogs like Almost Vegan, Hail Merry, & Loving Raw are making it pretty easy to pique my interest. Tonight, I even had a special delivery from Callie at Rawxy. She brought me some of her uber delicious gluten free, vegan, raw cookies. She makes them in several different flavors. I'm pretty lucky that she's local and was willing to simply run them by my house. Thanks Callie!!!

So, here's the recipe, it's from the Complete Idiots Guide to Living Raw (LOL!!)

Vanilla Cupcakes with Lime Frosting

1 cup almonds
1 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup almond butter
6 TBSP Agave nectar
1 tspn vanilla extract
Pinch Cinnamon
Pinch Cardamom
1/2 cup ripe and mashed avacado
6 pitted dates, soaked at least 30 minutes to overnight
1 1/2 tspn freshly squeezed lime juice

Place almonds, macadamias, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, agave, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom in a food processor fitted with an S blade. Process for 10-15 seconds or until sticky mixture of small chunks form.

With an ice cream scoop. measure out 12 cupcakes  onto parchment lined plate. Flatten tops with a spoon.

Chill in fridge - and start the frosting:
Place avocado, dates, and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  Spread on top of cupcakes and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.