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Pina Colada Smoothie

I’m sure people in Wisconsin will view this as a comedic performance, but it’s cold here in the South.  (Michigan residents are also laughing now, I’m sure)  Anything below 40 degrees may as well be Arctic in my little corner of the world and I’m missing hot, muggy summer days where smoothies made of frozen pineapple are a must every night.  So, about 10 minutes before typing this, I was sitting in front of a fireplace, with my feet on the hearth, drinking a Pina Colada Smoothie and dreaming about St. Martin, or Barbados.  You can pick whichever works for you.  My dream place had sandy beaches, sunny climates and warm, aqua colored water.  And this:

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I use fresh, frozen pineapple, but you can use pre-bagged and it works just fine.  Since we don’t cut our fresh pineapple in pretty little squares, use at least 1 1/2 cups if you’re using pre-bagged frozen pineapple.  We usually use 10 medium sized pieces from a fresh one.  Add 1/2 banana, 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of coconut milk and mix until well blended.  I don’t use any ice because the frozen pineapple and chia seeds make this nice and thick.  (Did you know chia seeds turn into a gooey substance when they’re added to water or milk?!”   Top it off with some shredded unsweetened coconut and it’s a keeper!

That’s it!

Enjoy.

Kristi  🙂

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Raw Vegan “Chocolate” Coconut Date Rolls

I want something sweet.  I’m not really saying that as a present tense statement.  That’s just more of a general statement because I always want something sweet.  I would love to be like those women that say, “Oh…I don’t really like sweets.”  Alas, I’m not that woman.  I’m that woman that loves sweet things like a baby loves its blanket.

I was fiddling with some dates the other night and really wanted a base for lots of sweets, not just one particular thing.  So, when you’re reading this recipe, think of it as a base for whatever you’d like to have at any given time.  The bonus?  It’s healthy, raw and vegan.  It could be love.

First grab some Medjool dates.  They’re sweeter.  I got mine at the local Fresh Market, but I’d say any Whole Foods or even some grocery stores will carry them.  I used 15 and had to do two batches.

First, pit them.  It’s super simple.  Just slide a knife firmly along one edge and then squeeze each end.  It pops open and the pit comes out.  Like this:

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Pit them and then put them in your processor with one heaping tablespoon of organic, unsweetened cocao, and 1/2 cup of unsweetened, organic coconut.

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Mix it until it becomes “dough”.  You’ll know or your processor will let you know.  Mine took about 45 seconds and I pulsed it a few times.

Place your “dough” on a piece of wax paper or whatever floats your boat that it won’t stick to.  Caution:  It sticks to everything like super duper glue that happens to taste good.  And it looks like dog poo.

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You can get a spoon and scoop it up to form small log shapes, but I just tore it off and rolled it up in my hands.  It’s funner that way.  After you form them, roll them in whatever you like.  We rolled ours in more unsweetened coconut and then zested an orange over them.  My hubby tried some lime zest but it was super tart.  You could use walnuts, pistashios, pecans, agave nectar, etc…  Really, anything that you want.  Again, this was a base and the whole point is to have something sweet that you can add to or take away from depending on what you want at that time.  This entire process took less than 15 minutes.  (even cooler!)

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Enjoy!  I’d love to hear if anyone makes these and if you add something that’s super awesome!  We thought peppermint would rock during Christmas.

Kristi  🙂