Raw Apple Bread

Do you LOVE bread?

Do you feel you can never let go of pasta, pastries and breads? Are processed carbs the reason all your diets fail?

Then you’ll love this recipe!

I too was challenged as I started eating raw, plant based. What do you use as a base for everything you want to pile on top? What do you do about bread?

Well, it’s an ongoing process that is continually improving but…the great news is I’m finding new recipes and learning to get creative. Woohoo! Who knew I was creative in the kitchen?! I sure didn’t. 😛 For example, Jicama slices make DELICIOUS taco shells, Romaine or Kale leaves make fabulous wraps and Onion Bread is without a doubt simply unforgettable while also making your whole house smell incredible for an entire day while it’s “baking”.

Actually, the end result is that I’m loving these new “breads” replacements even better than the bread itself! Yes, there is indeed hope! I get super excited every time I come across a new recipe, like this one ⬇️…

I had these apples that were too soft to eat that I’d been saving to find the perfect dish to make with them. Enter the simple Apple Bread from one of my favorite Raw books: The RAWvolution Continues.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups shredded, cored apples (I chopped mine up in the food processor to make it faster. It worked, minus a few chunks I pulled out and nibbled on. Lol)
  • 1/2 cup Flaxseeds, ground
  • 1/2 cup Sunflowers seeds, ground
  • 4 tsp Maple Syrup (coconut nectar was listed in the book but it’s not my preference.)
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon (I love cinnamon and don’t think you can really over do it LOL but you could use less)

Directions

  • Combine all the ingredients and mix by hand. It’s so fun!
  • Spread approx 2 cups of the mixture into a Teflex sheet lined dehydrator tray
  • Repeat until all mixture is used up. I’ll come back and update once I make it again and remember how many trays it uses. Lol. I’m thinking maybe 3.
  • Dehydrate at 105° for 6-8 hours, until it’s solid enough you can peel it off the Teflext sheet.
  • ‘Then flip it over onto a second dehydrator tray and carefully peel off the sheet.
  • Dehydrate an additional few hours until it’s the desired level of firmness. You want them to hold their shape, be firm enough they don’t tear but still flexible enough they don’t crack when you bend them. I did approx 4 more hours. They will firm up a little more after cooling. You can always put them back in if they are too soft.
  • I stored mine in the fridge in a ziplock and they lasted 2 weeks, no problem. The challenge was not eating in one sitting! You could also store them uncovered in the pantry.

They are yummy, not too sweet, with just the right amount of chew. Also great for travel, giving you lots of options of what to put on top that you might find locally on your travels and they really don’t require being in the fridge.

I did a how to video when I was making them for myself. Once I’ve edited it, I’ll come back and post the link here.

Enjoy!

Make It Monday | Creamed Spinach

Talk about a simple dish. This is perfect when you’re hungry and want something fast that’s got a kick of rich flavor. And the dressing is Oil Free!

Enjoy!

All you need is…

  • Spinach
  • Creamy Garlic Dressing (recipe below)
  • Walnut Taco Meat (optional)
  • Toppings are optional. I used Black Sesame Seeds but sunflower seeds or buckwheat groats would be nice too.

The dressing recipe came from the book The RAWvolution Continues

My changes were to use ~

  • 1/8 cup Liquid Aminos (instead of 1/4 cup coconut aminos)
  • 1/4 cup water (Add more of less till the consistency is how you like it)
  • 1 cup of mixed white nuts – Cashews, Pine Nuts and Brazil Nuts (I didn’t have a whole cup of cashews lol)

  • You could also use this yummy spinach in a wrap with cauliflower rice, red bell peppers, dulse flakes, carrots and cucumbers. Sounds delicious doesn’t it?
  • Eating Healthy 101: Nut Milk

    I thought in this Eating Healthy 101 series that it would be good to start simple. Instead of loading you up with lots of complicated recipes we can start with a basic staple recipe and build as we go. Sound good?

    First up is replacing dairy milk with a nut/seed based milk. You can use pretty much any nuts or seeds and many times they can be specific to the recipe. Some are sweeter, smoother, nuttier..etc. Here I’ll share one of my favorites – Cashew Nut Milk. Cashews blend up nice and smooth so no straining with a nut milk bag is required. That comes in handy when you’re just getting started with homemade milk or you’re in a rush.

    Ingredients

    •  RAW Cashews (cheapest I’ve found near me is at Trader Joe’s. I personally don’t currently use organic because of the price, accessibility and the quantity of nuts I use, but that’s up to you.)
    • Medjool Dates – Costco has The Best deal on them (and now they are even organic), Trader Joe’s is my second choice. Dates are one of the top natural, good for you, sweeteners out there, used in sooooo many ways so there are no worries the Costco container is too big, you’ll use them. 😉 They can also be stored in the fridge to stay fresh longer.
    • Vanilla Extract
    • Water

    Instructions

    • Soak 1 Cup of Cashews in water for 4 hours in a bowl on the counter, or overnight.
      Drain and rinse a couple times. That dirty water contains the digestive enzyme inhibitor nuts have on them to deter predators and to keep the nuts in a holding pattern until they are ready to sprout and grow. It’s also what makes nuts difficult for people to digest and why many people think they are allergic. The nuts will have soaked up some water and expanded to more than 1 cup, that’s perfect.
    • Put 4 cups clean Water in your blender and all of the soaked Cashews. (adjust to 3 cups water if you want a thicker/creamier milk)
    • Add 2 1/2 Dates (you won’t taste them!)
    • Add a capful of the Vanilla Extract.
    • Blend until it’s super smooth, no pieces. Drink away! Or add as cream to your coffee.

    I LOVE the foam on fresh milk when I add it to my coffee.

    If you want your coffee sweeter you can add Pure Maple Syrup (a bit goes a long way, be sure to stir well before adding more, it likes to sit at the bottom)

    Store the milk is a glass container with a lid in the coldest part of your fridge. It’ll keep for 3 days. The nuts will go rancid after that, you’ll know when that’s happened. Always shake before using as it’ll separate a bit.

    This milk is also the base of the smoothie recipe I’ll share with you next. Plus, it works for Hot Chocolate, milk for granola cereal or chia seed pudding, just to name a few!

    If you have any questions please ask. 😃 I’d how your milk turns out!

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    Cheers!
    Tiffany

    Onion Bread!

    Day 11:

    What a surprise discovery! I never imagined that a simple 5 ingredient recipe for onion bread would change my world. THIS is what real Raw food is all about!

    When you feel so excited, alive, happy, with taste buds cheering for joy, you know you’ve found something special. More than “just food”, food that inspires feelings like this are what make life incredible and so full of JOY.

    My plan for this Raw journey is to keep it simple and delicious. I don’t want to slave away for hours in the kitchen and yet I still want to eat foods with a variety of yummy flavors and textures. I came across this bread recipe in the book RAWvolution by Matt Amsden and I’m in love with it, in its entirety. 😊 It is EXACTLY what I’m looking for. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more recipes I make from it. You can find it on Amazon here. Or check your library.

    Did you catch the second surprise announcement in the video?

    I am beyond blessed and happy for the support and being on such a life changing journey with my partner and best friend.?❤️❤️☺️

    Here’s the recipe and I truly hope you make it!

    • 3 large yellow onions
    • 3/4 cup flax seeds, ground in a blender, coffee grinder or food processor
    • 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground
    • 1/2 cup Nama Shoyu (Tamari or Liquid Aminos)
    • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

    Slice the onions on a mandolin and then halve them (or use the slicing disc on a food processor). Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined. I used my hands for extra fun 😝.

    Divide the mixture in half and spread onto two dehydrator trays lined with Teflex sheets. Spread mixture as evenly and thinly as you can, without seeing holes. It may take a little massaging, again I used my hands for smear-ability lol, but it should cover most of the tray. Dehydrate at 105° for 12 hours, flip the tray over, peel off the Teflex sheet and return to the dehydrator for another 8 to 12 hours or so, until desired degree of dryness.

    I kept mine barely moist, so it’s soft and pliable, I didn’t want a crunchy bread. I suggest storing in the fridge in a sealed container for freshness.

    Makes 2 trays as noted above. I doubled the batch, which I don’t usually do with a new recipe, but I had plenty of onions from Farm Fresh Las Vegas so why not. Boy, am I grateful I did! These will be going with me on my business flight in the morning. Part of my secret to staying raw while traveling is to take something(s) with you that are super tasty and easy to travel with.

    Day 11 out of 160, signing off. 😀

    Raw Onion Bread Stack Selfie

    Spiced Pecan Milk

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup Raw Shelled Pecans (soaked in water for at least 2 hours)
    • 3 1/2 Cups Water 
    • 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup 
    • 2 Tbl Coconut Oil
    • 1 Tbl Cinnamon 
    • Pinch or two of Nutmeg 
    • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
    • 1 Tbl Sunflower Lecithin
    • Pinch or two of Salt
    •  

    Blend nuts and water till smooth then add the remaining ingredients and blend to combine. Adjust flavors to your palette and enjoy! 

     

    It will keep for 3 days in a cold fridge. 

    *add cacao or carbo powder to make a yummy hot chocolate drink. 

    Raw Salted Caramel Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup pitted and tightly packed Medjool dates
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • Water

    Instructions 

    Heat two cups of water in a saucepan till warm about 110°, NOT hot. Place the dates in a bowl and submerge them with the warm water. Allow them to sit for 15-20 minutes to soften.

    Drain the dates, reserving the soak water. Place them into a blender with ¾ cup of the soak water, the vanilla, coconut oil and the salt. Blend on high till very smooth and saucey. Add more water as needed, until the sauce is pourable but still thick.

    Notes

    •Be careful not to be generous with the coconut oil, otherwise it will overpower the caramel flavor.

    •Sauce will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

    •For additional maple flavor, try adding some Lucuma Powder. 

    Raw Caramel Apple Bars

     

    Ingredients

    • 1½ cups raw almonds
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1⅔ cups medjool dates, pitted
    • 4 heaping cups apples of choice, sliced thin (1/4 inch thick or so)
    • 1 overflowing cup salted caramel sauce

    Instructions

    • Place the nuts, salt, and dates into a food processor. Process for 2-3 minutes, or until the nuts are totally broken down and the mixture is uniform and sticking together. When you squeeze a small amount in your hand and it sticks together, you’re good. You’ll still see bits of nuts, not a fine powder, that’s fine.

    • Press the mixture into an 13 x 9 baking dish that has been lined with parchment or wax paper. Make sure it’s distributed evenly through the pan. It’ll be sticky and take some smooshing around so be patient. 1/4 inch or so deep is perfect. The oils will start to release from the nuts and you’ll be able to “polish” it into smoothness.

    If you want thicker bars simply use a smaller dish.

    Yup, I use my fingers

    • Place the apples in a mixing bowl and cover them with the sauce. Make sure that all of the pieces are evenly coated. Arrange them in 4 layers on top of the base. For each layer, you can line up the apple slices in crisscrossing rows.

    • If you don’t have a dehydrator, transfer the bars to the refrigerator and allow them to cool for an hour. Cut them into squares and serve. The apples will still be a bit juicy and crisp, so use a pizza cutter for slicing them. If you do have a dehydrator, place the baking dish into the machine and dehydrate at 115 for 6 hours. This is best!

    Ready for the dehydrator!

    Allow the bars to cool so the base will be more solid, then cut them into squares, serve and Enjoy! ?

    •Un-dehydrated bars will keep, refrigerated, for 3-4 days. Dehydrated bars will keep in the fridge for up to one week.

    •You “could” even cook them in an oven to soften the apples. Be gentle, go slow. It won’t be raw anymore but it’ll still be healthy!

    Original recipe credit goes to:

    Super Quick Chickpea Basil Salad

    This recipe is why you want to always have a batch of basil pesto or even better, basil vinaigrette, whipped up and ready to go or frozen in the freezer.

    Then with only a can of organic chickpeas, some celery and a cucumber, you are set to make the simplest, fastest, healthy recipe ever! And tasty too. 😃

    Holding a plate away from me to take a photo is a signal to the boys that a sample might be coming their way. Nicklas was standing by. Lol

    Recipe:

    • 1/2 large English cucumber, thinly sliced
    • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
    • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
    • 1/3 cup Basil Vinaigrette or Pesto, your choice
    • Squeeze of lemon
    • Salt and ground pepper to taste

    Directions

    In a bowl, mix together cucumber, celery, and chickpeas. Add Basil Vinaigrette and a squeeze of lemon. Season with salt and pepper. That’s it! Serve up and enjoy! 😃

    Tip: Make a double batch and have leftovers the next day.