Raw Fusion, Gluten/Grain-Free, Paleo-Friendly

Since I started creating Raw Fusion recipes (2009) I’ve traditionally concocted Pumpkin-based delights every year.  You can find most of them on this page.  This year we are so busy with the launch of several brand new certifications but I wanted to keep the tradition alive, so I went for simple.  Simple but succulent!  This is a smoothie recipe that would be great for dessert, for an afternoon snack and definitely an autumn go-to breakfast.

I happen to love figs — fresh or dried — and use them often for sweetening and creating raw nut/seed-based treats in lieu of dates.  So, I used figs and date as the sweetening agent; First I soaked in about 1/4 cup of water and also threw the soaking water in the smoothie.  There were still little yummy pieces in the mix and have to admit to loving the texture.  Figs are chock full of fiber and high in calcium, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin K.  If you don’t have any on hand, try a half frozen banana.  And if you like your smoothie sweeter, add a little maple syrup, coconut nectar or (non-vegan) honey.

Pumpkin Fig Smoothie

½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup almond milk
2 dates and 2 figs – soaked (use soak water ¼ cup)
½ cup ice
Handful pumpkin seeds
1 TB. chia seeds
Handful spinach
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. clove
¼ tsp. cardamom

*You can replace the figs and dates with half a frozen banana to add sweetness.  I really love the texture of the pieces of the fig pieces, although they were softened by the soaking

Place all in the blender and run until smooth.  Add more ice as needed.  It was rich and filling so I saved half and it was still delicious the next day.

These are the wonderful dried figs I get at Costco – a nice big bag, but it doesn’t last very long in my house…

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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