Chocolate giant Hershey has said it will transition to simple ingredients and that “[f]or ingredients that may not be as simple, we will explain what they are”. You don’t need to hold your breath, though, because with Dr. LJ’s delicious raw fusion recipes, you can easily make your own healthy chocolate comfort foods using the ingredients you trust and choose.
Check out the mouth-watering chocolatey round-up below the fold:
Ultra-Simple Vegan, Grain/Gluten-Free Goodness This month I’ve been following the FODMAP protocol, which is an elimination diet to identify possible trigger foods for IBS and intestinal discomfort. I completed a 12 day trial and after the holidays intend to do a longer cycle. I have also been doing Intermittent Fasting all month and will be […]
Raw, Vegan, Gluten/Grain-Free & Paleo-Friendly You know that 3 o’clock Energy Drop moment? When you feel like you need either a large latte or a dose of sugar just to keep you going? Try popping one or two of these instead! These sweet and salty snacks really hit the spot when you need an energy […]
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw Fusion A few months ago I decided to try Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Black Bean Brownie recipe (as seen on the Dr. Oz show) as a healthy dessert alternative for my husband. He liked the taste of them but not the texture, as he’s more of a crisp cookie enthusiast. Yesterday I decided […]
Raw Fusion Vegan Breakfast or Anytime Snack Two important elements of successfully maintaining a healthy lifestyle are: 1) Getting at least 2 servings of greens per day; and 2) Doing some prep work at least once a week to make sure that you don’t get carried away by a craving and seek out the […]
Raw Dessert Treat Vegan and Gluten-Free If you keep a jar of coconut butter in your pantry, you can always make an impromptu raw dessert that will fully satisfy your loved ones and completely wow your guests. This Mocha Walnut Fudge is a world class dessert. It looks and tastes incredibly like the freshly-made fudge […]
A guilt & gluten-free, vegan version of the campfire favorite. This is a raw fusion recipe because maple syrup and vegan marshmallow creme are not raw products. This is one of the first recipes I created when I began my raw food journey. I make the crackers in a dehydrator, which takes an extra day, […]
Natural alternative scrumptious snack In days gone by I could easily have polished off a jar of Nutella in a matter of 2-3 days (if not sooner!) I once kept an unopened jar in the kitchen as a temptation to fortify my resolve to lose weight. This was years before I became a lot more […]
This was one of my first “inventions” when I jumped headfirst into the raw foods world. I always recommend having a bag or two of raw cashews on hand (I buy mine at Trader Joe’s, they are competitively-priced and great quality) as they only require an hour or two of soaking to get the right consistency for making an impromptu Vanilla Pudding or Vegan Ranch Dressing.
Raw desserts are so superior to convention ones, not only in nutrition and digestibility, but also in flavor. They are quite concentrated and dense and truly “a little goes a long way.” I have made this for company and it’s always a hit that opens up more of a discussion on raw foods. Try topping it with a simple chocolate sauce that you can serve at room temperature or warm it gently in a saucepan for a lovely pairing with the frozen pie.
Do you love chocolate chip cookies? My husband adores them but he’s very open to trying my Raw Fusion Solutions in his quest for better eating. Every since I saw a raw chocolate chip recipe in Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw, I had been planning on trying these out.
My first batch were totally raw — and that included making the chocolate chips from scratch, definitely a labor of love. The chips are a combination of raw cacao, soaked cashews and agave nectar piped onto teflex sheets and dehydrated over about 8 hours.
This time I decided to adapt the recipe to a “raw fusion” style by using pre-made chocolate chips.