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Sweet Potato Custard Pie

Raw, Vegan, Grain/Gluten-Free I’ve been craving something sweet but a little tired of pumpkin (which is very hard to use raw) so I remembered this Sweet Potato Custard that I hadn’t made in a few years.  Sweet potatoes work very well in raw recipes – in fact, one of the most dreamy juices I ever […]

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Natural homemade deodorant recipe from Dr. Oz show

Simple toxin-free solution! Several years ago I switched to a natural spray deodorant from Crystal Essence that is made without the dangerous (possibly cancer-causing!) ingredients of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates and triclosan.  I find this blend (lavender and white tea) pleasant and effective. Plus, a little goes a long way, so one bottle lasts […]

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Iced Peppermint Cookies

We call these Quookies!  Made with Quinoa  Raw Vegan Gluten and Grain-Free These couldn’t be simpler to make — and although I used a dehydrator, you can easily make these on a parchment-paper-covered cookie sheet in a low temperature oven, just long enough to dry them out. This clever combination of pecans and quinoa is […]

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Pumpkin Swirl Mini Cheesecakes with Candied Pecans

  Raw Fusion, Vegan, Gluten & Grain-Free What we love to recreate in the Raw Fusion kitchen are nutritious, delicious alternatives for our favorite comfort foods.   This past summer I experimented with making a strawberry banana ice cream pie that brought back a lot of childhood memories, but never got around to posting the photos […]

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Coconut Macaroons

 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Macaroons are very popular these days.  This version is simple to make and an ideal high-energy snack or sweet craving conqueror.  Watch me make these for eHow.com in the video below. Made with a just a few ingredients, these coconut macaroons will stay fresh in the fridge for several days.  They […]

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No Kiddin’ S’Mores – Dr. LJ’s vegan raw fusion style

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, […]

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Easy as Pie – Banana Creme, that is!

Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free

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.

Frozen Banana Creme Pie

Ingredients:

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Fall Fruits Superfoods Scones

These luscious scones incorporate many of the delights of the autumnal season, from persimmons, to the great fall crop of dates.  You can replace brazil nut mash with any nut milk and the ground chia with flaxseed.  Also use whatever combination of dried berries that you have on hand, including fresh pomegranate kernels.   These scones are ideal for breakfast, midmorning tea, afternoon snacks or nighttime treats!   For a video on how to make nut milk or to get a handy nut milk bag visit this page.

I made two versions of these scones:  One had a small ripe fuyu (Asian-style, round) persimmon chopped and blended into the batter.  In the other batch I used a couple of tablespoons of the Coconut- Mango- Persimmon Spread from one of my favorite online raw foods suppliers, Living Tree Community, in place of the fresh persimmon.

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Crazy for Coconut Oil

One of my all-time favorite food prep ingredients is coconut oil; I adore the nutty taste that I have come to enjoy more than butter; The way it helps emulsify my nut puddings and creamy sauces; When I do cook for family and friends, how it makes an ideal oil for sauteeing and stir-frying — not only the fabulous flavor it imparts, but coconut oil’s high burn threshold makes this a much healthier alternative to olive oil.  You can find virgin coconut oil in health food stores and online but lately it has been available at many mainstream supermarkets.

Non-hydrogenated coconut oil has innumerable health benefits: Rich in antioxidants, lauric acid and other MCTs, coconut oil helps the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminate harmful bacteria, and fight the signs of aging. Professional athletes use it as fule to build lean muscle. It has also been used in smoothies and shakes to stabilize blood sugar.

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Berry Creme Parfait

This weekend I offer you a wonderful raw vegan dessert that will appeal to family and friends — without even having to tell them how healthy it is!

Raw cashews are a raw foods chef handy fill-in for any number of creamy sauces and puddings.  Soaked just an hour or two and blended either with lemon juice and salt or with coconut oil, vanilla and some agave or palm sugar, many people would not be able to discern the difference between “real” sour cream or vanilla pudding and the cashew creation.

A few extra touches make this parfait particularly pleasing to the eye and the palate:  Layering the cashew pudding in two colors (one plain and the other pastel-color is achieved by blending with one-third of the anti-oxidant-rich berries) makes it a more interesting; Marinating the fruit with some orange juice and cardamom adds a surprising taste twist; And the additional of a nut and dried-fruit crumble on the top gives the entire dessert more texture and variety.  I also like the fact that the topping has a pleasant crunch without having to use any grains or baked foods.

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