Saturday, January 23, 2010

Blend Blend Blend...

I love blending... come to think of it, doesn't anyone who eats raw? Do you find that your blender is constantly running? I do! Sometimes I'll have it going 5 times or more in a day. I might do a smoothie for breaky, soup for lunch, whip up an ice cream mixture which will be for the next day's dessert, a batch of salad dressing to have on hand for a few days, pudding or other item for dessert (which often requires multiple blended parts) ... that's already 5 times and doesn't include dips or sauces for a dish.
I would rather use my blender (vita-mix) than any other piece of kitchen equipment I own. It makes food preparation easy and most of the time only requires a good rinse to clean it.

It seems that most of my latest creations have been easy, blended ones... I've got a few of these to share today.

A few weeks ago, Adam and I collaborated on a parfait type dessert. He made a pudding using hemp butter and maple butter among other things (I'm not entirely sure what else, but I think banana was in there too). I made a pudding using strawberries, frozen banana, lucuma, cashews, and maple syrup.... and we already had a frosty chocolate creation on hand, consisting of frozen banana, cacao, vanilla, and almond butter. Totally decadent, right?

Crunchy things to complement the smooth and creamy stuff: sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat, goji berries, shredded coconut, maple glazed walnuts, and cacao nibs.
I started with a layer of hemp pudding in the glass with cacao, buckwheat, and gojis...

Followed by a layer of cacao pudding with walnuts and cacao nibs... which was topped off with the strawberry layer and more crunchies... (didn't get a pic of that - was ready to eat it already!)

Now, for an actual recipe - we came up with a really great maple pudding. Adam was loving the abundance of maple syrup up here, using it as his sweetener of choice while visiting. I would describe this dessert as thick, rich, smooth, and flavorful.

Maple Pudding

1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/4-1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup water
2 Tbs agave powder*
1 Tbs lecithin
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 pinches sea salt
3 Tbs coconut oil

Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding the melted coconut oil last.
Chill in the fridge or freezer for a few hours.
Garnish with goodies of your choice! I like a bit of crunch when I'm eating something creamy. We topped ours with maple walnuts, buckwheat, and raw dark choccie.

*not for sweetness, but for a creamy/fluffy texture

This stuff was damn good - too bad we made such a small amount, I could have eaten it for days. It would be good spread into a cacao pie crust!

What are your favourite blended creations??

18 comments:

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Oh that pudding just looks great!

And yes: I love blending... come to think of it, doesn't anyone who eats raw?

And yes, it's always going!!!!

Thanks for your kudos re my raw vegan & yoga retreat this summer. I wish you lived closer, b/c I know we'd have a ball together. When you get your info up, shoot it to me in the comments section of my blog or an email. I always check you posts but I dont wanna miss your big announcemnet either!

xoox

Ariana @Artarra said...

You are so right - my blender is used nonstop as well ;-) I love to make shakes, smoothies and soups (although they are not always raw).

HippieMom said...

Always enjoying your posts!
Miam!Miam! the pudding! What a treat!
I do lots of blending! (and each time I wash it, I think it's worth it!;-)
It 's like a mantra to keep blending every day!
(XOXO)

Lyn said...

Vita-Mix rules! Amazing desserts!

Nikki said...

I'm constantly using my blender, and it's not even a Vita-Mix. My Vita-Mix will be arriving any day now and I'm too excited for words!!! I can only imagine it's going to be so much better and I'll be blending even more. The maple pudding looks delicious. I love that flavor.

Christine said...

The pudding looks wonderful! I use my blender anywhere between 2 - 6 times a day! Smoothies, soups, sauces, dressing, spreads, etc. Too many fun options!

kelli said...

gorgeous pics! i'm still saving for a vita mix so for now my hamilton beach is doing the job. my favorite is my morning green smoothies! =)

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Just the other day I caught myself thinking..."Man! Eating raw is LOUD!"...because there seems to almost always be one machine or another going in the kitchen. LOL!

Your pudding looks amazing. =)

earthyfoody.com said...

Those puddings look great! I am going to try the maple pudding today. Great stuff Heathy! I use my blender a lot. It is an old standard model but I make smoothies everyday and lots of salad dressings. I am saving for a power blender and I can't decide between a vitamix or a blendtec. I am so torn. Thanks for sharing as always!

Lauren said...

I looove my Vitamix! I just got one for Xmas, and I couldn't be happier!!! Love all the puddings..mmm so perfect! :)

Darby Andre said...

Hi,
I was wondering where you get all of your ingredients? I would love to eat the way you do, but I find it hard to find the supplies to make all of you wonderful food.
Thanks,
Darby
naturallydarby.blogspot.com

TheFitnessFreak said...

Now that looks scrumptious! I need a quick snack like that! Yes, my blender runs so much I'm afraid it's going to break and that would be BAD!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Mmmm that pudding looks delicious!

I am always saying I don't know how I lived before I got my food processor/blender this summer. Seriously, I use it at least twice a day. It makes raw food a lot easier!

Antony Heaven said...

I do love my blender and can't wait to try some of these delicious blends in it :-)

evergreen said...

Your maple pudding looks amazing! Thanks so much for another awesome looking recipe:)
I love my blender, too. One of my favorite things to make is a frosty chocolate almond shake:)

Cole said...

Maple pudding sounds delicious. I'm new to blended things but I'm finding it hard to mess up!

Lisa said...

Looks good and interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing extraordinary stuff here. Keep it up! By the way, I'm a member of a great group who are health enthusiasts that might interest you too. Enjoy life to the fullest!

shannonmarie said...

Any type of raw pudding is my fave. I especially like a banana, pear, avocado and cocoa concoction.

I blend like crazy around here. When Hayden starts eating baby food, she's going to think my food is hers, too. It certainly looks like it.