Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Easy Blender Recipes

This past weekend Adam and I taught 2 classes- The basics of juice fasting, and then a hands on raw food prep class featuring easy blended recipes. They're all quick to prepare, packed with nutrition, easy to digest yet filling, and are perfect someone who is new to raw food. Also, the ingredients can commonly be found in the grocery stores around here (which means any store in North America since I'm in a small town in the middle of nowhere). Most of the less common items we've chose to use are grown here in Canada, providing easy access - what a great reminder of the abundance of this country. This makes it cost effective all the way around.

Green Smoothie
A staple in every raw vegan's life... I love getting folks to taste how great it can be to drink your greens!

1 banana
1 orange
1 large handful spinach, kale, or chard
Optional: 1/2 cup frozen berries
Blend ingredients until smooth and creamy, adding enough water and/or ice for desired consistency.

Hemp Milk
I love hemp! Its an excellent source of essential fatty acids and easily digestible protein, in addition to being high in fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Even better, hemp is the ideal base for a seed milk because it doesn't require straining! Blend into a smooth, creamy milk in a matter of seconds and voila!

1/3 cup hemp seeds
1 cup water

In a blender, mix ingredients until smooth. Will keep up to 5 days in the fridge.

Chia Energy Porridge

It should be dubbed "the wonder seed" - chia is packed with quality protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and is the richest known plant source of omega-3. In addition it is easy to digest and can be stored for long periods of time without going rancid (unlike other nuts/seeds, particularly flax). Throw some chia into liquid overnight and you've got the base for an excellent breakfast in the morning.
I enjoy it but definitely don't consume enough on a regular basis. Adam is the chia king - he puts it in everything and has inspired me to do the same. We came up with this yummy dish that has me wanting more. I love adding cacao nibs and dates to it... feel free to play around!

1/2 cup hemp milk
1 1/2 tbs chia seed
1/2 apple, shredded
1 tbs raisins
1 tbs maple syrup
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Stir together chia and milk. Set aside for 15 mins, or as long as overnight for the chia to swell. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Garnish with anything you wish...

The chia after sitting in the hemp milk for a few hours.

All the fixins' on top, ready to be mixed in....
Finished product, a delicious breaky (or meal for any time of day) that takes only minutes to prepare.

Banana Almond Milk

1/2 cup almonds
1 1/2 cups water
1 banana (optional)

Soak the almonds in water for 8-12 hours. Drain and rinse well, until the water runs clear.
Blend the almonds with water until smooth. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag (save the pulp in the fridge or freezer for future use).
For banana milk, blend the milk with the banana.

Maple Walnut Porridge
I've always loved oatmeal, but haven't eaten it in years. This is the closest to what I remember enjoying as a child - drowned in maple syrup.

1/2 cup raw oat groats
water for soaking
3/4 cup walnuts
2-3 tbs maple syrup
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Sea salt, to taste

Soak the oats in enough water to cover, for 6-12 hours. Drain and rinse well.
In a blender, combine the oats and hot water, keeping a bit of texture. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to desired consistency. Garnish with fruit/nuts of choice.

Frosty Banana Pudding
2 peeled frozen bananas, roughly chopped
1/4 cup almond milk

Combine ingredients in a food processor until creamy and smooth.

Coconut Spice Porridge
This is a great creamy, nutty porridge that can be spiced to your liking.
1/2 cup almonds, soaked
1 apple, chopped
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2-3/4 cup almond milk
2 tbs maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Cardamom, Nutmeg, Ginger, to taste

In a food processor, pulse the soaked almonds with the other ingredients, leaving some texture.

Avocado Gadget
Gadgets are Adam's creations: a bunch of healthy yummy stuff mashed together... he also makes a great one with banana and almond butter... try it!

1 avocado, diced
1 apple, diced
Juice from 1 orange
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup goji berries
1-2 tsp cinnamon
Sea salt, to taste

Squeeze the juice of the orange into a bowl. Add the raisins/gojis in the juice to soak. Add the remaining ingredients and stir or mash.

Creamy Spinach Soup
Great way to get your spinach intake! Add various fresh herbs to kick up the taste.

4 cups spinach, packed
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 tomato
1/2 avocado
1/2-1 cup hot water
1/2 clove garlic
1 tbs lemon juice
sea salt, to taste

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Adjust seasonings and amount of water.

Herbed Tomato Soup
My favourite raw soup!

1 medium tomato
1 large stalk celery
1/2 red pepper
1/4 avocado
1 handful fresh basil
1 handful fresh parsley
1 tbs lemon juice
1/2 clove garlic
Sea salt, to taste

Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding hot water for consistency. Adjusting seasonings

So there you have it. Super easy blended recipes!


25 comments:

Katie said...

I love these recipes! I can't wait to try those soups and the porridge really catches my eye. But, what kind of oats do you use? Rolled oats aren't 100% raw, so I was unsure.

You can leave a comment on my blog, if you would like!

kevin georgina grayson simon said...

So many new things to try, the Chia porridge will be my first meal tomorrow. Thank you for so many recipes and photos.

Nikki said...

Yum! I've been hooked on chia lately. They're so easy and versatile and packed with nutrition. Almost too good to be true. I want to try your version and the coconut porridge. Great post!

Christine said...

Wow, thanks for all the recipes, looking forward to the tomato soup especially!

HippieMom said...

Love this! Thank's for sharing gorgeous;-) & have a fabulous day.

Katie said...

Thanks for replying so quickly! :)

Craig Elliott said...

Thank you so much for this. I'm still learning how to live this likestlye and you just helped me out huge!

Thank you thank you thank you!

Mel said...

Good old winter warming Porridge :)

Lauren said...

Wow, everything looks so great! I haven't made chia pudding yet, to be honest with you, it kinda scares me! :) You make it look so yummy though, I might have to get over it!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic and inspiring! And easy!

Tabitha said...

I am loving smoothies these days and i love love LOVE the addition of spinach!!! Even my dad loved it!! My other favorite Moroccan inspired green smoothie is avocado!! Just blend up an avocado with ice, almond milk and a little agave (and i like to add vanilla), then add cut up pieces of banana and any fruit you like (pear is delicious)... sooo good! In Morocco, a "fruit salad" is basically this drink loaded with cut up fruit, topped with ice cream then garnished with shredded coconut, nuts, more fruit and drizzled with chocolate - amazing!I bet it would be great with your banana pudding!

My mom bought chia seeds the other day and I had the pudding yesterday. I can't believe how delicious it is!! I have more soaking in the fridge right now!

Thanks Heather!

Laura said...

I just tried the raw oats and it was wonderful! I have been searching for great breakfast foods like this!

Joanne said...

Our printer is out of ink but recipes sound so nice I've just written ALL of them out by hand! Especially looking forward to trying the Coconut Spice Porridge. Just what's needed on a wintry cold morning here in UK. Thanks!

Joanna Steven said...

Heathy, you're glowing!! :)

Craig Elliott said...

Oh how delicious! I just made your chia porridge and it was sooo tasty.

Tomorrow I'll try to make another of your tasty recipes. I just went to the health food store and stocked up on chia seeds, flax seed, hemp seed, goji berries, golden berries, black sesame seeds, buckwheat groats and himalayan crystal salt.

evergreen said...

Everything looks amazing:)

Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful recipes with us!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Yum, yum, yum! You're awesome Heather! Thanks!

Tess said...

I wish I could come to one of your classes! I so admire that you're teaching others to make this delicious, healthy food. What an invaluable gift!

Antony Heaven said...

Love the chia! Can't wait to try some of these recipes :-)

shannonmarie said...

Blender recipes are the best, especially with a baby around. Just toss everything in, blend and go. The funny thing is that Hayden thinks these blended meals are for her. I guess they are in a way. Gotta eat to make food for her :-)

Raw Goddess said...

Thanks guys, glad you're enjoying the recipes... quick and easy! :)

kevin georgina grayson simon said...

I loved the Chia porridge!!!!! Thank you for that recipe.

Sheri (Green and Crunchy) said...

Heathy! This was the best post ever! So many fabulous recipes, I can't wait to try every last one out on my gang. Thank you for taking the time to share you recipes and photos!

Focus Factor said...

I am seeing everyone use hemp milk! Since I can no longer drink cows milk I am going to see where I can try some.

jenhatch said...

LOVE the porridge and can't wait to try the others! Thanks so much!! And I'm so glad a friend told me about your blog! My family & I do a plant-based diet... and I've been wanting to do more raw. Glad I found you!