Thursday, May 10, 2012

Craisinookies ... Breakfast of Champions!

I was in the mood to try another Raw Food dessert recipe that I could use as sort of a breakfast replacement when we're in a rush in the mornings.

I decided on the cranberry scones recipe in the Raw Family Signature Dishes book by Victoria Boutenko. Her's looked more "fluffy" and more cake-like in texture. It's got plenty of nutrition to keep those hunger pangs away until the next meal and they looked really good, so here I go!

I started with the dry ingredients of walnuts and flaxseeds. I actually had a little too much walnut, but I didn't think it would matter too much. I used the food processor and it worked great on the walnuts, but for the flaxseeds I used my magic bullet with the flat blades for grinding. This step went pretty quick.

Next, the wet ingredients. I chose red apples, carrots, dried cranberries instead of fresh and raisins and put them all together in the processor with the s blade.

Put it all together with the agave and lemon juice and shaped them onto the dehydrator sheets. I made mine look like little triangles instead of a ball because I figured they'd turn out a bit dense instead of cake-like. I put them on 105 for the next 18 hours.

These turned out to be very good cookies! Especially, once I added my ground coconut with a little stevia on top! Now they're cookies, and I'd say they take on the personality of a fruit bar. Very tasty!

Just like some other Raw Food Recipes I've tried, this one is unique and can't even come close to a traditional scone. I still have a problem trying to call these 'converting' recipes when they just might make someone run the other way! I think they should be called Craisinookies!

It's a very good cookie and I left mine a bit soft but if you like them crunchy, let them dry longer. It also made a lot more cookies so I put some in the freezer.

And if you're wondering if they still fulfilled my desire to be a breakfast substitute... yes! These make a great breakfast bars, but I still made my green juice to go with it!

Happy Converting!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Attempting to be a Raw Foodie Blogger Today!

A little story first...

A few nights ago, I made a yummy treat called Haupia. I call it Hawaiian jello. I figured, since it was made with coconut milk powder that it would be a safe and delicious treat for my son, who is allergic to dairy products, namingly casein. Unfortunately, about one minute after devouring his first bite, he felt 'shakey'. Which is the first symptom, among many that he's just eaten milk. WHAT? I couldn't believe it. I had no clue why he was reacting to coconut milk. Then, after a few minutes of researching, I found out that coconut milk powder is made by boiling the coconut in MILK first, then dehydrating. UGH! How on earth could I have known? Why didn't this package have any warnings on it, like all the other items sold at our stores? I figured, I'd just have to make it myself to be safe. 

As luck would have it, I had just seen a wonderful post about coconut milk at I happen to visit her site quite a lot because it's full of wonderful raw recipes, presentations and ideas! Anyway, she had made a wonderful coconut milk to go with a Pad Thai recipe and made coconut flour too. I decided to go for it and make the whole thing! I visited her blog, printed out the recipe and drooled over the photos again!

Warning: my pics are just for evidence!

1 Coconut = 20oz!
I started out with the coconut milk recipe. This was my first attempt at opening a coconut. Even the clerk at the store asked me how I was going to open it. I told him I would attempt to be professional at first, and if that didn't work I'd throw it on the ground like a monkey! (Guess what? I actually ended up doing the Monkey method!) It was difficult to peel the skin off. I'd say that was the hardest part. I saved the water and blended it all up. Strained it through the bad and viola! Coconut milk! It tasted great too!

Dried Coconut Flour (with absorber packets)
Then I took the pulp and put it in my excalibur dehydrator. The hardest part of that was figuring out where to put the two trays so the fan wouldn't blow it out the door! Both on the bottom and put four more trays with liners above them and closed the door. It worked great. When it was done I put it back in the blender and made flour!

Now for the actual Pad Thai recipe. I had several of the ingredients already, but needed a few more. I ended up substituting some of them. Like the almond butter. I happened to have some vegan butter and it's kind of nutty tasting, so I used that, just not as much. Then instead of Agave, I used a little honey. I bought some bean sprouts a few days prior and they'd already gone bad, so I omitted them entirely. I followed everything else but kept almost all of it at room temperature and ran the kelp noodles under hot water to warm them up before mixing.

Oh, and wished Susan of lived next door to come check my work! LOL

My Pad Thai!
I loved it! It was such a wonderful mix of flavors. The chili flakes really added a surprise end to every bite. My 12 yro son loved it to much he even went back for seconds!

I can't wait to make more goodies with the leftover coconut milk and flour I have! Now I can cross out the "figure out how to open a coconut" item on my bucket list!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What's so bad about Eco friendly fabric softener and dryer sheets?

My interest was peaked from reading an article from Natural News about nasty chemicals in these products. I figured that I was smarter than the average Jo (hehe) for buying the Free and Clear, unscented (I know allllll about phthalates! yes those are bad!) but when the article mentioned that these were being marketed as eco friendly fabric softeners, I just had to check it out.
ecofriendly dryer sheet ingredients
So, the first thing I did of course, was to grab my box of Snuggle Free and Clear fabric softener sheets and look at the ingredients. 
Well, not much help there! 

Next, I went to the Sun Products Corp website to download their ingredient list. At least I found an ingredients list! And, it only had four items. First one, I knew. Second and third, fatty acids, fourth, more commonly found on batteries when they've sat in an electronic device too long. (You know, that white stuff that forms at the ends?)

I won't bore you with bulleted lists and molecular breakdowns of strains, etc. But when all my investigative reading on reports of human impact on these ingredients was done, nothing stood out more to me than the Potassium Hydroxide (from the batteries).

Potassium Hydroxide isn't really that bad for you in it's dryer sheet form. But it was the fact that it's main function (when mixed with the other ingredients) is to break down the structure of the fabric. Of course, images of lint screens and dust in my laundry room flashed in my head as to why our socks get thinner and thinner each time they're washed, or actually dried.

My friends in Germany are always saying that drying your clothes in the dryer is bad for them because it makes them shrink and fall apart, besides hanging them on the line to dry is better for the environment. Looks like they scored the points for this one.

However, when your water is so hard that the socks from the line can stand by themselves, it's hard for me to separate myself from my dryer, or my dryer sheets for that matter. These eco friendly Free and Clear ones seem to be ok for me. I've done one more thing for the planet too, I've moved to a warmed climate and therefore, don't need socks in my sandals! That's something we teach Germans NOT to do when they come to Florida! LOL It's all in fun! ;D

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