Friday, November 30, 2012

Green Apple Nog

December is here, and I wanted today's "Mixer of the Day" drink recipe to incorporate the tastes of winter as the weather is cooling down, the leaves are falling on the ground, and in some places it is already snowing!

This smoothie can be drank cold or heated, either way, it's zing of green apple, and spice of nutmeg will give your taste buds a new sensation and burst of flavor you will love. 

It will become a new staple in your Winter and Holiday beverage offerings. Just perfect for those office holiday parties or a Christmas party! 

Your co-workers, friends, and family will be raving about the new flavor twist from the tradition holiday nog!

It's simple to prepare, especially with the new So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog available at your nearest health food store or grocer, I found mine at Von's!

Apple Nog Recipe: 

Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2 (as pictured) 

You will need:
- 2 Fresh Organic Green Apples, or Fall Apple of choice
- 1/4 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog
- 1 1/2 cups Filtered Water
- 1tbsp Cinnamon
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- Few dashes of Nutmeg
- Heavy Duty Blender

Place fresh (rinsed) cut-up organic green apples, So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog, Filtered Water, and Cinnamon into a heavy duty blender 
(I use a Vitamix)
Blend for 1 minute on high.

Pour servings into medium sized glasses, 
sprinkle both cinnamon and nutmeg over top of the drinks and add 
cinnamon sticks to stir.

Serve chilled or heated

Tell me what you thought of this recipe in the comments below

 and be sure to share with your friends this 
delicious vegan twist on the traditional egg nog drink!

~Peace and Love~

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Vegan Peanut Butter 'cup' Hearts

I have been wanting to attempt a recipe for vegan peanut butter cups for 
awhile now (this was my first attempt) 
and thankfully, it was much easier than I anticipated! :)

When I am in the mood for a special chocolate treat, these are a great vegan alternative to the conventional Reese's brand Peanut Butter Cups.

They are dainty and small - just a mouthful - perfect for those little creeping cravings if you are transitioning your diet or currently trying to lose weight or anytime! 

My daughter loved them 
they are officially "kid-approved"!

What you will need: 

1/4 cup Vegan Chocolate

 1/2 cup of peanuts

1 Candy Mold:

*Find at any craft store or Wal-Mart
(shape of choice) 
 I have several and 
chose hearts this time.

(front view)

(back view)

few tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

A few pinches of Himalayan Sea Salt
(I get mine bulk @ the health food store)

**Also: a small pan, glass bowl 
and stirring spoon, in which to melt 
the chocolate for a "water bath"

Step 1: 

Blend peanuts in blender or food processor 
until smooth with a 1 tsp. sea salt

Step 2: 

Fill pan about 1/4th full with water, put on med/low burner. 
Then place glass dish with chocolate 
and 1 tbsp of olive oil in dish. 

Place dish inside water bath. 
Stir constantly until smooth consistency. 
(Add a dash more oil, if it turns lumpy.)

leave on very low heat, and stir every once in awhile to keep chocolate smooth.

Step 3:

Take tiny spoonfuls of chocolate mix (enough to fill the molds 1/2 way)
push with fingers all around to fill the mold shape. 
Fill the whole mold tray with 1st layer of chocolate.

Step 4:
Add Peanut Butter-

Take tiny spoonfuls place on top of chocolate, almost to the top, push around with fingers spreading over chocolate layer
-dip your finger in a bit of oil if it gets sticky.

Step 5:

Repeat step 3, just with a thinner layer of chocolate over the "bottom".

Place filled candy mold tray into a quart size zip lock bag, seal it as best you can,
then place bag into freezer for 10 minutes.

Remove bag from freezer and place into refrigerator for 5 more minute.

** They should now be set! **

Remove the tray, and start popping the candies out of their mold 
then place onto a chilled plate.

-Add dashes of H. Sea Salt on top for garnish and to bring out the sweetness of the chocolate.

- Store in the fridge for a delicious treat and share with friends!

Tell me how yours turned out!!

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~ Peace and Love ~

Friday, November 23, 2012

Exotic Fruit-Kis Smoothie Recipe

Mixer of the Day
Smoothie Recipe

This recipe was inspired by the Asian cooking I was busy doing this week..and my visit to the Asian market to find unique fun new ingredients, to keep my pallet satiated with new flavors!

I was happy with this smoothie discovery, and it's light sweet flavor, which makes you feel like you could be sipping it on the beach on an island in the sun!

It is a perfect "after Thanksgiving bulge" snack or meal replacement..

You get to INDULGE without the BULGE - 
~ XOXO ~

Hope you enjoy!

Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes (max)

1 Persimmon

1 packet of Calamanti Fruit Juice (from Asian market)

1/2 cup Pineapple

1 cup blackberries

4 Tbs. "Ube" Purple Yam (from Asian market)

2 Tbs. Chia Seeds

1 cup of water

1/4 cup coconut milk

Mix in blender until smooth (about 1-2 mins)

~ Peace and Love ~

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