Green Matcha Tea Chia Fresca

Double Green Matcha Tea Chia Fresca
(Serves 1) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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This drink is not only refreshing and filling but it is very nutritious also! I was thinking superfood…Superfood Sunday. With Green Matcha Tea, Goji berries and chia seeds – this beverage is so rich in Antioxidants, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin A &C. Just a little something for you to enjoy!

Ingredients:
10 Ounces Filtered Water
1 Bag Double Green Matcha Tea
1 Tbsp Goji Berries
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
Squeeze of fresh Lemon or Lime juice, optional

Directions:
-Heat water to a simmer just before water is boiling. Remove from heat.
-Steep tea bag for 10 minutes, add goji berries at this point here also. They will plump up and rehydrate.
-Remove tea bag, transfer into a glass and stir in chia seeds. Refrigerate or place in freezer for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Goji Berries are typically sold dried. Simply place them in the tea to rehydrate and plump them up.
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This is the tea I used! 

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Raw Energy Bites!

Raw Energy Bites
(Makes 60+ Bites) ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free

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These creamy and decadent bites are a Superfood must try! The ideal fuel for pre/post workout and an excellent snack on the go. This is a kid-friendly super treat; it was hard to eat just one. 🙂 They can be chopped into bite-size pieces or cut into larger pieces for a great breakfast bar. These Energy bites will hopefully satiate your hunger; personally they were very satisfying and filling. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 Cup Whole Raw Cashews, soaked
1 Cup Whole Walnuts, soaked
½ Cup Pumpkin Seeds, soaked
¼ Cup Sunflower Seeds, soaked
¼ Cup Raw Coconut Butter
¼ Cup Raisins (1 oz)
12-15 Pitted Dates, chopped
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp Goji Berries
1/3 Cup finely Shredded Coconut
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
½ Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt, fine
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

Directions:
-Soak Nuts/Seeds listed above (soaked) overnight – drain/rinse.
-Pulse together to combine the first five ingredients – nuts/seeds and coconut butter in a food processor.
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-Add remaining ingredients and pulse to combine.

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(I chop the Dates before tossing in the food processor (a) to be sure they are pitted (b) so they get better incorporated)
Exhibit A below – I found a pit!
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-Add parchment/wax paper to an 11×7 brownie pan. Turn out mixture and press evenly.
-Refrigerate for a few hours to overnight.
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-Remove from brownie pan and cut into bite-size pieces. Today I made 66 pieces.
Enjoy!
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For the Raw Coconut Butter in this recipe – I used two of these little packs that equal 1/4 Cup if you’ve seen these in stores.
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Raw Energy Bites

  • Servings: 66 Bites ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/
Ingredients:
1 Cup Whole Raw Cashews, soaked
1 Cup Whole Walnuts, soaked
½ Cup Pumpkin Seeds, soaked
¼ Cup Sunflower Seeds, soaked
¼ Cup Raw Coconut Butter
¼ Cup Raisins (1 oz)
12-15 Pitted Dates, chopped
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp Goji Berries
1/3 Cup finely Shredded Coconut
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
½ Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt, fine
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

Directions:
-Soak Nuts/Seeds listed above (soaked) overnight – drain/rinse.
-Pulse together to combine the first five ingredients – nuts/seeds and coconut butter in a food processor. -Add remaining ingredients and pulse to combine.
(I chop the Dates before tossing in the food processor (a) to be sure they are pitted (b) so they get better incorporated)
-Add parchment/wax paper to an 11×7 brownie pan. Turn out mixture and press evenly.
-Refrigerate for a few hours to overnight.
-Remove from brownie pan and cut into bite-size pieces. Today I made 66 pieces.

Quinoa Kiwi Breakfast Bowl!

Quinoa Kiwi Breakfast Bowl
(Serves 2-4) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free
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When I created this recipe I had my Raw Energy Balls in mind. Sometimes you need a boost and a boost for breakfast would be even better I thought. As I’ve mentioned in a prior blog post about Quinoa it is indeed a Super Food. It contains all 9 essential amino acids and has been deemed a complete protein. It’s iron rich and is packed with Fiber, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese and Vitamins B2 (Riboflavin), E and B6. I like to think of it as oatmeal/porridge when eating Quinoa for breakfast. The best thing about this recipe is with having the simple quinoa base, you can add-in countless other ingredients to the mix. This day I added Chia Seeds, Dates, Almonds, Kiwi, Maca Powder and applesauce. The kids enjoyed theirs with Chia seeds, dates, almonds, kiwi and a drizzle of Raw Agave Nectar. You can add pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, bananas, etc. Get creative and enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1 Cup Red Quinoa (rinsed)
1 ½ Cup Almond/Coconut Milk (or water)
½ Tsp ground Cinnamon

Directions:
Place rinsed quinoa, cinnamon and almond milk (or water) in pot and bring to boil. Stir, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat – keeping lid on. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with fork.
Note: When using the almond/coconut milk I had to keep stirring occasionally to prevent milk from bubbling over.

Add-Ins:
My bowl included:
2 Dates, Chopped
¼ Cup Raw Almonds, soaked overnight
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tsp Maca Powder
¼ Cup Applesauce
1 Kiwi, sliced Raw Agave Nectar, optional
Here’s a pic of my raw energy balls – click the pic for the recipe!
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Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
(Serves 1) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, can be Raw
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O is for Oatmeal. Oatmeal is so versatile and healthy for you. It’s been known to lower cholesterol, its heart healthy, great for diabetics (stabilizes blood sugar) and reduces high blood pressure. It’s filling too, this smoothie easily tide me over until lunch. Oatmeal is great for you and my mom makes the best – I’ll have to blog about her recipe one of these days. Oatmeal is flexible too, you can make Oatmeal (porridge), Oatmeal Cookies, Oatmeal Bars, Granola or add it to a smoothie. This smoothie is a simple feel good breakfast recipe. Maca powder has been known to not only put you in a good mood, but to get you ‘in the mood’ also. This superfood has been known to boost the libido, helps with fatigue, it’s a stress reducer among others benefits. If not in this smoothie, I’ll mix maca straight in a bowl of oatmeal or other foods too. If the Oatmeal and Maca weren’t extraordinary enough, this also has Turmeric, Almond Butter, Coconut Water and Chia seeds. Chia seeds are packed with an excellent vegan source of Omega 3’s, as well as, protein, antioxidants and fiber. You can prepare it the night before and refrigerate so all you have to do in the morning is blend it up. And if you prepare it that morning, it takes no more than 5 minutes. Serves 1 – but can easily be doubled or tripled for a family breakfast on the go.

Ingredients:

¼ Cup Rolled Oats –GF (I use Bob’s Red Mill) or raw oat groats (raw)
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tsp to 1 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar (to taste)
1 Tsp Maca Powder
¼ Tsp Turmeric
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Maple Almond Butter (I use Justin’s)
½ Cup Almond Milk
¼ Cup Coconut Water
½ Cup Water

Blend together and Enjoy! – You can substitute for all coconut water if you prefer.

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Coconut Chia Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Coconut Chia Vanilla Bean accidental Ice cream!
(Serves 4) Vegan, Gluten-Free
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This is a quick in between post from my A to Z challenges this month. As I began to mention yesterday, I attempted to create coconut chia cream to add an additional layer to the parfait – thinking the chia seeds would aid in thickening the coconut milk. I’m guessing now that I didn’t use enough. So I abandoned that mission yesterday and only used the cashew/macadamia cream and created a simple coconut whipped cream instead. Yesterday, I refrigerated the cream mixture overnight, while that was chilling and setting, I also had the chia seed/coconut mixture being refrigerated also. The next morning I realized that it didn’t set, left it in the fridge and went off to work. Later that evening, I whisked the chia/coconut mixture and poured it into a large 9×13 glass dish and popped it in the freezer. This resulted in amazing ice cream. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 (13.5 oz) Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp Raw Blue Agave nectar
½ Vanilla Bean, scraped
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Directions:
-Blend together Coconut milk, Vanilla bean and Agave. Remove from blender and pour into a glass bowl, stir in chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate, overnight – I’m sure a couple hours would probably be good too.
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-Stir again then pour into large glass dish I used 9×13. Place in freezer – after a couple hours I scraped with a spoon to scoop out ice cream, enjoy!
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-I saved the remaining in a airtight container.

Blueberries & Buckwheat Groats Pudding

Blueberries & Buckwheat Groats Pudding
(Serves 4-6) Vegan / Raw / Gluten-Free

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Today’s blog challenge letter is “B”. We’re all about Buckwheat here at VeganRescue.com today. Because Buckwheat is so nutritious and a Superfood, let talk about it again. As mentioned in my prior posts (Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes and Citrus Soba Noodles – despite having wheat in the name, it is not a grain. It is actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb. Buckwheat appears to be a grain but it is a pseudocereal, like quinoa or amaranth. The seeds can be eaten as a cereal or ground up into flour. This recipe utilizes buckwheat flour. Buckwheat is a rich source of fiber, protein, riboflavin, niacin and minerals like copper, magnesium and zinc, great for your immune system. A powerhouse ingredient facilitates calcium absorption so its great for strong bones and teeth. Rich in B-Complex Vitamins – Riboflavin and contains Tryptophan to keep you in a good mood. I even read on Webmd,Buckwheat is even used to treat diabetes.” Since I’ve made pancakes (breakfast) and Soba Noodles (dinner) already, I wanted to incorporate Buckwheat as a delicious dessert.

Ingredients:

1 ½ Cups Buckwheat Groats
2 ½ Cups Water
1 ½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used Almond/Coconut Blend)
3 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/3 Cup Shredded Coconut
2/3 Cup Blue Agave Nectar, divided
1 Cup Fresh/Frozen Blueberries
½ Tsp Cinnamon, optional

Directions:
-Rinse Buckwheat Groats in colander, then soak with water in bowl and refrigerate for 5-8 hours (overnight).
-Combine Chia Seeds and Almond/Coconut Milk in a separate bowl and refrigerate also for 5-8 hours (overnight).
-Drain Buckwheat Groats and set aside.
-In a high speed blender (I used my Nutribullet), blend together all of the Chia mixture along with three-quarters of the Buckwheat Groats, Vanilla, Coconut, ½ of the Agave and Cinnamon if using. Blend for two minutes until combined. – Note: You may have to blend in batches if using smaller blender.
-Return to bowl and combine with remaining agave, serve and top with Blueberries. I used frozen Blueberries in this recipe. And I was out of Cinnamon, however, it tastes great without it too. – Enjoy this Delicious Dessert!

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Soba Noodles and Asian Scalloped Mushrooms