Raw Hempflower Butter

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I am excited about this as it turned out even better than I had thought it would. The best test is always the kid test and both kiddos scarfed it up straight from the jar.

The bottom line is that I have a lot of raw hemp seeds and I end up not doing anything with them. We eat a ton of almond butter in our household. For example, on a day to day basis we spread it on apples, carrots, celery…..you get the idea. So a thought came to me this morning, make raw hempflower butter for smearing bliss!

Hemp seeds have a lot of health benefits. They are heart healthy, increase energy and can improve digestion to name just a few.  Sunflower seeds are also beneficial. My favorite finding that you can read about here is that they make you happy. I like the flavor of sunflower and thought it would pair nicely with the hemp seeds and it did! Here is what I ended up doing…

Combine the following in food processor or vitamix:

1/2 cup raw hemp seeds

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon or more of almond oil (use to ease in making creamy)

pinch of salt (optional)

Give it a whirl until the seeds create a butter like this:

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That’s it. Hempflower butter bliss! Enjoy! Emma

Pina-Maca-Lada

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We finally did it. We converted our front yard into an edible garden this year. Thanks to my husband’s design savviness (http://kevinmoorearchitect.com) we took out our front lawn and added garden boxes with a modern twist.  Right now, our garden greens are flourishing. Of course that is the positive. However, there are only so many kale chips, kale salad, sauteed greens and kale pesto I can make (Oh, yeah, since this blog is new, that reminds me that those are all great posts that I will definitely share with you in the near future).

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So today it’s warm outside and I want to eat some greens but I don’t want a salad right now. I want something cool and refreshing. Enter my “Pina-Maca-Lada” smoothie creation. I head outside to my garden and cut my greens (kale, swiss chard, lettuce, spinach really whatever you wish to add to your smoothie), about 2-3 cups worth (if you are not use to greens in your smoothie you can also tone it down to only one cup or just a handful). Yes, that much. You can also just buy your greens instead of growing them, just try to find farmer fresh greens. They really do taste better. Add the greens, 1/2 cup organic coconut milk, 1/3 cup organic frozen mango, 1/3 cup organic frozen pineapple, 1 organic banana, 1 tablespoon maca powder and a handful or two of ice (you can omit this, I just happen to love a really frozen smoothie).

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Blend in Vitamix or blender of choice and the result is a “Pina-Maca-Lada.” The best part is my kids LOVE this drink. They ask for this green smoothie all of the time! Try it. I bet it will be your favorite smoothie too!

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Til next post, Emma

Raw Vegan Ice Cream

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Okay, I love ice cream. I mean I really love I cream. I grew up on a dairy farm, for goodness sakes, we had fresh dairy products all the time. And I have to admit, I still love my dairy. I still love my milk and cheese and ice cream and the list goes on. BUT, I like to mix it up. Especially for the kids sake. I believe in moderation. Too much of anything is well, too much. I have found I also love to play with making raw delights. And this one is super yummy!

You see, it’s my daughter’s 5th birthday next week and it’s kinda become a tradition that I make a cake and homemade ice cream for her birthday party these days. Her favorite, strawberry ice cream hands down. Done! Easy. Mine is simple. Just cream, milk, fresh farmers market strawberries and some honey and vanilla to taste, put in the ice cream maker and viola. Only catch is that a couple of her friends are dairy free these days. Which means I want to make them something they can have too!

Enter my search. I really did look high and low for a good recipe to use. I have tried the coconut ice creams in the past. Again, easy, two cans of coconut milk plus agave and vanilla to taste. But, something about the canned coconut milk I just didn’t like. I also tried the very popular almond milk with banana blended. Still, it was good but not great. So, after looking and looking, I decided to just make up my own.

Here is what I did. First, I soaked 1 cup of raw almonds and 1 cup of cashews overnight (really, you could use any nut of choice) with 4 cups water. In the morning I drained the nuts and added them to my vitamix along with 10 ounces homemade coconut butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup maple syrup (or sweetener of choice). Next, I blended the ingredients and then placed in the ice cream maker. The result. Rich. Creamy. Delish!!

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Bon Appetit! Emma