Vegan? Paleo? Gluten Free? Have you shopped THRIVE MARKET?

Thrive_FB_BannerHello Ambitionista Readers!

If you haven’t heard about Thrive Market yet then let me introduce you. I was turned onto it a couple of weeks ago myself when they partnered with our children’s school! That is the reason I am sharing this deal right now with you!

Thrive Market is the first socially conscious online store offering the world’s best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. They carry over 2,500 of the highest quality food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products from over 400 of the best brands on the market, all delivered straight to your door at 25-50% off retail prices. Their mission is to make health living easy, affordable, and accessible for every American family.

This is why I wanted to share this deal with all of you! Essentially, they are offering a 2 year membership to benefit the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara for $60 (half off) and all proceeds benefit our gem of a school. Again, I have the membership and I love it! Wholesale prices on all sorts of things and shipped right to your door! Who could ask for anything more?! Right?!

See below for all of the details!

Thrive Market is partnering with the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara to reward those who support our school! They are generously gifting a free 2-year membership to the first 100 supporters to donate $60 or more to WSSB. The regular 2-year membership price is $120, but you can receive one as a gift if you donate as little as half of that amount to our school! Send this link to all your family and friends.

It is easy to sign up:

1. Go to the Thrive Supports WSSB Donation page and donate $60 or more.

2. You will be sent an email directing you to claim your Free membership.

3. Shop Thrive Market for organic and natural products at 25-50% off and get them delivered to your doorstep for free on orders over $49!

Remember, this is only available to first 100 supporters!
Happy Shopping! Emma

Raw Buckwheat Peanut Butter Treats

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I love to create foods that are packed with nutritious things and can be eaten on the go. These fit that bill!

In a recent podcast from KCRW’s Good Food, host Evan Kleiman interviewed Alice Merdich about her latest book Flavor Flours. In the interview Alice spoke about oat, buckwheat and cheasnut flour to name a few. I was intrigued.

Now, I love the idea of using buckwheat to bake with but I also love to create raw food. I also remember having tasted a raw buckwheat ball at our local Whole Foods. It used buckwheat groats as a base and then all sorts of other yummy things were added in, especially chocolate. So I thought how great would it be to create a no bake, completely raw treat with buckwheat groats, nuts, seeds and of course some cocoa nibs (granted these aren’t super chocolatey so if you wanted more chocolate you might even try adding some raw cocoa powder). I’ve also been on a peanut butter kick lately so I also included this as a main ingredient. If you didn’t want peanut butter you could omit and perhaps just add another tablespoon or two of coconut oil to get a dough like consistency.


1 cup raw buckwheat

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup currents

1/8 cup sesame seeds

1/8 cup cocoa nibs

1/8 cup raw hemp seeds

3/4 cup peanut butter

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil

one organic vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch sea salt


Place first nine ingredients (buckwheat through hemp seeds) in food processor. Pulse until completely ground up. Add peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla bean and sea salt. Pulse some more until a thick dough like consistency. Roll into balls.

Enjoy! Emma

p.s. These are great as is but I have also been just crumbling the treat on my homemade coconut kefir and it’s great that way too!

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These traveling treats were a hit with my son Liam and his buddies!

caramel milkshake

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Okay, I know I promised that my next post would be a sourdough bread recipe, but I have had more than one person ask me lately for a recipe that I adapted from Juice Well at The Public Market sooooo, here we go.

This summer when I stopped by Juice Well I noticed they had a caramel milkshake on their menu. Now, let me just tell you that one of my favorite things is caramel. It’s indulging, sinful and delicious to me. Especially if you mix dark chocolate to the mix. But this milkshake didn’t have any of the ingredients that “candy” caramel would have and it still tasted indulging, sinful and delicious. The ingredients were simple: coconut water, coconut meat, turkish apricots and dates.

I liked the milkshake but thought about replacing the coconut water and meat with cashew milk (true Cashew milk includes the whole nut, nothing is strained out so you are getting the entire creamy cashew nut) and add ice (I love to create the icy smooth consistency). The result. Pure yum!

1 cup cashew milk (store bought or I use this recipe but the only step I add is that I soak my nuts for 24 hours and then drain the water from the nuts)

4-5 turkish apricots

3-4 Medjool dates

1/2 cup of ice

Put everything in vitamix or powerful blender of choice and there you have it!



Raw Romesco Sauce


So, the other day, I was at Isabella Gourmet Foods and I sampled the most amazing thing. A sauce made out of raw almonds, sun dried tomatoes and sweet red peppers. Properly labeled it was an Romesco Sauce. The sauce itself can be traced back to Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain where it is typically made from any mixture of roasted or raw almonds, pine nuts, and/or hazelnuts, roasted garlic, olive or sunflower oil, nyora peppers. Some recipes call for adding crusty white bread and others do not. The bottom line: It was to die for.  This go to sauce can be used for so many things: A sandwich spread, pizza topping, pasta sauce, dipping sauce. The skies the limit.

So, the ambitionista in me decided to recreate a recipe that would be raw, vegan and gluten free. Here is what I came up with:

3/4 cup olive oil

2 sweet red peppers

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes (re-hydrated, stock drained)

1/2 cup raw almonds soaked 24 hours then drained

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

3 cloves garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste

sprinkle of pepper to taste

Using food processor, process almonds, garlic and 1/4 cup olive oil til resembles a paste. Next, add the rest of the ingredients including olive oil. That’s it, you’re done! Enjoy!

Til next post, Emma

Raw Hempflower Butter


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… 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

Raw Vegan Ice Cream


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!!


Bon Appetit! Emma

Heavenly Garlic Sauce

A while back a friend of mine was raving about her favorite garlic sauce (spread really, but I am calling a sauce) that was raw and available at our local health food store. It was amazing. It was this garlicky spread that was bursting with flavor and the most important part was that the texture was like a thick mayonnaise and the ingredient list was so small. Really just garlic, oil, lemon juice and sea salt. The day she introduced me to the spread I almost ate all of her beet chips and garlic sauce it was so good. I immediately did some research to figure out how to make this at home.

Turns out, the closest thing I could find was a recipe for Toum, a Lebanese garlic sauce. Also turns out it was spot on! Yum! And yeah!


So, with the help of the food blog ( and their post on the subject, I created the most amazing raw garlic sauce ever.

First of all, it is so simple. Only takes 4 ingredients (note, although the recipe called for a neutral oil, I used my good EVOO and it turned out great). Secondly, once it is made, the possibilities are endless. Dip for veggies and lettuce slices. Use in recipes to garlic things up a bit (my favorite is to add to my lentil burgers and even put a dollop on my stir fries). Use as condiment in place of mayonnaise. Or, eat on it’s own. Yes, it’s that good.


Bon Appetit! Emma

Healthy Raw Power Balls

Pure. Simple. And ooh so good. These are a staple in our household. Way healthier than the conventional store bought energy bar. Makes 2-3 dozen balls depending on the size you choose to roll. Stores well in the fridge.

1/2 cup ground raw organic almonds (preferably sprouted and dried for maximum absorption*)

1/4 cup ground raw organic cashews (preferably soaked for a couple of hours for maximum absorption*)

1/4 cup raw organic hemp seeds

1-2 tablespoons organic coconut oil

1/2 cup unsweetened dehydrated organic shredded coconut

1 tablespoon ground flax

5-10 dates depending on your sweet tooth

1/2 tablespoon organic cinnamon

1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder

dash of organic vanilla extract

pinch of celtic sea salt

organic chia and sesame seeds for rolling (optional)

additions: organic pepitos, raw cocoa nibs, bee pollen, maca powder, honey or maple syrup for more sweetness, oats, goji berries, raisins, peanut butter, the list goes on and on!


First grind up almonds and cashews in food processor. Next add the rest of the ingredients except the seeds for rolling. Check raw dough. If not clumping together add more coconut oil until the mixture binds without crumbling. Form into tiny balls. Roll in chia and sesame seeds.

* It is thought that if you soak and sprout your nuts, you are lessening some of the phytic acid that naturally occurs and makes it more difficult to digest. Simply put, soak and sprout and your gut will be happier


Enjoy! Emma

Raw Power Balls

Raw Power Balls