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The BIG salad!

What is a big salad? Why does it have to be big? How do l make a big salad? Do l need a big bowl? What would l put in a big salad? Will l be able to eat it all?

So many questions to address before we even start. 

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Fresh and colourful

Eating a wholefoods based diet is supported by food planning. For me this requires the preparation of a BIG salad usually twice a week. This enables me to have a fresh salad on hand at all times. Eating raw foods is wonderful for your overall health, supports satiety and digestion.

I usually base my salads on a green such as spinach or cabbage (either red or green). From there l just add my favourite ingredients. Some times it is more green than others, and then when l use beetroot as one example there is a colour explosion.

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Red cabbage and beetroot add to the colour in this salad.

Fresh herbs from the garden can add a lovely element to the salad. I like to use flat leaf parsley and sometimes mint. Some of my favourite vegetables are daikon, celery, carrot, fennel and capsicum. Try to use seasonal vegetables and the freshest ones possible so the salad keeps well.

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Almost a coleslaw

I have a really big bowl that l use to mix my salads. As the volume goes down after a day or so l transfer it to a smaller bowl or container. Sometimes l drain off the extra liquid at this step. The salad can be served at any meal and is so handy to have in the fridge.

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These colourful salads are enticing to the taste buds.

I often add nuts and seeds to the salads. Usually l choose walnuts, flaked almonds, pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds. I dress the salad with a mix of cold pressed olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon/lime juice, sea salt and black pepper. I mix it in a small glass and blend it with a hand mixer before adding it to the salad.

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The chewing required to eat these salads starts the digestive process.

Mostly the salads keep really well. After a few days if l have some leftover and l want a new salad l use the remainder in an omelette. It is a very economical way to meal prep. I also mostly use my food processor to make the salads but if it is greens based l will sometimes cut and grate the vegetables the old fashioned way. I find the cabbage is sliced beautifully in the food processor and it is so quick.

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Enjoy your salad as part of a balanced meal.

Experiment with your salads. How big the salad is will depend on the size of your family. I encourage you to eat as much salad as you can as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Buy seasonal and organic vegetables where possible and spend some time thinking about the ingredients that will work well together. It can take time to get used to eating salads. Chewing is important and the dressing can really make a difference to the flavour.

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Chocolate, nut and seed slice

Delectable, delicious and sure to make you drool until you have the first bite then feel completely satisfied knowing that it is made with natural, wholesome and healthy ingredients. An indulgent raw and gluten free slice that can be kept in the freezer for those moments when a chocolate urge is present in what is otherwise a wholefoods based diet. Experiment with adapting the recipe to suit your own needs and likes which is part of the fun of being creative in the kitchen.

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A chocolate raw sweet treat.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rice malt syrup (You could use honey or medjool dates as another option here if you want it sweeter).

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 cup nut butter-any variety (l just made my own by processing some almonds in the food processor)

2 generous pinches of sea salt

1 1/2 cup raw activated nuts -any variety but l used almonds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 vanilla bean pods (scraped) or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup sesame seeds

This recipe contains lots of ingredients and most can be substituted for something else or left out possibly if you don’t have it in the pantry. Experimentation is at the core of creativity so just go with what you have and have a taste along the way.

Gently melt the rice malt syrup and coconut oil and put to the side. Place the nuts into the food processor and pulse until broken into pieces. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and pulse to mix and then add the liquid. You can do this final step in the food processor or transfer to a bowl to gently mix.

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Place the mixture into a baking dish lined with baking paper and smooth with a spatula. Place into the fridge or freezer to firm up. About one hour should be adequate.
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Remove from the fridge or freezer and gently slice using a sharp knife. The size of the pieces is up to you!
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After slicing you can place it back into the freezer to firm up a bit more or transfer to an airtight container for storage.

I like to make a treat on the weekend and then keep it in the freezer to have as required. I try to just have wholefoods during the week but if l am at work l often pack a slice or cake into my lunchbox as an energy pick me up during the day. This is a lovely chocolate slice filled with dense energy, anti-oxidants, healthy fats and lots of flavour. Enjoy!

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Coconut Delight

A delicious raw and frozen chocolate and coconut treat with the added flavour of Acai Berry Powder. Completely gluten and dairy free and made from just a few simple ingredients.

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This has added Acai Berry powder but this can be left out if you want the middle to be a white colour.
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This is how it looks without the Acai Berry powder

Insides:

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut oil (solid)

1 heaped tablespoon Acai Berry Powder (optional)

1/4 cup Rice Malt Syrup (if you use honey just reduce the amount. Sweetness is personal but try half the amount and add more if it isn’t sweet enough for you!).

Place all ingredients in the food processor (chopping blade) and process until smooth.

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The Acai Berry powder adds a nice burst of colour but leave it out if you want a white mixture.
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This is how it looks without the Acai Berry powder. I used honey in this batch which is sweeter so just reduce the amount listed in the recipe by up to half.
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A smooth mix.
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Creamy white without the Acai Berry powder

Line your dish/pan with baking paper.

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Line your dish/pan with baking paper. This is quite a small square pan so l used two strips to line it so the corners were neat.

Use a spatula and put your mix into the dish/pan.

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Smooth out evenly.
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I made a double batch here and used a larger pan.

Place in the freezer for about an hour.

Chocolate coating:

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 tablespoons cacao

1/4 cup Rice Malt Syrup (Less if you are using honey)

1/4 cup shredded coconut

Gently melt the coconut oil and when coolish add the other ingredients to it. Stir to make a nice mixture.

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Everything is ready for the next step.
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Once the slice is firm, remove it from the freezer and slice with a very sharp knife. The size of the pieces is up to you.

Place a few pieces of slice at a time into the chocolate mix and coat. Quickly pick up with your hands and place on a cooling rack.

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Just add a few pieces at a time.
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The chocolate dries very quickly as the slice is cold.

Have a taste test and then place the slice into the freezer in an air tight container. Enjoy this lovely treat.

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Raw Superfood Slice

A creamy and satisfying raw and frozen slice which has a very high healthy fat content and is flavoured with the amazing Acai Berry Powder. This is a great grab and go snack and is just bursting with flavour and nutrition. The raw mixture when freshly made is a heavenly snack all on its own and tasting it is one of life’s pleasures.

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Extremely delicious and easy to make.

I like to activate my nuts to remove the anti-nutrients but it isn’t essential. I try to do it if l can especially for the almonds but if you are just having a small amount then you can use the raw nuts that you have.

Making the Slice:

Ingredients:

2 cups of raw activated nuts. Use a hard nut such as almonds.

1 1/2 cups raw activated cashews

1 cup of organic coconut oil

3 level tablespoons raw organic honey (Buy the best you can).

2 generous tablespoons Acai Berry Powder (This can be substituted for another Superfood powder or raw cacao).

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This powder is great in smoothies as well.

Method:

Add the almonds to the food processor (chopping blade) and process until it resembles almond meal. Add in the cashews and process. Now add in the Acai Berry Powder, honey and coconut oil (soft, chopped into small pieces or gently melted depending on the weather). I tend to just use the coconut oil hard and chop it into pieces as l like small clumps in the slice. You can also run the jar under some warm water just to soften it a bit rather than heating. Process until well combined and then place the ingredients in a dish generously lined with baking paper and smooth out with a spatula.

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Nicely blended.
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I didn’t use baking paper for this batch and it was hard to get out of the dish.

Place in the freezer to set for a couple of hours then slice into portions and return to the freezer.

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Smaller slices are better.
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Have a piece or two and enjoy.

As this slice has a high healthy fat content it does soften quite quickly when at room temperature and l prefer to eat it straight from the freezer.

 

Lunch box bars

These are delicious lunch box bars that are raw, frozen and highly nutritious. With the help of a food processor these are so quick to make with just a few simple and natural ingredients. This recipe can also be made without a food processor but the mix may not hold together as well and be more like a trail mix. 2015-07-02 12.08.18

 Into the food processor (chopping blade) place: 

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup coconut flakes

1 cup chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon sea salt.

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Nicely broken down

Other ingredients:

1 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 cup raw organic honey

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Place your coconut oil in the saucepan. If it is hot weather the oil will already be either soft or a liquid so you won’t need to do this step.
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Gently melt the coconut oil
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Add the oil to the dry ingredients and then add the honey. Mix well. You may need to gently warm the honey but don’t melt on a high heat as this will damage the nutrients. I often just place the jar under warm running water.
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This pan is a good shape and size.

Place the mix into a rectangular baking tray and even out with the back of a spoon. You can line it with baking paper or if you are using a metal tray like this one can just tap the bottom to remove it when frozen. Ensure it is pressed very firmly. I like to cut the mix into bars at this point but you can also do it later when the slab comes out of the freezer. If you do it now then when frozen the pieces just snap apart, whereas later you will slice the slab with a knife.

Place into the freezer for about an hour and then either snap the pieces apart of slice. Return to the freezer and eat as desired. So delicious.

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I cut this batch after they were frozen. Slightly messy but you get to eat the crumbs.
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Nicely cut into bars

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Raw organic blueberry and coconut tart

This is the most delightful raw tart with an extraordinary colour from the organic blueberries. Completely gluten, dairy and processed sugar free and so simple to make with the aid of your trusty food processor. Keep it in the freezer for those unexpected guests or just to have a slice as the need arises. 

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You need a baking tin with a base that is separate to the edging for this tart so that you can take off the edges, cut the tart and leave it on the base to store. Grease well with coconut oil. I use one with a decorative edge so it gives the tart a nice look.

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Organic blueberries are a must and worth the extra expense. This is one product where buying organic makes sense due to possible contamination.

Base:

In the food processor (chopping blade) place 1 cut of raw activated almonds (or similar), 1 cup of shredded coconut and 8 medjool dates (seeds removed). Process well then place into the greased dish and press down firmly with the back of a spoon.

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A firm base is required.

Filling:

Into the food processor (chopping blade) place:

1 ripe avocado (large)

1 cup of organic blueberries (organic is a must due to possible contamination)

1 cup of raw activated cashews

2 teaspoons of raw honey (More nutrients than regular honey and a lower GI)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 medjool dates (seeds removed)

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Ready to be mixed.
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Process well and watch the colour develop. Mix until smooth.
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Pile it on top of the base and smooth out evenly with a spatula. Place in the freezer to set for a few hours.
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Slice it into pieces and keep in a container so you can quickly grab a piece or keep the whole tart in the freezer for those emergency situations. Decorate with your favourite berries and coconut flakes.

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Raw Mandarin and Coconut Slice

A delightful raw slice made from mostly healthy fats with a hint of mandarin and coconut. Keep this in the freezer and grab a piece when you are on the go or just feel like a completely satisfying snack.

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A delightfully fragrant raw slice.

Ingredients:

2 cups of raw activated almonds

1 cup of organic coconut oil

2 cups of raw activated cashews

3 tablespoons raw organic honey

1/2 cup shredded coconut

The peel of two beautiful fresh in season mandarins.

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So easy to make and the mixture is delicious just like this.

Place the almonds in the food processor with the chopping blade and process until well broken down. Now add the coconut oil and chop it into small pieces or gently melt. The mix should be looking moist now. Process until you can see the mixture looking moist as the fat comes out of the nuts. Now slowly add the cashews and process followed by the rest of the ingredients. Everything should be well broken down and a quick taste test will ensure you have a good balance of ingredients.

Place the mix in a baking dish lined with baking paper. and even out with a spatula. Place in the freezer for about an hour.

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Just lift the firm slice out of the dish by holding onto the edges of the baking paper.

Carefully slice into single serves and place into a suitable container to store in the freezer.

I hope you enjoy this slice which uses whole foods and in season mandarins as the inspiration.

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Raw Peppermint and Chia Seed Slice.

This is the most amazing raw Paleo treat and my first adventure into the world of peppermint. Imagine the combination of a chunky base, a smooth creamy peppermint flavoured middle and a rich layer of chocolate on top. The combination is decadent yet completely gluten and dairy free. 

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Completely delicious and made from all natural ingredients

A food processor is required for this recipe and if you are super organised you will have soaked you cashews for a few hours in cool water. If not, don’t worry as it just makes the middle section creamier. There are three layers so start at the bottom and just work your way up.

First of all find a suitable pan or baking dish. It can’t be too large or the bottom layer will be very thin. Be guided by how much of the bottom mix you had. I used a smallish square tin and it was perfect. The middle layer is quite high so if you want a smaller middle layer just halve the recipe. Line the tin with baking paper so there is a generous amount above the tin and this is important as when you pour the chocolate layer on top it is very liquid and needs to be held in place.

Bottom Layer

Place into the food processor:

1 cup of raw activated almonds (or similar)

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 tablespoons coconut oil (l didn’t melt mine but you could gently do this).

8 medjool dates deseeded.

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Ready to be processed
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Pulse until an even texture is achieved

Place this mix into your pan and press down firmly with the back of a spoon. Make sure the layer is even.

Middle Layer

Into the food processor add:

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

250g raw cashews (soaked or not. It will still work out either way)

1 good sized avocado (skin and seed removed)

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup rice malt syrup

1 1/2 ml peppermint oil for a medium flavour or 2 ml for a strong flavour.

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Just real ingredients. I didn’t melt my coconut oil but you could.
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Use peppermint oil made for cooking and not essential oil. This is very important. 
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Mix well until creamy!

Place on top of the bottom layer and spread out evenly.

Top Layer

Into the food processor place:

2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup

2 tablespoons of raw cacao

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

Pinch of sea salt

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Give it a quick mix. Its a bit messy.
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Pour onto the top of the other layers. This is where having enough baking paper is important.

Place into the freezer for several hours. Overnight is best as it is quite thick.

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Getting it out of the tin was a challenge so using a tin with a bit of give worked well as l could move the edges a bit to loosen. I think a ceramic dish would work better though.
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Slice into small pieces and serve some and freeze the rest. It makes an enormous number of portions and great to keep in the freezer as a go to snack. 
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Imagine serving this to your friends or family. They will think you are so clever.

The three layers work together so well and eating a treat that is made of all natural and whole foods is such a joy.

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Raspberry and Chocolate Tart

A delicious frozen dessert with a stunning colour and flavour. This raspberry and chocolate tart can be eaten straight from the freezer where it will be firm and cool, or at room temperature where it is quite soft but holds together and has a really creamy delicious taste. You could also just eat it freshly made as the frozen berries give it a wonderful coolness and texture.

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Such a colourful platter.

This tart can be made ahead and kept in the freezer. Just keep it on a firm base and cover it in cling wrap. On the day it is required just remove it from the freezer and decorate, or slice it and keep it in the freezer to have as a snack.

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The tart is paired here with a delightful chocolate mousse, fresh strawberries and Loving Earth Raw Organic Dark Chocolate.

I used a round baking tray with a decorative edge that had a removable base. I greased the inside of the tray with organic coconut oil and then made the base.

In the food processor l placed:

1 cup of activated almonds (the original recipe said hazelnuts), 1 cup of desiccated or shredded coconut and 8 large medjool dates (remember to take out the seeds).

Blend well in the food processor and then press firmly into the pan. Place this into the freezer to set while you make the filling.

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The pan is greased well with coconut oil.
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Use a spatula to spread the base and to push it down so it is flat and firm.

In the food processor blend together:

1 ripe avocado, 3 heaped teaspoons of cocoa or cacao, 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil and 1 cup of medjool dates (Approximately 10 dates with the seeds removed). Once combined add 1 really generous cup of frozen raspberries and gently pulse through the mix so they are roughly chopped up or blend thoroughly if you want them mixed through.

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I would recommend organic berries and l picked all of the raspberries out of this pack which was the perfect amount.

Remove the base from the freezer and fill with the delicious chocolate mix.

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Look at that colour.

Smooth the top with a spatula ensuring it is nice and even.

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The more berries you add the pinker the colour.

Cover with cling wrap and return to the freezer to set. When you are ready to serve the tart, remove it from the freezer and decorate with extra berries and fruit.

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Made with real whole food ingredients.

Alternatively, cut up the tart and freeze, so that you can have a piece as a snack with some berries and raw dark chocolate.

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Served with frozen berries and a piece of Loving Earth Raw Dark chocolate.

This is a very rich treat and a small piece is very satisfying. The coconut and chocolate are a wonderful combination and this tart is very pleasing to the taste buds.

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Avocado and Chia seed slice.

How about this for a wild flavour combination! The creaminess and goodness of natural avocado with the highly nutritious and texture laden chia seeds. A raw and frozen, high healthy fat snack with a natural sugar kick of raw honey. So simple to make in the food processor and completely made of Whole Foods and completely gluten & dairy free. 

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A creamy and delicious snack

Ingredients:

2 cups nuts (activated almonds or similar)

1 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut

1 large or 2 small avocados

3 tablespoons raw honey

1 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup chia seeds.

Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth and creamy.

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I processed a few of the ingredients and then added some more. This will depend on the power of your food processor.
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The coconut oil can be added as a liquid which will help it blend quicker.
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Place into a baking dish lined with paper and smooth out evenly with a spatula. Place in the freezer until firm.
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Remove from the baking dish by lifting the edges of the paper.
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Slice into pieces using a sharp knife.

Return the slice to the freezer and have as desired. The whole process is quick and having these snacks in the freezer is so handy.

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A food processor is a wonderful resource to have in a Paleo kitchen.

I hope you enjoy this raw treat. Eat it mindfully and share the recipe with a friend so that we can spread the wellness message.

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Raw seed and nut bars!

A delicious raw and frozen snack bar that will add some sweetness to your day! This is a raw version of one of my most popular recipes ‘Sensational Seed and nut bars’ which are baked in the oven and have a crispier texture. This raw version is equally delicious but has the added benefit of not being baked which preserves the nutrients in ingredients such as raw honey. 

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So simple to make and delicious.

Having healthy snacks on hand is vital if you are going to avoid making poor food choices. Being on a restricted diet is hard enough without feeling hungry or as though you are missing out. These bars are healthy, sweet, paleo, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free. They are filled with natural goodness and can be kept in an air tight container in the freezer. All of the ingredients l use are organic and the nuts and larger seeds are activated which means l have soaked them in filtered water and sea salt for a day, rinsed them well and then dehydrated. This process helps to remove the anti-nutrients and support good digestion.

Ingredients:

1 cup activated organic sunflower seeds

1 cup activated organic pumpkin seeds

1 cup organic sesame seeds

1 cup black chia seeds

1 cup activated mixed nuts (e.g almond, walnut, and brazil)

A generous 1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

8 Medjool Dates seeded and chopped (roughly chop just to make it easier for the food processor)

A good 1/2 cup raw organic honey (use organic or regular honey if that is what you have)

1 cup of organic coconut oil

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These ingredients add a delicious flavour to the bars.

Place all ingredients into the food processor and mix until well combined. If your food processor isn’t very strong pulse the nuts and dates first to break them up a bit before adding the other ingredients.

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Place all ingredients into the food processor and pulse.
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All ingredients are broken down and well mixed.

Line a glass baking dish with baking paper and pour the mix in. Now is a good time to have a taste test. The mix should be sweet and delicious. Use a spatula to flatten the mix and make sure it is quite even across the whole dish.

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Place the slice in the freezer for several hours to set.
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Remove the slice carefully from the dish by holding the edges of the baking paper.
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Carefully slice the bars length ways with a sharp knife.
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Cut the bars into the size that you would like them and place in a tub in the freezer.
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A delicious and nutritious snack.

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Chunky Chocolate Mousse Slice.

A decadent and delicious healthy raw and frozen treat for the chocolate lovers. A smooth and sweet treat with chunks of nuts, free of gluten, dairy and processed sugar. Filled with healthy fats, this is a snack that can be kept in the freezer and eaten when something sweet is desired. The healthy fats come from avocados, nuts and coconut oil which are whole foods, and this slice is packed with nutritious ingredients including vitamins, minerals, fibre and anti-oxidants. 

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A warning that this is extremely delicious!

A food processor is a must to make this delight. Place all of the ingredients in the bowl with the mixer blade and process. Simple. Sometimes the medjool dates can get stuck so it is a good idea to give them a few pulses first to chop them up a bit and then add in the nuts and do the same. This recipe has the addition of a Superfood powder and l like the Loving Earth blend but you can easily replace it with your own favourite.

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One of my favourites!

Ingredients:

3 cups of nuts (I like to use the harder nuts being almond, walnut or brazil. For this recipe l used all raw activated almonds but you can use a mixture)

3/4 cup coconut oil

2 Tablespoons Loving Earth Rainbow Superfood Powder

2 whole ripe avocados

6 medjool dates (stones removed)

1 1/2 cups of coconut flakes (or use shredded or dessicated coconut)

1/4 cup raw honey

2 tablespoons raw cacao

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You can see the goodness!
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Thoroughly mix the ingredients and a few unprocessed nuts are great as they add some chunkiness to the slice.

Have a taste test now and then put the slice into a baking dish lined with baking paper. I made the first batches without the baking paper and just greased the dish but the slice was a but tricky to get out of the pan so l would advise using the paper.

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Once the mixture is in the dish it needs to be smoothed out with a spatula.
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When it is smooth and even place it in the freezer for a couple of hours.
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Remove the whole slab from the baking dish and place onto a chopping board.
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Slice into squares and eat the edges that you cut off (my favourite part).
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The slice needs to be eaten straight away or placed back into the freezer.

I hope you enjoy this delicious treat which is made with real ingredients and free of so many of the nasty chemicals we are seeing in food today. As a chocolate lover l really enjoyed creating this recipe and hope you share it with your friends and have a great time making and eating it.

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