Monday, July 13, 2015

Peanut Butter Cup Freeze

Giving up ice cream, especially Perry's ice cream sandwiches, was the hardest thing for me when I went gf/df.

I've had it suggested to me to use frozen bananas to create ice cream but have always been hesitant.  I don't like mushy bananas and I couldn't imagine this not being mushy.  

I finally grew a set and made some. I figure peanut butter and cacao makes everything better, right?

In a food processor put:
2 frozen bananas
1/4 cup of organic peanut butter
2 tablespoons of cacao
Mix until completely blended. 
Top with crushed raw almonds and cacao nibs. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Snickers Bar Buzzzzz

I originally had a different name for this but when my coach said it tasted like a Snickers Bar I changed it. I usually get inspiration for names based on the flavor and I was going for something like Kicked Up Monkey or something like that. After his comment though I noticed it too. The instant espresso gives this a great caffeine punch. The dates give it the caramel flavor. I used cacao powder to flavor it and added the whole nibs as an afterthought. I love the crunch they have and it was perfect in this smoothie.  This was the perfect pick-me-up for my 6 hour road trip to Fort Drum today and I'm pretty sure it'll carry me through the Rolling Stones concert I'm going to tonite! 


2 cups of almond milk
2 scoops of protein powder
1/4 cup of cacao powder
1/4 cup of instant espresso  
3 tblsps of hemp powder
2 tblsps of maca powder
2 tblsps of mesquite powder
1 tblsp of lucuma powder
3 tblsps of rolled or Irish oats
Handful of raw almonds
1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 bananas
6-8 medjool dates 
8-10 ice cubes
Chopped cacao nibs

Put everything except the ice and cacao nibs in the blender. Once it's blended, start adding the ice. After you pour it into glasses or whatever, add the cacao nibs. You can add however many you want. This recipe makes enough for 2-3!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cherry Milkshake

OK so I lied. Not much of an experiment as it was some basic ingredients. Still, I love love love cherries and this was pretty thick and tasted close to a milkshake.  I didn't use ice in this because the cherries and berries were frozen.

2 cups of almond milk
1 scoop of protein powder 
1 banana
1/4 cup of raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup of black raspberries 
2+ cups of cherries

You know the drill. Throw everything but the cherries in and blend. Add the cherries a little at a time. 

Smokin' Sit-Up Maple Smoothie

While rummaging through Trader Joe's I came across maple water. Basically it's the unprocessed sap from maple trees. I live in Western New York so I've had the opportunity to taste pure unprocessed maple sap. It's consistency is very much like water and it tastes like water that has been flavored with a touch of maple syrup. Just to be clear, when I say maple syrup I don't mean Log Cabin or Mrs Butterworth's etc. I'm talking about 100% pure maple syrup. Nothing artificial. 

I made this smoothie this morning and had some before my WOD. That might be why I beat my coach's time in gymnastics and his number of sit-ups in the WOD.  Maybe I should have brought him his earlier!  I told him it needed a name and he suggested Smokin Sit-Up Smoothie. I liked it so I used it. 

It's pretty sweet. I put the ice in while instead of crushing it in the mixer but you can crush it if you like.

1 cup of almond milk
1 cup of maple water
2 bananas
6 medjool dates
2 scoops of protein powder
3 tblsps of hemp powder
3 tblsps of Irish oats
1 handful of raw almonds
8-12 ice cubes

Everything goes in the blender on high until smooth. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chocolate Sweet Potato Protein

Last sweet potato experiment for the week.  I think I could probably add them to any of my recipes at this point. 

You can use any raw nuts and any nut butter that you like. I just use what's laying around. 

And no.......there's no picture. I forgot to take one again and it was gone before I remembered. 

2 cups of almond milk
1 scoop of protein powder
3 tablespoons of hemp powder
3 tablespoons of whole oats 
3 tablespoons of cacao powder or nibs
1-3 tablespoons of instant espresso 
1/4 c organic peanut butter
1/4 c raw hazelnuts
4 medjool dates
1 banana
1 sweet potato
12 ice cubes

Cube and cook the sweet potato in the microwave or oven until it's soft then let it cool completely. 

Throw everything but the ice cubes in a high powered blender.  As its mixing, add the ice one cube at a time.  You may also have to add a little more milk to thin it out.

This makes enough to share or save!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sweet Potato Protein

Again, here's me trying to choke down sweet potatoes.  It's amazing what peanut butter does for things!  Throw in some PB and all is right with the world! 
I have to thank my coach for being my guinea pig. Good thing he doesn't mind trying new things, especially knowing he may be getting something that doesn't taste so great. Thanks Robbie!  I would have never posted yesterday's or today's recipes. I also have to thank Matt L & John H for sharing the idea to put sweet potatoes in smoothies. Not something I would have ever tried. 

Make sure when you're choosing sweet potatoes, make sure to choose the ones with reddish skin and orange flesh (labeled as yams) over the white ones. 

Sadly there is no picture today. We drank it all before I remembered to take one.  Hopefully I'll remember tomorrow!  


2 cups of almond milk
1 scoop of protein powder
3 tablespoons of hemp powder
3 tablespoons of whole oats 
1/4 c organic peanut butter
1/4 c raw cashews
4 medjool dates
1 banana
1 sweet potato
12 ice cubes

Cube and cook the sweet potato in the microwave or oven until it's soft then let it cool completely. 

Throw everything but the ice cubes in a high powered blender.  As its mixing, add the ice one cube at a time. 

This makes enough to share or save!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Blueberry Sweet Potato Smoothie

I have a couple of friends who frequently put sweet potatoes and yams in smoothies. These are not things I like to eat, let alone want to drink them.  

I've been playing around with this smoothie recipe for a couple of weeks but couldn't make it taste good.  I couldn't seem to pick out any other flavor except the yams. Lucky for me my coach didn't mind being a guinea pig today. He liked it and said I should publish it so if you don't like it, I guess we can blame him. ��

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 banana
1 apple with skin
1/2 of a yam w/ skin 
4 medjool dates
3 tablespoons of hemp powder
1 scoop of your fav protein powder 
1/2 cup of blueberries (or more if you like)
1/4 cup of raw walnuts

Cube and microwave the yam until it's soft then let it cool. Then just throw everything into a high powered blender until it's blended.  Maybe add the ice last a cube at a time.  I doubled this and used 12 ice cubes.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Magnificent Mayan Protein Smoothie

The Mayans definitely had some culinary creative skills.  Chocolate and spicy heat are one of my favorite combinations!  I'm not too picky on what the heat profile is but I do love smoky heat with chocolate. This smoothie has a perfect choco-spice flavor that hits you in the back of your throat with every swallow!

1 cup of nut milk
1 banana
3 tblsps of Irish oats
1 scoop of your fav protein powder
3 tblsps of hemp powder
2 tblsps of raw cacao nibs or powder
1 tblsp of Maca powder
1 tblsp of cinnamon
2 tblsps of raw honey or 4 medjool dates
1/2 tblsp of cayenne pepper
1 tsp of ancho chili powder
1 tsp of chipotle chili powder
4-6 ice cubes

Throw it all in the blender, except ice,on high.  Add ice a cube at a time until the ice is crushed.  If you have a vitamix or other high powered blender, you can put all the ice in at once.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chocolate Pumpkin Protien

I love days when I experiment with shit and it actually comes out kick-ass delish! That's today!  All a big question mark.  I was prepared to dump this and start over but when I tasted it I was like, hell yeah!  This is a keeper for sure!

The pumpkin juice for this is from all those pie pimpkins I juiced last fall.  Remember those?  Juice them raw skin and all hen freeze the juice in ice cube trays.  I thought I used it all months ago.  It's amazing what you find when you reorg your freezer!

For the hemp powder and protien powder, follow the directions on the container.  Preferably use a plant-based protien.  I use Plant Fusion.   

1c of almond, hemp or any other nut milk
1c of pumpkin juice 
1 banana
1T coconut oil
Hemp powder (your fav kind)
Protein powder (your fav kind)
2T cacao nibs
1t nutmeg
1T cinnamon
1T cayenne pepper
2T of raw honey or 4 medjool dates

Throw it all in the blender on high for about 2 minutes.  If you have a smoothie setting, use that shit!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spicy Chipotle Wraps

Not being able to eat gluten puts a damper on sammie-eating.  There's only so many times you can eat a lettuce wrap.  The original recipe for the base of this bread comes from a raw food restaurant called 118 Degrees, which is in Costa Mesa, CA.  This variation of the recipe is my own.  You will need a Vitamix or comparable blender.  If you have a dehydrator you can use that otherwise this can be done in a convection oven.

4 cups of Thai young coconut flesh.  While this coconut works the best because it's so soft, you can use any coconut flesh.  If you choose to use coconut other than Thai young, make sure you chop it small.

2 cups of water

4-6 dried chipotle peppers re-hydrated in the water

2 tablespoons of raw honey

sea salt to taste

2 tablespoons of psyllium husk

If you are using your oven, line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Set the temperature to 170 degrees on convection.

If you are using a dehydrator, there is no need to line the trays.  You'll need 4.  It should be set to 110 degrees.

Put coconut flesh, water, chipotles, honey, and salt into the blender and blend until smooth.  Add psyllium husk and blend a bit more.

Pour batter evenly into the trays for the cooking device that you are using.

If you are using a dehydrator, wraps should be dehydrated for 6 hours on 110 degrees

If you are using a convection oven, you must keep the door propped opened but keep the fan on. This is best achieved by putting a rolling pin in the door to prop it and keep the fan on.  You will need to check the wraps every 30-45 minutes.  You will need to rotate the trays a couple of time during the process.  After 2 & 1/2 hours, peel up the wrap and see if the bottom is still sticky.  If you can peel up the wrap and nothing is left behind, gently flip over the wraps and finish cooking.

When the wraps are done, cool slightly.  Cut them into four pieces, width-wise.  Lay each wrap on a piece of wax paper, roll up, and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

If you end up with some crunchy pieces, you can eat them as crackers!