Delish Chai Energy Bites

Chai-Scented, No-Bake, Energy Bites with ultimate flexibility, these people-pleasing morsels can masquerade as breakfast, dessert, or an exotic snack. Best of all, with no flame, heat, sharp blades or even scissors, this is perfect for instant gratification, and especially great way to distract and satisfy kids of any ages. You’ll be sure to always keep some in your freezer for that perfect “snack-attack”!

Bonus: If you’re lucky enough to have kids around that still love to make mud-pies with their hands, give them a chance to play with their food and make this dessert for you 😉

TOTAL TIME 20 minutes: 10 minutes PREP & 10 minutes Freezing time
YIELD:One Bakers’ Dozen of (13) Bite-sized “Balls”.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Banana, ripe
½ Cup Almond OR Coconut Flour
2 Tbsp. nut butter of choice
2 tsp. pure maple syrup
1 scoop Vanilla Complete Protein Powder, by Juice Plus
1 Extra-Large dose of patience

SPICES:
1 tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Cardamom
½ tsp. Turmeric
¼ tsp. Nutmeg
¼ tsp. Ginger, ground
¼ tsp. Allspice, or Cloves, ground

TOPPING:
1 Tbsp. Coconut, Dark, or Turbinado Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon

METHOD:
In a large bowl, mash your banana using a fork and stir in nut butter and maple syrup.

In another bowl, stir together almond or coconut flour, all spices and your Vanilla “complete”.

Add dry ingredients to the banana mash. Stir until a dough forms. Add cacao nibs, chocolate chips, or
any optional ingredients now, if using.

Separate dough into 13 evenly sized balls.

In a shallow bowl, stir together topping made of two ingredients only:1 Tbsp sugar and 1 teaspoon
cinnamon. Roll each ball into cinnamon/sugar mix until completely coated.

Store in an airtight container in refrigerator or freezer. Ready to eat when firm to the touch.
Notes: Leftovers keep up to 1 weeks stored in the refrigerator, 4 weeks if stored in the freezer.

 

 

*I know that sentiment has deep political ramifications RIGHT NOW as the term “marshall law” is being bandied about, but this post just isn’t about that.  I’m personally NOT a fan of speculating, or stressing about the things that I cannot control so here I am back at my home temple, the kitchen, creating healing recipes so that we can live our best life, despite being temporarily in isolation.

Anxiety?? Eat more Cacao!

Feeling Anxious? Don’t turn to pills, turn to basic skills and enjoy combining foods in your pantry into amazing, healing treats. This is part of my #foodasmedecine way to eat!

Here’s what you need to know:
1. Walnuts have been shown to lower blood pressure and decrease inflammation.

2. Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, which promotes a healthy mood, safely and effectively as a homeopathic therapy.

3. Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.

4. Cherries, known to improve sleep, a critical component of keeping your immune system at it’s best!

Mix all this together and make chocolate bark, and the goodness goes way beyond amazing deliciousness! Have a piece in the afternoon, with a cup of green tea, and be happy knowing your afternoon pick-me up is completely therapeutic.

Note, the linked recipe does NOT include sunflower seeds, but go ahead and play with your food, walk on the wild side and add what you want… I highly recommend that you liberally sprinkle your chocolate slab with the seeds.

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*I know that sentiment has deep political ramifications RIGHT NOW as the term “marshall law” is being bandied about, but this post just isn’t about that.  I’m personally NOT a fan of speculating, or stressing about the things that I cannot control so here I am back at my home temple, the kitchen, creating healing recipes so that we can live our best life, despite being temporarily in isolation.

 

2 mmmazing ways to use Sprouted Lentils

Raw Lentil Apple Pie – 1 serving
  • 1/3 cup sprouted raw lentils (instructions at the end)
    1/2 diced green apple
  • Zest from ½ of a lemon
  • Juice from ½ of a lemon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (ground, fresh, or paste)
  • 2 diced dates
  • 2 tbsp chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans

Combine all ingredients and enjoy for breakfast, dessert or as a snack

Tex-Mex Lentils (raw lentil taco filling) – 1 serving

  • 1/3 cup sprouted raw lentils (instructions at the end)
    1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Zest from ½ of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 3 sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 diced avocado
  • 1 tbsp sliced black olives
  • 1 tbsp fresh or canned corn
  • 1 tbsp diced tomatoes, fresh if available

Optional:

  • Pickled jalapenos, 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • Serve inside romaine or butter lettuce leaves, or radicchio “lettuce cups”.
  • Savory Sprouted Lentils – 1 serving
  • 1/3 cup sprouted raw lentils (instructions at the end)
    1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • Zest of ½ of a lemon
  • Optional:
  • ½ tsp spirulina

Mix and enjoy, best eaten by the spoonful!

How to sprout lentils (yields ~1 cup sprouted lentils)

  • Add 1 cup dried lentils in a bowl with water to cover by at least 2 fingers
  • Let soak for minimum 4 hours, or overnight to plump
  • Once plumped, drain and rinse
  • Spread soaked lentils on a flat tray or plate and cover with a damp, sterile dish towel or double paper towel and keep it damp throughout the day
  • Keep out of direct sunlight and AC vents
  • Rinse once or twice during second day and return to tray
  • Once a “tail” even just begins to sprout, they are ready to consume
  • Continue letting them sprout to your desired tail length, then rinse, drain and either eat or store, refrigerated to keep for several days
  • Consume within 3-5 days

Share with us how YOU might use your sprouted lentils, especially any variations you come up with. We can’t wait to hear back from you and see your own pictures! Post your photos, questions or comments by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook

Thank you, and please, play with your food…
-Chef Nina

Raw Chocolate Mousse – Aztec Style!


This Valentine’s day, I return to my Raw-Vegan roots to re-create a classic, that now honors our current wellness paths, skating through Keto, Paleo as well as Vegan.  Either way, it’s a classic, this time with an Aztec twist!

Enjoy the healing & aphrodisiac qualities and if you do try it out, please tag us at  #practicalwisandwellwithnina so we can enjoy your experience too!

Raw Chocolate Mousse – Aztec Style!

Author: Nina Kauder   

  • Prep Time:10 minutes, no cook time 😉
  • Yield:2 cups (8 “shot-glass” servings or 4 desserts)
  • Method: Food Processor or Blender
  • Cuisine:Keto, Vegan, Paleo, Pegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free

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Ingredients:

-8 Dates, Soaked, with pits removed – see instructions below to make “date paste”

-1 Haas-style Avocado, pit removed

-1 Cup UNSWEETENED Non-Dairy Nut Milk, or Grain Milk if not concerned with Paleo/Keto

-½ Cup Coconut Butter, aka “coconut manna”

-½ Cup Cacao, Cocoa, or Carob Powder

-1 tsp Vanilla Extract

-½ tsp Cinnamon, to taste

-Chili Powder, to taste (try Ethiopian Berbere spice, for more floral notes with your heat!)

Health Benefits:

Cacao – Highest Plant-Based Source of iron, with 40 times the antioxidant power of blueberries, and more calcium than cow’s milk

Avocado – More potassium than bananas, loaded with beneficial fiber, can lower cholesterol and triglycerides

Dates – Reduce your blood pressure, help maintain bone mass and blood sugar balance

Coconut – A good source of

Cinnamon – Anti-diabetic with impressive anti-inflammatory properties

Berbere – Improves circulation, heart health and helps fight ulcers and prostate cancer.

Method:

Soak dates overnight in just enough water to cover. Once plumped, discard pits and puree the hydrated “flesh” of the dates using your blender or food processor, along with the soaking water to make your date paste.

Combine the date paste and all the rest of the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor and blend till silky smooth. Remove and place in fridge or freezer as it can be served as a pudding or rich “nice cream”, full of pleasure and medicinal benefits! Cheers!!

Notes:

  • Kept frozen, this dessert makes a great “nice cream”!
  • Once refrigerated, this will keep up to a week.
  • This recipe is a NO Oil recipe. To learn why I no longer cook with oil, click here
  • Carob, as a substitute, is a star with its own merits: It’s a fine source of calcium and antioxidants, without any oxalates, is high in fiber, virtually NO-fat AND relieves diarrhea (amazing #amiright?!)
  • If you like your dark chocolate just a little sweeter, you can add stevia, though I much prefer using 4 more soaked dates or another teaspoon(s) to taste, of Maple Syrup if desired. Stevia will keep it Paleo/Keto if that’s important to you. The addition of chili powder and cinnamon should keep this from needing to be any sweeter, though!