Raw Porridge

raw porridge

raw porridge

I got to make this delicious raw porridge for our breakfast on the days off here at the yoga retreat, it is perfect for warm days and can also be heated if you would rather a yummy hot porridge for those winter mornings.
It takes just two minutes to prepare in the evening and two minutes to complete in the morning!
This porridge is so delicious you will have trouble believing that it is also super good for you.  And, as if it needs any more benefits, oats are high in fibre and nutrients and so slow to digest, so along with the nuts and chia seeds this raw porridge breakfast will keep you full and more likely to be snack free until lunch time.

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Unsweetened Brown Rice Milk (or almond milk)
Porridge Oats 

Chia Seeds
Raisins
Almonds (chopped)
Pinch of Ginger Powder
Two Pinches Cinnamon Powder
Pinch Sea Salt

Mashed Bananas

Any other fruit – I used chopped fresh Apricots 

Place all the ingredients (except the bananas and fresh fruit) in a large bowl and cover well in which ever milk you are using – it needs to be quite liquidy at this point so that the milk can be readily soaked into the oats and chia seeds.  Give it a good stir and have a little taste now, adding more of what ever you need/like.  Cover and leave in fridge overnight to soak.
In the morning, add more milk if necessary until you reach your desired consistency, then mash the banana and stir into the porridge.
Top with your favourite fresh chopped fruit to serve.

 

Almondaise

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Super simple vegan, raw, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free recipe for a really yummy mayonnaise.  This was made at the yoga retreat last week, as I couldn’t find the recipe I kinda made it up as I went along, and it turned out rather yummy.
As you can see this was very popular, I didn’t have time to take the photo before it had all gone!!!  This recipe is especially for Olga :-) x

Shopping List
Almonds (soaked)
Olive Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
Rice Milk
Sweet White Miso
Wholegrain Mustard

Leave the almonds to soak overnight. I used a cup of almonds, a cup of oil, a cup of rice milk, less than half a cup of vinegar, a couple of spoons of mustard and a spoon of sweet white miso.  Then I added a bit more of each in varying amounts once blended and tasted.

Place all the ingredients high powered blender (vitamix is fantastic for this job) and blend away until smooth.  Make sure you taste before adding to your bowl, or coleslaw, or jug, or chips!

Chocolate Peanut Fudge

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yum yum yum yum yum yum yum!!!!

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Dates
Coconut Oil
Cacao Powder
Carob Powder
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Salt (maybe if needed)

I used equal amounts of dates, oil and powder (mixing the two powders together)
Chop dates and remove stone, then soak in hot water for about 20 mins to soften.  Place the soften dates, coconut oil, cacao and carob powders in a blender and blend until smooth (takes seconds) Have a taste now, does it taste chocolaty enough?  Carob is more bitter so if it you like your chocolate bitter you know what to do.  Place this paste into a bowl and stir in the crunchy peanut butter. Have a taste now, does it need salt?

Place this mixture into a non stick cake tin and place into the fridge to cool and set.  When firm, cut and devour!!!

ps – cacao contains caffeine so best eaten a long time before bedtime (if you are caffeine sensitive you can always use more carob and less cacao)

Berry Chocolate Green Smoothie

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I love a green smoothie, and this one is my favourite recipe at the moment, I will quite often have one for breakfast, they are super nutritious, quick and easy to make, great to set you up for a busy day working and delicious after morning yoga practice.
Being a chocolate lover, but unfortunately being a little sensitive to caffeine, using carob powder gives that wonderful chocolaty flavour that goes so well with berries, without the disadvantages of consuming chocolate.
If you want to make a green smoothie you will need a high powered blender to break up the cells of the green leaves, I use a Vitamix.  My friends commented that you would have to be mad to buy such an expensive machine, but I have to say that it has been worth every penny.  I use it pretty much every day and it is extremely good at what it does.
There is a whole host of information out there regarding the benefits of drinking green smoothies, I personally would say that I feel good when I drink them, I somehow feel more awake in the morning after drinking a green smoothie.

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Green Leaves – I used the carrot top leaves in the photo, they are quite peppery so less needed if you are new to green smoothies, spinach is less strong so perhaps could use more of these
Berries – I used frozen blackberries, any will do, fresh or frozen
Ripe Banana
Almonds – handful, soaked overnight in water
Coconut Water – you could use almond milk, rice milk, plain water….
Spirulina – 1 teaspoon, perhaps less if you are new to spirulina
Carob Powder – 1 large teaspoon, or more if like me you love chocolate!
Acai Berry Powder – ½ teaspoon

Add the leaves, berries, almonds and liquid to the blender and blend at a high speed (for about 30 seconds if using a Vitamix).  Once the mixture has become liquid turn off the machine, add the banana and the superfood powders and blend again.  I have given a couple of guidelines for amounts in this recipe, but do play around with it, different flavours in different amounts create new tastes and experiences.

I feel that it is worth mentioning here that it is always good to use a variety of leaves, eating too much of anything, good or bad, can often lead to problems and/or boring habits.  So although this may become your favourite recipe too, use different leaves and fruits often, try different things – and don’t forget to let me know if you invent a good one! x

Raw Courgette and Coriander Salad

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Super delicious, clean tasting, simple, healthy, need i say more – I love this, it is an easy, 10 minutes to prepare recipe, if you are a raw food yogi you’ll be very pleased.

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Courgettes – stripped using a veggie peeler
Coriander – roughly chopped
Olive Oil
Fresh Lemon Juice
Macadamia Nuts (nuts are optional, still tastes wonderful without) pre soaked
Sea Salt – just a pinch

Place oil, lemon juice, optional soaked nuts a pinch of salt into the blender and whizz.  Taste it to see whether your taste buds enjoy (good to be quiet sharp) In a large bowl, chuck in the stripped courgettes and chopped coriander (I also used stripped carrots in the photo) and stir in the dressing (with your hands is the best way to ensure even covering)  Add dressing little by little so as not to overpower the fresh veg.
You could use soaked cashews for a more creamy dressing.