And while your at it, if you get a hankering for some dank chocolate, treat yourself to Vegan Mousse of the Gods. Woody's site has a page dedicated to vegan, organic recipes that will blow you away.
1/2 cup maple syrup or 1 1/4 cup soft dates for sweetener
1 tbsp nonalcohol vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil or cold pressed coconut butter
3/4 cup raw carob powder
4 tbsp organic cocoa powder (or more if u want dark chocolate); use 2/3 cup if no carob powder available
STRAWBERRIES - sliced
If using dates- pit and soften in water for 5-15 min
Food Processor- blend avocados, sweets, vanilla, butter/oil til smooth
Spoon in carob/cocoa powder til creamy
Layer with berries in martini glass and top with mint
Crumble Crust Ingredients:
1/2 cup almonds soaked in fresh water for 8 hours (or not)
3/4 cup pecans
3/4 cup walnuts
4-6 pitted dates
2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
In food processor: chop nuts til fine
Add dates and syrup/honey til well blended
Add cinnamon and salt
Texture should be crumbly and sticky
Press into pie pan
Sliced strawberries or bananas layered on bottom
Spread mousse over crust and fruit, top with more fruit and mint
YUM!! VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN FREE, DAIRY FREE, GUILT FREE,
FREE THE PEOPLE!!!!
Seriously, I've made this countless times and it is so worth it.
Avocados = EXCELLENT monounsaturated fats that we need, as well as fiber, Vitamin K, Potassium, folate, Vitamin B6, copper, and Vitamin C. You can't get a better fruit.
Dates = a natural, healthy sweetener that provides plenty of fiber and amino acids. B vitamins are abundant in these little candy-like prunes, and minerals such as selenium, iron, magnesium, calcium, etc. You can't go wrong. Keep em around.
Carob - this chocolate-like substance is high in potassium, fiber and protein. SCORE.
Cocoa - YAY chocolate!! Antioxidants, minerals, bioflavonoids, serotonin upregulator (the happy neurotransmitter), what ISN'T there to love? Just do it.
Nuts - aside from the unbelievable benefits of monounsaturated fats, fiber and minerals, nuts should just be a part of everyone's standard daily living. There's just too much good to even tap into the necessity of gettin nutty. The best ones you ask? Walnuts and almonds. Hands down.