Today is RAWctober day 1. It’s a whole month of raw vegan eating. I don’t have a ton of raw recipes on here, but I’ll probably post more as the month goes on. Like this one! A seriously yummy and creamy chocolate blueberry smoothie perfect for some added sweetness to your day. Enjoy!
As you can tell, I’m in love with golden milk right now. It’s creamy. It’s smooth. It’s sweet. It’s spiced. It’s downright delicious. And sometimes it’s chocolaty, like the one we made last week. So let’s make a smoothie out of it, okay? Okay!
If you know me, you know I love a good golden milk latte. I love it so much I made it into cookies. Which means I had to combine it with one of my other favorite things: chocolate! So here it is! A Hot Chocolate Golden Milk Latte. Let’s do this, y’all.
I wanted something fresh, sweet, and really delicious, and a smoothie usually quenches that. Blueberries are a main staple in my diet, and they’re also fresh, sweet, and really delicious. So I figured I’d start there – with a blueberry pie smoothie. Smoothies are so refreshing! And it’s already heating up here in Phoenix, so this hits the spot.
(Sorry to the people who are experiencing snow! This was scheduled weeks in advance. My apologies.)
This cashew milk is my absolute favorite. It’s sweetened from dates, and it doesn’t need to be strained! If you’ve ever made almond milk (or read a recipe about almond milk and decided NO), then you know how not fun straining milk is. I’m SOOOO all about whatever’s easiest, and cashew milk is soooo easy! Plus, it’s forgiving and customizable. So let’s do this.
Finally, a recipe where the turmeric I add is not optional! I put turmeric in nearly everything, but this drink isn’t golden milk without it.
If you aren’t familiar with golden milk, let’s chat. It’s a yummy drink made with your (nondairy) milk of choice + turmeric (the golden part) + black pepper and a healthy fat (for turmeric absorption). You can spice it up with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, etc. Sweetening is my preferred method, so I add dates to the mix. And the healthy fat is usually oil, but I’m a no-oil kinda gal, so here’s my take on a creamy, dreamy golden milk latte.
Okay, you guys. I’ve been talking about these muffins since I made Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal a couple of weeks ago. Once I started adding veggies to breakfast, I’ve wanted to throw them into everything! Which is how these delicious carrot cake muffins (made with sweet potato!) came about. So let’s bake some!
Husband made quinoa flour for pancakes a while back. We don’t use it all that often, but he made way more than he needed, so I figured I’d scour the internet search Pinterest for quinoa flour recipes. Vegan ones, of course. And I found a gem I wanted to try. It’s usually a gem if it includes chocolate and I have every single ingredient on hand (or know how to substitute the ones I don’t have).
If you aren’t eating dates, you’re missing out. Seriously, dates are nature’s candy. They’re sweet, rich, caramel in fruit form. They never feel like they’re healthy or even remotely good for me when I eat them because of how sugary sweet they are. But they’re SO good! Nutritious too! They’re an excellent part of a plant-based diet. So let’s use them to our advantage and make a delicious chocolaty two-ingredient frosting sweetened only with dates!
For the first time in a long time, I made something without bananas!! But there is still fruit in these. Dates to the rescue! They’re amazing at sweetening food without using processed and refined sugars. Basically, they’re nature’s candy. Ooey and gooey, they’re like caramel. And I love them. So much. Especially when they’re baked with other things to make donuts! This is a great base to work with, and they can be customized so easily. I can’t wait to try more stuff with them. But, for now, I shall eat.