Sunday, December 13, 2009

Raw Congo Bars

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Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted Root Vegetables

Step 1:

Chop all of the veggies that you wish to roast in 1 inch pieces. To be honest, I am not to particular I just chop them up.

Step 2: Put the veggies,and chopped onion on a cookie sheet or a fancy roasting pan, whatever you have. For a full cookie sheet I put 2 T oil, and 2 T of fresh thyme. I sprinkle them with salt, and put them in the oven at 400 degrees. Stir them every 15-20 minutes. Take them out when they are golden on the edges. About 30-45 minutes. Watch them though, because depending on the size you cut them they might cook faster or slower.

Easy as pie and soooo good!!

Eat them just like this or use the leftovers in a salad, in a wrap, or over quinoa, use your imagination!!


2 Sweet Potatoes
2 Red Potatoes
2 Onions
2 Ruttabagas
4 T olive oil
4 T thyme
Salt, just sprinkle it over the whole pan

Chop up the veggies. Boil them in water, except for the onion, until almost fork tender ( you can almost easily stick your fork into them). Drain them, spread them on two cookies sheets. Divide the onion, olive oil, and thyme onto both pans. Sprinkle them with salt and roast in the oven at 400 for 30-45 minutes. Stirring every 20 minutes so they don't burn. Watch them so they don't burn, it might take longer or shorter depending on how big or little you cut your veggies. Enjoy!!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Raw Friday Congo Bars

raw desserts, healthy desserts

Coconut Congo Bars (recipe adapted from Living Food)

Equipment Needed

High- speed blender, food processor

Fudge Base

2 cups walnuts, preferably soaked and dehydrated

2 cups pecans, preferably soaked and dehydrated

1 1/2 cups Chocolate sauce (recipe below), chilled

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup dried shredded coconut

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut butter/oil, warmed to liquefy

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a food processor, process 2 cups of the walnuts and 2 cups of the pecans until they just begin to release their oils. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Repeat with the remaining 2 cups of walnuts and 2 cups of pecans.

Add the Chocolate Sauce, raisins, coconut, maple powder, coconut butter/oil, and salt, and mix until thoroughly combined.

Transfer the mixture to a parchment- lined sheet pan and spread into an even layer.

Place in the refrigerator to chill and set.

Vanilla Coconut topping

1 cups young coconut meat

1/4 cup agave nectar

1 tablespoons vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons coconut butter/oil, melted

2 cups dried shredded coconut

In a high- speed blender, blend the coconut meat, agave nectar, vanilla, and salt until very smooth and shiny. With the blender running, add the coconut butter/oil and continue blending until fully emulsified. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.

Stir 2 cups shredded coconut into the mixture and spread it in an even layer onto the chilled fudge base. Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of shredded coconut over the blended layer.

Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill and set, about 30 minutes or more.

Cut into 32 bars, cutting lengthwise into 4 pieces and crosswise into 8 pieces (or cut into any size you wish). Store the finished bars in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Sauce; makes about 3 cups; (use in fudge base recipe above)

3/4 cup raw cocoa powder

3/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

1 1/2 tablespoons coconut butter/oil, warmed to liquefy

Combine all the ingredients except the coconut butter/oil in a blender. With the blender running, add the coconut butter/oil and continue blending to emulsify.

Store the syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator. Before serving, place it in the dehydrator to warm the sauce so that it’s liquid enough to pour. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also place the container in a warm water bath to liquefy it. (If the room is warm, simply let the sauce sit at room temperature.)