Tahini "Cesar" Salad & Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

How are you doing today?  Now that the week is playing out and moving right along towards the weekend, we can all let out a sigh of relief that some R & R time is right around the corner!  I’m going to be teaching a yoga class Saturday morning and am beyond excited!  As I had mentioned I was going to be doing, I took a yoga class at the studio today that I am going to be teaching at it and I love the vibe, the energy, the practice space.  It was wonderful!

Then I took Skylar to the Mommy & Me Pottery Painting activity we had planned.  It was too cute watching her paint.  Like a bad Mommy, I forgot my camera but I will post pictures of her plates after they are fired.  They were pretty much a smeary hodge-podge of paint; the paint-your-pottery equivalent of scribbles, but to me, it’s Picasso.  She also kept asking for Blue.  I am a pink girl but she was loving blue.     

I’m glad to hear yesterday’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs were a hitYeah, num-num in my tum-tum!  Shout out to my lovely friends, Lil Veggie Patch and Raw Juice Girl who both made these.  I hope you enjoyed your balls as much as I do, girls.  TWSS

And of course the Raw Vegan Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Raw Vegan Creamy Tahini Dressing Recipe

And your reports on whether you deem yourself to be creative and telling me about your creative outlets with everything from knitting to jewelry making was really fun to read about, too!

For today’s greenery, I made another salad and flooded it with the Creamy Vegan Tahini Dressing.  Romaine, Carrots, Cukes, Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, and the Tahini Dressing.  Then I added some spicy sesame-coated almond bits on top.

It’s my Tahini-ized Version of a Cesar Salad

Who needs anchovies and Cesar dressing or croutons and gluten when you’ve got Raw Vegan Creamy Tahini & Sesame-Coated Almonds?  Not I.

For Dessert, here’s a recent Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls episode.  For full recipe info, click right on over to here!  5 minutes til heaven in your mouth if you get started now, just sayin’.

Cashews & Oats


Add the Liquids (Maple and/or Agave or both, Vanilla Extract)

Add the Chocolate Chips

Blend for a Second

Make your balls

After refrigeration they looked like this

And as I got closer to inhaling a ball it looked like this…

And unstuck balls look like this (TWSS)

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For all you MAC users, I recently picked up the Magic Mouse.  It’s only been out about 2 weeks and I have to say, I love it.   It took a day or so to get used to, but now I am in mousey heaven.

Lightweight, responds with a light finger touch, wireless and rather than clicking the Back Button on your browser to back out of webpages, you can finger swipe across the top of the mouse and back out of webpages that way.  Great little gadget if you’re a MAC user.

In light of the fact that I’m going to be teaching some yoga classes, I wanted to spruce up my workout duds a bit.  I found a Lululemon Sports Bra on sale, in pink, in my size.  Score!  That baby had my name written all over it!

And with my purchase I got a re-usable Lulu bag.  They must’ve known I had just been talking about all the green lifestyle choices I make.  It’s nifty to be thrifty.  Sorry, that just popped into my head and I had to write it.

Yoga Today is Hanumanasana (Full Splits or Monkey Pose)

And after all that shopping, I just had to pop a few 3-Ingredient 5-Minute Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls, too.   Yum.

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Second Tip of the Day: My Yoga Mat is the Manduka Black Mat Pro,  all the way.  People have asked me what I use, and in my opinion, that’s the best.  It will last you a decade whereas other mats will shred and erode and wear down but not the Black Manduka.  It’s a quality investment in your practice that will pay off.  

What’s your favorite brand of workout apparel?  Are you brand loyal or do you bounce around?  Do you shop based on price, function, cuteness factor, or what?  Gimme the dish!  I am Nike brand loyal to my running shoes.  For my yoga clothes, I love Be Present, Prana, Lulu, and there are some tiny niche lines that sometimes have cute pieces, but that’s very hit and miss.  And regional, at best, distribution on some of those.  For Sports Bras, that is extremely hard and hit or miss for me.  Target ones are too flimsy, some of the high-tech ones are too restrictive, so I am always on the hunt.  What kind of workout apparel do you buy?  Or do you just sport a hanes tshirt and call that your “technical fabric”?  Does it matter even?  What do you think?

Stay Tuned For A Great Use for Apples…


  1. Those PB cups look perfect, better then the real thing!!! Thanks for the super easy recipe!!! Love the photos of you and your cutie daughter!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. i cannot wait to make the chocolate pb cups and trick my boyfriend into eating them…he refuses to eat anything that is natural…he prefers chemicals and fillers…haha…

    i agree with what jane said, i would pick up the butt in front of the dude…that would send a message loud and clear…and you won't have to say a word!!!!

    as for the other incident…i wish there was something i could do or say when i see something like that…it breaks my heart to see children mistreated in any circumstance, even if mom or dad are frustrated…i never say anything though…ever.

  3. Thank you for posting this recipe! I'm a huge fan of peanut butter cups but I haven't had any in a while now that I am vegan :)

    I can't wait to make these! You are right, things you make yourself are so much better.

  4. What a tough question! I am totally all tough sometimes about confronting someone doing something I think could endanger someone/something, but I usually chicken out. I live in a fear of someone deciding they don't like being told what to do and decide to beat me down or something. Same reason I try not to honk at other drivers and just swear inside the safety of my own car.

    People are CRAZY! Plus I like to think that Karma is a bith and that old man will find himself in the after life picking up trash with chopsticks or soomething.

  5. eatingtolivelovelaughtri Reply

    I have made peanut butter cups before and used graham cracker crumbs in place of the nutritional yeast. They are really good! You might want to try those when you run out! : )

  6. eatingtolivelovelaughtri Reply

    Oh dear…I didn't realize that you couldn't eat graham crackers. Are there no gluten free graham crackers out there? Hmmm…maybe I need to work on that because no one should have to live without graham crackers! : )

    Have a beautiful day!

  7. Sorry for such a late comment! Catching up on some posts that I've missed! Those peanut butter cups look delicious & I'm so excited that they're so quick to make!

    About your questions, I would personally want to say something to the cigarette butt guy but I don't think I actually would. Some people are just not going to care no matter what you say.

    My mom once spoke up to a woman who was hitting her child in public and the lady tried to come after my mom. With how strong you look, I'm sure you'd be able to stand your ground but it's still a scary situation. If someone is going to treat their own kids like that, you can only imagine what the person would do if someone tried to speak up. I feel so bad for kids that have to deal with stuff like that.

  8. hungryhungryhippie Reply

    what a fun outing. skylar is so cute!!

    i need to make those PB/choc cups. now. i need to find the paper cupcake holders first though.

  9. thanks for the idea. i never would have thought to make pb cups from scratch! now i can make gluten free ones for my hubby!

  10. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    I'm making these tight this second. The first layer is in the freezer hardening. I'm making them for the boyfriend for a treat…I'm pretty sure he's going to be sooooooo happy!
    Thanks for the recipe, love!!!

  11. I just stumbled across your blog from Heather's blog. I am newly gluten free and now found a new blog to read with so many great ideas. I am making these peanut butter cups for a cookie exchange I am having. Thanks for the great ideas :)

  12. wow, those pb cups look amazing! Good thing you can make just 1-2 at a time because it would be hard to resist them!

  13. Gelareh @ Orange Truffle Reply

    you are a genius I need to make these peanut butter cups soon

  14. that's funny you are on my blog because i'm over here poking around at all your goodies. i have heard about your PB cups. never thought of adding nutritional yeast. it will be a hard one to pull over on the hubby who wouldn't even let me add salt to them. he's a stickler!

  15. thanks for the peanut butter cup recipe Averie! I made them last night and they were soooo good! Post on my blog:

  16. Loving the PB cups recipe – these are going to get made soon.
    Just discovered your blog so I'm gonna go off and read all the old posts.

  17. made your PB cups again and some almond butter ones too ;)


  18. I am going to make hazelnut-chocolate cups this week! thanks for the step by step :) awesome!

  19. what a great, filled with info, post! The PB cups look amazing and not too difficult to make. I make a carrot/potato dish like yours but often add a few other veggies and I love using purple potatoes too!

    I think my favorite nut butter is PB&Co's white chocolate wonderful. YUM!

  20. Food Makes Fun Fuel Reply

    My favorite PB has got to be the Butter toffee!

  21. Nothing of the Sort Reply

    I've only tried almond butter so I'd have to say that's my favorite for now :D

  22. My favorite nut butter is hands down roasted almond buttah!

  23. My favourite nut buttah is…
    Well it changes all the time but for now it's plain, salty Marathana PB :)

  24. Sunflower seed butter is my favorite!

  25. I think I'd have to say that the humble peanut butter is my favorite. I stray often, but I always come home to it.

  26. My fav nut butter? Definitely Cashew Butter! Love that stuff.

  27. fav. nut butter: mighty maple or white chocolate wonderful! :)

    Maple Almond by Justin's is SO darn good too!

  28. I actually haven't tried any nut butters but peanut butter, so I have to say that's my favorite so far!

  29. My all time fave nut butter is sunflower seed butter aka SUNBUTTER = delish!

  30. Beautiful peanut butter cups! Here's a nut butter I really love, that I discovered at the farmers' market in Burlington, VT last summer. The Nutty Vermonter makes the most fabulous triple nut butters out of almonds, cashews and pecans! My favorite is the Maple & Ginger Triple Nut Butter. http://thenuttyvermonter.com/nutbutters.html

  31. I love my plain old almond butter!

  32. Pressures on to pick a favorite nut butter!! Oh I don't know! TJ's sunflower seed butter? Any Naturally Nutter? Maranatha raw AB? They're all so good.

    Does Cacao Bliss or Coconut Butter count? I think I'd go with those. They're from cocoNUTS :P

  33. Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl Reply

    My all-time favorite nut butter has to be a tie between cashew or macadamia. Oh, gosh they're good!!!!

  34. My favorite nut butter is sunflower seed butter!

  35. my fav nut butter has to be cashew butter. SOOO GOOOOD!

  36. my fave nut butter is any nut butter :), but the ones that are all tied for first are cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, pb & co white chocolate wonderful, and pb loco chocolate chip dookie dough (I think that's the name). SO GOOD

  37. my fav nut butter is honey almond yumyum!

  38. FoodFitnessFreshair Reply

    Definitely peanut butter is my fav!

  39. I like Maranatha's Organic Raw Almond Butter! But it isn't cheap! I can only buy it occasionally. :)

  40. My favorite nut butter of all time is Better Than Roasted's Raw Brazil Nut Butter.

  41. YUM! I am drooling over everything in this post!

  42. I was just looking for a peanut butter cup recipe and I found it – yours! thanks!

  43. Just made these…added to my blog with a shout out…SOOOO yummy…You're Genius!!!!

  44. Food Makes Fun Fuel Reply

    Favorite nut butter is mighty maple

  45. I think my favorite nut butter would have to be Peanut Butter & Co's White Chocolate Wonderful! Reminds me of Reese's cups too!

  46. bap@cfl.rr.com Reply

    marantha almond butter..NOM!

  47. My absolute favorite nut butter of all time is Crazy Richard's (or Krema) creamy peanut butter. That stuff is so good it melts in your mouth.

  48. My favorite nut butter it Traders Joes almond flax butter or PB&Co. White chocolate wonderful!

  49. My favorite nut butter so far has been Trader Joe's almond butter with flaxseed! Soooooo good :D

  50. My favorite at present is Maranatha crunchy pb

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