Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

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….the lucky winner of the Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood Give Away is


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chrystad72 said…

id love to use the powder in all sorts of things from drinks to muffins!

How was Monday and getting back to the grind after a long holiday weekend?  I love long weekends; more time to spend with my family, more time to unwind, and just more timeSeems there’s never enough hours in the day, right?!  My Monday was super busy, but really productive.  Took yoga, taught yoga, networked with some other yoga teachers I’ve just recently met.  Did some housework, blog work, itunes playlists organizing kind of work, and of course took care of my little pumpkin, Skylar, and can proudly say I’ve only sung the abc’s 23 times today, down from my usual 57.

Thank you for the amazing compliments and yummy reviews on my Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars that are No-Bake, Gluten & Soy Free.  The recipe is really easy and takes 20 minutes, tops.  If creme de menthe isn’t your thing, peppermint extract works really well, too.  I am sincerely blown away by how many of you wrote in to tell me how awesome they looked and also for the high praise you give me as a vegan, and largely raw, chefI am humbled, thank you!!!! 

Speaking of a great recipe with Peppermint Extract, check out my Guest Post that I did on Diana of Soap & Chocolate’s Blog.  It’s a Raw Vegan Donut Hole Recipe that’s been winterized and pepperminted for the holidays:  Raw Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Donut Holes! 

But let’s talk about the past day of eats & treats around here…
I tore into a Pro Bar Koka Moka flavor

By no means a “light” bar considering it’s not really that large, but it the ingredients list doesn’t make me squirm, which is nice.

Guess who loves these?  Skylar does.  Yes, apparently she’s a chip off the ole block and she enjoys this chocolate and coffee-flavored bar.  Hmmm, wonder who she takes after with the choc & coffee?

Looks to me like a real chunk of dried papaya.  Sooo good.

I also tore into a bag of my TJ’s Mango Chunks.  I love mango.  And I love frozen fruit.  Match made in chilly fruity heaven.

I also tore into my mail and found a couple surprises.  First, I won Michelle of LuckyTasteBuds’ Give Away.  Thank you again, Michelle, for hooking up the Give Away me.  And I love my Dr. Flacker’s Crackers.

Why wouldn’t I love them?  They’re right up my alley: GF, Raw, High in Protein & Fiber.  Love it!  Thanks Dr. Flacker’s & Michelle!

I also got this lovely yoga mat from Aurorae Yoga

And there was this awesome color chart that breaks down some key points of each color.  For instance the Mat I received in green represents: Soothing, Renewal, Intellect, Nature, Self Control, Gentle & Harmonious

And here’s a Photo from their Site.  Their aerial photograhy is better than mine.  My pics keep chopping off part of the mat.  I’m a yogi, not a photographer, what can I say.  What I can say is that I love that the mat has this focal point that helps center your focus and steadies the mind.  It’s a lovely drishti, or gazing point.  And the mat’s thickness is just perfect.  At a 1/4 inch it’s not too thin & flimsy nor is it too thick and heavy to tote around.  Two Thumbs Up on the Aurorae Yoga Mat Here’s their Amazon Link, too.

So Moving Along…
Remember when I was all excited that I received some Amazing Grass Products?

 

I was most excited by this Chocolate Action

And I decided to whip up a batch of my Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs with Chocolate Green Super Food

Click Here for the Recipe….

…But rather than using 3/4 c cocoa powder, I simply used a heaping 1/2 c cocoa powder AND 1 serving of Chocolate Amazing Grass PowderResult?  Tastes just as delish, but with a little extra antioxidant boost and the alkalizing power of green superfoods, tucked away in your chocolate dessert.  Basically, good stuff for you in the raw vegan chocolate coconut dessert action.  Just call me sneaky chef.

Fresh greenery over the past few days has included a leftover turkey, garden veggie, and green salad with ranch dressing for Scott.

And for me, what else, but some Kale.  I think Gena, VeggieGirl, and I are joined at the hip in that regard because we each seem to eat kale nearly daily.  Love my kale I tell ya!  I dressed this kale, cauli, cuke, and tomato salad with my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.

The dressing is sweet & tangy, and with the crunch of the veggies, lately I can’t get enough of this combo.  As I am sure you can tell from the similarity of the photos.

For Dessert, what else, but a Vegan Creme de Menthe Bar.   Thin Mints meet Buttercream Frosting meet Chocolate Layery GoodnessAnd Gluten & Soy Free.

And No-Bake, so they’re ready in 20 minutes.

And if you aren’t into those, what about a Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowball, either today’s AmazingGrass Variety…

or the Old Stand By Recipe?
 

And don’t forget about the Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowball Variety if that’s up your Dark Choc alley.

Yoga Today is the Standing Splits (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)

Tip of the Days:  Holiday Season Eating Strategies include:  
Don’t starve yourself before an event in an effort to “save your calories” for a big party and walk in ravenous and then eat a tray’s worth of greasy appetizers that you wouldn’t have otherwise chosen.
Limit the sugary and calorically dense drinks & spirits, both alcoholic and non-alcoholicEggnog and peppermint lattes come to mind.   

Stay on track with your exercise program.   Don’t cheat or get sloppy with your dietary choices AND your exercise program and expect to stay on track.   

BUT….Be gentle and kind to yourself if you do fall off track.  Just get back up and on track as soon as possible and don’t sweat it!!!!!

And really, just enjoy the holiday season and remember to hug your friends and family because it’s about good times with your loved ones this time of year above all else!!!

What do you do if you go to a party or a restaurant and everyone else is raving about the food but for whatever reason, it’s not your cup of tea?  Either it’s totally unhealthy, it’s not vegetarian/vegan and you are, you’re allergic/intolerant to it, or it’s just plain gross but everyone else seems to be fine with it.  What do you do?  Fake a few bites?  Just say no thank you?  Tell the hostess honestly you didn’t like it? (yeah, right)  But what do you do when you don’t like the food that is being served when you’re out?

Stay Tuned For Moon Talk.  Time to get a little Hippy Dippy…

   

182 Responses to “Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs”

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    Susan — December 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Of course you're in my Google Reader ;)

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    Susan — December 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    And I love following your tweets!

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    Allie (Protein Girl) — December 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I want to try their pretezels!

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    Allie (Protein Girl) — December 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Plus added you to my blogroll you yoga babe!

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    Nutritious is Delicious — December 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I have seen Kay's Naturals all over the blogosphere and would love to munch on some of her products. I could always use some extra protein and if it will come in my cereal or chips?! Sign me up! The Cookie bites are something new to me, but being the cookie lover that I am, I's love to try them!

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    Nutritious is Delicious — December 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I'm a follower of your blog~!

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    Nutritious is Delicious — December 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I learned that you can get 12 bags of those cookie bites for only $15! :D

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    Nutritious is Delicious — December 5, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    You're on my blogroll!

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    Nutritious is Delicious — December 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm
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    Nutritious is Delicious — December 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I left a comment on your about me post because that apply crumble was just calling my name! ;)

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    Nutritious is Delicious — December 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I left a comment on your "no bake vegan pumpkin pie" post…and then bookmarked that puppy for my holiday baking! :D

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    Erin @ Big Girl Eats — December 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Yeah girl! This is awesome. Love that the giveaways bring out all the readers on the blog too!

    You're on my blog roll and I follow you on twitter (already), and I am going to link this on my blog! I'm also going to tweet it. And you're in my Google reader. And I would definitely purchase the Creamy Parmesan Protein chips because I'm trying to get some more protein in my life. And I really love your vegan raw pumpkin pie!

    Phew!

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    iheartgazelles — December 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks for holding this giveaway!

    1.) I learned that protein costs 15-20 times more than starch/sugar, which is why most cereal companies have very little protein in their products.

    2.) I learned that fruit has protein (am I the only one who didn’t know that ?) and that you make the best looking curly fries ever.

    3.) I left a comment on a dessert that I'll definitely be making!

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    iheartgazelles — December 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Oops i should probably mention that the above comment is from Ava (ava_g@sbcglobal.net).

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    Shannon — December 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    i have not seen those before, so i'd love to try those cookies ;)

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    Shannon — December 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    you're in my google reader :) although i can't always keep up… so sorry!

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    Shannon — December 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    i learned that Kay's is all natural, no artificial ingredients (so rare for a sports/protein product), and gluten-free!

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    Shannon — December 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm
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    Laura E — December 5, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity! I'd want their protein cereal because I tried the Apple Cinnamon and French Vanilla flavors and they were AMAZING!

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    Laura E — December 5, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I posted this on my FB!

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    Laura E — December 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I just commented on your "Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Pumpkin Donut Holes, Potatoes, Salads" post. I recently bought all the ingredients to those Vegan Pumpkin Donut Holes, now I just need to make them!!

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    Laura E — December 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I also just commented on your About Me post! And I forgot to mention why I wanted to win this giveaway on my first comment..I would love to because I really want to try their new Cookie Bites and since I strength train 3x a week I always want to make sure I'm getting enough protein.

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    Laura E — December 5, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I checked out their website and learned that their products provide you with a comple amino acid profile!

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    danicahummus — December 6, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I really want to try their pretzels!

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    Diane — December 6, 2009 at 3:29 am

    I would LOVE to try the protein cereal! Yum!

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    Neela Marijana — December 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    i'd love to try their cereals and pretzels since i can't buy them here :(

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    Neela Marijana — December 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    i've read your about page and i was facinating how you managed to find the food that triggered to bring your health out of balance. this is something i am trying to figure out myself for my own health at the moment

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    Neela Marijana — December 6, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    i checked out the website and i love that the extra protein in their products comes from soy protein :)
    a complete protein source

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    Neela Marijana — December 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    as of now i am offically following your blog, i have been a reader before already though ;)

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    Mary — December 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I would love to try the protien cereals. I'm always trying to find ways to add more protien to my diet.

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    Mary — December 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I am following you…

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    Mary — December 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I have added you to my google reader

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    babyvanilla — December 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I would love to win these goodies because:

    -I love crunchy food :)

    Oh what the heck, I love food, period x)

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    babyvanilla — December 6, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I'm a follower (felt in love with your blog, so many yummy food!)

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    babyvanilla — December 6, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    You're in my google reader :)

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    babyvanilla — December 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm
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    babyvanilla — December 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I learned on the website that a bag of their chips has more protein than 3.5 eggs O_O

    That's a lot! And more yummy than 3.6 eggs ;)

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    babyvanilla — December 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Just left a comment on the Raw food Yoga FAQ's post.

    Didn't know barlet and spelt has gluten O_O

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    babyvanilla — December 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    You're in my blogroll :)

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    babyvanilla — December 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Just left a comment on the Raw vegan chocolate peppermint donut post.

    I really want to try the chia seed pudding :)

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    the twins — December 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    i would love to try the cereal! one of my favorite foods, but i've never tried kay's.

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    the twins — December 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    linked back!

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    Michelle — December 6, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I would love to try their high protein cereal!! They look so much like honey nut cheerios!!! And i have a soft spot for cute things…particularly cereal. hehehe :P Thank you for hosting the giveaway Averie!!!

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    madeline — December 7, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I'd love to try the Honey Almond Cereal. I've always been interested in gluten-free products.

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    madeline — December 7, 2009 at 12:01 am

    You're on my google reader!

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    Laura: Learning to Love — December 7, 2009 at 12:25 am

    I've been so curious about Kay's cereals!

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    Laura: Learning to Love — December 7, 2009 at 12:28 am

    What I learned on Kay's website? Their foods contain COMPLETE proteins! aka all the amino acids!

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    Laura: Learning to Love — December 7, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I left a comment on your about me post too =]

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    Diane L — December 7, 2009 at 3:16 am

    I would buy the protein cookie bites – they look awesome! I'd love to win the sample pack to test out everything – I've had the protein chips before and loved them, but I haven't tried the rest. :)

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    Laurie — December 7, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Added to my google reader!

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