Naturally Sweet

Oh, how I love pineapple.  And whole pineapples were on sale for 49 cents a pound at the grocery store.  Meaning this lovely lady was under 2 bucks.

Juicy, sweet, fresh pineapple ranks right up there as one of life’s great simple pleasures.

Between Skylar and I, we polished off most of that container.  That would be nearly a whole pineapple that we split. At least we’re good to go on Vitamin C.

If you’ve never cleaned your own pineapple, I have a pineapple-cleaning tutorial.  It’s so easy to do and you’ll save so much money rather than buying pre-cut pineapple, which is always a little susceptible anyway.  Air + cut surfaces + bacteria = funky.

We also tried some Navitas Naturals Organic Raw White Mulberries

The mulberries were so tasty!  Never had mulberries? Well, they’re chewy and sweet, similar to how raisins would be, except a little more crunchy.

If you like dried fruit, you should try them and I still need to try the maqui powder.

I bet it would be good in a Purple Rain Smoothie

And I’ve used the Cacao Power lip balm in the past and it smells so good.

Wearing chocolate (cacao) + cacao butter on your lips =  sort of dangerous.  But it’s sure fun.

And reminds me I need to eat something with chocolate + coconut oil in it like

Raw Vegan Chocolate Macaoons (you can make them in the oven, too)

Macaroons and making them to scare me.  I thought they were so complicated to make from everything I had read in the ‘sphere.  For me and how I make them, one bowl + spoon and a half hour later in the oven, and you’ve got macaroons.  Easy.

And reminds me I need to eat something with chocolate + coconut oil in it like

The lip balm also reminds me to hit my freezer stash of chocolate + coconut in the form of No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

From my last post, Bamboo & Lending a Helping Hand, sounds like some of you have been lucky enough to try a few bamboo items.  I love my new clothes.  They are so soft and comfy and yes, fold-over waistbands just make life so much better.  Especially after a half of a pineapple.

And I’m so glad that we can all remember to take a minute and help each other out, too.  I have been blessed to “meet” so  many wonderful people by way of blogging and I am reminded of this time and time again when good things happen!


1. Have you ever tried mulberries?

I actually hadn’t until about six months ago and they’re not something I buy often because they are pricey, but they’re a great little splurge.

2. What have you been enjoying that’s naturally sweetened (or maybe just sweetened with a little bit of help)?

Pineapple, plums, nectarines, water melon, grapes….fruit in the summer is just delish for me.

And I’ll count these Raw Vegan Caramels filled with nut butter as naturally sweetened because they only contain 3 ingredients, and one of them is dates.

Last reminder for the NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway that ends tomorrow

Still time to enter the Taste of Adams Avenue Giveaway


56 Responses to “Naturally Sweet”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) — June 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm (#

    I’ve never tried mullberies actually. I am loving pineapple and strawberries lately. I need to make those date caramels again. Been too long.

  2. Kris @Krazy_Kris — June 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm (#

    Oh dear… no bake cookies?????? BOOKMARKED!
    And yes – pineapple is amazing… snacking, desserts, with almost anything – love them!

  3. Emily — June 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm (#

    A whole pineapple for under $2.00?! That’s a steal! They’re close to $4.00 here! But that never stops me from buying them, they’re my favorite fruit. :)

  4. Jess — June 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm (#

    I LOVE fruit..nature’s candy!! :D

    Pineapple is SO good!!

  5. Pure2raw twins — June 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm (#

    we got samples of that too, have not tried it yet either

  6. Jess@HealthyExposures — June 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm (#

    I used to be ob. sessed. with pineapple! So addictive, too. Could never stop at just one bowl full :P
    The white mulberries sound interesting! I bought a trail power mix from Navita’s Naturals once that was gojis, mulberries and goldenberries. I can’t remember if it was the goldenberries or the mulberries that I LOVED, though…

  7. Emily @ One Sweet Vegan — June 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm (#

    I made some copycat Larabars that are naturally sweet from the dates. They’re sooo good!

  8. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free — June 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm (#

    Every dessert I enjoy is naturally sweet :D hehe…. But I had a HUGE owl of fresh, organic berries today-so fresh. so delicious.

    Did you know you can grow the pineapple by just sticking the top in the ground? Weird, huh? I’m growing my own right now-we’ll see how it turns out!

  9. Juliana — June 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm (#

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE pineapple! And you’re so right about buying the whole thing instead fo the overpriced already cut pieces!

    Also, I wanted to make a comment on your banana avocado ice cream but the comments were closed.. This is the most AMAZING recipe, EVER? It’s so much fun to find vegan alternatives to dairy based foods, and the vegan ice cream out there (along with being overpriced) never quite lives up to the real thing. This though, omg!!!!!!!!!!!! You rock so hard for sharing this!!!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — June 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm (#

      Thanks so much Juliana for telling me you made and loved the avo ice cream. Yes, I have to close comments b/c otherwise the spammers just hijack my site but thank you for lmk it was such a hit with you! :)

  10. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm (#

    I have never tried mulberries and anytime I hear that word I immediately start singing “Pop goes the weasel”. There’s a mulberry bush in those lyrics right?

  11. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin — June 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm (#

    What a great deal on pineapple! I’m always really lazy and just buy the skinned and cored kind for $4. :P

  12. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — June 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm (#

    OMG, keep forgetting ihace a pineapple cut up in the fridge! I hope it’s still good! I love fresh pineapple. Dustin and I will. Polish one off in a day, too.

    Never had mulberries but almost bought the sane ones you have the other day. Impulse buy, I love navitas!

    I want a pineapple smoothie. It could happen if it’s stll good. Crosses fingers….

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — June 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm (#

      sometimes the best fruit, espi for smoothies, is the kind *about* to turn on you…b/c it’s so ripe and sweet.

      cut and slice and get to work on that smoothie. and add rum. sounds like your day/week has been a doosie to beat all!!!! (((HUGS))))

  13. Leslie — June 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm (#

    Pineapples have been a staple around here lately. I’ve even found them for a dollar each!!! Also, we’re going back and forth between strawberries and blueberries too. So yummy!

    I actually just bought a bag of mulberries to try recently and they are really good! Nice little treat, but I’m with you, they are kind of pricey to be splurging on all the time.

  14. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — June 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#

    I am a fruit freak this time of year! The strawberries are amazing and cantaloup is being eaten like crazy! Max and I ate an entire cantaloup yesterday and it was amazing! I’ve had mulberries in preserve form, but never the actual berry. I loved the preserves!

  15. julie — June 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#

    hhahaha i know this doesn’t apply to you what so ever because you’re vegan but thank you for reminding me how much i want to make erica from itzy kitchen’s pineapple teriyaki burgers!! hahaha i know i know i’m sorry. but i doooo LOVE frozen pineaps in smoothies! pineapples are actuallllly my favorite fruit!

  16. Holly @ The Runny Egg — June 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm (#

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried mulberries — I had a mulberry candle once but that is about it!

    I love fruit — especially this time of year when MN actually has decent fruit that hasn’t been frozen and then thawed and all that. Yuck. Haven’t bought a pineapple in a long time though — I’m still stuck on eating tons of strawberries.

  17. Brooke — June 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm (#

    I have a itty bitty watermelon problem…so much so I ended up in the hospital after eating a whole one…yes a whole watermelon.

    My husband keeps a close eye on my watermelon consumption these days :)

    Brooke Annessa

  18. Christin@purplebirdblog — June 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm (#

    I ate pineapple literally every day for 2 months and I’m finally pineappled out… watermelon has been my major craving lately… eating it like its going out of style! :)

  19. katie @ KatieDid — June 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm (#

    this morning I made a dough boy smoothie and almost sweetened it with maple syrup but last minute I decided a banana would taste much better, so I ran (literally) to the corner store for a banana. I’m glad I did because bananas sweeten up smoothies so much better than sugar in my opinion! Also just enjoyed a few enjoy life lemon cookies, yum!

  20. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — June 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm (#

    I love pineapple in the summertime! I haven’t bought enough of them this summer!

  21. Ashley — June 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm (#

    When I’m in Atlanta, there is a place near me where you can pick your own pineapple and they peel and core it for you right there. I love to get a small one and snack on it for the next day or two.

  22. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews — June 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm (#

    I had mulberries from that company for the first time too! Definitely something different. I love trying new fruits.

  23. Claire Maduza — June 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm (#

    All the pineapple lovers have got to try this dessert! It is out of this world good :>

  24. Ann Claire — June 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm (#

    Yum, I absolutely love pineapple. Definitely nature’s candy! Nope, never tried mulberries. I”ve been enjoying mangos and kiwis, so sweet and perfect in the summer!

  25. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) — June 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm (#

    Pre-cut pineapple makes me sad! So much of the good stuff is chopped off. Such a waste and so expensive.

    The scoby hasn’t arrived yet–hopefully tomorrow. So pumped!

  26. Katie — June 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm (#

    I tried some mulberries, and for what they taste like (raisins), I’m not really willing to pay more for them. BUT, pineapple on the other hand. I can polish one off in two days flat. ANd then the inside of my mouth hates me, but the pain is so worth it.

    When I lived in Hawaii…oh my god. HEAVEN.

  27. Helene — June 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm (#

    Hi Averie,
    Loved this post (I love pineapple – frozen – feels like eating sorbet).
    I do however need to say that I think there is confusion between the macaroons which are coconut based confections and the “macarons” which are almond based French cookies that are indeed finicky to make (see here and here )

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — June 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm (#

      Helene, thank you so much for saying hi today!

      And yes, what you make is indeed INCREDIBLY finnicky!

      You are the macaron queen and I feel almost foolish posting my version and calling it the same name as yours. Among the “healthy living blogger” scene what is known as macaroons has been elevated to such a high standard any have all this pomp and circumstance but they are really easy to make.

      What you make IS a high standard and deserves all the pomp and circumstance and then some :)

      It’s serendipity that you came by today. I ordered your book from Amazon last night. It should be here early next week. I CANT WAIT!

  28. marla — June 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm (#

    I too love pineapple & I am not quite sure if I have had mulberries, though I know I would love ’em ’cause I love all berries. Skylar, cutie pie :)

  29. Hayley @ Oat Couture — June 16, 2011 at 11:40 pm (#

    Love pineapple and could probably have finished off that tub by myself… it’s so addictive as your eating it! :) Never tried mulberries though…

  30. Maria @ Scandifoodie — June 17, 2011 at 2:46 am (#

    Oh you’ve made me crave for pineapple!! :-D

  31. cathy — June 17, 2011 at 3:26 am (#

    my only contact with mulberries has been singing “here we go round the mulberry bush” with my nieces! :)
    great price on the pineapple – i’m not a fan but i wish we could get a super great price on watermelon, for example!
    the lip balm – fantastic! last weekend i got an all-natural body lotion, “cocoa butter & coffee,” and it’s insane – i can’t stop smelling my arm! :)
    have a great day!

  32. Sarah — June 17, 2011 at 5:00 am (#

    I mostly love pineapple but sometimes I find it too acidic.

    Your raw vegan caramels… wow, I haven’t had them in ages! How I love them!

    But can’t say I’m a fan of mulberries, they’re so strange!

    Recently naturally sweet food that I’ve been enjoying… does dark chocolate count? Hang on, I’m sure I can think of something more natural…Apples! and bananas! I have to be careful not overload by system with them as it rebels, so after a long break I had some this week. Standard but love ’em. xxx

  33. Carol — June 17, 2011 at 6:40 am (#

    You are so lucky to have pineapple under 2 bucks:) It’s 2.50 here and they don’t look nearly as good as the one in your picture!

    I love dried mulberries. I have not had the white but I do like the black. I put them in cookies and yogurt when I have them. You’re right though…a little pricey, but a fun indulgence.
    Hope you and Skyler have a great day!

  34. Erica — June 17, 2011 at 6:44 am (#

    mmmmm I always get SUPER excited when pineapple goes on sale. There is NOTHING like fresh, juicy pineapple. Ive never had a muleberry. I’d definitely try them though- I’m a huge dried fruit fan. I hope you have a fantastic weekend

  35. Jennifer — June 17, 2011 at 6:51 am (#

    I recently made a raw pecan pie where the crust was made out of dates, walnuts and coconuts processed together and the middle was a mixture of water, pecans and maple syrup. Delicious and the dates really add a lot of natural sweetness in themselves

  36. Mellissa — June 17, 2011 at 6:54 am (#

    I love fresh fruit in the summer, makes me so happy. I have a big bowl of pineapple at my desk right now.

  37. eva @5FruitsNVeggies — June 17, 2011 at 8:30 am (#

    i know you directed me to your list of dough balls, but i did not see one for gingerbread dough balls…my hankering for gingerbread was so strong, so i made them per a regular gingerbread recipe but completely your style………odd that my body would crave molasses—iron deficiency?

  38. Krista — June 17, 2011 at 8:31 am (#

    I’ve never tried a mulberry but I sure love pineapple!!

  39. Amber K — June 17, 2011 at 9:58 am (#

    Your raw vegan caramels are definitely one of my favorite naturally sweetened things. Followed by watermelon in the summer, and pink lady apples any time!

    I have actually never even heard of mulberries. How silly am I?

  40. Beth — June 17, 2011 at 11:17 am (#

    Pineapples are so refreshing on warm summer days. I’ve been known to almost finish one of myself.

    Mulberries are great. Mind you I’m a fan of all berries :)

    Naturally sweet: how about you and your blog. I’ve been digesting that lately. ;)

  41. Sam@I Tell Stories — June 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm (#

    I love pineapple! I will look at your tutorial again :)

  42. Christine (The Raw Project) — June 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm (#

    Agreed on pineapples, love them tossed with fresh mint leaves and watermelon. Interesting on the mulberries.

    1. Not yet, guess I should.
    2. Dates and tons of other fruits.

  43. kellypea @ sass & veracity — June 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm (#

    I love grilled pineapple — and because we enjoy meat, we usually eat it with grilled pork tenderloin. So tasty. I don’t think I’ve tried mulberries, though. Lately, blackberries and nectarines have been going in my yogurt and cereal. So good right now!

  44. Jolene ( — June 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm (#

    That is the cheapest pineapple ever!!!!! WOW! That would cost $4.99 at my grocery store, and there are never great sales.

    I love mulberries!

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