Redecorating & Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

So how did Friday finish up for you?  Are we all excited for the weekend?  I know I am because I’m teaching a yoga class Saturday morning like I had mentioned before, and I am soooo excited!  Wish me luck that I don’t goof up the heating system or the surround sound.  I’m cool with the yoga, it’s the random things of a new studio that can take a class or two to get used to.

I’m glad you enjoyed the Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls.  They are one of my fave desserts because they are sooo easy and satisfying!

And the apple crumble recipe that I’m going to give you is the same: so easy, so satisfying!  But first…

Remember a couple weeks ago when I posted some of the pics of my new bedroom furniture but the nightstand I wanted was on back order?

Well the nightstand showed up and I got it in!  You’re thinking, well obviously you got it in, you’ve got a picture of it.  Well, there were a few moments in my driveway as the 92F heat and midday sun were blazing down on me, and Skylar was about to run into the street, and it was pandemonium as I was wrestling the proverbial alligator to get the nightstand out of my backseat.  


I have no idea how the guy at West Elm got it into the car, but I couldn’t get it out.  I sweet-talked a random neighbor to come help me get it out.  Nothing like meeting your neighbors by saying “Hi, I have a piece of furniture stuck in my backseat and could you get it out for me?  You’ll want to curse at it and sweat buckets, but pretty please, can you help me in the name of home redecorating?”

And he did.  And there’s my capiz shell lamp on top of the Alligator I Wrestled New Dresser.

And they got in the 2nd Euro Pillow I was waiting for so now I have two.  Pillows were on back order too.  Who knew? Guess everyone wanted some Fluff in their life.  And yes, the fluffy factor is running high on my bed and I love it.

So moving onto a quick product review.   I received some MimicCream.  A sweetened non-dairy & non-soy cream substitute.

Lactose, Cholesterol, and Gluten-Free

What actually is it then?  Well, you can see from the Nutritional Profile it’s a Creamy & Sweetened Nut Milk

It’s not as sweet as the So Delicious Vanilla Creamer I purchased, and there’s no vanilla flavor to it.  But if you’re dairy-free, soy-free or vegan and looking for something thicker than almond milk, without the coconut flavor of say coconut creme, then check this stuff out.  A great “cream” alternative!

For dinner, there was a Cauli, Tomato, and Sugar Snap Pea Salad on top of Greens and decked out with my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.

And in honor of Mama Pea, I had to post this one.  You can use it as your Gravatar if you’d like, Pea!

I whipped up another batch of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs.  It takes all of 5 minutes to make, but you have to plan ahead for the freezing part.  Lately I’ve always got a batch in rotation.

As promised, and because it’s still fall-like and apples are abound, I thought I’d remind you of how easy and delish my Raw Vegan Apple Crumble recipe is! 


If you’ve missed the exact ratios of ingredients, check this post out  or this post here for all the nitty gritty.  But here’s some of the pics of the un-baking process that went down today.

Almond Meal (which is ground almonds for new readers.  I get lots of private emails on that one.  Grind the almonds yourself, or buy Almond Meal for $4.99 for a bag from TJ’s) + Medjool Dates

Grind Til you have your Crumble Crust Mixture in your Canister.

Press into a Container, Sprinkle with Cinnamon if you’d like

Then Take your Apple Pieces, Agave (or Maple Syrup), Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract & Brown Sugar (Last Two are Optional) and Stir.   Again, check here or here for exact amounts.

Pour This Mixture over your Crust

and Make your Crumbly Topping with Oats + Almond Meal + Agave + Brown Sugar (Brown Sugar is Optional but recommended for authentic-tasting reasons)

Crust + Apple Mixture + Crumbly Topping = Raw Vegan Apple Crumble.  Done in 15 minutes, tops.

Don’t Drink the Cinnamon-Agave-Vanilla Extract Juice that is running off your apples & seeping through the container even though you want to.

Refrigerate for up to 5 Days.  I dare you to get this past 5 Hours.  It’s seriously Amazing!  

Oh, and it gets better with age, so if you can make it ahead by 12-24 hours, that’s ideal.  But since life is frequently less than ideal, making it 2 minutes prior to eating is perfectly acceptable, too.

Yoga Today is Janu Shirsana A (Head to Knee Forward Bend).  When you’re doing this pose, you should have a very slight twisting of your core to be over your extended leg.

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What’s your fave thing to do while you’re in your car, aside from watching the road which is Job Numero Uno.  Reason I ask is because it looks like I’m going to be teaching yoga classes at a variety of studios and clubs across Phoenix and I am going to have some commute-time on my hands.  Sometimes I like to talk on the phone, other times music, other times silence and just some quiet moments to collect my thoughts.  What do you do to pass the time in your vehicle?

Stay Tuned For a Q & A Session…


  1. chocolate-covered Katie Reply

    Ok, no jokes this time ;)

    CUTE cute apron… and the girlie wearing it is pretty darn cute too :)

    Love ya mucho!

  2. Very cute apron! We do TWO Thanksgivings – my fam and his, since we all live close. I will probably take a dessert. Shocking, I know! :)

  3. I think your blog is great and you look amazing. I am currently very underweight and have not exercised for the last 11 months and there is no end in sight. Physically and mentally going through a difficult time. Not sure how or what to eat anymore. Some people say focus on protein protein, others say its fine to have meals just based on carbs (like beans and rice, things like that). I am tired of thinking about it and hope to one day reclaim my physical abilities , but now having stopped it altogether for 11 months has me in deep fear I will not. I love your positivity in life.

  4. LOVE the apron! I bought one very similar for my sister last year and she loves it – though it doesnt quite fit around her mega-pregnant belly right now! ;-)

  5. That apron is so cute! Love it. Great eats today- especially the sweet tato fries! They're so much better than regular fries

  6. hey momma! my gmail is down and being funky so i am replying to the espresso machine Q here. and NO i have not read this post b/c i hae like 5 i want to read from you and i want to read them in order, call me OCD, but i will get to it.. you are at the top of my list ;)

    ANYWAY yes i looove my breville espresso machine! i dont even use my coffee pot anymore because i can brew espresso fresh all the time and make americanos.. and then lattes when i am feeling bold ;) i usually just have an americano in the morning instead of brewing coffee. tastes so much better. i didn't buy it, but i know marshall got it for me at BB&B for my birthday. i think he spent around $275. i know you love coffee so i know you NEED one! good investment!! xoxoxo


  7. LOVING those pb cups….yummy
    and upward facing dog…I was doing yoga for runners last night (audio only) and heard that and had no idea what that was.


    THANKSGIVING? I actually have been given the pleasure to help plan our families day with my Dad's girlfriend and her Mom. I am in HEAVEN

    I helped plan the menu and they love traditional…they are hosting dinner and we are having everyone over to our place for desserts and playing cards.

    so of course I have been playing…. I get to bring my baked yams (as an appetizer) and I am making the Cranberry/orange relish (raw of course and I am playing this week for a good recipe) and Cranberry Apple Stuffing…

    than for dessert a fruit crisp for my diabetic guests and a few of my raw cranberry bites turned into tarts maybe (haven't decided) and a pumpkin pie.

    I am so thrilled and have had NOT ONE anxiety attack over family junk! It truly is going to be a day of THANKS!

  8. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    Hey thanks for the link back lady! I've got pics of three of your recipes, well, four if you count both the vanilla and chocolate chia puddings. I think my readers are like, "Don't you have anything original these days?" Just kidding, they love you just as much as I do!!! E-mailing you pics just in case you want to use them!!!

  9. Just made my second batch of PB cups of the day. I wish I were kidding. I'm sure you'll read all about it tonight.

    That apron is just darling on you!!!

    I wonder if I can trade my Breville juicer for the coffee machine… ;)

  10. Woah, I just checked out your peanut butter cup recipe. Looks great! If you don't mind me asking, what kind of flavor does the nooch add to the peanut butter?

  11. Kailey (SnackFace) Reply

    You look SUPA cute in that apron! Love it!

    Hmm, this Thanksgiving is going to be…interesting. I'll be in NYC all by myself. I have no plans at all. It may be a little challenging knowing that my family will be together in Cinci. It's going to be my first Thanksgiving ever without my family, the people and forces in my life for which I'm most thankful. I kinda hope the day flies by or I have some awesome distractions!

    Have a wonderful Tuesday, Averie! xoxo

  12. We will go to both sets of parents for Thanksgiving. I cook some for my mom, but not sure yet what I'll be cooking.

    Hey, I was wondering something. When you first started eating chia, did they bother your tummy due to all the fiber? I've always been too afraid to try 2 Tbs. of chia! But, your chia pudding has my mouth watering (at 3:30 in the morning!). Can't sleep, so what better thing to do than read blogs:)

  13. hooray! Thanks for adding me. I need to update mine- its so old!

  14. Love the apron!!

    Always do upward dog – love it :)

    My mom and I will be doing all the cooking and baking, as always!

  15. Cute apron.. I want to get rain boots in that cherry pattern.. I like!!

    I have seen those pro bars everywhere but have never tried.. I enjoy the fact that you can actually see the ingredients. Are they high in calorie?? I am a tad blown away at how high the cliff bars are (unless you are using it as the bulk of your meal or worked out hardcore, it seems too much for me!)

    Hub and I are stayin in NC for Thanksgiving. We wont be heading up to PA until Christmas. He has virtually no time off work so the trip is not going to happen. Its nice.. we can make a lovely meat/dairy free meal and not have to worry about pleasing anyone else.

  16. Mmm, must get the ingredients for those PB Cups soon! They look to-die-for!

  17. Looking hot in that apron… :) Love it! Traveling home for the holidays and the twins do most of the cooking/baking… so we plan ahead though this year going to be different… cause the older sisters are planning to help in the kitchen too. so should get interesting ;)

  18. No matter how hard I try to catch up I can never seem to stay on top of your posts. Reese's PB cups are my absolute favorite!! Anything with PB floats my boat so you can imagine how ecstatic I was to see these. I HAVE to go back and make the recipe!!!

    I love the apron – that is too cute…and you do look very sassy! :)

    Thanksgiving this year will be 9 of us – all of my in-laws. I'm excited about seeing my SIL and her husband again, but it is going to be a full household. Fortunately enough they take over the kitchen and cook everything, but not without giving us a grocery list 2 miles long, most of which ends up getting wasted and/or thrown away..

  19. Reply

    You look so cute in that apron! What a great prize… I always spill all over myself when I'm cooking.

    Thanks so much for the yoga advice. I'll let you know if I make it through a 40 minute class!

  20. love the apron! you look like you are ready to whip of a batch of delicious food!

    great review on those bars, I so much prefer the bars that you can clearly see all the ingredients in there, not just a mish-mosh of 'things'

    i am fully helping my mom cook this year! we are going to a family friends house but my mom is doing most of the cooking so I am her little helper! cant wait!!

  21. OMG What perfect timing, I just made your breakfast cookie recipe (from a few months ago) and posted it on my site! I used chocolate brown rice protein powder though. Came out gggggggreat. ^_^

    As soon as I get some nutritional yeast, I'm all over the peanut butter cups too. 3 ingredients – that's my style.

  22. I made Mint Chocolate Fudgie Babies!!!! HEAVEN!!!!!
    I'm planning on roasting a turkey, stewing some apples, roasting some veggies, and making a crustless pumpkin pie… and some pumpkin fudgie babies or donut holes!!!!!!

  23. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen Reply

    Ahhhh, that yoga pose is just what I need today! Thanks for sharing! I am so glad that you are enjoying your apron! It looks great on you too! :)

  24. I am seriously salivating just looking at the cupcakes!

  25. check you out in that sexay apron girl ;) work it. tim gunn would be proud

    mmm thanksgiving for me is totally more about the family time then the food. we usually have the standard turkey with the sides and what not all pretty healthy and then im making a healthy pumpkin pie and i'm thinking i miiight even make your pb cups :) my fam would flip over those! but i just really love hanging out with the family at my grammys watching football in our sweats :) its totally my fav holiday!

  26. ahhhh i always find myself behind in reading your fab blog – those raw vegan reeses look amazing. and i never would have guessed nutritional yeast. its why i bow down to your raw yoganess :)

    LOVE the cherry apron – so cute!

    for thanksgiving, i am heading home to spend time with the fam and help mama everythingtarian in the kitch. and yes, my traditional pumpkin cheesecake will be made by yours truly!!!!

  27. Alisa - Frugal Foodie Reply

    Those PB cups are the picture of perfection!

    Love the new apron.

  28. Oh my gosh, I have always wanted an adorable apron to cook in!!! I'm so jealous. =) I think I need to put that on my Christmas list!

  29. I am so going to try to make those PB cups today. Oh crud! I just remembered I'm out of almond butter : ( Looks like I'll be making a trip to Trader Joe's ASAP!

    Thanksgiving. Well, I'm making rolls for the family dinner and a huge salad for me and to share with everyone. I thought it would be hard to not eat cooked food come Thanksgiving but I'm totally cool with it now :o)

  30. healthhappinesshope Reply

    I'm so jealous of those Pro bars! I haven't been able to find them in stores, but they always look so healthy and delicious!

    What an adorable apron!!! You make quite the lovely baker Miss Averie. ;)


  31. Omg, those PB cups!!!! They look awesome!

    Congrats on the Foodie Blogroll win, that's such a cute apron! Their contests aren't open to Canadians. Boo. Speaking of Canada, we had our Thanksgiving last month. But I'm thinking of celebrating again for my American friends ;)

  32. everything looks wonderful! very adorable apron!

  33. You're lookin' hot in that cherry apron Averie! And the peanut butter cups look ridiculously addicting.

    As for turkey day we go to my parents. I am in charge of a pomegranate cheesecake (hopefully what is in my head will translate well into reality) and cocktails. I usually also throw together some sort of salad and I might be bringing some sweet potato tarts as well. Stay tuned…

  34. Hey Averie –
    Ok, first let me say that I LOVE your blog. I check it for recipes like it's my new bible! I just got my dehydrator yesterday, so I'm back to get your recipe for your kale chips! Must try these!!!!

    Thank you for sharing so much about your life and food and yoga. I am trying to share your eats with my family and let me just tell you…the chocolate chip cookie dough balls were a mega hit with hubby!

    I also have been sending my spark people friends over here to check you out.

    Thanks so much! Please keep sharing!!

  35. kris | Reply

    Cute apron Doll!! I am making this pudding! I am so glad I purchased a big bag of chia seeds the other day :)

    I can't believe how cheap Pacific almond milk is at TJ's!! WF is on sale for $2.50!!! WOW!

  36. Kailey (SnackFace) Reply

    I'm back to tell you that I just added you to my blog roll, too! Embarrassed that I hadn't yet! So sorry!

  37. OMG thank you for sharing the pb cup recipe! I just made 2 (melted some vegan choc chips from whole foods) and they are fabulous!!

  38. Must make those PB cups. I LOVE Reeses but haven't been able ot have them in FOREVER.

    I need an apron and those are just too adorable for words. Perfect for a chef who is whipping up some amazing goodies.

    I'm at home for Thanksgiving no idea what I'm going to eat though. Do I try free range turkey or what? I don't really want to go against my vegan ways, but the kitchen is tiny and I'm the lone vegan in the house. Any ideas for an entree?

  39. LOVE the apron, so cute!!

    I'm making your raw cookie dough balls tonight, can't wait to try them!!

    Love the sweet potatoe fries too….I make 'em all the time! xoxo

  40. yay for new stuff!!

    We always go up to my great aunt's house, which is always super nice. I volunteered in return for the invite to use my culinary skillsss to make all the desserts. So I'll be pieing it up next week: dairy and gluten included. baha.:) But I may have to whip up an Averie pumpkin pie. that recipe's been staring me down for like two weeks.

  41. how adorable are you little betty homemaker :)!!!!

    I used to have a crazy obsession with cherries, like – wanted a tattoo of strange.

    happy hump day pie!

  42. There is some kind of nut/seed in your Pro Bar that looks like a dead rolly polly! Scary…

  43. Oh my. Raw Vegan PB Cups?! I MUST make those soon!

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