Guest Post: Pure2Raw Twins Michelle & Lori

Hi Friends, here is an Awesome Guest Post from the Twins at Pure 2 RawLori and Michelle are two of the nicest, sweetest girls around!  And did you know they are high raw, all vegan, gluten-free chefs, bakers, and run their own business!  It’s called Twin Cakes Bakery…and they do gift baskets and mail order, so if you want to treat yourself to goodies ranging from
Raw chocolate walnut biscotti To Swiss Chard Black Sesame Onion Free Flatbread
To raw chocolate cupcakes with creamy vanilla coconut icing!!!
Yummmmmmmmy!!!!! So without further ado, here’s The Pure 2 Raw Twins’ Guest Post.  Stay tuned for another separate, fun post for me coming right up!
We were honored when Averie asked us to do a guest post while she is away on vacation.
Here is a quick introduction of who we are.
We are the Pure2Raw Twins from We are two best friends who happen to be twin sisters. We both are high raw vegans who eat gluten free, peanut free, corn free, and soy free. Our blog is our journey through finding balance and good health through this ‘so called’ life as well owning own our business.  Our bakery is called Twin Cakes Bakery, which is a gluten free, vegan, peanut free bakery, plus have our Pure2Raw product line.  Pure2raw is where we love to share our passion for fitness, health, plus baking and unbaking away in the kitchen : ) We enjoy running and our newest passion is yoga. Averie has been very inspirational to us both!

Today we are going to share one of our favorite classics:

Yep here is a never fail, 20 minute recipe that we hope it will become a staple in your kitchen.  We know a lot of people (like us) that can’t eat this or that for whatever reason miss childhood classics, so here is our remake of one with a healthy twist!!
 Pure2raw Twins Recipe:
One Pot Gluten Free Vegan Mac-n-Cheese

Serves 2-3

Step 1:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa

In small saucepan over high heat bring the water to a boil. Once boiling and quinoa and return to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes
 *There might be some water left over, but that is okay.
Remove from heat and pour the quinoa into a bowl and set aside.
Step 2: The cheezy sauce

  • Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

 Using the same pot that the quinoa was in, place it back on the stovetop over medium heat and add coconut milk and tahini. Whisk together. The tahini will melt into the milk. Then add remaining ingredients and whisk. Raise the heat to be medium high. It will start to thicken, takes about 1-2 minutes. Once it starts getting thick pour the quinoa back in the pot and stir till well combined.
 And you done. : )


 Have fun and add your favorite seasonings, we added a pinch of smoked paprika and 1 tsp parsley.

Thank you again to Averie for letting us be a guest post ; )  We hope we have inspired you all to try something new.  If you are really adventurous, you could try stirring in a nut butter (instead or in addition to the tahini), if you have an open mind the possibilities are endless!! Have fun in the kitchen : )

Thank you to all of Love, Veggies,and Yoga readers for allowing the twins into your lives, take care!
The Pure2Raw Twins,
Lori and Michelle 

Thanks Lori and Michelle, you’ve got me craving Mac-n-Cheese, the Gluten Free Vegan kind, of course!  And once again, go check out their Twin Cakes Bakery in case you just want them to mail their goodies right to you!  Gluten-Free, Vegan Peppermint “candy cane” Macaroons, anyone!!

Stay Tuned for the next post from me where I reveal some fun facts and breakfast plates….



  1. Food Makes Fun Fuel Reply

    I have an awful memory and do not like smoothies. But I do like–no, love–my kitchen scale. It makes everything perfect. Once you use it for baking, you never go bake. And I've never had problems with oatmeal being too watery or too dry since figuring out how many grams of water I like. Perfection.

  2. I LOVE my kitchen scale. For dates it is perfect because dates are so different in size and juiciness. It is also a nice trick to figure out how many nutrients you are getting. I do that from time to time, I don't worry too much about calories.

    I love banana-blueberry smoothies. I drink green smoothies daily for breakfast. I use several cups of greens, a fresh banana, frozen mango and/or berries, and some hemp protein or seeds. I use water to liquify it usually.

    My husband is allergic to garlic so I never use it. I don't miss it at all! I used to think I was fussy with food but it turns out I like almost all raw foods, it was the foods that are bad for me that I disliked. Glad I figured it out.

    Can't think of much quirky right now. I suppose it's a bit quirky that my dog has more jackets that I do!

  3. My favorite yoga pose ever! Mainly because it was such a huge accomplishment for me to figure it out – it's not so much about strength as finding that balance sweet spot!

    Wow, I loooove garlic!
    Hmm…quirky…I hate catsup/ketchup SO much. I love barbecue sauce, love tomatoes, love mustard…just hate catsup!

  4. Fayinagirl (means Free One) Reply

    Memory?? Ha! Mine is shot. I used to tell my children that it's all because I lost brain cells with every placenta. ;-) LOL! (they just laugh and tell me it's because I'm old)

    Quirky? I hate shoes. Okay, what I mean is, I love to "look" at all kinds of fashionable shoes, but wearing shoes is like torture! ;-)

  5. Madeline - Greens and Jeans Reply

    I still can't believe you hate garlic! I can remember the dumbest things, but almost anything that is actually important for me to remember just slides right out of my head! As always it was great seeing you today! Skylar also managed to get "I'm so sexy" stuck in my head for the rest of the afternoon…

  6. Kris | Reply

    Hey Averie,

    Looks like you had such a nice coffee date!!

    Those t shirts are super cute ;) You are always getting gifts in the mail! Your mailbox is like a constant giver!

    Enjoy your afternoon!


  7. Jessica @ How Sweet Reply

    I have an EXCELLENT memory. I am really good at memorizing stuff and always did well on test with it. I am terrible at math, so it all evens out. :)

    And we OVER-use our kitchen scale – use it for everything!! My hubby even weighs out his mixed drinks and orange

  8. so fun that you and madeline meet up so often! I bet its so nice to just chat and relax and bring Skylar along!! I hope she is feeling beter! look at all that swag you got! so awesome…I love smoothies, but I have to put the right ingredients in them orthey just act like water and do NOTHING for my hunger. Instead of almond mikl, I have been using skim or soy milk with mroe carbs and protein to help with that! that smoothie sounds awesome!!
    i love my kitchen scale for measuring single serving sizes of meats and such. I also love it for baking purposes!

    hmm quirky traits?? I HAVE to sleep with a fan on at all times, even in the dead of winter. I cannot fall asleep without that humming noise. It is such a problem because I take my fan with me everywhere!!! I have thought about hypno therapy for it!!

    love you girl

  9. I have a terrible memory, which really gets me in trouble sometimes! If somebody (say, one of my 150 high school students) tells me something I have to write it down immediately or there is no hope!

    I really like smoothies quite a bit. I have an hour long commute to work every morning, so my green monster is the perfect way for me to get in veggies and healthy fat first thing in the morning. And it's easy to take in the car! On the weekends, though, I crave a breakfast that I can chew:)

    Glad you had such as fun coffee date…and I love the tshirts! Can't wait to see Skylar model it.

  10. Andrea@WellnessNotes Reply

    Sorry you got so little sleep! Hope Skylar will be all better soon! :) Looks like everyone enjoyed the coffee meetup! :)

    My memory is pretty good. But I do have to pay attention more these days than when I was younger…

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  12. Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) Reply

    I wanna meet up with you, Madeline, and Skylar!! (Im pouting!!!). Honestly, so jealous you two get to do that but really happy for ya! :)

    LOVE those hand painted bags.. they will be great to take grocery shopping! :)

    Happy ALMOST Friday, Averie.. enjoy your evening.

  13. Smoothies have been a come-and-go thing for me. I also like to chew on stuff!
    I have a great long-term memory but not such a good short term memory. I remember things from when I was a toddler!

    Hmm random fact: I can cross one eye and keep one straight. It really freaks people out

  14. I like to eat my smoothies with a spoon- always!

    So wild- love the treats and the scale idea- once I get my own kitchen a scale will be my second purchase- after a vitamix!

  15. Girl you know we love our smoothies. We chew our smoothies ;) Or drink out of our class straws. And kitchen scales are the best!

    Random fact – Michelle- has a crooked smile!
    Lori HATES frogs!

  16. Nice headstand, Averie! And what a nifty new gadget – kitchen scales are so handy!

    My memory is only good for quirky things. I remember more about people than I do about things. Which is why microbiology is so tough for me! GAH!

    You hate garlic? I love it! But only cooked, of course. As for me, I can't stand raw watercress or dulse! ACK! Cringe-inducing.

  17. Heh…I have a finicky memory. Sometimes I can memorize exact passages, long quotes, and technical explanations…but other times I'm borderline ADD.

    I love post workout protein shakes, or, when I'm not going to wake up the roomies, a smoothie to go along with my breakfast. I can't have a meal that's just a smoothie though. I need chew!

    It's funny though…when I make green smoothies, I never add much fruit–maybe a small handful of strawberries or blueberries. But I almost always add cucumber or zucchini! Takes the bitterness right out of any green and makes things thicker.

    The best trick I ever heard for smoothies and shakes is to add a bit of xanthan and guar gum. It makes them super thick and creamy.

  18. crazylittlethingneela Reply

    aww i still can't get over how beautiful skylar is! you really need to watch out for her when she's older ;)
    i am so happy that you got a kitchen scale. i always use one for baking and cooking and often get so confused with the volumetric measurement of the states so i am much better when it coems to the scales.
    all my love to you and your beautiful daughter!

  19. ChocolateCoveredVegan Reply

    I'm so excited to see how ou like your scale!

    Oh, and I've been meaning to ask you: I think I reeeeaally need to make your raw cheesecake already. Wat on earth's been stopping me??? How much agave do you use? And have you ever subbed stevia? Ugh, sorry for all the questions. Of course I can experiment for myseelf… just thought I'd pickk your brain. I need to finally get around to making some of your recipes!

  20. I just found your blog again! Can't wait to try the gluten-free pancakes.

    I have a pretty good memory depending on what the subject is!

  21. hey…down with garlic, eh?

    wanted to say I am ok with plastic that is recycled and BPA-free. when you have health issues, it is hard not to want to eliminate anything that might be causing sickness. i get it about the kids though. i am trying to buy stuff for my due-any-day-now-niece that is at least BPA free.

  22. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg Reply

    Looks like a great day!!! I wish I could come to the coffee dates with y'all!

  23. runwritetherapylife Reply

    The kitchen scale sounds like such a great tool. Sorry that Skylar's sick! But you're such a good mommy to get up with her :) I hope I can't be a mother that kind some day! I swear by zinc tablets when I'm sick, and I know there are some fun flavored ones out there…

    Quirky pretty much defines me, lol, so I hardly know where to begin! Probably my biggest foodie quirk is my deep, extreme, serious hatred of tomatoes. I LOATHE THEM!

  24. runwritetherapylife Reply

    Obviously, I meant that I hope I CAN be a mother that kind some today :) Silly me.

  25. Paige@ RunningaroundNormal Reply

    Sounds like a super fun lunch. Skylar is such a cutie, even if she is a little snot fest right now ;)
    LOVE the Zapata swag you got! So adorable.

  26. I LOVE smoothies. Strawberry-banana or some kind of tropical fruit with blueberries (mango, pineapple, orange, or some combo) are my favorites – with spinach of course ;)

  27. Great scale! I want one of those…

    I love smoothies and I like to think that I have a pretty good memory!

    Have a lovely evening!

  28. I always ignored smoothies in the past because I thought they were a waste of calories. I wanted to chew my day's calories, not gulp them down in one slurp. Strangely though, these days I've been REALLY into the idea of smoothies, esp. ones made from recipes like the one you listed here. I'm also not a psycho about calories anymore! That helps. :)

    The food scale is something I couldn't live without when I was counting calories because it helped me get my portions just right. Again, these days not worried about calories, but kitchen scales are so great for getting recipe measurements just right w/o getting every measuring cup dirty!

  29. Oh and duh, the whole reason I was commenting in the first place was to let you know that I've posted my ice cream recipe featuring your choc chip cookie dough recipe!

  30. duuuuude you got HOOKED up! a food scale and stellar swag :)

    mmm gum! orbit bubblemint and stride bubs are my favies! good for blowing the bubs all day long. prob not so good for my jaw.

  31. I want to say this every day, but by the time I get to the bottom of your post, I get distracted by all the food pics and friendly questions that I forget: Skylar is the most happy looking and beautiful three year old ever. I love her smiles!!

    Random fact about me: I have very small feet for my height. I'm almost 5'9'' and wear a size 6 1/2 shoe and I love shoes!

    I need to get my hands on a kitchen scale one of these days too. Lucky you!

  32. i used to have a good memory…but i am very distracted and useless now….love the cookie dough balls….skylar looks so sweet…so grown up for only 3 :)

  33. madeline sure is lucky to meet up with you and your cute little bug all the time!! speaking of, hope she is feeling better.
    you have great finger nails.
    i am going to be using my mom's old school dehydrator to dry some things for my trip. i was wondering if you could tell me the best things to do since you are the master!
    the blueberry almond smoothie sounds EXCELLENT! i am so into smoothies.
    my memory sucks more than a vacuum.
    love ya!

  34. Hi Averie! How are you doing girlfriend? Enjoying your days and getting a bit of relaxing in there? I hope so!!!!

    Such fun times! I love a relaxing tea with a friend : )

    I can't believe little Miss Skylar is going to be 3! They grow so quickly! My oldest is going to be 11 next month, yikes!

    A good kitchen scale is a must! I would be so lost without mine. I use it probably 10 times a day, at least!

    Dried cherries, dried cherries, I chant to myself. Off to O.B. People's tomorrow!

    What great t's and bag! How thoughtful! It's great to have things around that were made out of love : )

    Smoothies……yum! I just had one for dinner. Slim pickings around here Raw wise. I am almost out of hemp protein powder so I best get some before even my smoothie options are gone!

    I try to keep my memory up. My grandmother is so obsessed with not getting old. She plays bridge, sudoku and gets books from the library that help build up your memory. She's 89 and still travels around the world. That's my goal!

    No garlic? OMG! I couldn't live without it!! That is quirky : ) My random fact, I can only eat bananas by themselves. I HATE them n smoothies or anything else, yuck! Weird, I know.

    I miss getting to leave these epic comments : ( I barely get on the computer now except for necessity. Miss you! Just know I'm here lurking : ) Besides, you'll see me soon enough girl!



  35. what a beautiful yoga pose! i wish i was that good–i'm still in the beginner stages!
    your daughter is absolutely beautiful btw.
    take care sweetie <3

  36. Smoothies heck yes! Bananas + dates + avocado + milk of choice = the

    My memory use to get me in trouble because I would remember everyone's embarrassing stories lol. Well actually that's not true in all cases. I have a hard time remembering faces and I'm working on remembering names. I just get to excited and lost in meeting new people that I totally forget to remember their name–uh that would help! lol

    By the way… SKYLAR IS SOOOO FREAKING CUTE!!! Even if she did keep you awake last night lol. But I'm glad that you got some quality girl time–those work wonders, seriously.

    That yoga pose!!! That's how my grandpa taught me how to do headstands. He use to go up to the mountains in Colombia (that's where he lives) and practice yoga there. It's funny because he has a very large stomach but if you punch it, it's rock hard. I think it has to do with the yoga breathing and being at such a high altitude. Imagine how amazing that is though. My grandpa can't climb the mountains anymore but he can still do his headstands. Anyway, such a peaceful pose :)


  37. Hope Skylar feels better soon- glad to see she's still smiling!

    I have an incredible memory for things people say, as well as dates…I memorize everyone's birthday as soon as I hear it! Sadly, that doesn't extend to anything useful, like math theorems :/

  38. glad you got a breather today….but hope Skylar gets better soon…lil punkin.

    you get the coolest mail. All we get is taxes and bills. haha

    I have been wanting a kitchen scale let us know how it goes. (but I am sure SURE I would use it to measure my yarn fiber when I spin yarn as opposed to measuring dates. I am a bit of this and that kinda cook…haha

    I too have pretty good memory…and yes, my multi tasking has to be at a minimum…but I can't read things and memorize them…I am a total audio person. if i hear it, OR if it's connected to a jingle…it's in the brain for life.

    garlic…really! no garlic and onions for you huh? I could live off the two, but raw onions make me burpy haha TMI for sure!

    get some rest Mama! weekends almost here!

  39. Living and Loving in L.A. Reply

    Oooh! I love my kitchen scale! Everyone should own one, they are fantastic for recipes!!!
    Did you see my comment yesterday about your nails? I'm dying for your advice!

  40. moretolifethanlettuce Reply

    oh those mommy and me shirts are too cute! i wish i hadn't gotten rid of my kitchen scale bc it would come in handy in all the fun recipes i want to try now! but that scale was janky anyways, maybe it's time for an upgrade :)

  41. Yay, I'm glad you've got a scale. I had to buy a cup measurer because you guys in the US work in cups whereas we always use scales.

    I'm not a fan of smoothies and for some reason they never agree with my system.

    I have a great memory for people and a not so great memory for facts. Nevermind!

  42. Yummy smoothie! Oh I too would definitely need a kitchen scale, I have measuring jugs and cups but I would prefer a nice small scale.

    I have an excellent memory, and very often people rely on me to remember things for them. In my previous job, my employer used to tell me that it was even dangerous, as he had the tendency to count on me too much and not making the effort to remember himself, and he forgot everything :-)

  43. The Voracious Vegan Reply

    I loooove smoothies, this one sounds fantastic.

    And yes, I have a great memory for some things. If it has to do with things I'm passionate about: politics, activism, veganism, feminism, history, horses, books, YES, I can remember it all.

    If it has to do with things I don't care too much about, like math, or basic common sense facts like don't put liquid dish soap in the dish washer….no, I'm not so good.

  44. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} Reply

    Ahhhh, Girl time, so fun isn't it. I don't get enough of that sometimes. Did Skylar have her TJ's cheesy puffs with her?? Did Barbie eat any, probably not after all she is Barbie!
    Memory: Very bad :( Two kids doesn't help that. It does feel wicked sharp after caffeine though!
    Smoothies: I could give or take 'em. I much prefer the chew too! I do make my ice blended drinks, though they usually accommodate a mini meal.
    Great headstand!
    I am going nuts right now 'cause every link on my blog is dead…..errors, not working. Feel sick. Waiting patiently for hubs to wake up and FIX problem!!

  45. eggplantexecutrix Reply

    I have what I think is an eidactic memory. Or photographic, too, perhaps.I get confused by the terms. I also remember dates like Rainman.

    It is crystal clear where your daughter gets her liveliness from — you two are cut from the same (lovely) cloth!

  46. I love all smoothies! Just did a whole post dedicated to them (along with a giveaway…wink, wink!).

    I looove garlic, I am Italian! :)
    I can't eat it raw though, yuck!! To harsh!

  47. Sophie @ yumventures Reply

    I loooove my food scale too! It is so useful for a ton of recipes, especially foreign ones! I love coffee girl dates…a cafe, whether it be in winter or summer, is one of my favorite places to be =)

  48. Hope little lady is feeling better and that you've had a chance to rest. Those times can definitely be tough.

    Love those shirts and bags. I want one, or maybe I'll just make something like it myself. I need to get my creative juices flowing again :-)

  49. findinghappinessandhealth Reply

    such a fun little meet up!! the kitchen scale really helps me when i am trying to figure out my exchanges :)
    and i have an ok memory..ehh idk haha


  50. peacelovenutrition Reply

    Blooger meet up at always fun! I'llhave to check out her blog. I have the WORST memory! i think ti's because what you mentioned…I'm always trying to multi task to I'm never fully concentrating on anything..not a great habit!



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