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!!!! 

Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars in container with one bar missing

Close up of one Vegan Creme de Menthe Bar

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! 

 

Close up of 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

Close up of Pro Bar Koka Moka flavor
Hand holding Pro Bar Koka Moka

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.

Nutrition Facts on Pro Bar Koka Moka
Ingredients on Pro Bar Koka Moka

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?

Close up of Pro Bar Koka Moka flavor

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

Hand holding Pro Bar Koka Moka showing fruit in bar

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.

Diced mango chunks

 

Hand holding one mango chunk

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.

Dr. Flacker's Crackers boxes

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!

Dr. Flacker's Crackers showing GF, Raw, High in Protein & Fiber

I also got this lovely yoga mat from Aurorae Yoga

Aurorae Yoga yoga mat

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

Close up of Aurorae Yoga yoga mat
Colors of Aurorae Yoga mats

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.

Close up of green yoga mat

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

 Various Amazing Grass Products on countertop

I was most excited by this Chocolate Action

Amazing Grass Products in Chocolate Drink Powder

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

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs in clear container with scoop taken out

Click Here for the Recipe….

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs in bowl

…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.

Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball in bowl

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

Green salad with turnkey and vegetables with ranch dressing

 

Close up of Green salad with turnkey and vegetables with ranch dressing

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.

Green salad with 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.

Close up of salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

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

One Vegan Creme de Menthe Bar on white plate

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…

Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowball in bowl
 Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowball in white bowl
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Snowball in dish with scoop taken out

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

Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowball in clear container

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowball in white bowl

 

Close up of Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowball in container with scoop taken out

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

Woman doing Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana yoga pose

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…

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  1. I've had such a pretzel craving lately, and I like that Kay's has a more balanced carb/protein ratio.
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  2. I learned that the cookies are sweetened with Stevia, something that I am newly madly in love with. I'm so glad I've decided to "give it a try" over my usual Splenda. Gag. Never again! Stevia for life. I'm using the Stevia in the Raw. I'm going to try the liquid Stevia soon :)

  3. I would buy and LOVE to win this giveaway because I desperately need a low calorie cookie option. I have such a sweet tooth. These cookies might be a good portion control fix :)

  4. I would like to try the cookie dough balls recipe. It looks so good. Seriously who can resist cookie dough?? Not this girl (me).

  5. I would love to try their protein cereal! You are already on my blogroll and I'm following in my google reader and publicly as well. Just tweeted the contest too!

  6. i went to the websitre and was surprised (not in a good way, unfortunately,) to learn that their pretzels actually have 1.5 servings per bag…whoops. the few times i've tried them i've definitely downed the whole thing!

  7. oh…and i'd like to win because i really like kay's naturals products and i'm a bit of a protein feind. yes. :]

  8. The hazelnut sweet chips look delicious! I would love to win such healthy snack options!

    Favorite protein powder – Sun Warrior.

    Your peppermint donut holes look amazing!

  9. Entry #7 – I learned: "A bag of Kay’s Naturals chips has more protein than 3.5 eggs!"

  10. Entry #3 – You're already in my Google Reader!

    And…

    P.S. That's my #2 entry up there. I accidentally hit enter before I finished filling in the name/URL section. Oops! ;-)

  11. Entry #1 – I think I'd try the sample pack so I could get a feel for the products and see what I liked best. :-D

  12. 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. :)

  13. 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!!!

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

    I really want to try the chia seed pudding :)

  15. 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 ;)

  16. I would love to win these goodies because:

    -I love crunchy food :)

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

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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!

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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

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

  27. 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!

  28. How have I not entered this yet!? I want to try the honey almond protein cereal. Protein cereal is such an awesome idea!

  29. I really like that Kay's naturals makes their products with all natural ingredients (not typical for my chip/cereal/cookie snackage)!

  30. oh gosh- I need this goodness! Extra ways to get protein- I'm so in. Plus I've NEVER tried their products and they sound fantastic!

  31. I would love the protein cereal, and I would love to win the sample pack because as a kindergarten teacher I am always looking for quick and balanced snacks!

  32. Ohhh my goodness those snacks look delicious! I'd love to try the cookie bites.. hey, they're healthier of course! And I'd love to win a sample pack because everything looks delicious!

  33. I just started following you – which I wanted to do. I need all the inspiration I can get to keep eating right!
    Blessing!
    Amy

  34. oh. and love
    you are most most definatly in my blog roll
    as i love you
    and i'd love to try these kay naturals things;-)

    XO

    OH! and I finally got a good nights sleep. dang full moon.

  35. I would LOVE to try that protien cereal!
    i have heard a bunch about it in "blog land"
    tee hee

    oh! I made more raw cookie dough balls for a potluck last night!
    everyone. loved. them.

    i didnt snap a picture.. it was a last minute. i-need-something-quick
    10 minutes and delicious- quick
    ;-)

    your a rock star

  36. I love freebiesss ( i'm a college student !!) but i just think its an awsome way to experience foods you wouldnt try otherwise ..oh and no i've never actually won a giveaway.
    hmm wellll i learned that you don't have to be a complete raw foodie…but make the most of the food you do eat.

  37. i would like to win because I think it's great to have a tasty option for protein now that I am rarely eating meat

  38. your raw desserts?!?! well I have always wanted to make that pumpkin pie! it is so simple and i love the crust how it is made out of almonds!

  39. Your body cannot handle gluten (wheat, barley, spelt, kamut, etc.), dairy (cow, sheep, goat), or soy. Once you eliminated these foods from your diet, your health and wellness improved dramatically!!

    I learned that about you!!!

  40. i went to the website and learned
    These products can help to sustain energy, manage weight loss, and stabilize blood sugar

  41. wooo yess! i LOVE KAYS they make the best products I want the sample pack because there are so many products I havent tried yet like the kruncheez!

  42. I just started a blog TODAY, and you are on the blogroll. (I also posted a picture of those creme de menthe bars that I made and didn't show up on your blog and linked to the recipe in your blog!) Check it out:
    makingfoodandotherstuff.wordpress.com

  43. 11- I think I've done my fair share of commenting the raw desserts. you know I love them.

    9 out of 11? I'll take it.

  44. 10- I learned broccoli and kale are kings of the protein rich dark leafy greens! I seriously went overboard on brocc+kale today, LOL- I was burping up burnt kale and raw brocc allll afternoon. OH well- c'est la vie. it made my tummy happy at the time!

  45. MMMMM! I WOULD LOVE to win this giveaway because I just (as in last few days) tried Kay's products and I am going to MISS the stuff when it is gone!! I want more of that protein cereal already!! so neat that they can have so much protein, great protein sizes, and a small amount of cals!

    thanks for hosting this, gurrrrrrl!

  46. Your dark chocolate snowballs WILL be made over Christmas break – can't wait to sink my teeth into those!

  47. 1) I'd love to win Kay's Naturals products because here at college I'm really limited on snacking options and these look delicious (especially the high protein stuff!)
    2) already follow!
    3)done!
    4)will do!
    5)done!
    6) done!
    7) done!
    8) done!
    9) done!
    10) i learned the firefly pose! I'm currently working on crow but i would love to aspire to that one as well!
    11) the PB cups. and literally everything else.

  48. About your raw desserts, umm, what doesn't catch my eye?! They look awesome. I notice you use maple syrup instead of agave which isn't technically raw, but I love the flavor of maple syrup so I completely understand