How are you doing today?  I’ve had a fun day because I met Maureen of MommyRD and her baby girl, Ava, at WF’s for coffee.  

Inside grocery store showing stacked produce
Coffee shop portion of store showing checkout and menus

Maureen and I had originally talked about a park playdate but on account of all the rain and horrible dreary and cold weatther we’ve had, we figured we’d rather be cozy and dry and sipping our java indoors.

Woman and young girl sitting on overside chair
Woman and baby sitting on over sized chair while baby chews on carrot

Plus Skylar could bounce on the comfy chairs if we were indoors.  Always a bonus.

Young girl sitting on oversized chair smiling
Smiling young girl on oversized chair

I met up with Maureen (Mo) once before in This Post, and it was fun to see her againMo and I had chatted last week and she told me she was sick of spending money on the Chocolate PureBars and did I have a way to recreate them?  Indeed, I do….

Hand holding a Pure Chocolate Brownie Bar

I told her to use this recipe of mine for Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls and just shape them into bars, not balls.  And it’s been working great for her.  Way to go, Mo! For saving all that cash and doing it yourself! Love it!

Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls in clear container

Skylar and I had a great time…I mean look at the cheeseball grin that Skylar’s flashing!

Woman and young girl sitting in oversized chairYoung girl giving large smile while sitting on chair
Madeline, You’re Up Next, hon!  Are you ready for this ball of energy!?

After I was well-caffeinated, I browsed the ridic selection of bars.   

Health bar section of grocery store

Maca Power anyone?

Box of Ruth's Maca Power Bars

I power up on Popcorn with Maca, Nooch, Stevia, Cinnamon, & Chocolate Chips

Popcorn with Maca, Nutritional Yeast, Stevia, Cinnamon, & Chocolate Chips
Close up of popcorn

And then I saw ProBars, RawRevolution Bars, I saw 18 Rabbits, and every kind of bar known to The Blogosphere Man.  But they are all pretty pricey.  Til I saw this…

Shelf full of energy and health related bars

…the evasive yet widely coveted Luna Cookie Dough Protein Bars for a $1 Buck Each!

Luna Cookie Dough Protein Bar Sale tag five for five dollars
Three Luna Protein bars on countertop
Nutritional Facts on back of protein bar
Nutritional label on back of protein bar

3 Bars, 3 Bucks.  Love It.   Don’t love the long ingredient list, but cest la vie.

Receipt from store

I wonder how the Luna Cookie Dough will stack up against my high Raw Vegan Cookie Dough?

 Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls on white plate

 Maybe you can skip the Luna bars and just make some Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls!

Close up of Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls on plate

Moving along…
My Bar Guru highly recommended this bar: JokerzIt’s been compared to A Vegan SnickersI cannot wait to break into these given the high praise Evan gave them and I since I used to love Snickers, caramel, anything really dense and candy-bar like, this just seems too good to be true!  I’ll keep you posted.

Two Jokerz Candy Bars on countertop
Dairy free, vegan and no trans fat on Jokerz Bar
No hydrogenated oils, no cholesterol and nothing artificial on Jokerz Bar

So I happily snapped up two of these bad boys, at 2.29 each.  Not a bargain but I’ve seen worse…

…Like In the Raw Granola Section in WF it was loan sharking type prices.

Raw Granola Section in grocery store

A Small Bag of Granola Bars marked down from 9.99 to 7.99

Organic Granola Price Sale Tag
 
Two Mom in the Raw Bag of Granola
Are you kidding me?  Who has 10 dollars for a few granola bars?   

You can make my No Bake Vegan PB Choc Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars for probably a quarter per bar, give or take, and it’s all homemade, vegan, Gluten & Soy-Free, No-Bake, the whole she-bang, loaded with flax, chia, whatever seeds you include, coconut oil if you choose, healthy fat from the nut butter and coconut oil…and did I mention cost-effective.
No Bake Vegan PB Choc Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars

No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bar on plastic wrap
Side view of No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bar on plastic wrap
Overhead of protein bar on plastic wrap

The ironic thing is before I was as into raw vegan foods and just not quite as savvy as I am now about ingredients and such….well, rewind the clock to my early 20s, I had tons of disposable cash and would blow it on random stuff at WF’s.  Now, I can totally appreciate the care that it does take to make these great specialty products, and the quality of ingredients that are used, but I can’t afford them.  Well, I could theoretically buy whatever I want, but these huge pangs of guilt set in that I could be blowing this cutie’s college savings plan on raw granola bars, and I happily put them back on the shelf.

Young girl smiling and sitting on oversized chair

I’m glad you enjoyed yesterday’s recipe for a new salad dressing: Cheezy Hemp DressingI know, it was time for something new!  And glad you were happy for me about the ArtisanaMe too!

Artisana Coconut Butter and Oil next to one another on countertop

And I enjoyed hearing about your Guilty or Secret Pleasures & Indulgences!   Good stuff but very few of you got down and dirty with any super impressive Guilty Pleasures that you admitted toI was hoping you’d say that you happiply enjoy microwaving empty plastic nut butter containers and eating oats in a jar from plastic that’s leeching BPA or fun stuff like that!  haha!
 

Time to Raw-Ify Brownie Cupcakes!
In my Highlights & Recap Post that was super glitchey that I posted twice on Saturday, I made Brownie Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Frosting with White Chocolate Drizzle.   And I also mentioned them in my last postthat I was going to raw-ify and veganize these!  Sit Tight on That Version…

Brownie Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Frosting with White Chocolate Drizzle in paper liners
Close up of Brownie Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Frosting with White Chocolate Drizzle  

First here’s how I made them, neither raw nor vegan.  Click Here for the Exact Recipe Info & Directions.  They look complicated but really soooo easy.  

I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking from the latest batch…
Place Brownie Dough into Cupcake Liners

Brownie dough in liners in cupcake pan
Get the Candy to Stuff the Centers With Ready:Dark Chocolate Caramels, Milky Way Darks, and Reese’s PB Cups or whatever you’d like to clog your arteries with.
Mixed chocolate candies on countertop
Mixed chocolate candies next to cupcake pan

Bake a for 8-10 Minutes, then Smoosh Candy Into the Centers.  And Bake another 7-8 minutes or til Done.

Candies pressed into the top of Brownie Dough

Frosting:
The difference today from the Last Batch is in the Mint Chocolate “Frosting” I made using.
Dark Chocolate & Mint Chips

Nestle Dark Chocolate and Mint Chips in bag and in small bowl

And White Chocolate

Piece of white chocolate in bowl next to cupcake pan

Melt & Apply Frosting.
Put the Brownie Cupcakes into Storage Containers.  These won’t linger around the house and present any “storage” issues, trust me.

Finished Brownie Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Frosting with White Chocolate Drizzle in clear containers
Close up of Brownie Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Frosting with White Chocolate Drizzle in containers
Close up of Brownie Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Frosting with White Chocolate Drizzle in clear container

Scott and Skylar love them!

Two Brownie Cupcakes in cupcake panClose up of one Brownie Cupcake in cupcake pan in liner
Again, Click Here for the Exact Recipe Info

I didn’t have any on account of the vegan and gluten situation.  No worries because…

Three Brownie Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Frosting with White Chocolate Drizzle in paper liners

…You can Raw-Ify Them by Making a Batch of
Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownies
Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownies in clear container Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownies
Or Another Option…
See This Post for info on how to make the cupcakes with Cookie Dough if you’d prefer cookie dough over brownie batter!!!! 

Whip up some high Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in blender

Spoon the Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or the Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownie Batter into your Muffin Tray and DehydrateOr not and eat raw because of course, it’s perfectly edible and delish raw.  Or use a low oven, like 200F for a short time to take the raw edge off if you prefer a slightly baked cupcake.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough scooped out onto plate
Empty muffin tin

After dehydrating, baking, or neither…

Make Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups and Stuff them into the middle of the brownie batter or cookie dough batter!

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup split in half on paper liner
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup  split in half showing filling

Or stuff the centers with Homemade Raw Vegan Turtles

Hand holding one Homemade Raw Vegan Turtles
The Underside of the Raw Vegan Turtles
Underside of Homemade Raw Vegan Turtle

After stuffing the centers with the candy of your choice, dehydrate or bake again, or don’t.  And get ready to frost these up!

Melt Some Chocolate (vegan chocolate chips, Baker’s Dark, etc.)

Melted chocolate in pink and white bowl with spoon stirring

Or, Make Your Own Raw Chocolate:
(This recipe that follows below is similar to my Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate Recipe

 Sliced Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate
Diced Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate

…But will be slightly runnier and is more frosting/chocolate ganache consistency than chocolate bar consistency.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Frosting/Chocolate Ganache
3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp Agave
1 T Tbsp Coconut Oil 
Dash of Vanilla Extract
Optional: Dash of Mint Extract
Stir& Frost the Cupcakes

And for the White Chocolate Drizzles…
Make your own Vegan White Chocolate Like I Told You About Here

Vegan White Chocolate in brown bowl being stirred with spoon

So There You Have it, an recipe for Raw Vegan Brownie Batter Cupcakes Stuffed With Vegan PB Cups and Frosting with Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate and Vegan White Chocolate Drizzles!
And this cupcake picture is not vegan and not raw.  And it worked very nicely for the fam!

Raw Vegan Brownie Batter Cupcake in paper liner 

Admittedly, it sounds like a lot of work to raw-ify this recipe! 

Many of you write to me asking me to raw-ify or “health-ify” a particular dessert for you.  And I can usually whip something off the top of my head based on previous recipes I’ve made in order to help you, and please don’t you all start writing me because this is not something I have the time or desire to do!  But my point is that where there’s a will, there’s a way.  It just may not be 20 minutes like the non-vegan baked version…instead, it may be hours to create a raw version Which at that point, one must ask hey, is this important to me?  And if it is, great and proceed down the raw path.  And if it’s not, as I said in yesterday’s post about Guilty Pleasures & Indulgences…
…Sometimes it’s just worth it to indulge in whatever way you want to and not get caught up in trying too hard!  After all this is a dessert, not kale; it’s not necessarily supposed to be “healthy”!  haha!

Green Food Included: Romaine Lettuce, Brussels, Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, Cukes, Tomatoes

Green salad in white bowl topped with dressingClose up of dressed salad in bowl

And dressed with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing in jar
Lidded jar filled with Slaw Dressing
Mixed vegetable salad topped with Slaw Dressing

Dessert was a few Raw Vegan Peanut Butter (or Sunflower Seed Butter in my case) Vanilla Balls

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Balls in container
Close up of Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

And Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate

 Sliced Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate
Diced Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate






 
 
 

Yoga Today is Floating Marichyasana A

Woman doing Floating Marichyasana A yoga pose

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Bear with various Celestial Tea giveaway items
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Questions
1. Where do you cut corners or skimp?  What Won’t You Skimp On?
As I mentioned in the post, I “could” buy $4 protein bars and $6 bottles of salad dressing or $8 bags of gourmet raw crackers, but I don’t because I can make it at home cheaper, or more to the point, since many pricey items are not essential to my diet, I simply don’t buy them and nothing “bad”  is going to “happen”.  Fresh Produce is another story for me and I don’t skimp on fresh produce.  I try to shop as seasonally and economically as I can, but being a plant-based household, I can’t skimp on our fresh produce.  It’s our mainstay, that’s where we get our energy, nutrients, and all the good stuff that keeps us happy and healthy!
Where do you skimp vs. not?

2. What Dessert Would You Love Veganized, No-Baked, Raw-ified, or generally healthified in some way?  And I absolutely do not promise one iota that I will attempt it; I am simply curious…don’t get all excited on me!  But if enough people comment with the same thing, I may take it under advisement.

3. Do You Love Massages?
I do and I really need one but I am trying to be frugal and not pay for one.  I love Scott and he does an awesome job, but I still get knots in my back that require Professional Grade Strength!  Before Skylar, I used to get about two massages per month but life is different now.  What other alternative practices do you enjoy?  Rolfing, acupuncture, chiropractic, energy & chakra balancing, reiki, cupping, oil pulling, you name it, I’ve done it and loved them all.  What’s your Fave Type of Bodywork or What would you like to Try?

Stay Tuned For Nooch (Nutritional Yeast) Recipes as Promised…

 

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