Cherries, Sweet Potato Fries, Chocolate Chia Pudding


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How are you doing today?  I’m chillin like a villain as a solo parent.  Scott’s been gone since early Sunday morning, I’ve been taking care of the Little Princess by myself, and can’t wait til he gets home late Tuesday night!  I miss him.  But admittedly, a break from the 24/7 solo childcare will be lovely, too!

But I just want to say Thank You to everyone who wrote in and complimented me on the Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups (3 Ingredients, 10 Mins)!!    I had a huge response on these and each and every comment was sooo appreciated!!!!  Thanks to new readers who came out of the woodwork as well as faithful commenters.  All your input is awesome, so thank you for the lovely feedback! 

 Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup split in half on paper liner

The PB Cups are really easy, fast, & soooo yummy.  It’s so much more satisfying to eat them too knowing you’ve made your own PB Cup without any mystery ingredients like the store-boughts tend to have.

Close up of Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup showing inside filling

I wanted to feature reader Rachel’s PB Cups.  She’s the first one to send in a pic of her handy-work!  Which leads me to my Open Call for Reader Photo Submissions!  If you send me pics of any recipe you make of mine, I would be thrilled to post it with a link back to you!  Deal?  Ok good.  Now start sending in your chia pudding pics, your raw vegan apple crisp, your PB Cups, whatever you’ve got!  If you’ve made a recipe of mine, I can’t wait to showcase it here!

Two Peanut Butter Cups sitting on muffin tin

Also, thanks for your comments on yesterday’s post about when to say something to random strangers about their behavior and when to just let it go and carry on your way.  I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on that!

And finally, thanks for telling me which bloggers you’ve met up with in person and it was great having another Blogger Meetup and Girl Time with Madeline Woo-hoo for new friends!

Ok so for today…Some Cherry Action….

Cherry #1

 I cracked open Pro Bar in Cherry Pretzel Flavor

Hand holding portion of Pro Bar in Cherry Pretzel Flavor

Chunks of chocolate chips, cherries, flax seeds, nuts.  These bars are by no means low-cal, but they are full of chunky goodies.  You can tell what you’re eating, not just mutilated, pulverized nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate.

Close up of Pro Bar showing all the different ingredients to form it

Cherry #2
I got the mail and saw my apron came from Cupcake Provocateur.  As a member of the Foodie Blogroll, I won it!!!!!

Label of Cupcake Provocateur Fashionably Sweet Aprons

Cherry Print in the House!!!!

Black and cherry print apron in packaging

Self-portrait coming at you because Scott’s on a biz trip and there’s no one else to snap a pic of me in my Cherries.  The trying-to-be-sassy-cook.

Lady wearing apron

Thanks again Cupcake Provacateur & Foodie Blogroll!

Lady wearing apron giving a thumbs up

Cherry #3
And here’s another cherryJust kidding, it’s the first grapefruit of the season that I’ve had an it hit the Vitamin C spot.   I’ve been fighting a little cold, you know, new yoga studios, toddler germs, the Swine Flu, this should keep the sickies away!

Overhead of sliced grapefruit on red plate

And to recap some recent grub around here….
I made a Vegetable Drawer Salad.  Meaning half the veggie drawer went in:  Tomatoes, Cauli, Brock, Brussels’s, Cukes, Zukes, Greens, Carrots, Yellow Peppers, and dressed it with the juice of 1/2 an orange, agave, and cracked black.

Mixed salad with greens and vegetables in homemade dressing

Also made a Monsterous Kale Salad with Sugar Snap Peas, Brock, Cauli, Orange Pepps, Tomatoes, Cukes, and Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing (my new go-to).  The dressing just gets caught up in the kale leaves and my tastebuds get caught up in Loving. Every. Bite.

Kale Salad with vegetables in homemade Slaw Dressing
Up close of kale salad in white dish

I also made some Sweet Potato Fries

Plate of stacked Sweet Potato Fries

For Roasting and Seasoning Info, check This Post Out or This One Too.

Side view of stacked Sweet Potato Fries

And after my kale salad and sweet potato fries, it was time to dig into a Raw Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup.

Split Raw Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup on paper liner

But I had also whipped up a quick batch of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding

Ingredients needed to make Raw Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding in bowl

Click Here for Specifics of the 5 Minute RecipeAlmond Milk or the Nut Milk of your Choice, Chia Seeds, Sweetener, Stir.   Eat!!!

Mixed up Chia Seed Pudding

Yoga Today is Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana).  Your dristi, or gazing-point, should be above you but take care not to scrunch up your shoulders nor compress your neck. 

Lady doing Upward-Facing Dog yoga pose

Tip of the Day: Erin’s Got a Give Away!!

LuckyTasteBuds has a Give Away, too!

And Katie has a Give Away!  

And she has Operation CCK!  Click Away!

What’s your Thanksgiving Strategy this year?  Are you cooking, and if so, when are you starting?  Are you making shopping lists and pouring over recipes in the hopes of really going all out for the big T-Day?  Or are you going to be like me, and keep things super, low key?  Then again, 48 hours beforehand, I could get all inspired.  What’s Thanksgiving going to look like for you this year?  Traveling, staying put, cooking, not cooking, what’s your game plan?

Stay Tuned For Another 10 Minute Chocolate Raw Vegan Dessert that’s a Re-Make of a StoreBought…

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    I think I was 4 posts behind on you specifically. Tragic. I also have major OCD with the comments. I usually read all the posts via google reader, but then the ones I comment I open in a new tab, and usually I have 40 tabs of people I want to comment. I still have a window with multiple tabs open from Thursday I think. Sad, sad story. I decided to tackle the newest ones before those though. :)

    1. Love your Lululemon duds. Duhhh.
    2. I can't believe I was late on checking out espresso making. MY ONE TRUE LOVE. Coffeee+espresso. Baha.
    3. I LOL-ed at your "TWSS" joke regarding my small cookie dough balls. I like em small, so I can eat 4 in one sitting. :)(Tricking my mind.)

  2. heyaaa darling! how did your walk/run go?? the almond milk was ehhh not as frothy as yours bc I dont have an esspresso steamer, BUT i heated it up and threw it in the magic bullet, then whipped it up for 30 secs…it was good! just not averie good :)

    i love yoga, but I don;t do it nearly as much as I should. If you lived in my area I would be so motivated to come to your class!!

    those pure bars are great arent they? the chocolate one tastes like a brownie


  3. dang.. better pass that drug test!! ;) i kid of course. love this post! making me crave the sweet stuff. and i second veggie girl's Q~! for reals mama! xoxoxoxoxo

  4. Those peanut butter cups look great!

    I've been doing yoga since I was a kid. Instead of plopping us in front of the tv, my mom would get us on the mat getting our body into animal yoga poses. I feel like most people who begin yoga usually fall in love with it!

  5. Averie I feel so bad! I don't know if I ever said thank you for linking back to my blog…I'm really starting to lose it! There were so many things I was trying to remember to respond to and that was ONE thing I really want to say thank you about. Ugh…as my mom would say, "I have a head like a sieve."

  6. Hello food porn!!!!!!!! Love this post. Now i'm craving something sweet :)

    And those pb cups look delish!!! As does everything else, but when does it not?! xoxo

  7. So fun! That chocolate pie looks phenom! I'm with VeggieGirl- when does the restaurant open up? Seeing your daily poses makes me want to incorporate more yoga into my life- its a GREAT reminder

  8. Stop it, stop it, stop it! I am doing the Master Cleanse and this is making me so hungry :o)

    I love seeing the yoga poses! It affirms that my posture is correct, yay! I am doing yoga all week again because it is a "rest" week. Thank goodness because anything more than that during the MC would be too much!

  9. I wish I could enoy plow pose but it's SO straining on my neck :( I tried deaf man's pose once and almost cried.. no me gusta!

    I love these tribute posts — you should be very honored :) after all, imitation is the greatest form of flattery.. and you deserve to be flattered regularly!

    hugs and smooches, beautiful! xoxo

  10. dude i totally want to get to WF and pick up some chia seeds. i'm prettttty sure they would make an oh-so-delicious sunday morning breakfast tomorrow haha :)

    in case i don't post about it today i picked up tjs gingerbread coffee! i couldnt resist haha. i'm enjoying it actually right now as i type haha. it's pretty good! it's dark so you might like it and it has good seasonings. i thiiink i like it better then the wintry blend and you can definitely taste the nutmeg in the batch :) i hope they have free samps at the one by you so you can give it a try

  11. Woo!! Love the new gear, lil lady! You look so cute.

    I'm so making the peanut butter cups for a dinner today. I can't wait to see how everyone likes them! I'll shoot you an email and let you know ;)

  12. Thanks for the shout-out, Averie! And even BIGGER thanks for sharing that reeses cup recipe in the first place :)

    Love this tribute post because now I have lots of new bloggies to check out — look at all the kitchens you are inspiring!

    Wish I did yoga — after having 5 babies, this hard-working old body needs it :)

    Happy weekend!

  13. While I'm not really advanced enough to do many of the poses you demonstrate, they've been wonderful inspiration to deepen my practice and really take things to the next level. Thanks so much!

  14. I've got to check out LuLuLemon – I feel like I'm missing out!

    Wint yoga I describe myself as an intermediate beginner. Definitely not a beginner but I have a long way to go. I love that you are my resource though and that you can answer all sorts of questions for me. You are hands down my yoga go-to gal and I love ya for it!

  15. Oh. My. Gosh. It's 7:38 am and I'm sitting here drooooling at work! Wishing I made some raw chocolate pie for breakfast! :P

    I was never a big yoga person until I took an Iyengar class at my campus gym. I loooved the static poses that stretched my muscles to their very limits. And I liked how the instructor was very hands-on and informative. I do more generic type class at my new gym that I still love, and some Hatha-inspired stuff too. No power yoga or bikram though, I run to work out, I do yoga to chill and get some peace :)

  16. YAY! This post made me smile so much, it is awesome to see all the raw vegan love spreading around the world.

    About yoga…I do it occasionally and I definitely need to do it more! It is so centering and beautiful, and it stretches me out like Gumby!

  17. I just started taking yoga at my gym and I'm REALLY enjoying it!!! It's good for my back. but I would like to learn more poses to do through out the day:)
    and I must say this post was chocolate heaven!

  18. I think I should add the apple crumble to my Dessert list for Thanksgiving. Hmmmm

    it's a good thing I am stuffed! or i'd need to go make another mess in the kitchen…so much beautiful food!

    I love that pose so much…Thanks for sharing!

  19. I love Amazing Grass! I can't wait to see what kind of recipes you come up with.
    As far as yoga goes, I am quite a beginner. I have been doing it only once a week for the past 2 months, and I have started to notice some improvements in my flexibility. My balance is another story!
    How many days a week would you recommend doing yoga for a beginner like myself? I am looking to tone up, improve balance and flexibility, and feel good overall. :)

  20. I've been doing yoga for almost a year now and I LOVE IT! I love your daily yoga poses. I just mastered the splits and have almost mastered crow!!

    I am SO making your recipes. MMMM!
    <3 jess

  21. Whew! I want to make the pb cups! I want to make the raw brownies! I want to make the chocolate snowball thingies! I want… oh heck, I just want YOU to come here right now and cook (or uncook) for me!!
    Then, after we've gorged ourselves with your amazing raw treats, we can sit around concocting Amazing Grass recipes and we can gossip ;)

    Fantabulous post, as always!

  22. OK Justine and the gal who did the Barbie (I blanked on her name because the drool pulled out some brain cells) are rockin' the house with these recipes!! So freakin amazing!

  23. I have to say that pie looks awesome!!! Who ever made that was quite creative :) hehehe. Everything looks so good but to be honest I am about to vomit from all the cc pumpkin cookies I ate earlier. I am putting a ban on making sweets in my house until…???…???…well probably next week. hehehe

    Have a great weekend sweetie!


  24. WOWEE.. you sure have inspired a lot of readers, Averie. How awesome is that?!?!

    I love those Pure Bars.. so good and awesome Amazing Grass goodies!!

    Here's to a super weekend :)

  25. Ahh, I agree with Veggie Girl! You need to open a raw/vegan restaurant. I'd be there everyday ;)

    I'm a total yoga beginner. I've tried it a little, but have never really stuck with it. I do think it'd be cool to get into it :)

  26. So…. when are you opening up a restaurant? ;)

    The yoga poses DO help tremendously – great stress relievers.

  27. I love your yoga poses! I taught yoga for about 3 years in college, but I am far from teaching now. I do it a few times a week but am not as good as I was. I would love to get more into it!!