Raw Vegan Apple Crumble & Two Awards


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Hi Frrrrriends, how are you doing?  I’m doing pretty good.  I went and got my hair done for the first time at a new salon.  Since moving to Phoenix, I had not yet had my hair done and after 5 years with my guy back in San Diego, I was a little nervous about my first salon visit.  Although I am mostly happy, I wish the highlights were a smidge chunkier and blonder.  However, I can’t fault the girl for being a bit conservative; I’d rather add more than try to tone down foil-happy-hairdresser-hair.  That look where you look like Kelly Clarkson circa 2005 with the skunk-striped chunks?  Yeah, those.  Thankfully I’m not sportin’ those, but it’s just a little subtler than I may have preferred, but oh well.

Anyway onto the food….glad to hear that the chia recipes were a bit hit.  Thanks everyone for your awesome comments!  Thanks Alison, for already makin-n-groovin’ on the chia seed pudding!

If you haven’t gotten into chia seeds, you really should because once you get over their slightly chewy texture, they are really versatile.  Hubby even likes it when I make him chia ice cream.  Basically just my chia pudding that I amp up with extra stevia or agave and then freeze it solid.   Another idea would be to make the pudding and then spike it with cinnamon & nutmeg.

Close up of Chia Seed Pudding

Or here’s another recipe off the top of my head that I bet would be good….2 Tbsp Chia Seeds, 1/2 c apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, agave.…yeah, fall in the house for sure.

Moving right along to more fall action…my Raw Vegan Apple Crumble.  I’ve made it before, you can check here or mosey on here, but this is what I did last night:

Averie’s Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
I took 1/2 c oats + 1/3 c almond meal + 2 Medjools Dates and ground that up into a crust with the VitaCrusty.  I smooshed it into the container and doused it with cinnamon.

Crust of Averie's Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container

Then I peeled, cored, and diced 1 huge apple.  To that I added 1/4 c brown sugar (omit if you want to be totally raw and just use agave), 1/4c agave, dash of vanilla, 1 Tbsp Cinnamon.  And mixed it up.

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble mixed up in bowl

I poured that mixture over my crust.

Apple mixture poured over crust in container

Then, I created the crumble topping. 1/3 c oats + 1/3 c almond meal + 1/4 c brown sugar + 1/4 c agave….

Ingredients for topping in blender

…& blended.

Blended up topping ingredients

Place the crumble topping over the apple awesomeness, squirt some more agave over the top if you desire it extra sweet as I do, and you’re all set to devour.

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
Close up of finished Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Look at all the slurpable agave-cinny juice.  So good!

Side view of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in container

I said it last time I made it, but I think this new batch was my best batch to date.  I think it was the vanilla extract I used when mixing up the apples that did the extra special trick.  

Close up of crumble on Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

As for the Awards….Thank you Amanda and Michele who have both recently honored me with awards!!!!  Sorry girls that I haven’t had the time to properly blog about it, but muah!!!! & a big hug right back at ya both!!!!  Once upon a time Justine honored me and I blogged back then about some random Averie facts in case you wanna check that out.

What have you been awarded with in life that you’re proud of?  Tell me, I’m nosey!

VeganMofo in the house today.
VeganMofo III logo

Yoga today is Firefly Pose, aka Tittibhasana.  

Woman doing Tittibhasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Take a minute and call someone you haven’t talked to in awhile and tell them you’re thinking of them just because….  Just because you value their friendship and we’re all so busy and caught up in our own little rat race that it’s nice to take 2 minutes out of our own busy-ness and just thank our friends for being there.  It will brighten your friend’s day no doubt and you won’t feel quite as self-centered, either.  Works for me at least.

Stay tuned for more dessert posts.  A mind-altering one that I promised…

AND a raw-ified and vegan-ified Girl Scout cookie recipe, if you missed Thin Mint Fudge, here ya go…

 Thin Mint Fudge on tinfoil

….to tide you over til I get to posting my next Raw Girl Scout Cookie Creation that starts with an S….

Do you view going to the salon as a reward or more of a time & money drain?  I go back and forth.  Sometimes it is pampering and nice but other times it’s just kinda what-evah.  How do you view it?  Or what do you do, in general, to pamper yourself?  Please tell me, I need to hook that up!

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  1. I want to win because I LOVE macaroons, and these look incredible! Oh and BTW, that Twitter "follow me" thing on your blog is really cool.

  2. OMG, how did I miss this, am I in time? Everything you make always looks fantastic, so I would love to try a sample! I do love macaroons too :)

  3. YESSSS!!! this is the most amazing giveaway! I cannot wait to try these babies!!

    I LOVE vegan goodies, they are all so fresh, healthy and you can really taste that each bite was made with LOVE

  4. I want to win because I haven't had macaroons in years, even though I always used to look forward to them around Christmas. (getting over disordered eating) Those look way better than any I've ever had so I really want to try them. I also want to win because I've never won anything before. :)

  5. oh i am behind on my reading and THIS is what im missing?! i better hop to it.

    i want to win because i love coconut and YOU!

  6. Yummy. You are already on my blogroll, and I forgot to link back today. But since I have to prep some of my posts in advance, I can give you a heads up that I'm linking you on Tuesday.

  7. I'm just entering to say that I think Diane (Comment #2) should win since she's a vegan in college and that would be so, so hard, so I think she should win. Anything homeade when you're in college is awesome, and since she's in college she probably doesn't have a kitchen to make her own, and I do, so please use this comment as one more entry for her. XOXO.

  8. Entry #1:

    Your RAWkin Desserts

    I want to win these macaroons
    Cause your homemade treats make me swoon!
    You are the raw dessert queen,
    always making the purdiest raw desserts I've ever seen!
    Your creations are totally RAWkin
    I can't even fathom how I could mock 'em.
    So if I win this contest
    I will feel so utterly blessed!
    How could you say no to this,
    My silly efforts to taste sweet blondie vegan bliss?

  9. I think it's funny that you're asking us why we want to win! Because everything you make looks and sounds INCREDIBLE!!!

  10. i cannot believe i havent entered yet! you have been a blog posting/ baker extraordinaire the past day and a half- i think i got a little overwhelmed!

    i want to win- obv. just because! all your stuff is so healthy and delicious looking. and tasting i know.

  11. I am out of dates…I can't make any of your OMGOOODNESS creations…until I get my hands on some of those lil gems..

    you'd be doing my frustrated heart some good!

    That and I can't seem to tear myself away from the yarn to go make some treats!

    I promise I might not share!


    keep the recipes coming..I LOVE EM!
    pick ME pick ME

  12. ps you KNOW im not tech savvy enough for those other ways to enter, hence my own original entry list attempts ;)

    hey i live outside the box, i AM a hippie after all…

  13. why i want to win: i dont own a dehydrator and you make me jealous with your vegan treats on a daily basis.

    why you rock: tattoos, amazingly original legal name, and oh yeah, muscles i would die for, and you are a MOM!

    reason you should pick me: can i entice you with a vineyard tour?

  14. I would like to win because I'm trying to eat my computer just looking at those and it's not working out so good!

  15. What's wrong with me? I have yet to try these treats I've seen all around the blog world. They do look delicious.

  16. oh, shoot…you KNOW how much I drool over your photos. I want to win because I haven't eaten anything I didn't know the nutritional information for for…years. But I trust you to make these with your usual fab and groovy loving self :) PLUS, 1) I've never had a macaroon, 2) I love anything blondie-ish and 3) I NEED THESE IN MY LIFE. Heh. Or I might just have to fly over and raid your kitchen… Oh, and I am only in the US for another 17 days!

  17. Averie, my love. I need these so badly. Seriously. Even if I don't win, I might have to get in my car and drive across the country for these. I LOVE macaroons (I've been on an insane coconut kick recently… I DREAM about it) and these look freaking fantastic.

    Just tweeted the contest!

  18. I'm here to officially announce that I need more blondies in my life than the two little (dirty) blondies I've already got! ;)

  19. That is so sweet of you! Sometimes I wish I could share my Raw goodies just so I don't eat every last one myself : )

  20. I want to win because everything you make looks so amazing!

    P.S. Thanks for the carb shout-out. You should definitely post a pic of yourself with your carbies so I can paste your lovely face onto my bloggie. Haha of course you don't have to! You're just so pretty, girlie :)

  21. Ok on my phone so iwill do the link backlatwr. I want to win because ispend everyday drooling over your pictures!

  22. Those look so yummy! So jealous of everyone with an Excalibur. I'd probably be making some type of dessert every day of the week if I had one. DANGEROUS! So uh, I want to win so I can "indulge" a little :)

  23. I want to win! Because well, I love blondies… I love macaroons… and the fact that they are vegan would make me feel just a little bit less guilty for (inevitably) inhaling the combination of the two! Thanks so much!

  24. Aw, Averie I would love to try one of your vegan macaroons, but if I were to enter, I wouldn't be around to receive them! ;)

  25. Follower, on blogroll, and because I LOVE raw food, especially desserts…yum!! Just made some this week of those lil gems!


  26. I want to win because I am lacking a dehydrator and a spare moment and I would love to try some homemade maccaroons! (whoa, run-on sentence!)

  27. those might be the best thing to pass my lips since… sliced bread ;) lol, kidding. but if you pick me, you might not even need to mail them to me!

    I'm heading out your way to visit some family. Don't know how the week will shape up, but if I find some time, I will shoot you an email :)

  28. I'm not sure if food can be posted over international waters, but oh well. If I win, I'll just forward them to my grandparents.

    Why would I like to win? Because I can't cook. Seriously. This morning I killed my oatmeal. :( – and because Vegan Macaroons are always mega yummy.

    I don't have twitter or facebook *gasps*, so can I just skip that step?

  29. I would totally love to win because I eat lotsa vegan goodies, but rarely indulge in RAW vegan goodies! yaa. Don't worry you're on my blogroll :)

  30. These look so delicious I can't stand it. I won't enter only because I'll be gone for the next 2 weeks. Oh what I wouldn't kill for one now though. :) Someone needs to invent teleportation!

  31. I'd like to win because I'm a vegan in college right now and it's hard to find yummy desserts like that around here!