How’s life treatin’ ya today?  Well, things are good here.  I’ve been a busy beaver whipping up new recipes in the kitch.  But before I share it, I wanna thank everyone who’s been writing in and commenting on my recent posts, like my Chia-Coconut-Mango Overnight Oats and for chiming in about your shopping strategies in the comments.  I agree…good jeans and good shoes are a must.  And so true about the right jeans with the right fit making you feel soooo good!

I reallllllly appreciate you all showing the love and leaving your great comments.  I wanna give everyone a biggggg hugggggg!

Oh and did you notice who won the Vegan Blondie Macaroons?  Congrats chicas, enjoy!!!

So moving onto the chocolate food & recipe action….
Remember when I made the Raw Vegan Donut Holes?

Finished Raw Vegan Donut Holes on plate showing flaxseed
Raw Vegan Donut Holes layered on white plate

They’ve been getting alot of praise so I thought well everything’s better with chocolate, right?  And so I created Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes and they’re really good, and yep, they’re really only a 5 minute and 3-4 ingredient recipe.  Double bonus!!!

Now, I’m going to tell you in advance that if you like really sweet chocolate treats, then amp up the sweetener in these (i.e. lucama, stevia, more agave, white sugar, brown sugar, roll in powder sugar at the end, whatever floats your sweet boat).  These are more of smooth, dark chocolate kind of vibe.  Sweet, but not like zinnggggg sweet.

Averie’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes
1 c flax seeds.  Grind them well.
Add 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (not tech raw) or Agave
Optional: 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil.   Don’t add this if your batter is already very moist.  You’ll end up with sloppy balls.  Never good.  TWSS

Blend to Incorporate.

At this point, I took half the batter out and made 3 cute little Cookies.  That I topped with a fingerswipe of Maple Syrup and a Raz-Cherry from Oh Nuts.  Cute, huh.

Flattened Donut holes on plastic wrap topped with maple syrup and Raz-Cherries
Close up of Donut holes topped with maple syrup and Raz-Cherry

Then I took the remaining half of the batter and to it added:
2 Heaping Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

Dash Vanilla Extract

Remaining Donut Hole Batter in blender with cocoa powder added

Blended again

Batter blended with cocoa powder showing a chocolate color

 Took the dough out and formed 15 cute little Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes

Shaped Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes on white plate

And if you really wanna get naughy, roll ’em in powdered sugar.  They’d still be vegan, just not raw.  Or, roll them in Carob or Raw Cocoa Powder.  Or dust with cinnamon.  Limitless possibilities!

Close up of the Chocolate Donut Holes on white plate

I wrapped ’em in plastic for snacks on the goVoila, done.

Chocolate Donut Holes wrapped in bundles in plastic wrap

So in 5 Minutes I made 3 of these…

Raw Vegan Donut Hole flattened topped with maple syrup and Raz-Cherry

…And 15 of these.  
 All with 1 c of Flax Seeds.  A little maple syrup, and a little cocoa powder.

Side of Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes on white plate

Now that’s super silly easy peasy.  Raw (use agave instead of maple if you’re hung-up), vegan, healthy, and fast!  Always good things ’round here.

Oh, and if you’d prefer to skip the 3 little cookies and just go with all chocolate donut holes, I’d suggest:
1 c flax seeds + 2-3 Tbsp Maple Syrup + 1/4 c cocoa powder + dash vanilla + 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (optional and check batter for consistency before you add it so it’s not too wet).

Things today were brought to you in VeganMofo spirit.
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Yoga today is Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Angle Stretch)

Woman doing Parsvottanasana yoga pose

And Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle)

Woman doing Parivrtta Trikonasana yoga pose

Both of these asanas are great for opening up the hips, hamstrings, and lower back. Runners especially, take note.  But everyone is just so gosh darn tight in the hips, hammies, and back, we can all benefit.

Tip of the Day:  Just get started.  I’ve had a few people write to me wondering how they should incorporate yoga into their life.  My basic advice remains the same which is to just get started.  If you have 15 minutes a day, then use that.  If you have access to health club yoga, great!  Go!  If all you can manage is a yoga download or a dvd, then go with that.   If you have a glorious hour to yourself 3 times a week that you can carve some yoga time on your living room floor, great, unroll your yoga mat and start!  Just get started!  Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today is some grandmotherly wisdom and I think with yoga, or with any exercise program, getting going is the hardest part and once you get in the groove it becomes second nature and you crave it.  Namaste friends!!!!!

So are you a Vanilla Person or a Chocolate Person?  I do love my banana-vanilla softserve, and I prefer vanilla brown rice protein powder to chocolate…but when I want a cake or a cookie, I usually go for the chocolate.  And of course, munching dark choco squares takes the edge off any kind of moodiness or day-gone-wrong-drama.  So I guess I’m a split personality.  Which do you prefer, Vanilla or Chocolate?  Do Tell!

Next post will have some Product Reviews and a Blogger Meetup recap!

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