I’m glad the cute Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls caused such excitement!  Sounds like they brought some cheer to an otherwise hum-drum Monday.  Couple reports back from the field already were that they do work with almond or even just whole wheat flour. 

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Moving along….

I love this stuff and I know you will too if you give it a try.

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chex Mix (Vegan, Gluten & Soy Free)
Melt Together: 1 c dark chocolate chips

1/2 c Peanut Butter

1/3 c Earth Balance (or butter, other margarine, etc.)

After melting, add 1.5 Tbsp Vanilla Extractto the mixture

D chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter in bowl

Pour Mixture over 7-8 cups of Rice Chex

Melted Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter mixture being poured over Chex cereal

Transfer to a Plastic Baggie & Add 2.5 Cups of Powdered Sugar to the Bag and Shake It Up, Baby!

Chex and chocolate mixture in ziptop bag with powdered sugar

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Super easy and realllllly good!  Is this health food?  No.  Is it ok to have splurges?  Yes!

Close up of Vegan Chocolate PB Chex Mix

And every once in awhile I find a few Chex pieces that were stuck together by the chocolate and PB gooey-ness and didn’t get the appropriate sugar dousing. Poor babies.

Chex mix in bowl with one split open showing chocolate inside

So I just eat those or shake it some more, baby!

Up close image of Vegan Chocolate PB Chex Mix

Moving right along to something much healthier…Broccoli Salad.

I love cruciferous veggies which include brock, Brussels’s, cauli, you get the picture.  It depends on my mood, sometimes I lightly steam them for 30 seconds in the micro, or sometimes I eat them raw.  One of my favorite ways to eat broccoli is with this awesome salad dressing recipe because the ACV (apple cider vinegar) actually “cooks” the brock.  The acidic nature of the vinegar breaks down the tough plant fibers so you get to enjoy raw brock, that’s been “cooked” a little, without any stinky house action going on.

But back to Averie’s Raw Broccoli Salad & Dressing Recipe
3 Heaping Tbsp Vegan “Mayo” (Spectrum or Veganaise are nice.  In general I avoid soy, but in this small quantity, I am ok with it.  If you really wanted to avoid the soy all together, I would soak and then Vita-Mix or food processess 1/4 c raw cashews + 1 Tbsp water)
3 Tbsp Sugar (or Lucama or Agave to preserve raw status)
1 Tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)

Container of Eggless-Vegan Light Canola Mayo
Nutritional facts on Vegan Mayo

Whiskingredients together

Mayo and cider vinegar whisked together in bowl

Add about 2 c Brock(basically most of 1 big stalk)

Broccoli in bowl

Spoon the mixture over the Brock and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but this is one of those salads that is better the 2nd Day.  Sort of like chili, the flavors marry better and it just gets better with age.  Kinda like all my lovely bloggie friends do.

Mayo and Vinegar Mixture spooned over broccoli
Close up of glazed broccoli floret

When you’re ready to eat your Brock Salad, here are some garnishes and add-in’s to consider:
Red Onion, Raisins, Sunflower Seeds, Slivered Almonds, (Soy-Based) Bacon Bits (all the aforementioned are very traditional if you look up brock salad recipes on the internet.  If you know me, you know I hate onion and bacon is outta the question, but just brainstorming for you to help you jazz it up!)
Other Dried Fruit like cranberries or craisins
Other seeds/nuts such as pine nuts, cashews, walnuts
Black Pepper or Salt to taste

Even after all those add-ins & extras, I opted for Plain Jane Brock.  I love the way the brock has been softened but is still crunchy, and there’s a definite bite to the dressing because of the ACV but it’s balanced really well with the sugar or sweetener of your choice.  The plain brock was all I needed.

Glazed broccoli in brown bowl
Up close of glazed broccoli in brown bowl

I also decided to make some Roasted Sweet Potato Fries.  I sliced a gigantic sweet potato into fry pieces, drizzled heavy-handedly with EVOO, dash of salt & pepp.

Sweet potato fries on foil lined baking sheet

After roasting at 350F for an hour, the first 30 minutes covered with foil, and the second 30 minutes, I flipped the fries over and uncovered them.  Voila.

Close up of Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries stacked on white plate

And plated them up with a salad big enough to make all the rabbits jealous.  Greens, cukes, carrots, orange & yellow peppes, dressed it with the juice of half an orange, agave, and cracky blacky.

Mixed vegetable salad served with sweet potato fries on white plate

For dessert after getting in on a little bit of the Vegan Chex Mix Action…

Vegan Chocolate PB Chex Mix

…I got in on the Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ball action.  Yummmmmy.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls on plate
Close up of one Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ball

Yoga Today is Tolasana (Scale Pose)

Woman doing Tolasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Avoiding the stinky house smell when cooking broccoli.  Yeah, that smell.  When cooking brock in the micro or steaming it in general, the minute you smell it, it’s done.  Do not keep cooking it!  Actually, it’s done before you smell it.  The reason why the broccoli stinks is because of the sulfur content.  The more you cook it, the more sulfur that is released as the plant fibers are breaking down through the cooking process.   So try to anticipate, and get it outta the micro, stat.  You’re scared it won’t be cooked enough and will be tough?  Well, there will be some carryover cooking as the internal temp of the brock doesn’t immediately drop the minute you remove the heat source.  Hopefully this helps you to never get brocky-stinky house again!

 

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