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Raw Overnight Oats Recipe. All Variations

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Vanilla Bean Levana Nourishments

raw overnight oats chia

Overnight Oats are a super healthy and super quick breakfast treat.

Steel-cut oats, are my rock-star grain and are perfect in this overnight oats breakfast. There’s nothing you can’t do with steel-cut oats. They are naturally gluten-free too, as long as they are marked gluten-free, which will clearly indicate the steel-cut oats were processed in gluten-free machinery. Take a look at the superfoods lineup of ingredients in this overnight oats recipe!

I highly recommend Kathy Hester’s Book OATrageous, where she shares over a hundred fantastic and easy oat-based recipes, both savory and sweet, even oat-based bath products!

In my overnight oats, no cooking and no mess whatsoever!

The steel-cut oats “cook” just by soaking them in a liquid. The resulting pudding is, just like Kathy Hester says, OATrageous! Want your rice pudding to be super delicious and super nutritious? Make it with steel-cut oats, and get optimal nutrition even at breakfast time, even at dessert time, as this dish is a good enough treat to serve for dessert too!

Below is the basic recipe just as I made it in my tinkering with raw steel-cut oats pudding on my first try, and I will include all variations.

The chia seeds contribute a pleasant viscosity to the final texture;

Chia seeds are a worthwhile match for the steel-cut oats on every count: cute look, flavor, texture, amazing nutritional contribution.

Although I greatly value old fashioned oats and use them extensively (as a quick soup thickener, in cookies, in bread doughs, even in meatloaf, kugel and veggie burgers), for this raw overnight pudding we only want the steel-cut oats. Old-fashioned oats, shaped as thin slices, would absorb the liquid too quickly and get mushy, and you would end up with not enough texture.

So: Steel-cut oats is the way to go for this overnight oats breakfast.

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Favorite Smoothies Recipes. Smoothie Bowl Variations

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Vanilla Bean Levana Nourishments

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Many smoothie joints have recently sprouted all over the city.

But none will whip up a smoothie as delicious, nutritious, inexpensive and quick as you will.

Scroll down for Smoothie bowl Variations

Use frozen fruit in your smoothies!

Why use ice, when frozen fruit will keep all your flavors intense and undiluted, and your smoothies nice and cold?

The only exception is the chocolate smoothie, which needs ice because all ingredients are at room temperature.

Bananas got too ripe? throw them in the freezer, and when ready to use them, just run your warm water faucet over them, the peel will come right off!

Smoothie Bowl: An ideally nutritious and complete meal.

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Follow the recipe guidelines below, and add in your blender whatever good stuff you might have on hand, varying each time and getting an exciting variation each time:

– A handful of green leaves (kale, spinach, lettuce, parsley, mint etc…)
– Avocado, green apple, celery, cucumber, cauliflower, lemon (skin and all) etc…
– A scoop of nut or seed butter (almond, peanut, pumpkin, sunflower, cashew etc…)…
– Yogurt or buttermilk… dairy or dairy-free
– A scoop of raw oats

Use fruit juice sparingly if at all, as it will set you back with lots of unwanted sugar and calories.

Now play with your toppings:

Sliced fruit, berries, granola, coconut, cacao nibs etc…

 

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Chocolate Chip Magic Health Bars Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Cocoa Coffee Levana Nourishments

chocolate chip magic health bars

Health bars are a delicious nutrition-packed mini meal

You may never again get anywhere close to the commercial worthless unhealthy health bars perplexingly and inaccurately marketed as healthy and good for you; Made with high fructose corn syrup and soy protein isolates: Healthy? Ugh, I don’t think so! Not enough people are aware of the dangers these two ingredients pose. Please read my blog post on the subject, What Price Protein: Beware of Those Protein Bars! 

My Magic Health Bars are loaded with super healthy ingredients:

This places them in an ideally enviable position, both as a healthy dessert and as a healthy small meal: Hence the Magic in their name. The other part of the magic is, well, my Magic Health Bars live up to their healthy name, plus they are fabulous, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free-adaptable, soy-free, crunchy and very moderately sweet. The bars will travel better than their Magic Cookie first cousins (exact same recipe, cookie shapes), compact and snug as they are: the perfect on-the-go food!

 

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Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Cocoa Coffee Levana Nourishments
raspberry chocolate mousse

My Raspberry Chocolate Mousse is my new rock star.

That’s the consensus! It doesn’t in the least hurt that my raspberry chocolate mousse, a cousin just once removed from my vegan chocolate mousse (see below) is, like the great favorite many of you are used to, also vegan, gluten-free, no-cooking, ridiculously easy and tastes sinfully rich even as it is made with very sensible ingredients. I couldn’t keep my hands off it all day Friday, and kept sneaking a spoon in one of the glasses every half hour, until I wiped it out. I just ordered a dozen little 5-ounce mason jars just like the one in the picture, in honor of this dessert.

The pairing of chocolate and raspberries in this raspberry chocolate mousse is sublime.

As always when working with berries, I prefer frozen berries, as they are full-flavored and at the height of their ripeness and sweetness, and always good to go. I could see using frozen pitted cherries instead of raspberries; in this case just cut them in two or three pieces so they are distributed more evenly in the mousse. Likewise, I could see using cranberries: only in this case, add a little sugar.

Plain Vegan Chocolate Mousse:

I can’t tell you how many people make my recipe!
– Skip the berries and the creme de Cassis.
– Add 1 tablespoon instant coffee, decaf OK, dissolved in a few drops of warm water.
Proceed exactly as instructed in the recipe.

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