Monday, January 25, 2016

Raw Vegan Soursop Banana Breakfast Pudding with Blueberries and Coconut Flakes

I know, it is winter. Many of you are looking out the window to piles of snow and menacing icicles. Seasonal fruits and veggies can be hard for anyone this time of year, so don't feel bad about falling back on a few imports.

Now that I am in Hawaii imports mean a very different thing than they used to. In this recipe my local stars are soursop, apple banana (tiny bananas with a slight tartness), and of course coconut flakes. Blueberries are now a very decadent splurge, but thanks to Costco I didn't exactly break the bank.

Soursop may be a new fruit to many of you. This green spiky monster looks similar to a durian, but tastes a bit like lemon-flavored ice cream. If you can find one where you live they are a great addition to smoothies, as they have a thick, creamy texture.


1 small or 1/2 a large soursop
1 apple banana or other small banana
2 teaspoons liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, or coconut nectar)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coconut oil


1 cup blueberries
small handful of coconut flakes

Carefully cut open soursop and remove all large seeds. Cut away from the green skin and put into a blender. Peel banana and add to blender. Add remaining pudding ingredients and blend until smooth. Top with blueberries and coconut. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Raw Vegan Apricot and Orange Marmalade

Sometimes just some simple flavors are all you desire. You aren't craving junk food, but eating fruit and salad can get downright boring. Sauces, sides, and spreads are the answer!

It is citrus season and every farmer's market in Hawaii is loaded with oranges! They are great for eating alone or juicing, or for making this simple recipe. If you are eating completely raw and unsure of what to do with marmalade if you aren't spreading it on toast, no worries! It tastes great on sliced banana, as a topping for coconut-almond "yogurt", or swirled in a chia bowl. Top it on your favorite raw crackers or cookies for some extra hydration. Use it as a topping on your banana whip or even in your smoothies.

Break out the Paddington and the British accents, this not only tastes better than the real thing, but is much better for you! With only 3 ingredients you can enjoy this ever tea time, Enjoy!

2 oranges, peeled
1 1/2 cups dried apricots
2 tablespoons liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, or coconut nectar)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.