Sunday, March 20, 2011

Chia Raisin Cupcakes



Makes two cupcakes

1/4 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup + 2-3 tbsp raisins
celtic sea salt
cinnamon
nutmeg
vanilla

1. Grind up your chia seeds in a high-speed blender or coffee grinder. I used my Magic Bullet.
2. Add in your raisins and seasonings to taste, and blend.
3. Serve them in baking cups, roll them into balls, or eat it straight out of the blender. Not speaking from experience at all...

I put mine into my favourite cupcake liners and topped one with three banana slices (I topped bowl of romaine lettuce with the rest of the banana. Have you tried this before? IT'S SO GOOD!), more cinnamon and a tiny pinch of celtic sea salt. I'm weird in that I like my sweets to be salty. Sometimes.
You could also top it with some cheesecake mousse, which I totally would have done had I not given up sweets sweetened with anything but whole or dried fruit. I also would have added cocoa powder, but I gave that up too. And gluten (except for my steel-cut oats. I can't live without the option of having my grains in the morning, and being on a college budget I didn't want to go out and buy more quinoa after I ran out when I already had steel-cut oats left over).
I should also mention that this doesn't really stick together well unless you really pack it together, so I ate mine with a fork. Also, I haven't had bread or cake in a month, so I might be delusional and stretching it a bit in calling these cupcakes. Oh well =)

Variations:
add cocoa powder for a chocolate cupcake
fold in shredded raisins and chopped walnuts, and blend a few dates when you add the raisins for a carrot cake cupcake
use as a topping for raw apple crisp
throw some on top of a romaine lettuce leaf with some banana slices (and maybe some cacao nibs and chopped up dates or a drizzle of agave or brown rice syrup) for a sweet "taco"




Tomorrow I'm going to have the second one in my oatmeal. Mmmmm.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recipes coming soon!

I don't have any recipes today but I just made something that I thought I'd tell you all about.

I was really craving some date balls but I'm all out of nuts and dates, so I decided to play around with flax and chia seeds ground up, and then processed/blended with some raisins, celtic sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla in the not-so-Magic Bullet.

What resulted was more cake-like in texture than a date ball (I need to come up with a better name. Help?). I wasn't expecting this so I didn't write out the exact amounts but I'll definitely be trying this again, should anyone want to try. Just a heads up =)

Also, I apologize for the serious lack of posts. At school what I eat is pretty boring (steel-cut oats with a banana, raisins, flax and chia seeds in the morning, a salad with tons of greens, beans, sprouts and smoked tofu with some carrots, broccoli and an apple or two for lunch, and then pretty much the same thing for dinner. Who wants to hear about that?), but that will all change once I get home. You can't even imagine how many recipes I've got bookmarked to veganize (even though some are already vegan. I just want to make them wheat and sugar free).

Until I get home in early May, posts on here will be few and far between. To tie you over until then, let me refer you to some of my favourite blogs:
Peas and Thank You
The Health Seeker's Kitchen
Little House of Veggies
Chocolate-Covered Katie
Choosing Raw
clean green simple
Love Veggies and Yoga