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Cashew vegan cream cheese: foolproof video instructions

I posted the recipe for a cashew cream cheese, but I thought nothing better than enjoying a video instruction to make it easier and more fun! A variation for this cheese is a green cheese, where instead of cashews you use pistachios, the only change to the instructions is that you would process first the oils and vinegar with 1 or 2 jalapeño (for either low or medium heat) peppers until smooth, then add the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy!

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Umami vegan cream cheese.

This vegan cream cheese is one of the most delicious and nutritious treats you can have. I actually ran out of it within 24 hours and will now make a larger batch. The coconut oil will not only give a good creamy texture, but also will harden a bit in the refrigerator, possibly preserving it for longer than my temptation to eat it can handle! It tastes great on everything! But then, I guess that is the purpose of cheese in this life. Umami is a flavor that is found in foods such as truffles, yeast, cheese, ripe tomatoes; this 5th flavor was discovered in the early 1900’s by a Japanese scientist.

Cashews contain the nine essential amino acids. The nutritional yeast will not only give it a cheesy flavor but also will pack your cheese with a big dose B vitamins and protein.

It is extremely simple to make, just soak the cashews overnight and then mix everything in a food processor until smooth! It took mine about 1 1/2  minutes. Make 30 second intervals if your processor heats up.


1 cup cashews soaked overnight

1/3 cup of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon of Cajun (or sea salt)

1 tablespoon truffle infused olive oil (optional)

1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1/2 tablespoon of tahini

2 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of lime juice

Serving suggestion: Pita bread stuffed with zucchini, broccoli sprouts, mashed beans, topped with a squirt of reduction of balsamic vinegar. The black seeds on top are bamboo smoked sesame seeds. I must say, the little cheese ball in the middle was actually not enough, I am telling you it is a bit addicting, but so healthy as well!

Rawnola Recipe

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What do you get when you make homemade granola using all raw ingredients?


While the texture is slightly more chewy than traditional homemade granola which is baked in an oven, the taste is equally as delicious. I love making rawnola because it is extremely versatile. You can use it any way you would with granola – add it to smoothie bowls ( such as the ones we made yesterday ), chia pudding, on it’s own with some almond milk, or just eat it straight out of the jar!

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Smoothie Bowls – What’s the Hype All About?

Smoothie Bowls

Yesterday I mentioned some detoxifying benefits of a vegan diet. One easy vegan recipe you can have for either breakfast or lunch is a smoothie bowl! Lately I have been obsessed with making smoothie bowls. If you’re not familiar with what it is, it’s basically just as the name states – a smoothie in a bowl. The smoothie is usually made much thicker ( more of a sorbet consistency ) and is topped with a variety of toppings.

One of the reasons I love smoothie bowls, aside from how delicious they are, is because they are much more filling than traditional smoothies due to all the toppings. Not only that, but I tend to eat them much slower than I would drink a smoothie.

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Detox Naturally on a Vegan Diet

Feeling lethargic? You might be in need of some detoxing.

In today’s society people are exposed to many toxins on a daily basis; in food, water, and the atmosphere. Over time, these toxins build up to create a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, skin issues, muscle pain, and more. In order to expel toxins, it’s important to become aware of where the majority are coming from. For most people, it’s in the food that they consume.

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Diabetes be gone!

Lentil salad with goat cheese and fermented cinnamon apples

We have all heard about diabetes and how prevalent it has become. In fact, over the last 35 years the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has almost quadrupled to 422 million. Earlier diabetes was a disease that we related to getting old, but nowadays we see the disease, specifically type-2-diabetes, start developing from childhood even. Diabetes occurs due to genetics and to a large degree lifestyle as well. But what is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease characterized by elevated blood sugar levels, which over time lead to serious complications.

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The Maltese bruschetta: A fresh healthy starter!

maltese bruschettaThis great-tasting starter is usually served with crunchy unleavened type of Maltese bread, which is unfortunately known  for its high levels of mercury. So here it is “à la tostada” ! … Served on a crispy corn tortilla, gluten-free and oven baked.

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