Archive for the ‘The Snacks’ Category

Raw Pecan Butter

February 10, 2012

Fresh, Raw Pecan Butter

I was inspired by this post over at Cookie + Kate via TheKitchn to whip up some pecan butter. So, I did!

The only change I made was to use raw pecans. I skipped the toasting. While I’m sure this seriously added to the deliciousness, I’m trying to eat a high raw diet. Also, I could have processed mine longer, but I was impatient! Process longer for an even creamier texture.

Fresh Raw Pecan Butter

I chose to enjoy mine on a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with some raw honey and a sprinkling of sea salt and cinnamon. Delish!

Eight ounces of nuts produced one jelly jar of pecan butter. Store in the fridge. I imagine it’s best to use this up within a week.

Homemade nut butter would make a great last minute hostess gift! It literally took me all of ten minutes to make. Can’t wait to try more varieties of nut butters. Enjoy!

How to Make Pecan Butter from Cookie + Kate.


Bruschetta :: 2 Ways

January 20, 2010

Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions

Bruschetta is one of my favorite things. You can top it with anything and the possibilities are endless! This was my lunch today. It was so light and satisfying! I topped most of the bruschetta with a fresh tomato mixture, and the others with caramelized onions. Delish!


Bruschetta is so simple to make. Slice a baguette into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices, whichever you prefer. I like mine a bit thinner. Next, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pop it into a 400 degree oven and bake until edges brown and bruschetta is crisp. Keep an eye on it, it can burn before you know it! You can enjoy the bruschetta like this alongside your main meal or start experimenting with toppings.

Tomato topping (above) is 2 Roma tomatoes – chopped/diced, 1 clove of garlic – diced, chopped fresh basil, drizzle of olive oil and salt & pepper. Combine in a small bowl and let sit. The flavors get better the longer they sit, but if you need to eat it right away you can. It will still be wonderful.

Caramelized Onion Crostini

Don’t you want a bite?! I adore caramelized onions. I used to hate onions, but somewhere along the way I’ve developed an appreciation for them. This makes me happy as they are so fabulously delicious!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a How-To on caramelizing onions. Be sure to check back!

RAW Coconut Fudge

July 9, 2009

RAW Coconut Fudge

Wanted to share my first attempt at a RAW Dessert. This was probably the easiest thing to whip up, and did not call for any crazy gadgets. (Not that I mind gadgets, but sometimes you just want ease and simplicity.)

Recipe was taken from RAWvolution, and called for raw walnuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, agave nectar and carob powder. That’s it! Unfortunately, I did not have raw walnuts on hand, so I used what I had. I’m trying this new thing where I use the food I have, even if it’s not exactly what the recipe calls for. I know, it revolutionary! j/k

RAW Coconut Fudge

Now, I will say, even though this is a tasty, satisfying treat… it doesn’t take the place of REAL fudge. That’s OK though, I like knowing it’s good for me! The texture may not please everyone, but those who enjoy coconut would probably like it. I’m wondering, also, if my non-RAW walnuts changed the texture and moistness of the recipe. In the book photo, it appeared much wetter than what I ended up with. I added a splash of Thai Coconut Water to help with the texture. Seemed to do the trick!

RAW Fudge

As the book suggested, I froze the mixture on a cookie sheet for about 20-30 minutes to make it a harder consistency that I could slice through. Worked like a charm! I placed the extra pieces of fudge in a freezer container. I’m assuming that is alright and will keep well. We will see!

RAW Coconut Fudge

Quick Snack

June 26, 2009

Quick Snack

Just wanted to share this yummy, quick snack that I threw together last night. It was so satisfying and tasty I made it again today! Three ingredients. Crackers, cheese and bruschetta! Here’s what I used…

Mary’s Gone Crackers – Herb (Gluten-Free)
1 Laughing Cow Wedge Light Swiss Original
Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade

That’s it! Simply assemble and enjoy. You could certainly mix and match different ingredients to satisfy your taste buds. I really enjoyed Trader Joe’s Jarred Tapenade. Their products are surprisingly reasonably priced, and I haven’t been let down yet on flavor. Also, I use 6 – 8 crackers with one Laughing Cow Wedge. This snack easily comes in around 150 calories or less, for those of you counting.

Please share what you come up with!  Also, any ideas on how else to use the tapenade?