Coco Haze Superfood Truffles

A snack that speaks to your sweet-loving side with minimal sugar, contains essential fatty acids, B vitamins and minerals? Yep, here it is. And, it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber to gently protect digestion. My 5 year old daughter loves making and, eating these, so try them out with your kids!

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These coco haze superfood truffles are creamy, velvety, rich, chocolatey and a tad sweet; they curb the sweet tooth cravings without the guilt. 

I used all organic,  non-GMO and Terrasoul Superfoods ingredients to create these super easy truffles that will take you about 20-30 minutes to make. This is not an ad, I love Terrasoul superfood products because they are super high quality and substituting with lesser quality ingredients wouldn't yield the same wonderful truffle results. 

Have fun and enjoy!

What You'll Need:

  • High speed blender
  • Glass or stainless bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • Waxed paper
  • Method
Vegan Superfood Truffles | high in fiber & antioxidants! #terrasoul #purekitchen
Vegan Superfood Truffles | high in fiber & antioxidants! #terrasoul #purekitchen
Vegan Superfood Truffles | high in fiber & antioxidants! #terrasoul #purekitchen

Coco Haze Superfood Truffles

TRUFFLE INGREDIENTS

Vegan Superfood Truffles | high in fiber & antioxidants! #terrasoul #purekitchen

TRUFFLE DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high speed blender add coconut flakes and puree until a course powder forms.

  2. Add coconut oil and maple syrup.

  3. Blend until ingredients become smooth and don’t be surprised if this takes 5-10 minutes. You’ll want to stop to bring excess ingredients back down from the sides of the blender into the mixture with a silicone spatula.

  4. Add remaining ingredients minus sugar, acai and extra vanilla powder blending until smooth. If at this point you find the mixture too thin, you can add up to ¼ cup additional cacao. If you do add cacao, blend until smooth, taste and if it’s now too bitter, simply add a little more maple syrup.

  5. Scrape out of blender into a glass or stainless bowl. Add cacao until your excess oil and syrup is “soaked” up.

  6. In a small bowl, mix together acai, vanilla powder and optional sugar. If making for the kids, they tend to like the coconut sugar.

  7. Now you’re ready to roll into truffles! On waxed paper, roll with your hands and coat with reserved acai and optional sugar.

notes: Truffles will be good for up to one week when stored in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Guest Post Recipe by Christine Dionese - co-founder of flavor ID and an integrative, epigenetic health and food therapy specialist. Christine lives, works and plays bicoastally with her family between Southern California and Upstate New York. 

 

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars

Because everybody on Instagram voted for this recipe, I decided to spend the afternoon whipping up another back and measuring each step so that I could share an easy, simple doable recipe with you all. These peanut butter coconut dough bars are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free and just d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!  

cookie dough bar recipe | vegan gluten-free soy-free corn-free

The dough is made up of garbanzo beans, almond flour, almond or peanut butter, coconut oil, brown sugar and maple syrup. Pretty healthy for cookie dough. And best of all, you don't have to bake them! Just pop them in the freezer and they are ready to devour just an hour later. 

chocolate chip cookie dough bars recipe | vegan gf soy-free corn-free
chocolate chip cookie dough bars recipe | vegan gf soy-free corn-free
chocolate chip cookie dough bars recipe | vegan gf soy-free corn-free
chocolate chip cookie dough bars recipe | vegan gf soy-free corn-free

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars Recipe

yields 16 bars

COOKIE DOUGH INGREDIENTS

COOKIE DOUGH BAR DIRECTIONS

  1. In a food processor or standing mixer, whip up the wet ingredients: garbanzo beans, garbanzo bean liquid, 4 Tbsp coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and peanut butter. 
  2. Mix well until super smooth and creamy. 
  3. Add the brown sugar and the flour. Blend again until well mixed. Don't over mix. 
  4. By hand add 1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips. Fold them into the dough.
  5. Grease a square pan and spread the cookie dough mixture evenly. 
  6. Set in the freezer. 
  7. Fill a sauce pan 1/3 of the way full of water. Heat on stove. Set a ceramic mixing bowl on top of the sauce pan. Add the rest of the chocolate chips and the 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil.
  8. With a wooden spoon keep blending the chocolate chips until they start to melt. Let them melt completely. Then you will spread the melted chocolate over the cookie dough mixture that is setting in the fridge. 
  9. Sprinkle evenly with flakey sea salt. 
  10. Place the chocolate covered cookie dough pan into the freezer again until it cools and sets completely. About an hour. 
  11. Store in the freezer until ready to eat. Enjoy! 
No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars | vegan recipe | gluten-free soy-free corn-free

If you love this recipe, please let me know via the comments. Or better yet, show me some love on Instagram: @purekitchenblog I would love to see your creations and photos. 

Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad

Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad | Recipe Makeover | Vegan

Oh boy, I think I just created a new weekly staple. This Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad will not only leave you satisfied but it will have your taste buds jumping for joy! There are so many different flavors and textures; it's like a party in your mouth. Ok, yeah, that sounds a little weird, but I'm totally serious. There is a little peppery flavor, some hot spice, a little sweet, tons of different herbs, toasted oils and nuts and a touch of salt all combined with the fresh crunchy flavorful cabbage, carrots and greens. 

Chinese Chicken Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover
Chinese "Chicken" Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover | Detox Friendly!  #puremamas #purekitchen

This recipe not only tastes delicious but is easy to make - takes only 15-20 minutes max - and requires not cooking. I love Tofurkey's vegan oven roasted "chicken" that my local health food stores sells. The texture is like chicken but the flavor is better (of course), the ingredients are pretty clean and there's tons of protein. This healthy vegan Chinese "Chicken" Salad is filling and would be a great pot luck dish. 

Fresh & Tangy, this Chinese Chicken Salad will knock your socks off and have you coming back for seconds! It's a perfect New Year's Resolution Detox meal! enjoy this delicious Recipe.
Recipe Makeover: Chinese "Chicken" Salad Recipe now vegan! Enjoy! #puremamas #purekitchen

I have so many friends on a detox right now after the indulgent holiday! If that's the case for you as well, you need to make my healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad recipe! It is guilt-free, high in fiber, high in protein and healthy fats but also abundant in antioxidant rich veggies. The dressing combines fresh ginger, lemon and garlic (great for cold prevention) with almond butter and toasted sesame oil. What are you waiting for - grab these ingredients while you're at the store and make this salad - you'll be so happy you listened to me! (wink)

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Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad
The Chinese Chicken Salad has a fresh new look and feel: no real chicken meat in this recipe; just tons of veggies and mock chicken protein. You'll love the tangy yet toasted flavor with the crunchy raw vegetables.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated purple cabbage
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated green cabbage
  • 3, julienned carrots
  • 2 cups other greens of choice (i.e. romaine or arugula)
  • 2 thinly sliced and chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup, shredded or chopped (I use Tofurkey Brand) "chicken"
  • 2, finely chopped green onion (scallions)
  • 3 Tbsp toasted almonds or peanuts
Instructions
Prep veggies by chopping, slicing and shredding. Add to a large salad bowl. Toss well. Add chicken and nuts, then toss again. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 dinner salads
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Chinese "Chicken" Salad Dressing
This dressing is so tangy, not too sweet, and a touch spicy! Makes a perfect dressing for any Asian style salad.
Ingredients
  • 3 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp, grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp tamari
  • 3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp (or to taste) honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes or tabasco
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
Instructions
Place everything in a high speed blender or large measuring cup. Whisk until completely well combined or blend on medium until well combined. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: dressing for 1 large salad

Mushroom & Chickpea (vegan!) Korma

This mushroom and chickpea korma is a unique dish. Dairy and meat free but high in protein, fiber, healthy carbs and tons of flavor - this dish is a perfectly complete vegan meal. The creamy "curry" base is a mixture of spices and coconut cream with the addition of tomato paste.

Vegan Mushroom Korma | #vegan #purekitchen #puremamas
Vegan Korma | made with mushrooms & chickpeas #puremamas #purekitchenblog

Korma is a type of curry dish but doesn't taste like your typical yellow or red curry. The spice combination of garam masala, coriander and the cardamom make it really unique and flavorful but not too over the top, so kids enjoy it as well. Typically made with yogurt and meat, we are doing things differently around here, as usual. 

Unlike the majority of my recipes featured on my blog, I chose to try another food bloggers recipe and modify it as I saw fit. The original recipe comes from QuiteGoodFood.co.nz. Here photos are quite good as well. I adapted the recipe just a smidge and it turned out great!

What I love about this Chickpea Korma Indian dish:

  • it's got quite a bit of protein (13g per serving - add rice and there's more). 
  • it's extremely flavorful but also not too much - so kids love it as well. 
  • it's hearty, warm and fills you up. 
  • perfect for a Winter evening. 
  • the left-overs taste even better. 
  • you can sub mushrooms for small potatoes if you aren't a mushroom fan. 
Vegan Curry with Chickpeas Recipe #purekitchen #puremamas

If you don't follow me on instagram it's a good time to do so because I've decided to share some recipes on instagram ONLY! Meaning, you will find an entire recipe and photos on my social media account that aren't featured here on the blog or in my newsletter. For example, I recently posted this Creamy Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce Recipe exclusively for Instagram. 

Mushroom (vegan!) Korma | #puremamas #purekitchen

Now back to Korma, if you are new to Indian dishes, this is a good place to start. One thing I loved about creating another bloggers dish is that I learned something really valuable when it comes to curries: "A little secret to making more-authentic home-made curries, is to blitz your onion, garlic and ginger first (or grate if you don’t have a food processor). Your curry sauce will have a far better flavour and texture." - Amber of Quite Good Food

Cool, right? Yeah yeah, it's an extra and kind of annoying step, but it really is worth it! I love the way the curry smell fills up the kitchen when I'm making it as well. It always cheers up my tired grumpy kids after a long day of school and sports. 

Healthy Curry with Mushrooms & Chickpeas (vegan!) #puremamas
Vegan Korma with Mushrooms and Chickpeas! #puremamas

INGREDIENTS

Spices:

Chickpea and Mushroom Korma
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Korma base:

  • 1 large onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil 
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, whole if small, or chopped if larger
  • 1 can chickpeas (beans only, not the liquid)
  • 1 can coconut cream (just the thick white part, not the clear stuff)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp almond meal or flour (ground almonds)
  • 1 tsp salt

To serve:

  • Cooked rice
  • Cilantro
  • Toasted nuts

DIRECTIONS

  1. Measure out all of the dry spices into a bowl. Set aside. 

  2. Blitz onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor with 1/2 cup of water, until it is a thick, rough slurry. 

  3. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tbsp coconut oil. Once hot, put the onion mixture into the saucepan. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, or until the liquid has evaporated and the onion mixture is golden brown. Turn down the heat if it is browning too quickly. 

  4. Add the dry spices, stir and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant. 

  5. Add the mushrooms, turn the heat up a bit and cook for another 1-2 minutes to coat the mushrooms in the spice mixture. Season with 1 tsp salt. 

  6. Add coconut cream, chickpeas, tomato paste and the almond meal. Stir and then simmer for another 10 minutes. 

  7. Serve with cooked rice and garnish with your favorite toppings like toasted nuts and cilantro.

Enjoy! Have a wonderful first weekend of December. What are your plans? I'm going to our holiday parade here in town on Saturday and I'm really looking forward to it. 

Recipe heavily adapted from QuiteGoodFood

The Perfect Gluten-free Vegan Pie Crust

This vegan gluten-free pie crust is just perfect. It's basic, easy to make, no fuss and very versatile. Just 4 simple ingredients. 

perfect vegan gluten-free pie crust

You can make this vegan gluten-free pie crust in just minutes. No more stressing about homemade pies. I'm sure this day and age the Thanksgiving table consists of family with of all sorts of different food allergies. Am I right? Good news is that this recipe is free of gluten, dairy and eggs.

Stay tuned for a wonderful 2 Fall recipes using this crust: a vegan apple and pumpkin pie recipe coming to the blog soon. 

vegan gluten-free pie crust | #purekitchenblog #puremamas
perfect vegan gluten-free pie crust | #puremamas #purekitchen #piecrust
perfect vegan gluten-free pie crust

The Perfect Gluten-free Vegan Pie Crust Recipe

yields 1 pie crust

INGREDIENTS

perfect vegan gluten-free pie crust

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat an oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine gluten-free flour and sea salt in a food processor. Do a quick pulse to combine. 
  3. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Add the cold milk, one tablespoon at a time, while blending until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Using parchment paper place dough onto one sheet, flatten with your palms, then place another sheet on top. Roll out to the desired size using a rolling pin. Remove the top sheet and carefully invert into pie pan.
  6. To bake the pie crust alone, bake at 400°F for 15 - 20 minutes. If using a pie filling, bake according to pie recipe instructions.

notes: I liked having some crust dough left over to use on top. You can cut strips or make shapes like I did in the photos above. This recipe is adapted from Bob's Red Mills web site and I used their flour but my own vegan ingredients.