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Vanilla Latte Chia Parfait

Sometimes it’s just a latte type of morning. Hot, dark espresso mixed with frothy, slightly sweet (non-dairy) milk creates a combination that really gets my mind-set for the day. Luckily, I received an at-home espresso machine from the bearded one for Christmas a couple of years ago, so I’m able to obtain one without overpaying. I find the whole process of making one very methodical but at the same time, beautiful and therapeutic.

Because of that, I made a little instagram video of my making some for my friend and I yesterday morning. What’s exciting about that is that he’s working on my new logo and site! I can’t wait until we work out some kinks and finally get it live, which may happen within the next couple of months.

A sneak peek at some designs!

I’ve been really into breakfast foods lately, and it has been a long time since I’ve made and chia pudding, and an even longer time since I’ve combined my love of coffee and food into one. Now is the time! I’ve taken what really makes a latte special and added some nutritional value to it, and possibly made it prettier; although I’m a total sucker for latte art and I just can’t do it.

When Carie, one of my IG followers, suggested that I do a post on making lattes it really affirmed my want for this recipe. I guess you can thank her for this, then? ;) As far as the espresso machine goes, I absolutely love it and have definitely gotten my money’s worth from it. That’s also after researching different ones for WEEKS. Phew.

Come alive with this caffeinated chia pudding! I imagine that it would be great for a Monday morning. :)

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Banana Cream Chia Pudding & A Tribute

Before I show you this amazing recipe, today, let me talk about last year for a moment. As I’m prepping myself to write this, is still feels like I have a pit in my stomach, but this will end in a positive light! Some of you may have read about my grandmother last year. I very briefly mentioned that she would be moving in with my family because she wasn’t doing well and had lung cancer. After that, I didn’t say anything else about her, and it wasn’t for no reason.

Soon after she moved in, she mentioned that she had felt bloated and never hungry, and really couldn’t eat much. I would give her a tiny smoothie and she would be full. I felt like I couldn’t help her nourish her body, so that she could heal, even just a little bit. But, two weeks or so after she came to California, we had to take her to the ER; turns out that she had a perforated ulcer (basically a hole in your stomach) and needed to be operated on. While doing tests on her, they found out that the cancer had already spread to her liver; which was, in a word, terrifying.

They decided to go through with the operation, and everything was going well for a couple of days. Then liquid started to build up in her lungs, they couldn’t stop it, then everything started falling apart. She ended up on life-support with failed kidneys and so many things wrong with her. And I’ll never forget the way she looked, and I would never wish that upon anyone. When it was clear that she would not be coming back from this, our family said our goodbyes and her soul left her body. It was a terrible day, less than a month before her 80th birthday. All of us were deeply affected by her passing, and as I type this, I am realizing that this still weighs very heavily on my heart.

My grandmother was a crafty woman, she’s the one that taught me how to crochet; but she was also an avid quilter. She had tons of quilting fabric, yards and yards of it in so many colors and patterns. Plus, some awesome kitchen ware, which her, my mom, and I share the same passion for. Support was something that my grandma often offered, with the turn of events in my life, which led me to where I am today (photography/blogging/etc.). She would tell me that I was capable and creative, which helped me immensely through some tough times. But, I don’t think she knew just how much she would help me.

Soon after we sorted through the fabrics, I got the photo gig with Happy Herbivore. Knowing that I would need to photograph 80 different recipes gave me a bit of anxiety. How would I make these shots so different? Then the light went on, Grandma’s fabrics! Without those, it would have been 80% harder for me to do what I did, and I just wish that I could thank her now. I’ve chosen this post to tell you all this, because three of the items in the photograph belonged to her. Two of the fabrics and this delightful dish, used for cooling food to be served. I’m so glad that I can have her continue to help me in my quest to become a better photographer, and I dedicate this post to her. <3

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Apple Pie Chia Pudding

Man oh man, it’s been a crazy few days since I last posted! First off, Corey and I went to our friend’s wedding out in Indio this past Saturday and it was majorly adorable, plus a lot of fun. We definitely took advantage of the photo booth that was there, where Corey proceeded to flash the camera. ;) Plus, I can’t go without mentioning the election. Man, what a crazy day yesterday was! Did you go out and vote? Either way, I think everyone was sweating bullets at one point, last night.

Due to all of the errands, events and some assignments, I haven’t had a lot of time to put together awesome meals and such. BUT, one thing that I did accomplish was making this fantastic recipe for apple pie chia pudding. It’s like taking the essence of an apple pie and stirring chia seeds into it, and a pinch of salt gives the illusion of a buttery crust flavor. I’m not going to lie, it is pretty awesome.

The only thing is, if you were to ask me if I liked the Pumpkin Pie chia pudding or this one better, well, I wouldn’t be able to answer that. Okay, I’m lying, the Pumpkin Pie one of course! But, that’s only because I like pumpkin pie more; this apple pie chia pudding certainly gives it a run for its money, though!

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Raw Flax Crackers & Simple Guacamole

It’s been a while since I’ve made a savory raw dish, so I’m glad that I finally have another one for you (that’s not a salad) ;). Sometimes when I’m making juices I forget to separate the vegetable and fruit pulp and end up just throwing it all in the composter; not this time! I got to make some yummy, raw flaxseed and juice pulp crackers out of a few different seeds and veggie pulp.

I had the intentions of using more spices in the cracker mix, but I just wasn’t sure which way to go so I kept it simple. You’re more than welcome to add your own mix of herbs and spices to cater to your taste buds. Of course, you don’t have to make the guacamole to eat the crackers with; you could make a cashew spread with Italian seasonings for a different kind of vibe.

Like with other raw snacks and meals you’ll have to plan ahead when you are making these crackers. With a dehydration time of roughly 10-12 hours, this won’t be a snack that’s ready in an instant but it will be worth the wait.

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Raw Flax Crackers & Simple Guacamole
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Serves: 4
 
This is a great recipe for utilizing your leftover juice pulp to make a great, raw snack. Paired with a simple, yet delicious guacamole dip it is sure to please.
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Pulp Leftover from Juicing, mine was made up of Carrots and Chard
  • 1 Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Raw Pepitas
  • ½ Cup Ground Flaxseed
  • ¼ Cup Chia Seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • ⅓ tsp. Black Pepper
  • 3 Avocados, Pitted
  • 1 Cup Tomato, Diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ⅓ tsp. Garlic Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a food processor pulse together the vegetable pulp, water, raw pepitas, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, nutritional yeast, sea salt and pepper. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the processor so that it is fully incorporated.
  2. The cracker mixture will be thick, almost like cookie dough. Spread the mixture ¼” thick onto two Paraflexx sheets and place them in a dehydrator at 115°F for 5 hours.
  3. When the edges start to peel off of the sheet a bit, flip the cracker slab over (unless it is still too moist in the center). Dehydrate for another 5-6 hours or until the crackers are crunchy and hard.
  4. Break the cracker slabs into smaller, chip-sized pieces.
  5. In a small mixing bowl mash together the avocado, tomato, lemon juice, garlic salt and pepper; serve with the flaxseed crackers.

As a neat serving suggestion, you can fill the avocado halves up with the guacamole and use that as a serving size paired with roughly 10 crackers. This would make a great appetizer or a finger-food dish at a party or weekend hangout. Plus, it’s raw! But, no one really needs to know.. ;)

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