The Insanely Tasty Green Mountain Parfait By GreenChefs Golubka

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Parfait is a wonderful thing. It allows those of us who find boredom in single-flavour desserts to enjoy many tastes and textures elegantly layered in one tall glass. This one was inspired by Japanese parfaits, in which the most peculiar colours and foods are combined to make insane edible creations.

Avocado ice cream is among our favourite culinary discoveries of this summer. It seems as though avocado was created for ice cream making, with its smooth and creamy texture.

We wanted this parfait to tell a visual story and paint a delicious landscape. The layers of green ice cream, buckwheat crunchies, fresh cherries, and blueberry and vanilla creams are meant to resemble topography. Mountains and valleys, trees and flowers, and finally, at the very top – snowy peaks.

Just like all desserts on Golubka, this parfait is nourishing and full of ingredients that do nice things for your body. Go ahead, try it for breakfast.

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Smoothie Bowl by GreenChef Marni Wasserman

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I love to eat my smoothies with a spoon. I make them thick enough to pour into bowl so that I can top them with granola. To me this is heaven, the best way to have a bowl of granola and a smoothie all in one.

You may think that there is no real trick to making a smoothie that tastes like pudding. Well I beg to differ. To make a REALLY smooth and consistent smoothie, it takes some practice or just knowing what to pair together. You have to use the right ingredients in perfect amounts – to get that creamy consistency, texture and flavour. You can use more or less frozen fruit to make it thicker or less thick. Oh and of course you need a good blender, that can make or break the deal alone!

I have definitely made and had bad smoothies in the past. There is nothing worse than a watered down smoothie or one that just doesn’t have that mouth feel that you crave even when you’ve finished your smoothie. That’s what happens to me, I always want more even when it’s all gone. I truly can’t get enough of smoothies! They give me energy, fill me up and make me so happy! I get excited every time I make a new one, honest! Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

The Simple & Sweet Summertime Apricot Torte By GreenChef Barbara

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So I’m thinking.., “I deserve a treat…a cake….and a big one too.” Food is my biggest reward. My admiration and desire for colors and tastes is too great and impossible to neglect. I have no doubt that if I were to give up gourmet foods, the resulting hunger would spiral me into an irreversible depression. This is why I take culinary moments, especially involving cake, and turn them into physical and emotional celebrations.

Browsing through my memory on what used to be my priorities in life and comparing them to my current lifestyle, I quickly find even more reasons for celebration. My life used to be all about getting the right job, surrounding myself with successful people and being at every important event there was. Despite being successful in all of the above endeavors I found myself driving with my car back home thinking, “Why do I still feel so empty?”. My curious and somewhat stubborn personality wouldn’t rest until I fully explored the questions of what would truly make me happy. It took some time but I found the answers, all of those being in healthy lifestyle with vegan and raw foods. Despite being where I am right now, I still believe my youth was necessary for me to grow and looking back I would have not changed a thing. However, searching for happiness in nightlife, clubbing and attaching importance to ego-based matters did not fulfill my needs for internal happiness. It certainly gave me a focus on myself which prompted me to explore my needs in great depth. This doesn’t mean I became isolated, it just means I now know how to take time for myself and truly spend it in peace and tranquility. I learned how to appreciate nature, observe and enjoy the scents of cherries, mangoes, peaches, apricots, passion fruit and all other wonderful fruits of nature. They empower me to feel youthful, confident, wholly and most importantly they keep me healthy. I now take time when driving with my car to observe nature, fields of greens, valleys of grasses which calms me and leaves me with feeling of content and allows me to see the true essence of nature’s beauty. With my passion for healthy vegan and raw food I have touched and changed some people’s lives, as well as my own. I spend a good portion of time in day thinking about new gourmet – stylish looking recipes that would bring intrigue and interest in people’s lives so they would too join me on the journey of the eco and animal friendly lifestyle of healthy foods.

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GreenChef David Anderson | French Apple Tart

Today’s GreenChef’s video features L.A. based GreenChef David Anderson. He joins us again to make a traditional French Apple Tart. David specializes in a traditional French Menu, with a vegan twist. He is the owner/ chef of Madeleine Bistro, which was voted as one of the best eats in L.A.

Chef David and Boise take us all along for this caramelized pie journey. Yes you will need to pull out your flame torch, but beyond that, this is a simple quick recipe which may just become your favorite pie for the holidays. (recipe and photos after the jump)

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Vegan Treats By Chloe Cascarelli for VegNews

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Who knew Vegnews now is producing recipe videos. Well maybe you guys did, but it was a surprise to me, so I am posting one very cute video by Chloe Cascarelli. Who turns out to be the Food Networks winner of the Cupcake Wars. Yeah me too, I have no idea what that is. She whips up two quick, vegan dessert recipes for this past 4th of July. The first one is a Berry Cobbler, made with Strawberries and Blueberries. The second one is a Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Sandwich.

All of us here are big fans of VegNews Magazine, so head over there or pickup the latest issue at Whole Foods.

Via Vegnews

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Indigo Granita Dessert Super Food by GreenChef Julie Morris

0 Indigo Granita Dessert Super Food by GreenChef Julie Morris

The antioxidant powerhouses of blueberries and acai combine forces to produce a colorful, healthy, and refreshing frozen berry dessert. Serve in a wine glass with a sprig of mint for full aesthetic effect. (recipe after the jump) Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Raw Mint Chocolate Tart by GreenChef Heather Pace

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Fresh mint makes the best desserts! I admit, I’m not much of a gardener, but I do have an outdoor summer herb garden which includes peppermint, spearmint, and chocolate mint. It not only tastes delicious, it’s a cooling digestive aid! I love to make full use of my mint during the warm weather, and and what goes better with mint than chocolate, come on, really. Everyone is with me on this one right?

This tart incorporates a chocolate nut crust with a silky, green mint cream filling. I like the combination of fresh mint leaves and mint essential oil, but feel free to use more of only one or the other. Still want to enjoy the tart but don’t have access to fresh mint leaves? Use the essential oil and a dash of spirulina for a soft green color.

I love to enjoy this dessert with guests on a hot, sunny afternoon, along with cold mint tea.

For the Crust

1 cup almonds, ground

3/4 cup pitted, packed dates

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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Strawberry Guava Summertime Sorbet

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Yum. That’s all I gotta say about this incredible creation. Now I am on the west coast at the moment where the produce at the Farmers Market is in full gorgeousness so please forgive me if you are reading this and do not have these fruits at your local market…BUT if you are lucky enough to have them, do yourself a favor and get your ass to the Farmers Market and buy some organic Strawberries and Guavas straight from your trusted organic farmer. If you can’t find guavas where you live and you wanna try another tropical fruit, substitute mango or fresh young coconut meat for the guavas. And if you wanna keep it easy peasy, you can always just make a straight up strawberry sorbet! Either way, you and your guests will thank me. Period. These combinations are sooooooooooo easy and delicious. You may wanna jump back and kiss yaself!

For the Sorbet:

3 boxes of fresh Strawberries, washed and stemmed

1 box of fresh Guavas, washed and peeled

pinch of Sea Salt

2/3 cup agave

1 TB Vodka (yes I said Vodka — it helps with the freezing and the texture!)

1 TB real Vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetend soymilk or organic cream (non-vegan)

Juice of half a meyer lemon (you can use a regular lemon if you can’t find the meyer)

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Raw Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberry Sauce

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Organic Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberry Sauce (raw)

This is one of those staples, every espiring raw foody should learn to make. It just has that perfect balance of a rich deep chocolate taste and the creamy smoothness of the mousse. In this recipe, I make a raspberry sauce, but it’s not required. You could change up the recipe with differnent types of sauces.

This recipe makes a 7″ Round Cake

For the Crust:

1/3 Cup Pecans

1/3 Cup Macadamia Nuts

2 TB Agave Syrup

1 TB Coconut Butter

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 tsp. Cinnamon

2 tsp. Carob

1/4 tsp. Salt

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Julie’s Sweet Seed Candies

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Similar to the traditional Greek sesame candy “Pasteli,” which is made with honey and sesame seeds, these superfood candies take advantage of yacon syrup’s more complex flavor and healthy benefits. Crunchy and chewy at the same time, these all-natural candies are addictingly delicious. If you cannot find pre-roasted/toasted sesame seeds, use raw ones — just pop them in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees ahead of time.

For the Candies:

½ cup yacon syrup

¼ cup hemp seeds

½ cup toasted sesame seeds

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Matcha Green Tea Vegan Ice Cream by Aria

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I received a panicked phone call last night from a friend, “I ate the last bite of your Green Tea Ice Cream! You’re gone. I want more. What am I gonna do!?” He was very upset. I told him he could learn to make more ice cream himself or he’ll have to wait for me to get back in town. He is a green tea ice cream junkie. He is my green tea ice cream junkie and biggest fan. He can not wait. So my friend…this post is dedicated to you!

Making homemade Ice Creams and Sorbets are much easier than you think. Alright. First off do yourself a favor and buy a very inexpensive Ice Cream machine. I use this Cuisinart, The Pure Indulgence ($79.95). Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Raw Vegan Almond Cinnamon Ice Cream by GreenChef Alice Savorelli

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As summer approaches, the thoughts of many of us turn to ice cream, one of the most refreshing sweet treats to be enjoyed in warm weather. There are definitely many store-bought non-dairy alternatives to traditional ice cream, which are mainly derived from rice, coconut milk and soy. The best option, however, is probably to make your own healthier batch, so unpack your ice cream maker and get ready to experiment with different textures and flavors. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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