The Seeds Make It Crunchy

Well I completely caved on that whole “rest day” thing after breakfast. I think all I needed was a little fuel in the tummy for some energy because I was raring to go right afterwards. I did my core(which you can just search and find for in some older posts if you’re interested) and 200 flights. I must say, highlights include(and are pretty much limited to) the “dance” action I was doing to Tik-Tok and contorting my neck to try to see what the mailperson was bringing through a window. Good news: It was a package from Crofter’s Organic! Bad news:

Broken Asia Superfood Spread

Not everything survived :-( When I reached in and felt something gooey, I knew that couldn’t be good. Thankfully, I had some senses and realized to feel around too much and cut myself. The other 3 superfruit flavors arrived in good condition and I look forward to reviewing them. And lucky me won some of these jams from another giveaway so hopefully those will all arrive in one piece and I can review Asia, too :-)

As for something I did review today…

Hickory Honey Barbeque Baked Kettle Chips

These weren’t from the company or anything; these are just chips I like a lot and have featured quite a bit, so I thought I’d write up my love for them here. Of course, they made an appearance at lunch…

Lemon Brussels Sprouts, Lightlife Beef In Tomato Sauce, Hickory Honey Barbeque Chips

With some more “healthy” stuff. Boo :-P I squirted some lemon on the brussels sprouts just to give them a little kick of flavor, and added dehydrated onion to the beef and sauce just to make my breath smell awful. This didn’t really taste like “beef” but it was decent enough for a protein; I think it would have been a lot better if I were using a real sauce I was into but alas that was just tomato sauce from a can. But really–what can’t you do with a can of tomato sauce? I needed it this afternoon to make up a vegan meatloaf.

Vegan Meatloaf

I’ll admit I had little-to-no interest in cooking anything for dinner, and that my mind was on some juicy, red grass-fed beef from Tomasso’s. This was a far cry from red meat but I had mouths to feed and I figure what goes around comes around(so here’s crossing my fingers for that beef sometime soon :-) ).

Orange Steaz Sparkling Green Tea

While I was cooking I was sipping on this flavor Steaz. It really needed a bit of a kick so I added some stevia to each tiny glass I poured. Things are just more fun when you pour them into other glasses; now why the hell didn’t I use a wine glass? Man, that would have been better in hindsight.

Since it was Friday, I decided to let my sweet-tooth run ramped. Instead of cookies, however, I was thinking of brownies. And instead of baking, I was thinking of keeping them raw :-D

Ingredients

After trying this brownie from The Raw Bakery, I wanted to try to make my own. To put a fun spin on things, I used raspberry agave syrup. I loooove raspberry jam in brownies and this was essentially the same thing. And it was all organic! Except the dates, which we’ve already established were cheap and yummy :-)

Raw Vegan Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (160 grams) dates
  • 5 tablespoons (105 grams) agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds, ground

Make sure the flax seeds are ground. If they are not, add them to the food processor first and pulse a few times. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well blended, or about a minute. Scrape into a square container and refrigerate for 10 minutes or so until cutting into.

Raw Vegan Raspberry Brownies

I made one mistake here, which I tried to make clear in my directions not to do just in case anybody tries these: I mixed the flax seeds in with the other ingredients whole. As a consequence, the batter got really thick before they had a chance to break up. Oh well. If you like “crunchy” brownies then these would have been perfect for you :-) I didn’t mind a little extra chew. For my afternoon snack, I made a tray of brownie and goat milk yogurt.

Goat Milk Yogurt, Raw Vegan Brownie Clump

Raw Vegan Raspberry Brownie

They don’t really hold together very well, either, but there flavor is superb! Maybe the just need a chance to sit out so some of the water from the syrup comes off. No lie, though, this was some of the tastiest chocolate I’ve had; I think the raspberry worked perfect with the dates for a fruitiness to it all. And it complimented the creamy, slightly fatty goat milk yogurt well. There’s something about raw food where I can eat less and feel more energized and more satisfied, even if all that is is pudding and brownies. Dinner, however, was not raw; dinner was actually cooked by 4 and then just reheated for supper time.

Vegan Mealtoaf With Nutritional Yeast, Broccoli Fries With Vinegar Ketchup

I really need to get to Dedham Whole Foods again to buy a pound of nutritional yeast; sprinkle that on a led pipe and it’d be delicious, I tell ya. This was not juicy red meat. But it was pretty good. There’s about 4 servings left and as we all know this is MUCH better after a few days of sitting so I’m pretty excited for some leftover action :-D And now… I could use coffee(and chocolate). Maybe that Steaz has caffeine in it? Because I feel like I’m dragging. That’s the beauty of a single-cup coffee maker, my friends. Happy cookie Friday night!

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  1. Mae (OhhMay.Wordpress) 22. Jan, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Thank you for the comment on Pajamas With a Plan… I truly petitioned for “Get Lazy For Haiti” but my teacher thought it sounded too… lighthearted?
    But I just wanted to let you know that your slogan would have been awesome!
    The Rasberry Brownie goop looks way way too delicious!! I bet that would be awesome on oats… just sayin’ :-D

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  2. Lexi 22. Jan, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Love all your eats!

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  3. Errign 22. Jan, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    1. Totally had about 1000 of those jam glasses when I was younger – loved them!
    2. I loved the baked Kettle chips too – but I loved their regular chips too, so it wasn’t much of a surprise! Loved that they managed to make a baked chips that is actually sliced potato, unlike baked lays!

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  4. Lynn at The Actors Diet 22. Jan, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    eeek sorry about the crofters! i’m surprised b/c they came so thoroughly packaged!

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  5. julie 23. Jan, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    hey girl! thanks for stopping by my bloggie :) hope you stay and hang out!

    booo to the crofters taking one for the team on the way over to you! hope you enjoy the rest. they’re soo soo good

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  6. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce 23. Jan, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    sorry your jar broke- i always mourn when that happens! Oh man, i am so ashamed of how much i love Tik-Tok. i really tried not to, but that damn song is so catchy!

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  7. Ashlei 23. Jan, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Chocolate and raspberry has to be one of the best combinations ever! Do you ever add raspberry jam or raspberries into your chocolate avocado pudding? I bet that would be amazing!

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  8. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 23. Jan, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    the brownies and choc looks killer. clumping issues..nothing the freezer can’t fix :)

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  9. Anna 23. Jan, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    Awww, I love your Welch’s glass (unsurprisingly!). So sorry that the jam busted :-(

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  10. Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) 23. Jan, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Sorry to hear about the Superfruit…that must have been disappointing! At least the others are in good shape! :D

    I’ve never tried nutritional yeast. I’ve heard it tastes a lot like parmesan cheese?

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  11. marathonmaiden 23. Jan, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    bummer about the busted bottle. do you make up your own recipes? kind of cool that you can take something you see and recreate it

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  12. greensandjeans 23. Jan, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    So sad about the broken jar! I think my mom has about nine million of those same juice classes in her cupboard!

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  13. Matt 23. Jan, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Damn sorry about that package. I would be pissed!

    How long does 200 flights take you? I get tired walking up three flights to my apartment.

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  14. eaternotarunner 23. Jan, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    That brownie does look delicious!

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  15. Kelly 23. Jan, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Those brownies look awesome!! Definitely going to need to make those ASAP!

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