Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Raspberry Smoothie + Make Your Own "Chocolate" Peanut Butter

It's mine and Jenn's birthdays today! So far it's been great, we are going to New York for a few days which is exciting! Mainly to see some incredible shows such as Newsies and Once, shop around and of course check out the sights. Cannot wait!

I've been in a very berry-licious mood lately. I find when it comes to smoothies, frozen berries are always best so I was happy enough to buy a large bag of frozen raspberries. The thing I like about raspberries are the seeds. I know some find the seeds annoying especially blended in a smoothie, but it's nice because it feels like you're eating the smoothie instead of drinking it.





RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE

1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 a pear
1/2 frozen banana
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop brown rice protein powder (vanilla) - optional
Stevia to taste
Water to blend


I've been seeing chocolate peanut butter around a lot lately and it's a shame because I always wished there was carob peanut butter, just this once, for those not into the cocoa thing. Well I took matters into my own hands and made "chocolate" peanut butter using carob and stevia! It tastes so good like Reese's peanut butter cups!

The peanut butter I used was Valencia peanut butter which tends to be more "liquidy" than regular peanut butters so it worked great to achieve a smooth, peanut buttery consistency.

Peanut Butter, Carob Powder, drops of vanilla stevia to taste, sea salt to taste

Coconut Toasts! 






14 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I'm an avid follower of sketch-free vegan eating. I found you guys on vegweb, and love reading and trying your interesting and unique recipes. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I do love the chocolate peanut butter fudge for a sweet one and the tempeh pizza for a savory one. Thank you for your blog, and I hope I made your birthday a bit better with this comment. Have fun in New York!

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    1. aww thanks so much! that means a lot to us :D New York was great, just got back last night from 5 days of broadway shows, couldn't ask for anything more ;)

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  2. I love making my own chocolate peanut butter, because it's cheaper! haha

    Happy Birthday, lovely!

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  3. I love carob.... mixed into walnut butter is my favourite! Happy Birthday... very envious of your NYC trip - I would LOVE to go there!

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  4. Happy Birthday! Your smoothie and the spread looks great - Im a chocolate lover all the way around but love carob too.

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday!
    I wish you both a marvelous year that overflows with days that feel wonderful to you!

    yum to these treats!

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  6. happy belated!
    i've been experimenting with carob lately and have been pleasantly surprised by the taste. :) i love when you two post recipes using carob!

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    1. we love carob! it has a slightly sweeter, maltier taste which goes great with a lot of other ingredients ;)

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  7. happy birthday ladies! i hope your trip to NYC is fabulous. there are some great healthy eats in this area too :). and i love the carob stevia touch to the peanut butter. YUMM!!! ps - why is valencia pb more liquidy? does it have more fat?

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    1. thank you! it WAS fabulous, we were so sad to leave :( we went to one lucky duck which is a raw vegan restaurant, got a mango cucumber coconut cilantro smoothie - so good! I am not sure why valencia is more liquified, i guess it depends how much they grind the peanut butter too.

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