Raw Raspberry Jam

I don't eat preserves, jams, and jellies very often. But when I do, I always make my own, so I can control the quality of the ingredients and the level of sugar! I was at my friend Kris's house last year, and she was making home made apricot jam with a bucket load of fresh apricots her neighbors had dropped around from off of their trees. Kris is an amazing cook and has a real flare for flavors. Her home made apricot jam was delicious. But, as I was sitting at her kitchen bench watching…

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Today I am posting one of my favorite guilty pleasures - home made vegan chocolate hazelnut spread. I was reminded of this naughty little recipe when my friend, Mika, texted me yesterday requesting an alternative to peanut butter for her son, Kai, who refuses to put anything else on his toast! I gave them a blender for Christmas, and suggested they make their own flavored nut butters. Even though this spread contains a lot of natural sugar, I decided it would be a great fun start to…

Raw Pasta Marinara and No-Meat Balls

This raw pasta marinara with no-meat balls is one of my go-to raw dinners because it's low in carbs, loaded with nutrients, and really delicious. The no-meat balls are optional. If you want to make this an even quicker meal, you could skip making the meat balls. You can spiralize the zucchini noodles and blend up the marinara sauce in less than 20 minutes. The sauce is very rich when you taste it straight out of the blender. But, it mellows out when you stir it through the zoodles.…

Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Green Smoothie

This is the most popular recipe on the site. I get over 500 emails a week from delighted smoothie drinkers who are obsessed with this smoothie since I featured it in The Blender Girl cookbook. Sun Cafe, my favorite local raw restaurant, won SeriousEats.com’s Best Smoothie in L.A. award for a blend that’s similar to this one. I’m not sure exactly what they put in their award-winner, but this is pretty close. One taste and you’ll understand why kale- phobic omnivores line up and even…

Vegan Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Scott's mum makes this amazing roasted tomato and basil soup, and it's so good I had to share it with you. Sandra and I have an ongoing friendly debate about the virtues of chunky soups versus blended soups. I, of course, have a stake firmly planted in the blended soup pot. She, on the other hand, is a fan of chunky "partially blended" soups. If you're a fan of chunky soups, try the roasted garlic and potato, coconut and red lentil, chickpea and chard, split pea, chamomile corn…

Berry Beet Green Smoothie

This fantastic berry beet smoothie comes from the incredible Ricki Heller. I love her blog and books. If you don't know about her, get acquainted. Her recipes rock! Ricki is a whole foods chef, educator, and author of Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free, Living Candida-Free, and Sweet Freedom. If you're looking for spectacular gluten-free and vegan baked goods, and candida-friendly low-sugar recipes, Ricki is the master. This beet berry smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies on her…

Aloe Vera Moisturizer Oil

ZaaToday I am sharing another home made organic skincare recipe that was given to me by Purvi from Zaaina Skincare. Zaaina is one of my favorite natural skincare companies because the products are so pure and natural. I prefer to make my own homemade skin care at home so I can be putting the freshest food grade ingredients on my body. But if I don't have time, or am travelling, the Zaaina products are the next best thing! Check out their range of very inexpensive organic skincare. The…

Vegan Black Sesame Ice Cream

I absolutely love the black sesame ice cream at Japanese restaurants. This vegan version is super creamy and delicious. If you've never eaten black sesame ice cream before this is a different flavor. But, be open. This ice cream is seriously tasty. You can purchase toasted black sesame seeds from Japanese grocers, online, or from some health food stores. Trust me, try something new, and give this Japanese black sesame ice cream a spin.

Raw Vegan Corn Chowder

This raw corn chowder is simple, fresh, delicious, and takes less than 10 minutes to throw together. This little soup is a lifesaver when you come home and need a quick healthy meal without a lot of fuss. Best of all, it is extremely versatile. It can be served hot or cold in summer or winter, and can be dressed up with all kinds of fresh veggies. I like to serve this soup as a small starter in the summer topped with fresh corn and cilantro. For the best flavor, chill the soup in the…

Raw Chocolate Orange Torte

This raw cake is as easy as blend, freeze, and devour. Chocolate and orange is a classic combo, and this cake is perfectly balanced - it's rich and chocolately with just the right amount of orange. The creamy texture melts in your mouth and the crust is rich and chewy. I've been making this cake for years, and it never gets old. It receives raves at every party I serve it at. When I was allowed to include 10 recipes from the site in my first book, The Blender Girl, this cake was at…

Raw Sun Dried Tomato & Red Pepper Hummus

This raw no-bean paleo-friendly hummus is full of flavor, loaded with nutrients, is better for digestion, and is alkaline. You will need a high-speed blender in order to get a really smooth creamy consistency. However, if you don't have one, throw this in a food processor and process until as smooth as possible. You'll get a more rustic consistency, but the flavor will be fabulous. I love sun-dried tomatoes and red bell peppers, and they add a slight sweetness and tanginess that…

Vegan Lentil & Vegetable Pasta

I thought I would post one of my all-time favorite pasta recipes. I have not made the entire recipe in a blender. I just blended part of the pasta sauce. However, this is a fantastic example of how your blender can help you with all kinds of healthy recipes, whether they are fully blended or not. This recipe utilizes a homemade tomato puree that you can whip up in a few pulses by placing the tomatoes in your blender. If you don't have fresh tomatoes you can use a small tin of crushed…

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