It is DAY 28 of "Raw Food Recipes with Excalibur" and I am delighted to feature the dazzling Kristen Suzanne from Kristen's Raw. If you are not acquainted with this lovely lady, then you are just letting some of the best in the raw foods world pass you by! Kristen is AMAZING. 

As a former competitive bodybuilder, Kristen Suzanne has been studying nutrition, fitness and food preparation for more than 15 years. She is now an accomplished raw vegan chef, and author helping people succeed with a raw foods lifestyle.

Kristen has authored 12 incredible raw vegan recipe and lifestyle books, and through radio, television, classes, her newsletter, and very popular blog, Kristen's Raw, she is helping people all around the world to get the glow!

After suffering from intense migraines and tension headaches, acne, cellulite, allergies, back pain, and severe lethargy, Kristen adopted a vegan diet in 2002. At that time, she was approximately 50% raw, with some cooked whole foods. You can read more of Kristen's personal story and the benefits of raw foods here. 

But in 2005, Kristen became about 75% raw, and since 2006, she has been about 95% raw. Kristen eradicated her symptoms of less than perfect health, and regained her vitality with a raw foods diet, and now shares her insight and knowledge so that others can experience the joy of good health too. Seriously, she had me when she shared that her cellulite disappeared. We ALL want that! 

Kristen's Raw was launched in January of 2007 to provide information, products, services, advice, and recommendations that make it easy for anybody to adopt the raw, vegan lifestyle, and she does this in spectacular fashion. There is tons of information on the benefits of living a raw foods lifestyle; fantastic raw foods and lifestyle videos; Kristen's food journal (where Kristen shares what she's eating and why); Kristen's product recommendations; incredible recipes; and more. 

Kristen's raw recipes are some of the best I have tasted. I first became connected with Kristen when we both contributed to the first issue of Super Raw Life Magazine. I made Kristen's Raw Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce, Raw Harvest Soup, and Raw Vegan Pecan Spice Delight Cookies and was in Piggy Heaven!  I am telling you, this woman is a RAWK STAR!!!

The best way to indulge in Kristen's raw recipes is to purchase one or all of her 12 eBooks. You can bundle them all for a great 43% discount for just $75! What a bargain! There is: EASY RAW VEGAN TRANSITION RECIPES, EASY RAW VEGAN ENTREESEASY RAW VEGAN DESSERTSEASY RAW VEGAN SALADS & DRESSINGSEASY RAW VEGAN SOUPSEASY RAW VEGAN SIDES & SNACKSEASY RAW VEGAN SMOOTHIES, JUICES, ELIXERS & DRINKSEASY RAW VEGAN HOLIDAYSEASY RAW VEGAN DEHYDRATINGULTIMATE RAW VEGAN HEMP RECIPES, and ULTIMATE RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE RECIPES. You can purchase all of these books as PDF eBooks or print versions from Amazon. 

These fantastic raw vegan chocolate chia crackers are a glowing example of Kristen's recipe development skills. Not only is this recipe super quick and easy (like all of Kristen's recipes) they are bursting with flavour, and are not to sweet. These crackers are great by themselves, or you can add pizazz by spreading them with your favourite raw jam, or make it more of meal by adding some raw nut butter. YUMMO! 

Kristen, thankyou for graciously participating in this event, and share your wonderful recipe.
You make raw food so easy and so yummy.... 

*This recipe is from KRISTEN SUZANNE'S ULTIMATE RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE RECIPES, and published here with permission from the author.

For more information check out Kristen's original recipe post
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Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Chocolate Chia Crackers

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 apple, cored & chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 6 chopped and pitted dates
  • dash Himalayan crystal salt
  1. Soak your chia seeds for 30 minutes in a large bowl with 1 1/2 cups of the water.
  2. Blend the remaining ingredients (including the remaining 1/2 cup of water) together. I use a Vitamix.
  3. Add the blended mixture to the bowl with soaked chia seeds and stir to mix. Break up any chia seed clumps with your rubber spatula or spoon.
  4. Allow the mixture to sit (as is) for about 15-30 minutes.
  5. Spread the mixture on an Excalibur dehydrator tray lined with a non-stick paraflexx sheet and score to desired size. For a thinner cracker, divide between two trays.
  6. Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 60 minutes.
  7. Reduce the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate for another 6-8 hours.
  8. Flip the crackers onto another tray without a paraflexx sheet and peel off the paraflexx sheet being used.
  9. Dehydrate for another 6-10 hours, or until you reach your desired consistency.
  10. This recipe yields 1 tray of cookies. The quantity depends on the size you cut them.

*This recipe is from KRISTEN SUZANNE'S ULTIMATE RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE RECIPES, and published here with permission from the author.

For more information check out Kristen's original recipe post
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Tips!

the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

Love Kristen! And this delicious recipe. I credit her with getting me started on the raw road and lucky for me, she is one of my best buddies. Two awesome raw chickies in one place :) Thanks Tess x

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So glad we met years ago online and have cherished our friendship since. SS. XO :)

I LOVE that the two of you are such great friends!

I LOVE Kristen too. It is so wonderful she got you into raw foods. You, and so many others! Just fantastic! You BOTH ROCK! xx

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