Natalia KW’s Raw Lavender Cream Blintzes with Blackberry Syrup8
It is DAY 5 of "Raw Food Recipes with Excalibur" and I have an INCREDIBLE Sunday brunch treat on the menu today. These delicious raw lavender blintzes with blackberry syrup are the handiwork of the lovely Natalia, raw food chef and shamanic practitioner from NataliaNW. Natalia works with her clients on a physical and energetic level to facilitate profound transformations toward optimum health through a unique blend of shamanic energy medicine and pure healing foods.
Natalia advocates "a pure, organic, plant based diet, high in living foods. A pure diet cleanses us in body, mind and spirit. It is these foods that bring us to new levels of vitality and radiance while activating our intuition and spiritual connection." I am absolutely fascinated with and a huge proponant of the concept of "food as energy" and "food as medicine", and so I really love Natalia's holistic approach to wellness.
Since getting her Luminous Healing & Energy Medicine Certification through the Light Body School of The Four Winds Society, she has been combining her knowledge of shamanism and whole foods nutrition to treat people on an emotional, spiritual, and physical level with spectacular results. She is also the co-founder with Melissa Geiger of Nourishing Our Radiance which hopes to inspire women into wellness. I am telling you, this woman is AMAZING.
Natalia is the author of three phenomenal raw foods cookbooks, PURE PLEASURES, CUPCAKE HEAVEN, and RAW FOOD JUICE BAR. If you love decadent sweet treats but don't want to coat-check your colon, these books are a must buy! It's not just desserts either. There are so many incredible, inspired recipes in these books, from drinks, salads & dips to snacks, to entrees & desserts. There is something for everyone, in an easy-to-follow, accessible way! You can also download a copy of Natalia's eBook, THE BREAKFAST MAKEOVER EBOOK, 7 DAYS OF GORGEOUS GREEN SMOOTHIES when you sign up for her newsletter.
To sample a bit of her culinary magic, Natalia has generously agreed to share these Raw Lavendar Cream Blintzes with Blackberry Syrup, from her book PURE PLEASURES. Natalia says that they are "chewy apple & coconut wraps filled with lavender-vanilla cream and drizzled with sweet blackberry syrup for the ultimate Sunday brunch dish!" What I say is "This recipe is one of the most delicious raw desserts I have ever tasted in my life. MAKE time to make this recipe or you are letting one of life's great indulgences pass you by!" Seriously, this recipe is a stunner, a winner, and not to be missed.
You can find more of Natalia's amazing recipes on her website and blog, and watch her in action on the videos on her site or on You Tube. Check out her Raw Creamy Peppercorn Ranch, which scored her Third Place in Living Light’s 2010 Hot Raw Chef Contest. For healing sessions, Natalia currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA but is available for distance work.
Natalia, thankyou for sharing your magic during this event. You inspire me.
Natalia KW’s Raw Lavender Cream Blintzes with Blackberry Syrup
- Blintz Wraps
- 3 small apples
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup shredded dried unsweetened coconut
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 6 Tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp pure alcohol free vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
- 2/3 cup pure water
- Lavender Cream
- 1/2 cup pure water
- 3/4 cup coconut butter
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts, soaked 4-6 hours, drained/rinsed
- 2 tsp dried lavender
- Blackberry Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups blackberries
- 6 Tbsp raw honey
- To make the Blintz Wraps:
- Peel the apples, cut them into quarters, and remove the cores.
- Using the shredding disc of your food processor, shred the apples. You should have approximately 1 3/4 cups of apple after shredding.
- Toss immediately in a large bowl with the lemon juice to prevent browning. Add the coconut, cinnamon, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, nutmeg and salt to the bowl and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flax seeds and water.
- Once there are no remaining lumps, add this to the apple mixture and mix very well.
- Prepare your Excalibur dehydrator trays with nonstick sheets.
- For each wrap, scoop 2 tablespoons of batter onto the tray.
- Spread into even circles around 4-5” in diameter.
- Continue until all batter is used.
- Dehydrate at 105° for 4-6 hours.
- Flip over and remove the nonstick sheets.
- Continue to dehydrate for another 6-8 hours until dry, but still very flexible. Store at room temperature.
- For longer storage you may keep these in the refrigerator, but be sure to return to room temperature to regain their flexibility.
- To make the Lavender Cream:
- Place all ingredients except for the lavender in your Vitamix and blend from low to high.
- Once your cream is very smooth, add the lavender and blend gently until combined.
- Pour into a glass container and chill in the refrigerator.
- To make the Blackberry Syrup:
- Blend the blackberries and honey until smooth.
- To Assemble:
- Begin with a wrap and place 2 tablespoons of cream in the center.
- Spread the cream so that it runs in a vertical line from one end of the circle to another.
- Roll up, keeping the cream running vertically in the center of the wrap. Arrange so that the seam is at the bottom of the wrap and place on a plate.
- Drizzle generously with blackberry syrup and serve...perhaps as breakfast in bed. Enjoy!
- Makes 16
Piggy Cooking 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.