It is currently Day 5 of the “Raw Vegan Challenge” that I joined after reading a post over at Prolific Living. Every day has come with a new challenge, new symptom, and new inspiration. I have been researching online to try and find simple recipes that don’t require a juicer, dehydrator, or food processer. This girl has a blender. That’s it. Of course all of the delectable, mouth-watering, items require some sort of mechanical device. I did however find two recipes that were VERY EASY and did not require more than my handy dandy blender. Oh how I love thee my little Oster.
Raw Buckwheat Porridge
Inspired by: Oh She Glows
Yield: Four 1-cup servings.
- 2 cups raw Buckwheat Groats, soaked in water for minimum of 1 hour or overnight
- 1.25-1.5 cups non-dairy Milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup Agave (syrup if you are not concerned with the “raw” factor)
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Chopped fruit or dried fruit
- Chopped nuts and or seeds (I used raw walnuts)
- Raw Almond Butter
- Toasted coconut
1. In a bowl, pour 2 cups of raw buckwheat groats and 4 cups of water. Soak for at least 1 hour or overnight. After soaking, rinse well in a strainer several times.
2. Place buckwheat groats in food processor or blender, along with the almond milk, chia seeds, and vanilla. Process until combined and slightly smooth. Now add in the agave and cinnamon to taste (depending on how sweet you want it, you may want to add more)
3. Scoop into bowls or parfait glasses and add your desired toppings & mix-ins. Serve cold. If you heat this up in the microwave like I did on trial 1, it will harden the consistency and not be as good and possibly not “raw”. This will make several servings so save in a big bowl and store in fridge for future meals.
This recipe was very easy to prepare, just make sure you put your buckwheat groats in the refrigerator the night before. In the morning all you have to do is put everything in the blender and wah la!
I also had a hard time finding the buckwheat grouts since this was a new item to me. I was looking in the bins, in the spices, everywhere. Think oatmeal. You should be able to find them near the rolled oats or breakfast cereals. You can also order them online if you want “raw” from the link above in the recipe.
*** Do not microwave if you are looking for a smooth consistency. I microwaved mine the first day for 10 seconds and the buckwheat hardened up. I took a picture. I was still able to eat it but it was much better when I ate it cold.
Now, I was craving some sweets so I was on the hunt for a “raw” desert of some sort. What better than some delicious raw chocolate chip cookies. Yes, they do exist!
Raw, Vegan, No Bake Cookies (GF option if you use GF oats)
Adapted from: Shining From Within
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 1/2 cup rolled oats *
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips, chopped (I used dark, but use whatever you have/like!)
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until firm. Enjoy!
I used raw maple syrup but next time I will use agave nectar. I am not a fan of the syrup bitter like taste. I also used vegan carob chips (yuck). I will use this recipe combined with a recipe found at Oh She Glows and make my own chocolate chips.
There you have it. Two simple recipes that actually taste good.
But…. That was the easy part of this challenge. I have had many humps and bumps as I like to call them.
1.) In one night, I went to the grocery store two separate times because I had forgot ingredients. I still walked away never locating the Nama Shoyu. Namu who? ( I now know what it is)
2.) I attempted this recipe and failed miserably because I didn’t know how to get 2 cups of carrot pulp.
3.) This same recipe called for a dehydrator. Silly me, I did not read the backside to the recipe. Those darn machines again.
4.) I have been going to sleep around 10pm and up at 3am. Wide awake.
5.) The detoxing has begun: headaches, sluggishness, and hunger cravings.
6.) $$$- I wanted to eat anything but salad, so I went to the store and bought everything raw that wasn’t a salad.
After a mini-breakdown last night once I ruined my “Raw Carrot Falafel with Tahini Sauce”….. mmm it looked and sounded so good. I decided I needed to figure this out. Do I actually need a dehydrator to be raw? I googled: RAW RECIPES WITH NO DEHYDRATOR. I was finding a few but nothing was really standing out and trust me I was hungry. My dinner was now mini-carrots and a Pure Raw Bar. I caved and bought a food processor. Not a dehydrator but a food processor. The dreaded machines I wanted nothing to do with. But it was in the majority of the recipes AND I found a great deal on amazon. Who knows if the thing will even work but it’s in the mail and I am stoked!
I also found a local company online that will deliver raw meals to my doorstep. It’s 8 meals for $100. I spent that in the store in one shopping adventure. I love to cook, and I love to experiment but I am striking out and I don’t have time to be this creative. I caved again. I ordered the meals.
Am I crazy?
8 meals that I will use for dinners= $12.50 a meal
I will still make my own breakfast and lunch so I will still have time to be creative and experiment but it will allow me to not have to prepare every single meal. I will also be adapting these meals for the bf too. He will get something similar to what I am eating but his will be cooked by yours truly.
Yes, there have been humps and bumps, hurdles and obstacles but I am feeling great today and that’s all that matters. I also have two great recipes to share. I am looking at this as a win-win. I promised I would be honest on my journey…… there you go!
I will be back with more. Stay tuned. I’m off to eat some plants!