I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration from the raw food world lately. One of my favorite blogs in that vein is Choosing Raw, written by Gena who used to work in publishing and is now pursuing her post-graduate education to prepare herself to apply to medical school. Gena is so bright and I truly love reading her blog. The other blog I’m thoroughly enjoying reading is Almost Vegan, written by Amber who is equally bright, ambitious and eloquent. I just ordered Amber’s new cookbook Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anybody Can Make and I can’t wait to read it!
Yesterday’s Tangy Green Hemp Sauce was one of the first “scores” I’ve made using raw-ish food ingredients (is vinegar raw? does anyone know?). If you missed it, be sure to check it out because it’s my new favorite sauce to use over veggies. It’s green but don’t let that scare you!
The next recipe I’m absolutely loving from the raw food world is what I’m calling Chocolate Buckwheat Brittle. It is crunchy, light and sweet and it tastes like brittle or toffee to me. Even though I’m trying to reduce my sugar intake in my morning green smoothies, I decided to make this sweet treat to crunch on after lunch. I experimented using just dates and a combination of dates and stevia, so I will post both versions and let you decide which version to try. Also, I only tried making it in the dehydrator, but I found some instructions for making it in the oven.
First, you start by soaking raw buckwheat groats in water for at least several hours (I often just let them sit overnight on my counter). Raw buckwheat groats can usually be found in the bulk section of a natural foods store. Rinse and drain them well after soaking (these pictures are for a single batch but the recipe is doubled):
Next, make the chocolate sauce! I blended dates, water, almond butter, vanilla extract and cacao or carob powder in a high-speed blender and poured it over the groats:
I then stirred together the groats and the sauce and poured it out onto two drying sheets (or two baking sheets if you are going to use the oven):
I let mine dehydrate at 115 degrees overnight for about 12 hours. When it came out, it looked like this:
Okay, maybe it’s not the prettiest recipe, but dang it was tasty!
I’m already onto a second double-batch of this brittle, it is that good. Here’s the doubled recipe:
Chocolate Buckwheat Brittle – Makes 6-8 servings
2 cups raw buckwheat groats, soaked for several hours and then rinsed, drained and dehydrated for 6-8 hours
20 large dates or 10 large dates and 20 drops of liquid stevia
1 cup raw, unsalted almond butter
1 to 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened soy milk if using dates to sweeten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cacao powder or carob powder
Place groats in a medium bowl and blend other ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth, adding more soy milk if necessary to blend. Pour liquid over groats and stir to combine. Pour onto two drying or baking sheets and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12 hours. If using the oven, bake at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes, breaking it up as it dried (the oven directions are taken from the Almost Vegan version of this recipe here (thanks, Amber!): http://almostveganchef.com/2012/03/26/raw-chocolate-buckwheat-granola/
I don’t know what prompted this line of thinking, but yesterday I started feeling some health envy. What is that? I’m describing it as being envious of other people’s good health. It comes from a place of frustration about my own health battles and it manifests in jealousy over other people who seemingly float through life with perfect immune systems and easy weight management. Of course, this is a total negative way of thinking and doesn’t help me or anyone at all, but I just wanted to vent.
Perhaps you have felt this at some point, too? My way of consoling myself is to feel grateful for where I am today and that I have the education and resources to focus on my health now and understand that I am doing the best I can in spite of the battle wounds I suffered in the past. I thought I would share this with you because I know many of you are just beginning your journey and I don’t want you to think you are alone if you have ever experienced these negative thoughts.
Maybe a good way of ending this post would be to again say how grateful I am for having discovered Dr. Fuhrman’s program, veganism, the raw food world and all of the resources and amazing people in the blogosphere and in real life who are also working toward a healthier world. Thank you!
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