Almond Pulp Goji Cookies

February 11, 2013

Almond-Pulp Goji Cookies from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Good morning! How was your weekend? I know a lot of people are suffering with the flu right now and I’m thankful that, so far, both Alan and I have avoided it. Remember when I was taking Microbiology a few years ago and had to culture bacteria from items around my house? I was disturbed to discover that my iPhone and iPod were hosts which isn’t really surprising considering that we put our grubby paws all over those items. That Microbio class furthered my germaphobe tendencies and now I routinely wipe down the surfaces of our iPhones with an anti-bacterial wipe. I’m crediting good nutrition, adequate rest, hand-washing and iPhone swabbing with staying well this season and I’m doing everything I can to keep it that way! :)

We got our cold snap this weekend that brought snow to the local mountains:

There is snow in the local mountains.

I had a lovely meet-up yesterday with two fellow bloggers-turned-friends, Deb and Kalli, both of whom are gorgeous, sweet and smart as can be:

Deb, Kalli and Carrie: blogger buds!

I also decided to try making cookies using almond pulp leftover from making homemade almond milk. I thought with the addition of the red goji berries, they could be considered in the theme of upcoming Valentine’s Day:

Almond Pulp Goji Cookies

I didn’t even bother to use the food processor with these, I just combined all of the ingredients in a bowl and stirred with an old-fashioned spatula:

Almond-Pulp Goji Cookies from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

I can’t seem to get away from using maple syrup to make raw cookies stick together, but if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them; maybe next time I’ll try using date paste?

Here they are ready to be dehydrated:

Almond-Pulp Goji Cookies from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Twelve hours later, they joined some other raw cookies that I made using Gena’s recipe:

Almond-Pulp Goji Cookies from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Here’s my recipe:

Almond Pulp Goji Cookies
 
Makes 12 cookies
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond pulp, loosely packed
  • ½ cup shredded, unsweetened dried coconut
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons Ceylon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup currants
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine. Using your hands, form the batter into cookies and place on a dehydrator tray. Dehydrate for 12 hours at 115 degrees F.

For this morning’s breakfast, I combined chopped apples, walnuts, blueberries, soy milk, chia seeds and some of the crumbled cookies on top to make a delicious grain-free cereal:

Breakfast bowl with raw cookies

As promised, I’m doing a super awesome giveaway today to celebrate reaching 2,000 likes on my Facebook page. As of this morning, the number is actually 1,974, but I think that’s close enough, right? Besides, I am too excited for this prize to hold off any longer.

I was first introduced to Booda Butter a few months ago when my friend Jasmin sent me a tin right after my cancer diagnosis:

tin-over

This stuff is amazing, it has the purest of ingredients, it smells divine and works wonders as a moisturizer. Check out the ingredient label:

Booda Butter ingredients.

Despite using my Booda Butter nearly every day on my hair, my scar, my hands, my feet and anywhere else I can possibly apply it, I just recently needed to re-order it. I got the tin as well as the lip balm and Booda Butter has kindly agreed to send two lucky winners a gift set with these items:

Tin of Booda Butter

I wanted to tell you that this is a completely unbiased review of these products because I did not receive anything for free or receive any compensation. In other words, I just love this stuff and wanted to share. I also really like the fact that this is a small, vegan-centric company where the products are made in small batches by hand.

Let’s make this giveaway easy. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me what you like most about my blog or if you have any suggestions for improvement. I would love constructive feedback as Carrie on Vegan continues to grow. After all, it is my number one goal to make you happy and make sure I’m giving you what you want.

I’ll select two winners at random on Wednesday, February 13th. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, only, and you must be over the age of 18. [Editor's note: this giveaway is now closed]

I’ll have another prize to give away on Wednesday’s post. Until then, have a wonderful start to your week!

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Rachel February 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

How fantastic! I started following your blog recently, and so far I’ve really enjoyed the things you’ve posted. Keep the recipes coming! This is not a criticism, just funny–I was laughing with my fiance the other day about how all of your meals look so great except for that you seem to add raw red onion to a lot of them, and I can’t stand that! I love cooked onions, but the taste of raw onions seems to stay in my mouth for days and really grosses me out. Luckily that’s an easy recipe modification to make. ;-)

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lynn @ the actor's diet February 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

i’ve always loved your blog for the recipes and your honesty!

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Ozlem February 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

I love your blog because your dedication inspires me. I need to work on that. I also like your recipes but I have to admit I have had limited success with them. But I am intrigued about this stuff since I suffer from terrible dry skin due to my swimming and the cold climate. I am interested to see how this works. Thanks!

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Kecia Caldwell February 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

I love to make almond milk and always feel bad about tossing the pulp. I am so excited to try these cookies. I love all of your healthy recipes! Thank you!

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Laura Pepper-Lockwood February 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

Hi Carrie!
I love your blog and your personal page. I too am a cancer survivor. I decided to take back control of my life the best way I knew how, food! I love food! The best way I knew was to go back to the basics and really do some research and find quality healthy living sites to use as my guideline. That is when I found YOU! That you for being an inspiration to me and many others by sharing your life and your great ideas you have to keep us on a happy road to health and well being.
My suggestion is quite simple: Continue to be you, the best you can be.
Much love, Laura <3

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Rosa Elkins February 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

I love your blog Carrie. I love hearing about your day as well as the recipes you share. I would have to say that my favorite thing is how you lead up to your recipe. It is always fun to see how you arrive there. Also I love your adventures. I would not change anything.

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Jan-Marie February 11, 2013 at 9:26 am

Carrie ~
I love your blog. Always have! I’ve recommended you to many people. My nephew called out of the blue the other day to ask how to go vegan & I sent him to your site straight away.

Too bad I came upon this post just a week or so after I tossed a container of almond pulp leftover from my son making almond milk. Now I’ll have him make more so I can make your cookies in time for Valentine’s day!

And I’m thinking date paste might be good too for the sweetener/binder in the cookies. But 2 Tbsp of maple syrup isn’t the end of the world when you’re talking about a batch of cookies… as long as you don’t eat the entire bunch in one sitting.

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Michele February 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

Hi,
I love your recipes. I would not change anything. Thanks for your honesty.

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Emily February 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

I love how you focus on products, like this body butter, along with recipes! It’s nice to see product reviews on things I’ve never even heard of!

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debbie@Healthy Running Mom February 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

Carrie-
I believe of all the blogs I follow & all the cookbooks I have & all the pins I have, I make most of your recipes. I LOVE them all! I believe there is only one dressing that wasn’t a big hit with me, but it could have been b/c I didn’t follow the recipe exactly as I should have.
I LOVE your cooking. Thank you.

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Susan February 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

I love your blog! I love your personal experiences and stories you always share, and often relate to the recipes you post, which makes it so much fun!!

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sarah February 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

your recipes are my favorite. thanks!

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Angela February 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

I love your blog. I love it because your positivity radiates from it. But I also love it for the pictures and recipes. You especially inspire me when your posts show traveling with vegan food!

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Nancy February 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

Hi,
I just started following your blog. I can’t believe I didn’t read this sooner. The recipes are absolutely delicious and I love reading about your adventures. My only cristism would be is to have less ingredients in recipes that are a lot simpler and easier to make other than that it’s an amazing site.

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Julianne February 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

Carrie, your blog is my absolute favorite because you are so closely aligned the Dr. Furhman style of cooking. Thanks so much, from a fellow nutritarian :)

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Lori B February 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

I love that you share your personal journey with us, even struggles. I also love that you follow ETL!

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Erin February 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

As a new vegan, your blog and your vegan delish app have made the transition easier! I love your focus on health, your recipes, and the INFORMATION you give us. I’ve definitely gone back in your archives to soak up more information. Thank you!!

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Susan February 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

I enjoy all the photos in your blog.

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Kristina February 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

I love your recipes! I was in a rut, and they have helped me think out of the box!

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Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

Hi!!! Congrats on the FB likes!
I honestly can’t pick just one thing or a few things I like about your blog! I like it ALL!
I love the pictures, the content, the interaction, the tidbits of info, all of the smiling faces! Everything!

The more posts the merrier!

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Stephanie February 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

I love looking at photos of colorful, fresh food! I will admit that I rarely make any of the recipes you post, though. I am not a smoothie person, so I mostly scroll by those, and for the rest, my approach to eating is different than yours, in that I do some tracking of calories/nutrients, and prefer to cook from recipes that already have this information provided. Yes, I could do it myself, but I am not always that ambitious. :)

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Candice February 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

I’m a couple weeks new to your blog, and a few weeks new to eating vegan/veg/better (I’ve lost almost 5 pounds since I started!). I like that you have so many recipes for me to get started with my diet change, and that you approach this lifestyle with such love. It’s inspirational in many ways. I don’t know enough about the diet/cooking yet to have any criticism!

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Chef Amber Shea February 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

I’d love to try Booda Butter!
My favorite thing about your blog would have to be how inspired I feel when I see and read about your fresh, colorful meals. You make people excited about vegetables – that’s a beautiful thing! :)

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The Peace Patch February 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

Your blog is so supercreative…I love that you’re not afraid to invent new combos and flavors like Spinach & Black Bean Brownies…yumza!
Cheers!

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Liz February 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

I love Booda butter and your blog! My favorite thing about your blog is how honest you are and how you are willing to openly admit that you tried something and it didn’t work and move on to the next thing!

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Amy February 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

Carrie,

Thanks so much for the giveaway. Just the thought of putting some of this on my too long winterized skin sounds wonderful!

I like your regularity of posting every M, W, and F. I know I can always look forward to seeing great recipes or the great example you lead to be plant-strong. I very much like seeing your salads on WIAWs, and I would love it if you included a list of everything you put on a salad. I often find myself at home before I make my salad at lunch thinking “what would Carrie add to this salad?”

Thanks for being such and inspiration!

Amy

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kimmythevegan February 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

Those cookies look awesome! I just happen to have some almond pulp sitting in my fridge from recently making almond milk just waiting to be used up.
I would love some Booda Butter!!! That stuff looks awesome!
Sadly, I have no constructive criticism to give as I think your blog rocks my socks as is!

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Kyrandia February 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

I love your photo food journals! It’s always interesting to see the diversity of eats within the vegan community itself.

I wish you would do more video blogs!

Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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Pam February 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

I love the variety of recipes that you post.
I often find myself making the same recipes over and over, and applaud your creativity and resourcefulness.

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Annette Ponzol February 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

Hi Carrie,
I don’t Like your Blog, I Love it! It’s entertaining, healthy, well written, smart, funny, clean, uplifting, real, and cute! You’re recipes are easy and out of this world! I also like that you share your adventures with us all. I’m kinda of a newbie, but I look forward to your new outings and new recipes! And your Positive outlook on life is very Powerful and Impressive too me! Carry on Carrie and Keep making us Smile!
Annette

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Ila February 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

I love all your recipes and I like that most of them are super easy.

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Donna Janigo February 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I just started reading your blog and I am really enjoying it. I am not a vegan, but I find so much good information that even non-vegans can use. Thanks for the great blog.

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Jo February 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

What do I like about your blog?
It’s great. I like the pictures, the sharing, the recipes, your friendliness. You seem like a friend.
Improvement? You are doing great here too. You’ve progressed as you go along.
Thanks very much. Oh, I also like your easy click on connections.

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Corinne February 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

HI Carrrie!
What I love best about you and your blog is your PASSION for healthy, wholesome, plant-based eating! I share many of your philosophies about food– don’t be afraid to include more of the healthy whole-food fats in your meals. As for making those raw cookies stick– I use coconut butter (made from 100% coconut, NOT the extracted oil). It’s amazing, just needs to be warmed a bit first to soften before you can use it. I make my own no-bake granola bars a lot and it’s the only whole-food ingredient that makes them hold together. Stay healthy! Corinne

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Melissa February 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Hey! I’m a big fan of this blog. I don’t think there’s anything I’d change. Maybe just even more recipes :-)

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Beth February 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I love almost every single aspect of your blog!!! I love how positive you are, your awesome pictures of lovely California and your yummy and healthy recipes!!

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Amy Jeffrey February 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hey Carrie,
I’m fairly new to your blog and I appreciate both your recipes as well as your enthusiasm for plant based living. Thanks for being a honest and dedicated person. All my best.

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Vicki February 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Hi Carrie!

I’ve been eating a low oil plant diet consistently for just over six weeks; it’s one of the best actions I could have taken. Who knew it, but I LOVE to make messes in the kitchen with good food! I had no idea until I started all of this and now cooking for my family is a daily pleasure. I am eating up all good information about being plant-based and think T. Colin Campbell and his cohorts in the field are heroes. They are doing more good for the human condition (not to mention the animal condition, too) than anyone in a long time, imho. Your blog is on my reading list daily. You are a great blogger because you are honest in your quest to take good care of yourself – you are providing a terrific service to your readers by sharing your daily ups and downs. I also appreciate that you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon of monetizing everything on your blog! That’s been kind of frustrating as it seems to be happening a bunch within this sphere. Whatever happened to sharing information just for the sake of sharing the information because it’s just so darn good for others? On the other hand I appreciate that people need to put food on their own tables, etc. It’s just something I’ve noticed and it rubs me the wrong way.

There’s my two carrot’s worth – hope you are having a fabulous day. As far as the Booda Butter…….I just like the name and the happy chubby guy on the front ;)!

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Melissa February 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

My favorite thing about your blog is your honesty and openness. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Anna February 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Urgh, I need this—winter has been harsh on my skin this year! I love your blog, I wish there were even more recipes, but that’s just wishful thinking!

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Natalie February 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Hi Carrie!
I’m a new-ish blog reader of yours, but I love your blog because I find it to be very veganspriational (vegan + inspirational). :) It helps me get info about veganism, since I’m a newbie and gives me ideas and inspiration. So, thanks for all that you do!

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Erin February 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I love how you utilized the almond pulp from your homemade almond milk to make these cookies. What a great waste-free way to create a delicious treat. I can’t wait to try to make these. My housemate has a dehydrator and I have yet to use it, but now I finally have a reason to! Thanks so much!

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Stacey February 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

This is my first time visiting, but so far I like how your recipes are so healthy (I feel like so many blogs post “healty” recipes, that still contain a lot of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients). For example – water-sauteeing veggies, and baking without sugar.

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Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) February 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Those cookies sound great, I am always keen to find new ways to use up almond pulp!

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Angela February 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

No worries, Carrie. I get creeped out by the bacteria on phones, door knobs, desks, etc. Have you seen the movie Contagion? Definitely a must-see for any public health student. Ew, fomites!

I love your honesty and transparency in your blog posts and I love how the recipes you offer allow the flavor, texture, and nutrition of healthy, whole foods shine through.
Golly, your site has really developed into an awesome vegan recipe resource. Recommendations? Perhaps highlight more recipes that are lunch box friendly or that can be prepared on the weekend to be used during the week? -I know this is a challenge since you use such fresh ingredients. Or, you seem to be an expert farmers’ market shopper. Perhaps some posts on your farmers’ market finds and recipes would be fun!

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Ali February 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I recently stumbled upon your blog and love your story. I now look forward to receiving your blog email in my inbox. Your recipes are easy to follow and appreciate the step by step photos.

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Kelly G. February 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

More cookies? You can never go wrong with cookies!

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Crystal February 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I actually found you on instagram and just started following your blog which I love. I am not a vegan, but I enjoy your recipes. More quick+easy recipes would be great!

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birrrd February 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

The variety in your recipes is amazing!

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Rachel Ki February 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Hey Carrie! I love most the What I Ate Wednesdays hehe, thanks for the giveaway!

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Linda February 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I love your positive tone, your beautiful photographs, your excellent recipes & food ideas. More than that, though, I love the ‘you’ which shines through your writing. Thank you for letting your blog readers feel like we are truly friends with you–that’s the giveaway we ALL win, every time you post.

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Ella @ Lifeologia February 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Hey Carrie,
I am so new to your site but I love it here already!
I just wanted to mention how cool this booda butter sounds BUT I cannot enter anyway as I’m in Canada ;(
NOT fair! But I’ll live ;))
What I do want to say though is that your blog is stunning!
And although regular posts are great – I am seeing a lot of devoted fans here that will always be here…. What I’m trying to say is that my advice is for those behind-the-scenes moments – those that perhaps create anxiety about putting too much pressure on yourself.
I always need this reminder myself and I figured someone out there might want to hear it too… As long as you keep a good balance… it’s all good ;)

ps. these cookies look and sound amazing!

People, please never throw out your almond pulp, even if you’re not going to bake with it, you can add some to your cereal or add to a smoothie. What a waste! ;)
xo
Ella

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Jordan D February 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I love how much of you is in your blog. It’s very honest and personal. I also love your recipes and wish you’d post more, they’re always so good! This is an awesome giveaway :)

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Ann Burgoyne February 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I am a new follower of your blog also.
I like your step by step recipes with photos included and also your conversational tone, especially when your recipe is in ‘process’ and might have changes added to it in the future.

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Nicole February 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I never seem to get sick of your blog. I feel like it is versatile, meaning you have recipes, pictures, travels, thoughts, tips, etc. I have learned so much from you! I can’t even think of anything you could do to make it better. Just keep it up!!!

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bitt February 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Would love the booda butter. I gave some surgery scars too that I’d love to heal quickly.

Love recipe ideas, especially no oil and low glycemic. More ideas on how to cook with no oil would be appreciated.

The cookies look yummy, yes I am sure date paste would work but would probably need to be good processed. Or chia seeds that have been soaked would bind it.

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Brittany Haight February 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm

What I love most is your dedication to being free of additives and conscious of not using processed ingredients..that’s what drew me to you! I consider your blog to be the most healthy I’ve stumbled upon, and I even just room the plunge and got your app! You’ve inspired me to stick to a clean diet and push forward in reaching my goal of becoming a vegan. You have introduced me to so many foods that I never even knew existed..buckwheat groats, goji berries..you name it! Keep it up, Carrie! You’re strong, brave, and beautiful!

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Carla Moschetti February 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I love seeing what you’re eating on Wednesdays, and I also like your recipes, even the not so great ones. It’s good to read your processes. I learn a lot from that! Thanks!

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Stacey RunsandEats February 12, 2013 at 1:13 am

I am a big fan of your recipes. Not so much the dehydrated and raw stuff but I can adapt anything :)

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Nikki @ Eat To The Beet February 12, 2013 at 6:09 am

Hi Carrie, What I love most about your blog is the variety of posts and the snapshot of your healthy lifestyle. I enjoy your food diaries, recipes, and adventures. Especially the photos of your glorious, sunny hikes. You are an inspiration and I look forward to your posts every week. :)

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Laura S. February 12, 2013 at 6:22 am

Hi Carrie!
I like that you’re doing this to truly help and educate people. You have certainly done that for me. You led me to read both Eat to Live and Clutter Busting and they have had huge impacts on my life! I have lost 12 lbs. after following the nutritarian diet for almost a year…even though I had been vegan for 4 years prior and hadn’t had anywhere near those type of results. And I should point out to other readers that I wasn’t actually trying to lose weight, I just wanted to feel better. And I do…soooo much better! You have taught me to pay attention to my body and how what is right for someone else may not be right for me. You and your blog have really been life-changing for me, so thank you Carrie! :-)

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rachel February 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

Recipes are always great — flops and success are fun.

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Audrey February 12, 2013 at 7:06 am

I really love your recipes.

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Carrie February 12, 2013 at 7:28 am

Enjoy your recipes and the ETL info that you pass along. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Cindy February 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

I love your blog! I am a vegetarian turned vegan just this year. Your site has been so helpful to me. I also love that you are interested in Dr. Fuhrman, as I was encouraged to move to a plant-based, whole-foods diet by his books.

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Katie February 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

Hi! I’m a new reader and I love the simplicity of the recipes that you post! It makes it really easy to follow a healthy and delicious vegan lifestyle! Keep up the great work!

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Limay February 12, 2013 at 8:57 am

Great blog! Found your blog recently and I love how many things I’ve already learned about vegan cooking and how you utilize all kinds of different products. I love the recipes and the pictures. Keep up the good work!

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Linda Kaiser February 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

I love your honesty and your adventurous spirit.

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Valerie February 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Thanks for your blog – I enjoy your enthusiasm and eager-to-learn-and-experiment approach.

My one request would be that, when you list ingredients in a recipe, if any of them is uncommon, you explain what it is or how to get it. Just for the sake of example, from today’s recipe – “almond pulp” – is that something I buy at the health food store? Are Goji berries a healthier but more expensive alternative to cranberries – why use them, and what could I replace them with if I don’t have them in my cabinet (or have the budget to purchase them)? Probably most of your readers are hip to all the vegan “in” ingredients, but many of us are also still learning, and appreciate any insight and info you can give us!

Thanks again, Carrie!

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Alisa February 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

Carrie, So glad you are doing well and look beautiful! I appreciate your honesty and giving me insight into a shared journey toward better health. Knowing of your prior sugar addition gives me hope at overcoming too. Congrats on being featured in Dr. Fuhrman’s blog! Keep on inspiring us:) Alisa

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Kim Y February 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

I love your recipes and reading your blog. Keep up the good work and thank you for being an inspiration!

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Sara P. February 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

Love the recipes!

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Christa February 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

I love your honesty!

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Susan February 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

Love seeing your recipes!

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sasha February 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

Found you on pinterest, then Facebook…love the recipes, have considered sending my address so you have a place to ‘dispose’ of leftovers to ;)

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Laura February 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

Hi Carrie!
I really enjoy reading your blog and learning new recipes as I am new to the vegan world. I am two weeks in and I am already feeling the positive effects of this healthy way of living. Keep up the good work, you are truly an inspiration to me! :)

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Melissa February 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

Carrie,

I just recently started following your blog when going vegan a few months back. I decided to go vegan because I knew there was a connection between my diagnosis of MS and the food I was eating. I love your blog. Its always got interesting, easy, and fun things to try being a vegan. Its also an inspiration knowing that you are sharing in your knowledge to help others make better food choices. I have to say since going vegan I have been able to talk my family into trying the lifestyle as well since your site has so many neat recipes. It has made my job as a mom and a housewife much more gratifying knowing I am helping my family make good choices.

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Kim LaFleur February 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

Carrie -

What you do well: Recipes & Food Pics (<— Food Pics are key.)

What you could do better: More consistency in the posts. (ie- Recipes in relatively consistent format + at least 'x' number of images per recipe); and Features: Keep the topics to "x" number of things. 1) Recipes; 2) Carrie's Day / Adventure (ie- Things you do); 3) Products I like; 4) Books/Articles I recommend; 5) Recommended Groups / Blogs or Special Features.

Good luck! I enjoy your Instagram.

-Kim

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Amy February 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

I am a longtime vegetarian looking to incorporate more vegan eating into my diet. I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and so enjoy your yummy recipes and overall insights into the vegan lifestyle! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Lisa Guse February 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

Your Hair.!!! I love your style, and I love seeing your adventures. Also, you share your personal stories with us, like old friends. As simple as that.

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Candyce February 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

What do I love about your blog… what *don’t* I love? I love the recipes that you post, the photos from the trips that you take (I used to live in CA, and desperately miss it!), and I appreciate all the guidance that you provide through your blog on adopting a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. I also enjoy the product reviews that you do–it’s difficult to know sometimes whether or not it’s worth spending money on an ingredient or a gadget without being able to test it out, and you’ve done that for us. Also, you’re so responsive to your readers!

I don’t really have any great suggestions. From a purely selfish standpoint, what about more ideas for plant-based young children? My daughter loves some of the smoothies that you’ve posted, but she’s reluctant to eat anything that looks healthy :) I’m really sort of grasping at straws in terms of ideas for improvement, however. You’ve done such a great job!

Thanks for another great giveaway, btw.

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Angie February 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

I really love the recipes you post on the blog. They are innovative and creative, without being too complicated.

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Emily February 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

I especially appreciate your quick, healthy snack ideas like the one you offered today (I like having homemade bars and raw cookies when I’m on the go). I would love if you could add your recipes to a search engine site like recipage (a ton of work, I know) so I could search them more easily!

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Katie February 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hi Carrie! I just LOVE your blog, you are so inspirational on so many levels. You have helped me transition from vegetarian to vegan more than you’ll ever know!! Thank you for your app as well, it’s amazing! Keep it up!

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Shaune February 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

Carrie I must say I love your easy recipes and Ive been following you on facebook twitter and IG :). Very informative and I love most the pictures. Im so visual when it comes to recipes and your blog is alive and keeps me coming back for different ideas when Im stuck being a new vegan! Keep the great work up and keep these delicious recipes coming :) Have a wonderful day!

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kalli February 12, 2013 at 9:46 am

i loved meeting you in person! and yes that view was awesome this weekend. i love the more personal posts like what you did or what is going on with your life. and thank you for this giveaway! the stuff looks amazing :) can’t wait to see you in SB!

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Miranda February 12, 2013 at 9:46 am

Wow, Carrie! Not only do I love your Instagram feed, but your website is beautiful! I love how organized, mobile-friendly, and easy it is to get around on here! I need to try one of your recipes, soon! Thank you for all you share and your sweet encouragement for everyone to keep on this lovely vegan lifestyle! :) Hope your blog and food app work amazingly for you! Xoxo

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Kimberly Frink February 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

As a person who is on the borderline of eating meat and becoming a vegetarian (I just did my first 30 days of not consuming any meat! Yay!), I look for blogs that give me a personal look into someone’s daily eating habits. For me that gives me encouragement and also enlightens me on a vegetarian lifestyle. In my 30 day detox program, I researched blogs that offered delightful recipes as an alternative to meet. And it worked!

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Jackie February 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

Carrie,

I love how simple your recipes are and how relate-able you are as a person! I enjoy using your app as well when I’m in the grocery store and am deciding what to buy for the week.

Jackie :)

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Mar February 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

I like how honest and simple your blog is, you keep it real. Thanks for sharing!

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Candice February 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

I just started following you on Instagram very recently and that’s how I found your blog. I started transitioning from vegetarian to plant based in january and love finding new resourses and inspiration,.. Thanks so much!

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Angela Pinto February 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Your blog has really inspired me to think about everything I put into my body. I enjoy each and every post; I’m constantly learning new things and getting ideas for recipes/meals! Thank you!!

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Lauren February 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Your blog is great!
Love the recipes and your musings! :) no changes needed!

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Cheryl Reeves February 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

Carrie — this past summer I read a posting on another page which said “Everything you eat is either adding to your health or subtracting from it.” I go to your page to get a good dose of inspiration and positive motivation. Your passion in sharing what you are doing to be healthy and encouraging others to be healthy is admirable! Thank you for taking the time to continue to do this. -C.R.

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Kenechi February 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

Love your blog Carrie; you always have great recipes. There’s nothing I can think of when it comes to changing things. Keep up the good work!

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Taylor Bohl February 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

Your blog is wonderful! However being a sweet obsessed vegan I would love to see more healthy dessert recipes like this. These cookies look so wholesomely tasty!

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Rachel M. February 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

Hi Carrie!
I started following you a few months ago, and I must say I love your pictures and your website. You’re an amazing lady, keep up the great vegan ideas!!

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Heather McClees February 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

Hi Carrie! I love your blog because you’re so honest in your struggles with healing and how you found health. That is amazing to me, as someone else who has struggled with health issues. I dont’ think your website needs any improvement, but more raw recipes would always be great. These cookies look so good they made me go buy some gogi berries to make them! Thanks for the inspiration! I love gogi berries!:)

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Kristie Clark February 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I appreciate you blog so much! I visit everyday! This stuff I need because I have such dry skin! Right in time for my bday to;) Thank you for sharing your journey with us! You are a inspiration!

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Brooke February 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I enjoyed your posts and honesty. I also like your instagram pix :). Keep sharing with us.

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Isme February 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Thanks for the Booda Butter info… On my list to try

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julianniem February 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I love the recipes, but I love your stories too. They are very encouraging for me, new to this plant strong life.

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Alison February 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Carrie,

The nutritarian focus, the candor, and the wonderful recipes are just a few of the many things that I love about your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Dani February 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I think your recipes are so good! I also love that you’re so laid back and personable. Following your cancer story was so inspiring. Thanks for all you do!

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Christy B February 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Hi Carrie!

I really enjoy reading your blog. I look forward to your Wednesday posts regarding what you eat in a day. It is so inspiring. It helps me further adjust my nutritarian diet. Thank you!

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Rachel S. February 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Hi Carrie!

I love your detailed “What I Ate Wednesdays” and I think that you do an excellent job of using enough pictures to supplement your meal descriptions and your recipes (the photo quality is also good).

I know that you’ve done this in the past, but I don’t know if you’ve done it lately: I’d like to see an example “day in the life of” about how you manage your time specifically during an average day–especially now that your energy levels are coming back up. I’m curious about when and how much time you exercise, sleep, spend on maintaining your blog, etc.

Thanks and best wishes!

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Caroline February 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Vegan cooking can be intimidating, but your recipes are fun, interesting, and delicious! Not to mention easy! I find you so inspirational.

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Julia February 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I’m a new vegan, and I just love reading all these healthy food blogs! I also like knowing there are other people out there who try and eat healthy and I’m not the only freak out there. The only suggestion I can think of is really research soy milk! Its not nearly as “healthy” as its marketed to be and can actually cause problems. Thank you from all your readers for your great and interesting posts!

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lori February 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

i love your BLOG Carrie and feel a real connection…..i am also a CANCER survivor/thriver and all the information you post really helps me stay healthy and happy :) Kudos to you, keep up the good work “sister”!

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Samantha Remington February 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I love the raw recipes—keep them coming!

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Regina Smith February 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I just recently started following your blog and I love all of your recipes and hearing about your life experiences. Thank you for sharing your story and for your honesty.

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Trish February 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I have a lot of healthy recipe websites and cookbooks available but yours has become my go-to favorite. Today I made spinach and blackbean brownies and another batch of traveling oatmeal cookies. Tomorrow I make your kale chips. Can’t wait!

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Rachael February 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I love the positivity you spread. I love that you focus on healthy vegan food. Love love love. That is all.

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Kelly B February 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Hi Carrie! I came across your blog via a recipe search after recently purchasing a Vitamix. Which I am completely in love with and addicted to by the way :) I absolutely love your blog and huge database of recipes. I have already tried many of your smoothies and can’t wait to try them all! I have been a vegetarian for 19 years but am now trying to go vegan after reading “Eat to Live”. I am also an aspiring RD but took a hiatus a few years ago to expand my family. Thank you for all the time you put into your blog and for sharing all your knowledge with us!
Kelly

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sarah February 13, 2013 at 5:55 am

I love the recipes and salad pics! And I really love your haircut! <3

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Lois February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

I recently found your website while looking for Eat to Live recipes. We are slowly transitioning to plant-based eating.

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Johanna B. February 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

I love your new ideas for living the nutritarian lifestyle. I also love that you have a schedule for posting…I read it every time you post. I would love to see a recipe tab with all of the recipes that you’ve shared on the blog in one place.
Thanks so much for all that you do!

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family February 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Why do I like, no scratch that…love to read your blog? Because as a new vegan you provide endless inspiration into not only maintaining a vegan diet, but a healthy diet as well.

I love to see how much stuff you can cram into a vitamix (which can be a pretty big amount) and your upbeat attitude.

It was a downer to hear the cancer diagnosis, but I am praying that all will remain well and that your good health will continue to prevail.

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Michelle R February 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I am a newbie at ETL and into week 5 of my six week plan. Your information and recipes have been a life saver! Thank you thank you & thank you!!

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Kellee February 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I’m new to guiding my family into a plant strong diet and I’m so happy to have found your blog! Love the salad dressing recipes!

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Amy Dickess February 14, 2013 at 6:56 am

I’m still a newbie and am a sponge for information. It was a pleasure to find your blog and receive more information and recipe ideas. I think the blog is great just as it is!

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Amanda February 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

I love your site! It is truly an inspiration for great recipes and a great outlook ! THANK YOU!

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lfwfv February 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I really like that you eat oil-free, whole plant foods. There are a lot of vegan blogs out there, but very few “truly healthy” ones.

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paulina February 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I have recently switched to a more plant based diet, and love finding new recipes so as you can imagine I was really happy to have found your blog. Thank you so much and keep it up there are so many of us who really appreciate it :)

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Cayce February 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I love all of your recipes and the creativity you put into them. Reading your blog has shown me that a plant-based diet has some great benefits. Thanks for doing such a great job!

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Julie February 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Hi Carrie!

I love the recipes on your blog! I have many allergies and everything you make I can usually have or modify easily… just wonderful : ) Thanks for the inspiration.

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Carrie February 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Awwww, you’re welcome Julie! Thanks for the sweet words.

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