Homemade Snow Cones!

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I married my hubby almost 9 years ago in Hawaii. When we were planning our wedding he said his only wish is to marry me in Hawaii. Well, no problem there! 🙂 We started planning things, thinking about dates figuring out what combination would be cool and then we realized we couldn’t wait over 6 months to do it so we were married about 2 weeks later. It was hopelessly romantic even though I was sick and had fever the whole time.

Hawaii is a magical place. It is also a place where I had shaved ice/snow cones for the first time ever. Boy oh boy, they were so amazing I couldn’t get enough! Every time I see snow cones somewhere I think of those 2 kids that got married during a beautiful hawaiian sunset, looking into each other’s eyes, having no idea what the future holds for them. We have come a long way since and so has my love for food, especially healthy food. And when I found out that my AMAZING Blendtec can make shaved ice I couldn’t wait to make it! And the juice? Simple – 2 ingredients. Ch-ch-ch-check it out 😉

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Ingredients
  1. ~ 4 cups of ice cubes
  2. ~ 1/2 cup of watermelon juice
  3. 2-5 basil leaves (based on taste preference)
Instructions
  1. Blend the ice for 5-10 seconds in high speed blender until the ice is completely “shaved.”
  2. Put into cups and pack tightly.
  3. Blend watermelon and basil leaves together to create juice. Basil can be optional but is very healthy and yummy.
  4. Pour over ice and enjoy with loved ones!

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Vegan Strawberry Coconut Frozen Tarts

Fun fact: We lived in California for 10 years before finally moving to the beautiful Washington state.

Fun fact 2: Before I became a green smoothie fanatic I used to go to a local smoothie place called “Blenders in the Grass” where I had my first encounter with Acai bowl, peanut butter smoothie and, my favorite – strawberry colada. Oh boy, did I love that smoothie! It was my one smoothie I ate with a spoon 🙂 I thought of it this weekend which inspired me to make something similar. (Also, I bought these new ramekins and what better color to go with mint than pink/red? :D)

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Now, these bad boys are a simpler versions of that smoothie for easier preparation and more distinct strawberry and coconut flavor. I really wanted a white crust and I got it 🙂 Oats, banana and coconut – bam! My new favorite crust was born. I also used only 6 ingredients for the whole recipe! That’s right, really easy – 10 minutes of prep, pop in the freezer and in a couple of hours they’re done! You can also store them in a fridge for a softer bite. The best is the mix of both – frozen and then put into the fridge about half an hour before enjoying.

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So what are you waiting for! Go make them and let me know how you like them. I’ll let you in on a secret – these are perfect for that late night craving 😉IMG_0298-1

Crust
  1. 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
  2. 3/4 cup large coconut shavings
  3. 1/2 cup oats
Filling
  1. 2 cups frozen strawberries
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 cup cashews, soaked over night
Crust
  1. Put coconut flakes in food processor and process until some of the oil comes through, or until it becomes coconut butter if you want a smoother consistency.
  2. Next add oats and slowly the melted coconut oil until a dough forms.
  3. Prepare ramekins by sprinkling a bit of coconut flakes (the small bits) on the bottom – this will prevent the dough from sticking to the ramekin.
  4. Divide the dough in three and start pressing in the bottom of ramekins.
  5. Put in the freezer until you prep the filling – it should take a long time for them to harden.
Filling
  1. Super simple – put all ingredients into food processor, or a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour over the crust and freeze until firm.
  3. Enjoy with loved ones!

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Frozen Coconut Almond Vegan Bites

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Hi there fellow sweet tooth lovers!

Do you like coconut? Keep reading.

Almonds? Check!

Got chocolate? You betcha and then some.

If you want to know how to make these lovely frozen treats, read on.

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Here’s the thing. I’m busy. Every day, all day. I’m a wife and a mom and I work full time. I’ll spare you the boring details, but here’s what I’ll tell ya: No matter how busy and tired I am, I always try to make time to make some treats. The worst thing is when it’s around 10pm and a recipe hits me and I simply CANNOT not try to make it. So I get up, start gathering ingredients and mix and blend and create. Insert image of a mad scientist. This is one of those recipes. Luckily, my husband is very supportive and he learned to just go with the flow and let me make things.

 

 

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Ingredients:

Bites:

1 can of coconut cream (I used Trader Joe’s)

1 cup millet puffs

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup coconut shavings (I like the big chunky ones for funky shapes, but feel free to use smaller pieces too)

1 tbs chia seeds

1 tbs brown rice syrup (my favorite sweetener)

Fudge:

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tbs – 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (I used 1/4 cup and the fudge was VERY fugdy – very caramel consistency. If you’d like it a little more runny, which means it’ll take less time for it to harden on the bites, use less)

1 tbs raw cacao powder

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Combine all ingredients in a bowl – I crushed the large coconut shavings with my hand a bit. The consistency will vary based on whether the coconut cream is chilled or room temperature. I used room temperature so I had to put the bowl into freezer for about an hour so that everything hardened and I could form bites more easily. Next, parchment paper is your best friend. Trust me on this one, otherwise you’ll have coconut cream even behind your ears. Anyways, form the bites and put on the paper. Put into the freezer until they harden.

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Make fudge while the bites are in the freezer. Take a small pan, turn the stove on medium heat and melt coconut oil. Add brown rice syrup and mix the whole time until it combines with the coconut oil, never letting it reach boiling point. Turn off the heat, set aside and add raw cacao powder little by little. Mix well until combined. Take the bites out of the freezer and dunk, decorate, or just leave plain. Serve frozen or chilled.

Enjoy! 

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