{Recipe: Cherry Chocolate Bomb..where have you been all my life..}

I’ve seen a smoothie floating around in the blog world for awhile that I’ve been dying to try…The infamous Cherry Chocolate Bomb, created by Kristen Suzanne, a raw vegan food chef at KristensRaw.com.

I modified mine slightly since I didn’t have raw chocolate powder, but it was still dee-lish.

Here’s my modified version: (serves one)

  • 15 fresh cherries (pitts removed)
  • 3/4 large banana
  • 1/2 c almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 T organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 T organic crushed cacao nibs

Blend in your blender till smooth (to make it a thicker smoothie, freeze the cherries and bananas). Sprinkle with crushed cacao nibs (or choc chips if you don’t have any). This was an after dinner dessert so I didn’t add any of the extra protein, but you can add 2 T of your favourite protein powder + 1T of hemp seeds if you’re drinking this as a pre/post workout snack.

Voila 🙂

Speaking of raw food, I bought this little bag of raw and gluten-free buckwheat granola at Community Natural Foods the other day. Made by Kaia Foods out of California, they came in a variety of flavours like raisin cinnamon and dates & spices. Being a choco-holic, I had to get the Cocoa bliss.

Made with organic ingredients, the granola is sprouted, mixed and dehydrated at a low temperature (below 118 degrees) to keep the nutrients intact. There were no preservatives or processed ingredients. Here’s what was on the label:

Ingredients: sprouted buckwheat, agave nectar, raisins, flax seeds, sprouted sunflower seeds, cacao powder, sprouted pumpkin seeds, sprouted walnuts, dried coconut, vanilla extract and sea salt.

Pretty impressive. Why all the sprouted ingredients? Apparently it makes it easier to digest, thus making the nutrients more accessible to our bodies. The sugars come from the fruit and agave nectar, an unrefined low glycemic sweetener .

Another bonus, a portion of their sales are donated to food aid programs 🙂

This granola is great with some sliced fresh strawberries and greek yogurt or with some almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon as a breakfast cereal.

Kaia Foods also makes a variety of flavoured sprouted pumpkin seeds and fruit leather as well. The vanilla pear fruit leather and sweet curry seeds sounds divine. If you go to their website they also have a downloadable pdf with 32 simple and healthy recipes you can try at home.

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