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The Coco Jack

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Young Coconuts

The easy peasy way to open young coconuts! My little three year old vegan is excited about being able to help smash the coconuts open. We all love coconuts, and this is the perfect little tool we were given to help us get them open and discover all the nutrients inside.

Young Coconuts

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Raw Buckwheat Groats for Brekkie

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Vegan brekkie

Bowl of happiness and pure energy! There’s raw buckwheat groats underneath all those delicious berries, shredded coconut, walnuts, hempseed, and heaps of cinnamon! Perfect way to fill up your puku in the morning. Very satisfying and vegan kid friendly, too. Just looking at this bowl of goodness makes me smile :). How do you eat your buckwheat, or what other ways do you fuel up in the morning?

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Enjoy the simple things in life that make you smile ❤

“I make conscious decisions about the food that I put into my body. My body is a home to my spirit, therefore I choose to look after it as best as I can. I feel wonderful.” ~Carly Marie

Raw Vegan Desserts

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Life is pretty busy with two little ones, but at the start of this year I had decided to somehow squeeze in time to start exploring again with raw desserts. I have always loved exploring in the kitchen and really developed an interest in raw desserts when I first went vegan. Besides loving sweets, the raw desserts just looked so appealing and vibrant. The challenge of creating these decadent desserts without any “typical” ingredients was also exciting and seemed to intrigue me.

Once you begin making and eating raw desserts, anything seems possible! Many of them even have similar ingredients, but are very adaptable to adjust flavours and create something entirely different. Raw desserts are pure energy and happiness. Here are a few raw desserts that I have been playing around with, and I cannot wait to make some of my favourites again; especially raw vegan cheesecake!

Bliss Balls

Vegan Carrot Cake

Vegan Cookies

Vegan Donut

Vegan Lemon Bar

Yes, these are raw vegan desserts! Crazy enough, I actually had to use a hand food processor to create these as well which is why they are not perfect, but definitely made with love. Unfortunately the hand food processor is now out of action so I will need to come across one to continue making and sharing my raw desserts. I am truly grateful that I was given some raw ingredients to play around with as well as having some happy taste testers. Watch this space for more raw vegan desserts, and let me know if you want to come try some out or experiment in the kitchen together.

Posh Puffs Gourmet Vegan Marshmallows

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Who would like to be 1 of 2 lucky winners to be sent a pack of Posh Puffs Gourmet Vegan Marshmallows as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?

Vegan Marshmallows

New Zealand made gourmet marshmallows using natural flavours varying throughout the seasons that are gluten-free and made in small batches by sisters Clare and Sarah. Yum! Not all of their marshmallows are vegan, but I think it is awesome that they have taken on this new adventure into experimenting and providing vegans with a delicious vegan marshmallow to enjoy.

Vegan Marshmallow

The current vegan flavour: raspberry and coconut! I love both of these so they make the perfect combination. We were so excited when our box arrived, even beautifully packaged. Zaedyn was pretty curious and fascinated as to what they might be. He initially pulled some bits of coconut off and was not quite sure about the stickiness on his hands, but after trying the marshmallows, he realised that they were pretty yummy! He loves fresh raspberries 🙂

vegan marshmallows

As with many other things, I cannot remember the last time I had a marshmallow, and I don’t think that I have ever had a gourmet marshmallow. When I think of marshmallows, I always think of beach campfires and s’mores.

As someone who loves raspberries and coconut, I can definitely say that I really enjoyed these vegan marshmallows. I was a bit disappointed when they were all gone. I would love to be eating more right now. We even managed to save David one, and he liked it as well. Probably from the coconut, he said that they reminded him of a lamington. I am curious to see what the future vegan flavours might be. Check out their website and Facebook page to see some photos of their beautiful marshmallows. I just spotted a Lemon and Poppy Seed photo which sounds like another great combination to me. If you were to choose the next vegan marshmallow flavour, what would it be (either from current flavours or your imagination)?

Do you live in Nelson or plan on passing through? Posh Puffs have a stall at the Farmers Market and Sunday Market. Their marshmallows are even being sold in Fresh Choice in Nelson city and stockists in Nelson, Richmond, Mapua, Blenheim, and soon to be in Wellington. You will only find the vegan marshmallows at the markets or by ordering online. However, I am sure they can be seen elsewhere in the future if all of you show some interest. They really are worth it for a special treat or for someone special.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut Chocolates

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One of my favourite combinations, coconut and chocolate. Plus, these are extremely easy to make & very yummy, too! They seem to be disappearing out of my fridge.

I am not sure if you can really go wrong with chocolate and coconut. I have followed a few recipes or come up with my own, and they always turn out delicious. I cannot seem to find my recipe at the moment, but I have even made a raw vegan version using a young coconut. I used to love Almond Joys and Bounty Bars, and these are the perfect vegan treats that remind me of them. This time, I was inspired by Tasty Yummies.

I have a very small mini muffin case and a slightly bigger one. I mixed 1 1/4 cup of shredded coconut, 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, 2 TBLS agave (any vegan sweetener should be fine), and 1 tsp vanilla extract. I am sure that they would pop out alright from these, but you can grease them with coconut oil if you like. Then I packed the coconut mixture down into all 12 spots and popped them in the freezer. Easy peasy.
vegan almond joyAfter waiting for about 45 minutes, I popped each one out and set an almond on top of each. Now onto melting chocolate.
vegan almond joyThe recipe called for chocolate chips, but you can really use any sort of vegan chocolate. A block of dark Whittakers is the perfect amount. I debated about making some adjustments as I often find that melted chocolate is always a bit melty while you are trying to eat whatever you have made, but I decided to keep it simple. I knew that they would be yummy either way, even if I ended up with chocolate on my fingers.

I melted my chocolate, poured some into the 12 slots of the slightly bigger muffin case, popped each of the frozen coconut mix and almonds down, and then covered them with more chocolate. I thought this might be the easiest way, but the original recipe suggests using a fork to dip into the chocolate which would also work. If you do it this way, leave the almond out, dip in the chocolate, place the almond on top, and then pour chocolate over. Once all of mine were covered, I placed them back into the fridge to harden for another 45 minutes or so.
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Yum! I decided to keep these in the fridge and have been noticing them disappearing. They really are that yummy. Oh, how I love chocolate and coconut. These are definitely worth making, and the hardest part is probably being patient while you wait for them to set in the freezer and fridge. Enjoy!

Loving Earth Smoothie

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Raw Organic Coconut Chocolate Butter Smoothie topped with fresh Strawberries
Smoothie a Day

Chocolate, Banana, & Cinnamon: A Collection of Gluten-Free Vegan Baking

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Just a few photos of some gluten-free vegan baking before I began this page. Actually, the first photo is chocolate cupcakes I made for Valentine’s Day in 2011!

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gluten-free organic cocoa vegan cupcakes

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gluten-free vegan banana bread

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gluten-free vegan chocolate banana walnut cupcakes

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gluten-free vegan double chocolate coconut

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gluten-free vegan cinnamon rolls

Smoothie a Day ~ November

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November

Smoothies are full of goodness! They are packed with lots of nutrients. Fruit, Veggies, and superfoods: there are endless ways to make a different smoothie every day. This actually made it extremely hard in choosing only 30 ideas, but I tried to choose a variety as well as a few that I know will be a bit more challenging. I also tried not to use too many ingredients that not everyone stocks in their pantry, but with only one ingredient listed you can feel free to get creative. I am going to be creating smoothies that I have never made before, and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s creativity.

If you are following us on Pinterest, there is a new Smoothies board which I will be adding lots of pins to as I come across them. I will post this photo so that you can re-pin. Please like and share this photo on Facebook as well so that as many people as possible can be involved in creating and drinking smoothies this month. Each day we welcome any way you wish to contribute whether it is a photo, recipe, or your thoughts. If you post a photo on our wall, you can re-share on your own. Thanks for all of your support, and I look forward to all of the smoothie bliss in November.

Homeopathy for Your Garden?

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Homeopathy for your garden? Has this left you in confusion or curiosity? I will admit to being a bit uncertain when first reading about homeopathy for plants, but it supposedly works! I am a strong believer in homeopathy and of course I am keen to see if it works. Why wouldn’t it?

We were busy enjoying the sunshine today and sorting out our garden. We were so excited about all of our plants, but most of them have been growing in our kitchen as we could not decide where to plant them. Our backyard is amazing, full of natural elements and a decent size, but the designated garden area has remained a bit of a mess. There are wooden boxes there, but the ivy and weeds from previous neighbours just seemed to be embedded in the soil when we first moved in. Every year, we start to tidy things up, but we only get so far. Last year, I ended up using tires with my parsley in a pot and my strawberries in one of the veggie boxes. Actually, my strawberries have been there for a few years now. I was not very good at pulling weeds out this year, and many of my strawberry plants have disappeared. I think it might be time to move the few left into a new area.

Anyways, the other day when we were out playing in the garden, I thought it would be awesome to incorporate some of the plants alongside what will hopefully become an inviting play area for Zaedyn. The entire backyard is exciting to Zaedyn, but I can see this area further developing, especially with a bean teepee. I did not want to block Zaedyn’s climbing area as he was resourceful in using these logs as a natural climbing frame.
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Zaedyn needs to be just a little bit taller, but he knows his limits. I observed as he was busy making his own fun and being adventurous. He is willing to give everything a go. I love how the aspect of nature brings out some amazing dispositions that are reflected though his play and cheeky personality.

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Some plants would look beautiful here…

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I will come back to a few more natural play ideas, but let’s get back to the garden. I put my kale outside yesterday and noticed a huge change today already from the wind. I have had great success growing plants in my kitchen only to put them outside not to thrive as they were previously. I remembered receiving a homeopathic newsletter talking about Arnica for transplanting plants. I quickly tracked it down and had a quick read. All you need to do is add a couple pillules or drops of Arnica to the water in your watering can and water your plants. As you would take Arnica for shock, plants benefit as well from the shock of transplanting them. Isn’t that amazing? It makes a lot of sense to me and is so easy as well.

I do not have any background with homeopathy and plants, but would love to read this recommended book Homoeopathy for Farm & Gar­den by Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj. You can even use homeopathic remedies as natural herbicides. Anyone else interested? Check out Homeoplant.

Now added to Zaedyn’s play area is kale, some nasturtium, and blueberry BlueMagic. I hope that it will manage the shock of being outside and continue to thrive. Our parsley is always in abundance! Having bought miso from the Herbal Dispensary yesterday, I almost have all of the ingredients I need along with fresh parsley from the garden to make Edamame Dip. Thanks for pinning it for me, Mum. I am very curious as to how this will taste. Will definitely share my thoughts once I have made this dip.

I was going to continue the post with Zaedyn’s exploration in the garden with natural resources and the happiness that comes with sunshine, but I have been sidetracked and it is far too late for me to still be awake right now. I will still post about this soon though and will leave you with a photo from today in case you have not seen it already on Facebook. Zaedyn is rehydrating with a fresh young coconut after running around heaps with Kai, our rāpeti/rabbit.

Young Coconut

As you make your way out into the garden, remember that you can use homeopathy for your plants as well as yourself for things such as hayfever or even bee stings (hopefully not something you will come across). Hope everyone continues to enjoy the sunshine.

All Things Coconut

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     Besides fresh coconuts and coconut water, here are a few more coconut options to stock in your pantry. The uses for coconuts are endless!

     Being vegan does not mean that I do not eat chocolate. I love chocolate & sometimes make my own raw chocolate with raw cacao powder, coconut butter, & agave. Keeping Loving Earth Coconut Chocolate Butter on hand is yummy, too. Plus, you get to enjoy the benefits of both coconut and cacao.

Chantal Organics Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Artisana 100% Organic Raw Coconut Butter

Zenian Organic Creamed Coconut

Loving Earth Raw Organic Coconut Chocolate Butter