Living Intentions Review

A little while ago, Living Intentions sent me a few of their amazing raw goodies to review!!

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I received a sample of their Sprouted Flour, Sprouted brownie mix, and two flavors of their raw Gone Nuts!

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Of course, I broke into the nuts within minutes of opening the package and taking pictures. Oops.

Okay, not oops. Mmmmmmmm…..

These were gone in no time.

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Ingredients: Organic Raw Cashews, Organic Clear Agave Nectar, Sprouted Almonds (pesticide free), Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Cacao Butter, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract and Organic Mesquite Pod Meal.

The white chocolate nuts were delicious, on their own tasting very coconutty and sweet with a hint of salt, and very much like white chocolate when I put some on top of my breakfast oats:) I am usually not a white chocolate fan -its very sweet, but these were divine!

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I liked the clusters of cacao even better!

Ingredients: Sprouted Almonds (pesticide free), Organic Raisins, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Blueberries, Organic Coconut, Organic Raw Cacao, Organic Clear Agave Nectar, Organic Unfiltered Olive Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract and Himalayan Crystal Salt.

A smooth dark chocolate coating held together clusters of almonds and dried fruit -it was nutty and fruity and sweet and dark and delicious! My only complaint was the raisins-simply because I’m not a raisin fan though haha!

I usually ‘hide’ my ‘special’ foods (i.e. these nuts) from my stepdad so that I get them all to myself….buutttt I found out after getting these that he knows where my hiding place is. AKA its a good thing I tried them first! Haha  I will definitely be trying more of their Gone Nuts! line!

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Next up were the sprouted flours- which I was super excited about!! I decided to try each of them in both a cooked and a raw recipe, to see how they turned out!!

For the raw cacao brownie cake mix, I made (surprise) raw brownies

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Following the recipe on the back of their package pretty closely

and baked brownies

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Using 1 cup of mix, 1 small avocado, 1 banana, 1/2 T vanilla and a bit of baking powder. They came out super moist but I have to say the batter was better than the finished product (isn’t that ALWAYS the case? 😉 )

Both brownies were very rich and chocolatey, however the mix does have a strong maca aftertaste in both desserts, which took away a bit from the chocolate in my opinion. Other than that I did enjoy the brownies! And they have such better, higher quality ingredients than almost any other brownie mix I’ve seen! Low sugar too!

Ingredients: The Original Sprouted Super Flour (Organic Sprouted Buckwheat, Sprouted Almonds (pesticide free), Organic Mesquite Pod Powder, Micro-Fine White Chia Powder and Agave Inulin), Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Raw Sun-Dried Cane Juice Crystals, Organic Coconut Flour, Organic Coconut, Raw Brown Rice Bran & Germ, Organic Maca Powder and Himalayan Crystal Salt.

And last but most certainly not least, was my favorite product of the package! The raw Super Flour!

Ingredients: Sprouted Organic Buckwheat Flour, Sprouted Almond Meal (pesticide free), Organic Mesquite Pod Powder, Micro-Fine White Chia Seed Powder, and Organic Agave Inulin.

Made out of sprouted grains and super foods-it was slightly sweet and delicious -I could eat it by the spoonful.

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First I made a batch of almond-peach pancakes, and they were divine! The super flour had a wonderful taste and texture-the almond meal in the flour gave these pancakes a ‘crunch’ , taking pancakes to a whole new level!!
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I followed the recipe on the back of the package for their raw ‘oatmeal’ cookies, using almonds instead of walnuts and adding some ginger, then I dehydrated these for a few hours. Oh my goodness were these amazing! They tasted like actual oatmeal cookies, but with the ginger they also tasted like gingersnaps! I would so make these again!
And finally, I made up my own recipe
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For (almost) raw cookie dough truffles -but you’ll have to wait for another post for the recipe!!! 😉 Can I just say these were awesome though?
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In all, I loved my samples from Living Intentions -even the packaging! Basically my mantra when cooking. I can’t wait to try out more products from this amazing company! Thanks Living Intentions!
And guess what? You can too!! Through the end of August Living Intentions is offering $5 off purchaces of $30 or more with the coupon code LIVINGAUG13 . Visit shop.livingintentions.com to take advantage of this awesome opportunity! Hurry, and try the Super Flour so you can make the truffles -coming soon 🙂

MIMM: Hot Hot Hot!!!

Happy Monday!!!First of all, I want to give a BIG HUGE CONGRATS to Katie, the lovely diva who hosts this marvelous party, and her beautiful baby boy, Rocco. What a wonderful gift to be given! I wish the whole family the best! 😀This past weekend has been a marvelous one!!With one exception…photo-2Heat. Wave. uuuuggghhhhh. It was all weird, cold and rainy exactly one week ago, and by Wednesday the temperatures were scorching again! This is day 4 of 105+  heat, and its funny because we can’t wait for 9pm, when it reaches a nice, cool 90 haha!photo-180Of course, warm evenings are made all the more enjoyable when outside, and we finally got lights up on our gazebo!! Its so nice to just relax and stare at the lights like a moth enjoy the pretty lights!!photo-177Luckily it doesn’t start heating up until about 9 am, so its finally gotten me back in the habit of early morning runs! Wake up, grab a nut butter stuffed date and off I go! There is no better time to run than first thing in the morning, the air is still (relatively) crisp, scented with dew and sprinklers, and the only sounds are the birds singing, and your feet hitting the pavement in tune with the earth’s heartbeat (like that? Can I be a poet like you now TGITO?? 😉 )photo-3Basically. Otherwise its too hot.photo-172And when I come back from the early morning runs, I have time (and motivation) to make fancier breakfasts!! This morning I made my mom and I blueberry cornmeal pancakes topped with fresh farmers market peaches! So good!Speaking of running, didn’t I ever tell you guys???photo-179I am officially signed up to run my first ever Half Marathon this October!! Whoo!! I’m sooo excited!! I’ve been wanting to run a half before I graduate basically since I discovered I actually liked running freshman year, and its finally happening! This is such a great testimonial to myself too, that I am finally in a place where I can run and be stronger, not weaker, from it. Its a symbol of the test I’ve had in high school, and that I can conquer anything I put my mind to. I am stronger than I gave myself credit for for so long, and I can tackle mountains (well, hills, but San Fransisco is crazy hilly so if you add them up, its a mountain. kapeesh?)photo-178Also Marvelous are Starbucks dates….with myself. But hey, if it motivates me to do my summer reading (I’d so much rather read books of my own choosing…). I heard from Amanda that if you order Starbucks cappuccinos dry, you get them perfectly foamy (my favorite part). She was right! Soy cappuccino, decaf and dry-I drank the coffee part and then added a dash of cinnamon to my cup of foam. Lets just say that I was that weirdo in the corner reading and eating foam with a coffee stirrer. #foamobsession #sorrynotsorry 😉photo-174Marvelous still are farmers market hauls -especially at the end of the day so everything is even cheaper! We got that gigantic bag of peaches for only $2, and they are super ripe-almost jam like. I have to cook with them before they go bad!! We also found a beautiful head of crisp romaine, chinese spinach (its so pretty! Purple and green!), a pomegranate balsamic grill sauce, and fresh, handmade vegan ravioli! I’ve never had fresh pasta so I’m excited.photo-173A marvelous, refreshing,  and simple salad for dinner (squash on the side) of Farmers Market romaine and tomatoes, plus cucumber, celery, red onion, avocado, tempeh, chickpeas, and a honey mustard dressing and lemon pepper (post photo). I’ve never had a crisper salad than one fresh from the farmers market that morning!photo-176And perhaps most marvelous of all? Its girls week! My stepdad is with his dad and cousin in Washington state this week, visiting museums and baseball parks, so my mom and I have had the house to ourself. Its officially Chocolate and Chickflicks week around here! Perfect for my newfound obsession with chocolate avocado mousse and Friends reruns. So with cool morning runs filled with deep thoughts, farmers market runs, and daily chocolate, life could not get any marvelous-er 😉Have you been caught in a heatwave this week?Whats your marvelous today?

Birthday Pancakes

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Can I tell you a secret?

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This is the first time I’ve ever made my own pancake recipe…

Can I tell you another secret??

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They almost failed. Actually, I was about 90% sure they had failed, which made me horribly upset because I promised that I would come up with a new recipe every day and if this failed I would have no recipe for today and I really should start testing recipes in advance before making promises I can’t keep and also I shouldn’t have the griddle too hot when I make pancakes because they burn really easily.

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But it’s okay, because I didn’t burn the other side. And they tasted like buttery cakey goodness and almost didn’t even need frosting.

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Sure they are a little, homely, and maybe not the most fluffy pancakes ever…

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BUT I MADE PANCAKES THAT TASTE LIKE BIRTHDAYS AND RAINBOWS SO ITS OKAY!!!

(whew, I feel better now;) 

Birthday Pancakes

  • 1/4 C. Oat flour (i ground my own in the food processor)
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
  • dash salt
  • 2 tsp chia seeds plus 2 T  warm water
  • 1/3 C. almond milk plus a tiny splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 C. mashed banana
  • 1/2 T. cashew butter
  • 1/2 T. maple syrup
  • additional sweetener of choice to taste
  • SPRINKLES

“frosting”

  • 1-2 T. cashew butter, melted
  • 1-2  T. almond milk
  • vanilla and sweetener, optional

Mix together the chia and water, set aside to thicken. Mix almond milk and vinegar and set aside to ‘curdle’. In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients. In a separate small bowl, mix the mashed banana and cashew butter, then add the chia egg, milk, extracts and sweetener and stir until combined. Mix the wet into the dry then add your sprinkles!! scoop into 4-5 pancakes on a hot, lightly sprayed griddle or pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side (or until done). For the frosting simply mix the ingredients together and pour on your pancakes to enjoy!!

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So you see, frosting and sprinkles cover up any potential mishaps…

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And you will always be left with buttery Birthday (pan)cake for breakfast:)

Before you go, can I tell you one last secret??

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Make sure you have a lot of extra frosting waiting for after the photoshoot:)

WIA-since my last WIAW…

Woah how long has it been since I did a WIAW? Like a month? Gee whiz!

Well I have some photos of the better meals for you today, that I have randomly taken but never got around to posting! Then next week we can start all over with more recent times!

photo-104Okay breakfasts are still kinda the same…OIA-(Homemade cashew butter) J. We go through nut butter like its our job. We always have at least 3 different kinds, and OIAJ is a regular occurrence for me (I finally have my family trained to leave the jars at prime picking!!)

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But when the jars aren’t empty, they are full of Caramel Macchiato Almond Butter 😉 Shameless plug.

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Told you its been a while!! Mothers day Breakfast! I made Heather’s Samoas Pancakes!

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They were quite delicious. AKA why don’t I make pancakes more often?!?!

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I tried a Kevita with my Veg News, but I think I prefer Kombucha. I want to taste them all!!
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WATERMELON!!! (while cleaning my room…that awkward moment when your mattress pad is a really good backdrop)

I may or may not have single handedly consumed 2 large and one personal watermelon in the past month. The most recent was a large melon in a record 4 days!

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I made Laura’s Blood Orange Avocado scones and we had them for dessert as strawberry shortcake (with lemon soy yogurt). Yum.

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Sweet potatoes topped with curried lentils and sautéed kale

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Feelin Fancy with my Free Time! Roasted red peppers stuffed with a curried lentil-farro grain-green peas mixture and lemon pepper balsamic broccolini on the side. I’m getting good at this 😉

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I made delicious comfort food too!! Not as pretty but just as yummy! Vegan Mac n Cheese (using this recipe) with peas and mushrooms. Because when I was little my mac always had peas in it. And sometimes hot dogs. Slash hamburger helper. mmm dinner in a box 😉

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the kabocha is tasting especially fine lately!

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First bbq of the season!!! I made mexican tempeh-black bean-cauliflower burgers that my stepdad grilled along with sweet raspberry chipotle asparagus and corn on the cob (that I can eat sans braces whoop!!)

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This was eaten during my stress month, can you tell? What better to put on chocolate pudding than chocolate brownies amiright?

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And its only fitting for the final picture to be of the final slice…of this amazing Raw Carrot Cake. The saddest part is that I couldn’t edge off more cake even out the rest of it when I was done…Guess I know what Im making tomorrow 😉

Summer is in the air, can you feel it?

What are you looking forward to this weekend? My big sister is graduating from College on Saturday so we are going up to see her!! Im so excited and proud of her!!