Fruit

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Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Raw versions of popular baked goods are my favorite way to treat my family (and myself) to sweets without wreaking havoc on our bodies. Many raw sweets are a great way to fuel the body properly for sports and other fitness activities as they are a good mix of healthy carbs and a little bit of protein. These Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite version; they never last very long in my house whether as a pre-workout meal or afternoon snack.

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Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita Protein Smoothie

I took a break one afternoon from having my nose in my laptop and desperately needing to recharge. Fueled myself with this incredibly refeshing, super yummy and uber healthy protein smoothie. It was the last week of Jazz Fest and I was daydreaming about the last time I was at this timeless music fest. Almost as memorable was finding El Gato Negro and their Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita. This is my smoothie verison and you’ll never miss the tequila (well, if it is before 5pm!).

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Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

I was looking for a whole foods alternative to the highly processed “energy” bars (more like crash and burn) so favored by my daughter, who is a swimmer. Upon experimenting with different dried fruits, this was the final version that won her approval, as well as her teammates and friends. Nuts provide a bit of protein, dates and cranberries are a natural sweetener, and coconut adds good fat. I usually add some unsweetened cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate chips for the chocoholic in all of us! It’s a no cook (all you need is a food processor) snack, treat, dessert your family will love. Once you get a hang of the basic recipe, you’ll enjoy making variations on the basic nut and date base.

American, Appetizer, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Pear and Golden Raisin Ginger Chutney

I adapted this warm, savory-sweet chutney from a Southern Living recipe as part of the 4th course of The Mystic Meals Under the Moon October Full Hunter Moon Dinner. I paired it with a creamy brie, although a mild nutty cheddar works well too. Consider using this chutney during the holidays as a condiment to a roast pork or turkey. It’s a keeper!

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Raw Banana Trifle

I am not much of a baker but I love to make easy, simple raw treats and desserts, which are a healthier way to satisfy that sweet tooth anyway. Here is one of my favorites that can be made year round. Raw foods tend to be dense and this recipe is no exception which means smaller portion sizes are very satisfying.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

When fall rolls around and I see the many varieties of apples at the grocers and farmer’s markets I am ready to make batches and batches of applesauce. Preparing this kid (and adult) favorite in a slow cooker frees you up to go about your business. This a must-have recipe to have this fall.

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Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds in a Manuka Honey and Red Wine Reduction

This was the grand finale for Mystic Meals Under the Moon’s Full Harvest Moon 4-Course Dinner. The richness of the chocolate and pumpkin seeds were perfectly balanced by the petite size and lightness of fresh figs. Paired with a cinnamon or other fall-spiced hot tea and you have the perfect early fall dessert or snack when figs are in season.