Ingredient: raw almonds

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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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Mexican Margarita Cookies

I adapted The Whole Meal’s popular and healthy raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookies for my friend, Kari L., for her Cinco De Mayo get together as she wanted to highlight fresh Mexican as well as healthier, in-theme desserts. This was a hit in testing with both kids and adults as it has just the right balance of sweet and salty with a punch of lime.

All Seasons, American, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

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.

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Almond Chicken

Serve with Jasmine rice-

This is my husband’s favorite dish to order when we go to a Chinese restaurant. Like Chop Suey, it is a specialty of the early American Chinese restaurants most likely out of New York’s Chinatown. Regardless of its origins, this at home version will become a family favorite as it is in my house.

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Overnight Muesli

This is one of my favorite recipes for breakfast. For those of you curious or already well-versed in raw foods, this is a staple! It is so adaptable depending on what is in your pantry and your fruit bowl. I adore figs so this is my favorite way to make it, but feel free to mix it up (dried cranberries, raisins or dates instead of figs; fresh berries with or instead of apples)!