Archive for September, 2013

Cranberry-Nut Granola

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Crunchy, but chewy, with the perfect amount of sweetness from the dates and cranberries!

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1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 medium apple, peeled and diced
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sea salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 cups pitted dates
4 tablespoons coconut butter

Soak the nuts and pumpkin seeds in water for 2 to 3 hours. Drain and rinse. Process in a food processor until nuts are in chunks. Place in a large bowl.

Combine the dates, coconut butter and 1/4 cup of water in the food processor until creamy. Stir into the nuts, and add the apple, cinnamon and sea salt. Combine, and place on dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12-15 hours, or until crisp. Add the dried cranberries, and store in a covered container.


Dinner Party Chocolate Torte

Monday, September 23rd, 2013


Oh yeah, this is a good one! Creamy texture, but not too dense, this torte sets up well overnight in the refrigerator and is easy to make. This is one to show your peeps that raw desserts are truly “Food2Live4”!


4 cups raw pecans
6 pitted dates, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until the nuts are well chopped and begins to stick together. Press into the bottom of a spring form cheese cake pan.


1 1/3 cups water
1 cup raw cacao powder or high quality cocoa powder
1 avocado
1 8 oz jar cashew butter, room temperature
3/4 cup coconut butter (NOT coconut oil)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup liquid sweetener (agave, coconut palm nectar,or maple syrup)

Combine the water, avocado, and cacao powder in a Vitamix or other high speed blender.*
Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape down the container sides.

Pour filling into the springform pan and refrigerator overnight to set. When ready to serve, run a knife around the inside edge of the pan and pop off the outside rim. Top individual serving with raspberries or strawberries. You’ll get at least 12 servings.

*If you don’t have a Vitamix or BlendTec, combine the first 3 ingredients in a blender and then transfer to a mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix by hand until creamy and smooth.

Running for a Reason

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Because Bad Things Happen to Good People

A health coaching client, and friend, was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. Her name is Lisa Craine, and she has been bravely battling this disease for 3 years. She has followed the medical protocol for treatment, as well as taking steps to help her body fight the tumors and heal itself.  But bile duct cancer is relatively rare, and treatment protocols are not well established.

Some of you know I started running last year, just to see if I could finish a half marathon. Running seems to have taken root, and I’m hooked.  Some of you also know that I lost my mother in 2006 to cancer that metastasized throughout her body. Caring for her in my home until she passed was a turning point in my life. After the pain and grief subsided, I knew I needed to take much better care of myself. That realization led to many lifestyle changes, especially diet changes, and eventually to running.

How are Lisa’s battle and my running connected? When I crossed the Nashville half marathon finish line last April, I knew that race wouldn’t be my last. Now I’m running in the Akron Roadrunner half marathon on behalf of Lisa and to raise money for research into the causes and treatment for *Cholangiocarcinoma (see below).

Since my diagnosis in 2010, our family has been on a journey that has had many peaks and valleys. I have had over 20 hours of surgery, four different chemotherapy regiments and three rounds of radiation. My cancer has returned 5 times in 8 different tumors. 
I often tell people I should not be here since the survival rates are so poor, but God has blessed me with time. Our faith continues to grow as we experience the beautiful love from above. Cancer is not a blessing, but there are many blessings that come with cancer: The outpouring of love through friends, relatives and strangers. The appreciation of each and every day. The contentment of just being, and so many more blessings.” Lisa Craine

Can you support me along 13.1 miles on September 28, and donate to Craine’s Crew? Any amount is appreciated, and each dollar adds up.
To donate, please click

Thank you so much for your positive thoughts, prayers, and donations. It’s what keeps me pushing for the finish line, and keeps Lisa and her family feeling blessed.
Peace & Raw,

*Several factors have been linked to bile duct cancer, one of which is chemicals used in manufacturing rubber. Living most of my life in Northeast Ohio, and raising my family here, I am concerned about the link between environmental toxins and cancer. We need to research how to prevent and treat diseases that are related to the pollution of our nest, because it could happen to any of us, or to our children. For more information, visit

Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding!

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Best thing for a sweet craving: creamy chocolate pudding made with avocados and dates!

IMG_08712 ripe avocados
1/2 ripe banana
2 tablespoons coconut butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup of maple syrup
4 to 6 dates, pitted and soaked until soft
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of cinnamon
3/4 cups of almond milk
2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until creamy. Pour into individual serving bowls and chill. Sprinkle with coconut flakes before serving.