Loaded Nachos!

Recipe by Megan Stulberg 

Los Angeles has this crazy effect on me where all I want to do while I’m here is eat junk food and sleep in. That being said, making these nachos just had to happen! Super easy to make if you want a lazy but filling snack to share with a pal. Also, please note that I’m a total DUMMY and took these photos before adding the vegan sour cream, tomato, guacamole and green onions. Total food blogger faux-pas, derp.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2-4 heaping cups lightly salted corn tortilla chips, organic if possible
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 package Beyond Meat “chicken” strips
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1/4 cup Follow Your Heart pepper jack and cheddar shreds
  • 2 heaping tbsp refried pinto beans
  • 2 heaping tbsp sliced black olives, canned is fine
  • Dollop of Tofutti sour cream (not pictured)
  • OPTIONAL: additional chopped tomato, green onions
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

    DIRECTIONS:

    1) Preheat oven to 400F.
    2) Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Plop some sort of cooking oil (olive or coconut is best) to prevent sticking.
    3) Lay tortilla chips down in a relatively flat layer on aluminum foil.
    4) Sprinkle pepper jack and cheddar shreds evenly across chips.
    5) Add sliced black olives, refried beans and Beyond Meat.
    6) Bake in oven 15-20 minutes, or until all the “cheese” melts. All ovens will vary so check on nachos every few minutes.
    7) While nachos are baking, make the guacamole by mashing up the avocado with a fork and adding the lime juice, chopped onion, tomato, salt and pepper.
    8) Remove baking sheet from oven. Scoop nachos onto plate. Add guacamole, salsa verde, vegan sour cream, green onions and additional chopped tomato if desired.

    Enjoy! Serve hot hot hot. Makes 2 servings.

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Raw Banana Split

Recipe by Megan Stulberg 

Okay, can we just take a moment and appreciate the fact that the majority of the recipes we post on here are healthy versions of normally *very* unhealthy desserts? Take this banana split, for example. It’s 100% raw, no-bake, gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free. It truly is a wonderful time to be alive.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, chopped and frozen overnight
  • 1 banana, not chopped and not frozen overnight (so basically just a normal banana, okay?)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut cream, left in fridge overnight
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp raw walnut crumbs
  • 1 cherry, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor combine the frozen banana and raspberries together until a smooth, creamy consistency similar to soft serve ice cream has been reached. Scoop into a large bowl and set aside in freezer for now.
  2. To make the raw chocolate sauce: Combine raw cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup and 1 tbsp of the vanilla extract until pourable. Set aside.
  3. To make the coconut whip: Open can of coconut milk and carefully separately the solidified coconut milk at the top from the coconut water at the bottom. Scoop the solidified coconut milk into bowl. Use electric beater to whip coconut cream with 1 tbsp vanilla extract and a touch more maple syrup if desired. Whip until soft peaks have formed.
  4. Remove “ice cream” from freezer. Slice banana in half, and place one on half on each end of dish. Top with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a dollop of coconut whip, then sprinkle raw walnut crumbs over whole dish. Finally, throw a cherry on top just for the hell of it.

Makes 1-2 servings. Serve cold.

Raw blueberry swirl cheesecake

Post by Megan Stulberg

Another (delicious) raw cheesecake recipe from Vegan Girlfriend? Shocker! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Ingredients…

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and soaked 1 hour
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked 1 hour
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
  • Dash of almond milk, as desired
  • Water, as needed
  1. Make crust by using food processor to chop walnuts and dates until thoroughly combined.
  2. Press mixture evenly (and tightly packed) into deep cake pan lined with plastic wrap. Set aside in freezer.
  3. Combine cashews, lemon juice, coconut, oil, syrup and almond milk in food processor until creamy in consistency. Pour 3/4 of mixture on top of crust and leave 1/4 in food processor. Set pan back in freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add blueberries and water to food processor. Continue blending until a thick liquid is formed.
  5. Pour blueberry garnish directly onto cheesecake. Use chopstick or fork to shift mixture to create a swirl pattern.
  6. Leave in freezer overnight to set. Place in refrigerator at least 3 hours before serving to thaw.

Serve chilled. Makes 1 cheesecake (approximately 6-8 slices).

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Strawberry Cashew Cream Dip (Raw)

By contributor Megan Stulberg

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

This was the first thing I devoured on Valentine’s Day morning after doing a 3-day juice cleanse! I paired this homemade strawberry cashew cream dip with some banana goji brittle from Live Organic Raw and a vanilla pop tart from Bunner’s.

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Ingredients…

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup organic raw cashews, soaked
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil, room temperature

Directions…

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food-processor/blender until thoroughly combined.
  2. Let mixture set in freezer for 1 hour, then move to refrigerator.
  3. That’s it! Use as a spread, dip, icing, anything.

Serve chilled. Keep in the fridge up to 5 days.

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Raw Key Lime Avocado Tarts 

Post by Megan Stulberg 

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

If you guys are sick of our raw dessert posts…then too bad! These key lime avocado cream tarts taste the way summer should feel: light and guiltless.

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INGREDIENTS:

For the crust…

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup

For the filling…

  • 10 key limes, juiced
  • 2 avocados, pitted and scooped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

1) In a high-speed food processor/blender combine almonds, coconut, oil and syrup until finely incorporated.

2) Line a standard cupcake pan with plastic wrap. Press the crust mixture into each cup firmly and evenly. Set aside.

3) Blend juice from key limes, avocado meat, oil, syrup and extract together into a smooth but workable cream.

4) Pour filling on top of each crust. Top with additional key lime slices for garnish if desired.

5) Place tray in freezer for 2 hours to set. Remove tarts from pan and let thaw at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

Freeze leftovers immediately or avocado in cream will turn brown.

Makes approximately 9 servings.

Raw Carrot Cake Triangles

Post by Megan Stulberg

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

I made these in an effort to procrastinate studying for my final exams last month. Mission accomplished! Totally worth that B+.

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Ingredients…

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp water

Directions…

  1. If you did not buy pre-shredded carrots, place carrots (after washing thoroughly and slicing into small pieces) in high-speed blender or food processor and combine until finely chopped.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and continue processing. Add a teaspoon of water slowly as required.
  3. Line a square baking tray (I used a rectangular tupperware container) with plastic wrap. Pour “batter” into tray and press down tightly and evenly with a fork. Top with additional shredded coconut.
  4. Let cake sit in freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Once firm, remove from freezer and pop cake out of pan by pulling edges of plastic wrap.
  6. Use a large, sharp knife to slice the cake into triangle pieces. Place pieces on lined plate and return to freezer for 2 hours to fully set.

Let thaw before serving. Makes approximately 12 servings.

Raw chocolate hazelnut spread 

Post by Megan Stulberg

I did it! I finally got around to making a vegan version of Nutella. I ate the whole jar within no more than three days: on sliced banana, on toast, in smoothies and by the spoonful.

  

Ingredients…

  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (homemade if possible)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs (optional, for crunchy texture)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Dash of pink Himalayan crystal salt

Directions…

  1. Combine hazelnuts and dates in a high-speed food processor or blender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and continue blending until a thick, spreadable consistency has been reached.
  3. Transfer mixture to mason jar or other storage container. Let sit in fridge at least one hour before serving.

Spread can be stored in refrigerator for up to 7 days.