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What is a “Blue Moon?” Look up in the sky tonight - August 31, and you will see one for yourself. No, the Moon won’t actually be blue in color tonight, but a “Blue Moon” is the name given to the second full Moon in a single month.

Blue Moons occur, on average, once every 2 1/2 to 3 years. Perhaps this is why we traditionally describe an unusual event as happening “Once in a Blue Moon.”Since we won't have another Blue Moon until 2015, I decided to honor this event by creating a number of blue themed recipes for the occassion! I hope you'll enjoy exploring the Blue Side of the Moon this weekend!

Blue Moon 2.0 Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana, fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups fresh orange or apple juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root (optional)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Raw honey or Nu Naturals Vanilla Stevia, to taste

Blend until smooth. Serve.

Blue Moon Breakfast Bowl
1/2 - 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
1 banana
blueberries
blackberries
sliced bananas
hemp seeds

In a food processor or blender, combine the mango and banana until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with the fruit to serve - ENJOY!

Blue Moon Chia Hemp Pudding

1 cups hemp milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 pint blueberries, reserving some for garnish
2 dates, pitted
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
pinch Himalayan salt
hemp seeds, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor except for the garnish.
Place the blended mixture into a bowl  and top with fresh blueberries and hemp seeds.

photo by It Tastes Like Food

Blue Moon Mojito 
8 mint leaves
10 fresh blueberries
1 lemon, juiced (can use a lime)
3 tablespoons raw honey, maple syrup, or other sweetener of choice
kombucha or sparkling mineral water
ice
more blueberries, for garnish (I used about 8 more)

Add blueberries, mint, and sweetener to a glass. Using the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler, muddle the mint leaves and blueberries until the berries have burst and are mixing well with the mint. Add the lemon/lime juice, and then throw in some ice. Drop in the rest of the blueberries for garnish and add the kombucha or sparkling water. Stir. Add a sprig of fresh mint for garnish and enjoy immediately.

photo by betterrecipes.com

Blueberry Mint Sorbet
24 ounces frozen blueberries
1/2 cup maple syrup or other sweetener of your choice (we plan to try this with Nu Naturals Stevia later today)
6 large mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Put all ingredients into a food processor until smooth. Serve immediately or place in a covered container to be stored in the freezer.

Blue Moon Torte

For the Crust:
1 cup fresh, moist dates, pitted
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup macadamia nuts
pinch Himalayan salt

Combine ingredients in a food processor, pulsing until well incorporated. Press the mixture into a torte pan with removable bottom and chill while you prepare the filling.

For the Filling:
3 cups coconut meat (from 4 coconuts)
1 lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons raw honey, or other sweetener of choice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend the coconut meat with lemon juice, honey and vanilla....adding water only as needed to reach the desired consistency - you will want to leave it as thick as possible.

For the Topping:
1 pint fresh blueberries

To Assemble:
Pour the filling into your prepared crust and decoratively top with fresh blueberries. I started off with the half moon, but decided to go ahead and cover the torte so everyone would have the full taste sensation. Place torte into the freezer and thaw a bit before serving.

Note:Because I have been so busy caring for my dad, I decided to simplify & I tried the vanilla coconut yogurt I've been seeing at my local Whole Foods as my filling. No, it is not raw, but it is plant-based and it is super convenient when your rushed - just a tip :)

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I just froze 10lbs of organic blueberries.....They will be used tonight in honor of the blue moon.  Thanks Penni!

Thanks Penni, What a fun post. I think that I'll try the Blue Moon 2.0 smoothie to start!

Love me some blueberries every day!!!

Wonderful!! Thank you!!!!

Once again, everything looks amazing...another hit out of the ballpark Penni!!!

My goodness, I'm in blueberry heaven!! Looooove all of these! 

Beautiful!

I couldn't wait to make the Blue Moon Chia Pudding so substituted black cherries for the blueberries. Wildly delicious! Thank you, Penni.

Beautiful and delicious!

Desserts are the Bestest!  and Love those Blueberries    Thanks Penny

I have got to get me some blueberries! All of those recipes look good and they sound good, too! Thank you, Penni!

Oh, by the way, I was thinking about making a recipe with a raw blueberry breakfast tart!

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