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Most folks keep their breakfast very simple once they go raw. Generally I recommend a green smoothie loaded with super food goodness to start the day with a bang. Also fruit fruit or a big tall green juice is a great way to wake up your digestion without taxing your system. However, on certain occasions, I get a hankering for something a little heartier and having something like raw granola on hand for those times REALLY keeps you from reaching for the frying pan and cracking out the bacon & eggs!

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Ruby's Raw Cherry Granola

2 apples, any variety
1 generous cup of soaked dates
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp orange zest
1 Tbsp vanilla extract 2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup walnuts, soaked a couple of hours
2 cups buckwheat, rinsed well & soaked a few hours
2 cups almonds, soaked
3 cups pecans, soaked
1 cup pumpkin seeds (optional)
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup goji berries )optional)
1 cup golden flax seeds, ground or whole
3 cups thick rolled oats (optional since not technically raw)

In a food processor, place one apple, the soaked dates along with about 1/4 cup of the soak water, maple syrup, orange juice, zest, cinnamon, salt & walnuts....grind until completely smooth. Transfer into a large mixing bowl.

Add the remaining apple, chopped. Then place the almonds & pecans into the food processor, Coarsely chop nuts in a few quick pulses. Add them to the bowl along with the apple mixture, add all other ingredients.....combine well.

Spread the granola on lined dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 - 8 hours. Peel off the Teflex sheeting and continue to dehydrate until the granola is crunchy. Break into pieces and once completely cooled, store in airtight containers. This makes a HUGE supply that will past you for months. It's fun to make this with a friend (one who has a big 9 tray dehydrator) and share the love!

Raw Strawberry Banana Crepes from rawmazing.com

Dehydration Time 6-8 hours Makes 8 crepes

Crepes:

4 Bananas
juice from 1 lemon

Place bananas in food processor. Add lemon juice and process until liquid. Pour into 5″ rounds. Dehydrate overnight at 110. Do not over dry these. I start them just before I go to bed. You want them to be flexible. Makes 8 – 5″ rounds

Cashew Vanilla Cream
Pulp from two young coconuts

1 C Cashews, soaked overnight
splash of madagascar vanilla
1 T Agave (if desired)

Place the cashews in Vitamix blender. Blend on high speed. Add the coconut meat and vanilla. Process until well blended. Refrigerate to thicken if needed.

Assembly

Spoon the Cashew Vanilla Cream into half the crepe. Top with berries and add more cream. Fold over and experience joy!


**Kristina's notes - I added some coconut water to the cream because I actually thought it was too thick. It got great reviews from my husband [who isn't raw at all but open to eating the foods I make].

WendiLou's Breakfast Salad


In a bowl:
1 big handful of baby spinach
1/2 an apple, chopped
1 banana, chopped
handful of organic raisins

In the blender:
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
3/4 c. water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
squirt of agave

Blend until smooth. Pour over salad. Happiness ensues. "

FarmSchooler says, " I wish I could count how many times this has been a breakfast INSPIRATION."


Chia pudding

you will need about 3/4 cup nut milk
3-4 tablespoons chia seed
cinnamon or other favorite spice
fruit as desired and seasonal
vanilla powder or extract

mix chia seed into nut milk. we use a vanilla seed in our nutmilk to make it sweet, no other sweeteners. many people use almonds but we use hazelnuts since almonds are often pasteurized and hazelnuts are local in the northwest. stir in spices such as more vanilla powder and/or cinnamon. let sit for awhile until chia soaks up water. then stir in fruit pieces. you could add some agave or yacon syrup if you want it sweeter.


Coconut Breakfast Cakes (Ani Phyo)

2 cups whole flax seeds
2 Tbsp. liquid coconut oil
1/2 agave nectar or maple syrup
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 water

Grind flax seeds into a meal. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into balls and flatten into pancake shape. (This recipe says it makes four pancakes but I made eight and they were still too filling to even eat a whole one, I also popped mine in the dehydrator and ate them warm, yum!)

Orange Vanilla Syrup (Ani Phyo)

1/3 cup pitted dates
1 orange peeled, seeded
1/2 vanilla bean

Blend and serve
YUMMIE APPLE BREAKFAST BARS
by Julie Soderblom


I like to use Organic Pink Lady Apples for this recipe:

6 apples cored and peeled
1 cup raw honey
1-3/4 ground almond and walnut mixture
1-1/2 cup of dried organic currants soaked
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
dash of apple pie spice

Shred half the apples in a food processor
chop into small pieces the other half

Mix everything else into the apple mixture
Mix well and form into patties about 2 inches thick

Dehydrate 24 hours at 105F

Sometimes I add some dry cranberries . It depends on my mood

Julie's Note: My husband who has been very slow in following the raw lifestyle and giving up his meat , now eats these every morning.. I make a huge batch every Friday... And if I by chance forget he gently reminds me I have not made them :) Fiber and protein. how divine !

PS . Makes about 20
Raw Veggie Quiche

If you are in the mood for a savory breakfast try this. It's also great if you are having a brunch.


Crust
1 1/2 c. soaked pecans or any nut or seed of your choice
1 Tbs. Braggs Aminos
1 Tbs. Psyllium Husk
1 Tbs. Water to combine
1 tsp sea salt
Process until crumbly and press into the bottom of a spring form pan.

Filling
1 bag baby spinach
1 red bell pepper
handful of parsley and dill
2 leeks chopped (white and lite green parts)
1 c. soaked cashews
3 Tbs. phsyllium husk
1-2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
1 tbs. nutritional yeast
1 tsp nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
Process all ingredients in food processor till smooth and creamy. Pour on top of the crust and chill until set. Can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.


Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Chia


1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup raisins

2 cups H2O
8 medjool dates
1 Tbl. agave or raw honey
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
pinch of sea salt

Put the chia seeds and raisins in a bowl. Blend the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour over seeds & raisins. Stir together and chill.


W said this was the BEST oatmeal he's ever tasted and can't believe we used to eat cooked, mushy oatmeal. I have to admit this turned special. Delicious and nutritious!!!! A nice hearty breakfast for a cold, damp day.

Groatmeal

oat groats, rinsed and soaked overnight
dates, pecans, raisins, shredded coconut, flax seed oil, banana, pinch of salt, maple syrup

Drain oat groats and mix in food processor.
Add dates and mix until "oatmeal" consistency, (but not as mushy)
Add banana, flax see oil, sea salt, and mix.
Add raisins, coconut, and pecans, and pulse to chop, but not too much.
Add agave (optional). Serve and top with chopped pecans or walnuts and maple syrup (optional).

Feel free to top this with some fresh nut mylk!
Mixed Sprouted Grains, Fruit and Nuts:

1/2 to 1 Cup Mixed Sprouted Grains
Fruits of your choice I have used Bananas and Pomegranates here.
Mixed nuts again of your choice
1/4 shredded coconut
2 Mejdool Dates
Some Raisins
These Grains are from my Naturopath hence they are many varieties put together. You could use what you usually do or your fav's!!

Everything is just tossed together and Voila!
* You can see some Strawberry Preserve on there.. They are not Raw so I haven't mentioned it. But they made a YUM addition :)
Again from my raw food class last night

Raspberry Almond Granola
Mathew Kenney 105degrees Global, LLC

4 cups fresh raspberries
2 cups sunflower seeds, soaked 8-12 hours
3 cups pecans, soaked 8-12 hours
6 cups almonds, soaked 8-12 hours
1 1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup date paste*
2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 vanulla bean, scraped
1 tablespoon almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup gigner juice
2 tablespoons lime zest

Place raspberries and sunflower seeds in a large bowl, set aside
Process pecans and almonds in a food processor until chunky; don’t overprocess
Add to raspberries and sunflower seeds
Process all remaining ingredients in food processor until chunky; do not overprocess
Add to bowl and mix untill ingredients are well combined
Crumble evenly over dehydrator screens
Dehydrate for 24-48 hours, or until crisp

Lasts about 2 weeks in the refridgerator

* Date Paste
1/2 -3/4 cup water
1 cup pitted dates

Process until it becomes a paste
This pudding has been a life saver for me when I need something more than smoothies and fruit. It is so very filling that this recipe will make breakfast, lunch, and breakfast for me. It is easy and only takes a bit of planning for soaking the cashews.

Vanilla Chia Breakfast Pudding
Makes 2 servings

Cashew Cream
1 cup cashews, soaked overnight in water
1 cup water, preferably filtered

(1) Drain and rinse cashews.
(2) Combine with filtered water in blender (VitaMix or Blendtec) and blend until smooth.
(3)Refrigerate.

Pudding
cashew cream
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup agave (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (1-inch vanilla bean piece)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup blueberries

(1) Mix together cashew cream, chia seeds, agave, vanilla and cinnamon. Set aside.
(2) Slice strawberries.
(3) When cia pudding has thickened up (about 5 to 10 minutes) stir in sliced strawberries and blueberries.
(4) Keep refrigerated.

NOTE: I didn't add as much agave as the recipe calls for. Just add a bit and taste test until you get the desired sweetness.

NOTE: I have used bananas and they hold up well in the pudding.

NOTE: Add cacoa nibs or cocoa powder to make a delicious chocolate vanilla pudding. The possibilities are endless!

ENJOY!

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