‘Tis the season to get creative in the kitchen! Some people have a hard time trying to find a way to incorporate their vegan lifestyle with holiday baking… Well, we have taken a look and some really amazing Raw, Vegan, Holiday recipes and we have chosen a few of our favorites to share with you! Take a look at some of these really great holiday recipes that are so simple for you to try at home!
Hot Chocolate Mix!
Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate after a day out in the snow or after doing some holiday shopping? This hot chocolate mix is so incredibly simple and is so much fun to make! Make a couple jars for you and your family and even share some as gifts!
2 cups raw cacao powder
1 3/4 cup vegan coconut sugar
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
- Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. For gifting, scoop mixture into individual jars and store for up to three weeks in a cool, dry place.
- Serving instructions: Add 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix to a cup of raw almond milk, whisk together, and heat till warm. You can add a little extra mix to make the hot cocoa more intense. Enjoy! Makes 3 3/4 cups.
Easy, Raw Apple Crumble
Here’s a treat your family and friends will LOVE! You can always go RIGHT with healthy fruit crumble!
4 medium zucchini
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups of sunflower seeds
½ cup water
½ cup lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
8 cups spinach
½ cup parsley
1½ tablespoons Italian Seasoning
3 cups of sundried tomatoes, measured after soaking (3-4 hours)
1 cup water
1 medium tomato, chopped
¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
2 teaspoons rosemary
2 teaspoons thyme
1 teaspoon fennel seed
½-1 teaspoon salt, only if your sun-dried tomatoes are unsalted
2 tablespoons hemp seed, for garnish, if desired
Soak 2 cups of sunflower seeds in pure water for 4-6 hours. Drain and rinse.
In a separate bowl, soak 2 cups of sundried tomatoes in pure water for 4 hours or longer. Drain
For the Noodles
Cut off both ends of each zucchini. Using a mandoline, slice the zucchini the long way so that you have long, wide noodles. If a mandoline is not available, use a knife, cutting as thinly as possible.
Place in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss very gently.
For the Spinach & Sunflower Cheese Filling
In a high-speed blender, combine sunflower seeds, water, lemon, garlic and salt.
Blend well until smooth. Scrape into a large bowl.
In a food processor, process the spinach and parsley in batches until chopped but not puréed. Alternately, chop finely by hand. Pour into the bowl with the sunflower cheese.
Add Italian seasoning and mix well.
For the Herby Tomato Sauce
To assemble, arrange 4 zucchini noodles horizontally on a cutting board, slightly overlapping one over the next by about ½”.
Place ¼ cup of the spinach & sunflower cheese filling in the center and spread so that it covers the front to the back and about 1” in width.
Roll the zucchini from left to right to create a filled manicotti.
Place two manicotti on a plate and top with ¼ cup of tomato sauce.
Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of hemp seeds and/or Italian seasoning.
Now… after looking at all these wonderful creations, ask yourself “Is being vegan really that hard?” It actually looks pretty simple…and delicious! Common’, apple crumble… manicotti…YUM! Give it a try…. we want to see what Raw, Vegan Holiday creations that you come up with! Whip up your favorite holiday treats, take a photo and then tweet them using the hash tag #upayaveganholidaytreats. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!