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Smoothie με φρέσκα σύκα, σπόρους chia και κεφίρ - Calcium boost fresh fig, chia and carob vegan smoothie - Vegan in Athens

Calcium-boost fresh fig and carob smoothie

As a child of the summer, September, the month that takes us from the sandy beaches, the warmth and the carelessness of the summer to the lower autumn temperatures and the daily routine, was not always easy. Fortunately, however now, inspired by the wisdom life gives to each and every one of us, I think I am able to recognize and appreciate all the beauty that exists in nature and around us and to welcome changes. Besides, every day is unique and unrepeatable and as such we owe ourselves to live it. And actually September is not at all ugly! I meet my friends again, the children in school, I enjoy our happy routine and the quiet joy of our house, I attend festivals and concerts, I make big, daily walks with Petra in the woods.


There, in the forest, we discovered a great secret fig tree – a shelter for the turtles that have escaped from the fires of the last years – loaded with figs and whenever we go there I like to pick some. The other day I created a vegan recipe for a very easy and delicious vegan fig cake. Last weekend I picked some more figs which I decided to put in the freezer and today I used them to make a cool, raw, vegan smoothie for my breakfast, full of vitamins and calcium!

In order to achieve a good dose of calcium, I used ingredients rich in it, such as Chinese cabbage, chia seeds, carob powder – which also adds an extra flavor – and of course fresh figs. In addition, instead of water, I enriched the smoothie with kefir water, ensuring a good dose of friendly bacteria.

Smoothie με φρέσκα σύκα, σπόρους chia και κεφίρ - Calcium boost fresh fig, chia and carob vegan smoothie - Vegan in Athens

With all these selected ingredients, the flavor is lovingly sweet thanks to the figs and the carob, the texture is thick enough to be eaten with a spoon, its sense is cool and I think that as long as there are still figs I will enjoy it often as a morning or afternoon snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh figs frozen for at least 4-5 hours (5-6 large figs)
  • 1 cup. water kefir or vegan milk or homemade soy yoghurt, frozen
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Chinese cabbage or kale
  • 2 tbsp raw carob powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

optionally

1 tbsp fig or carob syrup or other liquid sweetener for garnishing

Smoothie με φρέσκα σύκα, σπόρους chia και κεφίρ - Calcium boost fresh fig, chia and carob vegan smoothie - Vegan in Athens

Method

Put all the ingredients together in the blender and blend for 1-2 minutes at medium speed until homogeneous. Serve in a glass, garnish with a drizzle of syrup and enjoy with a straw or spoon!

Note: Soy yogurt makes the smoothie thicker and more filling!

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Cocoa, seeds, strawberry and banana breakfast smoothie bowl - Πρωινό σμούθι με κακάο, λιναρόσπορο, σπόρους chia, μπανάνα και φράουλες - Veganinathens.com

Chocolate breakfast smoothie bowl (raw, vegan and gluten free)

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I like to have plenty of options when it’s time for it! However for me, breakfast has to be rich in nutrients, healthy and hearty, first of all because when I wake up I’m very hungry and second because the hours that follow it, are the most demanding of the day as I have to go to work and do thousands of things before and after it.

One of the meals I often have for breakfast is this chocolate smoothie because it’s absolutely delicious! Additionally it’s made of 100 % raw, unprocessed ingredients, it has a light and creamy mousse -like texture, it’s rich in nutrients, vitamins and beneficial omega – 3 fatty acids as well as fibers that keep me full for hours after consuming it.

Especially after my morning workout when I am even hungrier, I garnish my smoothie bowl with plenty of cereals, fruits and nuts.

Cocoa, seeds, strawberry and banana breakfast smoothie bowl - Πρωινό σμούθι με κακάο, λιναρόσπορο, σπόρους chia, μπανάνα και φράουλες - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, peeled
  • ½ cup water or vegan milk or vegan kefir
  • 1 tsp raw carob powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tbsp blond raisins or 1-2 dates
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup strawberries (4-5)
  • 1 tsp wheat grass powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

For garnish

Granola, strawberries, banana slices, kiwi slices, nuts

 

Cocoa, seeds, strawberry and banana breakfast smoothie bowl - Πρωινό σμούθι με κακάο, λιναρόσπορο, σπόρους chia, μπανάνα και φράουλες - Veganinathens.com

Method

  1. The night before or at least half an hour before breakfast, mix the seeds in a bowl with ½ cup of water or vegan milk of your choice and leave in the refrigerator to soak. I usually soak my seeds overnight because they soften and thus add a wonderful, creamy texture to my smoothie smoothie.
  2. Put the seeds with the liquid in the blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend at high speed until a thick cream has been formed. In my blender (which is a regular one) it doesn’t take more than 1-2 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately and garnish with breakfast cereals, fruits and nuts of your choice.

 

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Ωμοφαγικά τρουφάκια με αποξηραμένα σύκα και χαρουπάλευρο - Raw vegan fig and carob truffles -Veganinathens.com

Raw vegan fig and carob truffles

Dried fruit such as figs are really sweet and thus they can be used in many recipes substituting sugar. Today I used dried figs and carob powder in order to make easy and very healthy vegan truffles which provide us with a considerable amount of calcium and beneficial fats among others. These truffles are simply wonderful, as long as we like the slightly special taste of carob. Personally I love it!

Sometimes when I make this recipe I use roasted carob powder, the flavor of which somewhat resembles cocoa, but of course if you follow 100 % raw vegan diet you can use raw carob powder as well as raw agave syrup or other liquid sweetener instead of carob syrup which is not raw.

Ωμοφαγικά τρουφάκια με αποξηραμένα σύκα και χαρουπάλευρο - Raw vegan fig and carob truffles -Veganinathens.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried figs
  • 1 ½ cups finely grated coconut
  • ½ cup agave syrup or carob syrup
  • ½ cup ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup walnuts or hazelnuts or pistachios or Brazil nuts coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or orange zest
  • 1 cup raw or roasted carob powder
  • little extra carob powder and coconut for dusting

Ωμοφαγικά τρουφάκια με αποξηραμένα σύκα και χαρουπάλευρο - Raw vegan fig and carob truffles -Vegan in Athens

Method

  1. Soak the figs for 1-2 hours in plenty of cold water until soft and drain well.
  2. Place the figs in the food processor together with the agave syrup and process for 2-3 minutes, until a relatively smooth paste has been formed.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except from the chopped nuts and continue processing for 2 more minutes, until malleable dough has been formed.
  4. Put the mixture on the kitchen bench surface and press slightly with your hands. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and knead until incorporated.
  5. Shape walnut size truffles with your hands and roll them into the carob powder or the grated coconut.
  6. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Ωμοφαγικά τρουφάκια με αποξηραμένα σύκα και χαρουπάλευρο - Raw vegan fig and carob truffles -Vegan in Athens

 

 

 

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