Today’s post will feature 2 recipes that are so colorful they can only be eaten by Unicorns. So find your inner Unicorn and let’s get started.
the FAIRYTALE BAR.
These yummy yummy treats feature dates and raw nuts as their superpowers..so sure, you can call them super food bars if you want.
Bottom layer: medjool dates, raw almonds & cashews, @ORGANICBURST maca, cacao, lucuma powder, peanut butter, coconut, cashew MILK.
Top layer: last of the frozen raspberries, half a frozen papaya, a few frozen banana pieces, BEET, more coconut, more peanut butter, coconut oil, more raw cashews, vanilla extract, chia seeds.
Toppings: @organicburst wheatgrass, coconut, black sesame seed, raw sunflower seeds, coconut, almonds, cacao nibs.
Blend up the Bottom layer into a fine yet sticky mixture. Coat the bottom of a wax-papered pan and let set in the freezer. While this is happening, blend up the top layer ingredients. The top layer should be pretty thick too, almost ice-cream consistency. Add/subtract ingredients as needed!
That’s the fun of this type of ‘cooking’ – you can be as guess&check/eyeball style as you want.
Spread the top layer on the bottom layer, add any toppings to make them extra unicorn-y and then set them back in your freezer!
They should be kept in the freezer and are best when thawed a bit before eating.
Next on the list is another smoothie bowl:
The Sweet Potato Swirl BOWL
As a barista, I was trained in how to produce ‘latte art’ on our espresso drinks. This happens when the perfectly steamed milk is poured over the perfectly pulled espresso shots in a certain way that creates a design on the top of the drink. 😉
So I thought, why not try smoothie bowl art? This would require 2 different colored layers – one darker (the espresso layer on the bottom) and one lighter (the steamed milk on the top). The consistencies were the trickiest part and I’m going to have to play around with what works.
For the ‘Espresso’ Layer
Frozen Raspbabies/Bit of frozen banana/coconutmilk
For the ‘Steamed Milk’ Layer
frozen sweet potato (baked)/Bit of frozen banana/coconut milk
bluebabies/shredded coco/cacao nibs/buckwheat groats/@Organicburst wheatgrass powder aka fairy dust
So, I did my best to pour as if I was pouring a latte, but right away I could tell it was going to be different (duh, I know). Anywho, it created more of a swirly pattern and next time I think I’ll just commit from the start to a swirl on top instead of going with how I pour lattes.
Different animal, I know – lattes vs. smoothie bowls. Shoulda known.
But the most important part of this bowl is the sweet potato, lets get serious. Sweet potato is probably one of the most delicious root vegetables (maybe besides Beets) out there, in my opinion. Also one of the most versatile. They can be used in savory and sweet dishes – like beets – and can be prepared in a variety of ways. They are a great source of carbohydrates for athletes and are full of Vitamin A/beta-carotene, as well as a solid source of Vitamin B5/6 and Manganese.
Baking sweet potatoes is a time commitment. I like to cut them in half hamburger wise, then in half again hot dog wise.. stick them in some aluminum foil and throw them (place them) in the oven @ 375 for about an hour, sometimes longer. I only used about 1/2 of an entire potato – and it was on the small side – in the smoothie bowl. Of course, these pieces were frozen.
The baked sweet potato can be used as a yummy sweet spread, it can be mushed up even more and turned into pudding mixed with some coconut milk, it can become many delicious things. You just have to experiment and be creative.
Your kitchen will not judge you for hoping for the best with recipes. And if you have supportive family members and friends, neither will they. And if you don’t have support in your kitchen adventures, just remember – you are embarking on a great adventure. You are exploring new land and you are your very own Sacagawea. It is easy to fall into ruts with food – I do too, we all do. But if you continue to adventure and experiment in the kitchen, try new recipes, go out on culinary limbs, you will find hidden treasures everywhere!
If you’re using great ingredients, the recipe will turn out great. It may not look like an award-winner, but as long as it’s tasty, who cares? And you know what, sometimes you’ll ‘fail’, but we all know what they all say about failure, right?
Keep inspiring and being inspired, friends ❤
Gina & Hadley