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Spicy BBQ Raw Vegan Burger with Avocado

2016-11-28T00:07:18+00:00

Beet Burger Bliss with avocado and my top secret Spicy BBQ Sauce. Need I say more?! These patties are warm from the dehydrator and ready to be devoured. Want a bite? I have plenty to share. I always make enough for the family. Three trays at least.

These plant strong burgers are sure to fulfill and satisfy even the pickets of eaters. Though I don't typically eat a lot of dehydrated food myself, this recipe is perfect for those who are new to plant based living and want to satisfy a craving for meat or burgers.

Stay tuned for the cheddar nut cheese I intend to drizzle on top!

Beet Burger Ingredients and Directions:

Makes 12 patties

  • 2 large raw and peeled beets
  • 4 medium raw and peeled carrots
  • 1 cup raw and soaked sunflower seeds
  • 1.5 cup grounded flax seed
  • large handful of cilantro
  • 1 medium purple onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Add water until desired consistency is reached

Use the food processor to dice up the dry seeds first. Set aside in a large bowl. Then process the wet ingredients until they reach a rice size. Add wet ingredients to large bowl and begin to massage the ingredients together until they form a dough like, sticky consistency.

Set up two dehydrator trays with Teflex sheets or wax paper. Make burger patties with you hands and place on the trays. Put trays into dehydrator on 118 degrees for 8-12 hrs depending on the humidity of your environment and how crispy you'd like them to be ultimately.

Once burgers are dried to your liking whip up the secret Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe in your high speed blender. Then grab the following ingredients to build your burger.

  • 1 ripe avocado - sliced
  • 4-6 baby romaine leaves
  • Cross section cut of purple onion
  • Half of a tomato sliced width wise into a few slices

To create your burger lay down the lettuce leaves, add the ingredients above and scoop on the special sauce.

Make these for the entire family and spread the love to friends. Experiment with making slider size burgers too!

Spicy BBQ Raw Vegan Burger with Avocado2016-11-28T00:07:18+00:00

Garlic Bread- 4 Ways

2016-01-22T23:10:23+00:00

This Garlic Bread is some of the tastiest dehydrated bread that we have ever made!  Everyone at the Epic Self Headquarters gobbled it up in an instant!  It is so flavorful and the texture is absolutely perfect. Once they came out the dehydrator, we made them four ways- with salsa and basil; with tomato,avocado, and "cheese"; with avocado, tomato and pesto; and with pesto and "cheese."  Check out the ingredients below for the bread and "cheese."

Bread

Ingredients

4 onions

2 tomatoes

1 handful dried tomatoes

1 cup soaked flax seeds

1 cup ground dry flax seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

juice of one lime

2 tbsp olive oil

1 handful basil

5 large garlic cloves

1 tspn dried oregano

1 tspn garlic salt

1 tspn salt

 

Directions

Process the onions and garlic in a food processor

Add tomatoes, dried tomatoes and basil and pulse to chunky consistency

In a blender, blend the soaked seeds.  Add all the remaining ingredients, except the ground flax.

Mix the blended ingredients and the processed ingredients in a bowl.  Add the ground flax and mix well.

Spread into 3" circles onto dehydrator trays.  Make some thicker, about 3/4cm for bread.  Make some thinner, about 1/4cm for crackers.

Dehydrate for 12 hrs on 115.

 

Cheese

Ingredients

4 palmitos (hearts of palm), shredded

1 lime

Directions

Shred the palmitos using a carrot shredder and place in a tiny bowl.  Squeeze the juice of lime into the bowl and massage with hands. Let sit for 5 mins.

 

Enjoy!

 

Garlic Bread- 4 Ways2016-01-22T23:10:23+00:00

Superfood Granola Bars

2016-01-21T18:08:42+00:00

Who doesn't love a good granola bar?  They are filling, satisfying and if you make them with the correct ingredients, they are quite healthy.  My goal when making these granola bars to pack them with as many superfood ingredients as possible for ultimate health but without losing the essential sweetness and flavor of traditional granola bars.  Goal=achieved!  You will need a dehydrator for this recipe but if you don't have access to one, they also taste delicious before they even step foot in the dehydrator.  Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comment section!

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups gluten-free oats

1/2 cup coconut

15 dates

2 tbsp maca

2 tbsp mesquite

2 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp chia

1/4 cup water

 

 

Directions

Add all the ingredients into the food processor except the water. Once the ingredients are blended well (the dates are very small pieces and the oats almost look like flour) slowly add the water until the mixture forms into a dough-like consistency.  On a dehydrator sheet, take palm sized amounts of the dough and form into granola bar shapes.  You can also make them into round balls, using about half as much dough.  Dehydrate for 5-6 hours, flipping halfway through.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Superfood Granola Bars2016-01-21T18:08:42+00:00

Cocoa Date Granola

2016-01-21T18:11:12+00:00

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list of a store brand granola and thought, "what the heck?  I thought this was supposed to be healthy?"  Yeah, me too.  Most foods labeled as granola that you will find in grocery stores are stacked full of sugar and fats.  But not this recipe for Cocoa Date Granola! You will find only 4 ingredients here and NO preservatives, which means no unnecessary chemicals!  It's so much fun to eat this granola with a nut milk or top on fruit, like we did with papaya and banana.  Oh, and did I mention that it is AMAZING on top of banana 'nice' cream?

 

 

Ingredients

15 dates

3 cups gluten-free oats

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp raw cocoa powder

splash water

 

Directions

In a food processor, add the dates and process until they are small bite size pieces.  Add the oats, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Pulse until all the ingredients are combined, adding a splash of water to create a bind between the ingredients. Be careful not to over-process or the oats will turn into a flour.  Store in a airtight container or ziplock baggie for up to a week.

 

Enjoy!

Cocoa Date Granola2016-01-21T18:11:12+00:00

Cocoa Mousse Pie

2016-11-28T00:07:20+00:00

Growing up, one of my favorite desserts was Chocolate Banana Cream Pie.  Unfortunately, the processed instant pudding mix and dairy filled whipped cream we had been using my whole life are incredibly unhealthy .  That's where this Cocoa Mousse Pie comes in.  This is a dairy free, refined sugar free, and gluten free alternative.  It is healthy and so divine that you will have a seriously hard time not eating the whole thing in one sitting.  It's simple, healthy, and so easy to make.  There are two ways to make it- one recipe to use with a dehydrator and one to use without.  Either way is delicious and I promise you will be happy with the results.

 

 

Ingredients

Flax seed, grinned to form a powder (1/2 cup without a dehydrator, 1 cup with a dehydrator)

2 cups dry, shredded coconut

2 cups pitted dates

3 ripe to overly ripe bananas

3 avocados

3 large spoonfuls of raw cocoa powder (about 1/2 cup total)

Water as needed

optional: sliced banana, additional shredded coconut, maple syrup or agave to sweeten

 

 

Directions

In a food processor or blender, grind the flax seeds until a powder is formed.  Add the shredded coconut and dates.  Blend, adding water, until it becomes a sticky dough-like consistency.

*If you are using a dehydrator, place the dough onto a dehydrator tray, forming a round crust.  You can press down in the middle forming sides or leave it flat.  Place in dehydrator overnight.

*If you are not using a dehydrator take the dough out of the food processor and press into a pie pan.  Set aside.

 

Once the you have made your crust, in a food processor or blender, combine bananas, avocados, and cocoa powder.  Add maple syrup or agave if desired.

 

Optional: Add sliced banana or shredded coconut to the top of the pie.

 

Refrigerate and serve when ready.

 

Enjoy!

Cocoa Mousse Pie2016-11-28T00:07:20+00:00

Avocado “Toast”

2016-01-21T17:45:11+00:00

Avocado toast seems to be all the rage these days and for good reason... it's delicious!  But not only does it just taste good, avocado has numerous health benefits.  Of your recommended daily allowance, avocado provides the following:

 

 

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). (Source: Authority Nutrition)

 

 

While we all know avocado is Queen, the gluten in most bread can be problematic for many people.  Check out this awesome recipe for a raw and gluten-free onion bread:

 

 

Ingredients:

10 cups yellow onions, chopped

2 Cups flax seed, grinded

1 Cup sunflower seeds, soaked 10-12 hours

1 Cup tomatoes, diced

1 Cup lime juice

2 Tbsp olive oil (cold pressed can be found in raw form)

Water, as needed

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp rosemary or thyme

1 handful of dill

1 Avocado (or as many as you prefer)

Optional:

1 Tomato (or as many as you prefer)

 

*Makes about 16 pieces, depending on size

 

 

Directions

Dice the tomatoes and set aside in a large bowl.  In a food processor, pulse to chop the onions until they are small pieces.  Add onion to tomatoes. Blend 1/3 of the soaked sunflower seeds with the lime juice, dill, spices and olive oil in the food processor or blender. Add just enough water so the mixture can turn over in the blender and blend until fairly smooth.  The mix should be the constancy of thick cake batter. Pour into large bowl with tomatoes and onions, grinded flax seeds and remaining sunflower seeds. Fold the mixture over by hand until all ingredients are combined thoroughly.

 

 

Spread out the mixture about 1/4" thick on Teflon dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for up to 18 hours at 110 degrees. The bread should peel off the sheets without sticking and feel dry but not hard.

 

 

Slice open an avocado and spread onto the toast. Add optional tomato slices.

 

 

Enjoy!

Avocado “Toast”2016-01-21T17:45:11+00:00

Herbed Flax Wraps with Veggies

2016-01-09T17:28:14+00:00

Herbed Flax Wraps packed with carrot, tomato, onion, sprouts, spinach and avocado.  Need I say more?

 

Organic deliciousness that will satisfy you for hours. Just say no to boring sandwiches on dry bread and munch on a few of these living wraps. They are bursting with flavor, nutrients and energy. Plus, they don't get soggy which makes them perfect for on-the-go entrepreneurs, power moms, and athletes alike. Everyone will love them!

 

INGREDIENTS

Flax Wraps

2 Carrots, grated

2 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 Onion sliced thinly

1 Cup Sprouts

2 Cups Spinach

2 Avocados, sliced thinly

 

Layer the Flax Wraps with the veggies and wrap.  Pair a Creamy Ginger Sauce with the wrap for ultimate flavor.

 

Enjoy!

Herbed Flax Wraps with Veggies2016-01-09T17:28:14+00:00

Pad Thai Carrot Noodles with Creamy Peanut Ginger Sauce

2016-11-28T00:07:21+00:00

Craving noodles? Boom! Try these Pad Thai Carrot Noodles with Creamy Peanut Ginger Cilantro Sauce. I whipped this baby up for dinner tonight. The recipe is super easy to make and so delicious.  And because you won't find the refined carbohydrates found in traditional pastas in this recipe, you will feel energized instead of weighed down once you're done eating.

 

We love this recipe because it's so light yet makes us feel so satisfied. The sauce is to die for.

 

Pad Thai Carrot Noodles

Noodles

3 cups of spiralized carrot

 

Peanut Ginger Sauce

3/4 cup of organic raw peanuts or peanut butter

1/2 orange juice

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of raw sesame seed oil

1 thumb of ginger

Juice of one lime

Handful of cilantro

Optional jalpeno

 

Directions:

1.) Spiralize all carrot and set aside

2.) Blend all sauce ingredients in a high speed blender and add to noodles.

3.) Massage the noodles with sauce and enjoy!

 

Serves: 3-4 of your favorite friends

 

 

Pad Thai Carrot Noodles with Creamy Peanut Ginger Sauce2016-11-28T00:07:21+00:00

How to Be Raw Vegan Over the Holidays  

2016-01-06T17:11:27+00:00

Whether you’re going home to spend the holidays with your family, or navigating a slew of holiday parties, chances are this month will be the most challenging for your raw vegan lifestyle! Luckily, it’s so easy to stay on track with clean eating, using some strategies we’ve put together. You’ll even inspire your friends and family to join you in glowing and feeling energized, not sluggish and weighed down from holiday pie, this holiday season!

Bring your own food

When you go to holiday parties or family dinners, make sure to allocate the time to prepare raw vegan dishes to bring along. Of course you may want to notify the host that you’ll be eating raw vegan, but bring along a dish and maybe even a dessert so that you can partake in the goodies along with everyone else. When everyone else sees your incredible plant-based desserts, they’ll be passing on the sugar and fat-laden indulgences to try your delicious creations. You may have a few converts in the house!

Wow your guests with raw food

If you have the chance to host an event this holiday season, take the chance to prepare some extravagant raw food to show your guests how delicious this lifestyle can be. A delicious raw lasagna along with tantalizing side dishes and a raw carrot cake or pumpkin cheesecake will astonish your guests. Making raw versions of holiday favorites is another great idea! You can prepare some cooked foods as a choice for those who want it, but will still have a healthy option.

If all else fails, make sure to fill up before you head out to the holiday party, and spend your time mingling and meeting new people! As raw foodists we eat to live, so take that to heart and enjoy a merry and magical holiday season!

How to Be Raw Vegan Over the Holidays  2016-01-06T17:11:27+00:00

Moringa Chia Porridge with Fresh Coconut Milk

2016-11-28T00:07:21+00:00

Moringa Chia Porridge with fresh coconut milk and a burst of seasonal berries! The ultimate super power meal.

 

🌳Have you heard of or tried Moringa before? It's the most nutrient dense plant on Earth. Moringa trees grow here in Costa Rica like crazy. They are literally everywhere!

 

The leaves are ground down and dried into a powder and used as an alkalizing disease fighting superfood that you can easily add to a variety of dishes. It doesn't have an overpowering bitterness like other power greens, which makes it easy to hide in your favorite meals without knowing you are eating greens. Perfect for kids and anyone who doesn't currently enjoy greens.


Moringa is a recent “discovery” of modern science, though it's been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years to treat 300+ diseases. Amazing! Moringa is used for energy without caffeine, weight loss, detox and cleansing, preventing wrinkles, clearing skin, overall anti-aging, improving sleep, strengthening teeth, reversing and preventing hundreds of illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, stroke and cancers.


Moringa contains more than 92 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. The next closest plant on Earth has only 28 nutrients. Moringa harbors almost all the vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables combined, plus 36 Anti-Inflammatories and all of the Essential Amino Acids.


Pretty cool, eh?! I sure think so!

 

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp Moringa (Spirulina, optional replacement)

1/2 cup Chia Seeds

1 cup Coconut Milk

1/2 cup Fresh Berries

 

Combine the Moringa, Chia Seeds, Coconut Milk in a bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes. Add the Fresh Berries and enjoy!

 

🌿Check out iherb.com for the best bulk prices.

 

Who wants a spoon?

Moringa Chia Porridge with Fresh Coconut Milk2016-11-28T00:07:21+00:00
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