Q: In your Vitamix post you mentioned a strawberry pie and raw coconut fudge, and some great soups! Do you have these recipes posted somewhere? They sound amazing and I am excited to try them on my new V-machine!
A: Hi Sierra! I have gotten a few questions about my recipes so I believe it's about time to post them! Here you go, enjoy!
Raw Strawberry Pie
I got this recipe (and modified it a bit) from tropicaltraditions.com where you can find loads of other great coconut oil recipes.
This recipe can be poured into a round pie dish or 8x8 square glass dish. I've also made several ramekins for individual desserts before. Your guests will be impressed!Ingredients for pie:
2 cups of fresh strawberries
1 cup of raw cashews
2 tbsp of real vanilla extract
1/2 cup of raw honey
a pinch of salt
1 cup of coconut oil (must be room temperature, not cold or it will not blend properly)Ingredients for crust:
3/4 cup of raw pecans
1/4 cup of shredded raw coconut
a pinch of saltDirections:
First prepare the crust by blending the pecans, coconut and salt in your vitamix. Start blending on variable 1 and working your way up to 10, just enough to crush the pecans and make them into a pecan meal. You might have to stop the machine once and shove down the pecans, but generally this blends quick. Don't worry about the pecans being completely uniform, it's not needed. The texture in the crust is nice. Some of it will be a nut butter and that's ok.
Take this mixture out of the vitamix with a spatula and press it into the bottom of your dish. Use your fingers to make it as even as possible. Try to make it tight and formed.
(tip: I have found that doubling the pecan mixture at the bottom makes a nice pie, too)
Rinse your vitamix with water.
Next, make the strawberry pie by blending the fresh strawberries, cashews, vanilla, honey, salt and coconut oil in the vitamix. Start with variable 1, work up to 10 and then let it go on high until it is completely mixed together and uniform. I let it go for about a minute to be sure. If the coconut oil is cold, it will just stick to the side and will be hard to blend.
After blending this mixture, it will be very liquid, about the consistency of a thin smoothie. This is the way it should be at this stage. Pour the strawberry mixture into your dish, on top of the crust. Immediately cover with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator. It will take quite a few hours to set. It is ideal to make this at night and allow it to chill overnight. You know it is ready to eat by it's firm but soft texture. If it is runny, then it needs more time in the fridge.
Broccoli Cheese Soup
I got this recipe straight from the vitamix manual and it turns out great!
Yields 2 cups of soupIngredients:
1 cup of skim milk (almond or other alternative can be used)
1/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of chopped fresh or frozen brocoli florets
1 teaspoon of diced onion
1 teaspoon of cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon of vegetable bouillonSoup Directions:
Place all ingredients in the vitamix and close the lid. Turn it on variable 1 working your way up to 10, and then to high. Blend for 6 minutes or until the heavy steam escapes from the vented lid. You'll be amazed at how it heats up the soup so nicely. If you haven't steamed your broccoli first and are using frozen, it may take a bit longer.
Ready to eat with only a vitamix and bowls to clean up!
Raw Coconut Fudge
I began making this recipe years ago when I started eating raw foods. I made it once and was hooked. It's a bit challenging at times, but is worth the work. A great sweet to have on hand! I have found that it freezes well.Ingredients:
3 cups of dried shredded coconut
1/2 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of vanillaDirections for fudge:
Put the dry coconut in your vitamix and blend until it becomes butter like. This sounds crazy at first, but start by going slow, stopping and starting and pushing down the contents with a spatula. You'll want to blend until the contents aren't touching the blender blades, push the contents back down, and blend again. You might find it easier to do it in small batches.
(tip: if you have a champion juicer or a juicer that can homogenize, then you can do this in there, too)
Transfer the soft coconut into a mixing bowl. Add the honey and vanilla and mix well.
If you'd like to make lemon fudge, add 2 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of lemon zest.
Cherry fudge can be made by adding 1 tablespoon of cherry extract, 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of beet juice.
Chocolate fudge can be made by adding 1/2 cup of cocoa or carob powder and a few tablespoons of water. Why not add some walnuts, too?
Orange fudge needs 3 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 tbsp of zest.
The flavor options are endless!
After you've decided on a flavor or just plain vanilla, spoon into a pan. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on top and use the warmth from your hands to flatten into a slab about 1/4 inch thick.
Chill the fudge before cutting. If you let it get too cold it will be hard to cut. You can leave it out with the plastic wrap on top if you don't want to chill it.
If you find that the dry coconut is too hard to blend, you could add a bit of coconut oil to the mix.
Almond Milk with Vitamix
You can easily make almond milk in your vitamix. The link below will give you instructions.learn how to make nut milk with your vitamix or juicer
Let me know what you think!