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Long Overdue post, Raw Parm Cheese and Sweet Potato Pancakes

Posted Feb 24 2010 12:00am

I fell inlove with this amazing product several weeks ago. Whole Foods is like my sanctuary and they have an entire raw foods section that is AMAZING! I don't necessarily like to buy these products but re-create them to be MORE COST EFFECTIVE. And this is so incredibly easy to make it's much more worth it to do it yourself. And did I mention the taste factor!?! I believe it is by far way better than Parmesan cheese. I cannot get enough of this concoction :)

All you need are three ingredients and a food processor! It's seriously this easy and super quick to make. It takes me maybe 2 minutes max, and that is taking my sweet time!

Raw Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1 to 2 tbps nutritional yeast (I prefer 2, but it just depends on your taste buds!)
Sea salt to taste (again this just depends on your taste buds)

Lightly pulse walnuts until they are cut into small little pieces. Pour nuts into a bowl and add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is all mixed together.

This "cheese" is amazing on soup, salads, pizza, or whatever your little heart desires. Let me know what you think about it!?! I will also use just the nutritional yeast when I am being super lazy and it still tastes just as good all by itself :) Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of B12, which is lacking in most vegan diets considering we do not eat animal protein.

And viola you have your own version of Raw Vegan Cheese! Yum Yum :)What types of recipes have you recreated or were inspired to try on your own. I love finding new recipes to challenge myself to see if I can either improve it or prove to myself that I do not need store bought goodness! I can simply make my own version.

Speaking of new and improved recipes, these are my Sweet Potatoe Pancakes. I actually re-created one of my old recipes to change them up since I was getting bored of the baking routine! And I have always LOVED pancakes! There are so many different variations you can use too. Like throwing in chocolate chips, banana slices, shredded coconut, and the list goes on!

I actually need to steal my mom's old "healthy pancake" recipe she used to make me while I was in high school and college. They were so delicious! I remember being up at college and totally stressed out for finals when a very heavy box arrived from Fedex! I saw my Mom's writing on the box and got so excited to see what the care package contained! To my surprise and utter excitement the box was filled with her incredible fiber filled pancakes! I instantly felt like I was back at home and a sense of comfort filled my heart! It's memories like these that motivate me to keep the passion and joy of cooking and baking just like my Mom still does to this day!

Do you love pancakes? If so, what types of pancakes are your favorite and what are your little secrets to making them breakfast perfection!?

These pancakes are super quick to make and great to freeze for on the go breakfasts or delicious pre-workout snacks! I usually have one of these 30 minutes before my morning run and it packs quite the energy boost I am looking for to surge me through my four to six miles. I like them with a tsp of agave nectar and sometimes an added tsp of raw almond butter. Mmmm Mmm Mmmn! They are so nutty and satisfyingly sweet I feel like I am having a naughty treat first thing in the morning!

Lisa's Sweet Potato Pancakes
10-12 small silver dollar pancakes

2 to 3 baked sweet potatos (either two large or three very small)
1/2 cup spelt flour or (aramanth, buckwheat, or whatever flour your heart desires)
1 apple
1 ripe banana
2 tbps agave
dash of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup flax
2 tbps chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut
1/4 cup hemp protein powder to replace half of the spelt flour for added protein
1/4 to 1/2 cup almond milk (depending on thickness and consistency, you be the judge of that! I liked mine a little thicker)

Place all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Heat up a pan to low to medium heat. I prefer to cook them as low as possible to ensure food is staying as close to raw as possible. Either use coconut oil spray or coconut oil to grease pan each time a new batch is cooked. Cook each side for about five minutes. Set aside to cool and place in the freezer for pre-made energy snacks or breakfast.

They do take a while longer to cook since they are a thicker consistency than actual pancakes. Remember they are heartier and meant for a busy work day or intense work out. I had to have two right away and shared a third with my little chi's that could not get enough! lol Of course they will pretty much eat whatever I place infront of them!

So how have all of you been doin lately? I have been away from blogging for a couple of weeks as I have been endlessly looking for a new career path or considering going back to school! I am actually considering my pathway lead me to becoming a Certified Nutritionist or Registered Dietician. I just cannot see myself in another sales or paper shuffling position again. I understand I need to get back to work and making money but I want to spend the next however many years actually enjoying and looking forward to work. Not dreading every moment I am sitting at a miserable desk counting the minutes until the work day is finished! Do any of you ever feel this way? If so what are you doing about it and how are you or did you make needed changes? I could use whatever advice you may have on this topic :)

Yes I just went off on a little tangent, but needed to get it off my chest. I hope everyone is doing well and having an amazing week. I have a couple of energy bar recipes I cannot wait to share with you all and they are surpisingly easy and very quick to make!
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