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Vegan Gluten Free Pizza Recipe

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Vegan Gluten Free Pizza Recipe

One of my all-time favorite foods is pizza. If I had to only eat one food for the rest of my life, I admit – it would be pizza. One of my favorite raw food dishes is also pizza…go figure! I’ve tried many a different raw crusts, but haven’t found any I truly liked. The other day, I stumbled across this recipe for a sprouted chickpea flat bread and decided I had to try it out. Although it wasn’t raw it was still very nutritious because of the sprouted chickpeas. It seemed like it would make an excellent pizza crust. Below is a picture of the sprouted and pealed chickpeas. It probably took about 1.5 hours to shell 2 cups worth, which made one 10″ flat bread.

Sprouted and pealed chickpeas

Sprouted and pealed chickpeas

The recipe for the bread was pretty simple, but I don’t know that I will ever make it again. It was very time intensive. The bread was okay as is, but lacked flavor. If I ever did make this again I would season up the bread for better taste. But I’m sure it would be great for a wrap.

For the raw pizza, I made a sauce from Matt Amsden’s Rawvolution book. Then, I topped it with kalamata olives (my favorite olive), chopped red onions, chopped orange bell peppers, all topped with nutritional yeast to create a yummy cheese flavor.

Vegan Pizza

Semi Raw Vegan Pizza

The Sauce

  • 1 1/2 c. blended tomato
  • 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. Nama Shoyu
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic (I used garlic powder, but fresh is best)
  • 1 c. sun-dried tomatoes
  • pinch sea salt

This is by far my favorite raw marinara sauce. It’s even great to slather on a raw portobello mushroom. YUM!

The Crust

Top with nutritional yeast and your favorite raw veggies.

Berry Smoothie Recipe

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Berry Smoothie Recipe

During my recent trip to Colorado I ended up buying a batch of cherries to snack on, but ended up coming home with at least half a bag. So, I decided to use the rest in a new smoothie recipe. This one is great for all you runners, climbers, and other athletes out there. Cherries are a great anti-inflammatory. In it’s concentrated format, it has 10 times the strength as one aspirin; and, it’s all natural! To make this an even better recovery smoothie, I added chia seeds to help boost energy levels. You could take it a step further and add flax seed, but I didn’t want to mess with the flavor too much.

I don’t typically buy cherries that often, but this smoothie was so tasty, I could easily see myself buying more and throwing them in the freezer. Simply adding them to my normal daily mixed berry smoothie would be a welcomed treat. The tart, sweet taste just hits the spot, and the hint of vanilla I added via a flavored rice protein powder just stepped this recipe up an extra notch. So enough talking up the smoothie, enjoy this delicious and powerful recovery smoothie, or just simply drink it for no other reason but to enjoy it.

The Recipe

  • 1/4 of a 10oz bag of mixed berries
  • about 5 oz of fresh cherries (or fresh-frozen cherries)*
  • 1 heaping TBSP of vanilla flavored vegan rice protein (alternatively you can omit this and simply use vanilla extract)
  • 1 TBSP of your favorite greens powder
  • 1 dropper full of Liquid Stevia (or some variation of sweetener)
  • * Make sure you blend this smoothie very well, especially when using fresh cherries, you want to make sure you destroy the pits and stems of the cherries. This is one instance where having a Vitamix is a huge advantage.

If you happen to be interested in purchasing a Vitamix, doing so through clicking the links on my website actually helps me out. I get a nice little commission, and you end up with free shipping on an amazing, must have machine for any raw foodie, vegan, or smoothie addict. (coupon code for the free shipping on a Vitamix 5200 is 06-004609)

New Blog!

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Having spend the past few years blogging on Organic Climber.com I decided to make this my new home! My passions and interests are now too wide spread to blog under that heading. Additionally I have been working on Bearded Brothers for the past 9 months and plan on tying in some posts about my experience there. It was been a crazy adventure thus far and I anticipate 2012 being a HUGE year for us.

The content I post here will be similar to that of Organic Climber, but I’m going to be dedicated to bringing you QUALITY content. I have had all sorts of ideas spinning around in my head this past year, but have been super busy working on the business I haven’t had time to post them. But 2012 is a new year and I plan on making blogging a priority.

If there are any topics you would like to see me write about please let me know in the comments. I look forward to connecting with you.