Archive for March, 2011

Raw Ranch Dressing

I’ve been trying to find a ranch dressing that didn’t have any bad ingredients for a very long time.  I had given up until I found this recipe…it is great!!!  It doesn’t taste “exactly” the same as a Hidden Valley-type dressing but it is pretty close! 

Raw Ranch Dressing/Dip
Servings: 24 (or 3 cups)

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups nuts (cashews OR macs OR combo of both)  I use all cashews – soak them for a creamier dressing (1-2 hrs is fine, then drain)
3/4 – 1 cup filtered water for blending
3 tablespoons lemon juice (translates into approx 1/2 lemon)
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons agave (or 3 soaked dates)
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon dill
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon basil

And to add after it’s done:
1/4 cup finely minced parsley
another 1/2 t dill, minced

Directions
Blend all ingredients till creamy and smooth except the last 2, then once blended, stir in the last 2 ingredients.

Thickens in fridge.

Thin to desired consistency if using as a dressing- or toss into wet lettuce leaves as is.

From online source:  Raw Freedom Community

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Homemade Granola Bars

It is so hard to find granola bars without some kind of soy that I decided to make my own.  I modified a recipe that I got from the Azure Standard Midwest Routes facebook page and then added “sticky stuff” to make it into bars.  They came out great!  Here is the recipe:

Blueberry/Pecan Granola and Granola Bar Recipe

  • 1 cup Raw Honey
  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 12 cups of Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 2 cups of Pecans

The way I make it:

Warm honey and oil just enough to melt and combine.  Mix in cinnamon and salt.  Stir in oats and blueberries.  Dehydrate at 105 degrees for several hours.  Add soaked/dehydrated nuts to mix, if desired.

Original directions:

Bring honey, oil, cinnamon and salt to a boil, stir constantly.  Then add oats, blueberries and nuts.  Stir until thoroughly mixed over low heat.  You can eat this warm, store in ziplocks for trips or store in the fridge.  It is very filling, nutritious and delicious all at the same time.

To make granola bars:

Warm ½ cup of raw honey and ¼ cup of organic peanut butter just enough to mix together.  Stir into 4 cups of granola and throw in a handful of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.  Press into an 8” square pan and refrigerate until chilled.  Cut into bars.