Very Berry Vegan Cheesecake Bars! 🍓

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Welcome back and thanks for visiting Amigos! It’s been a while since I shared something with you! February is a crazy month for our family… There are so many birthdays and celebrations this month ~ Yikes!

I’ve been cooking and baking a lot more this month, but it really is rough to stop and just blog! I’ve been spending all my time with my family and the people I love…

I suppose that is what Valentines Day is all about… being with the one or ones you love! Among all the excitement, I did manage to remember to take some pics of these Creamy Pink Beauties I taste tested for my Valentine Crew! 💜❤💜

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At its core, these Pink Bars are similar to my Blackberry Cashew Cheesecake, but it has some amazing twists that made my lil toddler say it was Yummy-licious! Yep… you heard me, my 3 yr. old said these are Yummy-licious Mommy! 😊 lol… he’s my funny Valentine!

Very Berry Cream Bars:

  • Ingredients for Nutter-Butter Crust:
  • 2 teaspoons of Coconut Nectar
  • 2-3 Cups Mixed Nuts (Almonds & Cashews/depending on how thick you like your crust).
  • Wash & soak mixed nuts for 24 hrs.
  • ¾ Cup Medjool Dates (remove pits)
  • 1-2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon.

Instructions for Nutter-Butter Crust:

  • Briefly process all ingredients until you get a rough, sticky crust mixture.
  • Process only 1-2 minutes max
  • Line a Square Pan with Parchment Paper.
  • Evenly pat down the crust into a square pan.
  • Place Crust in freezer while preparing Pink Mix.

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Pink Cream Filling:

  • 3 cups Almonds & Cashews (soaked 24 hrs)
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (or more)
  • 2/3 Cup Coconut Nectar
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Manna
  • ¾ Cup Room Temp, Raw Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 10 Organic Strawberries
  • 20 Organic Raspberries

Instructions for Very Berry Filling:

  • Process together until smooth & creamy.
  • It will taste absolutely Yummy & Deeelicious!
  • Spread Valentine Mix on Frozen Nutter-Butter Crust.
  • Cover pan, then set infreezer.
  • Allow to harden a min of 3-5 hours or overnight.

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Strawberry & Raspberry Topping:

  • ¾ Cup of Organic Strawberries
  • ¾ Cup of Organic Raspberries
  • ½ Large Organic Banana *Optional
  • ½ Tablespoon Coconut Nectar
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • (more lemon if you like it thinner)
  • Blend ingredients until just liquified.

Final Touches:

  • When Frozen, remove cake by gripping the paper.
  • Gently Tug the Parchment Paper & remove it.
  • Cut the Pink Valentine by creating Square Bars!
  • Place slices of fresh strawberries over each Bar.
  • Drizzle the sauce over each slice & enjoy!

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These are super Yummy Yummy Baby! Wishing you all a Sweet & Loving Valentine’s Day!

Remember… “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line”. – Lucille Ball! 😊

Sending you everlasting health & wellness! ~ Dr. D



Playful Persimmon Cups! Yummy Vegan Treat You & Baby Can Eat!

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Persimmons, Bananas & Dates… Oh my! A Yummy Raw Vegan Treat You & Baby Can Eat ~ Even on The Fly!

It was pouring cats and dogs outside and we were stuck in our time share room…Yes, we are “those” people that love and enjoy our time share ! 🌴:) 🐳🌴

We were on a vacation to celebrate our toddler’s birthday, and of course, what would a birthday be with out a sweet celebratory dessert?!? I planned on waking up early, walking to the market and whipping up his favorite YummyYummyBaby treat, but the lightning, thunder and rain were being relentless…

Uh oh, my family would be up in a couple of hours, what was I going to do?!!? Luckily, we always travel with fruit & veggies… We are bound to have something in our fridge that would result in a Yummy treat.. something… Hmmm??? We have Persimmons, Dates, Bananas, Coconut Water, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Mangos, Kiwis, various greens, glass cups, bowls and a blender…

Persimmon on counter Yes! Yes! Yes! I figured it out… Persimmons, Bananas and Dates!

The week before last, I observed two people cyber-fighting about who owned a delicious persimmon pie recipe, but I have a strong hunch it may be one of those simple recipes many people have recreated a version of… It was the perfect inspiration!

Here is my result of desperately needing a YummyYummyBaby Birthday treat on a Super Stormy December Day!

Yummy Persimmon Cups! 

Organic Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of Very Ripe Persimmon per Cup
  • 1 1/2 Medjool Dates per Cup
  • 1/3 Ripe Banana per Cup
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Coconut Water
  • Optional ~ 1 tsp each: Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
  • Decide quantity of cups, buy Fruits accordingly.
  • Dessert cups
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Alternate Version

Easy Instructions:

Date Layer (Bottom)

  • Open all the dates and remove the pits.
  • Mash Dates in the bottom of each Cup. (use 1-2)

Banana Layer (Middle)

  • In a separate bowl, mash all the bananas.
  • Spread a big scoop of bananas over the dates.

Persimmon Layer (Top)

  • Peel the Persimmons and place in bowl.
  • Mash/Blend persimmons, Coconut Water & Spices.
  • Spread Persimmons over the bananas.
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Playful Persimmon Cups

Option 1: (Chunky~Mashed Persimmon Cups)

  • Peel the Persimmons. (eat or discard peels)
  • Mix in the spices and stir really well.
  • Mash the very ripe Persimmons with a fork, it will be Chunky & Delicious!!
  • Place a healthy scoop of Persimmon over the Banana Layer!

Option 2: (Fluffy, Blended, Aerated Persimmons)

  • Peel the Persimmons.
  • Add Persimmons, Spices, Coconut water to High Speed Blender.
  • Blend Persimmons about 20 seconds (nutribullet/high speed blender).
  • Persimmons will become very fluffy and aerated!
*Yummy, Healthy, Easy for babies & toddlers to eat 
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Fluffy Aerated Persimmon Cups

*Option 3: (Fruit on top of Persimmon)

  • Add tiny slices of fruit on top of persimmon layer.
  • Add chunks of fruit on top of persimmon layer.

All versions are delicious, it all depends what texture suits your family needs!

While stuck in our time share room, there were so many obstacles in my creative way… I didn’t have any spices, but it was still very YummyYummyBaby!  After coming home, the rain was gone and I could see and think clearly while creating this blog version… hahaha! I added the Organic Spices and it knocked it up a couple of holiday notches!

Play with the recipe and have fun!  Persimmons are full of Vitamin C, Antioxidants and Fiber! These Persimmon Cups are such a Healthy and Yummy treat your entire family can eat! Yay!!! persimmon cup 4-2


Coconut Milk Vegan Baby Formula…

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I love Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Coconut Meat, Coconut Oil, Coconut Candy, Coconut Cookies, Coconut Cake, Coconut everything! I am definitely cuckoo for Coconuts!

As a child, my mother would repeatedly tell me how great Coconut is for my stomach and my skin.  I always heeded her advice about the topical uses, especially for wrinkles and stretch mark prevention, but I never really ate Coconut for medicinal reasons unless she gave it to me.  Coming from a Native American mom who would use food, plants and herbs as healing remedies, I came to learn that many of the remedies are now backed by Science.

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Upon the birth of my second son, I mysteriously developed a severe stomach bacteria.  I was advised to temporarily stop breast feeding if I didn’t want to pass the bacteria back and forth. What was I going to do? I didn’t have a plan B for Breast Milk.

I vigorously started studying every formula out in the market. I couldn’t believe what I found… I consistently found toxic ingredients that are known carcinogens in the majority of the world except the U.S. The majority of countries have banned the use of these ingredients, but we are giving it to our newborns and babies in our hospitals and homes?!?

I felt as if I was in the twilight zone! This isn’t happening… this isn’t happening! After studying further, I learned that there are many alternative home made milks that we can make for our babies who have allergies, bacterial infections, intolerances and sensitivities.  Coconut Milk and Hemp Milk are similar to Mother’s Milk, they take some work to make, it requires adding various ingredients, but it is Healthy, Healing, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and Low on the allergy index.

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Please understand that I am not saying that Coconut Milk or other milk alternatives replace a Mother’s milk, I am saying you can create a safe alternative if Mother’s Milk is not a viable choice. Most of all, I am saying that Mother’s milk is a life force that can not be replicated by cows, goats or factories.  Breast Milk is the sweetest milk I have ever tasted, yes… I tasted it, 🙂 and it is so understandable why babies prefer it, thrive the best on it and receive so many healing properties.

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Coconut milk has been found to treat and relieve sore throats and even stomach ulcers, and like Breast Milk, it is very calming to the body and digestive system. The nutrients in Coconut also aid the body in over all immune system health. It’s B vitamins also aid in many immune and nervous system functions.

Unlike other unhealthy fats, the unique properties of Coconut also contain a large amount of MCTs and Lauric Acid, which is the primary fatty acid found in Mother’s Milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and is believed to protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

The great thing is that Coconut Milk is great for all of us, regardless of our age!

Home-made Coconut Milk is also a safe alternative for Diabetics who are concerned with the properties in Dairy Milk. Coconut Milk has a Low Glycemic Index and High Dietary Fiber. The human body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, therefore it has no hazardous effects on Blood Sugar. Best of all, Coconut Milk is lower in sugar than Dairy Milk.

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It turned out my baby did get the stomach bacteria and became very very ill and lost a severe amount of weight in less than a week. It was a very rough and scary time for us. After endless hours and days of research and consulting with various Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Doctors, we implemented the undeniable research on Coconut Milk, Oil and meat and it worked… It truly worked!

Our baby started to gain healthy weight, improve the quality of his poop and best of all… he began to thrive and heal!  I was able to continue breast feeding and we couldn’t be happier! This was done in conjunction with other nutritional support, like probiotics and digestive enzymes, but that is another blog. 🙂

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Here is a Yummy Yummy Baby recipe for Vegan Coconut Milk Baby Formula:

3 Cups of home-made Coconut Milk (Its easy after you do it once)
1 Tbsp Unsweetened, Rice protein or Pea protein (we prefer Rice protein)
1 1/2 Tbsp of Grade B Maple Syrup
1 tsp Calcium Lactate Powder
2 tsp of Infant Probiotic powder (we use Klaire Infant Probiotics)
2 tsp Vegan Omega 3 DHA
2 tsp of Extra Virgin, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
4 Cups of very good quality water

*Optional 1/4 Ripe banana

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Combine all of the ingredients in a Large Cup Nutribullet and blend (you may have to split it in two depending on the size of your Nutribullet, Vitamix, Ninja, etc…  Refrigerate immediately and use within 48 hours.
The formula will separate from the oils, so please shake before pouring into a bottle or cup and gently warm for baby.

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***We later discovered a formula we felt was not perfect, but pretty wonderful. It is a great supplement once your baby is a Toddler.  The Name is Toddler Supreme by Peaceful Planet.

***Important Legal Disclaimer:  This recipe is intended to be a supplement for a nursing or formula-fed child’s diet. It is not intended to be a complete replacement, and should only be used when the Mother’s Milk is not available, Allergies to Store Formulas, Sensitivities/Intolerances to other formulas or because you don’t want to give your baby the carcinogens in some formulas…

Again, this blog does not replace the advice of your healthcare practitioner, this is me sharing what worked for my family.

* Next up… How to make Coconut Milk!  Mmm! Yummy Yummy Baby!

Dr. Dee

Resources:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/