Raw Peanut Butter Brownies!

Don’t these look amazing!  I can’t wait to try this recipe from Fragrant Vanilla Cake.

“Raw Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes

Makes 4

Brownies:

2 cups raw peanuts

2 cups dried shredded coconut

1/2 cup raw cocoa powder

2/3 cup raw agave nectar or honey

1/4 tsp sea salt

Filling and Frosting:

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter*

1/2 cup chopped raw peanuts

To make brownies, combine all ingredients in the food processor and process until finely ground and starting to hold together.  Press mixture into a square, and place in the fridge until firm (about 2 hours).  Cut into 8 squares.  On four of the squares, spread about 1 1/2 Tbsp of the chocolate peanut butter, then sprinkle with a bit of the chopped peanuts.  Top each with another square.  Spread about 1 1/2 Tbsp of the peanut butter on top of each, and top with more peanuts.  Serve!

*Dark Chocolate Peanut ButterMakes about 3+ cups

2 cups raw peanuts

2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup agave nectar or honey, or to taste

3 Tbsp raw cocoa powder

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

About 1 cup raw almond milk

In a food processor, blend peanuts until very smooth. Add sea salt, agave nectar (more if you like it sweeter), cocoa powder, and vanilla. Process to blend until combined, then with the motor running, add enough almond milk to make it smooth like frosting consistency, and blend until well combined. Enjoy!  Store in the fridge in a jar with a lid.”

via Fragrant Vanilla Cake.

The Stanford Inn by the Sea~ A dream vacation spot!

Most people go on vacation, gorge themselves on junk they don’t allow themselves to eat normally, and come home feeling full of regret and wearing clothes that are feeling a little tight.  Ok, well maybe most people don’t do this on vacation, but I do!  Anyway, I did until I found The Stanford Inn by the Sea.  Staying there and eating their food you are filled with  peace and nourished by healthy vegetarian or vegan food.  My favorite dish is the Citrus Polenta with Cashew Sauce topped with their homegrown garden greens.  It’s divine!  So if you’re looking for a place that fills you with beautiful surroundings and wonderful food then The Stanford Inn by the Sea is the place to stay.  It’s locate in Mendocino, CA just a couple of hours north of San Francisco.

“Nestled on a Mendocino Coast hillside, Stanford Inn, a Mendocino Resort, sits atop a meadowoverlooking Mendocino Bay. Embodying the best of the rugged Mendocino Coast, this Mendocino Resort is a haven … an exquisite opportunity to reconnect with nature.

The rambling lobby, guest rooms and suites of this boutique hotel in Mendocino are paneled in pine and redwood. Every detail is attended to, from wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light to the sumptuous chef-prepared organic breakfasts.

Inspired by the Stanford’s Certified Organic gardens, The Ravens’ Restaurant, featured in Oprah Magazine, is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for vegan cuisine. Guests at Stanford Inn, as well as local Mendocino residents, consider Ravens’ Restaurant to be an essential dining experience on the Mendocino Coast.

The Inn’s Massage in the Forest and The Mendocino Center for Well Being provide a variety of life-enhancing experiences. Located on Big River and part of Stanford Inn, Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too! offers a wide selection of kayaks, canoes, outriggers, and bicycles for exploring beautiful Big River and beyond.”

via Mendocino Hotels Mendocino Bed and Breakfast Inns Mendocino Green Lodging in Mendocino CA.