Raw Voilà Recipe: Candied Navel

‘Candied Navel’

Delightfully sweet liquid sunshine.

Florida Navel oranges are wonderfully succulent and an excellent source of vitamin C. They can be found starting sometime in November through January, so now is the perfect time to enjoy them. Dates, thought of by many as ‘nature’s candy’, are a great source of potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium as well as fiber. Oranges and dates in general are fabulous sources of healthy carbohydrates.

The two paired together make not only a nutritious combination but also a delicious blend.

2 large ripe Florida Navel oranges, peeled and quartered (seeded if needed)
4 large Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup pure water

Using a high-speed blender, process all of the ingredients until the oranges and dates have been completely broken down and the mixture is creamy.

Serve in one very large glass or divide between two medium glasses. Enjoy!


A few tips…

The listed ingredients roughly amount to 24 ounces of Candied Navel, comfortable for one very large serving, two medium servings or four very small servings.

This smoothie isn’t syrupy sweet. Keeping the smoothie ‘moderately sweet’ was my original intention. Depending on your individual preference, feel free to increase or decrease the amount of dates to your liking.

In the list of ingredients, I noted 2 large ripe Florida Navel oranges, peeled and quartered (seeded if needed). A large Florida Navel orange would equate to an orange at least 3 inches in diameter and 3 inches in height.

In the list of ingredients, I noted 4 large Medjool dates, pitted. A large Medjool date is roughly equal to just under a tablespoon. I chose to freely list the dates to make it easier, but you can go with the tablespoon measurements if you prefer. Medjool dates, same as other types of dates, can be found in varying sizes ranging from very small, small, medium, large to very large (or jumbo).

If your dates are not soft and pliable, you can soak them in a small amount pure water, just enough to cover the dates, for fifteen minutes or longer until they plump up enough for ease in blending. If you store your dates in the refrigerator, they will become stiff from the cold but will usually somewhat soften up after being left out at room temperature for a while. If they still seem hard, then definitely utilize the soak method.

Raw Voilà Recipe: Nite-Nite

‘Nite-Nite’

Creamy, flavorful and soothing spice blend, served warm.

3 cups Brazil Nut Milk, altered (see instructions below)
1 and 1/2 level teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 level teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/16 level teaspoon ground clove
1 large vanilla bean, scraped

The Brazil Nut Milk recipe can be found via this link. Alter the original Brazil Nut Milk recipe by adding to it 4 very large pitted dates and an additional 1/4 teaspoon of pink crystal salt. The listed amount for the Brazil nuts and the pure water remains the same. Follow the Brazil Nut Milk recipe instructions as written. The milk used in Nite-Nite will need to be as silky as possible, so be sure to use a tightly woven cheesecloth to separate the date fiber and nut pulp from the Brazil Nut Milk.

Using a high-speed blender, process the altered Brazil Nut Milk along with the rest of the ingredients until all of the spices have been well blended and the mixture becomes frothy. That could take several minutes, depending upon your machine—more power, faster process. When the color of the mixture changes from white to caramel, the ingredients will most likely have been properly combined. If you have a Vitamix or other type of powerful blender, you can simply let the mixture continue blending until it becomes warm. Divide the mixture between two large mugs and garnish with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Nite-Nite can most certainly be enjoyed on its own, although it is absolutely lovely paired with flavor-rich dark chocolate brownies or truffles. I tend to drink Nite-Nite in the latter part of the day as it is very relaxing (hence its name), but it can be served at any time. Enjoy!


A few tips…

The listed ingredients amount to two comfortable servings. Double or triple the recipe as needed.

Definitely do adhere to the ‘level’ ingredient measurements listed above. I have been making this spiced concoction often for quite some time and know through first-hand experience that too much cardamom or too much clove can ruin the batch.

Nite-Nite is best enjoyed freshly made. Any leftovers will not store particularly well for longer than a day as the spices will become further concentrated resulting in a mixture that tastes ‘off’ and quite bitter.

During the blending process, a substantial amount of foam may be created on top of the mixture. That is actually a good thing since Nite-Nite is pretty much a raw chai latte. Plus the foam is delicious! However, if you prefer less foam, you can let your blender run on the lowest setting for a few minutes to remove some of the air bubbles.

For information on how to use and store the leftover Brazil Nut Milk pulp, see this link.

Raw Voilà Recipe: Ginger Citrus Salad Dressing

‘Ginger Citrus Salad Dressing’

Semisweet with a punchy flavor and light, creamy texture.

1/4 cup ripe avocado, tightly packed
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon raw Tupelo honey
1 teaspoon first cold pressed, extra-virgin olive oil
1 level teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated
1/4 teaspoon grey sea salt (fine grind)

Using a mini-prep food processor or high-speed blender, blend together all of the ingredients until creamy, pausing periodically to scrape down the sides and help the mixture turn over. Store the finished dressing in an airtight container inside of the refrigerator and use within 3 days.


A few tips…

The listed ingredients roughly amount to five ounces of Ginger Citrus Salad Dressing. Double or triple the recipe as needed.

A microplane was used to finely grate the ginger root.

The ingredients can also be mixed by hand. With a little elbow grease, the end result should be fairly close to that of a blender or food processor. Use the back of a fork to mash the avocado until it becomes as smooth as possible. Next, integrate the raw honey, olive oil, finely grated ginger root, and salt. Last, use a whisk to whip into the mixture the orange and lemon juices, small increments at a time, until the the dressing becomes fluffy.

This simple citrus dressing can also be used as a base for other creations. For a more savory version, add finely chopped onion and/or minced fresh herbs.