Happy Recipe Friday!
Today we will be featuring Micheale Villa, author of Crunchy Living!
Hello! It’s ME, Micheale. I’m a 40 something mother of an intelligent, beautiful, tween girl, and a devoted wife to a genius. I’m an animal lover, artist, designer, entrepreneur, amateur food photographer, and trained yoga teacher, with a HUGE passion for cooking, green living, and seeking wellness for myself and all the people I love… YES, that includes YOU!
I have had many influences on my path to wellness; thankfully, several of them led me to a plant-based lifestyle. I used to suffer from a severe case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, which ruled my life in a lot of ways. Becoming vegan helped curb my symptoms, but it wasn’t until I gave up processed foods, went mainly organic, and added lots of juices and raw produce to my diet, did I completely eliminate my condition.
I often advise people to do the same with their chronic conditions and they always experience the same miraculous changes.
Personally, I eat 100% plant-based and mostly raw; consequently, the monster in my belly has remained in hibernation and I feel great!
Our food industry provides a lot of convenience, which in turn damages our health. That is why I get so thrilled to see companies creating convenience with products that actually are improving our health – like Fruitive.
I have immediate oodles of love for businesses that base their ideals and products on plant-based eating – nothing like having a wellness friend to help you “live your health” in an easy and convenient way.
This was my main motivation for creating Crunchy Living. I understood the inconvenient feeling we have about preparing whole foods and leaving the processed foods behind. Being a mother, I knew firsthand that time is limited. So, I created Crunchy Living to post my vegan and raw vegan recipes that are simple, but delicious.
These are recipes I feed my husband and child. I am very happy to say that a majority of my recipes have a “kid-approved” and “happy” label on them, including many of the raw food recipes.
Today, I wanted to share one of my daughter’s favorite recipes… the Raw-YUM Banana Nut Muffin.
Raw-YUM Banana Nut Muffin
What You’ll Need:
1/3 raw walnuts (soaked for 7 hours)
1/3 raw almonds (soaked for 7 hours)
6 medjool dates (pitted)
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 teaspoons organic maple syrup (or another liquid sweetener)
¼ cup shredded coconut
½ teaspoon organic pure vanilla
Pinch Himalayan salt or sea salt
Shredded coconut (decoration)
What You’ll Do:
- Toss the walnuts, almonds, and dates into your food processor. Blend until it looks like a fruitcake.
- Add in the banana, oil, coconut, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Blend thoroughly.
- Spoonful into cupcake wrappers, then sprinkle some extra coconut on top.
- Sit it in the refrigerator or freezer for at least an hour to solidify. My daughter loves to eat them with a spoon and no fridge time. If you would like to dehydrate, I recommend at least 6 hours at 118 degrees. Enjoy!
Micheale is the foodie nerd behind Crunchy Living. Crunchy Living is an eclectic mix of green living tips, 100% plant-based and raw vegan recipes, as well as oodles of love & wellness advise everyday! Check out more of Crunchy Living’s recipes and tips on her BLOG, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, TUMBLR, or email her at micheale (at) crunchyliving.net.