3 Banana Smoothies

Creamy Banana Smoothie
1 banana
1 cup fortified soy milk or fat free milk
1 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
Blend all ingredients together in a Vita-Mix or other powerful blender.

Orange Banana Berry Smoothie

2 peeled oranges
1 banana
1 10-ounce bag of frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
Blend all ingredients together in a Vita-Mix or other powerful blender.

Banana Split Smoothie

1 banana (fresh or frozen)
5 whole strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon Dr Furhman's Cocoa Powder
6 ice cubes
1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
5 halves walnuts
Blend all ingredients together in a Vita-Mix or other powerful blender.
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My Banana Cream Pie

Hey folks. Won’t you give my Banana Cream Pie a try? I came up with the recipe and Marian—Dr. Fuhrman’s chef—helped perfect it. Let me know what you think! Take a look:
Crust
1 cup oats
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
3 tablespoons raw tahini
1 very ripe banana


Filling
2 very ripe large bananas
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
12-15 medjool dates
1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
4 large romaine lettuce leaves (or other lettuce)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
1 teaspoon raw sunflower seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon unhulled sesame seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Topping
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
8 medjool dates
unhulled sesame seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crust: Blend oats into a flour. Blend banana. In a bowl, thoroughly combine blended oats, banana, tahini, and soy milk. Spread dough in a glass pie dish until bottom and sides are covered. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and cool. Filling: Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Spoon mixture into pie crust and bake for 40 minutes. Let cool. Cream Topping: Blend cashews, soy milk, and dates together in a high-powered blender. Spoon over entire surface. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serves 8.
And yes, the bananas I used were Dole organic bananas, which I might add. You all should be looking for—hint, hint, wink, wink! Operation Banana Hunt is still on!
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Taste This...

Sherry Kale
1 large bunch kale
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup sherry wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
Strip the kale leaves from the main stem. Chop leaves. Saute' the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the vinegar, allspice, basil, oregano, and chopped kale and saute', stirring occasionally until kale is tender, about 15 minutes. Serves 4.

Soy & Green Bean Medley

2 cups fresh cut green beans
1 cup frozen soybeans, thawed
1 cup canned aduki beans, no or low salt
2 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons currants
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons 100% apricot fruit spread
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Steam green beans and soybeans together about 8 minutes or until crisp tender. Remove to bowl and add aduki beans, scallions, and currants. With a wire whisk combine rest of ingredients and toss with bean mixture. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving to let flavors combine. Serves 6.

Hawaiian Sweet Potato Pudding

4 medium sweet potatoes (use organic for a sweeter taste)
1 cup orange juice
canned sliced pineapple (unsweetened), drained well
1 tablespoon date sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork. Bake for 1 hour or until soft. Let cool and peel off skin. Mash sweet potatoes in a food processor or high powered blender with orange juice and date sugar, if desired. Spread mixture into a 9X9 inch glass baking dish. Cover with pineapple slices. Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour. Serves 4.
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Behold...the Salads!

Very Veggie Salad
15 ounces or 10 cups mixed greens or baby salad greens
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, cubed
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
left over steamed vegetables (optional)
1/2 15-ounce can lentils, drained, or 1 cups cooked lentils
2 medium carrots, grated
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dressing of choice
Distribute greens, vegetables (except carrots), and lentils on dinner plates. Then distribute grated carrots. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and pour dressing over salads. Serves 2.

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

3 ounces romaine lettuce
5 ounces organic baby spinach
12 ounces frozen strawberries, thawed, reserving juice
Pile the lettuce and spinach leaves on a plate and lay the defrosted strawberries on top. Pour the juice from the thawed strawberries over the greens. Serves 2.

Raw Fruit and Vegetables
4 ounces fresh organic baby spinach
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
6 organic strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup blueberries
Arrange spinach on a plate and top with fresh fruit. Serves 1.

Pecan Maple Apple Salad

3 green apples, peeled and cored
10 ounces mixed baby greens
1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped
1/2 cup currants
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup Dr. Fuhrman's Spicy Pecan Vinegar
Shred apple into greens using a grater or peeler. Add the chopped pecans and currants. Combine maple syrup and vinegar. Pour over salad. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Serves 2.
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Desserting Health Food

Bluevado Pie
Crust
10 date/coconut rolls (remove almonds)
1 1/2 cups Familia, original swiss baby muesli, no added sugar (found in supermarkets)


Filling
10 ounces frozen blueberries
10 pitted dates, chopped
4-5 bananas
1 Haas avocado
1 teaspoon unsweetened shredded coconut
Crust: In a bowl, thoroughly blend the date/coconut rolls and muesli. Transfer mixture to pie plate, pressing down to make pie crust.

Filling: In a high powered blender, blend all filling ingredients, except for coconut, until smooth. Pour into the pie crust. Sprinkle with coconut. Cover and freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.

Easy No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
8 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 1/3 cups unsweetened soy milk
1 1/2 cups raw almond butter
3/4 cup coconut, reserving 1/4 cup (optional)
100% all-fruit preserves
Grind oats slightly in a high-powered blender. Pour into a bowl and mix with dates, soy milk, almond butter, and coconut. Form into balls and press down in middle with thumb and place a small amount of fruit preserves in the indentation or roll in reserved coconut. Refrigerate before eating.

Healthy Chocolate Cake

Cake
1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided
1 cup pineapple chunks in own juice, drained
1 banana
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup shredded beets
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
3 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman's Cocoa Powder or other natural cocoa powder
1/2 cup currants
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Chocolate Nut Icing:
1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews, unsalted
1 cup vanilla soy milk
2/3 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup brazil nuts or hazelnuts
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside. In blender or food processor, puree 3 cups of the dates, pineapple, banana, and applesauce. Slice remaining 1/2 cup dates into 1/2 inch thick pieces. In large bowl, mix sliced dates, beets, carrots, zucchini, cocoa powder, currants, walnuts, water, vanilla and flour mixture. Add the blended mixture and mix well. Spread in a 9.5" X 13.5" nonstick baking pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Icing: Using a high powered blender*, combine all icing ingredients until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve. If desired, you may spread on cooled cake instead.
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