Bowls of Raw Mush


Doesn't that title sound appetizing, guys? I wish I could say it looks more appealing than it sounds, but unfortunately, that is not the case. The more I look into Raw cooking, the more I realize that, unless you're a gourmet chef, these dishes are going to look a, but I promise, they taste surprisingly good. Bowl of Raw Mush #1: Chia Pudding

This recipe is from Going Raw [aka my guidebook for this month] and although it looks gross, it tastes just like tapioca pudding [aka one of my favorites]. I know what you're thinking: I don't want that anywhere near my mouth. Personally, it took me several minutes to get up the courage to take the first bite, but once I did I was more than pleasantly surprised. In fact, this is one Raw recipe that I'll probably continue to make even after this month is's that good.

Here's how to make it:

Combine 1/3 c. chia seeds, 2 tbsp agave nectar, & 2 cups of your choice of milk base.  You can try coconut water, like I used [just be prepared to fight the coconut open], or you can use your own raw nut milk [more on that later].  If you're not 100% Raw, you can use whatever milk substitute you desire.  I plan to make future batches with So Delicious coconut milk. Same coconut taste, less difficult shells to open.  Stir together your ingredients, let sit for 5-10 minutes, stir again, then refrigerate overnight for best results.  The moisture from the milk and/or water causes the chia seeds to gel, making the Raw equivalent to pudding.  You'll just have to trust me, shut your eyes, and take a bite.

Bowl of Raw Mush #2: Banana/Almond/Oatmeal aka The Raw Elvis*

This recipe is sort of the Raw version of my peanut butter/banana quinoa.  Simply mash 1 banana with 2 tbsp Raw almond butter, add a touch of maple syrup and a few handfuls of uncooked oats, stir & enjoy.  The uncooked oats make things a bit chewy, but they also give the almond butter/banana mush more stability.  It's great for breakfast or a late night snack.

*Edit-Apparently oats are not Raw [even if you don't cook them, they've been heated during the production process], but the Raw Elvis is still delicious without them, just not quite as filling.