Raw Vegan Brownies

I love brownies. Honestly I really really really love them. But I never actually make them and I have no idea why. It's almost as if I forget how good they are sometimes. I don't think that will be the case any longer though. I've been planning on creating a brownie recipe for a while now. It's finally here though. So prepare yourself for rawsome goodness.

These are super easy and mess-free to make too! That's always a huge plus for me because I really hate cleaning up all the messes that I make in the kitchen.

As you guys know, I really don't brag about the recipes I create. But.. these. are. amazing.

Raw Vegan Brownies

3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup cashews
1 1/2 cup dates (pitted)
1/4 cup cacao (or cocoa)
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 tbsp agave

Blend oats, flax seed, and cacao together in a blender or food processor. Once combined add dates, cashews, and agave. Then add coconut oil. Blend it up until everything's completely incorporated. Spread mixture in a pan and put in the fridge for about an hour.

As you can see, I couldn't wait for them to be refrigerated. I had two right out of the pan. Oops ;)

If you're not following a vegan diet, are you still willing to try vegan foods or do you stick to your traditional meals?

Cafe Gratitude Review

As most of you probably know by now, I love to travel. I don't get to travel nearly as much as I'd like. It gives me something to work toward though! In March I went to California. I had so much good food. I was amazed at the food compared to where I live. If any of you are a CA residents or are planning on visiting you must go to  Cafe Gratitude.

Cafe Gratitude is an organic vegan restaurant located in Venice, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. I went to the Venice location, although when I get back to California (hopefully within the next year) I will be hitting up a few of the other locations just to check them out.

We went in and were seated right away. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful suggesting various dishes to try for our first time. Each item on the menu has a special name such as, "I Am Humble" "I Am Immortal" "I Am Outstanding"

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I started off the morning with an "I Am Fiery" elixir which is a digestion aid shot.

Then I went with the "I Am Open-Hearted." Two buckwheat-flax pancakes topped with fresh fruit. Definite 10/10.

The atmosphere of Cafe Gratitude is like no other. The service is great and the atmosphere is very welcoming and comfy.  I can't think of a better way to enjoy some delicious food! Even if you're an avid meat lover, you must try Cafe Gratitude at least once. I promise that you won't regret it.

Put Cafe Gratitude on your to-do list for this summer! Treat yourself because "You Are Incredible."