23 May 2015

STRAWBERRIES with WALNUT-CINNAMON BUTTER + CHIA SEEDS


 I wasn't even planning on making a recipe for the blog today but this happened all of the sudden and I was like, "Hey, I can take pictures of this." So I did. And now, here you are. Obviously strawberries are their own amazing thing all by themselves, but when you add sweet and creamy walnut butter AND cinnamon (mmm) AND chia seeds (crunch) you wind up with little bites of OMG that are perfectly excellent for your body. Hello, antioxidants.


I need to admit something: I've been lazy lately (by my standards, anyways). Mentally I have not been as psyched as usual about making recipes; for my cookbook (#therawsomevegancookbook yo) OR this blog. I felt a little exhausted by it all. I mean, I've been making recipes for this blog for 5 years straight, and I post a new one - with photos of course - 2-3 times a week. I also realized recently (it was a WTF moment) that I have been writing cookbooks NON-STOP since I was 18 (I'm 21 now). I sound like I am complaining, but I swear I'm not. My life is a crazy great dream come true. It's just that at some point you are about to set up a photo shoot for lemon tarts or whatever it is and you ask yourself, "Why?" I started this blog and got my first book deal (and second... and third...) because I LOVE MAKING AND SHARING VEGAN FOODZ and that hasn't changed. But the whole process can become wearisome at times. I think it's mostly because of the cookbooks. It's a very rewarding and exciting thing to do, but three in a row? While I've been in school? EISH. I need a break after this one.

I want to spend time dedicated to new hobbies like painting, writing, drawing and bein' outdoors. Which I guess leads me to next point, which is a question: would you be interested in seeing what I do outside of making recipes? Is there someone out there who wants to look at what I am working on a canvas instead of a kitchen countertop? Please let me know, because I would love to share more parts of myself with you all. Needless to say, the recipes are never gonna stop comin', don't ya worry 'bout dat.

Anyways: it's a relief to remember that even if I don't feel like making a recipe, random beauty manifests itself (i.e. in strawberry form) and as long as the lighting is good I don't have to put in a ton of effort to come up with recipe ideas you can - hopefully - appreciate. Let's dip.


STRAWBERRIES with WALNUT-CINNAMON BUTTER + CHIA SEEDS

1 pint fresh organic strawberries from the farmers market <3 
1/4 cup creamy walnut butter*
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons chia seeds

Wash the berries. Stir the cinnamon into the walnut butter with the maple syrup (ya just made walnut-cinnamon butter). Dip the berries into the walnut-cinnamon butter, then roll around in chia seeds. Nom.

*If your walnut butter is way too thick, just use whatever nut or seed butter you have that IS creamy. If you just have chunky kinds, add more maple syrup and maybe some coconut oil or water. Or if you wanna change up the whole game, use this raw chocolate sauce recipe!

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29 comments:

Blue Earth Grrl said...

Oh yeah, do share your art! Or other shenanigans! On my blog I share all-sorts, with plans to post my art bits-n-bobs.

If you wanna, please check it out!

Anonymous said...

YEs! It would be so cool to see what you do outside of cooking - as long as you include your beautiful photos!!

Patti Hayes said...

Your recipes are spectacular! I've tried a few and am blown away. The photography on your site is equally spectacular. My husband and I help people with Neuropathy, mostly Diabetic and we share your recipes with them. We remind them that they should make every carb count and go for the really good stuff! Dr. John and Patti Hayes

Valerie said...

I would love to see lil peeks into other facets of your life! You take such lovely photos and have such a fun voice in your writing so it would still be super interesting C:

Cassie said...

Could've sworn I saw love on a table. Oh wait, this is what that is!!

Eeva said...

Thank you for a simple and yet so delicious-looking recipe again! I love your style of writing and reading your posts always makes me so inspired about life. I would definitely love to read about other parts of your life as well, painting, workouts, whatever you feel like.
Have a lovely day!

Kim said...

Sure, I mostly come here for the writing anyway (no seriously, most other vegan bloggers are way old), and no one does the same thing forever, I guess it just depends what sort of community you'd like to have here.

Anna said...

simple recipes are my favorite ones!! love this

https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

Mercedes Aspland said...

The recipe is beautiful and I'm not sure anyone would blame you for needing a break, it just proves you are human. I would love to see more about you and sure others would too 😃

My Fat Me Ania said...

Your recipes are spectacular!

Anna said...

I'd love to read about anything you care to share!

June M. Pace said...

I say do what ever your heart tells you to do…don't worry about whether you'll have a following or not…that's not the reason to do art…you do it because you simply must. And if that's the case, everyone will follow along…including me…just make sure you throw in a recipe or two from time to time…your photos are so inviting and perfect it's hard not to want to make everything you do! Well done you!

The Vegan Junction said...

Very nice, I'm looking forward to more strawberries soon!

Dana said...

I would love to see what else you do outside of your kitchen. You are a very interesting person.

Cindy said...

Yes - you are an inspiration, recipe or not...although I do own all of your cookbooks and have preordered the new one. Do what makes you happy...your blog is a reflection of you and that's what makes it so enjoyable to read!

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

This recipe looks amazing, thanks! And I would be very interesting in seeing more of your life.

Amy said...

I totally hear you on being tired of making recipes sometimes. I can relate especially when life gets hectic. It is sort of a love hate relationship at that point because it is fun but it is still work. Thank you for sharing when you do, your recipes are always amazing :)!

Jaki said...

Luckily your blog is called 'this rawesome vegan life' - I for one would freakin' love to see more of the life part! Would love to see the world through your eyes and hopefully be as inspired about that as I have been about your recipes!
It's great that you can grow and your blog can grow with you! Hooray!

Cathy Rios said...

yes! I would love to read anything you want to write about :)

Quincy @ Shugurcån said...

I would love to see what you do outside of the kitchen! Recipe inspiration is great, but so is general lifestyle inspiration.

zimt said...

Let's document our experience at Meet on Main and then create a commentary while picking figs. Who wouldn't want to see that?!

Katharine said...

I would LOVE to see more of your life. You have such a distinct charm and I would be happy to be inspired by anything that you put your passion into. Good luck, hope to see more soon! <3

Felicity said...

Emily, I would love to read more about your hobbies and life. You are a role model for me in blogging as well as in sustainability, hard world, happiness, and plenty of other ways. I would love to read more about your pout-of-the-kitchen hobbies, since it will probably inspire me to live my life more thoughtfully, creatively and sustainably. Thanks!

RachelRabbit said...

I totally love your blog! I honestly can't read it with out a bowl of something delicious in front of me or else I'll have major food envy! I love what you're doing and I think it would be really rad for you to do more stuff about your life and hobbies, which btw I'm pretty sure you are an older version of me because I love doing all the same things as you >.<

Jodie Smith said...

This looks really lovely, what a great blog!
Jodie
http://a-textile-perspective.blogspot.co.uk

Om Nom Herbivore said...

This looks amazing Em!! And I would totally love to get little snippets of your other passions in life!! As I've been devolping my blog I've realized too that it can take alot of time to create a recipe, take pictures, prep the post, and then finalize!
Your followers follow you because they love your food AND your personality, so I'm sure they'd like the extra posts :)

-KJ
@Omnomherbivore

Laura Black said...

I think having a blog is all about sharing different aspects of yourself. It's nice to know that there is life outside a kitchen.

Sana said...

I absolutely love your blog and it would be fantastic to see what else you are up to. I am trying to embrace a fully vegan diet while exploring a minimalistic outdoorsy lifestyle, and it seems like we have similar interests. Thus said, you would be even more of an inspiration than you already are :).

Webmaster said...

This looks delicious and the photos are really great. I'll definitely be making this soon!

Where can I buy chia seeds?