Eat Smart: What to Eat in a Day, Everyday is the debut cookbook from Instagram star, lifestyle blogger and YouTuber Niomi Smart. This stunning book features a collection of healthy, plant-based recipes, made up of all-natural, everyday foods. Her recipes are designed to boost well-being and are simple enough to fit into your daily life. Here are five raw, vegan recipes that are both delicious and easy to enjoy on-the-go.
Raw Fig & Baobab Bars
As much as I love healthy nut and fruit bars from health food shops, there’s just nothing quite like a homemade version, and it may be something that you haven’t thought of making yourself before. I love the pop of the fig seeds and the sweetness from the sultanas in these raw, vegan bars.
- 320g (2 cups) unsulphured dried figs
- 310g (2 cups) unsalted raw cashew nuts
- 60g (½ cup) sultanas
- 30g (¼ cup) sunflower seeds
- 40g (¼ cup) linseeds
- 2tbsp baobab powder
- Trim the fig stalks, place the figs in a bowl, cover with water and set aside to soak for 1 hour.
- Drain the figs and place all the ingredients apart from the baobab powder in a food processor or blender and blend. Add the baobab powder and blend until totally combined.
- Bring the mixture together, then roll out into a large rectangle until about 1cm. It will be quite sticky.
- Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up, then neatly slice into bars, roughly 5cm x 10cm and keep in an airtight container in the fridge.
Recovery Roots Juice
- 6 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- ½tsp turmeric
- 1tsp maca powder (optional)
- Feed the carrots and ginger through an extractor juicer. Once all the pulp has been extracted and you have the juice, stir in the turmeric and maca, if using. Drink soon after juicing.
Energy Balls – 3 Ways
Each recipe makes 10
One of my favourite things to satisfy my cravings is energy balls. The main ingredients provide a healthy balance of fats, proteins and carbs, plus provide a punch of nutrients – exactly what you need to get you through a long day. Keep in the fridge and take a couple on-the-go as a snack each day.
Superfood Energy Balls
- 2tbsp quinoa
- 80g (½ cup) unsalted raw almonds
- 60g (½ cup) raisins
- 90g (½ cup) medjool dates, pitted 30g (¼ cup) goji berries
- 1tbsp chia seeds
- 1tbsp maca powder
- Place a saucepan on a medium-high heat. Add the quinoa, place the lid on and heat for about 2-3 minutes, shaking every few seconds. The quinoa will pop and slightly puff up.
- Blend the almonds, raisins, dates and goji berries in a food processor until the mixture comes together. Add the remaining ingredients including the quinoa and roll into bite-size balls.
Lemon Coconut Bliss Balls
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- 90g (1 cup) desiccated coconut
- 1tbsp lemon zest
- 80g (½ cup) unsalted raw Brazil nuts
- 1tsp vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon
- Organic vanilla extract
- 2tbsp maple syrup
- 1tbsp lemon juice
- Set aside the coconut oil, 3-4 tablespoons of the desiccated coconut and the lemon zest. Blend the remaining ingredients in a food processor until combined. Add the oil and pulse until combined.
- Roll into bite-size balls and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle the 3-4 tablespoons of desiccated coconut and the lemon zest onto a plate and roll the balls on the plate until fully covered.
Supergreen Energy Balls
- 180g (1 cup) medjool dates, pitted
- 115g (¾ cup) unsalted raw cashew nuts
- 2tsp spirulina
- 1tsp wheatgrass 1 tbsp lime zest
- 1tsp matcha powder
- Blend all the ingredients except the matcha in a food processor until the mixture comes together.
- Roll into bite-size balls and place in the fridge for 20 minute.
- Sprinkle the matcha powder onto a plate and roll the balls in it to coat.