Chocolate cinnamon alarm clock

Hey guys! Hope your day is going well and I’m loving your feedback on my encouragement to eat post 😀 Lets all raise our forks and feast on the good stuff 😉

I woke up this morning to a delicious aroma that filled the downstairs area with a chocolaty cinnamon scent…


Waiting in the Excalibur, were raw chocolate cinnamon buckwheat crispies.


Yesterday, I soaked buckwheat groats in water for most of the day and then drained and rinsed the groats. I put them into the Vita-mix with raw cocoa powder (from One Lucky Duck), Stevia, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt. After it was fully blended, I spread the mixture onto Teflexx sheets and dehydrated for 6 hours, flipped it over, and let the rest dehydrate overnight.

I crumbled half of one of the sheets into a bowl:


Crunchy little guys:


And topped with vanilla hempmilk and sliced nanner.


Unbe-freaking-lieveable. So delicious. I have a TON leftover so we’ll see if I’m a repeater or if I can get crafty with the remaining groat crispies 😀

I went into work for a couple of hours to make some dinero, even though I didn’t have any training appointments. I had fun talking nutrition with the guy who works at the front desk and has lost about 30lbs this summer, played on the new crackberry (still have no idea how to work it), and read The Time Traveler’s Wife.


Before I knew it, it was lunchtime and I got to make a meal I had been thinking about all day.

Raw Pad Thai with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce


For the noodles:

-1 mango, cut into matchsticks

-1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

-1/2 english cucumber, spiralized

-juice of 1/2 lemon

-sea salt

-1/2 tbs flax oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside as you prepare the sauce.

Spicy Almond Butter Sauce

-1/8 cup water

-1 tbs almond butter

-1 clove garlic

-1 medjool date

-hefty sprinkle of cayenne pepper

-small handful of cilantro leaves

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or Vita-mix and stir into the noodles. Top with fresh cilantro.


It came out almost perfectly. The only thing was that the cucumber made the sauce a little watery but since the flavor was so delicious and intense, it was fine. I know how to fix it for next time though 😉

Well I’m off to get things ready for dinner (so all I have to do is assemble and bake it when I get home), make CDs for tonight’s classes and teach spin and Zumba.

Hope you all have a great day!



What is a favorite dish that you’d love to see a raw version of?? For me, it’s enchiladas and I’m determined to come up with a raw version that closely mimics the real thing. I’ve seen recipes in cookbooks and online, but I’m sorry, while a nut paste wrapped in a lettuce leaf is delicious, that is NO enchilada 😀

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  1. Jenna on August 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I'M SO curious to see what you come up with for raw enchiladas!!

    your salad looks great!!! it sounds so refreshing.

  2. Leianna on August 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Raw enchiladas sound amazing! I just copied your recipe down for the Pad Thai because that is my favorite dish at That restaurants and your raw version looks just as good. Can't wait to give it a try!

  3. Emily on August 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Fantastic sounding recipe! I have bookmarked it for later this week. Thanks so much for sharing! I too would LOVE a raw enchilada recipe. In a dream world I'd also like a raw lemon meringue pie which didn't use nuts to make it creamy but I may be dreaming there. In the meantime I'll stick with Gena's lemon chiffon version.
    You have me so excited to get a dehydrator too…

  4. Pam (Highway to Health) on August 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Yum – raw Pad Thai! I love it!!

  5. Trish on August 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Wow – very creative.

    I have a few new books that contain some raw recipes but have yet to try them out.

  6. meghanN on August 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Your culinary creativity never ceases to amaze me! I wish I had half of your inspiration! Those crispies..YUM! I'd love some raw tacos…I am a taco fanatic!

  7. My Sensei on August 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I love pad thai and your raw version looks ahhh-mazing! I need to get myself a spiral cutter first before I attempt this scrumptious dish. Great recipe!!!

  8. Nina on August 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    wait how would you change it? don't leave me hanging!! hahaha.

    looks delish…can't wait to try it 🙂

  9. Paige@ Running Around Normal on August 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Mmm that looks great! I'm bookmarking this for sure! Have fun at zumba.

  10. carolinebee on August 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    It's a good thing that excalibur produces delicious goodies!! B/c it is NOT cute 😀 Good luck with the enchiladas that is a fun challenge!

  11. Fitnessista on August 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    carolinebee- you are NOT joking. it is quite a hefty beast, but it makes delicious treats 😀

  12. K from ksgoodeats on August 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Cinnamon (obviously) is the one scent that does me in – if something is baking with cinnamon, I can't contain my excitement! Your crispies look delicious!!

  13. brandi on August 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    those crispies look SO good!

  14. Eating Bird Food on August 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Raw pad thai sounds absolutely fabulous!

    I super excited to be attending a raw cooking demo this weekend. I wish you lived in Richmond then we could go together. 🙂

  15. Maggie on August 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Haha – I agree. I'd love to see a raw enchilada recipe!

  16. Ashley Lauren on August 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Pad Thai and mangoes, two of my favorite things!!!

    I love seeing raw desserts! The banana soft serve craze definitely converted me 🙂

  17. Haleigh on August 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Love all of your raw creations. That has to be the best way to wake up- the smell of chocolate & cinnamon. Yum.

  18. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on August 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    LOVE the pad thai idea 🙂 You know where to go if you need crackberry help 🙂

  19. Anonymous on August 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I too have a crackberry – and they are soooo addicting! If you need any help feel free to email me; I'm not the best at it but I'm not horrible either! I would LOVE to see what you come up with for raw enchiladas! Make sure to post that if you figure it out!

  20. Lainie on August 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Okay that above anonymous comment is me! Sorry! I accidentally hit "enter" before I entered my info 🙂

  21. shelby on August 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    One word: YUM!

  22. Anonymous on August 17, 2009 at 7:36 pm


    I'm a long time blog follower and admirer. It has been/is a real pleasure to watch this blog and its author develop and increase in awesomeness. Seeing as how it appears to me that you've been especially sage and honest as of late, I was wondering if you could explain something that I remember wondering about (long enough ago that it's a bit embarassing that i still remember….):
    I can't find the link to it unfortunately, but you had a post last fall (approx) about some incident with that dark chocolate peanut butter and you had to throw the rest of the jar away?

  23. Lauren on August 17, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Wow Raw Pad Thai? Have the raw gods spoken to you girl? This looks incredible! 🙂

    I love mango in any stir fry. It's the perfect touch of sweetness and I adore the texture paried with the crunch of the veggies.

    Okay, now get to work on these raw enchiladas because I am sure you will rock the world when you introduce them! 🙂

    Take care hun.

  24. Fitnessista on August 17, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    1) thank you for your kind comment. i have to admit i get a little afraid when i see "anonymous" pop up on the crackberry
    2) what happened with the peanut butter -i totally remember what you're referring to- is that i found myself eating it out of boredom and not because i was hungry or really craving that chocolate- it just tasted good. it was kind of a weird purchase for me because i don't usually keep junk food in the house (not because i don't trust myself with it but because if i want something that badly, i like to think about what it is exactly i'm hankering for and go out and buy it), but really wanted to try it because i live for chocolate and figured it would be a nice treat every once in a while. after eating probably two or three servings that night just because i was bored, i realized what i was doing and tossed it out.
    it just goes to show that i've come a long way since then.. now i've tuned into my hunger a little more, changed my eating habits, and can tell if i'm craving something particular or hungry, or if i just need something to do 😀

  25. Lauren on August 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Tina. I have several questions, and if you have time I would love to hear your advice. I remember you holding a contest for wag gloves. I don't practice yoga but started to work out and find my wrist really hurt when doing push ups. Do you find wags work? They are super expensive for gloves, so I don't want to get them if they don't take pressure off the wrist. I have really small wrists.

    My other question is like most people I am time crunched. I know push ups worky your chest and triceps, but I actually feel the front of my arms working as well, which I assume is the bicep. Is that possible?

    Lastly, I find I am starving after working out, even if I have a huge breakfast. I seem to eat more calories than I burn and majorly crave carbs after. Do you find you have this problem?

  26. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Ok a few thoughts…buckwheat groats. Girl, where do you find them? I cannot even find oat groats in San Diego, I have been to like 10 natural food stores, including WF, nothing. I am impressed that V town has bw groats.

    Next your you love it? I am thinking about it. Just got a Breville juicer. Cleanup's a beeotch but hey whatevah, it's worth it for green juice, but still thinking about the dehydrator but everytime i read samra's recipes im like yep, need it.

    You noodle/spicy almond butter raw dish is right up my alley. That's a keeper!

    Sorry for the novel. 🙂

  27. Anna on August 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Raw pad thai?!? Incredible. I'd like to see some raw chocolate chip cookie dough, please 🙂

  28. Fitnessista on August 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    lauren- yes, the wag gloves work but the size i got is too large for me… make sure you measure your hands because mine slip and slide a little. i do think they help take some of the pressure off my wrists though and would definitely recommend them.
    as far as push-ups go, you could be working your biceps indirectly but the major muscles worked at the chest, shoulders and triceps.
    for the pre-workout fuel, try something lighter beforehand (like a banana with almond butter) and then re-fuel with a mix of protein, healthy fat and carbs (like oatmeal with 1 egg) and see how that makes you feel. you may not be balancing your meals properly (protein, carb and healthy fat in each meal) which could be causing you to be more hungry.

    averie- i totally did NOT get the groats from v-town, they're from tucson! i would die if i saw them here hahah.
    i LOVE my excalibur and use it at least a few times every week. it really is worth the investment, especially if you're thinking of branching out your raw food choices 😀

    anna- that may take the #1 spot over the enchiladas 😉

  29. CaSaundraLeigh on August 18, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Your always so creative with making different kind of snacks/food–love it!

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