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It ‘tis the season of overindulgence, but if we throw some raw food recipes into the Christmas catering mix, we may well save ourselves (and our thighs) the horror of hiding on the beach in a muumuu.

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That’s the message from Brisbane’s Raw Blend, which promotes the importance of eating nutrient-dense, plant-based foods because of the healing benefits, such as boosted energy and nutrition levels and healthy weight maintenance. Now, with the impending healthy-diet disaster zone that is Christmas, Raw Blend has come to the rescue with its healthy party-friendly ideas and recipes, see below.

National sales manager Tommy Nicholas says these amazing recipes will both satisfy cravings and nourish our bodies.

“Nothing tastes better than fresh,” Tommy says. “These recipes are fun and delicious and even a little nutritious thanks to the raw food ingredients.”
For more information, recipes and Raw Blend products, visit www.rawblend.com.au.

Avocado, Olive and Lime Dip

Makes about 750ml

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Vitamix or equivalent blender


2 small avocados (or 1 large)

350g Sicilian olives (pitted)

1 clove garlic (without skin)

1/3 cup macadamia nuts

2 limes (juice only)

small slice chilli

2tbsp olive oil (or oil of choice)

Himalayan salt and pepper (to taste)


Put all the ingredients into blender. Increase the speed to medium. Blend for 30-45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve. Follow along with Tommy via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW9fM87Z9G8.

Chocolate, Rosemary and Sea Salt Fondue

Makes 2 cups

Serves 4-12

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Vitamix or equivalent blender


125ml spring water

1 cup raw cashews

180g dark chocolate

3-5 sprigs rosemary (without stem)

Pinch of rock salt


Put all the ingredients into blender (if not using a Vitamix, melt chocolate before adding to blender). Quickly increase the speed to high. Use tamper (if you have one) to really press the ingredients into the blades for 2.5 to three mins or until steaming hot. Serve.

Nut-Free Protein Bites

Makes 15–20

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Vitamix or equivalent blender


2 cups raw sunflower seeds

2 tbsp carob powder

Pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

1 cupmedjool dates, pitted and soaked

3 tbsp oil (coconut oil or olive oil)

2 tbsp maple syrup or coconut nectar

3 tsp Lariese Hemp Protein Powder

Shredded coconut for rolling


Measure out your dates and soak them for about five hours until nice and soft. Place all the ingredients in the order listed above into your blender. Turn your machine to variable speed and pulse on and off three times for about three seconds each time. Turn your machine to high speed and mix the ingredients in a dough mixture. Use your tamper effectively as this is a thick mixture. Turn your machine off and roll the bites into preferred size and then roll in coconut. Set in the fridge for about an hour or eat straight away!

Sweet Summer Pops

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Vitamix or equivalent blender


Watermelon Layer

2 cups watermelon

1 cup strawberries

1 cup coconut milk

2 tsp maple syrup

Makes 3 cups of liquid

Cucumber Layer

2 cups cucumber, peeled

1 cup coconut water

6 mint leaves

3 tsp maple syrup

Makes 2 cups of liquid


Blend watermelon layer ingredients together. Pour mixture into ice block moulds to half fill them up. Set in freezer. Blend cucumber layer ingredients together. Fill the other half of your ice-block moulds with the mixture and place back into freezer until completely set. Serve icy cold on a hot summer’s day and enjoy!