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Beach Trip

Laura Miller

Hey brah, Laura and her gang are hitting the beach for a surf picnic and some energy-fueled, power snack favorites. Two gnarly recipes and one epic coconut lesson ... it's gonna be totally tubular.

Raw Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut

  • 10 medjool dates, soaked for 15 minutes

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • ​To coat (optional): chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, cacao nibs​

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, grind the coconut into a fine meal.

  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and process again until a sticky dough is formed.

  3. Scoop the batter by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper​. ​Roll each ball between your hands, and then coat them in ​chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, or cacao nibs​.

  4. Store the balls in the fridge or freezer

Raw Energy Balls

Nori Power Sticks

Ingredients

  • 4-5 nori sheets

  • 1 cup ​walnuts

  • 1/4 cups sun-dried tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons tamari

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Grind all ingredients (except the nori sheets) in a food processor. Add more water as needed to make the paté filling spreadable.

  2. Cut the nori sheets into 2 inch wide sheets. Spread the paté filling evenly across one 2″ nori sheet at a time, leaving about an eighth of an inch space unfilled on either side of the width (but not the length). Rub water on both long sides of the nori and gently roll the nori sheet (like you would roll sushi) until the end flap is sealed and place the nori roll on your dehydrator tray.

  3. Dehydrate your nori rolls at 145 degrees for 1 hour, then dehydrate at 115 degrees for another 22 hours or until the inside filling (seen at the ends of the rolls) is dry to the touch. Enjoy!

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Transcript

- Hi guys, welcome to my actual house. I know you guys are all super bummed out that I've been doing so many cooked recipes and this show is still called Raw Vegan Not Gross, so we're gonna do all raw recipes today. I'm gonna do some snacks that are perfect to take to the beach or a picnic. So we're gonna start off by making some nori sticks. They're very portable, and also they're kind of like snapping into a Slim Jim. We're gonna start off with some walnuts, just gonna pulse that a few times and grind it up into kind of a fine flour. And then we're just gonna dump all the rest of this stuff in. That's some sun-dried tomatoes which I have soaked in water, some maple syrup which isn't technically raw but everybody just relax. It's a good one. Ah, tamari, a bit of paprika, and chili powder, some cumin, a bit of salt, and some apple cider vinegar. And then just blend until it's all well incorporated and looking like the real thing. Yeah, this looks great, let me show ya'. All pretty uniform, no big chunks. So now, we're just gonna cut these basic sheets of nori in half. So we're just gonna take this pate texture, just put a little at a time, and you're gonna go down vertically as if it was like a stripe. And notice there's a little bit of room on the side because we're gonna use that to fold in, and I'm not going all the say to the edges. And don't make it too thick anywhere, because, it makes it a lot harder to roll. Now, and this is just like a little bowl of water, I'm gonna wet my fingers and just wet this side before I tuck it in. And roll it over, make sure that it's completely underneath that filling, then wet everything that's left, and continue rolling it up. So you could eat it like this but the texture is really gonna be pretty gross. So I'm gonna dehydrate all these. You could also put 'em in the oven, you're just trying to draw that moisture out so it'll hold up while you have it in your bag or whatever. Okay, now we are gonna make our energy balls. They're really simple, it's only a few ingredients. We're gonna start off by just making a coconut flour, which is just getting shredded unsweetened coconut and grinding it up. Now we are going to add in some dates, which I've been soaking in water, makes them kind of easier to blend. Make sure you pull out the pits. These are going to be the only sweetener we use, And kind of the glue that keeps them together. Add in a bit of cocoa powder, some vanilla, and salt. Then we're just gonna blend it up. This looks great. I'm just gonna pull all the dough out. And now I'm gonna roll them into balls, whatever size you like, but I'm also going to coat them with cocoa powder. Put it straight on my cutting board. Some hemp seeds which are a really good source of protein and omegas, cacao nibs, they're just packed with anti-oxidants, and chia seeds, which are also just so good for you, omegas. All right, let's roll some balls. Start with hemp seeds, just roll it on there, and then I'm gonna place it on a parchment or wax-lined cookie sheet and then I'm gonna put them in the freezer. You could also put them in the refrigerator, I like 'em in the freezer because they firm up a lot better and I like the texture, but either would work. Actually if they're frozen they travel a little bit better, so they don't soften up quite as quickly. If you're having trouble working with the dough you could actually refrigerate it before you roll it into balls, that makes it a little bit easier. But I'm not gonna because I'm impatient. All right, and we got a couple extra snacks. Let's pack our picnic basket. These guys are great, 'cause they really hold everything. Put all these in here, our nori sticks and our energy balls. A blanket, a manket. Gonna bring my wetsuit so I can get in the water. And maybe some mangoes, why not? All right, I think we're ready for a picnic. C'mon, do a little beach. Hey guys, how are the waves today? - Uh, not too bad, I'd say 10, 12 feet, double overhead. - Whoo, okay. Well, we could at least eat this picnic that I brought. - [Man] Let's load her up. - Oh, she's a beaut. - I too brought a snack, some coconuts we can have. - [Laura] Let's put those in my basket too. Don't have enough stuff in here already. Let's go, let's hit dee beach. So which beach are we going to guys? - We checked out Rodeo Beach, Ro-dayo beach over in - Is it rodeo or ro-dayo? - I think it's like kind of, - [Laura] Ro-dayo drive beach. - [Man] where you come from, you know? -Everywhere you look, everywhere's a heart, is a heart, somebody who needs you. -Everywhere you look... - [Man] Perfect spot. - Yeah. Hey, you guys wanna eat some snacks? We have, coconuts that Josiah brought, mangoes are Kendra's favorite fruit, so I brought them especially for her. - And some nice iced coffee. - Cheers! - [Kendra] Do you wanna hedgehog? - Oh that's a hedgehog. For the mangoes? How do we do that Kendra? - [Kendra] Cut him down the pit, basically do like a four-square X's and O's. - I don't know. - [Kendra] Nope, c'mon - They call it a hedgehog because you do this, and it looks like a hedgehog. - [Kendra] Voila, and voila. - Do you wanna machete some coconuts? - Funny you say that, because I just brought my machete from my house. The safest way I say to cut a coconut is to shave it all the way down to the shell. - Whoa. - Once I get down-- - [Laura] This is way better than how I open coconuts, for the record. - [Josiah] Once I get down to the shell you'll see those obtuse angles, you wanna hit right in the middle of the obtuse angle and voila, - [Laura] Wow! - You have a beautiful coconut. - [Laura] I am legitimately impressed. - Wow. - [Laura] These really are all my favorite things. I'm gonna pull out the snacks that you guys haven't seen yet that I made this morning. Energy balls, they're topped with hemp seeds and chia seeds, and cacao nibs. I'm gonna have a chia. - Can I have a, can I have an energy ball? - You getting tired? You don't like it? - It's delicious. - So, I also brought carrots, and I put almond butter at the bottom so that each carrot has just the right amount of almond butter when you pull it out. Pull one out. - [Kendra] Wow. - [Josiah] Don't mind if I do. - You're not allergic to almonds, are you? - No. - [Laura] Good, everyone in the comments will be. - That's a quick and easy snack right there. - Right, what I also brought was celery and tahini, but in this cute little bento adapter thing. You just pull this out. Isn't this genius? When I dip you dip and also you dip. Triple dip. Okay, and now we have our nori sticks. Here you go, snap into a Slim Jim. - [Josiah] Oh my god. - Snap into your own Slim Jim. - [Josiah] What in the wor... - That was actually easier than I thought it would be. I had some doubts. The Slim Jim kind of threw me. - This is delicious. - Some very cute dog stuff happening over here. All these snacks are really portable, and everything has like protein, and complex carbohydrates, and stuff that's all gonna give you sustained energy. - Guys, I think the surf just came in. The swell is up. I think it's the perfect time to go. - Hold on let me get my wet suit. - Man that thing fits everything. - I know, it's magic.