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Raw Summer Pudding for Fruits

No super-fancy photo here, just a recipe for a raw pudding that will be phenomenal with any of your fresh summer fruit: strawberries, peaches, cherries, or (ahem) blueberries. Maybe coconut, too, if you’re lucky enough to have some. I had this for lunch today and it was too good not to share.

Don’t lick it off the blades of your blender. Only I can do that.

Summer Pudding

Serves 2

  • 2 medium avocados
  • 1 large banana
  • 6-8 small dates
  • 1 plum
  • 1 scraped vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • a bit of (raw) agave nectar, to sweeten to your liking

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until silky smooth, stopping to stir or scrape sides of blender with a spatula when needed. Taste before adding agave nectar to sweeten. Serve topped with fresh fruit or berries.

Refrigerate this for up to two days.

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Summertime Fruit Cocktails

Here are some cures for the summertime blues.

Strawberry mojito from A cup of Mai. I blended the ingredients with ice for a slushy refresher. Find a vegan rum on barnivore.com’s list of vegan liquors.

To make a simple syrup for cocktails, stir together equal parts water and sugar, and heat over medium-high until sugar is completely dissolved. Let it boil a minute and then cool completely. Keep it stored in the refrigerator.

Agave nectar is also a great (albeit more expensive) sweetener with a summery personality that I love with fruit.

Now for my own recipe, a fruity and fizzy summer punch. You can make it with juice squeezed from the remnants of watermelon you might have after using a melon baller. I call it Watermelon Candy (because I’m sweet on candy).

Watermelon Candy

Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) watermelon juice (squeezed & strained from fresh watermelon)
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) vodka
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp (1/2 oz) triple sec
  • ice cubes
  • grapefruit or lemon-lime soda

Shake the watermelon juice, vodka, lemon juice, triple sec, and pomegranate juice in a jar or cocktail shaker. Serve in two glasses over plenty of ice cubes, and top off with soda (nearly as much soda as other liquids for a friendly, sweet drink).

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Vegan Summer Booze


Lost Coast Great White Beer and Sierra Nevada Summerfest, both vegan-friendly according to barnivore.com.

Other summery beers:

  • Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
  • Shock Top Belgian White
  • Pyramid Apricot Ale

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After the Berries of Summer Are Gone

What happened to summer this year? At least I enjoyed a few handfuls of plump little berries. I miss the glistening skin on fresh berries I’ve just rinsed before biting into their juicy pulpy interiors.

Rainier cherries, a favorite of mine this year.

Organic strawberries growing in Moss Landing.

Blueberries over honeydew for a sunny picnic.

Actually, I’m not sure any of the above are “true” berries in a botanical sense (maybe the honeydew). Oh well. It made for a nice title.

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