It's just a regular day in the Lassens office. I'm sipping my cinnamon vanilla herb tea from The Republic of Tea and working on graphics for an upcoming Lassens Event (Did you know that FABIO, the long haired wonder himself, is coming to our Thousand Oaks (1/25) and Ventura (1/26) locations next week to talk about his protein supplement line?! Yes Way!!!) and listening to the Otis Redding Pandora station ("These Arms of Mine" makes me feel particularly productive) when suddenly I realize it's time for a tea-re-fill.
Down I go to the sales floor, where as they say is the magic happens. And what to my wondering eyes should appear
but Stephanie, the Demo Captain, beckoning to come near (I'm still trying to shake myself out of Holiday mode. It's harder than you think for some...).
I don't know if you've met Stephanie yet, but if you happen to come to the Ventura location, be sure to keep an eye out for her. She's constantly coming up with new, unique and innovative recipes using foods that we carry here at Lassens. One for her primary focuses is on helping people try new things while also being sensitive to many dietary restrictions and lifestyle choices by being conscious of our gluten-free, vegan, and raw food practicing customers.
Today's treat from the mind of Stephanie were Cashew Carob Cookie Balls.
These were so rich and flavorful with a wonderful soft texture, my toes just started tap-tapping with delight and my shoulders started shimmying with joy (if you honestly doubt my dancing-while-devouring claims, feel free to come by and see! It's quite a sight to behold yet happens more frequently than I'd like to admit…)
These delicious little Vegan surprises absolutely brightened my day. As I stood next to her doing my "this-is-really-delicous" jig, practically her entire tray of samples was wiped clean as happy bellies walked away from the scene. However, your friends here at Lassens would never be so cruel as to dangle such wondrous treats in front of your face only to pull then away and laughing. No!
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Cashew Carob Cookie Balls!
Let us know what you think on the Lassens Facebook Page!
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup carob powder
- 1 cup organic raisins
- 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Method: Soak raisins in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drain raisins and place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend together until ingredients form into a paste. With scoop, roll into ball, roughly the size of a pinball. For visual appeal tops with coconut shavings and serve!
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Art Director of Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins