I want to address something that helps me eat raw on a budget: buying extra of whatever is on sale (that I know I can use)! I went to do some grocery shopping yesterday, and I had planned to buy five or six pounds of bananas, partly to make the "Brazil Nut Pancakes" recipe from Rhio's book Hooked on Raw. When I got to the grocery store, I discovered bananas on sale for 39 cents a pound! I was thrilled, and I quickly loaded several extra bunches of bananas into my cart! I saw someone I know, who commented that I must really like bananas. I told her about the chocolate-banana shakes (recipe below) that I make with frozen bananas, and what a good deal I was getting, and as I listened to myself, I was convinced. I went back and got several more bunches! I told the cashier about my shakes, as well. After eating four bananas to tide me over through the rest of my errands, I next went to the health food store, where, to my delight, they had reduced the price on some bananas that didn't look great but weren't too ripe yet(I can't stand the brown speckled bananas!), so I bought some more at 25 cents a pound. All together, I bought 116 bananas (50.58 pounds), spending a total of only $18.27! I will spend quite a bit of time today peeling, breaking up & bagging these bananas to go in the freezer - and it's well worth the effort!
2 bananas, previously peeled & frozen in chunks
1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1/2 cup water, or more depending on your blender & desired shake consistency
1 - 2 Tbsp. raw nuts (optional)
Blend nuts, water & cacao powder well, then slowly add in frozen chunks of banana while continuing to blend until creamy. Yum! I usually double this recipe. :)