Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thanksgiving Cooking with Sambazon Açaí

At Sambazon we love to experiment with new ways to use açaí from baking, to making sauces and drinks and desserts. Here are some great new takes on old holiday classics that the Sambazon crew and our friends have put together for this Thanksgiving. Try them out and surprise your guests with antioxidant rich holiday treats!

Sambazon Açaí Nog

1 cup Sambazon Original Açaí Juice
1 cup Silk Soymilk Nog
½ organic banana

Blend till smooth, pour into individual cups or mugs, and top with a light sprinkle of nutmeg. Makes about four 6 oz. servings.

No Bake Bars with Sambazon Açaí

2 /12 c. oats
1/2 c. toasted wheat germ
1/2 c. dried non-fat milk powder
1/2 c. dried cherries or other dried fruit, chopped
1/2 c. lightly salted, roasted almonds, chopped
1 c. peanut butter or other nut butter
1/2 c. honey
1 Sambazon Original Açaí Smoothie Pack, defrosted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt

Line 9″x9″ pan with foil and spray with vegetable oil.

In large bowl mix together oats, wheat germ, milk powder, cherries and nuts. Over medium heat, blend peanut butter and honey. Once blended and smooth, take off heat and stir in Açaí pulp. Add vanilla, cinnamon and salt to peanut mixture. Add wet to dry ingredients. Blend well.

Pour into pan. Using wax paper, press mixture into pan well. Let cool. Cover and chill in fridge. Cut into bars as desired and wrap in plastic wrap or foil.

Ani Phyo's Açaí Holiday Orange-Cranberry Sauce with Sambazon Açaí

Enjoy this sauce as a condiment with Thanksgiving dinner, or spoon it over the top of a wedge of baked brie cheese anytime of the year.

1 x 100g Acai frozen package, thawed
12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries, about 3 1/3 cup, rinse well
1 teaspoon orange zest, from 1 orange
1 cup medjool dates, pitted

In your food processor, place Sambazon Açaí, cranberries, orange zest, and dates. Pulse to mix well but keep the chunks.

Variations: For a bit of crunch, add 1/4 cup walnuts, and/or a teaspoon of cinnamon to your recipe. For a sweeter sauce, add 1-2 Tablespoons agave syrup, to taste. Try adding 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Recipe courtesy of Ani Phyo, author of "Ani's Raw Food Kitchen: Easy Delectable Living Food Recipes". For more recipes and videos, visit Ani at:

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